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
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
June 2-Sept 29…Every Tuesday 6-8pm Music at the Gazebo-Bellaire. Bring picnic snacks, lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live music. Donations at the door ($5-10 suggested). Info: bellairechamber.com
June 12- Sept 4th…Stroll the Streets every Friday 6-9pm downtown Boyne City. Music ranges from traditional folk, bluegrass and jazz to rock. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painters and balloon-twisters. Info: wwwstrollthestreets.com
June 12-Sept 4th…Family Dinner & Movie Night 5:20-8pm at Harbor Springs Sk8 Park. Showing a children/teen movie night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants interested in attending the event will pay $5 for pizza, pop, and a dessert. The Movie is free. Info:harborspringschamber.com
June 18-Aug 27…Summer Concert Series Thursdays 7-9 in East Park-downtown Charlevoix. Free. Info:231-547-3257
June 24-Aug 12…Evening on River Street 6pm Elk Rapids. Free live music every Wednesday. Info: elkrapidschamber.org
June 25-Aug 27…Street Musique 7-9p downtown Harbor Springs. Enjoy the various sounds and melodies of local musicians while strolling the street. Info: harborspringschamber.com
June 25-Sept 3…Concert on the Lawn every Thrusday at Grand Traverse Pavilions starting at 7pm. Come early and enjoy picnic concessions. A goodwill collection will be taken after each concert. In case of rain, concerts will be held a Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Info: gtpavilions.org
July 4-Sept 12…Every Saturday enjoy awesome fireworks over Moran Bay-St. Ignace. 10pm. Info: saintignace.org
July 2- Aug 27…Bayside Live! Free waterfront concert series every Thursday 7-8:30, Public Marina Park-St Igance. Info: saitigance.org
July 3 – Aug 28…Every Friday Night starting 6-7:30p, Friday Night at the Museums. Fort de Buade and Museum of Ojibwa Culture, St. Igance. Musical & historic presentations, crafts for kids. Info: saintignace.org
July 4- Sept 5…Saturday Night Live 7-10pm downtown St. Ignace. Live entertainment, vendors, fireworks! Info: stigance.com
July 22, 29, Aug 5,12,19 & 26th…Indian River “Rhythm on the River” concert series. 6-8pm on the side lawn of the Indian River Area Library.
July 28- Aug 2…Traverse City Film Festival. Most events are held near downtown -- at the vintage State Theatre, Bijou by the Bay, the City Opera House, and the Old Town Playhouse, but there are also many free festival each night at an outdoor screen at the Open Space Park on the shore of West Grand Traverse Bay. Info:traversecityfilmfest.org
July 29-Aug 2…Rendezvous in Mackinaw & 18th Century Trade Fair at Conkling Heritage Park-Mackinaw City. 18th & 19th Century life in Native American, Military & Civilian Encampment. The 18th Century Trade Fair will feature merchants & blanket traders with 18th & 19th Century crafts, clothing and accessories. There will also be Musket Firing, Cooking and other demonstrations. Hawk and knife, archery and other competitions. Info: www.mackinawcity.com
July 30… Art Rapids! and the Elk Rapids Rotary will again sponsor a free concert in the Walk of Art from 7-10pm featuring David Chown (jazz pianist) and Miriam Pico (vocalist). Bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. Come to enjoy the music, the Walk of Art sculpture exhibit, and a beautiful sunset over Grand Traverse Bay. Info: elkrapidschamber.com
July 31 – Aug 21…Friday Night Live 5:30-9 Downtown Traverse City. Jazz, art, food and fun will fill East Front. Features a full slate of music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Front Street. Info: traversecity.com
July 31 – Aug 1…The History Center of Cheboygan County Yard Sale from 9a-4pm at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds. Along with an extensive comic book collection, they also have a new gas grill, a new Eden Pure Heater, books, clothing, furniture and much, much more! Info: 231-627-9597
July 31-Aug 1…Mackinaw Area Historical Festival at Historical Village-Mackinaw City. The event will feature: Fun, Food, Music, Vintage Baseball, Children's games, and Tours (including a one room School House, the Pestilence or Quarantine House, the Mennonite Farm House, the Sawmill and the Historic Church}. The days' events are highlighted with: Live Displays, Wagon Rides, 1870's music, Square Dancing, Maypole dance, Quilters, Soap making & many other activities. The day is FAMILY oriented with something for all ages. No pets please. For more information please Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 31- Aug 1…3rd Annual Alpena Bike Fest. A fun filled weekend of Camping, Biker Games, Bands, Vendors, Bonfire, and a Beer Tent.. Benefits the Friendship Room (Alpena Soup Kitchen) and Toy’s for Kids this year. No need to have a bike to come out and have a good time! Always some thing going on, two bands every night!https://www.facebook.com/AlpenasBikeNight
Aug 1…Bayside Music Festival – St. Ignace. 4p-10. Jimmy Buffet style music, food vendors, beer/wine/soft drink tent, fireworks over the bay at dusk. $5 admission, 12 & under free. Info: stignace.com
Aug 1…3rd Annual Let's Paint the Town Black!!! There will be a 5K Run/Walk and a 1-Mile "Fun Run", both events open to all ages, in McBain from 1 at 9 am starting and ending at NMC School. All donations received from the 5K will go to support the University of Michigan Cancer Research to find a cure for Melanoma. It is being hosted by the family of Kelly Van Houten, who lost his battle with this disease in 2013. Find on Facebook @ "Paint the Town Black", website www.paintthetownblack5k.com , or email Kim at email@example.com.
