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
April 3… Friday Night Jukebox 7-9pm at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. Musicians are invited to come play and sing their favorite tunes. Participate or just come enjoy the music. Info: 231-627-2381
April 4…Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt 2pm at East Park-downtown. Age groups 2 & under; 3-4yr; 5-6 yr; 7-10 yr. Bring your own basket. Info: 231-547-2101
April 4…Frankfort’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mineral Springs Park. Info: 231-352-7251
April 4… Hop Around the Block in Downtown Mancelona! At 10:30 a.m. Area children are invited to come in their Easter garb to collect eggs, candy or toys from area businesses. They will be led by the Easter Bunny in parade fashion to hop around the block. This event is coordinated by Mancelona Matters. Info: 231-676-1214
April 4…Free Egg Hunt 1pm at Pond Hill Farm-Harbor Springs. Bring your own basket. Info: www.pondhill.com
April 4… The Elmira-Warner Firefighters Association is doing an Easter Egg Hunt at Elmira Park, 1pm. This is for Kids 0-12 Years old. Please bring a bag for your eggs. Info: 231-546-3699
April 4…East Jordan Lions Club presents Easter Fun & Games 10-11:30a at the East Jordan HS Gym. Games, prizes, candy and more for kids 12 & under. Info: 231-536-7117
April 4… Head over to Westminster Park in Rogers City for the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt. The Kiwanis Club of Rogers City has been holding this event for over 30 years! At 10:00 a.m. sharp the Easter Egg Hunt will begin. The park will be divided into three age groups: 0-4, 5-7 and 8-10. Kids will be able to run around and find colorful Easter eggs full of candy and surprises. In each age group, there will be six eggs with a special prize in them. Along with the Easter Egg Hunt, there will also be a special visit by the Easter Bunny. Come out and celebrate a long standing tradition at this fun event. For more information, please call 989-351-0253.
April 8…Prom Dress Giveaway for Teens 3:15-5:15 at the Charlevoix Library. Come to the library and try on beautiful, gently used, formal dresses and take one home for free! Free dress alterations from Karen Bakker. Info: 231-237-7350
April 10-11…St. Ignace Home Show & Spring Expo, Little Bear East Arena. St. Ignace Home Show and Spring Expo, Little Bear East Arena. Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 10… The Rogers City Theater will host a performance by the La Compagine Musical Dance Troupe at 7:30 p.m. The show is part of the Presque Isle District Library's 'Celebrating Our Cultural Traditions Through Music' series. Info: 989-734-3861
April 10…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. Wawatam Area Senior Center-Mackinaw City. Info: 866-680-0771
April 11…Big Little Hero Race 9am The fun run is free and there are prizes for all children who participate. After the event meet in West Hall at NMC's main campus for the awards ceremony, prizes and fun events for kids of all ages. There will be face painting, balloon animals and more! All proceeds of this event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Info: 231-735-1055
April 11…The Dance Center presents “Peter Pan Dance Concert” 2-4p and 6-8p at Milliken Auditorium-Traverse City. This original one-act ballet of Peter Pan told through music, dance, and drama. Tickets are $10-18. Info: 231-947-6820
April 11…Great Lakes Maritime Academy Captain’s Dinner. Two seatings, 5:30p & 7pm at Lobdells on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus-Traverse City. Gourmet 3 course pasta dinner, tour training ship, silent auction. Info: 231-995-1021
Apfil 11…Cheboygan Eagles are having a Square Dance at 7pm. Open to the public, no cover charge. Info: 231-627-7361
April 11…Benefit Spaghetti Dinner & Auction 4-7p at the Shipwreck (formerly the Whitefish Inn-Curtis), followed by live music with the Mudhole Band from 7-10p. Benefits Edna Jones, dealing with heart issues, to help pay for medical expenses. $7 person. Live Music. Info: 906-450-1519
April 12…Bridal Expo noon-4p at the historic Livesaving Station-Waterfront Park, Elberta. Free Admission. Info: 231-651-0058
April 12…Lions Club Pancake Breakfast 9a-1pm at the Maple City Lions Club Community Building. $7 adults, 5-12 yr $3, under 5 free. Proceeds benefit community projects. Info: 231-334-2758
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 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…Kingsley Family Theatre 12:30 at the Kingsley Library. Free family friendly feature movies. Showing “Big Hero 6”. Fre popcorn in a mini-theater setting. Info: 231-263-5484
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…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 25…Annual Celebration for Young Children 11a-2p downtown Traverse City. Various activities at locations throughout downtown. Info: downtowntc.com
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 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 30…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 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 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 7…Cheboygan Area Business Expo & Taste of the Straits 3-8p at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion.
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