Boys and girls  5- to 8-years-old as of March 1, 2018 living in or attending the River Valley School District or with grandparents/parents living in River Valley School District are being sought to participate in  the May 19 Flag Day Prince and Princess Pageant.

The Prince and Princess will ride in a cool convertible during the World’s Largest Flag Parade on June 17.

Register by downloading an application from the Facebook  page “Three Oaks/River Valley Pageants” or by contacting MacKenzie Bronson at mackcory0000@gmail.com or (269) 405-3100. The registration deadline is May 12.

Ideas Fair

New Buffalo High School senior Felix De Simone and science teacher Rich Eberly are planning the New Buffalo Ideas Fair, scheduled for 8 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at the school.

As of April 23 approximately 20 community and student organizations were confirmed to be presenting at the event, with more confirmations expected. A five-person student team has been 3-D printing keychains to be given to community members during the Ideas Fair and has designed posters advertising the fair to be put up locally.

More information is available at the event Facebook page (facebook.com/NewBuffaloIdeasFair).

SAM benefits

Two events in May will benefit the School of American Music’s (SAM) Scholarship Fund. One of the events features top-notch entertainment and the other offers gourmet food and locally made wine, beer, hard cider and soft drinks. Both include music by SAM faculty and students.

On Friday, May 11, Nashville soul/R&B singer and songwriter Heidi Burson will perform a benefit concert at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Dr., Three Oaks. Critics have called Burson “a world-class singer, a genuine, rare and unique talent,” and written that her “sultry tone…can silence most any room she is performing in.” To hear samples of Burson’s music, visit heidiburson.com.

The concert begins with at 7:30 p.m. with music by SAM. Burson takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, and are available online at acorntheater.org or at the Acorn box office Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and on the day of performance after 2 p.m.

On Sunday, May 20, Flagship Specialty Foods and Fish Market and Edible Michiana will co-host the Second Annual Great Lakes Surf and Turf from 4 to 8 p.m. at Flagship, 14939 Red Arrow Highway in Lakeside.

Tickets ($80 each) must be purchased in advance at flagship-foods.com. The outdoor sturgeon and hog roast pulled sell-out crowds last year, and tickets are going fast in 2018.

Mobile food pantry visit

The Rotary Club of Harbor Country will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on Thursday, May 10, at American Legion Post 204, 204 W. Linden St., Three Oaks. The distribution starts at 3 p.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

Soirée for Civil War Days

A Soirée to support Civil War Days in Three Oaks is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Three Oaks American Legion Post 204, 204 W. Linden St.

The event will feature live music by Loose Strings, hors d'oeuvre and patisserie tables, a 50/50 raffle and more. Tickets are $10 per person (includes one glass of wine or craft beer).

Civil War Days, a weekend of living history, will take place July 28 and 29 in Three Oaks.

Meals Ministry

A Meals Ministry Open Kitchen offering a free meal and time of fellowship is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore St., Three Oaks.

Everyone is welcome to the community gathering presented by the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels. If the need is found to exist the Meals Ministry Open Kitchen may become a recurring event on the third THursday of each month.

For more information, call the Food Pantry at (269) 756-7444 or the church at (269) 756-2053.

Home improvement program offered

A free program on resources, many free, available to help repair or improve homes, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo.

This event is for Berrien County residents in need of financial assistance in making home repairs who have an interest in learning about local help. A panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by time to connect one-on-one with representatives of groups such as The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (which provides weatherization assistance); USDA-Rural Development (which offers loans to low- and very low-income households for affordable housing along with repairs); and Harbor Country Mission (which offers assistance in home projects to those who are on the border of a financial crisis).

The event is sponsored by Neighbor by Neighbor, a program connecting Harbor Country residents with social services and resources. For more information, call (269) 231-0648.

Betty’s Buddies May Day Auction

The 2018 Betty’s Buddies May Day Auction will be held Sunday May 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. in The Featherbone Restaurant Outside Garden Area in Three Oaks.

The Auction is one of the organization’s main fund raisers, along with its Annual Golf Outing (Aug. 4 this year). Betty’s Buddies supports local cancer patients. Items available for auction include sports items & autographs, gift Certificates to local establishments, hand-crafted items, paintings, vacation packages (Disney), auto & lawn care.

