A “Celebration of Art” at Courtyard Gallery will take place April 24 and 25.
New to the gallery this year is Julie McDonough, a stained-glass artist, along with the renowned glass sculpture Larry Nissan. Both are from Michigan. Also gifted bronze artist John Leon, from Ohio, with his light-hearted sculptures, will join the gallery as a new artist.
The “Spirit of Freedom,” a 10-foot-high, 12-foot-wide stained glass and metal horse sculpture created by McDonough was installed in front of the Courtyard Gallery on April 12.
Julie attributes “Freedom” to the current situation of endangered wild horses and burros, our environment, and to all people of all races facing threats to their freedom as individuals and communities.
Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, is open six days a week (closed on Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required. If you feel more comfortable you can make an appointment for a private showing. For more information call 800-291-9287.
Mobile food pantries
Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m. April 15 at Harbert Community Park, 13443 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert; 4 p.m.April 21, at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3:30 p.m. May 4, Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. May 5, Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman.
For more, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/
From deep in its files, The Region of Three Oaks Museum has created a new program called “Artifactoids.” The stories behind unique items of local interest are told by community members. The first live edition will be presented virtually on Wednesday, April 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Judy Jackson will tell how her dad found what he later determined was a mammoth tooth in Harbert in the 1970s. Suzanne Levy will describe how a yellowed newspaper clipping led her down a twisted trail left by a missing Three Oaks’ village treasurer in the 1920s. Randy Miller will set the scene created around a powder case carried by a Civil War soldier from Three Oaks. Dave Mannia will drill down on the history of the dental tools and equipment seen in the museum’s new exhibit. Finally, Nick Bogert will introduce another new exhibit with gear from the Tempest Company, Three Oaks’ first fire department that was formed in the midst of fears instilled by the wildfires of 1871.
Each item, with illustrations, will be covered for about five to ten minutes with accompanying PowerPoint illustrations. To join the presentation, email firstname.lastname@example.org and the link will be sent to you.
The Museum, at 5 Featherbone Ave. (next to the Acorn Theatre), is scheduled to re-open Saturday, May 1, assuming public health rules allow. Museum hours for 2021 are Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Lakeside Inn gallery event
Lakeside Inn will be hosting a free art gallery and live painting event with artists Rossa Crean, A.R. Drew, and Lauren Nichols from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The artists’ work will be up for display and sale. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory. This will be a BYOB event. Come and chat with the artists and enjoy the scenery of this landmark inn.
Crean has been a resident artist at Lakeside Inn during the pandemic and will be acting as coordinator for the Lakeside Inn Artist Residency Program, which kicks off on March 21. The inn will have twelve residents creating there throughout the year, covering dance, film, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting, and will soon be taking submissions for 2022. Feel free to see their website for more information: www.lakesideinns.com/artist-residency.
Making your yard bird-friendly and how to identify the different species when they come will be the subject of the Friends of New Buffalo Library’s virtual Community Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22.
Naturalist Wendy Jones will discuss the benefits of backyard birding and how to easily attract a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers, finches, bluebirds, hummingbirds, orioles and many more. Her tips will cover providing food, water and shelter. Jones, known to many as the Chickadee Naturalist, has lived in the Michiana area since 1991 and worked at Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve until last summer.
The Zoom link to join the Forum is found under Activities/Events on either the library’s Facebook page or its website. For further information email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com mailto:new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.
The next FOL Community Forum program via Zoom will be “Lifestyles of the Mich(iana) and Famous” by Nick Bogert on Tuesday, May 18.
Garden Club plant sale
The River Valley Garden Club’s plant sale will return on Saturday, May 22, at Harbert Community Park (13300 Red Arrow Highway) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Michigan time), 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center.
Members dig a wide variety of perennials, native plants, ground covers, bushes and small trees from their own gardens. Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club, which has field trips, guest speakers, a member’s plant auction, and hands-on workshops along with service projects including the making of over eighty holiday arrangements for shut-ins. For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at 269-426-3513 or email her at email@example.com. Also visit the club’s website, rivervalleygardenclub.org.
Guide Pick Up Picnic
A Harbor Country Guide Pick Up Picnic️ is being planned for the evening of Tuesday, May 11, at the Journeyman Distillery Backyard.
The Harbor Country Chamber will roll out the 40th Edition in a fun fresh outdoor way with a ticketed event which will include a boxed meal and one drink ticket. Social distancing will be practiced and current dining state mandates will be observed
Harbor Country Guides will be available via curbside pickup, so an event ticket does not need to be purchased if you can’t attend the event but wish to pick up Chamber Guides.
