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Week of January 14

Jan 21,28,Feb 4 & 11…Sunday Family Fun Ski 2-3:30p at Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Enjoy a warm fire and hot cocoa. You can rent kids cross country skis by donation. Please call ahead for availability. Info: 231-533-8576

Jan 19-20…Pink Ribbon Riders 12th Annual Michigan Snow Run. Open to both men & women, including Friday night welcome social and Saturday snowmobile ride, dinner and event banquet. Proceeds help provide direct financial assistance to breast cancer patients. Pre-registration required. Treetops Resort-Gaylord. Info:

Jan 19-20…Rivertown Follies present a 80’s Murder Mystery Dinner at the Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. Doors open at 6pm. $25 ticket includes your choice of 3 entrees, bread, salad, dessert and 1 non-alcoholic beverage. Performed over dinner, each member of your group becomes involved in solving the mystery. Cash bar. Cash or check only. Limited seating. Reserve your spot 231-627-8161

Jan 19-Feb 3…Old Town Playhouse presents “Arsenic and Old Lace”, Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm. Adults $28, under 18 $15. Info:

Jan 19-21 & 26-28…69th Annual Tip-Up Town USA – Houghton Lake. Fun Run, kids games, beverage tent, live music, ice fishing contest, snowmobile drags, parade, polar bear dip, fireworks and more! Info:

Jan 19-20…Mackinaw City Winterfest. Parade, chili cook-off, outhouse races, ice fishing contest, poker walk and more! Info:

Jan 19-21…East Jordan Sno-Blast. Snow sculpture contest, blessing of the sleds, chili supper, antique snowmobile show and more! Info:

Jan 20…2018 Bigfoot Snowshoe Race 9a-Noon at Timber Ridge Campground-Traverse City. 5K & 10K. Snowshoes available for rent (limited-reserve early). Overall awards for 1st male and 1st female. Info:

Jan 20…53rd Annual Moose Jaw Safari 10a-2pm starts at Center Township Hall - Harbor Springs. No snowmobile registration or trail permit needed for your vintage sled on this event. The ride to the beanpot is approximately 30 miles and will take 2 hrs on the way to Larks Lake. Famous bean soup will be ready at Noon. Info:

Jan 20…Cabin Fever Rummage Sale 9a-5:30pm at Our Lady of the Lakes-Prudenville. Info: (989) 366-5592

Jan 20…Cheboygan Eagles 8 Ball Pool Tournament 2pm. Singles, double elimination, open to the public. $5 entry fee. Info: 231-627-2213

Jan 20…21st Annual Untamed Sportsman Dinner at the FOE-Cheboygan. Doors at 4, dinner at 6p, live music at 8. Tickets $25. Proceeds benefit Straits Area Services, Sheriff Dept. Fingerprint Program and Backpacks for Kids. Info: 231-420-1530

Jan 20…K-9 Piper Memorial: Celebration of Life 3-4pm at the City Opera House-Traverse City. Doors open at 2:30. Guest speakers, video tribute, coffee and baked goods. The event will be live streamed on the K-9 Piper facebook page.

Week of Jan 21

Jan 21,28,Feb 4 & 11…Sunday Family Fun Ski 2-3:30p at Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Enjoy a warm fire and hot cocoa. You can rent kids cross country skis by donation. Please call ahead for availability. Info: 231-533-8576


Jan 22...Bishop Baraga Annual Blood Drive 1-6:45 at Bishop Baraga Catholic School-Cheboygan. Info: 231-818-5239

Jan 22…Clare County Michigan Works hiring event 9a-noon. Bring your resume. On-site interviews. 402 N. 1st St.-Harrison. Info: 989-539-2173

Jan 23…Crawford County Commission on Aging free breakfast presentation. Topic: Aging in Place-designed to help seniors ensure they can live where they choose. Grayling. Info: (989) 348-7123

Jan 23…Hooping for a Cure 5pm at LaSalle High School-St. Ignace. All proceeds benefit the Oncology Dept at Mackinac Straits Health Systems and Cancer patients. Info: 906-328-0006

