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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 www.dhd10.org. 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 www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.

 

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 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595

 

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. Info:bellairechamber.com

 

Now-Jan 24…Every Tuesday, Free Polka Party noon-4pm at Leelanau Sands Casino-Suttons Bay. With the 45th Parallel Polka Band. Must be 18+. Info: 231-534-8160

 

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: thevillagetc.com

 

TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives.  Visit www.itcmi.org/healthcenters today.

 

Now-Dec 30…Friends Annual Holiday Book Sale at the Interlochen Public Library. A wonderful selection of used and almost new books. Hours vary. Info: tadl.org

 

Now – Dec…Cheboygan Salvation Army coat drive. Drop off new or clean gently used winter coats, boots, hats, gloves, snow pants for children in need. Location boxes at Family Fare, Save-a-Lot, Kmart, Walmart and Salvation Army Office. Info: 231-627-9003

 

Now – Dec 31…Women’s Resource Center N.Michigan Safe Home Harvest Food & Supply Drive. Supports domestic abuse survivors and their children who come to the Safe Home from Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties. Donations help restock pantry shelves and make the shelter “home” to the women and children. Donations accepted at the WRCNM main office and agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord & Mancelona. Info: 231-347-1572

 

Now – Dec 31…Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon at the Dennos Museum Center-Traverse City. Activist Grandmothers are standing up for their grandchildren in a fight for political, economic and social justice. Their astonishing stories were the inspiration for this storytelling exhibition, based on the award-winning book Grandmother Power. Free Admission. Info: traversecity.com

 

Now- Dec 9…Toys for Kids sign up with the Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 274. Eligibility is limited to residents of Cheboygan County. Adults must present picture ID and birth certificate/proof of guardianship or school ID for each child. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Nov 30…Community Christmas Carols & Tree Lighting 7pm Festival Square-Cheboygan. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Now - Dec 13…Mitten Tree donations are being accepted to help those in need in Cheboygan County. Drop off mittens or gloves at Citizen’s National Bank, K-Mart, or Berkshire Hathaway Home Services all in Cheboygan. Donations will be distributed through the Salvation Army Christmas gift baskets. Info: 231-627-7186

 

Dec 1-11…A Christmas Carol in Prose at the City Opera House-Traverse City. Experience Dickens’ holiday masterpiece like never before — at a party! Utilizing non-traditional seating, imaginative props, and the entire Opera House as their stage, these fiercely talented actors will share the beauty of Dickens’ original language with an audience mesmerized by the power of this simple story and the spectacle of illusion. Proceeds benefit food pantries and other charities. Info: cityoperahouse.org

 

Dec 1-3…Christmas in Kalkaska! Library Cookie Sale, lighted parade, pancake breakfast, craft show, concert and more! Info: christmasinkalkaska.webs.com

 

Dec 1…Downtown Hospitality Night 4-8pm, Cheboygan. Holiday goodies, live music, mystery Elf and more! Info: cheboygan.com

 

Dec 2… Friday Night Jukebox 7-9pm at the Cheboygan Public Library. All acoustical instrument players are invited to play. Public invite to come and enjoy the music. Free. Info: 231-627-2381

 

Dec 2…Santa’s Arrival, tree lighting & Holiday open house 5-9pm downtown Traverse City. Community sing-a-long, shops open late, refreshments, live music and more. Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 2…Christmas Parade/Nautical Nights downtown Rogers City. Lighted parade, refreshments, entertainment and more! Info: rogerscityareachamber.com

 

Dec 2…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Petoskey. Merry entertainment, food, tree lighting with Santa, and more! Info: petoskeydowntown.com

 

Dec 2-3…Merry Makers Marketplace at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. 6-9 Fri, 10-4 Sat. Shop beautiful, hand-crafted gifts and goods from regional artists, featuring jewelry, textiles, ceramics, woodwork, glassware, handmade journals, and much more. Info: crookedtree.org

