A full slate of Flag Day Celebration activities are planned for Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, in Three Oaks.

The 2019 version of the “World’s Largest” Flag Day Parade through downtown Three Oaks is scheduled to step off at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

American Legion Post 204 Auxiliary is bringing back the Flag Day Tug-of-War and Arm Wrestling contests on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8 (weigh-ins begin at 10:30 a.m. with the tug-of-war at noon and arm wrestling at 1:30), along with a 9 p.m. performance that night by PS Dump Your Boyfriend (with The Toona’s opening at 7 p.m.) followed by fireworks.

Saturday of Flag Day weekend will begin with a morning 5K walk and run at Watkins Park. The schedule follows: 7:30-8:45 a.m. Packet Pickup and Same Day Registration; 9 a.m. race begins; 10 a.m. awards ceremony.

Race-day registration is $30 (25 percent of proceeds will go toward the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade and the other 75 percent will be split between David Hicks Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the River Valley Cross Country team).  

For more, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/ThreeOaks/FlagDay5KRun.Art in the Park will take place Saturday and Sunday in Carver Park and the Post 204 field will host a co-ed slow-pitch softball tournament begins Friday evening, June 7.

Sunday, June 9, activities are headlined by the World’s Largest Flag Day Parade at 3 p.m. (with pre-parade ceremonies downtown).

A Pancake Breakfast at the Three Oaks Fire Station kicks off the day at 8 a.m. The Scottville Clown Band is scheduled to perform at Post 204 at 5:30 p.m. Sunday followed by music from Lake Breeze.

For more, go to threeoaksflagday.com/

Makers Trail Festival at Weko

The second Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach, 5239 Lake St., Bridgman, is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

Regional makers showcas­ing their new drinks and popular favorites are set to incude Arclight Brew­ing Company, Black Dragon Meadery, Gravity, Haymarket Brewery & Taproom, Journey­man Distillery, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lehman’s Orchard Brewery & Farmhouse, Lemon Creek Win­ery, North Pier Brewing Com­pany, Red Top Winery, Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Tapistry Brewing, Watermark Brewing Co. and White Pine Winery.

Bands scheduled to perform are The Newports from Chicagol; Slim Gypsy Baggage, a Southwest Michigan favor­ite; and Top Secret from South Bend.

There will be free off-site parking at Eagle Technologies, Sunset Tool and American Elec­tric Power industrial lots at the corner of Lake Street and Red Arrow Highway. Free shuttles will run between the parking lots and Weko Beach as well as from several area hotels.

Advance admission tickets are on sale for $10 (for ages 10 years and up) at MakersTrailFestival.org. Children under 10 years are admitted free. Gate admission will be $20 cash.

Household Chemicals and Electronics Disposal Day

Berrien County residents can recycle and safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals and electronics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the New Buffalo Township Fire Station, 17655 Clay St.

This event can only accept waste from Berrien County residents. Accepted household chemicals include auto liquids, yard chemicals, cleaners, pool chemicals, solvents, oil-based paint and stain, batteries of all sizes and auto batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and home medical waste.

Latex paint, or water-based paint, will NOT be accepted (latex paint can be dried out and placed in with regular curbside trash). Other items that are not accepted are gas grill size propane tanks, ammunition, and waste from businesses.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be collecting all consumer electronics. There is a fee of $10 per computer monitor and $20 per television, due at the event by cash or check. Other electronics are accepted at no cost.

More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services, or call Jill Adams at (269) 983-7111. ext. 8234.

Heartland Alliance Tour planned

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 8, 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://www.homeandgardentour.com/

Froehlich’s grand opening on tap

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, to kick off the Grand Opening of Froehlich’s Kitchen and Pantry in downtown Three Oaks.

The new full-service restaurant, event space (the upstairs 19 North venue) and beverage boutique is located in a renovated historic building at 19 N. Elm St. The public is invited to cut the ribbon, take a tour, enjoy food samples and place an order from a simple, fresh menu.

For more, visit shopfroehlichs.com or call (269) 756-6002.

