The 2018 Halloween Parade and Costume Contest in New Buffalo will take place Sunday, Oct. 28.

Lineup for costume judging begins at 2 p.m. on North Thompson Street (toward the lake from the library). Judging will begin at 2:30 p.m. sharp, and the parade will kick off at 3 p.m. The parade route will begin on Thompson Street and conclude at the City Fire Station. There will be 12 groups judged: Baby 0-18 months; Toddler 18 months-2 years old; Preschool “A” 2 years to 3 years old; Preschool “B” 3 years to 5 years old; Kindergarten 5 years old; 1st Grade; 2nd Grade; 3rd Grade; 4th Grade; 5th Grade; Middle School 6-8 Grades; and School Band.

Contact one of the following to volunteer for the parade or if you have any questions: Mike Keefer (269-405-7051); Tricia Bowden (269-369-7405); Juli Westergren (269-469-9690).

Trick-or-treating in the City of New Buffalo is scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Jazz Among the Roses

A Jazz Among the Roses benefit concert for the continuing legal defense of Ibrahim Parlak will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Café Gulistan, 13581 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Saxophonist/vocalist Michael Hulett and vocalist Livia Gazzolo are slated to perform.

For tickets visit (keyword GAZZOLOEVENTS) or RSVP and send a request to

Donations to Parlak’s legal defense fund can be made at

Spooky Trails

Free Spooky Trails complete with fun activities and snacks will take place at New Buffalo Township’s Memorial Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25 and 26 (all ages), and from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 (all ages). A “Scary Special” session is slated for 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Spooky Trails is sponsored by the New Buffalo High School Spain Trip and Disney Trip.

Fall Color Photography Hike

Chikaming Open Lands will sponsor a Fall Color Photography Hike beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer.

Join COL and Heart of the Lakes Multimedia Specialist, Deke Ludwig as he shares his expertise on how to capture the best nature shots, talks about his photography, and what it is like to be a local photographer. We will walk, talk, and take pictures throughout Jens Jensen Preserve to try and capture the perfect shot.

Deke travels throughout the state of Michigan to land conservancies and helps tell their stories through pictures and videos. He has captured some of the most beautiful places in Michigan and the world.

Bring your own camera for picture taking, comfortable walking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and your artistic eye.

This is a free program, but space is limited. Contact Casey at (269) 405-1006 or to reserve a spot.

Chef Night series planned

The Friends of the New Buffalo Township Library is leading a Chef Night series in and around New Buffalo in the coming months to benefit the New Buffalo Township Library. Generous chefs and restaurants on board with the cause will host tastings, demonstrations, and a variety of cooking classes. At 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, the first Chef Night will be held at Jackie’s Cafe, 801 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo. Participants will get a first-hand look into the mind of Chef Jackie Shen, well-known for her her giving spirit just as much as her delicious food. $35 per person will grant you a fall-themed tasting plus a cooking demonstration, or you can taste your heart out and leave the demonstrating to those more interested in brushing up on their cooking skills. Ticket sales will be equally matched, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

You may call Jackie’s at (269) 469-1800, or stop in, to sign up. Checks can be made payable to the Friends of the New Buffalo Township Library. There is limited availability.

Royalty Run

The Miss Bridgman Court invites the community to join them in the Royalty Run, a fun color run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Toth Park. The craziest dressed runner will be awarded a prize in addition to prizes for the first runner and walker across the finish line.

Registration forms are available to print from the Miss Bridgman Scholarship Organization Facebook page or at Bridgman City Hall. Forms can be dropped off at City Hall.

The Royalty Run will help the committee in its efforts to construct a building for the storage and decoration of its yearly float on space provided by the City of Bridgman at its sewer lagoon property on Rambo Road.  The committee has started the “Save the Bridgman Community Float” Go Fund Me page to help raise the expected $20,000 cost of the building.”

Benefit sale for Steven Klettle

A benefit for Steven Klettle is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in a huge pole bare at 4120 Sawyer Road.

Featured items will include 1700 to 1800 way of life primitives (all hand-made), animal hides that are brained, tanned and smoked (deer, elk, buffalo, skunk, possum, rabbit, raccoon and mink); hand-made women’s and men’s hunting bags, quill and bead loom work, jewery paintings, taxidermy animals, hand made baskets, bow arrows, knives of deer bone, and other hand-crafted and tooled-tooled items.

