“The Nutcracker” will be performed at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec, 1, in the New Buffalo Performing Arts Center, 1112 E Clay St., New Buffalo.

The Pokagon Fund is proud to sponsor this annual holiday performance by the Southold Dance Theater Experience the enchantment of the timeless tale of a young girl’s Holiday gift coming to life. The cast includes students from Harbor Country.

Admission is free for residents of Chikaming, New Buffalo and Three Oaks Townships.

Santa to visit New Troy

The annual New Troy tree-lighting, caroling and Santa visit is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road, New Troy.

Teddy Bear Tea

The annual Teddy Bear Tea is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Marina Grand Resort, 600 W. Water St., New Buffalo.

Holiday lights, delicious treats, and family-friendly music by entertainer Dave Rudolf will turn the hotel’s event space into a magical winter wonderland where little ones can share their own wishes with Santa while donating a toy to make another child’s wishes come true.

Sponsored by The Harbor Grand Hotel and Marina Grand Resort, the Teddy Bear Tea is open to all, with an admission of $10 per person with a donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit www.toysfortots.org.

Bridgman Holiday Village

The 2018 Bridgman Holiday Village is scheduled for 3:45 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The downtown festival will include a 3:45 p.m. Pet Parade beginning at Paws to Wash; a Chili Cook-off at Tapistry Brewing; a Live Nativity by Woodland Shores Church downtown; Ornament Making at China Cafe; Reading with Mrs. Claus at the Sandpiper; the chance to visit with Santa Claus at Accents; a Hot Chocolate Bar at Small Town Grounds; a Ponsettia Sale at Small Town Weddings; a Craft Fair at the Bridgman Public Library; Face Painting at Lazy Ballerina Winery; Pizza Bites at Lake Street Eats; an Open House at Totally You Salon; and members of the the Miss Bridgman Royal Court caroling around town ahead of the 6 p.m. tree lighting.

Candy Cane Express

The Candy Cane Express will run the first two weekends of December (Dec. 1-2 & Dec. 8-9) at the Hesston Steam Museum, located east of State Road 39 and west of Basswood Road on 1000 North.

Grab some hot cocoa and ride the Express in open or enclosed passenger coaches pulled by the newly restored Plymouth Locomotive Works No. 4 for a 20-minute scenic ride through woods and farmlands.

Santa waits for your Christmas wish lists in a 1900s era railroad caboose and all are invited to take photos with him at no charge. Then step into The Depot Store, where you can find lots of great stocking stuffers and gifts for your little engineer at 15 percent off the normal price. Give a new unwrapped toy for U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to the ticket booth and receive a free train ticket (suggested value of toy is $6-plus). Visit www.hesston.org for more.

Chikaming Carols & Lights

Celebrate Chikaming Holiday Carols & Lights will be held at the Lakeside Park Gazebo, at the corner of Lakeside Road and Red Arrow Hwy., at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Join us for community Caroling, hot cider and cookies with the Harbor Country Singers. Businesses and Homes along Red Arrow are encouraged to light-up the Arrow with Festive lights and ribbons. Come whether you know the songs or not, whether you can sing or not, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that you’re there to celebrate.

Bridgman pageant

The 2019 Miss/Mr Bridgman and Little Miss Bridgman Scholarship Pageant is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Bridgman High School PAC.

Contestants are: (Mr.) Tyler Seinbrook,  Justin Jannert; (Miss) Makayla Kiel, Krystin Buist, Christi Stien, Reagen Smith; (Little) Dempsey Demercado and LaShanna Sparks.

The theme is “California Dreaming in the Golden State!”  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.

Karaoke drive to fill sleigh

Members of the Miss/Mr. New Buffalo 2019 royal court will have a Fill Santa's Sleigh/Karaoke with Royalty event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dolley's Lake House Pub, 310 West Buffalo St., New Buffalo.

Items being sought for local children/families in need to fill the sleigh that carried royal court members through the Nov. 24 Santa Parade include toys, makeup, socks, gloves, hats, nail polish and hair accessories for all ages.

For more information, contact Angela Dupre at (602) 323-6098.

