A special Meet the New Acorn event is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

A night of celebration, Acorn style, is planned. The evening will include the unveiling of the theater’s new story, new logo and new website. Fabulous Acorn Open Mic talent will light up the stage for the milestone event. “And to show our appreciation for the generous support we have received to get us to this place there will be a gift for all!”

An After Party will follow with a DJ and dancing!.

There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. Call (269) 756-3879 or log on to www.acorntheater.org/.

SAM Winter Recital rescheduled

The School of American Music (SAM) has rescheduled its annual Winter Recital from Sunday, January 20, to Sunday, January 27, due to forecasts for extreme weather on the 20th. Time for the recital remains 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and the venue is the Three Oaks Arts & Education Center at 14 Maple Street in downtown Three Oaks.

The recital is free and open to the public, and will feature performances by SAM students and instructors.

According to Priscilla Lee Hellenga, SAM director of special events, the twice-yearly recitals aim to give students live performance experience, in addition to the musical training they receive in the classroom. “Performance is an important part of music instruction,” Hellenga says. “Playing an instrument or singing in front of an audience is different from playing or singing in a studio, and it’s an important skill for any aspiring musician.” She adds, “Public performances are required of all our students.”

This year’s Winter Recital will include an intermission with light refreshments

Empty Bowls Dinner at NBHS

The New Buffalo High School Student Senate is sponsoring its 8th annual Empty Bowls Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the New Buffalo High School cafeteria.

A suggested donation of $10 for a ceramic bowl made by a New Buffalo High School student will provide diners with that work of original art, a meal of soup or chili with crackers, a beverage, and dessert.

The public is encouraged to attend and/or volunteer to help in some way.  All proceeds raised will stay in the local Harbor Country community and benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program.  

For more information, please contact: Tina Keller at tkeller@nbas.org or (269) 469-6046; or Beth Scoggin at bscoggin@nbas.org or (269) 469-6045.

On Dean’s List

Caitlin Gibbs of New Buffalo has been named to the Saint Mary’s College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.

To earn this academic honor at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have a minimum of 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Benefit dinner & cooking demo

Jackie Shen, chef/owner of Jackie’s Café, 801 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, will prepare a special benefit Buffet Dinner to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day on Monday, Feb. 4.

Guests can enjoy a 5 p.m. cooking demonstration featuring her famous “Chocolate Bag” dessert, which will be the Valentine treat of the evening. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. “Jackie’s” is donating 100 percent of proceeds to benefit the River Valley Senior Center.

Cost is $45 per person. To make a reservation contact: Jackie’s Café at (269) 469-1800 or the River Valley Senior Center, 13321 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, at (269) 469-4556.

March for Life

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9650 Lake Street,  Bridgman, is sponsoring a March for Life event beginning at noon on Saturday,  Jan. 19.

The walk will begin at Immanuel Lutheran Church and proceed to Bridgman City Hall for prayer then return to Immanuel for a light lunch, prayer and baby shower. Those who do not want to go out in the cold or are unable to walk are invited to come into the Life Center for a light lunch, prayer and baby shower for LifePlan. Monetary donations or baby shower type items will be accepted for the former Pregnancy Care Center of Niles, now LifePlan (another LifePlan Center is planned in Benton Harbor).

For more information, call the Church Office at (269) 465-6031.

Running of the Bull Pub Crawl

The Fourth Annual New Buffalo Winterfest “The Running of the Bull” Afternoon Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The schedule follows:

• 1 p.m. — Dooley’s Lake House Pub

• 2:15 p.m. — Bentwood Tavern at Marina Grand

• 3:15 p.m. — New Buffalo Yacht Club

• 4:15 p.m. — Terrace Room at the Harbor Grand

• 5:15 p.m. — Stray Dog Bar & Grill

• 6:15 p.m. — Crawl to Casey’s

Admission is free. Food and beverages are pay as you go(cash required at New Buffalo Yacht Club). Costumes are encouraged, but anything goes.

For more information send an email to NewBuffalo.Bull@gmail.com.

Afternoon Tea

The New Buffalo Township Library’s fifth annual Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Pokagon Room.

Tickets (at $8 per person) will be available until Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets include entrance to the event, a variety of teas to choose from, and a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

For more information, contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, (269) 469-2933. The library is located at 33 N Thompson. St.

Nature detective hike postponed

A arbor Country Hikers forensics hike at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer originally scheduled for Jan. 19 has been postponed.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Bridgman Library Teen Story Writing Contest

The theme for this year’s Bridgman Public Library Teen Story Writing Contest is “Love.” The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 residing in Bridgman, Lake, and Chikaming Townships.

