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: 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
McLaren Northern Michigan and the Health Department of NW Michigan are working to make sure every woman has access to a mammogram. Schedule an appointment today 800-432-4121
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
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 Thursday through Labor Day: Charlevoix Summer Concert Series 7-9pm at Odmark Performance Pavillion. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy local, regional and national artists playing a variety of musical genres. Free and open to the public. Info: www.charlevoix.org
Running through August 30th, “Guardians of the Lakes” exhibit at the History Center of Traverse City. The exhibit features an overview of U.S. Coast Guard history, local U.S. Coast Guard history, video clips through the years, vintage photos, models, uniforms and interactive activities for children. History Center hours: Wed.-Sat. 10am-5pm. Info: 231-995-313
Now-Aug 31… Fresh Air Fit: Power Flow Yoga, Every Sunday 7:30pm-8:30pm at Aloha State Park Cost: By Donation!! All levels of expertise and flexibility are welcome to come try to experience the benefits of the practice for themselves. This program will meet near the entrance of the park, by the playground equipment. Suggested items to bring: beach towel, comfortable clothing, bug spray, and your willingness. For more information visit: www.SpiritOfTheNorthYoga.com or call: (231) 420-9923 [This program requires the Recreation Passport for entry. This yearly pass costs $11 and is available at any State Park. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport]
Now-Aug 28… Fresh Air Fit: Power Flow Yoga, Every Tues 7:30pm-8:30pm and Thurs 9a-10a at Burt Lake State Park Cost: By Donation!! All levels of expertise and flexibility are welcome to come try to experience the benefits of the practice for themselves. Suggested items to bring: beach towel, comfortable clothing, bug spray, and your willingness. For more information visit: www.SpiritOfTheNorthYoga.com or call: (231) 420-9923 [This program requires the Recreation Passport for entry. This yearly pass costs $11 and is available at any State Park. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport
Now –Aug 30…Stone Circle Gatherings 9-11:45p Poetry, storytelling & music every Saturday featuring a unique outdoor setting around a fire. Ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31 on Stone Circle Drive. $5 Adults, Kids 12 & Under $3. Info: 231-264-9467
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
Every Monday night thru summer…Live music, yard games, face painting and more from 7-9p on the front lawn of Crystal Mountain Resort-Thompsonville. Info: crystalmountain.com
June 13 – Aug 29… Stroll the Streets fills downtown Boyne City with music and fun every summer Friday evening for the 11th year. Music ranges from traditional folk, bluegrass and jazz to rock. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painters and balloon-twisters and more! Info:231-582-9009
June 26-Aug 28…Every Thursday, Street Musique 7-9 pm downtown Harbor Springs. Enjoy different styles of music, there are also children's activities from magic shows and balloon animals to face painting and sidewalk chalk available for kids throughout town. Info: 231-526-7999
Every Thursday through Sept 4th…Concert on the Lawn at Grand Traverse Pavillions-Traverse City. 7:00 PM Free to the public - donations welcome. Sit back, unfold you lawn chair, and relax to the sounds from local musicians. Info: 231-932-3000
Now through Sept 1…Visit the History Center Museum in Traverse City for the Great Lakes Block Building Adventure, a maritime themed display made entirely of Lego bricks. Historic boats, freighters, pirate corner, some hands on displays. Hours Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun Noon-4p. Info 231-995-0313
July 3 thru Aug 28…Bayside Live! 7-8p at St Ignace Public Marina. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to great music. Every Thursday thru Aug 28. Info: 906-643-8717
July 6-Aug 31…Every Sunday, Free movies by the bay at American Legion Park-St Ignace 10pm. Free popcorn. All movies rated PG. Info: www.saintignace.org
Fridays thru Aug 22…Friday Night Live 5:30-9pm downtown Traverse City. Community block party features music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Front Street. Phone: (231) 922-2050
Aug 26… Mancelona Chamber of Commerce hosts a "Back to School" Street Dance at the Farmers Pavillion (located next to the buck pole in railroad park, at the traffic light). Concerts are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at 231-587-5500.
Aug 27… MiVirtual Career Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Connect to great Michigan companies and business leaders across the state for job opportunities. Register today to connect with automotive, engineering, manufacturing and other great Michigan employers during the August event. Visit www.mitalent.org/virtualcareerfair to register or for more information.
