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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


Now-Dec 18…Infinite Path Martial Arts 12th Annual Winter Food & Clothing Drive. Drop off gently used coats, hats, gloves, canned & dried food at  2811 Cass St-Traverse City. Info: 23-421-5184


Now-Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Annual drive to collect non-perishable foods, paper products, cleaning supplies and personal care items for use by survivors of domestic abuse and their children staying at the Safe Home, operated 24 hours a day and 365 days a year by the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) Donations and financial contributions may be made in Petoskey at the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan main office or Gold Mine Resale Shops, and at agency satellite offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord, and Mancelona. For more information, call 231-347-1572. A Safe Home Needs List is available at www.wrcnm.org.



Non-profit organizations in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have the perfect way to buy meaningful gifts for loved ones. Char-Em Alternative Gifts raises awareness of needs in our community, provides financial support to address those needs, offers a meaningful option for those who wish to make a difference with their holiday shopping dollars. Organizations participating include Bergmann Center, Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Northwest Michigan, The Manna Food Project, and Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Choose to give to any of these organizations as an alternative to your typical holiday gifts by visiting www.charemalternativegifts.org, and the honoree of your gift will receive a greeting card letting them know of your donation.


Dec 16…The Grand Lake Branch of the Presque Isle County Library will host a 'Christmas Storytime' at 5:45 p.m. Hot cocoa, cider and donuts will be provided. The public is welcome. For more information, or to register, call (989) 595-5051.


Dec 17…Community Book Talk 3:30-5p at the Elk Rapids Library.  This book group doesn’t have required reading–just come and talk about books and authors while you enjoy good company and conversation! There is no charge and no need to sign up. Info: elkrapidschamber.org


Dec 18…Benefit Dinner for Patrick Roache at 6pm at the Livingston Township Hall in Gaylord (3218 N. Old Us Highway 27). Pat was involved in an accident in Nov.  He was helping tow his sister out of a snow bank when a vehicle lost control and hit Pat while he was hooking a tow strap to his sisters car.  He
received life threatening injuries; he is the sole provider for his wife and three children.  The proceeds of the benefit will go to helping this family.


Dec 19…Spring Arbor University’s Hanging of the Greens 6:30-8:30p at the University Center-Gaylord. This event provides a time for all to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. Festivities are family friendly and include face painting, Santa, Christmas cookies, a concert screening and more! Info: 989-705-3740


Dec 19…18th Century Christmas Music with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra 7pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. Ticket prices range from $20-$75. Info: glcorchestra.org


Dec 20…Breakfast with Santa, Mitten & Hat Drive, at Mancelona High School 9 - 11 a.m. Enjoy breakfast with Santa, arts and crafts, face paintings and more! Donations of cash or mittens/hats will be greatly appreciated. For more information or to contribute, please contact Kristin Witt, Community Resource Development, Mancelona Public Schools, PO Box 739, Mancelona, MI 49659 or 231-587-9021.


Dec 20…Blissfest Annual Solstice Celebration 5:30-7p at the Emmet County Fairground Community Building. Music, potluck, silent auction, kids craft area and more. Info: 231-838-6239


Dec 20…All aboard the Polar Express! This classic story will be shared and families will welcome Santa as he reads “The Night Before Christmas”. Families will also have a chance to make magic Reindeer food to take home. 11am at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere –Traverse City. Info: tadl.org


Dec 20…Evening with the Owls. Wings of Wonder will start off the night with a 1 hour presentation of live raptors 6-8 at the Grand Traverse Conservation District – Traverse City. Following the program, participants will be able to join on the trails and learn how to call and search for owls and other night time hunters. $10 adults, $5 kids 10 & younger. Info: 231-941-0960


Dec 20…Songs and Stories of Christmas 7-8:30 at the Old Art Buliding-Leeland. Join Scott Craig, Norm Wheeler, Anne-Marie Oomen, and friends for this heart warming evening of Readings and Songs for the Holiday Spirit. Tickets $15 adults / $5 children. Info: 231-256-2131


Dec 20… Family Theatre at the Kingsley Library 12:30pm. Featuring "Dolphin Tale 2."  Bring the family and your friends for free popcorn in the mini-theater setting! For more information, please call 231-263-5484.


Dec 20…3rd Annual Riggsville Christmas Parade 7pm. Spectators are asked to bring food or toy donations to help those in need. Free hot chocolate and hot dogs after the parade at Sacred Heart Church. Info: 231-627-9663


Dec 21…Antrim County Community Christmas Cantata, 3pm at Bellaire Public School. Free. Info: bellairechamber.com


Dec 21…Music House Museum Open House from noon to 4 PM. Enjoy beautiful holiday decorations, mini-tours, holiday music and screenings of a short silent film complete with popcorn. There will be special discounted admissions with of adults $5, students $3 and children under 6 are free and a special family admission of $15. Info: 231-938-9300


Dec 22...The Salvation Army, Traverse City  Christmas Community Meal from 11:30 – 1:30. All are welcome to join in the Christmas meal at The Salvation Army, Community Center, 1239 Barlow, Traverse City.  


