A Classic Car Cruise-In Show complete with live music and food is scheduled for 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Lions Park across Marquette Drive from the public beach in New Buffalo.

The New Buffalo Business Association-sponsored event is free (to both car owners and the public) and will be kid and pet friendly.

Organizer Cathi Rogers said show cars can begin arriving at about 4 p.m. through the boat launch lot across from the beach entrance.

A downtwn New Buffalo Classic Car Cruise-In is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Shakespeare in the Park

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Touring Company will perform Shakespeare’s inimitable slapstick comedy “The Merchant of Venice” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in Three Oaks as part of the Music in the Park series at Dewey Cannon Park.

A 6:30 p.m. performance also is planned on Friday, Aug. 3, at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.

Bassanio is in a bind. He’s in debt to his dear friend Antonio, and now needs even more cash to woo the wealthy woman Portia. Bassanio’s strategy forces Antonio to borrow from Shylock, and if they fail to repay him, Shylock’s legal bond comes due: one pound of Antonio’s fair flesh.

Lakeside Ice Cream Social

The Lakeside Ice Cream Social will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Lakeside Park Gazebo, Lakeside Road and Red Arrow Highway.

This year the Rotary Club of Harbor Country will join the Lakeside Association, bringing Harbor Country neighbors together to meet and mingle, sit and visit, and raise money for scholarships for local high school students. Just $5 gets you Oink’s ice cream, homemade cake and cookies, and more. Live music, face painting, and of course, the traditional cake auction! The best-decorated cakes will be auctioned off at 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to the Lakeside Association Scholarship Fund.

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, Aug. 3, from 5 to 9: p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 4 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.

Blessings in a Backpack provides food for elementary children at New Buffalo Elementary School who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on the weekends during the school year. The food included in the backpack is intended to supplement what is available to them at home.  

In September, Water’s Edge will begin the 8th year of Blessings in a Backpack at New Buffalo Elementary School.

You will be able to purchase a grocery bag filled with items for the backpacks for only $9.81, or purchase individual specific items at the food drive. Monetary donations are gladly accepted.

For information on making a donation or sponsoring a child’s backpack for $100 for the next school year, contact Mary Robertson at (269) 469-1925, or write checks to Blessings in a Backpack and mail to Water’s Edge, 18732 Harbor Country Dr., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

Movie Night on the Field

River Valley Rocket Football and Cheer will present Movie Night on the Field (15480 Three Oaks Road) at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, on the River Valley High School football field. “The Little Giants” will be shown.

Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family (4 through 8). Players and cheerleaders already signed up will be admitted free. A concession stand will offer snacks and drinks. Those attending are asked to bring chairs and blankets.

Corn & Sausage Roast

The New Buffalo Yacht Club’s annual Corn & Sausage Roast will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at 500 West Water St.

The event (open to the public) features live music and dancing (rock with Red Deluxe from 3 to 7 p.m. ), drinks, and of course Corn & Sausage.

Mobile Food Pantry visits

Three Mobile Food Pantry distributions are scheduled for August in Galien, Harbert and New Troy.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Community Church of Christ, 110 N. Cleveland, Galien will host a Mobile Food Pantry visit (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation).

Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, will host the Mobile Food Pantry from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug, 7, in the parking lot (sponsored by The Pokagon Fund).

The third 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.

WRHC candidate interviews to air

In advance of the primary election on Aug.t 7, Radio Harbor Country will re-broadcast interviews with the Republican and Democratic candidates in Southwest Michigan’s  Congressional and State races. Originally aired this summer on John Smietanka’s program, “With Respect,” the candidates discuss their backgrounds, reasons for running, and plans for the future if they are elected.

