The Harbor Country Hikers will lead a hike at the Three Oaks Township Conservation Area on Saturday, June 27, at 10 a.m. The event is the first formal hike the group has conducted since the coronavirus shutdown rules for Michigan were eased earlier this month.

According to Hikers President Pat Fisher, the Kesling Nature Preserve and Three Oaks Township Conservation Area are home to a rich diversity of plants and wildlife, and are recognized as great fishing and birdwatching spots.

Fisher will lead the June 27 hike, which is expected to last about two hours and cover 1.6 miles. The conservation area is located at 8505 W. Forest Lawn Road in Three Oaks, and the group will meet in the parking lot. All are welcome to participate in its hikes. Kids and teens are especially invited if accompanied by an adult.

Under current Michigan guidelines, outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted as long as social distancing is observed. The Centers for Disease Control recommends face masks.

Humane Society seeks support

The Michiana Humane Society is seeking support through a a $100,000 match program after making the difficult decision to cancel all three of the organization’s large fundraising events in 2020 (its 100th anniversary.

The MHS Board of Directors and event sponsors have put together a $100,000 match to encourage others to give. Every dollar donated to the campaign will be doubled for the animals.

Donations can be mailed to: Michiana Humane Society, 722 Indiana Hwy. 212, Michigan City IN 46360. For more, go to michianahumanesociety.org.

Region of Three Oaks Museum to re-open July 3

Th Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) will re-open on Friday, July 3.

The TROTOM board will be drawing up safety rules for volunteers and visitors, in accordance with the latest Covid-19 Executive Order. The museum will have hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves on hand, to provide reassurance for those with health concerns.

Several new exhibits will debut in the 2020 TROTOM season: • The Warren Calculating Engine;Marx-o-Chime Colony hybrid musical instruments; A German Mauser machine gun; a new display on toys that used to delight children before the advent of electronics and the internet; and a “Three Oaks: Then & Now” exhibit. For more, go to www.regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com.

GoFundMe drive for Spokes Club

The Three Oaks Spokes Bicycle Club, a volunteer-run non profit established in 1974 to promote and encourage cycling in Southwest Michigan/Northwest Indiana, has launched a GoFundMe drive due to the current lack of bicycle rentals, visitor donations and registrations for the club’s annual Apple Cider Century. The Club hopes to raise $50,000 to continue the services it has offered for over 35 years such as housing and retaining ownership of Bicycle Museum artifacts and the Dewey Cannon Trading Company/Information Center/bike rentals, sponsoring club rides and activities, offering Backroads Bikeways bike routes and community engagement through the Apple Cider Century. The Go Fund  Me site is: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/keep-the-three-oaks-spokes-bicycle-club-rolling.

Lakeside summer events canceled

The Lakeside Association has canceled all events this summer (including its Fourth of July Parade) due to the COVID Pandemic.

COVID-19 testing offered at Senior Center

The River Valley Senior Center, 13321 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, will be the site of two free COVID-19 testing sessions on Friday, July 10, and Friday, Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The testing will be conducted by personnel from the InterCare Community Health Network, and participants are asked to bring their insurance cards and phone (269) 308-9296 to pre-register. Those who may have questions about the testing may access the same phone number.

All are welcome to be tested, but especially those who may have symptoms or are working and may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Symptoms of the virus may include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath and new loss of taste or smell.

This service is being funded by a grant from the State of Michigan.

Mobile Food Pantry visit

A Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visit is scheduled for 4 p.m. July 1 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman.

Acorn presents

The Acorn Theater continues live streaming series Thursday Night Acorn Presents continues on Thursdays on The Acorn Facebook page. The featured artist for 6 p.m. July 2 is Brian Dunne (a Brooklyn-based musician who got his start the old fashioned way, crisscrossing the country performing hundreds of shows a year as he built up a dedicated fanbase one night at a time). Thursday Night Acorn Presents shows can be replayed in the theater’s YouTube channel where you can also check out the growing library of videos.

The Menards will spin aspects of folk, rock and country into a rich web of Americana during a Basement Session scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, June 28.

The Acorn will host its second Trivia Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. This FUN interactive game night will be hosted via Zoom. Teams must register before midnight on June 29. Grab your spot now (www.acornlive.org) as tickets are limited.

The deadline to submit entries for the 2020 Singer Songwriter Competition has been extended to June 30.

Fish Fry in New Troy

New Troy American Legion Post 518 is having a Fish Fry on Friday, June 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (carry-out only). Call 269-426-3542.

