The 9th Annual Cocktails at the Grand Cottage is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Grand Cottage, 11551 Marquette Dr., New Buffalo. The Michiana Humane Society fund-raiser will feature light hors d’oeuvres and open bar, raffle drawing and live auction.

Auction items range from private dinners provided by Chef Jackie Shen of Jackie’s Café, New Buffalo, Chefs Luisa Mills and Vivian May of Lusia’s Café & Harbert Swedish Bakery, and Chef Jean Joho of Everest, Chicago, with special guests, David & Susan Axelrod; to Christmas for 8 in a Telluride, Colorado home; a Harbor Country getaway weekend for 12 with 2 nights at The Sycamore Guesthouse; and a Chicago Cubs package including 4 Bullpen Box tickets for Aug. 26.

For more, go to, or call 219-872-4499, ext. 10.

Full Throttle Throwdown

U.S. 12 Speed and Custom, 19015 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, will hold its annual Full Throttle Throwdown and Miss Full Throttle Pin-Up Calendar Contest & Little Miss Pin-Up Contest on July 21.

The car show (beginning at 10 a.m.) will feature hot rods, street cars, kids pedal pull drags, live music, door prizes and more. For more information, call (269) 231-5234 or send an email to

Adventures in Reading

Children of all ages, and adults, are invited to gather in the Welcome Pavilion at Harbert Community Park at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, for an Adventures in Reading session during which a variety of children’s books will be read aloud by Gretchen Evans, Director of the Bridgman Public Library.

Refreshments will be served. The event is part of Chikaming Township Park Board’s Celebrate Chikaming … Experience, Explore & Enjoy!

The public can reserve one or two beach volleyball courts or the baseball field located at Harbert Community Park. Spacious pavilions with grills and ample picnic tables can be reserved at both that site or at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve. Call the township at (269) 469-1676 for more information.

Lakeside History Day

The Lakeside Association is holding Lakeside History Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the event’s co-sponsors Flagship and the Lakeside Inn. On History Day tickets will be available at Lakeside Park for $15. Proceeds will go toward the Lakeside Association Scholarship Fund benefiting local

Lakeside History Day sites and “historians” are:

• Lakeside United Methodist Church — George Lawton will recount the details of the Church’s growth, changes, and activities over the past 137 years. A tour of the church will be offered.

• Geology of the Lakeside Region — Frank Richter will help us learn about the physical history of the land and answer questions about some our our favorite beach finds, like crinoids.

• Turner Shores — Jim Gilmore, a descendant of the family who bought the first lot in the subdivision, will talk about the special summer community that grew up within Lakeside.

• Lakeside Inn — Phil Bender (current manager of the Inn) and Laurie Ashcraft (whose family lived across the street for years) will tell wonderful stories of the Inn from illegal liquor to ghosts.

• Camp Chikagama – Charles Greenleaf and John Purdy will discuss the day camp that was a part of the Lakeside scene for approximately 35 summers.

• Robinson Woods – Bob Tatina not only knows the natural history of  this property, but has also studied the social history.

• Wilkinson Trading Post became the Rustic Village – Nadra Kissman will tall about the long history of what is now the Wilkinson Museum and was once part of a trading post built with a sawmill on the lake at Pier Street in 1854 by her ancestor, John Wesley Wilkinson.

Joe Savoldi film premiere

The colorful tale of a Three Oaks favorite son, “Jumping Joe” Savoldi, will be unveiled in the premiere showing of “Joe Savoldi:  Gridder, Grappler, Hustler, Spy” at noon on Saturday, July 21, in Vickers Theatre, 6 N. Elm St., Three Oaks. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and there is a $2 donation.

The film is the third film from The Region of Three Oaks History Museum documenting the area’s history produced by Nick Bogert. The Region of Three Oaks Museum. located at 5 Featherbone Ave., next to the Acorn Theater, is open free of charge May through October on Thursday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Further information can be found at or write

Four A’s Car Show

The annual Four A’s Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday, July 29, at American Legion Post 204, 204 Linden St., Three Oaks. The “biggest car show in the Harbor Country area” will feature trophies in many classes. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information call (219) 861-6357.

RV STEM Challenge

How do you explore the surface of Mars with a robot or retrieve a deep sea remote-controlled submarine that is stuck in an ocean canyon? How do you design an automatic candy dispenser? How can farmers overcome drought with an efficient irrigation system? How do you make a self-parking car? Can you design a fire alarm?

These River Valley Summer STEM Challenges will take place at the Three Oaks Campus from 8:30 am to 12:15 p.m. with bus transportation available. For students entering Grades 9-12, the dates are July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 and cost is $18. Students entering Grades 6-8 will meet Aug. 7 and 8 and cost is $15. Students entering Grades 4 and 5 will compete on Aug. 9 and cost is $10. All proceeds benefit RV STEM Education.

River Valley Summer STEM Challenge attendees will be entered into a drawing for a TI-Nspire CX or a TI-84+CE calculator and other prizes. If you are an interested student looking for something interesting to do, send an email to Dr. Marian Prince at Please include name, grade entering and phone number.

