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 www.skerbeck.com or at the Parish Office. Individual tickets are also available.

For more information, call (269) 469-2637 or log on to www.stmarynewbuffalo.org.

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.

River Valley Garden Club Plant Sale

The gardening season kicks off with the 12th annual River Valley Garden Club Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 (rain or shine), at Harbert Community Park, 13300 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert (just north of the Chikaming Township Center).

Locally grown perennials, bushes, trees, and native grasses will be available – all propagated by garden club members to be sold at the sale. Gardening books, magazines and homemade baked goods will also be available.

“It is our 12th year for the plant sale and we look forward to it all year” said Elizabeth Palulis of Sawyer, President of the club and Chairperson of the 2019 sale.  “It is also a good way learn about the club and consider becoming a member, plus it is a lot of fun. Our members have beautiful gardens and they are so generous about digging up samples to sell.”

The club welcomes new members and offers field trips and guest speakers throughout the year.  Some members are only available during the summer months while others live in the area all year.

Doepker retirement to be celebrated

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.

Old-time baseball game in Three Oaks

A Civil War Era Baseball Match between the local Eddie Gaedel Society/Three Oaks Team and the House of David Echoes will be held at noon Saturday, May 18, on the large playing field at Three Oaks Elementary School.

The locals, all members of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the Eddie Gaedel Society, feature a colorful squad: Official Civil War re-enactors Mark and Jess Scygiel; Johanna Welter from Journeyman Distillery; Dave Rudolph and Bryan McCarty of the 1997 River Valley Mustangs State Championship Baseball team; River Valley’s first star baseball player and father of two more , Tony Margol; Three Oaks Elementary Principal Patrick Zuccala; Fred Lange of the Edgar Wilbury Experience and 1981 RV State Runners Up; Steve Koth, the center on the 1979 Boys State Basketball Champs; Dave Gumper, a major league pitcher from 1982 to 1987 with the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, and Kansas City Royals; and two brothers who just like to play catch — Karl and Garry Lange.  

Those arriving between 11 a.m. and noon can enjoy a specially prepared picnic lunch for $7 (menu includes a choice of beef, ham or cucumber sandwiches; potato salad, slaw, baked beans; cookies and ice tea or lemonade along with a special $3 PB&J sandwich with a cookie and beverage.  There will also be a Concession Stand opening at noon with popcorn, boiled peanuts and bottled water for $1 each.

This is a fund-raiser for Civil War Days in Three Oaks, taking place in late July in Dewey Cannon Park. A great way to contribute to the cause is to come out and enjoy a wonderful picnic and an old time baseball game.

Garage Sale at Woodland Shores

Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 West Shawnee Road, Bridgman, will be the site of a Garage Sale on Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. -2 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit Youth Missions.

Learning to Love Spiders forum

An understanding of and new appreciation for spiders is the goal of the Community Forum talk sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

The previously announced May 16 program on The Underground Railroad in Michigan has been cancelled due to speaker unavailability.

Known as “The Spider Lady,” speaker Linda Strain will talk about spiders she has known through her lifelong interest and study of spiders.  Both children and adults should find this program interesting and informative as she she explains the natural place in the world inhabited by spiders.

Strain is a retired public school educator with a master’s degree in environmental education from the University of Michigan who has shared her love of arachnids through her programs in schools, parks, libraries, nature centers and botanical gardens.

Upcoming Community Forum programs include Weather, Climate Changes and the Environments of the Future on Tuesday, June 11, and Walking the Camino de Santiago on Monday, June 24.

The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.  For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Flag Day Pageant

The Flag Day Prince and Princess Pageant takes place at 2 p.m. May 19 in the River Valley Auditorium.

The Princess and Prince will ride in a convertible in the World’s Largest Flag Day parade on June 9.

River Valley Community Lunch

The River Valley Community Lunch Program will take place at the Middle/High School on Thursday, May 16, starting at 1 p.m. 

The cost of the lunch is $2 per person. The program will be this year's Top Seniors.  Administrators will also provide an update and answer questions.

