The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) has purchased the oldest building in Three Oaks, the Town Hall on Linden Street, built in 1866.

The museum acted to ensure the building’s historic integrity will be maintained and restored, and is seeking public input as to what to do with the building. Ideas include hosting after-school programs, a performing arts venue, a visitors welcome center, and an event/party space, but TROTOM directors are asking the public to suggest potential uses for this historic building.

The museum also hopes the public will come forward with donations to help with the purchase, renovation, and upkeep of the Town Hall. TROTOM’s coffers were nearly emptied in order to save this historic building. Suggestions and donations can be sent to the museum at P.O. Box 121, Three Oaks, MI  49116.

Mobile Food Pantry visits

According to the www.feedwm.org/findfood/ website, upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits include: 3:30 p.m. May 5 at Chikaming Township Hall, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert; 4 p.m. May 6 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman; 4 p.m. May 14 at the New Troy Community Center; and 11 a.m. May 15 at New Buffalo American Legion Post 169, 19139 U.S. Hwy. 12, New Buffalo.

Help with benefits offered

Do you or your friends need help with filing for unemployment, a Michigan Bridge Card, or food stamps? If you have not filed income taxes for a couple years, it is likely you won’t receive a stimulus check that you deserve.  Neighbor by Neighbor is here to help you with these filings so you receive the benefits you need.  Please call or text (269) 231-0648.

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is an ecumenical observance of prayer for our country held on the 1st Thursday of May since 1952. This year’s theme will be “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth” and will take place on  May 7.

The Covid19 outbreak has forced the  cancelation of  public event at sites such as the New Buffalo Township Library, but the prayer observance is not cancelled. Organizers are asking everyone to pray at noon for the end of the epidemic and for our government, business, military and public safety, education, media, family and Churches. Families are encouraged to go outside in the front yard and pray.

In New Buffalo we will be observing the day by uniting in prayer in front of St. Mary of the Lake and Converge Church and along the highway to pray for our community and  country. Other churches are also participating — contact your church for information. All social distancing guidelines will be followed and congregating in groups will not be allowed.

Listen for the noon siren and then please pause and pray (wherever you are) for “God’s glory across the Earth that day and everyday.  (website- NationalDayofPrayer.org).

Poet Laureate candidates sought

The Poetry Board of the Village of Three Oaks is seeking submissions of original poetry for selection to appoint the official position of Poet Laureate for the Village of Three Oaks.

The Poet Laureate of Three Oaks, upon selection and appointment, will be awarded a $500 Honorarium and will hold the position for the calendar year 2020-2021.  Submissions of (3-5) original poems should be made to: Harbor Arts c/o Janet Blake,12136 Tower Hill Road, Sawyer, MI  49125 (or email to info@harborarts.com).

The submission deadline is May 15, and must include: Name, Address, e-mail address, & Telephone Number.

The poetry board will reserve the right to publish the submitted works.

Thursday Night Acorn Presents

The Acorn Theater’s live streaming series Thursday Night Acorn Presents continues at 8 p.m. each Thursday on The Acorn Facebook page

The featured artist for May 7 is Rachael Davis.

Upcoming Thursday Night Acorn Presents shows are: May 14 - Chad Clifford; May 21 - Bryan Lubeck (Thursday Night Acorn Presents shows can be replayed in the theater’s YouTube channel). You can also check out the growing library of videos on the Acorn’s YouTube channel.

To enter The Acorn’s 8th annual Singer Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunity call (269) 756-3879 or log on to acornlive.org. Judges will select finalists from Singer Songwriter Competition entries received by the May 30 deadline. The top 8 will perform in the Finals at The Acorn on Aug. 13.

Friendship Gardens opens

Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. Highway 12, Michigan City, Ind., opened to the public beginning Friday, May 1.

The Gardens will then be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time). Daily admission is $9 ($7 for seniors). However, on Thursdays, admission is $5 for everyone. Children 12 and under are free everyday as are active duty military (must show ID).

There are three miles of guided and wooded trails at the Gardens, which also include forested woodlands, sprawling open meadows, and several cultivated gardens.

The ArcelorMittal Children’s Garden and the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte Fitness Garden remain closed until further notice to prevent the spread of germs on commonly touched areas, following CDC recommendations. Dogs on leashes are always welcome; please continue to pick up after them.

For more information call (219) 878-9885 or visit www.friendshipgardens.org.

New Buffalo Preschool/Kindergarten sign-ups

The New Buffalo School District is closed for the remainder of the 2019 -2020 school due to Covid19.  

