Week of Nov 10
Nominations are now being accepted for the 28th Annual Athena Award which recognizes professional excellence, community service and commitment to foster leadership in others. Sponsored by Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac and the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. Nomination deadline Nov 19, forms available at petoskeychamber.com
Register now to be a bell ringer for your local Salvation Army! Locations and available time slots listed at www.registertoring.com
Now – Dec 8th…Stockings for Soldiers is collecting donations to be sent to “Soldiers’ Angels” for our troops. Single serving drink mix, playing cards, puzzle books, single serving cookie packages, lip balm, winter hats & gloves, etc. Drop off at Coldwell Banker – Benzonia. Info: soldiersangels.com
Now –Nov 17…McLaren Cheboygan Campus Guild Festival of Trees in the Fernelius Toyota Showroom. One-of-a-kind decorated artificial trees will be on display and raffled off on Sunday, November 17. Over the span of nine days, view the trees and purchase $1 raffle tickets for your chance to win a new tree for the holidays or one of the many other raffle prizes! All proceeds will benefit the McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus. Info: 231-487-3500
Nov 13…Girls Night Out 3-8pm downtown Cheboygan. Info: cheboygan.com
Nov 15…Swingshift and the Stars 7pm City Opera House-Traverse City. Dancing competition for local nonprofits, live swing band, desserts & coffee. Nonprofits benefitting: Bethany, Single MOMM, Spark in the Dark, Upbound at Work, Communities in Schools, Norte, Traverse City Christian School, TC Tritons Rowing. Info: swingshipandthestars.org
Nov 15…Hunters Chicken Dinner 4:30-7:30pm at the VFW Post 5857 – Onaway. By donation. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Veterans Memorial Park.
Nov 15…Hunter’s Supper 5-8pm at Norwich Township Hall-Moorestown. $8 person.
Nov 16…Holiday Bazaar & Soup Luncheon 9a-3p at the United Methodist Church-Harbor Springs. Info: 231-526-2114
Nov 16…Ladies Night Out 5-9pm downtown Harbor Springs. Enjoy sales, restaurant specials, live music and more. Info: harborspringchamber.com
Nov 16…5th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair 10-3p at MediLodge of Leelanau-Suttons Bay. Info: 231-271-1200
Nov 16…Christmas Shopping Spree 10-4p at McLaren Northern Michigan-Cheboygan. Over 60 vendors, door prizes, crafts, handmade goods and more! $2 at the door, benefits the patient assistance fund. Info:231-487-3500
Nov 16…Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale 9a-4p at the FOE-Cheboygan. Proceeds benefit charitable works. Info: 231-818-1714
Nov 16...13th Annual Power of the Purse Event 5-9pm at the Ostego Resort to benefit the Otsego County United Way. Includes dinner, dessert and wine. Features live & silent auction, raffles, giveways and more. Tickets $50. Info: gaylordmichigan.net
Nov 16-24…2019 KAIR Festival of Trees at Northland Plaza-Kalkaska. Featuring 35 decorated trees in sizes ranging from 2 feet to 8 feet in all colors & themes. There will also be a raffle, Santa & live music by Patty Cox. Hours are 10am-3pm on Sat., Nov. 16 & Sun., Nov. 24; & 10am-7pm on Nov. 17-23. Info: 231-350-5114
Nov 23…Mancelona Community Craft Show 8a-3p at Mancelona Elementary School. Wide variety of items for sale. Concessions and baked goods available. Proceeds help fund Pathway Community Church's Hands and Feet Camp home improvement projects around our community. New Vendors welcome – Approximately 10x10 space! Call Michele @ 231-350-6367.
