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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.


One in eight women will be affected by Breast Cancer this year. For women ages forty to sixty-four that need help getting routine cancer screenings, District Health Department #10 may be able to help. To see if you qualify, contact your local DHD#10 office or visit Don’t forget to find District Health Department #10 on Facebook, too.”


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


Every Tuesday… Mancelona United Methodist Church hosts a weekly Free Community Meal, each Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  All are invited.  For more information or to volunteer, please call the United Methodist Church. Info: 231-587-8461


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


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


Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5.


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277


TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.


TFN…Every Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info:


Now – May 11…Raffle tickets are on sale now to help the Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity for a chance to win a wooden utility building. $5 each, available at the Habitat for Humanity Restore or by calling 231-597-4663


Now-July 6…Applications are being accepted for the Purple Martin for Kids Camp Aug 19-21 at Camp Nissokone, Oscoda. Seeking foster children, including those separated from their siblings, kids at risk, and those being raised by grandparents, ages 7-18 for a fun summer camp. Children & guardians can attend at no cost. To apply, visit


May 3… North Central Michigan College Foundation is hosting a fundraiser from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Sage at Odawa Casino. The event, Dollars for Scholars, will raise money for North Central’s Student Emergency Fund established to help students deal with financial challenges that impede their ability to complete their coursework. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and music. There will be a cash bar. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are preferred. Call Marsha Tompkins at 231-439-6218. 


May 5…Off the Wall Movie Night at the Alden District Library featuring “Like Father, Like Son” Potluck at 6pm, movie at 7pm. Sign up for potluck or bring a donation. Info: 231-331-4318


May 5…2016 Cheboygan Area Business Expo and Taste of the Straits 3-8pm at the Cheboygan Ice Arena. Check out local business, enjoy a drink from the beer & wine bar, cooking demos, food samples and more. Admission $5. Info:


May 6… First Friday at the Village at Grand Traverse. On the first Friday of each month from 5-8pm (& later), The Village will feature art, food and drink samples, shopping & wining/ dining specials, live music, demos and MORE! Info:


May 6…Downtown Traverse City Art Walk. 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.


May 6-8 …Mesick Mushroom Festival. Parade, carnival rides, games, 5K, softball tourney - and a contest to see who can find the biggest mushroom in the woods. Info:


May 6-21…The Old Town Playhouse presents “Calendar Girls” based on the true story of eleven members of one of the British Women’s Institutes who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.  Thurs-Sat 7:30pm. Adults $28, under 18 $15.  Info:


May 7…3rd Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run, where you get showered in safe, Eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer; or you may also do the 1 mile walk. Then enjoy a colorful & magical party afterward immediately following, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky.

Pre-Register by April 13th 2016 to be guaranteed a white T-Shirt & Color Packet for the after party! Also, you will receive a discounted run fee for early registration. 5K $25-$30, 1 mile $20-$25. Starts at the Trail Head behind Burger King-Mackinaw City. Info: 231-436-5574


May 7…22nd Annual Sue DeYound/Judy Edger Memorial Breast Cancer Walk & Run in Charlevoix’s East Park. Registration opens at 8am, walk/run starts at 9. Collect (or donate) over $30 in pledges and receive a commemorative t-shirt. Money raised provides mammograms for women in need. Info: 231-675-1311


May 7…”Mohawks for Munson”, a fundraising festival geared towards supporting the new Cowell Family Cancer Center at Munson. Participants will get Mohawks shaved/ or fauxhawks to show their support for the local cancer community. $10 adv/$15 at the door.  All money raised will go directly to the newly opened cancer center. Family festivities will take place from noon until 5pm, with Mohawks being shaved from 2pm until 5pm and 7pm-10pm. Enjoy BBQ, Wood Fired Pizza, inside restaurants and great libations!  Following the main family daytime event will be a 21 and over after party with live entertainment from 6pm until midnight. Info:


May 7…Family Fire Safety 1:30-2:30p at the East Bay Branch Library-Traverse City. Come meet Grand Traverse County Metro Fire Department and learn fire safety tips for the whole family. Enjoy hands-on fun with the Fire Truck Petting Zoo and climb aboard the Stop, Drop and Roll inflatable. Call 922-2085 for more information.


