The fourth annual Art of Living Well benefit for Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Go Fish, 5857 Sawyer Road in Sawyer.

A night of fabulous bites and sips is planned to help ensure that Southwest Michigan homebound seniors live well by funding the meals delivered to them.

Cost is $60 per person and reservations are required. Call (269) 925-0137 or visit snsmeals.org for more information.

Masonic Lodge rededication ceremony

The Three Oaks Masonic Lodge No. 239 will be celebrating its 150th year with a public rededication of its lodge location on Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning with a public processional through the downtown area beginning at 1:30 p.m. The officers of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan will conduct the formal rededication ritual that is open to the public, in the main lodge room at 2 p.m.  The lodge is located at 14 1/2 North Elm Street in Three Oaks above The Real Life Church.

Three Oaks Masonic Lodge received its official charter in January of 1868.  Henry Chamberlain, who is also credited as being the founder of the Village of Three Oaks, founded the Three Oaks Masonic Lodge. That process began with a meeting in his business office in 1867.  The minutes of that meeting along with other historical lodge artifacts are on display in the lodge.  Much of that information reads as a working history of the Three Oaks community.  The current location of the lodge is its fourth in its history all being within the village limits.

Tom Oldenburg, the current Worship Master of Three Oaks Masonic Lodge, stated, “I couldn’t be more proud and at the same time humbled to be leading this lodge at this historical milestone.  Our lodge in its 150th year is still a valuable resource to its members and to the Three Oaks community just as those who founded our lodge intended.”

For more information please contact Tom Oldenburg by email at thomasoldnbbrg@aol.com.

Harvest & Wine Fest

The New Buffalo Business Association’s 13th Annual Harvest and Wine Fest returns to Lion’s Park on Saturday, October 6, from noon to 9 p.m. This year will feature over 21 regional wineries as well as craft cider and beer. Enjoy live music, art and craft exhibitors and food vendors.

Teen STEAM Series at library

The New Buffalo Township Library has announced a new Teen STEAM Series for teens to introduce them to the important aspects of STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math).

Through a five-month long series (October through February), and each month will focus on an aspect of STEAM as follows: October – Science; November – Tech; December – Engineering; January – Art; and February - Math.

Programs will be offered  every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 4 with a program on Ferro Fluid and Magnetic Slime. Programs are sign-up only and are for ages 11-18. FOr more, go to the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo; call (269) 469-2933 or log on to newbuffalolibraryyouth@gmail.com.

Input sought on New Buffalo Parks & Rec Plan

Every five years municipalities with a MI DNR-approved Parks & Rec plan must update and renew their plans. Last year, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Harbor Commission and Planning Commission held several work sessions to update New Buffalo's plan in anticipation of the 2018 deadline and now Abonmarche Consultants are assisting with the final steps to prepare the document for submission to the State.

A vital part of this procedure is public input.There is an online survey on the city's main page (www.cityofnewbuffalo.org/)that we strongly encourage everyone to answer. There will be other opportunities for public input, including an upcoming Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The Parks Board will be charged with following the Parks Plan to make sure the interests of residents and visitors are being served.

Open Community Meeting planned

A Harbor Country Open Community Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 24, at the New Buffalo Township Library. Assist local change makers to identify needs and resources that will improve the quality of life for all residents in Harbor Country. Coordinated by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, the Council of Michigan Foundations, The Pokagon Fund and a small group of church, nonprofit and municipal leaders, this is an assessment to identify challenges/assets and kick-start future projects.

 • What is your vision for strengthening this community?

•  What are our major assets and most pressing needs?

• What projects should be kick-started locally to help all who reside in Harbor Country?

For more information, contact Janet Cocciarelli at (269) 469-9322.

