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Chamber E-News & Events Vol. 40

March 26, 2012

321 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 10, Niles, MI 49120 Phone: (269)683-3720 FAX: (269)683-3722 Email:

Mission Statement: "To provide a positive leadership role in our Community and using Chamber resources to promote our Member Businesses while developing new Business growth."

Wednesday, March 28

Niles Scrapbooking : Wednesday No Frills Crop

Saturday, March 31

Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Presented by Berrien County Civitan Club

Saturday, March 31

St. Mary’s Bazaar & Food Drive 9am-2pm

Saturday, March 31

Jewelry Making Class : Greater Michiana Healing Arts 1pm-3pm

Saturday, March 31

Your Business Needs Fans "It's All About Fans!" Facebook Workshop

Saturday, March 31

Fernwood Botanical Garden: Gardeners' Rummage Sale

Monday, April 9

South Bend Silver Hawks Opening Day ! 7:05pm

Friday, April 13

Ladies Night Out: Dinner Theater, The Story of Gomer 6:30pm Call 269-683-4403

Thursday, April 19

Volunteer Center of SWMI Presents 2012 Community Achievement Awards!

Saturday, April 21

Niles Community Gardens “Run to Grow 5K”

Saturday, April 21

St. Marks Catholic Church : TRIVIA NIGHT!

Wednesday, April, 25

GRAND OPENING! Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Wednesday, April 25

Business After Hours Co-Hosted by Holiday Inn Express & Suites & Four Flags Area Council on Tourism

Sunday, April 29

Zeta Theta Niles chapter of Psi Iota Xi Fundraiser at Joey Armadillos

Thursday, May 3

GRAND OPENING! Ribbon Cutting 3pm & Open House! Olfactory Hue Bistro & Catering

Saturday, May 5

1st Anniversary OPEN HOUSE Celebration! Greater Michiana Healing Arts Center

Sunday, May 6

Niles Service League: Charity Golf Outing

Sunday, May 6

The Launch: Open House at Michiana Christian Service Camp. FREE Event!

Thursday, May 9

EXPOsing Greatness! 3rd Annual Business Expo

Friday, May 10

Spring Senior Adult Celebration: at Michiana Christian Service Camp

Friday, May 11

National Public Garden Day: Fernwood Botanical Gardens

Saturday, May 12

National Train Day: Amtrak Station in Niles

Saturday, May 19

The Niles Garden Club and the Four Flags Garden Club Annual Plant Sale at Front and Main Streets - 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23

Business After Hours: Hosted By Tom Rasler Insurance Agency, LLC @ Signal Pointe

Thursday, May 24

Niles Bensidoun French Market & Artisan Faire OPENS

May 25-28

Memorial Day Weekend Family Camp: at Michiana Christian Service Camp

May 31-June 3

10th Annual Niles Bluegrass Festival

Friday, June 22

Art in Motion- Downtown Niles

Wednesday, June 27

Business After Hours: Hosted by Lakeland Health Care

Tuesday, July 3

July 4th Fireworks Celebration in Niles

July 14-15

Niles Burn Run

July 21-22

Niles-Buchanan Relay-For-Life

August 2-5

Niles Riverfest

August 10-12

US 12 Heritage Route Garage Sale: New Buffalo to Detroit-through Niles

August 13-18

Berrien County Youth Fair

August 11-12

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project: OPEN HOUSE

Friday, August 24

Fernwood Botanical Garden Susan Johnston Photo Exhibit

Wednesday, August 29

Business After Hours: Hosted by Chemical Bank @ Riverfront Cafe

Aug 31-Sept 3

Labor Day Weekend Family Camp at Michiana Christian Service Camp

Monday, Sept 3

Labor Day 5K Run at Michiana Christian Service Camp

Wednesday, Sept 12

Fall Senior Adult Celebration at MCSC

Wednesday, Sept 26

Business After Hours: Hosted by Teachers Credit Union and TCU Insurance

September 27 -30

Four Flags Area Apple Festival

Wednesday, October 24

Business After Hours: Hosted by United Federal Credit Union

Saturday, October 27

Niles District Library Costume Contest & DT Niles Safe Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, November 17

Santa’s Arrival @ Riverfront Park 11am

Saturday, November 24

Holiday Homecoming: Downtown Niles

Saturday, December 1

Hometown Christmas Event! 4:30pm to 6pm at the Historic Amtrak Depot, Niles

Wednesday, December 5

Holiday Business After Hours: Hosted by Fifth Third Bank at OHCC

Monthly Meetings Held at the FFA Chamber of Commerce Building, 321 E. Main Street, Niles 2nd Tuesday

General Board of Directors Meeting at the Chamber Building 4pm

2nd Thursday

Chamber Ambassador Meeting 8:30am

Every Thursday

BNI-Biznet Meets at the Chamber Building 7am Visit for More Info

Every Sunday

St. Boniface Evangelical Lutheran Church 9:30am

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3rd Street Pizzeria, located at 114 N. 3rd Street in Downtown Niles Now offers FREE Wi-Fi Check out their new dining room and $3 Lunch Specials! Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce

The New 2012 Business Directory & 2012 Window Decal will be delivered in the month of April!

