Monday, August 22, 2011

Portage Library to host Magic Show, Food Fest

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library in Houghton will host two free events this week -- a Magic Show for children and a Food Fest potluck for lovers of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Magic Show to conclude Summer Reading Program Aug. 24

The Summer Reading Program at the Portage Lake District Library will end with Craig Waddell’s Magic Show on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Two performances of this engaging family entertainment will be given -- from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and from noon to 12:40 p.m. Children can expect to be fascinated and mystified as magic and illusionist fun unfolds.

Waddell has been doing magic shows for the Houghton Elementary School Carnival for the past ten years. His magic is especially adapted for elementary school-age children, but children of all ages are invited.

Although the Summer Reading Program officially ends on Aug. 24, participants will still be able to finish up their reading lists and collect their grand prize until the end of August.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

Portage Library to host Summer’s Bounty Food Fest Aug. 25

The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library invite fresh-food lovers to bring their appetites and favorite summer dishes to share for an evening of good eating among good friends.

The Summer’s Bounty Social will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the library. For this potluck event, people are asked to bring their favorite dish made from locally available fruits or vegetables. Foods can be fresh or frozen, sweet or savory, and hot or cold. If participants want to share a recipe, copies for all can be made at the library.

Community garden members and local producers who want to participate may set up a display with information about their project or business. Please contact Chris at the library for more details.

Door prizes featuring local food products will be given away throughout the evening. Guests will enjoy an arrangement of summertime music, and table service and beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Everyone is invited to this free event. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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