The grand opening of the Biggest Little Baseball Museum (located on the second floor of the Three Oaks Township Library Building, 3 North Elm St.) will take place between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
Also, a 160th Happy Birthday Party for the Three Oaks Township Library (founded on April 4, 1859) is scheduled to begin at noon on April 13.
“So big you can’t see it all in one visit, and so little you can’t get lost,” is the description offered of the new museum by the Biggest Little Baseball Museum Board. The one-room museum includes exhibits and stories about everything from Town Teams like the Three Oaks Greens, New Troy Grays and Lakeside Aces, to the start of Little League in Three Oaks, and much more.
House of David Echoes players will make a presentation on Civil War Era Baseball at 1 p.m.
Admission is free and the Biggest Little Baseball Museum is open during regular library hours.
A free Children’s Make & Take Drop-In Easter Craft will be offered at the Three Oaks Library April 15-20. Drop in anytime each day to make an Easter wreath or egg magnet to hang of your fridge at home.
Egg hunt in Harbert
The annual New Buffalo Savings Bank Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Harbert Community Park, 13538 Red Arrow Highway. Participants should bring their Easter egg basket and a camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Bake Sale
The Berrien County Orthodox Women’s Group will sponsor an Easter Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Hellenic Center, 18000 Behner Road, New Buffalo.
Favorites such as Baklava, Flogero, Koulouria, spinach or cheese pitas, Galactoburiko and more will be available. The event will benefit the Greek Orthodox Church in New Buffalo.
A Fish Fry Buffet catered by Tony Mamouzellos and Formal Fork will be served from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12. Cost will be $10 person, with beer, wine and other beverages available for sale.
Ribbon Cutting at Ghost Isle
The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will welcome The Ghost Isle Brewery of New Buffalo with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at noon on their official opening day, Monday, April 15.
The public is invited to attend and join owners, Bob, Jim and Elizabeth Sima to cut the ribbon.
The long anticipated restaurant and micro-brewery is located at 17684 U.S. 12, overlooking the Galien River Marsh and Ghost Isle. The doors open at 11 am. Craft brew enthusiasts can enjoy beer brewed upon the premises and have a clear view of the tanks tableside. The full bar and restaurant can seat 200 with an expansive outdoor patio to take in the misty views around a fire pit. Executive Chef Brent Dopp presents a varied menu ranging from sandwiches, seafood and barbecue.
For more information, please visit ghostislebrewery.com or their Facebook page.
Lakeside egg hunt
The traditional Lakeside Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 (rain or shine), in Lakeside Township Park (located at the corner of Lakeside Road and Red Arrow Highway).
Bring a camera for a picture with the bunny and a basket for eggs.
The River Valley Post Prom Committee will host a four-team Donkey Basketball Tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the River Valley High School gymnasium.
Advance tickets are on sale for $6 each, and tickets will be available at the door for $8 each. Children 6 and under get in free.
Donkey Basketball is a variation on the game of basketball played on a standard court, but in which players ride donkeys. This year’s teams will feature the River Valley High School administration and staff, River Valley Alumni, Junior/Senior students, and local police/fire/first responders. During the intermission, spectators are able to pet the donkeys and children are able to ride the donkeys for free. The Post Prom Committee also will have a 50/50 raffle and concession stand available.
Those wishing to purchase advance tickets can call/text (269) 449-3569 or (269) 426-0524. Tickets will also be available for purchase during RV home baseball and softball games (April 11, 15, 16).
Egg hunt at Legion Post 169
New Buffalo American Legion Post 169, 19121 U.S. 12, will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt featuring age groups and more at 1 p.m. April 20.
Easter Services at Woodland Shores
All are invited to the Easter Worship Services on Sunday, April 21, at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Those attending will be inspired to “Come Back to God, Come Back to Life, and Come Back to Church.” There will be an Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m. for children through 6th grade. On April 19, there will be a Good Friday service at 7 p.m.
Community garden plots offered
Community garden plots are available for rent at the Bridgman Public Library for the 2019 season.
The cost is $10 for each 4-foot by 8-foot plot. The garden opens with a work day on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Season Organizational Meeting is May 4 at 10:30 a.m. where equipment, garden rules will be reviewed and questions will be answered.
A Spring Recital featuring music played by area adults and students will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
Mobile food pantry
The Rotary Club of Harbor Country will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on April 18 at Three Oaks American Legion Post 204, 204 Linden St. The distribution starts at 3 p.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.
The New Buffalo Ideas Fair, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. April 18 at the Middle/High School, will offer the chance to learn of the opportunities offered by student and community organizations. A spaghetti diner follows at 4 p.m.
Story of Hamilton
“Alexander Hamilton: The Infant Republic’s Economic Czar” is the topic for the Community Forum Series sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.
