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Week of Nov 18


Now-Dec 27… Every Thursday Free Swing Dance Lessions 5:30-7pm at the Carnegie Building-Cheboygan. Donations welcome. Info:


Now-Nov 22…Oleson’s Food Stores in Petoskey and Charlevoix are hosting a dollar drive to help support survivors of domestic abuse and their children. Funds raised help purchase much needed perishable items used on a daily basis such as milk, bread and eggs. Info: 231-347-0067. The Safe Home Needs List is available online at


Now-Nov 28…The Indian River Jr. Bulldogs have been invited to play at Nationals in Ohio in November and are trying to raise money to help get them there. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for donations:


Now-Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Your donations of non-perishable foods, household goods, paper products, personal care items, grocery gift cards and financial contributions help make the Safe Home feel like ‘home’ for many families. Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan operates the Safe Home 24/7 for domestic abuse survivors and their children while they regain control of their lives.  Drop off at the mail office, Gold Mine Resale Shop or agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona. Info: 231-347-1572


Sign up dates for Toys for Kids in Cheboygan: Nov. 20, 27, 29, Dec. 4, 6 and 11 from 1-5pm at West Elementary School. Bring a photo ID for adult and birth certificate or proof of guardianship for each child. Provided by Vietnam Veterans of America and Association of Vietnam Veterans.


Nov 21…Light Up Leland for the Holidays 5:30pm. Tree lighting, Santa, caroling, treats and more. Info:


Nov 21…Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner 11:30-1:30 at the Salvation Army –Traverse City. Info: 231-946-4644


Nov 22…Community Thanksgiving Dinner starting at noon at the Cheboygan K of C Hall. Free. Donations welcome. Regsiter/Info: 231-627-9003


Nov 22...Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Cheboygan Senior Center 3-5pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 627-7234


Nov 22…Community Meals Program Thanksgiving Dinner 1-3pm at Trinity Lutheran Church-Traverse City. Free. Info:231-360-7608


Nov 22…28th Annual Crawford AuSable Community Dinner noon-2pm at Camp Grayling Army Mess Hall. Free. Info: 989-348-9418


Nov 22…11th Annual TC Turkey Trot 9am at St. Francis High School-Traverse City. 5K & 5 mile. Benefits local charities. Cost: $20-$40. Info:


Nov 22…Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk 9am Zorn Park-Harbor Springs. Support the Harbor Springs Food Pantry; suggested donation of $10 per participant with larger donations greatly appreciated. Strollers are welcome, but please no dogs. Info:


Nov 22…  8th annual Kiwanis Boyne City Turkey Trot 5k/1 mile Fun Run 9:00am. Begins and ends at the pavilion at Boyne City Veteran's Park. Registration will open at 8am. Awards will be recognized in 10 year age groups. Prior to the event, $25 person and $50 families; day of the event, $30 person and $60 families. T-shirts are guaranteed if entry form is received by November 15th. Online registration is available at Info: Ruth Skop @ 231-881-0945 or Gayle Harbaugh @ 231-675-5725 


Nov 22…8th Annual Turkey Trot 8:30am at Munson Healthcare-Charlevoix. Costumes encouraged. Donations accepted for local pantries. Info:


Nov 23…38th Annual Christmas Craft Show 9a-3pm at Inland Lakes School-Indian River. 150 crafters display and sell their handmade products. Info:


Nov 23…Christmas in Indian River 4-7pm. Music, story hour, hot dogs and soup, kids games, carols, live nativity, parade and more. Info:

Nov 23…Holiday Open House and Santa Parade 5-9pm downtown Boyne City. Santa will make his debut at the parade that begins at 6pm. Shopping, hospitality, refreshments and more. Info:


Nov 23…Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting 3-6pm downtown Charlevoix. Craft activities for kids 3-5 at Circle of Arts; photos with Santa, cookies & hot cocoa in East Park; parade at 5:30; tree lighting at 6pm. Info:


Nov 23…Live Nativity 5-7:30pm in front of Coldwell Banker-Boyne City. Feed Gunther the Camel and his Friends. Enjoy complimentary Chili, Hotdogs, Cookies, Coffee, Hot Cocoa and sample pours. Info: 231-582-6554


Nov 23…Alpena Christmas Parade 5:30pm, tree lighting ceremony at Culligan Plaza follows. Info: 354-4181


Nov 23-25…Holiday Bazaar at the Cheboygan Carnegie. Featuring jewelry, paintings, wood crafts, pottery and more. 9-4 Fri/Sat; 11-4 Sun. Info:


Nov 24…Open House & Tree Lighting 10a-7pm downtown Northport. Carolers, sleigh rides, and more. Info:


Nov 24…Annual Petoskey Holiday Parade – 10am


Nov 24…Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30-8pm downtown Harbor Springs. Info:


Nov 24…Winter Fantasy Art Show 10-4p a the Elk Rapids Town Hall. All items handcrafted in Northern Michigan. Info: 231-599-3266


