Sarah from the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins Zack to talk about how you and your business can get involved in the Annual Golf Outing and Steak Fry August 24th at Harbor Shores. Get details and sign up at smrchamber.com!... [Read Full Story]
Smile Power Day
Nature Photography Day
Zack is joined by Jessica, Stephanie, and Brandon from the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance to discuss a Wednesday virtual event called “Black in Business.” You can join this free event with details at cornerstonewbc.com
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Strawberry Shortcake Day
The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff Presented By 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services Returns to St. Joe for 2021
The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff returns for 2021 thanks to 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services, with support from long-time sponsor Signature Dealer Group! Bill Crowder speaks with Zack East about his organization’s love and support of the Art Fair, and how you can get tickets and details at krasl.org.... [Read Full Story]
Do you believe in love? We found love in Cher! And, we know that Cher believes in love! This famous gal is just one of many elegant black cats looking for a home during our fabulous Black Tie CAT Adoption Event which starts next week. Cher is a fun, active, and friendly girl. Her adoption fee is only $20.00! Call Berrien County Animal Control at 269-927-5648 to meet Cher and MANY of her housemates! ... [Read Full Story]
National Making Life Beautiful Day
National Corn on the Cob Day
Vacations — 43%
Going out to restaurants, bars, happy hours, etc. — 39%
Hosting friends and family at home — 30%
Attending a game/sporting event — 22%
Attending a concert — 21%
Going on dates — 21%
Graduation/birthday parties — 20%... [Read Full Story]Taylor Swift was very Taylor-like when accepting an Icon award for her songwriting, saying she’s really gotten by with a little help from her friends.Tay made a virtual appearance at yesterday’s (Wednesday) National Music Publishers’ Association’s annual gala, where she picked up this year’s Songwriter Icon Award. She said, “I want to take a moment to thank the people who were my professors, my teachers, of the craft of songwriting. First of all, anyone who wrote with me in Nashville when I was in like eighth or ninth grade, that is insane that you did that. I am so lucky that I got to learn from some of the best writers on Music Row.”She went on to spread the love to all the Swifties out there, because they “care about my lyrics. You have no idea how much that means to me, that you dissect them and copy them into your journals and care about the things that I write.” (Billboard)
Ed Sheeran‘s long vacation is finally over — and he’ll mark his return with his first new single in four years.Ed broke the news in an Instagram post that featured a photo of him grimacing, along with the caption, “The moment you realize your first solo single in 4 years is coming out in a few weeks.”He’s had the tune kicking around for at least a few weeks, since he told the BBC last month that it’s “really different.”
Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and AJ McLean are joining up with NSYNC members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone for a special Pride Month event.The boy band members will host a charitable game night, Bingo Under the Stars, at The Grove in Los Angeles on June 18.The event will feature 10 games of bingo, special prizes, surprise guests and more. It’ll conclude with Nick, AJ, Lance and Joey taking the stage together to perform songs from both groups.The singers teased some sort of collaboration last week on social media.A portion of ticket sales for Bingo Under the Stars will go directly to L.A. Pride, and a special gift will also be granted to The Trevor Project, which supports LGBTQ youth.An icebreaker ship was making its way through ice fields in northern Russia, when they spotted something unusual — a dog — wandering around on the jagged ice.The crew lowered a ladder for the Samoyed, complete with a thick, fluffy white coat of fur, to come aboard.They took her to a nearby village and found her owners.It seems the dog — named Aika — had run away a week before and taken some wrong turns into the ice fields.The owners were thrilled to be reunited with Aika and said she would not have survived out there without that chance meeting with the heroic crew. (KCTV-TV)Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are threatening the BBC after the network reported that the former royals didn’t ask for the Queen‘s blessing to name their infant daughter Lilibet.According to the BBC, a Buckingham Palace source claims Queen Elizabeth was “never asked about it.”Now, according to The Daily Beast, Harry and Meghan’s legal team has issued “a rare legal warning” to the “papers advising them not to repeat the allegation” that the couple “had named their second child after Queen Elizabeth without asking her first.”A spokesperson for the couple fired back, saying that the Queen was indeed supportive when Harry told her about the ahead of time and that the couple would not have used the name if she objected.
