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Saturday, 26 October 2019 - 6:00pm

Fundraiser for the Box Factory for the Arts announced

Nightmare on Broad Street: Boos and Brews at the Box to be held October 26th

 

Friends of theBox Factory for the Arts, please SAVE THE DATE forNightmare on Broad Street: Boos and Brews at the Box!

 

WHEN: Saturday, October 26th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WHERE: The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph

WHAT: A Halloween costume party to benefit the Box Factory

 

Tickets on sale NOW! $20 gets you into the fundraiser and includes one FREE drink ticket. Advance tickets available until 5:00 October 25th. Admission is $25 day of the fundraiser.

Won't you help keep a roof over our heads? Proceeds raised at this event will match a challenge grant awarded by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation to replace the aging roof at the historic Box Factory for the Arts building.

 

The evening’s activities and offerings include:

Silent Auction featuring artwork and a variety of items donated by local businesses

Live painting byLauren Steinhofer(available for silent auction)

DJ and dancing

Food byNosh Village

Tarot card readings byMichelle Skale

Henna tattoos byMeeta Kedia

Full cash bar - beer, wine and several featured cocktails

Costume contest - awards for best costume overall and best art themed costume

 

21 and over - IDs will be checked at the door

 

A special thank you to our sponsorsNew Territory Arts AssociationandMailMax - The Good News Paper for Michigan's Great Southwest!

 

The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

 

For more information, contact the Box Factory for the Arts at 269.983.3688 or visithttps://boxfactoryforthearts.org/

 

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Friday, 1 November 2019 - 6:00pm

Day of the Dead Celebration – A Community Cultural Event

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, St. Joseph, MI

Friday, November 1, 2019, 6:00pm

Celebration in the Cemetery? Yes – absolutely.  Join the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center as they co-host a community cultural event Celebrando el Dia de los Muertos, Friday, November 1, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI.

El Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring and celebrating family members who have died.  Friday, November 1st event will include a wide range of entertainment options including authentic Mexican cuisine, specialty beverages, live mariachi band music, dancing, fresh pressed cider and more!

 Following the Mexican custom, an on-site “cemetery”. We ask celebrants to bring photos of loved ones who have passed on to display at the ‘cemetery’ and reflect on the memories that made them special to you.   The event is family friendly with entertainment options for children that include crafts, face painting, and a screening of Coco.

Tickets are $25 for adults ($30 at the door), $5 for children 5-12. Cash bar. Tickets are available online at smso.org, or by calling the SMSO at 269-982-4030 or The Heritage Museum at 269-983-1191.

A limited number of 50/50 raffle tickets are being sold for $25 each.

For more information, please contact the SMSO office at 269-982-4030 or the Heritage Center at 269-983-1191.

Learn More at the Event Webpage: https://smso.org/Special%20Events/Heritage%20Collaboration/Heritage.html

Or Purchase Tickets Online at: https://smso.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F0W00000r4lPTUAY

Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 7:30pm

Event:               Ann Curry

Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

When:               Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Where:              The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Tickets:            Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

                       

 

Note: Media outlets wishing to cover this event are asked to contact Laura Kraklau by Oct. 28 to be added to the Mainstage seating list.

 

Ann Curry to speak at The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan

Speakers Series Nov. 2

 

The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series, hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, welcomes award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry on Saturday, November 2, at 7:30 pm.

 

Curry is the current executive producer and anchor for Chasing the Cure, a television series on TNT that connects people suffering undiagnosed medical conditions with doctors all over the country and elsewhere in the world. She was also recently the executive producer and reporter of We'll Meet Again, a 12-hour docu-series that is still running on PBS.

 

A former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, Curry has covered the wars in Syria, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as reported on nuclear tensions in North Korea and Iran. She has reported on humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Japan and Southeast Asia, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, during which her appeal via Twitter (@AnnCurry) is credited for helping to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes. She is also the force behind groundbreaking prime time hours on Climate Change, poverty in America, and Iran.