Chris Thompson Preserve dedication

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is holding a public dedication at 2 p.m. June 9 to celebrate the acquisition of the 49-acre Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve, located on Warren Woods Road in Chikaming Township. The celebration will take place at the Lakeside Cabins Resort, which is immediately adjacent to the new nature preserve.

The event is open to the public and will include a dedication of the preserve in memory of former COL Executive Director Chris Thompson, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Guided walks of the 49-acre property, which features open fields, woodland and frontage on the Galien River, will also be available.

McLain Three Oaks visit

Detroit Tigers legend Denny McLain will do an autograph show at the Biggest Little Baseball Museum (upstairs in the Three Oaks Township Library) from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 22. before taking the stage at a ticketed event set for 12:30 p.m. at the Acorn Theater (a $10 ticket includes a hot dog, unlimited soft drinks, and a box of Cracker Jacks).

Museum organizer Garry Lange said the autograph session will resume in the lobby of the Acorn after McClain’s presentation. Tickets are available at https://www.acornlive.org/events/denny-mclain-visits-three-oaks-talks-baseball/

Climate change forum planned

The science behind climate change will be explored by Naturalist Wendy Jones at the next Community Forum talk sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in the library’s Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Jones will review the unusual weather of the past few years that have been driven by global warming, including more sporadic but heavier rain and snow events, more powerful hurricanes, severe winter storms and fires in the western states.  What these changes mean to Michiana, its animals and environments will be discussed.

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.

Lakeside Garden Walk on June 22

The 2019 Lakeside Garden Walk (scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22) will feature eight unique gardens within one to six miles of each other.

For imformation on tickets ($35 in advance or $45 after June 17) visit www.thelakesideassodation.com or call (773) 343-1680.

Summer Reading & Free Lunch

Friends of New Troy is partnering with River Valley Schools to provide a fun summer reading program in the New Troy Community Center’s library.

Luci Ceithaml will lead the program, which begins Monday, June 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and continues every Monday through Aug. 5. Kids will be treated to stories, an occasional video, engaging activities, recreation, and a snack. All ages are welcome.

Also at the Community Center (located at 13372 California Road), River Valley Schools and the Michigan Department of Education will provide a free sack lunch five days a week to any child under 18. Adult lunches will be available for $2. The Meet Up and Eat Up Program will also begin June 17, from 11:30  to 12:30, and continue throughout the summer.

Honeybee program

The River Valley Garden Club will present “Honeybees and Pollination” on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Community Church.

Speakers Doug and Annie Anderson are the co-owners of Buck’s Sweet Thing and Beekeeping Services, a migratory beekeeping operation.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. with a social hour and business meeting.  The speakers will begin at 2 p.m. Guests are always welcome.

For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at evpalulis@yahoo.com or www.rivervalleygardenclub.org.

Flag Day Rummage Sale

The Annual Flag Day Rummage Sale for St. Mary and St. Agnes churches will be held in St. Mary’s Hall in Three Oaks, 28 West Ash St,, Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Bag Sale begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Blessings in a Backpack drive

Water’s Edge United Methodist Church is holding a food drive at Barney’s Market in New Buffalo on Friday, June 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to collect food to be distributed through the Blessings in a Backpack program at New Buffalo Elementary School during the next school year.

A grocery bag filled with items for the backpacks will cost $9.57, or purchase individual specific items. Monetary donations are gladly accepted.

In September, Water’s Edge will begin the 9th year of Blessings in a Backpack at New Buffalo Elementary School. The program currently provides food for the weekends during the school year for 40 children.

If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a child’s backpack for $100 for the next school year, contact Water’s Edge UMC at (269) 469-1250, or write checks to Blessings in a Backpack and send to Mary Robertson, 300 S. Marshall Street., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

Memorial gathering

A memorial service celebrating the lives of life-long Three Oaks residents Doris and Ogden Krossovitch, will be held at the Three Oaks United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. All are invited to come and share a story or memory.

Bridgman Summer Reading Program

Join the Bridgman Public Library’s A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program June 10-15 and start reading. Explore space with books, prizes, and fun library activities each week from June 17-July 27.

