The “Wisconsin: America’s Dairyland” Three Oaks/River Valley pageant will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the River Valley Auditorium. Contestants are: Junior Teen: (front row from left) Addyson Frazier, Ava Ledesma and Brianna Taylor; Teen (middle row from left) Alexis Walton, Katie Lambert, Brianna Martin, Leah Martin (not pictured is Madison Schrader); Miss and Mr. (top row from left) Taylor Masse, Emma Springer, Jacob Good, Dayna Schumm and Claudia Moore. Tickets are $15 in advance of $20 at the door. Chairperson is Terry Bronson. Co-chairs are Sandra Strauss and MacKenzie Bronson. For more, call Terry Bronson at (269) 426-1055.

A “Mac & Cheese Food Fight” to Celebrate Veterans Day by Honoring our Hometown Heroes! event (benefitting the Bridgman American Legion) is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Weko Beach House, 5301 Lake St., Bridgman.

Set to participate in the Mac & Cheese Competition are Brewster’s, Journeyman, Greenbush, Patellie’s, Lake Street Eats, The Featherbone, Casey’s, and Villa Nova. There also will be wine, beer, live music and kids activities.

Buy tickets at the door or go to

Mustang Moonlight Madness night

The 4th Annual Mustang Moonlight Madness will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Jerry Schaffer Gymnasium at River Valley Middle/High School. Admission is free.

Events include: Meet the Team & Cheerleaders, Mens’ & Ladies’ Alumni games, Student/Alumni pep band and half-court shot. Event shirts will be available for purchase.

Civil War Days fundraiser luncheon

The Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is offering “It’s A Crock!” fund-raising luncheon on Sunday, November 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at hree Oaks American Legion Post 204 on West Linden Street in Three Oaks.

Crock Pot soups, stews and chili with corn bread, desserts, coffee and water will be served. Live music by Loose Strings, a 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction also will be featured. The luncheon is being supported by the Region of Three Oaks Museum. Requested donation is $5 per person, $1 for each additional bowl. Pay at the door.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks will take place on the weekend of July 27-28, 2019. Re-enactors will present a “battles” between the Blue and the Gray throughout the weekend. There will be special programs for children and opportunities to meet and talk with the re-enactors. Other programs will include a Sutler, Coffee with the Generals, vendors, various presentations and much more.

For more information to support this fundraiser and the Three Oaks Civil War Days, send an email to

New Troy Flea Markets

Get started on your Christmas shopping. The New Troy Community Center is going to be chock-full of treasures for two Indoor Flea Markets on Saturday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies and more will be available. Admission is free.

Flea Market season will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. A map is available on the Facebook page NewTroyFleaMarket. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  For more information, contact Donald at 773-803-9773.

Legion Post 169 veterans buffet

The American Legion Post 169 New Buffalo Ladies Auxiliary will host veterans for an Italian style buffet catered by Anchored Chef at 19121 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, on Sunday, November 11, from 1-4 p.m. Free for veterans; $5 donation for guests.

Mobile Food Pantry visits

The Harris Family Farm Foundation is sponsoring a Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry at the Galien Township Fire Department, 305 Kiley Dr., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9. The visit is being hosted by the Galien & Olive Branch parish of the UM Churches.

Galien and former Galien School District residents will be served first and then all others will be served.

This group is an Equal Opportunity Provider. Please bring bags and boxes to carry the food.

A Mobile Food Pantry visit to the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation will be sponsoring and including volunteers from Church of the Mediator, Harbert Community Church and The Friends of New Troy), is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21.

For more information on the Harris Family Farm Foundation, please visit

Program on succulents

Propagating and growing succulents will be the featured topic at the River Valley Garden Club meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Harbert Community Church at the corner of Harbert and Three Oaks roads in Sawyer. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with a social time and business meeting followed by the presentation at 2 p.m. Donald Heitsch is the featured speaker. He creates beautiful container gardens using succulents. Some will also be for sale.

The River Valley Garden Club is open to all with an interest in gardening. Guests are always welcome. The garden club will be meeting twice in December for a holiday luncheon and to make Christmas arrangements for shut-ins. For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis, (269) 426-3513, or visit

Toys for Tots being sought

Berkshire Hathaway Koenig Rubloff Realty Group is participating in the Toys for Tots campaign.

Donate a new, unwrapped toy through Dec. 13 and put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season (please no stuffed animals, battery operated or realistic war-type toys).

Donations may be brought to the office at 30 W. Buffalo St. in New Buffalo.

Chef Night at New Buffalo Bill’s

Join Bill Reynolds, chef-owner of New Buffalo Bill’s BBQ as he presents tips and ideas for a stress-less Thanksgiving dinner, at his restaurant, 603 E. Buffalo St. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

This second Chef Night in the Friends of the New Buffalo Library’s Chef Night series will benefit the FOL in supporting library programming and equipment needs. Chef Reynolds will demonstrate turkey carving, plus the makings behind his giblet gravy. Additionally, he will show participants some interesting twists on traditional side dishes including sweet potatoes, stuffing and cranberry relish. A tasting will follow.