Liam Payne may have looked like he was having a great time when One Direction was on top of the world, but in reality, he was so depressed that he pondered killing himself.Appearing on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Liam said, “I was worried how far my rock bottom was going to be. Where’s rock bottom for me? And you would never have seen it. I’m very good at hiding it.”Asked if he dipped far enough to consider suicide, he replied, “Yeah. There is some stuff that I have definitely never, never spoken about. It was really, really, really severe. It was a problem. I just didn’t like myself very much and then I made a change.”That change? He cut out the pills he’d become hooked on, and cut down on his drinking, which brought him back to a good place after 1-D split.
Tiger King star Jeff Lowe is wanted by police in Las Vegas after he failed to show up for a hearing on Wednesday.TMZ says four bench warrants were issued, stemming “from a 2017 case in which he was charged with three counts of not having a proper license or permit for wild animals, and one count of doing business without a license. He was convicted in 2018 of illegally using animals to make money in the Las Vegas valley, but agreed to stay out of trouble to avoid jail time.”Now he has to post $20,500 to wipe out the warrants and get a new court date.This comes after Jeff and his wife Lauren were arrested last weekend in Oklahoma for DUI.
Daniele from St. Joe Today joins Zack to preview great events and deals you can grab this month around the area! Check them out anytime at stjoetoday.com!... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
NATIONAL BALLPOINT PEN DAY — You can’t text with it, but the ballpoint pen revolutionized hand-written communications. It was patented 78 years ago, on June 10th, 1943. The pen replaced the use of feather-based writing with ink.
NATIONAL HERBS AND SPICES DAY — Cumin is the world’s most popular spice and cilantro (or coriander) is the most-used herb.
NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY — Iced tea dates back to the 1870s, long before people had icemakers.
Way back in the early days of the COVID pandemic, wait staff and delivery people were considered “essential workers” and given a little more respect – and a little boost in tips. Well, times have changed. According to a new study, customers have pulled back on heavy tipping and gone back to their old habits – with some even cutting back on the gratuities completely. The New York Times scanned figures from payment services Square and Toast and found that folks upped their average tip to nearly 25% in early-to-mid 2020, but have gradually fallen back to pre-pandemic numbers of 18 to 19%. In bigger cities, some restaurants are battling back by eliminating tips altogether and raising wages — which means a hike in the price of some menu items. (Eater)
It looks like the future of communication is in your clothes. Researchers at Purdue University have figured out a way to add wireless capabilities to clothing – and it won’t get wrecked when you do the laundry. Your clothing will then be able to communicate with your phone, computer, car, etc. The smart clothing can also monitor your health and even call for help if you’ve had an accident. (EurekAlert)
Speaking of clothes … Guys, if you’re looking for a successful summer of dating, you may want to eliminate these things from your wardrobe. According to dating app Plenty of Fish’s “Steamy Summer Report,” women said these are the worst summer looks for men: socks and sandals (33%), the bro tank/tank top (20%), Speedos (14%), cargo shorts (14%), and tropical shirts (7%).For women, the summer fashion looks guys said are turn-offs include: High-waisted shorts and pants (27%), heels with a bathing suit (26%), bad fake tan (17%), saggy bathing suit (15%), and Crocs (9%).Lady Gaga, Diana Ross and Gloria Gaynor all ride high on a list of Pride Month anthems chosen by members of Britain’s LGBTQ community.The survey, conducted earlier this year, put Gaga’s “Born This Way” atop the tally, followed closely by “I’m Coming Out” and “I Will Survive.” Gloria also took the number-four spot with “I Am What I Am,” followed by Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” “Freedom” by George Michael and Cher’s “Believe.”Kylie Minogue was the artist with the most tracks in the Top 50, appearing three times. You can check out the playlist via Wildcat Gin’s Spotify page. (The Sun)
Lewis Capaldi hasn’t been shy about letting fans look inside his life, but he’s about to take his deepest dive yet — with a documentary film that’s been in the works for five years.In typically Capaldi-ish fashion, Lewis talks about the flick, saying, “I’m very excited to potentially capture the making of the best album of all time, or more likely, to permanently document the scorching of my dreams as years of my life’s work is received like a pile of flaming [poop]. Either way it’s going to be lots of fun and will be lovely to have people along for the ride.”The still-untitled film will get its premiere at Cannes Virtual Film Market from June 21st through 25th. (Billboard)
