Berrien County residents can recycle and safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and electronics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the New Buffalo Township Fire Station, 17655 Clay St.

This event can only accept waste from Berrien County residents. Accepted household chemicals include auto liquids, yard chemicals, cleaners, pool chemicals, solvents, oil-based paint and stain, batteries of all sizes and auto batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and home medical waste.

Latex paint, or water-based paint, will NOT be accepted (latex paint can be dried out and placed in with regular curbside trash). Other items that are not accepted are gas grill size propane tanks, ammunition, and waste from businesses.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be collecting all consumer electronics. There is a fee of $10 per computer monitor and $20 per television, due at the event by cash or check. Other electronics are accepted at no cost.

More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services, or call Jill Adams at (269) 983-7111. ext. 8234.

Music in the Park to begin

Music in the Park will kick off its 2019 season at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, with the Southshore Concert Band performing in Three Oaks’ Dewey Cannon Park.

Other upcoming shows in the free, Harbor Arts-sponsored series (all begin at 6:30 p.m.) include: June 22 - Blue Water Ramblers; June 29 - The Backups; July 6 - Andrew Fisher Quartet; July 10 - Kristin Cotts; and July 20 - Cabildo. Music in the Park continues through Aug. 31.

McLain Three Oaks visit

Detroit Tigers legend Denny McLain will do an autograph show at the Biggest Little Baseball Museum (upstairs in the Three Oaks Township Library) from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 22. before taking the stage at a ticketed event set for 12:30 p.m. at the Acorn Theater (a $10 ticket includes a hot dog, unlimited soft drinks, and a box of Cracker Jacks).

Museum organizer Garry Lange said the autograph session will resume in the lobby of the Acorn after McClain’s presentation. Tickets are available at https://www.acornlive.org/events/denny-mclain-visits-three-oaks-talks-baseball/

Lakeside Garden Walk

The 2019 Lakeside Garden Walk (scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22) will feature eight unique gardens within one to six miles of each other.

For information on tickets ($35 in advance or $45 after June 17) visit www.thelakesideassociation.com or call (773) 343-1680.

Sponsored by The Lakeside Association of Harbor Country’s Lakeside, Michigan. All proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund benefiting high school seniors in the River Valley School District.

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest

The 2018 Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival will be held at Warren Dunes State Park on June 15.

The festival will feature locally-grown-and produced varietals under a big top tent, regional live music, access to a beautiful beach and Lake Michigan and below the backdrop of the towering sands of Warren Dunes. Go to LakeMichiganWineFest.com for tickets and information

Father’s Day Festival

The Lemon Creek Winery Father’s Day Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. June 16 at 533 East Lemon Creek Road. Michigan’s longest running wine festival features live music, wine tasting, a classic Corvette car show, kids games, hayrides, family

Summer Reading & Free Lunch

Friends of New Troy is partnering with River Valley Schools to provide a fun summer reading program in the New Troy Community Center’s library.

Luci Ceithaml will lead the program, which begins Monday, June 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and continues every Monday through Aug. 5. Kids will be treated to stories, an occasional video, engaging activities, recreation, and a snack. All ages are welcome.

Also at the Community Center (located at 13372 California Road), River Valley Schools and the Michigan Department of Education will provide a free sack lunch five days a week to any child under 18. Adult lunches will be available for $2. The Meet Up and Eat Up Program will also begin June 17, from 11:30  to 12:30, and continue throughout the summer.

Honeybee program

The River Valley Garden Club will present “Honeybees and Pollination” on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Community Church.

Speakers Doug and Annie Anderson are the co-owners of Buck’s Sweet Thing and Beekeeping Services, a migratory beekeeping operation.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. with a social hour and business meeting.  The speakers will begin at 2 p.m. Guests are always welcome.

For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at evpalulis@yahoo.com or www.rivervalleygardenclub.org.

Blessings in a Backpack drive

Water’s Edge United Methodist Church is holding a food drive at Barney’s Market in New Buffalo on Friday, June 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to collect food to be distributed through the Blessings in a Backpack program at New Buffalo Elementary School during the next school year.

