The 11th annual Empty Bowl event
Food: a filling reason that gathers up all age groups to ban together for a cause. On Thurs. March 27, the young and old banded together at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church to enjoy a bread bowl of soup and support Mid-City Nutrition’s fight against hunger.
The 11th annual Empty Bread Bowls charity event brought the Port Huron community together with food, fun, and a goal to raise $22,000 for Mid-City Nutrition.
The Empty Bowl event auctions off ceramic bowls donated by private artisans and potters, while offering up a free meal and a raffle.
“It’s always a wonderful event that they put on here because they draw such a great crowd and it’s such a great cause,” said SC4 Board of Trustee’s member John Adair.
Run by event chairperson Denise Dencklau, a total of 65 volunteers were there to work the event, including pianist Johnny Needham, a musician with a love for the golden classics of Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.
200 pounds of clay were donated by Rovin Ceramics which created the 525 bowls that were donated to support the event by 45 different potters, including SC4 art students.
The amount raised was not disclosed, but the turnout was wave after wave of excited participants.
“It’s great to see the community come together,” Adair said.
Contessa and Conchita
Meet the sister’s Contessa and Conchita. These two Chihuahua and Jack Russel mixes are eight years old, and have been together their whole lives. For that reason, BWHS volunteer Bonnie Carpenter insists that they go to the same home.
Neither dog is very vocal. According to Carpenter, they hardly ever bark and they tend to keep to their own business; except for when they are snuggling with their humans.
Although both are generally quiet, they would not do well in a home with kids. Carpenter says the ideal home for them would be with an older couple, or a single man or woman with no children.
Because of their age, Contessa and Conchita are a part of BWHS’s “Senior to Senior” program. This means that if the adopter is 60 years or older, the sisters are free. If the adopter doesn’t meet the age requirement for the program, the fee is $50 for both dogs.
If anyone is interested in adopting these two, or any pet featured in the ESG, an anonymous donor has volunteered to help cover the adoption cost. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this offer should contact the Erie Square Gazette via the writers e-mail below.
For more information on Contessa and Conchita, contact the Blue Water Area Humane Society at 810-987-4357.
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Ambient music captures life’s emotions
Behind the scenes of Port Huron, a heart filled story rings out, beckoning from the notes of a four piece, ambient post-rock band, known as Manifest the Machine.
Two brothers, Chris and Corey Strobbe, came together on guitar and drums with the help of Travis Boone on keyboard and Zach Nye on bass, to create an experimental and inspirational tone that has become groundbreaking to the city itself.
Opening for The Tiny Ugly Germs’ record release show at The SchwonkSoundStead this Saturday April 26, Manifest the Machine’s Christopher Strobbe, speaks out about his experiences in the band, the inspiration behind the music, and reveals himself as the man behind the mysterious mask.
ESG: What’s it like being in a band with your brother, Corey?
Chris: Well my dad has been involved with music his whole life, and ever since we were little we have been playing together. It started in a different band, and after that Manifest the Machine happened.
ESG: Originally, you self-titled yourself as a “three piece blues-rock band” via Facebook, how did that all change?
Chris: It was just me, my brother, and a bass player. Then Travis came in and our original bass player left and our new bassist, Zach, joined. That’s when we started making the change to experimental music.
ESG: Your first officially released track, “He Who Travels Fastest Travels Alone” is a thought provoking and enlightening track. What was the state of mind for the band when writing that song?
Chris: I guess it was more along the lines of being happy. We wanted to just release something and have people get a little bit of an idea of what we’re like. So we just started recording something with the simple guitar lead, and everything was built over that. If you watch the music video you’ll be able to tell exactly how we felt.
ESG: Your EP, Le Rêve, is a spine chilling tale of what seems to be a dream state of your character, Jacob. What was the inspiration behind that?
Chris: It was pretty much written while it was recorded. It started with the second song, pretty much completely done by Travis. He had this crazy idea, which had to do with Jacob’s Ladder [from Genesis 28:10-19] and wanted to name it Jacob’s Dream. We then were able to tell a story from that.
ESG: What’s up with the masks?
Chris: We just strive to be different and we always like to try new things, and it was just one of those ideas that came up and we decided to go for.
ESG: If you could give one piece of advice to your fans, what would it be?
Chris: Pretty much that we create music and we do what we do because we have fun and we like to do it. That would be the message – don’t worry about what other people think and do what you like to do and have fun doing it.
