The Lakeside Association will hold its annual mass participation Fourth of July parade at noon (Eastern Time) Thursday, July 4.

All participants will line up at 11:45 a.m. on Pier Street at the intersection with Lake Shore Road. Walkers, bikers, and the Kazoo Band will gather on the lake side on Pier Street at the intersection with Lake Shore Road. Adult driven, cars and trucks will line up on Lake Shore Road northeast of the intersection with Pier Street, and will follow the parade marchers.

Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white, and blue or patriotic costumes. Have the family decorate bicycles, strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs. Leashed pets festooned in red, white, and blue can also take part. Bring a kazoo and join the band — the more the merrier. Jan Tomecek will direct a community sing in the park following the parade.

 Those who wish to watch the parade should stand along Pier Street. For safety reasons parking will be prohibited in the center of Lakeside and along the parade route.

New Buffalo concert, fireworks

Join the New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) on Wednesday, July 3, for an evening of music and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra will return to Lions Park to provide music again this year (beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time), under the direction of guest conductor Bob Bernhardt — a longtime guest conductor for the Boston Pops who is entering his 37th season with the Louisville Orchestra. The Pokagon Fund, City of New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township and the NBBA are thrilled to have this nationally renowned conductor bring extra “Pops” to the celebration.

Fireworks along the Lake Michigan shore will follow the free (and open to the public) concert.

The July 4 New Buffalo Farmers Market (which features over 60 vendors offering a variety of goods, including farm produce, jams, bakery goods, and other food items as well as arts and crafts, pet items, and more) will begin extended market hours until 9 p.m. (it begins at 4 p.m.) The July 4 market will feature a petting zoo from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a bag giveaway at 4 p.m. sponsored by the New Buffalo Beach Club.

Baroda Fireworks

The annual Baroda Fireworks Show centered at the American Legion on First Street will take place July 3 at dusk.

Strawberry Social in New Troy

Sunday, July 7, is a day to celebrate in New Troy, when the Boyd family once again gifts the community with a Strawberry Social.

The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m., in the New Troy Community Center’s gazebo garden (13372 California Road). Complementary strawberry treats and soft drinks will be served by Classic Catering, accompanied by live music from Down By The Dock — the same 22-member “big band” that wowed people last year. The event and refreshments are free, courtesy of the Boyd family.

The event is organized by the family every year to honor the memory of Allan Boyd (1925-2017), who grew up in New Troy and attended New Troy High School, which sat on the site of the current New Troy Township Park. As a young man,

In 2018, the Boyd family also donated the gazebo, which has become the centerpiece of the community center’s evolving Gazebo Garden. Volunteers from Friends of New Troy have been working to develop the garden into an attractive and affordable facility that can be rented for weddings and other events. For more information, contact or Terry Hanover at (269) 369-1897.

Galien parade

The Fourth of July Parade in Galien is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (line-up is at 10 a.m. at the former high school). The procession ends at the local American Legion Post.

Bridgman to be 'Celebrated' July 10-14

The 2019 Celebrate Bridgman Festival, scheduled for July 10-14, will include everything from Fireman's Street Dances and a parade to a 5K race and fun times at Weko Beach.

The schedule follows:

Wednesday, July 10

Corporate Sand Art & Beach Fun at Weko Beach beginning at 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 11

Curious Kids Museum Under the Big Top downtown at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11 (face-painting, mini-golf, and more); a Mini Bees Prince and Princess Contest at 6 p.m. under the big top tent; the Fireman's Street Dance (Family Night) from 6 to 10 p.m. July 11 under the big top;

Friday, July 12

A used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a sidewalk chalk at 10:30 a.m.(You bring the creativity, the library will provide the chalk) on Friday, July 12, both at the Bridgman Library; The Fireman's Dance (over 21 only) from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. July 12 under the big top;

Saturday, July 13

The 24th Annual Bridgman Student Senate 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, downtown near the corner of Lake and Church streets. A 1.1-mile Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. Sign-ups start at 7 a.m. To register in advance, go to; used book sale (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Bridgman Library; the 2019 Autos & Ales Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Haymarket Brewing Taproom (9301 Red Arrow Highway); the Celebrate Bridgman Parade downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13; Royalty Sand & Beach Fun at 2 p.m. Saturday at Weko Beach; night 2 of  The Fireman's Dance (over 21 only) from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. July 13 under the big top;

Sunday, July 14

A free Sunday evening Weko Beach concert with Carol & Kaye's Dixieland Band at 7 p.m. July 14.

