The 2019 St. Mary of the Lake Parish Carnival will take place Thursday through Monday, May 23-27, at 718 West Buffalo St. in New Buffalo.

The 2019 Carnival will feature rides for children of all ages, midway games, a bake sale at noon Sunday, May 26, a beer tent and live entertainment in the evening (D.J. Dancing Grooves on May 23; Red Deluxe on May 24; Generation Gap on May 25; and Time Travelers on May 26).

The Midway will open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and at noon on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Purchase advance unlimited ride wristbands for $18 (onsite price is $25) before noon on May 23 at or at the Parish Office. Individual tickets are also available.

For more information, call (269) 469-2637 or log on to

Mobile food pantry visits

The Episcopal Church of the Mediator will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on May 23 at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road. The distribution starts at 11 a.m.

A mobile pantry visit to Galien Township Hall & Fire Department, 103 Kiley Dr. (sponsored by Galien Olive Branch UMC) is scheduled for 3 p.m. May 28.

A stop at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, is scheduled for 4 p.m. June 5.

Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach

The second Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach, 5239 Lake St., Bridgman, is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

Wineries, breweries and distilleries from Berrien County and live music by The Newports, Slim Gypsy Baggage and Top Secret are on the agenda.

Tickets ($10 in advance or $20 at the gate) are available at Free shuttles will run.

Memorial Day parades, ceremonies

Parades and ceremonies in Bridgman (1 p.m. Sunday starting at Legion Post 331), New Troy (Sunday at 2 p.m.) New Buffalo (10 a.m. Monday starting at City Hall) and Lakeside (noon Monday) along with a Three Oaks memorial service (Monday 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery).

Beach Appreciation hike on June 1

Harbor Country Hikers will  join hands with the Chikaming Township Park Board for a beach appreciation walk between Townline Line and Cherry Beaches on Saturday, June 1.

The four-mile hike will begin at Townline Beach at 10 a.m., heading north while observing the important features and changes to the local township’s beachfront lead by Park Board Chair Deborah Hall-Kayler and Harbor Country Hikers Secretary Evie Rowley.  Chikaming Township Fire Chief Mike Davidson will join the group at Berrien Beach where he will talk about beach and water safety, including the township’s numbering system for location identification in an emergency.

The hikers will then continue walking along the waterline and over the boulders at Pier Street, ending at Cherry Street where the Cherry Beach Committee will give an update on its grassroots efforts to purchase an additional 400 feet of lakeshore and the critical dune included in the 2.6-acre Reed Beidler Trust property.

Townline Beach is at the end of Townline/Union Pier Road in Union Pier and Cherry Beach is at the end of Cherry Beach Road, which is just south of Youngren Road on Red Arrow Highway.  Limited parking is available at the top of both beaches so hikers are asked to check for parking/shuttle details at before the day of the hike.

Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Membership ($20 for individuals or $30 for families) is encouraged.  For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

Weko Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: May 26 - Past Time; June 16 - Mike Struwin Duo; June 23 - Blue Shoes Jazz; July 14 - Carol and Kaye’s Dixieland Band; July 21, - Campfire Stu with All God’s Children Choir; Aug. 4 - Saturday June Band; Aug. 18 - Top Secret; Sept. 1 - Matt Gabriel Band. For more, go to or call (269) 465-3406.

Heartland Alliance Tour planned

The Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour tour of splendid, professionally designed homes and gardens in Southwest Michigan scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, benefits the work of the Alliance to to transform the existing spaces of other non-profits through pro bono design services and in-kind donations, allowing them to provide comfortable, supportive and healing physical environments for the populations they serve. For more, go to

Hesston Steam Museum opening weekend

The 2019 season at the Hesston Steam Museum (located east of State Road 39 and west of Basswood Road on 1000 North) will take place on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25, 26, & 27) with a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Hesston’s trains, including the 67-ton 1929 Shay logging locomotive, depart from a replica 1900s era depot and take your family on a journey back to a bygone era. There are three different sized trains from full sized to miniature, each taking a different route through a beautiful wooded landscape.