Dec 23…Holiday Community Dance 7-11p at the Mills Community House in Benzonia. Live music, refreshments and more. $10, supports upkeep and improvements. Info: dancebenzie.com


Dec 23…The Alpena Senior Center will host an old-fashioned family Christmas with meals at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Christmas music and sing-alongs, gifts for everyone, a Christmas craft-fest at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and more. Everyone is welcome. Info: 989-356-3585


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa! 9a-4:30p at Shanty Creek Resort-Bellaire. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently-used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit the Father Fred Foundation. Info: 800-678-4111


Dec 26…Beach Bash 2014 6-8pm at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Smoothies and snacks in the beach-y lobby; beach balls, games, and fun on the deck. Play in the Pool then relax in the hot tub. It's cold outside but it's HOT on the deck!$5/person. Info: 231-547-0982


Dec 27…“Shelter From The Storm”. AC PAW is having a Used Dog House Round Up and Chuck Wagon ReSupply event from 10-6p in the parking lot of the Alden Bar & Grill. Bring Your No Longer Used Dog House and/or Pet Items such as pet food, beds, leashes, collars, etc. Needs list and more info at acpaw.org


Dec 27…Blessing of the Sleds at 1pm at the Mancelona Motorplex ( The property is located just east of U.S. 131 and is accessible from Valley Road. ). Snowmobile event on private property; the public is invited.  Following the blessing of the sleds, there will be a bonfire and snowmobile test and tune runs.  Bring hot dogs for the bonfire, and your own food (and some to share, if you'd like!)  For more information please call Tim Bingham at 231-587-4807.


Dec 27- Mar 7, Every Saturday…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.


Dec 27…Winter Open House 11-3p at the Harbor Springs History Museum. This is a family event and admission to the museum will be free for the day, though donations are always appreciated. Various winter crafts and activities will be available for children and light refreshments will be served.  Info: 231-526-9771


Dec 27…Winter Watercolors, 1pm at the Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Paint a winter scene with watercolors with the help of artist and naturalist, Arlene Westhoven. Take photos of winter skies, clouds, sunsets, drifts and water/ice and bring them to the class. $5 Info: elkrapidschamber.org


Dec 29…Holiday Rail Jam at Boyne Highlands with music, contests, prizes and more! Info: 800-GO-Boyne


Dec 31…Traverse City New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop 9pm downtown. Ring in the New Year in Downtown Traverse City as the massive illuminated cherry is lowered to signify the coming year!  Festivities start at 9pm with live entertainment, dance party, DJ and other surprises! Info: traversecity.com


Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop! Get your creative juices flowing during the Snowman Making Contest (sponsored by Charlevoix Public Library)! Make smores over the fire pit in Bridge Park! Meet and greet the famous Second Chance Mushers- kiddos can even go on a dog sled ride! New to the Bridge Drop this year include the Bridge Drop Brew Tent (21+) which hosts fantastic live music from 3pm-11:45pm and all Michigan Brew lineup! The actual Bridge Drop will be at 11:55 and the best New Years Eve Firework Show in the Midwest will take place at midnight! Info: bridgedrop.com


Dec 31…Cheboygan Anchor Drop! Live music, party favors & free hot chocolate starting at 11pm, Festival Square downtown. Info: Cheboygan.com


Dec 31…New Year's Eve at the Arts Center. An all age, alcohol free celebration featuring performances and workshops by Crooked Tree Arts Center's instructors and and artists and organizations. Concludes with Midnight at 9 pm Times Square style! Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. 231-347-4337. 


Dec 31…Noon Year’s Eve Party! 10-noon at Fife Lake Library. Enjoy the movie premier of "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" and snacks, plus the balloon drop at Noon! Info: tadl.org


Dec 31…Gaylord New Years Eve Bash. Friends, family and visitors are invited to the Pavilion on Court St downtown to join in activities for all ages prior to the “Ball Drop”. Kids activities starting at 4pm; beer & wine starting at 6pm, live entertainment starts at 8pm Info: 989-732-6333


Jan 1…Resolution Run 5K starts at Little Fleet-downtown Traverse City at 11am. Benefits the Traverse Health Clinic. $35 (free t-shirt if you sign up by Dec 22) Info: traversehealthclinic.org


Jan 1…View of the Bay Polar 5K Walk/Run 11am starting at the Terrace Inn-Petoskey. $25, proceeds benefit the Petoskey Area Jaycees, YMCA scholarships and the McLaren Hospital Foundation. Info: ymcanm.org