Jan 23… The F.O.L (Friends of Library) invite you to attend Movie Night at the Bellaire Public Library at 6:30pm. Start out at Short's Brewery @ 5pm then head down to the library for "ODDBALL" one of the sweetest, cutest films you ever will see! Traverse City Film Festival movie from 2016, Rated G, 95 minutes. Popcorn, too! Info:

Jan 25…January Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting, appetizers, music. $15 adv./$20 day of. Info:

Jan 25…Soup Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. Come enjoy homemade soups, casseroles, bread, desserts & beverages. $9.00 for adults Kids 12 and under $5.00. Take outs available. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Country Humane Society. Info: 231-238-8221

Jan 25…Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan is making a stop at Cherry Republic-Traverse City 4:45-5:30pm. Hall of Fame inductee Alan Trammell is scheduled to appear along with Shane Greene and Nick Castellanos, who will be dishing up some free cherry pie and ice cream. Info: 231-932-9205

Jan 26…Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of Chelsea noon-6pm at the Eagles-Cheboygan. Along with delicious cookies, enjoy some world famous chili. Register at, sponsor code: Chelsea

Jan 26-27…2nd Annual Pirates Ball Winter Festival at Loves Bizarre-Pellston. 21 bands & artists, as well as an ongoing community potluck, live painters, raffles and more. $20 suggested donation. Info: 231-539-8520

Jan 26-27…2018 SnoDrift National Rally. A performance rally that features prepared 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive cars racing on real roads in a time based competition. The Sno*Drift Rally features two days of racing in Montmorency County. Proceeds from the event benefit Lewiston Community Sharing, Calvary Episcopal Food Bank, the Atlanta Helping Hands as well other local charities. Info:

Jan 27…Kiwanis Kabin Fever Fundraiser at Cheboygan KofC Hall. Doors at 5p, dinner at 6:30. 50/50 raffle, live auction, games, great prizes. Tickets $35, include dinner and prize drawing. Cash bar. Info: 231-627-7451

Jan 27…YetiFest-Suttons Bay. Silent auction, chili cook-off, snowman building contest, scavenger hunt, variety show and more! Info:

Jan 27…Show Me The Money Day 1-4pm at Petoskey Middle School. This event will connect participants with numerous resources to help them achieve financial stability through savings, education, entrepreneurship and homeownership opportunities. To find out more information about Show Me the Money Day or to find other host sites across Michigan, visit

Jan 27…Snowfest Noon-3pm. A free, fun family event with cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on Birchwood Country Club's groomed trails. Enjoy a bonfire, hot dogs, cocoa and snow creature contest. Gear is available free of charge. Harbor Springs. 231-526-2166.


Week of January 28


Jan 30-Feb 2…Special Olympics Winter Games – Shanty Creek

Jan 31…Total Lunar Eclipse Open House at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park 5:30am-8:45am – Mackinaw City. Event is open house style, with telescope viewing, eclipse information, and light morning refreshment. Info: 231-348-1713

Feb 1-3…North American Snow Festival – Cadillac. Chili cook-off, snowmobile races, snow drags test & tune, live music, fun run and more! Info:


Feb 2…Full Moon Snowshoe Hike 7:30pm at Hartwick Pines State Park-Grayling. Meet at the contact station. Several pairs of snowshoes available to borrow if you don’t have your own. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Snowshoe fitting begins at 7:30pm. Hike begins at 8pm, approximately 2mi hike through unbroken snow. Info: 989-348-7068

Feb 2-3…Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree. Ice fishing contest, live music, poker run, kids activities, horseshoe contest, raffle and more! Info:

Feb 2-3…Gaylord Alpenfrost. Soup cook-off, cupcake wars, polar plunge, frosty 5k, cardboard sled race, and more! Info:

Feb 2-3, 9 & 10…Northland Players Present “A Valentine Greeting” dinner show at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City. Doors 5:30, dinner 6:30, show 7:30. $26. For reservations: 231-436-5744

