The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence (BFEE) will hold its ninth annual Links for Education golf outing on Monday, May 10, at the Lost Dunes golf club. The event will help raise the funds needed to provide enhanced learning opportunities for Bridgman students, staff, and community.

For $300 per golfer, or $1,100 per foursome, guests will enjoy 18 holes of golf, the putting green and driving range at the award-winning Lost Dunes golf club. Golfers will spend a day on the greens with breakfast, lunch, and on-course beverages. Golf carts and caddies will also be provided. At the end of the day, guests will enjoy an awards reception at Haymarket Brewery and Taproom.

To ensure the health and safety of all participants during the pandemic and comply with CDC guidelines, 100 tickets will be sold. To make a reservation for the golf outing, please visit www.bridgmanfoundation .org/golf-at-lost-dunes.

Sponsorship packages are available (visit https://www.bridgmanfoundation.org/golf-at-lost-dunes or create a customized sponsorship by contacting linksfor education@bridgmanfoun dation.org).

Railroad Museum to open

The New Buffalo Railroad Museum will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 10, and will be open through October 31, 2021, on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. Eastern. Protective masks will be required for entrance until further notice.

For additional information, contact Katha Kissman, Board Treasurer/Volunteer Administrator, or send an email to ask@the newbuffalorailroadmuseum.org.

DAR essay contest

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized six high school senior students who qualified for the DAR Good Citizen award program.

The students selected included: Taylor Volstorf, River Valley High School; David Ntsiful, Niles High School; Serynn Nowlin, Buchanan High School; Cole Haskins, New Buffalo High School; Caleb J. Byrd, Brandywine High School; and Natalee McNeil, Bridgman High School. Each received a check.

Nowlin was the winner for her essay and will advance the State DAR competition.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m. April 15 at Harbert Community Park, 13443 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert; 4 p.m.April 21, at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 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/

‘Trumpet and Sax Reunion’

The annual School of American Music’s Faculty Recital will be presented as the fourth offering in SAM’s Free Family Concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Converge Community Church, 601 Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Saxophonist Elin Boklund and trumpeter Madison Kutch will be the featured soloists.

Tickets to the live event are free but space will be limited and Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed. Patrons can reserve seats online at schoolofamerican music.com, where donations are welcome. The Faculty Recital will also be livestreamed on SAM’s Facebook page.

“We always love to see our faculty perform and this year is particularly special,” said Donna Mitchell, Executive Director of the School of American Music. “It is a privilege to have two such highly skilled and talented musicians on staff.”

In addition to saxophone, Boklund teaches all band instruments at SAM. Kutch also teaches multiple band instruments at SAM, though her specialty is trumpet.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund, donations to the School of American Music, and the support of Converge Church and its tech team.

Bird-friendly forum

Making your yard bird-friendly and how to identify the different species when they come will be the subject of the Friends of New Buffalo Library’s virtual Community Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

Naturalist Wendy Jones will discuss the benefits of backyard birding and how to easily attract a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers, finches, bluebirds, hummingbirds, orioles and many more. Jones, known to many as the Chickadee Naturalist, worked at Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve until last summer.

The Zoom link to join the Forum is found under Activities/Events on either the library’s Facebook page or its website. For further information email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com mailto:new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

The next FOL Community Forum program via Zoom will be “Lifestyles of the Mich(iana) and Famous” by Nick Bogert on Tuesday, May 18.

Bridgman Library opens up

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.

William Hazelgrove will share the story of “Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol” at 6:30 p.m. April 13 via Zoom with the Bridgman Public Library. Zoom link available on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Celebration of Art

A “Celebration of Art” at Courtyard Gallery will take place April 24 & 25.

New to the gallery this year is Julie McDonough, a stained-glass artist, along with the renowned glass sculpture Larry Nissan. Both are from Michigan. Also the very gifted bronze artist, John Leon, from Ohio, with his light-hearted sculptures, will join the gallery as a new artist with the Courtyard.

Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, is open six days a week (closed on Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required. If you feel more comfortable you can make an appointment for a private showing. For more information call 800-291-9287.

Not getting stimulus?

If you have not received your stimulus payment or your child payments it might be because you don’t have a bank account. If you are unbanked, Neighbor by Neighbor can help you find and open a bank account. You don’t want to miss out on getting what is due to you now!

Call or text Neighbor by Neighbor at 269-231-0648.

Library Site and Parking Lot project

The Three Oaks Township Library’s Site and Parking Lot Improvement Project is under way. This project has been several years in the making (full-color plans are on display inside the library).

During the project patrons won’t be able to use the parking lot and back entrance, but there will still be plenty of parking available across Elm Street in the municipal lot next to Vicker’s Theater, on Elm Street in from of the library, on the south side of the library building next to the train tracks, or in the municipal lot directly behind the library building. Or call (269) 756-5621 to arrange to have items brought out to you.

In-person Story Time for all ages is offered 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.

A special money-themed story time “$mart Money MI Kids Read” will be held on Tuesday, April 13, during the regular morning and afternoon hours. Each child will receive a copy of the book “Give It” by Cinders McLeod provided by MI Financial Wellness (http://www.mifinancialwellness.org/) and a goodie bag with some special swag from Teachers Credit Union.

Spring Artisan Market

Journeyman Distillery’s Spring Artisan Market will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All ages are welcome and admission is free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The Welter’s Folly Big Cup team putting competition is set for noon to 6 p.m. April 10. There is a $40 entry fee for a team of two (which comes with special gifts_. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 scores, plus a little something for last place. Bring your own putter or use ours.

Visit journeymandistillery.com/calendar for more information or call 269-820-2050.

Lakeside Inn gallery event

Lakeside Inn will be hosting a free art gallery and live painting event with artists Rosśa 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.

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.

Other COL activities include:

• Yoga on the Preserve – an outdoor spring and summer yoga series at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (registration required, call 269-405-1006).

• A Dog Friendly Walk is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 24 through the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve (in partnership with the Michiana Humane Society). Registration and mask required, call 269-405-1006.

Limited browsing at NB 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.

NB Market seeks 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://newbuffalofarmersmarket.com/

Three Oaks survey

Do you engage with the Village of Three Oaks as a resident or visitor? The village would like to hear from you.

Three Oaks is conducting a survey through April 1 to help the village improve its website and communications. Village and township residents, business owners, visitors — anyone who engages with Three Oaks — is encouraged to participate.

The three-minute survey can be found on the village website (threeoaksvillage.org), facebook page, or at tiny.cc/ThreeOaksWebSurvey. Paper copies are also available in the lobby of Three Oaks Village Hall, 21 N. Elm St.

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.fernwoodbotanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.

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