Curry has conducted a long list of exclusive and news-breaking interviews with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, President Ahmadinejad, President Khatami, and Foreign Minister Zarif; Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and First Lady Asma al-Assad; Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto, President Ali Zadari, and President Musharraf; Turkey's President Erdogan; Sudan's President Omar Bashir and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir; Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Chad's President Idriss Deby; as well as U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Walker Bush, and Barack Obama. Other interviews to her credit include those with Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, the Dalai Lama, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Elie Wiesel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among others.

Curry has won seven national news Emmy Awards, numerous Edward R. Murrow awards, Gracie Allen Awards, and National Headliner Awards. The NAACP has honored her with an Excellence in Reporting award. Women in Communications has awarded her a Matrix. Curry has also been given numerous humanitarian awards including those from Refugees International, Americares, Save the Children, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which awarded her a Medal of Valor for her dedication to reporting about genocide. 

 

During“An Evening with Ann Curry: Being a Tour de Force of Determination and Making a Difference in the World,” she will share stories, grounded in her experiences, that will invigorate and inspire.

 

A pre-presentation buffet dinner will be served in newly renovated Grand Upton Hall. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and includes a garden salad, turkey and bone-in ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed baby carrots, rolls and butter, and pumpkin pie.

 

During the dinner at 6:30 pm, Larry and Sandy Feldman will present a 30-minute discussion of their recently published book Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide. This book offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. The Feldmans will discuss basic principles from their book and illustrate these principles with examples from a variety of racial diversity initiatives, including the Race Relations Council of Southwest Michigan, All God's Children Community Choir, and Calling All Colors. 

 

Following dinner, ticket holders for Curry’s presentation will take a short walk through The Mendel Center to their reserved seats in the Mainstage. Dinner and presentation tickets are sold separately.

 

Reserved presentation seats ($50 - $80) and dinner tickets ($35) are on sale now at www.TheMendelCenter.com, by calling 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

This Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series event is sponsored by Kruggel Lawton CPAs.

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About The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Established in 1943, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has brought more than 430 world leaders, policy makers, experts, and other newsmakers to the region. Its goal is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth. By presenting national and international speakers from a wide range of fields and expertise, this non-partisan series is dedicated to the discussion of social, economic, and public policy questions important in today’s complex society.

 

About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019 (All day)

Krasl Art Center invites you to Soup’s On! 2019

Meet working artists in The Shop, enjoy soup lunch with friends, support KAC's Clay Artist Guild, and enter to win a limited-edition KitchenAid Mixer.

Join Krasl Art Center (KAC) for the annual Soup’s On! lunch event November 6, 7, and 8. Lunch is served 11 AM - 1:30 PM. KAC is open until 8 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 5 pm on Friday. Enjoy chef-prepared soups from local restaurants, fresh bread, handmade desserts, and a beverage for just $10 during this festive event. All proceeds support KAC programming.

 

After lunch, visit The Shop at KAC to discover unique gifts not available in department stores or online. Find regionally-made, uncommon items for your loved ones! Come each day to meet the featured artists demonstrating their artistic processes and describing their one of a kind pieces. Shoppers have the chance to hear the story behind the handmade items and begin their holiday shopping. Visit krasl.org/soups-on/for daily soup options and more information on featured artists.

 

 

  • THURSDAY, NOV 7 - Featuring quilling artist Miranda Skibbe of MsJemz.

 

  • FRIDAY, NOV 8 - Featuring ceramic and fiber artist TJ Schwarts.

 

In addition to these fantastic finds, guests can purchase ceramic bowls made by KAC’s Clay Artist Guild and meet the guild member who helped craft it.Each bowl is $10, with sales supporting ceramic studio programs at Krasl Art Center. Add to or begin your collection! Lunch is not included with a bowl purchase.

 

This holiday event offers something different each day. Twelve local restaurants will provide soup, and guests can vote for their favorite to determine the winner of the soon-to-be-coveted “Soup’s On Soup-er Bowl” trophy. 

New this year - a different group will be recognized each day with a lunch discount:

 

·     WEDNESDAY, NOV 6 - Non-Profit Professionals Appreciation - $2 off 1 meal w/ business card.

 

·     THURSDAY, NOV 7 - Military Appreciation - $2 off 1 meal with military ID.

 

·     FRIDAY, NOV 8 - Teacher Appreciation - $2 off 1 meal with school badge.

