A full slate of Flag Day Celebration activities are planned for Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, in Three Oaks.

The 2019 version of the “World’s Largest” Flag Day Parade through downtown Three Oaks is scheduled to step off at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

American Legion Post 204 Auxiliary is bringing back the Flag Day Tug-of-War and Arm Wrestling contests on the afternoon of Saturday, June 8 (weigh-ins begin at 10:30 a.m. with the tug-of-war at noon and arm wrestling at 1:30), along with a 9 p.m. performance that night by PS Dump Your Boyfriend (with The Toona’s opening at 7 p.m.) followed by fireworks.

Saturday of Flag Day weekend will begin with a morning 5K walk and run at Watkins Park. The schedule follows: 7:30-8:45 a.m. Packet Pickup and Same Day Registration; 9 a.m. race begins; 10 a.m. awards ceremony.

Registration is $20 through May 26; $25 from May 27-June 6 (online registration ends on June 6); and $30 for same-day registration (25 percent of proceeds will go toward the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade and the other 75 percent will be split between David Hicks Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the River Valley Cross Country team).

To register, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/ThreeOaks/FlagDay5KRun.

Art in the Park will take place Saturday and Sunday in Carver Park and the Post 204 field will host a co-ed slow-pitch softball tournament begins Friday evening, June 7.

Sunday, June 9, activities are headlined by the World’s Largest Flag Day Parade at 3 p.m. (with pre-parade ceremonies downtown).

A Pancake Breakfast at the Three Oaks Fire Station kicks off the day at 8 a.m. The Scottville Clown Band is scheduled to perform at Post 204 at 5:30 p.m. Sunday followed by music from Lake Breeze.

For more, go to threeoaksflagday.com/

Chris Thompson Preserve dedication

Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is holding a public dedication at 2 p.m. June 9 to celebrate the acquisition of the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve, located on Warren Woods Road in Chikaming Township. The celebration will take place at the Lakeside Cabins Resort, which is immediately adjacent to the new nature preserve.

The event is open to the public and will include a dedication of the preserve in memory of former COL Executive Director Chris Thompson, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Guided walks of the 49-acre property, which features open fields, woodland and frontage on the Galien River, will also be available.

COL acquired the nature preserve on October 30, 2018. Local members of the community and other of Thompson’s friends, family and colleagues in the conservation community raised more than $226,000 to acquire the property in his memory. In addition, COL was awarded a grant from The Carls Foundation, and was able to utilize grant funds previously received from The Pokagon Fund to complete the project.

 “We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor Chris by dedicating this new preserve in his memory,” says COL Executive Director Ryan Postema.

Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach

The second Makers Trail Festival at Weko Beach, 5239 Lake St., Bridgman, is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

Wineries, breweries and distilleries from Berrien County and live music by The Newports, Slim Gypsy Baggage and Top Secret are on the agenda.

Tickets ($10 in advance or $20 at the gate) are available at MakersTrailFestival.org. Free shuttles will run.

Beach Appreciation hike on June 1

Harbor Country Hikers will  join hands with the Chikaming Township Park Board for a beach appreciation walk starting at Cherry Beache on Saturday, June 1.

The hike (to Warren Dunes and back) will begin at Cherry Beach at 10 a.m. (with shuttles provided from the Township Center parking lot), observing the important features and changes to the local township’s beachfront led by Park Board Chair Deborah Hall-Kayler and Harbor Country Hikers Secretary Evie Rowley. Township SUpervisor David Bunte will talk about the Cherry Beach Project (a grassroots effort to purchase an additional 400 feet of lakeshore and the critical dune included in the 2.6-acre Reed Beidler Trust property) and Chikaming Fire Chief Mike Davidson will talk about beach and water safety.

The hikers will then continue walking along the waterline and over the boulders at Pier Street, ending at Cherry Street where the Cherry Beach Committee will give an update on its grassroots efforts to purchase an additional 400 feet of lakeshore and the critical dune included in the 2.6-acre Reed Beidler Trust property.

