The Region of Three Oaks Museum (TROTOM) will offer special programs on the “Warren Calculating Engine” at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31st – the final day of the 2021 season, and the last day Michiana residents can see Frederic Parsons Warren’s extraordinary invention before it goes back to Michigan State University.

Notre Dame Computer Science Professor Jay Brockman and TROTOM Board Member Nick Bogert will guide visitors through the exhibit with PowerPoint programs on the science and the dramatic personal story behind the Calculating Engine. Brockman will demonstrate how “pinwheel calculators” like Warren’s invention work. Bogert will describe how Warren raced against time to complete the machine before succumbing to tuberculosis in the spring of 1875.

Two of the three calculators Warren invented are at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, which calls Warren’s invention “one of the first, if not the first, calculating machine built in the United States”. The third and most advanced Calculating Engine has been on display at TROTOM since June of 2021 – its first appearance in Three Oaks since the 1950s. The programs are free to the public, though visitors will be encouraged to contribute something to the museum, an all-volunteer operation that relies on public donations to operate. The museum is located at 5 Featherbone Ave. in Three Oaks, and is open 12-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday from May-October.

Trick or Treat

The following trick or treat schedules are in place in area communities:

New Buffalo will have city wide Trick or Treating October 31 from 4-6 p.m.

Three Oaks October 30 from 4-6 p.m.

Weesaw Township October 30 from 5 -7 p.m.

Baroda October 31 at 6 p.m.

Bridgman October 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.

A Trunk or Treat will be held October 30 from 2-4 p.m. at Chikaming Township Hall.

Beatles sing-along

The Harbor Country Singers will present a nostalgic evening of singing along with popular Beatles hits at the New Buffalo Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the program will feature such favorites as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Ticket to Ride,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Yellow Submarine” and many more. Members of the Singers will lead, accompanied by Garth Taylor on guitar and Adrian Cole on keyboard. The Friends of the Library will offer snacks and drinks during the intermission.

On Tuesday, November 16, also at 6:30, the Friends of the Library will offer a program on the Century of Progress Houses – five once-futuristic homes brought to the Indiana Dunes National Park from Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair. The speaker for this program is Todd Zeiger, Director of the Northern Regional Office, Indiana Landmarks.

The library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in downtown New Buffalo. Use of face masks is requested for this event.

Gathering at the Garden

A gathering to remember and celebrate those we love, those who have inspired us, those who have guided us, those who have gone before us for Day of the Dead, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, All Souls Day is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Three Oaks Community Garden in downtown Three Oaks.

We will gather rain or shine, length of time will be dependent on weather. Together we will create an ofrenda, a temporary altar to honor loved ones who have died. Please bring items of remembrance; photos, drawings, dolls, or personal items.

County Park hike

The Harbor Country Hikers will hike the trails and marsh boardwalk at Galien River County Park in New Buffalo on Saturday, Nov. 6, starting at 2 p.m. Michigan time. The hike is the group’s third visit to Berrien County parks this fall. In October, the Hikers explored Madeline Bertrand Park in Niles and Love Creek Park in Berrien Center.

The Galien River Park hike begins in the parking lot with a 10-minute introduction by a county park naturalist, who will also lead the hike. The park includes a mix of upland and wetland habitats. The wetland area is part of the large Great Lakes Marsh that formed along the Galien River upstream from its mouth at Lake Michigan. The marsh is home to many protected birds and a resting stop along a migration path for others.

The Harbor Country Hikers has an all-terrain rollator available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details about the rollator and the hike are on the organization’s website, harborcountryhikers.com, and on its Facebook page.

Acorn shows

The following shows are scheduled at the Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks: 8 p.m. Oct. 28 – Chuck Prophet (his latest album “The Land That Time Forgot” was released in 2020 on Yep Rock Records; 8 p.m. Oct. 30 – The Steepwater Band and Nomad Planets take the stage;” 8 p.m. Nov. 3 – Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins with opener Andreas Kapsalis; 8 p.m. Nov. 6 – MEGA Beatles; 7 p.m. Nov. 7 – Emmy award-winning superstar Dennis Quaid will share engaging stories about his film career and the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming album; 8 p.m. Nov. 12 – The Ides of March; Open Mic Nights (8 p.m.) – Nov. 11 with host Bryan Lubeck; Dec. 2 with host Dylan Reed Leavitt, winner of the 2020 Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition; Dec. 22, a special Holiday Open Mic Night.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Salmon en Croûte demonstration

A demonstration of the preparation of Salmon en Croûte by Chef Jackie Shen will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Pokagon Room, at the New Buffalo Township Library.

Included will be a wine tasting and a boxed dinner of Salmon en Croûte with Scallop Mousse to enjoy at the event or at home. Cost is $50 per person, to benefit the Technology Fund of the New Buffalo Township Library (payable by cash, check, or card on the day of the demonstration).

Seating limited to 50, sign up at New Buffalo Township Library or at Jackie’s Café (in person or by phone at 269-469-2933.

Winter Coat Drive

Friends of New Troy’s annual Winter Coat Drive has returned to the New Troy Community Center, 13372 California Road. Clean, gently-used coats, hats, scarves, boots, gloves, and mittens for all sizes may be dropped off at the Center. There is a particular need for children’s coats and boots. Please check your closets, and help spread the word.

A limited selection of winter coats is already available. Anyone in need is invited to stop by the Community Center and select something they like. Items are located on a rack in the hallway. Proof of income or residency is not required. Center hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Center at 269-426-3090.

Quilt mission & auction

The Quilters of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sawyer design and sew all year long to be able to send out over 50 quilts and 50 backpacks filled with supplies annually to Lutheran World Relief. They also hold a silent auction each year to fund some local missions.

Thirty quilts will be auctioned in Trinity’s annual Silent Quilt Auction which will be open to the public. The auction began on Oct. 10 and will end on Nov. 21.

The quilt display can be viewed and bid on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and after Worship Services held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mornings. Bidding on all quilts will begin at $15 and will go up in $3 increments from there. Eight beautifully made aprons also will be auctioned.

For more information, call (269)-426-3937.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantries are scheduled for: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman; 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Galien Township Fire Station 305 Kiley Road.

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

Electric bill help

Are you a senior or low-income household struggling to pay your electric bill? Indiana Michigan Power offers a Senior Citizen Discount Rate for anyone 65 or older who uses less than 900 kWh of energy per month. I & M also offers a Low-Income Service Charge Waiver for qualified customers. Call or text Neighbor By Neighbor, 269-231-0648, for more information and assistance.

Food for Fines

This holiday season, the Bridgman Public Library will accept nonperishable food items, paper products and toiletries as payment for any amount of overdue fines. The program runs from November 15, 2021 to January 8, 2022.

Donations will only cover overdue fines, not lost/damaged fees. Check in at the front desk with your items. All contributions will benefit the Lake Township/Bridgman Community.

No fines? No problem! Donations are accepted at the library any time of the year.

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.

Showing at the Vickers

The Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, is showing “Falling for Figaro” and “The Rescue.” For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.

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