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
April is the Month of the Young Child and there is a diaper drive being held at several locations. Diapers will be distributed by the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry. Drop off sites: St. Francis Catholic Church; Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Tom’s Food Markets; Oleson’s Food Stores; Family Fare Market; Presbyterian Church; and Small Wonders Re-sale…all located in Traverse City. Info: 231-941-0655
By April 18th…A reusable bag sewing contest will be held during Earth Week Plus in Cheboygan. Interested parties can design and sew their own reusable, earth-friendly shopping bag and drop it off at the Earth Week Expo on Saturday, April 18 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Cheboygan Area High School, 801 West Lincoln Avenue. The winner will announced at 3 p.m. For more information contact Karen Martin at 877 828-6871.
April 14…St. Ignace Job Fair 1-3p at Little Bear East Arena. Info: 906-643-8717
April 16…2015 Northern Michigan Business Expo & Job Fair 2-7p at the Williamsburg Banquet Center. Events include Business to Business Networking, exhibits, Business After Hours, drawings, and much more. Info: 231-264-8202
April 16…Eldercare trainings 5pm dinner, 5:30 presentation. $3-5 donation. Learn how to address the challenges facing an aging population in healthcare, legal issues, effective communication and more. Friendship Centers of Emmet County- Anderson Rd, Petoskey. Info: 866-680-0771
April 17…5th Annual Instant Wine Cellar 7pm at the Perry Hotel in Petoskey. Entry to the event is either a ($15 value) bottle of wine, a six-pack of craft beer, or $15. With the purchase of raffle tickets, guests have a chance to win an "Instant Wine Cellar” from the donated beverages, as well as many other prizes. There will be live music; a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar. All proceeds will support Char-Em United Way’s Volunteer Connections program. Info: 231-487-1006
April 17…MEF Spaghetti Dinner & Auction 5pm at Mancelona High School. Info:mancelonachamber.org
April 17…Mackinaw Memorial Parade Fish Fry 4-7pm at the Pancake Restaurant in Mackinaw City. All you can eat, with all the trimmings. Adults $11, kids under 10, $6. Info: (231) 436-5578
April 18…Earth Week Plus Expo Noon-4p at Cheboygan Area High School. his FREE expo offers educational events and adventures. The NE MI GLSI will participate during the Annual Earth Week Plus Free Expo with a hands-on activity showing participants how to make sub-irrigated planters reusing plastic planters! Info: Cheboygan.com
April 18…Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival 1-7:30pm at NMC’s Welcome Center-Traverse City. An all inclusive Earth Day celebration with live music, art, interactive workshops and more! Free. Info: nmc.edu
April 18…ACS 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner 5pm at the Gaylord Eagles Hall. All you can eat. $8 adults, $5 kids. Features a dessert bake-off. Info: 989-732-0472
April 18…Kingsley Family Theatre 12:30 at the Kingsley Library. Free family friendly feature movies. Showing “Big Hero 6”. Free popcorn in a mini-theater setting. Info: 231-263-5484
April 18…Relay for life fundraiser at Save-A-Lot in Cheboygan starting at 10am. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.
