The Friends of Bridgman Public Library will host the 37th annual Bridgman Community Garage Sale on Sept. 13-14.

Maps of sale sites will be distributed at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St.. from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 13.

New this year, residents will offer sale items in the library’s south parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14.

Wastewater Tour, Water Quality Workshop

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) has announced a free Wastewater Tour at the Galien River Sanitary District (GRSD) in New Buffalo on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a free Water Quality Workshop at Bridgman City Hall on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to  noon.

“The GRSD Wastewater Tour is educational and engaging for our community, since most people do not understand the complexity of wastewater management or what happens to the water once it leaves their homes and businesses,” said Marcy Hamilton, SWMPC Senior Planner.  

“The Water Quality Workshop will address why our beaches sometimes close during the summer due to E. coli,” said Hamilton.

The two-hour workshop will include speakers, demonstrations, kids’ coloring pages, a grand prize raffle, plus, septic maintenance tips and services. Attendees also can have their tap water tested from their homes for nitrates. Advance registration is required because space is limited. Learn more and RSVP for the SWMI Wastewater Tour at https://swmitour.eventbrite.com; and the Water Quality Workshop at https://swmiworkshop.eventbrite.com. And explore the new website at www.BetterBeachesSWMI.org.

RV Community Lunch

The River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at Chikaming School on Thursday, September 26, starting at 12:15 p.m.

Cost of the lunch is $2 per person. The program for this event will be “Mustang Pride.”  Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

The Art of Living Well

The Art of Living Well, an annual fund-raiser for Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan, will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 Prairie Road, Harbert.

The gala will feature original works by local artists along with food and drink by area artisans.

Cost is $70 per person in advance or $75 at the door. For tickets call (269-925-0137 or log on to https://www.snsmeals.org/

Proceeds will go to make sure no senior has to wait for a meal. Last program yearthere was an increase of clients served by 13 percent, a 21.8 percent increase in meals served, second meals (known as supper sacks) up by 63 percent, frozen meals up by 37 percent and liquid meals up by 11.99 percent.

Harbor Country Singers rehearsals

Harbor Country Singers (HCS), the area’s community chorus, begins rehearsals for its fourth series of Christmas Concerts on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the School of American Music’s Arts & Education (A&E) Center, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks. The rehearsal runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and all are welcome to join. The ability to read music is not required, but chorus members are expected to attend regular rehearsals.

Participation in HCS is free, though donations are welcome, Dryden notes. For more information, go to the group’s Facebook page, Harbor Country Singers, or visit the School of American Music’s website, schoolofamericanmusic.com, and click on the Harbor Country Singers tab. In addition to the Christmas concerts, HCS performs traditional and patriotic songs at events throughout the year. Breakout groups are also being formed.

Betty’s Buddies Chili Cook-Off

Betty’s Buddies is Hosting their 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off at The Featherbone Restaurant on Saturday September 28, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Any one wishing to participate should contact the Featherbone for an application.

The Chili Cook-Off is open to the public. Betty’s Buddies is requesting a $5 donation per person at the door & they will be able to vote for their favorite chili. All proceeds will be used to help local Cancer Patients.

French Dining Experience benefit

A French Dining Experience benefit for the New Buffalo Township Library is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Jackie’s Cafe, 801 W Buffalo St., New Buffalo (time subject to change).

A multi-course menu by Jackie’s, including beef tenderloin and Thomas Jefferson’s favorite seasonal vegetables, accompanied by curated wine pairings, is planned. Cost is $100 per person, cash, check, card payable at the library’s front desk (33 North Thompson St.) or by phone (269-469-2933).

Acorn Showcase

Acorn Theater Singer Songwriter Competition Finalists will sparkle up the stage for the annual Acorn Showcase and Fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21.  

The joyful event in support of The Acorn will include a Pizza & Ice Cream Social plus some “surprise raffle boxes.

Other upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater,107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root with Dirk Miller at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13; Shania Twain Tribute by Forever Shania at 8 p.m. Saturday September 14; a night of comedy with Pat Tomasulo and Esther Ikoro at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20; and Iris DeMent restrung to the Acorn at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.  For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to acornlive.org.

Paving project

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be repaving more than three miles of I-94 between M-239 and Kruger Road near New Buffalo from Sept. 12 to (estimated end date) Oct. 24. There will be daytime single-lane closures and nighttime double-lane closures.

Guided tour of Warren Dunes

The public is invited to a free guided tour of the beautiful scenery and wildlife at Warren Dunes State Park on Saturday, September 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. sponsored by Preserve the Dunes and Chikaming Open Lands.

