The 2018 St. Mary of the Lake Parish Carnival will take place Thursday, May 31, through Sunday evening, June 3,

The Skerbeck Carnival will rides for young & old, carnival fare such as cotton candy, hot dogs, & popcorn, and midway games and attractions. The St. Mary Altar/Rosary Society also will have bake sales Saturday and Sunday.

Pre-sale unlimited ride bracelets may be purchased at a discount at, through the church website at, or at the St. Mary of the Lake Church Office in New Buffalo.

Bridgman Family Friday Festivals

Bridgman Family Friday Festivals will begin from 5 to 9 p.m. May 25.

A closed-street, good old fashioned family and pet friendly block party with bonfire, live music, food and artisan vendors, games for kids and adults, and much more is planned.

Festivals will continue on the last Friday of each month from May through August from 5 to 9 p.m.

A Sand Pirate Ribbon Cutting sponsored by the Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Community Growth Alliance also will take place May 25 (at 4:30 p.m.).

Harbert Community Church concert

Harbert Community Church along with the Berrien Springs Concert Choir and Bel Canto will present a concert at Harbert Community Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

The concert will feature choir selections and also some small ensembles. A freewill offering will be received at the end of the concert to help with costs of the choirs performance tour to Hawaii in 2019. Call the church for more information at (269) 426-4321.

Rummage/Bake sale

The Three Oaks United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Rummage/Bake sale, Friday, June 8, 9-4, and Saturday, June 9, from 9-3:.

Many household items, furniture, books, toys, clothing will be offered. This is a sale you don’t want to miss! A bag sale will begin at noon June 9.  Shoppers may fill a grocery bag with items for $2.00.  Three Oaks UMC is located on Elm St, across from the Post Office.

Crafters wanted

Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is looking for crafters to participate in the Heritage Arts and Crafts Fair. Crafts like sewing, quilts, knitting, soap, candles, shawls and more are welcome. You may display your goods to sell and/or demonstrate your skills.

Spaces are available in the historic Dewey Cannon Park, 14 Maple Street, Three Oaks, on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29. Fees are $20 for one day or $30.00 for both days. You will need to provide your own tent, tables, chairs, etc. Registration deadline is Saturday, July 14th.

Contact us at for more information or find the Registration Form on our website at

Church film

Bible Baptist Church in New Buffalo will be showing “The Case for Christ” at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

Access celebration

A Day of Celebrating lake Michigan Public Access event is planned for Saturday, June 2, as follows:

• Party at Cherry Beach 12:00-1:00 — 12:00 Presentation on Chikaming’s Blue Mile Markers. Know your location on the Beach, and how to tell 911 where you are; Presentation on the 7 public beach access points in Chikaming Township; Presentation on “Good Neighbor Policy” and how it relates to Beach users, lakefront property owners, and wildlife habitat; Presentation on Cherry Beach Preservation and Expansion Project. The township has an opportunity to acquire 400 feet of lakeshore and almost 3 acres of critical dune adjacent to Cherry beach. Show your support by holding hands for a drone picture to show just how much more public beach there could be. photo will be used in marketing campaign.

Also, a Townline To Warren Dunes Hike (hike a little or hike all seven miles) is planned at 10:30 a.m.

Join the Chikaming Township Park Board & the Harbor Country Hikers as they guide a hike along the 7 miles of lakeshore that boarder in Chikaming Township. Hike all 7 miles or join/leave the hike at any public access point along the way.

Sign up for the event a receive a commemorative t-shirt. send your name and t-shirt size to Janet schrader, sandpirate@sbcglobal,net or text 269-405-5772

Check out other Celebrate Chikaming events at or Facebook page: Chikaming Township Parks, Preserves, and Beaches

Brick sale

Due to popular demand, a limited number of commemorative bricks will be offered for sale by Friends of New Buffalo Library until they are sold out or by the June 30 deadline.   The inscribed bricks will be installed in the walkway at the library’s main entrance

Order forms are available at the Friends of the Library Used Book counter in the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson St. Forms may be submitted to the main desk at the library or completed on-line following the directions on the form.

Cost is $50 for 4-by-8-inch bricks for up to three lines and $100 for 8-by- 8-inch bricks for up to six lines.  Each line has a maximum of 18 characters including spaces and punctuation.

