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May 7, 2013 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 using Chamber resources to promote our Member Businesses while developing new Business growth." Chamber & Community Calendar Monday, May 6 & June 3

Eating Right for a Healthy Heart– Lakeland HealthCare – Niles 6-7pm

Tuesday, May 7

Niles Garden Club meets at 7pm Call Doreen at (269) 683.1088

Tuesday, May 7

8th Annual Edward Lowe Foundation: Young Entrepreneurs Day!

Thursday, May 9

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for AAA Cindy McCall Insurance Agency, LLC at Noon

Saturday, May 11

National Train Day Celebration 10am-3pm Amtrak-Niles

Saturday, May 11

Stamp Out Hunger: Letter Carrier Food Drive USPS

Monday, May 13

Mattawan Lions Club Senior & Veterans Expo

Tuesday, May 14

Living Well with Congestive Heart Failure– Lakeland HealthCare – Niles 1:30-2:30pm

Thursday, May 16

The Senior Expo at the Mendel Center

May 17, 29 & June 25

Learn More About Stroke– Lakeland HealthCare – Niles 11am

Saturday, May 18

Lory’s Place 9th Annual Run, Walk, and Rock- Registration Has Begun!

Wednesday, May 22

Business After Hours: Hosted by Tyler Automotive RSVP Here

Thursday, May 23

FREE EXPOsing Greatness Exhibitor Workshop! Exhibit For Success Register Here

Thursday, May 23

Girls on the Run 5K United Way of SWMI 6:30pm at BCYF

Wednesday, June 5

Lose Weight…Find Health – Lakeland HealthCare –Niles 6:30-8pm

Thursday, June 6

EXPOsing Greatness! Business EXPO Register Today

June 11-14

Salvation Army Community Youth Camp

Wednesday, June 12 & 26

Stop Stressing Your Heart

Saturday, June 15

LifeWalk for Pregnancy Care Center of Niles 10am

June 17-21

Salvation Army Camp: Girl Guard & Ranger

Tuesday, June 18

Heart Lessons – Lakeland-Niles 6-7pm

Saturday, June 22

Shake It Up Baby Now by SMSO

Saturday, June 22

Arts in Motion Downtown Niles

Wednesday, June 26

Business After Hours: Open for Host

July 1-5

Salvation Army Camp: Sunbeam & Explorer

Wednesday, July 3

July 4th Fireworks Celebration- Niles

July 6-13

Salvation Army Music Camp

July 13-14

Niles Burn Run

July 15-19

Salvation Army Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 15

SAVE THE DATE! Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing

Saturday, July 20

Buddy Holiday Dance Party by SMSO

July 22-26

Salvation Army Camp: Community Teen

Saturday, July 27

First Annual Gateway Dog Show

August 1-4

Niles Riverfest

August 10-11

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Open House & US12 Heritage Route Garage Sale

Saturday, August 17

Shrek the Musical Presented by SMSO

Wednesday, August 28

Business After Hours Hosted by Chemical Bank

September 26-29

Four Flags Area Apple Festival

Friday, November 22

CFSSWM 7th Annual Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Business After Hours Hosted by Fifth Third Bank



Advanced Chiropractic: 1501 S. 11th Street, Niles, MI (269) 683-5433

Blessed Home Adult Foster Care: 1217 Stateline Road, Niles, MI (269) 684-2668

Grace Beauty Supplies: 1217 Stateline Road, Niles, MI (269) 683-8986

Natural Beauty the Salon: 1958 S. 11th Street, Niles, MI (269) 684-7077

Red Star Gas & Welding Supply: 218 N. Front Street, Niles, MI (269) 635-5051

Thursday, June 6th NEW LOCATION: Niles High School, 1441 Eagle Street, Niles, MI Title Sponsor

FREE ADMISSION Discover Local Business at the Fourth Annual EXPOsing Greatness business expo. The EXPO showcases Michiana' s best and brightest businesses. Come network and find info on local products and services. Sample delicious food provided by local restaurants and top local chefs. Meet local business professionals, make new connections and reunite with old friends.