Nov 24…Antrim Ski Academy 24th Annual Equipment Sale 9-5p at the Grand Ballroom in the Lakeview Hotel at Shanty Creek. New and used ski & snowboard equipment and clothing. Benefits area high school ski teams and scholarships. Info: 231-676-2393


Nov 24-25…Holiday Fest 11-4p at Pond Hill Farm-Harbor Springs. Crafts, Santa, treats, beer & wine tasting, activities, hayrides and more! Info:


Nov 24-25…Festival of Trees at the Benzie Area Historical Museum. Decorated trees, wreaths and table decorations to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County.  Guests bid on items throughout the two-day event held on Saturday, November 24, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 25, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Info: 231-882-5539


Week of Nov 25


Nov 25…Northport Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting 4-7p. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, music & caroling, Santa and more. Info:


Nov 27…Townhall for Teens 7pm at the Industrial Arts Institute-Onaway. Open forum for Presque Isle County Teens and their parents to discuss safety and health issues, college prep advice, services for college students. Door prizes and refreshments. Free to attend. Info: 989-733-8557


Nov 29…Holiday Swirl Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine, appetizers and musical entertainment, holiday gift baskets. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of. Info:


Nov 29…Soup & Casserole Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:


Nov 30…Chandler Park Tree Lighting at 6pm-Onaway. Bonfire, hot cocoa and Christmas caroling. Santa will be there! Proceeds benefit chamber events. Info:


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


Nov 30…Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30pm on Main St. across from Star Line Dock-Mackinaw Island


Nov 30…An Evening with Santa 6:30pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church-Cheboygan. Cookies, hot chocolate, stories, pictures with Santa. Info:231-627-5262


Nov 30-Dec 1…Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar at Community Hall. Tree lighting Friday at 5:30pm, Festival of Trees, shopping. Info:


Nov 30-Dec 1…Merry Makers Marketplace at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City. Fro 2-5p, Sat 10-5p. Free admission. Info: 231-941-9488


Nov 30-Dec 2… The Cheboygan Area High School will present the play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, in the High School Auditorium Fri/Sat at 7:30p.m., and Sunday December 2nd at 2:00p.m. $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Info:


Dec 1…Friends of the Library Book Sale & Open House 10-2p a the Boyne District Library. Santa visits 10am-11:30am. Kids craft, Teen craft, and more! Info:


Dec 1…Christmas Crafts for a Cause 11-4pm at the Eagles Club – Cheboygan. 11-4pm Vendors galore with lots of fun for the kids. A portion of all sales will be donated to one lucky non-profit. 12-3pm Santa arrives to hear Christmas wishes. Free goodie bags for the first 150 kids. Bring your camera for that special holiday picture. "FREE" Facepainting, Popcorn and Cotton Candy (while supplies last); 11-4 bake sale benefits Rivertown Follies. Info:


Dec 1…Light Up The Night & Soup Cook Off Noon-7pm  downtown Bellaire. Free kids movie, ornament making, visit with Santa, tree lighting, live nativity. Info:


Dec 1…Christmas Craft Show 11-5p at Cross Point Church – Gaylord. 40 + local artists and crafters, free screen printed t-shirts for kids to color, food available. Info: 989-370-1392


Dec 1…Downtown Elk Rapids Holiday Festival 5-8pm. Santa, caroling, cookie decorating, sleigh rides, reindeer and more. Info:


Dec 1…Homemade Soup and Christmas Sale 9:30-2pm at United Methodist Church-Charlevoix. Warm up with all you can eat homemade soup; peruse the homemade baked goods, crafts, and gently used Christmas décor for sale. Info:


Dec 1…Annual Lioness Cookie Sale 11-2p at Citizen’s National Bank Lobby-Cheboygan. Info:


Dec 1…Cheboygan Parade of Lights 6pm.


Dec 1…Santa Light Parade 5:30 downtown Gaylord.


Dec 1-2…Suttons Bay Holiday Festival. Cookies, caroling, crafts, Santa, free movie, and more. Info:


Dec 1-2…Christmas Bazaar at Community Hall on Mackinac Island. Dec 1-Santa arrives 1:30, live auction 2pm, kids activities 3pm, community play at Mission Point Theatre 6:30p. Dec 2 live auction 2pm; Festival of Tree auction 3pm,; kids activities 3pm. Info:


Week of Dec 2


Dec 2…TC Holiday Book Festival. 1-4pm at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. 25 Authors & Musicians in the. Great books, music, & fun. Books for sale include: fiction, young adult, historical fiction, true crime, thrillers, sci-fi, children's books, non-fiction, parenting books and more! Info:


Dec 2…An Afternoon with Joshua Davis 4pm at the Old Art Building-Leland. $20. Proceeds benefit the Leelanau Children’s Center. Info: 231-256-2131


Dec 6…Downtown Hospitality Night 3-8pm – Cheboygan. Live music, goodies and one-night only specials. Info:


