The New Buffalo High School Band will be holding a Rummage Sale to benefit their November 2019 trip to Walt Disney World in Florida on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New Buffalo High School’s Blue Gym.

If you would like to donate, drop off times are June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. and June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information contact cbaumann@nbas.org.

‘Flute choir’ to gather

The School of American Music (SAM) is calling all flutists for a day-long “flute choir” June 30 at its Three Oaks Arts and Edu­cation Center, 14 Maple St.

The event is open to flut­ists of all ages and abilities, and will be led by SAM flute instructor Julie Littell. The program opens with registration at 9:30 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon, at­tendees will practice in a large group, and Littell will field flute technique questions.

Lunch will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. From 1:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a flute master class, and from 3 to 3:30 p.m., at­tendees will perform and record pieces learned.

Cost is $50 for early reg­istration or $60 after June 27. To register, or for more information, call (269) 409-1191 or email schoolofamerican music@gmail.com.

Hesston Civil War Train Raids

The Hesston Steam Museum, located at 1201 East 1000 North (just south of New Buffalo and Three Oaks), will host its annual Civil War Train Raids weekend June 23 & 24.

Other upcoming special events include: an Independence Day Celebration July 4, 6, 7 & 8; American Family Day on Aug. 5; and the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Labor Day Weekend Steam & Power Show. Fall and winter highlights include the Hesston Ghost Train and Santa's Candy Cane Express.

For more, log on to http://www.hesston.org/

‘Chair Affair’

One-of-a-kind chairs customized by local artists will be available at “The Chair Affair” auction scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. June 28 at Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Appetizers, music and the auction are planned. Proceed swill support the continued work of Neighbor By Neighbor. Tickets are $20. To order, call (269) 231-0648.

Mobile food pantry

The New Buffalo American Legion Post 169 will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on Friday, June 22, at the legion hall, 19139 U.S. 12, New Buffalo. The distribution starts at 11 a.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook signing

Amelia Levin’s delectable new “Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook” isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a book you can curl up with to remember how you spent your childhood or adulthood vacations at Lake Michigan’s beaches. And it’s a travel guide you can use to discover the restaurants and inns, cozy cafes and pubs, cheese shops and wineries that make the area so uniquely delicious.

Purchase a book and have it signed by the author at New Buffalo Bills Wood Fired BBQ from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The book includes recipes for New Buffalo Bill’s Wood-Smoked BBQ Ribs and Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad so you can recreate their delicious flavors right in your own kitchen.

Movie Mondays, Summer Reading

The Bridgman Library will be hosting Movie Mondays. Prior to the movie a free lunch will served at 12:30 p.m. No registration is necessary.

The schedule includes: June 25 Ferdinand; July 2 Coco; July 9 Despicable Me 3; July 16 Wonder; July 23 Boss Baby. For more, call (269) 465-3663.

The Bridgman Library Summer Reading Program (ages 2-18) starts June 18 and runs through July 28. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!

Join the library for books galore, stories , games,  activities, weekly drawings and more. For more information stop by the library or call 269-465-3663.

OutCenter awards dinner

The OutCenter has announced winners of its awards for people working to advance the LG­BTQ+ movement in South­west Michigan. Recipients will be honored during the June 16 Lake Ef­fect Pride Event at the Four Winds Casino & Resort in New Buffalo Township, the center announced. The event will be from 7-10 p.m.

The Communities That Care winners for courage and leadership are Greg Fulmer of Whirlpool Corp., Cyndi Ursprung of Berrien RESA, and Kim Jorgensen Gane, Sarah Strait and Heather Kraus – found­ers of MOMS are In at the OutCenter.

The Mark Wasil Volun­teer of the Year Award will go to Liz Bogue and Caro­line Jones. The Make Waves Ally of the Year Award will go to Larry and Sandy Feld­man.

Celebrate Bridgman paraders sought

The City of Bridgman is seeking participants for its annual Celebrate Bridgman! Parade on Saturday, July 14.

The parade stages at Bridgman High School by 10 a.m. With a start time of 11 a.m. it then travels through the city west on Lake Street. Sign up by July 1 and join the fun! Information and sign-up forms are available at www.Bridgman.org (click on the Celebrate Bridgman! Tent) or call Bridgman City Hall at (269) 465-5144.