This being said, we still need to plan for the upcoming school year.  If you believe that your child meets the age and residency requirement to attend New Buffalo Elementary, please contact the school by phone or email no later than May 15th to reserve your spot. Phone messages and emails are checked daily. Contact information is below.

Programs are looking for students that would like to attend in September 2020.  

Children that will be four years old by September 1, 2020, and are residents of the New Buffalo School District are able to enroll for Preschool.  This year, our Preschool program, The BISON Beginners, will offer a full day or half day program, whichever you choose.  Children that are five years old by September 1, 2020 and are residents of the New Buffalo School District will be able to enroll for full day Kindergarten.  All new enrollments will have to verify their residency.

Please help us prepare for the upcoming school year by letting us know that you would like your child to attend. When contacting us please provide us with the following: Child’s name; Date of Birth; Parent names; Address - Residential and mailing; Phone number; and Email address.

Please contact one of the following: Barbara Woerdehoff, Administrative Assistant  (269) 469-6060; or Renee Bowen, Student Services (269) 469-6060 or rbowen@nbas.org.

Once we have your contact and student information, we will provide you with additional registration information.

Free Wednesday business webinars

In an effort to provide constructive resources pertinent to businesses during the 2020 crisis, the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with The Pokagon Fund will present a free 20-minute business webinar each Wednesday. The “SOS Webinar Series” will address local-based strategies, opportunities and solutions.

The May 6 session is Internet Marketing in Harbor Country — Now and Later.

Social marketing expert- Esther Ikoro presents how to harness the power of Google, Social Media and more to market now and build momentum to keep up with the fast changing future.  The presentation will be followed with a question session. Esther Ikoro is a Content Strategist at Birk Creative and has a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83157730277

Each webinar will be recorded and available for convenient viewing on the Harbor Country Chamber website; Facebook page and as part of The Pokagon Fund communication channels. For more information, contact Kimberlee Wendt via email at  kimberlee@harborcountry.org.

Vickers screenings

The doors might be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Vickers Theatre is still committed to bringing movies to Southwest Michigan residents via virtual mov­ie screenings on its website, vickerstheatre.com.

Through the streaming platform Virtual Cinema, people can watch movies on their smartphones, tab­lets and computers at home.

“The distributors of independent cinemas are making first-run mov­ies available to our theater,” owner Judy Scully said in an email. “These movies are available exclusively through art house-theater distribu­tors.”

The current rentals range from 3-5 days, and cost $10-$12.

“Approximately 50 percent of all proceeds will go to support the Vickers and other art house theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Scully said.

Currently screening through Vick­ers’ website are:

• “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” - (40 minutes, not rated) A confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music.

• “Saint Frances” - (106 minutes, not rated) Aimless server Bridget hasn’t yet achieved her goal of becoming a respected writer, eventually manifesting a job nannying a pint-sized spirit guide disguised as an obstinate 6-year-old.

• “The Dog Doc” - (101 minutes, not rated) By holistical­ly treating animals after other vets have given up, Dr. Marty Goldstein provides a last hope for pet owners with noth­ing left to lose.

• “Bacurau” - (132 minutes, not rated) Af­ter the death of her grandmother, a doctor comes home to her matri­archal village in a near-future Bra­zil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its res­idents.

• “Corpus Christi” - (115 min­utes, not rated) Daniel ex­periences a spiritual transformation in a detention center.

For more information, call (269) 756-3522.

Golf Outing rescheduled

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence’s Lost Dunes Golf Outing, originally set for May 11, has been rescheduled it for September 28, 2020.

Museum offers online programs

The Region of Three Oaks Museum will continue to bring local history to Michiana residents even though public health directives will preclude opening as originally scheduled on May 1.

On the evening of May 1, the museum will present, via the Zoom internet service, a pictorial history of Three Oaks department stores, which date back 110 years at 19 North Elm Street. At first a Warren Featherbone Company enterprise, the department store was run for decades by the Hunerjager family.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 (email trotommuseum@gmail.com to get the Zoom link and for instructions as to how to log in). The program is free, part of the museum’s attempt to “bring history home” during this time of social isolation.  

Also, as part of that effort, the museum is providing links to three short documentaries about local history on its website. The films are “E. K. Warren: Father of Featherbone,” “The Pokagon Band: More than Just a Casino,” and “Gridder, Grappler, Hustler, Spy: The Amazing Life of Joe Savoldi.” The films range from 13 to 24 minutes, and are suitable and educational for schoolchildren, as well as adults.

To access those programs, or for up-to-date information on the museum re-opening going forward, check the museum website, www.regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com.

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