Keynote Brett Eastburn

Over 50 Local Businesses Have Already Registered!

Corporate Sponsor

REGISTER NOW Registration Due By May 16, 2013 Supporting Sponsors


Brett will Present 3:30pm-4:00pm (For Exhibitors) 6:00pm-6:30pm (For Guests) Presented By

FREE Exhibitor Workshop

Exhibit For Success Workshop will cover

Exhibit For Success Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:30 am-12:00 pm

• How to Promote Your Business And Drive Traffic Before, During and After the EXPO. Learn About

• Learn How to Be Picked A “Favorite” Among Many • Preparing Your Expo Tool Box • Access to VIP Exhibitor Only Specials

Exhibitor Specials

• Find Unique Ways to Engage your Audience • Follow Up for Success! *Prize Drawings for Free and Discounted Advertising will be held for Seminar Participants*

Registration Required Contact Kelly Rock at 269-683-3720

Workshop will be held at the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce (Lower Level) 321 E. Main Street Niles, MI 49120

EXPOsing Greatness!

A Business Expo for the Greater Niles/Buchanan Area

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Gilbert “Gil” R. Brazo May 9, 1946 – April 29, 2013 Gilbert “Gil” R. Brazo, 66, of Niles, passed away at his home on Monday, April 29, 2013. Gil was born on May 9, 1946 to the late Gilbert and Leah (Walters) Brazo in South Bend, Indiana. After high school Gil attended Michigan Tech. and on August 30, 1969 he wed Penny Wymer at a ceremony in Niles. Together they had two sons. After many years Gil retired from Huntington Bank as a Commercial Lender in 2002. He was previously on the Board of Directors for the Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of the Optimist International. Gil was instrumental in bringing the Dragon Boats to Niles for Riverfest and also the United States Canoe and Kayak Championships. Gil is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife, Penny Brazo of Niles, sons Corey Brazo of South Bend, Indiana, Kevin (Trish) Brazo of Niles, two grandchildren Zyon and Aiden, who he loved spending time with, and siblings Jim (Judy) Brazo of Warsaw, Indiana, Gary Brazo of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dean (Laura) Brazo of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Jeff (Jackie) Brazo of Sturgis, Michigan and Jan (Mike) Gordon of Niles. A memorial service to honor Gil’s life was held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Brown Funeral Home in Niles. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gil to the Niles District Library. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the Brazo Family or upload a photo of Gil for them to see may do so at or on our Facebook page at

8th Annual Edward Lowe Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Day Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Event celebrates the achievement of southwest Michigan’s youngest entrepreneurs Students from Berrien and Van Buren counties will share their entrepreneurial ideas with members of the business community during the 8th Annual Edward Lowe Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Day. The event, which is coordinated by Berrien Regional Education Service Agency, Van Buren Intermediate School District and Lake Michigan College and is sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation, will showcase student business plans through interactive sessions with experts in the business field. The event will also allow students to gain insight on how they can take their plans from the classroom to the business world. The event is the result of the Entrepreneurship program that is offered through Career & Technical Education (CTE), a collection of 71 courses that are available to students in 12 school districts and three Lake Michigan College campuses. Thanks to a partnership with Lake Michigan College, students who participate in the entrepreneurship experience will also have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world. For More Information on USPS, Visit their website HERE

Coinciding with the business plan presentations is Portfolio Day, an opportunity for high school students to share their accomplishments with portfolio assessors. This review allows students to practice their interview skills and highlight their academic achievements. For some students, the assessment is a requirement for graduation. Additionally, student seminars will be offered. Seminar topics include: Building Your Resume, Creating Online; Dining Etiquette; Team Building; Tips, Tricks and a Taxi Ride to Successful Resume Writing; and the Full College Experience. All events will take place at Lake Michigan College’s Napier Avenue Campus and the Mendel Center, both located at 2755 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Assessments and seminars will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. Media is encouraged to attend the event.


