The Bridgman Boys Basketball program is sponsoring a fundraiser for Bridgman Cares during the Winterfest basketball game being held on Friday, February 3.

T-Shirts will be available to purchase for $10 and include free entry into the game.

All donations are greatly appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Bridgman Public Schools with “Bridgman Cares’’ in the memo line. Cash will also be accepted in the Administrative Office, which is connected to the High School.

Scholar-Athlete finalist

Macey Springer of River Valley High School has been nominated as one of 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2022-23 school year, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The program, in its 34th year, has recognized student-athletes since the 1989-90 school year and again this winter will honor 32 individuals from MHSAA member schools who participate in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament.

Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $2,000 scholarship to each recipient.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled for: 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at Galien American Legion, 402 N Cleveland Ave., Galien; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to:

Gather, Shop & Sled

On Saturday, February 11, Friends of New Troy volunteers are bringing our most requested event to the New Troy Community Center. Gather, Shop & Sled will be an indoor flea market, and with a little luck and snow, the sled hill will be open for business, too!.

The market will be hosted in our Multi-Purpose Room (gym) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be offering complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and water. We will share a vendor roster and items for sale on our socials once applications are in and the market is set.

Vendors/Dealers: Friends of New Troy will provide the table and you provide the goods! In the Gather & tradition, we are waiving the table/booth fee and simply asking for the donation of a non-perishable food item for our Little Free Food Pantry or a cash donation to our Gathering Fund. All other details are available in the Vendor/Dealer Application and Waiver. Vendors must fill out an application and waiver and register by Thursday, February 9, to ensure their space. The applications are available online at or by visiting a community center host during our regular staff hours which run Monday – Thursday 4-6 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 10 a.m – Noon.

Friends of New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy, MI 49119. We are a volunteer-run organization that relies on donations and fundraising to renovate, maintain, and help grow our area’s only community center. Any questions regarding Gather, Shop & Sled should be directed to Marlene at friendsofnewtroynewsletter

Read with Hazel

The Three Oaks Township Public Library and Paws for Humanity invite children (and book lovers and dog lovers of all ages) to Read with Hazel at the Library.

Hazel is a certified therapy dog who lives and works at Paws for Humanity in Three Oaks. Hazel will be at the library on the following Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. – February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, and 9. For more information, call the library at 269-756-5621.

Members of the Three Oaks/River Valley Blossomtime Court will have a very special Story Time for children of all ages on Thursday, February 23, 4:30 – 5:00 at the Three Oaks Township Public Library.

Story Time for all ages is every Tuesday 10:30 – 11 a.m. and every Thursday 4:30 – 5 p.m.

The Rotary Blanket Project meets every Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. No sewing experience or Rotary membership necessary.

The Knitting & Crocheting Circle is meeting on Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Individuals of all skill levels are invited to bring their projects.

A Program on Cemetery Preservation, sponsored by Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR and the Friends of Three Oaks Library, will be Saturday, February 18, at noon. Professor Thomas Henthorn from the University of Michigan will offer his knowledge and expert recommendations on preserving cemeteries. DAR members will share their research techniques on records and recording history of our burial grounds.

Special Story Time with royalty from the Miss & Mr. Three Oaks/River Valley pageants on Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 p.m.

Take & Make bags for children are available daily at the check-out desk.

Hoadley hike planned

Harbor Country Hikers President Pat Fisher will kick off a 2 p.m. Feb. 4 hike at the Hoadley Nature Trail in Three Oaks with a discussion of Southwest Michigan’s ice age megafauna. Until about 11,000 years ago, mammoths, giant beavers and other massive mammals roamed our local landscapes. Until recently, their disappearance was blamed on over-hunting by early Americans. But new studies suggest there were other reasons for the extinction of these outsized animals.

Following his 15-minute presentation, Fisher will lead attendees on a 1.15-mile hike on the Hoadley Trail. The trail is home to a wide variety of wetland flora and fauna. It loops around the Schwark Stormwater Wetland, a natural drainage area, then proceeds through a mature wet-mesic flatwoods forest.

Those who attend are advised to dress for the weather and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy or icy patches on the trail.

Membership in the Hikers is preferred, but all are welcome at this event. An all-terrain rollator--a wheeled walker with oversized tires for unpaved surfaces--is available on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing For driving directions, parking instructions and membership information, visit the group’s website,, or its Facebook page, Harbor Country Hikers.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Led Zeppelin 2 at 8 p.m. Jan. 27; The Acorn’s Dance Showcase – Fusion Center for Dance at 3 p.m. Jan. 29; Kofi Baker’s Cream Faith – The Music of Cream and Blind Faith at 8 p.m. Feb. 3; The Way Down Wanderers at 8 p.m. Feb. 4; An Acorn Valentine’s Open Mic Night featuring Patti Shaffner at 7 p.m. Feb. 10; The Chicago Experience at 8 p.m. Feb. 11.

