Lunches for children 18 years and younger will be offered at no charge by the New Buffalo Area Schools Food Services Department from July 2 through Aug. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the New Buffalo Middle/High School cafeteria, 1112 E. Clay St., New Buffalo.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the district is an equal opportunity provider. For further information, call the Food Services Office, 269-469-6048, or the Superintendent’s Office, (269) 469-6010.

The Bridgman Summer Food Service Program serves breakfast from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria on weekdays. The program also delivers food to the library twice a week as well as to the Warren Dunes Village. Any child age 18 or younger qualifies for these summer meals and does not have to be a Bridgman student or resident.

To find more summer feeding locations in area communities, visit

Nimby Pond

Snowmobiles will race across Nimby Pond, 11470 Hills Road, Baroda, at noon on Saturday, July 14.

Admission is $10 per person (10 and under free). Nimby Pond will be sponsoring Paws Of Hope Animal Rescue during the event to help raise awareness about the adoption of pets.

A second day of racing is scheduled for Aug. 4 beginning at noon. For more, call (269) 369-4268.

Recycling in New Troy

An E-waste and scrap tire collection session  is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road.

Bridgman Library events

Richard Bell, President of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, will be at the Bridgman Public Library to teach people how to use a star map to locate and identify the constellations at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Participants can make their own star map.

An Instrument Petting Zoo with the Citadel, offering children a chance to touch, play and hear musical instruments (ages 6 and up) will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at the library, 4460 Lake St.

For more information, call (269) 465-3663.

On Dean’s List

Evan Rieth was named to the Albion College Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The Dean’s List is reserved for students who earn a grade point average above 3.5 with a full course load.

Rieth is majoring in environmental studies and English with a concentration in the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and is a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Rieth is the child of Richard and Deborah Rieth of Three Oaks and is a graduate of River Valley High School.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Bossa Blue’s Tribute To The James Taylor Songbook at 8 p.m.July 13; Americana Music Fest 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (VIP show starts at 5 p.m.) July 14 (with bands Chicago Farmer, Ryan Joseph Anderson, The Blisters (featuring Spencer Tweedy) and Monte Pride & Vanessa Gerber; and the Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition finals at 8 p.m. July 19.

For more, log on to or call (269) 756-3879.

Full Throttle Throwdown

U.S. 12 Speed and Custom, 19015 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, will hold its annual Full Throttle Throwdown and Miss Full Throttle Pin-Up Calendar Contest & Little Miss Pin-Up Contest on July 21. The car show will feature hot rods, street cars, kids pedal pull drags, live music, door prizes and more. For more information, call (269) 231-5234 or send an email to

Singers to perform Civil War show

Harbor Country Singers, the area’s community chorus, will present a concert of period music at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in connection with Civil War Days in Three Oaks. The concert will be held on the outdoor stage of the Arts & Education Center at 14 Maple Street.

Selections will include the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” folk tunes from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, and spirituals. The Singers are under the direction of Donna M. Mitchell, executive director of the School of American Music and a SAM voice instructor. The A&E Center outdoor stage faces Dewey Cannon Park, and attendees should plan on bringing lawn chairs for the performance.

Hometown Heroes banners available

Bridgman is again honoring its Hometown Heroes by displaying banners of its military veterans along Lake Street in time for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.  Banners will go up in early September.

Applications for a space on one of the 52 banners is on a “first-in/first-served” basis, with only 21 spaces remaining as of July 10.  Demand for last year’s banners, the program’s first year, was overwhelming, with the city doubling the number originally planned and still many were turned away.

Applications for the banners are available on the city’s website or at City Hall, 9765 Maple St.  There is a $15 charge to help defray the cost of the banner, which will be displayed every other year until they are worn out.

Nominees must have lived at some point in their life in Bridgman or Lake Township for a minimum of two years and must be currently serving or have served in one of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces between World War I and the current date.  A high resolution photo of the nominee in military uniform must be submitted with the application.

Cocktails at the Grand Cottage

The 9th Annual Cocktails at the Grand Cottage is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Grand Cottage, 11551 Marquette Dr., New Buffalo. The Michiana Humane Society fund-raiser will feature light hors d’oeuvres and open bar, raffle drawing and live auction., 219-872-4499 ext. 10.

Antique Tractor and Engine Summer Show

The River Valley Antique Power Association will have its annual Antique Tractor and Engine Summer Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, at 7816 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks. An array of gas-powered engines and tractors and the equipment they ran will be powered up by members of the association. Tractor parade daily.

Rotary Club Rib Fest

The Harbor Country Rotary Club’s 15th Annual Rib Fest takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at 215 Ash St. in Three Oaks. Judged rib contest with entries from seven local chefs, live music, cash bar with local craft beer and wine, homemade pies and more are planned. Tickets on sale in advance for $30 (kids 6 and under free) via For more, call (269) 422-1446 or go to

Summer Reading in Three Oaks

This year’s Three Oaks Township Public Library Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!!”