The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce Cordially Invites You to attend the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for AAA Cindy McCall Insurance Agency, LLC

The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce Cordially Invites You to attend the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Advanced Chiropractic

Thursday, May 9 at Noon

Thursday, May 16 at 11:00am

Please join us as we welcome and celebrate local business.

Please join us as we welcome and celebrate local business.

Niles Garden Club Meeting Dates DATE



May 7, 6:00 p.m. Karen Sherwood's Stuff a Shoe June 4 , 12:30 p.m. Joan Verwilst's Installation of officers potluck July 9 , 12:30 p.m. Elva Nugent's Tour of her garden August 6. 2:30 p.m. Featherbone Factory Lunch and Tour We usually meet the first Tuesday of the month. We have a social time before the program. Usually theirs always a program or a craft of some sort. We also take care of the Welcome to Niles Garden and will have dates for working at the garden later.

If you have any questions Please call Doreen at 269.683.1088.

May 2012: Small Biz Forward

Get In a Workout, Get On With Your Life! May 7-9th PROMO: Anytime Fitness-Niles is the club for busy people! Our members also gain access to more than 2,000 clubs worldwide and receive free fitness classes at our South Bend, Mishawaka, and Niles locations! Take advantage of these money saving offers and get a great deal on the best gym in town!

Lory’s Place 9th Annual Run, Walk, and Rock Registration for Run, Walk, and Rock is open now. Day of the event registration begins at 7:00 a.m. To register online go to or contact Lory’s Place at (269) 983-2707 for more information. Registration: $20 if postmarked by May 13; go to for printable form and mail to: Lory’s Place, 445 Upton Drive, St. Joseph, MI 49085 $20 in person at Lory’s Place before noon on May 15 $20 for online registration; closes on May 16 at 7:00 a.m. $25 May 16 to 18; registration on race day starts at 7:00 a.m. Group/Family Registration: $15 per person for eight (8) or more members of the same household, club, organization or business. Rate valid until 5:00 p.m. on May 10. Packet Pick Up: Those who are preregistered for the event may pick up race packets and T-shirts on Friday, May 17, from noon to 6:00 p.m., at Lory’s Place, located at 445 Upton Drive, St. Joseph. Photos Credit Ken Zimmerman

Saturday May 11, 2013 Amtrak-Niles, 600 Dey Street 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SCORE Michiana

Presents SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP: An informative workshop to improve the promotional skills for any small business owner or entrepreneur operating a small business

Mattawan Lions Club Senior & Veterans Expo is being held on Monday, May 13, 2013, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Visit the Autumn House Adult Day Services booth to learn more about services available for seniors. The event is being help at the Antwerp Township Activity Center, 24821 Front Ave, Mattawan, MI 49071. Contact Georgette Peterson at (269) 657-0520 for more information.

The Senior Expo at the Mendel Center is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visit our booth to learn about all of the CFSSWMI programs, including Harbor House Adult Day Services and Helping Hands Adult Homecare Services. The event is being held at Lake Michigan College, Grand Upton Hall, 2755 E Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. See the special insert in the May 12th edition of The Herald Palladium for more information. August 17, 2013 – 5K for 5 Ways to Care October 10, 2013 – Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil November 22, 2013 – Festival of Lights Gala and Auction


Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Niles District Library, 620 E. Main Street, Niles, MI PRESENTED by: Nicole Sunstrum, Social Engagement Coordinator, State of Michigan SCORE Mentors: Gerald Marchetti, Robert Kasprzak, Norm Riley Price: FREE Recent Social Media development may not have benefited your business in as many ways as there are opportunities. This workshop offers a clear perspective of how to use Social Media for your specific business' promotional needs. After this workshop you can call on SCORE Michiana for guidance in applying it. PROGRAM: The one and one half-hour workshop will focus on the specific content of the following Sections Section I Social Media Summary Section II Facebook/Linked in/Twitter Section III Promotion Applications Section IV Marketing Examples RESERVATIONS Required, call 574-310-8097 or email your name, address and telephone number to Seating Limited. Not necessary but we encourage you to bring your laptop computer. SCORE Michiana , 1030 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN46617

