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 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 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
Now-Dec 4… The Salvation Army, Traverse City is registering low income individuals, families, and seniors for its Christmas and Holiday Assistance programs. The Salvation Army Christmas and Holiday Assistance programs include: Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets with all the fixing, the Christmas Toy Shop (children ages 0 – 17), and Adopt a Teen (ages 14 – 17) and Adopt a Senior (ages 62+). Individuals, families and seniors from Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties who could use a little help this holiday season are encouraged to apply for holiday assistance at The Salvation Army, Community Center at 1239 Barlow Street, Traverse City. Registration dates and times: Tuesdays and Thursdays: Nov.11 – Dec. 4 (except Nov. 20 & 27) between 1 – 3pm and 5:30 – 7:30pm Thanksgiving Assistance Program closes at day’s end on November 13, 2014 Christmas Assistance Program closes at day’s end on December 4, 2014
Now-Dec 18…Infinite Path Martial Arts 12th Annual Winter Food & Clothing Drive. Drop off gently used coats, hats, gloves, canned & dried food at 2811 Cass St-Traverse City. Info: 23-421-5184
Now-Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Annual drive to collect non-perishable foods, paper products, cleaning supplies and personal care items for use by survivors of domestic abuse and their children staying at the Safe Home, operated 24 hours a day and 365 days a year by the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) Donations and financial contributions may be made in Petoskey at the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan main office or Gold Mine Resale Shops, and at agency satellite offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord, and Mancelona. For more information, call 231-347-1572. A Safe Home Needs List is available at www.wrcnm.org.
Now-Dec 31… CHAR-EM ALTERNATIVE GIFTS FAIR
Non-profit organizations in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have the perfect way to buy meaningful gifts for loved ones. Char-Em Alternative Gifts raises awareness of needs in our community, provides financial support to address those needs, offers a meaningful option for those who wish to make a difference with their holiday shopping dollars. Organizations participating include Bergmann Center, Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Northwest Michigan, The Manna Food Project, and Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Choose to give to any of these organizations as an alternative to your typical holiday gifts by visiting www.charemalternativegifts.org, and the honoree of your gift will receive a greeting card letting them know of your donation.
Nov 20…Crisis Pregnancy Center of Cheboygan Annual Banquet & Silent Auction at the K of C Hall. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets are $20 and includes dinner. Info 231-627-2626
Nov 20-22…Zonta’s Festival of Trees. Engage in the magic of this annual tradition featuring an array of decorated trees, visits with Santa, holiday accessories, entertainment, a petting zoo and more at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City! General Admission Tickets: Adults $7.50, Students $4.00, children 4 and under FREE! Th 4-8 pm, Fri 9 am-6 pm, Sat 9 am-12 pm, Sun 11 am-4 pm. Info: traversecity.com
Nov 20…Cheboygan County Humane Society’s Soup Supper 4-6p at Inverness Township Hall. Homemade soups, bread, beverages and desserts. $7.50 aduilts, kids 12 & under $5. Take outs available. Info: 231-238-8221
Nov 21-22…Boyne City High School Drama Dept presents “Boyne Meets Broadway” dinner theatre variety show at the Performing Arts Center. Enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert catered by the school's hospitality program while students from the jazz band set the mood in the commons with their smooth sounds. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. sharp. Tickets $25. Info:petoskeyarea.com
Nov 22…9th Annual Mancelona Community Craft Show held at the Mancelona Elementary School from 9 - 3. 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! Call Michele @ 231-350-6367.