Aug 1…WoofStock 2015 Pet & Music Festival. Live bands, demonstrations, kids activities, food, crafts, silent auction and more. Benefits Charlevoix Area Humane Society. Noon-10pm at Mackinaw Trail Winery. Info: petoskeyarea.com
Aug. 1 -- Boats on the Boardwalk 10a-4p. A judged show along the Boardman River boardwalk in Traverse City, featuring 50 boats, circa 1900 through current wooden classics, from high-powered mahogany runabouts to hydroplanes, outboards, powered launches, wooden canoes, and rowboats. Info: www.wwcacbs.com
Aug 1…Mackinaw Area Historical Festival. An old-fashioned celebration of summer in Mackinaw City, 1880's style. The event will feature fun, food, music, vintage baseball, and tours of our restored one-room Freedom School and Pest House Infirmary in Mackinaw City. Info: mackinaw-city.com
Aug 1…Chalk & Chocolate 8a-5p Clinch Park Open Space-Traverse City. Artists of all abilities- from the beginner to experienced chalk artist are welcome. The fee to participate is $10 for the Junior Division and $20 per square for the artists, 16 years and aboveChocolate purveyors will be providing chocolate tastings from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Your can purchase a $5 ticket to sample delicious chocolates. All proceeds benefit Crooked Tree Arts Center. Top of Michigan Trails Council and TART Trails, Inc.
Aug 1… Join the Harbor Springs Sk8 Park for a fun filled day of carnival inspired water games. Participants will try their luck at squirt gun duck hunt, bully’s eye challenge, cup drop, connect 4, water balloon break, bucket catch, and water balloon target toss. Participants will earn tickets for each game they play. Tickets can be “cashed in” for prizes. Pizza, pop and cookies will be served to all participants. The event will culminate in a water balloon and squirt gun fight. Participants are asked to bring a bathing suit, towel and a dry clothes. This event is Free. Info: 231-838-0204
Aug. 1-2 -- Suttons Bay Annual Community Art Festival. Marina Park. features some of the area's best artists and crafters, as well as artisans from other parts of the country, along with community groups, food vendors and a children's area . 10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun. Info: suttonsbayarea.com
Aug 1…2nd Annual Power Island – Rapa Nui Race. Calling all paddlers and runners to join us for this enjoyable event, all skill levels are welcome. Racers can paddle canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board. Double canoes and kayaks are also welcome. The race starts at Bowers Harbor boat launch at 9AM on Saturday August 1st; racers will paddle to Power Island and then run or walk a beautiful path on the Island of a little over 2 miles. They will then paddle back to Bowers Harbor boat launch. Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Power Island Grand Traverse County Park. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category. For further information RaceTC.com
Aug 1…Benzie Home Health Care Walk-a-thon. Celebrating 40 yrs helping elders in Benzie County! Walk,run, bike, kayak along 6 miles of Crystal Lake's south shore with friends, neighbors and Benzie County Community! Bellows Park, Frankfort. Register 7:30 event @ 9AM Phone: 231 715 3234. Email:
Aug 4…Mackinaw Library is hosting an Antiques Appraisal Clinic from 10a-5pm to coincide with the 46th Annual Antique Show & Sale, hosted by the Mackinaw Woman’s Club, which is held across the street at the school. All appraisals are by appointment only, so please call ahead to schedule. By scheduling your appointment, you may bring in up to 3 antiques and collectibles for a verbal approximation of value from an antiques expert. The fee per item is $10, which will be used to purchase archival supplies for storing Michigan Room items. Info: 231-436-5451
Aug 4-9…Rogers City Nautical Festival. Pet show, kiddie parade, monster truck rides, antique tractor show, carnival, arts & crafts, car show, and more! Info: nauticalfestival.org
