A Noktoberfest (Oktoberfest in November) celebration to benefit the Interactive Hands-on Zone at Curious Kids Museum is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Froehlichs 19 North Event Space at 19 North Elm St. in Downtown Three Oaks.

The event will feature Ein Prosit (a live German band) from 7 to 10 p.m., German food and drinks, a full cash bar and dancing. Tickets are $40 each (kids under 10 admitted free) and can be purchased at www.shopfroehlichs.com or in person at the Froehlichs Bakery of Kitchen & Pantry in Downtown Three Oaks.

Bridgman pageants

Mr. and Miss Bridgman contestants are Eric Adams, Summer Janes, Naomi Loraff, Kelsey Mulick, Rachel Scharnowske and Ethan Pope. The “Broadway’s Greatest Hits” 2020 Pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets at the door are $20 for general seating (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

The 2020 Little Miss Bridgman, Miss Junior Teen Bridgman and Miss Teen Bridgman “Broadway’s Greatest Hits” Pageant begins at 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets at the door are $20 general seating (doors open at 12:30 p.m.).

Little Miss contestants are LaShanna Sparks, Brooklynn Wheeler, Ireland Stratton, Alivia Munson, Zoey Davis, Aubree Pliley, Lily Munson, Hailey Germain, Ravin Ayala, Ariel Munson and Sofia Tyler.

Junior Teen contestants are Brookelyn Rochefort, Emma Sanders, Katherine Starbuck, Jazlyn Culbertson and Katie Buist.

Teen contestants are Madison Rochefort, Lily Barker, Ava Starbuck, Ava Janes, Maya Schmidt, Isabella Tyler, Hailey Drew, Peyton Adams, Anne Scott, Katherine Sanders and Maggie Enders.

Hometown Heroes Food Fight

Brewster’s Italian Cafe, Greenbush Brewing Co., Lake Street Eats, Casey’s Bar & Grill, Early Bird Eatery, Froehlich’s, The Featherbone and Ghost Isle Brewery will host the 2nd Annual Hometown Heroes Food Fight for Veterans, taking place Sunday, November 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Weko Beach House, 3501 Lake Street, Bridgman.

The event will feature a Taco competition between participating restaurants along with wine, beer, live music and activities for kids. The Hometown Heroes Food Fight is a collaborative event with eight local establishments in an effort to bring the community together, meet local veterans, celebrate their contributions to the community and show our thanks for this Veterans Day. All proceeds will benefit the Bridgman American Legion Chapter.

Tickets are $10 each (Veterans, Active Duty Military and Kids under 10 admitted free). Ticket includes: samples from all participating restaurants and a choice of wine, beer or non-alcoholic refreshments. Ticket also includes a vote for the best taco. Donations are also welcome if unable to attend—see our Facebook (@brewstersitaliancafe) for more information. Purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time at foodfightforveterans.eventbrite.com (please print ticket if purchasing online). Contact Abagail at abagail@brewstersitaliancafe.com for more information.

Veterans Day Celebration & Flagpole Dedication

A Community Veterans Day Celebration and Flagpole Dedication at the California School Cemetery (located at the corner of Snow and California roads in Bridgman) will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

The main focus will be honoring all Veterans. The dedication of a new flagpole installed by James Jasper as his Eagle Project also is planned. During the project he discovered that there are seven Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery and decided that the new flagpole should be dedicated to honor them.

Three Oaks/River Valley Pageant

The Three Oaks/River Valley “Greatest Superheroes Pageant is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at River Valley High School. Contestants are (Junior Teen) Addyson Frazier, Johnna Rochefort and Angelina York (Teen) Makena Christ, Lily Morse, Macey Springer, Taylor Kirk and Lexie McCarty (Miss) Madison Lumley, Mackenzie Norris and Allyson Rochefort. The Mr. Contestant is Davyd Bronson.

Veterans Day Breakfast

The New Buffalo Area Schools invite Veterans who have served America and protected our freedoms to attend a breakfast and ceremony at 7:25 a.m. Friday, November 8, in the Middle/High School Cafeteria located at 1112 East Clay Street, New Buffalo.

A program will follow in the Performing Arts Center. Please call the High School Office at (269) 469-6001 to R.S.V.P.

Fall Holiday Bake Sale

A Fall Holiday Bake Sale will take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24, at the Annunciation and Agia Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church Social Hall, 18000 Behner Road, New Buffalo.

The sale, to be held in the Social Hall from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, will feature traditional Greek pastries such as baklava, kourambiedes, galaktoboureko and koulourakia plus fall holiday favorites.