Converge fund-raiser

Nancy’s by the Lake, located at the corner of Whittaker and Mechanic streets in New Buffalo, will hold a fund-raiser for Converge Community Church on Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All food and ice cream will be free. Donations will be accepted for Converge’s New Buffalo Community Indoor Play Space and Children’s

Classroom. Converge Community Church is completing the re-model of its final wing to build upon its outreach in New Buffalo and the surrounding community. The Converge expansion will provide a safe and universal space for children to play and adults to socialize. Converge’s space will include a children’s play area, additional classroom space for all ages, multimedia options and indoor/outdoor cafe-style seating. The wing is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

For more information contact Converge Community Church at (269) 426-4466, visit their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, or go to convergenewbuffalo.com.

Barn Benefit

The Ninth Annual Chikaming Open Lands Barn Benefit will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Granor Farm, 3480 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks.

Get out your finest Western duds (jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats encouraged, but not required) and join us for some down-home fun! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a fantastic auction and great company at Granor Farm. All proceeds benefit Chikaming Open Lands’ mission to preserve our shared natural places in this special corner of Southwest Michigan.Tickets ($120 each for Chikaming Open Lands members; $150 each for non-members (includes 1-year membership to Chikaming Open Lands; and $250 for Land Protector tickets — buyers will be listed in a special section of the program and on signage prominently displayed at the event)are on sale now at www.chikamingopenlands.org or over the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (269) 405-1006.

Weko Wine Fest canceled

The Bridgman CGA regrets to announce the cancellation of the Weko Wine Fest at Weko Beach that was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.

Due to unforeseen issues with financial backing and vendor participation, the CGA was unable to create a successful fall festival. “We’ve worked hard to stay ahead of these challenges and find a collaborative solution for all involved, however we had to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel at this time,” the organization stated in a press release. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to greeting you next year at our annual events.”

River Valley Community Lunch

The first River Valley Community Lunch Program for the school year will take place at Chikaming School on Thursday, Sept. 27, starting at noon. The program theme will be  “Mustang Pride.” 

Cost of the lunch is $2 per person. Administrators will also provide updates and answer questions.

Artist Reception for Tomo Mori

New York artist Tomo Mori will be welcomed to Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 S. Elm St., Three Oaks, with an Artist Reception scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.  

Tomo Mori was born in the countryside of Osaka, Japan. She studied traditional painting and drawing (western and Japanese) at Tokyo Metropolitan High School for Art, and graduated from Atlanta College of Art with a BFA. Her painting/collage work has been exhibited in New York, Georgia, Colorado, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey. Liestal (Switzerland), and Tokyo. Her collage work “Memory Ring” was selected as the New York metro area regional finalist for Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series contest with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and it was exhibited at SCOPE Miami Beach 2014. Tomo was commissioned to paint a mural at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, and she received a permanent public art commission from MTA Art & Design, installed earlier this year.

For more, go to www.judyferrara.gallery or call (269) 756-9338.

Storyteller at A&E Center

Comedian and storyteller Dot Kane will perform at the School of American Music’s Arts & Education (A&E) Center at 14 Maple St. in Three Oaks on Saturday, September 22, and Saturday, October 27, at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. The two evening performances are family storytelling/comedy shows and the morning performance is a “Storycise” session, which combines storytelling with exercise.

Kane has a background in dance, theater and early childhood education, and has been entertaining young children and their families for the past 30 years. She describes her routines as “stand-up comedy for kids.” A Chicagoan, Kane also has a house in Union Pier.

Ticket prices at $5 per person or $20 per family. Email schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or call (269) 409-1191 to register.

Port-a-Pit Chicken Dinner

The Three Oaks United Methodist Church ( located at the corner of Elm and Sycamore streets) will host its annual Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken Dinner Fundraiser for the mission of the church from 4 to 8 p.m. (or until gone) Saturday, Sept. 29.

The dinner includes half a chicken, homemade potato salad and baked beans, plus bread, beverage and dessert. Ticket price is $10 for adults for a half chicken meal, and $5 for kids 12 and under for a quarter chicken with potato chips, beverage and dessert. Tickets at the door. Enter at the side door on Sycamore Street, opening at 4 p.m. for Dine-In and Carry-Cut. Parking is available in the lot beside the church or on the street. Contact the Chicken Dinner Team at the church if more information is needed by calling (269) 756-2053 or emailing to toumc@ATT.net.

