The River Valley Antique Power Association plans to have its Antique Power Summer Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, at 7816 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks.

Festivities will include a daily tractor parade, antique tractors, cars, engines and chain saws, an operating saw mill, a shingle mill, threshing, a flea market, a Superior engine start, and food concessions. Admission and parking are free (donations appreciated).

Jerry Schaffer remembrance

A time of fellowship and remembering for those who knew Jerry Schaffer is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in the River Valley High School gym and cafeteria. A 1 p.m. service is scheduled at Trinity Lutheran in Sawyer.

Special Bridgman Market

A fun-filled time for everyone is planned Sunday, July 18, at the Bridgman Open Air Market.

The Bridgman Fire Department plans to be there with a fire truck and fire safety tips.

Some vendors will be offering the kids a hands-on opportunity to learn how different things are made.

Roseann Stachowiak of River Bend Outpost will provide the children with a chance to make scented soap and learn the soap-making process.

Bobbie Roloff, of Stone Visions by Bobbie, will show the children how she decorates rocks and will provide them with paints and supplies to decorate a rock of their own.

And Larry Gussman of Rolling Acres Pet Treat Bakery will instruct children to create peanut butter bird treats.

The Bridgman Open Air Market is located in the United Federal Credit Union Parking lot at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lake Street and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.

Acorn Singer Songwriter

The Acorn Theater Singer Songwriter Competition Finals returns at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 16 (moved indoors at the Acorn in Three Oaks due to weather with general seating $10 - For information on seating go to

The 2021 Singer Songwriter Competition contestants are:

Scott & Lila – an acoustic duo. Scott is from Chicago and Lila is from Paris. They met busking in the streets of Berlin, Germany in 2019.

Michael Ching – a well-known composer and conductor who also enjoys songwriting. He lives in Ames, Iowa. His daughter, Lucy, recently graduated from Michigan State.

Almond & Olive – the Chicago duo have been writing music together for 6 years, creating inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres while also incorporating the duo’s timeless vocals and distinct songwriting.

Doug Harsch – a South Bend singer/songwriter in the time-honored tradition of writing and singing songs with a heart covered in the dust of life with a sound that invokes the grand American story.

Isabella Pouya – the Granger, Ind., musician has performed numerous times at the LOGAN Center and Hannah and Friends. Her dream is to raise awareness and empower people around the world through her music.

Will Fancher – a musician and songwriter from Chicago by way of Boston and Nashville. His songs have appeared on stage at The Second City, The Annoyance, and Laugh Out Loud Theater.

Judges are: WXRT Radio personality Terri Hemmert; Spanish guitar jazz musician Bryan Lubeck; and producer, Composer (and Acorn Board member) Frank Sintich.

Judges and the audience will participate as the six finalists take the stage. The field is narrowed to the ‘Top Three’ over the course of two rounds. The final vote is audience choice.

American Music Festival

The School of American Music’s second annual American Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EDT), on Saturday, July 24, outdoors on the Spring Creek Stage, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks (behind SAM’s Arts & Education Center in Dewey Cannon Park).

The festival (made possible by a generous grant from the Pokagon Fund and the School of American Music) will showcase tunes spanning 19th century work songs, old-timey guitar blues tunes, bluegrass, jazz, blues and big band. Scheduled to perform are: Garth Taylor and the Work Song Project (11 a.m.); Guitarist Ron Spears (noon); The Ben Benedict Bluegrass Trio (1 p.m.); Patti Shaffner and Scott Pazera (2 p.m.); Ole Harv and the Blues Katz (3:10 p.m.); and Down by the Dock Big Band (4:30 p.m.).

Admission to the festival is free, and shade is provided; personal lawn chairs are recommended.

Forum on Clara Barton

The Friends of New Buffalo Library will present “Clara Barton: The Union Army’s Angel of Mercy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo.

Tim Moore of Lake Michigan College will share the story of Civil War nurse Clara Barton.

For more information visit

Build The Barn concerts

Paws for Humanity and Farm Dog Productions will hold Build The Barn Series concerts every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. July 18 through Aug. 29 in their pastures at 14671 Three Oaks Road, Three Oaks.

Chicken Dolphin is set to play July 18.

