The New Troy Indoor Flea Market will begin its season on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Markets will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

Plan on bringing the whole family for a day of fun and a tasty lunch. The market is chock-full of treasures, including antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies. Lunch will be available for purchase.

To register for a space, vendors should contact Director Donald Heitsch at (773) 803-9773. Each space includes a table and chair. A reduced rate is available for those who commit to the entire season. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  For more, go to www.Facebook/NewTroyFleaMarket.

Service League Arts & Crafts Show

The New Buffalo Service League’s 36th Annual Arts & Crafts Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at New Buffalo Middle/High School.

Over 100 outstanding crafts booths, a food and bake sale, and the League’s famous apple slices will be featured. The $2 cost of admission includes a door prize ticket.

Acorn Gala

Anne Harris will headline the Acorn Theater Gala on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Experience delectable edibles catered by former Bistro on the Boulevard chef Cheyenne, a silent auction with a wide range of singular items and unique events topped off by entertainment showcasing the fabulous Anne Harris.

A silent auction and cocktails are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and include dinner, 1 drink ticket, premium seating plus the show ($60 per ticket is tax deductible). All proceeds go to benefit The Acorn Theater — a 501(c)(3) organization. Call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acorntheater.com.

Other upcoming shows at the Acorn include: The Future of Medicare- What You Need To Know Before You Vote on Oct. 14; Callaghan Live at The Acorn Oct. 19; Corky Siegel Chamber Blues Surprise 75th Birthday Bash on Oct. 20; and an Aglaja Petrova Piano Recital on Oct. 22.

Fall Festival & Ghost Train

The Hesston Steam Museum will present its Fall Festival and Ghost Train over three full weekends this year: Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21, and 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 a 501(c)(3) organization that is located east of State Road 39 (west of Basswood Road) on LaPorte County Road 1000 North. Visit www.hesston.org for more.

Bridgman Library Halloween Party

The Bridgman Library, 4460 Lake St., will hold a Halloween Party from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

An evening of games, treats and fun is planned. Zendor the Magician is slated to perform. Costumes are encouraged but optional.

Harbor Country Chamber annual meeting

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct, 24, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, 185 Mt. Tabor Road, Buchanan.

Cost is $35 per person and registration is required (RSVP by Oct. 19 and indicate your meal choice at time of registration). For more, call (269) 469-5409, send an email to chamber@harborcountry.org, or log on to HarborCountry.Org.

New Buffalo Halloween Parade

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. Awards will be handed out from 2:30 to 3 p.m. before the parade begins its journey to the city fire station.

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

Little Theatre Club to present ‘Joseph’

The LaPorte Little Theatre Club, 218 A St., will kick off its 2018-2019 season with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 19-21.

The musical will be performed by a regional cast and crew of nearly 50. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (all times Central). At press time, opening night (Oct. 12) was sold out and the closing performance (Oct. 21) close to sold out. Other performances were filling up quickly. Tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $12 for children, are available at www.laportelittletheatreclub.com, or by calling the theater at (219) 362-5113.

Senior Center Annual Meeting

The River Valley Senior Center Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Center, 13321 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert.

An Annual Report regarding operation of the center and review of the year’s activities will be presented along with the Election of New Board Members. Residents of the Center’s geographical service (the townships of Chikaming, Lake, New Buffalo, Three Oaks and parts of Galien and Weesaw, including the cities/villages of Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Troy and Bridgman and who have attained the age of 60 years are eligible to vote.

For additional information contact RVSC at (269) 469-4556 or RVSC@COMCAST.NET.

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 (starting location and route are still being finalized). 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 or mailed to P.O. Box 602, Bridgman.

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.”

River Valley Community Lunch

The next River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at Three Oaks School on Wednesday, Oct. 24, starting at noon. Cost of the lunch is $2 per person.  The program theme will be “Fall/Harvest.” Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

Missions Yard Sale

Bible Baptist Church, 7 East Clay St., New Buffalo, will have a Missions Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Household items and clothing will be featured.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “BLACKkKLANSMAN”” (rated R), and “Tea with the Dames” (not rated).

Coming soon is “Juliet, Naked” (rated R). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com. The phone number is (269) 756-3522.

Program on philosophers

The works and private lives of two noted thinkers, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, will be the topic of the Community Forum discussion sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

David Tidwell, of Lake Michigan College, will take a look at Sartre’s and Beauvoir’s contributions to modern philosophy and their famous and sometimes scandalous personal lives.

Years after Sartre wrote “Being and Nothingness,” he wrote another, shorter piece called “Existentialism Is a Humanism,” which many find much easier to understand.  While Beauvoir was also a philosopher, she is most famous for writing the feminist classic “The Second Sex,” a work that made her a founder of the current women’s movement.

Upcoming FOL programs include:  “Trivia, Folklore and Fun Facts:  An Unusual Exploration of Nature” on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and “The Tragedy of the USS Indianapolis,” on Monday, Nov. 12.

The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund. For more, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Haunted Trails & Family Fall Fest

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. 12, Michigan City, will host a spooktacular evening of family fun when Haunted Trails & Family Fall Fest take place from 4 to 7 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, Oct. 13.

Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a night of family-friendly scares set in the winding nature trails of Friendship Botanic Gardens at dusk. Enjoy crafts, games, food, and beverages by the bonfire.

Harvest Dinner Dance planned

The Michiana Humane Society will have a Harvest Dinner Dance from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Blissful Barn in Three Oaks.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7:30 p.m.. Music will be provided by The Gerald Dowd Band.

RSVP by October 11 (tickets will not be sold at the door) to (219) 872-4499 or via www.michianahumanesociety.org.

Mobile food pantry

There will be a Mobile Food Pantry on Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 3 p.m. at the New Troy Community Center (13372 California Road, New Troy). the visit is sponsored by the Church of the Mediator.

Storyteller at A&E Center

Comedian and storyteller Dot Kane will present a “Storycise” session, which combines storytelling with exercise, at the School of American Music’s Arts & Education (A&E) Center at 14 Maple St. in Three Oaks on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m.

Kane has a background in dance, theater and early childhood education, and has been entertaining young children and their families for the past 30 years. She describes her routines as “stand-up comedy for kids.” A Chicagoan, Kane also has a house in Union Pier.

Ticket prices at $5 per person or $20 per family. Email schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or call (269) 409-1191 to register.

Chicken dinner & bazaar in Glendora

A buffet style chicken dinner and bazaar will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1733 W. Glendora Road, on Wednesday, Oct., 18.  Seatings will be at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, and $5 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under eat free. Call Ann Schmaltz at 269-422-1852 for tickets. Advance sales only.  Dinner being sponsored by the Ladies League and Thrivent Financial.

COL activities

A Chikaming Open Lands Stewardship Day at Burns Prairie Preserve is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13.

A Nocturnal Animals Night Hike is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo.

For more, go to www.chikamingopenlands.org or call (269) 405-1006.

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 (www.cityofnewbuffalo.org/) that city residents are strongly encouraged to answer.

Teen STEAM Series at library

The New Buffalo Township Library has announced a new Teen STEAM Series for teens to introduce them to the important aspects of STEAM (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.

Programs will be offered  every Thursday at 4:30 p.m., are sign-up only, and are for ages 11-18. For more, go to the Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo; call (269) 469-2933 or log on to newbuffalolibraryyouth@gmail.com.

Story Hour in New Troy

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 with former elementary school teacher Ollie Rosenthal, who makes sure they have a fun, enriching time. All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but 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.

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