May 7…2016 March of Babies 8a-noon at the Traverse City Civic Center. Benefits the March of Dimes. Info:


May 8…The Northern Michigan Brass Band, 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 615 West US 2. Cost: $10 adults, students free. Tickets available at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit the LaSalle High School Band. Info:


May 8…2nd Annual Run Free Tiffany Ferguson Memorial Race 8am at the Kalkaska High School Track. $25-$60, varies by race length. Proceeds benefit the family of Tiffany Ferguson who was tragically slain in 2014. Info: 231-564-1214


May 11…Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity Hard Hats & Hope spaghetti Dinner at the Cheboygan KofC Hall. 50/50 raffle, bucket drawing & silent auction. $5 under 12. Doors open at 4:30, dinner 5-6:30. $10 adv./$12 at the door. Info: 231-597-9463


May 11…Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Movie 2-4p at the Cheboygan Senior Center. Free. Info:


May 11…6th Annual Health & Wellness Fair 1-5pm at Odawa Casino-Petoskey. Free admission. Cooking demonstrations, prize drawings, over 50 exhibitors. Info:


May 12…Bellaire Chamber Annual Dinner & Auction 5:30-9pm at Shanty Creek Resort. Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, buffet dinner, live auction, and more. $35. A portion of the proceeds benefit continuing education scholarships. Info:


May 12-15…56th Annual Morel Mushroom Festival-Boyne City. Mushroom hunting, carnival, demonstrations, craft show, live music and more! Info:


May 13…An Evening of Understanding 6-8p at the COA Senior Center-Bellaire. May is Mental Health Month, enjoy poetry, discussions, displays and a the film “Through Our Eyes”. North Country Community Mental Health will be on hand to answer questions. Free. Info:


May 13-15…2ND Annual Aldo Leopold Festival with activites throughout the Hessel/Cedarville/Drummond Island region. Guided birding trips, nature hikes, kayaking trips, triathlon and more. Info:


May 14…May Day Celebration 11-5:30p at Sacred Sparks-East Jordan. Music, vendors, spiritual groups, Maypole dancing, kids activities, and more. Benefits the Women’s Resource Center and Northern Michigan Safe House. Donations of infant care items, non-perishable foods, household supplies and toiletries welcome. Info: 231-536-2704


May 14…19th Annual Community “Splash of Color” 5K Fun Run/1 mile Walk.

Festival Park – Petoskey.

COLOR RUN BEGINS AT 10:00AM - The colorful 5K course runs along the Little Traverse Wheelway Trail along the Petoskey Waterfront. This is a fun run, where you will experience color splatter stations along the route to get your color on!

WALK BEGINS AT 10:15AM - The walkers are invited to participate in the 1 Mile walk. There is no charge for the walk and T-shirts for walkers and spectators may be purchased at the event for $8.00 (subject to availability). Info:


May 14…2nd Annual Breanna’s Ride 10am at Furgeson Hill-Petoskey. Off-road trail ride, pig roast, costume contest, poker run, live music. Pre-registration $20 adults, $10 child under 12, Day of $25 adults. Dinner & band only-$10 adult, $5 children under 12. Campsites available. Proceeds benefit suicide prevention programs in honor of Breanna McPhall. Info: 231-268-1634


May 14…”Run for Their Lives” 5K run/walk 8am starting at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, Boyne City. $20 advance/$25 race day, $10 ages 12 & under. Register before April 15 to guarantee your t-shirt. Benefits the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. Info: 231-582-6774


May 14…7th Annual Tails to Trails 9am Vasa Pathway-Traverse City. 5K fun run/walk on the scenic Vasa Pathway is a unique opportunity for folks to mingle with other dog owners and experience the trails with canine friends. All proceeds benefit TART Trails. $20 person/$40 famlies thru May 6. $25/$50 after May 6. Registration 8am. Pets must stay on leash. Info: 231-941-4300


May 14…St. Ignace Lion’s Club Live Auction 4pm at Fred’s Pub. Cupcake Surprise–Arrive early to choose from 60 cupcakes.  Two beautiful jewelry prizes. Many auction items–tools, collectibles, gift certificates for many local businesses, hotel stays, gas cards, homemade crafts, accessories, original artwork, delightful locally made treats, jewelry and much more.