Warren Dunes open house

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to help shape future management at Warren Dunes State Park in Berrien County. The DNR will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Lake Township Hall, 3220 Shawnee Road in Bridgman, to gather input on the park’s draft phase 2 general management plan which defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR in meeting its responsibilities to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.People are welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour period to review components of the draft plan, provide comments and talk to DNR staff. Comments also can be made via email to lincolnm@michigan.gov through Dec. 6. A link to the draft plan and additional information on the DNR’s management planning process are available at michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

For more information, contact Matt Lincoln at (517) 284-6111 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at lincolnm@michigan.gov.

Top 5 Environmental Issues discussion

The top five environmental issues facing Southwest Michigan will be the topic of the Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Eastern in the Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson.

Chikaming Open Lands Executive Director Ryan Postema will discuss how Harbor Country can begin to address the top environmental challenges it faces, such as water quality and invasive species, and the importance of conservation in land use planning.

Closing out the year will be an evening of holiday caroling led by members of the Harbor Country Singers on Thursday, Dec. 13. For further information, call the Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org, or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Advent at Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church of Sawyer invites all to an Advent Event on Dec. 5, 12 & 19 at 11:30 a.m. each day.

We will offer lunch, singing carols, prayers and a craft to make to welcome in the Christ Child for a peaceful and loving Christmas. Please call the office if interested or for more information, (269) 426-3937.

River Valley Holiday Market

A River Valley Holiday Market is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at River Valley High School, 15480 Three Oaks Road. Crafters and direct salers will offer items from Scentsy, Thirty-One, Usborne, Lula Roe, and more.

Harbor Country Singers concerts

Harbor Country Singers, the area’s community chorus, has scheduled two full-scale concerts and three caroling/Christmas sing-along events for the first two weeks of December.

The concerts are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Church of the Mediator in Harbert. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

“Our theme for this year is ‘An International Christmas,’” says Cindy Dryden, the group’s founder and director. “We invite you to enjoy an evening of Christmas carols from around the world, some of them familiar and some not-so-familiar."

“The carols follow many different styles, sounds and instrumentations,” she says. “Like the holiday itself, this is an event for the whole family, and we hope it will become a family tradition.” Dryden notes this year is the third annual Christmas concert program presented by the Singers.

In addition to the concerts, Singers members will lead caroling at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Three Oaks at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; in Harbert Community Park in Harbert on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and at the New Buffalo Township Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

Cookie Walk

The Three Oaks United Methodist Cookie Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 East Sycamore. Cookies, candies and crafts will be offered.

NBBA Party

The New Buffalo Business Association (NBBA) Annual Meeting and Holiday Party will be at The Stray Dog, 245 N. Whittaker St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

Come to celebrate the holidays with your fellow NBBA members, vote for NBBA Board members and hear a short recap of NBBA’s 2018 achievements and plans for 2019. Appetizers provided. Cash bar. Please RSVP at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3909109.

Christmas at the Acorn

Harbor Country Opera returns to the Acorn Theater for the 14th anniversary of its beloved Christmas show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

“Each Christmas we  find some fresh new songs people haven’t heard before, or favorites that we have somehow missed,” said Producer Robert Swan.

As usual, there are plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in song, with selections like “We Three Kings,””Silent Night” and “White Christmas!” Along with a touch of The Messiah, and a visit from the Grinch.

Harpist Ramona Kim is back for her 10th season along with perennial favorites tenor John Concepcion, soprano Martha Cares, baritone Warren Moulton and contralto Dominique Frigo.

Tickets are $25 and $35 (café seating available) at acorntheater.com or by calling (269) 756-3879.

Talk on wild Lake Michigan

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will take shelter in New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson, to hear tales about wild Lake Michigan at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Known as the deadliest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan has a dark side. HCH  members Pat Fisher, Stacey LaRocco and Janet Schrader will share their stories and statistic about of the beauty and dangers of the wild side of Lake Michigan.

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

Boys Mini-Bees Basketball

Bridgman Boys Mini-Bee Basketball will begin Dec. 1 and run through Feb. 16 at Bridgman High School.

Third- and fourth-graders will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fifth- and sixth-graders will meet from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cost is $35 and includes prizes and a T-shirt.  FUNdamentals will be stressed. Contact Mike Miller  mmiller@bridgmanschools.com  to register.