You can follow Manifest the Machine on twitter, @ManifestMachine, and on Facebook at facebook.com/manifestthemachine for more show announcements and music releases.
Catch the band at 1521 Seventh Street on April 26 to see Manifest the Machine live at The SchwonkSoundStead.
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“Their music is always so high energy and it’s so easy to just immerse yourself in it. They’re weird, but relatable. Oh, and they’re hot.”
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How the new Miss Marvel takes up two mantles
Over the years Spider-man has changed. The high school kid living with his grandma and having trouble finding a date to prom is a thing of the past. Peter Parker is still Spiderman, but he’s an adult now.
He has been a reporter and a scientist and has also been married and divorced (via magic and the Devil if memory serves) But most importantly of all, Peter moved out of his aunt’s house. Spiderman has evolved as a character over the years and that is a good thing, an important thing.
But it’s left a hole.
Most young characters in Marvel are kids but may as well be adults. Even Molly Hayes of Runaways is arguably the most childlike of any teen character, has spent most of her life on the lam from the government or super villains. The younger characters in the X-men live at a boarding school that blows up and/or is attacked by psychic ninjas every few months.
It’s safe to say the problems that come with living with parents, siblings, and family is not a big part of the marvel universe, and that’s understandable since there are bigger issues out there. But it leaves a market that up until recently has been vacant.
Enter Kamala Khan. She is a 16 year-old girl from New Jersey. She writes Avengers fan fiction, and is also a huge fan of Captain Marvel. In addition, she was recently gifted with the ability to shape shift.
Kamala still lives with her parents, which is an issue for a young superhero. She has superpowers and a curfew. That makes her relatable in a way that other young hero’s are not.
On the night she gets her powers, Kamala is sneaking out of the house to go to a party that her parents forbid her to go to. On her way in, she is caught sneaking back and gets severely grounded. That will be a factor in the story that we don’t get a lot of these days in superhero comics.
Much like Spiderman, she is figuring out her powers at the same time she is hiding them. She has responsibilities to her family as well as her new status as a hero. Miss Marvel has been a shining example that not every story needs to be the end of the world to be compelling, a trope that a lot of modern comics fall into.
Kamala Khan is set to fill the void Spiderman left when he grew up. She is a young hero with grounded problems at home and fantastic problems behind the mask.
Fitness trend that hits below the belt
If “thinspiration” wasn’t scary enough, just when you thought there’s no other way the female body can be picked apart, along comes another fitness obsession.
Having a thigh gap has become a fitness trend that idolizes women having a gap or clear space between the inner-thighs underneath their vagina when they stand with their legs together.
But is it attainable? Yes and no.
Thigh gapless, plus size model Robyn Lawley was attacked on social media after modeling lingerie. The 6-foot-2 inch, 180 pound woman was called “too fat” and a “pig” because she did not have a thigh gap.
Bone structure plays a huge role. According to Fitness Blender, women with larger set hips are likelier to have a natural thigh gap because of their bone structure. Their femoral bones are set further apart than women with a narrow frame.
“I think if it’s natural or attained through healthy activities, it’s attractive. It depends on your body type. If I was really fit, there’s no way I would have a thigh gap,” said Jeanne Palmateer, a Blue Water Middle College student.
Michelle Moran, co-manager of Algonac Health and Fitness, has seen many women come in intending on achieving a thigh gap.
“I know of one girl who starved herself trying to get it. She was already a small girl, but carried her weight in her butt and thighs. Her goal was unreachable; as far as I’m concerned it’s all genetics,” said Michelle Moran, co-manager at Algonac Health and Fitness. “It’s like trying to grow bigger boobs.”
Adopting a crazy diet will not help and many websites that give a how-to on achieving a thigh gap stress the importance of being realistic and knowing your body’s limits. Doing exercises that focus on the inner-thighs may help tone the muscles and help pronounce a thigh gap.
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A real look at the life of nerds in costumes
The old idea of geek is someone who spends their lives reading about science fiction, watching Star Trek and over reacting about the latest video game that came out.
While all this may still be true, when it comes to comic book and anime conventions, geeks bloom into artists.
Most people don’t really think art when the term ‘comic book convention’ rears its head, but once someone experiences a convention, most see the art walking through the halls in the form of cosplay.
Cosplay, short for costume play, consists of creating a costume and wearing said costume while staying in character.
These aren’t just Halloween costumes either. Cosplayers spend months planning out a single costume. Weeks of work, days of tweaking and three days to show it off at conventions, just to start all over.
