The New Buffalo Performing Arts Department will present “The Magic Christmas Tree” on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Kids crafts and cookie decorating will be available to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Middle/High School Cafeteria. Santa might pop by too!

In “The Magic Christmas Tree,” which debuted on Christmas Eve 1950, “Our Miss Brooks” discovers the magic of Christmas while offering a bit of humor.

Three New Buffalo Area Schools students – Lynn Jones, Brysun Perry, and Henry Gadiel – will perform a live read at 4:30 p.m. and a live broadcast at 5:30 p.m. The radio show will fill the airwaves of 107.9 WNBI, and 94.9 WSJM later this month.

Warren Dunes hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will visit Warren Dunes State Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

Hike leader and Hikers President Pat Fisher will lead the group through about 1.8 miles of the Park’s six miles of trails, and discuss the sounds of winter.

“Winter can have a silver lining for those who take the time to listen to the sound of trees, the lake and boots crunching through the snow,” Fisher says. “In winter, one of the greatest rewards of listening can be silence.”

Though membership in the group is preferred, all are welcome at this event. Those who attend are advised to dress in layers. wear sturdy shoes or boots and a warm cap, and bring plenty of water. An all-terrain rollator (a wheeled walker with oversized tires for use on unpaved surfaces) is available on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing harborcountryhikers@gmail.com. For driving directions and parking instructions, visit the group’s website, harborcountryhikers.com, or its Facebook page, Harbor Country Hikers.

Klein crowned Miss Berrien Springs

Linda Klein was named Miss Berrien Springs at a recent community pageant

Linda, a senior at Bridgman High School, is the daughter of Amy and Glen Klein.

After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year university to earn her bachelor’s degree of science in nursing to become a labor and delivery nurse.

Miss Berrien Springs First Runner-up was Hannah Sorenson, while Madylin Keigley was named second runner- up. Mr. Berrien Springs was Josiah Pittman, who will join Linda at the Miss Blossomtime pageant.

Holiday Film Series

The Vickers Theatre Holiday Film Series is scheduled as follows (tickets are $5 except for the free Dec. 15 screening): 7 p.m. Dec. 15 – “Elf”; 6 p.m. Dec. 16 – “Home Alone;” 6 p.m. Dec. 17 – “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation;” 6 p.m. Dec. 18 – “Die Hard;” 6 p.m. Dec. 19 – “The Shop Around the Corner;” 3 p.m. Dec. 23 – “A Christmas Story;” 3 p.m. Dec. 24 – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Also currently playing are: “The Menu” (through Dec. 19) and “Devotion” (opens Dec. 23). For complete schedules and more, go to vickerstheatre.com.

Free Coats in New Troy

Friends of New Troy’s annual Winter Coat Drive has caused a lot of generous people to open their closets and bring gently used coats to the New Troy Community Center. The Center, at 13372 California Road, now has a wide selection of coats available.

Anyone in need is invited to stop by and select something. Items are located on a rack just outside the Center entrance, which is accessible any time of day or night. Proof of income or residency is not required.

If you have coats, boots, hats or mittens to donate, please place on the rack.

Pickleball, a fun game for all ages played with paddles in the Community Center’s gymnasium, is open to the public on Mondays, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a tutorial for beginners, followed by open play. There is no charge to participate, although donations are always welcome.

Acorn holiday shows

Upcoming holiday shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: The Bergamot – A Holiday Open Mic Night featuring Abbie Thomas at 7 p.m. Dec. 15; Char Jones presents Season of Love at 8 p.m. Dec. 16; Harbor Country Opera presents Christmas at The Acorn at 8 p.m. Dec, 23.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Mobile food pantry

A Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visit is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Baroda royalty

Alexandra Parker was named Miss Baroda during a Dec. 10 pageant.

Alexandra, a junior at Lakeshore High School, is the daughter of Melissa and Neil Parker. After graduation, she plans to attend college.

Kaitlynn Baird was chosen as first runner-up and Miss Congeniality, while second runner- up was Ava Sandmann. Jraven Jacoby was named Mr. Baroda.

Winter Dance Concert

The Berrien County Dancers will hold their Winter Dance Concerts on Thursday, Dec. 15, and Friday, Dec.16 (both shows begin at 7 p.m.) in the Lakeshore Community Auditorium, Stevensville.

General Admission is $7 at the door.

The Friday night concert will also be live-streamed at lps.anywhereseat.com. Tickets for the live-stream can be purchased at the Anywhere Seat website. Live-stream tickets are on sale starting Dec. 12 for $7 per ticket.

The concert will feature works by Theresa Graziano, BCD Artistic Director, and guest choreographer, Skyler Newcom, from Giordano Dance Chicago, and members of the Advanced Dance class.

Berrien County Dancers is a countywide program that allows students to receive high school credit for dance classes. Lakeshore Public Schools and the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation sponsor BCD. For more information, email tgraziano@lpslancers.net.

Invasive removal

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive removal work at Warren Dunes State Park on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will help remove invasive garlic mustard. No experience is necessary and volunteers will be trained to identify the target invasive plant. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle.

To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at: gls@glslab.com.

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