 

Is your KAC membership up to date? Guests may enter to win a limited-edition KitchenAid mixer AND get free lunch when you purchase a new, renewal or gift KAC membership ($45+) during Soup’s On! The winner will be announced on Friday, November 8 at 2 PM. Winners need not be present to win.

 

About the Krasl Art Center:

Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit krasl.org.

Friday, 8 November 2019 - 8:00pm

Event:              Mystic India: The World Tour

When:              Friday, November 8, 2019, 8 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:            $32 - $54 + applicable fees

 

Internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular comes to The MendelCenter on Nov. 8

 

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Brilliant dancers, dynamic music, stunning visual effects, and more than 1,000 opulent costumes will burst into a kaleidoscope of color and beauty when Mystic India: The World Tour comes to The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor on Friday, November 8, at 8 pm.

 

Within the last decade, Bollywood music and dance has had a major impact worldwide. Mystic India: The World Tour captures the essence of the Indian spirit. Created by Director Amit Shah and AATMA Performing Arts, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. The colorful costumes and elaborate sets have been custom designed by Shah and hand-made in India’s film capital by a team of 40 designers and workers over the course of four years.

 

Over half-a-million people have experienced Mystic India: The World Tour since its inception through successful tours in South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, China, and during hundreds of sold-out shows in the United States. The New York Times said that the production is “impeccable in its combination of Eastern roots and modern showmanship.” City & Shore Magazine voted it “The Must See Show of the Season.”

 

The team of diverse dancers from the AATMA Performing Arts dance company combines authentic Indian and modern techniques, bringing the streets of Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony.

 

AATMA Performing Arts is an award-winning dance company that stands at the unique intersection of traditional Indian performance and modern movement. Founded by Shah, the organization is an outgrowth of the experiences of Indian-Americans who have found a delicate balance in fusing Indian classical and folk dance with Western disciplines. As pioneers in this field, AATMA has received international acclaim and media attention in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and is the first US-based Indian dance company to do so on such a large scale.

 

Even with its rapidly expanding global reputation, AATMA prides itself on its unique position to preserve Indian culture, fostering its expression in the context of American communities. As a professional dance troupe and school, it remains dedicated to this mission, creating a brilliant fusion of the Eastern and Western world, all while influencing others around the world to do the same.

 

Tickets for Mystic India: The World Tour are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

This performance is sponsored by Live 99.9.

 

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About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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●      Twitter @LMCMendel

●      www.TheMendelCenter.com

Monday, 2 December 2019 - 7:30pm

Event:               Mitch Albom

Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

When:               Monday, December 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Where:              The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Tickets:            Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

                       

 

 

Mitch Albom to speak at The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan

Speakers Series Dec. 2

 

The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series, hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, welcomes best-selling author, philanthropist, columnist, sports reporter, and radio host Mitch Albom on Monday, December 2, at 7:30 pm.

 

Albom is an inspiration around the world. His books have sold over 39 million copies and have been translated into 45 languages. While nationally recognized for his sports writing, Albom is perhaps best known for the themes of hope and kindness woven through his books, plays, and films. His breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold. Now in its twentieth year, Tuesdays remains one of the top-selling memoirs of all time, and was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning TV movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.
 
Albom has founded 10 charities, including nine in the Detroit area, such as S.A.Y. Detroit, which operates a family health clinic; A Time to Help, a volunteer organization; and A Hole in the Roof Foundation, which repairs faith-based homeless shelters. He also directs the Have Faith Haiti Mission in Port Au Prince, which helps impoverished children and orphans, as well as the Chika Fund, which provides life-saving medical costs and health care.

 

A columnist forThe Detroit Free Press since 1985 and a panelist on The Sports Reporters podcast, Albom has been named the #1 Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 13 times. In June 2010, he received the APSE Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, the biggest prize in sports journalism. In June 2013, he was inducted into the Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

 

He is the author of eight bestselling books, with five debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List, including The First Phone Call from Heaven; Have A Little Faith; The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and its sequel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. Albom’s next work, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, is the true story of a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change Albom’s heart.