Nov 20…Free Financial Peace Live Stream Event, 6:45 at Northshore Community Church-Cheboygan. Learn about budgeting, saving for emergencies and making future plans. Info: ftpu.com
Nov 21…Holiday Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Enjoy wine, beer, holiday cocktails, heavy appetizers, desserts, and festive tunes. $25 advance/$30 day of. Info: crookedtree.org
Nov 22-24…Charlevoix Performing Arts presents “The Wizard of OZ” at Charlevoix High/Middle School. Showtimes 7pm Fri/Sat; 2p Sunday. $10 adults, $5 seniors/students. Info: charlevoix.org
Nov 22…Boyne City High School Performance “Boyne Meets Broadway” 5:30-9p at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. The evening starts out with a delicious meal provided by our BCHS Hospitality Department Seating begins at 5:30 and dinner starts at 6:00 pm. After dinner, you will be entertained by a 90 minute Broadway revue that will begin around 7:30 pm followed by dessert & coffee in the Commons. Tickets $25. Info: boynechamber.com
Nov 22-23…Holiday Bazaar at Old ST. Charles Church-Cheboygan 10a-6p, Refreshments, 50/50 raffle, Santa & Mrs Claus. Info: cheboygan.com
Nov 23…Mancelona Community Craft Show 9-3p at Mancelona Elementary School. Info: 231-350-6367
Nov 23…Toys for Tots Kick off Party Noon-2p at Great Wolf Lodge-Traverse City. Santa, crafts, door prizes and more. Info: traverse-city-mi.toysfortots.org
Nov 23…Downtown Light Parade, Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting 5:30-8pm – Traverse City. Santa will arrive at 6pm to light the tree at the corner of Cass & E. Front streets. The parade will start shortly after & travel along E. Front Street, Franklin to Union. Info: traverseticker.com
Nov 23…Book Sale 9a-3p at the Helena Township Community Center. Books, DVDs, VHS, CDs and puzzles. Info: 231-331-4318
Nov 24…9th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Show 11-5pm at Odawa Casino-Petoskey. Free admission. Info: petoskeyarea.com
Nov 27…Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner 11:30-1:30 at the Salvation Army Community Center – Traverse City. Info: 2310946-4644
Nov 27…Light Up Leland for the Holidays 5:30pm. Kick off the holidays with the community tree lighting ceremony at Christmas Tree Corner and then welcome Santa as he rides into the village aboard a fire engine. Enjoy caroling, treats and time with Santa afterward! Info: traversecity.com
Nov 28…12th Annual TC Turkey Trop 9am at St. Francis High School-Traverse City. Benefits the TART Trails. Info: runsignup.com
Nov 28…Turkey Trot 9am Veteran Park-Boyne City. 5K run and 1-mile fun run. Info: boynechamber.com
Nov 28…Turkey Trot 9am downtown Petoskey. Info: gtbayymca.org
Nov 28…Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk 9am Zorn Park-Harbor Springs. Info: outfitterharborsprings.com
Nov 28…Community Thanksgiving Dinner at noon – KofC Hall in Cheboygan. Free. Info: 231-627-9003
Nov 29…Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration 3-6pm. Holiday crafts at Circle of Arts 3-5; Photos with Santa at Charlevoix State Bank 3-5; Cookies & hot cocoa 4-6p East park; Parade 5:30, tree lighting
6pm. Info: charlevoix.org
Nov 29…Holiday Open House & Santa Parade 5-9pm downtown Boyne City. Downtown businesses offer many specials and the opportunity for shopping, refreshments and hospitality during the festivities. Santa makes his first appearance of the season at the Santa Parade (6pm) that leads to the tree lighting. Info: boynechamber.com
Nov 29…Glen Arbor Bed Parade 9am – downtown. Watch all the fun as festively decorated beds are wheeled through town! Info: traversecity.com
Nov 29…Tree Lighting & Caroling 6:15pm at Glen Arbor Town Hall. Info: traversecity.com
Nov 30…Winter Fantasy Art Show 10-4pm at the Elk Rapids Town Hall. Local artists showcase their original handcrafted items. Info: 231-676-6065
Nov 30…Friends of Leland Township Library Holiday Puzzle and Game Sale 10-2p at the Leland Library. Info: lelandlibrary.org
Nov 30…Brother Dan’s Handmade Holiday Craft Show 9a-4p at the Emmet County Fairgrounds-Petoskey. $2 or non-perishable food items donation. Benfits the food pantry. Info: 231-348-5479
Nov 30…Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair at Frankfort High School 9a-3pm. $2 admission, kids 15 & under free. Carriage rides 10-noon. Info: Frankfort-elberta.com
Nov 30… Celebrate 104 years of a magical tradition in downtown Harbor Springs at the Christmas Tree Lighting. Gather with your friends and neighbors to sing carols, enjoy the lighting of the tree on Main Street at 6pm and celebrate the winners of the annual window decorating contest. The public is then invited to attend a chili dinner in the Holy Childhood Parish Hall. At 8:00 p.m., the Lyric Theatre will be showing the classic "Miracle on 34th Street" free of charge! Info: harborspringschamber.com
Nov 30…Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade 6pm. Info: petoskeydowntown.com
Nov 30…104th Harbor Springs Tree Lighting 6pm -downtown. Music, shopping and Christmas entertainment. Info: harborspringschamber.com
Dec 1-7…Old Fashioned Christmas at the Lighthouse 10a-4p at Grand Traverse Lighthouse –Northport.
December 7 will be the last day of the exhibit with extended hours. A modern-day Santa’s Workshop will be open from 3-6 PM. Come out and enjoy cookie decorating, crafting an ornament, visiting with Santa, games, holiday campfire, hot cocoa bar and much more. Info: 231-386-7195
Dec 5…Downtown Hospitality Night 3-8pm – Downtown Cheboygan. Holiday goodies, live music, specials and door prizes. Info: cheboygan.com
Dec 5-7…Christmas in Kalkaska. 3 days of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family! Info: downtownkalakska.com
Dec 6…Petoskey Downtown Holiday Open House 6-9pm.
