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.

Dennis Quaid at Acorn

Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid will share engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album set for release in 2022 at the Acorn in Three Oaks at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

Other upcoming shows at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: 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; legendary singer/songwriter Judy Collins at 8 p.m. Nov. 14.

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Run to Center of World

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 runtothecenter 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 runtothecenter or call 269-426-3909.

Paws for Humanity 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.

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

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 at Library

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.

Dance at New Troy Legion

The New Troy American Legion will be having a dance featuring the band Red Deluxe from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 16, at 4789 Weechik Road, New Troy.

Doors open at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to the building fund. Presale tickets available at the legion or by calling (269) 426-8634. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Tickets are limited.

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.

Pastor Brandon Wittig prayed over the quilts heading out to those in need on Oct. 3. These quilts will be shipped out on Oct. 16 along with all the backpack school kits.

The remaining quilts, 30 in all, will be auctioned in Trinity’s annual Silent Quilt Auction which will be open to the public. No two quilts are alike, with the exception that they are all 80-by-60-inch, machine-stitched and hand tied. The auction began on Oct. 10 and will end on Sunday, 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. he bidding on all quilts will begin at $15 and will go up in $3 increments from there. You do not have to be present to win, but you may want to stop in and check on your bid from time to time. Eight beautifully made aprons also will be auctioned.

Funds from the auction will be used to purchase food bags for those in the local community that are in need as well as replenish quilting supplies and possibly some maintenance needs around the church. For more information, call (269)-426-3937.

Story Hour in New Troy

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.

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.

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.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Three Oaks American Legion, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks; 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Galien Twp Fire Station 305 Kiley Rd, by the Galien River Church.

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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,

New Troy Market

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, or at the Friends of New Troy Community Center Library during regular hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 am-noon, and Monday-Friday 5:30-7).

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

In addition to the usual outdoor games such as corn hole and bocce ball, this market will also celebrate fall and the upcoming holiday. 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, please contact

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

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “Blue Bayou” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Coming soon is “Falling for Figaro.”

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Chicken dinner

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

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.

Library Board

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.

State Park work day

The Michigan DNR Volunteer Stewardship Program will have invasive

removal work days at local State Parks (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on the following

dates: Saturday, Oct. 16 – Warren Dunes State Park.

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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