One-of-a-kind chairs customized by local artists will be available at “The Chair Affair” auction scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert.

Appetizers, music and the auction are planned. Proceed swill support the continued work of Neighbor By Neighbor. Tickets are $20. To order, call (269) 231-0648.

Civil War Train Raids at Hesston

The Hesston Steam Museum, located at 1201 East 1000 North (just south of New Buffalo and Three Oaks), will host its annual Civil War Train Raids weekend June 23 & 24.

Other upcoming special events include: an Independence Day Celebration July 4, 6, 7 & 8; American Family Day on Aug. 5; and the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Labor Day Weekend Steam & Power Show. Fall and winter highlights include the Hesston Ghost Train and Santa’s Candy Cane Express.

For more, log on to http://www.hesston.org/

Bridgman Family Fun Friday

There will be more kids’ activities, artisan and food vendors, and a hamburger eating contest during the second Bridgman Family Fun Friday on June 29, from 6 -9 p.m. on Lake Street between Mathieu and Maple streets.

Blue Shoes Jazz is the featured band. Under the direction of Andrea Gentry (and with special guest saxophone player Chris Standard, Bridgman Class of ’72) this 10-piece combo will perform numbers from their repertoire of swing, Latin, rock, blues and, of course, jazz.

A little kids cove will be set aside. The 6:30 p.m. Burger Battle is sponsored by Lake Street Eats. A $15 participant entry fee gets the first 12 to register an official T-shirt and the opportunity to win a free Back Home Burger once a month for 6 months. Stop by Lake Street Eats to pick up a registration form and official contest rules.

New Buffalo Band Rummage Sale

The New Buffalo High School Band will be holding a Rummage Sale to benefit their November 2019 trip to Walt Disney World in Florida on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New Buffalo High School’s Blue Gym.

If you would like to donate, drop off times are June 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. and June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information contact cbaumann@nbas.org.

Flute choir planned

The School of American Music (SAM) is calling all flutists for a day-long “flute choir” June 30 at its Three Oaks Arts and Edu­cation Center, 14 Maple St.

The event is open to flut­ists of all ages and abilities, and will be led by SAM flute instructor Julie Littell. The program opens with registration at 9:30 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon, at­tendees will practice in a large group, and Littell will field flute technique questions. From 1:30 to 3 p.m., there will be a flute master class, and from 3 to 3:30 p.m., at­tendees will perform and record pieces learned.

Cost is $50 for early reg­istration or $60 after June 27. To register, or for more information, call (269) 409-1191 or email schoolofamerican music@gmail.com.

Lakeside Fourth of July Parade

Prepare to be a part of the 2018 Lakeside Fourth of July Parade, which will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at noon.

Plan your patriotic costume this week so you are ready. Start now to decide how you will decorate your dog, your bike and even Grandpa’s wheel chair.

If you are musical, or even if you are not, plan to march with the now famous Lakeside Kazoo Band. The only qualification for band membership is to have a kazoo and be able to walk and play it at the same time. Start practicing. Show up in Lakeside at the lake end of Pier Street at 11:45 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 4.

New Buffalo Independence Celebration

New Buffalo Independence Celebration Week takes place June 28-July 6. Events begin Thursday, June 28, with the weekly 4-8 p.m. New Buffalo Farmers Market and include a July 3 symphony concert at 8:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at the lakefront. Also planned are stand-up paddleboard and surf rentals at the beach, a July 4 Car Cruise-in, and a July 5 Farmers Market. www.newbuffalo.org.

Masonic Hog Roast

On Saturday June 30,  Three Oaks Masonic Lodge 239 will hold its 10th Annual Community Hog Roast Fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m.  at The Featherbone Restaurant Beer Garden,  6741 U.S. 12 in Three Oaks. 

Admission is $20 for the all-you-can-eat event, which will feature a pork dinner and an open bar consisting of beer, wine and pop. There will be a 50/50 Raffle as well as a silent auction. The lodge is also concluding their gun raffle with the winner being drawn that afternoon. The Tom Strober Band will provide musical entertainment.

Proceeds will go the lodge’s “Masonic Benevolence Fund” which supports community charitable donations and student scholarships.  These financial donations are provided with matching funds from the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation. This year’s student scholarship recipients and their families will be provided with their scholarship awards that afternoon.  For more information please contact Tim Jarrett at (269) 426-1101.

Baroda Fireworks

The annual Baroda Fireworks Show centered at the American Legion on First Street will take place July 3 at dusk. www.barodavillage.org/.

Mobile food pantry

The New Buffalo American Legion Post 169 will be hosting Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck on Friday, June 22, at the legion hall, 19139 U.S. 12, New Buffalo. The distribution starts at 11 a.m. and is sponsored by The Pokagon Fund.

