How to keep your family safe from human trafficking will be the topic of a forum scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at New Buffalo High School.

The Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force is presenting the program.The event starts at 5 p.m. with a light dinner in the school cafeteria.

The “Human Trafficking 101 – Learning the Myths and Truths” forum is designed for parents of middle and high school students, teachers, administrators, community members and students.

Task force founder Cathy Knauf will review the history of human trafficking in Michigan and its local and statewide impact, with a special emphasis on Harbor Countr

School social workers at New Buffalo and River Valley school districts, Shannon Miller and Elizabeth Kickert, have taken the lead in organizing this forum.  “We consider it essential that parents learn how to monitor the apps used by their children because these apps are often the initiating point of a human trafficking scheme,” explained Miller and Kickert.

The event is being sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

Biggest Little Baseball Museum to open

The grand opening of the Biggest Little Baseball Museum (located on the second floor of the Three Oaks Township Library Building) will take place between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

House of David Echoes players will make a presentation on Civil War Era Baseball at 1 p.m.

The one-room museum includes exhibits and stories about everything from Town Teams like the Three Oaks Greens, New Troy Grays and Lakeside Aces, to the start of Little League in Three Oaks, and much more. Vintage equipment is neatly displayed and labeled, and visitors will be taken back to a time gone by.

Admission is free and the Biggest Little Baseball Museum is open during regular library hours. 

Harbert egg hunt

The annual New Buffalo Savings Bank Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Harbert Community Park, 13538 Red Arrow Highway.

Participants should bring their Easter egg basket and a camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny.

Easter Bake Sale

The Berrien County Orthodox Women’s Group will sponsor an Easter Bake Sale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Hellenic Center, 18000 Behner Road, New Buffalo.

Favorites such as Baklava, Flogero, Koulouria, spinach or cheese pitas, Galactoburiko and more will be available. The event will benefit the Greek Orthodox Church in New Buffalo.

A Fish Fry Buffet catered by Tony Mamouzellos and Formal Fork will be served from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12. Cost will be $10 person, with beer, wine and other beverages available.

Free violin concert at the Acorn

Beth Oeseburg is offering a free violin concert at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Dr., Three Oaks, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Oeseburg will be accompanied on the piano by Forrest Miesse, who performs with a variety of ensembles in Southwest Michigan. The concert will feature classical numbers and will be curated (each piece will be introduced with commentary on its history and significance).

Oeseburg is the violin instructor at the School of American Music (SAM), also in Three Oaks. She is director of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra Concert Strings, assistant concertmaster for the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and artist in residence for the St. Joseph Public Schools.

Free tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the performance or reserved at the Acorn’s website, Doors open an hour before the performance.For more information, contact the School of American Music at or by phone at (269) 409-1191.

The following shows also are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater: Chris Jones and the Night Drivers with opener Ben Benedict at 8 p.m. April 5; Kashmir  the Led Zeppelin Show at 8 p.m. April 6; and an Open Mic Night with host Down by the Docks at 8 p.m. April 11. For more, call (269) 756-3879.

Smart Phone Photography forum

Smart Phone Photography is next on the agenda for the Community Forum Series sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Photographer and artist George Kassal will discuss iPhone photography primarily, many of the principles he will cover also apply to Android phones.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance at the library front desk with a $10 deposit. Attendees will be refunded their deposit at the workshop.

The next  Community Forum program is on Alexander Hamilton: The Infant Republic’s Economic Czar on Tuesday, April 23. For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at or email new.buffalo.FOL.

Library’s 160th Birthday Party

The Three Oaks Library was founded on April 4, 1859. A 160th Happy Birthday Party is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 13.

Library memories are being collected for a memory book and anyone with a memory of the library or a photograph is encouraged to send them to or to bring them in.

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-13 at the Three Oaks Library with cookies and free prizes and giveaways.

A Children’s Make & Take Drop-In Easter Craft will be offered at the library April 15-20. Drop in anytime each day to make an Easter wreath or egg magnet to hang of your fridge at home. Program is free and no registration is needed.

Ideas Fair

The New Buffalo Ideas Fair, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. April 18 at the Middle/High School, will offer the chance to learn of the opportunities offered by student and community organizations .

A spaghetti dinner follows at 4 p.m.

Hike at site of controlled burns

Prairie management and the role of controlled burns will be examined by the Harbor Country Hikers when they visit the site of a recent prairie burn at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve in Three Oaks at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

Jointly sponsored with the Chikaming Township Park Board, the hikers will be joined by Buffy Dunham who has experience monitoring the results of prescribed prairie fires. The group will see the results of the recently burnt tallgrass prairie at the Preserve and learn about current techniques for prairie management.

The mile walk, with a two-mile option, is along a reasonably flat, grassy path. However, Fisher warns that April showers may likely bring wet ground and early bugs.

Chikaming Township Park and Preserve is on Warren Woods Road, between Red Arrow Highway and Three Oaks Road, just east of the I-94. The group will gather at the picnic shelter at the end of the gravel driveway.

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

Egg hunt at Equestrian Center

Spring Creek Equestrian Center, 16771 Pardee Road, Three Oaks, will host an Easter Egg Hunt art 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt and petting of the horses. 