 

Albom hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM and has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, and CBS Sunday Morning. His articles have been featured in The New York TimesGQ, and Sports Illustrated. Currently, he is developing an hour-long TV show for TNT.

 

In his presentation “Why Every Life Matters,” Albom will speak about how we are all connected and we all have influence, so it is our responsibility to do whatever we can, wherever we are, to make the world a better place.

 

Following his presentation, Albom will be available to sign copies of his book Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, which will be available for purchase.

A pre-presentation buffet dinner will be served in newly renovated Grand Upton Hall. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm and includes mixed greens salad, stuffed pork loin, Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and butter, Mississippi mud pie in coup champagne glass.

As part of the dinner at 6:30 pm, the Campus for Creative Aging will present a 30-minute panel discussion titled “Why Every Life – and every age – Matters.” We each have something of value to contribute to our community no matter what our stage of life. Building on the themes of Albom’s presentation, a panel of experts gives perspectives on the value of every age and engages the audience in a discussion on the value of intergenerational and interdependent communities. Each of us has a unique and singular contribution we can make to better our community. Panelists include:

 

Mamie Yarbrough, Berrien County Commissioner and President of the Benton Harbor Public Library Board, Benton Harbor Homecoming, Inc., and the Coming Home Coming Together Concert Committee – Yarbrough is a life-long resident of Berrien County, attended Benton Harbor High School, Western Michigan University, and has several certifications in the field of Housing Management, a field in which she was employed for 30 years in varied administrative, management, and consulting roles. A known leader in the community, she has been tapped for multiple leadership roles and has infectious passion for her community, always willing to consider new possibilities.

 

Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Director of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University –The Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The lifelong learning programs it supports can be found in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. WMU has been the home of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and part of the foundation's national network of similar entities since April 2014. Woolfork-Barnes brings more than 30 years of experience in leading various student-focused programs at WMU prior to taking leadership of OLLI last spring. She is excited about continuing the mission of offering courses and trips designed for learners age 50 and above.

 

Orion Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Cleveland-based Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging –Bell brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the field of aging and persons with disabilities. Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is a nationally recognized nonprofit whose work includes deepening the understanding of the evolving needs of older adults in a changing society; promoting effective public policies; and developing innovative, high-quality solutions. Bell previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer at CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions in Indianapolis, preceded by a long career with the American Red Cross. Bell is a member of the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America and past board member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

 

Panel moderatorLynn Kellogg, CEO of Region IV Area Agency on Aging (AAA) based in St. Joseph, Michigan and serving Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties– Kellogg is a regular newspaper columnist. She has been in the field of aging over 40 years, is well-known nationally as an innovator and speaker, and is a champion for business development in the field and the richness of intergenerational, interdependent communities. Region IV Area Agency on Aging recently received a National Innovations Award for its Campus for Creative Aging, a virtual campus concept launching an all-inclusive movement to laud age as a time of creativity, purpose, growth, and learning.

 

Following dinner, ticket holders for Albom’s presentation will take a short walk through The Mendel Center to their reserved seats in the Mainstage. Dinner and presentation tickets are sold separately. Reserved presentation seats ($50 - $80) and dinner tickets ($35) are on sale now at www.TheMendelCenter.com, by calling 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

This Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series event is sponsored by Campus for Creative Aging.

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About The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Established in 1943, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has brought more than 430 world leaders, policy makers, experts, and other newsmakers to the region. Its goal is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth. By presenting national and international speakers from a wide range of fields and expertise, this non-partisan series is dedicated to the discussion of social, economic, and public policy questions important in today’s complex society.

 

About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

Find #TheMendelCenter online at:

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  • Instagram @TheMendelCenter
  • Twitter @TheMendelCenter
  • www.TheMendelCenter.com
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - 7:00pm

Event:              The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

When:              Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7 pm

Where:            The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:           $29 - $59 + applicable fees

                        $50 for family access to pre-show VIP Experience

 

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical comes to

The Mendel Center on Dec. 18

 

For the first time, The Elf on the Shelf® Scout Elves will take center stage in a new live musical debuting this holiday season. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical makes its only Michigan stop at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI, on Wednesday, December 18, at 7 pm.