Movie Mondays will take place June 17-Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. “Incredibles 2” will be screened June 17 and the June 24 movie will be “Zathura: A Space Adventure.”

For upcoming movies, visit the Community Calendar at https://bridgmanlibrary.com/communitycalendar.asp#/events/

Other upcoming programs at the Bridgman Library include:

• 101 Things that Happened on the Mackinac Bridge at 6:30 p.m. June 18.

• Out-Of-This-World Magic with John Dudley at 11 a.m. June 20.

• Midsummer Minecraft for Teens grades 6 and up from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 25.

• Eating in Zero Gravity:  The Tricks Behind Space Food at 11 a.m. June 27.

‘Three Oaks Against the World’ screening

The “Three Oaks Against the World” documentary will be screened at the Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, at noon on Saturday, June 15;

The Vickers Theatre also is scheduled to present the following screenings: “Stockholm” (rated R) and “The White Crow” (rated R).

For more information and to view movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com.

Trash, Treasure  & Bake Sale

Harbert Community Church will hold its annual Trash and Treasure and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the women’s mission and ministry projects. This is a HUGE sale with too many items to list, but don’t forget to browse their antiques room for unique finds, grab some lunch at the Café, and stop by the bake sale. The church is located on the corner of Three Oaks and Harbert Roads.

 in Sawyer, Michigan. Call 269-426-4321 for more information.

Civil War Days artists, crafters sought

Crafters and artists specializing in the heritage arts (including woodworking, carving, quilting, other sewing, needle arts, leather tanning, blacksmithing, other metal workers and other heritage artists) are invited to to sell their crafts and arts at The Civil War Days in Three Oaks scheduled for July 27 and 28 at Dewey Cannon Park.

Cost is $25 for both days. Participants will need to provide their own tent, tables, chairs and displays, as needed. Deadline is July 20.

Register on the website at https://civilwardaysthreeoaks.jimdo.com/, the Civil War Days Three Oaks Facebook page, or send an email to cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks is supported by the Region of Three Oaks Museum.

RV Reunion

Did you graduate from River Valley High School between 1967 and 1997? Are you, or were you a teacher? If so, please join us for a multi-class reunion on July 20, 2019, at the Three Oaks American Legion, Post 204. 

Advanced registration and payment by June 21 is required. Cost is $20 per person which will include buffet style dinner, music, limited beer and wine along with a cash bar. 

For more information, contact Cheri Donner Vance, class of 1980, at cvance19250@yahoo.com or talk/text to (269) 426-1499. You may also send via postal mail your name, address and the class you graduated in, along with a check or money order payable to “RV Multi-Class Reunion” to 7234 Forest Lawn Road, Three Oaks MI 49128.

Lion’s Club Golf Outing

The New Buffalo Lion’s Club 2019 Golf Outing is scheduled for June 19 at the at Whittaker Woods course in New Buffalo.

The four-person scramble is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. For more, visit www.newbuffalolions.org or call Peter at (219) 617-0654.

Library Friends Membership Drive

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library will hold its Annual Membership Drive during the month of June.

New and renewing members who sign up by June 30 will be entered in a drawing to receive gift certificates from local businesses. Applications are available at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman.

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 michianahumanesociety.org or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or contact@michianahumanesociety.org 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: June 16 - Mike Struwin Duo; June 23 - Blue Shoes Jazz; July 14 - Carol and Kaye’s Dixieland Band; July 21, - Campfire Stu with All God’s Children Choir; Aug. 4 - Saturday June Band; Aug. 18 - Top Secret; Sept. 1 - Matt Gabriel Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ 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.

Festival vendors, volunteers sought

The New Buffalo Business Association is seeking local food and vendors for the 2019 Ship and Shore Festival scheduled for Aug. 9-11.

Vendor applications are being accepted now. For more information, visit www.shipandshorefestival.com or email pat@oairevents.com.

The NBBA also is looking for festival volunteers. Those interested (indiividuals and people representing an organization) can send an email to info@newbuffalo.org for more information, including details on how organizations raise money by volunteeering.

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