THE BEAR DEN!!!
EVENTS HAPPENING NOW IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN!!
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: 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
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 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
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
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
Now –May 27…Every Tuesday, Community Playgroup 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Otsego County Community Center in Gaylord. Free playgroup for children ages 0-5. Playtime, crafts, snacks and more - everyone welcome! *Follows School Schedule (If school is cancelled, there will be no playgroup). Contact Information: Laura Cherry E-Mail: email@example.com Phone: (989) 732-7289
All April…Month of the Young Child Diaper Drive to be distributed by the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry. Drop off sites include: St. Francis Catholic Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Tom’s Food Markets in Traverse City, Presbyterian Church, Oleson’s Food Stores and Family Fare Market on E. 8th Street. Cash donations also accepted. Info: 231-941-0655
April is prevent a litter month. The Cherryland Humane Society is offering a $10 spay/neuter rebate for every unaltered dog or cat adopted from the shelter during the month. Info: 231-946-5116
April 23-27…78th Annual National Trout Festival. Arts& Crafts, Classic Car Show, Fireworks, Flea Market, Midway, Music, 5K and 10K Race, Kalkaska Idol Contest, Youth Parade, Grand Royale Parade and more! Info: 231-258-9103
April 24…April Swirl at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey 5:30-7pm. Wine tasting, appetizers and live music. Admission $15 advance/$20 day of. Info: 231-347-4337
April 24…6th Annual Chamber Business Expo 3-7p at the former Carter’s Building in Boyne City. Over 95 booths, Taste of Boyne and more! Info: www.boynechamber.com
April 24-27 & May 1-3…Little Traverse Civic Theatre presents “Love, Sex and the IRS. Curtain times for this show are 8:00 Thursday through Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday. Ticket prices for Adults $15 and Children 12 and under $10.
April 25…Instant Wine Cellar - Fundraiser for Char-Em United Way's Volunteer Connections 7-11 at the Perry Hotel in Petoskey, Admission is a bottle of wine or six pack of craft beer. Music by Boyne River Remedy, food by Stafford's select beer & wine available, silent auction and wine cellar raffle. For more info 231-487-1006
April 25…The Leelanau Community Cultural Center will host the “Exposures 2014” exhibit to celebrate the art and creative writing of Leelanau County students in grades 7-12 chosen for this year’s publication. The opening reception is on Friday, April 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm featuring original artwork, essays and poetry, and live music by guitarists Hunter Bell and Sierra Creamer, and the Suttons Bay Jazz Band. Hors d’oeuvres are provided courtesy of local grocery stores and restaurants. Info: 231-256-2131
April 26… "Paint the Town Red" at Boyne Mountain. Dinner, auctions, dancing to benefit Boyne City Public Schools arts, athletics and academics, 6 p.m. Info: www.boynechamber.com
April 26…2nd Annual PTO Art & Craft Show 10a-3p at the North Ohio Elementary in Gaylord. Info: 989-498-2088
April 26… Crosstown Campus 10k Run. Presented by Traverse City Area Public Schools Alumni. Starts at TC West Senior High & ends on the campus of TC Central High. Benefits TCAPS' fine and performing arts programs. Early-bird registration starts at $35. There is also a TC Central High Spring Splatter 5k run sponsored by CHS Student Senate. For more info on this, visit: www.active.com
April 26…2nd Annual Women’s Expo 10a-4p at Gaylord High School. Shopping, pampering, demos & door prizes. $2 admission, half will be donated to the Otsego County Food Pantry. Info 989-858-0075
April 26…Gaylord Community Orchestra Spring Orchestra Concert 7:30pm at Gaylord High School. $10 adults, students free tickets at the door. Info: 989-732-3242
April 26…Celebration for Young Children. Events at the City Opera House, Horizon books and various locations throughout downtown Traverse City. Info: www.downtowntc.com
April 26-27…TC Women’s Expo at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. With over 100 different businesses and exhibitors ready to showcase health, fitness, home, fashion, jewelry and more! $6 Adults, kids 4-12 $2, 3 & under free. Sat 10-7p, Sun 10-5p. Info: 231-775-9900
April 26…Benefit Dinner for Clarence Hovey JR (huh-vee), recovering from 3rd open heart surgery, at the Cheboygan Sportsman Club. Activities begin at 3p, dinner 5-7p. Music, dancing, raffles, door prizes, silent auction.
April 26…Trout Town Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet 9a-5p at the Kalkaska Kaliseum. Shop the old, the new and the unusual at the Trout Town Swap Meet where vendors from across Michigan will have great deals on everything from parts, accessories, jewelry, gear, and more! This year will feature the "Vintage vs. Custom Showdown" were the oldies-but-goodies will be paired against the one-of-a-kind creations! Admission: $5 (kids 12 and under are FREE!) Info: 231-258-5913
April 26… North Country Community Mental Health is sponsoring its 3rd 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 and t-shirts are guaranteed for those participants registering prior to April 8. 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. For further information or to register contact: Heather Smith at 989-732-6295 x 3607
April 27… Family Earth/Arbor Day Celebration 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center – East Jordan. honoring the day with a tree planting, wooly crafts to make-and-take, fun games and activities and visiting the farm animals. FREE & family-friendly. For more information contact the Wagbo Farm at 231-536-0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 27…11th Annual Task Force Fashion Show/Luncheon 1pm at the KofC Hall in Cheboygan. Advance tickets only $12 person. Tickets available at Billie’s, Flower Station, Modern Pharmacy, Black/White & More.