Munchin’ on the Preserve

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) plans a Munchin’ on the Preserve Summer Lunch and Learn Series. Once a month in June, July and August join us outside at the covered picnic shelter at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (located on Warren Woods Road between I-94 and Lakewood Estates) to learn about different and important conservation topics.

The first Munchin’ on the Preserve: Benefits of Composting will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27. Nancy Carpenter from the Berrien County Conservation District will share her expertise on why composting is important, how to properly compost food scrapes and yard waste at home and what to do with the finished product. Casey Struecker from COL will lead the second part by exploring the world of vermiculture: (worm composting).

Bring your own lunch or order a box lunch from David’s Delicatessen and Café in New Buffalo, MI. Contact the COL office at col@chikamingopenlands.org or call (269) 405-1006 to place your box lunch orders. One week advance notice is needed for all box lunch orders.

A Munchin’ on the Preserve on Water Quality in Michigan is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 18.

RSVP’s are not necessary but if you have any questions about this series please contact Casey Struecker at (269) 405-1006 or email at col@chikamingopenlands.org.

Meals Ministry

A Meals Ministry featuring an open kitchen and free food is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore St.

The meal will include Spanish rice with meat and beans, mixed vegetables, salad and cookies.

For more, contact the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry at (269) 756-7444 or Three Oaks United Methodist Church at (269) 756-2053.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Classical Blast “From Bach to Rock” at 7 p.m. June 15; The PettyBreakers (he nation’s premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute act) at 8 p.m. June 16; Shawn Mullins with opener Max Gomez at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20; Larkin Poe (singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters ) on June 21; Best-selling author Bill German will perform a monologue discussing his years befriending The Rolling Stones at 8 p.m. June 22; Heartless (the Midwest’s premier tribute to Heart) at 8 p.m. June 23; Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael at 4 p.m. June 24; Heartache Tonight — A Tribute to the Eagles at 8 p.m. June 30; Katie Todd Band at 8 p.m.  Friday, July 6.

The deadline to enter the 2018 Singer Songwriter Competition is June 28.

For more, log on to www.acorntheater,com or call (269) 756-3879.

Korea veterans to meet at Post 169

The Papasan-Mamasan Korea Veterans Associa­tion will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at New Buffalo American Le­gion Post 169, 19139 W. U.S. 12.

Korean War veterans who were in service be­tween June 25, 1950, and June 30, 1955, are eligible to attend. Korean War veterans who served during that pe­riod but did not go to Ko­rea are eligible to join the organization. For more information, call 471-1405 or 695-1133.

Hike at Kesling, Conservation Area

The Harbor Country Hikers are headed to the forested uplands of Kesling Nature Center and sections of the Three Oaks Township Conservation Area on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 10 a.m.

The flora and fauna of a mesic southern forest will be the study of the day during this moderately difficult two-mile hike. A small tributary flows through the 40-foot deep ravine area that is home to a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. Since the area (located on Forest Lawn Road, halfway between Lakeside and Basswood roads) is considered a high-quality bird watching area, binoculars are recommended.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

RVHS Multi-Year Reunion

The River Valley High School Class of 1978 is hosting a Multi-Year Class Reunion from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday July 15, in Dewey Cannon Park.

The “Mix-n-Mingle in the Park” is open to anyone who attended River Valley High School from 1975 through 1981, including the teachers and staff. There is no cost to attend.

Wednesday night music concerts

New Buffalo Township’s weekly Wednesday night Music in Memorial Park series begins at 7 p.m. June 13 with Letters From Home. Blue Ice is slated to perform on June 20 and Red Deluxe takes the stage June 27.

Andrew Jackson subject of forum

The Friends of New Buffalo Library’s Community Forum will focus on Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Considered one of the most fascinating, colorful and controversial characters in American history, Jackson will be discussed by Tim Moore of Lake Michigan College. The talk will cover Jackson as an orphan, unruly child, lawyer, judge, military chieftain, populist hero, defender of the Union and slayer of the National Bank.