Chamber Mixer

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will host a Mixer hosted by C&A Arborists and David’s Deli from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 19271 Lakeside Road in Three Oaks.

An evening of networking and light bites (plus wine and beer) in the great outdoors is planned. Enter a raffle for the chance to win one of two free arborist consultations (each a $150 value). Registration is required and limited to 50 people, call 269-469-5409. The event will take place under a terrace in case of rain.

Hikers to visit Love Creek

Harbor Country Hikers will take a fall ravine hike at Love Creek County Park & Nature Center, 929 Huckleberry Road, Berrien Center, with property manager Kip Miller, chief naturalist for Berrien County Parks, as their guide on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 1 p.m.

The estimated two-hour walk of moderate difficulty will wind through what some consider the nicest parts of the park, which includes about 170 acres of forests, meadows, marshes and creeks. Bottled water and a light jacket are recommended. There is a $3 per car park entry fee.

Although membership in Harbor Country Hikers is encouraged, the events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Membership is $20 for individuals or $30 for families. For further information or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Lunch & Learn planned

A Lunch & Learn session on Funding Public Recreation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, 15311 Three Oaks Road, Three Oaks.

As the cost of building and maintaining recreational facilities continues to rise, many municipalities are feeling a budget pinch. To help address that, an effort is underway to authorize a recreational funding fee or excise tax (“bed tax”) on lodging accommodations to develop, maintain, and improve recreational facilities for its residents and visitors. These include beaches, land and water trails, parks, boat launches and other amenities. This effort would allow municipalities in Michigan to collect the tax similar to that collected in 30+ other states. Join J.B. Hoyt of Michigan’s Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council and Mike Garey of the City of St. Joseph to learn more about this initiative and the opportunities it presents for Harbor Country. Bring a brown bag or purchase a box lunch for $10. Registration is required by Sept. 30. For more, call 269-469-5409.

Flea Market accepting vendors

Vendors are being sought for the New Troy Indoor Flea Market, which will begin its season on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 20, and continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

To register for a space, vendors should contact Director Donald Heitsch at (773) 803-9773. Each space includes a table and chair. A reduced rate is available for those who commit to the entire season.

Plan on bringing the whole family for a day of fun and a tasty lunch. The market is chock-full of treasures, including antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies. Lunch will be available for purchase.

The New Troy Indoor Flea Market is located in the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy. A map is available at www.Facebook/NewTroyFleaMarket.

Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  

Acorn Shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: The Kimberly Gordon Quartet on Sept. 21; TUSK - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute on Sept. 22; From Elvis to The Beatles - The Neverly Brothers Return on Sept. 28; and Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts with opener Daniel Rodriguez on Sept. 29.

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

Movie Night at Library

Celebrate National Library Card Signup Month with a Family Movie Night at The Bridgman Public Library. The 2004 release of “The Incredibles” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sept 26. For more information, call (269) 465-3663.

Friendship Gardens program set

Friendship Gardens has endured since 1933 and the Friends of New Buffalo Library will offer the opportunity to learn why at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

In 1933, Michigan City was celebrating its centennial at the same time as the city of Chicago. Inspired by the Chicago World’s Fair, Michigan City undertook the ambitious project of creating the International Friendship Garden with flowers donated from all over the world. Columns fashioned after the Roman Forum found their way, along with tulips from Holland and rose bushes from Teheran. Evening concerts featured opera stars and attracted throngs.

Today, this 105-acre treasure still exists under the name of Friendship Botanic Gardens. Michigan City author Barbara Stodola will tell its history through vintage postcards and historic photographs found in her recently published book.

Upcoming FOL programs include: “The Story of Magic in Michigan” on Oct. 15; “Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir” on Oct. 22, and “Trivia, Folklore and Fun Facts: An Unusual Exploration of Nature” on Nov. 6.

The 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

Election security discussion

Come hear a discussion about cyber security in relation to the voting process at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St.