April 18…25th Annual Children’s Health Fair 9a-2p at Petoskey Middle School sponsored by McLaren Northern Michigan. Children’s acitivites, educational opportunities, fun run and more. Info: 800-248-6777
April 19…Leelanau County Earth Day Celebration 1-5p at the Glen Arbor Town Hall. $5 person/$10 family. Live music, environmental organizations, bake sale, games and activities. Info: 231-326-2057
April 19…12th Annual Task Force Fashion Show/Luncheon 1pm at Cheboygan Knights of Columbus. $12 advance. Door prizes, raffle. Benefits Cheboygan Catholic parish improvements. Info: (231) 627-2105
April 19…Celebrate Earth Day with family fun activities & a 5K walk for all ages starting at Noon. Meet at the Big Green Barn at the Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Free. Info: grassriver.org
April 19…Cheboygan County Humane Society Spring Fling 5pm at the Eagles Club of Cheboygan. Salad bar & hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, Dinner at 6pm. Tickets $15. Live auction, entertainment & lots of door prizes! Info: 231-238-8221
April 20…10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for the United Way, noon-8pm at BJ Restaurant-Gaylord. $5 person/$15 family. Info: gaylordchamber.com
April 21… Cheboygan Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 4pm in the 3rd Floor Conference room of McLaren Northern Michigan. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, discussion on how to be an advocate for your healthcare. Free. 231.445.1595
April 22-26…National Trout Festival. Entertainment, games, flea market, carnival, parade and more! Info: nationaltroutfestival.com
April 23-25…Elk Rapids High School Drama Department presents: “Damn Yankees” Thur/Fri 7p, Sat at 2 & 7p. $10 adults, $5 students in advance, $15/$7 at the door. Info: 231-264-8108
April 23…Business After Hours 5-7p at Fernelius Toyota-Cheboygan. $5 members, $7 non-members. Info: 231-627-7183
April 23…Chamber Business Expo & Taste of Boyne 3-7p at the formr Carter’s Building in Boyne City. Great time to meet and get to know businesses in the area and at the same time, indulge in samples of delicious food, beer and wine prepared by local restaurants. Info: 231-582-6222
April 23…Organic Farming Seminar 6:30-7:30 at Charlevoix Library. Jimmy Spencer of Pond Hill Farm talks about organic farming and gardening, pesticide and herbicide free produce, as well as the café, winery, and store at the farm. He will offer tips about organic gardening for the individual gardener. Info: 231-237-7340
April 23…Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting and appetizers by Barrel Back Restaurant with music by Jeff Pagel. $15 advance/$20 day of. 231-347-4337.
April 23…Otsego County Career Fair 1-4p at the Gaylord Eagles Hall. Preregister with Michigan Works to obtain a ticket to attend this career fair. Contact 989-732-3886 ext 1222
April 23-25… “Damn Yankees”: Presented by Elk Rapids High School Drama in Peterman Auditorium, ERHS. This is a musical comedy about a middle-aged man who sells his soul to become a crackerjack baseball player who can help his Washington Senators beat the Yankees in the World Series. Tickets: $10 adults/$5 students in advance; $15/$7 at door. www.elkrapidsdrama.com
April 24…Silent Auction/Open House 5-7p at the St. Ignace Public Library. Join in for cake, conversation, library tour and lively bidding on the wonderful items at the St. Ignace Library’s Spring Silent Auction. Bidding ends sharply at 7pm. Info: 906-643-8318
April 24-26…Northern Michigan Chorale Concert “Songs of Spring” at Petoskey High School. 7pm Fri & Sat, 3p Sunday. Info: www.nmchorale.org
April 24-25…The Traverse City Curling Club will host the first ever bombspiel - or curling tournament Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. The Cherry Bombspiel, will feature 32 teams representing several curling clubs from across the Midwest and Canada. Four-time Olympic curler Debbie McCormick is among the 128 curlers in the field. Free admission. Info: www.centreice.org
April 25-May 3 …The Homeschool Arts Project presents ”Oliver” at St. Francis High School. Fri @7p, Sat 3p & 7p, Sun 7pm. $15 Adults, $10 student & seniors. Info: www.thehap.net
April 25…Annual Celebration for Young Children 11a-2p downtown Traverse City. Various activities at locations throughout downtown. Info: downtowntc.com
April 25… Free Family History Workshop 10am to 2pm, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 3746 Veterans Drive, TC. Free classes include: Using websites like FamilySearch.org & Ancestry.com, cemetery records, MI Township & death records, intro to "indexing", FH for youth, & more!! FH Center 231-947-4646
April 25…6th Annual Dentistry from the Heart. Free dental care for those in need over 18 at Beacon Dental Center in Charlevoix from 7a-4p. First come, first served. Be prepared to wait outside, bring a chair, dress appropriately. Info: 231-237-5099
