A Totally Fun! Totally Free! Fun Fair will take place at Sawyer Highlands Church, 13100 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22.

The Fun Fair is for kids of all ages and will features games, food, prizes and more.

The Fun Fair started way back in 1984, the brain child of Mark and Barb Sztanyo, Chris and Sally Kauffman’s neighbors when they lived in Sawyer.  Sally recalls that, “Mark and Barb invited us to be a part of the team who planned the Sawyer Highlands Fun Fair premiere. Several of the booths we had that first year included:the ever popular “jail”, face painting, ring toss, basketball free throw, darts (at balloons), and maybe the most popular “fishing pond” where participants took home a real goldfish! Along with booth games children and parents alike were treated to home baked cookies, fresh popped popcorn and cotton candy.”

The final ten minutes may have been the most anticipated of the whole night as children exchanged token tickets they received while playing games for prizes at the redemption center containing new and gently used donated toys, books, and more for children of all ages.

Toby Klint and Shannin Blake-Vanderark, both former RV graduates, head up the 2019 Fun Fair team.

“I remember attending the Fun Fair many years as a kid. It makes me smile thinking back to those Friday nights. Fun Fair packed with more energy than nearly any other evening of the year!” Klint said.

Gardening seminar

The Chikaming Planting Field Community Garden will host a gardening seminar at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Chikaming Township Center 13535 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert.

Linda Whitlock, a master gardener with MSU Extension, will answer questions on vegetable gardening for interested home gardeners. Applications for garden plots will be available. 

For more information, call Arthur Anderson at (269) 586-4315 or send an email to arthurhanderson@aol.com.

Women of World War I program

The Galien Wood Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 at 108 Grant St.

The program will be presented by Sandy Sager, a Niles native, who has an interest in history, and her program will be Service and Sacrifice, on the women nurses who served in World War I. She will profile Gladys Lyon, a Galien native, who served and died in France.

Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.

Chamber Spring Break Out Party

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce’s 1st Annual Spring Break Out Party & Harbor Country Guide Unveiling will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Warren Hall at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks.

The Harbor Country Guide will be unveiled in a bigger and better way this year, making it into a real party to celebrate the new Harbor Country Guide and the arrival of the spring season. The event will feature divine cocktails, tasty bites, an outstanding raffle, and live music by Main Street Dueling Pianos.

The public is invited to join with Chamber members in kicking off the season, showcasing local businesses and getting a first look at the 2019 Chamber Guide. Tickets ($35) include food, live entertainment, and one beer or glass of wine. Journeyman’s cocktails will be available at a cash bar.  A valid ID is required for the 21 and over event. Sponsorship opportunities are available — contact the Chamber at (269) 469-5409 for details.

Graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Samantha J. Sokolowski graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Sokolowski is the daughter of Brittany Sokolowski of Three Oaks, and Clifford and Angela Sokolowski of Galien. She is the granddaughter of Ellen Sokolowski, niece of Analinda Sokolowski and cousin of Nicole Gibson of Three Oaks.

Recycling & Seed Day at Library

A Recycling & Seed Day is planned on Saturday, March 23, at the Three Oaks Township Public Library.

Part One is a Worm Composting/Recycling Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bagged lunch is 12:30 to 1 p.m. (water and coffee provided, bring your own sack lunch). Part Two is Seed Swap, 1 to 2 p.m.

Program facilitator is Janna Riley, master compostor and recycling activist. The Seed Swap will include an introduction and unveiling of the library’s new Seed Catalog where you can “borrow” seeds for your garden and in the fall when your plants turn to seed, you “return” seeds for the Seed Catalog.

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-13 at the Three Oaks Library with cookies and free prizes and giveaways.

The Three Oaks Library was founded on April 4, 1859. A 160th Happy Birthday Party is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 13. Library memories are being collected for a memory book and anyone with a memory of the library or a photograph is encouraged to send them to threeoakspubliclibrary@yahoo.com or to bring them in.