For more information on the fesitivies, go to

Mobile Food Pantry visit

The Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry will be at American Legion Post 204 in Three Oaks from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Harbor Country Rotary is the host organization, and the visit is underwritten by The Pokagon Fund.

Alapash New Home grand opening

Alapash New Home will open the doors of its second location at 14 N. Elm St. in Three Oaks, Michigan on Friday, July 5. The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon that day.

The public is welcome to explore the eclectic home goods and décor shop and enjoy refreshments.

Alapash New Home has been a destination for Chicago shoppers for the last eight years. The city location originated as a terrarium and plant shop then quickly evolved into a home decor and gift shop.

Owner, Marco Chavarry, is a Peruvian transplant who just recently moved to Three Oaks after 20 years in Chicago.

Alapash New Home in Three Oaks will be an extension of the original store, offering a variety of products for the home, from Turkish rugs and pillows to Alpaca Throws sourced in Peru. The new location also features new art (including Marco’s own artwork), vintage finds, and everyday items like mugs, handmade candles and plants.

The shop reflects Marco’s passion for color and vibrancy.

“I grew up in Peru, where the homes are humble but colorful, fun and welcoming. I always wanted my store to feel like that.”

Alapash New Home has been recognized in several home decor publications including “Best of

CHICAGO” (home decor category) by the Chicago Reader.

Alapash New Home in Three Oaks will be open Monday, Thursday and Friday 11 am -7 pm.; and Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.

Full Throttle Throwdown

U.S. 12 Speed and Custom, 19015 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, will hold its annual Full Throttle Throwdown and Miss Full Throttle Pin-Up Calendar Contest beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

The car show ($10 entry, free admission for spectators) will feature hand-made trophies, hot rods, street cars, dragsters, show bikes, customs, a Hot Blade jet car demo, kids pedal pull drags, live music, door prizes and more. For more information, call (269) 231-5234 or find US12SpeedNCustom on Facebook.

Epic road trip to be revisited at Friends Forum

The Friends of New Buffalo Library will relive “The Jolly Out There” epic road trip during the next Community Forum on Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. Eastern in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

New Buffalo residents Laura and Fred Jolly spent 2 1/2 years living in a 30-foot recreational vehicle traveling to all 50 states and visiting the 59 National Parks plus another 100-plus park units.  The couple will leave plenty of time for questions following their formal program and offer pointers for those inspired to hit the road on their own adventure.

Upcoming Community Forum programs include Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide on Tuesday, July 23, and The Gunnness Mystery on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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 or email

Nimby Pond snowmobile races

Snowmobiles will race across Nimby Pond, 11470 Hills Road, Baroda, at noon on July 13 and Aug. 3 (rain or shine).

Admission is $15 for adults (kids 10 and under admitted free).

For more, call (269) 369-4268.

Marijuana hearing

The Three Oaks Planning COmmission Marijuana Committee will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Village Hall (21 N. Elm St.) to hear opinions on whether marijuana-related businesses should be allowed to operate in the village.

Each person will be allowed three minutes to speak. At issue is whether the village will participate in tax revenue generated by recreational marijuana sales (which will be subject to a 10-percent excise tax, a portion of which will be divided among municipalities with retail stores or microbusinesses).

Rotary Pig Roast

The Harbor Country Rotary Club's Pig Roast fund-raiser will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at 215 Ash St. in Three Oaks.

Live music by the Peter & Dan Show (Peter Nye and Dan Moser) and The Erly, cash bar featuring craft beer and wine, homemade pies served by members of the River Valley High School Interact Club, food provided by Buffalo Bill's and Classic Catering, and more are planned.

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a night of music and friendship.

Tickets ($30 each and only available ahead of the event) are available now. Call (269) 336-9620 for more information.

Celebration at Post 204

There will be a celebration of life for Raymond Davidson at 1 p.m. on July14th at Three Oaks American Legion Post 204, where he was a lifelong member.

New Troy recycle day

Berrien County residents can recycle and safely dispose of unwanted electronic and scrap tires from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Weesaw Township Park and  New Troy Community Center parking lot, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Items will only be accepted from Berrien County residents (no businesses). The Friends of New Troy will be partnering with Green Earth Electronics and DeerPath Recyclers to collect the electronic and scrap tire waste.

All consumer electronics (DVD,VCR players,phones, anything with a plug) and batteries will be accepted. There is a fee of $10 per computer monitor and $20 per television, due at the event by cash or check.

The following tires will be accepted: car/small truck tires ($1 each); car/small truck tires on rim ($2 each), semi-truck tires ($5 each), call 773-275-1514 for prices on oversized /tractor tires.  

Monies raised at the event will be used to help fund Weesaw Township's regular recycling program.

