Connecting to Community
Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care. Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan.
Ongoing: GED Classes are now being held at the Inverness School every Tues, Wed, and Thur from 4-8pm. Info: Tim 231-627-5613
Ongoing: Divorce Care. Join at any time; the only fee is a $15 participant's workbook. In Petoskey: Meets Tuesdays from 6:45-8:15 pm at Genesis Office (510 Howard St., Petoskey). In Boyne City: Meets Thursdays from 6:15-7:45 pm at the Boyne City Hall's North Conference Room (319 N. Lake St.).Information online at www.divorcecare.org or contact Daryl Michael (Genesis Church Life Groups Director) at 231.675.7570.
Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
Saturdays…Roller Skating at the Harvest Barn Church in East Jordan 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM . We flip on the disco ball, play some new and old music hits and throw on our rollerskates. All ages are welcome. Price is $5, and that includes a rollerskate or rollerblade rental. Concession is available, and birthday parties are welcome! If you have any questions, call the church at (231) 536-2870.
Ongoing: First Friday of every month. Join your friends and neighbors in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, for First Fridays from 5-8pm (or later), The Village will feature art, food and drink samples, shopping, dining and salon specials, live music, demos and MORE! Info www.thevillagetc.com
Every Wednesday…Dance with Northwooods International Folk Dancers. $3 at Unitarian Universalist Church on Center Rd in Traverse City. Info: 231-334-4608
TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043
Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 4pm at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595
Every third Wednesday of the month…Hip Hop Universe. Competitions, dance lessons and food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum 4:30-7:30pm. Info: www.kaliseum.com
Every Friday…Storytime at Kalkaska County Library 10-11am. Bring a grown-up and come to story time. There is a different theme each week with fresh new ideas. A simple craft is offered, followed by a snack. Story time for preschoolers is held every Friday at 10am (except holidays). Info: 231-258-9411
Every Sunday…Blissfest Jam Sessions 1-4p at the Red Sky State in Petoskey. Bring your instruments, sing along or just listen. Info: www.redskystage.com
Second Thursday of every month…The Cheboygan County Great Start Parent Coalition Play Group for children birth to 5 years, will meet from 10a-11:15 at the Creation Station on Main St. There will be reading, activities, crafts and a light snack. Info: 231-625-2157
Every Saturday…”Saturday’s Child” story time for families with kids ages 3-7. Featuring songs, stories, poems, crafts and a snack. 3-4pm in the program room at Petoskey District Library. Info: 231-758-3114
Every Tuesday and Thursday it’s Fitness Over Fifty Yoga at 9am at the Fife Lake Public Library. Free. Info: 231-879-4101
Every Tuesday…Dance at Mills Community House from 6-10pm. Improvisational partner dancing. Instructional workshop 6-7p for a fee. Open dance 7-10 by donation. Info: Facebook.com/groups/dancebenzie
Third Wednesday of each month thru May 20…Bedtime Storytime at 7pm at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. All ages welcome to an evening program of songs, stories, puppets and fun! Pajamas and stuffed toys also welcome. Info: 231-627-2381
Every Wednesday – “Story Hour” @ the Bellaire Public Library at 11am.This fun, interactive program is suitable for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Enjoy stories, crafts and snacks with Miss Diane! More info call 231-533-8814.
4th Thursday of the month…”Skeptics at the Pub” at 5:30, Papa Lou’s in Petoskey. A get together of skeptics, rationalists and other like minded people to share ideas while having fun promoting skepticism, science and rationality. Info: meetup.com/freethoughtassociationofnorthernmichigan
Every Saturday thru March 7th…Snowshoe Hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes 1pm – Empire. Reservations are required whether you need to borrow snowshoes or have your own. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants. Please call 231-326-4700, ext. 5010, for details and to make reservations. If you make a reservation but then need to cancel, please call and let us know so we can contact visitors on our waiting list.