The museum is also a showcase for a working steam-powered sawmill, La Porte’s first electric generator, and a blacksmith shop where iron is turned into handcrafted works of art.

Lunch or snacks are made to order at Doc’s Soda Fountain, and the Smokehouse will be offering various smoked meats topped with your favorite sauce on May 25 & 26. Breakfast will be served at Doc’s from 9 to 11 a.m. (Central time).

The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. (Central Time) and continues until 5 p.m. Saturday through Memorial Day. Then, Hesston Steam Museum is open every weekend throughout the summer.  For more information visit or call (219) 778-2783 (weekends).

Trash, Treasure & Bake Sale

Harbert Community Church will hold its annual Trash and Treasure and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the women’s mission and ministry projects. This is a HUGE sale with too many items to list, but don’t forget to browse their antiques room for unique finds, grab some lunch at the Café, and stop by the bake sale. The church is located on the corner of Three Oaks and Harbert Roads in Sawyer, Michigan. Call 269-426-4321 for more information.

Chris Thompson Preserve dedication

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is holding a public dedication at 2 p.m. June 9 to celebrate the acquisition of the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve, located on Warren Woods Road in Chikaming Township. The celebration will take place at the Lakeside Cabins Resort, which is immediately adjacent to the new nature preserve.

The event is open to the public and will include a dedication of the preserve in memory of former COL Executive Director Chris Thompson, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Guided walks of the 49-acre property, which features open fields, woodland and frontage on the Galien River, will also be available.

COL acquired the nature preserve on October 30, 2018. Local members of the community and other of Thompson’s friends, family and colleagues in the conservation community raised more than $226,000 to acquire the property in his memory. In addition, COL was awarded a grant from The Carls Foundation, and was able to utilize grant funds previously received from The Pokagon Fund to complete the project.

 “We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor Chris by dedicating this new preserve in his memory,” says COL Executive Director Ryan Postema.

Doepker retirement

The public is invited to celebrate Barbara Doepker’s upcoming retirement from Three Oaks Township Public Library. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 30, from noon to 7 p.m. at the library.

HCM Vehicle Donation Initiative

Harbor Country Mission (HCM) is accepting donations of vehicles that can be immediately given to those who are struggling to get to work, pick up their children from school or run basic errands necessary for life such as grocery shopping and medical appointments.  

Dave Heyn, who with his wife Hannah, began Harbor Country Mission in 2015, said “with our Vehicle Donation Initiative we are reaching out to our community once again to fill the increasingly urgent need of our neighbors and friends in Southwest Michigan who are in the greatest socio-economic need.”

Unlike other programs who request auto donations of any kind, the vehicles donated to HCM need to have clear title and be in good running order; ready to be licensed, insured and put into service on the road. As Dave Heyn further explained: “we are requiring those receiving these vehicles be able to afford title transfers and insurance--but often times, that’s when money runs out.  As a result, we are hoping to receive vehicles (preferably mini-vans, SUVs and hatchbacks with a bit of cargo and kid space) to be as low-mileage as possible and not require many immediate repairs.”

In addition to the Vehicle Donation Initiative, a Warehouse Donation Center in Bridgman and a Vintage Finds resale shop in Sawyer, HCM is exploring the development of a community-based eBay site and are seeking space to open a clothing distribution center that would southwest Michigan. HCM currently offers, on the second Friday of each month, a “Free Friday” at both locations that overwhelmingly helps those transitioning out of homelessness into some form of longer-term residency. This is in addition to their “Free Room” at the Warehouse Donation Center  that is open 7 days a week and provides linens, kitchen supplies, kids shelves and other small home goods that are available to anyone in need.