Tim Moore of Lake Michigan College will relate the story of the Caribbean-born orphan who rose to the heights of political power and, as Treasury Secretary, established a financial partnership between the national government and America’s wealthiest men.
Upcoming Community Forum programs (sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library and underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund ) include: The Orphan Train in Michigan on Monday, May 6; The Underground Railroad in Michigan, Thursday, May 1, and All About Spiders, May 21.
Egg hunt at Equestrian Center
Spring Creek Equestrian Center, 16771 Pardee Road, Three Oaks, will host an Easter Egg Hunt art 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13.
There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt and petting of the horses.
Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate its 60th anniversary this spring with a dinner, a special service and a pilgrimage to its former locations.
Friends, current and former members, and those who are curious about Unitarian Universalism are welcome to attend a dinner at 5:30 p.m. April 27. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20 to reserve a seat. Donations are gleefully and gratefully accepted. Child care is provided.
A pilgrimage will leave at 12:15 p.m. May 19 from the church’s parking lot, 4340 Lincoln Ave.
A service at 10:30 a.m. April 28, led by the Rev. James McConnell, will celebrate the fellowship’s involvement in the community begun in 1959. For more information, visit berrienuu.org.
RV Community Lunch
The River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at Three Oaks School on Wednesday, April 24, starting at noon.
Cost is $2 per person. The program theme is Earth Day. Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.
Humane Society offers 'Fetch Some Fun' program
The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, located at 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is proud to announce a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.
Every day the shelter is open, “Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes. Visit michianahumanesociety.org, call (219) 872-4499, or email@example.com to sign up.
HC Singers to perform
The Harbor Country Singers (HCS), a community chorus, are slated to perform at an April 25 hootenanny at New Buffalo Township Library.
HCS was founded, and is directed by, Cindy Dryden. It is a program of the School of American Music. Now in its sixth year, the School of American Music offers courses in stringed instruments, flute, piano and voice for children and adults.
For more information, visit schoolofamericanmusic.com.
Beer in the Buff On the Go
The New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) will take Beer in the Buff on the road April 13.
Join us as we shuttle you to New Buffalo Bars, Breweries and Tasting Rooms from noon to 5 p.m., with drink specials at each location.
Beer in the Buff On the Go participants will pick up bracelets and passports downtown before heading to a designated launch spot to will continue the journey aboard buses or with a personal designated driver (not provided by the NBBA). Collect stamps on a passport at each location visited to receive an entry into a drawing to win one of three prizes, including a vacation rental in New Buffalo area.
Tickets are $45 and available at: https://beerinthebuff.brownpapertickets.com/.
As spring emerges in Warren Woods State Park, Harbor Country Hikers will be led by fellow member Arch Hopkins, who holds a doctorate in botany and knows about wildflowers and other unique characteristics of climax forests, on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 1 p.m.
The two-hour walk and talk may include some wet trails along the 1.75-mile moderate trek that includes some stairs and a short climb or two. Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking lot on the north side of Union Pier/Elm Valley/Townline Road, between Red Arrow Highway and Three Oaks Road.
Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. For weather cancellations, further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit them on Facebook or at harborcountryhikers.com.
Easter egg hunt at Friendship Gardens
Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. 12, Michigan City, Ind., will host a free afternoon of egg-hunting adventures among 105 acres of nature trails and formal gardens at 11 a.m. Central Time on Easter Sunday, April 21.
Kids ages 0 to 12 and their families are invited to walk the trails and explore the blooming gardens while searching for thousands of eggs hidden throughout the grounds. Families can take pictures with the Easter Bunny before or after the egg hunt.
For more information, call (219 878 9885 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 3903 Lake St., Bridgman, will offer all-you-can-eat pasta dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following Fridays: April 12.
Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12, and free for those under 3. The dinner includes assorted pasta, salad, garlic bread, coffee, punch and dessert.
For take-outs, call (269) 465-5512.
Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale
Berrien Conservation District Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale orders are being accepted now through April 12.
A variety of bareroot evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs, and fruit trees are being offered. In addition, we are also offering strawberries and red raspberries. Rain barrels and composters are also available.
Orders may be placed on-line at www.berriencd.org, or order forms may be printed out from the website, or picked up at the Berrien Conservation District office at 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs. Information about each item can be found on the website store. Quantities are limited. Orders are filled on a first come first served basis.
On order pickup/sale days there will be a limited variety of trees and shrubs available for purchase at that time. Order pickup & sale date/time is 3 to 8 p.m. April 26 and 9 a.m. to noon April 27 at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 Old U.S. 31, Berrien Springs.
A Genius Night session featuring local and area literary, performance, and visual artists sharing their unique talents before an audience is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Elsie Earl Studios; 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.
Cost is $5. For more, go to ElsieEarlStudios.com.