Nov 22…Arts & Crafts Show 9a-4p at the Helena Twp Community Center in Alden. Info: 231-377-9127
Nov 22…Blair Elementary Craft Show 10-4p. Sawyer Rd-Traverse City. Crafts, Vendors, Bake Sale, Concessions, Door Prizes. All monies raised will be used to support technology for students. Info: 231-944-2182
Nov 22…The Alpena Senior Center will host a Christmas Craft Show and Art Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local crafters will showcase and sell various gift items. Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes. Lunch concessions will be available. Info: 989-356-3585
Nov 22…8th Annual Christmas Holiday Crafts, Art & Gift Sale 9a-4p at the Community Building at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food item to benefit the Brother Dan’s Food Pantry. Info: 231-348-5479
Nov 22…Northern Michigan Chorale presents “Music Has Brought Us Together” Fri at 7pm and Sun at 3pm at Petoskey High School. $10 adults, 12 & under $7. Info: 231-347-4488
Nov 22…”Spa Afternoon” 1-4p at Bishop Baraga School-Cheboygan. Get pamperd, relax and enjoy chair massages, foot & hand massages, nails, facials, refreshments and prizes. $10. Proceeds help fund 6th grade class trip. Info: 231-627-5608
Nov 23…"Surviving the Holidays" GriefShare 3-4:00 pm at Brush Mill Creek 121 N. State St, Hillman. No matter how long it's been since you lost your love one, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there's hope. Join in for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. Cost $5.00 354-2730
Nov 23…4th Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show 11a-5p at Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Free admission. 60+ vendors. Info: odawacasino.com
Nov 24…Empty Bowls Luncheon to benefit the Manna Food Project 11:30-1:30pm at Stafford’s Perry-Petoskey. $35 early pick up at 11:30, $25 regular pick up at 12pm. Ticket Purchase Includes: Bowl created by a local potter, filled with soup, served with bread from Cooked Tree Breadworks and Johan’s Bakery. Info: 231-347-8852
Nov 25…Cheboygan County Humane Society Pie & Bake Sale 10a-6p at Family Fare in Cheboygan. Info: Cheboygan.com
Nov 27…10th Annual Turkey Vulture Trot 5K Run/Walk at Crystal Mountain-Thompsonville. $25 thru Nov 26, $30 day of. 1 Mile run/walk $10 thru Nov 26, $15 day of. Info: 888-968-7686
Nov 27…7th Annual Traverse City Turkey Trot. 5K & 5M courses begin at 9am. All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and goodie bag. Children running or walking must be registered. Strollers and dogs on leashes are allowed (although dogs are not allowed on Thirlby Field and will be rerouted). Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 18. Info: 231-932-5646
Nov 27…Petoskey Turkey Trot. The 5K Run/Walk for runners and families and those ready for a bit of exercise prior to a Thanksgiving Celebration. Toddlers in strollers are FREE and encouraged to participate. Children running or walking must register. Info: 231-932-5646
Nov 27…Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk 9am Meet at Zorn Park on Bay Street-Harbor Springs. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Pre-register online or at The Outfitter on 153 E. Main Street. Day-of registration at Zorn Park from 8:30-8:45am. Info: 231-526-2621
Nov 27…The Kiwanis Club of Boyne City is organizing Boyne City's fourth annual Turkey Trot 5K race and 1-mile fun run/walk to be held at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The race will begin and end at Veterans Park. Entry fee, including a T-shirt is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. (231) 881-0945 or (231) 675-5725
Nov 27…8th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner noon-3p at the United Methodist Church in Charlevoix. No charge. Volunteers welcome. Info: 231-547-4813
Nov 27…Free Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner starting at noon at the KofC hall in Cheboygan. Please call to reserve your seat to ensure they have enough food. Info: 231-627-9003
Nov 28…Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30-6:30 at Three Pines Studio-Cross Village. Music, food and festivities. Info: 231-526-9447
Nov 28…34th Annual Christmas Craft Show at Inland Lakes School 10-4p. $3 admission, over 160 vendors! Info: 231-238-9325
Nov 28…Bolenz Holiday Parade in Alpena beginning at 5:30pm.
Nov 28…Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Caroling 6:30-8pm at Glen Arbor Township Hall. Cider and homemade donuts served by Art’s Tavern, Then, stay after the ceremony, for the Holiday Marketplace Preview Party for shopping, just inside the Town Hall from 7:00-8:00pm. Info: visitglenarbor.com
Nov 28…Christmas in Indian River. Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, Christmas Carolers, Pictures with Santa and other Christmas Celebrations taking place downtown Indian River, Info: 231-238-9325
Nov 28…Holiday Open House & Santa Parade 5-9pm downtown Boyne City.
Nov 28…Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration 1-6p downtown Charlevoix. Free movie at 1pm, Cookie decorating & pictures with Santa from 3-5p, Parade at 5:30. Info: 231-547-2101
Nov 29…Stafford’s Holiday Parade 10am through Downtown Petoskey. Info: 231-347-4337
Nov 29…Rogers City Christmas Parade 6-7pm Info:rogerscityareachamber.com
Nov 29…Harbor Springs Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30pm. Community caroling and ceremonies, downtown Harbor Springs. 231-526-7999.