Aug 29-31…Taste of Traverse City. Experience an epicurean wonderland of food and drink samplings, demonstrations, seminars, wine and beer tastings, shopping, entertainment inspirations and more at various locations. Info: tasteoftraversecity.com
Aug 30…Kiwanis Car Show 10a-3p at Veteran’s Park-Boyne City. Info: boynechamber.com
Aug 30…4th Annual Food Pantry BBQ Chicken Dinner @ St Johns Lutheran Fellowship Hall in Cheboygan 4-7pm. Cost: one food item donation and free will offering. Info: Cheboygan.com
Aug 30…The Boardman Open Paddle Race features a 5-mile course for recreational paddlers and amateurs and a 16-mile course for more serious competitors along the Boardman River.Participants can compete using kayaks, canoes or stand-up paddle boards. Both courses launch at Scheck's Landing. Info: 231-631-6168
Aug 30…Boyne Falls Patriotic Color Run/Walk 9am at Boyne Falls Cross Country Course. $30. ! Prizes for the 1st – 3rd place runners in each men and women divisions. We are encouraging our walkers too as we will have fun door prizes for all participants Info: 231-675-2051
Aug 30-31…Arts and Crafts Dockside at St Ignace Public Marina. More than 100 artists and crafters display their unique creations along the waterfront downtown. Enjoy food and music while you peruse the works of talented artists. Info: 906-643-8717
Aug 30-31…Royal Fine Arts & Crafts Show at Boyne Highlands Convention Center. 10a-5p. Indoor & outdoor hand crafted items on display. Info: royalcraftshow.com
Aug 31…Boyne City Annual Labor Day Drag Race Fundraiser noon-5pm at Boyne City airport. Entry fee: car/truck/motorcycle $25 adv. $30 day of. Spectators $10, under 12 free. Info: 231-582-6222
Aug 31…1st Annual VFW Duck Race 2pm starting at green dock in Indian River. $5 ducks. Prizes include full day pontoon rental, ferry tickets and more. Info: 231-238-0960
Aug 31… 11th Annual Fine Art Fair: Historic Old Art Building, Leland. Presented by Northern MI potters, sculptors & artists. 231-590-3133.
Sept 1…State Street Bridge Walk 11:45-1:15. Join the fun of the bridge walk… not the Mackinac Bridge, but the State Street Bridge in Cheboygan! The annual walk will begin on the east side of the State Street Bridge, proceed over the bridge and onto Water Street, and then finish in Festival Square where FREE hot dogs, chips, and refreshments will be served. Info: (231) 627-7183.
Sept 1…56 Annual Labor Day Mackinaw Bridge Walk 7a-11a. Buses are available. Info: mackinacbridge.org
Sept 1…Glen Arbor Labor Day Bridge Walk at noon across the Narrows Bridge
Sept 1…TC Caring Community Bar BQ 10a-2p at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City. Meals for the homeless. Info: email@example.com
Sept 3… The Otsego County Sportsplex in Gaylord will host the 4th Annual Boomers and Seniors Expo from 2-6 p.m. Over 100 vendors with services and products of interest to boomers and seniors, plus special presentations throughout the day. Admission is free. For more information, call (989) 858-3400
Sept 5…Bike-in TC Movies in the Park Series 8:30pm at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Screening of “Good Will Hunting” starts at dusk. Donations welcome. Info: bikeintc.org
Sept 5…Murder at the Sportsplex Myster Dinner Theatre 5-9pm at the Otsego County Sportsplex in Gaylord. $25 person. Info: gaylordchamber.com
Sept 5-6…18th Annual Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival at Mackinaw Crossings. Sampling of 50+ award winning Michigan micro brewed beers and over 40 wines from Michigan's four internationally recognized wine regions. Food, wine, beer, entertainment and fun. Time: 5:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on Friday, and 1:00p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. Info: mackinaw-city.com
Sept 5-7…63rd Annual Posen Potato Festival. Polka dancing, flea market, arts & crafts, live music, bump & run, carnival rides and more! Info: posenpotatofestival.com
Sept 5-6…7th Annual Owosso Antique Tractor Parade & Show – Little Bear East Arena- St. Ignace. Over 900 antique tractors on display! Info: 906-643-8717
Sept 6…Autumn Antiques & Collectibles Market 9a-4p under the Pavilion downtown Gaylord. Furniture, fabric, glass, post cards, toys and much much more ! Phone: 989-732-4060
Sept 6…Traverse City Youth Triathlon 8am at Grand Traverse Civic Center-Traverse City. For school kids ages 18 and under, swim, bike and run to help promote fitness and self confidence. $35 until 9/5. 231-932-5646
Sept 6… 14th annual Shetler Family Dairy Open Barn party from 10 am to 4 pm in Kalkaska on Tyler Rd. Free admission, easy parking, free milk and cookies. Activities for children, hay rides, sloppy joe lunch and an ice cream booth. Come visit a working family dairy farm. Info: shetlermilk.com
Sept 6…Cupcake Run 5K & 1 Mile to benefit the Cheboygan Youth Center. 5K starts at 10am, 1 mile starts at 11am. Cupcake stands are set up for each kilometer and you have the opportunity to eat one to reduce your final finishing time by 5 minutes, but if you chuck, you lose all credit up to that point. Info: Cheboygan.com