Cost is $35 per person, please sign up with the library at 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo. Cash or check, checks payable to the Friends of the New Buffalo Library.

Chamber mixer

The November  Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce Mixer is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Horizon Bank, 500 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

The mixer is co-sponsored by Flagship Specialty Foods, Greenbush Brewing Co. and Black Currant Bakehouse. Join the hospitable staff of Horizon Bank for an evening of networking, noshing and learning more about the community bank that has been helping businesses since 1873.

RSVP Required by Nov. 9.

Friends Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library are pleased to present this year’s Friends Fall Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St.

Select and purchase one or several books from various genres to read by the fire during the winter months ahead. All proceeds of the event benefit the Library.

Quilt to be presented to veteran

To honor those who have served our country, the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo, would like to award a quilt to a Berrien County veteran who has been touched by any war. The library is inviting all veterans and their families to submit their or their loved one’s name, one submission per veteran.

All veterans are invited to a reception (scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 10), with refreshments, where the quilt will be drawn for and awarded. Library  staff member Kathy Martus has created a beautiful quilt for this event.

Submission forms are available through Friday, Nov. 9. For more information contact Courtney at,  (269) 469-2933, or go to, 33 N. Thompson St.

Program on Walt Disney planned

Join Brian Lightner as he discusses the life, sudden death, and business of icon Walt Disney at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Bridgman Public Library. Learn about the legacy that still impacts society today. For more information call (269) 465-3663.

The Bridgman Library has received a grant with six other rural and small libraries in the region to have social workers and social worker interns from area universities available to talk to patrons on a one-on-one basis every Friday from 3-5 p.m. freeof charge.

Invasive plant removal at Warren Dunes

A DNR Stewardship workday at Warren Dunes State Park, to remove invasive plants, is planned on Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at the organizational campground parking area on

Floral Lane just south of the intersection of I-94 and Red Arrow Highway (Bridgman Exit). GPS Coordinates: 41.921620, -86.578874.

Work will take placemoff trail so wear long pants and appropriate shoes. Bring work gloves and a hand trimmer if you have them. Free park entrance

for volunteers.

Church services

Thanksgiving Service at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Christmas Banquet at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Children’s Christmas Program at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Christmas Mixer at Converge Community Church (601 W Buffalo, New Buffalo) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

USS Indianapolis presentation

During Veterans’ Day week, the Friends of New Buffalo Library will remember the crew of the “USS Indianapolis” and the tragedy that befell it 73 years ago during the Community Forum at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12,  in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson.

Speaker Jason Kuntz of Buchanan Schools will relate the story of what has come to be known as the biggest shark attack on record and the fate of the crew of 1,196 military after the sinking of the ship in that was assigned to deliver the atomic bomb to the island of Tinlan in the Philippine Sea.

Upcoming FOL programs include: “The Top Five Environmental Issues in Southwest Michigan” on Dec. 3; and “Caroling at the Library with the Harbor Country Singers” on Dec. 13.

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 or email

River Valley Community Lunch

The next River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at the Middle/High School on Thursday, Nov. 15, starting at 1 p.m. 

The cost of the lunch is $2 per person. Entertainment for this event will be provided by the High School Band. Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

Baroda Pageants

The 2019 Miss Baroda Scholarship Pageant and the Little Miss Baroda Pageant will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center. The theme is “Pennsylvania - The State of Independence.”

Miss Baroda contestants are Abigail Nitz, Kendall Beyer, Sydney Melton and Chelsea Bly. Tickets are $15 each.

Acorn Shows

The following events are scheduled at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: a Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights at 8 p.m. Nov. 10; A fund-raiser for veterans with PTSD featuring Letters From Home at 4 p.m. Nov. 11; Jerica Paliga with opener Strings Beyond Description on Nov. 17; the Keith Harkin Keep on Rolling tour on Nov. 19; Dancing Queen: A Tribute to Abba on Nov. 21; and the Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show on Nov. 23.

For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Lizzie” (rated R), and “Blaze” (rated R).

Coming soon is “Collette” (rated R). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit The phone number is (269) 756-3522.

STEAM Series

The New Buffalo Township Library has announced a new Teen STEAM Series for teens to introduce them to the important aspects of STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math).

Through a five-month long series (through February), and each month will focus on an aspect of STEAM as follows: October – Science; November – Tech; December – Engineering; January – Art; and February - Math.

Programs will be offered  every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Programs are sign-up only and are for ages 11-18. For more, go to the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo; call (269) 469-2933 or log on to

Genius Night

Elsie Earl Studios, 200 W. Buffalo St, New Buffalo, will host a Genius Night: Open Mic/Show & Tell at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, featuring talent including poets, storytellers, circus arts performers, musicians, and visual artists such as painters, sculptors and more. Artists interested in participating should contact Loretta Friend at 734-646-6633.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, is offered on 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 Rosenthal, who makes sure they have 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.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call Terry at (269) 426-4199.

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