Nov 29…Winter Fantasy Art Show 11-5p at Pine Hill Nursery-Kewadin. All items handcrafted in Northern Michigan. Info: 231-599-2824
Nov 29…Diva’s Christmas Bazaar 10-4p at Gaylord High School. $2 admission, $1 of each benefits a local charity. Info: 989-858-0075
Nov 29…Holiday Arts & Crafts 10a-5p at Glen Arbor Twp Hall. Features a variety of artisans showcasing different types of gifts/work, with an emphasis on local and handmade products/artworks. Info: visitglenarbor.com
Nov 29…19th Annual Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair 10-4p at Frankfort High School. Over 100 artists. Info: 231-352-7251
Nov 29…Frankfort Community Tree Lighting 7-8pm at Rotary Park. Info: Frankfort-elberta.com
Nov 29… Old Fashioned Christmas Gathering 5-7p at the Alden Depot. Info: 231-377-7333
Nov 29-30…Festival of Trees at the Benzie Historical Society to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 10-6 Sat, 11-4 Sun. In addition to the holiday decorations, and a display of 50 Christmas Creches from around the world, there will be a special display of the Museum's "Downton Abbey" era vintage clothing. Info: benziemuseum.org
Dec 4…Downtown Hospitality Night 4-8p downtown Cheboygan. Live music, holiday goodies, specials and gifts from the Mystery Elf. Info: Cheboygan.com
Dec 4…Santa will be visiting the Cheboygan Area Public Library at 6:30p, read a story and listen to holiday wishes. Free books to all children in attendance. Info: 231-627-2381
Dec 5…Holly Daze 5:30-10 at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. The evening will kick off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a full dinner and the live auction. Valet Parking is available. Please RSVP by November 17, 2014. Proceeds this year go towards the Boyne Area Medical Center Expansion and the new Chemotherapy-Infusion Center at the Hospital. Info: 231-547-8501
Dec 5…Holiday Open House downtown St. Ignace. Music, Christmas Tree Lighting, visit with Santa and more. Info: 906-643-8717
Dec 5…Friday Night Jukebox 7-9p at the Cheboygan Area Public Library. Acoustic music, musicians and singers are invited to participate. Info: 231-627-2381
Dec 5…Holiday Open House 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Downtown Petoskey. Begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies in to town to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park. 231.348.0388
Dec 5… Santa's Arrival, Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House 5:00 PM - 10:00 Downtown Traverse City. The holiday season kicks off when Santa comes to town! Join the downtown shops and restaurants for a night full of holiday fun, music and activities! Info: 231-922-2050
Dec 5…Lights of Love Event 6:30-7:30 next to the Boyne Area Chamber Office-Boyne City. The lighting of the Community Lights of Love Tree (which is a benefit for Hospice of Northwest Michigan) There will be a band and choral group leading the crowd in singing Christmas Carols. A Stroll the Streets atmosphere with Restaurants and Businesses participating as well with special menu, desert, drink or signature items that a 10% portion of the monies would be donated to Hospice. Info: 231-675-3580
Dec 5-7…Suttons Bay Holiday Festival. Friday December 5 - Holiday Stroll 5 - 8 PM Refreshments & Hors d'oeuvres, sample local wines, Restaurant specials, over 50 decorated trees, street carolers. Saturday December 6 - Family Day Help the friends of the Suttons Bay Bingham District Library decorate for the holidays 10 AM - noon, cookies, crafts and write a letter to Santa. Family Movie Day at Noon at the Bay Theatre; Santa Arrives by Firetruck for tree lighting at 5:00 PM; Caroling with the Suttons Bay High School Band and Visit with Santa at the VI Grill after helping him light the big Village Christmas Tree. Sunday December 7 - Antlers & Elves - Brain Storm! & Enerdyne Noon - 3 PM Cookie Extravaganza from Noon - 3 at the Friendship Center Community Choral Concert At Congregational Church 3 PM. Info: suttonsbayarea.com
Dec 6…First Congregational Church of Frankfort Silver Tea 1-3pm. Christmas cookie & bake sale also featured. Info: 231-352-7909
Dec 6…Winter Youth Craft Show 1-3p at the Charlevoix Public Library. Free admission. Grades K-12 can make and sell their own crafts, pre-registration required. Info: 231-237-7350
Dec 6…Charlevoix Holiday Open House 10a-6pm Children's movie, visit from Santa, shopping specials, and more. 231-547-2101.
