Egg hunts will abound during Easter weekend.

Scheduled events follow:

• The traditional Lakeside Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 (rain or shine), in Lakeside Township Park (located at the corner of Lakeside Road and Red Arrow Highway).

Bring a camera for a picture with the bunny and a basket for eggs.

• New Buffalo American Legion Post 169, 19121 U.S. 12, will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt featuring age groups, the Easter Bunny and more at 1 p.m. April 20.

• Harding’s Supermarkets in Bridgman (8 a.m.) and Three Oaks (9 a.m.) will host Easter egg hunts on Saturday, April 20.

• Egg hunts also will be held at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman (10 a.m.) and West Woods of Bridgman (11 a.m.) on Saturday, April 20.

• New Troy American Legion Post 518 on Wee-Chik Road in New Troy Michigan will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt and “Penny Scramble” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

Donkey Basketball

The River Valley Post Prom Committee will host a four-team Donkey Basketball Tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the River Valley High School gymnasium.

Advance tickets are on sale for $6 each, and tickets will be available at the door for $8 each. Children 6 and under get in free.

Donkey Basketball is a variation on the game of basketball played on a standard court, but in which players ride donkeys. This year’s teams will feature the River Valley High School administration and staff, River Valley Alumni, Junior/Senior students, and local police/fire/first responders. Spectators can expect to see three games. During the intermission, spectators can pet the donkeys and children are able to ride the donkeys for free. The Post Prom Committee also will have a 50/50 raffle and concession stand available.

Those wishing to purchase advance tickets can call/text (269) 449-3569 or (269) 426-0524.

Flag Day Pig Roast

The 2019 Three Oaks Flag Day Pig Roast will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

The fund-raiser for this year’s Flag Day Celebration will feature food, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 each or four for $50. To purchase tickets go to www.acorntheatre.org or call (269) 756-3879.

SAM benefit Burson concert

Nashville singer and songwriter Heidi Burson will perform a benefit concert for the School of American Music (SAM) scholarship fund on Friday, April 26, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and SAM performers will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Burson and her band take the stage at 8 p.m.  

Critics have called Burson “a world-class singer, a genuine, rare and unique talent,” and written that her “sultry tone...can silence most any room she is performing in.”  

Tickets are $20, and are available online at acornlive.org or at the Acorn box office the day of performance.

More than a third of SAM students receive scholarships.

For more information, please contact the School of American Music at schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or by phone at (269) 409-1191 or visit https://schoolofamericanmusic.com.

New Troy Flea Market

An indoor flea market will be held at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

Antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, toys and locally made or grown goodies will be available. A hot breakfast and lunch prepared by The Salty Nag will be available both days. The menu on March 16 will be inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, with Rueben sandwiches and Paddy Day Parfaits.

For more information, contact Donald at (773) 803-9773.

Region of Three Oaks Museum kick-off

The Region of Three Oaks Museum will kick off its 2019 season with a preview wine reception to introduce the community to its new exhibits, features and calendar of events on Friday,  May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

There are several new exhibits this year, including the impact of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, old-time shopping and the history behind area roads.

The museum will be open through October every Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 5 Featherbone Ave. (next to Acorn Theater.)

Three Oaks UMC Organist retiring

In April, the Three Oaks United Methodist Church sadly accepted the retirement of Martha Spychalski, who has served the congregation at worship services, funerals, special events and weddings, playing the organ for 30 years.  

When Staff-Parish Relations convener Robert Tatina announced in church that “after blessing the congregation with organ and piano music for 30 years, Martha was retiring.” There was an audible gasp from the congregation.  

Before starting as Three Oaks United Methodist Church organist after Easter in 1989, Martha was the organist for over 10 years at New Buffalo United Methodist Church. he and her husband, Tom, plan to use their leisure time traveling

Martha’s final Sunday is May 5 and the search for a replacement is underway.

Easter Services at Woodland Shores

All are invited to the Easter Worship Services on Sunday, April 21, at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Those attending will be inspired to “Come Back to God, Come Back to Life, and Come Back to Church.” There will be an Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m. for children through 6th grade. On April 19, there will be a Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

The Story of Hamilton

“Alexander Hamilton: The Infant Republic’s Economic Czar” is the topic for the Community Forum Series sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Tim Moore of Lake Michigan College will relate the story of the Caribbean-born orphan who rose to the heights of political power and, as Treasury Secretary, established a financial partnership between the national government and America’s wealthiest men.

The story includes how Hamilton righted the economic basket case of the United States in the early 1790s as he stabilized the finances and helped make the three-branch government function effectively.  However, his policies and politics were so controversial they led to the formation of the first political parties in the United States and led to his death in 1804 at the hands of the vice president.

Upcoming Community Forum programs include: The Orphan Train in Michigan on Monday, May 6; The Underground Railroad in Michigan, Thursday, May 1, and All About Spiders, May 21.