Feb 3…Walloon Village Winterfest noon-5pm. There will be games, prizes, food and drink specials at the Barrel Back and much more. The Petoskey Snowmobile club will be on site with free bean soup for all. Stop by and play! The event is open to the public and free for all ages. Info: 231-489-1009

Feb 3…White Pine Stampede. 8a-5pm. Starts at Mancelona High School. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Info:

Feb 3…Yooper Plaid Fest 5-10pm at St. Ignace Moose Lodge #999. Spend the evening with the Michilimackinac Historical Society and enjoy a catered buffet dinner, Yooper trivia & DJ as well as a live and silent auction! Public welcome to come and join in on the festivities. Info: 906-643-6627

Feb 3…Twilight Turtle Trek 5:30 – Mackinac Island. A lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island's natural winter wonderland. The trail begins at Greaney Grove (corner of Arch Rock Road and Huron Road) with a bonfire and hot chocolate. The trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and approximately two miles long. This is a free event.  Info:

Feb 3…Shadowfest-Charlevoix. Ground hog day celebration. Beer tent, horse drawn sleigh rides, games, magic show, entertainment, downtown Charlevoix.

Feb 3…Frosty Plunge 2-3pm at Otsego Lake State Park-Gaylord. Benefits Otsego County United Way. Info: 989-732-8929

Week of February 4


Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28…Picnic at the Opera noon-1pm-Traverse City Opera House. Free admission. A hour with seven live guest performances. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch. Info:

Feb 10…Toast to Literacy  Mardi Gras Party 7-10pm at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Join Char-Em United Way for an evening of live music, strolling entertainment, silent auction, a fun and delicious food competition by local caterers, plus tastings from local breweries and vineyards. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit! Proceeds benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Advance registration $30 or $35 at the door. Ticket includes entry, food tastings, entertainment, plus a commemorative glass OR 1 beverage tasting ticket. Info:

Feb 10…Winter Family Fun Day 2-7pm at Straits State Park-St. Ignace. An afternoon of snow activities and games, cross country skiing, snowshoeing,  lantern-light hike, warming bonfires, hot chocolate and s’mores will be available afterwards. Info:

Feb 10…TSO Tots 11am at Traverse Area District Library-Traverse City. Join members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for an hour of music and movement. Explore rhythm and instruments of the orchestra with hands-on musical fun. Instrument petting zoo, story reading, movement and crafts. Ages 5 and under. Info:

Feb 10…North American VASA Festival of Races. Timber Ridge RV Resort-Traverse City. A premiere cross-country ski event hosting a 50k, 27k, 12k, and 6k races. Info:

Feb 10…Daddy Daughter Dance 6-8pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall-Cheboygan. DJ, complimentary photo, refreshments, drawings and more. $8 adult/adv., $10 adult/door, $5 child. Presented by Bishop Baraga’s 7th grade class. Info: 231-627-5608

Feb 10…Winterfest-downtown Beulah. Chili cookoff, horse drawn wagon rides, ice fishing, frozen fish toss, parade, poker run, and more! Info:

Feb 10… Grand Traverse Conservation District guided hike through Brown Bridge Quiet Area-Traverse City. explore new trails, view wildlife, and learn about new and upcoming parkland projects on the property. Snowshoes are available to rent for $5.00, if needed.
RSVPs are required. Info: Steve Largent 231.941.0960×16 to register or for more questions.


Week of Feb 11


Feb 15-18…Petoskey Winter Carnival. Annual celebration of winter recreation and festivities. Hockey games, speed skating demos, curling tournaments, sledding, ice skating, cook-out and more! Info:

Feb 15…Arts for All Sweetheart Dance 6:30-8:30pm at the Elks Lodge-Traverse City. $5 Admission Teens and Adults (16+) Volunteers always needed! A4A will provide staff support, but cannot provide any personal care or transportation. Dances are designed to be accessible for all abilities and needs, and are open to all! Contact for more information.