A Children’s Make & Take Drop-In Easter Craft will be offered at the library April 15-20. Drop in anytime each day to make an Easter wreath or egg magnet to hang of your fridge at home. Program is free and no registration is needed.

Friends of Bridgman Library book sale

On Saturday, March 23, The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library will host a used book sale in the Community Room of the Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a “stuff your bag” sale at 1 p.m.

Choose from a large selection of mysteries, biographies, travel, romance and more. All proceeds benefit The Bridgman Public Library.

Trail Markers Stewardship Day

A Celebrate Chikaming Stewardship Day of making Harbert Road Preserve Trail Markers is planned for 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the Chikaming Township Office’s large conference room.

The Park Board in conjunction with Pat Fisher of Harbor Country Hikers and Rotary Club of Harbor Country member Larry Shawver will show who to apply directional signage to both markers and posts which will be installed at a later date. Light refreshments will be available.

River Valley students staging ‘Joseph’

River Valley students will perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in the RVHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

Director Carrie Ehlert said the cast includes 23 high-schoolers, eight elementary pupils, and a middle school student.

Three Oaks Farmers Market meeting March 23

The Village of Three Oaks Farmers Market is having a vendor meeting for anyone interested in participating in the 2019 market at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Three Oaks Arts and Education Center, 14 Maple St.

Anyone who grows their own produce and plants, creates handmade crafts or baked goods and anyone who wants to play live music is welcome to sign up.  The market will be every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carver Park (across from the Speedway station) from May 25-Oct. 26. The cost for vendors is $15 per market or $60 for the season, if participating in seven or more markets.

For more information, contact Katherine at (818) 859-4896 or willowcreekfarm@yahoo.com.

Mobile food pantry visit

Harbor Country Progress will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on Tuesday, April 2, at the Chikaming Township Fire Station, 13535 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. The distribution starts at 3:30 p.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

Community Forum series at New Buffalo Library

The Friends of New Buffalo Library’s Community Forum series season begins with a program on Eleanor Roosevelt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Speaker Jason Kuntz of Buchanan Schools will present a picture of this woman who stood up to make a difference in a time when women didn’t have much of a voice.

Next on the agenda is “Cannabis for Dummies” which will look beyond the laws and regulations to provide insight regarding the use of cannabis, including consumption techniques and dosing as well as discuss its medicinal properties and potential downsides. The presentation by Adam Rosenberg from the University of Michigan is scheduled for 6 p.m,. Tuesday, April 2.

Other upcoming programs include (All programs begin at 6 p.m. Eastern in the Pokagon Room of New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St.): Smart Phone Photography on Monday, April 8; Alexander Hamilton: The Infant Republic’s Economic Czar on Tuesday, April 23; The Orphan Train in Michigan on Monday, May 6; All About Spiders, Tuesday, May 21; Weather, Climate Change and the Environment of the Future, Tuesday, June 11, and Walking the Camino de Santiago, Monday, June 24.

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.

Beer in the Buff  On the Go

The New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) will take Beer in the Buff on the road April 13.

Participants will be shuttled to New Buffalo bars, Breweries and tasting rooms from noon to 5 p.m., with drink specials at each location.

Beer in the Buff On the Go participants will pick up bracelets and passports downtown before heading to a designated launch spot to will continue the journey aboard buses or with a personal designated driver (not provided by the NBBA). Collect stamps on a passport at each location visited to receive an entry into a drawing to win one of three  prizes, including a vacation rental in New Buffalo area.

Tickets are $45 and available at: https://beerinthebuff.brownpapertickets.com/.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks is scheduled to present the following screenings: “Stan and Ollie” (rated PG) at 3 p.m. March 23 and 24, and at 9 p.m. March 23; “On the Basis of Sex” (rated PG-13) beginning March 22; and “Cold War” (Rated R) beginning March 29.

For more information and to view movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com.

Harbor Country Book Club

All are welcome to attend The Harbor Country Book Club meetings at 6:30 p.m. in the New Buffalo Township Library on the last Thursday of the month.  