The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.  For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Warren Woods wildflower hike

As spring emerges in Warren Woods State Park, Harbor Country Hikers will be led by fellow member Arch Hopkins, who holds a doctorate in botany and knows about wildflowers and other unique characteristics of climax forests, on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 1 p.m.

The two-hour walk and talk may include some wet trails along the 1.75-mile moderate trek that includes some stairs and a short climb or two. Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking lot on the north side of Union Pier/Elm Valley/Townline Road, between Red Arrow Highway and Three Oaks Road.

Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. For weather cancellations, further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit them on Facebook or at harborcountryhikers.com.

Come Out and Play for canines

A Come Out and Play on Sunday the 5th of May for canines and their people will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harbert Community Park, 13535 Red Arrow Highway.

The Celebrate Chikaming event will feature music, refreshments, doggie gift bags, bow ties and prizes.

Author! Author!

The fifth Author! Author! event to be held  4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Center of the World Woodshop, 13400 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, will offer readings from new publications by two local authors, along with a reception during which visitors will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with numerous area authors.

The first reading will be given by B.A. Brittingham, from her latest novel, “American Dishonor,” in which a retired Marine and Lakota Sioux join forces with the intention to do good, yet end by tangling with Big Business and the FBI. This former New Yorker’s previous works include the novels “Fugitive Moment” and “Journeys: Pilgrimages in the Aftermath,” plus a short story, “The Note in the Wood,” which recieved first place in Shore Magazine’s second annual fiction competition.

During the second portion of the event, Chriss Lyon will read from “Capone’s Playground,” in which the author combines the techniques of forensic genealogy with investigative research to uncover little-known facts about the people and events surrounding the notorious St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. A public safety professional and historian, Lyon worked the beat and shot the most famous Thompson submachine guns in the world, all while documenting and researching The Roaring Twenties.

Following their readings, the authors will open the floor for questions and discussion.

Other visiting authors will be:

• Gloria Doty, whose “Not Different Enough” relates her thirty-year journey with a daughter diagnosed with autism and Asperger’s with humor and faith;

• Renee Foss, who believes that life is mostly a surprise requiring a sense of humor and intestinal fortitude, with her book, “Leaving Life Today? Tomorrow? Or Yesterday?”;

• Lorraine Oman Hanover, with the second edition of “Trails & Ales,” her guide to the best hikes in and around southwest Michigan, and where to get a great beer afterwards;

• Dawn Henrichson, with “A New Beginning,” the story of a woman determined to make a clean break from city life following ten years of parental caregiving;

• Charles Osgood, whose “Dutch Love” is a collection of photographs and journal entries from the travels of two relations in Europe in 1914 on the brink of WWI, and his own journey one hundred years later to see what had changed; and

• Elaine Thomopoulos, with “Legendary Locals of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor,” which combines stunning photography with the captivating stories of a cast of characters who settled and tamed the wilderness, along with present-day unsung heroes.

There is no charge to attend and books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Lorraine at (269) 469-5687.

Harbor Country Singers to perform

The Harbor Country Singers (HCS), a community chorus, are slated to perform at an April 25 hootenanny at New Buffalo Township Library.

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 schoolofamericanmusic.com.

Day of Prayer in Bridgman

Everyone is invited to join in a National Day of Prayer event in Bridgman on Thursday, May 2.

Participants will gather around the flagpole at Bridgman City Hall, 9765 Maple St., at 12:15 p.m. Should we experience unfavorable weather, the city has given organizers permission to meet inside the city building. 

The theme for this year is based on the words of Jesus in John 13:34--”Love one another as I have loved you.” Let us gather together to pray for our broken world.

RV 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.

Easter egg hunt at Friendship Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. 12, Michigan City, Ind., will host a free afternoon of egg-hunting adventures among 105 acres of nature trails and formal gardens at 11 a.m. Central Time on Easter Sunday, April 21.

Kids ages 0 to 12 and their families are invited to walk the trails and explore the blooming gardens while searching for thousands of eggs hidden throughout the grounds. Families can take pictures with the Easter Bunny before or after the egg hunt.  For more, call (219 878 9885 or send an email to info@friendshipgardens.org.

Flag Day Pageant

Contestants are being sought for the Flag Day Prince and Princess Pageant (open to boys and girls 5 to 8 years old as of March 1, 2019, who live in River Valley School District, attend the River Valley Schools or have family that lives in River Valley District).

The registration deadline is May 13 and the pageant takes place May 19. To register, contact MacKenzie Bronson at mackcory0000@gmail.com.

The Princess and Prince will ride in a convertible in the World’s Largest Flag Day parade on June 9.

Old-time baseball game

A Civil War Days in Three Oaks fund-raiser featuring an old-time baseball game between the House of David Echoes and the Three Oaks Hometown Team at noon on Saturday, May 18, at the Three Oaks Elementary School Field, 100 Oak St.

A picnic (with a choice of sandwiches, sides and more for $7) begins at 11 a.m. Loose Strings will provide live music.

Fans are asked to bring lawn chairs.

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 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.

A Spring Recital featuring music played by area adults and students will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

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