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Hometown Holiday Happenings

VFW Post 1137 annual Needy Family


VFW Post 1137 in Watervliet is now accepting canned goods and other nonperishable items for their annual Christmas needy family in the Tri-City Area.

Any and all donations would be appreciated. For questions and more information, call Glenn “Corky” Openneer commander of the post, at 269-247-3990 or Frank Dockter at 269-621-4437.

N.B. Historical

Museum hosts annual Holiday Open House, Dec. 8–10

Ring in the holiday cheer at the North Berrien Historical Museum’s Holiday Open House!

From Friday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 10, there will be an array of holiday music, games, and activities. Guests will have the opportunity to decorate gingerbread house kits onsite and vote for their three favorite trees sponsored by local businesses and community leaders.

Featured on Friday will be musical performances by musicians Jim Hughey, David Veenstra and Rick McNeil from 1–3 p.m. as well as Coloma High School Choir from 4–5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 will feature the second annual chili cook-off from 12–3 p.m., with live holiday music by the Shelagh & Robbie Duo. And on Sunday, the Holiday Kids’ Carnival will return from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be capped with an appearance by magician John Dudley at 2 p.m.

The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Avenue in Coloma. All event proceeds directly support the mission of the North Berrien Historical Society. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Berrien Community Foundation.

Hear them sing: Coloma Choir to carol in the community

To ring in the holiday season, Coloma Junior High and High School choirs will carol at North Berrien Historical Society and Coloma Public Library at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 respectively. The joyful ensemble will share classic tunes and encourage a sing-a-long among community members.

“Breakfast with Santa” at Coloma Rod & Gun

Breakfast with Santa will be at the Coloma Rod and Gun Club, 6145Angling Rd., Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids eat for free up to age 14 and the cost is $5 for anyone 15 years old and over.

Santa will be available for photos with your own camera. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs served with water, milk and orange juice (while supplies last).

Please note, rifle and pistol ranges will be closed until noon on that day.

Winter Bazaar Saturday at Sarett Nature Center

Sarett Nature Center is having a Winter Bazaar this Saturday, Dec. 9 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Attendees will be able to have their photo taken at the fireplace backdrop, enjoy winter crafts, and watch an animal show with the center’s awesome animal ambassadors. There will also be a bake sale and hot chocolate! Tickets can be purchased for the craft stations and baked goods may be purchased at the door.

Sarett Nature Center is located at 2300 Benton Center Road in Benton Harbor.

Visit with Santa at Hub Central

Santa will be at Hub Central 185 in downtown Coloma, 185 N. Paw Paw St. on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. Families are invited to stop in and visit Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and take a train ride.

Annual Christmas in Hartford

Get ready for the “Annual Christmas in Hartford” celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford Library. There is a Christmas parade at 6 p.m. and following free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, make a Christmas craft and enter the Ugly Sweater contest at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Christmas on the Mainstage

Southshore Concert Band will be celebrating the holiday season during its performance on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. on the Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. This concert, entitled “Christmas on the Mainstage,” will feature many familiar holiday favorites in a variety of styles sure to boost your holiday spirit and bring the joy of Christmas into your heart.

The concert will open with a spirited arrangement of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by John Moss. The band will perform Festival Espanol, a fantasia on Spanish Carols composed by Gene Milford and Mary’s Boy Child, a traditional calypso melody arranged by Philip Sparke. The program will also include an Elliot Del Borgo arrangement of Pat A Pan, The Eighth Candle, a Prayer and Dance for Hanukkah by Steve Reisteter, Go Tell it on the Mountain arranged by Jay Dawson and Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, a medley of festive and favorite carols.

This Southshore Concert Band performance, sponsored in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and 1st Source Bank, is free to the public.

Caroling at Coloma Woodland Terrace

Congregation members of New Freedom Church on Mountain Road in Coloma will be at the Woodland Terrace senior living center, 6786 Red Arrow Hwy, Coloma on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. to bring holiday cheer to the residents with caroling Christmas tunes.

Call Summer Daugherty at 269-325-9555 with questions.

Special December services at Hartford UMC

Hartford United Methodist Church located at 425 E. Main Street is hold a special service, “Blue Christmas Service,” on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. to offer comfort to those who are grieving and struggling to find joy and hope during the season.

Also in December is their Christmas Eve Service on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. All are welcome!

Community Christmas Eve candlelight service

The true meaning of Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, at Plymouth Congregational Church with a candlelight service. It will be at 6 p.m. at the church, located across from the old high school property vacant lot in Watervliet.

There will be singing of familiar Christmas carols and a short Christmas devotional. All are welcome!

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