Sept 6…Father Fred Fall Garage Sale 9a-4p at the foundation on Hastings-Traverse City. Thousands of items on sale at bargain prices, including furniture, antiques and collectibles, toys, household goods, clothing, sporting goods, and more! Proceeds benefit local families in need. Info: fatherfred.org
Sept 6…Country Barn Dance & Auction 7-11p at Jordan Valley Barn in East Jordan to raise money for Hospice of Northwest Michigan. $125 per couple. Silent auction, live music, cocktails, food and more. Info: 231-547-7659
Sept 6…8th Annual Taste of Benzie & Beyond 11:30-3:30 at Mineral Springs Park-Frankfort. Annual Food, Wine and Beer tasting event held in Downtown Frankfort. Come sample the area's restaurants and what they have to offer and as well as local beer and wine. Sidewalk Chalk Art contest - Kid's games and activities. Info: visitbenzie.com
Sept 6…King of the Mountain Obstacle Race starting at noon at Mt. Holiday-Traverse City. The King of the Mountain obstacle race will test your limits -whether your an average Joe or a professional athlete. The course covers 5 miles of hilly terrain at Mt. Holiday and has been designed after military style training courses. Info: imkingofthemountain.com
Sept 6-7..Annual Harvest Stompede. Features a spectacular race through Leelanau’s vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour of various wineries. The Harvest Stompede Wine Tour starts at 11:00 am on Saturday following the race (11:00 am to 6:00 pm) and continues on Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and include a souvenir wine glass and a special wine pour and food pairing at each of 23 participating wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Info: lpwines.com
Sept 7…Cheboygan Hockey Association Golf Scramble at Cheboygan Golf & Country Club. 4 person tams, tee-off at 1pm. Live & silent auction, contests and more. Info: 231-627-4264
Sept 7…Crooked River Firefighters 22nd Annual Open Antique Truck and Classic Car Show. Registration 7a-11a. Live music, raffles, consessions, and more. Benefits the Alanson-Littlefield Fire Department. Info: 231-881-5379
Sept 10…Outdoor Community Picnic 5:30 at Old Mission Congregational Church-Traverse City. The community is invited to enjoy grilled hot dogs, bratwurst and hamburgers with salads, casseroles, desserts and beverages. Freewill donations appreciated. For details, call 223-4844.
Sept 10…Women Can Women Do Fundraising Lunch 11a-1:45p at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Raises needed dollars to help fund essential programs and services provided to women, children and families through the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Info: wrcnm.org
Sept 12…Friday night potluck, jam and dancing 5-8pm at the Platte River Association Hall. Info: 231-325-3252
Sept 12…Downtown Art Walk 5-9pm. The public is invited to 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: downtowntc.com
Sept 12…Germanfest 6:30-11pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City. There will be dancing and singing to traditional music! Tickets are $40 per person, and admission will be strictly limited to 600 adults (21 and older). Admission includes the buffet style dinner and an evening of live entertainment. Info: 231-946-8696
Sept 12…Antrim County High Tea Benefit 5-10p at the Dockside Restaurant, Torch Lake at Clam River. Have some great food while you sit inside or on the outdoor deck. 50% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Antrim High Tea for Breast Cancer. Info: antrimcountyhightea.org
Sept 12…Dentistry from the Heart starting at 7am at the Beacon Dental Center in Gaylord. Free Dental care! The line will begin early into the night before, some even camp out in order to receive free services! Patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis. Event registration will begin at 7:00am. We encourage patients to dress appropriate for the weather as the waiting area is outside. For more information contact Crystal at 231-547-9141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept 12-14…Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Truck Show – Little Bear East Arena & downtown St. Ignace. Exhibitions, music, vendors, food, swap meet, and everything in between. Info: saintignace.org
Sept 12-16…NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena-Traverse City. Featuring eight NHL teams including the Detroit Red Wings.This year's event will feature four games per day over the course of the four days. Info: centreice.org
Sept 13…6th annual "Ramble through the Pines" will be held at Hartwick Pines State Park. Participants can walk, run or ride bikes and share memories and recollections of family members that have passed away using Mercy hospice care. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with participants starting the course in small groups at their convenience. Pre-registration is also available and can be completed by calling the Mercy Hospice at 1-989 348-4383.
