Harbor Country Financial Peace University, sponsored by The Pokagon Fund in conjunction with Waters Edge United Methodist Church, will be offered at 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings for nine consecutive weeks (skipping Super Bowl Sunday) beginning Jan. 12 in the New Buffalo High School Cafeteria.

Cost is $10 for residents of Harbor Country and day care will be provided. To sign up, log on to: Harborcountryfpu.com.

Financial Peace University is a program to help everyone learn how to take control of their money and to live a financially successful life.  

Topics covered, but not limited to, include: Emergency fund; Budgeting; Debt reduction; Insurance; Investments; Retirement Planning; Real Estate and Mortgages; The role of marketing and purchasing decisions; Planning for college costs; Giving and being able to live like no one else.

Afternoon Tea at New Buffalo Library

The Sixth Annual Afternoon Tea at the New Buffalo Township Library is scheduled for 2 p.m. January 26 in the Pokagon Room.

The event will feature a variety of teas and treats as well as door prizes.

Tickets ($8 per person) on sale now, available at the library’s front desk (33 North Thompson St.) or by phone (269-469-2933).

A Teen Dora Dream Party is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the library.

Watch the live action Dora movie, cartoonify yourself, partake in a scavenger hunt all while maintaining your speech of long pauses and many other adventurous whims and games.

Robinson Woods hike set for Jan. 18

The Harbor Country Hikers will start the new year with a quiet hike through the Robinson Woods Preserve, 8016 East Road, Three Oaks, on Saturday, Jan. 18, beginning at 1 p.m.

Hike leader Pat Fisher, Hikers president, will share the postglacial history of the area during the 1.5-mile moderate level hike. Deep ravines and ancient sand dunes are hidden in these woods.  Cold weather gear and water are recommended.

Harbor Country Hikers free events are open to all, children are welcome if accompanied by an adult and dogs allowed according to destination rules. Membership ($20 for individuals or $30 for families) is encouraged. For weather cancellations, further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

New Troy Indoor Flea Markets

The New Troy Community Center will have lots of treasures for two Indoor Flea Markets on Saturday, January 11, and Saturday, January 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at the New Troy Community Center,  13372 California Road.

The Market offers antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and locally made and locally grown goodies. Lunch and snacks will be provided by Red Brick Cafe.

The Flea Market continues on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Donald at (773) 803-9773.

Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  

Food Pantry gets donation

Bill Ropp, Treasurer of the Michiana Metro Lighthouse Chorus, recently presented a check in the amount of $175 to Linda Mangold of the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry in Three Oaks. The donation was part of the proceeds from the Lighthouse Chorus Annual Food Bank Fundraiser, Magic of Harmony, held this past fall. The net proceeds from the Fundraiser were donated to six different food pantries in the area. The other food pantries are in Buchanan, Berrien Springs, Niles, Three Oaks and Edwardsburg. Chorus President Jay Wort noted that these donations were made possible through the outstanding support of area businesses who advertised in the fundraiser program, as well as supporters throughout Michiana who attended the fundraiser. The Chorus also held a food drive the evening of the performance during which over 225 pounds of canned goods were collected.

Based in Niles, the Lighthouse Chorus is a men’s a cappella chorus that sings primarily in the barbershop style of music. Using contemporary arrangements, the Chorus performs a variety of music, including jazz, rock, patriotic, spirituals and ballads. They perform throughout southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana, singing on stages, in parks, on sidewalks and in churches. They often give back to their communities by holding fundraisers for local organizations. They are always looking for new members and invite anyone who is interested to visit a rehearsal on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 9 S. 4th Street, Niles.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St. in Three Oaks, is screening “Dark Waters,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “Parasite.”

For more, go to vickerstheatre.com/ or call (269) 756-3522.

Bridgman Library events on tap

Teens and children can pick up ice up Winter Break Reading Bingo cards at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., and start reading to Feb. 1.

The “Crazy Eights” Adult Winter Reading Program takes place through Feb. 1. Read eight books, record them on the library’s entry form and turn the form into the library.  Win a deck of cards and be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to Tapistry.

A Roblox and Minecraft Meetup is scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Bridgman Public Library Community Room.

Participants must already have a device with Minecraft, Roblox Studio, Sandbox, or similar in order to participate.

Registration for this event is required and is available at the circulation desk one month in advance. Limit 20 participants.

Acorn Shows

Upcoming shows shelled at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Brooklyn Charmers (a Steely Dan tribute band comprised of some of Chicago’s top players) at 8 p.m. Jan. 11; CSNY Tribute Marrakesh Express at 8 p.m. Jan. 18; an Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. Jan. 25.

For more on upcoming Acorn Theater shows, call (269) 756-3879 or go to

Winter Reading Advisory at Three Oaks Library

The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program to February 28, 2020.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a cute winter mug - perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. You will receive one entry for the grand prize drawing for each book you read (audiobooks count, too!). The drawing will be held on Friday, February 28.

Scouts wanted

Pack 552 is looking to have your boy or girl join to have an adventure in Scouting for the 2020 year.

There has been Scouting in the area for 100 years. lets keep it going with you. Pack 552 covers both the New Buffalo and River Valley school districts. We meet at Three Oaks Elementary School in the gym on Monday evenings at 6 p.m.

You can come to a meeting or call Ralph Whitsel at (269) 612-8857 for more information.

Tractor Operator Program offered

Michigan State University Extension will offer the 4-H Tractor Operator Program (TOP) beginning January 25, 2020. Successful completion of 4-H TOP provides a certificate of training required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by 14 and 15 year old youth employed on property not owned, leased or operated by a parent or legal guardian. Certification is also used by youth who exhibit and participate in local contests, parades and festival activities.

