The Three Oaks Township Library’s Site and Parking Lot Improvement Project is underway. This project has been several years in the making (full-color plans are on display inside the library).
During the project patrons won’t be able to use the parking lot and back entrance, but there will still be plenty of parking available across Elm Street in the municipal lot next to Vicker’s Theater, on Elm Street in from of the library, on the south side of the library building next to the train tracks, or in the municipal lot directly behind the library building. If you are unable to navigate the three steps at the front entrance of the library can call (269) 756-5621 to arrange to have items brought out to you. The entire job is expected to be finished by June 10.
Beginning Tuesday, April 6, in-person Story Time for all ages will be offered each Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people, social distancing and masks will be required, and when weather permits will be held outside. A special money-themed story time “$mart Money MI Kids Read” will be held on Tuesday, April 13, during the regular morning and afternoon hours. Each child will receive a copy of the book “Give It” by Cinders McLeod provided by MI Financial Wellness (http://www.mifinancial wellness.org/) and a goodie bag with some special swag from Teachers Credit Union.
The Kitting/Crocheting Circle is meeting every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a project they are working on and sit and visit, socially distanced and wearing a mask.
New Troy egg hunt
New Troy American Legion Post 518 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday April 4. The hunt is for children up to age 12. It will be held outside and everyone is encouraged to social distance and wear a mask.
Bridgman Library opening up
Effective Monday, April 5, no appointment will be necessary to enter the Bridgman Public Library.
Browse library collections, use computers, or copy/print/fax for 60 minutes per day.
Current hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Curbside service will continue from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For everyone’s continued safety, indoor capacity is limited, and masking and social distancing (six feet) requirements must be followed.
William Hazelgrove will share the story of “Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol” at 6:30 p.m. April 13 via Zoom with the Bridgman Public Library. Hear the life story of Rand finding fame and fortune in Hollywood in the 1920s before she ended up in Chicago broke. Two ostrich feathers discovered in a second-hand store rescued her from obscurity. To this day she lives on as the iconic symbol of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. Zoom link available on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.
Registration for a Digital Build Challenge opens April 1 (the event takes place April 19-25 and is free for all ages). Minecraft, Roblox sandbox mode, TinkerCAD, or any other drawing software. Registration form available on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.
Mobile food pantries
Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m. April 6 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 3:30 p.m. April 15 at Harbert Community Park, 13443 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert.
For more, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/ mobile-pantry-schedule/
Limited browsing at New Buffalo Library
The New Buffalo Township Library will be open for limited browsing starting Monday, April 5.
The lower floor for Youth Services will remain closed, but a large selection of books for all ages has been moved upstairs for patrons to browse through.
Capacity will be approximately 10 to 20 people; masking and social distancing will continue to be enforced. The library asks that patrons limit their time in the library to approximately a half hour. Library services will be available on a walk-in basis, and two computers will be available to patrons. No tables or chairs will be provided for wi-fi use. Meeting rooms will not be available.
Watch the library’s social media and website for upcoming events, virtual story times (for youths and adults), reading suggestions, daily poetry, and more.
DAR essay contest
Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized six high school senior students who qualified for the DAR Good Citizen award program.
The students selected included: Taylor Volstorf, River Valley High School; David Ntsiful, Niles High School; Serynn Nowlin, Buchanan High School; Cole Haskins, New Buffalo High School; Caleb J. Byrd, Brandywine High School; and Natalee McNeil, Bridgman High School. Each received a check.
Nowlin was the winner for her essay and will advance the State DAR competition.
State Rep. Brad Paquette attended with a Declaration of Tribute for each of the students signed by himself, State Sen. Kim LaSata, and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton.
The Acorn Theater will present: Psychic medium Thomas John hosting a special evening of messages from beyond at 7 p.m. April 8; and The Empty Pockets performing a special free live-stream concert from The Acorn stage of the Beatles’ Abbey Road at 7 p.m. April 10.
The Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition will returns for its ninth year. The competition offers cash prizes totaling $1,500 plus opportunities to perform at future events. All different types of music are welcome. Submission Deadline is 11 p.m. June 1.
For more on these events, go to acornlive.org
Celebration of Art
A “Celebration of Art” at Courtyard Gallery will take place April 24 & 25.
New to the gallery this year is Julie McDonough, a stained-glass artist, along with the renowned glass sculpture Larry Nissan. Both are from Michigan. Also the very gifted bronze artist, John Leon, from Ohio, with his light-hearted sculptures, will join the gallery as a new artist with the Courtyard.
Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, is open six days a week (closed on Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required. If you feel more comfortable you can make an appointment for a private showing. For more information call 800-291-9287.
NB Market seeks vendors
The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.
This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Three Oaks survey
Do you engage with the Village of Three Oaks as a resident or visitor? The village would like to hear from you.
Three Oaks is conducting a survey through April 1 to help the village improve its website and communications. Village and township residents, business owners, visitors – anyone who engages with Three Oaks – is encouraged to participate.
The three-minute survey can be found on the village website (threeoaksvillage.org), facebook page, or at tiny.cc/ThreeOaksWebSurvey. Paper copies are also available in the lobby of Three Oaks Village Hall, 21 N. Elm St.
From page to picture
Classic books gone Hollywood will be the topic discussed at the next Friends of New Buffalo Library virtual presentation on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Many classic films were inspired by books, with movie studios putting their own “Hollywood touch” on the story. This presentation will look at what compelled studios to create films from the printed page. Film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek will discuss classic films based on books, such as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Double Indemnity” and more. She also will make comparisons between the text and the film. Dr. Bochenek is an archivist, film historian and scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She also is president of the Windy City Film Fanatics.
