The 2018 Run to the Center of the World will take place at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, on Saturday, Sept. 15. On-site registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m., with the races starting at 9 a.m.

This year, organizers are giving runners and walkers more reasons than ever to participate in Run to the Center of the World 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk: Every finisher will receive a carved wooden medal; The fee for participants 12 or younger has been reduced; and many prizes will be awarded in all three events including Largest Team, Best Costume, and Longest Distance Traveled. Every participant is entitled to a free breakfast.

Overall Winners (men & women) will receive certificates and have their names & times engraved on bricks installed in the Community Center garden.

Participants can register online (for a link to register visit www.friendsofnewtroy.org) until the day before the race. Registration forms also can be picked up at the Community Center or the New Troy Post Office.

Proceeds from the race benefit the New Troy Community Center, which receives no government funding and is supported entirely through memberships, donations and fundraising events. The event is hosted by Friends of New Troy.

Music Fest

Faith United Methodist Church, 9156 Red Arrow Hwy. in Bridgman would like to invite everyone to our upcoming Music Fest scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Appearing will be: Echos of Happiness,  Allen Jackson and Heart & Soul plus one.

Light refreshments following.

Input sought at Harbor County Community Meeting

A Harbor Country Open Community Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 24, at the New Buffalo Township Library. Assist local change makers to identify needs and resources that will improve the quality of life for all residents in Harbor Country.

Coordinated by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, the Council of Michigan Foundations, The Pokagon Fund and a small group of church, nonprofit and municipal leaders, this is an assessment to identify challenges/assets and kick-start future projects including:

• What is your vision for strengthening this community?

• What are our major assets and most pressing needs?

•What projects should be kick-started locally to help all who reside in Harbor Country?

For more information, contact Janet Cocciarelli at (269) 469-9322.

Masonic Lodge rededication day

The Three Oaks Masonic Lodge No. 239 will be celebrating its 150th year with a public rededication of its lodge location on Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning with a public processional through the downtown area beginning at 1 p.m.  The officers of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan will conduct the formal rededication ritual that is open to the public, in the main lodge room at 2 p.m.  The lodge is located at 14 1/2 North Elm Street in Three Oaks above The Real Life Church.

Three Oaks Masonic Lodge received its official charter in January of 1868.  Henry Chamberlain, who is also credited as being the founder of the Village of Three Oaks, founded the Three Oaks Masonic Lodge. That process began with a meeting in his business office in 1867.  The minutes of that meeting along with other historical lodge artifacts are on display in the lodge.  Much of that information reads as a working history of the Three Oaks community.  The current location of the lodge is its fourth in its history all being within the village limits.

Tom Oldenburg, the current Worship Master of Three Oaks Masonic Lodge, stated, “I couldn’t be more proud and at the same time humbled to be leading this lodge at this historical milestone.  Our lodge in its 150th year is still a valuable resource to its members and to the Three Oaks community just as those who founded our lodge intended.”

For more information please contact Tom Oldenburg by email at thomasoldnbbrg@aol.com.

Flea Market accepting vendors

Vendors are being sought for the New Troy Indoor Flea Market, which will begin its season on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 20, and continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

To register for a space, vendors should contact Director Donald Heitsch at (773) 803-9773. Each space includes a table and chair. A reduced rate is available for those who commit to the entire season.

Plan on bringing the whole family for a day of fun and a tasty lunch. The market is chock-full of treasures, including antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies. Lunch will be available for purchase.

The New Troy Indoor Flea Market is located in the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy. A map is available at www.Facebook/NewTroyFleaMarket.

Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  

‘America at its Finest’ exhibit

The Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St. New Buffalo, will present “America at its Finest” with photographer Joe Ladendorf from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Ladendorf has spent much of his life photographing nature at its finest. From the Canadian Rockies to the back roads of Indiana, and a large part in between, he brings the splendor of America and beyond for your viewing pleasure.

For more information, call 1-800-291-9287 or send an email to gallery@courtyardfineart.com.

NBBA Wine Down at Whittaker Woods

The New Buffalo Business Association will hold a Wine Down mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 20, at the Killian Room at Whittaker Woods. Network with other members, and discuss more details about the strategic plan with the Board of Directors. Appetizers will be available, cash bar. No RSVP needed.