Dinner buffet, bring the family, open to the public. Info:


May 15…Cheboygan County Humane Society Spring Fling at the Eagles Club of Cheboygan. Doors at 5p, salad/hors d’ oeuvres at 5:30, dinner at 6p. Entertainment, silent auction & door prizes. Tickets $15. Info:


May 15…Cheboygan Rotary Club fundraiser dinner to help support the Backpack Food Program in local schools. 4-8pm at Rippling Rapids on N. Black River Rd-Cheboygan. $20 for adults, $9 kids. Info: 231-627-2454


May 15…Broadway Musical Dinner 6pm. The talented students at Petoskey High School invite you to attend at Stafford’s Perry Hotel! The evening will feature songs and entertainment from Guys & Dolls, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables and more! Admission $35, includes dinner and entertainment. Info: 231-347-4000


May 16…Spring Swing Dance 7pm at the Cathedral Barn-Traverse City. The TC West High School Jazz Band will be performing big band music. Admission by donation. Info:


May 16 – Sept 19…Music at the Gazebo 5-8pm at ASI Community Center & Park-Bellaire. Featuring “Luce Connection” NEW! Potluck & Music! Bring a dish to pass, your own table service and beverage, and a lawn chair! Event will be held inside the Community Center if the weather is inclement or cold. Your honor cover charge ($5-$10 recommended) pays the musicians. Open to all ages/public! Monthly potlucks will be the 3rd Monday of the month. Doors open at 5 pm, eat at 5:30 pm and music from 6-8 pm! Info:


May 17… An Evening of Understanding 6-8p at Red Sky Stage-Petoskey. May is Mental Health Month, enjoy poetry, discussions, displays and a the film “Through Our Eyes”. North Country Community Mental Health will be on hand to answer questions. Free. Info:


May 18…Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s Annual Spring Fling Dinner. Appetizers, cash bar, live music, three-course dinner and more. 6pm at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club-Harbor Springs. $35 Info: 2341-526-9771


May 18…Ideas for Life Senior Expo 10a-3p at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. Features over 100 organizations offering products and services to help seniors and their families navigate aging successfully. Free Admission. Info: 231-929-3804


May 18… “Ride of Silence” Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways, Harbor Springs starting at the City Marina, 6:30pm. Info:


May 20th - 22nd…Zoo-De-Mack. Ride your bicycle 51 miles from Boyne Highlands to Mackinaw City through the Tunnel of Trees and Cross Village. A weekend of fun and with an overnight on Mackinac Island. Info: 313-821-8414


May 20-21…Empire Asparagus Festival. 5K run, a recipe contest, games, music, parade, food, annual oral poetry contest for the best "Ode to Asparagus."

And more! Info:


May 20-21…62nd Annual Elk Rapids Rotary Variety Show 7pm at Peterman Auditorium. $10. Lions Club dinner at Elk Rapids HS prior to each show. Info:


May 21st…St. Ignace Rock-n-Run Half Marathon & 5K. Begins and ends in downtown, with musical entertainment along the route. Register online at Info: 906-643-0443


May 21…Used book sale 10-2 at the Benzonia Public Library. Proceeds help fund programs and activities at the library. Info” 231-882-4111


May 21…Little Ladies Luncheon 11a-2p at the Inverness Twp Hall-Cheboygan. Fashion show, delicious lunch, silent & Chinese auction items. Admission by donation. Benefits Chelsea’s Closet. Info:


May 21…Color Fun Run 5K & 1 mile. 11am registration, run/walk starts at noon. Petoskey Bay Front Park. $15 registration before 5/10/16, $20 after. Benefits the Relay for Life. Info: 231-487-4015


May 21…Bring Back the 50’s Senior Center Dance 4-6p at the Cheboygan Senior Center. Come dressed in your best 50’s costume; refreshments served; contest for best dressed, best twister and jitterbug, etc. Suggested donation $3.50. Info:


May 21…Family movie matinee at the Bellaire Public Library at 1pm. Enjoy the Dream Works animated “Home”, rated PG. Popcorn included! Info:


