Join Friends of New Troy from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, for the last Friday night outdoor market of the season on the grounds of the New Troy Community Center. An array of local vendors made up of farmers, artists, crafters, creators, collectors, and bakers, live music, outdoor games, and fresh catered meals will be featured. To celebrate the season, this market will also provide some extra special fall festivities and activities.

Get your dinner pre-sale tickets while they last! Raceway Catering will be serving a pork bbq sandwich or vegetarian option (Asian Chopped Salad), with macaroni and cheese and a drink for $10. Meal tickets may be purchased online at www.friendsofnewtroy.org/font-market, or at the Friends of New Troy Community Center Library during regular hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 am-noon, and Monday-Friday 5:30-7 pm).

Live music will be performed in the Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo by Ron Spears and Wes County, with surrounding outdoor seating areas providing an environment for all ages to gather with friends.

Come dressed up for Halloween and let the kids enjoy special interactive activities and a free pumpkin decorating station. The market will also be the packet pick-up for the October 23 10th Annual Run to the Center of the World 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon.

For more information about the FoNT Market, contact friendsofnewtroymarket@gmail.com.

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.

Halloween program

The Friends of the New Buffalo Library will present a Halloween program on classic horror movies at the library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. The program will explore the variety of horror films and characters with film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek.

Sing along to your favorite Beatles songs on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The Harbor Country Singers will lead an evening sing-along with piano and guitar accompaniment, and will provide a song book with words and music.

All Friends of the Library programs are free and open to all. Use of face masks at these events is requested.

County park hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will walk the trails of Madeline Bertrand County Park in Niles on Saturday, Oct. 23, starting at 2 p.m. Michigan time. The hike is the second in a series of three that explores the Berrien County parks this fall. The park, named for the Potawatomi wife of early trading post operator Joseph Bertand, offers more than five miles of hiking trails through forests and along the St. Joseph River.

All are welcome to hike with the group. For more information, including directions, visit the Hikers’ website, harborcountryhikers.com.elc.

Run to Center of the World

The 10th annual Run to the Center of the World will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, in and around New Troy. Registration for the half marathon, 10K and 5K event is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.

Maps, information, and a link to register online are available at facebook.com/RunToTheCenter. For more information, email runtothe centeroftheworld@gmail.com or call 269-426-3909.

The race, hosted by Friends of New Troy, starts and ends (half marathon start 8 a.m.) at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy, MI 49119. Proceeds benefit the Center.

Historical Society to meet

The Galien Woods Historical Society’s October meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at 108 S. Grant St., Galien.

After a short business meeting, the program about the Morton Family of Benton Harbor (early settlers) will be presented by Charles Yager of Stevensville, a local historian and teacher at Lakeshore School.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Quilt mission & auction

The Quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer design and sew all year long to be able to send out over 50 quilts and 50 backpacks filled with supplies annually to Lutheran World Relief. They also hold a silent auction each year to fund some local missions.

Thirty quilts will be auctioned in Trinity’s annual Silent Quilt Auction which will be open to the public. The auction began on Oct. 10 and will end on Nov. 21.

The quilt display can be viewed and bid on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and after Worship Services held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mornings. Bidding on all quilts will begin at $15 and will go up in $3 increments from there. Eight beautifully made aprons also will be auctioned.

For more information, call (269)-426-3937.

Electric bill help

Are you a senior or low-income household struggling to pay your electric bill? Indiana Michigan Power offers a Senior Citizen Discount Rate for anyone 65 or older who uses less than 900 kWh of energy per month. I & M also offers a Low-Income Service Charge Waiver for qualified customers. Call or text Neighbor By Neighbor, 269-231-0648, for more information and assistance.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for: 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Three Oaks American Legion, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman; 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Galien Twp Fire Station 305 Kiley Road.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

New Troy Story Hour

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers takes place Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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. Friends of New Troy recommends that visitors wear masks in the Community Center, located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call 269-426-3909.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Falling for Figaro.” Coming soon is “The Rescue.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

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.

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