The Annual St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals Service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Animal owners are invited to bring their pets caged, leashes or otherwise accommodated. Stuffed animals also are welcome. There is no charge and pet treats will be provided.

A free-will offering to Michiana Humane Society will be gratefully received.

Enchanted Evening concert

The School of American Music plans “Some Enchanted Evening,” a concert of musical vignettes presented on the Spring Creek Stage in Dewey Canon Park, 14 Maple St., in Three Oaks. All are invited to arrive at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 25, for a pre-concert outdoor dinner under the stars. Prizes will be awarded for the best dining set-up of the evening. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.

The program for the evening features soprano Martha Cares (an internationally renowned opera singer and long-time member of the cast of Phantom of the Opera in New York City) and tenor Matthew Daniel (a veteran member of the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago) singing classics from musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables and South Pacific, in addition to highlights from popular operas.

“Bring food and beverages for a magical picnic of moonlight and music,” said Marco Chavarry, the event’s organizer and a member of the School of American Music’s board of directors.

Tax-deductible tickets to the concert are $50 and can be purchased on the School of American Music’s website, www.schoolof americanmusic.com, or by calling 269-409-1191. For more information, visit www.schoolofamerican music.com.

Mobile food pantries

A Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Galien Fire Station, 305 Kiley Dr., Galien; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer.

For information on other upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry -schedule.

Taco Tuesdays

To enliven downtown Bridgman and provide more food offerings on days when most eateries are closed, the Corridor Improvement Authority is inviting food trucks to sell their offerings downtown on a trial basis for “Taco Tuesdays.”

Bike Trail Hike

In a special evening hike on Thursday, September 30, the Harbor Country Hikers will walk the 1.5-mile first loop of the Chikaming Township Mountain Bike Trails at the Chikaming Township Park and Preserve. President Pat Fisher and board member Janet Schrader will share the history of the trail and how it was built, and will show off some trail-building tools. The hike begins at 5 pm Eastern time.

The 263-acre preserve is a popular destination for birding, hiking, biking, dog-walking, fishing and gardening. It contains eight different ecosystems and extensive walking trails. All are invited to join the hike.

The Hikers also will explore the role of native plants in the survival of birds and other wildlife during the fall and winter months during a hike at the Harbert Road Preserve at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 25.

For more information, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Wreaths Across America

The Rebecca Dewey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is fundraising to support Wreaths Across America, specifically to earn sponsorships for veterans’ wreaths to be placed at Shedd Cemetery in Three Oaks Township and Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Mich., on National Wreaths Across America Day (December 18, 2021).

The goal of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter NSDAR is to raise awareness and wreath sponsorships to be placed on 40 or more headstones to honor as many veterans as possible at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going to the local sponsorship group.

Also sought are wreath sponsorships to be placed on 8 veteran headstones at Shedd Cemetery. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15 and for every two wreaths sponsored, a third wreath will be matched by Wreaths Across America for free to Shedd Cemetery.

You can sponsor a wreath for Fort Custer National Cemetery for $15 online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/MI0171P

You can sponsor a wreath for Shedd Cemetery for $15 online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/MI0235.

Bird migrations prorgram

Naturalist Wendy Jones will present remotely in the Pokagon Room at the New Buffalo Township Library (6:30 p.m. Sept. 28) on fall bird migrations.

Her program (sponsored by the Friends of the New Buffalo Library) follows departing summer birds, migrants from northern habitats passing through on their way south, and winter residents that are beginning to arrive. Learn more about bird migration, which species to watch for during this transition, and tips to gear up for the winter feeding season ahead. Jones is director of environmental education at the Bubolz Preserve in Appleton, Wisc. and was formerly chief naturalist at Fernwood.

Acorn shows

Legendary Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins will returns to the Acorn at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.

Other upcoming shows at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Marrakesh Express; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Tom Rush; 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo plus The Music of Journey with American Idol season 6 finalist Rudy Cardenas; 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton; 8 p.m. Oct. 7, Open Mic Night with last Exit; 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid sharing engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album set for release in 2022.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

State Park work days

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive removal work days at local State Parks (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the following dates: Saturday, Sept. 25, Grand Mere State Park; Saturday, Oct. 2 – Warren Dunes State Park; Saturday, Oct. 16 – Warren Dunes State Park.

Volunteers will help remove invasive bushes. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle.To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at gls@glslab.com.

Center of the World run

The 10th annual Run to the Center of the World will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, in and around New Troy, and registration for the half marathon, 10K and 5K event is now open.

Participation will be capped at 100 racers.

Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at facebook.com/RunToTheCenter. Registration forms may also be picked up at the Community Center. For more information, email runtothecenteroftheworld@gmail.com or call 269-426-3909.

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