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 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
Every Sunday… Alba Sportsman’s Club All you can eat Breakfast 7am till 11am. Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Ham, Hash browns, Biscuits and Gravy. $7 adults $3 Children (10 and younger) 5225 Alba Rd
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
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
March is American Red Cross Month: You don’t need superpowers to be a hero. You can help save lives by giving blood or platelets during March. Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit red-cross-blood-dot-org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.
March 6-28…Old Town Playhouse presents “Shreck the Musical”. Thurs-Sat 7:30p, Sun 3p. Adults $25, Seniors 65 & over $23; Under 18-$14. Info: oldtownplayhouse.com
March 23-25…Cherryland Middle School presents Willy Wonka JR, a musical adaptation of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory story. 7pm at the Elk Rapids High School Auditorium. $5 admission. Info:elkrapidschamber.org
March 25…Michigan Works Career Fair 1-4p at the Cheboygan National Guard Armory. 1-3 open to ticket holders who attend a career preparation class, 3-4 open to general public. Info: Cheboygan.com
March 25… Birthday Bash FUNdraiser to benefit programs and services of the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan will be held at Whitecaps Restaurant in Petoskey. The event starts at 5:30 pm with an array of hors d’oeuvres and the Silent Auction – the Live Auction starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 per person at the door, or call the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan at 231-347-0067.
March 26…March Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting and appetizers with music by Howard Richards. $15 advance/$20 day of. Info: 231-347-4337.
March 26… Soup Supper Fundraiser for the Cheboygan County Humane Society! Delicious choices of homemade casseroles, soups, bread, desserts and beverages. Located at the Inverness Township hall on VFW Road in Cheboygan from 4-6pm. Adults $7.50, Kids 12 and under $5. Take outs available! Info: 231-238-8221
March 26-28…The Cathedral Players present Aladdin Jr at the Playhouse in St. Mary Catheral School - Gaylord. 7:30p. $10 adults, $8 students/children & seniors. Info: gaylordchamber.com
March 27… Mackinaw City Public Schools Project Close-Up will be hosting their annual Mardi Gras Party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Audie's Banquet Room, , Mackinaw City. The evening will include dinner, music, 50/50 drawings, and raffle drawings. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. All proceeds benefit "Project Close-Up". Info: 231-627-8054
March 27…The Posen Knights of Columbus will host an Alaskan pollock and shrimp dinner at St. Casmir School from 4-7 p.m. Fish dinners are $9 and fish/shrimp combo dinners are $11. Children 10 and younger can eat for half price. Take-outs will be available. For more information, call 766-8173.
March 27…Cheboygan Girls Softball Fish Fry Fundraiser 4-8p at the Cheboygan Eagles. $9.50, proceeds support the softball program. Info: Cheboygan.com
March 27-29…Schuss Mt. Snow Challenge. Watch as modified trucks, jeeps and more step on the gas and race to the top. It’s loud, aggressive and for a great cause—a portion of the proceeds is donated to Michigan’s Disabled American Veterans. For more information visit www.griztekusa.com/SnowChallenge
March 28…Harbor Spring Community Easter Egg Hunt & Party Noon-3p at Kiwanis Park. Egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, lunch, prizes, games and crafts. $5 or 5 non-perishable food items. Info: 231-526-0610
March 28…5K Color Tour – Fighting Cancer One Color at a Time 9:30am starting at the Pavilion-Downtown Gaylord. The fun run/walk will not be timed. This is an event to enjoy with your friends, family, team, group, a time to share laughs, smiles, and stay on a path of getting healthy while helping those fighting cancer to be able to celebrat more birthdays! This is a fun run/walk where you will get showered in eco-friendly, safe color based corn starch for children and adults. At each color station you will fight cancer one color at a time! $30 for 18 & over; $25 under 18. Benefits the American Cancer Society. Info: gaylordmichigan.net
March 28… Upscale Art Exhibit 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region presents a salvage art exhibit and silent auction featuring ReStore wooden chairs that have been re-imagined and restored. Dennos Museum Center 1410 College Dr Traverse City MI 49686 231-995-1055
March 28…The Alpena Senior Center will host a Mom to Mom Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be kids items for sale, plus concessions will be available. Anyone is welcome. Spaces will be available to rent for people who want to sell their items. Rentals are $10 for an eight-foot table. Info: 989-356-3585
March 28…St. Anne’s Annual Easter Bake Sale 7am til sold out. Homemade breads, pies, cookies, cakes, etc. Lockwood St-Alpena. Info: 989-356-4605
March 28…The Yuba Historic Society presents a Celebration of Spring Mother/daughter luncheon starting at noon at the Williamsburg Banquet Center. Live entertainment, silent auction and lunch catered by Kelly’s. $20 adults, $10 10 & under. Proceeds benefit the Yuba School restoration. Call for advanced reservations 231-264-8038
