Do you engage with the Village of Three Oaks as a resident or visitor? The village would like to hear from you.

Three Oaks is conducting a survey through April 1 to help the village improve its website and communications. Village and township residents, business owners, visitors – anyone who engages with Three Oaks – is encouraged to participate.

The three-minute survey can be found on the village website (threeoaksvillage.org), facebook page, or at tiny.cc/ThreeOaksWeb Survey. Paper copies are also available in the lobby of Three Oaks Village Hall, 21 N. Elm St.

Late winter hike

Harbor Country Hikers will check out the early bloomers at Robinson Woods Preserve in Three Oaks on Sunday, March 7, beginning at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time).

“Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean all plants have gone to sleep,” said Pat Fisher, Harbor Country Hikers president. The two-hour, 1-1/2 mile hike will reveal which woodland plants stay green throughout winter, which are about to bloom, and which are up next.

Robinson Woods is an 80-acre preserve of mature forest located at 8016 East Road dominated by beech, maple, tulip poplar and oak. Seasonal streams and a county drain cross the property and eventually empty into bubbling Cherry Creek, whose steep and scenic ravine sits at the northern edge of the property.

Harbor Country Hikers (HCH) observe social distancing guidelines and use of face masks is required. For complete details or HCH membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

NB Market accepting vendors

The New Buffalo Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the Summer of 2021.

This year’s Market runs May 27-September 2 with a market held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information or to submit an application, go to https://newbuffalofarmers market.com/

‘Youthful Spirit’ concert

“With a Youthful Spirit,” an afternoon of chamber music presented by the School of American Music, will be performed on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 3 p.m. at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., in New Buffalo, Mich. Covid-19 prevention protocols will be observed. Those who cannot attend can watch the concert live via the SAM Facebook Live stream.

SAM programming chair and concert organizer, Philip Bauman has dedicated the day to young first-chair musicians in the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, where Bauman has served as conductor for 19 years. A special performance by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Woodwind Quintet will be another highlight of the program, which features selections for string quartet, flute and harp, and woodwind quintet.

Tickets are free but space will be limited. Reserve seats online at schoolof americanmusic.com. Donations are welcome.

Museum update and oral history

An update on the New Buffalo Railroad Museum and the kickoff of an oral history program is on tap for the next Friends of New Buffalo Library (FOL) presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

During this Zoom presentation, Museum administrator and co-founder Katha Kissman will preview the season opening for the museum’s and its newly refurbished C&O caboose at 530 S. Whittaker St. (the Museum plans to re-open April 3 and to be open through Oct. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A Caboose Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Memorial Day, May 28).

Kissman also will discuss plans for an oral history program to collect the memories of early New Buffalo area residents.

Other FOL Community Forum programs via Zoom include: April 6 “From Page to Pictures” by Dr. Annette Bochenek; April 22 “Attracting Birds to Your Backyard” by Wendy Jones, and May 18 “Lifestyles of the Mich(iana) and Famous” by Nick Bogert. The Zoom link is found under Activities/Events on either the library’s Facebook page or its website. For further information email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. March 17 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville; 3 p.m. March 18 at the Three Oaks American Legion Post (sponsored by Harbor Country Rotary), 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks.

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

Foster honored

The Friends of the Bridgman Public Library is pleased to announce Wendy Foster as the 2020 recipient of the Carole Johnson Friends Volunteer of the Year award.

Johnson was a devoted volunteer of the Friends of the Bridgman Public Library, dedicating many years of service and the award is given in her honor.

Foster has been a longtime member of the Friends organization in charge of scheduling and training volunteers for the Friends’ Book Shoppe for many years. A plaque listing the recipients of this award can be found at the Bridgman Public Library.

The 2021 Bridgman Library Community Garden opens to new gardeners March 1.

Available plots are rented on a first come, first serve basis. Come to the library and receive a copy of the Handbook, fill out a registration form, and pay $10 for each 4x8-foot plot. Returning gardeners, please remember to fill out a new registration form for 2021.