Public Safety Day

New Buffalo Township will hold a Public Safety Day from noon to 3 p.m. May 20 at 17655 E. Clay St. in New Buffalo. Kids games, hot dogs, a bouncy house, the Sheriff’s Department, McGruff and Medic will be featured.

RV Garden Club plant sale       

The 2018 gardening season begins with the 11th annual River Valley Garden Club’s plant sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Harbert Community Park, 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Bushes, perennials, trees, and native grasses will all be available – locally grown and propagated by club members. Gardening books, magazines and homemade baked goods will also be available.

“The garden club members do a great job of digging in their own gardens and propagating new plants for the sale,” said Elizabeth Palulis of Sawyer, President of the club and Chairperson of the 2018 sale.  “It’s also a good way learn about the club and consider becoming a member.”

The sale takes place rain or shine. There is a large shelter with a roof so all the plants and baked goods are protected.

Links for Education Golf Outing

The Bridgman Foundation for Academic Excellence will hold its annual Links for Education golf outing at Lost Dunes on Monday, May 14.

The “Premier Golf Experience” features breakfast (beginning at 9 a.m.), lunch, golf (a shotgun scramble start at 11 a.m.) with a cart and caddy, a putting green, on-course beverages and a cocktail reception. Cost is $300 per golfer or $1,100 for a foursome.

For more information on Links for Education or the Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence, log on to www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

Bridgman Community Garage Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library will present the 36th Annual Bridgman Community Garage Sale on May 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Permits are available for $10 at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., and must be purchased by Saturday, May 12, to have your location included on the garage sale map. Maps will be available at the Library on Friday, May 17, from 8 to 10 a.m.

 World War II women program

The role of women during World War II will be the topic for a Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15,   in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Beyond Rosie the Riveter and the Atomic Girls, author Barb Deane ( “On the Homefront,” “Killing Her Softly”) will discuss the many new roles assumed by American women in both military and civilian life during World War II. Included in her discussion will be the American Red Cross Clubmobile program, essentially a mobile club featuring doughnuts, coffee and good old American girl-next-door friendliness brought to the frontlines in Europe, Asia, India and Australia.

For more, call  (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Pennies for Patients

The Berrien County Cancer Service, Inc., is reminding all residents of Berrien County to bring their pennies for the 29th annual “Pennies for Patients Day Celebration” from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at BCCS headquarters, 7301 Red Arrow Hwy., Stevensville.

A Wheatback Penny silent auction also is planned (for details call the office at 269-429-3281).

Student of Month

Aquinas College junior Olivia Smith has been named Student of the Month for March. The New Buffalo Area High School graduate is one of six students selected for the award throughout the academic year.

Olivia is completing her Bachelor of Arts, pursuing a triple major in Economics, International Studies and Spanish Translation and Interpretation. She has been on the Dean’s List four consecutive semesters and was recently recognized as an Outstanding Delegate for her representation of Algeria on the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Committee at the Michigan Model Arab League sponsored by the National Council on US-Arab Relations Conference, while also leading preparation of the 4th annual Aquinas High School Model United Nations Conference.

River Valley Community Lunch

The last River Valley Community Lunch Program for the school year will take place at the Middle/High School on Thursday, May 17, starting at 1 p.m. Cost is $2 per person. The top graduating seniors will be presented. Administrators will also provide updates and answer questions.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks include: an Open Mic Night with host Mackenzie Fey at 8 p.m. May 10; and classic rock band ARRA at 8 p.m. May 12. For more, log on to www.acorntheater,com or call (269) 756-3879.

Trinity applications

Trinity Lutheran Precious in His Sight, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, is currently accepting applications for Preschool and Prekindergarten programs for the 2018-2019 school year.

Trinity offers 2, 3 & 5 half-day preschool programs for children ages 3, 4 or 5. A completed enrollment application will hold a child’s spot until the week of August 1-3 which is the official week for registration. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30-3:30. For further information contact the Director at (269) 426-3151.