April 25…27th Annual Pancake Breakfast 7a-1p at the Bellaire Senior Center. Benefits Bellaire Boy Scout Troop 76. $5 adults, $3 ages 3-10, under 2 free. Info: bellairechamber.com
April 25…39th Annual Knights of Columbus Cash Raffle Party 6-11:30p at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Gourmet dinner, desserts, music, dancing, prizes. Tickets $150/ admits two. Proceeds benefit local youth programs. Info: 231-675-5847
April 25… St. Ignatius School in Rogers City proudly present the 12th Annual Harbor Nights. Come enjoy a night of dinner, auctions and raffles from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and tickets are available at the parish and school offices. All proceeds support St. Ignatius School. Must be 21 or older to attend. Info: 989-734-3443
April 25… North Country Community Mental Health is sponsoring its 4th Annual Fun Walk for Autism Acceptance at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Boyne City. On-site registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the “Fun Walk” begins at 10:00 a.m. (approximately a half mile in length). Registration fee is $10. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of many great prizes including gift cards and special give-a-ways. Must be present to win. Info: 231-271-6177
April 25…Gaylord Area Council for the Arts presents: Gaylord Youth Orchestra Concert 7pm, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Donations accepted. Info: 989-732-3242
April 25… The Boyne City Booster Foundation invites you to attend the 5th annual Paint the Town Red event from 6 pm until midnight at the Boyne Mountain Civic Center. It will be a night of Silent Auction, Live Auction, music by Soul Street, dancing and light dinner and desserts. Come support Boyne City students at this gala event! You can purchase tickets at Ralph Gillett’s office, Mark Patrick’s State Farm Insurance, or from any Boyne City Booster Foundation member. Info: 231-675-2031
April 25… Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. (TART) is
celebrating Earth Day by hosting trail Work Bees at various locations from 10am to Noon. TART is looking for volunteers to attend with their own tools and lend a hand in cleaning up our trails after the cold winter months. Work Bees take place rain or shine. Participants should dress appropriately, bring plenty of drinking water and be ready to pick up trash, sweep, trim vegetation and perform various clean up tasks. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, trash bags, clippers, brooms, rakes, wagons, and gardening tools. A complete list of all Work Bee locations with maps can be found at www.TraverseTrails.org
April 25…Junior Ranger Day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 10-3p. "Find Your Park" with fun activities for all ages. Children can earn an official Junior Ranger Day badge. Meet park rangers at the D. H. Day Log Cabin to design your own arrowhead, paint on the beach, learn basic knot tying techniques, and other fun activities from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. or from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Then attend the swearing in of the National Lakeshore’s newest Junior Rangers at the cabin at 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow both ceremonies. Please park in Glen Haven and walk the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to the log cabin in the D. H. Day Campground. Accessible parking is available next to the log cabin and can be reached by traveling through the campground. All programs are free. Participants only need to purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass. Info: 231-326-5134
April 25…Traverse City Bicycle Film Festival 7-10p at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. The Cherry Capital Cycling Club will be presenting entertaining and informative international bike films and shorts. There will be two screenings/ 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Each screening will offer different films. Ticket prices are $12.00 online or $15.00 at the door per person per screening. A dual ticket for both shows is also available for $20.00 online or $25.00 at the door. Online Registration closes at 12 Noon on 04/23/2015. Info: 231-409-4421
April 26…Clean Up and Green Up Recycling Event 9a-3p at American Waste, Hughes Drive, Traverse City. Drop off old batteries, cell phones, carpet, appliances, etc. Free community wide recycle, repurpose and reuse event. For a complete list of acceptable items, visit cleanupgreenup.com
April 26…Annual TC Chocolate Festival 1-3:30p at the City Opera House-Traverse City. $15 admission, 12 & under $8. Tastings and samples; door prizes, demonstrations, live music, art and more. Benefits the Northwest Food Coalition. Info: tcchocolatefestival.com
April 28…Flower Arranging Workshop 6:30-7:30p at the Charlevoix Public Library. Learn how to arrange flowers with Lori Mitchell of Charlevoix Floral. Please bring a 6" vase with a 2 1/2" opening, scissors, and work gloves. Registration is required - online, or call 231-237-7340.
