The Friends of the Bridgman Library are pleased to announce Laura Williams as the 2019 recipient of the Carole Johnson Friends Volunteer of the Year award.

Laura was going to be recognized for this award at the annual volunteer luncheon which was to be held in April. This event will be rescheduled and Laura’s contributions to the Friends organization will be celebrated when the event is held, hopefully this summer. Laura was a longtime member of the Friends of the Bridgman Library and helped sort book donations every week. She also assisted with the Hang it Again art sale and the summer book sales, which are important revenue events for the organization.

Unfortunately, Laura passed away in February. Friends, members and library staff are grateful for her many years of service, her friendly smile, and her quiet dedication. Her name will be engraved on the plaque which hangs outside the Book Shoppe in the library.

Courtyard Gallery streaming 'Celebration of Art’

The Courtyard Gallery's streaming “Celebration of Art," originally presented on Saturday, April 25, can be viewed on the gallery's Facebook page or on its website:

The show features:

• Mike Mikottis, demonstrating his exceptional style of painting, live on our facebook and website. His work is a combination of abstract, impressionism and realism all rolled into one. Totally fascinating and a joy to view.

• Kevin Gross showing off his newest creations in fractal scarves. Fractals are a combination of two worlds, one being calculated and logical, the other, is emotional and soul-searching. Very distinctive and “oh” so beautiful. A great way to enhance your wardrobe or be given as a gift.

• The painting renditions of Barb Webb and Jane Smeltzer. Barb a wonderful acrylic painter, on canvas and Jane using her design talents, in wood and metal, together they combine their visions on each painting searching and selecting the right materials to compliment their creation.

• New to the gallery this year is Kathi Millet. We will be showing some video clips of her demonstrating her various techniques and styles of wire wrapping. Kathi uses copper, silver or brass with precious, semi-precious stones or other findings. Not just jewelry, but, one of a kind works of wearable art.

We hope you will enjoy our presentation. Should you be interested in purchasing any of our pieces of art, please contact us via email: call 1-800-291-9287 (shipping is available).

Free Wednesday business webinars

In an effort to provide constructive resources pertinent to businesses during the 2020 crisis, the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with The Pokagon Fund will present a free 20-minute business webinar each Wednesday. The "SOS Webinar Series" will address local-based strategies, opportunities and solutions.

The April 29 session (beginning at 2 p.m.) will focus on 3 Practical Steps to Business Financial Health Now.

Guest speaker Tyler Olson of Olson Consulting LLC, St. Joseph, will talk about how your business can lay the groundwork now to best navigate the current economic climate and crisis. Olson is a licensed financial planner and enrolled IRS agent consulting with businesses and individuals since 2005.

Each webinar will be recorded and available for convenient viewing on the Harbor Country Chamber website; Facebook page and as part of The Pokagon Fund communication channels.

For more information, contact Kimberlee Wendt via email at

Vickers screenings

The doors might be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Vickers Theatre is still committed to bringing movies to Southwest Michigan residents.

On April 17 the Three Oaks ven­ue starting offering virtual mov­ie screenings on its website,

Through the streaming platform Virtual Cinema, people can watch movies on their smartphones, tab­lets and computers at home.

“The distributors of independent cinemas are making first-run mov­ies available to our theater,” owner Judy Scully said in an email. “These movies are available exclusively through art house-theater distribu­tors.”

The current rentals range from 3-5 days, and cost $10-$12.

“Approximately 50 percent of all proceeds will go to support the Vickers and other art house theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Scully said.

Currently screening through Vick­ers’ website are:

• “Saint Frances”: 106 minutes, not rated, comedy/drama. Aimless server Bridget hasn’t yet achieved her goal of becoming a respected writer. When casual relations with a younger “nice guy” leads to an un­expected confrontation with poten­tial motherhood, she manifests a job nannying a pint-sized spirit guide disguised as an obstinate 6-year-old.

• “The Dog Doc”: 101 minutes, not rated, documentary. Dr. Marty Goldstein is a pioneer of integrative veterinary medicine. By holistical­ly treating animals after other vets have given up, Goldstein provides a last hope for pet owners with noth­ing left to lose.

• “Bacurau”: 132 minutes, not rated, drama/mystery/suspense. Af­ter the death of her grandmother, a doctor comes home to her matri­archal village in a near-future Bra­zil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its res­idents.

• “Corpus Christi”: 115 min­utes, not rated, drama. Daniel ex­periences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he has no intention of giving up his dream and decides to minister a small-town parish.

For more information, call (269) 756-3522.

Poet Laureate candidates sought

The Poetry Board of the Village of Three Oaks is seeking submissions of original poetry for selection to appoint the official position of Poet Laureate for the Village of Three Oaks.

The Poet Laureate of Three Oaks, upon selection and appointment, will be awarded a $500 Honorarium and will hold the position for the calendar year 2020-2021.  Submissions of (3-5) original poems should be made to: Harbor Arts c/o Janet Blake,12136 Tower Hill Road, Sawyer, MI  49125 (or email to

The submission deadline is May 15, and must include: Name, Address, e-mail address, & Telephone Number.

The poetry board will reserve the right to publish the submitted works.

