The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence (BFEE) is proud to partner with Classic Catering to host an Old Mill Run Mexican Fiesta Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. This give-back night will help raise funds to provide enhanced learning opportunities for Bridgman students, staff, and community.

For just $40, a family of four can enjoy a delicious meal consisting of eight chicken and cheese enchiladas, eight ground beef soft-shell tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, and chips and salsa. Cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream will be provided on the side. Tickets are being sold in advance online only and can be purchased now at www.bridgmanfoundation.org/mexican-fiesta.

To ensure the health and safety of everyone during the pandemic, ticket holders can pick up their Mexican Fiesta dinners via a drive-through pickup process at Bridgman High School, 9964 Gast Road, on Feb. 20 between 4 and 6 p.m. Upon arrival, patrons will simply show their PayPal receipts and volunteers will load the hot meals into their vehicles. Everyone can enjoy the tastes of Old Mill Run in the comfort of their own homes.

Classic Catering is owned and operated by Brett and Melissa Boyd, who owned the Old Mill Run restaurant in New Troy several decades ago. Old Mill Run was well known for Taco Night every Wednesday.

“We are thankful that Classic Catering is so community-minded,” says Allan Barker, BFEE Chairman. “So many people remember Old Mill Run with great fondness. It’s wonderful that Classic Catering is willing to bring some of that nostalgia back to the area to help us raise money for such a worthy cause.”

“The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence has been an incredible resource for our staff and students,” says Shane Peters, Bridgman Public Schools Superintendent. “I’m so pleased that they are thinking creatively to continue these important fundraising initiatives. I extend my gratitude to BFEE and Classic Catering for helping our schools with this upcoming Fiesta Night.”

Founded in 2009, the non-profit Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence strives to recognize innovation, foster excellence, and make a positive impact on the future of our community through education. To learn more, donate, or volunteer visit www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

Broadband survey

The Berrien County Broadband Internet Task Force is seeking to bridge the digital divide in Berrien County by asking as many people as possible to fill out its survey at MichiganMoonshot.org/Berrien.

SAM to present ‘A Valentine Serenade’ concert

Join the School of American Music (SAM) for its first Family Concert of the year, “A Valentine Serenade,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., in New Buffalo, Mich.

Tickets are free but must be reserved online (https://schoolofamericanmusic.com). Donations are welcome.

“A Valentine Serenade,” which organizer Phil Bauman promises to be “one splendid afternoon of singing,” will feature vocalists Kim Jones, Matt Daniel and Bill McMurray accompanied by Lisa Kristina on piano and Charles Steck on trumpet.

“Our versatile singers are fantastic musicians who connect deeply with their audiences,” said Bauman, program director for the School of American Music. “This family friendly program presents many different genres and styles and will encompass a wide range of emotions.”

The line-up of Romantic serenades will include beloved favorites from “La Boehme,” “Magic Flute,” “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific” and “Les Misérables,” as well as selections from composers ranging from Handel to Bizet to Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Leonard Bernstein.

Out of respect for the performers and all those in attendance, social distancing will be observed and masks will be required throughout the concert.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from The Pokagon Fund, and donations to the School of American Music. The next concert in the 2021 series, “With A Youthful Spirit,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 14 at Converge Church. It will feature the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Musical Ensembles.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Have you ever wondered what happens at the library when it’s closed? The Three Oaks Public Library mascot, Mr. Warren the Build-a-Bear Mustang, will share our secret world with your stuffed animal friends at our Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

Children up to age 11 are invited to drop off a stuffed friend anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. When you drop off your friend, you will make a name tag for them and take home 

an activity for yourself. Your stuffed friend will spend the night in the library – reading books, playing games, sharing snacks, and making new friends with the other stuffed animals. 

The next day (Saturday, Febr. 13) you will come back to the library to pick up your stuffed friend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  They will be all set to go home with you and share their adventures.

Masks are required for everyone entering the library so be sure your stuffed friend is “masked up!”

One friend per child and space is limited so call (269) 756-5621 to register.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Pipestone Berrien Township Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville.

For more, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Mini Bees

The Bridgman Mini Bees Boys Basketball program will be based on teaching the FUNdamentals of basketball. It will include a T-Shirt, contests, prizes and scrimmages. The Bridgman boy’s basketball coaching staff will run the program (Chuck Tate, Brad Yachstetter, Mike Miller and players).

Each player must have tennis shoes with non marking soles, shorts and a T-shirt. The program will meet on the following Saturdays at BHS (3rd and 4th grades from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 5th and 6th grades from 10 a.m. to noon): Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27 and March 6.

Cost of the program is $35 with cash or checks payable to Bridgman Public Schools (includes prizes and a T-Shirt). If cost is a problem please contact Coach Miller. For more information send an email to mmiller@bridgmanschools.com.

Help offered

Neighbor by Neighbor is here to help you and your family make it through the pandemic. Thanks to a generous grant from The Pokagon Fund, Neighbor by Neighbor now helps with rent, mortgages, utilities, and car repairs.