The Zoom link is found under Activities/Events on either the library’s Facebook page or its website at newbuffalo townshiplibrary.org.
Other FOL Community Forum programs via Zoom include: April 22 “Attracting Birds to Your Backyard” by Wendy Jones, and May 18 “Lifestyles of the Mich(iana) and Famous” by Nick Bogert. For further information email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.
Lakeside Inn gallery event
Lakeside Inn will be hosting a free art gallery and live painting event with artists Rosa Crean, A.R. Drew, and Lauren Nichols from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The artists’ work will be up for display and sale. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory. This will be a BYOB event. Come and chat with the artists and enjoy the scenery of this landmark inn.
Crean has been a resident artist at Lakeside Inn during the pandemic and will be acting as coordinator for the Lakeside Inn Artist Residency Program, which kicks off on March 21. The inn will have twelve residents creating there throughout the year, covering dance, film, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting, and will soon be taking submissions for 2022. Feel free to see their website for more information: www.lakesideinns.com/ artist-residency.
StoryWalk on the Preserves
Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is partnering with four local libraries (Bridgman Public Library, New Buffalo Township Library, Three Oaks Township Library and Buchanan District Library) for StoryWalk on the Preserves at Jens Jensen Preserve in Sawyer; Turtle Creek Preserve in New Buffalo; Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks; and Burns Prairie Preserve near Buchanan. Those visiting the COL preserves can enjoy four different story books through June 21.
A story walk features laminated book pages attached to stakes along preserve paths. As readers walk the trail they are directed to the next page of the story. For more information, call Chikaming Open Lands at (269) 405-1006 or send an email to col@ chikamingopenlands.org.
Other COL activities include:
Yoga on the Preserve – an outdoor spring and summer yoga series at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve (registration required, call 269-405-1006).
A Dog Friendly Walk is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 24 through the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve (in partnership with the Michiana Humane Society). Registration and mask required, call 269-405-1006.
If you have not received your stimulus payment or your child payments it might be because you don’t have a bank account. If you are unbanked, Neighbor by Neighbor can help you find and open a bank account. You don’t want to miss out on getting what is due to you now!
Call or text Neighbor by Neighbor at 269-231-0648.
Easter Bunny Hop at Gardens
Friendship Botanic Gardens, 2055 East U.S. Highway 12, Michigan City, Ind., will host a free Easter Bunny Hop on Easter Sunday (April 4) from 1 to 3 p.m. Central Time.
Bring your family to this safe, socially distanced event, and take a spring stroll along the Bunny Hop Trail. Count the hidden bunnies for a free bag of candy and take a picture with the Easter Bunny anytime between 1 and 3 p.m.
This outdoor event has been approved by the La Porte County Health Department. Visitors are encouraged to follow safety precautions and maintain social distance.
Spring Artisan Market
Journeyman Distillery’s Spring Artisan Market will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages are welcome and admission is free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
The Welter’s Folly Big Cup team putting competition is set for noon to 6 p.m. April 10. There is a $40 entry fee for a team of two (which comes with special gifts). Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 scores, plus a little something for last place. Bring your own putter or use ours.
Visit journeymandistillery.com/calendar for more information or call 269-820-2050.
Tree & shrub seedling sale
The Berrien Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual reforestation tree & shrub seedling sale which includes bare root seedlings of evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs and fruit trees along with strawberry, rhubarb and asparagus plants. Rain barrels and composters are also available.
Order online at www. berriencd.org or print an order form and mail in. To request a catalog and order form call 269-471-9111, ext. 3. The order deadline is April 9.
Orders can be picked up at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 U.S. 31, Berrien Springs, on Friday, April 23, from 3 to 8 p.m., or on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Berrien County Broadband Internet Task Force is seeking to bridge the digital divide in Berrien County by asking as many people as possible to fill out its survey at MichiganMoonshot.org/Berrien.
SMSO Floral Extravaganza
The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s (SMSO) 36th Annual Floral Extravaganza flower sale will benefit the Orchestra’s world-class performances and their vital youth educational outreach programs.
Hanging baskets, containers, bushes, and flats in an assortment of colors are being offered. Several varieties are available including geranium bushes, hanging baskets or potted geraniums; potted New Guinea impatiens; potted Dragon Wing begonias; Supertunia Royal Velvet petunia baskets; Tuberous begonia baskets; fan flowers hanging baskets; impatiens hanging baskets or flats and begonia flats.
Orders and payment are due by Friday, April 9, 2021. Order forms are available for download from the website at www.smso.org or by calling 269-982-4030. Pick-up takes place on Friday, May 21, at the Howard Ice Area (2411 Willa Drive, St. Joseph). Any orders not picked up on May 21 will be accepted as a donation. A delivery option is available. The cost is $10 for residential orders, or FREE for orders over $200.
Virtual Lecture Series
Fernwood Botanical Garden will offer Meet the Greats – a dynamic lineup of speakers discussing plant exploration, garden design, art, and architecture – through April.
Each presentation will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each webinar before each lecture.
The series swill feature nationally and internationally known garden leaders, plant experts, authors, landscape architects, and garden designers including Daniel J. Hinkley, Keith Stolte, Michael S. Dosmann, Andrea Wulf, Bill Noble, and Piet Oudolf. The series schedule, speaker and lecture information, and ticket details can be found at www.fernwoodbotanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.