Adam Levine tells the BBC that Maroon 5 has a high criteria about what songs to include on their albums. “Quality control is the number one criteria to us: If a song doesn’t feel special, we wouldn’t include it. And we don’t mean that in a cheap way. We mean that like, “Could this song connect with the world?” Then, after we decide that, we say, “but is this the kind of hit song we want to have on our record?”Just one year ago, a black Labrador retriever named Forrest was in a shelter in Oregon, looking for a forever home.But thanks to the charity group Search Dog Foundation, Forrest is now a trained search and rescue dog.Back in August, Forrest started training to become a certified search and rescue dog. Because not every dog makes it through the training, the Search Dog Foundation has a backup plan. Every dog that enters the program gets care for life regardless of whether they graduate from the search dog program or not.Forrest did graduate — and is now returning the favor by working with his first-responder partner, Tom Simons, and traveling around the country to save those affected by disasters.Forrest is described as a “gentle giant” who’s “light on his feet.” His trainers went further to explain that he’s confident and thriving in all the situations the trainers have put him in. Thanks to his hard work — and the attention of his trainers — Forrest will now be helping those in big trouble and saving lives. (People)Chris Harrison‘s time as host of The Bachelor franchise is over for good.After 19 years with the reality show, Harrison has reportedly reached a settlement with ABC to walk away. According to TMZ, he won’t be getting a final rose, but he will receive a massive settlement deal. His departure comes a few months after he received backlash for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell‘s attendance at a racist party in 2018. He ultimately apologized, but still stepped away from his duties indefinitely.
Indiana Jones is back — and we have photographic evidence.Harrison Ford was snapped in his iconic costume on the set of the fifth installment of the franchise.Actor Josh Gad shared the pic on his Instagram account, writing, “All is right in the world. Welcome back Dr. Jones.”It’s the first time the now-78-year-old Ford has worn the Indy costume since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.The fifth Indy movie hits theaters in July 2022.
If you still haven’t gotten enough Ross and Rachel with the recent HBO Max reunion special, you can now set sail on a Friends-themed cruise.The trip embarks from Fort Lauderdale in May, with stops at ports in Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.The cruise, created by travel agency Fana World Travel, will feature a costume contest, trivia games and “more fun activities,” according to the website — which also says, “Get ready to eat like Joey, joke like Chandler, cook like Monica, shop like Rachel, yoga like Phoebe and dig like Ross.” Unfortunately, none of the stars will appear on the high seas.For more info, head to CruiseWithFriends.net
BCF is a place where resources meet needs. Scholarships are a great example of those resources. Most scholarships are for college. The Willging-Reed Scholarship is a special scholarship for orchestra students from St. Joe High School who are going to a summer music camp. Get more details at berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]
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Rosé Wine Day
An Italian shoe designer has found a way to do the impossible — fusing the ugliness of Crocs with the discomfort of stiletto heels. Balenciaga’s Spring 2022 collection spotlights a knee-high Croc-boot as well as the three-inch heeled Crocs, both of which come in black and eye-popping lime green. So much for pandemic comfort wear. (Complex)
You can now tell the world how you feel about getting back in the swing of post-pandemic life without saying a word. A growing number of businesses and gathering places are handing out color-coded wristbands modeled on traffic lights to explain your vibe. According to the Wall Street Journal, places like Chesterfield, Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce are using Red to mean “no contact” with “no exceptions.” Yellow to mean “elbow only,” as in stick to the elbow bump, pal. Folks wearing a green band are letting you know that “hugs are welcome.”
Lightning does strike twice. A man in Massachusetts won his second $1 million lottery – 21 years after he won his first million. Michael Rocca of Pittsfield chose to take the full amount, for a payment of $650,000. But the first time he won, he chose annual installments for the $1 million – and he received his final installment last May. (UPI)
Cicadas aren’t just keeping you awake all night, one is now being blamed for a car accident. A driver in Cincinnati says one of the bugs flew into the window of his Chevy Cruze and got up in his face. It freaked him out so much, he ended up crashing into a utility pole. The driver wasn’t hurt and we can pretty much assume the cicada is dead somewhere.