Pre-order forms (due back by Nov. 13) can be obtained by calling (219) 241-2707.

NB Library Chef Night

A Chef Night with Bill Reynolds to support the New Buffalo Township Library is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at New Buffalo Bill’s Wood Fired BBQ restaurant.

Bill will demonstrate two entrees (whole salmon with a salt crust and a stuffed boneless turkey braes) along with side dishes chosen from guest submissions and serve them as a sit-down dinner.

Cost is $40 per person (cash or check) and there is a limit of 25. Sign up at the library’s front desk (the library is at 33 North Thompson St.).

The next Library Book Club pick is “Where the Crawdad’s Sing” by Delia Owens.

Donate a Wreath and support the Library. Packets are available at the Front Desk.

Berrien County Veterans can sign up for Quilt of Valor drawing at the Library (the drawing is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9).

A session on How to Setup and Use Facebook is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 12.

Blue Ribbon Award celebration

A community wide celebration of New Buffalo High School’s National Blue Ribbon Award begins at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Performing Arts Center at the Middle/High School.

H’ordouvres will be offered and speakers including U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, State Rep. Brad Paquette and others are slated to speak before the assembly ends with dessert.

World War II tale forum

Veterans Day will be commemorated by the Friends of New Buffalo Library with a World War II tale during the next Community Forum program on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. Eastern at New Buffalo Public Library, 36 N. Thompson St.

Author Mark Farina will share the true story of Casey and the Flying Fortress about the pilot and crew of a B-17 bomber in World War II.  The story covers the assembling and training of the crew to their struggle after becoming prisoners of war.  Farina also will talk about the discovery, some 60 years later, of details which the pilot’s surviving friends and crew members never knew.

Upcoming FOL programs include: Wessel Whittaker and the First Days of New Buffalo on Tuesday, Nov. 19; Unique and Rare Ecosystems to Southwest Michigan on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and The World War I Christmas Truce on Monday, Dec. 9.

The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library.  For further information, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Progressive Mixer

The New Buffalo Business Association and Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a progressive mixer at various businesses in New Buffalo from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14. Check in is at The Villager. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/november-members-mixer-new-buffalo-progressive-tickets-77153057873.

Open House at Bridgman Library

The Bridgman Public Library is hosting an Open House on Friday, November 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate completion of recent renovations and to introduce the new library Director, Dennis Kreps.  

The public is invited to come and enjoy light refreshments and join us in celebrating these two exciting events.

 Grand Mere hike

The other side of the dune at Grand Mere State Park near Stevensville will be explored by the Harbor Country Hikers on Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

With nearly 1,000 acres of undeveloped wetlands, woods, sand dunes and beach, Grand Mere has been designated a National Wild Landscape. The natural history of the Grand Mere Embayment and its very special wetlands will be covered during a 1-mile round-trip option on a paved, wheelchair accessible path or the full 3-mile round-trip hike that includes a non-paved trail. For those wishing to climb the dune, a view of Lake Michigan awaits them. Hikers are advised to wear sturdy shoes, bring water and cold-weather gear including some bright orange or yellow items due to hunting season. The parking lot entrance is on Thornton Drive, which runs parallel I-94 and can be accessed from Red Arrow Highway by going west on John Beers/Grand Mere Road.

Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Membership ($20 for individuals or $30 for families) is encouraged.  For weather cancellations, further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Tournament of Playwrights

The Acorn Theater. 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, announces the Finals Competition for the Spectacular Tournament of Playwrights featuring six original 10-minute plays, each performed by actors from Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov.. 9.  

The Tournament brings not-yet-published works to The Acorn and gives local actors the opportunity to brandish their acting chops for a fresh audience. Each script delivers a complete story in 10 minutes.  The top six scripts are: “Trapped by Barry Wood,” Lincolnshire, England; “Of Two Minds” by Patrick Nichols, Beverly Shores, Ind.; “The Problem with Phantasms” by Hope Shangle, Stratford, Conn.; “Death on a Scooter” by Dwayne David Hayes, Farmington, Mich.; “Like Lambs to …” by Carl Maronich, Bourbonnais, Ill.; and “Sebastian’s Stupendous Circus” by Robert Kerr, Berrien Springs, Mich.  

The participating theater companies are Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso, Ind.; Hammond Community Theatre, Hammond, Ind.; Twin City Players, St. Joseph, Mich., and other actors familiar to audiences across the region.   