Cookbook signing

Amelia Levin’s delectable new “Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook” isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a book you can curl up with to remember how you spent your childhood or adulthood vacations at Lake Michigan’s beaches. And it’s a travel guide you can use to discover the restaurants and inns, cozy cafes and pubs, cheese shops and wineries that make the area so uniquely delicious.

Purchase a book and have it signed by the author at New Buffalo Bills Wood Fired BBQ from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The book includes recipes for New Buffalo Bill’s Wood-Smoked BBQ Ribs and Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad so you can recreate their delicious flavors right in your own kitchen.

Weko concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows (June 24 - Jerry Hunt Trio; 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 www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.

NBHS 40-year reunion planned

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.

Suggestions or assistance from classmates is welcome – and encouraged. Contact Diane Smitchger at dsmitchger@sbcglobal.net.

Munchin’ on the Preserve

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) plans a Munchin’ on the Preserve Summer Lunch and Learn Series. Once a month in June, July and August join us outside at the covered picnic shelter at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (located on Warren Woods Road between I-94 and Lakewood Estates) to learn about different and important conservation topics.

The first Munchin’ on the Preserve: Benefits of Composting will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27. Nancy Carpenter from the Berrien County Conservation District will share her expertise and Casey Struecker from COL will talk about worm composting.  For more, contact the COL office at col@chikamingopenlands.org or call (269) 405-1006. A Munchin’ on the Preserve on Water Quality in Michigan is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 18.

Acorn shows

Upcoming shows at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: Larkin Poe (singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist sisters ) on June 21; Best-selling author Bill German will perform a monologue discussing his years befriending The Rolling Stones at 8 p.m. June 22; Heartless (the Midwest’s premier tribute to Heart) at 8 p.m. June 23; Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael at 4 p.m. June 24; Heartache Tonight — A Tribute to the Eagles at 8 p.m. June 30; Katie Todd Band at 8 p.m.  Friday, July 6.

The deadline to enter the 2018 Singer Songwriter Competition is June 28.

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

RVHS Multi-Year Reunion set

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.

Wednesday music

New Buffalo Township’s weekly Wednesday night Music in Memorial Park series begins at 7 p.m. Blue Ice is slated to perform on June 20 and Red Deluxe takes the stage June 27.

Andrew Jackson forum, hootenanny

The Friends of New Buffalo Library’s Community Forum will focus on Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St. Jackson will be discussed by Tim Moore of Lake Michigan College.

A Summer Solstice Hootenanny is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the library. An informal evening is planned for people of all ages and skill levels to join in singing and playing their acoustic instruments – or just “percussioning along.” Musicians and singers from the School of American Music will take the lead in this journey through music. Listeners also are welcome. The Friends will provide juice and coffee, and Promeny Olive and Wine will provide an intermission snack.

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.

Corsets, Whips & Whiskey

Corsets, Whips, & Whiskey will take place June 30 at Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Drive, Three Oaks. Journeyman’s annual summer party is called Corsets, Whips & Whiskey after the items produced throughout the years in the distillery’s home, the historic Featherbone Factory. The party will feature live music, craft cocktails, and themed food. Families are welcome to enjoy the outdoor space.

Book Club

The Thursday, June 28 book selection for the Harbor Country Book Club is “Gentlemen from Moscow” by Amor Towles.

Meetings are held at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month and are open to the public.

Other activities at the library include: (Thursday, June 21) Lego Club, 3 to 8 p.m.;  Come For To Sing III: A Summer Solstice Hootenanny, 6:30 p.m.;

(Friday, June 22) Story Time, 11:30 a.m.; Yoga, 1:30 p.m.; Teen Advisory Board, 4:30 p.m.; (Monday, June 25) Read with Newdle the therapy dog, 11 a.m.; Scrabble Club, 6 p.m.; program on Old Hickory: The Life and Times of Andrew Jackson, 6:30 p.m.; (Tuesday, June 26) Summer Reading Program: Dancing with Class, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 27)Stitches, Needles, Threads and More, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Dean’s List

Allyson White of New Buffalo has been named to the Saint Mary’s College Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester.

To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college

Tie-Dye session

Get ready to celebrate July 4th with Chikaming Open Lands. Bring the family to Turtle Creek Preserve next to New Buffalo Elementary at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, and learn all about the process of natural cloth dying and how people have dyed clothes throughout history.

Enjoy a short walk through Turtle Creek Preserve looking for plants that can be used to naturally dye clothes. RSVP required by calling (269) 405-1006 or email with number of people attending and short sizes. Kids: $5/Adults: $10.

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.

There are still openings for the limited number of vendor stalls available, booths are $15 and tables are $10.  Please contact Jeannine Totzke to register to be a French Market vendor at 269-921-1127 or tltjrt@gmail.com  Proceeds support ministries of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator.

For more information contact office@mediatorharbert.com or (269) 469-1441.

Ribbon cutting at Elle Salon

A ribbon cutting and open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Elle Salon, 425 S. Whittaker St., New Buffalo.

