The Sawyer Dance Troupe will presents its annual Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer.

This year’s theme is “Princess Ball.” Cost is $20 per couple, plus $5 for each additional child (includes a hot dog supper, door prize and keepsake photo). There will be a professional DJ and a raffle with amazing prizes.

Empty Bowls Dinner rescheduled

The New Buffalo High School Student Senate-sponsored Empty Bowls Dinner has been postponed from Friday, Feb. 1, to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, due to a weather-related no-school day.

For a suggested donation of $10 Empty Bowls diners can select a ceramic bowl made by a New Buffalo High School student along with a meal of soup or chili with crackers, a beverage, and dessert. All proceeds raised will stay in the local Harbor Country community and benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program.  

For more information, please contact: Tina Keller at tkeller@nbas.org or (269) 469-6046; or Beth Scoggin at bscoggin@nbas.org or (269) 469-6045.

Chikaming Open Lands offers chance to make paper

A Papermaking session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Chikaming Open Lands Office in Sawyer.

The world of paper-making and how to recycle old paper into new paper will be explored. Everyone will get to make their own handmade paper to take home and explore the history of paper recycling and why recycling is important.

Registration is required for the free and family friendly event. Send an email to  cstruecker@chikamingopenlands.org or call (269) 405-1006 to register.

Mobile Food Pantry visit

Harbor Country Progress will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on Tuesday, February 5, at the Chikaming Township Fire Station, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, MI. The distribution starts at 3:30 p.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

On Albion College Dean’s List

Allyson White was named to Albion College’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

White is majoring in English and psychology with a minor in anthropology with a concentration in the Gerald R. Ford institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and is a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. She is the daughter of Gloria White of New Buffalo and is a graduate of New Buffalo High School.

Students named to Albion College’s dean’s list must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, while taking four graded courses.

Albion College is a private liberal arts college of approximately 1,500 students and is nationally recognized for its academic excellence in the liberal arts tradition, a learning-centered commitment, and a future-oriented perspective.

Buccaneer Bash

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence will throw a “Buccaneer Bash” For Now & Forever fund-raiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bridgman American Legion Post 331.

A silent and live auction, dancing to music by Top Secret, appetizers, beverages, cash bar and costume prizes are planned.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available soon at the Bridgman High School office or online at www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

Chikaming ice rink Skating Parties

Saturday Evening Skating Parties (weather permitting) are planned at the Chikaming Township ice skating rink in Harbert Community Park, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 9, 16 and 23.

Parties will include an evening of skating and snacks. All are welcome and encouraged to attend during the winter months.

You can enjoy the ice rink free of charge any night of the week, ice rink conditions permitting, until the park closes at 10:30 p.m. The lights will be turned on every night.

Visit the “Chikaming Ice Rink” Facebook page to find out daily if the rink is open.

Thanks to a grant through The Heart of Cook, funded by the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant, skates of all sizes are available for use, free of charge (donations of gently used skates are always welcome).

Chef Night at NB Library

The Friends of the New Buffalo Library’s next Chef Night will be held at the library at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

The family-friendly event will be led by pastry chef Denise Churchill, who trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She will demonstrate cookie decorating with royal icing and cupcake decorating with buttercream. Adults will have the opportunity to decorate their own cupcakes. There will be mini cupcakes to taste, and kids will receive a “paint your own”  Valentine cookie. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the New Buffalo Library.

Cost is $25 per family (3 person minimum) or $20 per individual. Sign up with the library front desk, cash and check only with checks payable to the Friends of the New Buffalo Library. For more, go to www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org; call (269) 469-2933; or send an email to nbtlcreate@gmail.com.

River Valley Softball sign-ups

River Valley Fastpitch Softball will be having sign ups for any girl ages 6-14 as of January 1, 2019.

The league will accept 5 year olds if there is an older sibling playing. Signups will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at  River Valley High School during the middle school girls basketball game.

Cost is $50 for the first player, $45 for each additional player. Price includes team uniform.

The deadline for registration is Feb. 16, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Alison Lynch at (269) 207-5103.

1979 State Champs to be honored

1979 was a special year for basketball in Berrien County. The River Valley Mustangs brought home the Boys Class C State Basketball championship. With no starter over 6’1”, the Mustangs, led by Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Schaffer, relied on superior teamwork and smart play, drawing praise as the best team in the tourney.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Mustangs host Lawrence in a boys JV and Varsity basketball doubleheader. Between games, that special 1979 State Championship team will be recognized. Most of the team members have already confirmed that they will be in attendance, along with Coach Schaffer and other special guests. Basketball fans from near and far are encouraged to mark their calendars now, to meet and greet the team that won it all, Tuesday, February 12, in the Jerry Schaffer Gymnasium. The JV game begins at 5:30, followed by the Varsity game.

