The School of American Music will present its annual winter recital at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Three Oaks Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will feature performances by SAM students and instructors.

The recital will include an intermission with light refreshments.

Now in its sixth year, SAM provides one-on-one instruction with experienced teachers who are also performing musicians. It offers private lessons in stringed instruments, piano, voice and flute, and also offers group lessons in studio recording and music theory. SAM also is home to the Harbor Country Singers, a community choir.

For more info, visit www. schoolofamericanmusic. com.

The Erly at The Acorn

An Open Mic Night with host band The Erly is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Acorn Theater,  107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Admission is free (donations encouraged).

The Erly is an American rock band from Niles, Michigan. The band formed in 2017 and consists of both Collin Mattiford and Trevor McDonald on guitars and vocals, Ivan Torres on bass, and Fran Gleason on drums. The Erly released their debut album SHADOWS on November 9th, 2018.

The following shows also are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater: The Chicago Experience on Jan. 19; Chely Wright with Opener Eric Burgett at 8 p.m. Jan 25; Dan Navarro with opener Patti Shaffner at 8 p.m. Feb. 8; That’s Amore! An afternoon cabaret of Arias & Love Songs featuring: Paul Mow, Joshua Goines, Meredith Best George, Kacie Colleen Mercer & Abby Murray Vachon at 2 p.m. Feb. 10;  and  The Smithereens With Marshall Crenshaw on March 15.

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

Chamber Mixer

The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce January Mixer will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Dooley’s Lake House Pub, 310 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

RSVP by Jan. 11 by calling (269) 469-5409.

Since opening in June of 2018, Dooley’s Lake House Pub has continued to expand their menu of hot specialty sandwiches and dinner specials. Plus karaoke every Friday night. Find out what else is new at Dooley’s while enjoying networking and light refreshments

Mobile Food Pantry

A Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visit, supported by the Pokagon Fund, is scheduled as follows: 3 to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Chikaming Township Fire Department, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert  (hosted by the Harbor Country Rotary Club).

New Troy Flea Markets

New Troy Indoor Flea Markets will take place on consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Markets will 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.

For lunch, the chef will be serving up homemade cottage pie with soda bread, The Salty Nag’s spin on classic Irish meat pies, served with veggies and mashed potatoes.

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.

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. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  For more, go to www.Facebook/NewTroyFleaMarket.

Afternoon Tea

The New Buffalo Township Library’s fifth annual Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the library’s Pokagon Room.

Tickets (at $8 per person) will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 17, and will be available until Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets include entrance to the event, a variety of teas to choose from, and a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

For more information, contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, (269) 469-2933. The library is located at 33 N Thompson. St.

Hikers plan nature detective lessons

Chikaming Open Lands’ Education and Outreach Coordinator Casey Struecker will coach the Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) on becoming nature detectives during a forensics hike at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 10 a.m.

During the 1.5-mile easy wilderness forensic hike, participants will learn where and what to look for to spot the animal signs that give clues left behind by the wildlife that live in the area’s woods, fields and wetlands. COL’s Jens Jensen Preserve is a high-quality hardwood forest that features towering oak, maple, beech and tulip along with seasonal wetlands, so boots are recommended. The reserve is located at 6851 Parkway Dr., off Red Arrow Highway one block south of SawyerRoad/Holloway Drive, just north of Sawyer Highlands Church.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Bridgman Library activities offered

The Bridgman Public Library’s new Tween Book Club (for grades 6-8) will begin by reading “A Wrinkle In Time.” Space is limited so sign up by Jan. 11. Meet us in the Reed Middle School Media Center from 3:15 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact: eden@bridgmanlibrary.com.

The theme for this year’s Teen Story Writing Contest is “Love.” Open to students in grades 9-12 residing in Bridgman, Lake, and Chikaming Townships.

A complete list of rules can be found on the “Teens” page at www.bridgmanlibrary.com.  Entrants are able to request a private review session to hone their work. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 1-Feb 28. First place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Prizes provided by the Friends of Bridgman Public Library.  Winners announced March 8 on the Bridgman Library website.

Musicians from Andrews University, Bridgman, and Buchanan will be at the Bridgman Public Library performing both solo and chamber works on January 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Buccaneer Bash

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence will throw a “Buccaneer Bash” For Now & Forever fund-raiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bridgman American Legion Post 331.

