The Michiana Humane Society and Friendship Botanic Gardens are joining together to host a family-friendly and dog-friendly fundraiser, Paws & Pints, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Central Time) Saturday, May 7, at Friendship Botanic Gardens.

Paws & Pints will feature a dog-walking course through the Botanic Gardens’ 100-plus acres of hiking trails and gardens. Tickets include admission to the Gardens, a goody bag with items for you and your pet, a Paws & Pints bandana made by Z’s Dyed Goods, and live music from Nate Miller and the Turn Ups. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local favorites like Burn ‘Em Brewing, Shady Creek Winery, Social Que BBQ, and Zorn Brew Works. All dogs must be leashed.

Proceeds from ticket sales support Michiana Humane Society & Friendship Botanic Gardens. Event sponsorships fund the care of approximately 1,000 homeless pets that Michiana Humane Society will take in this year.

“The event takes place the Saturday before Mother’s Day. We know Moms want to spend quality time with their families this weekend, including their fur-babies. Join us and celebrate all the great dog-moms in your life,” said Michiana Humane Society Development Director, Heidi Tuthill.

Tickets may be purchased at MichianaPets.org or by calling Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499.

Hikers prairie burns outing

The Harbor Country Hikers will learn about the role of controlled prairie burns during a hike at the Chikaming Township Park & Preserve in Three Oaks at 2 p.m. May 7.

A brief talk about prescribed burns by Buffy Dunham, who has years of experience with prescribed fire and monitoring post-burn vegetation, will precede a walk through the park’s recently burned prairie area. Hikers President Pat Fisher will follow with a walk through some of the other areas of the park.

The Harbor Country HIkers encourages membership, but all are welcome to join its hikes. For more information about the May 7 hike, including directions, visit harborcountryhikers.com or Harbor Country Hikers on Facebook.

CGA annual meeting

The Greater Bridgman Area Chamber & Growth Alliance (CGA) announced their annual meeting scheduled for May 12th at Lake Township Park’s Lake Pavilion. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with the meeting scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to being able to connect with fellow business members, attendees will receive a recap on 2021, a hard copy of the Annual Report, and hear about plans for 2022. New for this year, the CGA will be recognizing a deserving member of the Bridgman/Lake Township community who has shown high levels of volunteerism as well as recognizing the service and dedication of Bridgman & Lake Township’s First Responders – Police, Fire, and EMT’s.

“Over the last two years, we’ve watched countless people in the community who have taken the lead in helping their neighbors and fellow community members,” says Brett Boyd, Board President and owner of Classic Catering and Events. “Our Annual Meeting is the ideal location to honor those who serve our community.”

The deadline to RSVP is May 10th, those wishing to attend can visit tinyurl.com/CGAAnnualMeeting to register or contact Sarah Spoonholtz at sspoonholtz@smrchamber.com or 269-932-4040.

Basketball Camp

Boys Basketball Camp will take place Monday June 20th through Friday June 24th in the Bridgman High School gymnasium.

The schedule is (grade next fall) 3rd-6th from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; 7th-10th from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is 35 (includes prizes and a T-shirt, register by June 1 to get a shirt). Participants need to bring gym shoes with non-marking sole.

Registrations can be turned in to the office at BHS, RMS or BES; or emailed to Coach Mike Miller. For questions contact Mike Miller at: mmiller@bridgmanschools.com.

Gather, Garden & Grow

On Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. we’re taking things outside! Friends of New Troy’s monthly gathering welcomes novice and avid gardeners alike for a seed, seedling, and plant exchange.

We will provide the tables and chairs as well as a variety of seed packets and some starter plants to get things rolling. You bring your seeds, seedlings, and plants for trade. Weather permitting, we will hold the event outside in the sunshine. If there is rain, we’ll move indoors to the gym.

From 10:30 to 11 we will have a drop-off for items to swap. From 11 to 12 let the exchanging begin! Noon to 1 will be for late exchanges and the leftovers will be open and free to the public.

We will be offering a light snack and warm beverages, including free coffee courtesy of our friends at Red Arrow Roasters.

For additional details about this event and all that is happening in The Center of the World, visit us online at www.friendsofnewtroy.org.

State Park work days

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive removal work days at area State Parks on the following dates: May 7, 14 and 21 at Warren Dunes State Park (10 a.m. to noon). May 7 Meet at park headquarters; May 14 and 21 meet at the parking lot on Floral Lane. Saturday, May 28, at Grand Mere State Park (10 a.m. to noon). Meet at Willow Drive and Rosemary Drive on the south end of the park.

Volunteers will help remove invasive garlic mustard. No experience is necessary and volunteers will be trained to identify the target invasive plant. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle. To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at gls@glslab.com.

Bridgman Run/Walk

The 2022 edition of the Bridgman 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, and 1.1 Mile Fun Run will take place July 9, 2022, in downtown Bridgman. Both in-person and virtual options are available (https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Bridgman/5K10K). Sign up now through June 19 ($25 for all runners/walkers); June 20-July 9 and Day of Race Registration is $30 for all runners/walkers; The 1.1 Mile Fun Run is $5 for all participants.

Garden Club Plant Sale

The River Valley Garden Club’s famous plant sale returns on Saturday, May 21, at Harbert Community Park (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Michigan time), 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center.

The sale is all outdoors and will feature home grown perennials, ground covers, vegetable plants, bushes and small trees, all from the gardens of our members,” said Elizabeth Palulis, garden club president.

Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club. For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at 269-426-3513 or email her at evpalulis@yahoo.com. Also visit the club’s website, river valleygardenclub.org.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. May 6 – Andy Baker and Louise Mosrie Coombe; 8 p.m. May 7 – the Claudettes; 8 p.m. May 12 – Open Mic Night with hosts Riley O’Connor & Molly B. Moon; 8 p.m. May 13 – Al Stewart (Year of the Cat, Time Passages) with The Empty Pockets; 7 p.m. May 15 – American Idol star Tristan McIntosh creates The Linda Ronstadt Experience; 8 p.m.May 20 – Matt Schofield; 8 p.m. May 21 – the Sypian Family Band and The Andrew Fisher Quartet.

Enter The Acorn’s 10th annual Singer-Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunities! The deadline for entry is Friday, June 3rd @ 11 PM ET.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Invitation to authors

All authors of published works are invited to participate in Gather with Author! Author! on Saturday, June 11, at the New Troy Community Center, to present, sign and sell their books. The event will also feature presentations related to writing and self publishing, plus a reading.

Each author will be provided with a table on which to display their publications, giving them an opportunity to discuss their work one-on-one with the public. Authors will handle their own sales and keep all proceeds from the sales. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To be included in press releases, registration prior to May 24 is required. For more information or to register, please contact Lorraine at 269-405-6857 (leave message) or friendsofnewtroy@yahoo.com.

There is no charge to participate, though donations are always welcome.

Free coffee will be provided, courtesy of Red Arrow Roasters. Lunch will be available for purchase. Profits from the event will benefit Friends of New Troy, the all-volunteer non-profit organization that owns, operates and maintains the Community Center.

Mobile food pantry

A Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 10, New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy, drive-through.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

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