New Troy Indoor Flea Markets will take place on consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, 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.

For lunch, the chef will be serving up homemade cottage pie with soda bread, The Salty Nag’s spin on classic Irish meat pies, served with veggies and mashed potatoes.

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.

Mobile Food Pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits to Harbor Country, supported by the Pokagon Fund, are scheduled as follows: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Chikaming Township Fire Department, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert (hosted by Harbor Country Progress); and 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Chikaming Township Fire Department, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert  (hosted by the Harbor Country Rotary Club).

On Deans List

Gregory Palen of Three Oaks has been named to the Deans List for the 2018 fall semester at Grand Valley State University in Grandville, Mich.

To be included, Grand Valley students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Gregory, a River Valley High School graduate, is the son of Charles and Donna Palen.

New Buffalo Service League to meet

The January meeting of the New Buffalo Service League will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Harbor Grand Terrace Room, 111 W Water St., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Start the new year meeting new friends. Join us and see what we do best. Please call Nancy Gino at (269) 469-1364 to reserve your spot.

WRHC Give-Back Dinner

A Give-Back Dinner for Radio Harbor Country is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2019, at Bentwood Tavern, 600 West Water St., New Buffalo.

Afternoon Tea

The New Buffalo Township Library’s fifth annual Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Pokagon Room.

Tickets (at $8 per person) will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 17, and will be available until Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets include entrance to the event, a variety of teas to choose from, and a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

For more information, contact Courtney at, (269) 469-2933. The library is located at 33 N Thompson. St.

Three Oaks Winter Reading

The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program through Feb. 28, 2019.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a winter mug — perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. Read one book each week and receive a weekly prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Drawing will be held on March 1. Warm up your winter with a good book!

Humane Society seeks volunteers

The Michiana Humane Society (MHS) is accepting applications for volunteers to help at the shelter and at events for the 2019 season. Volunteers play a major role in the function of the shelter, by cleaning kennels and blankets, socializing with the animals, and helping with registration and other activities during events.

Volunteering at MHS can also count towards hours for students and others who need to fulfill a certain amount community service. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and beyond, and are asked to volunteer in one to two hour shifts when convenient to them.

If you have a love of animals and believe in MHS’s mission of finding permanent homes for the shelter animals, sign up to volunteer at Michiana Humane Society. You can apply in person at  at 722 Indiana Highway 212 in Michigan City, visit and fill out an application online, or call (219) 872-4499.

Acorn Shows

The following shows are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: The Chicago Experience on Jan. 19; Chely Wright with Opener Eric Burgett at 8 p.m. Jan 25; Dan Navarro with opener Patti Shaffner at 8 p.m. Feb. 8; That’s Amore! An afternoon cabaret of Arias & Love Songs featuring: Paul Mow, Joshua Goines, Meredith Best George, Kacie Colleen Mercer & Abby Murray Vachon at 2 p.m. Feb. 10;  and  The Smithereens With Marshall Crenshaw on March 15.

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

Hikers plan detective lessons

Chikaming Open Lands’ Education and Outreach Coordinator Casey Struecker will coach the Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) on becoming nature detectives during a forensics hike at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 10 a.m.

During the 1.5-mile easy wilderness forensic hike, participants will learn where and what to look for to spot the animal signs that give clues left behind by the wildlife that live in the area’s woods, fields and wetlands. COL’s Jens Jensen Preserve is a high-quality hardwood forest that features towering oak, maple, beech and tulip along with seasonal wetlands, so boots are recommended. The reserve is located at 6851 Parkway Dr., off Red Arrow Highway one block south of SawyerRoad/Holloway Drive, just north of Sawyer Highlands Church.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

Bridgman Library activities offered

The Bridgman Library will present Friday Flicks as follows: at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4 “The Wizard of Oz.”

 Take a breather at the Bridgman Public Library. Join us for a Cocoa and Coloring Power Hour for grades 2-12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Relax, color outside the lines, and sip your drink.

The Bridgman Public Library’s new Tween Book Club (for grades 6-8) will begin by reading “A Wrinkle In Time.” Space is limited so sign up by Jan. 11. Meet us in the Reed Middle School Media Center from 3:15 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact:

The theme for this year’s Teen Story Writing Contest is “Love.” Open to students in grades 9 – 12 residing in Bridgman, Lake, and Chikaming Townships.

A complete list of rules can be found on the “Teens” page at  Entrants are able to request a private review session to hone their work. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 1-Feb 28. First place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Prizes provided by the Friends of Bridgman Public Library.  Winners announced March 8 on the Bridgman Library website.

Musicians from Andrews University, Bridgman, and Buchanan will be at the Bridgman Public Library performing both solo and chamber works on January 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “A Private War” (rated R) and “What They Had” (rated R).

For times, more information and movie trailers, visit

Buccaneer Bash

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence will throw a “Buccaneer Bash” For Now & Forever fund-raiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bridgman American Legion Post 331.

A silent and live auction, dancing to music by Top Secret, appetizers, beverages, cash bar and costume prizes are planned.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available soon at the Bridgman High School office or online at

4-H Tractor Operator Program

Michigan State University Extension will offer the 4-H Tractor Operator Program (TOP) beginning Jan. 24, 2019, at Baroda Township Hall, 9091 First St., Baroda.

Successful completion of 4-H TOP provides a certificate of training required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by 14- and 15-year-old youth employed on property not owned, leased or operated by a parent or legal guardian. Certification is also used by youth who exhibit and participate in local contests, parades and festival activities.

The 9-week course will be taught on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 24 through March 28. This schedule includes educational sessions, some driving practice, final written and driving tests, and graduation program. In addition, participants will need some study time for out of class assignments to reach the 24 hours of required training to be certified. We require a minimum of 24 hours of instruction and participants must be 14 years of age by the date of the driving test to be eligible for certification.

To register online, go to Cost is $60 per person for 4-H members and $80 per person for non-4-H members. Registration deadline is January 10, 2019. The program must have at least five participants registered to be held; with a maximum of 20. For more information, contact Deb Barrett by e-mail at or by phone at (269) 927-5674.

Twin City Players auditions set

The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for the mystery drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 13 and 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio at the Twin City Players Campus, 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph.

Paige Smillie, who directs the production, asks those auditioning to prepare a one-minute monologue that showcases an ability to develop character. Monologues and readings from the script will be performed privately with the directorial and volunteer staff. Character ages range from 15-80 years old, both male and female. Many actors will be cast in multiple roles — some as many as eight. Please bring a list of any dates/activities that may conflict with a rehearsal schedule between Jan. 15 and March 28. Questions about the script, characters, or audition process are welcome! Please contact the director at for any information.

Based on the bestseller of the same name, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”  is about a suburban 15-year-old boy, except Christopher is not your typical teenager —he’s an amateur detective.

Show dates are March 29 - April 14, 2019. The Twin City Players’ 2018-2019 Season Sponsors are: Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant, Professional Hearing Services, Meijer, The Herald Palladium, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, and TPC Technologies, Inc. Show Sponsor for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is Stay & Obey.

For more information about TCP, call 269-429-0400 or visit us at

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