Children need to register and pick up a reading log, which they return each week (through Aug. 10) for cool prizes.  Adults can pick up a “Libraries Rock Tic Tac Toe” sheet at the circulation desk. After completing one row on the sheet they are entered in a weekly drawing for prizes.

A Movie & Popcorn session featuring  “Homeward Bound” is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 19.

A Curious Kids Museum program on Insects is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, with face painting, craft tables, insects and the bubble chamber.

The Traveling Naturalist from Sarett Nature Center will visit at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

Meet authors Alan Naldrett and Lynn Lyon Naldrett (“Michigan’s C. Harold Wills: The Genius Behind the Model T and the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile”) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

For more information, call the library at (269) 756-5621, follow us on Facebook or check the website:

French Market

The annual French Market, a Harbor Country marketplace, with artisans, antiques and collectables, attic treasures, baked goods, refreshments and more, will be July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, Michigan.

For over 10 years the Episcopal Church of the Mediator has hosted a summer “French Market” in the tradition of European churches when the churchyard served as a source for community fellowship and commerce.

For more information contact or (269) 469-1441.

St. Mary Parish Rummage Sale

A Parish Rummage Sale is planned in the St. Mary of the Lake School Gym, New Buffalo, from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

Bastille Day celebrations set

Two shops in downtown Three Oaks will celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, July 14.

Three Oaks’ French Twist, 15 South Elm St., will  host a Bastille Day party from 5 to 8 p.m. July 14. All are welcome to celebrate all things French and will feature French refreshments, food and, of course, tres chic French fashion. 

“This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a summer night in Three Oaks and highlight the latest summer fashion trends while celebrating the French tradition of fabulous fashion,” said Pamela Wannemacher, French Twist owner.

A Bastille Day Celebration is planned at Judy Ferrara Gallery, 16 S. Elm St., Three Oaks, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 14 featuring new work by gallery artists. For more, go to

Four A’s Car Show

The annual Four A’s Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sunday, July 29, at American Legion Post 204, 204 Linden St., Three Oaks. The “biggest car show in the Harbor Country area” will feature trophies in many classes. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information call (219) 861-6357.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks

The July 28 and 29 Civil War Days in Three Oaks will feature Federal, Confederate soldiers, Sutler, church tent and others camped in Dewey Cannon Park, music and a talent show, General George Armstrong Custer, General Robert E. Lee, Brigadier General Joshua L. Chamberlain, “Battles” on the elementary school grounds, Music in the Park, an “Under the Moonlight” Barn Dance, a church service at the Gazebo, General Jeb Stuart, Shedd Cemetery Historical Tour, Harbor Country Singers, Topics on The Iron Brigade/24th Michigan and Civil War Artillery and more.

NBHS 40-year reunion set

The New Buffalo High School Class of 1978 will hold a 40-year class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Skip’s Restaurant.

Cold appetizer platters, a buffet dinner with sides, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert included will be served at a cost of $35 per person. There will be a cash bar.

Please RSVP and send your check for dinner to Rhonda (Cook) Underwood, 209 W. Merchant, New Buffalo, MI 49117. Payment is due by Aug. 1.  Also, Facebook users, please let us know if you can make it by responding to the invitation on NBHS Class of 78 and Friends.

Additional activities are being planned, including getting together more casually on Friday or Saturday before dinner and breakfast on Sunday morning for those who want a little more time to catch up with classmates.  More info will be available closer to Aug. 18.

Suggestions or assistance from any of our classmates is welcome – and encouraged. Contact Diane Smitchger at

Party on the Pavers

The 2018 Party on the Pavers is scheduled for 4 to 10 p.m. July 28 in downtown Baroda. The celebration will feat the band Libido Funk Circus, wine and beer from local breweries and wineries, and amazing food from different trucks (must be 21 or older to get in).

Senior Center seeks board members

The River Valley Senior Center Nominating Committee is accepting applications for election to the Board of Directors. Requirement of Board Membership: Residents of geographic service area: Townships of Chikaming, Lake, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, and parts of Galien and Weesaw Townships west of Cleveland Ave. This includes the following cities/villages: Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer, New Troy and Bridgman.  

Applications (due by Aug. 31) and further information are available at the Center:  13321 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, MI 49115, 269-469-4556, or RVSC@COMCAST.NET.

RVHS Multi-Year Reunion planned

The River Valley High School Class of 1978 is hosting a Multi-Year Class Reunion from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday July 15, in Dewey Cannon Park.

The “Mix-n-Mingle in the Park” is open to anyone who attended River Valley High School from 1975 through 1981, including the teachers and staff. There is no cost to attend.

Playing at the Vickers

Upcoming screenings at the Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, are set to include: “Tully” and “Death by Disobediance.” For more, go to or call (269) 756-3522.

U.S. 12 sale vendors sought

The Region of Three Oaks Museum still has openings for vendors wishing to participate in the Three Oaks stop on the U.S. 12 Heritage Garage Sale, said to be the nation’s longest, on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12.

