A Harbor Country Progress potluck and meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug.29, at the organization's new office at 15972 Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier. Potluck starts at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

All are invited to bring a dish to share, the beverage of their choice or just their appetite and interest in meeting candidates running in 2018. Special guests will include Matt Longjohn, candidate for Michigan 6th Congressional District, and Dean Hill, 78th District State House candidate. They will speak and answer questions following the potluck.

The event was originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23.

All About Beekeeping

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) will hold an All About Beekeeping Munchin’ on the Preserve session at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Chikaming Township Park and Preserve.

Enter the world of bees with local beekeeper Charmi Keranen, who will talk about the process of beekeeping, hive life cycles and what the bees need to make it through winter. She will also be bringing some of her local honey for participants to taste.

Charmi Keranen is a Michiana-area backyard beekeeper of six years. She keeps five to eight hives in her garden on one-acre of land in Northern Indiana. To reserve a lunch from David’s Deli (you can also bring your own bag lunch) call  (269) 405-1006.

COL also plans a free program on Hunters of the Night — Owls from at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Pokagon Room at the New Buffalo Township Library.

Lake Milton Raptor Center, a wild bird rehabilitation center, will bring some of their resident owls to have a family friendly personal meet and greet of these amazing creatures.

And COL will offer the chance to build a screech owl nest box at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at its office, 12291 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer. Cost of program is $30 for COL members or $45 for non-members: $45. Pre-registration is required two weeks in advance. Contact the COL office at (269) 405-1006 or email cstruecker@chikamingopenlands.org.

Blue & White Ceilidh in Galien

The Galien Alumni Association will hold its annual Blue & White Ceilidh all-class reunion beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at American Legion Post 344, 402 North Main St., Galien.

Ecosystem hike

Harbor Country Hikers will learn and see first-hand the differences between ecosystems and why diversity is important during a hike through Chikaming Township Park and Preserve on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. The preserve is located on Warren Woods Road, between Red Arrow Highway and Three Oaks Road.

The preserve is noted for its diverse natural features including woods and ravines, Galien River floodplain, a planted tallgrass prairie, a small lake and a reforestation project.

HCH President Pat Fisher and Vice President Stacey LaRocco will lead the discussion during the 2.5-mile hike of moderate difficulty. Drinking water, head covering and bug repellent is advised.

Also on the schedule is a viewing of the documentary “Shifting Sands:  On the Path to Sustainability” at New Buffalo Township Library followed by a hike through Cowles Bog Trail in Porter, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 15.

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

Founding Documents course offered

A unique four-week course on America’s founding documents is coming to the New Buffalo Township Library.

The class will be held on four Wednesdays in September (the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pokagon Room.

Attendees will have the opportunity to look at the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist papers (selections), the Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. Presented by John “Pat” O’Leary, active member of the State Bar of Michigan, past president of the Detroit Bar Association, adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. Class size is limited. You may sign up in-person or by phone, with the front desk of the Library (33 N Thompson St.). The phone number is (269) 469-2933

Senior Center seeks board members

The River Valley Senior Center Nominating Committee is accepting applications for election to the Board of Directors. Requirement of Board Membership: Residents of geographic service area: Townships of Chikaming, Lake, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, and parts of Galien and Weesaw Townships west of Cleveland Ave. This includes the following cities/villages: Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Troy and Bridgman.  

Applications (due by Aug. 31) and further information are available at the Center:  13321 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, MI 49115, 269-469-4556, or RVSC@COMCAST.NET.

Movies at Bridgman Library

Movie Mondays (1 p.m.) at the Bridgman Public Library will feature “Matilda” on Aug. 20; and “Flushed Away” on Aug. 27.

For more, call (269) 465-3663.

Mobile Food Pantry visit

A Mobile Food Pantry distribution will be held at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31.

Playing at Vickers

Screenings at the Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, are set to include: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Rated PG-13), “Eighth Grade (rated R) and a Green Screens showing of “The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 (register by contacting Fernwood at (269) 695-6491  or www.fernwoodbotanical.org). “Three Identical Strangers” (PG-13) begins showing on Aug. 24.     

For more, go to www.vickerstheatre.com or call (269) 756-3522.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park features live music at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday evening in Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks. Upcoming shows include: Cabildo on Aug. 25; and The Bergamot on Sept. 1.

The free concert series is sponsored by Harbor Arts and generous community members. Bring a blanket, bring a snack, bring a friend! For more, go to www.HarborArts.com.

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (Sept. 2 - Summer Reunion Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Robbie Fulks Returns!! at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. (Grammy-nominated artist Robbie Fulks is releasing a new album Wild! Wild! Wild! with Linda Gail Lewis (younger sister of rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis).

