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, which has field trips, guest speakers, a member’s plant auction, and hands-on workshops along with service projects including the making of over eighty holiday arrangements for shut-ins. 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.

RVARTS Exhibit

An RVARTS Spring Art Exhibit of works by River Valley Middle and High School students will be presented at arbor3 arts, 15 South Elm St., Three Oaks, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15, and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

Park Board invites comments

The Chikaming Township Park Board will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday May 10 to discuss a plan of enhancements to Harbert Community Park, 13495 Red Arrow Highway, and invite comments from the community. 

The Park Board has engaged local architect Bill McCollum and landscape architects and urban designers Altamanu Inc.  to create a development plan for the park. The design, which is based on the Chikaming Township Park Board Five-Year Strategic Plan will include a small performance venue for events, completing an ADA enabled pathway from parking lot to pond and performance venue and native landscaping around pond.  The plan envisions removing the existing ball field to create an open meadow for events.

Future developments may include viewing platforms at pond, a series of connected loop trails around the park, a children's splash pad and Discovery Center. The plan will integrate existing plans to redesign Red Arrow Highway and the Berrien County Park Department Linear Park plan.

Due to the existing public health emergency in Berrien County, the public meeting will be held virtually.  Call in and log in information is available at the Township website: www.chikamingtownship.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 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 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.

Miller Woods May 8 hike

The endangered ecosystems of the dunes at Miller Woods will be visited by Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) Saturday, May 8. The event includes a shortened hike for the physically challenged hikers.

The main hike will wind through a globally rare black oak savanna, wetlands, dune and swale and open dune habitats on the way to an incredible view of Lake Michigan. Indiana Dunes National Park Ranger Nikkel will discuss the oak savanna’s native grasses and wildflowers.

HCH Treasurer Bob Mueller will lead a shortened hike that is a little less challenging. Also, an ADA trail option and the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education are offered. Miller Woods is located at 100 N. Lake St., Gary, IN.

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.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 May 11 at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy (sponsored by Episcopal Church of the Mediator); 4 p.m. My 14 at Eau Claire Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6562 Naomi Road, Eau Claire; 4 p.m. May 19 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 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/

Youth Parade, Royalty Rocks the Windows

The Blossomtime Festival will hold its annual Youth Parade for youngsters from preschool through middle school age at noon Saturday, May 8, along Lake Boulevard, downtown St. Joseph.

Following the Youth Parade, downtown merchants will present a live mannequin show. “Royalty Rocks the Windows,” featuring the 2020 Community Queens and Kings from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

CHamber Guide distribution

The 2021 Harbor Country Guide – 40th Anniversary Edition will be unveiled and distributed to the public in a fun fresh outdoor way at the Harbor Country Guide Pick Up Picnic, a limited-capacity ticketed event to be held on the evening of Tuesday, May 11th, at the Journeyman Distillery backyard in Three Oaks.

Guests will receive a boxed picnic dinner, enjoy drinks and can purchase a golf round on the putting green course, Welter’s Folly. Curbside guide pick up is available and does not require admission. Tickets can be purchased on the Event Calendar link at HarborCountry.org.

Harbor Country® Mixers for members will resume in September, and the Chamber has formed a new membership level, “The Social Membership,” for $75 annually. Any non-business individual living in or outside Harbor Country® who desires to socialize at member events, gain knowledge of the area and its businesses is encouraged to join. To apply for membership on-line, visit HarborCountry.org/BecomeAMember.

For more information, please visit HarborCountry.org, Harbor Country® social media, call (269) 469-5409 or visit the Visitor Center, weekdays at 15311 Three Oaks Rd, Three Oaks.

Service League to meet

The May meeting of the New Buffalo Service League will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at the New Buffalo Yacht Club. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. The meeting and facility will abide by all State mandates and regulations, including social distancing and the wearing of masks. At the meeting, recipients of the Service League scholarships will be announced. For more information regarding the New Buffalo Service League or to attend a meeting, feel free to call Nita Murray, President, at 269-756-3027, or Liz Rettig, Reservations chair, at 269-469-0300.

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/SPRINGTOLIFE.

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.

Bridgman Open Air Market

Opening day for the Bridgman Open Air Market (at 4509 Lake St.) is May 16 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elms St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Courier” and “Nomadland.”

Coming soon are “The Truffle Hunters.” Virtual Cinema also is offered.

For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

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).

An event showcasing 2018 Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition winner Emma Hamel and 2020 “Top 3” finalist, Andy Baker in partnership with Journeyman Distillery is planned for May 20 on Journeyman’s back lawn.

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.

Head Start enrollment

Tri-County Head Start is enrolling and has limited spots for Fall 2021.

Services include but are not limited to: Education, Health, Mental Health, Dual Language, Conscious Discipline, and support from Family Advocates who connect families with organizational partners, and work alongside the family to help them achieve their goals. T

he organization also has an Expectant Mothers program that offers prenatal education.

Tri-County Head Start is celebrating 50-years of serving children and families in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.

Services are free for eligible families. For more information, please visit www.tricountyhs.org.

Fair Food Drive Thru

The Berrien County Youth Fair has decided to once again host a number of Fair Food Drive Thru events throughout the summer of 2021. Kicking off the season the weekend of May 21-23. There will be numerous Fair Food vendors serving up some of your favorite fair food! While this event has not only been frequently requested to return, it is also aimed to help some concession vendors as well as the Fair, both of whom as you well know had to cancel revenue generating events needed to sustain year round operations last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Patrons wishing to partake in the drive thru event should enter Gate 3 (4261 E. Shawnee Rd.) and follow the barriers to the drive thru area. The drive thru will take place on Friday, May 21 from 3 pm to 7 pm, May 22 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, May 23 from 11 am to 5 pm.

LaSata office hours

State Sen. Kim LaSata will be hosting an office hour opportunities for 21st District residents from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 10, at the Lincoln Township Community Center Park, 5575 S. Roosevelt Road, Stevensville.

Residents unable to attend office hours may contact LaSata’s office at 517-373-6960 or by email at SenKLaSata@Senate.Michigan.gov.

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 at Library

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.

New Buffalo Market seeks vendors

The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.

This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to submit an application, go to https://newbuffalofarmersmarket.com/

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