A “Winter Reading Advisory!” has been issued for the Three Oaks area. This Winter Reading Program for adults at the Three Oaks Township Public Library will begin on Monday, January 4, 2021, and end on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Registration begins on January 4 and the first 30 people will receive a cute mug that is perfect to fill with cocoa as you snuggle up with a good book. Each book completed will enter you into the drawing to win a prize on Monday, March 29, 2021.

For more information call (269) 756-5621 or check www.threeoaks.michlibrary.org.

Current hours at the library are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday). According to the library website, “These temporary hours are based on circulation metrics and Covid-19 numbers. Masks are required at all times. Please limit the size of your group and limit your visit to one hour. Computer time is limited to one hour per day, per patron. Patrons are expected to adhere to social distancing and remain six feet away from others not in their household. Curbside service is still available. To place requests: call 756-5621 and we will get your order ready for you.”

Help with bills

Have you thrown your electric, rent, gas, mortgage, or water bill in a pile and thought, there is no way that I can pay these bills? Neighbor by Neighbor, a Harbor Country local organization, is here to help you with your bills or connecting you with larger government or social service organizations.

The Pokagon Fund recently gave a generous grant to Neighbor by Neighbor so that staff and volunteers can help you. Don’t ignore those bills, unfortunately, they won’t go away and will just get larger. Reach out for help by calling or texting Neighbor by Neighbor, at (269) 231-0648.

Food for Fines

A Food for Fines program will be offered by the Bridgman Public Library through Jan. 9.

If you owe overdue fines or have items that are due back to the library, now is the time to take care of them. This holiday season the Bridgman Public Library will accept donations of unopened, unexpired, non-perishable food items, paper products, laundry detergent, dish soap and disposable diapers as payment for any amount of overdue fines (donations will only cover overdue fines, not lost/damaged fees).

Donations will be given to two local food pantries, Our Lady Queen of Peace and Woodland Shores Baptist Church, who in turn will distribute to our local Bridgman/Lake Township community.

No fines? No worries. Your kindness and canned goods are welcome here.

Library hours for the holidays are: Closed Christmas Eve Day, Dec. 24; Closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25; Closed Saturday, Dec. 26; Closes at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve Day; Closed on New Years Day

Upcoming programs at the library include:

A “Winter Reading Challenge” (ages 2 and up) to Feb. 6. Can you complete five challenges before the snow melts? Sign into Wandoo Reader on www.bridgman library.com. (You can use your login from the summer reading program.)

“Stay Safe and Read” Adult Winter Reading to Feb. 6. Read a combined total of 5 books (printed and/or audio) that were checked out from the library and claim your theatre sized box of candy. Your name will also be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the Full Circle Cafe. Sign up on www.bridgmanlibrary.com.

Potawotami Zoo presents “Animals Around the World”” at 11 a.m. January 9 via Zoom. Meet animals from different continents and learn about their habitats in this live presentation. The Zoom link will be posted on bridgmanlibrary.com one day before the event.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Harbert Community Church; 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Bridgman Fire Dept., 9765 Maple St. (sponsored by Woodland Shores Baptist Church); 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Pipestone Berrien Township Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville.

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

Fudge-Raiser

Chef Jackie Shen, who owns Jackie’s Café in New Buffalo, has selected Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan to be the recipient of this year’s Fudge-Raiser sale.

Call Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan at 269-925-0137 to order and pick it up at the office, 1708 Colfax Avenue; or have the fudge sent to or delivered to you.

Those purchasing fudge also can call Jackie’s in New Buffalo at 269-469-1800 and pick it up at the Cafe, located at 801 W. Buffalo St. in New Buffalo. Cash and checks accepted.

Acorn Theater fundraising appeal

The Acorn Theater is dedicating its annual fundraising appeal to founding Executive Director Sandra Thompson, who has decided to transition from Executive Director of The Acorn to focus on artistic programming.

Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000.

For more, go to acornlive.org or mail checks to: Acorn Center for the Performing Arts (ACPA), P.O. Box 395, Three Oaks, MI 49128

NB Library services

Curbside service is still available at the New Buffalo Township Library (call 269-469-2933 or reserve online & arrange your pick up by phone).

Youth Services is offering bi-weekly story times for both little ones and bigger ones as well as crafting projects available via curbside service.

The Friends of the Library are keeping our calendar full of Zoom presentations, check our website, Facebook, and Instagram for a full roster of events and updates.

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