 

Inspired by the beloved box set The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition, this touring stage production will give families an exclusive glimpse into the magical world of Santa’s North Pole through indelible song and dance numbers and a heartwarming tale about Christmas spirit.

 

This toe-tapping tale tells the story of one particularly impressive Scout Elf™ who must help his new, human family overcome a personal loss and remember the importance of Christmas cheer. Can this tiny elf, along with a host of North Pole pals, make Christmas joyous for his family once again? Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.

 

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical is a creative collaboration between CCA & B and Mills Entertainment. The original stage production was developed by Sara Wordsworth (Broadway’s In Transit, Disney’s Frozen JR., Disney Cruise Line’s Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) as writer and lyricist, Russ Kaplan (Broadway’s In Transit, Dear Albert Einstein) as composer, and Sam Scalamoni (Elf the Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Nickelodeon’s StoryTime Live) as director.

 

Before the show, families can complete their The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical experience with an exclusive pre-show photo opportunity with a Scout Elf. Photos will take place in front of a magical North Pole backdrop featuring a Christmas tree decorated by Santa’s Scout Elves where children can leave a personalized message for Santa. As a commemorative takeaway, the VIP access badge becomes a keepsake that can be hung on the Christmas tree at home for years to come. This photo opportunity begins at 5:30 pm and costs $50 per family. The VIP ticket allows for one photo per family, taken on your camera by our staff, with the Scout Elf.  Space is limited. VIP and performance tickets sold separately.

 

Tickets for The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

 

This performance is sponsored by 97.5 Y Country

 

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About The Elf on the Shelf®

The Elf on the Shelf®, published by CCA and B and written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell, is a best-selling Christmas picture book that comes complete with one of Santa’s Scout Elves. Capturing the hearts of children everywhere, the magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his nice list by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and then report them back to Santa. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for the Scout Elf each morning. www.elfontheshelf.com

 

About Mills Entertainment

Mills Entertainment, a live entertainment content studio, and division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), collaborates with top talent and property holders to create unforgettable live experiences. With full global distribution and partnerships worldwide, our specialty is taking shows from concept to stage, serving as the complete solution in realizing the vision. Current projects include American Girl Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live and Bring It! Live. www.millsentertainment.com

 

About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Friday, 24 January 2020 - 8:00pm

Event:              ABBA Mania

When:              Friday, January 24, 2020, 8 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:            $27 - $57 + applicable fees

 

Take a chance on ABBA Mania and you won’t be disappointed

Tickets for The Mendel Center performance go on sale Sept. 16 at 10 am

 

ABBA Mania, the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute concert, returns to The Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 8 pm

 

ABBA Mania formed in 1999 in London’s West End and the show has been selling out theatres and concert halls internationally ever since. This show has toured the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish “supergroup” to their millions of fans, old and new.

 

ABBA Mania has been seen by more than 3 million people across the globe - from Australia, France, Denmark, Belgium, and Spain to South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the UK. In 2018, ABBA Mania toured the US for the eighth time with over 30 shoes over 6 weeks including a prestigious sell out date in the Smith Centre, Las Vega.

 

Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, and Anni-Frid, collectively known as ABBA, dominated the charts for nearly ten years. At their height, they became Sweden’s highest export earners, amazingly outselling Volvo cars. Sadly, in the early ‘80s, they decided to go their separate ways, but their music lives on. ABBA Gold was continuously in the album charts throughout the ‘90s and is one of the biggest selling albums ever.

 

ABBA’s timeless songs were written to be enjoyed live and ABBA Mania gives audiences exactly that. Two hours of uplifting, dance inducing, and sometimes heartbreaking songs, fully live with fantastic staging, lighting, and effects. The show recreates ABBA’s sound perfectly and respectfully. ABBA Mania is not only for lifelong, diehard ABBA fans, but also for the new generation of fans who never had the opportunity to experience ABBA live.

 

Hits include “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper,” “Fernando,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and many more that continue to fill dance floors worldwide.

 

Polly Graham of the Sunday Mirror says, “Beware of imitations…this is the real musical tribute.”

 

Tickets for ABBA Mania go on sale Monday, September 16, at 10 am at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Ticket discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online.

 

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About The Mendel Center

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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