Holiday Events in Harbor Country

December 3rd, 2015

December Holiday Events

Gnome ognomen the Roam

Nov 27 – Dec 20, 2015
Location: New Buffalo
Website: newbuffalo.org/event/view/holiday-events-2015
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The NBBA will be holding a “Gnome of the Roam” hunt from Nov 27th – Dec 20th. Cards can be picked up at David’s Deli with participating businesses that will host one of 25 Gnomes, find the Gnome at each location in New Buffalo, have the business mark it off your list, when your card is complete enter to win a holiday gift basket filled with goodies from our local retailers and services. Happy Hunting!

Stitches, Needles, and Threads: Needlework Group

Mar 11, 2015 – Mar 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Location: New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N Thompson, New Buffalo
Phone: 269-469-2933

Open to all needlecrafts – sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, quilting, etc. A perfect place to work on those unfinished projects, or start something new you’ve been thinking about for awhile! No sign ups, you may come and go as you please. Please bring all of your own equipment (includes sewing machines) there will be no materials provided. This is a social group and there will be no instructors or workshops at this time. For questions you can call(269) 469-2933 or email Treese at nbtlevents@gmail.com

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Dec 11 – 12, 2015

Location: Silver Creek Event Center at the Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd., New Buffalo
Phone: 800-745-3000

Performances will be held on Friday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern; Saturday, December 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern; and on Sunday, December 13 at 5 p.m. Eastern.  Tickets can be purchased beginning on Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800)745-3000.  Ticket prices start at $25 plus applicable fees.

 Nessa – Christmas from the Emerald Isles

Dec 12, 2015
Time: 07:30 PM
Location: Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks
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Phone: 269-756-3879

Nessa is an exciting new Celtic fusion ensemble, led by flutist/vocalist Kelly McDermott, featuring top talent from Southeastern MI. “Ancient Song Discovery Project Volume One,” highlights a dynamic array of newly-arranged ancient Celtic ballads and folk songs from the U.K. The group was featured at the Motor City Irish Festival and Saline Celtic Festival in Summer 2015. In addition, “Beautiful Woman” (original music by Kelly McDermott) has been featured on WXPN radio Philadelphia as part of the “Amazon Country” radio show hosted by Debra D’Alessandro.

Holiday Harmonies with All the Trimmings

Dec 13, 2015
Time: 03:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Location: New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N Thompson, New Buffalo

 

More Holidays events at http://www.harborcountry.org/index.php?catid=11&month=12&year=2015&eventid=2502

Quality Childcare in Harbor Country

November 28th, 2015
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We Play and Learn Childcare Center

We Play and Learn Childcare Center

At We Play and Learn, parents will feel at ease knowing their child’s every need is being met. Our low child to teacher ratio will allow your child to receive focused attention in a loving nurturing atmosphere. We Play and Learn Childcare prides itself on following a researched based curriculum that all children will experience daily.

All activities are developmentally age appropriate, and will include tummy time, baby sign language, fine-motor skills, oral language, and creative expression through dramatic play, art, literacy skill building, everyday mathematics, science and social emotional development.

We Play and Learn Childcare will provide you and your child a safe, loving, and educational experience through a strong curriculum and parent teacher relationships. We are unique to Harbor Country because we offer infant to preschool age care and are open year round, with hours of operation 7:00am – 6:30pm Monday – Friday

 

KidsWe Play & Learn Childcare Center
18732 Harbor Country Dr.,New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 586-2103     weplayandlearn@yahoo.com

Advice for first time home buyers

November 28th, 2015

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Buyers want that information — and it’s not always easy to find. Buyers might have lived in an area for years, but they still might not know who plows the streets or what Internet access is available. Ever heard the term “you don’t know what you don’t know” before? I think it probably applies to a lot of first-time home buyers. We know what we know — what we like and what we don’t like, the general area where we want to live, about how much space we’ll need within our households to be comfortable. But there’s a whole lot we don’t know, too. So much we don’t know that even attempting to quantify what we don’t know is challenging, sometimes impossible. Because we don’t know what we don’t know. I like to think I’m pretty well-educated. And when it comes to my little segment of the planet, I suspect I know more than most people. I was born in the area and have lived here for almost 25 years now; I spent 10 of those years working at a newspaper, where I covered music, food, arts and culture. So there’s not much I don’t know about amenities, from where the grocery stores are to where I can find the best bowl of vegetarian pho in the city. I know where I want to live and why I want to live there. But now that I’m starting to look for a house, I’m realizing just how much I don’t know about where I want to live. The things I don’t know aren’t easy to find online. They’re not available on any portal listing pages; they’re usually not in the MLS, either. The things I don’t know about my new neighborhood aren’t easy to find online.