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.

SAM Recital

The School of American Music (SAM) will present its annual spring recital for students and instructors at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at its Arts & Education Center, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks.

The recital, free and open to the public, gives SAM students, both children and adults, live performance experience, in addition to the musical training they receive in the school’s studios.

“If you want to be good at your instrument, learning how to perform is just as important as learning the notes,” SAM President Garth Taylor says. “People who attend the recitals are always impressed. It is the single best way to have for showing the excellence of what we do, and attracting more students and teachers.”

For more information, please contact the School of American Music at schoolofamericanmusic@gmail.com or by phone at 269-409-1191 or visit https://schoolofamericanmusic.com.

Three Oaks UMC annual bake/rummage 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.

Native Plants at Bridgman Library

The Berrien Conservation District in conjunction with the Bridgman Public Library (4460 Lake St.) will be hosting a Native Plant Presentation and Sale on Wednesday, May 29.

The presentation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Vern Stephens from Designs by Nature Nursery will discuss native plant characteristics and care, picking the right plant, and more. Questions are welcome.

Immediately following the presentation (at 3 p.m.) the Berrien Conservation District will be selling Native Wildflowers and Grasses until 5:30 p.m.

The Bridgman Library will be the site of a program on Foster Family Care from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 22.

Join Teresa Thrash from the Family Enrichment Center and Bridgman resident Leah Klint for a discussion on the special needs of foster families and how you can offer your support.

 The library also is seeking Teen Volunteer Corps, members (ages 12-18) to complete the application form found on the Bridgman Public Library website. Opportunities include helping at the Summer Reading registration and check-in table and at children’s events.

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 radioharborcountry.org. Questions? Email bikenbrunch.wrhc@gmail.com.

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 and Shore 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 www.shipandshorefestival.com or email pat@oairevents.com.

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

Community garage sale dates moved

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library has decided to move the Bridgman Community-Wide Garage Sale from May to September. This year’s garage sale will be held Sept. 13-14.

Playing at Vickers

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

Coming soon is “Amazing Grace” (not rated).

For more information and to view movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com.

Ecological restoration hike at bog

Mud Lake Bog, 905 E. Elm Valley Road, Buchanan, will be the classroom for a lesson on ecological restoration sponsored by Harbor Country Hikers on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m.

Hike Leader Jack Pizzo will lead the group through the rare geographic feature known as Mud Lake Bog, which began as a kettle lake created when the last glaciers retreated about 17,000 years ago.  It has evolved through all the stages, or successions, of a bog. Before becoming a nature preserve in the 1970s, the area was used as a dump, officially at some point, unofficially at others. The bog also has survived floods and fires.

Pizzo is a landscape architect and ecologist in Three Oaks with more than 30 years’ experience in ecosystem restoration. The one-mile, approximately two-hour hike includes boardwalks. Comfortable hiking gear and insect repellent are advised.

For weather cancellations, further information about HCH, or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Zen Leaf open house

Zen Leaf Provisioning Center, Southwest Michigan’s first licensed medical cannabis provisioning center, will hold an Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18,  for area residents to explore the new facility at 259 E. Front Street in downtown Buchanan. Originally named Treehouse Compassion Center, it will operate under the Zen Leaf™ national brand.

Acorn shows

The following shows  are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater,107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: The Furious Bongos play the music of Frank Zappa at 8 p.m. May 17; An Open Mic Night with host Joe Bisceglia at 8 p.m. May 23; 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.

Beach Appreciation hike set for 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 www.harborcountryhikers.com 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 harborcountryhikers.com.

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 cvance19250@yahoo.com 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 www.newbuffalolions.org 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 michianahumanesociety.org or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or contact@michianahumanesociety.org 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 office@blossomtimefestival.org.

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

Genius Night

A Genius Night session featuring local and area literary, performance, and visual artists sharing their unique talents before an audience is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Elsie Earl Studios; 200 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Cost is $5. For more, go to ElsieEarlStudios.com.

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