Conference Space is Now Available at the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce 321 E. Main Street, Niles, MI 49120 Our Meeting Room Comfortably Seats up to: 51 People: Lecture Style (no Tables) 30 People: Classroom Style (with Tables) Special Discounts for Members Members may use the meeting room once yearly at no cost. Afterwards the following rates apply Members Non-Members 2 Hours or Less: $30 $45 4 Hours (half day) $45 $60 8 Hours (full day) $75 $90 A discount will apply if using the meeting room on a continuing basis Includes the use of kitchen, restrooms, free Wi-Fi , white board and free parking.

For More Information Ph. (269)683-3720 or EM:

Greater Michiana Healing Arts Center 109 North 3rd Street, Niles, MI 49120 (269)687-8865 Jewelry Making Class Saturday, March 31st from 1pm-3pm $10 deposit which you get back to buy supplies needed for your project. Call to Reserve Your Space! ___________________________________ Your Business Needs Fans "It's All About Fans!" Facebook Workshop Saturday, March 31st from 9:30 -12:00 Trine University, 4101 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka, IN To Register Call Karen Bachert 574.344.8895

Berrien County Civitan Club will be holding its‌

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31st promptly at 12 noon Riverfront Park, Downtown, Niles, MI 49120 They ask Merchants to help with this project, whether it is stuffing plastic eggs with WRAPPED candy, small prizes, or monetary donations so that they can purchase the candy for the eggs.* Whatever you can offer will be greatly appreciated! Contact Annie Chapman, Chairman, Berrien County Civitan at 683-1632 *They will need all donations by March 29, and ask that you please mark on each bag how many eggs the bag contains.


REACHING the S TA R S Celebrating the volunteers and projects

that build a strong, caring community

COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 4:30–6:00 pm Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

Doors open at 4 pm for refreshments, fun and networking

Find reservation and nomination forms at Deadline for nominations: March 23rd, 2012

Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan

Sponsors: Berrien Community Foundation, Chemical Bank, Lake Michigan College Conference & Event Services, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Michigan Gateway Community Foundation, Niles Service League & community members like you


The City of Niles is currently contacting organizations, agencies, churches and other groups who would like to be part of our Community Involvement Notification Program. The Community Involvement Notification program will provide emails to area groups, organizations, churches etc., regarding vacancies on committees and boards, new jobs posted to the City’s website, requests for volunteers and other information to keep our community aware of opportunities for involvement in municipal and decision-making activities that affect our community. This service is not intended for individual email accounts, but rather to those groups who can distribute the information to it’s members, clients or customers to reach a broad segment of the community. If your group would like to receive Community Involvement Notifications, please email Include the name of your group, the approximate number of members/clients and one email address to receive Community Involvement Notifications for posting or distribution. Only those groups, agencies or organizations that sign up will receive these email notifications. Your help in keeping our community informed is appreciated.


TRIVIA NIGHT April 21, 2012

Tom Rasler, Agency Principal Debbie Bookout, Producer

St. Mark Parish Hall 3 North 19th Street, Niles, MI

1914 S. 11thStreet Belle Plaza Niles, MI 49120

For Reservations Contact St. Mark Parish 269-683-8650


Doors open at 6PM. Game starts promptly at 7PM. $100 per table, up to 10 players per table Grand Prize - $250 to winning table! $100 to second place table! Public Welcome The Game: Play as a table giving answers to 10 questions from 10 miscellaneous categories. Tables: Bring tailgating food to share at your table. Cash Bar serving beer, wine, sodas and water. To be a Sponsor: Create a round of trivia for $35 and your business’ name can be prominently seen by hundreds of inquisitive intellectuals throughout the round.

