Treasures galore can be found at the Bridgman Community Garage Sale, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 10, and Saturday, September 11, throughout the community and in the parking lot behind the Bridgman Library.
Sale Maps will be distributed in front of the Library Friday morning, September 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. Over 40 vendors are participating.
Permits for regular home sales ($10) or a parking lot table ($10 or 2 days for $15) are still available! Purchase your permit at the Library by noon Friday, September 3 to be included in the sale map.
Alvie Ellenwine, an Elvis impersonator, and the Sweet Sensation will be at the River Valley Senior Center to perform on Saturday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Donation is $10. Please call 269-469-4556 for ticket reservations as there is limited seating.
Chikaming Open Lands plans an outdoor in-person Frontyard Fete at the Kaylers’ home on September 18. Only 60 tickets are available for purchase at $250 each, so don’t wait to get yours.
Can’t attend the event? Make a donation! The easiest way to support us is to make a gift online. You will also be able to participate in the online auction beginning on September 10 through September 18. Stay tuned for a preview of available items.
Visit www.chikamingopen lands.org for more information.
Back rent & utilities help
Special COVID related funds are available to help low-income households impacted by the pandemic to be able to catch up on back rent and overdue utilities (electricity, gas, water and internet). Berrien County received $7.9 million in CERA (Covid Emergency Rental Assistance) funding. Neighbor by Neighbor can help Harbor Country residents to apply.
CERA can pay up to 15 months of back rent, and 3 future months for qualifying households. Landlords receive 100 percent of the back rent if they are willing to provide certain documents such as leases and a W9.
Applicants not yet behind in rent but in jeopardy of getting behind may be able to secure a few months of future rent.
The amount available for utilities depends on the size of the household. For households of 1-2 people, there is a cap of $1,500. For a 3-4 person household, the cap is $2,000. For households with 5 or more people, the cap is $2,500. Applicants who only need help with utilities may be able to secure help with future rent. Internet bills up to $300 can be paid using CERA funds.
Applications can be completed online or on paper, and Neighbor by Neighbor is processing applications for Harbor Country residents. Call 269-231-0648 for more information and to schedule an appointment.
New Troy Story Hour on hold
New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 14, has been put on hold due to the rise of Covid-19 cases in Berrien County.
Miss Ollie, the retired kindergarten teacher who has led Story Hour since 2010, says she will monitor the situation as area schools resume, and will begin Story Hour only when she feels it can be done safely.
For more information, call the Community Center at 269-426-3909.
'Some Enchanted Evening'
The School of American Music plans “Some Enchanted Evening,” a concert of musical vignettes presented on the Spring Creek Stage in Dewey Canon Park, 14 Maple St., in Three Oaks. All are invited to arrive at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 25, for a pre-concert outdoor dinner under the stars. Prizes will be awarded for the best dining set-up of the evening. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.
The program for the evening features soprano Martha Cares (an internationally renowned opera singer and long-time member of the cast of Phantom of the Opera in New York City) and tenor Matthew Daniel (a veteran member of the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago) singing classics from musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables and South Pacific, in addition to highlights from popular operas.
“Bring food and beverages for a magical picnic of moonlight and music,” said Marco Chavarry, the event’s organizer and a member of the School of American Music’s board of directors. “We are planning a festive evening of dining outdoors, listening to music and having a great time.”
Tax deductible tickets to the concert are $50 and can be purchased on the School of American Music’s website, www.schoolofamerican music.com, or by calling 269/409-1191. The event will benefit SAM’s Future Fund endowment campaign, with proceeds matched by the Michiana Arts Foundation.
Details will follow in case of inclement weather. For more information, including artist biographies, visit www.schoolofamericanmusic.com.
Mobile food pantries
Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m.Sept. 7 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4 p.m. Sept. 10 atEau Claire Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6562 Naomi Road, Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 (Episcopal Church of the Mediator) at Harbert Community Park.