Every Friday thru March 13th…Family Dinner and Movie Nights 5:30-8pm at the Harbor Springs Sk8 Park. The park will be showing movies and serving pizza to anyone who wishes to participate. It is free to watch the movie. Dinner is $5 per person. Movies are subject to change. Call the Harbor Springs Sk8 Park at 231 526-0610
Jan 3 – March 14th…Saturday afternoon ice skating games 1-3p at the Harbor Springs Sk8 Park. A series of ice skating games including broomball, four corners, pom-pom, and other games will be played throughout the program. Winners of the games receive silly prizes. Info: 231-526-0610
Jan 9-Feb 27th…Antique Quilt Exhibit at the Charlevoix Public Library. Some patterns are Redwork, Grandmother's Fan, & Crazy Quilt made from silks. All are hand quilted. Info: 231-237-7342
Jan 16-31…The Old Town Playhouse presents “Crimes of the Heart”, a contemporary American comic classic. Thurs-Sat shows at 7:30, Sun matinee at 3pm. Info: oldtownplayhouse.com
Jan 30…Sutton’s Bay Schools Fine Arts Program Variety Show 7pm at the school. $5 admission. Info: suttonsbayarea.com
Jan 30…Italian Dinner Benefit 5-8p at the Nub’s Nob Ski Area dining room to benefit the Harbor Springs Ski Team. Tickets are $10 each and include spaghetti, lasagna, salad, roll, cookie and soda. A cash bar is available. 100% of the proceeds help to offset coaching, equipment, uniforms and other team costs. Tickets are available from Harbor Springs Ski Team members, at the door, or by calling (231) 526-1146
Jan 31…Grass River Shiver 5K Snowshoe Race 10am. Put on your snowshoes and run through the beautiful snow-covered Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire! Prizes for male and female 5K winners. Registration at 9:00 and race at 10:00. Registration includes race and prizes. Enjoy a free hot bowl of soup/chili after the race. Additional $10 for Grass River Shiver T-shirt. Fee is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. You must pre-register by Jan 21 to receive a t-shirt. Info: grassriver.org
Jan 31…3rd Annual Snow Funday Cardboard Classic at Carly’s Hill-Springfield Park, Fife Lake 11-3p The fastest and fanciest cardboard racers receive prizes. Lunch, hot cocoa and sport helmet fittings by Safe Kids North Shore will be provided at no cost. Info: 231-384-0406
Jan 31…St. Mary FUNd Fest 5-11p at St Mary School-Gaylord. 17th annual FUNd Fest, "Under the Big Top!" An evening of circus-inspired games, auctions, raffles, and prizes. Your ticket includes a delicious dinner, a late-night snack, your beverages, and great fun! Tickets are $65.00 and are available at St. Mary Cathedral School, 321 N. Otsego Avenue. Info: 989-732-5801
Jan 31…Kiwanis Kabin Fever Fundraiser at the Cheboygan K of C Hall. Doors open at 5p, dinner at 6:30p. $35 each or $30 if two or more are purchased. Includes dinner and door prize drawing. Cash bar, 50/50 rafffle. Info: 231-627-7451
Jan 31… Winter Celebration & Star Stories at Andreae Preserve, 4 – 6pm. Explore this beautiful preserve on the Pigeon River in Cheboygan County with naturalist Mike Supernault at 4pm, or snowshoe/XC ski on your own. Then at 5pm head into the cabin to get warm, have a snack, and hear stories of the winter constellations with star lore historian and Headlands International Dark Sky Park director, Mary Stewart Adams. Please park at the Andreae Preserve parking lot and bring a headlamp or flashlight to light your way back to your car. Please pre-register and let us know if you need to borrow snowshoes. Info: 231-347-0991
Jan 31…Challenge Mountain Winter Festival 11a-4p – Boyne City. Horse drawn sleigh rides, skiing, sledding, snow art contest, prizes and more! Info: cmski.com
Jan 31-Feb 1…2015 Home Expo at the Grand Traverse Resort. More than 120 exhibitors –builders, remodelers, renovators and landscapers, and the latest in home technologies, waterfront amenities, home spas and pools, custom painting techniques, design and style experts. $7 admission. Info: 231-946-2305
Feb 1…17th Annual Women’s Winter Tour 10-2p at the Botanic Garden in Historic Barns Park-Traverse City. Ski or snowshoe the trails of the beautiful Grand Traverse Commons while enjoying local foods, wine and chocolate along the way! Benefits organizations that strive to end sexual and emotional abuse. $35 before Jan 30, $45 after. Info: womenswintertour.com
