Beachcomber extraordinaire and sand pirate Janet Schrader will present a guide to beach glass, fossils, whale burps and other beach treasures in a program at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 16, in the Pokagon Room.
In a reprise of one of the library's most popular presentations, Schrader shares her knowledge — and her collection — of waterfront curiosities. Attendees are welcome to bring their own finds for help with identification. Sponsored by the Friends of the New Buffalo Library. Use of face masks is requested.
On Tuesday, September 28 (at 6:30 p.m.), naturalist Wendy Jones will present remotely in the Pokagon Room on fall bird migrations. Her program follows departing summer birds, migrants from northern habitats passing through on their way south, and winter residents that are beginning to arrive. Learn more about bird migration, which species to watch for during this transition, and tips to gear up for the winter feeding season ahead. Jones is director of environmental education at the Bubolz Preserve in Appleton, Wisc. and was formerly chief naturalist at Fernwood.
Elvis show at Senior Center
Alvie Ellenwine, an Elvis impersonator, and the Sweet Sensation will be at the River Valley Senior Center to perform on Saturday, September 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Donation is $10.
Please call 269-469-4556 for ticket reservations as there is limited seating.
Cherry Beach sign-moving
A sign-moving ceremony to celebrate the successful effort to expand Cherry Beach in Chikaming Township is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
A celebration event originally set for Sept. 17 has been postponed until next year.
Community Garage Sale
Treasures galore can be found at the Bridgman Community Garage Sale, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 10, and Saturday, September 11, throughout the community and in the parking lot behind the Bridgman Library.
Sale Maps will be distributed in front of the Library Friday morning, September 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. Over 40 vendors are participating.
Some Enchanted Evening
The School of American Music plans “Some Enchanted Evening,” a concert of musical vignettes presented on the Spring Creek Stage in Dewey Canon Park, 14 Maple St., in Three Oaks. All are invited to arrive at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 25, for a pre-concert outdoor dinner under the stars. Prizes will be awarded for the best dining set-up of the evening. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.
The program for the evening features soprano Martha Cares (an internationally renowned opera singer and long-time member of the cast of Phantom of the Opera in New York City) and tenor Matthew Daniel (a veteran member of the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago) singing classics from musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables and South Pacific, in addition to highlights from popular operas.
“Bring food and beverages for a magical picnic of moonlight and music,” said Marco Chavarry, the event’s organizer and a member of the School of American Music’s board of directors.
Tax-deductible tickets to the concert are $50 and can be purchased on the School of American Music’s website, www.schoolofamerican music.com, or by calling 269-409-1191. The event will benefit SAM’s Future Fund endowment campaign, with proceeds matched by the Michiana Arts Foundation.
Details will follow in case of inclement weather. For more information, visit www.schoolofamericanmusic.com.
Mobile food pantries
Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Eau Claire Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6562 Naomi Road, Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 (Episcopal Church of the Mediator) at Harbert Community Park.
For information on other upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https:// www.feedwm.org/ mobile-pantry-schedule/
Recently announced shows at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 – Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo plus The Music of Journey with American Idol season 6 finalist Rudy Cardenas; 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 – Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid sharing engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album set for release in 2022.
For more on these and other upcoming shows, go to acornlive.org.
Chikaming Open Lands plans an outdoor in-person Frontyard Fete at the Kaylers’ home on September 18. Only 60 tickets are available for purchase at $250 each, so don’t wait to get yours.
Can’t attend the event? Make a donation! The easiest way to support us is to make a gift online. You will also be able to participate in the online auction beginning on September 10 through September 18. Stay tuned for a preview of available items.
Visit www.chikamingopen lands.org for more information.
Center of the World run
The 10th annual Run to the Center of the World will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, in and around New Troy, and registration for the half marathon, 10K and 5K event is now open.
Participation will be capped at 100 racers.
Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at facebook.com/RunToTheCenter. Registration forms may also be picked up at the Community Center. For more information, email email@example.com or call 269-426-3909.
Back rent & utilities help
Special COVID related funds are available to help low-income households impacted by the pandemic to be able to catch up on back rent and overdue utilities (electricity, gas, water and internet). Berrien County received $7.9 million in CERA (Covid Emergency Rental Assistance) funding. Neighbor by Neighbor can help Harbor Country residents to apply.
CERA can pay up to 15 months of back rent, and 3 future months for qualifying households. Landlords receive 100 percent of the back rent if they are willing to provide certain documents such as leases and a W9. Applicants not yet behind in rent but in jeopardy of getting behind may be able to secure a few months of future rent.
Applications can be completed online or on paper, and Neighbor by Neighbor is processing applications for Harbor Country residents. Call 269-231-0648 for more information and to schedule an appointment.
DAR essay contest
Students in 5th through 8th grade are invited to participate in the DAR essay contest. The topic for 2021-2022 is “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” – November 11, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”
Students in Grade 9 through 12 are invited to participate in the contest with the topic for this school year being “Patriots of the American Revolution.” Select a figure from the era of the American Revolution and discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and contribution to the founding of a new nation. The length of your document will need to be 300-1000 words, depending on grade level. Essays will be turned over to their teacher, counselor, or department head no later than Friday, October 22nd.
For more information contact Teri Showalter of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter, Three Oaks, at 219-778-4147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is seeking volunteers for their Sept. 18 beach clean-up.
This year marks the program’s 30th anniversary. Volunteers can visit www.greatlakesadopt.org to find a cleanup in their community or to create their own Great Lakes cleanup event. For more information, visit www.greatlakes/AdoptABeach
Sing-along in park
Many won’t need sheet music to sing along with the Harbor Country Singers (HCS) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 (rescheduled from Aug. 24 due to rain) at the School of American Music’s Spring Creek Stage, 14 Maple St., behind the Arts & Education Center in Three Oaks.
The free HCS-sponsored sing-along will feature familiar tunes, such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Down by the Riverside,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “This Land is Your Land.” The rain date will be Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the same time.
Showing at the Vickers
The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “Mogul Mowgli” and “RESPECT” Coming soon is “The Lost Leonardo.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.