What better way to kick off summer than with “Happy Songs of Spring & Summer,” the first sing-along of the season sponsored by the Harbor Country Singers (HCS). The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, on the School of American Music’s Spring Creek Stage, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks, Mich, behind the Arts & Education Center. The rain date will be Tuesday, June 22, at the same time.

The program for the evening will include songs such as “High Hopes,” “Singing in the Rain,” and “Sunshine On My Shoulders.” School of American Music Executive Director and voice teacher, Donna M. Mitchell, Pat Putnam, (HCS producer), and SAM music instructor Ron Spears will be song leaders, and Spears will accompany the singers on guitar. Everyone is invited to join in, and musicians are welcome to bring their instruments to play along. The event is free and current Covid-19 restrictions will be observed.

For more information, visit the School of American Music’s website, schoolofamericanmusic.com, or call (269) 409-1191. The Harbor Country Singers is a program of the School of American Music and is supported by a grant from the Pokagon Fund.

Wednesday concerts

New Township Wednesday evening concerts at the Memorial Park Pavilion are slated for 7 p.m. with Red Deluxe performing on June 16 and For Pete’s Sake taking the stage June 23.

Three Oaks Library news

Story Time at Three Oaks Township Public Library is Tuesdays 10:30 to 11 a.m. and again 4 to 4:30 p.m. Take & Make bags for children are available on a first come, first served, basis.

The Knitting & Crocheting Circle is meeting on Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Individuals of all skill levels are invited to bring their projects.

Summer Reading for all ages (including adults) begins Monday, June 14, and concludes on Thursday, August 12. Stop in to pick up your Reading Log.

STEAMY Summer Saturdays are June 19, July 24, & August 28, 12:00 noon. Join us for an hour of fun as we explore various STEAM activities together!

The Sarett Nature Center will visit the Library Lawn for an exciting animal presentation on Saturday, July 24, at 12 noon.

The Library’s Park & Read will be each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from July 8 – August 12. July 8 will be the Library Lawn, July 15 at Carver Park, July 22 at Dillard Park, July 29 at Dewey Cannon Park, August 6 at Timbertown, and August 12 on the Library Lawn.

Music In the Park

Music in the Park is a free concert series held at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays during the summer in Dewey Cannon Park behind downtown Three Oaks.

The schedule follows: June 12 – Southshore Concert Band; June 19 – Nick Byrd; June 26 – Stealin The Farm; July 3 – The Andrew Fisher Quartet; July 10 – The Edgar Willbury Experience; July 17 – Cielito Lindo; July 24 – Fauxgrass; July 31 – Funky Mojo Daddy; Aug. 7 – Sara Ranganathan and Dhananjay Kunte; Aug. 14 – The Bergamot; Aug. 21 – The Backups; Aug. 28 – Andy Sutton Trio; Sept. 4 – The Newports. For more information go to www.harborarts.com/music -in-the-park.

Trash & Treasure Sale

Harbert Community Church will hold its annual Trash & Treasure Sale on Saturday, June 12, from 9 am to 2 pm. Proceeds benefit the women’s mission and ministry projects.

This is a HUGE sale with too many items to list, but don’t forget to browse their antique collection. The church is located on the corner of Three Oaks and Harbert roads in Sawyer, Michigan. www.harbert communitychurch.org.

Ring Lardner focus of Community Forum

Author, playwright and sports journalist Ring Lardner will be profiled at the next Community Forum Zoom presentation sponsored by the New Buffalo Friends of the Library on Thursday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Eastern.

His name may or may not “ring” a bell, but in his heyday this Niles native and literary giant was the first “In the Wake of the News “ sports columnist for the “Chicago Tribune.” Along the way, he also covered the 1919 Black Sox scandal and World War I, co-wrote a Broadway play with George M. Cohan and was a magazine writer, lyricist, a novelist and short story author whose many admirers included a young Ernest Hemingway.

The life of this local writing legend will be reviewed by Mollie Watson, assistant director of the Niles History Center.

The Zoom link to join the Forum is found under Activities/Events on either the library’s Facebook page or its website, or email new. buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Upcoming Community Forum programs, which will resume in-person presentations, include: “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair” on Thursday, July 8;“Clara Barton: The Union Army’s Angel of Mercy” on Tuesday, July 20, and “The Baillys: A Pioneer Family in the Dunes” on Thursday, Aug. 12.

Bridgman Run/Walk

The 2021 Bridgman 5k Run/Walk, 10k Run, and 1.1 Mile Fun Run is set to take place at 8 a.m. July 10 (packet pick-up and late registration at 7:30 a.m.). To register go to: runsignup.com/race/mi/bridgman/5k10k.

The Bridgman Area Road Runners will sponsor weekly races beginning June 15. For information send an email to Bridgman.area.road. runners@gmail.com.

On Dean’s List

Saint Mary’s College has placed Madelynne Keller on the Dean’s List for achieving academic honors during the spring semester.

Keller, a Bridgman High School alum, graduated from Saint Mary’s College on May 22, 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science.