Aug 5-8…Elk Rapids Harbor Days. Carnival, live music, lumberjack show, fireman’s waterball contest; movie in the park; parade; fireworks and more! Info: elkrapidsharbordays.org
Aug 6-8…Antrim County Fair-Bellaire. 4-H exhibits, horse show, live music, dog show, square dance, horse pull, kids games ice cream social and more! Info: www.antrimcountyfair.com
Aug 6-9…Boyne Falls Polish Festival. Car show, carnival, live music, parade, mud run and more! Info: boynefallspolishfestival.com
Aug 6-9…Farmfest-Johannesburg. GATES OPEN on Thursday at noon. Stay through Monday morning if you like. Farmfest is a four-day Mooosical Magical happening. It's a musician's playground, so if you like to jam bring your instruments. Sign up for the Second Stage sets, but do it early because if fills up fast. Main stage music begins on Friday. Drum Kiva, Fire Circle Jams, Dance Pavilion Events, Feedbag Café and Pub, Parkin' Lot Pickin', Candle Light Labyrinth Walk, Second Stage Open Mic, Kids-Kids-Kids Stuff!, Workshops, Gardening fun, Great Food, and Morning Yoga, Sacred Land. Info:gaylordmichigan.net
Aug 7-9… 32nd Annual Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Show 9:00 am – 11:00 pm- Alpena. Gates open at 9a.m. daily, $5 admission; under 12 free. Live music every evening in the barn. Food and primitive camping available. Daily demonstrations and exhibits. www.alpenaantiquetractor.com
Aug 7…Movies in the Park – 8:30pm, Bryant Park-Traverse City. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy The Big Lebowski. Info: traversecity.com
Aug 7… Lighted boat parade on the Indian River! In Case of Rain – Saturday, August 8th. Parade will start at dusk at DeVoe Beach and continue to I-75 bridge and return. Join in the fun! Find a spot on the river and see an amazing parade! If interested in participating, please call Sammy G at 810-845-3620.
Aug 7… 30th Annual Big Boy Car Show and Sweetheart Cruise 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm - Alpena. The public is invited to check out vintage cars, muscle cars, street rods, classic cars and more beginning at 3p.m. Music, kid’s activities, 4-D Second Street Dancers at 6p.m., Prizes for kids of all ages!! “Sweet Heart” Cruise through the streets of Alpena begins at 9p.m. Info: visitalpena.com
Aug. 7-8 -- Port Oneida Fair. Take a step back in time at the Port Oneida settlement in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and experience life as it was in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The fair is held at six historic farms, each with a variety of artists, crafts, food, and activities. Info: www.nps.gov
Aug 7-8…Michaywe Arts 7 Crafts Fair – Michaywe Resort-Gaylord. 11a-6p Fri, 10-4p Sat. Over 100 artists & crafters on site. Info: gaylordmichigan.net
Aug 7-8…Rivertown Follies present “Homicide on the High Seas” Murder Mystery Dinner. 6-9p at Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. $25 tickets includes your choice of one of 3 entrees, bread, dessert, salad and one non-alcoholic beverage with dinner. Limited seating for each night. Performed over dinner, each member of your group becomes directly involved in solving the mystery! Make reservations at 231-627-8161.
Aug 7-9…International Ironworkers Festival-Mackinaw City. It is open to the General Public, although only Ironworkers and Retirees can compete in the skilled events. These events include knot tying, rod tying, rivet toss, spud throw, column climb (Field Event), and the World Championship Column Climb. Various Times Throughout the Weekend at Mackinaw City High School. Info: mackinaw-city.com
Aug 8…Northport Dog Parade – 11am. Dress up your dog and yourself! Starts at the Mill Pond. Info: traversecity.com
Aug 8…A Taste of Sinatra with Jack Barber, featuring a celebration of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Centennial, 8pm at Rosa’s Squeeze Inn –Ocqueoc. Reservations welcome 989-734-2991. Doors open at 4pm, showtime 8pm,
Aug 8…Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair 9a-6p at East Park-downtown.
