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
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
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Cherryland Humane Society is offering a $5 spay/neuter rebate for unaltered dogs adopted from the shelter. Info: 231-5116
Now -Nov 1…Ghost Farm of Kingsley 7-11p – Pierce Rd. Ravencrow's Revenge outdoor haunted walk. The Cursed Barn- The Farmer never let's guests into his barn until now. Lights out Hay Maze. Plus scary ghost stories around our bonfire so no standing in a cold line. Portion of the proceeds benefit Forever Farm'n 4-H club and Horse Rescue of Northern Michigan. Info: ghostfarm.net
Vendors Needed – Annual Mancelona Community Craft Show – November 22 – Mancelona Elementary School from 9 – 3. $30 for approx. 10 x 10 space. Proceeds help fund Pathway Community Church's Hands and Feet Camp home improvement projects around our community. Call Michele @ 231-350-6367.
Oct 6-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
Oct 9-Nov 1…Scream in Wolverine Thurs, Fri & Sat nights from 7-11p. Features "Kurt & Burt's House of Horror", "The Crazed Clown Convention" and "The Swamp of Terror." This is great Halloween fun, but not for the faint of heart and NOT for kids under 12 years of age. Info: screaminwolverine.com
Oct 28…Music at the Gazebo in Bellaire 6-8p with “TOTALLY SHARP” performing your favorite Swing, Standards & Pop tunes from the past 70 years! Open to the Public. Honor cover charge pays the musicians. Event will be held inside the Activity Center, if weather does not permit the Gazebo.
Oct 31…Halloween Dance/Whodunnit for teens grades 6-12, 7-11pm at the Levering Community Center. $5 cover includes food and drinks. Info 231-537-4404
Oct 31…Downtown Halloween Walk 3:30-5:30 Traverse City
Oct 31…Trick or Treat Downtown Gaylord 5:30-7:30. Info: gaylordchamber.com
Oct 31…Community Halloween Party 5-10p at the Mancelona Fire Hall Station 1. Admission is free; prizes, games, contests, music, and snacks. Info: bellairechamber.com
Oct 31… Community Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
in the vacant lot next to the park-Harbor Springs. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. participants play games, watch a magic show, make crafts, and eat dinner.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. members of the community pass out candy from the trunks of their cars which are parked in the Sk8 Park parking lot.
Info: 231 526-0610
Oct 31…11th Annual Alpena Police free glowstick giveaway (while supplies last) from 3:30-5pm at the visitor parking lot of the Alpena Public Safety Facility. Info: 989-358-5246
Oct 31… 5th Annual Trick or Trunk or Treat from 4-5pm on Main Street in the Village at Bay Harbor. Enjoy trick or treating in all of the Village Merchants spaces, and also along main street with vehicles lined up with trunks full of treats! Info: villageatbayharbor.com
Oct 31…Spook Swim 7-9p at the Charlevoix Community Pool. Pizza by the slice and refreshments for just $1 in our decorated lobby! “Glow Lights” and spooky music on the Pool deck! “Snorkel” the giant inflatable polar bear and pumpkins in the water! Info: charlevoixpool.org
Oct 31… Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating, Downtown Boyne City at 4:45 p.m. (line-up starts at 4:30) Line up is in front of Cindifranco's Cool Stuff at the cornor of Main and S. Lake street. The parade will proceed from Lake to Water to Park Street, ending at the the Boyne District Library. Trick or treating will follow the parade. Along with "trunk-or-treat" and the haunted house. Info: boynechamber.com
Oct 31-Nov 9… A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN THE U.P., YAH SURE- October 31 - November 2, and November 7 - 9 at The Rogers City Community Theatre. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. Info: 989-306-3951
Nov 1-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.
Nov 1…Halloween Dance/Whodunnit for Adults 8-midnight at the Levering Community Center. $10 cover, cash bar and live music with Virrus. Info: 231-537-4404
Nov 1…Spay-ghetti Dinner Benefit for AC Paws 4-7pm at Timber Ridge Resort-Traverse City. $12 donation, kids 5 & under free. Proceeds help support pet spaying and neutering and help homeless animals through AC Paws. Info: acpaws.org
Nov 1… 32nd Annual Holiday Gift Fair at the Bellaire High School on Forest Home Avenue. 10 am - 3pm Over 40 vendors, amazing assortment of items to do some early Christmas shopping! Info: bellairechamber.com
Nov 1…Holiday House Bazaar 9a-2p at the First United Methodist Church in Gaylord. Santa & Mrs Claus from 10:30-12:30; crafts, baked goods, silent auction, books and more! Info: gaylordchamber.com
Nov 1… St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena will host a Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Turkey Noodle Casserole luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. The event also includes a cookie walk, book nook, country store, needlework nook and more. For more information, call 356-1658.