Judges experienced in theater select the winner and runner-up and the audience votes for People’s Choice. The winning playwright receives $300, runner-up $75 and People’s Choice $75. The event is family-friendly and open to all ages.

Tickets are $15 and are available at www.acornlive.org. For more on upcoming Acorn shows, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acornlive.org.

Service League to meet Nov. 13

The November meeting of the New Buffalo Service League will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at New Buffalo Bill’s. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

The program for the evening will be a recap of the October Arts and Crafts Show. Anyone wishing to attend or learn more about the Service League can call Liz Rettig, reservations chairperson, at (269) 266-2116.

‘Screenagers’ screening

Bridgman Public Schools is showing the documentary film “Screenagers” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, according to a news release from the district.

Child care will be available at the showing, which will be in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center, 9964 Gast Road. The film is being shown thanks to a grant from the Bridgman Foundation of Educational Excellence. According to the Screenager’s website, the film “probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.” More information can be found at www.screenagersmovie.com.

Joe Rommel, educational technology consultant at Berrien RESA and a local parent, will moderate the event.

Community Lunch

The next River Valley Community Lunch will take place at the Middle/High School on Thursday, November 14, starting at 1:15 p.m.

Cost is $2 per person. The program for this event will feature the High School Band.  Administrators will also provide updates and answer questions.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St. in Three Oaks, is screening “Pain and Glory” and “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” Coming soon are “Give Me Liberty” and “Judy.”

For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com/ or call (269) 756-3522.

Holiday Bazaar

The River Valley Senior Center will host a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov.  9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you would like to participate as a vendor the cost is $20 per space and bring your own table. For more information, call the Center at (269) 469-4556.

Mustang Moonlight Madness

5th Annual Mustang Moonlight Madness will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Jerry Schaffer Gymnasium at River Valley Middle/High School. Admission is free. Events include: Meet the Team & Cheerleaders, Mens’ & Ladies’ Alumni games, Student/Alumni pep band, & 50/50 raffle. Event shirts will be available for purchase.

Give-back dinner for NBBA

A give-back dinner at Mesa Luna in Sawyer to benefit the New Buffalo Business Association (50 percent of dinner cost) is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 (bar opens at 4 p.m.).

Holiday Market, Café & Cookie Walk

Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, will host its annual bazaar “Holiday Market, Café and Cookie Walk” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23.

This event will feature various vendors/crafters, a Cookie Walk (we will do the Holiday Baking for you), a craft station for children and serve lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Menu includes hot turkey sandwiches, sloppy joes, vegetables, various baked dessert items and beverages.

This event is open to the public and admission is free. All profits from this event are given to special church projects and missions, locally and worldwide.

Find and “Like” us on Facebook, Stevensville United Methodist Church. www.stevensville-umc.org.

Early days of New Buffalo forum

How Whittaker Street got its name and other stories about the first days of New Buffalo will be shared at a Friends of the Library forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the New Buffalo Public Library, 36 N. Thompson St.

The evening begins with the tale about hapless Great Lakes skipper Wessel Whitaker, who ran his ship aground near what is now Grand Beach in an 1834 storm and went on to found New Buffalo on the shores of Lake Potawatami at the mouth of the Galien River. The captain’s dream of creating a major Lake Michigan seaport never materialized.  In fact, the town almost disappeared after his death before developing into the resort destination it is today. The tales from these early days will be shared by Nick Bogert, board member of The Region of Three Oaks Museum and a former network TV news producer.

For further information, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Fudge-Raiser for Senior Center

A Fudge-Raiser to benefit the River Valley Senior Center featuring Jackie’s Cafe fudge at $14 per pun (with matching funds from the Larry Bubb Endowment providing $28 to the Senior Center) is taking pre-orders for pick-up after Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact Jackie’s Cafe at 810 West Buffalo St. in New Buffalo (269-469-1800).

RV Holiday Market

River Valley’s Fourth Holiday Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 7 in the River Valley High School cafeteria.

Need help?

Neighbor by Neighbor connects residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo and Three Oaks Township to a variety of social service agencies, government agencies and churches for help with resources. If you are wondering which way to turn, Neighbor by Neighbor will point you in the right direction for short term confidential help.

Call or text (269) 231-0648 or email info@nbynharborcountry.org.

Bible Baptist Church events

Bible Baptist Church in New Buffalo offers a free dinner at 6 p.m. every third Wednesday and a movie night at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month.

For more, call (269) 589-7470.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers are held 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 the Community Center at 269-426-3909.

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