The Dale Prasco Trio will headline a 7 p.m. Friday, July 30, concert on the Spring Creek Stage at the School of American Music’s Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St. Local jazz vocalist Livia Gazzolo, will open the show accompanied by Matt Berger on guitar.

“Rarely does Three Oaks have the opportunity to hear a trio of this caliber,” said Ron Spears, organizer and underwriter of the event. “This is a jazz concert you don’t want to miss.”

Dale Prasco studied jazz guitar at the Berklee School of Music and has been playing the jazz and blues circuit in the greater Chicago region for well over 30 years. He has worked with guitarist Mike Stern and musicians Alex Bugnon and Elvin Bishop, to name a few, and is fluent in jazz, blues/rock and almost anything else he can coax out of his electric guitar.

Drummer Charles “Rick” Heath IV is one of the most in-demand drummers in the Chicago area, with a reputation for being among the best anywhere. Bass guitar Ron Hall has been a member of the Poi Dog Pondering band since 1999, and a regular performer with the Dale Prasco Trio.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chairs. More information can be found on the School of American Music’s website www.schoolofamericanmusic.com.  Inquiries and requests for interviews can be emailed to nominating@schoolofamericanmusic.com.  

This concert is underwritten by Ron Spears, a board member and guitar instructor at the School of American Music. To donate to SAM, visit the School of American Music’s website www.schoolofamericanmusic.com or call (269) 409-1191.

Blood drive at Trinity

The next blood drive at Trinity/Sawyer is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 27.

Call 866-642-5663 or visit Versity Blood Drive at http://bit.ly/MICHIGANMATTERS To schedule your appointment.

Public Safety Day

New Buffalo Township’s annual Public Safety Day (set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1) will also serve as an open house at the new Public Safety Building, 18959 U.S. 12.

A school supply distribution thanks to The Pokagon Fund and an open house at the new facility will be part of the festivities.

Lakeside Ice Cream Social

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

Summer Book Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library’s Summer Used Book Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 in the parking lot south of the library, 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman.

All books are 50 cents and proceeds will benefit the Bridgman Public Library.

Build The Barn concerts

Paws for Humanity and Farm Dog Productions will hold Build The Barn Series concerts every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 29 in their pastures at 14671 Three Oaks Road, Three Oaks.

The schedule is: Aug. 1 – Jamie Wagner & Friends; Aug. 8 – James Neary; Aug. 15 – Mike “Blue Eyes” Felten; Aug. 22 – The Menards; Aug. 29 – Patti Shaffner. For tickets go to: pawsforhumanity.org

Build the Barn is a fundraising project to assist Paws for Humanity in building a facility including an indoor riding arena, conference room, small offices, and animal housing for our educational and therapeutic support services. Programs include sanctuary/foster care for animals; animal training; animal therapy; equine services; and community education and support workshops.

Park work day

On Friday, July 30, at 9 a.m. volunteers will continue the process of transforming Harbert Community Park according to the plan approved by Chikaming Township Supervisors at its July meeting.

Chikaming Township Board member Rich Sullivan asks that  volunteers bring work gloves, safety glasses, and if available: wire cutters, socket wrenches, and sledge hammers. The menu will include:  bleachers, batting cage, roofs of the dugouts, roof of the shed by the batting cage and remainder of the cyclone fencing.

Heron Rookery Trail hike

Harbor Country Hikers will head to the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Heron Rookery Trail on Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m. Eastern along a portion of the east arm of the Little Calumet River to learn a few facts about riparian zones and enjoy the sights along the way.

The area once featured more than 100 great blue heron nests. After 60 years of nesting there, the herons have moved on but the woods remain alive with dozens of birds including kingfishers, woodpeckers and a wide variety of migrating and nesting warblers.

This three-mile hike should take about two hours. Long pants, sun hats, sturdy shoes or boots, insect repellent and plenty of water are recommended. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. HCH observes federal and state COVID guidelines and face masks are currently optional.

The parking lot for the Heron Rookery Trail is located at 1336 East Rd, just west of Michigan City. For complete details or HCH membership, volunteer and events visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Harbor Country Hikers is offering the use of an all-terrain rollator to members of the community who may have difficulty on some trails visited by the group. The device will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to those signing up at harborcountryhikers.com.