April 29…21st Annual Hard Hats & Hope Banquet 5-9pm at Knights of Columbus-Cheboygan. Doors at 5, dinner at 6. Live music, silent auction & 50/50 raffle. $12 adults, 12 & under $6 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity.
April 29…Harbor Springs Business Showcase. 5-7pm at Community Center-Holy Childhood Church. Networking, local food samplings, live music and more. By donation. Info: 231-526-7999
April 29…Joppa House Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 5-9pm at the Villager Pub-Charlevoix. All you can eat. 50% of sales & 100% of tips benefit the Joppa House transitional home. Info: 231-330-2643
April 29…Free Prom Dress Giveaway! All colors, sizes & styles, plus shoes & jewelry. 3-5pm at St. John Luteran Church, N. Straits Hwy-Cheboygan. Call for an appointment or more information: 231-625-2587.
April 30…Business After Hours 5:30-7:30p at Pellston Regional Airport. $7 admission. Come and enjoy some great regional networking and delicious food provided by Hoppies Landing. Admission is $7.00/person and proceeds will support the work of the Air Service Task Force, a business advocacy group comprised of representatives from the chambers of commerce and visitors bureau of Harbor Springs, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Indian River, and Petoskey. Please note, since this is a fundraiser for the Air Service Task Force, passes or entry cards from individual chambers will not be accepted.
April 30-May 1& 2…The Rivertown Follies present “Hooray for Follywood,” at the Cheboygan Opera House at 7:30 p.m. This show is based on the movies and includes a spoof on westerns, as well as big blockbusters. Cost is $10 for the April 30 show, and $11 in advance and $12 at the door for the May 1-2 shows. Tickets are available by calling the Opera House Box Office at 231 627-5841.
April 30-May 2…The Little Traverse Civic Theatre presents “Arsenic & Old Lace” at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Show time is 8pm. Tickets are $15 adults, 12 & under $10. Info: 231-348-1850
April 30, May 1,2,7,8,9…Elk Rapids Players present Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” Doors open at 6:30, curtain at 7:30 at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. $15. Info: 231-264-6330
May 1..Friday Night Jukebox 7-9pm at the Cheboygan Public Library. Acoustic. Musicians and singers are invited to come play or just watch. Free. Info: 231-627-2381
May 1…Downtown Art Walk 5-9p throughout downtown Traverse City. Enjoy 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. Info: 231-922-2050
May 1-3, 7-10 & 14-16….The Old Town Playhouse presents “Becky’s New Car”, a thoroughly original comedy, devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.7:30p. Adults $25, Under 18 $14. Info: www.oldtownplayhouse.com
May 1-8…Petoskey Restaurant Week. Enjoy your favorite restaurants and discover new ones at an affordable price. The best restaurants of Petoskey and Bay Harbor have joined forces for this special culinary event! Here’s how it works: Three course menus for $25 for dinner and $15 for lunch with some establishments offering two for one pricing. Info: emmetcounty.org
May 1-9… Glen Lake Restaurant Week- Glen Arbor. Simply show up to each restaurant on the list to experience a unique and mouthwatering time. Restaurant week is a great opportunity to discover new cuisine at a great price. www.visitglenarbor.com
May 2…Charlevoix Trout Tournament Benefit Dinner 5:30-11p at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Cash bar, dinner, silent auction, door prizes and more. Info: 231-675-1127
May 2…Mud Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest 9a-5p at Mt. Holiday-Traverse City. Adult racers will travel over the beautiful VASA Trail before heading back to Mt. Holiday's stadium finish. All proceeds from the event will support Mt. Holiday. Info: mudsweatandbeers.com
May 2…Bark For Life, a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. 11am at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Info: 800-227-2345
May 2…3rd Annual North Ohio PTO Art & Craft Show 10a-3p at the Elementary School-Gaylord. Free admission. Info: gaylordchamber.com
May 2…The Petoskey High School hospitality program will present their skills in a Culinary Arts Showcase 1-3p, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. 231-347-4337.
May 7…Cheboygan Area Business Expo & Taste of the Straits 3-8p at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Visit with local businesses, enjoy area restaurant samples, take part in the Northern Michigan “Brewhahah” beer competition.