 

Dec 2-4…Holiday in the Village- Suttons Bay.  Features luminaria lined streets, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Local wines will be available to sample (at select locations), there will be restaurant specials, over 50 decorated trees and street carolers. Info: suttonsbayarea.com

 

Dec 2…Holiday Open House downtown St. Ignace. Music starts at 4:30pm, Santa arrives at 6:00pm, tree lighting follows Santa’s arrival. Info: saintignace.org

 

Dec 2…Extreevaganza! 6pm at Treetops Convention Center. Hors d’ oeuvres, raffles, live auction, live music. Benefits local charities. Info: 989-731-0597

 

Dec 2…Free open skate and skate rental at the Cheboygan Ice Rink 6:30-8pm. Bring a canned good or dry food donation for the Salvation Army. Info: 231-420-3805

 

Dec 2… Children’s Annual Christmas Party: Tree lighting at Tom’s Food Markets, Interlochen at 5pm; then follow Santa to Interlochen’s Golden Fellowship Hall, 5:30-8pm. Enjoy caroling, holiday crafts & more. 231-276-6767.

 

Dec 2-5…Mackinac Island Christmas Fun. The Friday is the kick off with caroling and tree lighting  starting approximately 5:00 pm in the middle of Main Street where the Christmas tree is placed. After the tree is lit, an old fashioned hay ride, where often the singing continues. The Rummage sale then opens for early birds to get first dibs on the best buys in the Mackinac Island Fire Hall. Hot Cocoa and cookies will be available. On Saturday, the community hall and fire barn open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served in the Community Hall at 11:30 and throughout the day! Santa arrives at 1:30 p.m. and kid’s crafts will be 3:00 p.m. The live auction begins at 2:00 p.m. The Community Hall and Fire Hall open again at 11:00 on Sunday. Kid’s games start at 2:00 p.m. The live auction starts at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day are completed by 6:00 p.m. The final day, Monday, again opens at 11:00 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. All raffles are drawn between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Info: www.mackinacisland.org

 

Dec 3…“Parade of Lights” Downtown Cheboygan – Step off time at 5PM with route starting at Court Street traveling downtown to State Street. Participants are asked to register with the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce. Forms can be found online at (www.cheboygan.com) or the Chamber Office. Info: 231- 627-7183

 

Dec 3…Santa Parade 5:30 Gaylord

 

Dec 3…Holiday Hobby Craft Show 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Hourly drawings, refreshments available. Admission $2. Free for students & seniors. Proceeds benefit the Boyne City Booster Foundation. Info: boynechamber.com

 

Dec 3…Light Up The Night noon-7pm Bellaire.  Free kids movie and ornament making to the annual “Soup Cook-Off”, a visit with Santa after the “Parade of Lights” and Tree Lighting, Community Caroling and a live Nativity. Purchase tickets for the Soup Cook-Off for $5/each to sample soups from 8 area restaurants (500 tickets available). Info: Bellairechamber.com

 

Dec 3…Christmas in Mackinaw City 1-4pm. Sleigh or Hay rides at Heritage Village from 1-3, Santa t McGulpin Point 1-2:30, Youth Corale at Heritage Chapel at 3pm. Info: mackinawcity.com

 

Dec 3…Storytime and Crafts 10:30-11:30 at the Harbor Springs Library. Info: harborspringschamber.com

 

Dec 3…Christmas Shopping Spree 10a-4p at McLaren Northern Michigan-Cheboygan. Jewelry, arts & crafts, decorations, clothing and more. Door prizes and raffles. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan County Patient Assistance Fund. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Dec 3…Lioness Cookie sale, basket raffle & pictures with Santa 11a-4:45p at Citizen’s National Bank main office-Cheboygan. Info:cheboygan.com

 

Dec 3…Annual Cookie Walk 9a-2pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Lewiston. Cookies, pies, candies, crafts and more. Info: 989-939-7059

 

Dec 3…Cookie Walk 9a-11a at First Congregational Church-Charlevoix. Delicious homemade holiday cookies $7 a pound. Info: Charlevoix.org

 

Dec 3…Christmas is for the Birds at the Otsego County Library 10-noon. Come and learn about winter birds and make outdoor ornaments for your trees. This FREE event will be for all ages. Event will include all ornament supplies and snacks. Please call HeadWaters Land Conservancy at 989-731-0573 to reserve your spot.