Acorn Shows

The following shows  are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater,107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: Bruce In The USA (a tribute to Bruce Springasteen) at 8 p.m. July 5; The Newports will celebrate the release of their debut album “Live at the Acorn!” at 8 p.m. July 6 (Funky Mojo Daddy also will perform); Cracker is slated to take the Acorn Stage at 8 p.m. July 9; an Open Mic Night with host band Some Of The Parts is set to begin at 8 p.m. July 11; Nicholas Tremulis and The Prodigal 9 will perform at 8 p.m. July 12; Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield and the Mannish Boys are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. July 13.

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

Fun ’n Fairy Tales

The School of American Music (SAM) is offering a new children’s program called Fun ’n Fairy Tales at its Arts & Education Center at 14 Maple St. in Three Oaks.

Designed for kids ages 4 to 6, the program will teach literacy, acting and movement. Fun ’n Fairy Tales runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. starting July 9 and running throughout the month, for a total of six sessions.

Leading the program is Carrie Ehlert, a 12-year veteran of early childhood education at the Three Oaks Elementary School and Blessed Beginnings Pre-School.

To register, call (269) 469-1191. Deadline for registration is July 8 and cost for all six sessions is $50, due by the first session on July 9. There is a six-student minimum in order for the program to run. For more information about the A&E Center and SAM, go to the SAM website at


An Artist Reception for “18Artists” will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. July 7 at Elsie Earl Studios Art Gallery, 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Library Friends Book Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library will this year’s Annual Friends Summer Used Book Sale in the Community Room at the library, 4460 Lake St.

Times and dates are as follows:

• Preview Thursday, July 11, 5-7 p.m. (free to members of the Friends of the Bridgman Public Library; $3 entrance fee for non-members).

• Friday, July 12, 10-4 p.m.

• Saturday, July 13, 10-1 p.m.

The Friends will be accepting donations of used books, particularly fiction, until July 9, 2019. Books can be dropped off at the Library’s front desk. All proceeds will benefit the Bridgman Public Library.

'Living Words II'

The Courtyard Gallery will present "Living Words II," a one woman show featuring Birdie Rossow McElroy, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

"Living Words II" is Birdies interpretation in color of the words of poets and writers who illuminate our journey. "These writers and poets lift us out of the mundane and reawaken in us the quest for the deepest meaning of living."

The Courtyard Gallery is located at 813 E. Buffalo St. New Buffalo, Michigan. For more information call 1-800-291-9287 or email:

Antique Tractor and Engine Show

The River Valley Antique Power Association will have its annual Antique Tractor and Engine Summer Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, at 7816 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks. An array of gas-powered engines and tractors and the equipment they ran will be powered up by members of the association. Tractor parade daily.

Festival of American Music

A Festival of American Music is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, on the School of American Music's A&E Center Stage & the Dewey Cannon Park in Three Oak.

Krasl Art Fair

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is scheduled for July 13-14 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days) at Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph. 200 fine artists and crafters are featured at this 57th annual fair, which attracts over 50,000 visitors each year.

Bridgman summer meals offered

The Bridgman Public Schools are now offering free summer meals to kids 18 and under. Household income is not a factor, and non-residents are welcome.

Meals are served at Bridgman Elementary School, 3891 Lake St., Monday through Friday to Aug. 3. Breakfast is served from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(closed July 4 and 5).

For more information, check the Bridgman Public Schools Web Site.

Log cabin open house

Former Senator Ron Jelinek will have his 1875 Log Cabin open to the public from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 30. He will also have some of his wood relief art on display along with the history of the Log Cabin property located just West of 7605 Stickles Road in Three Oaks.

Three Oaks Summer Reading

This year’s Three Oaks Township Public Library’s Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories” and runs from June 25 to August 9.

Read-to-me children, elementary students, tweens and teens can all sign up and pick up a reading log to record the books they read. When they bring the log to the library each week to be stamped, they will receive the weekly prize for their age group and one entry into the drawing for the grand prizes. Adults can complete one reading Tic Tac Toe sheet each week to receive a prize and one entry into the drawing for their grand prizes. Summer Reading will end and all the drawings will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m.

Also offered at the library are:

• Lego Club: Mondays 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

• Story Time with Miss Maggie on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

• Qi-Gong: Tuesdays at 11 a.m. This class is facilitated by a volunteer and a DVD.

• Walking Aerobics: Thursdays at 11 a.m. This class is facilitated by a volunteer and a DVD.

• Movie by Coastline Children’s Film Festival at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 (60 minutes of prize-winning animated films for children). Bring your water bottle and we’ll provide the popcorn.

