The Spring Creek Horses Help Foundation will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Horses at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Spring Creek Equestrian Center, 16771 Pardee Road, Three Oaks.

In addition to the egg hunt, children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny and a pony, and there will be horses for kids to pet. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Also, there will be “Baskets of Horse Love” filled with an assortment of items for the young horse lover for sale with proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Baskets can be purchased in advance or at the event. A raffle will be held for one extra-large basket that will include a free riding lesson, Horses of Spring Creek 2021 Calendar, Spring Creek T-shirt, and more.

Those who plan to participate should email algrosse@yahoo.com to ensure there are enough eggs on hand. We will be COVID-conscious, so please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The Foundation raises scholarship monies to provide local, low-income and special needs children and adults an equine-based educational program on horse behavior, barn and horse care, and riding skills. For more details, go to https://springcreekhorseshelp.org/support.

Rent catch up help

Are you a landlord with tenants who have not been able to pay rent because of Covid? Neighbor by Neighbor is partnering with the Emergency Shelter Services to help landlords and tenants get caught up by using funds through the Covid Emergency Rental Assistance Program. There are two ways to see if you qualify. The first is for the landlord and tenant to use the following website and fill out the forms https://www.essberrien.org/rental assistance.

If you need help filling out the forms, Neighbor by Neighbor can help you. Text or phone 269-231-0648 and one of our staff will meet you in an outside location with a computer to help fill out the forms to see if you qualify.

StoryWalk

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is partnering with four local libraries (Bridgman Public Library, New Buffalo Township Library, Three Oaks Township Library and Buchanan District Library) for StoryWalk on the Preserves at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks; and Burns Prairie Preserve near Buchanan. Those visiting the COL preserves can enjoy four different story books through June 21.

A story walk features laminated book pages attached to stakes along preserve paths. As readers walk the trail they are directed to the next page of the story. For more information, call Chikaming Open Lands at (269) 405-1006 or send an email to col@chikaming openlands.org.

Other COL activities include:

• Yoga on the Preserve – an outdoor spring and summer yoga series at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (registration required, call 269-405-1006).

• A Dog Friendly Walk is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 24 through the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve (in partnership with the Michiana Humane Society). Registration and mask required, call 269-405-1006.

From page to picture

Classic books gone Hollywood will be the topic discussed at the next Friends of New Buffalo Library virtual presentation on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Many classic films were inspired by books, with movie studios putting their own “Hollywood touch” on the story. This presentation will look at what compelled studios to create films from the printed page. Film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek will discuss classic films based on books, such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Double Indemnity” and more. She also will make comparisons between the text and the film. Dr. Bochenek is an archivist, film historian and scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She also is president of the Windy City Film Fanatics.

The Zoom link is found under Activities/Events on either the library’s Facebook page or its website at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org.

Other FOL Community Forum programs via Zoom include: April 22 “Attracting Birds to Your Backyard” by Wendy Jones, and May 18 “Lifestyles of the Mich(iana) and Famous” by Nick Bogert. For further information email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 1:30 p.m. March 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church Ministry Center, 619 Main St, St. Joseph; 3:30 p.m. April 6 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 3:30 p.m. April 15 at Harbert Community Park, 13443 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert.

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

NBES enrollment

New Buffalo Area Schools is looking for students for the Bison Beginner, PreKindergarten program and for Kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year.

It is helpful to know how many students we will have as we begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year. If you believe your child will qualify for either the Bison Beginner PreKindergarten program or for Kindergarten, please contact the Elementary office at 269-469-6060 so we can make sure your student is on our enrollment list. Please contact the office by April 1, 2021 so we can make sure we have a spot for your child.

• Bison Beginners – Parents that have children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2021, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area School district are welcome to register their child for the Bison Beginner PreKindergarten program. The program offers both Full day or Half Day (AM) sessions. Enrollment is limited to 25 students for the Bison Beginner program.

• Kindergarten – Parents with students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area School District are welcome to register their child for the Kindergarten program. The program is a full day program. At this time, we are only taking information on students that currently reside within the school district.

If you have a child that qualifies for enrollment into the Bison Beginner PreKindergarten or Kindergarten program at New Buffalo Elementary, please contact the Elementary office at 269-469-6060. We will collect necessary information from you and provide you with the necessary paperwork/processes for completion.

Versiti Blood Drive

A Versiti Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. March 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer.

Appointments are preferred (call: 866-642-5663 or visit http://bit.ly/Sawyer saveslives.

Versiti is a fusion of blood donation, scientific curiosity and precision medicine which recognizes

that the gift of blood and life are precious. As a member of the Versiti community, our donations are crucial importance for local Michigan hospitals.

Those donating blood will receive a free “People Need People” T-Shirt and can be entered into a sweepstake

for a chance to win a $500 Airbnb.com gift card. All COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed. You will also receive free COVID antibody testing.

Acorn streaming

The Acorn Theater will present: Psychic medium Thomas John hosting a special evening of messages from beyond at 7 p.m. April 8; and The Empty Pockets performing a special free live-stream concert from The Acorn stage of the Beatles’ Abbey Road at 7 p.m. April 10.

The Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition will returns for its ninth year. The competition offers cash prizes totaling $1,500 plus opportunities to perform at future events. All different types of music are welcome. Submission Deadline is 11 p.m. June 1.

For more on these events, go to acornlive.org

NB Market seeks vendors

The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.