The 13th Annual Harvest and Wine Fest returns to Lion’s Park on Saturday, October 6, from noon to 9 p.m. This year will feature over 21 regional wineries as well as craft cider and beer. Enjoy live music, art and craft exhibitors and food vendors.

Sand Pirate presentation at Weko Beach

Join the Bridgman Library and Janet Schrader (the Sand Pirate) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Weko Beach House as she conducts a presentation on the unique items one may find while walking on the beach. Bring your most interesting find. For more information call (269) 465-3663.

Early Literacy Classes at The Bridgman Library are held Mondays and Tuesdays for ages newborn to 5 years old. Go to www.bridgmanlibrary.org for times and ages for each class or call 465-3663 for more info. 

Trinity Swiss Steak Dinner

The Ladies Aid Society of Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer is hosting its famous Swiss Steak Dinner for all to enjoy from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 14.

Eat in or carry out. The menu includes swiss steak, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert & beverage. Advance ticket price is $12, after September 4 it’s $15. Tickets must be purchased & picked up at the church office between the hours of 9:30-3:30 or at the door. Proceeds will benefit  missions, office carpeting & electrical repairs.

For more, call 269-426-3151 or 269-426-3937.

COL Barn Benefit

The Ninth Annual Chikaming Open Lands Barn Benefit will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Granor Farm, 3480 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks.

Get out your finest Western duds (jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats encouraged, but not required) and join us for some down-home fun! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a fantastic auction and great company at Granor Farm. All proceeds benefit Chikaming Open Lands’ mission to preserve our shared natural places in this special corner of Southwest Michigan.Tickets ($120 each for Chikaming Open Lands members; $150 each for non-members (includes 1-year membership to Chikaming Open Lands; and $250 for Land Protector tickets — buyers will be listed in a special section of the program and on signage prominently displayed at the event)are on sale now at www.chikamingopenlands.org or over the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (269) 405-1006.

Storyteller at A&E Center

Comedian and storyteller Dot Kane will perform at the School of American Music’s Arts & Education (A&E) Center at 14 Maple St. in Three Oaks on Saturday, September 22, and Saturday, October 27, at 6 p.m., and on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. The two evening performances are family storytelling/comedy shows and the morning performance is a “Storycise” session, which combines storytelling with exercise.

Kane has a background in dance, theater and early childhood education, and has been entertaining young children and their families for the past 30 years. She describes her routines as “stand-up comedy for kids.” A Chicagoan, Kane also has a house in Union Pier.

Ticket prices at $5 per person or $20 per family. Email schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or call (269) 409-1191 to register.

Disc Golf Course ribbon cutting

The Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and Greater Bridgman Area Chamber of Commerce & Growth Alliance will celebrate the official ribbon cutting for the Lake Township Disc Golf Course at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. The park is located at 10801 Gast Road in Bridgman.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to show the public the renovations we’ve made. Disc golf is a rapidly growing sport with many new courses that have been developed in our area and are planned in the coming years,” said Lake Charter Township Treasurer Bob Clark.

The original 18-hole course at Lake Township Park was developed in 2004-2005, with course renovations having been in the works over the past couple of years. Included in the renovations are the 10 wooded acres the Township purchased in 2016 adjacent to the existing park. Additionally a new course design has been put in place with installation of AstroTurf tee pads, improvement of the hole trails, and new signage.

“The new design takes full advantage of the beautiful wooded area and many other natural features of Lake Township Park,” said Clark.

The ceremony will take place at the Lake Township Park Pavilion. There will be disc golf demonstrations, tours of the course, and the option to give it a try. Find more information visit http://www.lake-township.org/parks.html.

Baroda pageant meetings set

The Miss Baroda Scholarship Pageant Committee will be hosting an informational meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 9193 Cleveland Ave., Baroda.

All young ladies between the ages of 17 and 19 by March 10, 2019, who reside in Baroda Village or Township are invited to attend the meeting. A parent must attend with you. Applications are due on Sept. 23 and rehearsals start on Sept. 2 at the Baroda American Legion Post.

Girls between the ages of 6 and 9 by November 18, 2018, who reside in Baroda Village or Township are eligible to participate in the Little Miss Baroda Pageant. An informational meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Both pageants will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center.

For more information, please call Diane Mensinger     at (269) 930-0019 or Chris Getz at (269) 930-2069.