Bug Safari

On Sunday June 13 from 2-4 p.m., Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a FREE afternoon of invertebrate adventures in the diverse natural habitats found throughout our 105 acre garden park with the annual Bug Safari event for children and families.Families can discover a hidden world of marvelous mini-beasts living all around us while viewing live creepy crawlies.Bring your nets and magnifying glasses to learn about the crucial roles insects play in our lives through hands-on citizen science, free children’s craft activities and treats from Kona Ice.

Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 East US Highway 12 in Michigan City, Indiana. For more information, contact us at (219)-878-9885 or events@friendshipbotanicgardens.org.

Art Prize for Photography

All are welcome to submit photographs for review at Judith Yacht Gallery in Harbert.

All photographs accepted and displayed. Opening night 6-9 pm Saturday July 3rd.

Viewing and voting by the public July 3rd-July 29th. Critics review July 26th-July 29th.

Closing party 6-9 pm Saturday July 31st, announcing winners and presenting monetary awards.

The cost is $40 and applications are due by June 21st.

You can pick up or drop off your applications at the Gallery, 13689 Prairie Road. 269-469-1080.

You can also mail them to: Judith Racht Gallery, P.O. Box 443, Harbert, Michigan 49115

We must have 100 applicants to make this work. A commission will be taken for any sold photos.

Installation ready photos are due by June 26th.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. June 16 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3:30 p.m. June 17 at Harbert Community Park, 13443 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert; 4 p.m. June 28 at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy

For more, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/ mobile-pantry-schedule/

Acorn shows

Renowned WXRT radio personality Terri Hemmert, will be one of the judges for The Acorn Theater’s 2021 Singer Songwriter Competition Finals.

Now in its ninth year, the competition offers cash prizes totaling $1,500 plus opportunities to perform at future events. All different types of music are welcome. The entry submission deadline is June 15 at 11 p.m.

Brad Cole & Friends with opener James Neary will perform to a limited-capacity audience at the Acorn at 8 p.m. June 11; The Eagles tribute band Heartache Tonight will return to the Acorn for two in-theater shows at 5 and 9 p.m. June 19; and Bruce In The USA will perform an Acorn Anywhere! Outdoor concert at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso, Ind., at 6 p.m. June 27.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Basketball camp

Bridgman Boys Basketball Camp will be June 14-18 at Bridgman High School.

The Camp will focus on FUNdamentals and a program of skill development for the off-season.

Grades 3-6 will meet from 9am-10:30am; Grades 7-10 will meet from 10:45am-12:30 pm. Cost is $35 and includes a T-Shirt and prizes. To register contact Mike Miller at mmiller@ bridgmanschools.com.

Weko Beach Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach (5239 Lake St., Bridgman) features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: June 13 – Top Secret; June 27 – Van Dyke Review; July 11 – The Edgar Willbury Experience; July 25 – Red Deluxe; Aug. 8 – Generation Gap; Aug. 22 – Saturday June Band; Sept. 5 – Time Travelers. For updated information go to www.bridgman.org.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Dry” and “Hope.”

Coming soon is “Finding You.” Virtual Cinema also is offered. For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

Heritage Hall rentals

In conjunction with its season opening May 1, The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) announced the availability of its Heritage Hall, 8 E. Linden, for rent to the public for meetings and events.

Built in 1866, the former Three Oaks Township Hall was purchased by the museum in spring of 2020 to preserve it for community use, as stipulated in the original land deed from the Warren Family. Since then, TROTOM has painted and cleaned the historic building and hung pictures in tribute to some of the area’s founding families.

The 1,000-square-foot space has a 50-person capacity. Rental rates include: non-profit group meetings, $15 per hour; other group meetings, $20 per hour; partial-day rentals, $50 (8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.); and full-day private events, $250. A $100 refundable cleaning deposit is required for large events.

Persons interested in renting the space can email trotommuseum@gmail.com or call Julie Sittig, 269-756-3547. The Museum is located at 5 Featherbone Ave., next to the Acorn Theater, and is open Friday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., through October. For more information on its exhibits and programs visit regionofthreeoaks museum.com or contact trotommuseum@gmail.com.

Back to work help

Is there something that Neighbor by Neighbor can do to help you get back to work? Do you need a car repair, help with filling out a job application, clothing, a birth certificate, or something else that holds you back from jumping back into working? Do you need help with training for your dream job?

Employers are waiting for you – reach out and ask Neighbor by Neighbor for help by calling or texting 269-231-0648 to see if we can help.

StoryWalk

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is partnering with four local libraries (Bridgman Public Library, New Buffalo Township Library, Three Oaks Township Library and Buchanan District Library) for StoryWalk on the Preserves at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks; and Burns Prairie Preserve near Buchanan. Those visiting the COL preserves can enjoy four different story books through June 21.

A story walk features laminated book pages attached to stakes along preserve paths. As readers walk the trail they are directed to the next page of the story. For more information, call Chikaming Open Lands at (269) 405-1006 or send an email to col@ chikamingopenlands.org.

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