The first Dreaming Big Picnic featuring free fun, food and live music will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the New Buffalo Township Park (which has a water park, horseshoes, basketball court, playground and more) at 17425 Red Arrow Hwy., New Buffalo

The Dreaming Big Picnic is being held in memory of Kristen L. Heimbach, a special needs teacher at Knapp School in Michigan City  who had a passion for helping children. Organizers want to thank all who supported her memory in the past with the Big Smiles 5K run/walk, golfers, bowlers, etc., by hosting this picnic. Any donations will be contributed to the Logan Center in her name. Music provided by Pete & Dan and the Smith Guitar Works.

Ship & Shore Festival to return Aug. 9-11

The New Buffalo Ship & Shore Festival, a tradition established 35 years ago, is ready to set sail again.

The three-day signature festival presented by the New Buffalo Business Association will take place August 9-11 at Lions Park right across from the beach in New Buffalo. The festival will feature curated bands from all over the Midwest, local cuisine, regional beer and wine, unique art vendors, the return of the Lighted Boat Parade, and much more.

The musical lineup follows:

• Friday — Led Zeppelin 2 - 9 pm; Hero Jr. - 7 pm; The Edgar Wilbury Experience - 5 pm

• Saturday — BBI - 9 pm; Midwestern Lull - 7 pm; Marina the Band - 5 pm; Top Secret Band - 3 pm; The Newports - 1 pm

• Sunday — Mr. Blotto - 4:30 pm; Deep Greens and Blues - 2:30 pm; Deep Fried Pickle Project - 1 pm.

The 2019 Lighted Boat Parade scheduled for dusk on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The kid-friendly band Deep Fried Pickle Project (which plays hand-made instruments and encourages audience participation) kicks off the Sunday afternoon lineup on the Ship and Shore stage — and ice cream and watermelon eating contests will be held during breaks in the music (Watermelon at 1:45 and 4 p.m.; Ice Cream at 2:30 and 4:15 p.m.). Ice cream will come from Beachside Scoops while watermelons are being donated by John's Farm Market.

Lions Park will be filled with local food vendors (including Rio's) and booths offering arts, crafts, clothing and many more treasures and keepsakes.

Shuttles will run from Oselka Park (located near New Buffalo Middle/High School) to the downtown area during Ship and Shore weekend.

Ship and Shore Festival entry is $8 for advance sale tickets and $10 at the gate (there also is a VIP ticket option and “Limited-Edition Weekend Wristbands” for $20 are being sold at David’s Deli, Hidden Gem and Pristine Pools as well as at the Aug. 8 New Buffalo Farmers Market.

For more, go to

History of wine-making tour

Viticulture expert Rick Cooper and The Region of Three Oaks Museum Board Member Nick Bogert will present a tour of the long history of wine making in the area on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. at Cafe Culistan, 13591 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert (the former tasting room of the old Molly Pitcher winery).

The evening will cover the vineyards run by the House of David sect to pioneering wineries like Molly Pitcher and St. Julian to the current boom in wine making operations. Current vintages and light bites will be available while listening.

For further information, visit

Music in the Park

David Lahm and Johnny Bash will perform at Three Oaks Music in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 10. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in Three Oaks' Dewey Cannon Park through Aug. 31.

Garage Sale in 3 Oaks

The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) will 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. 9-11. The annual event features more than 200 miles of garage sales from New Buffalo to Detroit.

The Museum’s site (at either the Carver Park Pavilion or the adjoining Three Oaks Elementary School Campus at Oak and Ash streets) 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.

For further information, contact Julie Sittig at 269-756-3547 or via email at

Bridgman Farmers Market

Local farmers will be marketing their goods in Bridgman on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the municipal parking lot at Lake and Vine streets.  All goods sold will be home grown or homemade.

According to organizers Nick and Sheri Schmidt, this will be the only Sunday farmers market between New Buffalo and St. Joseph. The Schmidts, who are Bridgman residents, organized the market from vendors already participating in the Three Oaks Farmers Market on Saturdays. Further information on registration and low entrance fees is available by calling (269) 405-0916.

