The School of American Music (SAM) and a band of many players for the Harbor Country Singers “Sounds of the Season” holiday sing-along at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

The sing-along is free, but a donation for Neighbor to Neighbor of canned goods or a food item is requested.

“Sounds of the Season” will feature the Singers accompanied by multiple instruments. The program will span holiday favorites from Hanukkah to Christmas, secular to sacred.

Sign up for free tickets at schoolofamericanmusic.com. For more information, contact SAM at 269-409-1191, schoolofamerican music@gmail.com or online at schoolofamericanmusic.com.

Snowflake Stroll celebration

A Three Oaks “Snowflake Stroll” holiday celebration is planned for Saturday, Nov. 26, with a parade and tree lighting, “Prancer” Village exhibit, horse-drawn buggy rides and more on tap.

The celebration will include Donkeys from Paws for Humanity at Chamberlain Path, a miniature Clydesdale at Carver Park, and horse and buggy rides in the downtown area from 2 to 6 p.m.

Business open houses and special happenings are scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. The parade through the downtown area will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Maple Street and proceed to Carver Park via Linden Street, with a tree-lighting ceremony to follow in the park.

Toys for Tots event

Chikaming Township Police and Fire invite the public to join Santa and “Fill the Police Car & Fire Truck with Toys for Tots” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in the fire truck bays at 13535 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert.

Acorn holiday shows

The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, will present a special screening of the 1989 holiday classic “Prancer” (filmed in the Three Oaks and New Carlisle area) benefiting the River Valley Mustang Foundation at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) Sunday, Nov 27. Adult Tickets are $10, and children attend free (registration required).

Other upcoming holiday shows include: Rockapella’s Holiday Show at 8 p.m. Dec, 3; The Bergamot – A South Shore Christmas at 8 p.m. Dec. 9; A Community Film Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at 3 p.m. Dec. 11; A Holiday Open Mic Night featuring Abbie Thomas at 7 p.m. Dec. 15; Char Jones presents Season of Love at 8 p.m. Dec. 16;Harbor Country Opera presents Christmas at The Acorn at 8 p.m. Dec, 23.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

‘Prancer’ director, village model at Heritage Hall

The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) will present an afternoon with director John Hancock on Saturday, November 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Three Oaks Heritage Hall, 8 E. Linden St. in the Village of Three Oaks. The event is part of the community’s Snowflake Stroll holiday festivities.

Hancock will be on hand to sign autographs and answer questions about the making of “Prancer” – the beloved 1989 Christmas tale filmed in Three Oaks and the nearby New Carlisle area. The Prancer Village model will be on display during the event. The model depicts the main street of the village as it appeared in the movie.

DVD copies of “Prancer,” packaged with TROTOM’s documentary on the making of the movie, will be available for $15.

Santa to visit New Troy

Santa Claus is coming to New Troy on Saturday, December 3. Gather outside the New Troy Community Center at 5 p.m. to join the fun as we call Santa into town by lighting the tree and singing Christmas carols.

The kids will have a chance to visit with Santa indoors, while everyone warms up with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. For more information, please contact FriendsOf NewTroy@yahoo.com or call 269-426-3909.

Bridgman Pageants

The 2023 Bridgman Pageants will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Performing Arts Center at Bridgman High School (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

The Little Miss, Junior Teen, and Miss Teen Pageant begins at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Contestants are (Miss Teen) Ashley Ramirez, Emma Sanders, Jazlyn Culbertson, Emily Lambert, Abigail Stevens, Katie Buist, Tierney Thomas, Sarah Siegmund; (Miss and Mr. Junior Teen) Eli Sanders, Brooklynn Wheeler, Kinsley Lambert, Emma, Siegmund, Katie Lambert, Lily Munson; (Little Miss and Mr. Bridgman) Hailey Germain, Sophie Rick, Layla Rick, Finley Boersma.

The Miss & Mr Pageant begins at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) Contestants are Alivia Abram, Javen Graves, Aiden Conley and Brad Salmon.

RV Holiday Market

The sixth River Valley Holiday Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at River Valley High School, 15480 Three Oaks Road.

Bridgman Holiday Village

The Holiday Village returns to downtown Bridgman from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

A full afternoon and evening of fun is planned including a pet parade down Lake Street, festive activities at local merchants, a Holiday Pop-Up Market, a tree lighting ceremony with caroling, dancing with a live band, free trolley stops throughout town from 12:30 to 6 p.m., and more.

The schedule includes: Grinch Pancakes and Hot Cocoa at Molly’s Beach Walk Cafe (8 a.m.-3 p.m.); Movie – “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” at Bridgman Public Library (11 a.m. to noon); Paint Christmas Ornaments ($5) at Rebecca’s Ceramics (noon to 6 p.m.); Warm Spiced Wine from 12-6 p.m. plus DIY Snow Globes with Turquoise Top Hat from 2-4 p.m. at Lazy Ballerina Winery Tasting Room; Movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at Bridgman Public Library (1-2 p.m.); Free Holiday Rumba Class with Lake Side Fit in the Transient Parking Lot 1-2 p.m.); Free Chili Samples at Tapistry Brewing (1-6 p.m.); Pop-Up Market in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Gym (1-5 p.m.); Live Nativity Scene in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Yard (2-5 p.m.); Pet Parade from Paws to Wash to Accents (begins at 3 p.m.); Scavenger Hunt Starts and Finishes at Accents (3-6 p.m.); Cookies & Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Sandpiper & Hoof to Hanger (3-6 p.m.); Free Temporary Tattoos at Ink About It (3-6 p.m.); Photos with Santa at Small Town Grounds (3-6 p.m.); Axe Throwing, Outdoor Games & Fire Pits in Transient Parking Lot (3-6 p.m.); Christmas Carolers Strolling Through Town (3-6 p.m.); Free Pet Photo Booth at Transient (3-9 p.m.); Canned Food Drive & “The Real Christmas Movie” Drive In with Popcorn & Cocoa at Woodland Shores Baptist Church (5-7 p.m.); Tree Lighting Ceremony with Caroling along Lake Street Near Train Tracks (starts at 6 p.m.); Live Band & Dancing at Bridgman American Legion Post 331 (6:15-9 p.m.)

Native Prairies program

Join Chikaming Open Lands Executive Director Ryan Postema at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the New Buffalo Township Library as he reviews the history of native prairies in the Midwest, discusses current efforts in the region to protect and restore prairie communities and explores what the future holds for these ecological gems. He will also share examples of local preserves you can visit which demonstrate the diversity in our area during the Native Prairies: Past, Present and Future presentation. No registration required.

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