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Parents, grandparents, families, and friends contribute to their local community.

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health, joy
for instance, fun, play, & fitness:
Above image: Local parents and grandparents take their kids to playgrounds, such as Timbertown, at Watkins Park, in Three Oaks.

selected fun & fitness activities:
Apple Cider Century (100-mile bicycle race) Start and Finish is at Three Oaks, MI www.applecidercentury.com
hiking at Warren Woods State Park, Chikaming Township, MI www.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=505&type=SPRK
mini-golf at Captain Mike's Fun Park, Bridgman, MI www.captainmikesfunpark.com
roller skating at Lakeshore Roller World, Stevensville, MI www.lakeshorerollerworld.com

z-design design with nature at recreation area of environmental camp

economics & quality of life
for instance, design firm and clothing (footwear):
Above images: A local parent runs z-design, a local landscape architecture firm. Also, local parents are owners of Sole Mates, a shoe store at downtown Three Oaks.

Village of Three Oaks is a small town, quiet neighborhood, minimal vehicular traffic, child-friendly, residential properties have yards and trees, and houses have all modern utilities: city water, city sewer, electricity, garbage pick-up, etc., options include: natural gas, telephone, television, internet, etc.  It’s a short walk to from houses to downtown amenities: post office, library, elementary school, farmer’s market, shops, etc.  Three Oaks has its annual Flag Day Parade and other festivities throughout the year.  (Learn more about Three Oaks at www.threeoaksvillage.org)

Southwest Michigan is especially a tourist destination.  Harbor Country includes Lake Michigan, town beaches, and Warren Dunes State Park.  There are several u-pick farms at which tourist can handpick blueberries, apples, grapes, etc.  The Village of Three Oaks annually hosts the 100-mile bicycle race: the Apple Cider Century.  The Village of Three Oaks has shops, cafes, theaters, art galleries, a museum, and more. (Learn more about Harbor Country at www.harborcountry.com)

Three Oaks Farmer's Market www.threeoaksfarmersmarket.com

selected businesses:
Belle Via Market cafe & organic food store www.bellevia.com
Elm Street Bistro elmstreetbistro.com
Froelech’s cafe www.shopfroehlichs.com
Viola’s cafe violacafe.com
Drier's Meat Market, Three Oaks, MI, www.driers.com
Infinitas Hair Salon, Three Oaks, MI, www.billrattan.com/infinitas/
Studio B, Three Oaks, MI, www.studiobgallery.com
Dawning Art, Three Oaks, MI, www.dawningart.com
Blue Gallery, Three Oaks, MI, www.bluegalleryart.com
Packer Gallery, Three Oaks, MI, packergallery.com/threeoaks/threeoaks.php
Scarlet Macaw Gallery, Sawyer, MI, scarletmacawcac.org
Box Factory (Art Gallery), St. Joseph, MI www.boxfactoryforthearts.org
Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI (live stage performances)
www.acorntheater.com
Vickers Theater, Three Oaks, MI (selected films, artistic films, classic films, etc.)
www.vickerstheatre.com
See more Three Oaks businesses at www.threeoaksvillage.org
and at www.3oaks.org

education, schools, library, media, news
for instance, volunteering at the local school:
Above image: Local parents and grandparents enjoy helping out at the local Three Oaks Elementary school activities.

selected educational resources:
River Valley Public Schools www.rivervalleyschools.org
Berrien County Schools www.berrienresa.org/berrien_c_schools.html
Berrien Regional Education Service Agency www.berrienresa.org
PAT educational playgroup program www.berrienresa.org/earlychildhood.html
Brookview Montessori (Benton Harbor, MI) brookviewschool.org
The Homeschool Hub (Niles, MI) www.hshub.org
Three Oaks Township Library www.threeoakslibrary.org
Harbor Country News (newspaper) www.harborcountry-news.com
Harbor Country Radio www.radioharborcountry.org
Village of Three Oaks Website www.threeoaksvillage.org

Village of Three Oaks Village Hall Michigan

government
for instance, volunteering in the local government:
Above image: Local parents and grandparents are members of the Village of Three Oaks Council and Village of Three Oaks Planning Commission.

selected government agencies:
River Valley Public Schools www.rivervalleyschools.org
Berrien County Public Schools www.publicschoolreview.com/county_schools/stateid/MI/county/26021
Village of Three Oaks www.threeoaksvillage.org
Three Oaks Township www.threeoakstownship.org
Chikaming Township www.chikamingtownship.org
Weesaw Township weesaw-township.com
Berrien County www.berriencounty.org
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission www.swmpc.org
Michigan www.michigan.gov
United States of America www.usa.gov

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art, creativity, fashions
for instance, paintings and poetry:
Above images: Local parents are painters and poets in Three Oaks.  A local parent creates art and teaches art classes at her Starlight Studio in Three Oaks.  Local parents read their poetry at the Acorn Theater’s Open-Mic. night.

selected art galleries, theaters, music:
Studio B, Three Oaks, MI, www.studiobgallery.com
Dawning Art, Three Oaks, MI, www.dawningart.com
Blue Gallery, Three Oaks, MI, www.bluegalleryart.com
Packer Gallery, Three Oaks, MI, packergallery.com/threeoaks/threeoaks.php
Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI (live stage performances)
www.acorntheater.com
Vickers Theater, Three Oaks, MI (selected films, artistic films, classic films, etc.)
www.vickerstheatre.com
"Music in the Park" every Saturday night in the Summer,
live music at Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks, MI
www.vickerstheatre.com/THEATRE%20WEB%20R_files/page0009.htm
Wavelength Music and Art Festival in July www.wavelengthmusicfest.com

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values, morals, religion
for instance, attending church:
Above image: Local parents and grandparents take their children to church to show children that parents and grandparents cherish the moral and spiritual qualities of love, life, honesty, sharing, caring, kindness, courage, friendship, etc.

selected places of worship:
Real Life Community Church (Three Oaks) www.reallifeonline.org
United Methodist (Three Oaks) www.toumc.org
(Catholic) St. Mary of the Lake (New Buffalo) www.stmaryofthelakechurch.org
Christian Science, Benton Harbor Branch (Benton Harbor) www.tfccs.com
Village Seventh-Day Adventist (Berrien Springs) www.villagesda.org
Temple B’nai Shalom (Benton Harbor) www.tbnaishalom.org
Baha’i Faith Michiana (South Bend, Indiana) www.michianabahais.org
For a longer list of churches, go to www.harborcountry.com/community/churches.html

various organizations in the Village of Three Oaks:

Village of Three Oaks Council
Village of Three Oaks Planning Commission
DDA – Downtown Development Authority
TOBA – Three Oaks Business Association
FOTO – Friends of Three Oaks
Harbor Arts
Harbor Country Radio
River Valley Ministerial Association
American Legion of Three Oaks
Three Oaks Masons
Three Oaks Events
Three Oaks Flag Day Committee
Region of Three Oaks Museum
Three Oaks Township Library
Three Oaks Elementary, a River Valley School

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