Beach glass workshop set

The Friends of New Buffalo Li­brary will host a workshop on beach glass at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Beach glass expert and jewelry maker Linda Mickevicius of Beach Bums Jewels in Michigan City, Ind., will teach the first 25 registrants to make beach glass jewelry using a wire­wrapping technique.

The materials fee of $20 is reduced from the nor­mal $50 fee. Accessories, such as chains, will be available for purchase, and participants can use their own beach glass or choose from Mick­evicius’ collection. There will be a drawing for a free pendant.

Advance registration and payment can be made at the library’s front desk. For more information, call the library at (269) 469-2933.

Blessings in a backpack metal recycling fundraiser

Blessings in a Backpack and Donation Station are holding a metal recycling event.  Drop off your metal recyclable items and we will recycle the items and use the funds to provide a Thanksgiving food box for the families of children receiving Blessings in a Backpack throughout the school year.

Water’s Edge UMC and Blessings in a Backpack send food home for the weekends with New Buffalo Elementary School children that might not have enough food available to them at home.

Please drop off your metal recyclable items at Water’s Edge UMC, 18732 Harbor Country Drive, New Buffalo on Saturday, August 10 from 8a .m. to noon or Sunday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. You can drop off refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, lawn mowers, garden

equipment, bikes, metal bed frames, garage doors & openers, aluminum siding, gutters, auto batteries, snow blowers, pop cans, industrial scrap, motors, tools and other metal items, big and small.

For more information contact Larry Shead at (574) 309-2370 or

Wednesdays in the Park

Enjoy a reasonably priced meal and musical talent in New Buffalo Township's Memorial Park on Wednesday evenings during the summer (mid-June to early September). Food is served beginning at 6:30 p.m. (cash only) and music follows at 7 (the Aug. 7 performer is Warren Dunes).

Dusk beckons Hikers Aug. 10

Night-hiking tips and relief from summertime heat are on the docket for Harbor Country Hikers on Saturday, Aug. 10, as they begin their outing with the approach of dusk at 8 p.m. at the Chikaming Township Park & Preserve picnic shelter.

Hike leader HCH Vice President Stacey LaRocco will share tips to help enjoy the different perspective of the outdoors and sounds of the twilight whip-poor-wills, barred owls and grey tree frogs. Flashlights are needed despite the evening light show of the fireflies and a waxing gibbous moon.

The slow pace and flat terrain make it a good opportunity for those with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.  Insect repellent, water and comfortable hiking shoes advised.  The park is located on Warren Woods Road just east of the I-94 overpass.

Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Membership ($20 for individuals or $30 for families) is encouraged. For weather cancellations, further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

'Out Of The Ordinary'

Join us for appetizers and libations in the gallery with Marie Kirk Burke at the opening reception of her "Out Of The Ordinary" show from 6 to 9 p.m. August 17 at Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 S. Elm St., Three Oaks.

Marie Kirk Burke works from life in her studio, setting up objects to suggest a narrative. Her observation of shape, color and the effect of light, uniquely enhance her subject and composition. Marie presents a contemporary view that creates a feeling of nostalgia and gives insight into the broader world by focusing on a small aspect of it.

For more, go to or call 269-756-9338.

Green Screens screening set

Chikaming Open Lands and Fernwood Botanical Garden are joining together to host an environmental film festival featuring "Landscape Film: Roberto Burle Marx."

The film will be presented at the Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks at 7 p.m. Aug. 14. A journey through the art and life of the Brazilian landscape architect and painter best known for the iconic black-and-white mosaic promenades that line Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach.

This documentary shows the full contribution of the landscape artist to the national flora. Directed and written by João Vargas Penna, the film is a walk through the art and personality of Roberto Burle Marx, who was also a painter, cook and singer, facts little known to the general public. Born in São Paulo, Burle Marx was a forerunner of ecology and defense of the environment. The landscaper valued native plants and discovered many new species on collecting and research trips. Based on Burle Marx's writings and images of his landscape works. Highlights include the Burle Marx Site, Flamengo Park and Moreira Salles Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Tacaruna Farm and Vargem Grande, in addition to Euclides da Cunha Square in Recife, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasilia, and projects in France and Venezuela.