Business After Hours Networking

Wednesday, May 22nd 5:00-7:30pm

Hosted by

Cost: $5/Chamber Members or $10/Non-Members Please RSVP to: or Call 269-683-3720 Consider donating a door prize. It’s a great way to get new feet through your business doors!




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TASTING CELEBRATION & INFORMATION Saturday, May 25 @ 8am-1pm Buchanan Farmers Market Come one! Come ALL and have a ball tasting All the 8 “ XOCAI HEALTHY CHOCOLATE “products ! Learn how to improve your health & your wealth through eating the true dark healthy all natural chocolate WITH Traci Lee Smith & Dennis Holsapple

United Way of Southwest Michigan Girls on the Run 5K Presented by United Federal Credit Union

Thursday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, Berrien Springs This family-friendly event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend as a spectator. Modest entry fees help support the Girls on the Run program in upcoming years. Volunteer! The United Way of Southwest Michigan Girls on the Run 5K is now one of the largest 5K events in Berrien County! Over 100 volunteers are needed to make sure everything runs smoothly for the special girls who have participated in the program this season. There are a variety of volunteer activities, including: Registration Table, Volunteer Check-In, Security, Goody Happy Hair Station, Route Assistance, Grandstand Assistance, and more! Sign-up to volunteer at the United Way website at

Participate in the 5K! Registration is just $25 with a $20 early bird rate if you register before 4/26/13. Runners can also register at the event until 6:00 p.m. Families of four can register for just $40. Commemorative t-shirt included!

Register online at Please note this is not a timed event and runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to participate.

Community Education Entering the Caregiver Zone The role of a family caregiver is often unplanned and unavoidable. It can be both rewarding and stressful. This class will give participants new tools to make caregiving more meaningful and efficient. This workshop is free and funded in part by Area Agency on Aging. Preregistration is required; call (269) 429-7100 or (800) 717-3811. Thursdays, May 9, and 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Niles Senior Center, 1109 Bell Road, Niles

Heart Lessons This free one-hour class will help you understand heart disease, identify your risk factors, and learn how to decrease your chances of heart attack or stroke. A 24-hour advance registration is requested. A minimum of six participants is needed for class to be held. To register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. All classes held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, Buchanan Area Health Resource Library, 31 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Niles

Eating Right for a Healthy Heart Learn how better food habits can help reduce your risk of heartdisease and stroke. A registered dietitian will provide tips on following the American Heart Association’s eating plan. A 24-hour advance registration is requested. A minimum of six participants is needed for class to be held. (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. All classes held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 3, Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, Buchanan Area Health Resource Library, 31 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Niles

Lose Weight … Find Health Michael Schuhknecht, DO, Medical Director of Bariatric Services at Lakeland HealthCare, will discuss options for losing weight and local resources, including bariatric surgery. To learn more, call (269) 687-4673 or (877) 467-3858. All seminars are 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Lakeland Medical Suites, Niles, Community Room, 42 N. St. Joseph Ave

Living Well with Congestive Heart Failure This free class will explain the causes and symptoms of heart failure and why your heart isn’t pumping as well as it should. You’ll learn new daily routines for managing this chronic disease and how to take control of your health. Registration required, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 2607544. Tuesday, May 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, Buchanan Area Health, 31 N. St. Joseph Avenue