This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to submit an application, go to https://newbuffalofarmers market.com/

Geocaching workshop

Register now for the Bridgman Public Library free hybrid Geocaching workshop (grades 5-12) led by Sarett Nature Center. Watch the online portion of the workshop in the week before the outdoor session held on Thursday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m. Use GPS technology to navigate from place to place and complete natural science challenges. Register at www.bridgmanlibrary.com or contact the Youth Services Librarian at 269-465-3663 or eden@bridgmanlibrary.com.

Registration for a Digital Build Challenge opens April 1 (the event takes place April 19-25 and is free for all ages). Minecraft, Roblox sandbox mode, TinkerCAD, or any other drawing software. Registration form available on www.bridg manlibrary.com.

William Hazelgrove will present the story of “Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol” at 6:30 p.m. April 13 via Zoom with the Bridgman Public Library. Hear the life story of Rand finding fame and fortune in Hollywood in the 1920s before she ended up in Chicago broke. Two ostrich feathers discovered in a second-hand store rescued her from obscurity. To this day she lives on as the iconic symbol of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Zoom link available on www.bridgmanlibrary.com

Three Oaks survey under way

Do you engage with the Village of Three Oaks as a resident or visitor? The village would like to hear from you.

Three Oaks is conducting a survey through April 1 to help the village improve its website and communications. Village and township residents, business owners, visitors – anyone who engages with Three Oaks – is encouraged to participate.

The three-minute survey can be found on the village website (threeoaksvillage.org), facebook page, or at tiny.cc/ThreeOaksWeb Survey. Paper copies are also available in the lobby of Three Oaks Village Hall, 21 N. Elm St.

Lakeside Inn gallery event

Lakeside Inn will be hosting a free art gallery and live painting event with artists Rosśa Crean, A.R. Drew, and Lauren Nichols from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The artists’ work will be up for display and sale. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory. This will be a BYOB event. Come and chat with the artists and enjoy the scenery of this landmark inn.

Crean has been a resident artist at Lakeside Inn during the pandemic and will be acting as coordinator for the Lakeside Inn Artist Residency Program, which kicks off on March 21. The inn will have twelve residents creating there throughout the year, covering dance, film, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting, and will soon be taking submissions for 2022. Feel free to see their website for more information: www.lakesideinns.com/artist-residency.

Easter Bunny Hop at Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. Highway 12, Michigan City, Ind., will host a free Easter Bunny Hop on Easter Sunday (April 4) from 1 to 3 p.m. Central Time.

Bring your family to this safe, socially distanced event, and take a spring stroll along the Bunny Hop Trail. Count the hidden bunnies for a free bag of candy and take a picture with the Easter Bunny anytime between 1 and 3 p.m.

Donations are always welcome and allow Friendship Botanic Gardens to host free events throughout the year. This outdoor event has been approved by the La Porte County Health Department. Visitors are encouraged to follow safety precautions and maintain social distance.

For more information, call (219)-878-9885, send an email to info@friend shipgardens.org or visit our Facebook event page.

Tree & shrub seedling sale

The Berrien Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual reforestation tree & shrub seedling sale which includes bare root seedlings of evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs and fruit trees along with strawberry, rhubarb and asparagus plants. Rain barrels and composters are also available.

Order online at www.berriencd.org or print an order form and mail in. To request a catalog and order form call 269-471-9111, ext. 3. The order deadline is April 9.

Orders can be picked up at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 U.S. 31, Berrien Springs, on Friday, April 23, from 3 to 8 p.m., or on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Broadband survey

The Berrien County Broadband Internet Task Force is seeking to bridge the digital divide in Berrien County by asking as many people as possible to fill out its survey at MichiganMoonshot.org/Berrien.

Gift supports SAM scholarships

More music students in Michiana can now enroll in classes, thanks to a new grant awarded to the School of American Music (SAM) in Three Oaks. The TCU Foundation, a charitable arm of the Teachers Credit Union, kicked off the year with a gift in January to the scholarship program at SAM.

“We are pleased to make this contribution in support of the School of American Music’s scholarship program,” said Angie Dvorak, Vice President of TCU Marketing and Executive Director of the TCU Foundation. “We thank you for all that you do for students in the Harbor Country area.”

Now in its 10th year, the School of American Music provides music education to students of all ages interested in playing an instrument or in voice instruction. In addition, the school presents summertime shows and Free Family Concerts, where advanced SAM students join professional musicians on stage.

“The role of SAM in providing resources to supplement music programs in this area is well-established,” said Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director of SAM. “We’re dedicated to furthering music education as well as presenting top-notch musicians in concert.”

SMSO Floral Extravaganza

The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s (SMSO) 36th Annual Floral Extravaganza flower sale will benefit the Orchestra’s world-class performances and their vital youth educational outreach programs.

Hanging baskets, containers, bushes, and flats in an assortment of colors are being offered. Several varieties are available including geranium bushes, hanging baskets or potted geraniums; potted New Guinea impatiens; potted Dragon Wing begonias; Supertunia Royal Velvet petunia baskets; Tuberous begonia baskets; fan flowers hanging baskets; impatiens hanging baskets or flats and begonia flats.

Orders and payment are due by Friday, April 9, 2021. Order forms are available for download from the website at www.smso.org or by calling 269-982-4030. Pick-up takes place on Friday, May 21, at the Howard Ice Area (2411 Willa Drive, St. Joseph). Any orders not picked up on May 21 will be accepted as a donation. A delivery option is available. The cost is $10 for residential orders, or FREE for orders over $200.

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