Three Mobile Food Pantry distributions are scheduled for August in Galien, Harbert and New Troy.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Community Church of Christ, 110 N. Cleveland, Galien will host a Mobile Food Pantry visit (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation).

Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, will host the Mobile Food Pantry from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug, 7.

The third 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.

Four A’s Car Show

The annual Four A’s Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday, July 29, at American Legion Post 204, 204 Linden St., Three Oaks. The “biggest car show in the Harbor Country area” will feature trophies in many classes. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information call (219) 861-6357.

Family Fun Friday

The EV3 LEGO band of roving robots from Lakeshore High School’s Team Lance-A-Bot will be the guest stars at Bridgman’s Family Fun Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. July. 27 on Lake Street between Mathieu and Maple.

The Lake Street Breeze Band, featuring Lake Street Eats’ Chef Tish, will provide entertainment, along with kids’ activities and artisan and food vendors.

Summer Vibes

A Harbor Country Mission Summer Vibes Fund-raiser will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Infusco in Sawyer.

There is a $20 entry fee that includes music, treats, and drink. There will be raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

Cocktails at the Grand Cottage

The 9th Annual Cocktails at the Grand Cottage is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Grand Cottage, 11551 Marquette Dr., New Buffalo. The Michiana Humane Society fund-raiser will feature light hors d’oeuvres and open bar, raffle drawing and live auction.

Auction items range from private dinners provided by Chef Jackie Shen of Jackie’s Café, New Buffalo, Chefs Luisa Mills and Vivian May of Lusia’s Café & Harbert Swedish Bakery, and Chef Jean Joho of Everest, Chicago, with special guests, David & Susan Axelrod; to Christmas for 8 in a Telluride, Colo., home; a Harbor Country getaway weekend for 12 with 2 nights at The Sycamore Guesthouse; and a Chicago Cubs package including 4 Bullpen Box tickets. For more, go to www.michianahumanesociety.org, or call 219-872-4499, ext. 10.

Antique Power Association Summer Show

The River Valley Antique Power Association will have its annual Antique Tractor and Engine Summer Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, at 7816 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks. An array of gas-powered engines and tractors and the equipment they ran will be powered up with a parade daily.

‘An Artists Journey’

“An Artists Journey” will be presented by Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St. (U.S. 12), New Buffalo, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 28.

The gallery invites you to watch a oil painting demonstration by Lenore Senovic.  A lifetime love for art aided from specialized training by many gifted teachers, workshops and classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, has played a significant role in her creative talents.

For more, call 1-800-291-9287 or send an email to gallery@courtyardfineart.com.

Melodeon at museum

The Region of Three Oaks Museum, 5 Featherbone Ave., will host an afternoon of music played by Linda Mangold on the museum’s newly acquire 1867-era Melodeon, made the by Detroit Melodeon Company, at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

The instrument, donated to the museum by C. Gail Hibbard, is featured in the period music room, along with the Long Family Kimball organ.

The museum is open Thursday-Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Further details can be found at regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com.

Salad Supper & Family Nite

First Congregational Church of Three Oaks will host its annual Salad Supper and Family Nite from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The menu will include a wide variety of salads, plus hot dogs and chips. Come and have fun with clowns and a bounce house. Price is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

Blessings in a Backpack drive

Water’s Edge United Methodist Church is holding a food drive at Barney’s Market in New Buffalo on Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to collect food to be distributed through the Blessings in a Backpack program at New Buffalo Elementary School.

The program (which begins its 8th year in September) provides food for elementary children at New Buffalo Elementary  who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on the weekends during the school year. The food included in the backpack is intended to supplement what is available to them at home.  You will be able to purchase a grocery bag filled with items for the backpacks for $9.81, or purchase individual specific items at the food drive. Monetary donations are gladly accepted.

For information on making a donation or sponsoring a child’s backpack for $100 for the next school year, contact Mary Robertson at (269) 469-1925, or write checks to Blessings in a Backpack and mail to Water’s Edge, 18732 Harbor Country Dr., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

Ice Cream Social

The Lakeside Ice Cream Social will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Lakeside Park Gazebo, Lakeside Road and Red Arrow Highway.

This year the Rotary Club of Harbor Country will join the Lakeside Association, bringing Harbor Country neighbors together to meet and mingle, sit and visit, and raise money for scholarships for local high school students. Just $5 gets you Oink’s ice cream, homemade cake and cookies, and more. Live music, face painting, and of course, the traditional cake auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to the Lakeside Association Scholarship Fund.

Party on the Pavers

The 2018 Party on the Pavers is scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. July 28 in downtown Baroda. The celebration will feat the band Libido Funk Circus, wine and beer from local breweries and wineries, and amazing food from different trucks (must be 21 or older to get in).

Art & Nature Classes

Local Color gallery will offer two, one week Art and Nature Classes for children ages 5-13 (July 30-Aug, 3, and again Aug. 6-10 from 10 a.m. to noon).

The fee is $95. Each day students will explore nature on a 50-acre farm and create nature-themed art projects. Go to www.LocalColorArtGallery.com or call (269) 469-5332 for more information or to register.

Trinity registration

Trinity Lutheran Preschool and Child Care Center, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, will hold Registration for the 2018-2019 school year from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 1-3. Registration packets with all necessary paperwork will be available.