Neighbor by Neighbor also is able to assist you with signing up for food stamps, where to find mobile food pantries, eviction assistance, and the steps needed for adults returning to technical school or college. Call or text 269-231-0648.

Glenwood Dunes hike

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) are heading to the ancient beaches found in the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Glenwood Dunes for a 2.5-mile hike on Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The story of these impressive glacial features and nearby Great Marsh and Toleston Shorelines will be told by HCH President Pat Fisher. The trails to be hiked are part of an extensive trail system featuring interconnected loops ranging from less than a mile to nearly 15 miles. The paths are popular with hikers, runners, horseback riders and cross-country skiers.

Participants will meet in the parking lot at 1596 N. Kemil Road (300E), Chesterton, IN. For complete details or membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com/events.

Hikers are advised to dress in layers, wear a warm hat and bring water. Depending on the weather, there may be muddy or icy areas. HCH hikers observe social distancing and the use of face masks is required.

Quiz on history

The Friends of New Buffalo Library plan a fun presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 16, featuring Historical Society of Michigan’s Bob Myers quizzing the audience about history myths.

For further information, call the New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, or send an email to new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Curbside service at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 North Thompson St., is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Services include books, DVDs and magazines; craft projects; library cards (sign up online); faxing, laminating, copying and printing (documents may be emailed). Winter Reading Programs currently are under way.

To make arrangements call (269) 469-2933 or reserve online (https://www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org) to schedule your pick up.

Youth Services offers bi-weekly story times for both little ones and bigger children as well as crafting projects available via curbside service.

A WiFi signal is available outside of the library.

Heart of Cook grants

Grant applications are available for “The Heart of Cook” foundation fund, a grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant and administered by the Berrien Community Foundation to assist nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana (La Porte, St. Joseph and Elkhart counties).

Human services, educational projects, environmental protection, and preservation projects and programs that support families are the focus areas for this grant program. The grant review committee, comprised of Cook Nuclear Plant employees, gives special consideration to projects that involve I&M employees. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt or equivalent status to qualify for funding.

Grant applications and guidelines may be obtained by visiting the Berrien Community Foundation's website at www.berriencommunity.org/HOC. ll grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Berrien Community Foundation’s website and the application due date is February 10, 2021, with awards to be announced in May. Agencies that have received funding for three consecutive years will not be eligible to apply during this grant cycle. If you have questions about applying, contact Susan Matheny at susanmatheny@berriencommunity.org.

Art by Joan Konkel

Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 South Elm St., Three Oaks, is pleased to welcome Washington D.C.-based artist Joan Konkel, whose painted canvases with layers of aluminum and fiberglass mesh atop are engineered to allow light waves to transform the sculptural paintings with shimmering optical magic.

Judy Ferrara Gallery is open Thursday through Monday 12 to 6 p.m. or by appointment at (574) 276-6001.

On NMU Dean’s List

Students named to the Northern Michigan University Dean's List for the Fall 2020 semester include Kelly Richards of New Buffalo and Elexus Olson of Three Oaks.

Bridgman Library Zoom events

The Bridgman Public Library is offering an all-ages Digital Build Challenge scheduled for Feb. 15. Attempt our build challenge from the comfort of your home using computers or building bricks. Sign up and details on the BPL website (www.bridgmanlibrary.com).

A Zoom Event on “Out-Smarting the Scammers” by Douglas Wall is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Get expert advice on how to identify and protect yourself from fraudulent activity.

Brian Swiger Scholarship

The Twin City Players announces that application forms for the 2021 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship are available online.

The scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of former TCP member Brian Swiger. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution.

Applications are available at twincityplayers.org or by calling 269-429-0400 to request an application. Students at Berrien County high schools can also contact their counselors to learn more.

Mail applications to Twin City Players, P.O. Box 243, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2021. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.5 or better and a short essay. The recipient(s) are announced in late May.

Fernwood Virtual Lecture Series

Fernwood Botanical Garden will offer Meet the Greats — a dynamic lineup of speakers discussing plant exploration, garden design, art, and architecture — through April.

Each presentation will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each webinar before each lecture.

The series swill feature nationally and internationally known garden leaders, plant experts, authors, landscape architects, and garden designers including Daniel J. Hinkley, Keith Stolte, Michael S. Dosmann, Andrea Wulf, Bill Noble, and Piet Oudolf. The series schedule, speaker and lecture information, and ticket details can be found at www.fernwoodbotanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.

Three Oaks Library open Saturdays

The Three Oaks Library has resumed Saturday hours (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The library also is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sunday.

The building remains open. Those entering are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others that do not live in their household. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

Curbside pickup also is offered. To place requests call (269) 756-5621 or log in online at https://threeoaks.biblionix.com/catalog/ and reserve items yourself. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

The Winter Reading Program for adults is underway and will end on March 26, 2021. The first 30 people to register will receive a cute mug, then for each book you read you receive an entry into the drawing to win a prize on Monday, March 29, 2021. For more information, call 756-5621.

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