Nov 1…Immanuel Lutheran Church near Rogers City will host a bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A chicken and biscuit luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Takeouts will be available. Info: 989-734-3216
Nov 1…Benefit Dinner for Ember Hahn to help with uncovered medical expenses from a life saving spinal surgery. 2-6pm at Clyde’s Place-Carp Lake. BBQ Chicken Dinner, live music, silent auction, raffle. Info: 231-537-2336
Nov 1-2, 7 & 8…Northland Players present “Damn Yankees” at the Cheboygan Opera House. Nov 1, 7 & 8 at 7:30p, Sun Nov 2 at 2pm. $12 adults, $8 students, $10 seniors (Sun. Nov 2 only). Info: 231-627-5841
Nov 2… Clean Up and Green Up! Bring difficult to recycle items to American Waste on Hughes Drive in Traverse City from 9a-3pm. Drop off old batteries, air conditioners, cell phones, carpet, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc. Check the complete list of items accepted at cleanupgreenup.com
Nov 2…Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 8:30-12:30 at Mackinac Grille Restaurant in St. Ignace. Includes pancakes, sausage and coffee or juice. $6 adults, $4 for ages 10 & under. Proceeds benefit the Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive. Info: staitignace.org
Nov 4…The Salvation Army & Gaylord Elks Lodge ~ Invite you to the annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon ~ 11:30 am to 2:00 pm ~ at the Elks Lodge located at 116 Grandview Blvd ~ Cost is by donation ~ All proceeds benefit The Salvation Army in Otsego County. Info: 989-731-5959
Nov 6…Medicare Part D Review & Assistance 10a-3p at the CLM Community Action Agency-St Ignace. Reservation required. Call 800-803-7174
Nov 6-8, 13-15…The Elk Rapids Players present “The Mousetrap” at the Elk Rapids Town Hall, based on the Agatha Christie novel. Tickets are $15. Box office and theater doors and cash bar open at 6:30 and Curtain time is 7:30. Info: 231-264-6330
Nov 6-9…Old Town Playhouse Young Company presents “Once on This Island, JR.” Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. Thurs-Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm. Tickets $15 adults, $6 under 18. Info: oldtownplayhouse.com
Nov 7…Veteran’s Chili Supper with silent auction 5-7p at Grace Lutheran Church-Elk Rapids. Veteran’s eat free. Donation: $7 adults, kids under 12 $5, under 5 free. Proceeds go towards servicemen’s Christmas boxes and mailings for AMVET post in Elk Rapids. Info: elkrapidschamber.org
Nov 7-14…2nd Annual Traverse City Beer Week. Dedicated to showcasing the craft beer culture in the area and will be filled with unique events at various breweries, restaurants, merchants, and more! Info: traversecitybeerweek.com
Nov 7-9…the Charlevoix Middle/High School Performing Arts presents “Alice in Wonderland in the school auditorium. $7 adults, $5 students. 7p Fri & Sat, 2p Sunday. Info: 231-547-3222
Nov 8… Fraternal order of Eagles #4046 in Indian River is holding their Annual Fall Raffle and Soups & Suds! 1st Prize $750, 2nd Prize $350, 3rd Prize $150, 4th prize $50. Tickets $5 or 3 for 10. See Bartender or Aerie member for Tickets! Open to the Public! Info:231-238-9325
Nov 8…25th Annual Iceman Cometh Challenge. The 29-mile mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City is conquered by professional and amateur athletes from around the world. Info: iceman.com
Nov 8…42nd Annual Zonta Fashion Show 11a-2p at Odawa Casino-Petoskey highlights the latest fall and winter fashions from more than 30 retailers and includes an elegant lunch, entertainment, a silent auction and a gift basket raffle. Tickets are $50 each Make your reservations soon by registering online at www.eventbrite.com (and search for Zonta).