May 22… 61st Annual NMC BBQ 11-5p on the campus of NMC-Traverse City. Old fashioned picnic, live music, entertainment, kids games and more! $6 Info:


May 25…Memorial Day Parade 10am-Harbor Springs. Info: 231-526-7999


May 25… An Evening of Understanding 6-8p at the Cheboygan Public Library. May is Mental Health Month, enjoy poetry, discussions, displays and a the film “Through Our Eyes”. North Country Community Mental Health will be on hand to answer questions. Free. Info:


May 25…Memorial Day Service at Fort Mackinac, 8:30am. Soldiers will assemble at Fort Mackinac, march to the cemetery, perform a short ceremony and salute, and return to the fort. 


May 26… May Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Art, music, wine tasting. Tickets $15 adv/$20 day of. Info:


May 27-29…Memorial Weekend Pageant at Fort Michilimackinac-Mackinaw City. Over 400 cast members re-create events that took place between French, British and Indian Tribes in 1763. Free. 2:30p.


May 27-28…3rd Annual Hearse Car Show & Cruise. Fri registration 4-6, show 6-9p at the Gaylord Pavilion. Sat cruise 8-9a Gaylord, 9:30-11:30 Atlanta, Noon-2p Hillman, 2:45-5p Alpena. Accepting donations for the Huron Humane Society. Info:


May 28…Mackinaw City Memorial Day Parade 1pm


May 28…Community Marathon 7:30-noon at the Little Traverse Wheelway along the shores of Little Traverse Bay from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs.
*Novice to Pro runners are welcome
*Walkers are invited to enjoy a scenic route - Petoskey to Harbor Springs *Pre-Race Dinner offered Friday evening, May 27, in Charlevoix.
*Post-Race food and music provided in Harbor Springs.
*Shuttle available before and after the race. Proceeds benefit Top of Michigan Trails Council and Petoskey High School Cross Country and Track teams.


May 28…Elk Rapids Arts & Crafts Show 10-4p on River Street. Over 70 crafters, food & family fun! Info:


May 28…The 11th annual Petoskey Stone Festival 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Barnes Park in Eastport.  Events include Petoskey stone hunt, kids fishing pond, stone skipping contests, 5K run and more.  Call 231-533-8818 for details or


May 28…Native American Festival at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture-St. Ignace. Features a variety of ceremonies, workshops, traditional entertainment, food, music and more. Info:


May 28…19th Annual Cars in the Park 8a-3p – Haserot Park, Northport. Free admission lets spectators enjoy all kinds of cars – pre-war and modern, stock and modified, foreign and domestic. Info:


May 30…2nd Annual “Chalk Your Walk” community chalking event to promote mental health awareness & suicide prevention. Bring a positive phrase or saying to chalk on the sidewalk and join in! Chalk provided by donation. 10a-Noon at Festival Square-Cheboygan. Info: 231-342-2607


May 30…Memorial Day Parade, 9am, Mancelona. Info:


June 2-Aug 25…Concerts on the Lawn 7-9pm Grand Traverse Pavilions-Traverse City. Enjoy a summer evening with great music! Bring a chair, blanket or picnic. Food, drinks & ice cream available. Free will donation, benefits PACE, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. Info:


June 3…First Friday at the Village at Grand Traverse. On the first Friday of each month from 5-8pm (& later), The Village will feature art, food and drink samples, shopping & wining/ dining specials, live music, demos and MORE! Info:


Jun 3-12…68th Annual Lilac Festival-Mackinaw Island. 10 day celebration of Flowers, food, games, parades and more! Info:


June 11…Show off your ride car show 10am, downtown Central Lake. Also arts, crafts, food, music & fun! Info:


June 11…Leland Wine & Food Festival 1-8pm in Historic Fishtown. Live music, local breweries, wines, food, and more! $15 adv/$20 at event. Under 21 or food only $10 adv/$15 at event. Info:


June 11-12…Free fishing weekend! No license needed!


June 18-19…Wings Ove Northern Michigan at the Gaylord Regional Airport. Pre-sale til May 31 $10. $12 at the gate, kids under 5 free, ages 6-12 $5. 9a-5p, airshow performers 1-4p. Info: 989-732-4218

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