May 7…Annual Dinner & Auction to benefit Continuing Education Scholarship program at Shanty Creek Resort Summit Rooms. 5:30-7 silent auction, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres. 7-9p dinner, awards, live auction. Tickets $35. Info: www.bellairechamber.com
May 9…Power of the Purse Fundraiser to benefit the Goodwill Inn. Enjoy a delicious brunch at the City Opera House-Traverse City, silent auction, complimentary photos. Tickets are $40. Info: goodwillnmi.org
May 9…Cedarville Remembrance Bell Ringing Ceremony 2pm at the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in Rogers City. Info: 989-734-0706
May 9…Run, Walk, Cure… 21st Annual Sue DeYoung/Judy Edger Breast Cancer 5k Walk and Run. Starts at East Park-Charlevoix with registration at 8am. Events begins at 9am. All entries with $30 or more in donations receive a t-shirt. Info: www.walkruncure.org
May 9…St. Ignace Lion’s Club Live Auction 6-8p at Kewadin Shores Casino. 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. Info: www.saintignace.org
May 9…Run Free Tiffany Ferguson Memorial Race 8am at Kalkaska High School. Info: 517-775-5587
May 10…Mother’s Day Brunch 11-2p at the Leelanau School. Includes an assortment of great items like ham, turkey, assorted sides, hot and cold vegetables, fruit salad, assorted pastries, and beverages. This event proceeds go to the Habitat for Humanity. $15 for adults, $10 for children from 5-12, and is free for children under 5. Info: 231-334-5800
May 10…3rd Annual Mother’s Day 5K, 9am on the beautiful trails of Hickory Hills and Meadows at 2000 Randolph St., Traverse City. Stay afterwards for raffle prizes, music, food and fun.. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit charity, Giving 1 Family at a Time – G1FT, assisting families in need within the Grand Traverse region. Info: www.g1ftfund.com
May 13…5th Annual Health & Wellness Fair 1-6p at Odawa Casino. Cooking demos, exhibits, product samples, prize drawings and more. Info: odawacasino.com
May 14-17…55th Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival –Veteran’s Park-Boyne City. Carnival, craft show, morel seminars, 5K run, mushroom hunt, Taste of Morels; live music and more! Info: bcmorelfestival.com
May 15-17…26th Annual Zoo-De_Mackinac. THIS IS NOT A RACE!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy a little physical exercise. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Arnold Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. As the evening wears on, The Gatehouse (formerly The French Outpost), Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands! Info: mackinaw-city.com
May 15…St. Ignace Rock & Run Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk. Starts at 9am at the Starline Ferry Railroad Dock Parking Lot. 4 different events. Live music. Proceeds benefit the Mackinac Staits Health Foundation. Info: Stignacerocknrun.com
May 16… Petoskey St. Francis Xavier School 24th Annual Spring Fling Gala Auction 5pm - 11pm at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club-Petoskey. Auction Gala Dinner & Raffle. Grand Prize: $20,000 and drawing at 8:30pm. Proceeds support Catholic education at St. Francis Xavier School Raffle tickets (license #C26795) are $100 each and Gala dinner tickets are $150 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling 231-347-4133.
May 16…1st Annual 4 on 4 Beach Volleyball Tournament starting at noon at Gordon Turner Park in Cheboygan. $40 per team, all ages welcome, double elimination. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Registrations & money must be in by May 15th. Info: 231-420-2241
May 16…8th Annual Community Pride Clean-up Day Downtown Indian River! Indian River residents and downtown businesses are encouraged to participate in this town-wide Spring Cleaning in preparation for the busy summer ahead. Document Shredding available at the Chamber of Commerce, hot dogs and soda for clean-up volunteers downtown, and street sweeper coming through town in the evening. Info: irchamber.com
May 16…Run For Their Lives 5K Run/Walk 8am in Boyne City to benefit the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. Info: 231-582-6774
May 17…60th Annual NMC BBQ! 11-5p at NMC main campus-Traverse City. $6. Old fashioned picnic, entertainment, activities, tours and more! Info: www.nmc.edu