The annual Bike-N-Brunch benefiting Radio Harbor Country is scheduled to take place June 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ride-day registration at 8:30 a.m.). The ride offers several loops through beautiful countryside and culminates with a gourmet farm brunch. To register, go to https://www.radioharborcountry.org/events. For more, send an email to bikenbrunch.wrhc@gmail.com.

Alapash open house

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, to officially welcome new business, Alapash Mercantile at 111 N Elm St, Three Oaks. The public is invited to the Open House Party that follows the kick off.

Alapash Mercantile is an extension of the main store, Alapash, located at 14 N Elm St, Three Oaks. The focus of the new adventure is to offer a fun selection of indoor plants, pots, apothecary, everyday house objects and home accessories. The eclectic store is housed in the historic Featherbone boiler house that appropriately was once used as a greenhouse.

Both locations are owned by Marco Chavarry, a Peruvian transplant that made the village his home and base for his home décor stores. Alapash Mercantile offers him the opportunity to draw from his past as the owner of a successful Chicago shop that offered terrariums and plants. Marco says, “I wanted to return to my roots and create an authentic experience for my customers. The Alapash Mercantile embodies everything I’ve loved since I was a child: plants, color and art.”

For more information please visit www.alapash.com or call (269) 231-9990.

Memorial Day observances

Traditional area Memorial Day weekend parades and cemetery ceremonies take place in Bridgman (1 p.m. Sunday starting at Legion Post 331), New Troy (Sunday at 2 p.m.), New Buffalo (10 a.m. Monday at Pine Grove Cemetery); Three Oaks (Monday 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery), and Lakeside (noon Monday). Check local websites and social media for updates.

Bridgman Garage Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library are pleased to present their Annual Community-Wide Garage Sale on June 24 and 25, 2022, from 8 am to 5 pm on both days.

$10 Permits will be available May 23rd at the Bridgman Public Library. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the library to support library activities. Permits must be purchased by Saturday, June 18th, to have your location included on the garage sale map. Maps will be hand-distributed at the Library on Friday, June 24th, from 8 to 10 am and available for pick-up subsequent to that.

All are invited to sell or find their treasures.

Seeking Place exhibit

Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 S. Elm St., Three Oaks, will present libations and conversation with Sherry Giryotas and her “Seeking Place” show from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Giryotas’ abstracted landscape paintings reflect observations from her yearly travels between Texas and Michigan.

As Sherry explains, “In the abstracted internalized landscapes of my work, each painting helps record the experience or sense of place and traces my passage through it. My observations of a constantly changing environment are referenced in the forms and nuances of light, a balancing of disorder with an order through the complexity of pattern and mark-making, drawing and manipulating paint on the surface of the works that make up the structure in my canvases. In the act of painting, the surface of the canvas becomes a constant progression of making marks and then painting over them. Varying thicknesses of paint and the varying size of brush strokes contribute to the textured surface.”

Basketball Camp

Boys Basketball Camp will take place Monday June 20th through Friday June 24th in the Bridgman High School gymnasium.

The schedule is (grade next fall) 3rd-6th from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 7th-10th from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is 35 (includes prizes and a T-shirt, register by June 1 to get a shirt). Participants need to bring gym shoes with non-marking sole.

Registrations can be turned in to the office at BHS, RMS or BES; or emailed to Coach Mike Miller. For questions contact Mike Miller at: mmiller@bridgmanschools.com.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for: 11 a.m. May 20 at New Buffalo American Legion Post 169, 19139 US Hwy 12, New Buffalo; 4 p.m. May 23 (Drive Thru) at Galien Township Hall & Fire Department, 305 Kiley Dr., Galien; 4:30 p.m. June 1 (Drive Thru) at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman. For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Bridgman Run/Walk

The 2022 edition of the Bridgman 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, and 1.1 Mile Fun Run will take place July 9, 2022, in downtown Bridgman. Both in-person and virtual options are available (https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Bridgman /5K10K). Sign up now through June 19 ($25 for all runners/walkers); June 20-July 9 and Day of Race Registration is $30 for all runners/walkers; The 1.1 Mile Fun Run is $5 for all participants.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m.May 20 – Matt Schofield; 8 p.m. May 21 – The Sypian Family Band and The Andrew Fisher Quartet.

Enter The Acorn’s 10th annual Singer-Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunities! The deadline for entry is Friday, June 3rd @ 11 PM ET.

For more, go .to acornlive.org.

State Park work days

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive removal work days at area State Parks on the following dates: May 21 at Warren Dunes State Park (10 a.m. to noon). Meet at the parking lot on Floral Lane.

Saturday, May 28, at Grand Mere State Park (10 a.m. to noon). Meet at Willow Drive and Rosemary Drive on the south end of the park.

Volunteers will help remove invasive garlic mustard. No experience is necessary and volunteers will be trained to identify the target invasive plant.

Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle. To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at gls@glslab.com.

Invitation to authors

All authors of published works are invited to participate in Gather with Author! Author! on Saturday, June 11, at the New Troy Community Center, to present, sign and sell their books. The event will also feature presentations related to writing and self publishing, plus a reading.

Each author will be provided with a table on which to display their publications, giving them an opportunity to discuss their work one-on-one with the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To be included in press releases, registration prior to May 24 is required. For more information or to register, please contact Lorraine at 269-405-6857 (leave message) or friendsofnewtroy@yahoo.com.

There is no charge to participate, though donations are always welcome.

Free coffee will be provided, courtesy of Red Arrow Roasters. Lunch will be available for purchase. Profits from the event will benefit Friends of New Troy, the all-volunteer non-profit organization that owns, operates and maintains the Community Center.

Paws for Humanity kick-off

Farm Dog Productions is excited to be partnering with Paws for Humanity to Kick off their season with a benefit concert from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 3, at The Acorn! The evening will include five of the artists who played in the Paws for Humanity pastures last summer – The Mike Felton Band; Patti Shaffner; The Peter Joly; James Neary; and Chicken Dolphin Band! Tickets are $40 each.

A reserved seating option includes a $25 tax-deductible donation to The Acorn and guarantees you a seat with optimal sight-lines.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “Petite Maman” and “Viva Maestro Coming soon is “Peace by Chocolate.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

Three Oaks Library news

The Three Oaks Township Public Library now has a Community Arts & Crafts Closet which is located in the library and will be open during normal hours. Everyone can help themselves. Take what you want and donate what you can.

The library has Story Time for all ages each Tuesday from 10:30-11 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.

The Kitting/Crocheting Circle meets every Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to noon.

LEGO Club @ the Library is all day every Thursday. Projects will be left up for one week.

Take & Make Bags for children are available for pickup at the library desk.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers takes place Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher, Ollie Jane Rosenthal, who always provides fo 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. Friends of New Troy recommends that visitors wear masks in the Community Center, located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call 269-426-3909.

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