March 28… Maple Sap to Syrup - Grass River Natural Area,11am-12:30pm, $5person/$10family. The maple sap is flowing! Discover the ceremonial spring art of tapping a maple tree. Learn traditional and modern methods, tree identification, and use the fun equipment involved: Biltmore sticks, hydrometers, spiles, evaporators, buckets, drills, and sap lines. Taste the greatness of pure Michigan maple syrup. All ages. Info: www.grassriver.org
March 29…Annual Chili Fest fundraiser for the Alger County Animal Shelter at the American Legion Hall – Traverse City. Chili, Veggie Chili, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Desserts, Refreshments and Carry-Out $7.00 Donation, $6 for Veterans Kids Under 4 are FREE! Live Music - Raffles - Silent Auction 12 to 4 - Drawing at 4pm - Cash Bar. Info:algeranimalshelter.org
March 29…Benefit for Ali Bur 1-4p at the Benton Twp Hall-Cheboygan. Raffle, bake sale, entertainment, silent auction. Ali suffers from Autism & severe OCD, funds will help with medical expenses. Info: 231-627-7369
March 30…2nd Annual Biggest Easter Egg Hunt Ever 1p at the Gaylord Soccer Complex. $5 entry. Free hot dogs, pizza & drink. Bike & Scooter Raffles, Easter Bunny, Bounce House ande more! Info: gaylordchamber.com
March 30…Winterfolk Concert 6:30-8pm at the Charlevoix Public Library featuring Gary Shackleford on the five string banjo and guitar. Free admission. Info: 231-237-7340
April is the Month of the Young Child and there is a diaper drive being held at several locations. Diapers will be distributed by the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry. Drop off sites: St. Francis Catholic Church; Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Tom’s Food Markets; Oleson’s Food Stores; Family Fare Market; Presbyterian Church; and Small Wonders Re-sale…all located in Traverse City. Info: 231-941-0655
April 1…Bowling Down Mainstreet 1pm, downtown Harbor Springs. It's April Fools Day! Come out for an annual tradition as we celebrate the approach of Spring. Students, parents and business owners from around the community come out to watch children go for a strike down Main Street, just west of State Street. The event is free. For more information, contact the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 526-7999
April 3… 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
April 4…Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt 2pm at East Park-downtown. Age groups 2 & under; 3-4yr; 5-6 yr; 7-10 yr. Bring your own basket. Info: 231-547-2101
April 4…Frankfort’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mineral Springs Park. Info: 231-352-7251
April 4… Hop Around the Block in Downtown Mancelona! At 10:30 a.m. Area children are invited to come in their Easter garb to collect eggs, candy or toys from area businesses. They will be led by the Easter Bunny in parade fashion to hop around the block. This event is coordinated by Mancelona Matters. Info: 231-676-1214
April 4…Free Egg Hunt 1pm at Pond Hill Farm-Harbor Springs. Bring your own basket. Info: www.pondhill.com
April 4… The Elmira-Warner Firefighters Association is doing an Easter Egg Hunt at Elmira Park, 1pm. This is for Kids 0-12 Years old. Please bring a bag for your eggs. Info: 231-546-3699
April 4…East Jordan Lions Club presents Easter Fun & Games 10-11:30a at the East Jordan HS Gym. Games, prizes, candy and more for kids 12 & under. Info: 231-536-7117
April 8…Prom Dress Giveaway for Teens 3:15-5:15 at the Charlevoix Library. Come to the library and try on beautiful, gently used, formal dresses and take one home for free! Free dress alterations from Karen Bakker. Info: 231-237-7350
April 10-11…St. Ignace Home Show & Spring Expo, Little Bear East Arena. St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo, Little Bear East Arena. Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 10… The Rogers City Theater will host a performance by the La Compagine Musical Dance Troupe at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of the Presque Isle District Library's 'Celebrating Our Cultural Traditions Through Music' series. Info: 989-734-3861
April 11…Big Little Hero Race 9am The fun run is free and there are prizes for all children who participate. After the event meet in West Hall at NMC's main campus for the awards ceremony, prizes and fun events for kids of all ages. There will be face painting, balloon animals and more! All proceeds of this event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Info: 231-735-1055
April 11…The Dance Center presents “Peter Pan Dance Concert” 2-4p and 6-8p at Milliken Auditorium-Traverse City. This original one-act ballet of Peter Pan told through music, dance, and drama. Tickets are $10-18. Info: 231-947-6820
April 11…Great Lakes Maritime Academy Captain’s Dinner. Two seatings, 5:30p & 7pm at Lobdells on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus-Traverse City. Gourmet 3 course pasta dinner, tour training ship, silent auction. Info: 231-995-1021
April 12…Bridal Expo noon-4p at the historic Livesaving Station-Waterfront Park, Elberta. Free Admission. Info: 231-651-0058
April 12…Lions Club Pancake Breakfast 9a-1pm at the Maple City Lions Club Community Building. $7 adults, 5-12 yr $3, under 5 free. Proceeds benefit community projects. Info: 231-334-2758
April 14…St. Ignace Job Fair 1-3p at Little Bear East Arena. Info: 906-643-8717
