The Three Oaks Township Public Library has issued a “Winter Reading Advisory” reading program for Jan. 1, 2019, to Feb. 28, 2019.

Adults can sign up in the library and receive a winter mug — perfect to enjoy a cup of tea while you read a good book. Read one book each week and receive a weekly prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new Kindle Fire. Drawing will be held on March 1. Warm up your winter with a good book!

WRHC Give-Back Dinner

A Give-Back Dinner for Radio Harbor Country is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2019, at Bentwood Tavern, 600 West Water St., New Buffalo.

Afternoon Tea

The New Buffalo Township Library's fifth annual Afternoon Tea will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the library's Pokagon Room.

Tickets (at $8 per person) will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 17, and will be available until Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets include entrance to the event, a variety of teas to choose from, and a selection of tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

For more information, contact Courtney at nbtlcreate@gmail.com www.newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, (269) 469-2933. The library is located at 33 N Thompson. St.

Acorn Shows

The following shows are scheduled to take place at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: an Open Mic Night with host Edgar Wilbury (aka Fred Lange) Band. at 8 p.m. Dec. 28; Rockin’ New Year’s Eve featuring Memphis Underground at 9 p.m. Dec. 31; The Chicago Experience on Jan. 19; and (just added) The Smithereens With Marshall Crenshaw on March 15.

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

New Troy Flea Markets

New Troy Indoor Flea Markets will take place on consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 12 and jan. 19, at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Markets will continue on the second and third Saturdays of every month through April. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.

Plan on bringing the whole family for a day of fun and a tasty lunch. The market is chock-full of treasures, including antiques, tools, crafts, books, memorabilia, housewares, furniture and lots of yummy, locally made or grown goodies. Lunch will be available for purchase.

To register for a space, vendors should contact Director Donald Heitsch at (773) 803-9773. Each space includes a table and chair. A reduced rate is available for those who commit to the entire season. Proceeds from space rentals benefit the Community Center, an all-volunteer facility run by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy.  For more, go to www.Facebook/NewTroyFleaMarket.

Nature detective hike planned

Chikaming Open Lands’ Education and Outreach Coordinator Casey Struecker will coach the Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) on becoming nature detectives during a forensics hike at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 10 a.m.

During the 1.5-mile easy wilderness forensic hike, participants will learn where and what to look for to spot the animal signs that give clues left behind by the wildlife that live in the area’s woods, fields and wetlands. COL’s Jens Jensen Preserve is a high-quality hardwood forest that features towering oak, maple, beech and tulip along with seasonal wetlands, so boots are recommended. The reserve is located at 6851 Parkway Dr., off Red Arrow Highway one block south of SawyerRoad/Holloway Drive, just north of Sawyer Highlands Church.

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

Bridgman Library activities offered

The Bridgman Library will present Friday Flicks as follows: Starting at 2 p.m. on Dec. 28 watch "The Incredibles 2" (PG) and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4 "The Wizard of Oz."

 Take a breather at the Bridgman Public Library. Join us for a Cocoa and Coloring Power Hour for grades 2-12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Relax, color outside the lines, and sip your drink.

The Bridgman Public Library’s new Tween Book Club (for grades 6-8) will begin by reading "A Wrinkle In Time." Space is limited so sign up by Jan. 11. Meet us in the Reed Middle School Media Center from 3:15 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact: eden@bridgmanlibrary.com.

The theme for this year’s Teen Story Writing Contest is “Love." Open to students in grades 9 – 12 residing in Bridgman, Lake, and Chikaming Townships.

A complete list of rules can be found on the “Teens” page at www.bridgmanlibrary.com.  Entrants are able to request a private review session to hone their work. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 1-Feb 28. First place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Prizes provided by the Friends of Bridgman Public Library.  Winners announced March 8 on the Bridgman Library website.

Musicians from Andrews University, Bridgman, and Buchanan will be at the Bridgman Public Library performing both solo and chamber works on January 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (rated R), “Mary Queen of Scots” (rated R), "A Private War" (rated R) and "What They Had" (rated R).

For times, more information and movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com.

Buccaneer Bash

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence will throw a "Buccaneer Bash" For Now & Forever fund-raiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bridgman American Legion Post 331.

A silent and live auction, dancing to music by Top Secret, appetizers, beverages, cash bar and costume prizes are planned.

