A Civil War Era Baseball Match between the local Eddie Gaedel Society/Three Oaks Team and the House of David Echoes will be held at noon Saturday, May 18, on the large playing field at Three Oaks Elementary School.

The locals, all members of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society, feature a colorful squad: Official Civil War re-enactors Mark and Jess Scygiel; Johanna Welter from Journeyman Distillery; Dave Rudolph and Bryan McCarty of the 1997 River Valley Mustangs State Championship Baseball team; River Valley’s first star baseball player and father of two more , Tony Margol; Three Oaks Elementary Principal Patrick Zuccala; Fred Lange of the Edgar Wilbury Experience and 1981 RV State Runners Up; Steve Koth, the center on the 1979 Boys State Basketball Champs; Dave Gumper, a major league pitcher from 1982 to 1987 with the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, and Kansas City Royals; and two brothers who just like to play catch — Karl and Garry Lange.  

Those arriving between 11 a.m. and noon can enjoy a specially prepared picnic lunch for $7 (menu includes a choice of beef, ham or cucumber sandwiches; potato salad, slaw, baked beans; cookies and ice tea or lemonade along with a special $3 PB&J sandwich with a cookie and beverage.  There will also be a Concession Stand opening at noon with popcorn, boiled peanuts and bottled water for $1 each.

This is a fund-raiser for Civil War Days in Three Oaks, taking place in late July in Dewey Cannon Park. A great way to contribute to the cause is to come out and enjoy a wonderful picnic and an old time baseball game.

Flag Day Pageant

Contestants are being sought for the Flag Day Prince and Princess Pageant (open to boys and girls 5 to 8 years old as of March 1, 2019, who live in River Valley School District, attend the River Valley Schools or have family that lives in River Valley District).

The registration deadline is May 13 and the pageant takes place at 3 p.m. May 19 in the River Valley Auditorium. To register, contact MacKenzie Bronson at mackcory0000@gmail.com.

The Princess and Prince will ride in a convertible in the World's Largest Flag Day parade on June 9.

Garden Club Plant Sale

The gardening season kicks off with the 12th annual River Valley Garden Club Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 (rain or shine), at Harbert Community Park, 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert (just north of the Chikaming Township Center).

Locally grown perennials, bushes, trees, and native grasses will be available – all propagated by garden club members to be sold at the sale. Gardening books, magazines and homemade baked goods will also be available.

“It is our 12th year for the plant sale and we look forward to it all year” said Elizabeth Palulis of Sawyer, President of the club and Chairperson of the 2019 sale.  “It is also a good way learn about the club and consider becoming a member, plus it is a lot of fun. Our members have beautiful gardens and they are so generous about digging up samples to sell.”

The club welcomes new members and offers field trips and guest speakers throughout the year.  Some members are only available during the summer months while others live in the area all year.

Harbor Country Mission Vehicle Donation Initiative

Harbor Country Mission (HCM) is accepting donations of vehicles that can be immediately given to those who are struggling to get to work, pick up their children from school or run basic errands necessary for life such as grocery shopping and medical appointments.  

Dave Heyn, who with his wife Hannah, began Harbor Country Mission in 2015, said “with our Vehicle Donation Initiative we are reaching out to our community once again to fill the increasingly urgent need of our neighbors and friends in Southwest Michigan who are in the greatest socio-economic need."

Unlike other programs who request auto donations of any kind, the vehicles donated to HCM need to have clear title and be in good running order; ready to be licensed, insured and put into service on the road. As Dave Heyn further explained: “we are requiring those receiving these vehicles be able to afford title transfers and insurance--but often times, that’s when money runs out.  As a result, we are hoping to receive vehicles (preferably mini-vans, SUVs and hatchbacks with a bit of cargo and kid space) to be as low-mileage as possible and not require many immediate repairs."

In addition to the Vehicle Donation Initiative, a Warehouse Donation Center in Bridgman and a Vintage Finds resale shop in Sawyer, HCM is exploring the development of a community-based eBay site and are seeking space to open a clothing distribution center that would southwest Michigan. HCM currently offers, on the second Friday of each month, a “Free Friday” at both locations that overwhelmingly helps those transitioning out of homelessness into some form of longer-term residency. This is in addition to their “Free Room” at the Warehouse Donation Center  that is open 7 days a week and provides linens, kitchen supplies, kids shelves and other small home goods that are available to anyone in need.

For more information regarding how you can support HCM’s Vehicle Donation Initiative, please contact Dave Heyn at 269-326-0077. Harbor Country Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Spring Stroll

A Spring Stroll featuring open houses in local businesses and galleries is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, in Three Oaks. Many will be staying open until 9 p.m.