2020 Ship & Shore Festival cancelled

The New Buffalo Business Association has released the following: The New Buffalo Business Association, in collaboration with Open Air Events have had to make the difficult to cancel our annual Ship and Shore Festival for August 6-9 2020.

It may not come as a surprise, as many of our neighboring communities have been canceling summer celebrations across the board.

The health and safety of our residents, business owners, and tourists are always going to be our number one priority. As businesses come out of pandemic hibernation, there has been a surge of positive COVID-19 cases revisiting communities across the country. Our humble, single-stop-light beach town needs its visitors and tourists to survive.

Though, we are about 60 days from when the event would take place, we need to take these precautions now, so our restaurants, shops, real estate offices, beaches and water activities can continue for you and your family, safely, as the summer continues. Our NBBA mission statement reads — “The NBBA is a partnership of business and community members who share a common goal to promote healthy business growth in New Buffalo through activities and events”. Though not everyone is aware, the NBBA hosts most of the events in our town, year round.

As a non-profit, our funds for every single event come directly from the donations of our members and local business owners. It would be unjustifiable for us to ask our local businesses to donate more than they already have, while still trying to figure out how to get back on their feet after the COVID pandemic.

We hope even though we may not have our normal summer festivals, you will still shop, dine, relax and recharge in New Buffalo and around Harbor Country. Let's take the remainder of our year and focus on building our brick and mortars bigger than 
ever!

Farmers Markets

Area farmers markets include:

• New Buffalo Farmers Market patrons will be able to pickup pre-paid market goods at the corner of Merchant and Whittaker streets (pick-up hours will be 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays and some vendors will offer their goods at their locations).

To submit Vendor Applications contact abbykvoss@gmail.com. For information on ordering, visit the New Buffalo Farmers Facebook Page.

• The Three Oaks Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on Oak Street in front of Three Oaks Elementary. For vendor information send an email to willowcreekfarm@yahoo.com.

• The Skip's New Buffalo European Farmers Market is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 16710 Lakeshore Road.

• The Bridgman Open-Air Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays in the parking lot next to Edgewater Bank (across Lake Street from the Bridgman Public Library).

Catching up on bills

Do you need help catching up on bills for electricity, water, sewer, rent, car repair, car payments, or small home repairs that resulted from COVID?  Neighbor by Neighbor, in partnership with Southwest Michigan Community Action, has funding to help those at and below 200% of poverty to catch up on COVID related expenses.  Call or text Neighbor by Neighbor at (269)231-0648 for more information.

New Troy Community Center bathrooms renovated

When the New Troy Community Center reopens following the COVID-19 shutdown, it will be with newly renovated bathrooms. Due to the shutdown, workers were able to tackle all four bathrooms at once, which allowed them to complete the project quickly while having no more than one worker in a room at a time. Thus, workers were kept safe and healthy, and the bathrooms are now something the community can be proud of.

A few unfinished details (baby changing stations and new windows) will be tackled as soon as additional funds are raised, but tremendous progress has been made in record time.

Friends of New Troy, the non-profit organization that owns and operates the Center, expressed a heart-felt “Thank you!” for the grants and individuals who contributed funds.

Donations to complete the project may be mailed to Friends of New Troy, Bathroom Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 125, New Troy, MI 49119. Or visit www.FriendsOfNewTroy.org and click on “donate.” For more information, contact friendsofnewtroy@yahoo.com or Terry at 269-369-1897.

No Street Dance

It is with a heavy heart we regret to tell everyone that the 2020 Bridgman Fire Department Street Dance is canceled. This was not an easy decision for us, but we believe this is what’s best for everyone, at this time. We hope you will support us in this decision. We couldn’t do this event for all of these years without the support we receive from our community. We look forward to making 2021 the biggest and best Street Dance Bridgman has ever seen!

Music in the Park

As of June 5 the 2020 schedule for Music in the Park in Three Oaks was as follows (shows start at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time in Dewey Cannon Park): June 27 - The Bergamot (90 minutes); July 4 - Andrew Fisher (90 minutes); July 11 - Cielita Lindo (90 minutes); July 18 - School of American Music; July 25 - Modern Vultures; August 1 - Dehurricane duo; August 8 - act to be announced; August 15 - David Lahm and Steve and Mary E; August 22 - Henhouse Prowlers; August 29 - Stealing the Farm;  September 5 - The Newports.

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