The 10th annual Run to the Center of the World will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, in and around New Troy, and registration for the half marathon, 10K and 5K event is now open.

Participation will be capped at 100 racers.

Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at Registration forms may also be picked up at the Community Center. For more information, email or call 269-426-3909.

All finishers will receive a carved wooden medal, and overall winners’ names will be engraved on bricks to be mounted in the Community Center garden. A free grab-and-go breakfast will be provided to all participants and volunteers. Those who register before Oct. 9 will also receive a free T-shirt (extra shirts will not be ordered this year).

The race starts and ends at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy, MI 49119. Proceeds benefit the Center, which is supported entirely through memberships, donations, grants, and fundraising events. The event is hosted by Friends of New Troy.

Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at Registration forms may also be picked up at the Community Center. For more information, email or call 269-426-3909.

Service League Arts & Crafts Show

The New Buffalo Service League Arts & Crafts Show is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gyms at the New Buffalo High School/Middle School, 1112 E. Clay St., New Buffalo,.

More than 100 arts and crafts booths will be offering handcrafted items for the home, yard, holidays and beautiful wearable art items as well as delectable edibles, toys and floral décor.

Service League members will be having their famous bake sale with a mouth-watering variety of home-baked goods – you’ll want to make sure you get there early. In addition, members will be offering their luncheon menu (complete with home-baked apple slices, get your very own before they sell out) for busy shoppers and crafters.

Proceeds of the show are dedicated to the Mary Ann Frey Scholarship Fund which provides scholarship awards to area high school seniors each year.

Admission to the show is $2 (includes door prize ticket, additional tickets available for purchase) and the building is handicap accessible.

Studio tours for Humane Society

Eight Harbor Country artists will open their private studios for an exclusive tour to benefit the Michiana Humane Society on Saturday, Oct. 16. All proceeds from the event will support the shelter and the 1,000-plus animals that will be cared for in 2021.

The self-guided tour begins as early as 11 a.m. (Eastern Time) at It’s a Breeze (15300 Red Arrow Hwy., Lakeside), where participants pick up a studio tour guidebook and map. The participating studios will provide tours from noon until 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to visit with the artist, view their work, and get a behind the scenes glimpse into the creating process.

Participating studios include Keek Bielby (including works from Black Tree Studios), Elizabeth Coyne, Bob “Vincent” Gildo, Tim Hall, Ken Neumann, Brian Overley, Louise Pappageorge, and Thomas Allen Pauly. Art mediums include sculpture, woodworking, painting and design. The selection of studios ranges from long-time hobbyists to world-renowned, award-winning artists.

A cocktail party will follow the tours at Judith Racht Gallery (13689 Prairie Road, Harbert) with an open bar, appetizers, exciting raffle prizes and a brief live auction. Event tickets are $125 and may be ordered online at

Skip’s Chili Cook-Off

The 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Skip’s is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.

The event will cap off the final weekend (Oct. 9 and 10) of the Skip’s European Farmers Market New Buffalo. Judge’s and People’s Choice awards will be presented and the Generation Gap Band will provide live music.

Contestants are slated to include: Beer Church, NB Township Fire Department, County Sheriff’s Department, Kettring and Company, Three Oaks EMS, The Strand, Cooper’s Corner, Dick’s Bar, and Skip’s.

House of David baseball

The Friends of the New Buffalo Library will present a program on baseball at the House of David at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Pokagon Room at the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo.

Benjamin and Mary Purnell founded a religious commune, the Israelite House of David, in Benton Harbor in 1903. The Purnells also started a host of businesses. but the group’s most famous venture was a bearded, long-haired baseball team that attracted big crowds in the 1920s and 1930s, more than a few times adding major leaguers, including pitchers Grover Cleveland Alexander and Satchel Paige, to their lineups.

Learn about the team from Brian D. Carrol, PhD, Historian and Archivist for the Israelite House of David. The resentation is free and open to all. Use of face masks at this event is requested.

Trunk or Treat

A Trunk or Treat is planned for 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Woodland Shores Baptist Church in Bridgman.

The free event will include cider and donuts, the chance to win a Meijer Gift Card, and trick or treating in a safe environment.

Paws for Humanity Fall Fest

A Fall Fest featuring ours of the farm and a chance to meet the animals, hayrides, pumpkin painting and music by the Chicken Dolphin Band is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Paws for Humanity, 14671 Three Oaks Road, Three Oaks. Afternoon activities are from noon to 4:30 p.m., and the band starts at 4:30.

