WEEK OF APRIL 16
April 19……All You Can Eat Buffet 4-7p at the Pancake Chef-Mackinaw City. Adults $10, child $5. Proceeds benefit the Mackinaw Memorial Parade. Info: mackinawmemorialparade.com
April 19…Enhanced Business After Hours 5-7p at East Park Tavern-Charlevoix. Island and summer BBQ foods, Cash bar with a special "island drink", Contests, Multiple Door Prizes, Live music and more! $5 members, $10 non members. Info: Charlevoix.org
April 20… April Swirl 5:30-7pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Mingle in the galleries while enjoying live music, wine & beer sampling and appetizers from area restaurants. Tickets $15 adv/$20 day of. Info: crookedtree.org
April 21…Cheboygan County Humane Society Bake Sale 10-4p at Family Fare in Cheboygan. Come out and enjoy some yummy homemade baked goodies and help support a great local cause. Info: cheboygan.com
April 21-23 & 28th…St. Francis High School presents “Beauty & The Beast – The Musical” at Kohler Auditorium-Traverse City.
April 22…Benzie County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo & Job Fair at Benzie Central High School. Job fair 11a-12:45; Expo 1-5p. Free admission. Info: 231-882-5801
April 22…Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser 4:30-8pm at MI Patio Bar & Grille-St. Ignace. Spaghetti, salad, roll, coffe/pop $20 adulst, $10 14 & under. Raffle prizes, door prizes, 50/50 drawing. Supports Straits Area Sportsmens Club Walleye stocking in Brevort Lake. Info: saintignace.org
April 22…Pellston Firefighter’s Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Levering Community Center. Doors at 5, buffet dinner at 6p. $25 must be 21+, cash bar, live music, door prizes, auction and more. Purchase tickets at Cook’s Hardware in Pellston. Info: 231-537-4402
April 22…Free Children’s Health Fair 10a-2p at Petoskey Middle School. Exhibitors provide age appropriate activities for children and parents/grandparents/care providers can find lots of information and education. The event includes a low-cost lunch, prize drawings and goodies of all kinds. Info: 231-487-4762
April 22…Otsego Area 17th Annual Family Fun Fair 10-2p at Gaylord Middle School. Focus on children birth to 8 years, but older siblings welcome. Lots of activities. Learn, explore, have fun. Free. Info: 231-238-9394 ext. 216
April 22…Earth Week Expo 11:30-3pm at Cheboygan High School. Displays, presentations, workshops and more. Free Admisson. Info: earthweekplus.org
April 22…Earth Day Recycling Information Fair 10a-3p at Jay’s Sporting Goods-Gaylord. Creative exhibits by local youth, silent auction, learn what you can recycle and reuse, free workshops. Info:989-731-0573
April 26-30…81st National Trout Festival-Kalkaska. Carnival, flea market, parades, live entertainment, horse pull, craft show, bump & run derby, fireworks and more! Info: nationaltroutfestival.com
April 26…Petoskey Bay View Country Club is serving a Pasta Buffet to benefit Br. Dan's Food Pantry Wednesday, April 26 from 5 to 8 pm featuring the pasta buffet, salad, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Carry out & cash bar are available. Adult: $12 Child (6-11): $8 (5 & under): Free. Petoskey-Bay View Country Club is located at 2328 Country Club Rd at the corner of Division & US Highway 31 just north of Bay View. For more information call Carole Lamberti at 347-2402.
April 28-29…East Jordan Rotary Variety Show at the East Jordan Community Auditorium. 7pm April 28, 9pm April 29. Info: ejchamber.org
April 28-May 20…Old Town Playhouse presents “Spamalot”. Adults $28, under 18 $15. 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2pm Sunday April 30 & May 7 & 14. Lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy film, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, this resplendently silly musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest. Info: oldtownplayhouse.com
April 28-29…Northern Michigan Home & Outdoor Show at the Otsego County Sportsplex. Fri 3-7p, Sat 9a-5p. $5 adults, $3 kids. Info: ocsportsplex.com
April 29…6th Annual Fun Walk for Autism Awareness at Veteran’s Memorial Park-Boyne City. Registration 9am, walk at 10a. Registration fee $10. Info: 231-347-9605
April 29…Pinewood Derby & Pancake Flip at Cheboygan Intermediate School. Registration at 10am. Cars are $4 each and will be available until race day. Info: 231-597-9723
April 29…Annual Celebration for Young Children 11-2p downtown Traverse City. Various retailers and locations offer craft projects, educational opportunities and activities throughout the day. Info: downtowntc.com
April 29…Treetops Spring Challenge “Festival of Races” to support Otsego Memorial Hospital. 10K, 5K & 1 K. 7a Registration. Info: treetops.com
WEEK OF APRIL 30
April 30…TC Chocolate Festival – two seatings: 11:30-2p and 2:30-5p at the City Opera House-Traverse City. Everything chocolate, life music, door prizes. Adults $15.50, 12 & under $8.50. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Food Coalition. Info: 231-421-5562
May 3…Emergency food assistance program food distribution noon-2pm at Black River Full Gospel Church –Cheboygan. Must have Michigan drivers license or state ID card and proof of address. Bring your own box. One per household.