April 16…2015 Northern Michigan Business Expo & Job Fair 2-7p at the Williamsburg Banquet Center. Events include Business to Business Networking, exhibits, Business After Hours, drawings, and much more. Info: 231-264-8202
April 17…5th Annual Instant Wine Cellar 7pm at the Perry Hotel in Petoskey. Entry to the event is either a ($15 value) bottle of wine, a six-pack of craft beer, or $15. With the purchase of raffle tickets, guests have a chance to win an "Instant Wine Cellar” from the donated beverages, as well as many other prizes. There will be live music; a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar. All proceeds will support Char-Em United Way’s Volunteer Connections program. Info: 231-487-1006
April 18…Earth Week Plus Expo Noon-4p at Cheboygan Area High School. his FREE expo offers educational events and adventures. The NE MI GLSI will participate during the Annual Earth Week Plus Free Expo with a hands-on activity showing participants how to make sub-irrigated planters reusing plastic planters! Info: Cheboygan.com
April 18…Kingsley Family Theatre 12:30 at the Kingsley Library. Free family friendly feature movies. Showing “Big Hero 6”. Fre popcorn in a mini-theater setting. Info: 231-263-5484
April 19…Celebrate Earth Day with family fun activities & a 5K walk for all ages starting at Noon. Meet at the Big Green Barn at the Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Free. Info: grassriver.org
April 22-26…National Trout Festival. Entertainment, games, flea market, carnival, parade and more! Info: nationaltroutfestival.com
April 23…Business After Hours 5-7p at Fernelius Toyota-Cheboygan. $5 members, $7 non-members. Info: 231-627-7183
April 23…Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Boyne 3-7p at the formr Carter’s Building in Boyne City. Great time to meet and get to know businesses in the area and at the same time, indulge in samples of delicious food, beer and wine prepared by local restaurants. Info: 231-582-6222
April 23…Organic Farming Seminar 6:30-7:30 at Charlevoix Library. Jimmy Spencer of Pond Hill Farm talks about organic farming and gardening, pesticide and herbicide free produce, as well as the café, winery, and store at the farm. He will offer tips about organic gardening for the individual gardener. Info: 231-237-7340
April 23…Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting and appetizers by Barrel Back Restaurant with music by Jeff Pagel. $15 advance/$20 day of. 231-347-4337.
April 23…Otsego County Career Fair 1-4p at the Gaylord Eagles Hall. Preregister with Michigan Works to obtain a ticket to attend this career fair. Contact 989-732-3886 ext 1222
April 25…Annual Celebration for Young Children 11a-2p downtown Traverse City. Various activities at locations throughout downtown. Info: downtowntc.com
April 25…27th Annual Pancake Breakfast 7a-1p at the Bellaire Senior Center. Benefits Bellaire Boy Scout Troop 76. $5 adults, $3 ages 3-10, under 2 free. Info: bellairechamber.com
April 26…Annual TC Chocolate Festival 1-3:30p at the City Opera House-Traverse City. $15 admission, 12 & under $8. Tastings and samples; door prizes, demonstrations, live music, art and more. Benefits the Northwest Food Coalition. Info: tcchocolatefestival.com
April 28…Flower Arranging Workshop 6:30-7:30p at the Charlevoix Public Library. Learn how to arrange flowers with Lori Mitchell of Charlevoix Floral. Please bring a 6" vase with a 2 1/2" opening, scissors, and work gloves. Registration is required - online, or call 231-237-7340.
April 29…21st Annual Hard Hats & Hope Banquet 5-9pm at Knights of Columbus-Cheboygan. Doors at 5, dinner at 6. Live music, silent auction & 50/50 raffle. $12 adults, 12 & under $6 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity.
April 29…Harbor Springs Business Showcase. 5-7pm at Community Center-Holy Childhood Church. Networking, local food samplings, live music and more. By donation. Info: 231-526-7999
April 30…8th Annual Community Pride Clean-up Day Downtown Indian River! Indian River residents and downtown businesses are encouraged to participate in this town-wide Spring Cleaning in preparation for the busy summer ahead. Document Shredding available at the Chamber of Commerce, hot dogs and soda for clean-up volunteers downtown, and street sweeper coming through town in the evening. Info: irchamber.com
May 1…Downtown Art Walk 5-9p throughout downtown Traverse City. Enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music on a self guided tour throughout Downtown Traverse City. Walking maps are available at each participating location and the Downtown Traverse City office. Info: 231-922-2050
May 2…Mud Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest 9a-5p at Mt. Holiday-Traverse City. Adult racers will travel over the beautiful VASA Trail before heading back to Mt. Holiday's stadium finish. All proceeds from the event will support Mt. Holiday. Info: mudsweatandbeers.com
May 2…Bark For Life, a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. 11am at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Info: 800-227-2345
May 7…Cheboygan Area Business Expo & Taste of the Straits 3-8p at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion.
May 9…Power of the Purse Fundraiser to benefit the Goodwill Inn. Enjoy a delicious brunch at the City Opera House-Traverse City, silent auction, complimentary photos. Tickets are $40. Info: goodwillnmi.org