A complete list of rules can be found on the “Teens” page at www.bridgmanlibrary.com.  Entrants are able to request a private review session to hone their work. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 1-Feb 28. First place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Prizes provided by the Friends of Bridgman Public Library.  Winners announced March 8 on the Bridgman Library website.

Musicians from Andrews University, Bridgman, and Buchanan will be at the Bridgman Public Library performing both solo and chamber works on January 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

New Troy Flea Market

A New Troy Indoor Flea Market will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Markets will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

For lunch, the chef will be serving up homemade cottage pie with soda bread, The Salty Nag’s spin on classic Irish meat pies, served with veggies and mashed potatoes.

The market is chock-full of treasures, including antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies. Lunch will be available for purchase.

To register for a space, vendors should contact Director Donald Heitsch at (773) 803-9773. Each space includes a table and chair. A reduced rate is available for those who commit to the entire season. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  For more, go to www.Facebook/NewTroyFleaMarket.

Mobile Food Pantry

A Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visit, supported by the Pokagon Fund, is scheduled as follows: 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Chikaming Township Fire Department, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert  (hosted by the Harbor Country Rotary Club).

Father-Daughter Dance planned

The Sawyer Dance Troupe will presents its annual Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer.

This year’s theme is “Princess Ball.” Cost is $20 per couple, plus $5 for each additional child (includes a hot dog supper, door prize and keepsake photo). There will be a professional DJ and a raffle with amazing prizes.

Buccaneer Bash

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence will throw a “Buccaneer Bash” For Now & Forever fund-raiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bridgman American Legion Post 331.

A silent and live auction, dancing to music by Top Secret, appetizers, beverages, cash bar and costume prizes are planned.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available soon at the Bridgman High School office or online at www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

Civil War Days Fund-raiser

The Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is offering My Victorian Valentine High Tea Fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Fellowship Hall of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church.

The menu for the afternoon includes a variety of Tea’s, Biscuits and Finger Sandwiches. There will be a Musical Presentation as well as a Cake Silent Auction. Requested donation for the Victorian Valentine Fundraiser tickets are $10 for each person or $15.00 for couples. Please contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com or call (269) 635-7601 to reserve your tickets. Tickets will be waiting for you at the door. Period attire desired but not required.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks will take place on the weekend of July 27 and 28, 2019. The reenactors will present “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 reenactors. Other programs will include a Sutler, Coffee with the Generals, vendors, various presentations and much more. Volunteers needed for this fun, educational, and historical weekend.

We are happy to again have the support of the Region of Three Oaks Museum. For more information to support this fundraiser and the Three Oaks Civil War Days contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com.

HCM Give-Back Dinner

A Give-Back Dinner for Harbor Country Mission is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Bentwood Tavern, 600 West Water St., New Buffalo.

Learn French at New Buffalo Library

Interested in learning French, or brushing up your skills? Are you visiting France soon and want to read menus without confusion, ask for directions, and greet people? Join us at the New Buffalo Township Library at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, for an informal meeting to get the ball rolling on your French skills. We’ll introduce the French language to you, and decide when to meet in the future, to best fit the schedules of most.

There are no sign-ups required and the class is free. You may contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com for questions. If you are interested in attending this class but cannot make this date and time, please call or email with your best days of weeks and times to submit at the introductory meeting. 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo. (269) 469-2933.

The February book club pick at the New Buffalo Library is “Educated” by Tara Westover.

Heart of Cook grant applications

Applications are available now for 2019 grants through The Heart of Cook Foundation Fund. A grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant and administered by the Berrien Community Foundation.

Heart of Cook is designed to help nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana pay for their programs and projects. Educational projects, human services programs that support families, and environmental protection and preservation projects are the focus areas for the grant program. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt or equivalent status.

Grant applications and guidelines may be obtained by visiting the Berrien Community Foundation’s website at www. berriencommunity.org/HOC. All grant applications must be submitted electronically by Feb. 13, 2019, through the Berrien Community Foundation’s website. Awards will be announced in May.

The Erly to host Acorn Open Mic Night

An Open Mic Night with host band The Erly is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Acorn Theater,  107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks. Admission is free (donations encouraged).

The Erly is an American rock band from Niles, Michigan. The band formed in 2017 and consists of both Collin Mattiford and Trevor McDonald on guitars and vocals, Ivan Torres on bass, and Fran Gleason on drums. Comprised of rock, pop, alternative, and folk influences, They released their debut album SHADOWS on Nov. 9, 2018.