Harbor Country Book Club

The Thursday, Aug. 30, book selection for the Harbor Country Book Club is “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. The September selection is “Educated” by Tara Westover. Meetings are held at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month and are open to the public.

Mums sale

The Rotary Club of Harbor Country’s Annual Mums Sale offers 8 inch pots, $6.50 each with five colors available.

The deadline for orders is Friday, Aug. 24 and delivery will be Friday, Sept. 7. For more send an email to larobinson1219@gmail.com.

State Park workdays

A DNR Stewardship workday at Warren Dunes State Park, to remove invasive plants is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

Meet at the picnic area south of the campground. Enter at the main park entrance and just past the entrance booths, turn right on the road to the campground. Travel past the park headquarters towards the campground; the picnic area will be on the left. GPS Coordinates: 41.907001, -86.591755.

There will be free ice cream for volunteers..

Outdoor movie

Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, will present an outdoor movie night featuring “Cars 3” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

Popcorn will be provided, bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Fernwood Environmental Studies sign-ups

Registration for Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve Environmental Studies Programs for the 2018-2019 school year is now open.

Each year nearly 4,000 area students participate in environmental educational programs at Fernwood. For more information, visit www.fernwoodbotanical.org. To schedule a visit or to discuss options, call Fernwood at (269) 695-6491 and ask for Head Naturalist Wendy Jones.  

Fernwood comprises 105 acres on the St. Joseph River near Buchanan at 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.

Run to the Center of the World

The seventh annual Run to the Center of the World 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run will be held through the village of New Troy and beautiful rural surroundings on Saturday, Sept. 15.

For the first time this year, all finishers will receive a hand-crafted, carved wooden medal. Also, the registration fee for participants 12 or younger has been reduced.

Names and finish times of overall winners in all three events will be engraved on bricks and permanently installed in the New Troy Community Center garden. Winners will also receive certificates. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Longest Distance Traveled, and Largest Team. Everyone who registers before Sept. 1 is guaranteed a free T-shirt — NextLevel® Premium V-neck fitted shirts in mens’ and womens’ styles for the adults; 12 and younger will receive a youth shirt. A link to register online are available at facebook.com/RunToTheCenter.

Onsite registration and packet pickup begin at 8 a.m. on race day, with races beginning at 9 a.m. The Awards Ceremony begins at 10:15. A free breakfast buffet will provide pre- and post-race fuel.

Fees for 13 and over are $25 through race day, 12 and under are $10 through race day. Proceeds from the race benefit the New Troy Community Center, which receives no government funding and is supported entirely through memberships, donations, and fundraising events. The event is hosted by Friends of New Troy.

For more information, contact Terry Hanover at (269) 369-1897 or via email at FriendsOfNewTroy@yahoo.com.  

Wednesday night music in park

New Buffalo Township’s weekly Wednesday night Music in Memorial Park series begins at 7 p.m. each week.

Hometown Heroes banners available

Bridgman is again honoring its Hometown Heroes by displaying banners of its military veterans along Lake Street in time for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.  Banners will go up in early September.

Applications for a space on one of the 52 banners is on a “first-in/first-served” basis, with only 21 spaces remaining as of July 10.  Demand for last year’s banners, the program’s first year, was overwhelming, with the city doubling the number originally planned and still many were turned away.

Applications for the banners are available on the city’s website or at City Hall, 9765 Maple St.  There is a $15 charge to help defray the cost of the banner, which will be displayed every other year until they are worn out.

Nominees must have lived at some point in their life in Bridgman or Lake Township for a minimum of two years and must be currently serving or have served in one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces between World War I and the current date. A high resolution photo of the nominee in military uniform must be submitted with the application.

Bacchus & Beer Fest

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 U.S. 12, Michigan City,  welcomes everyone 21 and over to enjoy adult beverages from several breweries and wineries at the annual Bacchus and Beer Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, Aug. 18.

Round Barn, Greenbush, Burn ‘Em, Zorn, Shoreline, Evil Czech, Upland, Black Dragon Meadery and Shady Creek Winery are some of vendors that will be in attendance. Enjoy delicious BBQ from Up N’ Smoke while listening to live music from musician Danny Moore.

Tickets (on sale via Eventbrite, the Friendship Botanic Gardens Facebook page or at the door) are $40 and include unlimited drink samples. Advance purchase is recommended. VIP tickets for $45 allow entry into the Gardens an hour before the event at 5 p.m. No refunds. Please no coolers or picnic baskets.

For more information, call (219) 878-9885 or visit www.friendshipgardens.org.

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