 

Dec 3…Christmas Bazaar noon-6p at Moose Lodge #999 – St. Ignace. Quality handmade gifts. Info: saintignace.org

 

Dec 3… 9:00am GTB Artisan's Holiday Bazaar: Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, Peshawbestown. Featuring arts, baked goods, projects for kids, demonstrations & more. Also a holiday food drive drop off site for non-perishable food items. www.gtbindians.org

 

Dec 3…Breakfast with Santa 9a-noon at St. Ignace Big Boy. Games, prizes, pictures with Santa! Info: saintignace.org

 

Dec 3…Holiday Open House – downtown Charlevoix. 11:30-1:30 visit Santa at the Charlevoix Cinema, 2pm free movie, Noon-5p Hot Cocoa Contest, special sales, refreshments and more. Info: Charlevoix.org

 

Dec 3-4…McGulpin Point Holiday Open House 10-6p, Mackinaw City. Join McGulpin Point staff for an old-fashioned holiday experience, with refreshments and holiday décor as it would have appeared during 1869 to 1906. Admission is by freewill donation. Santa will be at the lighthouse from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Weather-depending, hay wagon rides will be offered as well. Info: 231-348-1704

 

Dec 3-4…Christmas Charity Concert & Lock-in for the Kalkaska Animal Shelter at Kalkaska Civic Center. The main show which will go until 11:30pm and then at around midnight they will lock the doors and start the lock-in. With food, fun and more music! All for charity! Confirmed bands Arescyn, Danny Vail, Stephanie Root Combs, Midwest Skies, Doogie , In The Making. Graves Crossing, Not The Average American, Death Of The Party, Maul, Code:Silence, Five After Five,Beatzma & Captain Calihan, War Within (line up subject to change), $5 with a donation of dog/cat food, toys, bedding etc....$10 without donation and $5.00 for lock in which will include food and drinks. Info: 231-392-1216

 

Dec 4…The Jordan Valley Community Band will fill the air with the sounds of the holiday season at their annual Holiday Concert. The event will be from 3-5p at the Community Auditorium in the East Jordan Middle/High School. Admission is free – donations graciously accepted. Info: ejchamber.org

 

Dec 4…Children’s Christmas Party 1-3p at the Helena Twp Community Center-Alden. Crafts, snacks and a visit from Santa. Info: 231-350-0650

 

Dec 4…St. Francis Christmas Festival: Presented by St. Francis Parish at the St. Francis High School Gymnasium, TC. Featuring an Old-Fashioned Chicken Dinner, sweetshop, raffles & more. 947-2460.

 

Dec 4…Annual Christmas Musicale 6:30pm at the United Methodist Church-St. Ignace. Refreshments follow. Info: saintignace.org

 

Dec 4…Lunch with Santa noon-2p at the American Legion Post 159-Mackinaw City. Free. Info: 231-818-0566

 

Dec 8-11 & 15-17…Little Traverse Civic Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey.  Showtimes 8pm Thurs-Sat, 2p Sunday. Tickets $12-$17. Info: ltct.org

 

Dec 9…24th Annual Community Celebrate Party 5:30-9pm at the Friendship Center-Suttons Bay. Appetizers & wine, silent auction, gift baskets and more. Info: stutonsbayarea.com

 

Dec 9… Christmas Magic Cookie & Book Sale 10am at the Beulah Trailhead Building, downtown Beulah. Hand select cookies for $7/pound. Benefits Darcy Library events & their book fund. 231-882-484