The following shows also are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater: The Chicago Experience on Jan. 19; Chely Wright with Opener Eric Burgett at 8 p.m. Jan 25; Dan Navarro with opener Patti Shaffner at 8 p.m. Feb. 8; That’s Amore! An afternoon cabaret of Arias & Love Songs featuring: Paul Mow, Joshua Goines, Meredith Best George, Kacie Colleen Mercer & Abby Murray Vachon at 2 p.m. Feb. 10;  and  The Smithereens With Marshall Crenshaw on March 15.

For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acorntheater.com.

Chef Night at Library

The Friends of the New Buffalo Library’s next Chef Night will be held at the library at 5 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 11.

The family-friendly event will be led by pastry chef Denise Churchill, who trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She will demonstrate cookie decorating with royal icing and cupcake decorating with buttercream. Adults will have the opportunity to decorate their own cupcakes. There will be mini cupcakes to taste, and kids will receive a “paint your own”  Valentine cookie. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the New Buffalo Library.

Cost is $25 per family (3 person minimum) or $20 per individual. Sign up with the library front desk, cash and check only with checks payable to the Friends of the New Buffalo Library. For more, go to www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org; call (269) 469-2933; or send an email to nbtlcreate@gmail.com.

Coastline Fest Sneak Peek film screening

The Coastline Children’s Film Festival and the Box Factory for the Arts (1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph) will present a Sneak Peek screening for kids and their families at the Box Factory for the Arts. “JEANNETTE, The Childhood of Joan of Arc,” an award-winning international feature film, will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 27, before the festival opens March 8. Admission is free. Popcorn and refreshments will be available.

MLK Day events at LMC

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy will be celebrated on Jan. 21 during Lake Michigan College’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration and Diversity Award ceremony.

The free breakfast will be from 7:45-10 a.m. in the Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall. Reservations should be made at www. lakemichigancollege.edu/mlk, or by contacting Angela Kurtz at akurtz@lakemichigancollege.edu or 927-6197.

This year’s theme, “Rise Above the Narrow Horizons,” is taken from Dr. King’s 1957 “Conquering Self-Centeredness” sermon delivered in Montgomery, Ala. Master of ceremonies will be Danny Sledge, and the keynote speaker will be Alonzo Kelly. Other speakers will include U.S. Congressman Fred Upton and LMC students Madelyn MacMillan and Lorena Diaz. Music will be performed by All God’s Children Community Choir and Overflow Church Worship Arts and Young Life Team.

During the ceremony, the college will announce the recipient of its 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award.

Two other free forums that week open to the public will be held in the Hawk’s Nest on the second floor of the main building on the Benton Harbor campus. They are:

• The Equality and Equity in Healthcare Townhall Meeting, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

• A Race Relations Forum to discuss Civil Rights and Voting Rights: Then and Now, from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 24. The moderator will be Charmae Sanders, LMC’s Start-to-Finish manager. Panelists will include Leonard Anderson, Harold Bragg and Sekenah Tennison.

Paquette office open

State Rep. Brad Paquette has announced his legislative office is open and ready to serve residents of the 78th House District.

“I am eager to get to work for the people of Southwest Michigan,” Paquette said. “Whether it is an issue you need help navigating, or an idea to help simplify government, I am ready to listen.”

People can contact Rep. Paquette by calling (517) 373-1796 or by emailing bradpaquette@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1097 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.

Constituents can view updates from Rep. Paquette or subscribe to his news updates by visiting www.RepPaquette.com.

Rep. Paquette was elected to serve the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. The 78th District encompasses portions of Berrien and Cass counties, including the cities of Buchanan, New Buffalo and Niles and the townships of Baroda, Berrien, Bertrand, Buchanan, Chikaming, Galien, Howard, Milton, New Buffalo, Niles, Ontwa, Oronoko, Pipestone, Silver Creek, Sodus, Three Oaks, and Weesaw.

Humane Society seeks volunteers

The Michiana Humane Society (MHS) is accepting applications for volunteers to help at the shelter and at events for the 2019 season. Volunteers play a major role in the function of the shelter, by cleaning kennels and blankets, socializing with the animals, and helping with registration and other activities during events.

Volunteering at MHS can also count towards hours for students and others who need to fulfill a certain amount community service. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and beyond, and are asked to volunteer in one to two hour shifts when convenient to them.

If you have a love of animals and believe in MHS’s mission of finding permanent homes for the shelter animals, sign up to volunteer at Michiana Humane Society. You can apply in person at  at 722 Indiana Highway 212 in Michigan City, visit  www.michianahumanesociety.org and fill out an application online, or call (219) 872-4499.

Three Oaks Winter Reading

The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program through Feb. 28.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a winter mug — perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. Read one book each week and receive a weekly prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Drawing will be held on March 1. Warm up your winter with a good book!

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