South Bend: 5 things to do in the area this weekend

No kidding – Downtown South Bend is planning an April Fool’s Day celebration.In Footlight Players’ “Drinking Habits,” a pair of winemaking nuns still keep their humor, while nature lovers can look forward to a hike in the swamp this weekend.
SOUTH BEND — Downtown South Bend Inc. will be hosting the first Friday of the month in Downtown on April 1st from 5-9pm.
Because the first Friday in April happens to be April Fool’s Day, DTSB celebrates silly and naughty fun with a “Stupid Friday” theme.Some businesses will get in on the action with some quirky promotions and events, while others will offer their traditional First Friday specials and events.
• Behind-the-scenes tour at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium at 501 W. South St. from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: South Bend Cubs opening day is April 8.The tour includes home and guest locker rooms, production booths, 1st Source Bank Performance Center, Team Store and the United Federal Credit Union rooftop deck.
​• St. Joseph County Public Library Pranks and Events at 304 S. Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Invite children and teens to add their best jokes to the joke wall, grab some donuts or Solve puzzles.
​• “Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges,” 7-9 p.m. at the Library Main Branch, 304 S. Main St.: The Dickinson School of Fine Arts presents this musical about a civil rights activist as the library January’s opening book, “Justice and Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson, a Michiana incident.Friday’s performance will include a community conversation on the role of race and the arts in education.
• Kennedy’s Kitchen at Fiddler’s Hearth at 127 North Street from 8:30pm to 11pm: The local Irish band, who have been together since 1998, released their latest album “Whiskey of Truth” in October 2019.
Most first Friday events are free.Parking (on-street and city-managed garages) is always free on nights and weekends in downtown South Bend.
Michigan City – “Drinking Habits” opens April 1 at Footlight Players at 1705 Franklin Street and runs through April 10.
Written by Tom Smith, this comedy focuses on two nuns of the Permanent Sewing Sisters who have been secretly brewing to keep the doors of the convent open.Enter two tabloid reporters — and a former fiancée — doing undercover reporting on the Brewing Nun.
SOUTH BEND — Harbour Country Hikers will be doing a 2-mile hike on April 2 at 2pm at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, 25898 US 20.
Doug Botka, management ecologist at Shirley Heinze Land Trust and chief steward at Lydick Bog, leads the hike.
The Kettle Hole Swamps in northwestern Indiana and southwestern Michigan were formed by huge chunks of ice left behind by receding glaciers.They contain unusual flora, including carnivorous plants.
A dedicated Indiana nature preserve, Liddick Marsh protects one of the last remaining peat bog habitats in Indiana.A number of interesting plant species with marsh characteristics have been identified, including winterberry, weeping vine, large cranberry, and carnivorous species such as sundew and pitcher plant.Other wetland types include swamps, large riparian corridors and several pothole wetlands – depressions carved by glaciers that collect water from surrounding hills.
The wooded area is dotted with glacial rocks and has maple and oak forests and savanna dominated by oak and hickory.
The South Bend Recording Show will be held at the Ramada Hotel at 52890 Indiana 933 N on April 3 from 11am-5pm.
Nearly 40 dealers from Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana will fill 85 tables with tens of thousands of musical compositions.
The LPs used remain at the heart of the show, with select vendors also offering new vinyls, ’45s, CDs, cassettes, posters, memorabilia and vintage stereos.
The focus is on rock, pop, metal and punk from the 1960s to today, but there are also a variety of musical genres including jazz, country and film scores.
Door prizes are given at noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm, with select food and beverage purchases from 11 am to 2 pm, including beer
Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to wear masks inside the Ramada.However, wearing a mask is strongly recommended.
SOUTH BEND – The St. Joseph Valley Jewish Federation and three local artists will host a fundraiser at 3202 Shalom Road on April 3 from 2-5 p.m. to support relief efforts in Ukraine.
As part of a nationwide effort by the North American Jewish Federation to raise $20 million across the country, local organizations have pledged to raise $18,000 for humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.Over $10,000 has been raised locally.
The art exhibit features sunflower-themed artwork by South Bend artist Jim Goodkin as well as paintings by Michelle Engel and Nektaria Matthews.The sunflower is Ukraine’s national flower, and Goodkin has been his main theme since his wife’s death in 2021.
Half of the proceeds from the sale of the works of the three artists will go directly to aid relief efforts in Ukraine.
Funds raised will be used to help internally displaced people in multiple locations, help Ukrainian refugees move to Israel, buy satellite phones to maintain communications in the area, and other aid initiatives.

Post time: Apr-01-2022