Other upcoming programs include “Icebound Found! The Ordeal of the S.S. Michigan,” presented by Valerie van Heest, on Monday, July 9, and “Author Talk: Cindy Hunter Morgan,” Aug. 21.  

The free Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund. For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (June 24 - Jerry Hunt Trio; July 15 - Red Deluxe; July 22 - Mark Ficks; Aug. 5 - Not So Acoustic; Aug. 19 - Top Secret; Sept. 2 - Summer Reunion Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.

Skip’s Market

Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) until early October from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Skip’s parking lot at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road. Wine tastings, featuring many Michigan wines, on the patio. Fresh local produce, herbs, flowers, cheeses, restaurant grade beef, jam/jellies, jewelry, art and more. Kid friendly activities. For more, call (269) 469-3330.

Church seeking vendors

Some booths are still available for the outdoor summer French Market at Epis­copal Church of the Me­diator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway.

The market will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21. Artists, crafters, antique/ collectible vendors, spe­cialty food or farm fresh produce vendors, and more are invited.

Register for a booth by contacting Jeannine Totz­ke at 921-1127 or tltjrt@gmail.com. Booths are $15, and ta­bles are $10. The deadline to register is July 1.

Proceeds from the mar­ket will support church ministries.

‘Go South’ at Judith Racht

“Go South” opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday June 30, at The Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 Prairie Road, Harbert.

This show continues the exploration of abstraction. Five artists from Atlanta (Debbie Ezell, Chery Baird, Mary Beth Cornelius, Patricia Payne and Deb Rosenbury) share their vision until July 21.

For more, call (269) 469-1080.

Ice Cream Social in Galien

An Ice Cream Social featuring Sloppy Joe’s and Strawberry Shortcake will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Galien United Methodist Church, 208 North Cleveland Ave.

Call (269) 362-4917 for carry outs.

Crafters wanted

Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is looking for crafters to participate in the Heritage Arts and Crafts Fair. Crafts like sewing, quilts, knitting, soap, candles, shawls and more are welcome.

Spaces are available in the historic Dewey Cannon Park, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks, on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. Fees are $20 for one day or $30 for both days.

You will need to provide your own tent, tables, chairs, etc. Registration deadline is July 14.

Contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com for more information or find the Registration Form on our website at https://civilwardaysthreeoaks.jimdo.com.

Read with Newdle

Every Monday at 11 a.m. the New Buffalo Township Library offers the Reading with Newdle.

Join us for a very special Story Time with therapy dog Newdle! Your little one will have a one on one chance to interact with Newdle, learn how to interact with pets and even tell Newdle a story.

A Summer Reading Program: Kevin and the Infinite Possibilities, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.

Brick sale

Due to popular demand, a limited number of commemorative bricks will be offered for sale by Friends of New Buffalo Library until they are sold out or by the June 30 deadline. The inscribed bricks will be installed in the walkway at the library’s main entrance

Order forms are available at the Friends of the Library Used Book counter in the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Forms may be submitted to the main desk at the library or completed on-line following the directions on the form.

Cost is $50 for 4-by-8-inch bricks for up to three lines and $100 for 8-by- 8-inch bricks for up to six lines.  Each line has a maximum of 18 characters including spaces and punctuation.

Placement of bricks will be determined by a lottery selection process.

Funds raised will be used by the Friends of the Library for special library needs and special community programs.

Democratic picnic

The Berrien County Democratic Party will hold its annual picnic at the Lincoln Charter Township Park, 5575 S. Roosevelt Road, Stevensville, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

Democratic candidates for local, state, and national offices will be in attendance and will talk about their positions on the issues and their qualifications for office. The public is invited.

For more information, call (269) 588-3300, visit the BCDP office at 2517 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph, or go to the county party’s website (www.bcdemocrats.org) or Facebook page.  

GOP candidate’s breakfast

The public is invited to attend a candidate’s breakfast host­ed by the Berrien County Republican Women’s Club at 8 a.m. June 20 at Pebble­wood Restaurant, 9794 Jericho Road, Bridgman.

All Berrien County Re­publican candidates who are running at the county level and above are being invited to attend, and those who have contested races will be given time to speak. All others will be intro­duced.

Cost for the breakfast buffet is $15. An RSVP is requested one week in advance, and can be made by calling (269) 982-9939.