For tickets go to:

STEAM-Y Summer

A STEAM-Y Summer is underway at the Three Oaks Township Public Library. The next event for children preschool through fifth grade is Saturday, July 24, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Children should come ready for some hand-on STEAM activity stations. Please call the library at (269) 756-5621 to RSVP so enough materials can be prepared.

The Sarett Nature Center will be at the library at noon on Saturday, July 31 (outside weather permitting).

Park & Read is each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 12. July 15 will be at Carver Park, July 22 at Dillard Park, July 29 at Dewey Cannon Park, Aug. 6 at Timbertown, and Aug. 12 on the Library Lawn. Everyone in attendance will go home with a new book.

There is still time to sign up for Summer Reading for all ages. The drawing for the grand prizes will be August 12 at noon. Stop in and pick up a very simple Reading Log.

During July Story Time is on Tuesdays at 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and at 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Take and Make bags for children available on a first come, first served, basis.

Lego Club will be all day every Thursday. Projects will be left up for one week.

The Knitting and Crocheting Circle meets on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The Library now has PressReader for its patrons which gives access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines as soon as they’re available on shelves.

For more information, please call the library at 756-5621.

#10Trail Challenge

Registration for the July 1-July 31 #10Trail Challenge is now open.

The #10Trail Challenge has been expanded for 2021 to include 15 trails (Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, St. Patrick's County Park, Burns Prairie Preserve, Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve, Edward and Elizabeth Leonard Wildlife Preserve, Jens Jensen Preserve, Warren Dunes State Park (parking at Floral Lane entrance), Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Mt. Tabor Trails, Baroda Township Park, Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, Riverview Park, Lake Michigan College, Sarett Nature Center, and Paw Paw River County Park).

Participants have the option to hike any 10 out of the 15 trails, or do the "Extreme15" (hike all 15 trails and receive the prize for completing 10 trails plus become eligible to win a larger Extreme15 prize in a special drawing.

Once you are out on the trails look for the #10Trail Challenge picture frame selfie stations! Snap a pic and hashtag on Instagram with #10trail AND #chikamingopenlands (you can also tag COL on Facebook or email the the selfie picture to For more information go to

Four A’s Car Show

The Four A’s 30th Year Car Show is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at American Legion Post 204, 204 Linden St., Three Oaks. For more, go to

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “Holler” and “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.”

Coming soon are “I Carry You With Me” and “Summer of Soul.” For more, go to

Wednesday concerts

New Township Wednesday evening concerts at the Memorial Park Pavilion are slated for 7 p.m.weekly.

Mobile food pantries

The Galien and Olive Branch Churches, AKA Galien River Church, is hosting a Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation) at 4 p.m. July 29 at the Galien Township Fire station, 305 Kiley Road, Galien. The Harris Family Farm will also be bringing locally grown organic vegetables. The Food Pantry will be done in the drive through style.

Other upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3 p.m. July 15 at Three Oaks American Legion, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks; 4 p.m. July 21 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville. For more, log on to:

Legendary Showtunes

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) will perform “Legendary Showtunes & More” at Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City for families and adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Central Time)  Sunday, July 25.

Hoosier STAR 2020 winners Alyse Flores (Adult Division) and Julia Larson (Youth Division) will also be performing. Food and drink will be available for purchase at this joint fundraiser.

Advance ticket purchase is available at Tickets will also be available for purchase at the entrance gate the day of the event, cash or card accepted. General admission for adults is $50; 17 and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Music In the Park

Music in the Park is a free concert series held at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays during the summer in Dewey Cannon Park behind downtown Three Oaks.

The schedule follows: July 17 - Cielito Lindo; July 24 - Fauxgrass; July 31 - Funky Mojo Daddy; Aug. 7 - Sara Ranganathan and Dhananjay Kunte; Aug. 14 - The Bergamot; Aug. 21 - The Backups; Aug. 28 - Andy Sutton Trio; Sept. 4 - The Newports. For more information go to

Weko Beach Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach (5239 Lake St., Bridgman) features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: July 25 - Red Deluxe; Aug. 8 - Generation Gap; Aug. 22 - Saturday June Band; Sept. 5 - Time Travelers. For updated information go to

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