Shawn from Life Expressions will give step by step instructions on how to make a decorative sign at the Bridgman Public Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. All materials will be provided and registration is required. For more, call (269) 465-3663.

Movie Mondays (at 1 p.m.) will feature “The Muppets” on Aug. 13; “Matilda” on Aug. 20; and “Flushed Away” on Aug. 27.

Household chemicals and electronics recycling event set

Berrien County residents can recycle and safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and electronics on Wednesday, August 15, at Love Creek County Park, 9292 Huckleberry Road, Berrien Center. The collection event runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Accepted household chemicals include auto liquids, yard chemicals and pesticides, cleaners, pool chemicals, solvents, oil-based paint, stain, and most other paint products (latex paint will NOT be accepted). Also accepted are household batteries of all sizes and auto batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and home medical waste including pills and sharps. Unwanted pills can be brought in their original container or combined together in a bag. Medical sharps/needles must be brought in a puncture proof container. No loose sharps will be accepted.

Latex paint, or water-based paint, will NOT be accepted at this event. Dried out latex paint can be placed in with regular household trash. Other items that are NOT accepted are gas grill size propane tanks, ammunition, and waste from businesses.

Donations are accepted to offset the collection, transportation, and processing costs of the household chemicals.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be collecting consumer electronics and appliances, which includes anything with a cord or runs on batteries. There is a fee of $10/computer monitor and $20/television, due at the event by cash or check. Other electronics are accepted at no cost to the resident. Green Earth Electronics Recycling is located in St. Joseph, Michigan. Contact Green Earth Electronics Recycling directly with questions at (269) 326-1232.

More information can be found at click on Recycling Services or call Jill Adams at 269-983-7111, ext. 8234. The event is coordinated by the Berrien County Parks Department. 

Open house at Three Oaks Equilibrium Fitness

Equilibrium Fitness has added a second location at 5 West Ash Street, Unit 4, in Three Oaks (the original gym is in New Buffalo). The Grand Opening will be held at the facility on Friday, August 17, from noon to 7 p.m. (EDT). The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will commemorate the occasion by cutting an official ribbon at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to stop by for a tour, enter a raffle and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.

Members who join Equilibrium Fitness will have convenient access to both facilities, Three Oaks and New Buffalo. Each location features easily accessible locations, on-site parking, complimentary lockers, classes, and affordable rates. They offer short-term and long-term memberships with 24 hour and 7 day access. Couples, families and groups receive a discount membership. Classes are offered each week, they are open to the public (ages 12 and up), and are discounted for gym members. The Three Oaks location offers all personal and group training classes, and features very unique pieces of functional training equipment. The New Buffalo location will continue to offer weekly spin cycle classes, and will be adding some low-impact classes this fall. Online registration is required to reserve a spot in all fitness classes.

Katie Maroney, the owner of both enterprises lives by the motto, “Train like an athlete, live like a champion”. She knew the time had come to broaden the business for her current members, and to offer affordable options to the surrounding communities. As she says, “Fitness should be fun and accessible."

To join the fitness club or for more information, call (269) 586-4280 o rlog on to

MAK Salon & Spa party

MAK Salon & Spa, 13584 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, will celebrate 5 years in business with drinks, DJ, food, games and giveaways from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

MAK Salon and Spa offers hair, nails, massage and wellness services with two locations in Harbor Country.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park features live music at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday evening in Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks. Upcoming shows include: De Hurricane on Aug. 18; Cabildo on Aug. 25; and The Bergamot on Sept. 1.

The free concert series is sponsored by Harbor Arts and generous community members. Bring a blanket, bring a snack, bring a friend! For more, go to

Manufactured Home meeting set

The Development Team proposing a 250 unit Manufactured Home Community at the intersection of Hoder and Maudlin roads in New Buffalo Township is seeking input from the business community at an informational meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo.

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (Aug. 19 - Top Secret; Sept. 2 - Summer Reunion Band. For more, go to or call (269) 465-3406.

Child Identification Programs scheduled

Free Michigan Child Identification Programs conducted by Masonic Lodges in Berrien County are scheduled as follows in August: Monday August 13 at the Berrien County Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs from 4 to 6 p.m. during the Berrien County Youth Fair; Sunday August 26 at The Redbud Community Center in Buchanan from 2 to 5 p.m.  during the Buchanan Faith and Family Day event; and Tuesday August 28 at The Berrien County Health Department in Benton Harbor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Back to School Bash event.

Each child that goes through the process will receive a dental impression as well as a flash drive containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and their vital information. Parents or legal guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for the child to receive this service. Children who have already received the service are encouraged to repeat the process every two years to keep the information in the completed packets current.

The Michigan Child Identification Program provides the family with everything needed for the Amber Alert System. Since 2005 over ninety thousand Michigan children have received this valuable service. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children considers the Michigan Child Identification Program to be one of the most comprehensive of its kind.   

For more information call (269) 612-7424 or consult the Michigan Child ID Web Site at

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Expo 76 ay 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and Robbie Fulks Returns!! at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. (Grammy-nominated artist Robbie Fulks is releasing a new album Wild! Wild! Wild! with Linda Gail Lewis (younger sister of rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis).

Mums sale

The Rotary Club of Harbor Country’s Annual Mums Sale offers 8 inch pots, $6.50 each with five colors available.

