Learn to play Disc Golf. The Sand Ridge Disc Golf Club will be teaching people the basics of this exciting game at Lake Township Park, 10801 Gast Road, Bridgman, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays June 7,14, 21, and 28.

Discs will be available to purchase $7 For more, call the Bridgman Public Library at (269) 465-3663.

St. Mary’s Parish Carnival

The 2018 St. Mary of the Lake Parish Carnival will take place Thursday, May 31, through Sunday evening, June 3,

The Skerbeck Carnival will rides for young & old, carnival fare such as cotton candy, hot dogs, & popcorn, and midway games and attractions. The St. Mary Altar/Rosary Society also will have bake sales Saturday and Sunday.

New Buffalo Farmers Market

The New Buffalo Farmers Market runs each Thursday from June 7-Sept 6 in downtown New Buffalo (4-8 p.m. with live music from 5-7 p.m.). The Farmers Market offers different vendors each week including produce, meats/seafood, artisan cheeses, baked goods/desserts, artists, crafts, food vendors, clothing, antiques, and food trucks. Follow us on Facebook for updates and announcements: facebook.com/newbuffalofarmersmarket

Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach

The inaugural Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach, 5239 Lake St., Bridgman, is scheduled for 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Wineries, breweries and distilleries from Berrien County and live music by Billy Strings, James Neary and the Bevy Blue StarHeart The Andrew Fisher Quartet The Undertaker Blues Band are on the agenda. Free shuttles will run from Bridgman Elementary School, 3891 Lake St.; the Middle School at 10254 California Road, and the High School, 9964 Gast Road. Food choices will be cash only. Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the entrance. For more, go to http://makerstrail.org or call (269) 465-4413.

Catamaran races

The Catamaran Racing Association of Michigan will hold its Cat Fight Vii regatta on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, at the lakefront in New Buffalo

More than 40 catamarans and trimarans are expected to compete. For more, go to the cramsailing Facebook page.

Skip's Open Air European Farmers Market

The Skip's Open Air 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.

Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour

The Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour tour of splendid, professionally designed homes and gardens in Southwest Michigan scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, benefits the work of the Alliance to to transform the existing spaces of other non-profits through pro bono design services and in-kind donations, allowing them to provide comfortable, supportive and healing physical environments for the populations they serve. For more, go to http://homeandgardentour.org or call (312) 660-1344.

Three Oaks Farmers Market

Locally grown produce and more is offered every Saturday from June 2 through Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Three Oaks.

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (June 10 - VanDyke Review; June 24 - Jerry Hunt Trio; July 15 - Red Deluxe; July 22 - Mark Ficks; 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.

Classic Car Cruise-In

Classic and vintage cars gather in downtown New Buffalo from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month June through August (weather permitting). Free to the public, pet and child friendly.

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival

The 2018 Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival will be held at Warren Dunes State Park from 1 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16,  for its 13th year.

The festival will feature locally-grown-and produced varietals under a big top tent, regional live music, access to a beautiful beach and Lake Michigan and below the backdrop of the towering sands of Warren Dunes. Area food trucks will be featured.Guests will have the convenience of driving to the Dunes and parking directly adjacent to the festival, dunes and beach (Warren Dunes State Park does charge a nominal parking fee per car, or you can use the Michigan State Passport for free parking.

Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance (at www.brownpapertickets.com) or $15 at the door. Tickets also may be purchased at member wineries, at Harding's Market in Bridgman and all 21 Martin’s stores in the region.

For more, go to http://miwinetrail.com/

Child ID program

Three Oaks Masonic Lodge 239 will be providing a free child identification program from 6 to 8:30 p.m Thursday, June 14, at the Haymarket Brewery and Taproom, 9301 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman.

The program is being provided as a part of the Kid Strong event being hosted by The Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. Each child that goes through the Child ID 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.

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

Honorary Officer

Three Oaks Police Chief Dennis Buller Sr. will make 7-year-old Kennedy Arnie an Honorary Police Officer with her very own Three Oaks Police uniform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at 104 N. Elm Street (Great Lakes Builders). While there, Kennedy will also receive her own Three Oaks SUV squad car, donated by Tom Korkos, owner of Three Oaks Ford.