Dec 7…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Petoskey. Santa lights the Christmas tree in Pennsylvania park, carolers, Petoskey Steel Drum Band, treats and more. Info:


Dec 7…26th Annual Holly Daze 5:30-10:30pm at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction and more. Tickets $125 person. Benefits Charlevoix Hospital's Innovation and Patient Needs Funds. Info: 231-935-7631


Dec 7…Extreevaganza: An Enchanted Evening 6-11pm at Treetops Resort-Gaylord. Evening includes beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, impact stories and auctions. All proceeds will benefit the Community Fund. $75. Info:


Dec 8…”Home is Where the Art Is” fundraiser 5:30-8:30pm a Art in the Loft-Alpena. $25 person. Benefits Habitat for Humanity. Info 989-354-5555 ext 1003


Dec 8…All you can eat Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30 at Fernelius Toyota-Cheboygan. $8 person, 2 & under free. Pictures with Santa, ornament making, cookie decorating, bake sale, coloring and more. Proceeds benefit the Learning Center. Info: 231-627-5673


Dec 8…Share the Love Event with Little Traverse Bay Humane Society from 11-1 at Subaru by the Bay-Charlevoix. There will be adoptable animals, holiday photos with your pet, refreshments and more! The first 12 visitors will also receive a special ceramic dog bowl from Subaru. This event is free and open to the public. Info: 231-622-6356

Dec 8…Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts with Mrs. Claus 2-4pm at Secrets on Main-Cheboygan. Donations accepted. Info: 833-832-8963


Week of Dec 9


Dec 7…31st Annual Journey to Bethlehem at Stutsmanville Chapel in Harbor Springs. This 7 scene live nativity event is free, but reservations are required. Call beginning Nov. 16th 231-526-2335


Dec 9…Annual Christmas Concert with the Village Voices and Northport Community Band 2-3pm at the Northport Public School. Info:


Dec 15-16… Christkindlmarkt. Santas, elves, Grinches and the like will run, hop, sled and slide through the Bay Harbor Village. There are 2 runs – a 3k for the adults, and a 1k for the kids. The shops will be open, artist booths set up in stores, and Father Christmas will be there for photos, greeting families.


Dec 15…Boyne Valley Fire & Rescue Holiday Open House & Silent Auction 2-5pm at the Fire Hall-Boyne Balls. Meet the fire department and see the trucks. Santa and his elves will be there with crafts, games and snacks for kids. Silent auction 2-4p, benefits the fire department. Info: 231-549-2000


Dec 15…Santa Fun Run 10am – The Village at Bay Harbor. Costumes encouraged. Ages 18 & over $25 + one canned good; 11-17 $15 + one canned good. Proceeds benefit the Bay Harbor Foundation. Info: 231-439-2700


Dec 16…Jingle Bell Run 5K fun run/walk. 5pm starts and ends in the Warehouse District-Traverse City. Info:


Dec 17…Dinner/Paint n Sip/Silent Auction 5-8pm at the Blue Pelican Inn-Central Lake. Dinner will be from 5-6, paint n sip will start around 6 and silent auction items will close around 730 w/distribution around 8.  Benefits the 8th grade class trip. Full event tickets $70, dinner only $30; Paint-n-sip only $30. If you would like to donate an auction item please contact Shena Miller at 231-350-3372, donations of cash value are also being accepted.


Dec 20…Winter Solstice Barn Dance at the Cathedral Barn-Historic Barns Park-Traverse City. $20 for dinner or bring a dish to pass, or join after 7pm for music and dancing only $5 admission. Info: 231-947-0312


Dec 21…12th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Doors open at 5:30PM with sweets & hot chocolate served beginning at 6PM. Blissfest will be presenting a movie at 7PM running throughout. They will also be featuring their annual Solstice Silent Auction. Between 5:30PM and 9:30PM bid on local wares donated from all over the north - no ticket necessary to take part in the auction! Info: 231-348-7047

Dec 22…7th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30pm at Schuss Mountain-Shanty Creek in Bellaire. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit local food pantries.


Dec 29…Tea for Terri 11a-2p at the Cheboygan Carnegie. Proceeds benefit the IBC Network and Cheboygan High School Seniors.


Dec 31…Annual Cherry T Ball Drop – downtown Traverse City. With a suggested donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items, your celebration helps local food pantries thrive through winter. Info:


Dec 31…Family Fun NYE Celebration 5-10pm at the Otsego Sportsplex-Gaylord. Swim, skate, games, ball drop at 8pm. $5 person, $20 family. Info: 989-732-3546


Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Fireworks, free movie, entertainment, celebration and more. Info:




Wawatam Area Senior Center offers senior meals Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday for ages 55+ for just $3.50. Info: 231-436-5323


Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436


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


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. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm.


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


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


Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044

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.


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan 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 Thursday, learn Swing Dancing at the Cheboygan Carnegie. 5:30-7:30. Free. Info: 231-420-6665


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:


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 today.


TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info: 989-732-3242



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