Charlie Olszewski, a retired associate professor, will lead a discussion on how we, as individual voters can make our election more safe and secure. No registration required. For more information call (269) 465-3663.

Playing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” (rated R) and “The Cakemaker” (not rated). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com. The phone number is (269) 756-3522.

Fall Festival dinner in Galien

A Fall Festival Fund Raiser Dinner is planned from  4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 with a menu of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, corn or green beans, homemade rolls, and a salad bar at Community of Christ Church, 110 Cleveland Ave., Galien. Cost is $9 for adults 12 & Up; and $5 for children 5-11. A Bake Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Disc Golf ribbon cutting

The Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and Greater Bridgman Area Chamber of Commerce & Growth Alliance will celebrate the official ribbon cutting for the Lake Township Disc Golf Course at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. The park is located at 10801 Gast Road in Bridgman.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to show the public the renovations we’ve made. Disc golf is a rapidly growing sport with many new courses that have been developed in our area and are planned in the coming years,” said Lake Charter Township Treasurer Bob Clark.

The original 18-hole course at Lake Township Park was developed in 2004-2005, with course renovations having been in the works over the past couple of years. Included in the renovations are the 10 wooded acres the Township purchased in 2016 adjacent to the existing park. Additionally a new course design has been put in place with installation of AstroTurf tee pads, improvement of the hole trails, and new signage.

“The new design takes full advantage of the beautiful wooded area and many other natural features of Lake Township Park,” said Clark.

The ceremony will take place at the Lake Township Park Pavilion. There will be disc golf demonstrations, tours of the course, and the option to give it a try. Find more information visit http://www.lake-township.org/parks.html.

Harbor Country Singers rehearsal

Harbor Country Singers is a local group of folks who simply love to sing. Perhaps you are one of many who claim, “I only sing in the shower...” but this group is special! No experience is required ... just a teachable spirit and a love of music.

The first rehearsal is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Arts and Education Center, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks. If it is your first time, feel free to come 15 minutes early.   

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, begins Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will continue weekly throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher Ollie Rosenthal, who makes sure they have a fun, enriching time. All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but parents are required to remain with their children.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call Terry at (269) 426-4199.

JLN Studio Open House

JLN Studio, 2642 W John Beers Road, Stevensville, will celebrate seven years of creating at an Open House scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

Enjoy food and beverage, free kids crafts, give-a-ways, discounted art and more while checking out the new creative space in downtown Stevensville.

Multiple artists' works will be on display for purchase including: Julie Lawrenz Nitz; Jessica Staley; Lori Ehlke; Miranda Heward; Taylor Sebrechts; Hillary Florin; Leah Sherman; ands Sharon Wilkinson.

Recycling event

Berrien County residents can bring unwanted household chemicals and electronics to Silver Beach County Park, 101 Broad St., below the bluff in St. Joseph, on Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for recycling and safe disposal.

Donations are accepted to offset the collection, transportation, and processing costs of the household chemicals. Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be collecting electronics such as computers, monitors (fee applies), TVs (fee applies), small and large appliances, dehumidifiers, window air conditions, DVD/VCR players, phones, power tools, or any household item with a cord or items that run on batteries.

More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services or call Jill Adams at (269) 983-7111 x8234. The event is coordinated by the Berrien County Parks Department.

                                     

NBHS 45th reunion

The New Buffalo  High School Class of 1973 will hold its 45th year reunion the weekend of October 6, 2018.

A gathering will be held on Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. Indiana time at 4986 West Concord Drive, LaPorte, Indiana. The reunion is Saturday, Oct. 6, at merican Legion Post 169, 19121 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, with a 5:00 p.m. check-in time, dinner at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7:30 p.m.. A Sunday, Oct. 7, brunch at Rosie’s, 128 North Whittaker Street, New Buffalo is p;annex for 11 a.m.  

For more information contact Deb Hartline Romaneschi at 509-342-1511 or Suzan Von Ehr at 219-508-5373.

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