The Harbor Country Hikers have planned a family-oriented Christmas hike on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the New Buffalo Area Schools Nature Study Trails beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

With “Santa’s Helpers” leading the way, hikers and their children and grandchildren will hike through the nature trails and enjoy games, prizes and refreshments. The trails are of moderate difficulty.

The group will gather in the parking lot at New Buffalo Elementary School, 12291 Lubke Road, New Buffalo.

Harbor Country Singers concert

The Harbor Country Singers (HCS), the area’s community chorus, will offer a 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Christmas concert at St. John’s Church, 10 W. Ash St. in Three Oaks.

Admission is open to the public and free, though contributions are welcome.

The theme of this year’s concerts is “Christmas Collage.” Director Cindy Dryden said there will be dance, children’s performances, instrumental and choral music.

 A program of the School of American Music underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund, the Singers also lead caroling at holiday events and performs traditional and patriotic songs throughout the year.

New Troy Flea Market

Need some good deals for Christmas presents? Friends of New Troy has the answer! Wrap up your Christmas shopping at the New Troy Community Center’s Indoor Flea Market on Saturday, December 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road.

Food will be provided by Red Brick Cafe.

Admission is free. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit Friends of New Troy. For information, contact Donald Heitsch at (773) 803-9773.

Bridgman Library winter break activities

Teens and children can pick up ice up Winter Break Reading Bingo cards at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., and start reading (from Dec. 20, 2019 to Feb. 1, 2020).

Movie Mondays are set for Dec. 23 ("A Secret Life of Pets") and Dec. 30 "Toy Story 4." Showtimes are 1 p.m.

The "Crazy Eights" Adult Winter Reading Program take splice Dec. 20 through Feb. 1. Read eight books, record them on the library's entry form and turn the form into the library.  Win a deck of cards and be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to Tapistry.

A New Year's Eve Party for children is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 31. Are you too young to stay up until midnight?  Ring in 2020 a little early with fun at the Bridgman Library. Sign up at the circulation desk or call 269-465-3663. For ages 2-plus.

Food for Fines continues at the Bridgman Public Library until Jan. 4.

Patrons can bring unopened, nonperishable food and pantry items to the front desk and have their overdue book fines removed.

Horse Judging Team in Nationals

The Berrien County 4-H Horse Judging Team members took their horse evaluations skills to the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up in Louisville, Ky., to represent Michigan 4-H.

The team placed eighth overall at the Eastern National 4-H Round-Up, held in November. In addition to receiving top 10 finishes in Team Performance, where they placed sixth overall, and followed it up with a finish of eighth overall for Team Conformation.

Senior team members had placed third at the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest in March. Members of the senior team included Evie Clare, Sarah Jannings, Haileigh Badtke and Emma Fanslau.

The Berrien County 4-H Horse Judging Team is coached by Tom Rossman and Kaitlyn Miller.

Christmas at the Acorn

Harbor Country Opera’s thirteenth annual Christmas at The Acorn at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Harbor County Opera founder Bob Swan says, “Each Christmas we try to find fresh new songs people haven’t heard before, or favorites that we have somehow missed. You would have to look far to find the eclectic concoction of humor and beauty to be found Saturday evening the 22nd at the Acorn.”

There will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in song, with selections like “We Three Kings,” “Silent Night” and “White Christmas” (along with a touch of Santa and Rudolph.

Also scheduled at the Acorn are: Classical Blast’s Dark Side of the Yule at 8 p.m. Dec. 20; an Open Mic Night with host Alvie Ellenwine and The Sweet Sensations at 8 p.m. Dec. 27; The Acorn New Year's Eve Party with the Erly Band at 9 p.m. Dec. 31. For more on upcoming Acorn Theater shows, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acornlive.org.

New Buffalo Library news

The New Buffalo Township Library will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25.

Upcoming activities include: A Christmas-themed Story Time from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; A Teen Christmas Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20; Read with Newdle the Therapy Dog from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 23; and Lego Club from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 23.

Scouts wanted

Pack 552 is looking to have your boy or girl join to have an adventure in Scouting for the 2020 year.

There has been Scouting in the area for 100 years. lets keep it going with you. Pack 552 covers both the New Buffalo and River Valley school districts.  We meet at Three Oaks Elementary School in the gym on Monday evenings at 6 p.m.

You can come to a meeting or call Ralph Whitsel at (269) 612-8857 for more information.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St. in Three Oaks, is screening “Parasite” and "Harriett."

Coming soon is “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

For more, go to vickerstheatre.com/ or call (269) 756-3522.

New Troy Center bathroom renovation

The Friends of New Troy are seeking additional support for renovation work at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road.

The nonprofit organization that owns, maintains and operates the center is raising funds to improve the community center, starting with the bathrooms, built for elementary students in 1952. The cost of the upgrades is estimated at more than $46,000. Infant changing stations and handicapped accessible stalls also are included in the plans.

The Friends are pursuing grants and planning fundraisers, but is also seeking public donations. Donations can be mailed to Friends of New Troy, Bathroom Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 125, New Troy, MI 49119. Or visit www.FriendsOfNewTroy. org and click on “donate.”

For more information, contact friendsofnewtroy@yahoo.com.

Mini-Bees

Bridgman Boys Mini-Bee Basketball runs through February 15 at Bridgman High School.

Third- and fourth-graders will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Fifth- and sixth-graders will meet from  10 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $35 and includes prizes and a T-shirt. FUNdamentals will be stressed. Contact Mike Miller at mmiller@bridgmanschools.com to register.

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