Harbor Country Book Club

The Thursday, Nov. 29 book selection for the Harbor Country Book Club is "All the News I Need" by Joan Frank. Meetings are held at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 pm on the last Thursday of the month and are open to the public. This will be the last meeting for the year with meetings beginning again on March 28, 2019.

FOTO Fest and more at the Acorn

The 12th Annual FOTO FEST will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks.

Sponsored by the Friends of Three Oaks, FOTO FEST features art from the River Valley Elementary School children, yummy pizza, storytellers, live music, awards and more. The event is free and open to the public (please consider bringing a canned good to be donated to the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry).

The following events also are scheduled at the Acorn Theater: Ann Hampton Callaway - Diva Power on Nov. 30; M&R Rush Holiday Party and Last Show of 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; Toby Keith Tribute by Made in America at 8 p.m. Dec. 7;  The Doors of Chicago 75th Jim Morrison Birthday at 8 p.m. Dec. 8; Harbor Country Singers Presents: An International Christmas at 2 p.m. Dec. 9; The Bergamot a South Shore Christmas at 7 p.m. Dec. 14; Howard Levy and Corky Siegel - Steal the Grinch at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 (meet & greet at 6 p.m.); Staged readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by The Twin City Players at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16; A Master Class with Corky Siegel at 7 p.m. Dec. 16; and an Open Mic Night with host Edgar Wilbury (aka Fred Lange) Band. at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. For more, call (269) 756-3879 or go to www.acorntheater.com.

Galien Historical Society luncheon

The Galien Woods Historical Society will meet at noon Saturday,  Dec. 8, at the Community of  Christ Church for the annual Christmas luncheon. Those attending are to bring a dish to pass and table service. There will be entertainment and all are welcome.

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes

People Engaged in Preservation, La Porte's non-profit historic preservation group, invites you to attend its enchanting 2018 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 (all times Central). The tour includes 5 private homes, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Old La Porte Library. Also included will be live musical entertainment, refreshments at St. Paul’s Episcopal, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Advance tickets will be available for $20 each ‪through November 30 ‬in New Buffalo at The Villager and at other locations in Indiana. At-the-door tickets ($25 each) will be available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church during tour hours. For more information, contact Pam Ruminski at (219) 362-5712, Tim Stabosz at (219) 363-7485, or email p_ruminski@yahoo.com.

Robotics Team Teen at STEAM series

The New Buffalo Township Library’s Teen STEAM series is welcoming the New Buffalo High School Robotics Team, on Thursday, November 29 at 4:30 p.m in the Pokagon Room. The team will demonstrate their collection of robots, where teens will interact and learn. This is an excellent opportunity for students without access to a robotics program. The weekly series is open to middle and high school students, ages 11-18 only, to join in on the fun and learning. Space is limited however, sign ups available in the library’s youth services department. Stop in, call, or email to reserve space. (269) 469-2933. newbuffalolibraryyouth@gmail.com.

Playing at Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is scheduled to screen the following films: “The Old Man & The Gun” (rated PG-13) and “The Happy Prince” (rated R).

Coming soon is “Wildlife” (rated PG-13). For times, more information and movie trailers, visit vickerstheatre.com.

Food & Wine Fete

A Holiday Food & Wine Fete scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at The Bistro on the Boulevard, 521 Lake Blvd., St. Joseph, will benefit Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan. For more, go to www.bistroontheboulevard.eventbrite.com.

Chef Night

The next Chef Night sponsored by the New Buffalo Township Library will feature Holiday Cookies with Milda’s Market at Elsie Earl Studios beginning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3. Cost is $35 per person, and sign-ups are at the library, 33 North Thompson St.

Church services

Christmas Banquet at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 2.

Children’s Christmas Program at Sawyer Highlands Church (13100 Red Arrow Hwy., Sawyer) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 9.

Christmas Mixer at Converge Community Church (601 W Buffalo, New Buffalo) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Gnome on the Roam

Gnome on the Roam will be held through Dec 23 in New Buffalo (find the gnomes in local businesses and win prizes) Follow us at FB/gnomeroam for details.

Warren Dunes workdays

DNR Stewardship workdays at Warren Dunes State Park  to remove invasive plants are planned on Dec. 1 & 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the picnic area south of the maincampground. Enter at main park entrance and turn right on the road to the campground.

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