Community garden plots offered

Community garden plots are available for rent at the Bridgman Public Library for the 2019 season.

The cost is $10 for each 4-foot by 8-foot plot. The garden opens with a work day on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Season Organizational Meeting is May 4 at 10:30 a.m. where equipment, garden rules will be reviewed and questions will be answered.

If you enjoy gardening, stop by the library to register and get your copy of the Garden Handbook.

Ribbon Cutting at Ghost Isle

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will welcome The Ghost Isle Brewery of New Buffalo with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Noon on their Opening Day, Monday, April 15.

The public is invited to attend and join owners, Bob, Jim and Elizabeth Sima to cut the ribbon.

The long anticipated restaurant and micro-brewery is located at 17684 U.S. 12, overlooking the Galien River Marsh and Ghost Isle. The doors open at 11 am. Craft brew enthusiasts can enjoy beer brewed upon the premises and have a clear view of the tanks tableside.

Spring Fling

The Michiana Humane Society’s 21st Annual Spring Fling, is coming Saturday, April 13, at Traditions Event Center, 2107 Welnetz Road, Michigan City, Ind.

The theme is “Spring Time in Paris,” and there will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music beginning at 5 p.m. (Central Time), dinner by Froehlich’s beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a live auction conducted by Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers at 8 p.m.

A silent auction will be online soon and people can mobile bid on items before the event takes place.

You can buy tickets online at or call the shelter at (219) 872-4499. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals at Michiana Humane Society & SPCA.

The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, located at 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is proud to announce a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day. Beginning Friday, April 5, every day the shelter is open, “Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes. Visit, call  (219) 872-4499, or to sign up.

Mobile food pantry

The Rotary Club of Harbor Country will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on April 18 at Three Oaks American Legion Post 204, 204 Linden St. The distribution starts at 3 p.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

NBES registration

New Buffalo Area Schools Pre- Kindergarten (Preschool) school registration will take place on Thursday, April 11, at New Buffalo Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year.

Children that will be 4 years old by September 1, 2019, and are residents of the New Buffalo School District are welcome attend Pre-Kindergarten Registration.

The Berrien County Health Department will be here at New Buffalo Elementary, on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during registration, for free Hearing/Vision Checks. Please call and schedule an appointment at (269) 469-6060 or (269) 469-6069.

Please bring the following to registration on April 11. Parents Drivers License or State ID; Official Birth Certificate (no copies or hospital certificates); and Immunization Records.

You will also be required to verify your residency within the New Buffalo Area Schools District.  

Residency will be verified at the District Office located at the Middle / High School building. Items needed for proof of residency follow (must supply 2 of the following): Michigan Drivers license/State ID; Utility Bill or proof of Utility Deposit; Deed to Home/Escrow Papers/Lease Agreement.

Beer in the Buff On the Go

The New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) will take Beer in the Buff on the road April 13.

Join us as we shuttle you to New Buffalo Bars, Breweries and Tasting Rooms from noon to 5 p.m., with drink specials at each location.

Beer in the Buff On the Go participants will pick up bracelets and passports downtown before heading to a designated launch spot to will continue the journey aboard buses or with a personal designated driver (not provided by the NBBA). Collect stamps on a passport at each location visited to receive an entry into a drawing to win one of three  prizes, including a vacation rental in New Buffalo area.

Tickets are $45 and available at:

Singers to begin rehearsals

The Harbor Country Singers (HCS), a community chorus, will begin weekly rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the Three Oaks Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St.

Pat Putnam, longtime HCS member and producer of this year’s spring and summer session, said anyone who wants to sing is welcome to join the group. The ability to read music is not required, but attendance at the rehearsals is expected. The spring/summer session will concentrate mostly on traditional and patriotic music.

HCS will perform at an April 25 hootenanny at New Buffalo Township Library, a June 8 concert in connection with Three Oaks’ Flag Day celebration, and a July 28 concert for Civil War Days in Three Oaks. Other performances are in the works.

HCS was founded, and is directed by, Cindy Dryden. It is a program of the School of American Music. Now in its sixth year, the School of American Music offers courses in stringed instruments, flute, piano and voice for children and adults.

For more information, visit

Community Lunch

The River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at Three Oaks School on Wednesday, April 24, starting at noon.

Cost is $2 per person. The program theme is Earth Day. Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

Pasta dinners

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 3903 Lake St., Bridgman, will offer all-you-can-eat pasta dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following Fridays: April 5 and 12.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12, and free for those under 3. The dinner includes assorted pasta, salad, garlic bread, coffee, punch and dessert.

For take-outs, call (269) 465-5512.

Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale

Berrien Conservation District Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale orders are being accepted now through April 12.

A variety of bareroot evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs, and fruit trees are being offered. In addition, we are also offering strawberries and red raspberries. Rain barrels and composters are also available.  

Orders may be placed on-line at, or order forms may be printed out from the website, or picked up at the Berrien Conservation District office at 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs. Information about each item can be found on the website store. Quantities are limited. Orders are filled on a first come first served basis.

On order pickup/sale days there will be a limited variety of trees and shrubs available for purchase at that time. Order pickup & sale date/time is 3 to 8 p.m. April 26 and 9 a.m. to noon April 27 at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 Old U.S. 31, Berrien Springs.

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