Join the School of American Music (SAM) for its first Family Concert of the year, “A Valentine Serenade,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., in New Buffalo, Mich.

Tickets are free but must be reserved online (ttps://schoolofamericanmusic.com). Donations are welcome.

“A Valentine Serenade,” which organizer Phil Bauman promises to be “one splendid afternoon of singing,” will feature vocalists Kim Jones, Matt Daniel and Bill McMurray accompanied by Lisa Kristina on piano and Charles Steck on trumpet.

“Our versatile singers are fantastic musicians who connect deeply with their audiences,” said Bauman, program director for the School of American Music. “This family friendly program presents many different genres and styles and will encompass a wide range of emotions.”

The line-up of Romantic serenades will include beloved favorites from “La Boehme,” “Magic Flute,” “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific” and “Les Misérables,” as well as selections from composers ranging from Handel to Bizet to Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Leonard Bernstein.

Social distancing will be observed and masks will be required throughout the concert.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from The Pokagon Fund, and donations to the School of American Music. The next concert in the 2021 series, “With A Youthful Spirit,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 14 at Converge Church. It will feature the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Musical Ensembles.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Have you ever wondered what happens at the library when it’s closed? The Three Oaks Public Library mascot, Mr. Warren the Build-a-Bear Mustang, will share our secret world with your stuffed animal friends at our Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

Children up to age 11 are invited to drop off a stuffed friend anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. When you drop off your friend, you will make a name tag for them and take home an activity for yourself. Your stuffed friend will spend the night in the library – reading books, playing games, sharing snacks, and making new friends with the other stuffed animals.

The next day (Saturday, Feb. 13) you will come back to the library to pick up your stuffed friend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will be all set to go home with you and share their adventures.

Masks are required for everyone entering the library so be sure your stuffed friend is “masked up!” One friend per child and space is limited so call (269) 756-5621 to register.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church Ministry Center, 619 Main St, St. Joseph; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman; 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Pipestone Berrien Township Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville.

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

Trinity blood drive

A Versiti community blood drive is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan, 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer.

Appointments are preferred (call 866-642-5663 or visit http://bit.ly/Sawyersaveslives.

Versiti is a fusion of blood donation, scientific curiosity and precision medicine which recognizes that the gift of blood and life are precious. As a member of the Versiti community, our donations are of crucial importance for local Michigan hospitals.

Patients need help all year long, not just during times of high need. Blood donors can give up to six times a year (every 56 days). Everyone in the Sawyer community who pitches in, from volunteers to donors, can feel good about helping patients who depend on receiving that blood.

All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly followed and donors also will receive free COVID antibody testing.

Mini Bees

The Bridgman Mini Bees Boys Basketball program will be based on teaching the FUNdamentals of basketball. It will include a T-Shirt, contests, prizes and scrimmages. The Bridgman boy’s basketball coaching staff will run the program (Chuck Tate, Brad Yachstetter, Mike Miller and players).

Each player must have tennis shoes with non marking soles, shorts and a T-shirt. The program will meet on the following Saturdays at BHS (3rd and 4th grades from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 5th and 6th grades from 10 a.m. to noon): Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 and March 6.

Cost of the program is $35 with cash or checks payable to Bridgman Public Schools (includes prizes and a T-Shirt). If cost is a problem please contact Coach Miller. For more information send an email to mmiller@ bridgmanschools.com.

President’s List honoree

Maxwell Folino, a 2019 graduate of New Buffalo High School, has made the President’s List for the fall 2020 semester at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He made the Dean’s List both semesters of his first year while attending Honors College.

To make the Dean’s List, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5. The President’s List acknowledges students who maintain a GPA of 3.9 or higher. Max is majoring in Cinema Studies and has completed his minor in Spanish Studies. Max is the son of Michael and Janice Folino of New Buffalo.

Help offered

Neighbor by Neighbor is here to help you and your family make it through the pandemic. Thanks to a generous grant from The Pokagon Fund, Neighbor by Neighbor now helps with rent, mortgages, utilities, and car repairs.

Neighbor by Neighbor also is able to assist you with signing up for food stamps, where to find mobile food pantries, eviction assistance, and the steps needed for adults returning to technical school or college. Call or text 269-231-0648.

Glenwood Dunes hike

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) are heading to the ancient beaches found in the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Glenwood Dunes for a 2.5-mile hike on Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The story of these impressive glacial features and nearby Great Marsh and Toleston Shorelines will be told by HCH President Pat Fisher. The trails to be hiked are part of an extensive trail system featuring interconnected loops ranging from less than a mile to nearly 15 miles. The paths are popular with hikers, runners, horseback riders and cross-country skiers.