Dec 6…Lioness Cookie Sale & Free Pictures with Santa 11a-5p at Citizens National Bank in Cheboygan. Cookies 11-2, Santa 3-5p (bring your own camera) Info: Cheboygan.com
Dec 6…Parade of Lights 6-7:30 downtown Cheboygan. Info: Cheboygan.com
Dec 6…Santa Parade 6pm, downtown Gaylord. Christmas tree lighting and hot cocoa after at the Pavilion. Info: 989-732-6333
Dec 6 & 13…Holiday Madrigal Dinner, 7p at the Rowe Inn of Ellsworth. Join the Petoskey High School Madrigal Singers for an evening of holiday food and song. $75 person. Info: Charlevoix.org
Dec 6…Holiday Hobby Craft Show 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Benefits the Boyne City Booster Foundation. Info: boynechamber.com
Dec 6…Mackinaw City Holiday Parade 6pm, followed by tree lighting and caroling! Info: mackinaw-city.com
Dec 6…Holiday Art & Craft Fair 10a-4p at the historic Mills Community House-Benzonia. Info: 231-352-4734
Dec 6..Holiday bake sale to benefit the Leelanau Children’s Center 9a-3pm. Info: northportomenachamber.org
Dec 6…Holiday Open House at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society 11a-2p. Tour the facility and enjoy a variety of treats including cookies, popcorn, hotdogs and chili. There will be face painting available for the kids, and the first 100 visitors who bring in a $25 gift card will receive the chance to win an iPad Mini. Adoption specials will be available, thanks to a $50 donation due to the generosity of LTBHS sponsors. Info: 231-347-2396
Dec 6…5th Annual “Light Up The Night” Holiday Celebration-Downtown Bellaire. Kids Scavenger Hunt at Theatre Noon; Movie Matinee 2:30 Limited Seating; Kid Ornament Making 4:00-4:45pm; Parade of Lights 5:15pm; Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus 5:30- 7:00pm; Soup COOK-OFF! 4:30-7:00pm ; Caroling 4:30-6:00pm; Tree Lighting 5:15pm. Info: bellairechamber.com
Dec 6-7… The Little Traverse Choral Society presents "A Global Noel" to usher in the Christmas holiday season. Concerts are: Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Harbor Springs Presbyterian Church; Sunday, Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. at the Cross in the Woods Catholic Shrine in Indian River. Tickets: $15 Adults; $5 Students; Children 12 and under free. Tickets are available from singers and at the door. Info: emmetcounty.org
Dec 6-7… Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, located inside the Leelanau State Park in Northport is hosting its annual Christmas At The Lighthouse from 12 to 4 pm. Visitors can visit with Santa, tour the lighthouse decorated in holiday décor, enjoy holiday cookies and music, climb the tower, drive the ROV and visit the gift shop for great Christmas gifts. Info: 231-386-7195.
Dec 7…Inn at Christmastime 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM $15. Experience an old fashioned Christmas at this beautifully restored 1905 neoclassical mansion on the corner of Washington and Wellington Streets in Traverse City’s historic Boardman neighborhood. Info: traversecity.com
Dec 7…Children Christmas Party 1-4p at the Helena Township Community Center in Alden. Crafts for kids and a visit from Santa. Info: 231-377-9127
Dec 7…Cherryland Humane Society annual Santa Paws/Open House Noon-4p at the shelter. Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa for a $10 donation. Costume contest for pets, refreshments, tours and door prizes. Info: 231-946-5116
Dec 12…Harbor Springs Ski Team 9th Annual Movie & Pizza Night Fundraiser, featuring Warren Miller’s “No Turning Back”. 5-9p at Boyne Highlands Day Lodge. All you can eat pizza, salad, cookie and beverage. Tickets $10, 3 & under free. Silent & Live auction. Info: emmetcounty.org
Dec 12…Christmas Shopping Spree 10a-6p at the Cheboygan Community Medical Center on Main St. Over 30 vendors, door prizes, baked goods, silent auction and more. Benefits the Cheboygan County Patient Assistance program. Info: 231-627-1200
Dec 13…Christmas Collage Concert 7:30-9p at Gaylord High School. Tickets $5 Info: 989-732-3242
Dec 13…Benefit Spaghetti Dinner 5-8pm at the Gaylord Bowling Center. $5 person dinner only/ $25 dinner, bowling & shoes. (Family of 4-8 persons, dinner only, $20) 50/50 drawings, silent auction. Proceeds benefit Kris Martenson who is currently battling cancer. Info: 989-732-5991
Dec 13…Christmas Magic –Downtown Beulah. Breakfast with Santa, kids activities, horse drawn wagon rides, Christmas Carolers and more! Info: visitbenzie.com
Dec 13… Bay Harbor Lighted Parade 6-7pm. Enjoy floats that are created by local area school groups, organization and teams for a chance to win cash for their classroom or groups! Info: bayharbor.com
Dec 13…Bay Harbor Santa Fun Run 1K/3K 4-5pm benefitting the Womens Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Wear your Santa suits, elf hats or even Grinch gear, there will be a prize for best costume! Enjoy post-race fun at Seventeen in the Village. All runners will receive prize bags with goodies inside from sponsors. Info: emmetcounty.org
Dec 13…Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair 9a-4pm at the VFW Hall in Lake Leelanau. Vendors, concessions and Santa will be there for lunch with the kids. Info: 231-256-0665
Dec 14-Jan 4…Festival of Trains at the History Center Museum on 6th Street-Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun Noon-4p. $5 admission, kids 4 & under free. Family Pass $25 (2 adults, 3 children) Info: 231-995-0313