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
Most Friday Nights…311 Friday Night Jam! Free live music along with mini demonstrations for the healing arts like yoga, meditation and Reiki, plus inspiring stories. 7-8:30p. 311 Spiritual Wellness Center-Michigan St, Petoskey. Info: 231-838-3010
Register now for the 24th Annual Audie’s Open 2-person scramble at the Mackinaw Club Golf Course. Proceeds benefit local scholarships. Info: 231-436-5744
With summer quickly approaching, the Traverse City Salvation Army is excitedly gearing up for Summer Day Camp as well opening the door to wonderful summer camp opportunities at Little Pine Island Camp at Comstock Park. Both the Summer Day Camp and Little Pine Island Camp sessions provide low income and area children and youth the chance to explore nature, enjoy engaging fun activities and meet new friends, while developing self-esteem, good citizenry and Christian character. For more information on the Traverse City, Salvation Army youth development programs, the Summer Day Camp or Little Pine Island Camp visit satraversecity.org or call Youth Development Coordinator, Susie Afton at 231.946.4644 ext. 309.
May 22-23…Bethlehem Lutheran Church is holding it's annual rummage sale at the church on County road 612 in Lewiston. There will be a food tent, clothing available and much more. For more information please contact the church at 989-786-3718.
May 23…Memorial Day Parade & Fireworks-Mackinaw City. Parade at 1pm, fireworks at dusk at Conkling Heritage Park. Info: www.mackinawcity.com
May 23…10th Annual Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival 10a-4p at Barnes Park near Eastport. Stone-hunting, stone-skipping, demonstrations, prizes, and other fun. Info: www.petoskeystonefestival.com
May 23… The Classic Kruzers Truck and Auto show will take place from 9am-2:30p.m. at 131 E. Superior Street in Rogers City. Voting takes place from 11am-2p.m., awards ceremony at 2:15p.m., the Grand Kruze begins at 2:45p.m. and ends at 40 Mile Point. There will also be breakfast sponsored by the Lions Club from 7:30am-10A.M., Lunch and also a Live Auction. For more information call 989-351-9684.
May 23…18th Annual Cars in the Park-Haserot Park-Northport. 9a-4pm. Custom & antique cars, arts & crafts, food and more. Info: www.northportcarsinthepark.com
May 23…Northern Michigan Hearse Cruise stops in Mancelona from 9:30-11:30. The hearses will be on display along South Maple Street (between U.S. 131 and M-88 (State Street) funeral vehicles from all over the country will be coming for this 2nd annual event. For more information 989-390-1133.
May 23…Cheboygan County Humane Society Open House noon-2pm at the shelter on Hackleburg Rd. Hot dogs, refreshments, tour the facility, visit the animals. Info: 231-238-8221
May 23…Charlevoix Garden Club Plant Sale Noon at the new Ferry Beach Location. The plant sale proceeds enable us to support 11 civic gardens and several community projects. Info: charlevoixareagardenclub.org
May 23…21st Annual Elk Rapids Arts & Crafts Show – River Street 9a-4pm. Features more than 70 different artisans who display, sell and demonstrate their work. Info: www.traversecity.com
May 23-25…Colonial Michilimackinac Weekend Pagent. Over 400 cast members will re-create events that took place between the French, British and Indian tribes, on June 2, 1763. This historically rich event will take place for the 50th consecutive year. Visitors will meet famous Indian Chiefs: Miniavavan and Matchekewis of the Ojibwa tribe, and Wawatam who becomes a blood brother to Alexander Henry and later saves his life. Info: www.mackinawcity.com
May 23-24… The 40 Mile Point Lighthouse north of Rogers City will host its 11th Annual Afternoon Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event also includes an open house in the lighthouse. Kiwanis Club whitefish sandwiches will be available. For more information, visit 'www dot 40 Mile Point Lighthouse dot com.