Placement of bricks will be determined by a lottery selection process.

Funds raised will be used by the Friends of the Library for special library needs and special community programs.

Read with Newdle

Every Monday at 11 a.m. the New Buffalo Township Library offers the Reading with Newdle.

Join us for a very special Story Time with therapy dog Newdle! Your little one will have a one on one chance to interact with Newdle, learn how to interact with pets and even tell Newdle a story.

The New Buffalo Township Library Youth Services will offer a Toby Lost & Found Story Time at 11 a.m. June 2. Join us for a special story time featuring local children’s author, Michele Terpin and the wonderfully brave Toby! Toby Lost and Found is a story of a little dog who wants to explore. He leaves his home and becomes part of the rescue network. The value of a rescue dog is the love gained by the dog and his new family.

Going to the birds

Learning more about those visiting backyard birds will be the goal of the Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum on Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve Naturalist Wendy Jones will provide an overview of Michiana’s backyard birds with tips on identifying who is visiting. Jones will touch on the beautiful songs and family life of visiting birds, best options for attracting them and catering to their feeding habits.

Other upcoming programs include “Come for to Sing III – A Summer Solstice Hootenanny,” Thursday, June 22; “Andrew Jackson by Tim Moore,” Monday, June 25, and “Icebound Found! The Ordeal of the S.S. Michigan,” Monday, July 9.

The free 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 or email

Galien Woods Historical Society

The Galien Woods Historical Society will hold their May meeting on May 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM in their building located at 108 S. Grant St., Galien, Michigan.

After a short business meeting, the program for the evening will be presented by Vinette  DePhillips, instructor of the Buchanan Senior Center Quilting group.  In honor of  Black History month, the group created an Underground Railroad quilt.  They will bring the quit and will explain the meaning of each square in the quilt.  I’m sure you will find the program interesting.

Following the program, light refreshments will be served.  All meeting are free and open to the public.  We are still looking for old pictures of Galien, places of business and stories about them.  If you have information to share or would like more information, please call Elmer Doyle at 269-545-8871. 

Summer reading in Galien

The Galien Township Library Summer Reading Program starts June 19th and runs Tuesdays thru July 24th 2-3 pm. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! Join us for books galore, stories & more, games & activities, yummy snacks, and fun prizes! Stop by the library or call 269-545-8281 to sign up.

Stop by the Galien Township Library and check out the artwork in our display case

by Dennis Anderson of Edwardsburg Michigan. Dennis does primarily illustration design and also sculpts and paints. He has worked with small press publishers, created several horror/fantasy comic books, illustrated a children’s book, done promotional work for big music names like Alice Cooper, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Theory of a Deadman and many more. He has recently worked with Evil Czech Brewery to create several beer labels for them.  See more of Dennis at

Mount Baldy hike

Harbor Country Hikers will join a park ranger for a sunset hike to the top of Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park on Friday, May 25, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Hikers will explore the Summit Trail, a short steep climb up loose sand to reach the top of Mount Baldy for a view of the sunset over Lake Michigan and the surrounding area. The view is picture perfect so hikers should bring their cameras.

The 126-foot high Mt. Baldy is called a “living” or “wandering” dune because it moves or shifts every year. The hike will last about 90 minutes and is consider hard due to the dune climb.  

The entrance to Mt. Baldy is about 1/3-mile southwest of Michigan City on U.S. 12 at 101 Rice St. The group will gather in the parking lot.

For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit

Sailing classes

The Michigan City Yacht Club Sailing School, located at Washington Park Marina, is offering adult sailing lessons for any adult interested in learning to sail or getting more hands-on experiences in sailboats. Lessons are instructed in Catalina Capri 14.2s.

The first of two 4-week sessions begins on June 14 and the second session begins

on July 12. Lessons take place on Thursday evenings and cost $200 per person. For more information, visit or contact Joel Florek, Program Director, at or 219-561-0141.

Fencing Lab in New Troy

An “Introduction to Fencing Lab” will be offered at the New Troy Community Center in June.