The deadline for orders is Friday, Aug. 24 and delivery will be Friday, Sept. 7. For more send an email to

Coastline screenings

Coastline Children’s Film Festival will present free ($1 suggested donation) summer film screenings at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph with “Liyana” at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and “Tesoros” at 7 p.m. Aug. 30. The Aug. 16 screening will include a special performance by local musician Ethan Bowman-Hawkins.

The mission of the Coastline Children’s Film Festival is to bring high-quality independent films and animation for children and young adults to the area and to present them on the big screen as shared theatrical experiences for the whole community.

State Park workday

A DNR Stewardship workday is planned at Grand Mere State Park (to remove

invasive plants) from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18.

Playing at the Vickers

Screenings at the Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, are set to include: “American Animals” (Rated R) and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Rated PG-13). “Eighth Grade (rated R) opens Aug. 17.

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

Run to the Center of the World

The seventh annual Run to the Center of the World 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be held through the village of New Troy and beautiful rural surroundings on Saturday, Sept. 15.

For the first time this year, all finishers will receive a hand-crafted, carved wooden medal. Also, the registration fee for participants 12 or younger has been reduced.

Names and finish times of overall winners in all three events will be engraved on bricks and permanently installed in the New Troy Community Center garden. Winners will also receive certificates. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Longest Distance Traveled, and Largest Team. Everyone who registers before Sept. 1 is guaranteed a free T-shirt — NextLevel® Premium V-neck fitted shirts in mens’ and womens’ styles for the adults; 12 and younger will receive a youth shirt. A link to register online are available at

Onsite registration and packet pickup begin at 8 a.m. on race day, with races beginning at 9 a.m. The Awards Ceremony begins at 10:15. A free breakfast buffet will provide pre- and post-race fuel.

Fees for 13 and over are $25 through race day, 12 and under are $10 through race day. Proceeds from the race benefit the New Troy Community Center, which receives no government funding and is supported entirely through memberships, donations, and fundraising events. The event is hosted by Friends of New Troy.

For more information, contact Terry Hanover at (269) 369-1897 or via email at  

Wednesday night music in park

New Buffalo Township’s weekly Wednesday night Music in Memorial Park series begins at 7 p.m. each week.

Ecosystem hike

Harbor Country Hikers will learn and see first-hand the differences between ecosystems and why diversity is important during a hike through Chikaming Township Park and Preserve on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. The preserve is located on Warren Woods Road, between Red Arrow Highway and Three Oaks Road.

The preserve is noted for its diverse natural features including woods and ravines, Galien River floodplain, a planted tallgrass prairie, a small lake and a reforestation project. 

HCH President Pat Fisher and Vice President Stacey LaRocco will lead the discussion during the 2.5-mile hike of moderate difficulty.  Drinking water, head covering and bug repellent is advised.

Also on the schedule is a viewing of the documentary “Shifting Sands:  On the Path to Sustainability” at New Buffalo Township Library followed by a hike through Cowles Bog Trail in Porter, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 15.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

Senior Center seeks board members

The River Valley Senior Center Nominating Committee is accepting applications for election to the Board of Directors. Requirement of Board Membership: Residents of geographic service area: Townships of Chikaming, Lake, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, and parts of Galien and Weesaw Townships west of Cleveland Ave. This includes the following cities/villages: Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Troy and Bridgman.  

Applications (due by Aug. 31) and further information are available at the Center:  13321 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, MI 49115, 269-469-4556, or RVSC@COMCAST.NET.

Hometown Heroes banners available

Bridgman is again honoring its Hometown Heroes by displaying banners of its military veterans along Lake Street in time for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.  Banners will go up in early September.

Applications for a space on one of the 52 banners is on a “first-in/first-served” basis, with only 21 spaces remaining as of July 10.  Demand for last year’s banners, the program’s first year, was overwhelming, with the city doubling the number originally planned and still many were turned away.

Applications for the banners are available on the city’s website or at City Hall, 9765 Maple St.  There is a $15 charge to help defray the cost of the banner, which will be displayed every other year until they are worn out.

Nominees must have lived at some point in their life in Bridgman or Lake Township for a minimum of two years and must be currently serving or have served in one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces between World War I and the current date. A high resolution photo of the nominee in military uniform must be submitted with the application.

Mobile Food Pantry visit

A Mobile Food Pantry distribution will be held at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31.

Bacchus & Beer Fest

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 U.S. 12, Michigan City,  welcomes everyone 21 and over to enjoy adult beverages from several breweries and wineries at the annual Bacchus and Beer Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, Aug. 18.

Round Barn, Greenbush, Burn ‘Em, Zorn, Shoreline, Evil Czech, Upland, Black Dragon Meadery and Shady Creek Winery are some of vendors that will be in attendance. Enjoy delicious BBQ from Up N’ Smoke while listening to live music from musician Danny Moore.

Tickets (on sale via Eventbrite, the Friendship Botanic Gardens Facebook page or at the door) are $40 and include unlimited drink samples. Advance purchase is recommended. VIP tickets for $45 allow entry into the Gardens an hour before the event at 5 p.m. No refunds. Please no coolers or picnic baskets.

For more information, call (219) 878-9885 or visit

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