Summer reading

The Galien Township Library Summer Reading Program starts June 19th and runs Tuesdays thru July 24th 2-3 pm. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! Join us for books galore, stories & more, games & activities, yummy snacks, and fun prizes! Stop by the library or call 269-545-8281 to sign up.

Stop by the Galien Township Library and check out the artwork in our display case

by Dennis Anderson of Edwardsburg Michigan. Dennis does primarily illustration design and also sculpts and paints. He has worked with small press publishers, created several horror/fantasy comic books, illustrated a children’s book, done promotional work for big music names like Alice Cooper, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Theory of a Deadman and many more. He has recently worked with Evil Czech Brewery to create several beer labels for them. See more of Dennis at www.parabolastar.com

Fencing Lab in New Troy

An “Introduction to Fencing Lab” will be offered at the New Troy Community Center in June.

One of the oldest Olympic sports, fencing involves tradition, grace, precision, stamina, agility and mental strength. Coach Rebecca Schneider teaches students to fence in a full fitness and strategic way. Following demonstrations and instruction, students will be led through practice moves using foam swords. Schneider’s priority in teaching is to showcase fencing’s unique challenges to inspire others both on and off the strip. With 21 years of fencing experience, Schneider is certified by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and has served as Head Coach at the Point Fencing Club and Culver Academies.

The three-session lab will be held on June 21, 22 and 23, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Cost is $50. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited to 12 students. After that, names will be placed on a waiting list for a second lab. All ages are welcome. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.  No equipment is necessary. Bring water bottles and wear loose, athletic clothing (no jeans) and tennis shoes.

A portion of the lab fee will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy. The Center is located at 13372 California Rd., New Troy. A map is available on www.facebook.com/Friends-of-New-Troy. For more information, please e-mail rebjane8@gmail.com or call Rebecca at 217-352-0722.

Baroda Farmers Market

Vendors are being accepted for the first year of the Baroda Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12-Oct. 14 in the big field at the end of Second and Third streets).

For more, send an email to barodafarmmarket@gmail.com.

Mindful Motion Yoga Class

A Mindful Motion Yoga Class is held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the New Troy Community Center (13372 California Road). Cost is $10 per session.

The vinyasa style class with the focus on moving with your breath is taught by Cheryl Meadors of Bridgman.

Students should arrive a few minutes early, wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement, and bring their own yoga mat. Registration is not necessary for this drop-in class.

Meadors also teaches a Basic Yoga class at the Community Center on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

A portion of class fees will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy. For more information, please phone/text Lorraine at (269) 405-6857.

Activities at Library

A Needlework Clinic meets in the Community Room at the Three Oaks Township Public Library, 3 North Elm St., on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Needleworkers of all types and skill levels are welcome. Ronald Ahrens of Three Oaks is proficient in knitting, crocheting, bobbin lacemaking, tatting, broderet, and filet netting and will be on hand to help anyone with their projects. No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Qi-Gong, a coordinated body posture, movement and controlled breathing exercises, similar to tai chi, is offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the library. Light Walking Aerobics takes place Thursdays at 11 a.m. Both  are held in the Three Oaks Public Library Community Room.

For more, call (269) 756-5621 of go to www.threeoaks.michlibrary.org

Robotics Fun at River Valley

How do you explore the surface of Mars with a robot or retrieve a deep sea remote-controlled submarine that is stuck in an ocean canyon? How do you design an automatic candy dispenser? How can farmers overcome drought with an efficient irrigation system? How do you make a self-parking car? Can you design a fire alarm?  

Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a TI-Nspire CX or a TI-84+CE calculator and other prizes.  These challenges will take place at the Three Oaks Campus from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm with bus transportation available.  For students entering Grades 9-12, the dates are July 31, August 1 and 2 and costs only $18.  Students entering Grades 6-8 will meet August 7 and 8 and costs $15.  Students entering Grades 4 and 5 will compete on August 9 and costs $10.  All proceeds benefit RV STEM Education.

If you are an interested student looking for something interesting to do, send an email to Dr. Marian Prince at mprince@andrews.edu by July 20.  Please include name, grade entering and phone number.

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