The 2022 Miss, Mr. and Little Miss Three Oaks/River Valley Future-themed Pageant is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the River Valley High School Auditorium.

Tickets will be $20 at the door.

Miss/Mr contestants are (Miss) Maura Killips, Alexis Walton and (Mr.) Sebastian Kirk.

Little Miss contestants are Peyton Monroe, Carlie Przybylinski, Hazel Bross and Isabelle Falzone.

Miss Three Oaks/River Valley 2020 Madison Lumley will crown this year’s royalty.

Scholar-Athlete finalists

Among the 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2021-22 school year are: Class C – Dylan David Reisig, Bridgman High School; and Class D – Ashton McNabb, Three Oaks River Valley.

The program, in its 33rd year, has recognized student-athletes since the 1989-90 school year and again this winter will honor 32 individuals from MHSAA member schools who participate in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament.

Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $2,000 scholarship to each recipient. Since the beginning of the program, 864 scholarships have been awarded.

Ice formations hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will explore ice formations in Lake Michigan and take in a Southwest Michigan sunset on an evening hike Saturday, January 29, at 5 pm EST in the New Buffalo Lakefront Parks and Beach.

Hike Leader and Hikers President Pat Fisher will begin with a brief presentation, then lead the group in exploring the lake’s offshore ice. Fisher has hiked hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan shoreline during the winter and studied its ice features. The group will gather in the New Buffalo Beach parking lot, 200 Marquette Drive. The hike will be a short one – less than a mile – but those who join the group should expect cold, windy weather and dress accordingly.

Though membership is encouraged, all are welcome on Harbor Country Hikers hikes. The Hikers follows CDC and local Covid guidelines, and face masks currently are optional. A Rollator, a specialized walker with oversized wheels, is available on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing harborcountryhikers@gmail.com.

For more information, visit harborcountryhikers.com or Harbor Country Hikers on Facebook.

Winter Reading Bingo

Stop in the Three Oaks Township Library to pick up a Bingo card to participate in Adult Winter Reading Bingo. Complete five reading squares – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally – and return the card to the library to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing on February 28.

Story Time at Three Oaks Township Public Library is Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Take & Make bags for children are available at the check-out desk.

The Knitting & Crocheting Circle is meeting on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Individuals of all skill levels are invited to bring their projects.

Romantic Music for Flute & Classical Guitar

Duo Sequenza, a Valparaiso, Ind.-based classical flute and guitar chamber music ensemble, will bring its irresistible style to Harbor Country at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, for a School of American Music Free Family Concert at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo..

The program, “Romantic Music for Flute & Classical Guitar,” will showcase this rare combination of instruments and the masters who play them, flutist Debra Silvert and classical guitarist Paul Bowman.

Tickets are free but must be reserved online (schoolofamericanmusic.com) or by calling SAM at 269/409-1191. Donations are welcome.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for: 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church Ministry Center, 619 Main St, St. Joseph; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry-schedule/

Head Start enrolling children

Are you looking for a high-quality, learning-rich pre-school program for your children or grandchildren? Tri-County Head Start is enrolling children 0-5 years of age in the Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

Children attend full-day sessions, in person, at the Head Start centers four days per week. Some locations offer half-day sessions. Limited transportation is provided, when possible, to the Head Start locations. These services are available to families at no cost to them. For more information about Tri-County Head Start programs and to check eligibility, call 1-800-792-0366, or contact Neighbor by Neighbor, 269-231-0648.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 – award-winning blues artist Matt Schofield; 8 p.m. Feb. 5 – The Chicago Experience; The Greatest Untold Story in Rock & Roll History: “Louder Than Love” at 8 p.m. February 11 (Pre-Show VIP Event at 6pm ET: early theater access, cocktails, Gary Grimshaw exhibit and Meet & Greet); The Backups, 7 p.m. February 13.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Free Coats in New Troy

Friends of New Troy’s annual Winter Coat Drive has caused a lot of generous people to open their closets and bring their gently used coats to the New Troy Community Center. The Center now has a wide selection of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens available.

Anyone in need is invited to stop by the Community Center at 13372 California Road, New Troy, and select something they like. Items are located on a rack in the hallway. Proof of income or residency is not required.

Normal Center hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please call the Center at (269) s426-3909.

Little Explorers program

The Bridgman Library will begin a new Little Explorers program for children ages 18 months to 5 years old at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14.

The program continue on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Through the educational, hands-on learning program, children can explore process- based art, sensory play and STEAM activities as you rotate through different stations.

Registration is not required. For more information, visit bridgmanlibrary.com or call 465-3663.

Bridgman Public Library Winter Reading Programs will take place through Feb. 5. Complete the challenge and win a prize! Sign up by calling the library at 269-465-3663.

Blossomtime pageants

The Blossomtime Festival is excited to announce the 2022 Miss Blossomtime and Mr. Blossomtime Pageant. After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, community pageants are in full swing choosing their representatives to later compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Blossomtime. The first Miss Blossomtime pageant was held in 1924, with Catherine Burrell being named Miss Blossomtime and the first Mr. Blossomtime was held in 1997, with Jake Belter being chosen as Mr. Blossomtime.

This year’s theme: “Past, Present, & Future” will be honoring the past of Blossomtime and Present with a salute to the future, has inspired two wonderful evenings of entertainment, music, and glamour. The Mr. Blossomtime and Showcase of Queens Pageant is Sunday evening, April 24th at 6:30 pm. Miss Blossomtime Pageant is the following evening on Monday, April 25th at 7 pm.

Tickets are $30 each. Premier Seating is available for $45 each. Program prices will be $5.00. Open to the public, ticket sales will be available Monday, April 4th. The pageants, both nights, are at the Mendel Center Mainstage and are guaranteed to be wonderful evenings full of talented young ladies and gentlemen, and the coronation of the 2022 Blossomtime Royalty.

For more information on how to compete in the local community pageants please contact the Blossomtime office at office@blossom timefestival.org or (269) 982-8016.

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers takes place Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher, Ollie Jane Rosenthal, who always provides fo a fun, enriching time.

All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but parents are required to remain with their children. Friends of New Troy recommends that visitors wear masks in the Community Center, located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call 269-426-3909.

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