Monthly Archives: June 2015

Optimist Open Tennis Classic

The date for this year’s Harper Creek Optimist Open Tennis Classis is July 24 through July 26. It will again be held at the Harper Creek High School Tennis Complex and the general tennis format will be the same: youth are encouraged to play singles and there are regular and mixed doubles for adults. Youth and adults may enter not more than two tournaments and youth may also play doubles. Please click on the following link  for all relative tournament information and to obtain an entry form: 2015 HARPER CREEK OPTIMIST TENNIS

Pictured below are youth in action from last year’s event:
2014-08-OptimistTennisPermelia  2014-08-OptimistTennisGilmer2 2014-08-OptimistTennisLarsen1  2014-08-OptimistTennisKerschbaum



Summer Meetings

Club summer meetings commence starting June 4th at our same location by Sonoma Lake. Please join us and bring a friend for an outdoor picnic and social gathering. Be there by 6:30 PM every Thursday and you will not be late. We are again meeting at club member David Jaques estate located shore side on Sonoma Lake. Meals are $5 and each beverage of your choice is only $1. A game of euchre or a pontoon ride may be on the agenda. Club member Lee Griffin has again stepped up to chair the event and be sure that food and beverages are present. Rain will probably not cancel the gathering as inside accommodations are available at the location. Be sure to catch each week’s call-em-all to be sure alternative plans have not been arranged such as a gathering at Bailey Park for a Bombers baseball game, cancellations due to extremely inclement weather or meeting at club member Duncan Bailey’s for a “pool party”.

The location may be a little tricky to find if you have not been there before. Coming south from Battle Creek on M-66, turn west on B Drive South (where Orchard Park Grocery was once located). Continue west on B Drive South past Sonoma Elementary School to 4 Mile (Sonoma) Road. Turn south (left) and go about a mile until you come to this location, which enables you to turn right towards Sonoma Lake.


Follow the lane towards the lake until you come to this sign and turn left.IMG_3579IMG_3581

Follow the lane between the houses and you will come to a small bridge you must traverse. Bridge speed limit is 2 miles per hour! After the crossing, the gathering location is located about 100 yards to the right. You can’t miss it.IMG_3582

Rocket Day

Our club again sponsored “Rocket Day”.  Sixth grade student from Harper Creek Middle School assemble rockets and shoot them off under the direction of long time club member Dick Wagner. The launching day was on a beautiful sunny Friday, May 22nd. Please check out the following corresponding video from the event produced by HCHS Digital Video Production students Katie Wade and Caleb Hayes under the direction of Harper Creek High School teacher and Optimist member, Mike Rio.