The sale is being held to help this man get his medicine and help him get by.

Trunk or Treat

A Trunk or Treat event at River Valley Middle School (hosted by the Chikaming Police Department) is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

‘Hungry for Harbor Country’ program

Lindsay Navama, creator of the recent “Hungry for Harbor Country” cookbook, will present the creative process behind self-publishing and her inspiration for the book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St.

Those attending can sample her Oatmeal Whiskey Cookies and Apple Mocktails, straight from her cookbook (which features original recipes along area favorites from places such as Journeyman, David’s Deli, Bentwood Tavern, and more).

The event is free, no sign up required. For more information contact Courtney at or (269) 469-2933.

Storyteller at A&E Center

Comedian and storyteller Dot Kane will perform at the School of American Music’s Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple Street in Three Oaks, at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Performances are family storytelling/comedy shows. Ticket prices are $5 per person or $20 per family.

Fall Festival

Woodland Shores Baptist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, October 28. The event is totally Free and includes donuts, cider, games, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, candy, and more.

‘Food Fight’ for veterans

A “Mac & Cheese Food Fight” to Celebrate Veterans Day by Honoring our Hometown Heroes! event is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Weko Beach House, 5301 Lake St., Bridgman.

Set to participate in the Mac & Cheese Competition are Brewster’s, Journeyman, Greenbush, Patellie’s, Lake Street Eats, The Featherbone, Casey’s, and Villa Nova. There also will be wine, beer, live music and kids activities.

Buy tickets at the door or go to

Mobile Food Pantry visits

The Harris Family Farm Foundation is sponsoring a Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry at the Galien Township Fire Department, 305 Kiley Dr., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9. The visit is being hosted by the Galien & Olive Branch parish of the UM Churches.

Galien and former Galien School District residents will be served first and then all others will be served.

This group is an Equal Opportunity Provider. Please bring bags and boxes to carry the food.

A Mobile Food Pantry visit to the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation will be sponsoring and hosted by the Friends of New Troy), is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21.

For more information on the Harris Family Farm Foundation, please visit

Veterans dinner

Three Oaks American Legion Post 204 is hosting its annual Veterans dinner.

Reservations only, Limited seating, open to all Veterans and one guest. Please call the Post after 4 p.m. to make reservations, and get specific information — (269) 756-2341.

Fall Festival & Ghost Train

The Hesston Steam Museum will present its Fall Festival and Ghost Train Oct. 27-28 (with a special scare-free day on Friday Oct. 26).

The Hesston Ghost Train offers a terror-ific ride through the Haunted Woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad. The Ghost Train is frightful fun for everyone (appropriate for children), though our most sensitive guests can visit on Friday, Oct. 26, for our scare-free ride.

Fall Festival events also include the blacksmith shop where hand-crafted, forged items are created right before your eyes; the turn-of-the-century steam-powered sawmill; threshing demonstrations; meals, snacks and ice cream treats made the old-fashioned way at the restored vintage soda fountain counter inside Doc’s Soda Fountain; and fun gifts in the Depot Store.

Admission and parking are free. Train fares are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 3-12. Trains run from 12 pm (noon) until 5 pm C.D.T.  The Hesston Steam Museum is located east of State Road 39 (west of Basswood Road) on LaPorte County Road 1000 North. Visit for more.

Friends Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library are pleased to present this year’s Friends Fall Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St.

Select and purchase one or several books from various genres to read by the fire during the winter months ahead. All proceeds of the event benefit the Library.

Veteran quilt

To honor those who have served our country, the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo, would like to award a quilt to a Berrien County veteran who has been touched by any war. The library is inviting all veterans and their families to submit their or their loved one’s name, one submission per veteran.

All veterans are invited to a reception (scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 10), with refreshments, where the quilt will be drawn for and awarded. Library  staff member Kathy Martus has created a beautiful quilt for this event.

Submission forms are available through Friday, Nov. 9. For more information contact Courtney at,  (269) 469-2933, or go to, 33 N. Thompson St.

Ribbon cutting at Converge Church

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ribbon-cutting at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Come celebrate and see the newly expanded New Buffalo campus of Converge Community Church. The former Goodwill space has been transformed into a nursery and children’s classroom space. More than 1,000 hours have been logged by volunteers for this project.