Admission is $10 for the afternoon; $25 includes the concert. Tickets on eventbrite and at the door.

Nocturnal Animal Night Hike

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) will offer a Nocturnal Animal Night Hike beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer.

Learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations and look for creatures of the night that call Jens Jensen Preserve home. Space is limited, please RSVP by contacting Casey Struecker at or by calling (265) 405-1006.

COL also plans a Stewardship Day at the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16, to plant native trees. Please let organizers know you are coming by contacting Dan Engel at dengel@chika

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, will resume Tuesday, October 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will continue weekly throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher, Ollie Jane Rosenthal, who always provides fo a fun, enriching time.

All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but parents are required to remain with their children.

Due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in our area, Friends of New Troy recommends that visitors wear masks in the Community Center.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call the Community Center at 269-426-3909.

Chicken dinner in Glendora

A carry out only chicken dinner will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1733 W. Glendora Road, on Wednesday, Oct., 20. Pick up times: 4:30 – 5:30, 5:30 – 6:15 and 6:15 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under eat free.

Call Carolyn Schmaltz at 269-422-1311 for tickets. Advance sales only. Last day to purchase tickets Sunday, October 17. Dinner being sponsored by Trinity’s Ladies League and Thrivent Financial.

Senior Center Board members sought

The River Valley Senior Center Nominating Committee is accepting applications for election to the Board of Directors.

Requirements of Board Membership are: Must be residents of geographic service area (Townships of Chikaming, Lake, New Buffalo, Three Oaks and parts of Galien and Weesaw Townships west of Cleveland Ave. and west of Holden Road, north of Browntown, including the following cities/villages: Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Troy and Bridgman).

Applications are available at the River Valley Senior Center: 13321 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, MI 49115 or contact Elna Rogers, Committee Chairperson, 269-756-9596 or (email) for further information.

Community Recycling day

Berrien County residents can drop off household chemicals, batteries, home medical waste, electronics, hard foam or Styrofoam, and get their paper documents shredded from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 9, at a Community Recycling Event at the Southeast Berrien County Landfill Recycling Center, 3200 Chamberlain Road, Buchanan.

No business waste is allowed. The event is drive through, and participants must stay in their vehicles. Staff will unload items from vehicles. For more information, and a detailed list of accepted items, go to the Berrien County website,, or call Berrien County Parks Department, 269-983-7111 ext. 8232.

Mobile food pantry

A Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visit is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.Oct. 13 (hosted by Episcopal Church of the Mediator) at New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to:

Acorn shows

Legendary Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Judy Collins will returns to the Acorn at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.

Other upcoming shows at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: 8 p.m. Oct. 7, Open Mic Night with last Exit; 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Cathy Richardson, lead singer of Jefferson Starship and Cathy Richardson Band; 8 p.m. Oct. 9, David Bromberg Quintet; 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Willie Nile & His Band w/opener Brad Ray Duo; 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Sophie B. Hawkins; 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid sharing engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album set for release in 2022.

For more, go to

Joint art opening

Judy Ferrara Gallery and Arbor3 Arts in Three Oaks will present a joint artist opening reception featuring artists Allison Svoboda “Wave to Wave Searching for Water” and plein air artist David Nakabayashi “Discovering Three Oaks” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 (with libations and bites provided by Silly Sausage).

Library ribbon cutting

The outdoor area green space/gazebo and new parking lot at the Three Oaks Township Public Library will officially open to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

The public is invited. The library will offer complimentary cider and donuts at an outdoor reception to follow (weather permitting).

The Library is located at 3 North Elm Street, Three Oaks, Michigan. For more information please visit their website http://www.three or call (269) 756-5621.

Bridgman Library Board openings

The Bridgman Public Library is seeking volunteers to fill two six-year vacancies on its Board of Trustees.

Those interested in the positions must be City of Bridgman residents, and must submit a letter of interest by Oct. 15 to Ed Valauskas, president, Bridgman Public Library Joint Board of Directors, 4460 Lake St., Bridgman, MI 49106.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and “Blue Bayou.” Coming soon is “Dear Evan Hansen.”

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State Park work day

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have an invasive removal work days at Warren Dunes State Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 Volunteers will help remove invasive bushes. Bring a pair of work gloves and a water bottle.To make a reservation email Volunteer Coordinator Wayne Gleiber at

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