A grocery bag filled with items for the backpacks will cost $9.57, or purchase individual specific items. Monetary donations are gladly accepted.

In September, Water’s Edge will begin the 9th year of Blessings in a Backpack at New Buffalo Elementary School. The program currently provides food for the weekends during the school year for 40 children.

If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a child’s backpack for $100 for the next school year, contact Water’s Edge UMC at (269) 469-1250, or write checks to Blessings in a Backpack and send to Mary Robertson, 300 S. Marshall Street., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

Bridgman Summer Reading Program

Join the Bridgman Public Library’s A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program June 10-15 and start reading. Explore space with books, prizes, and fun library activities each week from June 17-July 27.

Movie Mondays will take place June 17-Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. “Incredibles 2” will be screened June 17 and the June 24 movie will be “Zathura: A Space Adventure.”

For upcoming movies, visit the Community Calendar at https://bridgmanlibrary.com/communitycalendar.asp#/events/

Other upcoming programs at the Bridgman Library include:

• 101 Things that Happened on the Mackinac Bridge at 6:30 p.m. June 18.

• Out-Of-This-World Magic with John Dudley at 11 a.m. June 20.

• Midsummer Minecraft for Teens grades 6 and up from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 25.

• Eating in Zero Gravity:  The Tricks Behind Space Food at 11 a.m. June 27.

Summer Reading/Summer Feeding

The Galien Township Library will be hosting its annual Summer Reading Program this year beginning on Tuesday June 25, at 1:30 p.m. The program will be held on Tuesdays for six weeks. The theme this year is a Universe of Stories. We will have activities, stories and snacks for kids in pre-school on up. Please join us for lots of fun.

The Library will also be hosting a Summer Feeding program brought to us by River Valley Schools and the State of Michigan. Starting Monday June 17, there will be a food van in the Galien Township Library parking lot with free lunches available for all children ages 18 and under, and adults may purchase a lunch for $2. The van will be there Monday-Friday from 12:45-1:45. The program will run through the end of August.

RVHS 20 year reunion

The River Valley High School class of 1999 will hold a 20 year reunion at Pebblewood Country Club in Bridgman on August 10 at 7pm. We hope to see everyone there!

Mobile Food Pantry visit

The next Mobile Food Pantry will be Thursday, June 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Chikaming Fire Department on Red Arrow Highway. Church of the Mediator is the host organization, and the visit is underwritten by The Pokagon Fund.

Skip’s Market

Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from mid May until early October from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Skip’s parking lot at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road. Wine tastings, featuring many Michigan wines, on the patio. Fresh local produce, herbs, flowers, cheeses, restaurant grade beef, jam/jellies, jewelry, art and more. Kid friendly activities. For more, call (269) 469-3330.

‘Three Oaks Against the World’

Due to popular demand, the production of “Three Oaks Against the World” will be shown on the big screen at Vickers Theater on Saturday, June 15, beginning at noon. The theater is at 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks.

The original play was presented live at The Acorn during the Village of Three Oaks’ 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration in the summer of 2018.  The musical is a trip through the history of the village from the beginning to present day and stars many local dignitaries and celebrities, some making their stage debut.  Following the showing, local playwright Allen Turner and director John Hancock will present, “The Making of Three Oaks Against the World.”

The event is co-sponsored by Harbor Arts and The Region of Three Oaks Museum.  Admission is free but reservations are recommended and donations greatly appreciated.  Visit www.harborarts.com/events.

Polka Fest

Trinity Lutheran Church in Glendora will have a Polka Fest from 5 to 9 p.m. June 29. For tickets, call (269) 429-3854.

Adult Reading

The Bridgman Library Adult Summer Reading Program “To the Library and Beyond” will be held June 10-July 26.

Read 10 books and receive a prize. Read a sci-fi book and receive an additional prize. Complete the 10 book challenge and enter the drawing for a gift certificate to the Fusion Gallery and Studio located in Bridgman. Pick up your entry form at the library today!