The following schedule of interviews will air on Monday, August 6: 1 pm to 1:30 pm - Dave Pagel - Republican candidate for 21st Senate District; 1:30 pm to 2 pm - Kimberly LaSata - Republican candidate for 21st  Senate District; 2 pm to 2:30 pm - Rich Eicholz - Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District; 2:30 pm to 3 pm - David Benac - Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District; 3 pm to 3:30 pm - George Franklin - Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District; 3:30 pm to 4 pm - Matt Longjohn - Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District; 4 pm to 4:20 pm - Troy Rollins - Republican candidate for 79th House District; 4:20 pm to 4:40 pm - Pauline Wendzel - Republican candidate for 79th House District; 4:40 pm to 5 pm - Bruce Gorenflo - Republican candidate for 79th House District.

Radio Harbor Country is a non-profit community-supported radio station broadcasting from Three Oaks since 2006. Tune in at WRHZ 93.5 FM (Sawyer), WRHC 106.7 FM (Three Oaks), or online at radioharborcountry.org.

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (Aug. 5 - Not So Acoustic; Aug. 19 - Top Secret; Sept. 2 - Summer Reunion Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.

Majestic Landscapes at Courtyard Gallery

Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St. (U.S. 12) in New Buffalo, will present Majestic Landscapes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, featuring eye-popping photography by Michigan artist Dave Wheeler.

Dave’s love of photography started when he was a young boy, he never left home without his camera.  Family trips to Mexico, Canada, and Cuba where captured on film. Now he enjoys going to the Rocky mountains and the Atlantic ocean.

For more information call 1-800-291-9287 or email to: gallery@courtysrdfineart.com.

Kids Health Talk at Bridgman Library

Tara Scharick will teach kids the best care for their bodies from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Bridgman Public Library. For more information call (269) 465-3663.

Hot dogs and Mast Plan in the park

The Three Oaks Planning Commission will kick-off its Master Plan update with hot dogs at Dewey Cannon Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

The Planning Commission and DDA will be seeking public input via a survey. Information will be available at the Dewey Cannon Park event. Residents, second homeowners, business owners, and interested parties are encouraged to complete the survey. Public hearings will also occur during the update process. Check the Village website for scheduling updates.

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.

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.

Seasonal hike

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will discuss how the area is truly a land for all seasons during a walk through the New Buffalo Elementary School Nature Trails scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.

HCH President Pat Fisher will lead the discussion on how the seasons affect our local nature. The trails cover ground that demonstrates why our local environments host one of the most complex and diverse ecosystems in the world. This family friendly event is co-sponsored by New Buffalo Township Library.

The hike goes through some wetlands, so appropriate footwear is advised along with extra drinking water, bug repellent and head covering.  The group will gather in the parking lot at the Elementary School, 12292 Lubke Rd., New Buffalo. The walk will last about two hours.  For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Lyric Opera at Friendship Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. 12, Michigan City, Ind., will be hosting the Lyric Opera of Chicago (including performances by Gary Alexander, Cornelius Johnson, Kimberly Jones, Dan Richardson and Maia Surace) from 3 to 6 p.m. (Central Time) Sunday, Aug. 5.

Tickets are available on friendshipgardens.org, Eventbrite and the Friendship Botanic Gardens Facebook page. Regular seating is available for $35 and premium seating (first 4 rows) is available for $45. Light appetizers are included with each ticket. A cash bar with beer and wine will also be on site. Proceeds contribute to the continued restoration and maintenance of Friendship Botanic Gardens, the region’s premiere destination that combines nature, history and culture.  

The performance will begin promptly at 4 p.m. Join us at 3 p.m. for wine, beer, other beverages and light appetizers while taking a stroll through the 105-acres of gardens, trails and meadows. Before the event, author Barbara Stodola will be signing her new book “Friendship Botanic Gardens” — a history book that explores the rich legacy and exciting future taking shape for the Gardens.

For more information call 219 878 9885 or visit www.friendshipgardens.org.

Child Identification Programs scheduled

There will be four free Michigan Child Identification Programs conducted by Masonic Lodges in Berrien County in August. The dates, times and locations are as follows: Tuesday August 7 at Riverview Park in St. Joseph from 5 to 7 p.m. during the National Night Out event; 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.   

