A Harbor Country Hires Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.mThursday, June 24, at Froehlich's Kitchen and Pantry, 19 N. Elm St., Three Oaks.

Find your great job. For great $$$. At a great place. Along the Lake Michigan shore. Live Music by The Toonas. Free snacks and soft drinks.

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with some of the greatest businesses in the area to provide a one-stop shop to apply for a job. Transportation and financial aeeds assistance will be on site, courtesy of Neighbor to Neighbor and Harbor Country Mission.

Spaniels Forever show to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members The Spaniels Forever (featuring lead member Billy Shelton, the undisputed Godfather of Doo-Wop) are coming to Southwest Michigan to benefit Harbor Habitat for Humanity from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26.

They will be performing an outdoor concert at St. Joseph’s First Congregational Church, 2001 Niles Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn seating. COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a large selection of food, drinks, and snacks from St. Joseph’s “Twisted Dawg,” with part of the proceeds being donated directly to Harbor Habitat for Humanity. During intermission, Harbor Habitat’s Erin Hudson and her volunteers will give a short presentation on the scope of current projects happening in Southwest Michigan including a partnership with the City of Bridgman to build seven homes.

Those interested in volunteering for an upcoming build or donating materials, can contact Harbor Habitat for Humanity at 269-487-6387, or email Hudson at ehudson@harborhabitat.org. Additional information about Harbor Habitat for Humanity, including individual donations, volunteering opportunities, or applying for a home can all be found by visiting https://www.harborhabitat.org/.

For more information about The Spaniels Forever in concert, visit fccstjoseph.org/events, facebook.com/FCCStJoseph or call First Congregational Church at 269-983-5519.

Electricity discounts

If you are a senior, 65 years or old, and use less than 900 kWh, you may qualify for a 50-percent discount on your monthly service. Neighbor by Neighbor is partnering with I&M to sign our senior up for the program.

If you think qualify, find your last electricity bill then call or text Neighbor by Neighbor at 269-231-0648.

NMU grads

Northern Michigan University graduates who satisfied their degree requirements in May 2021 include:

Kelly Richards of New Buffalo (a BA degree in Communication Studies); and Margaret Vaitkus of Sawyer (a BS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Cum Laude).

#10Trail Challenge

On June 18 registration for the July 1-July 31 #10Trail Challenge will open.

This year, choose 10 out of 15 trails for the chance to win prizes or take the challenge of completing the #Extreme15 for a chance to win other prizes.

For more information go to www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge

SAM receives grant

The School of American Music is proud to announce that The Pokagon Fund has made a $10,000 grant to support the ongoing “affordable, high quality music education and programming” provided by SAM. Funding will be directed to scholarships and free concerts.

“We are so grateful for the Fund’s commitment to our programming, as well as its dedication to helping us build a full continuum of opportunities for musical training and music appreciation in Michiana,” said Garth Taylor, Founder of the School of American Music. “I’d like personally to thank the Fund’s Executive Director, Dan Petersen, for his partnership.”

The School of American Music received its first grant from the Pokagon Fund in 2013, shortly after the school was founded in Three Oaks. Now, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary and launches the Future Fund endowment campaign, Pokagon will help propel SAM into its next decade.

“Even throughout the pandemic, SAM has been steadfast in its mission,” said Petersen. “Now, as we emerge from the pandemic, SAM is once again demonstrating its readiness to step up to foster music education and provide cultural, community-based programming that showcases local talent. SAM’s offerings have never been more relevant, and The Pokagon Fund is proud to support its efforts.”

SAM offers quality, one-on-one instruction in instrumental music, voice, and music theory and composition, delivered by experienced teachers who are also performers. The School’s mission is to provide opportunities for area residents and visitors to participate in the arts and educational programs. To contribute to the Future Fund Endowment Campaign, please visit the School of American Music online or call 269-409-1191.

Wednesday New Buffalo Township concerts

New Buffalo Township Wednesday evening concerts at the Memorial Park Pavilion are slated for 7 p.m. with For Pete’s Sake taking the stage June 23 and The Jackson Band on June 30.

Hike at Jens Jensen

Harbor Country Hikers plan an easy hike through Jens Jensen Preserve, 6851 Parkway Dr., Sawyer, to explore Glacial Lake Chicago at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19.

Close to the shores of Lake Michigan are the lake bottom deposits of Glacial Lake Chicago, one of the seasonally flooded forests once prevalent along the shores of Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana. These acidic sandy flatwoods are home to an unusual mix of trees and an interesting understory that will be told by Harbor Country Hikers President Pat Fisher.

Jens Jensen Preserve contains a high-quality beech-maple forest featuring towering oak, maple, beech, black gum and tulip poplar trees along with seasonal wetlands. An adjacent natural area owned by the Michigan Nature Association is called Pepperidge Dunes Nature Sanctuary. Together, these nature areas preserve 45 acres and are critical in maintaining a corridor of forest canopy for migratory birds that stretches from Warren Dunes State Park to Cherry Beach Road.

Long pants, preferably tucked in, a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots, insect repellent and plenty of water are recommended. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. HCH observes federal and state guidelines so mask wearing is optional.

For complete details or HCH membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

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) 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 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.

Ring Lardner focus of 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.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 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

The Eagles tribute band Heartache Tonight will return to the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks 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.

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 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 “Hope” and “Finding You.”

Virtual Cinema also is offered. For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

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.

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