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October 10, 2015


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Storytime at Farmers' Market; Cars and Coffee; last swim - this weekend

One week to go and school begins.

In the meantime, several events of interest take place this weekend in Bluffton.

Storytime at the Farmers’ Market
Bluffton Public Library moves its Saturday morning Storytime to the Bluffton Farmers’ Market.

Esther Birkey, youth services coordinator, will read books to youngsters from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Farmers’ market vendors are invited to read a book or two, also.

The Farmers’ Market is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Citizens National Bank parking lot.

Have a question about the school calendar? It's a click away on the Icon

When are this year's musical concerts?
How about days school is not in session?
When's the spring all-school drama?

The answers to those questions and more are on the Bluffton school website.

As the 2015-16 school year is now about one week away, the daily school calendars are starting to fill up.

The all-school daily calendar is on the school website.

Icon viewers may click here to access the calendar, which starts with August.

Here's the elementary back-to-school info for parents and students

The August Bluffton elementary school newsletter is now on the school website. Here is the back-to-school information from the newsletter.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  The school supply list is posted on the school website. Kindergarten student supplies will be furnished in their classrooms. 

MEET THE TEACHER:  We will hold our “Meet the Teacher” on Friday, Aug. 28, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the elementary school. 

Senior Center donates quilts to Bluffton Public Library

Members of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association, under the direction of Deb Beer, recently completed new children's quilts for the children's area of the Bluffton Public Library.

The quilts will be displayed at the library in the coming months.

From left are Tonya Meyer, Senior Center director, Esther Birkey, youth services coordinator of the library, and Deb Beer.




Next chamber cash mob Thursday at Greg's Pharmacy

Greg's Pharmacy, 126 N. Main St., Bluffton, will host this month's Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob.

The event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20. Greg's cash mob offers the following:

• Stretchable book covers regularly $1.99 are only 99 cents each (limit 3 per customer)
• All customers may register for a $50 shopping spree at Greg's. 

The monthly cash mobs are sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. The idea behind the cash mob is to promote shopping locally.

Swiss Historical Society celebrates 175th anniversary of first Mennonite Church in Swiss Settlement

A celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite Church in the Bluffton-Pandora area will take place in a daylong event on Sunday, Aug. 30. Bluffton Swiss Community Historical Society is the event sponsor.

The celebration takes place at the site of the original log church, near 17876 Road 4, Pandora. The celebration will include a worship service, lectures, displays, hymns, and a traditional Swiss meal held under a large tent.

Bluffton chamber launches map project - so you can find your way around town

Where’s the town hall? Where’s the swimming pool? Where’s the library?

Help in answering these questions is on the way, thanks to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

This fall the chamber will create the first two of several large mounted full-color maps of Bluffton.

Each mounted map is three feet wide by two feet tall. The maps will be mounted on easy-to-read stands to be placed throughout the village. In addition, maps will be available for businesses to post inside their stores.

Icon photo essay: Bluffton Farmers' Market

Welcome to Saturday morning in downtown Bluffton.

From early May to late October - Bluffton’s Farmers’ Market greets you from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Citizens National Bank parking lot.

In its 11th season, now operated by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, it continues to grow.

Bluffton’s Farmers’ Market offers lots of products to shoppers wanting home-grown veggies, fruit, herbs and flowers.

There’s also coffee, cakes, pies, rolls, maple syrup and lots of in-season garden items.

Our photo essay scratches the market’s surface. Please enjoy.

Chamber provides fall Bluffton calendar - now to Nov. 30

Here is the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce fall calendar covering events taking place in Bluffton from mid-August to the end of November.

Every Saturday, Farmers’ Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Another Bluffton weekend with lots of activities

Looks like another fun weekend with plenty of activities planned in Bluffton.

Here's a capsule of events:


Bluffton Family Recreation will hold a Harlan’s chicken barbecue from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, in the BFR parking lot.

The barbecue is a fundraiser for the BFR turf project for the gym and arena. Tickets are $10 each. Each meal includes one-half chicken, potato salad, green beans and a roll.