A free Community Chili Fest and sporting goods/gardening items/tools/musical instruments exchange will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Water’s Edge United Methodist Church, 18732 Harbor Country Dr., New Buffalo

All members of the Harbor Country Rotary Club service area are invited (from the Indiana border to Browntown Road, from Lake Michigan to Dayton Road).

A variety of homemade chilis, tortilla chips, cookies, and drinks will be served. Bring your gently used sports equipment, tools, gardening items, and musical instruments. Participants can bring what they no longer need and/or take what they need. Any items left at the end of the evening will be donated to Harbor Country Mission.

The Rotary Club’s new bookmobile, a traveling free library, will also be on site.

Dogs Gathering

A Dogs Gathering is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Chikaming Township’s Harbert Community Park.

Galien River Park hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will trek through Galien River Park in New Buffalo Township in the third of its annual fall visits to Berrien County Parks. The event starts at 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Nov. 5.

County Parks’ Chief Naturalist Derek Pelc will lead the group on a slow, one-mile hike that should take about an hour-and-a-half.

The park is known for its canopy-level observation platform and its marsh-level boardwalk. It includes a mix of upland and wetland habitats along the Galien River and is a home and rest stop for many birds including bald eagles and Sandhill cranes.

For driving directions and other details, visit harborcountryhikers.com or Harbor Country Hikers on Facebook.

Winning ticket

According to Michigan Lottery, while no one matched all six numbers to win the Oct. 29 Powerball jackpot, two Michigan Lottery players were $1 million richer after the drawing by matching the five white balls drawn that night – 19-31-40-46-57.

According to an Oct. 30 news release, one of the winning tickets was bought at New Buffalo Shell, located at 18913 LaPorte Road in New Buffalo.

Program on Gen. MacArthur

The Friends of the New Buffalo Library will sponsor a Community Forum program on the heroic but stormy career of General Douglas MacArthur at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, the eve of Veterans Day, at the library, 33 N. Thompson St.

The program will be presented by Tim Moore of Lake Michigan College. One of only six U.S. Army generals promoted to five-star rank, MacArthur led troops in combat in World War I, served as Army Chief-of-Staff in the 1930s, and directed the island-hopping strategy that helped defeat Japan during World War II.

Community Forum presentations are free and all are welcome to attend.

Senior Center craft show

The River Valley Senior Center Holiday Craft Show will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call Tim Hawkins for more information at (269) 469-4556, or email him at directorrvsc@comcast.net.

‘Being There’ at Film Group

The Harbor Country Film Group, sponsored by the Friends of the New Buffalo Library, will screen and discuss “Being There,” a 1979 comedy starring Peter Sellers, at its 6:30 p.m. Nov.14 meeting at the Library. 33 N. Thompson St.

The film is based on a novel by Jerzy Kosinski and stars, in addition to Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and Melvyn Douglas. All are welcome at Film Group meetings, and there’s free popcorn for everyone.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at The Acorn (107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks) include: Clem Snide at 8 p.m. Nov. 4; Marrakesh Express at 8 p.m. Nov. 5; The Steepwater Band with Nomad Planets at 8 p.m. Nov. 11; Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering with Sophia De Leon Sanchez art 8 p.m. Nov. 12; Mason Jennings at 7 p.m.Nov. 13; Open Mic Night featuring Skirt at 7 p.m. Nov. 17; The Claudettes Album Release Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 18; Echoes of Pompeii at 8 p.m. Nov. 19; Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute at 8 p.m. Nov. 23 and 8 p.m. Nov. 25). For more, go to acornlive.org.

Harbert Community Church sale

On Saturday, November 5, Harbert Community Church will hold a Holiday Craft & Bake Sale, from 9 am to 1 pm. The church is located at 6444 Harbert Road in Sawyer at the corner of Three Oaks & Harbert Roads.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled for: 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Galien Twp. Hall & Fire Station, 305 Kiley Dr. Galien; 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at New Buffalo American Legion, 19139 US Hwy 12, New Buffalo; 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Three Oaks Library events

Upcoming events at the Three Oaks Township Public Library include: Weekly Story Time for all ages: Tuesdays 10:30 – 11 and Thursdays 4:30 – 5; Knitting & Crocheting Circle Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30; Lego Club at the Library all day every Thursday; Take & Make Bags for children are available for pickup at the library desk.

Blanket project

The Harbor Country Rotary Club blanket appreciation project is seeking volunteers to help tie blankets to be donated to emergency personnel, senior citizens, Ronald McDonald House and others at the Three Oaks Township Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.

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