Just like any good super hero, all cosplayers have an origin.
“I went to Youmacon one year and fell in love with all the different costumes,” cosplayer Shelby Gulette, 20, said about her first convention. “They were beautiful and every one of them is different.”
“My love for certain characters drives who I end up picking,” Samantha Garcia, 20, said when asked how she picks her characters. “Like for Shuto Con 2014, I picked America from the anime, ‘Axis Powers: Hetalia’. I love him, and America just screams me.”
“I cosplay characters that I love. Jack Skellington is one of my favorite characters.” Gulette commented. “Another factor for my decision is if I can act in character. It makes the cosplay more entertaining for everyone.”
Such an expansive hobby affects every cosplayer in some way.
“I nearly spent $200 on a single costume. At first my mom was mad, but when she saw it on me she understood why and fell in love with it,” Garcia said with a half laugh.
“Cosplay affected my life in a lot of ways, but the biggest change was that I’ve become more confident,” Gulette said.
“I feel like I’ve become more social at conventions in cosplay,” Garcia said. “You really bond with everyone, almost instantly.”
A film from one generation to the other
Age, how do we deal with it? To many, specifically college students, getting older is but a mere concept that is far away. Travis Boone not only delivers his film “So Here We Are” in a skilled artistic manor, but he also brings a generation that’s beyond his years down to a relatable narrative.
The film is an unscripted armature documentary by Boone who was asked to record the lives of the elderly residents of Lake Huron Woods Retirement Home.
“All I did was walk into the place, turn on the big red button that said record,” Boone said, describing his experience making the film, “And that’s it, they did everything else.”
Following the quirky misadventures of the elderly residents of the home, Boone focuses on not the struggles of aging but the graces such as, longevity and a loving family. The constant theme of the film is “No matter what age, you’re as young as you feel.”
The title: “So Here We Are” describes the film to a tee, as Boone explains:
“So Bad things happen, good things happen, just stand where you are. To me the title is: “we’ve been here now let’s just keep on living.”
The house was packed, filled with spectators, friends, and even a few of the stars themselves. One memorable star was Boone’s grandmother. A touching highlight was when Boone’s Grandmother’s tears swelled up with happiness as she told her grandson how proud she was of him.
The only flaw of the film was a shaky camera from time to time, however every lover of the art of film knows that it is the small imperfections that give a piece character.
With Boone’s film there is a level of reality that is refreshing to see, and over all a great early chapter in the promising film career of Travis Boone.
Ryan Walling see’s baseball in a new light
Every athlete begins somewhere. Each has their story of where they came from and how they got where they are today. Ryan Walling, 22, short stop for the Skippers, follows the same equation – yet being special in his own way.
Walling, born south of Grand Rapids in Spring Lake, Michigan, comes from Muskegon Community College, where he played baseball as a freshman.
“It’s a lot faster paced down here,” says Walling in reference to the difference between Muskegon and St. Clair. “They [Muskegon} has their style, and St. Clair has theirs. Muskegon is a lot of small ball.”
Already achieving something he has not in his baseball career, Walling stepped up to the plate against Ancilla College and cranked his first out-of-the-park home run.
“I have had multiple inside the park home runs,” said Walling, “when I do get a hold of one, it’s fun. It was the best feeling.”
Walling’s 2-run homer on April 10 put the Skippers on top of Ancilla, which led to winning the double header, 6-3, and 3-0.
The Skippers are still in the act of getting the ball rolling with a 7-15 record, but that doesn’t shy Walling away from taking the initiative to win.
“I always try and bring energy to the table. I want to be the glue of the team and play with a lot of emotion,” said Walling.
Originally, Walling said that he was not the biggest baseball fan.
“I didn’t really like baseball. I was a big soccer, football and basketball player. When I was about 12, my Dad made me try out for my first travel baseball team, and I did not want to.
“I made it on the team and I was pretty good, and my father and I grew a huge passion for it.”
Aspiring to not only to be a ball player, Walling also looks to be in the front office at an MLB organization.
“I’m trying to go pro, but if that doesn’t happen, I want to get my masters in sports management.”
Walling learns lessons in baseball, but also picks up life lessons as he plays the game he has grown to love.
“In life and in baseball, it’s all about how you respond. Either I can dwell on my errors, or I can think ‘it’s okay, I’m going to get 10 more balls today and make every one of them,’” said Walling, “you can’t turn a mole hill into a mountain. It teaches me a lot. It’s a life changing game.”