The Friends of New Buffalo Library plan a fun presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 16, featuring Historical Society of Michigan’s Bob Myers quizzing the audience about history myths.

For further information, call the New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownship library.org, or send an email to new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.

GVSU grads

Grand Valley State University announces the names of its most recent graduates who have completed the requirements to receive their degrees this past December:

Bridgman: John C. Hess, BBA; Kenzie J. McFall, BA, BBA; New Buffalo: Nina K. Gropp, BS; Kelsey B. Tanksley, BS; Sawyer: Hannah R. Henrichsen, BS.

Old Mill Run Mexican Fiesta Night

The Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence (BFEE) is proud to partner with Classic Catering to host an Old Mill Run Mexican Fiesta Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. This give-back night will help raise funds to provide enhanced learning opportunities for Bridgman students, staff, and community.

For just $40, a family of four can enjoy a delicious meal consisting of eight chicken and cheese enchiladas, eight ground beef soft-shell tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans, and chips and salsa. Cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream will be provided on the side. Tickets are being sold in advance online only and can be purchased now at www.bridgmanfoundation.org/mexican-fiesta.

To ensure the health and safety of everyone during the pandemic, ticket holders can pick up their Mexican Fiesta dinners via a drive-through pickup process at Bridgman High School, 9964 Gast Road, on Feb. 20 between 4 and 6 p.m. Upon arrival, patrons will simply show their PayPal receipts and volunteers will load the hot meals into their vehicles. Everyone can enjoy the tastes of Old Mill Run in the comfort of their own homes.

Classic Catering is owned and operated by Brett and Melissa Boyd, who owned the Old Mill Run restaurant in New Troy several decades ago. Old Mill Run was well known for Taco Night every Wednesday.

Founded in 2009, the non-profit Bridgman Foundation for Educational Excellence strives to recognize innovation, foster excellence, and make a positive impact on the future of our community through education. To learn more, donate, or volunteer visit www.bridgmanfoundation.org.

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.

‘Valentine Serenade’ concert

Join the School of American Music (SAM) for its first Family Concert of the year, “A Valentine Serenade,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., in New Buffalo, Mich.

Tickets are free but must be reserved online (https://schoolofamericanmusic.com). Donations are welcome.

“A Valentine Serenade,” which organizer Phil Bauman promises to be “one splendid afternoon of singing,” will feature vocalists Kim Jones, Matt Daniel and Bill McMurray accompanied by Lisa Kristina on piano and Charles Steck on trumpet.

“Our versatile singers are fantastic musicians who connect deeply with their audiences,” said Bauman, program director for the School of American Music. “This family friendly program presents many different genres and styles and will encompass a wide range of emotions.”

The line-up of Romantic serenades will include beloved favorites from “La Boehme,” “Magic Flute,” “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific” and “Les Misérables,” as well as selections from composers ranging from Handel to Bizet to Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, and Leonard Bernstein.

Out of respect for the performers and all those in attendance, social distancing will be observed and masks will be required throughout the concert.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from The Pokagon Fund, and donations to the School of American Music. The next concert in the 2021 series, “With A Youthful Spirit,” is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 14 at Converge Church. It will feature the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Musical Ensembles.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Have you ever wondered what happens at the library when it’s closed? The Three Oaks Public Library mascot, Mr. Warren the Build-a-Bear Mustang, will share our secret world with your stuffed animal friends at our Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

Children up to age 11 are invited to drop off a stuffed friend anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. When you drop off your friend, you will make a name tag for them and take home an activity for yourself. Your stuffed friend will spend the night in the library – reading books, playing games, sharing snacks, and making new friends with the other stuffed animals.

The next day (Saturday, Feb. 13) you will come back to the library to pick up your stuffed friend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will be all set to go home with you and share their adventures.

Masks are required for everyone entering the library so be sure your stuffed friend is “masked up!”

One friend per child and space is limited so call (269) 756-5621 to register.

Mobile food pantries

Upcoming Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled as follows: 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Pipestone Berrien Township Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire; 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 5506 Ridge Road, Stevensville.

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

Grand Mere hike on tap

Grand Mere State Park is the destination for the Harbor Country Hikers’ (HCH) on Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The history of this nearby state park, designated a National Natural Landmark, will be discussed by HCH President Pat Fisher. Long considered an outdoor laboratory for natural resources study, Fisher will explain how a combination of natural forces formed the unique Grand Marais Embayment. Protected from Lake Michigan by the dunes to the west, the park has many natural features not found throughout the rest of the state.

The 2.5-mile hike is rated moderate difficulty and should take about two hours. Hikers should dress in layers, wear a warm hat and bring water along. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy or icy areas. HCH hikers observe social distancing and the use of face masks is required. From Red Arrow Highway, drivers should head west on John Beers past the I-94 westbound exit to a southbound turn onto Thornton Road. The parking lot entrance road is about a half-mile on the right.

For complete details or HCH membership information, visit harborcountryhikers.com.

Help just a call away

Neighbor by Neighbor is looking forward to helping you make it through this long winter by providing assistance with food, mortgages, rent, and utilities. Let us know ahead of time when you think you are going to have a cash shortfall. Neighbor by Neighbor can help you with avoiding an eviction or a utility shut off if we have time to process the payment.

Are you thinking there has to be a better way to live? Neighbor by Neighbor has mentors who have walked the path ahead of you and can help you with the steps to transition to a liveable wage job. Neighbor by Neighbor’s trained mentors have been background checked and understand how hard it is with Covid, the business shutdowns, and the frustration of just doing basic things. Call or text 269-231-0648 to have your confidential discussion with Neighbor by Neighbor staff.

Zoom events

The Bridgman Public Library is offering an all-ages Digital Build Challenge scheduled for Feb. 15. Attempt our build challenge from the comfort of your home using computers or building bricks. Sign up and details on the BPL website (www.bridgmanlibrary.com).

A Zoom Event on “Out-Smarting the Scammers” by Douglas Wall is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Get expert advice on how to identify and protect yourself from fraudulent activity.

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