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

Grand Mere workdays

DNR Stewardship workdays are planned at Grand Mere State Park (to remove

invasive plants) from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18. Those participating on Aug. 4 will meet at the beach parking lot at the end of Grand Mere Road on the north side of the park. The Aug. 18 meeting place will be the west end of Willow Lane on the south end of the park.

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.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: an Open Mic Night with host Homestretch Ride at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; The Chicago Experience with opener Dina Bach at 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 4; James Neary & The Bevy Blue at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; Girls Like Us - The Songs of Barbra, Bette & Bernadette, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; Open Mic Night with host John Derado, Aug. 17; Expo 76 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and Robbie Fulks Returns!! at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

U.S. 12 sale vendors sought

The Region of Three Oaks Museum still has openings for vendors wishing to participate in the Three Oaks stop on the U.S. 12 Heritage Garage Sale, said to be the nation’s longest, on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12.

The Museum’s site (at either the Carver Park Pavilion or the adjoining Three Oaks Elementary School Campus) has become a one-stop favorite for finding antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishware, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, and even hot dogs and walking tacos. Permits range from $10 per day to $55 for the entire weekend. Applications are due by  Aug. 7.  For further information, contact Julie Sittig at (269) 756-3547 or via email at juliesittigrn@vanzine.org.

Playing at the Vickers

Screenings at the Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, are set to include: “American Animals” (Rated R), “On Chesil Beach” (Rated R) and “Celling Your Soul” (free admission at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7). For more, go to www.vickerstheatre.com or call (269) 756-3522.

Chicken Barbeque

The Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club is hosting its annual Chicken Barbeque on Thursday, Aug. 9. Dinners (half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, dinner roll, and a dessert) will be available beginning at 4 p.m. at Berrien Springs Middle School (dine-in or carry out). Tickets are $10. Half-chickens (without side salad, dinner roll or dessert) will be available starting at noon at the 1839 Courthouse Square Museum in Berrien Springs for $5 each.

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.

NBHS 40-year reunion

The New Buffalo High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40-year class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Skip’s Restaurant.

Cold appetizer platters, a buffet dinner with sides, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert included will be served at a cost of $35 per person. There will be a cash bar.

Please RSVP and send your check for dinner to Rhonda (Cook) Underwood, 209 W. Merchant, New Buffalo, MI 49117. Payment is due by Aug. 1.  Also, Facebook users, please let us know if you can make it by responding to the invitation on NBHS Class of 78 and Friends.

Additional activities are being planned, including getting together more casually on Friday or Saturday before dinner and breakfast on Sunday morning for those who want a little more time to catch up with classmates.  More info will be available closer to Aug. 18.

Suggestions or assistance from any of our classmates is welcome – and encouraged. Contact Diane Smitchger at dsmitchger@sbcglobal.net.

RVHS Multi-Year Reunion

The River Valley High School Class of 1978 is hosting a Multi-Year Class Reunion from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday July 15, in Dewey Cannon Park.

The “Mix-n-Mingle in the Park” is open to anyone who attended River Valley High School from 1975 through 1981, including the teachers and staff. There is no cost to attend.

Wednesday night music

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

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., Bridgman.

An Alzheimer’s Association support grThe Quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer are having a “Silent Auction” for 8 quilts that the group has donated to help raise funds for some electrical upgrades for the church kitchen.

The community is invited to take part. You may see the display Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the church office is open. The church is located on Sawyer Road just east of the Sawyer Post Office.

All the quilts are different – no colors or patterns are alike. All are machine sewn, hand tied and 80-by-60 inches. The church has had a quilters group for many years, providing around 100 quilts per year, shipped out for World Relief.

The Silent Auction will continue until Sunday, July 15, at noon. At that time the last name with the highest offer will win that quilt.

If you have questions come by and see the display or call the church office at (269) 426-3937.

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. 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 www.HarborArts.com.

Skip’s European Farmers Market

Skip’s European Farmers Market takes place every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) 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.

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