April 27…Cheboygan Humane Society “Spring Fling” Sock Hop Fundraiser 5-8p at the Cheboygan Eagles Hall. $15. Features dinner, beverages, dessert, music, raffle, auction and more!
April 27…Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse event. 1pm kick off at the State Theatre in Traverse City. Includes a magic show, followed by a march down front street and ends with a family style celebration at the Open Space until 3:30pm. Info: 231-929-4250
April 27…Traverse City Chocolate Festival 1-3p at the City Opera House. Features tastings and samples of local chocolates and confectionery treats, demonstrations and mini-lectures, live music, chocolate-inspired books, art and goods, door prizes and a silent auction for chocolate sculptures. Tickets $15 Adults, 12 & under $8. Benefits the Northwest Food Coalition. Info: 231-941-8082
April 27… American Girl Doll Party starting at 2:00 PM at East Jordan High School - Games, Carfts, Snacks, drawings and prizes. $5 per girl (includes ticket for drawings) $1 for adults. More tickets available to purchase at the event. Must be present to win.
April 28, May 5, 12 & 19…A six week program to offer emotional support to children who have a loved one diagnosed with cancer 5:30-7pm at the Community Health Education Center at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. Free. Info or to enroll a child call 231-487-4015
April 29… May 13… The community is invited to a special screening and panel discussion of the film, Tough Guise 2, hosted by the 100 Men Campaign. The film looks at messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture. Charlevoix Public Librarty at 7pm, free admission. (For mature audiences 17 & older) Info: (231) 347-0067
April 30…Community Pride Clean Up Day 5-8p Downtown Indian River. Info: 231-238-9325
April 30… Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity will be holding its 20th Annual hard hats and Hope Banquet beginning 5-7p at the Knights of Columbus Hall - Cheboygan. $12 for Adults, Children under 12, $6. Info: 231-597-4663
April 30…Pasta Buffet to benefit Brother Dan’s Food Pantry 5-8p at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club. $12 Adults, $8 ages 6-11, 5 & under free. Info: 231-347-7423
May 1…2014 Business Expo & Taste of the Straits 3-8p at the Cheboygan Ice Pavillion. $5 admission. Cooking & product demonstrations, drawings and door prizes, beer & wine bar, Northern Michigan Brewhahah Michigan Beer Competition and more! Info: www.cheboygan.com
May 1-3…2014 Rivertown Folllies, 7:30p at the Cheboygan Opera House. Great music, dancing & skits, all proceeds support local charities. $10.
Register by May 1st… You can help local women and families staying at the Goodwill Inn get the resources they need to succeed. Join your local Goodwill at the Power of the Purse event, a Mother's Day style brunch, on May 10 at the City Opera House. 10-Noon. Tickets only $40; RSVP by May 1. Info: www.goodwillnmi.org
May 2-17…The Old Town Playhouse presents “Steel Magnolias” Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Prices are $25 for adults, $14 for kids, and, for Thursday and Sunday performances, $23 for seniors and students. Info: www.oldtownplayhouse.com
May 2-18…The Homeschool Arts Project presents “Fiddler on the Roof” at St. Francis High School-Traverse City. Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00 PM | Sundays @ 3:00 PM. Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Students $10. Info: www.thehap.net
May 2…Downtown Art Walk-Traverse City. 5-9pm. Enjoy a self guided tour of galleries. Prize drawings at participating locations. Info: www.downtowntc.com
May 2…Bake Sale to benefit Cheboygan County Relay for Life at Glen’s Market from 9a until gone!
May 3 - Buff Up Boyne annual spring clean-up sponsored by Boyne City Main Street, 9 a.m. to noon. Info: www.boynechamber.com
May 3-4…Bake Sale to benefit Cheboygan County Relay for Life at St. Mary’s Chrurch, after all masses.
May 3…March for Babies-Benefits March of Dimes. Four mile walk starts at Civic Center Park & goes throughout downtown & along West Bay. There will be entertainment, food & more. 231-947-2488.
May 3… 1st Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run (5K & 1 mile Run/Walk) you get showered in safe, Eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy a colorful & magical party afterward in the Mackinaw Crossings. $25 pre-registered/$30 Race Day for the 5K, $20 pre/$25 race day for the walk. Info: 231-436-5574
May 3…Spruce up Cheboygan 8:30-12:30. Meet at Festival Square. Bring your rakes, gloves and brooms. Info: 231-627-7064. Free refreshments for all volunteers afterwards.
