On Sunday, July 4, the Lakeside Association will hold its annual mass participation Fourth of July parade at noon E.D.T. All participants will line up at 11:45 EDT on Pier Street at the intersection with Lake Shore Road. Walkers and bikers will gather on the lake end of Pier Street at the intersection with Lake Shore Road. Adult driven cars and trucks will line up on Lake Shore Road northeast of the intersection with Pier Street, and will follow the parade marchers.

Please wear a mask for the sake of the children, who have yet to be vaccinated. Because of their vulnerability the traditional community sing will not be held following the parade.

Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white, and blue or patriotic costumes. Have the family decorate bicycles, strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs. Leashed pets festooned in red, white, and blue can also take part. Vaccinated individuals should bring a kazoo and join the band. Much as some might like to gag the kazoo band, wearing a mask will not be required while playing a kazoo.

Those who wish to watch the parade should stand along Pier Street. For safety reasons parking will be prohibited in the center of Lakeside and along the parade route.

Bruce In The USA moving indoors

It looks like the rain is just not going to go away on Sunday, June 27. Rather than have a soggy experience for all, The Acorn Theater is moving Bruce In The USA INDOORS to The Acorn at 107 Generations Drive in Three Oaks.

Doors will open at 5 pm ET (4 pm CT) and the show will start at 6 pm ET (5 pm CT).

This is no longer a BYO event - The Acorn has seating covered and the bar will be open. Tickets are still available, including a limited number of Reserved Seats. For more, go to acorn live.org.

#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 selfie picture to col@chikamingopenlands.org. For more information go to www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge.

Art studio pop-up

If you have ever wanted to visit a working artist studio, collect art or are looking for that perfect painting for above the fireplace this is a great opportunity to purchase original artwork in the space it was created.

Local painter Roger Harvey is opening his home studio to the public for the first time, the studio is adorned with Harvey’s colorful paintings depicting all seasons of Harbor Country scenery and some unique abstracts. All paintings on display are original and for sale. Pop up studio hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 2, and Saturday, July 3, at 6650 Old M-11, located between Red Arrow Highway and Three Oaks Road in Sawyer. Phone 269-655-4684.

Showtunes sing-along

Popular songs from Broadway will be the theme of the next Sing-Along with the Harbor Country Singers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, on the School of American Music’s Spring Creek Stage, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks (behind the Arts & Education Center). The rain date will be Tuesday, July 20, at the same time.

The sing-along will include popular Broadway songs. Song books will be provided, but attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. Musicians are invited to bring instruments to play along. The event is free and current Covid-19 restrictions will be observed.

For more information, please contact the School of American Music at schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com, (269) 409-1191, or visit SAM’s website.

Bridgman Run/Walk

The 2021 Bridgman 5k Run/Walk, 10K Run, and 1.1 Mile Fun Run is set to take place at 8 a.m. July 10 (packet pick-up and late registration at 7:30 a.m.). To register go to: runsignup.com/race/mi/bridgman/5k10k.

The Bridgman Area Road Runners also are sponsoring weekly races. For information send an email to Bridgman.area.road.runners@gmail.com.

Baroda fireworks

The annual Baroda fireworks show will take place at dusk on July 3. For more, go to barodavillage.org/

Trinity Christian College graduate

Trinity Christian College in Palos Nights, Ill., celebrated commencement on May 8 and honored the graduates of the Class of 2021, who include: Hannah Dooley of New Buffalo (Bachelor of Science In Nursing)

Wednesday concerts

New Township Wednesday evening concerts at the Memorial Park Pavilion are slated for 7 p.m.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. June 28 at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy; 3:30 p.m. July 6 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. July 7 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman; 3 p.m. July 15 at Three Oaks American Legion, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks.

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

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.

The schedule follows: June 26 – Stealin The Farm; July 3 – The Andrew Fisher Quartet; July 10 – The Edgar Willbury Experience; July 17 – Cielito Lindo; July 24 – Fauxgrass; July 31 – Funky Mojo Daddy; Aug. 7 – Sara Ranganathan and Dhananjay Kunte; Aug. 14 – The Bergamot; Aug. 21 – The Backups; Aug. 28 – Andy Sutton Trio; Sept. 4 – The Newports. For more information go to www.harborarts.com/music-in-the-park.

Al Capone focus of forum

A July 8 in-person New Buffalo Friends of the Library Community Forum will focus on “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair.”

Upcoming Community Forum programs include “Clara Barton: The Union Army’s Angel of Mercy” on Tuesday, July 20, and “The Baillys: A Pioneer Family in the Dunes” on Thursday, Aug. 12.

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