At 3 p.m. April 24, the School of American Music will present “From Classical to Jazz,” a Free Family Concert at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St. New Buffalo, featuring Nic Orbovich on solo unaccompanied violin and Duo Jazz, featuring Dino Jackson on French Horn and Ron Spears on guitar playing selections from the American Jazz songbook.

Tickets are free but must be reserved online or by calling SAM at 269-409-1191. Donations are welcome.

This concert is underwritten by the Pokagon Fund.

Harbor Country Film Group

A new Harbor Country Film Group will debut at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25.

The group will be led by Eve Moran, a long-time student of Roger Ebert and organizer of a film study group that met monthly at The Cliff Dwellers, the fabled Chicago arts club, for almost a decade until it was (temporarily) interrupted by the COVID pandemic in 2020.

The general format for the group’s meetings will include a brief introduction, the screening of a film, and discussion led by Moran. The film for the inaugural session is “Gates of Heaven,” a 1980 documentary directed by Errol Morris and called a masterpiece by Ebert. “It is a film that will have us thinking and talking about the mystery of life,” Moran says.

The film group is part of the Friends of the Library’s Community Forum series. All are welcome to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Free popcorn will be served.

The Bunny is back!

American Legion Post 169 is again hosting the Easter Bunny for our annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Don the kids in their Easter best and hop them on down to the Post 169, 19139 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, to meet the Easter Bunny, take photos, hunt for prize filled eggs the Bunny has scattered around the grounds and enjoy lunch compliments of the New Buffalo Business Association.

Wildflower hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will hike what some consider the prettiest wildflower trails in the area in Warren Dunes State Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The hike will be led by Mike Latus, Outdoor Explorer Guide with the State Park. He will provide an introduction to local wildflowers. Guests should dress in layers, wear a warm cap and sturdy shoes or boots, and bring plenty of water. This hike is rated moderate to difficult, with stretches of loose and packed sand.

For more details about the April 16 hike, including directions, visit harborcountryhikers.com or Harbor Country Hikers on Facebook.

Art Attack Launch Party

For the first time in Harbor Country Art Attack history, the Launch Party and Benefit will be held at The Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, on Thursday evening, April 28.

Come celebrate the return of Art Attack with a showing of the documentary, “Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous.” The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The film will start at 7 p.m. One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko is closely identified with the New York school, a circle of painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Following the film, Janet Davies will moderate a discussion with Allen Turner, former Chairman of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. All proceeds will go directly to Art Attack. Get tickets at acornlive.org.

For the complete schedule for the 28th Art Attack (scheduled for April 29, 30, and May 1) go to https://www.harborcountry.org/art-attack-2022/

Lakeside egg hunt

The Lakeside Association will sponsor its Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Lakeside Park (Lakeside Road and Red Arrow Highway) next to the Gazebo.

It is a fun afternoon for children as well as adults. The bunny generously delivers many eggs so bring a basket for snatching up these treats. Prizes and fun activities for all. Don’t forget to grab a phone or camera to get some great pictures.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for: 4 p.m. April 20 (Drive Thru), Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; and 3:30 p.m. April 21 (Drive Thru), Episcopal Church of the Mediator @ Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Museum to re-open

The Region of Three Oaks Museum will re-open for the 2022 season on Friday, April 29 (with a preview event set for the evening of April 22).

A trio of displays on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles are new for 2022, as are displays focusing in Radios, Resorts, and the 1967 Three Oaks Centennial.

Opening weekend coincides with Art Attack, and the museum’s Heritage Hall, at 8 E. Linden Street in Three Oaks, is on the art map. Several vendors will display their wares and there will be a display on the history of Art Attack.

The regular Museum schedule is Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. through the end of October. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

Harbor Country Hearts Party

On April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., the first ever Harbor Country Hearts Party will spotlight the work of OutCenter Southwest Michigan.

The event is sponsored in part by Froelichs, @Properties New Buffalo, P+E Bottle Shop and the Lakeside Inn. The evening will feature fabulous food, wine, and entertainment along with opportunities to mix and mingle with OutCenter Board, staff, and volunteers to learn about the precedent setting work being done by OutCenter across Southwest Michigan.

Please register to attend by sending an email to hchearts@outcenter.org. For more information about OutCenter and Harbor Country Hearts please visit our website at outcenter.org.

Harbor Country Hires

A Harbor Country Hires Job Fair is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N Thompson St., New Buffalo.

