A Gather & Double Debut event at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, will take place Saturday, April 9.

The day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Gather and coffee; at 11 a.m. the documentary “Claim to Fame,” will make its debut (a snapshot of New Troy in 1871, the year of the Chicago Fire, and how one man gave the community its claim to fame); From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. a slide show history with local historian Mike Metz will be presented and tours of Friends of New Troy’s new Historical Room will take place; at noon lunch will be served, Terry Hanover’s famous chili or sweet potato and black bean chili with cornbread.

For the duration of the event, Red Arrow Roasters will be providing complimentary cups of the best coffee in Southwest Michigan.

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.

U.S. 12 resurfacing

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced on April 6 that it will be investing $2.7 million to resurface 5.1 miles of U.S.12 in New Buffalo from the state line to Red Arrow Highway. Work will include milling and asphalt resurfacing, joint and crack repairs, railroad approach resurfacing, and pavement markings.

The projected start date is Monday, April 11, and estimated end date of the work is Aug. 30, 2022.

Traffic restrictions are expected to include single-lane closures with a flagging operation.

MDOT states that the work will “repair and preserve the pavement to provide a safer and smoother driving surface and extend the life of the roadway.”

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.

Egg Hunt with Horses

The Spring Creek Equestrian Center will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Horses at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at 16771 Pardee Road, Three Oaks. Children should bring their own basket, dress for a barn, and arrive early as the egg hunt will begin promptly at 3 (admission is free).

Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny and S’More, the pony, and there will be horses for kids to pet. There will also be “Baskets of Horse Love” for sale, filled with an assortment of items for the young horse lover. The baskets go on sale April 1 and can be purchased at the event or in advance at the barn to benefit the Spring Creek Horses Help Foundation, which provides local, low-income children and adults an equine-based educational program.

Those who plan to attend should email Alison at algrosse@yahoo.com or text her at 269-756-3894 to let her know the number and ages of children who will be attending to ensure there are plenty of eggs for the hunt. For more details, go to springcreek-equestrian.com.

Cherry Beach passes nixed

The following was posted on the Chikaming Township website:

“After careful consideration, the Park Board has decided to no longer issue Cherry Beach parking passes. When it was deeded to Chikaming Township by the Warren family as a public beach, the conditions required it to stay open to the public for everyone to enjoy. Let’s cherish this community gem and share its beauty.”

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.

Come Together benefit

A Come Together: No One Fights Brain Cancer Along benefit for Blaine Hillman is scheduled for 5 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, April 9, at Monroe’s Crossing, 7038 North Chicago Road, New Carlisle.

A silent auction, raffle, live music and corn hole tournament (begins at 2 p.m.) are planned.

Gown Sale

Sell the dresses filling up your closet or find the perfect dress for prom, parade season, or a special event!! The Annual Gown Sale presented by the Three Oaks/River Valley Queens Committee will have something for everyone, so come join us on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 2 Sycamore St. East, Three Oaks

If you have gowns taking up space in your closet, bring them to the church on Friday, April 8, between 6 and 8 p.m. You set your own price and for $5 per item, we’ll do our best to sell your dresses.

Admission is $1 at the door on April 9. All are welcome to attend, whether you’re looking for a prom, pageant, or parade gown. For more information, email springer3oaks@sbcglobal.net or contact Nikki at 269-449-3443.

‘Classical to Jazz’

On April 24, 2022, SAM will present “From Classical to Jazz,” a Free Family Concert 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. This concert is underwritten by the Pokagon Fund. Please visit the SAM website for details.

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.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. April 9 – Billy Elton; 7 p.m. April 10 – Mountain Heart; 8 p.m. April 21 – Open Mic Night with Jack Cunningham; 7 p.m. April 28 – Art Attack opens with a screening of “Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous.” Then Janet Davies moderates a discussion with Allen Turner, former Chairman of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Proceeds to benefit Art Attack. 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.

Spring Into Story

The Bridgman Public Library will present Spring Into Story: a virtual program series of three interactive, Zoom programs for families presented by Storyteller and Narrative Coach Jenifer Strauss (all begin at 6:30 p.m.): April 14th – Growing Green with Jenny Jean; April 28th – Swimming with Dolphins & Swaying with Whales – Stories and Songs from the Deep Blue Sea. Registration is required and can be done on bridgmanlibrary.com.

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. A special money-themed story time “$mart Money MI Kids Read” will be held during both sessions on April 12, Each child will receive a copy of the book “Count On Pablo!” provided by MI Financial Wellness and a goodie bag.

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 “Drive My Car,” “The Guide,” and “The Torch.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

NBES registration

New Buffalo Area Schools is looking for students for the Bison Beginner, Pre Kindergarten program and for Kindergarten students for the 2022-2023 school year.

It is helpful to know how many students we will have as we begin planning for the 2022-2023 school year. If you believe your child will qualify for either the Bison Beginner Pre Kindergarten program or for Kindergarten, please contact the office at 269-469-6060 by April 1 so we can make sure your student is on our enrollment list.

Bison Beginner – Parents with children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2022, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area Schools district are welcome to register their child for the Bison Beginner Pre Kindergarten program. The program offers both Full Day or Half Day (AM) sessions. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Kindergarten – Parents with students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2022, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area Schools district are welcome to register their child for the full-day Kindergarten program. At this time, we are only taking information on students that currently reside within the school district.

Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten students attending New Buffalo Elementary for the 2022-2023 school year will be able to have their Hearing/Vision Screened by The Berrien County Health Department on April 18, 2022 for free from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at New Buffalo Elementary. Contact the County Health Department at 269-926-7121 to schedule an appointment at a different time.

Pokagon Fund seeks director

The Pokagon Fund, an independent, private foundation whose philanthropic activities aim to improve the quality of life for residents of the Greater New Buffalo Region and in communities surrounding the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ trust lands, is seeking applications from individuals who are interested in serving as a director on its seven-person board. The term runs from approximately May 2022 through April 2025.

Interested individuals can view a candidate profile and download a copy of the application by clicking on the “Board of Directors Candidate Profile and Application” button on the Fund’s website (www.pokagonfund.org). Completed applications must be returned to the Fund’s offices by March 31, 2022. Questions and inquiries about this opportunity can be directed to Petersen at dpetersen@pokagonfund.org or (269) 469-9322.

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