Civil War Days Fund-raiser

The Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is offering My Victorian Valentine High Tea Fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Fellowship Hall of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church.

The menu for the afternoon includes a variety of Tea’s, Biscuits and Finger Sandwiches. There will be a Musical Presentation as well as a Cake Silent Auction. Requested donation for the Victorian Valentine Fundraiser tickets are $10 for each person or $15.00 for couples. Please contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com or call (269) 635-7601 to reserve your tickets. Tickets will be waiting for you at the door. Period attire desired but not required.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks will take place on the weekend of July 27 and 28, 2019. The reenactors will present “battles” between the Blue and the Gray throughout the weekend. There will be special programs for children and opportunities to meet and talk with the reenactors. Other programs will include a Sutler, Coffee with the Generals, vendors, various presentations and much more. Volunteers needed for this fun, educational, and historical weekend.

We are happy to again have the support of the Region of Three Oaks Museum. For more information to support this fundraiser and the Three Oaks Civil War Days contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com.

Harbor Country Mission Give-Back Dinner

A Give-Back Dinner for Harbor Country Mission is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Bentwood Tavern, 600 West Water St., New Buffalo.

Fifty percent of food and drinks purchased  will go to Harbor Country Mission, which helps marginalized residents of southwest Michigan who are bordering on financial crisis.

New Troy Flea Markets

Cure your cabin fever at New Troy Community Center’s Indoor Flea Markets on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 16. The Center will be brimming with treasures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, toys and locally made or grown goodies will be available. There’s something for everyone! Admission is free, so bring the whole family for a day of fun.

For lunch, warm up with Salty Nag’s shepherd pie and a peach dessert.

The Flea Market season will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Rd., New Troy, Michigan. A map is available on the Facebook page NewTroyFleaMarket. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Donald at (773) 803-9773.

Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  

Wearable Art Workshop

The Wearable Art Workshop at the Bridgman Library is calling all kids in grades 3 and up to join in the fun from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

Make your favorite food out of craft foam and wear it home. For more information visit the Community Calendar on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Acorn Shows

“A Man And His Prostate” with legendary actor Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Up,” “Roots” and much more) will be presented at 8 p.m. March 9, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Based on a true-life experience, a man discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tragedy is masterfully transformed by  writer and creator Ed Weinberger, into a one-man comedy, perfectly portrayed by Asner in his hilarious visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want.

Tickets include a post show Meet & Greet with Ed!

At 8 p.m. April 19 comedy legends The Second City will present IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, THE SECOND CITY at the Acorn. They’re sending up break-ups and make-ups ... and taking on everything that’s complicated about relationships.

Limited Post Show Meet & Greet Tickets are available.

The following shows also are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater: Dan Navarro with opener Patti Shaffner at 8 p.m. Feb. 8; That’s Amore! An afternoon cabaret of Arias & Love Songs featuring: Paul Mow, Joshua Goines, Meredith Best George, Kacie Colleen Mercer & Abby Murray Vachon at 2 p.m. Feb. 10;  and  The Smithereens With Marshall Crenshaw on March 15.

For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acorntheater.com.

Learn French at NB Library

Interested in learning French, or brushing up your skills? Are you visiting France soon and want to read menus without confusion, ask for directions, and greet people? Join us at the New Buffalo Township Library at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, for an informal meeting to get the ball rolling on your French skills. We’ll introduce the French language to you, and decide when to meet in the future, to best fit the schedules of most.

There are no sign-ups required and the class is free. You may contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com for questions. If you are interested in attending this class but cannot make this date and time, please call or email with your best days of weeks and times to submit at the introductory meeting. 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo. (269) 469-2933.

The February book club pick at the New Buffalo Library is “Educated” by Tara Westover.

The Adult Winter Reading Challenge continues through Feb. 16.

Community Foundation library presentations

The Berrien Community Foundation will present information about funding available for non-profits and answer questions during five stops at libraries around Berrien County including a presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St.

Other presentations include: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Benton Harbor Library, 213 E. Wall St.; and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Coloma Library, 151 W. Center St.

Galien Legion Post dinner

Galien American Legion Post 344, 402 N. Cleveland Ave, Galien,

will have an All You Can Eat fish and chicken fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

The menu consists of fish, chicken, french fries, rolls and coffee. The price is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 10 years. Under age 5 are free. Carry outs will be available and there will also be a Bake Sale.

Tax payment plan sessions

Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski will host three sessions about tax payment plans for property owners who are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure due to unpaid taxes. Those who owe 2016 and/or 2017 taxes can set up a monthly payment plan to avoid foreclosure.