For her very first assignment as a police officer, Kennedy will be escorting Princess Zoe Brault (her BFF) in the world’s Largest Flag Day Parade that starts at 3 p.m.

 Kennedy is among the youngest to be discovered with Juvenile ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She has had complex medical issues since birth, requiring a lifetime of care. She has a GoFundMe page named “Kennedy’s Health Journey”.

Summer STEM Challenges

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 Summer STEM Challenges will take place at the Three Oaks Campus of River Valley Elementary from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with bus transportation available. For students entering Grades 9-12, the dates are July 31, August 1 and 2. Students entering Grades 6-8 will meet August 7 and 8. Students entering Grades 4 and 5 will compete on August 9.  

If you are an interested middle or high school student, pick up a registration form from the MS/HS office and return it by June 4. If you are an elementary student, pick up a registration form from the Three Oaks office to be returned by June 4. If you have questions, email Dr. Marian Prince at mprince@andrews.edu.

Celebrate Bridgman paraders sought

The City of Bridgman is seeking participants for its annual Celebrate Bridgman! Parade on Saturday, July 14.

The parade stages at Bridgman High School by 10 a.m. With a start time of 11 a.m. it then travels through the city west on Lake Street. Sign up by July 1 and join the fun! Information and sign-up forms are available at www.Bridgman.org (click on the Celebrate Bridgman! Tent) or call Bridgman City Hall at (269) 465-5144.

Mom2Mom Sale & Book Fair

New Troy’s first annual Mom2Mom Sale will be held at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

Gently used baby and children’s clothing and equipment will be available, with a special large-item room for items too large to fit on a table. Crafters and other vendors will also be offering family-specific merchandise. For more information e-mail Mom2MomFONT@gmail.com or call Mandi at (269) 338-5302.

Registration fees will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy, which provides a weekly preschool Story Hour and summertime Reading Program, plus many other family-friendly events. The Center is located at 13372 California Rd., New Troy. A map is available on www.facebook.com/Friends-of-New-Troy.

Rummage/Bake sale

The Three Oaks United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Rummage/Bake sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 8, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

Many household items, furniture, books, toys, clothing will be offered. A bag sale will begin at noon June 9. Shoppers may fill a grocery bag with items for $2. Three Oaks UMC is located on Elm St, across from the Post Office.

Baroda Music in Park

A free Music in the Park concert series is offered at 6 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of June, July and  August in the Baroda Village Park, 1500 Lemon Creek Road. The village also will offer its annual fireworks display on July 3. For more, go to barodavillage.org/ 

Crafters wanted

Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is looking for crafters to participate in the Heritage Arts and Crafts Fair. Crafts like sewing, quilts, knitting, soap, candles, shawls and more are welcome. You may display your goods to sell and/or demonstrate your skills.

Spaces are available in the historic Dewey Cannon Park, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks, on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. Fees are $20 for one day or $30 for both days. You will need to provide your own tent, tables, chairs, etc. Registration deadline is July 14.

Contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com for more information or find the Registration Form on our website at https://civilwardaysthreeoaks.jimdo.com.

Organic Farming workshop offered

A Yard-to-Table: Organic Farming with Verdant Hollow Farms program is scheduled for Saturday, June 9.

Learn about tree care and proper tree management for your own yard. Space is limited. Contact Chikaming Open Lands at cstruecker@chikamingopenlands.org or call (269) 405-1006. Cost is $10 per person, per session.

LWV annual meeting

The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties’ Annual Dinner Meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Buchanan Art Center, 117 W Front St., Buchanan.

An evening of friendship, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a short business meeting are planned. Cost is $20 payable in advance. For more, go to lwvbcc.org.

‘Chair Affair’

One-of-a-kind chairs customized by local artists will be available at “The Chair Affair” auction scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. June 28 at Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Appetizers, music and the auction are planned. Proceed swill support the continued work of Neighbor By Neighbor. Tickets are $20. To order, call (269) 231-0648.

Brick sale

Due to popular demand, a limited number of commemorative bricks will be offered for sale by Friends of New Buffalo Library until they are sold out or by the June 30 deadline.   The inscribed bricks will be installed in the walkway at the library’s main entrance

Order forms are available at the Friends of the Library Used Book counter in the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Forms may be submitted to the main desk at the library or completed on-line following the directions on the form.