 

Dec 9…Winter Songs & Carols 7:30-9pm at the Leelanau School-Glen Arbor. Admission is also free, and a freewill offering will be collected to benefit music and art programs at The Leelanau School. Info: visitglenarbor.com

 

Dec 9-12…Christmas in the Village. Music, carriage rides, Santa, live music and more at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 9-11…”Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Revue 7-9pm at Charlevoix Middle/High School. Traditional and modern Christmas songs mixed with scenes from some of your favorite Christmas stores. $8 Adults, students $5. Info: Charlevoix.org

 

Dec 10…Christmas Magic downtown Beulah 9a-6pm. Meet Santa, Kids Activities, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Christmas Magic Parade, Christmas Carolers, & more! Info: clcba.org

 

Dec 10…Ugly Sweater Extravaganza – Downtown Gaylord! Don your ugliest Christmas sweater to shop downtown! Specials, refreshments, and horrible holiday apparel all around. Many Downtown merchants will be having silent auctions to benefit the United Way. Info: gaylordmichigan.net

 

Dec 10…Harbor Springs Library used book sale. Fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and children's books- there will be something for everyone! Paperbacks: $1, Hardcovers: $2. Please bring in your books to donate to the sale by December 8th. Funds raised will go toward building maintenance and new books for the library. Info: harborspringschamber.com

 

Dec 10…Leland Holiday Wonderland 10a-5p. Comet Chorale Caroling, meet Santa, kids crafts, food drive, gift basket drawing and more. Info: lelandmi.com

 

Dec 10…Ugly Sweater Christmas Party 6p-Mid at the Cheboygan K of C Hall. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, live music, prizes for ugliest sweater. $15 person/$25 couple before Dec 10, $20/$35 at the door. Benefits the Cheboygan Hockey Assoc. & Cheboygan Jaycees. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Dec 10…Lake Ann Holiday Market 10-2p at the Almira Town Hall. Great local shopping & live holiday music. Info: Benzie.org

 

Dec 10… Free Breakfast with Santa 9am at Banks Township Hall, Downtown Ellsworth. Also choose a stuffed toy & take a photo with Santa & Mrs. Clause.  

Info: traverseticker.com

 

Dec 10…Bayview Holiday Market 9a-3p at Bayview Wesleyan Church-Traverse City. Local artisians, live music, food and more! Free admission. Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 10…Michigan State Police Post in Alpena 4th Annual Stuff A Blue Goose 10-6p at Walmart & Neiman’s Family Market. Non-perishable food items and toy collection for those in need. Info: 989-354-4101

 

Dec 11…The Northport Community Band Christmas Concert, featuring the Village Voices 3-5p at the United Methodist Church. $15 Info: northportomenachamber.org

 

Dec 11…Toys for Tots Benefit Hockey Game 1pm at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. It’s the Fraternal Order of Police Vs the National Guard. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy. Cash donations also accepted. Info: 231-627-3155

 

Dec 14-31…Festival of Trains at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City. Hours may vary, but most days open 10a-6p.  $5 (4 & under free) $30 festival pass, with unlimited visits. Info: greatlakeskids.org

 

Dec 15…Business After Hours 5:30-7:30p at RE/Max –Boyne City. Free admission. Info: boynechamber.com

 

Dec 15…Pop Up Art Exhibit noon-8p at Red Sky Stage-Petoskey. Showcases work of adults and students with disabilities. Free, with music & appetizers throughout the day. Info: 231-533-8619

 

Dec 15…Men’s Night Holiday Shopping downtown Traverse City starting at 5pm. Enjoy food, refreshments and specials! Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 16… Dad & Daughter Dance, 6pm at Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Tickets: $50 per dad & daughter pair. Includes a professional photo & a frame made by daughters. Proceeds benefit the museum. 932-4526. www.greatlakeskids.org  

 

Dec 17…Breakfast with Santa & Mitten Drive 9a-11a at Mancelona High School. Children are invited to come have Breakfast with Santa!  In addition, there will be children's activities and crafts.  Mittens and gloves will be distributed to all children. For more information or to donate gloves and mittens please call the Village of Mancelona, 231-587-8331.