Sessions will be held at: the Three Oaks Public Library, 3 N. Elm St., 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14; the Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 E. Wall St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2.

Property owners can also meet with the treasurer at the St. Joseph office, at 701 Main Street, weekdays from 8:30-5 p.m., or the Niles office at the Berrien County Courthouse, 1205 Front St., Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon. For questions call 269-9837111, Ext 8569.

Last year over 400 property owners avoided foreclosure by signing up for a monthly payment plan. This program has served to benefit property owners and allow them to avoid forfeiting their properties with an overall success rate of 92 percent. Around 700 residents are enrolled in payment plans.

Properties are foreclosed when three years of back taxes are owed.

By law, owners need to pay 2016 and prior unpaid taxes, or enter into a payment plan, or the property will be foreclosed April 1. If the delinquent taxes are not paid or made subject to a payment plan by April 1, the treasurer cannot do anything under the law to allow owners to keep the property, which will be offered at the annual land auction in July.

Teen Story Writing Contest

The theme for this year’s Bridgman Public Library Teen Story Writing Contest is “Love.” The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 residing in Bridgman, Lake, and Chikaming Townships.

A complete list of rules can be found on the “Teens” page at www.bridgmanlibrary.com.  Entrants are able to request a private review session to hone their work. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 1-Feb 28. First place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Prizes provided by the Friends of Bridgman Public Library.  Winners announced March 8 on the Bridgman Library website.

Musicians from Andrews University, Bridgman, and Buchanan will be at the Bridgman Public Library performing both solo and chamber works on January 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Stewardship workdays at Warren Dunes

DNR Stewardship workdays at Warren Dunes State Park, to remove invasive plants, are scheduled as follows: Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, February 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, February 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the picnic area south of the campground. Enter at the main park entrance and turn right on the road to the campground, just past the entrance booths. Travel past the park headquarters towards the campground; the picnic area will be on the left.

GPS Coordinates: 41.907001, -86.591755.

Dress for the weather and off-trail work. Free park entrance for volunteers.

If a workday must be canceled due to inclement weather, or for any other reason, a voice mail message will be posted at (269) 921-0232 at least two hours before the scheduled workday start time.

Heart of Cook grant applications

Applications are available now for 2019 grants through The Heart of Cook Foundation Fund.

A grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant and administered by the Berrien Community Foundation.

The Heart of Cook is designed to help nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana pay for their programs and projects. Educational projects, human services programs that support families, and environmental protection and preservation projects are the focus areas for the grant program.

The grant review committee, comprised of Cook Nuclear Plant employees, gives special consideration to projects that involve I&M employees. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt or equivalent status.

Grant applications and guidelines may be obtained by visiting the Berrien Community Foundation’s website at www. berriencommunity.org/HOC. All grant applications must be submitted electronically by Feb. 13, 2019, through the Berrien Community Foundation’s website. Awards will be announced in May.

Paquette office open

State Rep. Brad Paquette has announced his legislative office is open and ready to serve residents of the 78th House District.

“I am eager to get to work for the people of Southwest Michigan,” Paquette said. “Whether it is an issue you need help navigating, or an idea to help simplify government, I am ready to listen.”

People can contact Rep. Paquette by calling (517) 373-1796 or by emailing bradpaquette@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1097 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.

Constituents can view updates from Rep. Paquette or subscribe to his news updates by visiting www.RepPaquette.com.

Rep. Paquette was elected to serve the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. The 78th District encompasses portions of Berrien and Cass counties, including the cities of Buchanan, New Buffalo and Niles and the townships of Baroda, Berrien, Bertrand, Buchanan, Chikaming, Galien, Howard, Milton, New Buffalo, Niles, Ontwa, Oronoko, Pipestone, Silver Creek, Sodus, Three Oaks, and Weesaw.

Humane Society seeks volunteers

The Michiana Humane Society (MHS) is accepting applications for volunteers to help at the shelter and at events for the 2019 season. Volunteers play a major role in the function of the shelter, by cleaning kennels and blankets, socializing with the animals, and helping with registration and other activities during events.

Volunteering at MHS can also count towards hours for students and others who need to fulfill a certain amount community service. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and beyond, and are asked to volunteer in one to two hour shifts when convenient to them.

If you have a love of animals and believe in MHS’s mission of finding permanent homes for the shelter animals, sign up to volunteer at Michiana Humane Society. You can apply in person at  at 722 Indiana Highway 212 in Michigan City, visit  www.michianahumanesociety.org and fill out an application online, or call (219) 872-4499.

Three Oaks Winter Reading

The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program through Feb. 28.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a winter mug — perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. Read one book each week and receive a weekly prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Drawing will be held on March 1. Warm up your winter with a good book!

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