The New Buffalo Business Association will host the 15th Annual New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. The festival will take place in downtown New Buffalo along Whittaker Street between Merchant and Mechanic streets. 

Representing all that the season has to offer, the Harvest & Wine Fest boasts an abundance of family-friendly activities including nonstop live music, unique art and makers vendors, farm market vendors, award-winning wines from Southwest Michigan, local beer and hard cider, tasty fare from area restaurants and food trucks, pumpkin painting, kids games with prizes and more. There is truly something for everyone so bring the entire family.

Live music includes The 1985 (7:30 p.m.), Gerry Hundt Trio (5:30 p.m.), Top Secret Band (3 p.m.) and Edgar Willbury Experience (12:30 p.m.)

Suggested donation at the gate is $5 per person (children 12 and under are admitted free).

Suggested lodging can be found at harvestandwinefest.com.

For updates and more information, please go to www.newbuffalo.org or call 1-888-660-6222. Volunteers are still being accepted on the website.

Power Association Fall Festival

The River Valley Antique Power Association’s Fall Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, at the Association grounds along Warren Woods Road.

Festivities will include tractor parades, antique tractors, cars, engines and chain saws, an operating saw mill, a shingle mill, threshing, a flea market, food concessions and an Oct. 3 raffle tractor drawing. Admission and parking are free (donations appreciated).

Mobile food pantries

A Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Galien Fire Station, 305 Kiley Dr., Galien; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman; 3:30 p.m.Oct. 13 (hosted by Episcopal Church of the Mediator) at New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

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

Blessing of the Animals

The Annual St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals Service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Animal owners are invited to bring their pets caged, leashes or otherwise accommodated. Stuffed animals also are welcome. There is no charge and pet treats will be provided.

A free-will offering to Michiana Humane Society will be gratefully received.

Studio tours to benefit Humane Society

The Michiana Humane Society will offer an one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit Harbor Country artists in their studios on Saturday, October 16.

A selection of artists will open their private studios. Tickets include access to eight studios and a cocktail party at Judith Racht Gallery to follow.

Featured studios include: Keek Bielby including works from Black Tree Studio; Elizabeth Coyne; Bob Gildo; Tim Hall; Ken Neumann; Brian Overley; Louise Pappageorge; and Thomas Allen Pauly.

Visit michianapets.org/events for more information.

Center of the World run

The 10th annual Run to the Center of the World will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, in and around New Troy, and registration for the half marathon, 10K and 5K event is now open.

Participation will be capped at 100 racers.

Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at facebook.com/RunToTheCenter. Registration forms may also be picked up at the Community Center. For more information, email runtothecenteroftheworld@gmail.com or call 269-426-3909.

All finishers will receive a carved wooden medal, and overall winners' names will be engraved on bricks to be mounted in the Community Center garden. A free grab-and-go breakfast will be provided to all participants and volunteers. Those who register before October 9 will also receive a free tee-shirt. Because Friends of New Troy is an advocate of the reduce, recycle, and reuse philosophy, extra shirts will not be ordered this year, so register early.

The race starts and ends at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy, MI 49119. Proceeds benefit the Community Center, which receives no government funding and is supported entirely through memberships, donations, grants, and fundraising events. The event is hosted by Friends of New Troy.

Joint art opening

Judy Ferrara Gallery and Arbor3 Arts in Three Oaks will present a joint artist opening reception featuring artists

Allison Svoboda “Wave to Wave Searching for Water” and plein air artist David Nakabayashi “Discovering Three Oaks”

From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 (with libations and bites provided by Silly Sausage).

Library ribbon cutting

The outdoor area green space/gazebo and new parking lot at the Three Oaks Township Public Library will officially open to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

The public is invited. The library will offer complimentary cider and donuts at an outdoor reception to follow (weather permitting).

The Library is located at 3 North Elm Street, Three Oaks, Michigan.  For more information please visit their website http://www.threeoaks.michlibrary.org or call (269) 756-5621.

Acorn shows

Legendary Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins will returns to the Acorn at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.

Other upcoming shows at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Tom Rush; 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo plus The Music of Journey with American Idol season 6 finalist Rudy Cardenas; 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton; 8 p.m. Oct. 7, Open Mic Night with last Exit; 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid sharing engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album set for release in 2022.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Library Board members sought

The Bridgman Public Library is seeking volunteers to fill two six-year vacancies on its Board of Trustees.

Those interested in the positions must be City of Bridgman residents, and must submit a letter of interest by Oct. 15 to Ed Valauskas, president, Bridgman Public Library Joint Board of Directors, 4460 Lake St., Bridgman, MI 49106.

State Park work days

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive

removal work days at local State Parks (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the following

dates: Saturday, Oct. 2 - Warren Dunes State Park; Saturday, Oct. 16 - Warren Dunes State Park.

Volunteers will help remove invasive bushes from areas within our state

parks. 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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