Feb 4…Cardiac Heath Day 11:30-6:30 at Kewadin Shores Casino-St. Ignace. Guest speakers, informational booths, workshops & vendors. Info: (906) 643-0400
Feb 4… Rogers City High School will host Buckeye Donkey Basketball beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Huron Sports Boosters. Tickets are available at the high school office and cost $6 advance or $8 at the door. Kids 5 and younger can get in free and are eligible for free donkey rides. For more information, 989-734-9170
Feb 6… Friday Night Jukebox 7-9pm at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. Musicians are invited to come play and sing their favorite tunes. Participate or just come enjoy the music. Info: 231-627-2381
Feb 6-7…Alpenfrost – Downtown Gaylord. Featuring the Polar Plunge, horse carriage rides, soup cook-off, carnival rides, games, open air ice skating rink and more. Info: gaylordalpenfrost.com
Feb 6-7…34th Annual Sno-Blast Festival-East Jordan. Drag Races, Blessing of the Sleds, Crowning of Winter Knight & Belle of the Blizzard, Sno-Sculptures, Chili Supper and more. Information 231-536-7351
Feb 6-7…Sturgeon for Tomorrow Black Lake Shivaree. Ice fishing contest, poker run, live entertainment, raffles, kids activities and more! Admission $5 Shivaree Button. Info: sturgeonfortomorrow.org
Feb 6-8…Ground Hog Day Shadow Fest – East Park, downtown Charlevoix. Beer tent; horse drawn wagon rides; magic show; cash drawings and more! Info: charlevoixshadowfest.com.
Feb 6-21…Old Town Playhouse presents “Dead Ringer”, a film noir western comedy. 7:30 shows Thurs-Sat, 3pm Sundays at the OTP Studio Theatre at the Depot-Traverse City. $15 tickets. Info: www.oldtownplayhouse.com
Feb 7… Second annual Grand Traverse Guns-N-Hoses Benefit Hockey Game, 7pm at Centre Ice-Traverse City. Local law enforcement will square off against local Firefighters/EMS in an effort to raise money for a local family in need. The benefit this year will be the Koehler Family. Silent auction will also take place. Info: 231-933-7465
Feb 7…38th Annual White Pine Stampede. Michigan’s longest and oldest point-to-point cross country ski race. The 38th annual WPS stretches over the hills and through the woods of Antrim County while raising funds for the Children's Hospital of Michigan. Begins at 7:30 at Mancelona High School. Info: 231-587-8812
Feb 7…11th Annual Snowmobile Fun Run benefiting Crawford County United Way. Check in at 11am at Swamp II in Frederic. $25 person. Leisurely ride begins after lunch, ending with dinner and fun at Dead Bear Brewery. Info: 586-242-1179
Feb 7…Bishop Baraga School Dad/Daughter Dance 6-8p at the school. $8, includes hot dogs, finger food, dessert, refreshments & photo. Info: bishopbaraga.com
Feb 7…6th Annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival 4-10pm downtown Traverse City. 50 breweries, craft beer, 4 music stages, good and more! Info: microbrewand music.com
Feb 7… Benefit Concert: The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, led by Dr. Carolyn Watson, will present this concert at Interlochen Center for the Arts. ICA will donate proceeds from the concert to the Friends of Interlochen Public Library. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors & youth under 18. There will be a pre-concert talk with Dr. Watson at 6:30pm. tickets.interlochen.org
Feb 8…5th Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner 4-7pm at the Alden Bar & Grille. There will be music, food, a silent auction, and family fun to raise funds for AC Paws spaying and neutering. Dinner includes salad, spayghetti, garlic bread, and dessert. $12 donation for dinner. Children 5 and under free. Info: 231-331-6214
Feb 12-15…Petoskey Winter Carnival. Wine & Dine progressive dinner, ghost walk, chocoholic Frolic, bump & Jump, cardboard sled challenge, figure skating and more at Petoskey Winter Sports Park. Info: petoskeyarea.com
Feb 12-15…U. P. Pond Hockey Championship on Moran Bay – St. Igance. Thursday, Meet-N-Greet with some of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Team.