Sept 13…2nd Annual MS Walk sponsored by Awakon Federal Credit Union 9am-Noon at Chandler Park in Onaway. Concessions and prizes will be offered during the event. T-shirts can be purchased at any Awakon location for $15. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society. To register or for more details call 989-733-8557.
Sept 13…Girls Night Out 4-8pm at the Gaylord Sportsplex. $10. An evening to have fun and relax. Info
Sept 13…Trunk and Treasure 9a-4p at the Bergmann Center Resale Shop in Charlevoix. Homemade Items, Vintage, Crafts, Client Art and more. Pay 1.00 entrance fee to benefit Bergmann Centers Gift of Love. Info: boynechamber.com
Sept 13… Northnern Rids 'n Rides 9th Annual Car Show! 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Eagles in Indian River. Raffles, Prizes, Top 50, Trophies! PLUS Best of Show, 5 Best Originals, 3 People's Choice! Registration $20 day of the show. Public invited - no admission charge. Info: 231-238-5165
Sept 13…Cheboygan Music Boosters “Cruising the Straits” aboard Shepler’s 7-8:30. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dessert. Board at Shepler’s dock in Mackinaw City at 6:30pm. Tickets $85 each or two for $150. Info: Cheboygan.com
Sept 13…16th Annual Sturgeon for Tomorrow Banquet 5pm at K of C Hall in Cheboygan. Wildlife décor, hunting, camping & fishing gear, prizes, cash bar, artisan gallery and more. Tickets $25 adult, $15 14 & under. Proceeds fund lake sturgeon hatchery, research, habitat conservation and outreach. Info: 231-625-2776
Sept 15…Free Medicare workshop 4-6pm at Rudyard Public Library. Includes presentation, workbook, materials, refreshments, door prizes and more. Registration is required. Info: 800-803-7174
Sept 19-22…TC Schooner Festival includes a parade of tall ships on Friday, Sept 19 and two days of deck tours, cruises aboard the sailing vessels, and related activities at Clinch Park Marina and the Discovery Center Great Lakes dock across on S. Bay Shore Drive. Info: traversecity.com
Sept 19…Charlevoix Area Pool Rootin’ Tootin’ Fundraising Hoedown 5:30-9:30p at the Barn at the Charlevoix County Club. BQ dinner from the Bistro at the Charlevoix Country Club, fabulous live and silent auction items, games and prizes, plus entertainment from the HORTON CREEK BAND! Fun-filled evening for a great cause. Info: charlevoixpool.org
Sept 20…Annual Rogers City Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show and Farmer's Market, from 10am - 5pm. Artists, Musicians and Crafts people as well as a nice variety of food vendors and bake sales! For the younger crowd there will be kids activities, a bounce house and Denny the Clown! Free admission For information contact Barb - 989-734- 4587
Sept 20…Walk to End Alzheimer’s 9am at Grand Traverse County Civic Center. All funds raised further the care, support and research efforts Alzheimer's Association. To register or for more information, 231-929-3804
Sept 20…Leland Heritage Festival 10-5pm. The day will feature Van's Classic Car Show, Wood Boats on the Wall, Native American Dance & Culture, Magic Show, Fishtown Celebration and more! Info: lelandmi.com
Sept 20…21st Annual Taste of Harbor Springs noon-3pm at the waterfront next to City Marina, enjoy the best of area restaurants, food and beverage. $25 advance, $35 day of. Info: harborspringschamber.com
Oct 10…2n Annual Alpena CRTC Runway Kids 1K Fun Run & 5K. Proceeds from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center run will support local military members and their families. The races will be held at the Alpena Regional Airport on Runway One. Race registration from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The Kids 1k will begin at 6:45 pm followed by the 5k Runway Race at 7:15 pm. Pre-registration entry fee is $20.00 for 5k and $10.00 for Kids 1k Fun Run. Day of the race entry fee is $25.00 and $15.00 respectively. Participants who pre-register by September 15, will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt commemorating the event. Military CRTC Coins will be given to the fastest male and female for the 5k. Info: email: email@example.com