Harbor Country Hikers events are open to all and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  Membership ($20 for individuals or $30 for families) is encouraged.  For further information about HCH or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Bike & Brunch

The 7th annual Radio Harbor Country Bike & Brunch will take place Sunday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m EST.

Departing from the private farm/studio of a local artist, riders of all levels can enjoy 15-, 30-, or 45-mile loops through some of Harbor Country’s most beautiful backroads.

At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a gourmet brunch of locally grown and prepared food provided through the generous support of Luisa’s Cafe, Harbert Swedish Bakery, Sawyer Garden Center, Red Arrow Road House, Flagship Specialty Foods and Fish Market, Heston Supper Club, The Peasant’s Pantry, Whistle Stop Grocery, and Infusco Coffee Roasters.

This boutique ride is limited to first 150 registrants. Register online at radioharborcountry.org. Questions? Email bikenbrunch.wrhc@gmail.com.

Proceeds benefit Radio Harbor Country, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit public radio station that brings music, culture, arts, and community to the Harbor Country Area.

Heartland Alliance Tour planned

The Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour tour of splendid, professionally designed homes and gardens in Southwest Michigan scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, benefits the work of the Alliance to to transform the existing spaces of other non-profits through pro bono design services and in-kind donations, allowing them to provide comfortable, supportive and healing physical environments for the populations they serve. For more, go to http://www.homeandgardentour.com/

Climate change forum on tap

The science behind climate change will be explored by Naturalist Wendy Jones at the next Community Forum talk sponsored by Friends of New Buffalo Library on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in the library’s Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.

Jones will review the unusual weather of the past few years that have been driven by global warming, including more sporadic but heavier rain and snow events, more powerful hurricanes, severe winter storms and fires in the western states.  What these changes mean to Michiana, its animals and environments will be discussed.

Jones is the head naturalist at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve.  She previously presented “Backyard Birds,” “Michiana’s Native Americans” and Hummingbirds:  Small and Feisty.”

Upcoming Community Forum programs include Walking the Camino de Santiago Monday, June 24; Ruffage, Tuesday, June 25; An Epic Two-and-a-Half-Year Road Trip to All 59 National Parks on Tuesday, July 9, and Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide on Tuesday, July 23.

The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.  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.

Trash, Treasure & Bake Sale

Harbert Community Church will hold its annual Trash and Treasure and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the women’s mission and ministry projects. This is a HUGE sale with too many items to list, but don’t forget to browse their antiques room for unique finds, grab some lunch at the Café, and stop by the bake sale. The church is located on the corner of Three Oaks and Harbert Roads in Sawyer, Michigan. Call 269-426-4321 for more information.

Civil War Days artists, crafters sought

Crafters and artists specializing in the heritage arts (including woodworking, carving, quilting, other sewing, needle arts, leather tanning, blacksmithing, other metal workers and other heritage artistts) are invited to to sell their crafts and arts at The Civil War Days in Three Oaks scheduled for July 27 and 28 at Dewey Cannon Park.

Cost is $25 for both days. Participants will need to provide their own tent, tables, chairs and displays, as needed. Deadline is July 20.

Register on the website at https://civilwardaysthreeoaks.jimdo.com/, the Civil War Days Three Oaks Facebook page, or send an email to cwinthreeoaks@yahoo.com.

Civil War Days in Three Oaks is supported by the Region of Three Oaks Museum.

Mobile food pantry visit

A Feeding America West Michigan’s mobile pantry truck visit to Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, is scheduled for 4 p.m. June 5.

Lakeside Garden Walk

The 2019 Lakeside Garden Walk (scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22) will feature eight unique gardenswithin one to six miles of each other.

For imformation on tickets ($35 in advance or $45 after June 17) visit www.thelakesideassodation.com or call (773) 343-1680.

Doepker retirement

The public is invited to celebrate Barbara Doepker’s upcoming retirement from Three Oaks Township Public Library. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 30, from noon to 7 p.m. at the library.