Friday, Games begin at 12:00 Noon, with last game at 4:00 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings Alumni Team exhibition game at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Bear East Ice Arena. Tickets on sale for $10.00 each.
Saturday, Games begin at 9:00 a.m., with last game at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Championship Games begin at 11:00 a.m.
Feb 13-14…Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival. See some of the best comedians the country has to offer, play outside in our winter wonderland, or cozy up inside and watch great comedies! Details: wintercomedy.org
Feb 13-15…North American Vasa Festival of Races. A premiere cross-country ski event hosting a 50k, 27k, 12k, and 6k races. Info: vasa.org
Feb 13-14, 20 & 21…Northland Players present “The Hallelujah Girls” in dinner theatre at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City. Doors 6p, dinner 7p, show 8p. $26 with choice of Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Blue or Parmesan Encrusted Cod; twice bake potatoes, salad, dessert. For reservations, call 231-436-5744
Feb 14…YetiFest 2015… This festival and fundraiser will be a day of fun wintery events, including a YetiFest Bicycle Hill Climb for all skill levels, a 4-4 Hockey Tournament, a Yeti Story Time at the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library, and a Kid’s Parade and more. Info: theyetifest.com
Feb 14…2015 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Hoppies Tavern on Burt Lake 11am. Collect pledges to benefit Special Olympic athletes. Info: somi.org
Feb 14-15…Michigan Free Fishing Weekend! No license needed
Feb 14…Grateful Snowshoe Benefit for Little Traverse Bay Humane Society 11-2p at the shelter – Harbor Springs. $30 entry fee. Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, PB & J sandwiches, bonfire, s’mores, three trails, bag of goodies. Info:emmetcounty.org
Feb 14…Glen Arbor Winterfest 7a-3p…perch fishing contest, chili cookoff and more. Info- visitglenarbor.com
Feb 14…Family Tea Time; Noon at St. John Lutheran Church-Cheboygan. Homemade treats, live music, silent auction. $5 in advance, limited seating available. Reservations: 231-627-9060
Feb 14…3rd Annual Snowshoe Stampede at the Leelanau Outdoor Center-Maple City. 5k race begins at 10:30am. 1 mile snowflake race for kids 12 and under begins shortly after race time. $20 early registration (before February 1) includes lunch. Net proceeds support tuition assistance for schools to attend the Leelanau Outdoor Center. Register online at www.locprograms.org or call 231.334.3808 for more information.
Feb 14…Valentine Community Sledding Night Party 5-8p at the Harbor Springs Kiwanis Park. Crafts, games, prizes and more. Info: 231-526-0610
Feb 14…Valentine’s Ball 7pm at the Mancelona Senior Center. Dinner & dancing. $20 person, $35 couple. Silent auction, door prizes. Info: 231-676-1214
Feb 14…Benzonia Winterfest. Enjoy a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities such as a chili cook-off, a snowmobile poker run, an annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, outhouse sprint race, the Winterfest Parade, a bonfire on the beach and majestic winter fireworks in the evening over Crystal Lake, one of the largest lakes in Michigan. There will also be Sheriff's Department Dive Team Rescue demonstrations on Crystal Lake. Info: visitbenzie.com
Feb 15…11th Annual Harbor Springs Area Chili Cook-off 1-3p at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant. Amateurs and food-service professionals alike compete for awards. This event is open to everyone. $12 adults, $5 children 8-12. Everyone attending is encouraged to bring non-perishable items for donation to the Harbor Springs Food Pantry. Info: emmetcounty.org
Feb 16…BeeHive Salon-Elk Rapids is holding a Cut-a-thon to benefit the Elk Rapids High School Project Graduation. Info: 231-264-8277
Feb 21…Kids Outdoors Winter Fun Day 10a-1p at the Otsego Environmental Learning Site & Nature Cabin behind Gaylord Middle School. For kids birth to 8. Sled rides (bring your own), snow games, nature hike and more. Free. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 21…Cheboygan County United Way 6th Annual Walk 4 Warmth, 9am at Straits Area Education Center.$10 minimum donation. Help your neighbors in Cheboygan County stay warm this winter by raising funds to assist those struggling to keep their utilities turned on. Prizes will be awarded to those individuals and teams that raise the most money, plus there will be door prize drawings throughout the morning. Info: cheboyganw4w.com