A silent and live auction, dancing to music by Top Secret, appetizers, beverages, cash bar and costume prizes are planned.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available soon at the Bridgman High School office or online at www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

Genius Night

Genius Night, an Open Mic/Show & Tell event, will take place Friday,  Jan. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Elsie Earl Studios; 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Singers, poets, storytellers, musicians and visual artists will be featured. Admission is $5. Details at ElsieEarlStudios.com

Paquette office open

State Rep. Brad Paquette has announced his legislative office is open and ready to serve residents of the 78th House District.

“I am eager to get to work for the people of Southwest Michigan,” Paquette said. “Whether it is an issue you need help navigating, or an idea to help simplify government, I am ready to listen.”

People can contact him by calling (517) 373-1796 or by emailing bradpaquette@house.mi.gov. Correspondence can also be mailed to N-1097 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.  Constituents can view updates or subscribe to his news updates by visiting www.RepPaquette.com.

Rep. Paquette was elected to serve the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. The 78th District encompasses portions of Berrien and Cass counties, including the cities of Buchanan, New Buffalo and Niles and the townships of Baroda, Berrien, Bertrand, Buchanan, Chikaming, Galien, Howard, Milton, New Buffalo, Niles, Ontwa, Oronoko, Pipestone, Silver Creek, Sodus, Three Oaks, and Weesaw.

Learn French at NB Library

Interested in learning French, or brushing up your skills? Are you visiting France soon and want to read menus without confusion, ask for directions, and greet people? Join us at the New Buffalo Township Library at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, for an informal meeting to get the ball rolling on your French skills. We’ll introduce the French language to you, and decide when to meet in the future, to best fit the schedules of most.

There are no sign-ups required and the class is free. You may contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com for questions. If you are interested in attending this class but cannot make this date and time, please call or email with your best days of weeks and times to submit at the introductory meeting. 33 N. Thompson St., New Buffalo. (269) 469-2933.

The February book club pick at the New Buffalo Library is “Educated” by Tara Westover.

The Adult Winter Reading Challenge continues through Feb. 16.

Berrien County Dancers registration

Registration for the 2019-20 school year is about to begin for Berrien County Dancers, a county-wide program in which students may earn high school credit for taking dance classes. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Dance classes are held during the school day at Lakeshore High School, 5771 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville.

 Placement auditions are required for enrollment in Intermediate and Advanced Dance. Advanced auditions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Intermediate auditions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required to attend. Alternate arrangements are available for students who need them.

Students who plan to enroll in Beginning Dance may register through their guidance counselor, although an email consultation with the Artistic Director is requested. No prior experience or audition is necessary for Beginning Dance.

Contact Theresa Graziano, Artistic Director, by email at tgraziano@lpslancer.net for an audition reservation or consultation. Please include the student’s name, phone number, and experience level.

The Berrien County Dancers curriculum offers technique classes in ballet and jazz with its main emphasis focused on modern technique. Elements of dance composition, dance history and anatomical alignment are taught as well. With the help of Lakeshore Public Schools and the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation, students also receive opportunities to work with distinguished outside professionals. Additional information is available online at www.BerrienCountyDancers.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.

Civil War Days Victorian Valentine Fundraiser

The Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is offering My Victorian Valentine High Tea Fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Fellowship Hall of the Three Oaks United Methodist Church.

The menu for the afternoon includes a variety of Tea’s, Biscuits and Finger Sandwiches. There will be a Musical Presentation as well as a Cake Silent Auction. Requested donation for the Victorian Valentine Fundraiser tickets are $10 for each person or $15.00 for couples. Please contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com or call (269) 635-7601 to reserve your tickets. Tickets will be waiting for you at the door. Period attire desired but not required.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks will take place on the weekend of July 27 and 28, 2019. The reenactors will present “battles” between the Blue and the Gray throughout the weekend. There will be special programs for children and opportunities to meet and talk with the reenactors. Other programs will include a Sutler, Coffee with the Generals, vendors, various presentations and much more. Volunteers needed for this fun, educational, and historical weekend.

We are happy to again have the support of the Region of Three Oaks Museum. For more information to support this fundraiser and the Three Oaks Civil War Days contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com.

Three Oaks Winter Reading

The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program through Feb. 28.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a winter mug — perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. Read one book each week and receive a weekly prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Drawing will be held on March 1. Warm up your winter with a good book!

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