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Dance Marathon

On Saturday, January 28, the Berrien County Dancers will be holding their Annual Dance Marathon Fundraiser Event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dance Studio at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville. This event is open to the general public, ages 6 through Adult.

The cost is $5 per class or $15 for the day with your choice of unlimited classes. No dance experience required. A variety of classes will be taught every hour on the hour by BCD Artistic Director, Theresa Graziano, and her dancers from Advanced Dance. View the class schedule at

Walk-in registration prior to each class; enter at Door 39 to sign up for as many or as few classes of your choice.

All proceeds go to the Berrien County Dancers, a countywide high school dance program at Lakeshore Public Schools that continues to serve the dancers of our county for 23 years.

Love Song Sing-Along

The Harbor Country Singers will be leading a Valentine’s Day love song sing-along on Sunday, February 12, at 3 p.m. EST at Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert.

The sing-along is free, but a food item donation for Neighbor by Neighbor is requested. Peanut butter, pull-tab cans of soups, stews, tuna, ravioli, spaghetti, or anything that is easy to heat is preferred.

The sing-along will include songs such as “My Girl”, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, “Love Me Tender”, “It Had to Be You”, “Lean on Me”, and “You’re the Inspiration”. Song books with music and lyrics will be provided.

Pat Putnam, the Harbor Country Singers Producer, says “If you like to sing, please come and join us. It will be fun and a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!” Song leaders will be Diane Ruzevich, Donna Mitchell, and Pat Putnam. Accompaniment will be by Maggie Martin on piano, Cara Bettig on percussion, and Tom Parisi on guitar.

For more information, please contact the School of American Music at or by phone at 269-409-1191 or visit School of American Music on Facebook or the website

Bridgman Library happenings

Th Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., will offer Mindful Creativity

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. February 1 and March 1 in the Library Community Room. Join us for session two of our three-part workshop to learn about observation, attention, acceptance and non-judgment through fun, creative practices. No artistic skills required. Each month is a stand-alone lesson; you can pick and choose which one(s) to attend. February’s project is making mandalas. Please register on

Taste: A Cook’s Place: Cooking for Two (Zoom Program) is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. February 6. Mary Spencer, Culinary Instructor and Owner of Taste: A Cook’s Place in Northville, MI, will demonstrate how to make Sheet Pan Salmon and Vegetable Medley, and Skillet Steak Supper. Zoom link and recipes are available on

A Minecraft/Roblox Meetup is set for 4 to 5 p.m. February 15. Try your hand at our build challenge and share gaming tips. Bring your game login and mobile device. A limited number of library computers will be available to use. Grade 1 and up. Visit for more details and to sign up.

The World of Eric Carle Art Workshop will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon February 18. Explore the world of Eric Carle’s beloved animal characters. We will use a variety of mediums to create our own artwork inspired by Carle. reschool – 4th Grade. Visit to sign up.

Pawsitive Reading with Zuzu is offered on the second Tuesday of the month (call 269-469-3663 to reserve a time between 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.).

Fair Beef registration

Market beef and carcass class registration for the 2023 Berrien County Youth Fair is underway and registrations must be received at the Fair Office by February 1, 2023.

Exhibitors must be at least 5 years old to show animals at the 2023 Fair. Berrien County youth between the ages of 5 and 20, as of January 1, 2023, may register their market beef animals in person at the Fair office, by mail, or online.

All beef and dairy animals must have a Radio Frequency Electronic Identification (RFID) tag number listed on the exhibitor entry form, which is issued by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and can be obtained by calling 1-800-292-3939 or on-line at

Completed registration forms may be: dropped off at the Fair office (Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.); mailed to the Fair office (Berrien County Youth Fair, P. O. Box 7, Berrien Springs, MI 49103); placed in the drop box located near the entrance to the Fair office; or completed online at by midnight, Feb. 1.

Invasive removal

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have an invasive

removal workday at Warren Dunes State Park on Saturday, January 28 (10 a.m. to noon).

Meet at the first roadside parking area along the road to the beach. Bring a pair of work gloves and dress for the weather. To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at:

Free Coats in New Troy

Friends of New Troy’s annual Winter Coat Drive has caused a lot of generous people to open their closets and bring gently used coats to the New Troy Community Center. The Center, at 13372 California Road, now has a wide selection of coats available.

Anyone in need is invited to stop by and select something. Items are located on a rack just outside the Center entrance, which is accessible any time of day or night. Proof of income or residency is not required.

If you have coats, boots, hats or mittens to donate, please place on the rack.

Pickleball, a fun game for all ages played with paddles in the Community Center’s gymnasium, is open to the public on Mondays, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a tutorial for beginners, followed by open play. There is no charge to participate, although donations are always welcome.

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