Learn More About Stroke According to the National Stroke Association, stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex, or age. To help our community learn more about the risk factors, warning signs, prevention, and treatments, Lakeland is offering 15 free Stroke Awareness Classes between April and June. To learn more or to register for a class, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. Friday, May 17, 11:00 a.m., Buchanan Area Senior Center, 810 Rynearson Street, Buchanan, Wednesday, May 29, 12:30 p.m. Salvation Army of Niles, 424 N. 15th Street, Niles, Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 p.m., Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, Buchanan Area Health Resource Library, 31 N. St. Joseph Avenue

Every Heart Matters: Early Heart Attack Care Did you know that heart attacks have beginnings? Early Heart Attack Care involves knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately – before heart damage occurs. This free class provides information about the early symptoms of heart attack for yourself and others, the importance of early treatment and calling 9-11, and ways to decrease the risk of heart disease. To register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. Thursday, June 27, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Lakeland Community Hospital, Buchanan Area Health Resource Library, 31 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Niles

Stop Stressing Your Heart This free, interactive class will explain the signs and symptoms of stress as well as provide stress management techniques. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Learn more,call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles, Buchanan Area Health Resource Library31 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Niles. Wednesday, June 26, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Salvation Army of Niles, 424 N. 15th Street, Niles

NORTHERN LIGHTS May 11, 2013 • Saturday • 7:30pm LMC Mendel Center Mainstage, Benton Harbor Pre-concert conversation 6:30pm featuring Paul Mow, Tenor ~ Lee Shirer, Horn The Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra (269) 982-4030 June 22- “Shake It up Baby Now” with this summer’s kickoff event Using authentic instruments, clothing, and hairstyles, The BackBeats transport their audiences on a Magical Mystery Tour of yesteryear, when the whole world first heard the four names of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. The #1 Beatles Tribute show in Michigan! This fundraiser begins at 6:30pm at Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph. Tickets go on sale May 1st.

July 3 - Independence Day Celebration A night of patriotic music set to the most spectacular views of the fireworks anywhere! Stretch out on a blanket, relax in a chair or gather around a picnic table and enjoy the show! This concert begins at 8:30pm with fireworks at dusk and is at Lions Pavilion Park in New Buffalo. Admission is free!

July 4 - Independence Day Celebration A night of patriotic music set to the most spectacular views of the fireworks anywhere! Stretch out on a blanket, relax in a chair or gather around a picnic table and enjoy the show! This concert begins at 9:00pm with fireworks at dusk and is at the Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph. Tickets go on sale May 1st.

July 20th Buddy Holly Dance Party! John Mueller joins the SMSO for a stunning portrayal and authentic approach to Buddy Holly’s music. This unbridled, high voltage performance will feature songs that instantly became a part of the American songbook, including That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, and Oh, Boy!

August 10 - The Reel Score Part 2 The summer of 2012 took us on a musical journey through the music behind the movies. The concert ended up a box office smash hit with SMSO concert-goers. This summer we will revisit movie music in our “sequel” featuring more of Hollywood’s favorite film scores. This concert begins at 7:30pm at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor. Tickets go on sale May 1st.

August 17 Shrek The Musical The hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life! Featuring the SMSO and a talented array of regional performers, you will soon discover Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and fun for the entire family! This concert begins at 7:30pm at Shadowland Pavilion in St. Joseph. Tickets go on sale May 1st.

For additional information and tickets contact us at 269.982.4030 or visit us at

(269) 695-6491 White Flower Farm Discount for Fernwood Members To encourage support of the important missions of public gardens, White Flower Farm has formed partnerships with a number of gardens including Fernwood. When you become a new member of Fernwood, White Flower Farm will give you a $25 merchandise credit when you place an order with them. In addition, mention that you are a member of Fernwood Botanical Garden when placing an order with White Flower Farm, and they will donate 10% of your product purchases to Fernwood. The donation will help Fernwood produce the best possible horticulture in our area. Visit White Flower Farm at, or contact Fernwood for more details on White Flower Farm offers.