 

Dec 17…5th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm. Donations of toys and non-perishable food accepted along the route!

 

Dec 17…Snowmobile the Mighty Mac - Vintage Snowmobile Crossing. All snowmobiles must be equipped with wheel kit. Cost: $25 per person. To register, contact (906) 643-6950.

 

Dec 17…11th Annual Blissfest Winter Solstice concert & potluck 5pm at the Emmet County Community Center-Petoskey. Live music, kids activities, silent auction and more. Ticket prices vary. Info: petoskeyarea.com

 

Dec 17-18…The CTAC School of Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center. Shows at 3pm both days, also 7pm Dec 18th. Ticket prices vary. Info: 231-347-4337

 

Dec 17…Family Theatre at the Kinglsey Area Library 12:30 showing “The BFG” , free popcorn & water. Info: 231-263-5484

 

Dec 17…Holiday Open House 1-3p at the East Bay Branch Library-Traverse City. Appetizers & punch, live music. Free. Info: 231-922-2085

 

Dec 18…Holiday Concert with the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus 12:30p at the Woodmere branch of the Traverse Area District Library. Info: tadl.org

 

Dec 18…Holiday Open House noon-4p at the Music House Museum-Williamsburg. $15 family/ $5 adults / $3 students, under 6 free. Info: musichouse.org

 

Dec 21…Winter Solstice Candlelight Tea 7pm at the Old Mission Peninsula Library. Enjoy live music, and treats. Freewill donation. Info: tadl.org

 

Dec 21…Petoskey Madrigal Singers perform 7-9p at the East Jordan Community Auditorium. Info: ejchamber.org

 

Dec 28…Morning Movie 10am at the Peninsula branch Library-Traverse City. Enjoy a showing of “The Santa Clause” along with treats and hot chocolate. Free. Info: tadl.org

 

Dec 31…Annual Bridge Drop! Downtown Charlevoix. Kids activities all day, fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Info: charlevoix.org

 

Dec 31…New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center 5-9p – Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Experience music, theatre, art & dance. Hands on workshops, food & refreshments. Ends with a “Midnight at Nine” ball drop. $7 adults, $3 students. Info: petoskeyarea.com

 

Jan 6…Friday Night Jukebox 7-9pm at the Cheboygan Public Library. All acoustical instrument players are invited to play. Public invite to come and enjoy the music. Free. Info: 231-627-2381

 

Jan 7…Stomp the Park Hike 5pm at Straits State Park-St. Ignace. Meet at the parking area, just South of Family Fare. Dress warm and bring water and flashlight. Hike or snowshoe, meet on the beach for a bonfire, s’mores and more. Info: saintignace.org

 

Jan 7-March 11…Ice Skating Games 1-3p every Saturday at the Harbor Springs Sk8 Park/Ice Rink. Each week a variety of different games are played. Winners receive silly prizes. Free. Info: petoskeyarea.com

 

Jan 12-15…Mackinaw City Winterfest. Parade, chili cook off, Outhouse race, poker walk and more! Info: mackinaw-city.com

 

Jan 14…Community Sledding Night 5-8p at Kiwanis Park-Harbor Springs. Free family party, includes sledding, pizza party, crafts and games. Bring your own sled. Info: harborspringschamber.com

 

Jan 16-17…Winterfest in Kalkaska! Sled dog races, craft show, silent auction, and more! Kalkaska fairgrounds. Info: downtownkalkaska.com

 

Jan 19…January Swirl 5:30-7p at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. A blend of culture, refreshements, live music and fun! $15 adv/$20 day of. Info: crookedtree.org

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