May 23-24…Native American Festival at the Museum of the Ojibwa Culture-St Ignace. The festival schedule offers a variety of ceremonies, workshops, and traditional entertainment free of charge. Ojibwa artists will demonstrate the making of black ash baskets and the tanning of hide using traditional methods. Teachings will include topics like the significance of the sacred pipe, sacred medicines, and Ojibwa regalia. Info: www.staintigance.org
May 23-24…Bellaire Boy Scout Troop 76 is holding a yard sale 9a-5p at the Bellaire Family Fare Lawn. Knicknacks, sports related equipment, furniture, appliances and more. Info: 231-676-0879
May 25…Charlevoix Memorial Day Parade & Service 10-11a Parade down Bridge Street Service in East Park; Service at Brookside Cemetery. Info:Charlevoix.org
May 25…Memorial Day Parades/Services:
9am – Memorial Day Parade - Mancelona
10am – American Legion Memorial Day Parade in Bellaire
10am – Service at Fort Mackinac
10am-Memorial Day Parade downtown Harbor Springs
10am. –Memorial Day Parade starting at VFW Hall-Gaylord
10a- Memorial Day Parade & Service-Downtown Petoskey
12pm – Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park, Boyne City
1pm – Indian River Memorial Day Parade
May 27-31…4th Annual Leelanau Birding Festival. See more than 150 different species of nesting birds, including the rare Great Lakes Piping Plover. Info: www.mibirdfest.com
May 28…May Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Appetizers, wine tasting & live music. $15 in advance/$20 day of. Info: www.crookedtree.org
May 28…Northland Players Summer Youth Theatre Program tryouts 4-6p for grades 5-12 at the Northland Players Theater Center-Cheboygan. The show will be “7 Keys”, a musical murder mystery. Info: 231-627-5841
May 28…2nd Annual Cherry Bowl Jubilee at the Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre- Honor. Activities include: Cherry Pie Eating Contests (3 age groups); Face Painting; Putt-Putt Golf; Cake Walk; Bean Bag Toss ;Hula-Hoop Contests; Classic Cars on Display; Musical Entertainment; Jump Rope Contests; And MORE! Gate opens at 6:00 pm. Activities begin at 6:30 pm; Movie 'Back to the Future' starts at dusk Tickets may be purchased online through this event registration page or are available at the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce office or at the Box Office the day of the event. 5 & Under - FREE ADMISSION (2 free with each Adult Ticket Purchase) 6 - 12 - $8.00; 13 & Up - $10.00; Come in your Classic Car and get 2 for 1 admission the evening of the event. Ticket price includes: Movie, small pop, small popcorn, games and activities. Info: visitbenzie.com
May 30…Community Yard Sale 8:30-4pm at the Kaliseum – Kalakska. Free admission. Info: 231-258-5913
May 30…Color Me Awesome 5K Girls on the Run. Adults $40, under 18 $25. Lakeside Park-Rogers City. Info: Cheboygan.com
May 30…25th Annual Harbor Springs Cycling Classic. Experience a leisurely bike ride along some of the most scenic roads of northern Michigan, on your choice of a 20 mile, 45 mile, or 60 mile route. Starts at the Birchwood Inn-Harbor Springs. Info: 231-526-2151
May 30…”Chalk Your Walk” event with the Sidewalk Chalk Project in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, come down to Festival Square in Cheboygan from 8a-10a with a positive message to chalk on the sidewalk. Chalk will be provided by donation. Benefits mental health programs through the Salvation Army of Chebooygan. Info: Susan 231-627-2341
May 30…The Alpena Garden Club is holding a Plant Fundraiser from 8am-12noon at the Alpena Farmer's Market behind city hall. There will be many varieties of Perennials and Annuals as well as tomato plants and pepper plants. For more information contact Diana at 356-2579.
June 3…American Red Cross Blood Drive Noon-4:45 at St. Anthony Parish Life Center-Mackinaw City. Info: 800-Red-Cross
June 4-7…60th Annual Mancelona Bass Festival. Parades, flea market, craft bazaar, entertainment, carnival rides, competitive games and contests, fireworks and much more. Info: mancelonachamber.org
June 5…”Movies in the Park” returns with a free outdoor screening of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at F & M Park in Traverse City. Info: traversecity.com
June 5…Taste of Downtown/Summer Open House 5p-9p. Pennsylvania Park will come alive with the sounds of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, and Downtown will be bustling with activity as the Petoskey restaurants and merchants show off their 2015 goods. Info: www.petoskeyarea.com
June 5…Movies in the Park. Bring your favorite people and your favorite blanket, too - curl up in Petoskey's Pennsylvania Park after enjoying the Summer Open House and watch Mary Poppins! Info: www.petoskeyarea.com
June 5-14…66th Annual Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island
June 5-6…Charlevoix Craft Beer Festival. Featuring breweries from all over Michigan. Live Music & local food trucks. Info: business.charlevoix.org
June 6…Annual Indian River Walleye Tournament, presented by the Cochran Roberts VFW, Indian River Sportsman's Club and the Indian River Chamber of Commerce. Info: 231-238-9325
June 5-6…2015 Rotary Variety Show 7-9p at the East Jordan Community Auditorium. Music, skits, live band, fun and laughter. $10 admission adults; $5 students. Info: ejchamber.org
June 5-7…The OTP Young Players present “The Hobbit”. Fri/Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pm. $15 adults, $6 17 & under. Info: mynorthtickets.com
June 6…The Kiwanis Club of Rogers City will hold its annual Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Westminster Park. The show will feature a variety of crafters, whitefish sandwiches, a bounce house and other activities for kids. Admission is free. For more information, call Barb at (989) 734-4587.