RV Reunion

Did you graduate from River Valley High School between 1967 and 1997? Are you, or were you a teacher? If so, please join us for a multi-class reunion on July 20, 2019, at the Three Oaks American Legion, Post 204. 

Advanced registration and payment by June 21 is required. Cost is $20 per person which will include buffet style dinner, music, limited beer and wine along with a cash bar. 

For more information, contact Cheri Donner Vance, class of 1980, at cvance19250@yahoo.com or talk/text to (269) 426-1499. You may also send via postal mail your name, address and the class you graduated in, along with a check or money order payable to “RV Multi-Class Reunion” to 7234 Forest Lawn Road, Three Oaks MI 49128.

Lion’s Club Golf Outing

The New Buffalo Lion’s Club 2019 Golf Outing is scheduled for June 19 at the at Whittaker Woods course in New Buffalo.

The four-person scramble is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. For more, visit www.newbuffalolions.org or call Peter at (219) 617-0654.

Fetch Some Fun

The Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, 722 Indiana Hwy 212, Michigan City, Ind., is offering a new program that allows members of the community to socialize with shelter dogs on field trips for a day.

“Fetch Some Fun” outings can last an hour or until the shelter closes, and can include hikes, a trip to the beach, even a lunch or a snack at a dog friendly restaurant. This is a great way for community members to enjoy the company of a dog and for the dog to be away from the stresses of being in a kennel.

Individuals should visit michianahumanesociety.org or contact the Michiana Humane Society at (219) 872-4499, or contact@michianahumanesociety.org to sign up.

Weko Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: June 16 - Mike Struwin Duo; June 23 - Blue Shoes Jazz; July 14 - Carol and Kaye’s Dixieland Band; July 21, - Campfire Stu with All God’s Children Choir; Aug. 4 - Saturday June Band; Aug. 18 - Top Secret; Sept. 1 - Matt Gabriel Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.

HCM Vehicle Donation Initiative

Harbor Country Mission (HCM) is accepting donations of vehicles that can be immediately given to those who are struggling to get to work, pick up their children from school or run basic errands necessary for life such as grocery shopping and medical appointments.  

Dave Heyn, who with his wife Hannah, began Harbor Country Mission in 2015, said “with our Vehicle Donation Initiative we are reaching out to our community once again to fill the increasingly urgent need of our neighbors and friends in Southwest Michigan who are in the greatest socio-economic need.”

Unlike other programs who request auto donations of any kind, the vehicles donated to HCM need to have clear title and be in good running order; ready to be licensed, insured and put into service on the road. As Dave Heyn further explained: “we are requiring those receiving these vehicles be able to afford title transfers and insurance--but often times, that’s when money runs out.  As a result, we are hoping to receive vehicles (preferably mini-vans, SUVs and hatchbacks with a bit of cargo and kid space) to be as low-mileage as possible and not require many immediate repairs.”

In addition to the Vehicle Donation Initiative, a Warehouse Donation Center in Bridgman and a Vintage Finds resale shop in Sawyer, HCM is exploring the development of a community-based eBay site and are seeking space to open a clothing distribution center that would southwest Michigan. HCM currently offers, on the second Friday of each month, a “Free Friday” at both locations that overwhelmingly helps those transitioning out of homelessness into some form of longer-term residency. This is in addition to their “Free Room” at the Warehouse Donation Center  that is open 7 days a week and provides linens, kitchen supplies, kids shelves and other small home goods that are available to anyone in need.

For more information regarding how you can support HCM’s Vehicle Donation Initiative, please contact Dave Heyn at 269-326-0077. Harbor Country Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Festival vendors, volunteers sought

The New Buffalo Business Association is seeking local food and vendors for the 2019 Ship and Shore Festival scheduled for Aug. 9-11.

Vendor applications are being accepted now. For more information, visit www.shipandshorefestival.com or email pat@oairevents.com.

The NBBA also is looking for festival volunteers. Those interested (indiividuals and people representing an organization) can send an email to info@newbuffalo.org for more information, including details on how organizations raise money by volunteeering.

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