Connecting to Your 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
Oct 3-25…Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City presents “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”. Based on the popular Steve Martin and Michael Caine comic film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a hilarious battle between two conmen who make bet to be the first to swindle a woman out $50,000 that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end! Ticket times and info at oldtownplayhouse.com
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
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 21...Volley for a Cure! Rudyard vs Sault Ste. Marie at Rudyard High School. Starts at 5pm with prize raffles, food, ice cream, face painting, serving contest and more! Proceeds benefit Relay for Life!
Oct 22…Lions Club of Mackinaw City 7th Annual Soup in Bread Bowl Supper at the Pancake Chef Restaurant downtown Mackinaw City from 4:30-6:30pm. $5 person. Dessert & beverage included. Info: 231-436-5701
Oct 23……Cheboygan County Humane Society Soup Supper 4-6p at Inverness Township Hall on VFW Rd-Cheboygan. $7.50 adults, Kids 12 & under $5. Info: 231-238-8221
Oct 23…October Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting, appetizers and live music. Info: crookedtree.org
Oct 23…Lord of the Gourd Pat Harrison will be entertaining from 3:30-6p with his gourd carving demonstrations at the Kingsley Public Library. Free. Info:231-263-5484
Oct 24…1st Annual Parade of Baskets 4-9p at Cheboygan Armory to support the Council on Aging programs. $15 per person and includes 10 auction entries and fish fry. Info: cheboygan.com
Oct 24-25…”Stuff the Truck” for St. Thomas Food Pantry –Cheboygan. Friday from 9-3p at Walmart parking lot, Sat from 9-3 at Family Fare parking lot. Drop off non-perishable food and personal care items. Info: 231-627-3167
Oct 25…Crafts ‘n More 9a-3p at St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall in Gaylord. Crafts, food and entertainment. Info: gaylordchamber.com
Oct 25…6th Annual Zombie Run 5K 9am starting and ending at Right Brain Brewery-Traverse City. Adult 18 and up $30; Teen 13-17 $20; Child 12 and under $15. Prices go up $5 after Oct. 23. Benefits TART Trails Info: tczombierun.com
Oct 25…Mancelona Free Methodist Church is hosting a Trunk ‘N’ Treat from 1-2 p.m. Inside the church fellowship hall the children may decorate a cookie. The church is located at 10725 Darragh Rd. For more information please call 231-587-5284.
Oct 25…Haunted Halloween from 6-8p at the Peninsula Community Library in Traverse City. Ghosts and goblins take over the library. Catch a doughnut from the doughnut tree in the yard, craft a Halloween spider to take home, crawl through the haunted room and then go on a lantern-lit walk through the woods to hear stories in the outdoor theater. Info: 231-223-7700
Oct 25… Downtown Petoskey All area children are invited to the Children's Costume Parade beginning at Central Elementary School (corner of Howard and State Streets) at 10:00 am. Line up begins at 9:45 am. Immediately following the parade, until 12:00 noon, children can "trick-or-treat" at various stores throughout Downtown Petoskey. Signs will be posted at stores participating in this event. Info: petoskeyarea.com
Oct 25… 11th Annual Trunk or Treat 6-8pm parking lot at Quality Inn-St. Ignace. Parents and kids, decorate the trunk of your vehicle and pass out candy. A $100 prize for the Best Decorated Trunk. Trunk or Treat from 6-7pm.
Haunted Woods from 7-8pm. Call 906-643-9700 for more details.
Oct 25… The Presque Isle Athletic Club will host a Community Halloween Party from 6-10 p.m. It will include a 130-foot maze, a cave of doom, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, pizza, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Presque Isle Food Pantry. For more information, call 734-0008.
Oct 25…St. Mary Catholic Church in Alpena will host its annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Mary Education Center in Alpena. The event will include bingo, a cash raffle, and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale will include canned goods, homemade doll clothes, breads, baked goods, fudge, candy, jewelry, and more. Info: (989) 884-1253.
Oct 26…Grand Bridal Expo 10-3p at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Workshops from 12:00pm to 3:00pm feature topics such as Selecting an Officiant for your Ceremony, Using Nature in your Wedding, Investing in your Entertainment, and Tips & Trends. The Grand Finale Fashion Show begins at 3:00 p.m. and showcases the latest in bridal fashions. $6 admission. Info: castlefarms.com
Oct 26…Trick or Treating noon-3p Village of Glen Arbor. Info: visitglenarbor.com
Oct 26… “Zombie Mountain Attack 5k Run” to support the Boyne City HS Robotics Team. Be a Zombie or a Runner. Costumes are optional. Families are welcome!! There will be pizza, apples, water and a prize included. Registration fee is 10.00 and starts at noon. Info: boynechamber.com
Oct 26…With a Little Help From My Friends Pet Rescue Chili Cookoff 5-10p at the Community Center in Alden. Info: 231-533-4070
Oct 26… Music House Museum will join with OTP’s readers theater group for an evening of spooky fun with two Halloween themed ‘Radio’ plays! Bring the whole family to experience this fun evening of theater at the Music House. Proceeds will benefit both the Music House and the OTP. Tickets are $10 – adults, and $5 - students. Seating is limited so reservations are highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased at www.musichouse.org or by calling (231)938-9300.
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…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 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… 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… 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…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… 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 1-2, 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 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 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… 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 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 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 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 22…Mancelona Craft Fair at the elementary school