The Museum’s site (at either the Carver Park Pavilion or the adjoining Three Oaks Elementary School Campus) has become a one-stop favorite for finding antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishware, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, and even hot dogs and walking tacos. Permits range from $10 per day to $55 for the entire weekend. Applications are due by  Aug. 7.  For further information, contact Julie Sittig at (269) 756-3547 or via email at

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (July 15 - Red Deluxe; July 22 - Mark Ficks; Aug. 5 - Not So Acoustic; Aug. 19 - Top Secret; Sept. 2 - Summer Reunion Band. For more, go to or call (269) 465-3406.

Lakeside History Day

The Lakeside Association is holding Lakeside History Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the event’s co-sponsors Flagship and the Lakeside Inn. On History Day tickets will be available at Lakeside Park for $15. Proceeds will go toward the Lakeside Association Scholarship Fund benefiting local high school seniors.   

The sites and “historians” are: Lakeside United Methodist Church — George Lawton; Geology of the Lakeside Region — Frank Richter; Turner Shores — Jim Gilmore; Lakeside Inn — Phil Bender and Laurie Ashcraft; Camp Chikagama — Charles Greenleaf and John Purdy; Robinson Woods – Bob Tatina; and Wilkinson Trading Post (which became the Rustic Village) — Nadra Kissman.

New Buffalo registration

New Buffalo Area Schools is accepting preschool registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. The a.m. class is full, but there is still availability in the p.m. classroom.

Children that will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018, and are residents of the New Buffalo school district are welcome to enroll in the Bison Beginners preschool program. This program offers great benefits to those children who are not quite old enough to enter kindergarten.  

Children that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018, and are residents of the New Buffalo school district are welcome to enroll in the Kindergarten class.

The following items must be taken to New Buffalo Elementary prior to the online registration of your child: your child’s official country/state birth certificate, immunization record, two proofs of residency (a rental agreement or property tax bill, and a utility bill) and a Health Appraisal is also required prior to first day of school.  This form is available in the elementary office. Once these documents have been received and verified, you can complete the online registration form located on our website, The enrollment process should be completed no later than July 31, 2018.

Office hours for July are Tuesday & Wednesday from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Thursdays from 7:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. For more information, call (269) 469-6060.

Bridgman Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library are pleased to present this year’s Annual Friends Summer Used Book Sale at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St.

Times and dates are as follows: Thursday, July 12, from 5-7:30p.m.; Friday, July 13, 10-4 p.m.; Saturday, July 14, 10-1 p.m. Thursday is Early Bird night and attendees are asked for a $3 donation/entrance fee, members of the Friends of the Bridgman Public Library are free.  All proceeds of the event benefit the Library.

Crafters sought

Civil War Days in Three Oaks Committee is looking for crafters to participate in the Heritage Arts and Crafts Fair. Spaces are available in the historic Dewey Cannon Park, 14 Maple Street, Three Oaks, MI, on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th. Fees are $20 for one day or $30 for both days. You will need to provide your own tent, tables, chairs, etc. Registration deadline is Saturday, July 14. Contact us at for more information or find the Registration Form on our website at

Krasl Art Fair

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is scheduled for July 14 and 15 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days) at Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph. 200 fine artists and crafters are featured at this 57th annual fair. For more, go to

Wednesday night music

New Buffalo Township’s weekly Wednesday night Music in Memorial Park series begins at 7 p.m. each week.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month at the Bridgman Public Library, 4460 Lake St., Bridgman.

An Alzheimer’s Association support grThe Quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer are having a “Silent Auction” for 8 quilts that the group has donated to help raise funds for some electrical upgrades for the church kitchen.

The community is invited to take part. You may see the display Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the church office is open. The church is located on Sawyer Road just east of the Sawyer Post Office.

All the quilts are different – no colors or patterns are alike. All are machine sewn, hand tied and 80-by-60 inches. The church has had a quilters group for many years, providing around 100 quilts per year, shipped out for World Relief.

The Silent Auction will continue until Sunday, July 15, at noon. At that time the last name with the highest offer will win that quilt.

If you have questions come by and see the display or call the church office at (269) 426-3937.

Movie Mondays

The Bridgman Library will be hosting Movie Mondays. Prior to the movie a free lunch will served at 12:30 p.m. No registration is necessary.

The schedule includes: July 16 Wonder; July 23 Boss Baby. For more, call (269) 465-3663.

Music in the Park

Music in the Park features live music at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday evening in Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks. The free concert series is sponsored by Harbor Arts and generous community members. Bring a blanket, bring a snack, bring a friend! For more, go to

Skip’s European Farmers Market

Skip’s European Farmers Market takes place every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) until early October from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Skip’s parking lot at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road. Wine tastings, featuring many Michigan wines, on the patio. Fresh local produce, herbs, flowers, cheeses, restaurant grade beef, jam/jellies, jewelry, art and more. Kid friendly activities. For more, call (269) 469-3330.

Baroda Farmers Market

The Baroda Farmers Market takes place Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 14 in the big field at the end of Second and Third streets.

For more, send an email to

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