The School of American Music will kick off its spring concert series with a showcase of students in recital. The free, outdoor event will be held in two sessions (at 2 and 4 p.m.) Sunday, May 16, at the Three Oaks Arts and Education Center, 14 Elm Street, Three Oaks.

The two-part recital will be performed on the Spring Creek Stage behind the Center. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and other provisions for sitting outside. All Covid-19 protocols for outdoor large gatherings will be observed, including distancing and masking where appropriate.

We’re so proud of our students and faculty and the ways they’ve maneuvered through all the various Covid restrictions and protocols of the last year,” said Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director of the School of American Music. “They not only have maintained their progress and grown as musicians, they’ve learned about overcoming adversity, an important life skill for musicians and for everyone.”

“Traveling Music” is the theme of the recital – a blend of voice and piano compositions featuring the students of Mitchell, Denise Vanden Bussche and Elin Boklund. Performing in the first half of the afternoon (2 p.m.) will be voice students Clay Burk, Kirill Petrov, and Charis Todd, along with piano students Arthur Anderson, Harper Baldwin, Maddox Baldwin, Acacia Baney, Zion Baney, Aiden Bettig, Ben Bolinder, Hana Bolinder, Charlie Gibson, Karina Hamann, Alex Heiser, David Lewis, Krill Petrov, Abby Shaw, Charlotte Sullivan, Claire Sullivan, Tabitha Sullivan, Chris Todd, Eli Todd and Mark Todd.

The second recital, beginning at 4 p.m., will feature students of Madison Kutch, Beth Oeseburg and Ron Spears, in addition to Boklund, Mitchell and Vanden Bussche. The program will showcase voice students Lauren Eggleston, Alex Heiser and Abby Shaw, violin students Kendra Klint, Sadie Liggett, Deb Rancatore and Ella Siri, piano students Morgan Siri and Owen Siri, along with Emma Reitz on piano, Callyn Reitz on baritone ukulele, Kyle Kaeding on guitar, Erius Bower on saxophone and Alivia Reitz on flute.

Accompanists for the afternoon will be Adrian Cole on piano and Garth Taylor on guitar. “And,” adds Mitchell, “to show students and parents that teachers also know how to have musical fun, a surprise SAM Faculty Musical Offering will open each recital.”

The School of American Music Spring Recital is free, but donations are welcome and can be made on the SAM website, In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, May 23, and will move indoors in case of inclement weather that day. Details will be announced as needed.

Garden Club plant sale

The River Valley Garden Club’s plant sale will return on Saturday, May 22, at Harbert Community Park (13300 Red Arrow Highway) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Michigan time), 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, just north of the Chikaming Township Center.

Members dig a wide variety of perennials, native plants, ground covers, bushes and small trees from their own gardens.

Anyone with an interest in gardening is always welcome at the River Valley Garden Club. The club has field trips, guest speakers, a member’s plant auction, and hands-on workshops in addition to the annual plant sale. The club is also involved in service projects throughout the year. For more information contact Elizabeth Palulis at 269-426-3513 or email her at

Also visit the club’s website,


An RVARTS Spring Art Exhibit of works by River Valley Middle and High School students will be presented at arbor3 arts, 15 South Elm St., Three Oaks, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 14 and 15, and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. My 14 at Eau Claire Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6562 Naomi Road, Eau Claire; 4 p.m. May 19 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 11 a.m. May 21 at New Buffalo American Legion, 19139 US Hwy 12, New Buffalo; 4 p.m. May 24 at Galien Township Hall & Fire Department, 305 Kiley Dr., Galien.

For more, log on to:

Blood drive in Sawyer

A Versiti Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. May 25 at Trinity EV. Lutheran Church 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer.

Appointments are preferred (call 866-642-5663 or visit

Versiti is a fusion of blood donation, scientific curiosity and precision medicine which recognizes that the gift of blood and life are precious.

All COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed. You will also receive free COVID antibody testing.

Hike through forest primeval

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will find out why Warren Woods fits the definition of a true forest primeval when they visit on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

The beauty of spring awakening in both young and old-growth forests will surround hikers as they learn from botanist and hike leader Bob Tatina why the 322-acre state park is called Warren Woods Forest Primeval. Participants are advised to prepare for some damp trails and a great experience.

The trail winds under specimens up to 125-feet tall and girths greater than five-feet in diameter and includes a stairway and some fallen logs.

Warren Woods is east of Red Arrow Highway on Union Pier/Elm Valley Road in Three Oaks. Recommended dress includes long pants, sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots, insect repellent and water. HCH hikers observe social distancing and face masks are required.

