Lakeside Inn will be hosting a free art gallery and live painting event with artists Rossa Crean, A.R. Drew, and Lauren Nichols from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The artists’ work will be up for display and sale. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory. This will be a BYOB event. Come and chat with the artists and enjoy the scenery of this landmark inn.

Crean has been a resident artist at Lakeside Inn during the pandemic and will be acting as coordinator for the Lakeside Inn Artist Residency Program, which kicks off on March 21. The inn will have twelve residents creating there throughout the year, covering dance, film, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting, and will soon be taking submissions for 2022. Feel free to see their website for more information: www.lakesideinns.com/artist-residency.

Food pantry honored

Honored with outstanding work in “Community Service” by the Rebecca Dewey Chapter of the National Society Daughters the American Revolution was the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry.

Volunteer and manager Linda Mangold of Three Oaks accepted the award for the organization that has worked for over a decade to provide food and other needs for the area.

The Chapter gathered on March 21 at Three Oaks Heritage Hall at 8 E. Linden in Three Oaks, a building now owned by The Region of Three Oaks Museum. Also honored that afternoon was the Good Citizens Essay Scholarship winners and Sandra Wilhoit honored as the Outstanding chapter member for the year 2020 with their Dewey Award.

For info on the NSDAR, go to dar.org or email rebecca.deweyto@gmail.com.

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/

‘Artifactoids’ presentation

From deep in its files, The Region of Three Oaks Museum has created a new program called “Artifactoids.” The stories behind unique items of local interest are told by community members. The first live edition will be presented virtually on Wednesday, April 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Judy Jackson will tell how her dad found what he later determined was a mammoth tooth in Harbert in the 1970s. Suzanne Levy will describe how a yellowed newspaper clipping led her down a twisted trail left by a missing Three Oaks’ village treasurer in the 1920s. Randy Miller will set the scene created around a powder case carried by a Civil War soldier from Three Oaks. Dave Mannia will drill down on the history of the dental tools and equipment seen in the museum’s new exhibit. Finally, Nick Bogert will introduce another new exhibit with gear from the Tempest Company, Three Oaks’ first fire department that was formed in the midst of fears instilled by the wildfires of 1871.

Each item, with illustrations, will be covered for about five to ten minutes with accompanying PowerPoint illustrations. To join the presentation, email trotommuseum@gmail.com and the link will be sent to you.

The Museum, at 5 Featherbone Ave. (next to the Acorn Theater), is scheduled to re-open Saturday, May 1, assuming public health rules allow. Museum hours for 2021 are Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elms St., Three Oaks, is showing “Minari”and “The Father” through April 25.

Opening April 23 is “Sound of Metal.”

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

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).

Other upcoming Acorn shows are slated to include: Chicago Farmer with opener Jamie Wagner Band; Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute); and Journeyman (Eric Clapton tribute)

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

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 2 Corinthians 3:17.

Spring at Love Creek

An insider’s view of spring at Love Creek County Park will be in store for Harbor Country Hikers on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Berrien County Parks’ Chief Naturalist Derek Pelc will lead the hikers through what he considers the nicest wildflower trail in the park.

In addition to its Nature Center, Love Creek (9292 Huckleberry Road, Berrien Center) offers mountain bike, cross-country ski and fat-tire bike trails. The natural features of this park include around 200 acres of meadows, forests, marshes and creeks. The hike will last about two hours and be of moderate difficulty, with social distancing guidelines and the use of face masks required.

For complete details or HCH membership information, visit harborcountry hikers.com.

Guide Pick Up Picnic

A Harbor Country Guide Pick Up Picnic️ is being planned for the evening of Tuesday, May 11, at the Journeyman Distillery Backyard.

The Harbor Country Chamber will roll out the 40th Edition in a fun fresh outdoor way with a ticketed event which will include a boxed meal and one drink ticket. Social distancing will be practiced and current dining state mandates will be observed

Harbor Country Guides will be available via curbside pickup, so an event ticket does not need to be purchased if you can’t attend the event but wish to pick up Chamber Guides.

Bridgman Public Library opens up to public

No appointment is now necessary to enter the Bridgman Public Library.

Browse library collections, use computers, or copy/print/fax for 60 minutes per day.

Current hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Curbside service will continue from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For everyone’s continued safety, indoor capacity is limited, and masking and social distancing (six feet) requirements must be followed. For more, go to www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Don’t Wait!

If you are behind on rent or your mortgage, don’t wait until the last minute to ask for help. Neighbor by Neighbor helps residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo, and Three Oaks Township find a variety of resources, such as non-profit organizations, social service organizations, government agencies, and local churches.

Neighbor by Neighbor also helps connect you with food pantries, Social Security and Disability, legal assistance, and age-related challenges. Don’t wait, call or text now: 269-231-0648.

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.

Limited browsing at New Buffalo Library

The New Buffalo Township Library is open for limited browsing.

The lower floor for Youth Services remain closed, but a large selection of books for all ages has been moved upstairs for patrons to browse through.

Capacity will be approximately 10 to 20 people; masking and social distancing will continue to be enforced. The library asks that patrons limit their time in the library to approximately a half hour. Library services will be available on a walk-in basis, and two computers will be available to patrons. No tables or chairs will be provided for wi-fi use. Meeting rooms will not be available.

Watch the library’s social media and website for upcoming events, virtual story times (for youths and adults), reading suggestions, daily poetry, and more.

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.

New Buffalo Market seeking 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://newbuffalofarmers market.com/

Virtual Lecture Series

Fernwood Botanical Garden will offer Meet the Greats – a dynamic lineup of speakers discussing plant exploration, garden design, art, and architecture – through April.

Each presentation will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each webinar before each lecture.

The series swill feature nationally and internationally known garden leaders, plant experts, authors, landscape architects, and garden designers including Daniel J. Hinkley, Keith Stolte, Michael S. Dosmann, Andrea Wulf, Bill Noble, and Piet Oudolf. The series schedule, speaker and lecture information, and ticket details can be found at www.fernwood botanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.

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