On Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. we're taking things outside! Friends of New Troy's monthly gathering welcomes novice and avid gardeners alike for a seed, seedling, and plant exchange.

We will provide the tables and chairs as well as a variety of seed packets and some starter plants to get things rolling. You bring your seeds, seedlings, and plants for trade. Weather permitting, we will hold the event outside in the sunshine. If there is rain, we'll move indoors to the gym.

From 10:30 to 11 we will have a drop-off for items to swap. From 11 to 12 let the exchanging begin! Noon to 1 will be for late exchanges and the leftovers will be open and free to the public.  

We will be offering a light snack and warm beverages, including free coffee courtesy of our friends at Red Arrow Roasters.

For additional details, visit us online at www.friendsofnewtroy.org.

Hikers to hit wine trail

May is Michigan Wine Month, and the Harbor Country Hikers will celebrate it by hiking the Mt. Tabor Trails between the Round Barn and Mt. Tabor wineries beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Round Barn Estate in Baroda. The hike begins with a brief presentation by Brian Schueneman of the Moersch Hospitality Group, owners of the two wineries, followed by a two-mile walk through the trail's woods and vineyards.

Driving directions and other details are on the group's website, harborcountryhikers.com, and its Facebook page, Harbor Country Hikers.

Lemonade, Cookies and Plants

The Three Oaks District Parks and Recreation Committee invites the public to “Lemonade, Cookies and Plants” from 1 to 4 p.m. May 14 at the Carver Park Pavilion.

Parks Committee members will be there to answer questions about the Five Year Park Plan for the Village and Township. Complimentary perennials and white pine seedlings will be available. (while supply lasts).

Garden Club Plant Sale

The River Valley Garden Club’s famous Plant Sale returns on Saturday, May 21, at Harbert Community Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Michigan time), 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center.

 “The sale is a great way to get gardening advice along with homegrown plants,” said Elizabeth Palulis, Garden Club president.

The sale is all outdoors and takes place rain or shine, under a covered pavilion. It will include a wide variety of perennials, ground covers, vegetable plants, bushes and small trees, all from the gardens of the garden club members.

New for 2022 is a project table for kids where they can pot a White Pine seedling at no charge and take their project home.

 Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club. For more information contactPalulis at 269-426-3513 or email her at evpalulis@yahoo.com. Also visit the club’s website, rivervalleygardenclub.org.

Basketball Camp

Boys Basketball Camp will take place Monday June 20th through Friday June 24th in the Bridgman High School gymnasium.

The schedule is (grade next fall) 3rd-6th from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 7th-10th from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is 35 (includes prizes and a T-shirt, register by June 1 to get a shirt). Participants need to bring gym shoes with non-marking sole.

Registrations can be turned in to the office at BHS, RMS or BES; or emailed to Coach Mike Miller. For questions contact Mike Miller at: mmiller@bridgmanschools.com.

Bridgman Run/Walk

The 2022 edition of the Bridgman 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, and 1.1 Mile Fun Run will take place July 9, 2022, in downtown Bridgman. Both in-person and virtual options are available (https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Bridgman/5K10K). Sign up now through June 19 ($25 for all runners/walkers); June 20-July 9 and Day of Race Registration is $30 for all runners/walkers; The 1.1 Mile Fun Run is $5 for all participants.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. May 12 - Open Mic Night with hosts Riley O'Connor & Molly B. Moon; 8 p.m. May 13 - Al Stewart (Year of the Cat, Time Passages) with The Empty Pockets; 7 p.m. May 15 - American Idol star Tristan McIntosh creates The Linda Ronstadt Experience; 8 p.m.May 20 - Matt Schofield; 8 p.m. May 21 - The Sypian Family Band and The Andrew Fisher Quartet.

Enter The Acorn’s 10th annual Singer-Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunities! The deadline for entry is Friday, June 3rd @ 11 PM ET.

For more, go .to acornlive.org.

State Park work days

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive removal work days at area State Parks on the following dates: May 14 and 21 at Warren Dunes State Park (10 a.m. to noon). Meet at the parking lot on Floral Lane.

Saturday, May 28, at Grand Mere State Park (10 a.m. to noon). Meet at Willow Drive and Rosemary Drive on the south end of the park.

Volunteers will help remove invasive garlic mustard. No experience is necessary and volunteers will be trained to identify the target invasive plant.

Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle. To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at gls@glslab.com.

Invitation to authors

All authors of published works are invited to participate in Gather with Author! Author! on Saturday, June 11, at the New Troy Community Center, to present, sign and sell their books. The event will also feature presentations related to writing and self publishing, plus a reading.

Each author will be provided with a table on which to display their publications, giving them an opportunity to discuss their work one-on-one with the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To be included in press releases, registration prior to May 24 is required. For more information or to register, please contact Lorraine at 269-405-6857 (leave message) or friendsofnewtroy@yahoo.com.

There is no charge to participate, though donations are always welcome.

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