New Buffalo American Legion Post 169 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Veteran’s Day Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. A spaghetti dinner, with salad and bread, will be served free to veterans and their spouses as our thank you for their service and sacrifice. A $5 donation is requested from any non-veteran guests. The Post is located at 19121 U.S. 12, New Buffalo.

Book Shoppe open house

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library invite the public to an open house of their recently renovated Book Shoppe from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

Refreshments will be available. The Book Shoppe is located inside the Bridgman Library at 4460 Lake Street, Bridgman.

County Park hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will hike the trails and marsh boardwalk at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo on Saturday, Nov. 6, starting at 2 p.m. Michigan time. The hike is the group’s third visit to Berrien County parks this fall. In October, the Hikers explored Madeline Bertrand Park in Niles and Love Creek Park in Berrien Center.

The Galien River Park hike begins in the parking lot with a 10-minute introduction by a county park naturalist, who will also lead the hike.

The Harbor Country Hikers has an all-terrain rollator available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details about the rollator and the hike are on the organization’s website, harborcountryhikers.com, and on its Facebook page.

Winter Coat Drive

Friends of New Troy’s annual Winter Coat Drive has returned to the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road. Clean, gently-used coats, hats, scarves, boots, gloves, and mittens for all sizes may be dropped off at the Center. There is a particular need for children’s coats and boots. Please check your closets, and help spread the word.

A limited selection of winter coats is already available. Anyone in need is invited to stop by the Community Center and select something they like. Items are located on a rack in the hallway. Proof of income or residency is not required. Center hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Center at 269-426-3090.

Winter is coming

Neighbor By Neighbor would like to connect you to help this winter. emPower, a TrueNorth Community Service, works with you, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and your utility and/or fuel provider(s) to help pay heat-related energy bills while you strive to become self-sufficient.

Contact Neighbor By Neighbor at 269-231-0648 for more information on the emPower program.

Wellness program

The Life Team of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bridgman, invites you to hear from professional speakers on subjects relating to our overall well-being.

The free Wednesday Wellness schedule includes: 6 p.m. Nov. 17 – a presentation by the Southwestern Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, in the Life Center at Immanuel Lutheran, 9650 Church St., Bridgman. Refreshments will be served. Call the church at 269-465-6031, Ext. 2, to let us know you are coming.

Progress Houses presentation

The Friends of the New Buffalo Library will host a program on the Century of Progress Houses at 6:30 pm Eastern on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the New Buffalo Library.

The five once-futuristic homes were shipped by barge and truck from Chicago to Indiana by a real estate developer in the 1930s. Todd Zeiger, director of the Northern Indiana Office of Indiana Landmarks, will cover the Century of Progress exposition itself, the roles the houses played at the world’s fair, their journey to Indiana and the restoration work that has taken place over the past 15 years.

Like all programs in the library’s Community Forum series, this program is free and open to all. The library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in downtown New Buffalo. Use of face masks is requested for this event.

Food for Fines

This holiday season, the Bridgman Public Library will accept nonperishable food items, paper products and toiletries as payment for any amount of overdue fines. The program runs from November 15, 2021 to January 8, 2022.

Donations will only cover overdue fines, not lost/damaged fees. Check in at the front desk with your items. All contributions will benefit the Lake Township/Bridgman Community.

No fines? No problem! Donations are accepted at the library any time of the year.

New Troy Story Hour

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, who always provides fo a fun, enriching time.

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.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 7 p.m. Nov. 7 – Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid will share engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album; 8 p.m. Nov. 12 – The Ides of March; 8 p.m. Nov. 13 – Heartache Tonight (Eagles experience); Open Mic Nights (8 p.m.) – Nov. 11 with host Bryan Lubeck; Dec. 2 with host Dylan Reed Leavitt, winner of the 2020 Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition; Dec. 22, a special Holiday Open Mic Night.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Quilt mission & auction

The Quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer design and sew all year long to be able to send out over 50 quilts and 50 backpacks filled with supplies annually to Lutheran World Relief. They also hold a silent auction each year to fund some local missions.

Thirty quilts will be auctioned in Trinity’s annual Silent Quilt Auction which will be open to the public. The auction began on Oct. 10 and will end on Nov. 21.

The quilt display can be viewed and bid on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and after Worship Services held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mornings. Bidding on all quilts will begin at $15 and will go up in $3 increments from there. Eight beautifully made aprons also will be auctioned.

For more information, call (269)-426-3937.

Mobile food pantry

A Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Galien Township Fire Station 305 Kiley Road.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Salmon demonstration

A demonstration of the preparation of Salmon en Croûte by Chef Jackie Shen will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Pokagon Room, at the New Buffalo Township Library.

Included will be a wine tasting and a boxed dinner of Salmon en Croûte with Scallop Mousse to enjoy at the event or at home. Cost is $50 per person, to benefit the Technology Fund of the New Buffalo Township Library (payable by cash, check, or card on the day of the demonstration).

Seating limited to 50, sign up at New Buffalo Township Library or at Jackie’s Café (in person or by phone

At 269-469-2933.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Rescue” and “Last Night in Soho.” Coming soon is “Finding Cousteau.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

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