The River Valley Garden Club’s plant sale will return on Saturday, May 22, at Harbert Community Park (13300 Red Arrow Highway) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Michigan time), 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center.

Members dig a wide variety of perennials, native plants, ground covers, bushes and small trees from their own gardens.

Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club. The club has field trips, guest speakers, a member’s plant auction, and hands-on workshops in addition to the annual plant sale. The club is also involved in service projects throughout the year. For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at 269-426-3513 or email her at evpalulis@yahoo.com. Also visit the club’s website, rivervalleygardenclub.org.

Blood drive in Sawyer

A Versiti Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. May 25 at Trinity EV. Lutheran Church 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer.

Appointments are preferred (call 866-642-5663 or visit http://bit.ly/SPRINGTO LIFE.

Versiti is a fusion of blood donation, scientific curiosity and precision medicine which recognizes that the gift of blood and life are precious.

All COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed. You will also receive free COVID antibody testing.

Hike through forest primeval

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will find out why Warren Woods fits the definition of a true forest primeval when they visit on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

The beauty of spring awakening in both young and old-growth forests will surround hikers as they learn from botanist and hike leader Bob Tatina why the 322-acre state park is called Warren Woods Forest Primeval. Participants are advised to prepare for some damp trails and a great experience.

Warren Woods is east of Red Arrow Highway on Union Pier/Elm Valley Road in Three Oaks. Recommended dress includes long pants, sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots, insect repellent and water. HCH hikers observe social distancing and face masks are required. For complete details or HCH membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Bike-N-Brunch

The 8th annual Radio Harbor Country Bike-N-Brunch will take place at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 6.

Departing from the private home/studio of a local artist in New Buffalo Township, riders of all levels will enjoy 9-, 20-, 30- or 40-mile loops through some of Harbor Country’s most beautiful back roads.

At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a gourmet brunch of locally grown and prepared food provided through the generous support of Luisa’s Cafe, Harbert Swedish Bakery, Sawyer Garden Center, Red Arrow Road House, Red Barn Bakery, Heston Supper Club, The Peasant’s Pantry, and Infusco Coffee Roasters.

Rain or shine, this boutique ride and brunch will be limited to the first 150 registrants. This is an all outdoor event. Space is still available by registering online at radioharborcountry.org/events.

Proceeds go to Radio Harbor Country, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit public radio station that brings music, culture, arts and community to the Harbor Country Area.

On Dean’s List

Sheridan Spiess of New Buffalo qualified for the Spring 2021 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 11 a.m. May 21 at New Buffalo American Legion, 19139 US Hwy 12, New Buffalo; 4 p.m. May 24 at Galien Township Hall & Fire Department, 305 Kiley Dr., Galien.

For more, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/ mobile-pantry-schedule/

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Truffle Hunters” and “Dream Horse.”

Coming soon is “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street.” Virtual Cinema also is offered. For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

Basketball camp

Bridgman Boys Basketball Camp will be June 14-18 at Bridgman High School.

The Camp will focus on FUNdamentals and a program of skill development for the off-season.

Grades 3-6 will meet from 9am-10:30am; Grades 7-10 will meet from 10:45am-12:30 pm. Cost is $35 and includes a T-Shirt and prizes. To register contact Mike Miller at mmiller@ bridgmanschools.com.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Are your tenants behind in rent? Emergency Shelter Services has money to catch you and the tenant up with a program called Emergency Rental Assistance. There is even a possibility of receiving up to three additional months if the renter has been impacted by COVID.

Don’t wait, the funding is going fast! You can fill the application online for both the tenant and the landlord. https://www.essberrien.org/rentalassistance If you need help with the application, call Neighbor by Neighbor at 269-231-0648.

Acorn shows

The first Acorn Anywhere outdoor event of 2021, The Great American Songbook, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the New Troy Community Center’s Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo Garden. The Dean Allrick Trio and special guest, Livia Gazzolo will perform.

Tickets are on sale (go to acornlive.org).

Other upcoming Acorn shows are slated to include: Chicago Farmer with opener Jamie Wagner Band; Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute); and Journeyman (Eric Clapton tribute).

The Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition will return for its ninth year. The competition offers cash prizes totaling $1,500 plus opportunities to perform at future events. All different types of music are welcome. Submission Deadline is 11 p.m. June 1.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Three Oaks Farmers Market

The first Three Oaks Farmers Market will be held Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 29th, in the parking lot across from Big C Lumber from 9am-2pm, and will continue every Saturday morning through October.

Any produce, crafter or artist vendors interested in participating this year can contact Katherine at (818) 859-4896 or email WillowCreekFarm@yahoo.com. You can also check the Village of Three Oaks Facebook page for more updates.

StoryWalk

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is partnering with four local libraries (Bridgman Public Library, New Buffalo Township Library, Three Oaks Township Library and Buchanan District Library) for StoryWalk on the Preserves at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks; and Burns Prairie Preserve near Buchanan. Those visiting the COL preserves can enjoy four different story books through June 21.

A story walk features laminated book pages attached to stakes along preserve paths. As readers walk the trail they are directed to the next page of the story. For more information, call Chikaming Open Lands at (269) 405-1006 or send an email to col@chikamingopenlands.org.

Story Time

The Three Oaks Township Library offers in-person Story Time for all ages each Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people, social distancing and masks will be required, and when weather permits Story Time will be held outside.

The Kitting/Crocheting Circle is meeting every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a project they are working on and sit and visit, socially distanced and wearing a mask.

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