Nov 8… 37th annual Thistle & Thread Holiday art show and sale 8a-4p at the Civic Center in Traverse City. Local and Michigan artisan quality handcrafted items, year around decor plus holiday. Displayed in a gallery setting - jewelry, folk art, pottery, stained glass, and more! Info: 231-946-9176
Nov 8…Soup Supper/Bake Sale 4:30-7pm at Zion United Church of Christ in Brutus. Several varieties of homemade soups and baked goods. Adults $7, 12 & under $4. Proceeds benefit local food pantries. Info: 231-529-6671
Nov 8…”We Geek Superheroes” 10:30-11:30 at the Charlevoix Library. Dress up like a superhero, listen to a superhero story, make a superhero cape, eat a super snack. All ages. Info: 231-237-7350
Nov 8…7th Annual Fall Blessings Craft Show 9a-3p at Traverse City Christian Middle School. Over 100 exhibitors will be on hand for this juried show. Crafts, silent auction, lunch, bake sale & door prizes. Info: 231-929-1747
Nov 8…All You Can Eat Chili Supper 4p-7:30pm at the Masonic Lodge-Acme to support the old Yuba School. Also bake sale & silent auction. $8 adults, 10 & under $5. Info: 231-264-8038
Nov 8… Traverse City Children's Book Festival 9am at all Traverse Area District Library locations. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family from a variety of Michigan and national publishers! Local non-profits will be on hand with fun, kid-friendly activities and crafts. This event is free and open to the public. Info: tadl.org
Nov 9…Salute to Veterans 2-4p at Boyne City Performing Arts Center Info: 231-439-8108
Nov 10… The Area Seniors, Inc. is honoring all Armed Forces Veterans with a free dinner for the veteran & spouse from 11a-1p at the Senior Center in Bellaire. Non-Veterans are also welcome for a small cost, over 60 is $3.00 & under 60 is $5.00. Please call 231-533-8703 for dinner reservations.
Nov 10…6th Annual Veteran’s Ball 6-11p at the Amvets Post 114-Elk Rapids. All veterans of any service are cordially invited to join in and be honored for their service to this country. This event is open to everyone! The festivities begin at 6:00p.m. with the traditional ceremony at 7:00p.m. followed by dancing. Dress is semi-formal and tickets are $12.50 per person. Active duty personnel will be admitted free to this event, but should call ahead so a ticket can be reserved. For additional information, 231-264-8487
Nov 13…Dennos Museum Center Community Cinema Series, features a doncumentary film followed by discussion with community leaders and scholars. Free. 7-9pm Feature: Evolution of a Criminal. Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. Info: dennosmuseum.org
Nov 13…Girls Night Out 4-7p downtown Cheboygan. Food, fun and sales. Visit participating businesses and get entered for a $500 gift basket. Info: Cheboygan.com
Nov 15…Holiday Bazaar & Luncheon 9a-3pm at the United Methodist Church-Harbor Springs. With crafts and unique gifts; also includes treasures, a quilt drawing and a cookie walk! Luncheon features 8 different soups, rolls, muffins and desserts; served 11:00 am to 2 pm -- $6 for adults. Info: 231-348-8574
Nov 15…Local Bounty Cook-Off 11a-1p at the Grand Traverse Conservation District Nature Center in Traverse City. Featuring local chefs as they slice, dice, bake, and broil local foods and vote for your favorite! $10 admission. Info: 231-941-0960
Nov 15…Craft Show 10a-4pm at the Gaylord E-Free Church. $2 admission. Food/beverages available. Benefits the New Life Pregnancy Resource enter. Info: 989-732-1626
Nov 16…Holiday Wine Market Swirl 4-6p at Crooked Tree Art Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting and appetizers by Esperance with music by Pine River Jazz Band. Tickets: $20 In Advance / $25 Day of Swirl. Info: 231-347-4337
Dec 5…Holly Daze 5:30-10 at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. The evening will kick off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a full dinner and the live auction. Valet Parking is available. Please RSVP by November 17, 2014. Proceeds this year go towards the Boyne Area Medical Center Expansion and the new Chemotherapy-Infusion Center at the Hospital. Info: 231-547-8501
Nov 20…Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cheboygan Annual Banquet & Silent Auction at the K of C Hall. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are $20 and includes dinner. Info 231-627-2626
Nov 20-22…Zonta’s Festival of Trees. Engage in the magic of this annual tradition featuring an array of decorated trees, visits with Santa, holiday accessories, entertainment, a petting zoo and more! General Admission Tickets: Adults $7.50, Students $4.00, children 4 and under FREE! Th 4-8 pm, Fri 9 am-6 pm, Sat 9 am-12 pm, Sun 11 am-4 pm. Info: traversecity.com
Nov 21…Cheboygan County Humane Society’s Soup Supper 4-6p at Inverness Township Hall. Homemade soups, bread, beverages and desserts. $7.50 aduilts, kids 12 & under $5. Take outs available. Info: 231-238-8221
Nov 21-22…Boyne City High School Drama Dept presents “Boyne Meets Broadway” dinner theatre variety show at the Performing Arts Center. Enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert catered by the school's hospitality program while students from the jazz band set the mood in the commons with their smooth sounds. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. sharp. Tickets $25. Info:petoskeyarea.com