Yes, there are some third parties that gather the information I’m seeking. But most of them focus on big metropolitan statistical areas. I would like to live somewhere more rural, more remote — and although tools exist that would help me find these things in Denver, trying to find them in Bailey or Conifer or Pine isn’t nearly as easy as I think it should be. Also? I’m very busy. Or, if you prefer, lazy and impatient. I don’t want to have to visit a half-dozen different websites to find this information. I would prefer that it be perfectly packaged and presented to me in one place, so that I need to do nothing more than absorb it. Here are a few important things I don’t know about the homes I’m considering buying. Will this layout work for my family and my needs? I can’t speak for every buyer out there, but my household needs feel pretty unusual when I start looking at the homes available. I work from home while my husband cares for our 2-year-old son. So a space for a home office is critical for me, as well as the usual family needs — a yard for the kid and the dog, enough bedrooms to accommodate us (and possibly a guest or two) and indoor space to play and lounge. A loft or a sunroom would be good — a designated home-office room (sans closet, with a door), even better. You might be surprised by how much basic information about a home is not available on the portals, or even on the MLS. Unless it is stated in the listing description (“perfect home office space!”), I usually find homes that could work by scrolling through photos and comparing the number of rooms I see in the pictures to the number offered on the listing, seeking an “extra” room that I could repurpose as work space. It’s not a great use of my time. I absolutely love the listing agents who do include details about these “flexible” spaces in the listing descriptions — and I appreciate even more the ones who outline, floor by floor, what rooms the home contains. Meticulous listing agents, I salute you! Who manages road access? This is an issue in my state. I want to move to the mountains, and in the mountains in Colorado, there’s snow, and a lot more of it than typically hits the city. Who will plow the road I live on, if anybody? Will it be the state or the county? Or nobody? If I want to trade in one of my Subaru Outbacks in the future, could I opt for a vehicle with front-wheel-drive and put on snow tires in the wintertime, or should I look for another all-wheel-drive vehicle? What are my high-speed Internet options? Home Internet access is a really big deal when you work from home. Does the local high-speed Internet provider service my community? What’s the best possible package I could purchase? Will I need to arrange for a worker to come out to the house and drill holes in the wall in order to provide that access, or is the house already equipped for the level of Internet I need? And if the Internet goes out, how far will I have to drive to reach the closest spot with WiFi? Who are the neighbors (and their pets)? Do they have kids? How old are those kids? What about dogs? Like everyone else in small mountain towns, do they let those dogs roam around at will outside? Are the dogs friendly? Will they get into my trash cans if I leave them out (and therefore, will I need space in a garage or other protected area to store trash cans until trash day)? Who’s reliable in the neighborhood? Is there a go-to housesitter or someone I can count on to feed my dog if we have to leave town? What can I do with this space if it doesn’t quite work as-is? Once we start narrowing down homes more drastically,

I am quite sure I’ll have questions — like how easy it would be to add another bathroom (or office space, ahem). What furniture stores will deliver to my house? What appliance stores will deliver? I’m going to need some new furniture and possibly a big appliance or two; should I plan on renting a truck myself to get them from Point A to Point B and try to do it all in one trip? Or can I pay a little extra to have the delivery truck stop at my house? What contractors are available locally to do any other work I might need done? How reliable are they? How much do they charge? Here’s what people like you can do to help people like me First: I can imagine that inputting MLS listings can be tedious and unexciting. But going the extra mile to include all the information you possibly can about a specific listing is, I think, a pretty smart move. Be as granular and specific as possible about your listing in the description and data you input — trust me, people like me notice and appreciate it. And we will spend more time looking at your listing, too. Second: There isn’t an agent in my area who provides the kind of hyperlocal content that I need online. Plenty in Denver — but I don’t want to live in Denver, and that information changes significantly once you’re looking 20 miles outside of the city limits. If you service a rural or remote area as an agent or broker, I bet you’d be surprised by how many people are looking for information about those areas online. Take advantage of this need and be the person who meets it.