Hikers to look at the dunes

Harbor Country Hikers invite the community to spend a few hours or most of the day on Saturday, Sept. 15, learning about the movement to preserve Lake Michigan’s dunes and hiking the terrain.

“Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Eastern in the Pokagon Room of the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson, New Buffalo.  The hour-long documentary tells how one region, “where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks,” sparked a movement for a national park. After the film, those interested will regroup at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) at Cowles Bog in Dune Acres, Ind., to hike the same ground and ecosystems studied in the late 1800s by Henry Chandler Cowles. Cowles Bog is about 30 minutes from New Buffalo at 1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd.  Drinking water, bug spray and head covering are recommended.

For further information about Harbor Country Hikers or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Warren Dunes invasive removal

A DNR Stewardship workday is planned for from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept.15, at Warren Dunes State Park to remove invasive plants. Volunteers will meet at the organizational campground parking area on Floral Lane (just south of the intersection of I-94 and Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman). GPS Coordinates are: 41.921620, -86.578874.

There will be free ice cream for volunteers at the end of the event.

Chamber Mixer

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will host a Mixer hosted by C&A Arborists and David’s Deli from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 19271 Lakeside Road in Three Oaks.

An evening of networking and light bites (plus wine and beer) in the great outdoors is planned. Enter a raffle for the chance to win one of two free arborist consultations (each a $150 value). Registration is required and limited to 50 people (call 269-469-5409. The event will take place under a terrace in case of rain.

Art of Living Well

The fourth annual Art of Living Well benefit for Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Go Fish, 5857 Sawyer Road in Sawyer.

A night of fabulous bites and sips is planned to help ensure that Southwest Michigan homebound seniors live well by funding the meals delivered to them.

Cost is $60 per person and reservations are required. Call (269) 925-0137 or visit snsmeals.org for more information.

Mobile Food Pantry visits

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits in the area include the following: 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Three Oaks American Legion Post, 204 W Linden, Three Oaks (sponsored by Rotary Club of Harbor Country and The Pokagon Fund); 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Galien Fire Station (sponsored by the Harris Family Farm Foundation and hosted by the Galien and Olive Branch United Methodist Churches); and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Chikaming Township Hall, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert.

For a schedule log on to https://www.feedwm.org/findfood/

Acorn Shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Ken Yates with opener Brian Dunne on Sept. 14; the Kimberly Gordon Quartet on Sept. 21; TUSK - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute on Sept. 22; From Elvis to The Beatles - The Neverly Brothers Return on Sept. 28; and Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts with opener Daniel Rodriguez on Sept. 29.

For more, log on to www.acorntheater,com or call (269) 756-3879.

Harbor Country Singers rehearsal

Harbor Country Singers is a local group of folks who simply love to sing. Perhaps you are one of many who claim, “I only sing in the shower...” but this group is special! No experience is required ... just a teachable spirit and a love of music.

The first rehearsal is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Arts and Education Center, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks. If it is your first time, feel free to come 15 minutes early.   

Lubeznik Tour

The Friends of New Buffalo Library will take a private, after-hours tour of the Andy Warhol exhibit when they meet at Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., on Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

More than 50 original Warhol works will be on display, including a collection of black-and-white photos and large screen prints, such as the famous “Campbell’s Soup Can,” “The Moon Walk” and “Annie Oakley.”  The tour will be led by Director of Exhibitions Lora Fosberg. Admission is free, but group size is limited so advance registration is requested by email at new.buffalo.fol@gmail.com or at the New Buffalo Township Library front desk, 33 N. Thompson St.

For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Credit Building Seminar

A Credit Building Seminar will be presented by by Chemical Bank at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Three Oaks Township Public Library, 3 North Elm St.  Join us for refreshments and a seminar about building your credit. This event is designed to educate the public about credit building whether you are starting out or starting over.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, begins Tuesday, Sept. 25, 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 Rosenthal, who makes sure they have 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.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call Terry at (269) 426-4199.

Election security discussion

Come hear a discussion about cyber security in relation to the voting process at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St.

Charlie Olszewski, a retired associate professor, will lead a discussion on how we, as individual voters can make our election more safe and secure. No registration required. For more information call (269) 465-3663.

River Valley Community Lunch

The first River Valley Community Lunch Program for the school year will take place at Chikaming School on Thursday, Sept. 27, starting at noon. The program theme will be  “Mustang Pride.” 

Cost of the lunch is $2 per person. Administrators will also provide updates and answer questions.