Nov 22…Mancelona Craft Fair at the elementary school 9a-3p. Info: 231-350-6367
Nov 22…Arts & Crafts Show 9a-4p at the Helena Twp Community Center in Alden. Info: 231-377-9127
Nov 22…Blair Elementary Craft Show 10-4p. Sawyer Rd-Traverse City. Info: 231-944-2182
Nov 22…The Alpena Senior Center will host a Christmas Craft Show and Art Sale from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Local crafters will showcase and sell various gift items. Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes. Lunch concessions will be available. Info: 989-356-3585
Nov 22…8th Annual Christmas Holiday Crafts, Art & Gift Sale 9a-4p at the Community Building at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food item to benefit the Brother Dan’s Food Pantry. Info: 231-348-5479
Nov 22…Northern Michigan Chorale presents “Music Has Brought Us Together” Fri at 7pm and Sun at 3pm at Petoskey High School. $10 adults, 12 & under $7. Info: 231-347-4488
Nov 23…"Surviving the Holidays" GriefShare 3-4:00 pm at Brush Mill Creek 121 N. State St, Hillman. No matter how long it's been since you lost your love one, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there's hope. Join in for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. Cost $5.00 354-2730
Nov 23…4th Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show 11a-5p at Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Free admission. 60+ vendors. Info: odawacasino.com
Nov 24…Empty Bowls Luncheon to benefit the Manna Food Project 11:30-1:30pm at Stafford’s Perry-Petoskey. $35 early pick up at 11:30, $25 regular pick up at 12pm. Ticket Purchase Includes: Bowl created by a local potter, filled with soup, served with bread from Cooked Tree Breadworks and Johan’s Bakery. Info: 231-347-8852
Nov 27…10th Annual Turkey Vulture Trot 5K Run/Walk at Crystal Mountain-Thompsonville. $25 thru
Nov 26, $30 day of. 1 Mile run/walk $10 thru Nov 26, $15 day of. Info: 888-968-7686
Nov 27…7th Annual Traverse City Turkey Trot. 5K & 5M courses begin at 9am. All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and goodie bag. Children running or walking must be registered. Strollers and dogs on leashes are allowed (although dogs are not allowed on Thirlby Field and will be rerouted). Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 18. Info: 231-932-5646
Nov 27…Petoskey Turkey Trot. The 5K Run/Walk for runners and families and those ready for a bit of exercise prior to a Thanksgiving Celebration. Toddlers in strollers are FREE and encouraged to participate. Children running or walking must register. Info: 231-932-5646
Nov 27…Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk 9am Meet at Zorn Park on Bay Street. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Pre-register online or at The Outfitter on 153 E. Main Street. Day-of registration at Zorn Park from 8:30-8:45am. Info: 231-526-2621
Nov 27…8th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner noon-3p at the United Methodist Church in Charlevoix. No charge. Volunteers welcome. Info: 231-547-4813
Nov 28…Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30-6:30 at Three Pines Studio-Cross Village. Music, food and festivities. Info: 231-526-9447
Nov 28…34th Annual Christmas Craft Show at Inland Lakes School 10-4p. $3 admission, over 160 vendors! Info: 231-238-9325
Nov 28…Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Caroling 6:30-8pm at Glen Arbor Township Hall. Cider and homemade donuts served by Art’s Tavern, Then, stay after the ceremony, for the Holiday Marketplace Preview Party for shopping, just inside the Town Hall from 7:00-8:00pm. Info: visitglenarbor.com
Nov 28…Christmas in Indian River. Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Christmas Carolers, Pictures with Santa and other Christmas Celebrations taking place downtown Indian River, Info: 231-238-9325
Nov 28…Holiday Open House & Santa Parade 5-9pm downtown Boyne City.
Nov 29…Stafford’s Holiday Parade 10am through Downtown Petoskey. Info: 231-347-4337
Nov 29…Harbor Springs Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30pm. Community caroling and ceremonies, downtown Harbor Springs. 231-526-7999.
Nov 29…Winter Fantasy Art Show 11-5p at Pine Hill Nursery-Kewadin. All items handcrafted in Northern Michigan. Info: 231-599-2824
Nov 29…Diva’s Christmas Bazaar 10-4p at Gaylord High School. $2 admission, $1 of each benefits a local charity. Info: 989-858-0075
Nov 29…Holiday Arts & Crafts 10a-5p at Glen Arbor Twp Hall. Features a variety of artisans showcasing different types of gifts/work, with an emphasis on local and handmade products/artworks. Info: visitglenarbor.com
Nov 29…19th Annual Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair 10-4p at Frankfort High School. Over 100 artists. Info: 231-352-7251
Dec 5…Holly Daze 5:30-10 at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. The evening will kick off with cocktails and a
silent auction, followed by a full dinner and the live auction. Valet Parking is available. Please RSVP by November 17, 2014. Proceeds this year go towards the Boyne Area Medical Center Expansion and the new Chemotherapy-Infusion Center at the Hospital. Info: 231-547-8501
Dec 6…Holiday Hobby Craft Show 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Benefits the Boyne City Booster Foundation. Info: boynechamber.com