Meetings are March through November. The March 28 selection is “The Marsh King’s Daughter” by Karen Dionne. The April 25 selection is “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World” (NOTE: The April meeting will be at 4 p.m.).

River Valley Community Lunch

The next River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at Chikaming Elementary School on Thursday, March 28, starting at noon.

The cost of the lunch is $2 per person. The entertainment theme for this event is Dr. Seuss/Reading Month. Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

Pasta dinners

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 3903 Lake St., Bridgman, will offer all-you-can-eat pasta dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following Fridays: March 22 and 29 and April 5 and 12.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12, and free for those under 3. The dinner includes assorted pasta, salad, garlic bread, coffee, punch and dessert.

For take-outs, call (269) 465-5512.

Bridgman Community garden plots offered

Community garden plots are available for rent at the Bridgman Public Library for the 2019 season.

The cost is $10 for each 4-foot by 8-foot plot. The garden opens with a work day on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Season Organizational Meeting is May 4 at 10:30 a.m. where equipment, garden rules will be reviewed and questions will be answered.

Stop by the library to register and get your copy of the Garden Handbook.

Pierogies with Milda’s Chef Night

A New Buffalo Township Library Chef Night program “Pierogies with Milda’s” is planned for 6 p.m. April 1 at Elsie Earl Studios, 200 West Buffalo St.  Cost is $25 per person, sign up at the library (33 North Thompson St.).


Acorn Shows

The Grand Rapids-based band In the Valley Below (known for the 2015 tune “Peaches”) and opening act Fragile Soul will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

The following shows also are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater: an Open Mic Night with host SRD at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; From Ragtime to Rock ‘N Roll with Larry Schanker at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24; Kim Richey with opener Ernie Hendrickson at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30; Chris Jones & The Night Drivers at 8 p.m. April 5; Kashmir - the Led Zeppelin Show at 8 p.m. April 6; and violinst Beth Oeseberg at 8 p.m. April 7; .

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

Smart phone camera workshop

Learn how to take better pictures with your smart phone camera at a 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, workshop led by photographer and artist George Kassal at the New Buffalo Township Library.

Although Kassal will discuss iPhone photography primarily, many of the principles he will cover also apply to Android phones.

Space is limited and participants must register in advance at the library front desk with a $10 deposit. Attendees will be refunded their deposit at the workshop. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, underwritten in part by the Pokagon Fund. www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, (269) 469-2933.

Genius Night

A Genius Night session featuring local and area literary, performance, and visual artists sharing their unique talents before an audience is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Elsie Earl Studios; 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Cost is $5. For more, go to ElsieEarlStudios.com.

Humane Society seeks volunteers

The Michiana Humane Society (MHS) is accepting applications for volunteers to help at the shelter and at events for the 2019 season. Volunteers play a major role in the function of the shelter, by cleaning kennels and blankets, socializing with the animals, and helping with registration and other activities during events.

Volunteering at MHS can also count towards hours for students and others who need to fulfill a certain amount community service. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age and beyond, and are asked to volunteer in one to two hour shifts when convenient to them.

If you have a love of animals and believe in MHS’s mission of finding permanent homes for the shelter animals, sign up to volunteer at Michiana Humane Society. You can apply in person at  at 722 Indiana Highway 212 in Michigan City, visit  www.michianahumanesociety.org and fill out an application online, or call (219) 872-4499.

Brian Swiger Scholarship

The Twin City Players (TCP) has announced that application forms for the 2019 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship are available online.

The Twin City Players established the Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship in 1996 in memory of former member Brian Swiger. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution.

Applications are available at twincityplayers.org or by calling Twin City Players at 269-429-0400 to request an application. Students at Berrien County high schools can also contact their counselors to learn more. Mail applications to Twin City Players, P.O. Box 243, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085, or hand deliver to the TCP Playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2019. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.5 or better and a short essay. The recipient(s) are announced in late May.

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