Tickets are $40 per person and will be available soon at the Bridgman High School office or online at www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

4-H Tractor Operator Program

Michigan State University Extension will offer the 4-H Tractor Operator Program (TOP) beginning Jan. 24, 2019, at Baroda Township Hall, 9091 First St., Baroda.

Successful completion of 4-H TOP provides a certificate of training required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by 14- and 15-year-old youth employed on property not owned, leased or operated by a parent or legal guardian. Certification is also used by youth who exhibit and participate in local contests, parades and festival activities.

The 9-week course will be taught on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 24 through March 28. This schedule includes educational sessions, some driving practice, final written and driving tests, and graduation program. In addition, participants will need some study time for out of class assignments to reach the 24 hours of required training to be certified. We require a minimum of 24 hours of instruction and participants must be 14 years of age by the date of the driving test to be eligible for certification.

To register online, go to https://events.anr.msu.edu/Berrien4H2019TOP/. Cost is $60 per person for 4-H members and $80 per person for non-4-H members. Registration deadline is January 10, 2019. The program must have at least five participants registered to be held; with a maximum of 20. For more information, contact Deb Barrett by e-mail at smithde6@msu.edu or by phone at (269) 927-5674.

Comedy on the Rocks

Comedy on the Rocks with Adam Degi, Patrick Fowler and Maxwell Tidey is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Journeyman Distillery, 109 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Twin City Players auditions

The Twin City Players (TCP) will hold auditions for the mystery drama "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 13 and 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio at the Twin City Players Campus, 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph.

Paige Smillie, who directs the production, asks those auditioning to prepare a one-minute monologue that showcases an ability to develop character. Monologues and readings from the script will be performed privately with the directorial and volunteer staff. Character ages range from 15-80 years old, both male and female. Many actors will be cast in multiple roles — some as many as eight. Please bring a list of any dates/activities that may conflict with a rehearsal schedule between Jan. 15 and March 28. Questions about the script, characters, or audition process are welcome! Please contact the director at paigesmillie87@gmail.com for any information.

Based on the bestseller of the same name, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"  is about a suburban 15-year-old boy, except Christopher is not your typical teenager. Amateur detective Christopher is under suspicion for the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. He records each fact in a book he is writing as he attempts to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, but he is ill equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road; he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work takes him on a frightening adventure that turns his world upside-down.

Show dates are March 29 - April 14, 2019. The Twin City Players’ 2018-2019 Season Sponsors are: Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant, Professional Hearing Services, Meijer, The Herald Palladium, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, and TPC Technologies, Inc. Show Sponsor for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is Stay & Obey.

For more information about TCP, call 269-429-0400 or visit us at twincityplayers.org.


Food baskets donated by Pokagon Band

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos donated of 1,000 baskets of food to those in need across Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

Employees at Four Winds Casinos, in cooperation with several local organizations (the Food Bank of Northern Indiana in South Bend, Ind.; Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in Dowagiac, Mich.; Feeding America Indiana; Feeding America Michigan and Decatur Human Services) distributed baskets including a whole ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn and apple bread.

“When we see families line up to receive our donated baskets, the reality of food poverty hits home,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “It illustrates the real need in our community for this type of help, so we will continue to be there for our neighbors in this way. It’s an outreach that really touches our hearts.”

“We’re deeply aware that hunger is something faced every day by individuals and families in our region. It’s particularly challenging during the holidays,” said Matthew Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “It’s why we’re honored to work with these community agencies whose mission is to fight and eliminate hunger.”

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,000 citizens. The Pokagon Band’s 10-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013. Four Winds South Bend opened January 16, 2018.  It owns and operates a variety of business via Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe’s non-gaming investment enterprise. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov, www.fourwindscasino.com and www.mno-bmadsen.com.

 

'Fudge-Raiser' for adult exercise facility

A "Fudge-Raiser" is under way to raise funds for a seven-station outdoor adult exercise equipment facility at New Buffalo Township's Memorial Park. The fudge, made by Chef Jackie Shen using Belgian chocolate, is $14 per pound and can be ordered and picked up at Jackie's Cafe, 801 West Buffalo St., New Buffalo (for more information, call (269) 469-1800).

Every dollar raised is being matched dollar for dollar by both the Larry Bubb Endowment and Nora Duffy (thus each pound sold raises $42). Seven pieces of state-of-the-art equipment such as rowing machines and ski-track machines made by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness of Orange County, California, are slated to be installed in April of 2019.

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