The featured speaker is Ryan Postema, Executive Director of Chikaming Open Lands. Preserve the Dunes will be giving away a framed print of a dune landscape by local artist, Randall Higdon.

Meet at the parking lot on Floral Lane west of Red Arrow Highway (north of the main park entrance). For questions, contact Marcy Hamilton at (269) 925-1137 x1525.

Bridgman Library to be temporarily closed

Bridgman Public Library will be temporarily closed for renovations, new paint, carpet, and furniture

from Sept. 20 - Oct. 5. During this time normal services will be temporarily suspended.  

We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please visit our website for more information at

www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

‘Conversations with a Suffragist’

“Conversations with a Suffragist,” two live performances of a one-woman show featuring Megan Burnett (who brings to life suffragist Mattie Griffith Browne) will be presented at the Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18, and at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m. on September 19.

The performances are being presented by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties commemorating 100 years of achieving women’s right to vote with the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Tickets in advance are $10 or $12 at the door. There will be limited seating for students at $5 per ticket. VIP seating at $15 per ticket will be available for the Box Factory performance only. To purchase tickets online, visit the specific venue’s website at vickerstheatre.com or boxfactoryforthearts.org.

Burnett will conduct a post-show discussion following each performance. For more information on Megan Burnett’s performances, contact Judy Scully at jscully@luc.edu or 773-677-2528.

New Troy Story Hour

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers are held 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 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 the Community Center at 269-426-3909.

COL Barn Benefit

The 10th Annual Chikaming Open Lands Barn Benefit will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at

Deer Creek Ranch, 15033 Flynn Road, Three Oaks.

Break out your Western duds for a fabulous party out on the ranch. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Froehlich’s, live and silent auctions, and the company of great people in a beautiful outdoor setting.

 If you do not wish to purchase tickets online, you may do so over the phone by calling our office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (269) 405-1006. Basic Tickets: are $120 each for Chikaming Open Lands members or $150 each for non-members (includes 1-year membership to Chikaming Open Lands). Land Protector Tickets: $250 per person. Land Protector ticket buyers will be listed in a special section of the program, and on signage prominently displayed at the event.

Electronics/chemicals recycling day

Berrien County residents can bring unwanted electronics and household chemicals to Silver Beach County Park on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for recycling and safe disposal. Silver Beach is located at 101 Broad St., below the bluff in St. Joseph.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be collecting electronics such as computers towers, computer monitors ($10/monitor fee), TVs ($20/TV fee), small and large appliances, dehumidifiers, window air conditioners, 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. 

Run to the Center of the World

Organizers of the eighth annual Run to the Center of the World in  New Troy have made some major changes for this year’s race. The event will be held on Oct. 26 rather than in September, the 10K is being replaced by a half marathon, and children will be able to run for free.

Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at facebook.com/RunToTheCenter. Registration forms can also be picked up at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Rd., New Troy, MI 49119. For more information, contact Terry Hanover (269) 369-1897 or FriendsOfNewTroy@yahoo.com.

Spring Creek Schoolhouse fund-raiser

The past and the future of the Spring Creek Schoolhouse will be the focus for an event to raise funds for the restoration of the one-room schoolhouse at Donner and Three Oaks Roads on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the nearby Lynn and Allen Turner Farm, 5787 Spring Creek Road, Three Oaks.

Featured speaker will be historical author Myrna Grove, author of “The Legacy of the One-Room School House” and other books about Midwest pioneer life in the 1800s.  Restoration plans for the school will be presented by the construction company.  Small plate appetizers and beverages will be served.

The Spring Creek Schoolhouse Restoration Committee was awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the Frederick S. Upton Foundation. Funds from the event will help complete the match.  The project also has received a $20,000 grant from The Pokagon Fund, a $25,000 commitment from Three Oaks Township and a $15,000 pledge from township resident Allen Turner.

The first phase of the $164,000 restoration project includes securing the building and adding an accessible entrance. Once restored, the building will be furnished with period pieces and be available for community gatherings and programs of The Region of Three Oaks Museum.

Tickets may be purchased through a link at www.springcreekschoolhouse.org under the donate tab or by sending a check to Three Oaks Township Hall, c/o Spring Creek Schoolhouse Donation, P.O. Box 55, Three Oaks, Mich. 49128.

Hoe-Down at Firefly Farm

Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, for a Country Western-themed Friendship Botanic Gardens fundraiser at Firefly Farm, 0333 S 700 West, LaPorte, Ind.

Enjoy a country-style dinner, live entertainment, line dancing, two-stepping and games. Cowboy boots and hats are optional. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $50. Contact & More Info

http://www.friendshipgardens.org

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