Bridgman Library remains closed

In accordance with the Governor’s most recent “Stay Sheltered” order, the Bridgman Public Library will remain closed until further notice. Please keep checking the Library’s website, Facebook page and Instagram site as well as emails for the most up-to-date information about BPL.

New Buffalo Preschool/Kindergarten registration

The New Buffalo School District is closed for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school due to Covid19.  

This being said, we still need to plan for the upcoming school year.  If you believe that your child meets the age and residency requirement to attend New Buffalo Elementary, please contact the school by phone or email no later than May 15th to reserve your spot. Phone messages and emails are checked daily. Contact information is below.

Programs are looking for students that would like to attend in September 2020.  

Children that will be four years old by September 1, 2020, and are residents of the New Buffalo School District are able to enroll for Preschool.  This year, our Preschool program, The BISON Beginners, will offer a full day or half day program, whichever you choose.  Children that are five years old by September 1, 2020 and are residents of the New Buffalo School District will be able to enroll for full day Kindergarten.  All new enrollments will have to verify their residency.

Please help us prepare for the upcoming school year by letting us know that you would like your child to attend. When contacting us please provide us with the following: Child’s name; Date of Birth; Parent names; Address - Residential and mailing; Phone number; and Email address.

Please contact one of the following: Barbara Woerdehoff, Administrative Assistant  (269) 469-6060; or Renee Bowen, Student Services (269) 469-6060 or

Once we have your contact and student information, we will provide you with additional registration information.

Acorn Shows

The Acorn Theater’s live streaming series Thursday Night Acorn Presents continues at 8 p.m. each Thursday on The Acorn Facebook page

The featured artist for April 23 is Mark Dawson (lead vocalist and bass player for the legendary pop/rock band The Grass Roots). Also on the Thursday Night Acorn Presents horizon is The Bergamot (April 30).

Psychic/Medium Jay Lane will participate in an extraordinary 2-hour event using the Zoom platform (beginning at 7:30 p.m. April 29). Jay will speak to as many people as she possibly can.

You can check out the growing library of videos on the Acorn’s new YouTube channel and enter The Acorn’s 8th annual Singer Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunity.

Judges will select finalists from Singer Songwriter Competition entries received by the April 30 deadline. The top 8 will perform in the Finals at The Acorn on July 16.

In response to minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Acorn Theater is in the process of canceling or rescheduling upcoming shows based on guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, state and local governments. Please visit our website for more updates.

Patrons who have purchased tickets for any shows that have been rescheduled, are in the process of being rescheduled or have been canceled, will be receiving an Acorn email regarding options for ticket handling. For more call (269) 756-3879 or log on to

Golf Outing rescheduled

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence’s Lost Dunes Golf Outing, originally set for May 11, has been rescheduled it for September 28, 2020.

Four Winds shows rescheduled

Four Winds Casino has resched­uled several concerts that were postponed at the Sil­ver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo due to the COVID-19 pandem­ic.

Tickets for the original dates are valid for the re­scheduled concerts. For those who are unable to attend on the new dates, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fourwinds

The rescheduled concerts include: Damon Wayans: moved from April 18 to Aug. 8; The Alan Parsons Live Project: moved from May 1 to Aug. 29; Little River Band: moved from March 21 to Sept. 4; Aaron Lewis: moved from April 4 to Sept. 18; Melissa Etheridge: moved from March 28 to Sept. 25; The Million Dollar Quartet: moved from April 24 to Oct. 24; Gladys Knight: moved from May 9 to Nov. 13.

The Pokagon Gaming Authority recently extended the closure of all its casinos until further notice to pre­vent the spread, and mini­mize the potential impact of, the new coronavirus. For more information, call 866-494-6371 or vis­it www.fourwindscasino. com.

Pet pantry

Paws of Hope is now run­ning a pet food pantry in which a volunteer will de­liver pet food and other sup­plies to the doorstep of those in need.

“While the crisis is evolv­ing rapidly, we are learning that some pet owners in our community are in need of assistance to care for their pets,” said Lynn Schlender, one of the volunteers for the group. “Anyway we can all come together and help our community is one of the pos­itive aspects of this crisis.”

In addition, the group has postponed its annual fund­raiser, Bids for Barks, that was set for May 16 at The Mendel Center. It is now scheduled for Sept. 12.

For more information on Paws of Hope, to donate, volunteer or sign up for pet supply delivery, visit

Spring Bake Sale canceled

The Annunciation Paraskevi Spring Bake Sale and Presale has been canceled.

Child Care help offered for businesses

Berrien RESA and Lewis Cass ISD are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Michiana to provide additional child care capacity.  If your business is interested in supporting this effort for your employees, contact Zech Hoyt at For more, contact  Kerenda Applebey at Berrien RESA, (269) 471-7725 ext. 1330 or

Harbor Country Guide virtually released

The 2020 Harbor Country Guide was virtually released, on all social media platforms, Friday, April 3rd.

“You’ll be whisked away, Harbor Country style, to a relaxing virtual vacation,” stated a Chamber of Commerce release.

The Guide can be viewed at

To have a copy of the 2020 Harbor Country Guide mailed to you ($7 fee applies) contact the Chamber office at or 269-469-5409.

Currently the Chamber is determining how Harbor Country Guides will be distributed to businesses throughout the area. Guides will not be available before April 30th.

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