Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Harbert Community Church; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Bridgman Fire Dept., 9765 Maple St. (sponsored by Woodland Shores Baptist Church); 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Pipestone Berrien Township Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville.

For more, log on to: www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry -schedule.

‘Winter Reading Advisory!’

A “Winter Reading Advisory!” has been issued for the Three Oaks area. This Winter Reading Program for adults at the Three Oaks Township Public Library will begin on Jan. 4 and end on March 26.

Registration begins on Jan. 4, and the first 30 people will receive a cute mug that is perfect to fill with cocoa as you snuggle up with a good book. Each book completed will enter you into the drawing to win a prize on Monday, March 29, 2021.

For more information call 756-5621 or check www.threeoaks.michlibrary.org

The Three Oaks Township Public Library is now open more hours — Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10– 5:; Tuesday & Thursday, 10–6; Saturday, 10–2; and closed on Sunday.

Masks are required in the building and patrons are expected to adhere to social distancing and remain six feet away from others not in their household. Curbside service is still available. You may call (269) 756-5621 to place your requests.

January Take and Make Craft Bags for children features a cute penguin and a tissue paper winter mitten. Quantities are limited so come on in and pick yours up today.

Help with bills

Are you finding yourself putting down your phone as you are sick of looking at all the bills, have you stopped accepting calls because they are from bill collectors or are you struggling to make your social security or disability payment stretch to the the next month? You are not alone, Neighbor by Neighbor is here to help. Neighbor by Neighbor is funded by generous donors, United Way, the Berrien County Community Foundation and The Pokagon Fund so there is help for you. Call or text Neighbor by Neighbor at 231-0648.

If you are you thinking, I have no need for this $600 stimulus check, but I know my neighbors need help, why not donate to Neighbor by Neighbor (P.O. Box 197, Harbert, MI 49115) and let us put it to work in Harbor Country? You will be assured that your neighbors have been vetted and are truly in need. Payments go directly to landlords, mortgage companies, car repair shops, insurance agencies, and energy companies, not to the individual. Call 231-0648 for more information.

Food for Fines

A Food for Fines program will be offered by the Bridgman Public Library through Jan. 9.

If you owe overdue fines or have items that are due back to the library, now is the time to take care of them. This holiday season the Bridgman Public Library will accept donations of unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items, paper products, laundry detergent, dish soap and disposable diapers as payment for any amount of overdue fines (donations will only cover overdue fines, not lost/damaged fees).

Donations will be given to two food pantries: Our Lady Queen of Peace and Woodland Shores Baptist Church, who in turn will distribute to our local Bridgman/Lake Township community.

No fines? No worries. Your kindness and canned goods are welcome here.

Upcoming programs at the library include:

A “Winter Reading Challenge” (ages 2 and up) to Feb. 6. Can you complete five challenges before the snow melts? Sign into Wandoo Reader on www.bridgman library.com. (You can use your login from the summer reading program.)

“Stay Safe and Read” Adult Winter Reading to Feb. 6. Read a combined total of 5 books (printed and/or audio) that were checked out from the library and claim your theatre sized box of candy. Your name will also be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the Full Circle Cafe. Sign up on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Potawatomi Zoo presents “Animals Around the World”” at 11 a.m. January 9 via Zoom. Meet animals from different continents and learn about their habitats in this live presentation. The Zoom link will be posted on bridgmanlibrary.com one day before the event.

Acorn fund-raising appeal

The Acorn Theater is dedicating its annual fundraising appeal to founding Executive Director Sandra Thompson, who has decided to transition from Executive Director of The Acorn to focus on artistic programming.

Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000.

For more, go to acorn live.org or mail checks to: Acorn Center for the Performing Arts (ACPA), P.O. Box 395, Three Oaks, MI 49128

NB Library services

Curbside service is still available at the New Buffalo Township Library (call 269-469-2933 or reserve online & arrange your pick up by phone).

Youth Services is offering bi-weekly story times for both little ones and bigger ones as well as crafting projects available via curbside service.

The Friends of the Library are keeping our calendar full of Zoom presentations, check our website, Facebook, and Instagram for a full roster of events and updates.

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