Elle Salon opens its second location offering haircuts, color, styling, product and extensions. Help welcome owners Sam and Elle Hook and enjoy a tour of the salon and light refreshments as the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce and the New Buffalo Business Association cut the ribbon.

Galien 4th of July Parade

The Galien 4th of July committee is looking for participants to sign up for the parade, which will start at 11 a.m. with line up at 10:30 at the Galien school building. If interested in participating please call (269) 545-3647 for details.

They are also sponsoring a bake sale at the old grocery store and would like people to donate home baked goods for the sale. Please have your baked items at the store by 10 a.m. where there will be a table set up. Proceeds will be donated to the Village of Galien to help purchase decorations and towards a new downtown village park.

Following the parade, the Galien American Legion will be having a cookout serving hot dogs, brats and sloppy joes with chips and cole slaw for $5. The proceeds will be used toward a much needed new roof.

Bridgman 5K registration

Registration is open for the 23rd annual Bridgman 5K/10K, scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the corner of Lake and Church streets.

Pre-registration cost is $25 per runner (or $20 each for three or more family members) through July 2 (prices go up $5 on July 3). Participants can check in on race day beginning at 7 a.m. under the big tent near the starting line. For online registration, go to www.snapregistration.com/bridgman5k.

Galien Woods Historical Society

The Galien Woods Historical Society will hold its June meeting at 7 p.m. June 28 at 108 S. Grant Street, Galien.

Following a short business meeting, the program for the evening will be presented by Robert Tatina on the three oaks of Three Oaks. Mr. Tatina is a Professor of Biology and has co-authored 40 articles dealing with teaching Biology, Prairies and forest Ecology, plus squirrel behavior.

The Society recently received donations from Mr. Clare Olmstead which will be on display including a cream can from the Elgin Milk Company, a door knob from the home of Mr. George Blakeslee (the founder of Galien),  and a small metal bank from the original Galien State Bank.

For more, call Elmer Doyle, President, at 269-545-8871.

Meals Ministry

A Meals Ministry featuring an open kitchen and free food is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Three Oaks United Methodist Church, 2 East Sycamore St.

The meal will include Spanish rice with meat and beans, mixed vegetables, salad and cookies.

For more, contact the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry at (269) 756-7444 or Three Oaks United Methodist Church at (269) 756-2053.

Movie Mondays, Summer Reading

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: June 25 Ferdinand; July 2 Coco; July 9 Despicable Me 3; July 16 Wonder; July 23 Boss Baby. For more, call (269) 465-3663.

Birds of the Marsh Kayak Trip

Join Chikaming Open Lands and Love Creek Nature Center naturalist Kip Miller at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 22, for a Birds of the Marsh Kayak Trip through the Galien River Marsh, including our very own Louis J. Sima Great Lakes Marsh Preserve.

Participants will meet at the Red Arrow Highway Boat Launch. Cost is $40 per kayak (service includes kayak for two hours from Outpost Sports). Have your own kayak? You can bring it and use that instead of a rental. Space is limited. Register by contacting Casey Struecker at (269) 405-1006.

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 www.HarborArts.com.

Relay for Life

The Berrien County American Cancer Society Relay for Life will take place from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, June 23, at Upton Middle School, 800 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph. Activities will include a Survivor/Caregiver Walk, a Luminaria Ceremony and a Closing Ceremony.

Cherry Pit Spit

The International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship task place July 7 at Tree Mendus Fruit Farm, Eau Claire. (269) 782-7101.

Celebrate Bridgman paraders sought

The City of Bridgman is seeking participants for its annual Celebrate Bridgman! Parade on Saturday, July 14.

The parade stages at Bridgman High School by 10 a.m. With a start time of 11 a.m. it then travels through the city west on Lake Street. Sign up by July 1 and join the fun! Information and sign-up forms are available at www.Bridgman.org (click on the Celebrate Bridgman! Tent) or call Bridgman City Hall at (269) 465-5144.

Skip's Market

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.

‘Go South’ at Judith Racht

“Go South” opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday June 30, at The Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 Prairie Road, Harbert.

This show continues the exploration of abstraction. Five artists from Atlanta (Debbie Ezell, Chery Baird, Mary Beth Cornelius, Patricia Payne and Deb Rosenbury) share their vision until July 21.

For more, call (269) 469-1080.

Ice Cream Social in Galien

An Ice Cream Social featuring Sloppy Joe’s and Strawberry Shortcake will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Galien United Methodist Church, 208 North Cleveland Ave.

Call (269) 362-4917 for carry outs.

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 St., Three Oaks, on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. 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 July 14.

Contact us at cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com for more information or find the Registration Form on our website at https://civilwardaysthreeoaks.jimdo.com.

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.

A Summer Reading Program: Kevin and the Infinite Possibilities, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.

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.

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