• Sticky Note Pixel Art: 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Create giant pixelated space characters using a ton of sticky notes, grids, and teamwork.

• Traveling Naturalist from Sarett Nature Center: Tuesday, July 23, at 1 and 2 p.m.

• Curious Kids’ Museum StarLab: 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 (this event will be held at Chikaming Elementary School).

Pet microchips

The Michiana Humane Society is offering microchip placing for dogs, cats, and rabbits at a discounted rate through July 5.

The Humane Society is offering $10 microchips for your pets instead of the normal $25 fee. This includes a collar tag and the initial registration of the chip.

Appointments for the microchip placement is highly recommended. Contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or to sign up for an appointment.

Music in the Park

The Backups are scheduled to perform a Music in the Park concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in Three Oaks’ Dewey Cannon Park.

Other upcoming shows in the free, Harbor Arts-sponsored series (all begin at 6:30 p.m.) include: July 6 - Andrew Fisher Quartet; July 10 - Kristin Cotts; and July 20 - Cabildo. Music in the Park continues through Aug. 31.

Library happenings

The Bridgman Library Adult Summer Reading Program “To the Library and Beyond” will be held through July 26.

Read 10 books and receive a prize.

Chuck Nelson and Dick Schinkel, authors of “Nature Nuggets,” will visit the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., from 2-3 p.m. June 28 for a book signing. Nelson is a naturalist and the retired director of Sarett Nature Center. Schinkel, a longtime friend, is chairman of the Berrien County Parks Commission.

Movie Mondays (shows start at 1 p.m.) include: July  1 - Mary Poppins Returns; July  8 - Planet 51; July 15 - The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; July 22 - Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Poms” (rated PG-13), “The Biggest Little Farm” (rated PG) and “What is Democracy” (at 7 p.m. July 2 only).

For showtimes and more, visit

Summer Feeding in Galien

The Galien Township Library will be hosting a Summer Feeding program brought to us by River Valley Schools and the State of Michigan. Starting Monday June 17, there will be a food van in the Galien Township Library parking lot with free lunches available for all children ages 18 and under, and adults may purchase a lunch for $2. The van will be there Monday-Friday from 12:45-1:45. The program will run through the end of August.

RVHS 20 year reunion

The River Valley High School class of 1999 will hold a 20 year reunion at Pebblewood Country Club in Bridgman on August 10 at 7 p.m. We hope to see everyone there.

Corsets, Whips, and Whiskey

Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Dr., Three Oaks will host its annual celebration of summer and whiskey from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

Live music, cornhole, a putting contest, cook-out menu, and cocktails are at the center of this day-long, family-friendly, backyard bash.

In a nod to the products originally manufactured at Three Oaks’ historic Featherbone Factory, “Corsets, Whips, and Whiskey” is the name of the event as well as Journeyman’s popular cask-strength, single grain whiskey.

The latter will be featured in craft cocktails throughout the day—including one the distillery is calling “Citrus Punch With a Kick.” A refreshing blend of black tea, fresh-squeezed orange juice, whiskey and bitters; the punch will be available by the glass or served in a bowl ready for sharing.

Guests are invited to visit the full-service restaurant, relax on the distillery’s outdoor deck, compete for prizes on the 18-hole Welter’s Folly putting green, and enjoy a full schedule of live music throughout the day.

• 2–4 p.m. - Classic blues performed by student musicians from the non-profit Blues Project

• 5–7 p.m. - Good time, pre-electric roots grooves with Chicago’s Sanctified Grumblers

• 8-10 p.m. - True country songwriting, blended with blues, rock, and pop with Paul Erdman

Visit for more details.

Civil War Days artists, crafters sought

Crafters and artists specializing in the heritage arts (including woodworking, carving, quilting, other sewing, needle arts, leather tanning, blacksmithing, other metal workers and other heritage artists) are invited to to sell their crafts and arts at The Civil War Days in Three Oaks scheduled for July 27 and 28 at Dewey Cannon Park.

Cost is $25 for both days. Participants will need to provide their own tent, tables, chairs and displays, as needed. Deadline is July 20.

Register on the website at, the Civil War Days Three Oaks Facebook page, or send an email to

Civil War Days in Three Oaks is supported by the Region of Three Oaks Museum.

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 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.

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 or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or to sign up.

Weko Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: July 14 - Carol and Kaye’s Dixieland Band; July 21, - Campfire Stu with All God’s Children Choir; Aug. 4 - Saturday June Band; Aug. 18 - Top Secret; Sept. 1 - Matt Gabriel Band. For more, go to or call (269) 465-3406.

HCM 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.

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