Registration is required, as seating is limited. Cost is $10 (Fernwood and COL Members $8). Register by calling Fernwood at (269) 695-6491 or online at

Elvis Night at Senior Center

Elvis tribute artist Alvie Ellenwine and the Sweet Sensations will perform an Elvis tribute show at the River Valley Senior Center on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Donations are $10 per person, and there is limited seating for this special event. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be available for purchase prior to the concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Tickets are currently available at the River Valley Senior Center in Harbert. For further information, phone (269) 469-4556.

Royalty Run

The Miss Bridgman Organization will sponsor a Royalty Run beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 31, with the start'finish line on Toth Park.

Online registration is at is at, Bridgman Royalty Run, .or people can pick up registration forms at Knots Therapeutic Massage in Bridgman.

Blue and White Ceilidh

The Blue and White Ceilidh (the Galien all-year reunion) will take place on Aug. 24, at American Legion Post 344, 402 North Main St., Galien.

Meet and greet starts at 4 p.m.; 5 to 7 p.m. potluck dinner; 7 p.m. DJ Fire, Registration for the corn hole tournament begins at 4 p.m. The Alumni Association will provide the meat for the meal, please bring a dish to share. Coffee and punch to drink or cash bar.

Please spread the word, the more the merrier!

COL Activities

A Chikaming Open Lands (COL) Stewardship Day to remove invasive species at Robinson Woods Preserve is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10.

An Insect Night Hike through Robinson Woods Preserve is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Walk at night with COL and Dr. Jessica Beachy, Biology Professor at Lake Michigan College, as we search for residential nocturnal insects. Space is limited, contact the COL office to RSVP.

Tree expert to lead hike

Local arborist Christian Siewert will share one of his favorite walks through Warren Dunes State Park on Sunday, Aug. 18, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Siewert will share his tips for identifying native species while reading the body language of trees and facts about the common issues associated with our local forests.  Founder of C&A Arborists in 1997, Siewert studied arboriculture at Merristwood College in Guildford, England, and received his certified arborist status from The International Society of Arboriculture.  He currently works as a consultant for his company diagnosing tree issues and advising homeowners on best management practices for trees and their ailments.  

The group will begin from the first parking lot on the right on Floral Lane, which is north of the main State Park entrance on Red Arrow Highway.  Those without a seasonal pass will need to stop at the main entrance for a day permit.  The two-mile hike of moderate difficulty will be on natural earth trails and sand, so sturdy shoes, water and insect repellent are recommended.

Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Membership ($20 for individuals or $30 for families) is encouraged.  For weather cancellations, further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

LaPorte murder mystery revisited

The mystery surrounding 14 murders, and possibly more, in LaPorte, Ind., around the turn of the 20th Century will be the subject of the Community Forum sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Bruce Johnson, president of the LaPorte County Historical Society, will screen a film he wrote and narrated about the murders committed by Belle Gunness on her farm which was purchased with insurance money from the death of her first husband in a suspicious sausage grinder accident. Through want ads in Scandinavian newspapers, Gunness attracted men to her home with promises of a bright future. Those who came were never seen again until a house fire and a persistent relative of one of the victims led to their remains on Gunness’ farm. The movie, which is not for children, will be followed by questions and answers.

Upcoming FOL programs include:  A Nightmare on Elm Street – The JFK Assassination on Monday, Sept. 9; a private tour of the Lubeznik Center’s Chicago Imagists Exhibit on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and Climate Change and Fishing in Lake Michigan on Monday, Oct. 7. The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.  For further information, follow the Facebook link at or email

Senior Center board members sought

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 are available at the River Valley Senior Center: 13321 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, MI 49115 or contact Mary Lou Johnson,  Committee Chairperson,  574-276-4900, for further information.  Applications are due by Aug. 31.

Summer Feeding

The Galien Township Library is hosting a Summer Feeding program brought to us by River Valley Schools and the State of Michigan. There will be a food van in the Galien Township Library parking lot with free lunches available for all children ages 18 and under, and adults may purchase a lunch for $2. The van will be there Monday-Friday from 12:45-1:45. The program will run through the end of August.

Bridgman meals

The Bridgman Public Schools are now offering free summer meals to kids 18 and under. Household income is not a factor, and non-residents are welcome.