For more information regarding how you can support HCM’s Vehicle Donation Initiative, please contact Dave Heyn at 269-326-0077. Harbor Country Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Three Oaks UMC annual sale

The Three Oaks United Methodist Church will be hosting its annual

bake sale/rummage sale on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Many, many goodies to choose from.  A $2 bag sale will start on Saturday at noon. Come and shop to support the church’s many missions.

Bike & Brunch

The 7th annual Radio Harbor Country Bike & Brunch will take place Sunday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m EST.

Departing from the private farm/studio of a local artist, riders of all levels can enjoy 15-, 30-, or 45-mile loops through some of Harbor Country’s most beautiful backroads.

At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a gourmet brunch of locally grown and prepared food provided through the generous support of Luisa’s Cafe, Harbert Swedish Bakery, Sawyer Garden Center, Red Arrow Road House, Flagship Specialty Foods and Fish Market, Heston Supper Club, The Peasant’s Pantry, Whistle Stop Grocery, and Infusco Coffee Roasters.

This boutique ride is limited to first 150 registrants. Register online at Questions? Email

Proceeds benefit Radio Harbor Country, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit public radio station that brings music, culture, arts, and community to the Harbor Country Area.

Ship & Shore Festival vendors, volunteers sought

The New Buffalo Business Association is seeking local food and vendors for the 2019 Ship and Shore Festival scheduled for Aug. 9-11.

Vendor applications are being accepted now. For more information, visit or email

The NBBA also is looking for festival volunteers. Those interested (indiividuals and people representing an organization) can send an email to for more information, including details on how organizations raise money by volunteeering.

Playing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks is scheduled to present the following screenings: The Best of Enemies (Rated PG-13) and  “Amazing Grace” (not rated).

For more information and to view movie trailers, visit

Acorn shows

The following shows  are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater,107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band at 8 p.m. May 24; Reely Dan at 8 p.m. May 25.

For more, call (269) 756-3879.

RV Reunion

Did you graduate from River Valley High School between 1967 and 1997? Are you, or were you a teacher? If so, please join us for a multi-class reunion on July 20, 2019, at the Three Oaks American Legion, Post 204. 

Advanced registration and payment by June 21 is required. Cost is $20 per person which will include buffet style dinner, music, limited beer and wine along with a cash bar. 

For more information, contact Cheri Donner Vance, class of 1980, at or talk/text to (269) 426-1499. You may also send via postal mail your name, address and the class you graduated in, along with a check or money order payable to “RV Multi-Class Reunion” to 7234 Forest Lawn Road, Three Oaks MI 49128.

Lion’s Club Golf Outing

The New Buffalo Lion’s Club 2019 Golf Outing is scheduled for June 19 at the at Whittaker Woods course in New Buffalo.

The four-person scramble is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. For more, visit or call Peter at (219) 617-0654.

Fetch Some Fun

The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is offering a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.

“Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes, and can include hikes, a trip to the beach, even a lunch or a snack at a dog friendly restaurant. This is a great way for community members to enjoy the company of a dog and for the dog to be away from the stresses of being in a kennel.

Individuals should visit or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or to sign up.

Blossomtime committee chairs sought

The Blossomtime Festival, looking forward to its 114th season of celebration and festivities in 2020, is seeking individuals that would be interested in chairing a committee in the communities of Covert, Decatur, Dowagiac, Galien, Lawton, Eau Claire, Paw Paw, Sodus, Marcellus, Mattawan and Vicksburg. 

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity with us, please call the Blossomtime Office at (269) 982-8016 or email us at

I-94 resurfacing

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing more than two miles of I-94 from the Michigan/Indiana state line to M-239 in New Buffalo. The project was slated to begin April 29.

The $9.5 million investment includes guardrail, culvert repair and replacement and reconstruction under bridges.

Daytime single-lane closures and nighttime double-lane closures are planned. The estimated end date is Aug. 23.

For project details and a map, visit Mi Drive

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