Hikers are advised to dress in layers, wear a warm hat and bring water. Depending on the weather, there may be muddy or icy areas. HCH hikers observe social distancing and the use of face masks is required.

Participants will meet in the parking lot at 1596 N. Kemil Road (300E), Chesterton, IN. For complete details or membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com/events.

Art by Joan Konkel

Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 South Elm St., Three Oaks, is pleased to welcome Washington D.C.-based artist Joan Konkel, whose painted canvases with layers of aluminum and fiberglass mesh atop are engineered to allow light waves to transform the sculptural paintings with shimmering optical magic.

Judy Ferrara Gallery is open Thursday through Monday 12 to 6 p.m. or by appointment at (574) 276-6001.

On NMU Dean’s List

Students named to the Northern Michigan University Dean’s List for the Fall 2020 semester include Kelly Richards of New Buffalo and Elexus Olson of Three Oaks.

Zoom events

The Bridgman Public Library is offering “The Real Mae West” via Zoom presented by Educational Entertainer, Martina Mathisen at 6 p.m. Feb. 2. Who was Mae West really? Find out during this fun and engaging program. Zoom link will be available on www.bridgman library.com.

An all-ages Digital Build Challenge is scheduled for Feb. 15 (registration opens Feb. 1). Attempt our build challenge from the comfort of your home using computers or building bricks. Sign up and details on the BPL website.

A Zoom Event on “Out-Smarting the Scammers” by Douglas Wall is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Get expert advice on how to identify and protect yourself from fraudulent activity.

A “Winter Reading Challenge” (ages 2 and up) is in effect to Feb. 6. Sign into Wandoo Reader on www.bridgmanlibrary.com. (You can use your login from the summer reading program.)

“Stay Safe and Read” Adult Winter Reading continues to Feb. 6. Sign up on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Animal Attraction Hike set

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) plans an Animal Attraction Hike for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Explore the different ways animals attract a mate, including bright colors, interesting dances and loud calls at Jens Jensen Preserve. Registration and mask required (for more, go to www. chikamingopenlands.org).

Brian Swiger Scholarship

The Twin City Players announces that application forms for the 2021 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship are available online.

The scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of former TCP member Brian Swiger. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution.

Applications are available at twincityplayers.org or by calling 269-429-0400 to request an application. Students at Berrien County high schools can also contact their counselors to learn more.

Quiz on history

The Friends of New Buffalo Library plan a fun presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 16, featuring Historical Society of Michigan’s Bob Myers quizzing the audience about history myths.

For further information, call the New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownship library.org, or send an email to new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Curbside service at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 North Thompson St., is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Services include books, DVDs and magazines; craft projects; library cards (sign up online); faxing, laminating, copying and printing (documents may be emailed). Winter Reading Programs currently are under way.

To make arrangements call (269) 469-2933 or reserve online (https://www.new buffalotownshiplibrary.org) to schedule your pick up.

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

A WiFi signal is available outside of the library.

Fair Beef registration

Market beef and carcass class registration for the 2021 Berrien County Youth Fair is underway and registrations must be received at the Fair Office by February 1, 2021.

Exhibitors must be at least 5 years old to show animals. Berrien County youth between the ages of 5 and 20, as of January 1, 2021, may register their market beef animals by picking up a form at the Fair office or by calling the Fair office at (269) 473-4251. Only paper entry forms will be accepted – no online registration for market beef and carcass class. For more information, go to www.bcyf.org.

Virtual Lecture Series

From January to April, Fernwood Botanical Garden will offer Meet the Greats – a dynamic lineup of speakers discussing plant exploration, garden design, art, and architecture.

Each presentation will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each webinar before each lecture.

The series swill feature nationally and internationally known garden leaders, plant experts, authors, landscape architects, and garden designers including Daniel J. Hinkley, Keith Stolte, Michael S. Dosmann, Andrea Wulf, Bill Noble, and Piet Oudolf. The series schedule, speaker and lecture information, and ticket details can be found at www.fernwoodbotanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.

Library open Saturdays

The Three Oaks Library has resumed Saturday hours (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The library also is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sunday.

Those entering are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others that do not live in their household. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

Curbside pickup also is offered. To place requests call (269) 756-5621 or log in online at https://threeoaks.biblionix.com/catalog/ and reserve items yourself. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

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.

The Winter Reading Program for adults is underway and will end on March 26, 2021. The first 30 people to register will receive a cute mug, then for each book you read you receive an entry into the drawing to win a prize on Monday, March 29, 2021. For more information, call 756-5621.

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