Amber Taufen, amber@inman.com, Nov 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Blessings to all

November 24th, 2015

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“Safe travels to all”
in our thoughts and prayers.

Hoping this Thanksgiving Holiday holds all the warmth, contentment, and love for all friends and family. We will give thanks for all blessings given & pray for a peaceful world.

Water’s Edge – Harbor Country Blended Worship Services

November 23rd, 2015

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Inviting All to Explore a Spiritual Journey at Water’s Edge

At Water’s Edge we offer several different ways to come together in worship. It is our hope and desire that in everything we do, we worship and glorify God. The ways that we come together to do this may be different, but we are called to be united as one body of worship. Join us for one of our worship times listed below.

 

9:30a – Blended Worship Service

11:00a – Contemporary Worship Service
11:00a – dig! (Ages K-5)

11:00a – Livestream

 All Contemporary Worship Services are archived on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/theh2oedge.

 

Kids

We Play and Learn Childcare Center

At We Play and Learn, parents will feel at ease knowing their child’s every need is being met. Our low child to teacher ratio will allow your child to receive focused attention in a loving nurturing atmosphere. We Play and Learn Childcare prides itself on following a researched based curriculum that all children will experience daily. All activities are developmentally age appropriate, and will include tummy time, baby sign language, fine-motor skills, oral language, and creative expression through dramatic play, art, literacy skill building, everyday mathematics, science and social emotional development.

We Play and Learn Childcare will provide you and your child a safe, loving, and educational experience through a strong curriculum and parent teacher relationships. We are unique to Harbor Country because we offer infant to preschool age care and are open year round, with hours of operation 7:00am – 6:30pm Monday – Fri

 

Water’s Edge United Methodist Church

18732 Harbor Country Dr., New Buffalo, MI 49117 | (269) 469-1250  |  http://h2oedge.org/

Vision Statement: Water’s Edge exists to invite all people to explore a spiritual journey.

Mission Statement: Connecting God and people wherever they are.

New Buffalo Area Schools – Highest ACT Scores

November 20th, 2015
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New Buffalo Area School – highest ACT Scores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are proud to announce the 2014-2015 year ACT scores for New Buffalo Area Schools exceed the Michigan State Average and the areas Private School’s testing results.

New Buffalo Area Schools, grateful for the communities’ support of the bond issues, rewards our efforts by providing our children with an outstanding education.

The administration, teachers, buildings are first rate – and it shows by our children’s achievements.

 

Retire – in Harbor Country!

November 9th, 2015

LongImagesHarbor Country Michigan- a peaceful place to retire!
New Buffalo, Sawyer, Harbert, Lakeside, Union Pier, Michiana, Grand Beach and Three Oaks make up the magical place we call Harbor Country. Located in beautiful southwest Michigan, Harbor Country is the perfect place to retire and  call home, meet up with friends, and make memories in our great outdoors.

Top-Notch Medical Services
With several area health systems nearby, residents of Harbor Country have world-class health resources to choose from:

  •  Lakeland HealthCare, St. Joseph and Niles, MI

 www.lakelandhealth.org

  • University of Indiana Hospital, LaPorte, IN

http://iuhealth.org/laporte

  • Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City, IN

 www.franciscanalliance.org/hospitals/michigancity

Healthy Real Estate Market
Real estate values in Harbor Country have been on the rise, however, there are occasional opportunities to purchase property at prices not seen in more than a decade!  Prices have turned around and have been climbing since the beginning of 2012.  Inventoryof desirable properties remain low, that insures the value of properties will remain stable.

For more information
Pete & Sue Rahm are “Harbor Country Experts” life-long residents, if you have any questions about relocating or retiring to Harbor Country, please call (219) 617-0654

New Buffalo Lions Club: Pickleball

October 11th, 2015
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Come play Pickleball and raise money for a good cause.

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Lions Club Pickle Ball Tournament

October 24, 2015

Double Elimination

Brackets based on skill level

Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places

4 indoor courts – Warm up area

Pickleball is a sport in which two – four players use wooden paddles to smack a perforated  ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport features a smaller court size than traditional tennis courts – less running and more smacking! Fun for all ages! Entry Fee: $20 All proceeds to help a local resident’s medical fees.