Links for Education golf outing

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence's annual Links for Education outing at Lost Dunes Golf Club is scheduled for Monday, May 13.

For more information, log on to www.bridgmanfoundation.org or call (269) 405-2594.

Happenings at Bridgman Library

Upcoming programs at the Bridgman Public Library include the following:

• Bowtruckles & Beanbags (1:30 p.m. May 11) — Wander into the Wizarding World and make your own bowtruckle creature, then play wizard-themed beanbag toss.

• Wild Lake Michigan (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 15) — Harbor Country Hikers Stacey, Janet, and Pat will tell their stories and share statistics about the beauty and dangers of Lake Michigan, the deadliest of the Great Lakes.

• Foster Family Care (6:30 to 8 p.m. May 22) — Join Teresa Thrash from the Family Enrichment Center and Bridgman resident Leah Klint for a discussion on the special needs of foster families and how you can offer your support.

 The library also is seeking Teen Volunteer Corps, members (ages 12-18) to complete the application form found on the Bridgman Public Library website. Opportunities include helping at the Summer Reading registration and check-in table and at children’s events.

Learning to Love Spiders presentation

An understanding of and new appreciation for spiders is the goal of the Community Forum talk sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

The previously announced May 16 program on The Underground Railroad in Michigan has been cancelled due to speaker unavailability.

Known as "The Spider Lady," speaker Linda Strain will talk about spiders she has known through her lifelong interest and study of spiders.  Both children and adults should find this program interesting and informative as she she explains the natural place in the world inhabited by spiders.

Strain is a retired public school educator with a master’s degree in environmental education from the University of Michigan who has shared her love of arachnids through her programs in schools, parks, libraries, nature centers and botanical gardens.

Upcoming Community Forum programs include Weather, Climate Changes and the Environments of the Future on Tuesday, June 11, and Walking the Camino de Santiago on Monday, June 24.

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

Garage Sale at Woodland Shores

Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 West Shawnee Road, Bridgman, will be the site of a Garage Sale on Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. -2 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit Youth Missions.

Garden gathering

Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Three Oaks Community Garden for a gathering in honor of Mother, in all of her many magnificent aspects.

Participants are invited to bring something to share, in honor of your Mother, Universal Mother, Mother Theresa, Mother Jones, Mother Nature, Blessed Mother. Ideas include photos, music, mementos, drawings, a poem or something that represents Mother.

Let’s have some fun as we build a large, cosmic nest. All are encouraged to add materials such as twigs, vines, ribbon, twine.

The Three Oaks Community Garden is located on Oak Street in downtown Three Oaks. For more information, email:kimpru@gmail.com.

Bridgman Community Wide garage sale dates moved

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library has decided to move the Bridgman Community-Wide Garage Sale from May to September. This year’s garage sale will be held Sept. 13-14.

SAM Recital

The School of American Music (SAM) will present its annual spring recital for students and instructors at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at its Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks.

The recital, free and open to the public, gives SAM students, both children and adults, live performance experience, in addition to the musical training they receive in the school’s studios.

“If you want to be good at your instrument, learning how to perform is just as important as learning the notes,” SAM President Garth Taylor says. “People who attend the recitals are always impressed. It is the single best way to have for showing the excellence of what we do, and attracting more students and teachers.”

For more information, please contact the School of American Music at schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or by phone at 269-409-1191 or visit https://schoolofamericanmusic.com.

River Valley Community Lunch

The River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at the Middle/High School on Thursday, May 16, starting at 1 p.m. 

The cost of the lunch is $2 per person. The program will be this year's Top Seniors.  Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

Ecological restoration hike at bog

Mud Lake Bog, 905 E. Elm Valley Road, Buchanan, will be the classroom for a lesson on ecological restoration sponsored by Harbor Country Hikers on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m.

Hike Leader Jack Pizzo will lead the group through the rare geographic feature known as Mud Lake Bog, which began as a kettle lake created when the last glaciers retreated about 17,000 years ago.  It has evolved through all the stages, or successions, of a bog. Before becoming a nature preserve in the 1970s, the area was used as a dump, officially at some point, unofficially at others. The bog also has survived floods and fires.

Pizzo is a landscape architect and ecologist in Three Oaks with more than 30 years’ experience in ecosystem restoration. The one-mile, approximately two-hour hike includes boardwalks. Comfortable hiking gear and insect repellent are advised.