Meals are served at Bridgman Elementary School, 3891 Lake St., Monday through Friday to Aug. 3. Breakfast is served from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, check the Bridgman Public Schools Web Site.

Three Oaks Summer Reading

This year’s Three Oaks Township Public Library’s Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories” and runs to August 9.

Read-to-me children, elementary students, tweens and teens can all sign up and pick up a reading log to record the books they read. When they bring the log to the library each week to be stamped, they will receive the weekly prize for their age group and one entry into the drawing for the grand prizes. Adults can complete one reading Tic Tac Toe sheet each week to receive a prize and one entry into the drawing for their grand prizes. Summer Reading will end and all the drawings will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m.

Also offered at the library are:

• Yoga at 10:15 a.m. on Summer Saturday Mornings with a licensed instructor (bring mat and water).

• Lego Club: Mondays 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

• Story Time with Miss Maggie on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

• Qi-Gong: Tuesdays at 11 a.m. This class is facilitated by a volunteer and a DVD.

• Walking Aerobics: Thursdays at 11 a.m. This class is facilitated by a volunteer and a DVD.

• Curious Kids’ Museum StarLab: 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 (this event will be held at Chikaming Elementary School).

RVHS 20 year reunion

The River Valley High School class of 1999 will hold a 20 year reunion at Pebblewood Country Club in Bridgman on August 10 at 7 p.m. We hope to see everyone there.

Fetch Some Fun

The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is offering a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.

“Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes, and can include hikes, a trip to the beach, even a lunch or a snack at a dog friendly restaurant. This is a great way for community members to enjoy the company of a dog and for the dog to be away from the stresses of being in a kennel.

Individuals should visit or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or to sign up.

Weko Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: Aug. 4 - Saturday June Band; Aug. 18 - Top Secret; Sept. 1 - Matt Gabriel Band. For more, go to or call (269) 465-3406.

HCM Vehicle Donation Initiative

Harbor Country Mission (HCM) is accepting donations of vehicles that can be immediately given to those who are struggling to get to work, pick up their children from school or run basic errands necessary for life such as grocery shopping and medical appointments.  

Dave Heyn, who with his wife Hannah, began Harbor Country Mission in 2015, said “with our Vehicle Donation Initiative we are reaching out to our community once again to fill the increasingly urgent need of our neighbors and friends in Southwest Michigan who are in the greatest socio-economic need."

Unlike other programs who request auto donations of any kind, the vehicles donated to HCM need to have clear title and be in good running order; ready to be licensed, insured and put into service on the road. As Dave Heyn further explained: “we are requiring those receiving these vehicles be able to afford title transfers and insurance--but often times, that’s when money runs out.  As a result, we are hoping to receive vehicles (preferably mini-vans, SUVs and hatchbacks with a bit of cargo and kid space) to be as low-mileage as possible and not require many immediate repairs."

In addition to the Vehicle Donation Initiative, a Warehouse Donation Center in Bridgman and a Vintage Finds resale shop in Sawyer, HCM is exploring the development of a community-based eBay site and are seeking space to open a clothing distribution center that would southwest Michigan. HCM currently offers, on the second Friday of each month, a “Free Friday” at both locations that overwhelmingly helps those transitioning out of homelessness into some form of longer-term residency. This is in addition to their “Free Room” at the Warehouse Donation Center  that is open 7 days a week and provides linens, kitchen supplies, kids shelves and other small home goods that are available to anyone in need.

For more information regarding how you can support HCM’s Vehicle Donation Initiative, please contact Dave Heyn at 269-326-0077. Harbor Country Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Skip's Market

Every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from mid May 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.

New Buffalo Farmers Market

Market runs each Thursday from May 30-Sept. 5 in downtown New Buffalo (4-8 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.

Three Oaks Farmers Market

Locally grown produce and more is offered every Saturday from May 25-Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carver Park.

Blossomtime committee chairs sought

The Blossomtime Festival, looking forward to its 114th season of celebration and festivities in 2020, is seeking individuals that would be interested in chairing a committee in the communities of Covert, Decatur, Dowagiac, Galien, Lawton, Eau Claire, Paw Paw, Sodus, Marcellus, Mattawan and Vicksburg. 

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity with us, please call the Blossomtime Office at (269) 982-8016 or email us at

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