A Versiti community blood drive is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer.

Appointments are preferred (call 866-642-5663 or visit bit.ly/Sawyersaveslives.

Versiti is a fusion of blood donation, scientific curiosity and precision medicine which recognizes that the gift of blood and life are precious. All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly followed and donors also will receive free COVID antibody testing.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Three Oaks American Legion Post, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church Ministry Center, 619 Main St, St. Joseph; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman.

For more, log on to: www.feedwm.org/mobile-pantry -schedule.

Fair Beef registration

Market beef and carcass class registration for the 2021 Berrien County Youth Fair is underway and registrations must be received at the Fair Office by Feb. 1.

Exhibitors must be at least 5 years old to show animals. Berrien County youth between the ages of 5 and 20, as of January 1, 2021, may register their market beef animals by picking up a form at the Fair office or by calling the Fair office at (269) 473-4251. Only paper entry forms will be accepted – no online registration for market beef and carcass class.

All beef and dairy animals must have a Radio Frequency Electronic Identification tag number listed on the exhibitor entry form (for more info call 1-800-292-3939 or log on to www.michigan.gov/mdard.

Completed registration forms may be: dropped off at the Fair office in Berrien Springs (Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); mailed to the Fair office (Berrien County Youth Fair, P. O. Box 7, Berrien Springs, MI 49103); or placed in the drop box located near the entrance to the Fair office.

All market beef that are registered must be brought to the Fairgrounds to be ear-tagged and weighed on Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the beef barn buildings 53 and 52. For more information, go to www.bcyf.org.

Zoom book talk

The Bridgman Public Library plans a book presentation on “The Snow Killings” by author Marney Rich Keenan at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 via Zoom.

Join the author as she takes you inside her investigation and the comprehensive examination of one of the oldest unsolved serial murder cases in the country. Zoom link will be available on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

“Winter Reading Challenge” (ages 2 and up) and “Stay Safe and Read” Adult Winter Reading are in effect to Feb. 6. Sign up on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Stimulus help sought

Many people are going under because of COVID-19 and the resulting business shut-downs, layoffs, low unemployment payment amounts and the usual challenges of keeping roofs over heads and food on tables. If you find that you are one of the lucky ones who doesn’t really need your $600 stimulus check and wish to donate it, Neighbor by Neighbor would love to be the recipient. We started 2020 with 150 clients and are now up to 752 ad have helped 38 people with rent or mortgage and 122 people with utilities in 2020, and linked many more to the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency for help with rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments and car repairs.

Neighbor by Neighbor is launching a new program called Sponsor a Neighbor: Restoring Dignity and Hope designed to pay one bill for a household on a fixed income. We are looking for generous supporters to either give one time payments like their $600 stimulus check, or pledge an ongoing monthly amount. If you are interested in sponsoring a neighbor or have questions, call (269) 231-0648.

Conservation presentation

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) will be introduced some of the leaders in nature preservation and related areas during a Zoom presentation today beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

“The Greats: Leaders in Conservation, Botany and Exploration,” created by Fernwood Botanical Garden’s Sims Education Center, memorializes 55 environmentalists, preservationists, botanists, nature illustrators and more. For a link to join the presentation, visit the HCH website at harborcountry hikers.com/events or email questions to harborcountry hikers@gmail.com.

Three Oaks library open Saturdays

The Three Oaks Library has resumed Saturday hours (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The library also is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sunday.

The building remains open. Those entering are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others that do not live in their household. Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

Curbside pickup also is offered. To place requests call (269) 756-5621 or log in online at https://threeoaks.biblionix.com/catalog/ and reserve items yourself.

Please do not come to the library if you feel sick or have recently been sick.

January Take and Make Craft Bags for children features a cute penguin and a tissue paper winter mitten. Quantities are limited so come on in and pick yours up.

The Winter Reading Program for adults is underway and will end on March 26, 2021. The first 30 people to register will receive a cute mug, then for each book you read you receive an entry into the drawing to win a prize on Monday, March 29, 2021.

For more information, call 756-5621.

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