May 3…Grass River Natural Area Clean Up Day-Bellaire 9:30a. Don your work clothes and work gloves, bring your rakes and dust rags! Help spruce up the cabin, the Center and trails for the start of the 44th summer season at Grass River. Lunch provided! Please call if you plan to attend, 231.533.8314.
May 3…5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party/Fundraiser 4-7p at the Bay Harbor Equestrian Center. Benefits the Exceptional Riders Program of Northern Michigan which encourages individuals with special needs to improve balance and self-esteem through the use of therapeutic horseback riding.
Watch the race from big screen tvs, bid on Silent Auction items, enjoy delicious appetizers and special beverages including the signature Mint Julep. Info: 231-439-7100
May 3…Cheboygan County Humane Society Shelter Open House Noon-2pm. View the shelter & animals, free refreshments. 1536 Hackleburg Rd. Info: (231) 238-8221
May 3… The Boyne City and Petoskey High School hospitality programs will present their skills in a Culinary Arts Showcase in the Edith Gilbert Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey from 1-3pm. 231-347-4337.
May 3…Mom & Me Tea 12:30 at St John Luthern Church-Cheboygan. $6 advance, $8 at the door. Homemade treats, kids raffle, live music, stuffed animal parade and more. Benefits early childhood program. Info: 231-627-9060
May 4 beanbag tournament. Festival Square. registration at noon. Starts at 1:00. $20.00 per team/2 person team. Double elimination. Raffles, bake sale etc. All proceeds go to American Cancer Association. Contact 231-445-2447
May 4… Musical Tribute to Karl Haas: Jeff Haas Quintet with jazz legend Marcus Belgrave & vocalist Joan Belgrave perform a 100th birthday tribute to Haas’s father, radio host Karl Haas. City Opera House, TC. Tickets start at $18. www.cityoperahouse.org
May 5-18…Butterfly House at the Grand Traverse Mall. The exhibit features over 200 live butterflies from a variety of species tucked away inside a beautiful conservatory. This is a true hands-on experience where attendants interact with the butterflies, create crafts, and even have the change to take home their own caterpillars! Admission is $3 per person and a child under the age of 8 is free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Info: 231-922-0077
May 4…”Reach for the Stars” 12th Annual Starlight Dinner and Auction to benefit the Bergmann Center-Charlevoix. 1:30-4pm at Castle Farms. $30 person. Info: 231-547-2979
May 6…6th Annual “Taste and See” 6pm at Faith Baptist Church-Cheboygan. Taste fine foods, door prizes, sing praises. Guest speaker: Sheri Rose Shepherd. $10 admission. Info: 231-627-2242
May 6…Spring Fling Benefit Dinner 5-10 at Dockside in Bellaire. No reservations required. Info: 231.533.8314
May 8…Kayak for a Cause launch party 6-8pm at Mackinaw Trails Winery – Petoskey. Calling all Kayakers! Join the team of 30 or more kayakers and select the one or two day paddle of the pristine shoreline of Walloon Lake. Great Entertainment. Wine Tasting and Snacks. Meet the Camp Daggett Team. Prize Drawings. Proceeds benefit Camp Daggett's Adventure Center programs. Info: www.campdaggett.org
May 7…”Time for Crafts” for kids at the Traverse Area District Library from 4-5:30pm. Making book birdhouses, materials will be provided. Info: www.tadl.org
May 8…2014 Project Connect 10a-2p at Cheboygan National Guard Armory. A day of free services available to those in need. Heath screening, employment assistance, housing help, free lunch, hair cuts and more. Info: 231-627-2288
May 8…Bellaire Chamber Annual Spring Dinner & Auction 5:30-9pm at Shanty Creek Resort. $34 admission. Have a great dinner, as well as get some great deals in the auctions! A portion of the proceeds raised are used for Continuing Education Scholarship. Info: 231-544-5915
May 9… "A Night At The Movies" at the State Theatre to benefit Michael's Place, a healing center for those who are grieving, in Traverse City. Showing Secretariat. $25 per ticket, popcorn and soft drink included. For tickets call 947.6453.
May 9-11…Mesick Mushroom Festival. Parade, carnival rides, games, 5K, softball tourney, flea market, antique car show and more. Info: www.mesick-mushroofest.org
May 10…Taste of Spring Luncheon & Crafts 11a-3p at Charlevoix United Methodist Church. Enjoy a tasty luncheon plus a great variety of craft vendors & bake sale. Info: 231-547-4109
May 10…Long Lake Challenge 9a-noon. Half marathon along the shores of Long Lake-Traverse City. Info: 231-642-6024
May 10…May Day Celebration to benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan Noon-5pm at Sacred Sparks in East Jordan. Music all day, Traverse City Drummers, Earth Healing Ritual, May Pole Dance, Psychic Readers, Craft Booths, Children's Activities. Entry fee is a donation of toiletries, non-perishables, canned goods or a financial donation to help purchase perishable foods for domestic abuse survivors and their children staying at the WRCNM’s Safe Home. Info: www.wrcnm.org