Feb 21…Snowfest 2015 Noon-3p at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club. A free, fun family event open to the public! Come cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Enjoy a bonfire, hot cocoa and outdoor picnic lunch and build a snow creature contest. For more info: call 231-526-2166
Feb 21…2nd annual “Toast to Literacy” at Castle Farms from 7:00 to 11:00 pm and will feature beer, wine, and mead from local breweries and wineries, as well as a food competition from several local establishments. “Toast to Literacy” will include music and a silent auction with the evening’s proceeds helping to support Char-Em United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. The Imagination Library mails a free, age-appropriate book each month to enrolled children from birth to age 5. Info: 231-487-1006
Feb 21… 5th Annual Taste of the North! At the Indian River Eagles from 12pm to 3pm; sample delicious foods and wines from local restaurants and wineries. Only $10 to enter, includes 5 wine tastings! Info: 231-238-9325
Feb 21…Antrim County Winter Carnival, 10:30-12:30p at YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camp, Central Lake. Free. Crafts, snow shoeing, family activities and more. Info: 231-587-9021
Feb 21… 3rd Annual Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race! A 2 hour winter endurance event held entirely on the multi-use trails around Mt. McSauba Recreation Area and North Point Nature Preserve in Charlevoix. The course consists of a fast and challenging 1.5 mile loop through rolling and wooded terrain. The rider to complete the most laps in 2 hours is the champion and will receive a cash prize and trophy. Prizes and trophies will also be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place winners in both the men and women's divisions. Info: 231-547-2101
Feb 22…The Great Indoor Folk Festival, noon-5:30p at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. Indoor festival featuring, bands/duos/soloists, an open mic stage, and a kids' fun stage. Free admission. Info: traversecity.com
Feb 26…Cheboygan County Humane Society Soup Supper 4-6p at Inverness Twp Hall-Cheboygan. $7.50 adults, 12 & under $5. Homemade soups, bread, desserts & beverages. Info: 231-238-8221
Feb 27- March 8… Traverse City West Senior High School proudly presents “The Addams Family”, a new musical comedy. Friday Performances: 7:30pm. Feb 27 and March 6; Saturday Performances: 2:00pm & & 7:30pm Feb 28 & March 7; Sunday Matinees 2:00pm March 1 & 8. Gold Seating $22, Green Seating $17, General Seating $12. Info: 933-7509
Feb 27-28…Waterways Ice Festival – Mullet Lake Marina, Cheboygan.
Feb 27-28, March 7-8…Charlevoix High School Performing Arts presents “Mary Poppins” in the school auditorium. 7pm Fri/Sat, 2pm Sun. Info: 231-547-3222
Feb 27-March 1…Pink Weekend/3rd Annual Boarding for Breast Cancer at Boyne Highlands-Harbor Springs. Riders and skiers of all ages – and genders – are invited to participate in a tribute ride to honor those affected, and serve as a reminder that a healthy, active lifestyle is one of the greatest means of cancer prevention. Visit the on-site cancer awareness outreach booth to learn more about how you can get involved. Pink bracelets and t-shirts are also available for purchase. Info: 800-462.6963.
Feb 28…Northport Winter Carnival 11a-4p at Braman Hill. Ice curling, broomball and more. Info: northportomenachamber.org
March 1…Mackinaw City Bridal Show Noon-3p at Audie’s Banquet Room. Free admission, raffles, local vendors, and more. Info: 231-436-5744
March 5…Full Moon Ski & Snowshoe 5-8p at Driggers Nature Preserve-Charlevoix. Join Conservancy staff for an evening of moonlight, snow and adventure. The 1.5 miles of trails at this wonderful 75-acre preserve offer wooded pathways and open meadow star gazing. Ski or snowshoe the trails and head to the top of the hill for a moonlit view of Lake Charlevoix. Please let us know if you need to borrow snowshoes. Info: 231-347-0991
March 6… Friday Night Jukebox 7-9pm at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. Musicians are invited to come play and sing their favorite tunes. Participate or just come enjoy the music. Info: 231-627-2381