June 6…6th Annual Dirty Dog Dash at Boyne Mountain-Harbor Springs. The race route will cover 5 kilometers of mountainous terrain with a bunch of obstacles thrown in along the way. Of course, there will be live music to keep the party rolling long after the leftover mud from your personal conquest has dried. In addition to the prizes awarded to the top finishers in each division, prizes will be awarded for best costumes (Goofiest Dogs), team spirit (Spirit of the Dog), the "Dirtiest Dog" and more. Info: boyne.com
June 12-13…Summer Arts & Crafts Show – Washington Park, Cheboygan. 2-8p Fri, 10a-4p Sat. Info: Cheboygan.com
June 12-14…GTKC All Breed Dog Show at Northwestern Michigan Fair Grounds. Judging classes are Conformation, Obedience, and Rally. Mixed Breeds welcome, Obedience/Rally through AKA Canine Partners. Info: 231-421-5141
June 12-14…Michigan Lighthouse Festival-St. Ignace. Vendors at Little Bear East Arena; live music; speakers; Shelpler’s cruise and more. Info:saintignace.org
June 12- Sept 4th…Stroll the Streets every Friday 6-9pm downtown Boyne City. Music ranges from traditional folk, bluegrass and jazz to rock. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painters and balloon-twisters. Info: wwwstrollthestreets.com
June 12-Sept 4th…Family Dinner & Movie Night 5:20-8pm at Harbor Springs Sk8 Park. Showing a children/teen movie night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants interested in attending the event will pay $5 for pizza, pop, and a dessert. The Movie is free. Info:harborspringschamber.com
June 13…iTri Kid’s Triathlon 8a-noon at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. A unique triathlon for kids ages 6-15. Three different swim-bike-run course designs to match all skill levels. Each athlete will receive a T-shirt, swim cap, rubber bracelet and medal of completion! Info: www.charlevoixpool.org
June 13-14…Michigan Free Fishing Weekend!
June 13…Antiques & Collectibles show 9a-4p downtown Gaylord, under the Pavilion. Info: 989-732-5392
June 13…Evening of Music 7-9p at the First United Methodist Church-Gaylord. Featuring the music of Handel, Scarlatti, Delibes, Debussy, and more! No charge, but donations welcome. Info: gaylordchamber.com
June 13…Collars for a Cause Pet Adopt-a-thon at Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac in Petoskey from 10-1p. Hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, face painting, prizes. Dave Kring will donate up to $50 adoption fee. Info: ltbhs.com
June 13…Boater’s Safety Class 9a-5p at the FOE Eagles in Indian River. Free. Lunch will be provided. Call to pre-register: 231-627-8883
June 13…Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival 1-8pm. Art, music, food and wine. Info: lelandmi.com
June 13-14…Detroit Lions Youth Football Mini-camp at Western Ave Fields-Cheboygan. Boys and girls age 6-14 are welcome. Pre-register 313-262-2248
June 14…Colantha Walker Dairy Festival 9a-3p at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Free family friendly celebration with a pancake breakfast, live music, farmers market, arts & crafts, kids activities, and much more! Info: www.traversecity.com
June 15…Back to the Bricks Car Show 3-8p on Water St-Boyne City. Classic cars, 50’s/60’s costume contest, entertainment and more. Info:boynechamber.com
June 16- Aug 14…2015 Charlotte Ross Lee Concert in the Park series, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at noon in Pennsylvania Park-Petoskey. Bring your lunch and enjoy the entertainment each week.
Jun 18…Family Movie Night 6:30-9pm at the Alden District Library. Showing Lego DC Comics: Super Hero for ages 6 & up. Free. Popcorn & lemonade served. Info: 231-331-4318
Jun 19-20…Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild presents “Quilts by the Bay” quilt show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building. 9a-6p Fri, 9a-4p Sat. $6. Info: www.ltbquiltersguild.org
June 19-20…19th Annual Antiques on the Bay Auto Show – St. Ignace. Original, Restored Classic & Antique vehicles on display along the downtown waterfront. Period clothing, Entertainment, food and more. Info: www.mackinawcity.com
June 19-20…Ellsworth “Ellebration”. Parade, games, kids activities, horse pull, archery events, tractor cruise and more. Info: 231-676-0935
June 20…13th Annual Bike Ride for Breast Cancer 7:30a-Noon. Starts and ends in Boyne City. The 42 mile and 55 mile course is on the Little Traverse Wheelway and throughout downtown Charlevoix. Bikers will then travel southerly to the Ironton Ferry. Registration Form, Route Map, and more information can be found at www.bike4breastcancernm.org.
June 20…Bark in the Park Annual Dog Competition 1-4p at the American Legion Park-St. Ignace. $15 registration fee, includes a t-shirt for you, bandana for your best friend. Free for spectators. Contests: Shiniest Coat, Best Smile, Best Tail Wag, Best Trick, Most Look-Alike, Biggest Ears, Best Costume, Largest, Smallest, Farthest Travelled, and Best In Show. 100% of proceeds to benefit homeless pets in Mackinac County. Info: www.saintignace.org
June 21…AC Paws Birthday Bash Classic Car Show 10a-3p at Timber Ridge Resort & Campground-Traverse City. Info: acpaw.org
June 26-27…6th Annual SOBO Arts Festival - Boyne City. Artist demonstrations, hands-on & children activities, artists displays, food & more! Fri 4-9p, Sat 9a-4p. Info: www.boynechamber.com