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Bridal Shows, Irish Dancing & Souper Bowls: A Weekend Planner

Check out events in and around Mentor this weekend

1. GREAT LAKES MALL BRIDAL SHOW

Where/When: Great Lakes Mall, Saturday and Sunday

Why Go: If you're planning your big day, consult the experts this weekend at Great Lakes Mall.

Visit with vendors who are involved in all facets of wedding and reception planning.

And don't miss the fashion show for brides and her wedding party at 2 p.m. Sunday.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, 97.1 The Star will be at the show broadcasting live and they will have the cash prize vault that brides will be able to enter for a chance to win discounts and money.

Don’t forget to register for a chance to win prizes donated by our exhibitors at the show and one lucky bride will win a 7-day all-inclusive trip to Hawaii, compliments of 3 Z Video Productions. Some restrictions apply. You can register at www.exhibitshows.com or at the registration table at the event.

Pricing: Free

2. SOUPER BOWL

Where/When: St. Gabriel School (9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd, Concord Township), 5 p.m. Satuday

Why Go: Nope, that's not a typo.

St. Gabriel will have its sixth annual Souper Bowl to help feed the hungry this Saturday.

The Bowl has raised thousand of dollars for local charities. This year, the proceeds will go to the St. Gabriel Food Pantry that feeds hundreds of Lake County people.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Those who come to the Souper Bowl will receive a dinner of delicious soup, bread and salad donated by a host of area restaurants. The actual bowls served at the dinner are hand painted by members of the St. Gabriel youth ministry program and will be given as keepsakes to diners at the event.

You can buy tickets at the St. Gabriel web site.

Pricing: $10 for adults, $5 for children

3. MEET & GREET WITH SENIOR SPECIAL AGENT GREGORY TRUHAN & CHIEF JAMES MCBRIDE

Where/When: Mentor Public Library main branch, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Why Go: Two men with experience in campus security are hosting a special presentation on targeted campus shootings.

They are retired U.S. Secret Senior Special Agent Gregory Truhan and retired Lakeland Community College Campus Police Chief James McBride.

Truhan and McBride will share the vital knowledge they have acquired over the years regarding the tragic and violent phenomena of mass shootings on American campuses.

The presentation is designed for audiences interested in discussing the preventability of targeted mass-shootings in all types of campus settings -- from kindergarten through college.

However, their suggestions will also be applicable to other locations, including malls, hospitals, theaters, libraries and the like.

The talk is free to attend. However, the library asks that people register beforehand. They can do so online or by calling 440-255-8811.

Pricing: Free

5. IRISH DANCING AT MENTOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Where/When: Mentor Public Library main branch, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday

Why Go: On a much lighter note, the library will also be hosting a group of Irish dancers as part of its monthly Monday University program.

The dancers are from The Academy.

Eighteen of The Academy's dancers qualified for the World Competition in Boston in March of this year.

They have experience performing in a variety of venues outside of competitions, including private parties, restaurants, nursing homes, libraries, the West Side Market and more.

Like almost all library programs, this event is free. However, the library asks that people register beforehand. They can do so online or by calling 440-255-8811.

Pricing: Free

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