For weather cancellations, further information about HCH, or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

St. Mary's Fest

The 2019 St. Mary of the Lake Family Festival will take place May 23-27 at 718 West Buffalo St. in New Buffalo. For information on advance ticket sales and more, go to https://skerbeck.com/events/236

Acorn shows

The following shows  are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater,107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: An Open Mic Night hosted by Jamie Wagner and Taylor Morse at 8 p.m. May 9; The Way Down Wanderers at 8 p.m. May 10; Marrakesh Express, a CSNY experience, at 8 p.m. May 11; The Furious Bongos play the music of Frank Zappa at 8 p.m. May 17; An Open Mic Night with host Joe Bisceglia at 8 p.m. May 23; John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band at 8 p.m. May 24; Reely Dan at 8 p.m. May 25.

For more, call (269) 756-3879.

Sustainable Living

Chikaming Open Lands will present Sustainable Living Series: Session I at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, on Mushrooms of Michigan.

Join COL and state certified mushroom experts R&D Mushrooms at Robinson Woods to explore mushroom foraging, growing mushrooms at home, and much more.

Space is limited and cost is $10 per person, contact the cstruecker@chikamingopenlands.org to RSVP.

A Stewardship Day at the Merritt Family Preserve is set for 10 a.m. May 11. New trees will be painted in the preserve.

Huge sale

Zion United Church of Christ, 9100 Third St., Baroda, will have a Huge Rummage Sale and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10.

RV Reunion

Did you graduate from River Valley High School between 1967 and 1997? Are you, or were you a teacher? If so, please join us for a multi-class reunion on July 20, 2019, at the Three Oaks American Legion, Post 204. 

Advanced registration and payment by June 21 is required. Cost is $20 per person which will include buffet style dinner, music, limited beer and wine along with a cash bar. 

For more information, contact Cheri Donner Vance, class of 1980, at cvance19250@yahoo.com or talk/text to (269) 426-1499. You may also send via postal mail your name, address and the class you graduated in, along with a check or money order payable to “RV Multi-Class Reunion” to 7234 Forest Lawn Road, Three Oaks MI 49128.

Playing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks is scheduled to present the following screenings: "Woman at War" (not rated); and "Diane" (not rated).

For more information and to view movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com.

Fetch Some Fun

The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is offering a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.

“Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes, and can include hikes, a trip to the beach, even a lunch or a snack at a dog friendly restaurant. This is a great way for community members to enjoy the company of a dog and for the dog to be away from the stresses of being in a kennel.

Individuals should visit michianahumanesociety.org or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or contact@michianahumanesociety.org to sign up.

Bets For Pets

A Bets For Pets Casino Night Fundraiser on May 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1300 Cinema Way, Benton Harbor, will benefit the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 10 p.m.

Proceeds will be used to pay off the mortgage loan for the new Yeager Family Pet Shelter. The event will feature professionally run casino games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open beer & wine bar, oxygen bar, photo booth, and live music. At the end of the night poker chips will be converted to raffle tickets that you can enter toward prizes, including a Journeyman Distillery Tasting Tour, South Bend Cubs Tickets to the Take-Your-Dog-To-The-Park Game and more. Visit the Yeager Family Pet Shelter or http://humanesocietyswm.org/ to buy tickets or become a sponsor.

Native Plants at Library

The Berrien Conservation District in conjunction with the Bridgman Public Library (4460 Lake St.) will be hosting a Native Plant Presentation and Sale on Wednesday, May 29.

The presentation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Vern Stephens from Designs by Nature Nursery will discuss native plant characteristics and care, picking the right plant, and more. Questions are welcome.

Immediately following the presentation (at 3 p.m.) the Berrien Conservation District will be selling Native Wildflowers and Grasses until 5:30 p.m. Pre-orders can also be picked up at this time.

Pre-ordering is encouraged and the deadline is Monday, May 13. Order forms are available at the Bridgman Public Library, or at the Berrien Conservation District at 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, (269) 471-9111 ext. 3.  You can also print an order form or order online at www.berriencd.org  

I-94 resurfacing

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing more than two miles of I-94 from the Michigan/Indiana state line to M-239 in New Buffalo. The project was slated to begin April 29.

The $9.5 million investment includes guardrail, culvert repair and replacement and reconstruction under bridges.

Daytime single-lane closures and nighttime double-lane closures are planned. The estimated end date is Aug. 23.

For project details and a map, visit Mi Drive

Genius Night

A Genius Night session featuring local and area literary, performance, and visual artists sharing their unique talents before an audience is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Elsie Earl Studios; 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Cost is $5. For more, go to ElsieEarlStudios.com.

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