The 9-week course will be taught on Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, January 25 through March 28, 2020. This schedule includes educational sessions, some driving practice, final written and driving tests, and graduation program. In addition, participants will need some study time for out of class assignments to reach the 24 hours of required training to be certified. We require a minimum of 24 hours of instruction and participants must be 14 years of age by the date of the driving test to be eligible for certification.

Educational topics include: farm/ranch hazards and safety, tractor component basics, pre-operational procedures, operation basics, tractor-powered implements, self-propelled agricultural equipment, operating on public roadways, basic maintenance and repair, ATV/utility vehicle safety, first aid and emergencies. The program will meet at Countryside Academy located at 4800 Meadowbrook Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022.

Registration runs through January 13, 2020 and is done online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/Berrien4H2020TOP/.  Cost is $60.00 per 4-H member and $80 per non-4-H member. The program must have at least six participants registered to be held, with a maximum of 20.

MLK events at LMC

Lake Michigan College is hosting a week of events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starting with the college’s annual breakfast celebration in his name on Jan. 20.

The breakfast will be 7:45-10 a.m. in the Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall. Registration is due by Jan. 13 and can be made by visiting www. lakemichigancollege. edu/mlk, or contacting Jen O’Flynn at joflynn@lakemichigancollege.edu. The college will announce the recipient of its Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award at the breakfast.

This year’s theme is “A Legacy of Service.” Keynote speakers include LMC students Lezlyn Villa and Shaniya Sanders, with musical performances by the LMC Soundwaves and All God’s Children Community Choir.

Other activities open to the public during the week include:

• A Panel Presentation: What Can Be Done to Reduce Prejudice and Discrimination – noon-1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Brown Lecture Hall in the Benton Harbor Campus Main Building, D-Wing. Panelists include Sandy Feldman, Kourtney Moore and Charmae Sanders. This free forum is provided by The Race Relations Council.

• Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide – noon-1 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Blue Lecture Hall on the Benton Harbor Campus Main Building, D-Wing. Local authors Larry and Sandy Feldman will present a free discussion of concepts and examples drawn from their recently published book, “Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide.” This book offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation. A book signing will follow.

On Wednesday and Thursday of that week, LMC students will volunteer to help assemble dried bean soup and rice packets for area food pantries and create tie blankets for area homeless shelters.

For more information visit www.lakemichigan college.edu/mlk.

New Troy Community Center renovation drive

The Friends of New Troy are seeking additional support for renovation work at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road.

The nonprofit organization that owns, maintains and operates the center is raising funds to improve the community center, starting with the bathrooms, built for elementary students in 1952. The cost of the upgrades is estimated at more than $46,000. Infant changing stations and handicapped accessible stalls also are included in the plans.

The Friends are pursuing grants and planning fundraisers, but is also seeking public donations. Donations can be mailed to Friends of New Troy, Bathroom Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 125, New Troy, MI 49119. Or visit www.FriendsOfNewTroy. org and click on “donate.”

For more information, contact friendsofnewtroy@yahoo.com.

Weekly wine course offered

Lake Michigan College has created a weekly course to give participants tasting tips when it comes to wine.

Each Monday, beginning Jan. 13, LMC enologist Amy Birk will guide participants on a global wine-tasting journey through a course called Wines of the World.

The 14-week community education class will be offered from 5:30-7 p.m., from Jan. 13 to April 27 in the Welch Center for Wine and Viticulture on LMC’s campus in Benton Township. Class lectures will focus on grape varieties, climatic considerations, winemaking practices, and laws governing wine production.

Students will taste four to five new wines each class and develop sensory skills through guided tastings of old and new world wines.

Non-LMC students should sign up through Eventbrite to use this course as a non-credit, personal enrichment opportunity. This course runs concurrently with the credit course, Wines of the World II. A onetime $350-course fee pays for all 14 classes. Space is limited.

The Welch Center, the new $7 million, 14,000-square-foot teaching winery at 2774 E. Empire Ave., is designed to provide Wine and Viticulture Technology students with a stateof- the-art environment to gain hands-on education in the art, science and business of winemaking.

To register for the course, visit lakemichigan college.edu/wines-of-the -world. For questions, email Becca Sonday at bsonday@lakemichigan college.edu.

Mini-Bees

Bridgman Boys Mini-Bee Basketball runs through February 15 at Bridgman High School.

Third- and fourth-graders will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Fifth- and sixth-graders will meet from  10 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $35 and includes prizes and a T-shirt. FUNdamentals will be stressed. Contact Mike Miller at mmiller@bridgmanschools.com to register.

Berrien County Dancers registration

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is about to begin for Berrien County Dancers, a county-wide program in which students may earn high school credit for taking dance classes. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Dance classes are held during the school day at Lakeshore High School, 5771 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville.

Placement auditions are required for enrollment in Intermediate and Advanced Dance.  Advanced auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 15th from 3:00-4:45 p.m. Intermediate auditions will be held on Thursday, January 16th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Reservations are required to attend. Alternate arrangements are available for students who need them.

 Students who plan to enroll in Beginning Dance may register through their guidance counselor. No prior experience or audition is necessary for Beginning Dance.

Contact Theresa Graziano, Artistic Director, by email at tgraziano@lpslancer.net for an audition reservation. Please include the student’s name, phone number, and experience level.

 The Berrien County Dancers curriculum offers technique classes in ballet and jazz with its main emphasis focused on modern technique. Elements of dance composition, dance history and anatomical alignment are taught as well. With the help of Lakeshore Public Schools and the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation, students also receive opportunities to work with distinguished outside professionals. Additional information is available online at www.BerrienCountyDancers.com.

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