Business After Hours Networking Co-Hosted by

Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Four Flags Area Council on Tourism

Wednesday, April 25th , 2012 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1000 Moore Drive, Niles, MI 49120 Networking * Appetizers * Cash Bar * Door Prizes * 50/50 Drawing * Fun * Fun * Fun * Cost: $5/Chamber Members or $10/Non-Members

Please RSVP to: or Call 269-683-3720

Zeta Theta Niles chapter of Psi Iota Xi Fundraiser Sunday, April 29th Noon-3pm Held at Joey Armadillo’s $10.00 per person: Open to Everyone! For More Information Contact: Deborah Bookout (269)687-6274 Maggie Sevison

Greater Michiana Healing Arts Center

1st Anniversary Open House Celebration! Saturday, May 5th from 2pm - 5pm 109 North 3rd Street, Niles, MI 49120

(269)687-8865 Drinks, Hor d'oeuvres, and Entertainment! Open to the Public

3rd Annual Business Expo

Save the Date! May 9, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. Lake Michigan College -Bertrand Crossing 1905 Foundation Dr., Niles, MI 49120 The EXPOsing Greatness business expo shines a light on Niles/Buchanan businesses serving the greater Michiana area. The EXPO provides opportunity to network, see new products, meet new suppliers, attend free mini-seminars and sample delicious food from local restaurants and eateries. Admission is Free. Cash Bar, Door Prizes, Raffles, Giveaways and much More! Visit Or Call (269)683-3720 for More Info

Register Your Business Today! Want to share a booth space to save on cost? You Can! Early Bird Special in Progress‌ Register Before April 1st and get $25 off Sponsored By

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Member 2 Member Discounts & Coupons! We are now accepting special offers from Members who would like to offer other Members special discounts or coupons on products and/or services!

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Events Include: Open Houses, Fundraisers, Community Events, Networking Events, Seminars, Anniversaries & More!

Email Us at Please include Date, Time, Location, Contact, Description and Cost (if any). Thank You!

Links to:

Member Calendar of Events Chamber Calendar City of Niles Michiana Christian Service Camp Niles Daily Star Niles District Library Niles Main Street Four Flags Area Council on Tourism Fernwood Botanical Garden Lake Michigan College Bertrand Community Ed Southwestern Michigan College In The Bend Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan Don’t See Your Events Calendar? Send it in!! Do you have an event or public service announcement ?

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Community Education at Bertrand Crossing 1905 Foundation Dr. Niles, Michigan

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How to Write Your Family History

Golf for Beginners

Are you a genealogist who has spent countless hours in libraries, cemeteries, and courthouses looking for “your people?” Do you (or your family) think reading pedigree charts and family group sheets is about as interes ng as reading the nutri onal ingredients on a box of cereal? Do you have ZILLIONS of s cky notes in your head with family stories wai ng to be wrien but don’t have the foggiest idea where to start? Then YOU need to Write Your Family History!

A course of instruc on for beginning and intermediate golfers, teaching golf rules, e quee, and terminology at our beau ful neighbor, Orchard Hills Country Club. The beginner will learn the proper grip, stance, swing posture, and purpose of the various golf clubs. For intermediate players, the course will cover chipping, using a variety of “approach” shots including the “lob” shot, as well as solu ons for “hooking” and “slicing.” Fridays, April 20-May 25, 6:00-7:00 pm Orchard Hills Country Club, 2841 Niles-Buchanan Rd, Buchanan Cost is $49

Saturday, April 14 , 9:00-11:00 am, Room 109 Cost is FREE

Go Organic! Have you been gardening using inorganic fer lizers and pes cides but have wondered what all the organic hype is about? Are you new to gardening and want to start growing organically? Come find out the facts, not the fic on of organic growing. Join MSU hor culturist, Stacy Rocklin, as she shows how organic growing works in nature. A9er all, have you ever heard of fer lizing the forests with blue fer lizer? See what the gardener’s role in organic growing is and what the soil and plants do where we can’t see them at work.

How Your Body Works The human body is an amazing mechanism! Our awareness of its structure and func on is usually limited to what we can see in the mirror. You will learn what is on the inside of and what it is doing in there. What are those funny noises? Why does alcohol make the room spin? Your instructor has taught anatomy and physiology for years, but will present the informa on in a light-hearted, non-technical manner. Appropriate for home-schoolers.

Saturday, April 21, 9:00-11:00 am, Room 109 Cost is FREE

Saturday, April 28, 9:00-11:00 am, Room 109 Cost is FREE

How to Make Glass Beads Glass beads can be intricate or simple, fragile or chunky, but they are always unique. Over this two-week series you’ll begin to learn how to work with the glass to make beau ful and personal crea ons. Par cipants should wear plain coon clothes and closed-toe shoes. Be prepared to stand and work with a torch. Cau on: addic ve. Saturdays, May 12-19, 9:00-11:00 am, Room 109 Cost is $50

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