Dec 7…8th Annual TC Track Club Farmland 5K and Free for all Bike Ride noon-3pm at Rasho Farm-Traverse City. Features a classic European-style turf grass course with knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, and wood and stone fences. The bike event is held immediately following the run and has cyclists taking to the running the course for six laps of fun. Info: traversecity.com
Dec 7…Kalkaska Holiday Craft Show/Breakfast with Santa at Kalkaska Middle School. Breakfast 9-10am, visit with Santa 10-noon; kids crafts 9a-3p; craft show 9a-3p. Info: 231-534-4377
Dec 7…Parade of Lights/Christmas Tree Lighting 6pm –Cheboygan
Dec 7…Winter Songs & Carols 7:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church-Traverse City. Free. Info: manitouwinds.com
Dec 7…Light Up the Night & Soup Cook-off noon-7pm downtown Bellaire. Including a free kid’s movie, ornament making, the annual Soup Cook-Off (with 10+ participating restaurants!) and a visit with Santa after the Parade of Lights. Don’t forget the community tree lighting, caroling, and a live nativity. Info: traversecity.com
Dec 7…Lioness Cookie Sale 11a-1p at Citizen’s National Bank-Cheboygan. There are different size tins already made up, or select an empty tin and choose the cookies you'd like. If you bring in a tin from last year, your name will be entered in a special drawing. Basket Raffle tickets are also available and the drawings will be held prior to 1 pm. Info: 231-627-7111
Dec 7…Holiday Merchant Open House Noon-5pm-downtown Charlevoix. Free movie at 2pm; hot cocoa contest at participating businesses. Info: charlevoix.org
Dec 7…Holiday Hobby Craft Show 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Info: boynechamber.com
Dec 7…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Harbor Springs. Main Street will be closed. Shopping, refreshments and more. Info: harborspringschamber.com
Dec 7-8…Sleigh Rides to the North Pole 10a-2pm at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy- Boyne City. $15 person, benefits therapy scholarships. Info: 231-881-5590
Dec 8…Downtown Cocoa Crawl 11-1pm downtown Traverse City. Spend the day in Downtown shopping local for the holidays and sipping on hot cocoa at various locations. Participants will vote for their favorite. Free. Info: traversecity.com
Dec 8…Coats for Kids Charity Hockey Game 4pm at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Admission by donation…gently worn coats, hats, and gloves. Cops vs Straits Area Mens League. Info: cheboygan.com
Dec 12…Ladies Night 5-9pm downtown Traverse City. Filled with specials, food, and refreshments while you conquer some holiday shopping! Info: traversecity.com
Dec 13…Holiday Open House 6-8pm downtown Alanson. Santa arrival, Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs, refreshments and more! Info: petoskeyarea.com
Dec 13…The North Pole Holiday Festival 4pm at the Emmet County Fairgrounds-Petoskey. Take a photo with Santa, make crafts & enjoy a chili cook off between local restaurants. Additional samples or full bowls of chili may be purchased at the door. Guests will vote for best chili. $5 person (includes photo & two chili samples) Info: 231-348-5479
Dec 14…Children’s Christmas Party 11-2p at the VFW-Travese City. Free children's activities, horse drawn wagon rides and ... a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!! Info: traversecity.com
Dec 14…Craft Fair 10-3p at Unity of Traverse City. A wide variety of crafters will be offering their goods for sale, just in time for your Christmas shopping! Cookies will be available, too! Free. Info: traversecity.com
Dec 14…Christmas in Kingsley 1pm. Enjoy a reindeer trail, a chili cook-off, a tree lighting, and a visit with Santa. Info: 231-263-7778
Dec 14-30…2019 Festival of Trains at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun noon-4pm. $5 person; $30 family/festival pass. Info: traversecity.com
Dec 15…Toys for Tots Poker Tournament 3pm at Odawa Casino. $150 buy-in, cash prizes, bring an unopened toy and receive additional chips. Sign up at 877-442-6464
Dec 19…Ladies Night in Elk Rapids 5-8pm. Enjoy nibbles & drinks & play shopping bingo for the chance to win a gift bag stuffed with items from local merchants.
Dec 30…Beach Bash 6-8pm at Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Two slices of pizza, refreshments and goody bags provided. $6 per student or adult (swimmers and non-swimmers). Children 3 and under are FREE! Reservations required (75 people max.). Call the Pool today to ensure your spot: 231.547.0982, or register online at www.charlevoixpool.org.
Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Fireworks, celebration and more.
Wawatam Area Senior Center offers senior meals Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday for ages 55+ for just $3.50. Info: 231-436-5323
Every Monday starting Jan 7, the Wawatam Area Senior Center will have cribbage starting at 1:30, through March. Info: 627-4926
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 www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
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. Info:bellairechamber.com
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: 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.
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
TFN…Looking for a different way to graduate high school? Inverness Academy offers flexable scheduling, vocational training, diploma and more. Info: 231-627-5613
TFN…The Journey Program – a free 10 week group exercise program of cancer patients up to two years post treatment. Classes are held 4 times a year in Traverse City, Frankfort and Suttons Bay. Preregistration is required. Info: 231-276-2494