For complete details or HCH membership information, visit

Bridgman Open Air Market

Opening day for the Bridgman Open Air Market (at 4509 Lake St.) is May 16 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Basketball camp

Bridgman Boys Basketball Camp will be June 14-18 at Bridgman High School.

The Camp will focus on FUNdamentals and a program of skill development for the off-season.

Grades 3-6 will meet from 9am-10:30am; Grades 7-10 will meet from 10:45am-12:30 pm. Cost is $35 and includes a T-Shirt and prizes.

To register contact Mike Miller at

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elms St., Three Oaks, is showing “The Truffle Hunters” and “The Courier.”

Coming soon is “Dream Horse.”

Virtual Cinema also is offered. For more, go to

Back to work help offered

Is there something that Neighbor by Neighbor can do to help you get back to work? Do you need a car repair, help with filling out a job application, clothing, a birth certificate, or something else that holds you back from jumping back into working? Do you need help with training for your dream job?

Employers are waiting for you – reach out and ask Neighbor by Neighbor for help by calling or texting 269-231-0648 to see if we can help.

Acorn shows

The first Acorn Anywhere outdoor event of 2021, The Great American Songbook, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the New Troy Community Center’s Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo Garden. The Dean Allrick Trio and special guest, Livia Gazzolo will perform.

Tickets are on sale (go to

An event showcasing 2018 Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition winner Emma Hamel and 2020 “Top 3” finalist, Andy Baker in partnership with Journeyman Distillery is planned for May 20 on Journeyman’s back lawn.

Other upcoming Acorn shows are slated to include: Chicago Farmer with opener Jamie Wagner Band; Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute); and Journeyman (Eric Clapton tribute).

The Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition will return for its ninth year. The competition offers cash prizes totaling $1,500 plus opportunities to perform at future events. All different types of music are welcome. Submission Deadline is 11 p.m. June 1.

For more, go to

Head Start enrollment

Tri-County Head Start is enrolling and has limited spots for Fall 2021.

Services include but are not limited to: Education, Health, Mental Health, Dual Language, Conscious Discipline, and support from Family Advocates who connect families with organizational partners, and work alongside the family to help them achieve their goals. The organization also has an Expectant Mothers program that offers prenatal education.

Tri-County Head Start is celebrating 50-years of serving children and families in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.

Services are free for eligible families. For more information, please visit

Fair Food Drive Thru

The Berrien County Youth Fair has decided to once again host a number of Fair Food Drive Thru events throughout the summer of 2021. Kicking off the season the weekend of May 21-23. There will be numerous Fair Food vendors serving up some of your favorite fair food!

Patrons wishing to partake in the drive thru event should enter Gate 3 (4261 E. Shawnee Rd.) and follow the barriers to the drive thru area. The drive thru will take place on Friday, May 21 from 3 pm to 7 pm, May 22 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, May 23 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Three Oaks Farmers Market

The first Three Oaks Farmers Market will be held Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 29th, in the parking lot across from Big C Lumber from 9am-2pm, and will continue every Saturday morning through October.

Any produce, crafter or artist vendors interested in participating this year can contact Katherine at (818) 859-4896 or email You can also check the Village of Three Oaks Facebook page for more updates.

Chamber news

Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce Mixers for members will resume in September, and the Chamber has formed a new membership level, “The Social Membership,” for $75 annually.

Any non-business individual living in or outside Harbor Country who desires to socialize at member events, gain knowledge of the area and its businesses is encouraged to join. To apply for membership on-line, visit

For more information, please visit, Harbor Country social media, call (269) 469-5409 or visit the Visitor Center, weekdays at 15311 Three Oaks Rd, Three Oaks.


Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is partnering with four local libraries (Bridgman Public Library, New Buffalo Township Library, Three Oaks Township Library and Buchanan District Library) for StoryWalk on the Preserves at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks; and Burns Prairie Preserve near Buchanan. Those visiting the COL preserves can enjoy four different story books through June 21.

A story walk features laminated book pages attached to stakes along preserve paths. As readers walk the trail they are directed to the next page of the story. For more information, call Chikaming Open Lands at (269) 405-1006 or send an email to

Story Time at library

The Three Oaks Township Library offers in-person Story Time for all ages each Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people, social distancing and masks will be required, and when weather permits Story Time will be held outside.

The Kitting/Crocheting Circle is meeting every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a project they are working on and sit and visit, socially distanced and wearing a mask.

NB Market seeks vendors

The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.

This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to submit an application, go to

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