The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce has released plans to reopen to the public on Monday, May 3rd.

The 2021 Harbor Country Guide – 40th Anniversary Edition will be unveiled and distributed to the public in a fun fresh outdoor way at the Harbor Country Guide Pick Up Picnic, a limited-capacity ticketed event to be held on the evening of Tuesday, May 11th, at the Journeyman Distillery backyard in Three Oaks.

Guests will receive a boxed picnic dinner, enjoy drinks and can purchase a golf round on the putting green course, Welter’s Folly. Curbside guide pick up is available and does not require admission. Tickets can be purchased on the Event Calendar link at HarborCountry.org.

Harbor Country® Mixers for members will resume in September, and the Chamber has formed a new membership level, “The Social Membership,” for $75 annually. Any non-business individual living in or outside Harbor Country® who desires to socialize at member events, gain knowledge of the area and its businesses is encouraged to join. To apply for membership on-line, visit HarborCountry.org/BecomeAMember.

For more information, please visit HarborCountry.org, Harbor Country® social media, call (269) 469-5409 or visit the Visitor Center, weekdays at 15311 Three Oaks Rd, Three Oaks.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m. May 4, Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. May 5, Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman.

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

Acorn shows

The first Acorn Anywhere outdoor event of 2021, The Great American Songbook, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the New Troy Community Center’s Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo Garden. The Dean Allrick Trio and special guest, Livia Gazzolo will perform.

Tickets are on sale (go to acornlive.org).

An event showcasing 2018 Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition winner Emma Hamel and 2020 “Top 3” finalist, Andy Baker in partnership with Journeyman Distillery is planned for May 20 on Journeyman’s back lawn.

The Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition will return for 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.

Submission Deadline is 11 p.m. June 1.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Youth Parade

The Blossomtime Festival will hold its annual Youth Parade for youngsters from preschool through middle school age at noon Saturday, May 8, along Lake Boulevard, downtown St. Joseph.

Check in will begin 11 a.m. at the corner of Pearl Street and Lake Boulevard. Pre-registration is required. Applications (due Friday, April 30) are available by emailing the office at office@blossomtimefestival.org or visiting www. blossomtimefestival.org.

Following the Youth Parade, downtown merchants will present a live mannequin show. “Royalty Rocks the Windows,” featuring the 2020 Community Queens and Kings from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Garden Club plant sale

The River Valley Garden Club’s plant sale will return on Saturday, May 22, at Harbert Community Park (13300 Red Arrow Highway) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Michigan time), 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center.

Members dig a wide variety of perennials, native plants, ground covers, bushes and small trees from their own gardens. Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club, which has field trips, guest speakers, a member’s plant auction, and hands-on workshops along with service projects including the making of over eighty holiday arrangements for shut-ins. For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at 269-426-3513 or email her at evpalulis@yahoo.com. Also visit the club’s website, rivervalleygardenclub.org.

Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 6, at Bridgman City Hall, 9765 Maple Street, Bridgman.

Participants will gather around the flagpole at 12:15 p.m. he theme for this year’s event is Lord Pour Out Your Love, Life and Liberty taken from 2nd book of Corinthians 3:17.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elms St., Three Oaks, is showing “Sound of Metal” and “Nomadland.”

Coming soon are “The Courier” and “The Truffle Hunters”

For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com

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.

Story Time

The Three Oaks Township Library offers in-person Story Time for all ages each Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people, social distancing and masks will be required, and when weather permits Story Time will be held outside.

The Kitting/Crocheting Circle is meeting every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a project they are working on and sit and visit, socially distanced and wearing a mask.

NB Market seeks vendors

The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.

This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to submit an application, go to https://newbuffalofarmersmarket.com/

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