#10Trail Challenge

Registration for the July 1-July 31 #10Trail Challenge is now open.

The #10Trail Challenge has been expanded for 2021 to include 15 trails (Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, St. Patrick's County Park, Burns Prairie Preserve, Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve, Edward and Elizabeth Leonard Wildlife Preserve, Jens Jensen Preserve, Warren Dunes State Park (parking at Floral Lane entrance), Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Mt. Tabor Trails, Baroda Township Park, Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, Riverview Park, Lake Michigan College, Sarett Nature Center, and Paw Paw River County Park).

Participants have the option to hike any 10 out of the 15 trails, or do the "Extreme15" (hike all 15 trails and receive the prize for completing 10 trails plus become eligible to win a larger Extreme15 prize in a special drawing.

Once you are out on the trails look for the #10Trail Challenge picture frame selfie stations! Snap a pic and hashtag on Instagram with #10trail AND #chikamingopenlands (you can also tag COL on Facebook or email the the selfie picture to col@chikamingopenlands.org. For more information go to www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge.

Corn & Sausage Roast

The New Buffalo Yacht Club, 500 W. Water St., New Buffalo, traditionally holds its Corn & Sausage Roast on the first Saturday in August (Aug. 7, 2021). For 2021 information go to the Yacht Club’s Facebook page.

STEAM-Y Summer

A STEAM-Y Summer is underway at the Three Oaks Township Public Library. The next event for children preschool through fifth grade is Saturday, July 24, noon to 1:30 p.m. Children should come ready for some hand-on STEAM activity stations. Please call the library at (269) 756-5621 to RSVP so enough materials can be prepared.

The Sarett Nature Center will be at the library at noon on Saturday, July 31 (outside weather permitting).

Park & Read is each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 12. July 22 will be at Dillard Park, July 29 at Dewey Cannon Park, Aug. 6 at Timbertown, and Aug. 12 on the Library Lawn. Everyone in attendance will go home with a new book.

There is still time to sign up for Summer Reading for all ages. The drawing for the grand prizes will be August 12 at noon. Stop in and pick up a very simple Reading Log.

July Story Time is on Tuesdays at 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and at 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Lego Club will be all day every Thursday. Projects will be left up for one week.

The Knitting and Crocheting Circle meets on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, please call the library at 756-5621.

U.S. 12 sale permits

The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) is laying plans for its biggest sale ever in the U.S. 12 Heritage Garage Sale in Carver Park on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 13-15. The Museum’s site has become a one-stop favorite for finding antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishware, homemade jams and jellies and even hot dogs and sloppy joes.

The TROTOM locations are in the highly trafficked area in Carver Park and the adjoining Three Oaks Elementary School Campus at Oak and Ash (U.S. 12) Streets. Vendors are still being accepted. Permits range from $15 per day or $30 for the weekend.

For further information or to donate items for sale contact Julie Sittig at 269-756-3547 or via email at juliesittigrn@vanzine.org. Items donated for sale need to be brought to the site on Thursday, Aug. 12.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “I Carry You With Me” and “Summer of Soul.” For more, go to https:// vickerstheatre.com.

Mobile food pantry

The Galien and Olive Branch Churches, AKA Galien River Church, is hosting a Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation) at 4 p.m. July 29 at the Galien Township Fire station, 305 Kiley Road, Galien. The Harris Family Farm will also be bringing locally grown organic vegetables. The Food Pantry will be done in the drive through style.

For information, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Legendary Showtunes

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) will perform “Legendary Showtunes & More” at Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City for families and adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Central Time) Sunday, July 25.

Hoosier STAR 2020 winners Alyse Flores (Adult Division) and Julia Larson (Youth Division) will also be performing. Food and drink will be available for purchase at this joint fundraiser.

Advance ticket purchase is available at www.friendship botanicgardens.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the entrance gate the day of the event, cash or card accepted. General admission for adults is $50; 17 and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Music In the Park

Music in the Park is a free concert series held at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays during the summer in Dewey Cannon Park behind downtown Three Oaks. July 24 will feature Fauxgrass. For more information go to www.harborarts.com/music-in-the-park.

Weko Beach Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach (5239 Lake St., Bridgman) features free music beginning at 7 p.m. Red Deluxe will perform July 25. For updated information go to www.bridgman.org.

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