Aug 8-9…Top O’ Michigan Outboard Race Noon-2pm with starts at DeVoe Beach-Indian River. Over two days racers will travel over 87 miles through Northern Michigan’s Inland Waterway. Info: www.tomorc.com
Aug 8-15…Cheboygan County Fair! Carnival, rodeo, tough truck competition, tractor/truck pull, battle of the bands, livestock auction, horse show and more! Info: cheboyganfair.com
Aug 9…Community dinner & puppet show at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Dinner 6pm, show 7p. Free. Ossineke. Info: 989-471-5428
Aug 9…Cheboygan City Fire Department Free Kids Picnic 1-3p at Gordon Turner Park. Free hot dogs, chips, orange drink, fire truck rides, games and more! Info: Cheboygan.com
Aug. 9-15 -- Northwestern Michigan Fair. An annual fair that includes exhibits, a barn dance, 4-H livestock shows, a carnival, Grand Stand shows, a tough truck competition, and great food. Midway open 10 am-11 pm. Info:.northwesternmichiganfair.net
Aug 12…Northland Players are holding open auditions for the up coming production of the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, 6pm at the Theatre Center on Backus St-Cheboygan. Please be prepared to sing, dance and read. Material available at http://fortysecondstreet.webs.com
Aug 13…Harbor Springs Car Festival 5:30p-dusk at Zorn Park. There will be music in the streets to entertain you as you enjoy the cars, trucks, and motorcyles. Info: 231-526-7999
Aug. 13-16 -- Buckley Old Engine Show. This event has over 700 antique gas and steam tractors, cars and trucks -- and a working 1923 steam locomotive that carries passengers around a mile of track. Info: buckleyoldengineshow.org
Aug 13-16…Norfolk Harvest Festival-downtown Boyne City. Offering a portrayal of interactive living history ranging from the Medieval to Colonial periods, consisting of day-to-day living, as well as demonstrations with tents and structures depicting life in a new trading settlement. The public will be encouraged to interact with the reenactors, asking questions about their activities or demonstrations. Thurs-Sat 9a-6pm, Sun 9a-4p. Info: norfolkharvestfestival.com
Aug 13-16…Alanson Riverfest. Live music, arts & crafts, teen dance, 5K run, games, Bark in the Park, and more! Info: alansonriverfest.com
Aug 14-15…39th Annual Frankfort Art Fair. Over 175 artists in downtown Frankfort Market Square. Info: visitbenzie.com
Aug 15…BBQ on the Bay Amateur Grilling Competition 3-5p Water Front Park as part of Festival on the Bay. Tasting $5 person. Info: www.petoskeyfestival.com
Aug 15…28th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival 10a-4p Bellaire. "Duckling Park" for kids, Bouncers, Dunk Tank, Great Food, Arts & Crafts Show, Parade, and the Rubber Ducky RACE! Info: bellairechamber.com
Aug 15…YMCA of Northern Michigan Color Fun Run 7:30a-10:30a at Bay Front Park-Petoskey. Info: 231-347-8113
Aug 15… 7th Annual Mount Hope Classic Car, Truck & Bike Show to benefit the Otsego County Food Pantry. Lots of Activities: Games for kids and adults ~ Car ‑themed Movie & Popcorn ~ Inflatable Bounce House ~ Sketch Artist ~ Toby Neal ~ Raffles ~ Music ~ Face Painting ~ Kids workshop by Home Depot. Food & Refreshments available. Mount Hope Church located at 1672 M-32 East of Gaylord. Info: 989-390-0779
Aug 16-23…Traverse City Cider Week! Main event: Cider & Sausage Salon at the Historic Barns Park Aug 19th from 6-9pm with live music, games, and tastings of Michigan ciders and sausage varieties. Info: https://mca30.wildapricot.org/event-1929407
Aug 21-22…Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival at the GT Commons. Breweries, cideries, meaderies, and wineries will have their craft brews on tap, great music, delicious local food. Info: www.microbrewandmusic.com
Aug 22… HANDDS to the Rescue Bark at the Park 2015. This is an event to raise awareness of Pet Rescue causes, including educational information on Pet Health, well-being as well as spaying/neutering. The event will be held at Hull Park in Traverse City, from 11 to 3, rain or shine! Info: handdstotherescue.com
Aug 22…Music in the Park Folk Festival 4-11 at Almira Twp Park, (next to Mistwood Golf Course). Kids face painting & games, raffle, prizes, live music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Info: 810-223-6655
Aug 23-29…134th Annual Otsego County Fair-Gaylord. 4-H exhibits, horse show, free movie, rodeo, monster truck show, mud bog, ultimate air dog show, carnival and more! Info: www.otsegocountyfairgrounds.org
Aug 23…Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Riggsville Annual Festival noon-4p. Dinner ($10 adults/$5 children 6-12) raffle, live music, kids games, face painting, refreshments and more. Info: 231-627-9663
Aug 28-29… Cheboygan County Humane Society presents Northern Michigan's Largest Garage Sale! Located at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds. Antiques, clothing, household items, books, and everything including the kitchen sink!