For information on other upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/
DAR essay contest
Students in 5th through 8th grade are invited to participate in the DAR essay contest. The topic for 2021-2022 is “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” – November 11, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”. Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefield of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family.
Students in Grade 9 through 12 are invited to participate in the contest with the topic for this school year being “Patriots of the American Revolution.” Select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-1783). Discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and contribution to the founding of a new nation. Your figure may be any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small.
The length of your document will need to be 300-1000 words, depending on grade level. Essays will be turned over to their teacher, counselor, or department head no later than Friday, October 22nd.
For more information contact Teri Showalter of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter, Three Oaks, MI. Call her by phone: 219-778-4147 or email teri email@example.com
Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks include: The BoDeans on Sept 2 & Sept 5 (8 p.m. both evenings) Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans return to the Acorn to deliver two amazing, high-energy performances with songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer To Free,” “Stay,” and “All The World.;” Julian Junior Marvin & The Legendary Wailers at 8 p.m. Sept. 3. After touring with many incarnations of The Wailers since Bob Marley’s passing, Julian Junior Marvin has stepped out to front his own unique version of The Wailers, playing and singing Bob Marley & the Wailers hit songs the way Bob intended them to be heard; Modern English at 8 p.m. Sept. 4. Late last year, Modern English reissued two of their classic albums, 1981’s Mesh and Lace and 1982’s After the Snow. he British New Wave icons – best remembered for their 1982 hit “I Melt With You” – will perform After The Snow live in its entirety, along with more favorites from their catalog.
For more, go to acorn live.org.
Sing-along in park
Many won’t need sheet music to sing along with the Harbor Country Singers (HCS) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 (rescheduled from Aug. 24 due to rain) at the School of American Music’s Spring Creek Stage, 14 Maple St., behind the Arts & Education Center in Three Oaks.
The HCS-sponsored sing-along will feature familiar tunes, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Down by the Riverside,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “This Land is Your Land.” The rain date will be Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the same time.
The event is free and current Covid-19 restrictions will be observed. Song books will be provided, but attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. Musicians are invited to bring instruments to play along. For more information, contact the School of American Music at firstname.lastname@example.org, (269) 409-1191, or visit SAM’s website, https://schoolof american music.com.
Galien fish & chicken fry
The Galien American Legion Post 344, 402 N. Cleveland Ave, Galien, will have an all you can eat fish and chicken strip fry on Saturday Sept 11, from 5 -8 p.m.
The menu consists of Fish, Chicken strips, French Fries, Cole slaw, rolls and coffee. The price is $12 for adults and $6.00 for children 5-10 years (under 5 free). Carry outs will be available. The Legion Auxiliary is also having a bake sale.
For more information call the Legion at 269-545-8280 after 4 p.m.
Outsiders Outside Art Fair
The Outsiders Art Fair, located at the Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 S Prairie Road, in Harbert, returns to Southwest Michigan on Labor Day weekend.
The 2021 Fair will run Friday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event is held outdoors in tents and runs rain or shine.
“All our artists are people with enormous talent and creativity,” said Judith Racht, “but they have not been formally trained as artists and that is what makes them outsider artists. The art includes painting, woodcuts, sculpture, and fiber art. The artists use many non-traditional materials to make their art and that is what adds to the whimsical nature of the art. These self-taught artists come from as far away as Katy, Texas, and as close by as Lakeside, Michigan. Many of the artists have exhibited here in the past but we always have some newly discovered artists too.”
This Outsiders Art Fair, now in its 25th year, appeals to serious art collectors, people who are just looking, and people who love going to events. With the pandemic this year, people will be expected to “socially distance” and wear masks when up close to others.
Tickets are $25 for the Friday evening preview party and $10 for Saturday and Sunday. Children’s admissions are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 269-469-1080. They are also available at the door.
Showing at the Vickers
The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “On Broadway” and “Respect.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.