Playing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Puzzle” (rated R); and “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot” (rated R). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com. The phone number is (269) 756-3522.

Port-a-Pit Chicken Dinner

The Three Oaks United Methodist Church ( located at the corner of Elm and Sycamore streets) will host its annual Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Chicken Dinner Fundraiser for the mission of the church from 4 to 8 p.m. (or until gone) Saturday, Sept. 29.

The dinner includes half a chicken, homemade potato salad and baked beans, plus bread, beverage and dessert. Ticket price is $10 for adults for a half chicken meal, and $5 for kids 12 and under for a quarter chicken with potato chips, beverage and dessert. Tickets at the door. Enter at the side door on Sycamore Street, opening at 4 p.m. for Dine-In and Carry-Cut. Parking is available in the lot beside the church or on the street. Contact the Chicken Dinner Team at the church if more information is needed by calling (269) 756-2053 or emailing to toumc@ATT.net.

Korea Veterans Association to meet

The Papasan-Mamasan Korea Veterans Association will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Sept. 15, at American Legion Post 518, 4789 Weechik Road.

All Korean War veterans who were in service from June 25, 1950, to June 30, 1955, are eligible to attend. Korean War veterans who served during that period but did not go to Korea are eligible to join the organization. For more information, call Bill Miller at 471-1405 or Don Holmes at 695-1133.

Recycling event

Berrien County residents can bring unwanted household chemicals and electronics to Silver Beach County Park, 101 Broad St., below the bluff in St. Joseph, on Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for recycling and safe disposal.

Donations are accepted to offset the collection, transportation, and processing costs of the household chemicals. Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be collecting electronics such as computers, monitors (fee applies), TVs (fee applies), small and large appliances, dehumidifiers, window air conditions, DVD/VCR players, phones, power tools, or any household item with a cord or items that run on batteries.

More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org, click Recycling Services or call Jill Adams at (269) 983-7111 x8234. The event is coordinated by the Berrien County Parks Department.

                                     

Square dancing lesson

A free square dance lesson is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hollywood Elementary School, John Beers & Hollywood roads, Stevensville. For more information, call Call Ken Burke at (269) 325-7204.

Fraud presentation

The Region IV Area Agency on Aging will present a presentation on fraud from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, 13 South 4th St. in Niles.

If you have questions about how to protect yourself from fraud, then you will want to attend this presentation. Issues to be covered will include how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud, how to read your Medicare Summary Notice, latest fraud events, and what to do if you are a victim of Medicare fraud.

There is no cost to attend.  For more information or to register to attend the presentation, call Mistelle (269) 408-4354 at the Area Agency on Aging.

Fish and Chicken Fry

The Galien American Legion Post 344, 402 N. Cleveland Avenue, Galien,  will have an All You Can Eat Fish and Chicken Fry on Saturday Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

The menu consists of fish, chicken, French fries, cole slaw, rolls and coffee. Price is $10 for adults, $5 for children 10-5, and free for kids under 5. Carry Outs will  be available and there will also be a bake sale.

For Information call Mike Middlebrook at (269) 545-8280

RV 40th Reunion

The River Valley High School Class of 1978 is hosting a 40th Class Reunion on Saturday September 22, 2018 at The Featherbone in Three Oaks. It begins at 6 p.m. and the cost is $25 per person (includes a buffet style Italian chicken dinner with a cash bar).

Please contact Debbie at rvhs1978@gmail.com for further information.  Reservations are due by September 10.

Spaghetti Dinner

A Spaghetti Dinner is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Galien United Methodist Church, 208 N. Cleveland Ave.

A free-will offering will be taken at the door with proceeds for missions. Call 269-362-4917 for carry outs.

NBHS 45th reunion

The New Buffalo  High School Class of 1973 will hold its 45th year reunion the weekend of October 6, 2018.

A gathering will be held on Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. Indiana time at 4986 West Concord Drive, LaPorte, Indiana. The reunion is Saturday, Oct. 6, at merican Legion Post 169, 19121 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, with a 5:00 p.m. check-in time, dinner at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7:30 p.m.. A Sunday, Oct. 7, brunch at Rosie’s, 128 North Whittaker Street, New Buffalo is p;annex for 11 a.m.  

For more information contact Deb Hartline Romaneschi at 509-342-1511 or Suzan Von Ehr at 219-508-5373.

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