Back-To-School Night is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the teacher, pay registration fees, submit all required forms and mingle with other parents and staff. Classes will begin Sept. 4.

For further information, contact the school office at (269) 426-3151 or (269) 426-3937.

Library parties

The New Buffalo Township Library plans an end of Summer Reading youth party (for pre-teens) at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in New Buffalo Township Park

An End of Summer Reading teen party is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at New Buffalo Township Park.

Seasonal hike

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will discuss how the area is truly a land for all seasons during a walk through the New Buffalo Elementary School Nature Trails scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.

HCH President Pat Fisher will lead the discussion on how the seasons affect our local nature. The trails cover ground that demonstrates why our local environments host one of the most complex and diverse ecosystems in the world. This family friendly event is co-sponsored by New Buffalo Township Library.

The group will gather in the parking lot at the Elementary School, 12292 Lubke Rd., New Buffalo. The walk will last about two hours.  For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Judith Racht Gallery show opening

Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 Prairie Road, Harbert, will have an opening event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, featuring: A Space Odyssey (North Gallery) with works by Archer Prewitt, Mark Somerville, David Zimmerman, William Zuehlke; Still Life: (entrance) with works by Catherine Maize; and Camille’s World: (North Gallery) works by Camille Lemmolo.

Also, a new feature for the Outsiders Outside Art Fair on Labor Day weekend will be a silent auction. Let us know if you have any art or antiques you would be interested in selling at the auction (269-469-1080).

Fair still exhibit deadline

The deadline for still exhibits to be registered for the 2018 Berrien County Youth Fair is Aug. 1.

A limited number of exhibitor handbooks and entry forms are available at the Fair Office, MSU Extension Office in Benton Harbor, and all Berrien County public libraries.  The Exhibitor Handbook is also available online at www.bcyf.org.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: The Doors of Chicago at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26; Motor Row Brewing presents The Original Chicago Blues All-Stars at 8 p.m. Friday, July 27; MOTOWN ... Pride of the Motor City! at 4 p.m. SUnday, July 29; an Open Mic Night with host Homestretch Ride at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; The Chicago Experience with opener Dina Bach at 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 4; James Neary & The Bevy Blue at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; Girls Like Us - The Songs of Barbra, Bette & Bernadette, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; Expo 76 ay 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and Robbie Fulks Returns!! at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

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

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.

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.  Applications 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.

Gatsby in the Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East US Highway 12, Michigan City will be the site of Gatsby in the Gardens from 6 to 9 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, July 28.

Guests at the Great Gatsby Garden Party will have the option to dress in 1920s apparel and enjoy cocktails, dance or play lawn games while listening to live jazz music. Tickets are $40 each and are on sale via Friendship Gardens website, Eventbrite, Facebook event page and may be available for purchase the day of the event.

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

RV STEM Challenge

How do you explore the surface of Mars with a robot or retrieve a deep sea remote-controlled submarine that is stuck in an ocean canyon? How do you design an automatic candy dispenser? How can farmers overcome drought with an efficient irrigation system? How do you make a self-parking car? Can you design a fire alarm?

These River Valley Summer STEM Challenges will take place at the Three Oaks Campus from 8:30 am to 12:15 p.m. with bus transportation available. For students entering Grades 9-12, the dates are July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 and cost is $18. Students entering Grades 6-8 will meet Aug. 7 and 8 and cost is $15. Students entering Grades 4 and 5 will compete on Aug. 9 and cost is $10. All proceeds benefit RV STEM Education.

River Valley Summer STEM Challenge attendees will be entered into a drawing for a TI-Nspire CX or a TI-84+CE calculator and other prizes. If you are an interested student looking for something interesting to do, send an email to Dr. Marian Prince at mprince@andrews.edu. Please include name, grade entering and phone number.

#10Trail Challenge

Through­out the month of July, Chikaming Open Lands (COL) and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country are organizing the #10Trail Challenge, a pro­gram featuring pic­ture frame “selfie stations” designed to highlight local hiking trails in Michi­ana while offering food prizes for participating.

At any time during July, participants in the #10Trail Challenge can hike any or all of the following 10 trails in the area: COL’s Robinson Woods Preserve, Jens Jensen Preserve, and Turtle Creek Preserve; Berrien County’s Galien River County Park and Love Creek Nature Center; Chikaming Town­ship Park and Preserve and Harbert Road Preserve; Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy’s Kesling Na­ture Preserve; the Village of Three Oaks’ Hoadley Nature Trail; and Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve (in Michigan City). Participants are asked to take a photo of themselves at these stations, and tag COL on Instagram using #10trail and #chikamingo­penlands, and/or post the photo on Facebook tagging @chikamingopenlands.

Those not using social media may email COL their photos at col@chikamin­gopenlands.org. COL will track the photo submissions throughout the month. Participants who hike any three to four trails will win a free cup of coffee (or other beverage of their choice) at Infusco Coffee Roasters in Sawyer. Those who hike any five to nine of the trails will re­ceive a sandwich of their choice at David’s Delicates­sen in New Buffalo. Partici­pants who hike all 10 trails will win a pizza from Patel­lie’s in Three Oaks. Photo submissions will be tallied and prizes awarded on Au­gust 1, 2018.

Participants must reg­ister before beginning the #10Trail Challenge by filling out an online registration form, found on the web­site at www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge. Registration is available now through the end of July.

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