Mother’s Day Brunch Reservations Now Open: Sunday, May 12, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Bring the whole family to Fernwood for a great spring weekend full of events. Make your reservations now for Mother's Day Brunch prepared by Fernwood's Chef Tim Carrigan, Sunday, May 12, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Brunch is $15.95 for adults, $7.95 for children 6–12, and kids 5 and under are free. Find a jewel-colored Streptocarpus plant for mom on Sunday, or purchase a special gift in the Gift Shop. Then attend the season’s first Second Sunday Concert at 4:00 pm, featuring Lake Effect Winds. Throughout the weekend, enjoy woodland wildflowers along the trails or watch for returning spring birds at the Nature Center feeders. Children can enjoy special activities from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. And be sure to visit the Radio Flora exhibit in the Gallery by Bryan Whitney.

Annual Garden Party - Save the Date! June 15, 6:00 to 10:00 pm Join us for our Annual Garden Party with Master of Ceremonies, Ron Magers, primary news anchor at Chicago’s #1 news operation, WLS-TV, Channel 7. Enjoy an evening of music, live and silent auction, cocktails and Journeyman Distillery spirits tasting, and dinner prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan. Support Fernwood and join your friends for a beautiful evening under the stars! Early-bird pricing $100 through May 31; June 1-8 is $125. Call Fernwood to reserve your seat today!

Wine and Weed Wednesdays This popular activity returns as we invite volunteers to join the horticulture staff in the gardens for an hour or so of light gardening, followed by time to enjoy good company and an excellent, local vintage. Hope you can join us!

About Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve Fernwood is a favorite of all who love nature—flora and fauna. Call 269.695.6491 to confirm status of classes. Fernwood is located near Buchanan, Michigan, at 13988 Range Line Road, Niles. Fernwood's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm. The Fernwood Café is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 3:00 pm. Fernwood is closed on Mondays. Visit Fernwood's website at

STEM Summer Camps Summer Robotics At Eastside Expanded Offerings for Summer 2013

Designed to help students explore their abilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields

Train the Trainer (for adults)

Elementary LEGO® WeDo® Camp

In this two-day seminar adult students receive hands-on experience with building and programming the LEGO® NXT robot, an introduction to other LEGO® curriculum including Simple Machines® and WeDo®. Competition opportunities will also be introduced, specifically FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge and VEX®. Attendees will have enough information at the end of the seminar to find the tools they need to start their own program. Lunch and snacks provided. Cost: $75

Using LEGO® kits students use computer programming to make machines that move. Gears, levers, motors, and machines of all kinds are discussed, all with step by step pictures. For students aged 7-8. Cost $150

June 24

Train the Trainer 8am-4pm CRN: 60835

June 26

Train the Trainer 8am-4pm CRN: 60836

July 29-Aug 2 LEGO® WeDo® Camp 9am-Noon CRN: 50672

SeaPerch® Underwater ROV’s This class uses PVC pipe and circuit boards to create underwater remote controlled vehicles. Students must be responsible and focused as we work with sharp tools and hot soldering irons. At the end of the camp students can take their kit home. Cost: $265 Grades 5-8 July 29-Aug 2 SeaPerch® Underwater ROV’s 1pm-4pm CRN: 50673

Robotics Camps In the Robotics camps, students work to solve challenges by building and programming robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms® (NXT) Robotics Invention System. They build their own robot and learn computer programming to control it. Students will have a partner for some activities, and are expected to cooperate and share well. Each day includes structured lessons and activities to practice construction and programming skills.Students need to bring their own sack lunch, and be motivated and mature enough to stay focused on activities. For students aged 9-14. Cost $250 July 8-12