Native Plant Sale & Presentation

The Berrien Conservation District in conjunction with the Bridgman Public Library will host a Native Plant Presentation and Sale at the library, 4460 Lake St., on Wednesday, May 23. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m. and the sale and order pick up will start at 4 p.m. Vern Stephens from Designs By Nature Nursery will discuss native plant characteristics and care, picking the right plant, and more. Questions are welcome. The Berrien Conservation District will be selling Native Wildflowers and Grasses until 7 p.m. Pre-ordering is encouraged; the deadline for ordering is Friday, May 4. Order forms are available at the Bridgman Library, or at the Berrien Conservation District, 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs. You can also print an order form or order online at www.berriencd.org  .

Scrap Tire Collection planned

A Berrien County Scrap Tire Collection is set for Thursday, May 10, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Friday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. No early drop-offs allowed.

The collection takes place at the Berrien County Road Department, 2860 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor. Participants must enter the Road Department facility at the southernmost gate (3rd gate from the corner) on Yore Ave. Look for and follow event signs.

This collection is open to Berrien County residents only. Tires from businesses are not accepted. Coordination and funding for this event can handle tires from residents only. The following fee will be charged and is due at the event by cash or check (written to Berrien County): $1/passenger tire; $2/passenger tire on the rim; $5/semi-truck tire; $10 and up for oversize and loader tires. Participants planning to bring large tires must call 269-983-7111 x8234 prior to May 10 to report size and quantity.

Abandoned tires can hold water and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents. Tires left on a property, in a ditch, or public green space are an eye sore and can cause property values to decrease. “This collection provides Berrien County residents with a low cost way to safely and legally handle waste tires”, says Jill Adams, the Berrien County Environmental Property Manager. “Residents with unwanted scrap tires can protect their family’s and neighbors’ health, the health of the environment, as well as potentially free up precious storage space at home by participating in this tire collection event.”

 Tires will go to Deerpath Recyclers in Dowagiac, MI to be processed. More information, and a list of other tire recycling options, can be found at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services or call the Berrien County Parks Department, 269-983-7111, ext. 8234 or ext. 8232.

Bike & Brunch registration

Registration is now open for the annual Bike & Brunch benefiting WRHC-Radio Harbor Country that will take place June 3, 2018.

The ride offers 15-30-45 mile loops through the beautiful countryside and culminates with a gourmet brunch at the farm of a local artist. Tours of the artist’s studio and an art raffle add to the fun.

To register, go to radioharborcountry.org, click on Events, pay with the Pay button, and fill out one registration form per rider (limited to first 150 riders).

Bridgman Community Garden plots

Garden plots are now available at the Bridgman Library Community Garden.

Growing season is just around the corner and 4-foot by 8-foot garden plots can be reserved at the library. Cost is $10 for each plot and up to 3 plots can be reserved. For more information, call (269) 465-3663.

Meals on Wheels drivers sought

Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan is looking for 1 to 2 volunteers to deliver meals in Harbor Country on Mondays. The meal deliveries are more than just a meal; you will be providing needed social contact and a wellness check, helping these seniors remain living safely in their own homes.

Meals can be picked up between 9:15 and 9:30 at the River Valley Senior Center in Harbert. The route is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. or before. Reliable transportation is needed and mileage can be reimbursed if desired. Volunteers must complete an application and background check due to the vulnerability of our home-bound seniors. Interested people can call (269) 925-0137 and ask for Renee.

Mindful Motion Yoga Class

A Mindful Motion Yoga Class is held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the New Troy Community Center (13372 California Road). Cost is $10 per session.

The vinyasa style class with the focus on moving with your breath is taught by Cheryl Meadors of Bridgman.

Students should arrive a few minutes early, wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement, and bring their own yoga mat. Registration is not necessary for this drop-in class.

Meadors also teaches a Basic Yoga class at the Community Center on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

A portion of class fees will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy. For more information, please phone/text Lorraine at (269) 405-6857.

Activities at Library

A Needlework Clinic meets in the Community Room at the Three Oaks Township Public Library, 3 North Elm St., on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Needleworkers of all types and skill levels are welcome. Ronald Ahrens of Three Oaks is proficient in knitting, crocheting, bobbin lacemaking, tatting, broderet, and filet netting and will be on hand to help anyone with their projects. No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Qi-Gong, a coordinated body posture, movement and controlled breathing exercises, similar to tai chi, is offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the library. Light Walking Aerobics takes place Thursdays at 11 a.m. Both  are held in the Three Oaks Public Library Community Room.

For more, call (269) 756-5621 of go to www.threeoaks.michlibrary.org

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