“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.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund, donations to the School of American Music and the support of Converge Church and its tech team.

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, 204 W. Linden Street, Three Oaks.

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

Egg Hunt with Horses

The Spring Creek Horses Help Foundation will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Horses at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Spring Creek Equestrian Center, 16771 Pardee Road, Three Oaks.

In addition to the egg hunt, children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny and a pony, and there will be horses for kids to pet. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Also, there will be “Baskets of Horse Love” filled with an assortment of items for the young horse lover for sale with proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Baskets can be purchased in advance or at the event. A raffle will be held for one extra-large basket that will include a free riding lesson, Horses of Spring Creek 2021 Calendar, Spring Creek T-shirt, and more.

Those who plan to participate should email algrosse@yahoo.com to ensure there are enough eggs on hand. We will be COVID-conscious, so please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The Foundation raises scholarship monies to provide local, low-income and special needs children and adults an equine-based educational program on horse behavior, barn and horse care, and riding skills. For more details, go to https://springcreekhorseshelp.org/support.

NBES enrollment

New Buffalo Area Schools is looking for students for the Bison Beginner, PreKindergarten program and for Kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year.

It is helpful to know how many students we will have as we begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year. If you believe your child will qualify for either the Bison Beginner PreKindergarten program or for Kindergarten, please contact the Elementary office at 269-469-6060 so we can make sure your student is on our enrollment list. Please contact the office by April 1, 2021 so we can make sure we have a spot for your child.

Bison Beginners – Parents that have children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2021, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area School district are welcome to register their child for the Bison Beginner PreKindergarten program. The program offers both Full day or Half Day (AM) sessions. Enrollment is limited to 25 students for the Bison Beginner program.

Kindergarten – Parents with students that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021, and are residents of the New Buffalo Area School District are welcome to register their child for the Kindergarten program. The program is a full day program. At this time, we are only taking information on students that currently reside within the school district.

If you have a child that qualifies for enrollment into the Bison Beginner PreKindergarten or Kindergarten program at New Buffalo Elementary, please contact the Elementary office at 269-469-6060. We will collect necessary information from you and provide you with the necessary paperwork/processes for completion.

NB Market seeks 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/

Versiti 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.

Senior commodities

Are you a senior concerned about not having food to eat? Senior commodities may be a good option for you.

Neighbor by Neighbor is partnering with Southwest Michigan Community Action to assist seniors in signing up for a monthly Senior Commodity distribution. In addition to providing help with signing up, Neighbor by Neighbor may be able to deliver the commodities to your door if you do not have a vehicle. Call or text Neighbor by Neighbor to sign up at 269-231-0648.

Three Oaks survey underway

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.

Gift supports SAM scholarships

More music students in Michiana can now enroll in classes, thanks to a new grant awarded to the School of American Music (SAM) in Three Oaks, Mich. The TCU Foundation, a charitable arm of the Teachers Credit Union, kicked off the year with a gift in January to the scholarship program at SAM.

“We are pleased to make this contribution in support of the School of American Music’s scholarship program,” said Angie Dvorak, Vice President of TCU Marketing and Executive Director of the TCU Foundation. “We thank you for all that you do for students in the Harbor Country area.”

Now in its 10th year, the School of American Music provides music education to students of all ages interested in playing an instrument or in voice instruction. In addition, the school presents summertime shows and Free Family Concerts, where advanced SAM students join professional musicians on stage.

“The role of SAM in providing resources to supplement music programs in this area is well-established,” said Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director of SAM. “We’re dedicated to furthering music education as well as presenting top-notch musicians in concert.”

With an eye toward sustaining SAM’s commitment to offering music education, the school has made scholarship funding the focus of its Fund for the Future campaign, a 10-year fundraising drive to establish SAM’s endowment. The gift from TCU advances that ambition and demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to its communities.

President of the Board at SAM, Garth Taylor, said funding the scholarship program provides a safety net. “The generous support we have received secures a learning opportunity for many students during what could otherwise be impossible times,” Taylor said. “We’re grateful to those who are with us on this mission.”

The School of American Music offers quality, one-on-one instruction in instrumental music, voice, and music theory and composition, delivered by experienced teachers who are also performers. The School’s mission is to provide opportunities for area residents and visitors to participate in the arts and educational programs.

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