Robotics I 9am-3pm

CRN: 50346

July 15-19

Robotics I 9am-3pm

CRN: 50345

July 22-26

Robotics II 9am-3pm

CRN: 50495

NEW!! Introduction to Arduino Welcome to the world of digital electronics and physical computing! In this camp you will learn how to design, build, and program electronic circuits that are controlled by a microcomputer called an Arduino. All students will get to keep their Arduino and an assortment of electronic components ($100 value) at the end of the course for further experimentation on their own. Open to middle school aged or older. Cost: $350 Aug 5- 9 Arduino Camp 9am-3pm CRN: 50774

To Register for more information, call (269) 695-1391 LMC @ Niles Eastside Connections School 314 N 14th St, Niles MI 49120

Camp Activities

Evening Programs: There is a different program each night with a unique focus. Some nights we have special guests. Bible Study: Spiritual growth is stressed as a significant

Salvation Army Youth Camps. Call (269) 684 2660 with Questions

aspect of the camp experience. From morning Bible class and bedtime devotions for campers, a relationship with God is the heartbeat of LPI Camp.

Community Youth Camp:

Camp Fires:

Campers have fun while learning practical skills outdoors. Dates: June 11—14, 2013 Eligibility: Youth who have completed grades 1-5. Register by: Friday, May 24th, 2013 Cost: $25

Girl Guard & Ranger: Campers are encouraged to earn emblems in various activities. Dates: June 17—21, 2013 Eligibility: Youth who have completed grades 6-12 (max. 17 yrs. old) and are involved in Character Building programs or plan to be in the Fall. Register by: Monday, May 27th, 2013 Cost: $25

Sunbeam & Explorer: Campers are encouraged to earn emblems in various activities. Dates: July 1– 5, 2013 Eligibility: Youth who have completed grades 1-5 and are involved in Character Building programs or plan to be in the Fall. Register by: Monday, June 3, 2013 Cost: $25

Campers acquire a taste for staff in a ridiculous yet entertaining display of games. From funny songs, to a pie in the face, unequaled fun is found around the glow of a fire.

Challenge Course:

Combined with team initiative programs, the challenge course presents unique opportunities to campers for character enhancement. Teamwork, overcoming fears, and building trust are embraced in these experiential learning activities.

TSAO: Develops pathways for life-long experiences in the outdoors, instills appreciation for God and His creation, enhances Character Building activities and positive self image, increases the number of participants in outdoor education opportunities, promotes conservation, sustainability, and stewardship, and inspires patriotism and civic responsibility.

Other: Activities including water carnivals, ball games, fun on the island, and relaxing with friends provide campers with experiences they will never forget. By design, each activity supports LPI’s mission to develop the physical, social and/or spiritual needs of the individual.

Music Experts and beginners welcome! Campers find the experience of being in a choir or band to be fun and educational. Dates: July 6—13, 2013 Eligibility: Youth who are 9-17 years old and involved in the corps music programs. Register by: Friday, June 7,2013 Cost: $25 Community Teen Have fun in God’s creation! We will be teaching practical skills that many kids have never learned. Dates: July 22—26, 2013 Eligibility: Youth who have completed grades 6—12 (max. 17 yrs. old). Register by: Friday, June 28, 2013 Cost: $25 Need Help with Your Taxes? Chamber Investment is 100% Tax Deductible View Our Member Accountants & Tax Preparers HERE Maintain Your Vehicle This Winter or Buy a New One View Our Member Automotive Dealers, Mechanics and Services HERE Home Maintenance and Improvement: Heating, Electrical, Septic and More View Our Construction, Repair & Improvement Members HERE Good Eats, Eat Local View Our Member Restaurants, Eateries and Pubs Banks, Credit Unions and Investments View Member Financial Institutions, Insurance & Investment Companies Get Fit, Stay Fit, Be Healthy View Member Fitness and Centers Have Fun, Get Out, Go Play View Entertainment, Parks and Recreation Get Involved in the Community View Member Organizations, Churches & Supporters Get Smart, Learn Local View Educational Opportunities Our Community is rich in service View Member Services Here Want to Market your business locally? View Member Marketing and Ad Services

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