Camino de Santiago & cookbook forums

The history and practicalities of walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago will be subject of next Community Forum talk co-sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library and Harbor Country Hikers on Monday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Guest speaker Mary Rooney has traveled the Camino five times. She will share the history this network of pilgrimage routes leading to the shrine of St. James the Apostle in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.  In 2017, 301,036 people completed the pilgrimage.  Rooney will discuss the characteristics of a pilgrim, some surprising challenges and the gifts of the Camino. 

On Tuesday, June 25, also at 6 p.m. Eastern in the Pokagon Room, Abra Berens, Granor Farm chef and author of “Ruffage,” will walk through the process of making her cookbook into a reality.  The book draws from her skills in cooking directly from a farm garden and includes 30 different vegetables with recipes, preparation techniques and tips on storing.

Upcoming Community Forum programs include An Epic Two-and-a-Half-Year Road Trip to All 59 National Parks on Tuesday, July 9, and Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide on Tuesday, July 23.

The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.  For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

NB Market

Market runs each Thursday from May 30-Sept. 5 in downtown New Buffalo (4-8 p.m.). The Farmers Market offers different vendors each week including produce, meats/seafood, artisan cheeses, baked goods/desserts, artists, crafts, food vendors, clothing, antiques, and food trucks. https://newbuffalofarmersmarket.com/

Three Oaks Market

Locally grown produce and more is offered every Saturday from May 25-Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carver Park (across from the Speedway station).

Artists, crafters sought

Crafters and artists specializing in the heritage arts (including woodworking, carving, quilting, other sewing, needle arts, leather tanning, blacksmithing, other metal workers and other heritage artists) are invited to to sell their crafts and arts at The Civil War Days in Three Oaks scheduled for July 27 and 28 at Dewey Cannon Park.

Cost is $25 for both days. Participants will need to provide their own tent, tables, chairs and displays, as needed. Deadline is July 20.

Register on the website at https://civilwardaysthreeoaks.jimdo.com/, the Civil War Days Three Oaks Facebook page, or send an email to cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks is supported by the Region of Three Oaks Museum.

RV Reunion

Did you graduate from River Valley High School between 1967 and 1997? Are you, or were you a teacher? If so, please join us for a multi-class reunion on July 20, 2019, at the Three Oaks American Legion, Post 204. 

Advanced registration and payment by June 21 is required. Cost is $20 per person which will include buffet style dinner, music, limited beer and wine along with a cash bar. 

For more information, contact Cheri Donner Vance, class of 1980, at cvance19250@yahoo.com or talk/text to (269) 426-1499. You may also send via postal mail your name, address and the class you graduated in, along with a check or money order payable to “RV Multi-Class Reunion” to 7234 Forest Lawn Road, Three Oaks MI 49128.

Lion’s Club Golf Outing

The New Buffalo Lion’s Club 2019 Golf Outing is scheduled for June 19 at the at Whittaker Woods course in New Buffalo.

The four-person scramble is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. For more, visit www.newbuffalolions.org or call Peter at (219) 617-0654.

Library Friends Membership Drive

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library will hold its Annual Membership Drive during the month of June.

New and renewing members who sign up by June 30 will be entered in a drawing to receive gift certificates from local businesses. Applications are available at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman.

Fetch Some Fun

The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is offering a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.

“Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes, and can include hikes, a trip to the beach, even a lunch or a snack at a dog friendly restaurant. This is a great way for community members to enjoy the company of a dog and for the dog to be away from the stresses of being in a kennel.

Individuals should visit michianahumanesociety.org or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or contact@michianahumanesociety.org to sign up.

Weko Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: June 16 - Mike Struwin Duo; June 23 - Blue Shoes Jazz; July 14 - Carol and Kaye’s Dixieland Band; July 21, - Campfire Stu with All God’s Children Choir; Aug. 4 - Saturday June Band; Aug. 18 - Top Secret; Sept. 1 - Matt Gabriel Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.

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