The Harbor Country Hikers will walk some of the deepest, least-traveled trails at the New Buffalo Area Schools’ Nature Study Trails to study the behavior of crows, the “watchers of the woods.” The hike begins at 2 p.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 15.

Hikers President Pat Fisher will kick off the event with a brief talk about crows’ behavior and superstitions that surround them, before leading the group on a two-mile walk through the Nature Trails’ 60 acres (located behind the New Buffalo Elementary School on Lubke Road).

Highlights include marshes, hardwood forests, seasonally wet flatwoods filled with inundated shrub swamps, vernal pools and more. The Nature Study Trails abut Chikaming Open Lands’ Turtle Creek Preserve and the City of New Buffalo’s Turtle Pond Nature Preserve.

The Hikers follows CDC and local Covid guidelines, and face masks currently are optional. A Rollator, a specialized walker with oversized wheels, is available on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing For more information, visit harborcountry or Harbor Country Hikers on Facebook.

Globetrotter Zoom talk

The Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., will host “Atypical Globetrotting with Brian Michalski” on Jan. 11.

The 6 p.m. talk will be held virtually through Zoom. To watch, visit

Michalski, the Mindful Vagabond, will talk about his 22-month solo backpacking journey through Australia, Southeast Asia, India and Cuba. For more information, visit or call 465-3663.

The Bridgman Library will start a new program for children ages 18 months to 5 years old.

Little Explorers will begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 14, and continue on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Through the educational, hands-on learning program, children can explore process- based art, sensory play and STEAM activities as you rotate through different stations.

Registration is not required. For more information, visit or call 465-3663.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for: 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Three Oaks American Legion, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to:

Gather & stroll in Weesaw

The Friends of New Troy Community Center will serve up guided tours of Weesaw Township’s newest scenic trail, fueled by warm drinks and donuts on Saturday, Jan. 8 – the first of a monthly Community Gathering, each to be paired with an activity or event.

This past Fall, the Weesaw Trailblazers installed two footbridges that help create an approximately half-mile path for a charming walk through the woodland and wetland areas behind the Community Center at 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Refreshments will be available in the gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 8. The trail tours hosted by Weesaw Trailblazer Terry Hanover will take place at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The gathering will include a drawing to win a sampler pack of coffee from Red Arrow Roasters or a gift card from Baroda Tap.

Sponsored by Friends of New Troy and Red Arrow Roasters, this event is free to the public, and all ages are welcome. For more information, please visit us online at www.friendsof or call (269) 426-3909.

Baroda Pageant

The 2022 Miss Baroda Pageant is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, in the Bridgman High School Auditorium. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is $20.

Contestants are: (Miss Baroda) Hannah Bogner, Ella Fogelsonger and Gabby Parker; (Miss Teen Baroda) Allie Rameriez and Deonna Cross; (Miss Junior Teen) Ava Campbell; (Little Miss Baroda) Zoe Sauder and Addison Leshman.

Pokagon food boxes

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos recently donated 1,000 Christmas food boxes to those in need.

Each food box included a ham, stuffing, canned corn, potatoes, cranberry jelly and a pie, according to a news release. Recipient organizations in Michigan included: Feeding America West Michigan, Marcellus Community Food Pantry, Cooperating Ministries Food Pantry at Hartford United Methodist Church, Action Ministry Center in Dowagiac, Child and Family Services of Southwestern Michigan, Lawrence United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dowagiac.

“The Pokagon Band and our Four Winds Casinos sympathize with families and individuals who are struggling this holiday season,” Rebecca Richards, tribal council chair and Pokagon Gaming Authority CEO, said in the release. “We hope our efforts, along with the assistance of several local organizations, will bring some comfort to all recipients.”

For more information about Four Winds Casino, visit For more information about the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, visit

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. Jan. 8 – Brooklyn Charmers (Steely Dan tribute); 7 p.m. Jan. 19 – Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic and legendary album Aqualung. For more, go to acorn

Free Coats in New Troy

Friends of New Troy’s annual Winter Coat Drive has caused a lot of generous people to open their closets and bring their gently used coats to the New Troy Community Center. The Center now has a wide selection of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens available.

Anyone in need is invited to stop by the Community Center at 13372 California Road, New Troy, and select something they like. Items are located on a rack in the hallway. Proof of income or residency is not required.

Normal Center hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please call the Center at (269) s426-3909.

Blossomtime pageants

The Blossomtime Festival is excited to announce the 2022 Miss Blossomtime and Mr. Blossomtime Pageant. After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, community pageants are in full swing choosing their representatives to later compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Blossomtime. The first Miss Blossomtime pageant was held in 1924, with Catherine Burrell being named Miss Blossomtime and the first Mr. Blossomtime was held in 1997, with Jake Belter being chosen as Mr. Blossomtime.

This year’s theme: “Past, Present, & Future” will be honoring the past of Blossomtime and Present with a salute to the future, has inspired two wonderful evenings of entertainment, music, and glamour. The Mr. Blossomtime and Showcase of Queens Pageant is Sunday evening, April 24th at 6:30 pm. Miss Blossomtime Pageant is the following evening on Monday, April 25th at 7 pm.

Tickets are $30 each. Premier Seating is available for $45 each. Program prices will be $5. Open to the public, ticket sales will be available Monday, April 4th. The pageants, both nights, are at the Mendel Center Mainstage and are guaranteed to be wonderful evenings full of talented young ladies and gentlemen, and the coronation of the 2022 Blossomtime Royalty.

For more information on how to compete in the local community pageants please contact the Blossomtime office at or (269) 982-8016.

Dancers Marathon

Berrien County Dancers will hold a Dance Marathon fundraiser event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Lakeshore High School, 5771 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville.

Classes will be held in the Dance Room every hour, on the hour, with the last class starting at 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per class per person or $15 for unlimited classes all day. All registrations will be done on a walk in basis. Classes, for ages 6 through adult will be taught by Berrien County Dancers Artistic Director Theresa Graziano and BCD students.

Proceeds will help support guest residencies and costume needs for students enrolled in Berrien County Dancers. A class schedule and additional information is available on the Berrien County Dancers Facebook page. For more information, call Graziano at (269) 428-1402.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers takes place Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher, Ollie Jane Rosenthal.

All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but parents are required to remain with their children. Friends of New Troy recommends that visitors wear masks in the Community Center, located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call 269-426-3909.

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