One of the oldest Olympic sports, fencing involves tradition, grace, precision, stamina, agility and mental strength. Coach Rebecca Schneider teaches students to fence in a full fitness and strategic way. Following demonstrations and instruction, students will be led through practice moves using foam swords. Schneider’s priority in teaching is to showcase fencing’s unique challenges to inspire others both on and off the strip. With 21 years of fencing experience, Schneider is certified by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and has served as Head Coach at the Point Fencing Club and Culver Academies.

The three-session lab will be held on June 21, 22 and 23, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Cost is $50. Advance registration is recommended as space is limited to 12 students. After that, names will be placed on a waiting list for a second lab. All ages are welcome. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.  No equipment is necessary. Bring water bottles and wear loose, athletic clothing (no jeans) and tennis shoes.

A portion of the lab fee will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy. The Center is located at 13372 California Rd., New Troy. A map is available on For more information, please call Rebecca at 217-352-0722.

Mom2Mom sellers sought

Consignors, vendors and crafters are being sought for the first annual Mom2Mom Sale to be held at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, on Saturday, June 9.

Consignors looking to sell gently used baby and children’s clothing and equipment are invited to reserve space at $20 per six-foot table. Multiple tables may be rented. A large-item room will be available to sell items too large to fit on a table. Vendors and crafters will also have the opportunity to sell their merchandise and promote their business to a large, targeted group of people. Tables in this category are available for $30. The deadline to reserve space is May 31 — or when all spots are reserved. To reserve space or request more information, please e-mail or call Mandi at (269) 338-5302.

Baroda Farmers Market

Vendors are being accepted for the first year of the Baroda Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12-Oct. 14 in the big field at the end of Second and Third streets).

For more, send an email to

Exhibit at Vickers

A solo exhibition of 28 oil paintings by artist Shelley Timm-Thompson will be on display in the Vickers Theatre Gallery through June 30.

Timm-Thompson is a Chicago native who as a youth fell in love with Southwest Michigan while spending summers with her grandparents in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. The retired advertising art director is a full-time painter and Bridgman resident who strives to capture the aura and beauty of Michigan’s land and water in her impressionistic oil paintings.

An artist reception is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Visit to see more of her paintings.

Bike & Brunch registration

Registration is now open for the annual Bike & Brunch benefiting WRHC-Radio Harbor Country that will take place June 3, 2018.

The ride offers 15-30-45 mile loops through the beautiful countryside and culminates with a gourmet brunch at the farm of a local artist. Tours of the artist’s studio and an art raffle add to the fun.

To register, go to, click on Events, pay with the Pay button, and fill out one registration form per rider (limited to first 150 riders).

Meals on Wheels drivers sought

Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan is looking for volunteers to deliver meals in Harbor Country on Mondays. The meal deliveries are more than just a meal; you will be providing needed social contact and a wellness check, helping these seniors remain living safely in their own homes.

Meals can be picked up between 9:15 and 9:30 at the River Valley Senior Center in Harbert. The route is usually completed by 11:30 a.m. or before. Reliable transportation is needed and mileage can be reimbursed if desired. Volunteers must complete an application and background check due to the vulnerability of our home-bound seniors. Interested people can call (269) 925-0137 and ask for Renee.

Mindful Motion Yoga Class

A Mindful Motion Yoga Class is held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the New Troy Community Center (13372 California Road). Cost is $10 per session.

The vinyasa style class with the focus on moving with your breath is taught by Cheryl Meadors of Bridgman.

Students should arrive a few minutes early, wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement, and bring their own yoga mat. Registration is not necessary for this drop-in class.

Meadors also teaches a Basic Yoga class at the Community Center on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m.

A portion of class fees will benefit the New Troy Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy. For more information, please phone/text Lorraine at (269) 405-6857.

Activities at Library

A Needlework Clinic meets in the Community Room at the Three Oaks Township Public Library, 3 North Elm St., on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Needleworkers of all types and skill levels are welcome. Ronald Ahrens of Three Oaks is proficient in knitting, crocheting, bobbin lacemaking, tatting, broderet, and filet netting and will be on hand to help anyone with their projects. No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Qi-Gong, a coordinated body posture, movement and controlled breathing exercises, similar to tai chi, is offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the library. Light Walking Aerobics takes place Thursdays at 11 a.m. Both  are held in the Three Oaks Public Library Community Room.

For more, call (269) 756-5621 of go to

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