Spring at Love Creek
An insider’s view of spring at Love Creek County Park will be in store for Harbor Country Hikers on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Berrien County Parks’ Chief Naturalist Derek Pelc will lead the hikers through what he considers the nicest wildflower trail in the park.
In addition to its Nature Center, Love Creek (9292 Huckleberry Road, Berrien Center) offers mountain bike, cross-country ski and fat-tire bike trails. The natural features of this park include around 200 acres of meadows, forests, marshes and creeks. The hike will last about two hours and be of moderate difficulty, with social distancing guidelines and the use of face masks required.
For complete details or HCH membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com.
Bridgman Library opens up
No appointment is now necessary to enter the Bridgman Public Library.
Browse library collections, use computers, or copy/print/fax for 60 minutes per day.
Current hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Curbside service will continue from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For everyone’s continued safety, indoor capacity is limited, and masking and social distancing (six feet) requirements must be followed. For more, go to www.bridgmanlibrary.com.
If you are behind on rent or your mortgage, don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help. Neighbor by Neighbor helps residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo, and Three Oaks Township find a variety of resources, such as non-profit organizations, social service organizations, government agencies, and local churches.
Neighbor by Neighbor also helps connect you with food pantries, Social Security and Disability, legal assistance, and age-related challenges. Don’t wait, call or text now: 269-231-0648.
Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is partnering with four local libraries (Bridgman Public Library, New Buffalo Township Library, Three Oaks Township Library and Buchanan District Library) for StoryWalk on the Preserves at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks; and Burns Prairie Preserve near Buchanan. Those visiting the COL preserves can enjoy four different story books through June 21.
A story walk features laminated book pages attached to stakes along preserve paths. As readers walk the trail they are directed to the next page of the story. For more information, call Chikaming Open Lands at (269) 405-1006 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other COL activities include:
• Yoga on the Preserve – an outdoor spring and summer yoga series at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (registration required, call 269-405-1006).
• A Dog Friendly Walk is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 24 through the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve (in partnership with the Michiana Humane Society). Registration and mask required, call 269-405-1006.
Limited browsing at NB Library
The New Buffalo Township Library is open for limited browsing.
The lower floor for Youth Services remain closed, but a large selection of books for all ages has been moved upstairs for patrons to browse through.
Capacity will be approximately 10 to 20 people; masking and social distancing will continue to be enforced. The library asks that patrons limit their time in the library to approximately a half hour. Library services will be available on a walk-in basis, and two computers will be available to patrons. No tables or chairs will be provided for wi-fi use. Meeting rooms will not be available.
Watch the library’s social media and website for upcoming events, virtual story times (for youths and adults), reading suggestions, daily poetry, and more.
Links for Education
The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence (BFEE) will hold its ninth annual Links for Education golf outing on Monday, May 10, at the Lost Dunes golf club. The event will help raise the funds needed to provide enhanced learning opportunities for Bridgman students, staff, and community.
For $300 per golfer, or $1,100 per foursome, guests will enjoy 18 holes of golf, the putting green and driving range at the award-winning Lost Dunes golf club. Golfers will spend a day on the greens with breakfast, lunch, and on-course beverages. Golf carts and caddies will also be provided. At the end of the day, guests will enjoy an awards reception at Haymarket Brewery and Taproom.
To ensure the health and safety of all participants during the pandemic and comply with CDC guidelines, 100 tickets will be sold. To make a reservation for the golf outing, please visit www.bridgmanfoundation.org/golf-at-lost-dunes.
The Three Oaks Township Library offers in-person Story Time for all ages each Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people, social distancing and masks will be required, and when weather permits Story Time will be held outside.
The Kitting/Crocheting Circle is meeting every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a project they are working on and sit and visit, socially distanced and wearing a mask.
NB Market seeks vendors
The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.
This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
For more information or to submit an application, go to https://newbuffalofarmersmarket.com/
Virtual Lecture Series
Fernwood Botanical Garden will offer Meet the Greats – a dynamic lineup of speakers discussing plant exploration, garden design, art, and architecture – through April.
Each presentation will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each webinar before each lecture.
The series will feature nationally and internationally known garden leaders, plant experts, authors, landscape architects, and garden designers including Daniel J. Hinkley, Keith Stolte, Michael S. Dosmann, Andrea Wulf, Bill Noble, and Piet Oudolf. The series schedule, speaker and lecture information, and ticket details can be found at www.fernwoodbotanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.