Feb 16…Rock Out For Rescue 6-9pm at Stafford’s Perry Hotel-Petoskey. Dueling pianos, food, drink, silent auction, dancing andr more. $50. Proceeds benefit the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.

Feb 17…Clyde’s Ride 10-6pm starting at Crash Landing in Pellston, ends at Clyde’s Place at 6pm, where you can enjoy a steak and shrimp dinner with all the fixings. $16 a plate. Proceeds go to the Harbor Springs Snowmobile club for trail grooming. 50/50 raffle, silent auction. Info: 231-420-1941

Feb 17…Cheboygan Polar Plunge at Hoppies Tavern on Burt Lake. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Michigan. Registration at 11, costume parade at 12:30, plunge at 1pm.

Feb 17…Walk 4 Warmth 9am at Cheboygan FOE. Walk for Warmth is a two-mile walk through the streets of downtown Cheboygan. Help your neighbors in Cheboygan County stay warm this winter by raising funds to assist those struggling to keep their utilities turned on. Prizes will be awarded to those individuals and teams that raise the most money, plus there will be door prize drawings throughout the morning. Info:

Feb 17…Winterlochen 10am at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Activities include snow painting, snow treasure hunt, frozen fish toss, performances, workshops and more! Free. Info:

Feb 17…10th Annual Camp Petosega 5K Snowshoe Challeng/Keith Henning Memorial Race. Registration 8am, race time 10am. Prizes & refreshments. Camp Petosega-Alanson. $25 registration. Open to ages 16+. Info:

Feb 17…Gaylord Area Council for the Arts “Sweetheart Swing Big Band Dance” 6-10pm at the Otsego Club Convention Center. $15 adv/$20 at the door. Info:

Feb 17…Glen Lake Winterfest & Chili Cook-off. Fishing contest begins at 7am, all ages welcome. $20 entry fee. Chili Cookoff at noon at Boonedocks, admission $10 person, $5 seniors over 70 & kids 12 & under. Proceeds benefit Glen Lake Schools Scholarship Fund. Info:

Feb 17-18…Michigan Free Fishing Weekend!

Week of Feb 18


Feb 18…Mackinaw City Bridal Show noon-3pm at Audie’s Restaurant. Info: 231-436-5744

Feb 18…Annual Chili Cook Off noon-3pm at Birchwood Country Club-Harbor Springs. Guests are encouraged to bring a food or paper item to benefit the Harbor Springs Food Pantry. $12 admission, includes unlimited samples. Info:

Feb 20…2018 Rivals Rally Girls Basketball Game 6-9pm at Johannesburg-Lewiston High School. The game is between the Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinals and the St. Mary Cathedral Snowbirds. Proceed benefit the OMH Oncology & Infusion Center. Tickets $5. Info:

Feb 22…Soup Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. Come enjoy homemade soups, casseroles, bread, desserts & beverages. $9.00 for adults Kids 12 and under $5.00. Take outs available. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Country Humane Society. Info: 231-238-8221

Feb 24…Clyde’s Place 8th Annual Winter Coed Softball Tournament on Ice. $150 per team, deadline to register Feb 17th. Proceeds benefit the American Stroke Association. Info: 231-537-2336

Week of Feb 25


Feb 25…10th Annual Great Indoor Folk Festival noon-5:30pm at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. Free. Live music on several stages. Info:



Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436

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. By appt 2 & 4th Thursday from 10a-2pm. Feb 28 10-2p by appt. March 9 10-2 by appt.

One in eight women will be affected by Breast Cancer this year. For women ages forty to sixty-four that need help getting routine cancer screenings, District Health Department #10 may be able to help. To see if you qualify, contact your local DHD#10 office or visit Don’t forget to find District Health Department #10 on Facebook, too.”


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


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 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


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.


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 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:


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 today.

First Thursday of each month, the Munson Grief Support Group meets from noon-1p in conference room B at Munson Heathcare Charlevoix Hospital. No charge. Info: 231-547-8569


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


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