Cost is $50 for 4-by-8-inch bricks for up to three lines and $100 for 8-by- 8-inch bricks for up to six lines.  Each line has a maximum of 18 characters including spaces and punctuation.

Funds raised will be used by the Friends of the Library for special library needs and special community programs.

Read with Newdle

Every Monday at 11 a.m. the New Buffalo Township Library offers the Reading with Newdle.

Join us for a very special Story Time with therapy dog Newdle! Your little one will have a one on one chance to interact with Newdle, learn how to interact with pets and even tell Newdle a story.

The New Buffalo Township Library Youth Services will offer a Toby Lost & Found Story Time at 11 a.m. June 2. Join us for a special story time featuring local children’s author, Michele Terpin and the wonderfully brave Toby! Toby Lost and Found is a story of a little dog who wants to explore. He leaves his home and becomes part of the rescue network. The value of a rescue dog is the love gained by the dog and his new family.

Going to the birds

Learning more about those visiting backyard birds will be the goal of the Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum on Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve Naturalist Wendy Jones will provide an overview of Michiana’s backyard birds with tips on identifying who is visiting. Jones will touch on the beautiful songs and family life of visiting birds, best options for attracting them and catering to their feeding habits.

Other upcoming programs include “Come for to Sing III – A Summer Solstice Hootenanny,” Thursday, June 22; “Andrew Jackson by Tim Moore,” Monday, June 25, and “Icebound Found! The Ordeal of the S.S. Michigan,” Monday, July 9.

The free Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund. For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Summer reading

The Galien Township Library Summer Reading Program starts June 19th and runs Tuesdays thru July 24th 2-3 pm. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! Join us for books galore, stories & more, games & activities, yummy snacks, and fun prizes! Stop by the library or call 269-545-8281 to sign up.

Stop by the Galien Township Library and check out the artwork in our display case

by Dennis Anderson of Edwardsburg Michigan. Dennis does primarily illustration design and also sculpts and paints. He has worked with small press publishers, created several horror/fantasy comic books, illustrated a children’s book, done promotional work for big music names like Alice Cooper, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Theory of a Deadman and many more. He has recently worked with Evil Czech Brewery to create several beer labels for them.  See more of Dennis at www.parabolastar.com

Fencing Lab in New Troy

An “Introduction to Fencing Lab” will be offered at the New Troy Community Center in June.

One of the oldest Olympic sports, fencing involves tradition, grace, precision, stamina, agility and mental strength. Coach Rebecca Schneider teaches students to fence in a full fitness and strategic way. Following demonstrations and instruction, students will be led through practice moves using foam swords. Schneider’s priority in teaching is to showcase fencing’s unique challenges to inspire others both on and off the strip. With 21 years of fencing experience, Schneider is certified by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and has served as Head Coach at the Point Fencing Club and Culver Academies.

The three-session lab will be held on June 21, 22 and 23, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Cost is $50. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited to 12 students. After that, names will be placed on a waiting list for a second lab. All ages are welcome. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.  No equipment is necessary. Bring water bottles and wear loose, athletic clothing (no jeans) and tennis shoes.

A portion of the lab fee will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy. The Center is located at 13372 California Rd., New Troy. A map is available on www.facebook.com/Friends-of-New-Troy. For more information, please e-mail rebjane8@gmail.com or call Rebecca at 217-352-0722.

Baroda Farmers Market

Vendors are being accepted for the first year of the Baroda Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12-Oct. 14 in the big field at the end of Second and Third streets).

For more, send an email to barodafarmmarket@gmail.com.

Exhibit at Vickers

A solo exhibition of 28 oil paintings by artist Shelley Timm-Thompson will be on display in the Vickers Theatre Gallery through June 30.

Timm-Thompson is a Chicago native who as a youth fell in love with Southwest Michigan while spending summers with her grandparents in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. The retired advertising art director is a full-time painter and Bridgman resident who strives to capture the aura and beauty of Michigan’s land and water in her impressionistic oil paintings.

An artist reception is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

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