Jan 2…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


Jan 2… The Alpena Senior Center will host a Pickin' for People dinner and concert on Jan. 2. A meal will be served from 5-6 p.m. followed by music from 6-8 p.m. The suggested donation for those over 60 is $3.50. The cost for everyone else is $6. Info: 989-356-3585


Jan 2 – 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 4…21st Annual Downtown Bridal Show noon-4p at the City Opera House-Traverse City. Over 35 vendors will come together to showcase all things wedding at the City Opera House in Downtown Traverse City from noon to 4pm. A wedding fashion show will take place at 3:15pm and admission to the event is free! Info: 231-941-8082


Jan 8…WCMU Community Cinema presents “A Path Appears” at 7pm at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City as part of their cinema series. Events are free of charge, and feature a documentary film followed by discussion with community leaders and scholars. Info: dennosmuesum.org


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 10…National Winter Trails Day-St. Ignace! Hike the Hiawatha, guided hikes between 10-11am; snowshoe of ski the Gors Cap Trail from 10-4; Cross Country Ski the Sand Dunes Trail System; Tube, ski & snowboard at Doc Holle’s Silver Mt noon-6p; Stomp the Park at Straits State Park 5pm. Info: saintignace.org


Jan 10… Family Snow Day, 1:00pm-4:00pm, FREE A hands-on workshop from the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers , a snowshoe hike to Grass River, and a Family Snow Fort Building Competition.  Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Info: grassriver.org


Jan 10 & Jan 24…Sips & Soups noon-5pm with Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Tickets are $10 per person and include a souvenir wine glass. You’ll enjoy a yummy soup and wine pairing at each of the 22 participating wineries along the trail. In addition, $3 for each ticket sold is being donated to the local food banks coordinated by Leelanau Christian Neighbors. Info: lpwines.com


Jan 15…Business After Hours 5-7pm at the Gaylord Regional Airport. Food, beverages and a chance to network with new people. $5 for chamber members, $10 for non-members. Info: gaylordchamber.com


Jan 15…Business After Hours 5:30-7:30 at G’s Shipping Store & More-N. Straits Hwy-Cheboygan. $5 for chamber members, $7 for non-members. Info: 231-627-7183


Jan 16-17…Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival. National Tournament of Champions for Ice Carving; chili cook-off; find frosty contest; fireworks and more! Info: emmetcounty.org


Jan 16-18…Mackinaw City Winterfest! Parade, Chili Cook Off and Outhouse Parade and race at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of fun outdoor events as our famous outhouse races, city wide poker walk, chili cookoff and more. Sign up for the ice fishing contest in Paradise Lake. Info: mackinaw-city.com


Jan 17…50th Annual Moose Jaw Safari. Registration starts at 8:30am. Join the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club for an easy 2 hr/15 min ride to Larks Lake. Info: petoskeyarea.com


Jan 17-18…Kalkaska Winterfest with sled dog races, craft shows, a frozen disc golf tournament and more at the Kalkaska County Fairgrounds. Info: kalkaskawinterfest.org


Jan 17…Family Theatre at the Kingsley Library starting at 12:30. Showing "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Bring the family and your friends for free popcorn. Info: tadl.org


Jan 17…Big Foot Snowshoe 5K & 10K Race 9am at Timber Ridge-Traverse City. Snowshoe rental available. $25 early registration. Info: runsnow.com


Jan 17… “Fun Night of Car Racing” held at the Bellaire Masonic Lodge . 3:00 PM registration, Race begins at 4:00 PM until finished. Open to the public. Build your own cars. Car Kit, $5.00; Registration, $5.00 Registration, with your own car, $5.00 Classes of race: “18 Years & Under” and “19 Years To Infinity” Prizes in each class and for overall best design. Hot dogs, brats, chips & popcorn, available for purchase. Coffee & lemonade is provided. Info: bellairechamber.com


Jan 18…Wedding Show noon-3p at Stafford’s Bay View Inn-Petoskey. Get everything you need to plan your perfect wedding. $5 admission, brides & grooms free. Info: staffords.com


Jan 23…Cheboygan County Humane Society Soup Supper 4-6p at the Inverness Twp Hall. $7.50 adults, kids 12 & under $5. Dellicious choices of homemade soups, bread, desserts & beverages. Info: Cheboygan.com


Jan 24…21st Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off 11-3p at the Park Place Hotel-Traverse City. Some of the area's finest restaurants and their creative chili recipes for a spicy showdown. The restaurants will compete in a variety of categories (including 1, 2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic, and more). Info: downtowntc.com


Jan 24…Boyne City Winterfest! Snow sculpture contest, kids games, horse drawn sleigh rides, chili cook-off, live music and more! Info: boynechamber.com



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