Summer Vibes

A Harbor Country Mission Summer Vibes Fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Infusco in Sawyer. There is a $20 entry fee that includes music, treats, and drink. There will be awesome raffles that have been donated by local businesses.

French Market

The annual French Market, a Harbor Country marketplace, with artisans, antiques and collectables, attic treasures, baked goods, refreshments and more, will be July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, Michigan.

For over 10 years the Episcopal Church of the Mediator has hosted a summer “French Market” in the tradition of European churches when the churchyard served as a source for community fellowship and commerce.  For more information contact or (269) 469-1441.

River Valley Antique Power Show

The River Valley Antique Power Association will have its annual Antique Tractor and Engine Summer Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, at 7816 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks. An array of gas-powered engines and tractors and the equipment they ran will be powered up by members of the association. Tractor parade daily.

Harbor Country Book Club to meet

The Thursday, July 26, book selection for the Harbor Country Book Club is “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman.  

The August selection is “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Meetings are held at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 pm on the last Thursday of the month and are open to the public.

Salad Supper & Family Nite

First Congregational Church of Three Oaks will host its annual Salad Supper and Family Nite from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The menu will include a wide variety of salads, plus hot dogs and chips. Come and have fun with clowns and a bounce house. Price is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

Trinity registration

Trinity Lutheran Preschool and Child Care Center, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, will hold Registration for the 2018-2019 school year from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 1-3. Registration packets with all necessary paperwork will be available for pickup at this time.

Trinity offers 2 and 3 half-day preschool programs, a pre-kindergarten program as well as childcare for ages birth through age 12. Trinity exists to assist parents in providing their children with safe, quality Christian care, education and support.

Back-To-School Night is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the teacher, pay registration fees, submit all required forms and mingle with other parents and staff. Activities for the children and refreshments will be available as well. Classes will begin Sept. 4.  For further information, contact the school office at (269) 426-3151 or (269) 426-3937.

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.

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.

Party on the Pavers

The 2018 Party on the Pavers is scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. July 28 in downtown Baroda. The celebration will feat the band Libido Funk Circus, wine and beer from local breweries and wineries, and amazing food from different trucks (must be 21 or older to get in).

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.

Show at Judith Racht

Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 Prairie Road, Harbert, will have an opening event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28t, featuring: A Space Odyssey (North Gallery) with works by Archer Prewitt, Mark Somerville, David Zimmerman, William Zuehlke; Still Life: (entrance) with works by Catherine Maize; and Camille’s World: (North Gallery) works by Camille Lemmolo.

Also, a new feature for the Outsiders Outside Art Fair on Labor Day weekend will be a silent auction. Let us know if you have any art or antiques you would be interested in selling at the auction (269-469-1080).

Gatsby in the Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City will be the site of Gatsby in the Gardens from 6 to 9 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, July 28.

Guests at the Great Gatsby Garden Party will have the option to dress in 1920s apparel and enjoy cocktails, dance or play lawn games while listening to live jazz music. Tickets are $40 each and are on sale via Friendship Gardens website, Eventbrite, Facebook event page and may be available for purchase the day of the event. Each ticket includes 4 cocktail sample tickets, beer samples from a local brewer and light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. For more, call (219) 878-9885 or visit

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

#10Trail Challenge

At any time during July, participants in the #10Trail Challenge (sponsord by Chikaming Open Lands and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country) can hike any or all of the following 10 trails in the area: COL’s Robinson Woods Preserve, Jens Jensen Preserve, and Turtle Creek Preserve; Berrien County’s Galien River County Park and Love Creek Nature Center; Chikaming Town­ship Park and Preserve and Harbert Road Preserve; Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s Kesling Na­ture Preserve; the Village of Three Oaks’ Hoadley Nature Trail; and Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve (in Michigan City). Participants are asked to take a photo of themselves at these stations, and tag COL on Instagram using #10trail and #chikamingo­penlands, and/or post the photo on Facebook tagging @chikamingopenlands.

Those not using social media may email COL their photos at col@chikamin­ Participants who hike any three to four trails will win a free cup of coffee (or other beverage) at Infusco Coffee Roasters in Sawyer. Those who hike any five to nine of the trails will re­ceive a sandwich of their choice at David’s Delicates­sen in New Buffalo. Partici­pants who hike all 10 trails will win a pizza from Patel­lie’s in Three Oaks. Photo submissions will be tallied and prizes awarded on Au­gust 1, 2018.

Participants must reg­ister before beginning at

U.S. 12 sale

The Region of Three Oaks Museum 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. 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

Chamber board member sought

There is one vacancy on the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2018.

Candidates seeking an appointment to the Board of Directors must: Be a Chamber member in good standing from the Harbor Country area; Have been a Chamber member for at least one (1) year; and Agree to accept the responsibilities of a Directorship.

Interested candidates may submit a letter of intent to Viki Gudas or call (269) 469-5409 with any questions.

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