The event will feature: 15 preferred employer booths; Each employer offering $25 gas cards; Light refreshments; and a a job applicant drawing for a $200 gas card grand prize (do not need to be present for drawing).

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. April 21 – Open Mic Night with Jack Cunningham; 8 p.m. April 23 – Chicago Comedy Tour; 8 p.m. April 29 – Steve Poltz and Abe Partridge; 8 p.m. April 30 – Joe George with Abbie Thomas Trio; 7 p.m. May 1 – Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Flag Day Pageant

The Flag Day Prince and Princess, a fun event for girls & boys, will be held at 1 p.m. April 30 at American Legion Post 204 in Three Oaks.

Winners get to ride in the Flag Day Parade. Girls & boys 5-8 years old as of the 2022 pageant date who live within Southwest Michigan are eligible to participate. There is a $30, non-refundable entrance fee per participant. Entry fees can be sent to: Venmo @ Emma-Whitlow-1; or by physical mail (checks to be made out to Three Oaks Flag Day Committee) to Three Oaks Flag Day Committee, ATN: P&P, PO Box 215, Three Oaks, MI. 49128

For more information, contact Emma Whitlow at emmawhitlow9@gmail.com.

Ben’s Friends

Ben’s Friends, a national support group for people in the hospitality industry struggling with addiction, announces the launch of a New Buffalo chapter.

The first meeting will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 18 (originally set for April 4), at Brewster’s Italian Café, 11 W. Merchant St. Meetings will be held at the same time and location every Monday thereafter. The chapter will be led by New Buffalo hospitality veterans Konnor Koch and Kim Koch, and welcomes anyone who has found, or is struggling to find, sobriety while working in the food and beverage industry.

Blanket project

The Harbor Country Rotary Club has launched the ABC Project (Appreciation Blankets Co-op).

Blankets made by Rotarians, community members and high schoolers will be given to essential workers, cancer and dialysis patients, centenarians and others.

Volunteers are invited to help make the blankets from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in March at the Three Oaks Township Library, 3 N. Elm St., Three Oaks. Thursday sessions (6 to 7:30 P.M.) also take place at the New Buffalo Township Library.

Three Oaks Library news

The Three Oaks Township Public Library now has a Community Arts & Crafts Closet which is located in the library and will be open during normal hours. Everyone can help themselves. Take what you want and donate what you can.

The library has Story Time for all ages each Tuesday from 10:30-11 a.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.

The Kitting/Crocheting Circle meets every Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to noon.

LEGO Club @ the Library is all day every Thursday. Projects will be left up for one week.

Take & Make Bags for children are available for pickup at the library desk.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Torch” and “Mothering Sunday.” Coming soon is “Aline.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

Celebration of Art

The Courtyard Gallery “Celebration of Art” will take place Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1.

Joining the gallery this year are: Anabel Hopkins, a fluid acrylic painter; Susan Feder with her “Red Boot” series clay sculptures; fused glass by Bonnie Rubinstein; contemporary landscape paintings by Sandy Applegate; and internationally acclaimed abstract acrylic painter Lynne Kroll (plus a lot more).

The Courtyard Gallery is located at 813 E. Buffalo St. in New Buffalo and is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday by appointment). For more information call 1-800-291-9287.

Paws & Pints

The Michiana Humane Society and Friendship Botanic Gardens are joining together to host a family-friendly and dog-friendly fundraiser, Paws & Pints, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, May 7, at Friendship Botanic Gardens.

Paws & Pints will feature a dog-walking course through the Botanic Gardens’ 100-plus acres of hiking trails and gardens. Tickets include admission to the Gardens, a goody bag with items for you and your pet, a Paws & Pints bandana made by Z’s Dyed Goods, and live music from Nate Miller and the Turn Ups. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local favorites like Burn ‘Em Brewing, Shady Creek Winery, Social Que BBQ, and Zorn Brew Works. All dogs must be leashed.

Proceeds from ticket sales support Michiana Humane Society & Friendship Botanic Gardens. Event sponsorships fund the care of approximately 1,000 homeless pets that Michiana Humane Society will take in this year.

“The event takes place the Saturday before Mother’s Day. We know Moms want to spend quality time with their families this weekend, including their fur-babies. Join us and celebrate all the great dog-moms in your life,” said Michiana Humane Society Development Director, Heidi Tuthill.

Tickets may be purchased at MichianaPets.org or by calling Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499.

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