The November Chamber Mixer is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Horizon Bank, 500 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

The mixer is co-sponsored by Flagship Specialty Foods, Greenbush Brewing Co. and Black Currant Bakehouse. Join the hospitable staff of Horizon Bank for an evening of networking, noshing and learning more about the community bank that has been helping businesses since 1873.

RSVP Required by Nov. 9.

Outreach breakfast

Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer is offering a free community outreach pancake & sausage breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Acorn Shows

The following events are scheduled at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: Steven Poltz debuts at the Acorn (with Opener Laura Joy) at 4 p.m. Oct. 26; HauseFest (a fund-raising party benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities) on the evening of Oct. 27; Who’s Who: A Tribute to the Who at 8 p.m. Nov. 2; Let’s Spend the Night Together: A Celebration of the Stones at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3; Hot Brass — USAF Band of Mid-America at 8 p.m. Nov. 8; The Bottle Rockets debut at the Acorn with opener Adam Faucett at 8 p.m. Nov. 9; and a Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights at 8 p.m. Nov. 10.

For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Fahrenheit 11/9” (rated R), and “Juliet, Naked” (rated R). Coming soon is “Lizzie” (rated R). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit The phone number is (269) 756-3522.


The New Buffalo Township Library has announced a new Teen STEAM Series for teens to introduce them to the important aspects of  Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math.

Through a five-month long series (October through February), and each month will focus on an aspect of STEAM as follows: November – Tech; December – Engineering; January – Art; and February - Math.  Programs will be offered  every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Programs are sign-up only and are for ages 11-18. For more, go to the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo; call (269) 469-2933 or log on to

Story Hour

Wiggles & Giggles, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, is offered on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences. All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. Parents are required to remain with their children.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call Terry at (269) 426-4199.

Genius Night

Elsie Earl Studios, 200 W. Buffalo St, New Buffalo, will host a Genius Night: Open Mic/Show & Tell at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The show will feature a variety of talent including poets, storytellers, circus arts performers, musicians, and visual artists such as painters, sculptors and more. Artists interested in participating should contact Loretta Friend at 734-646-6633.

Blossomtime pageants

Teens and those without a preliminary Blossomtime pageant are invited to compete in the Miss Teen and Miss Heart of Blossomtime Pageant on Nov. 17.

The Blossomtime Festival is accepting applications through Nov. 4. The Miss Teen Blossomtime pageant is open to young women who reside in Southwest Michigan. Teens must be ages 13-15 by Nov. 17, 2018. Applications and additional information can be found at www., or by calling the Blossomtime Festival office at (269) 982-8016.

The Miss Heart of Blossomtime title is open to residents of communities that do not host a preliminary pageant to Blossomtime. Contestants must be 17 to 19 years old by Nov. 17, 2018. Examples of communities that are eligible to compete for Miss Heart: Covert, Decatur, Dowagiac, Galien, Mattawan, Marcellus and Three Rivers. The theme is “Arizona, The Grand Canyon State.” The pageant starts at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m., at the St. Joseph, High School Auditorium. Tickets are available in advance at the Blossomtime office or at the door the day of the pageant for $20.

The Miss Teen Blossomtime will participate in many of the Blossomtime events, including the Youth Parade and the Grand Floral Parade in May. The Miss Heart of Blossomtime winner will compete for the title of Miss Blossomtime on March 11, 2019, at the Mendel Center. The Blossomtime Pageant awards more than $14,000 in scholarships yearly to the Miss & Mr. Blossomtime contestants.

Input sought on Parks & Rec Plan

Every five years municipalities with a MI DNR-approved Parks & Rec plan must update and renew their plans. Last year, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Harbor Commission and Planning Commission held several work sessions to update New Buffalo’s plan in anticipation of the 2018 deadline and now Abonmarche Consultants are assisting with the final steps to prepare the document for submission to the State.

A vital part of this procedure is public input.There is an online survey on the city’s main page ( that city residents are strongly encouraged to answer. There will be other opportunities for public input, including an upcoming Parks and Recreation Board meeting. The Parks Board will be charged with following the Parks Plan to make sure the interests of residents and visitors are being served.

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