At 6 p.m. March 16 a Zoom Book Presentation by award winning author Erin Bartels on her writing and her book “We Hope for Better Things” (2020 Michigan Notable Book) and her new book “All That We Carried.” Zoom link is available on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Schedule an appointment at the library, find your next favorite book, visit the Friends Book Shoppe, use a computer, print documents, make copies, send a fax, or pick up tax forms. Appointments are 30 minutes per person, group gatherings are prohibited, masks must be worn, social distancing with 6 feet of separation is required. Hand sanitizer is placed at the front door for your use. Call 269-465-3663.

Acorn online

The Acorn Theater will present a pair of unique and exciting online experiences.

We Banjo 3 perform their “Celtgrass” music live from Dublin at 5 p.m. March 13; and psychic medium Thomas John will host a special evening of messages from beyond at 7 p.m. April 8.

For more, go to acornlive.org.

Community Blood Drive

A Versiti Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. March 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer.

Appointments are preferred (call: 866-642-5663 or visit http://bit.ly/Sawyer saveslives.

Versiti is a fusion of blood donation, scientific curiosity and precision medicine which recognizes that the gift of blood and life are precious. As a member of the Versiti community, our donations are crucial importance for local Michigan hospitals.

Those donating blood will receive a free “People Need People” T-Shirt and can be entered into a sweepstakes.

for a chance to win a $500 Airbnb.com gift card. All COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed. You will also receive free COVID antibody testing.

Broadband survey

The Berrien County Broadband Internet Task Force is seeking to bridge the digital divide in Berrien County by asking as many people as possible to fill out its survey at MichiganMoonshot.org/Berrien.

Fair swine classes

The Berrien County Youth Fair’s board of directors accepted the recommendation from the swine committee earlier this week to limit the upcoming swine carcass class to 15 animals.

Exhibitors in their last year of showing will have preference, as the class is open to 13- to 20-year-olds. Carcass animals will not be sold in the auction.

The 2020 swine rules will remain in effect for 2021, as ractopamine – in feed or top dressed – will not be allowed to be fed anytime during the growth of a hog to be exhibited at the fair.

The registration deadline is March 15.

Only paper entry forms will be accepted because the fair is not taking online registration for the swine carcass class.

Entry forms are available at the fair office from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Completed entries can be placed in the drop box or mailed to P.O. Box 7 Berrien Springs, MI 49103, postmarked by March 15.

Market swine entries will be limited to one hog per exhibitor for the 2021 fair.

Exhibitors chosen for the carcass class may register the carcass and one live market hog. There are no changes to the breed classes. Market swine registration deadline is June 1.

Brian Swiger Scholarship

The Twin City Players announces that application forms for the 2021 Brian Swiger Memorial Scholarship are available online.

The scholarship was established in 1996 in memory of former TCP member Brian Swiger. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are earmarked for seniors graduating from Berrien County high schools who have demonstrated a strong interest in theater-related activities during their academic careers. Winners, however, can use the award money to pursue any field of study at any accredited college, university, trade school or arts education institution.

Applications are available at twincityplayers.org or by calling 269-429-0400 to request an application. Students at Berrien County high schools can also contact their counselors to learn more.

Mail applications to Twin City Players, P.O. Box 243, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2021. The scholarship is awarded based upon school and community activities, TCP involvement, grade point average of 2.5 or better and a short essay. The recipient(s) are announced in late May.

Virtual Lecture Series

Fernwood Botanical Garden will offer Meet the Greats – a dynamic lineup of speakers discussing plant exploration, garden design, art, and architecture – through April.

Each presentation will take place on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link to each webinar before each lecture.

The series swill feature nationally and internationally known garden leaders, plant experts, authors, landscape architects, and garden designers including Daniel J. Hinkley, Keith Stolte, Michael S. Dosmann, Andrea Wulf, Bill Noble, and Piet Oudolf. The series schedule, speaker and lecture information, and ticket details can be found at www.fernwoodbotanical.org. Registration can be taken online or by phone at 269-695-6491.

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