May 4… The Cheboygan Area Business Expo & Taste of the Straits 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion, featuring a variety of local businesses as well as plenty of fun! Enjoy a drink from the beer and wine bar, cooking demos, food samples, and much more! Admission for this event is just $5! Info: cheboygan.com
May 5…Downtown Traverse City Art Walk 5pm. 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: traversecity.com
May 6… “Drive 4 Your School” to raise money for the Harbor Springs Baseball Program! Test drive a Ford vehicle of your choice from Brown Motors & Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Harbor Springs Baseball. Brown Motors has also secured a bonus opportunity to earn money – you can do a 2nd test drive in a 2017 Ford Focus for an extra $10! Potential of $8000 for Harbor Baseball! All we need is for you to come test drive vehicles – we aren’t asking for any money from you, just your time!!! 11a-4p at Harbor Springs Baseball Field, 383 Hoyt Street. Contact: Derrick Brown (231) 439-9610
May 6…Traverse City March for Babies 8a-noon at the Civic Center. Take a 3 mile stroll while raising money for the March of Dimes. Opening ceremony breakfast, pizza party lunch, music, mom2mom sale and family friendly activities. Info: 2231-735-4243
May 6…4th Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run. Run or walk, Northern Michigan's most colorful & magical 5K, being held in Mackinaw City at the Northwestern State Trailhead Pavilion! Bring all your friends and family to run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based
cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy a magical "color cloud", where
you can Tie-Dye the Sky. $25 pp. Teams of 4 or more receive $5 pp discount. Kids 5 and under can participate for free. Registration 9:00 am- Trailhead Pavilion behind Burger King 5K, 10:00 am- down the North Western State Trail and return. Info: 231-436-5574
WEEK OF MAY 7
May 7…Cheboygan County Humane Society Spring Fling 5-11pm at the Eagles Club. Silent auction, dinner, entertainment, and more. $15 person. Info: cheboyganhumanesociety.org
May 11…”A Night of Stars” Annual Bellaire Chamber Dinner & Auction 5:30-9p at Shanty Creek-Bellaire. Fully catered dinner, cash bar, live & silent auctions, raffles and more. Tickets $39. Proceeds benefit scholarship program and chamber events. Info: bellairechamber.com
May 13…Lids for Kids Bike Helmet Giveaway and Bike Safety Event 10a-noon at F & M Park-Traverse City. Lids for Kids emphasizes the importance of bike-riding safety and gives children the one tool they need to prevent brain injury: a properly fitted helmet. Volunteers are on hand to custom-fit every helmet and 500 free helmets will be given away to participating youth. They can also meet local law enforcement officers and firefighters, tour a fire engine, and test balance bikes (younger children) or try the challenge of the Norte bike obstacle course. Info: traversecity.com
May 20…Empire Asparagus Festival. The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with a 5K run, a recipe contest, games, a parade, food and - of all things - an annual oral poetry contest for the best "Ode to Asparagus." Info: empirechamber.com
May 20…Benefit Dinner & Auction for Ava Olson, 9 year old with a rare form of brain cancer. 2-8p at St Francis Gym-Traverse City. Silent auction, food, raffles, bake sale. Info: 231-357-1942
May 20…8th Annual Tails to Trails 5k Fun Run/Walk 9am at the Vasa Pathway-Williamsburg. Admission: Registration is only $20 for individuals and $40 for families through May 12th. May 13th through the day of, event registration will be $25/individuals and $50/families. Proceeds benefit the TART Trails. Info: traversetrails.org
May 20…Mohawks for Munson Noon-4pm at North Peak Brewing Company-Traverse City. Help raise money for the local cancer community. Collect donations and get a Mohawk or a fauz-hawk. Live music, bbq, ice cream, arts & crafts and more. Info: mohawksformunson.com
May 20-22…28th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac. Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City.
Week of May 21
May 21…26th Annual Audie’s Open 2 person scramble at the Mackinaw Club-Mackinaw City. Coffee & donutsa 9:30, shotgun start 10:30. Complimentary beverages & sack lunch; dinner buffet. Helps fund local scholarships. Info: 231-436-5744
May 26…1st Annual Indian River Spring Fling 3-9pm at the Indian River Eagles Club. Craft beer, wine tasting, BBQ, Northern Rods & Rides Car Show, entertainment and more! Info: irchamber.com
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 www.dhd10.org. 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 www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
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. Info:bellairechamber.com
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: thevillagetc.com
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 www.itcmi.org/healthcenters 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