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Week of Feb 18


Now-Feb 28...Food drive at Feeny of Gaylord. Drop off non-perishable food items Mon-Fri 8:30-6p, Sat. 9a-3pm. Donations benefit the Johannesburg Lewiston Giving Tree Pantry.


Feb 20-March 27…Diabetes Management Class 1:30-4pm at the Cheboygan Library. Learn t o keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Classes include diabetes friendly snacks, healthy meal planning tips, managing stress & emotions and more. Free. Class is every Tuesday for 6 weeks. Info: 231-627-7118


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 20…Relay for Life Top of the Mitt Kickoff 6pm at Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. Get info for this year’s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Info: 231-445-2471


Feb 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 21…Breanna’s Ride presents “Not Alone”, a film about teen depression & suicide, 7-10pm at Boyne Highlands Day Lodge-Harbor Springs. The event consists of the 50-minute documentary, along with speakers Wayne McPhall (from Breanna’s Ride), Derek Johnson (Counseling & Outpatient Psychiatric Services) and other professionals. Free admission, parents & teens encouraged.


Feb 22…February Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting, appetizers, music. $15 adv./$20 day of. Info:


Feb 22…Soup Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. Come enjoy homemade soups, casseroles, bread, desserts & beverages. $9 for adults Kids 12 and under $5. Take outs available. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Country Humane Society. Info: 231-238-8221


Feb 23, March 2,9,16 & 23…All you can eat Cod Fish Dinners 4-7pm at St. Paul Church Hall-Onaway. $10 adults, $9 seniors, 6-12 $6.50. Carry outs available. 50/50 raffle. Also March 30th from 5-8pm. Info: 989-733-2250


Feb 23-25…Pink Weekend at Boyne Highlands, a weekend of community support for breast cancer awareness and fundraising for McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation. Chinese & silent auctions, photo booth, rail jam, and more. Info:


Feb 24…14th Annual Cheboygan County Firefighters Association Dinner, Dance & Auction. 4:30 cocktails, 5:30 dinner, 7pm live & silent auction, 8pm live music. $25. Proceeds go for training & equipment. Info: 231-627-4340


Feb 24…5th Annual Grand Traverse Guns n Hoses Hockey Game 6pm at Centre Ice Arena-Traverse City. Doors open at 6:00pm with a Silent Auction on the upper level. Pre-game introductions will begin at 6:30 with players, honor guard, introduction of family. Puck will drop on the action at

7:00pm. Beyond the Silent Auction with many many great items, there will be a chuck a puck event, 50/50 raffle, Center Ice Shootout contest, merchandise, food, and more! Info:


Feb 24…EMS, Police & Fire Department Appreciation Spaghetti Dinner 4-7pm at American Legion Post 317-Onaway. $8, carry out available. Info: 989-733-6210


Feb 24…Live Music Fundraiser for Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums 7-10:30pm at the Elks Lodge-Traverse City. Featuring the Celtic Fire Highland Dancers. $15 adv/$20 door, ages 10-4 $10, 3 & under free. Info:


Feb 24…Clyde’s Place 8th Annual Winter Coed Softball Tournament on Ice at the Carp Lake Public Access. $150 per team, deadline to register Feb 17 for first 14 teams, late registration thru Feb 21st with additional $25 fee. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Crusaders. Info: 231-537-2336


Feb 24…Sips, Soups & Shoes Fire Relief Fundraiser 1-4pm at the Village at GT Commons-Traverse City. Benefits Bay Area Recycling for Charities. $45 for beer & wine & soup pairing; $30 for beer OR wine & soup pairing; $20 for root beer & soup pairing. Kids 10 & under are free. Bring your own snowshoes. Suttons Bay Bike Shop will be onsite with a limited number of snowshoes that will be available to rent for a $5 suggested donation. Info:


Feb 24…Rogers City PTO Daddy Daughter Dance 6-8pm at the elementary school gym. $5 per couple, pictures available for $2 ea. Info:


Feb 24…Antrim County Winter Carnival 10:30-12:30 at YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camp-Central Lake. Activities for kids ages 0-5pm. Free. Info:


Feb 24…Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser & Sale 5:30-8pm at Cherryland Middle School-Elk Rapids. $5 per plate, craft/garage sale. Proceeds go toward the 8th grade Washington D. C. trip. Info:


Feb 24…”Walking in a Winter Wonderland” benefit snowshoe hike for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council 11a-3p at Crooked Vine Vinyard & Winery-Alanson. 38 acres available to snowshoe (bring your own), wine tasting, gourmet soup or chili, live music and more. $25 adults, $15 kids. Info:


Feb 24-25…Women’s Resource Center Fine Art Show 10-5p at the WRC Thrift Store-Traverse Ciyt. Featuring local artistes and curated works at below market prices. Proceeds benefit the WRC. Info: 231-668-2966


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:


Feb 25-March 3…Traverse City Restaurant Week. Restaurants will offer three course meals during the week-long event. Prices range from $25 - $35 per person. Info:


Feb 28…Free Community CPR training 8a-10a at Otsego County Sportsplex-Gaylord.  The course is educational only and will not include a certification. Topics covered include adult chest compression, child chest compression and rescue breathing, infant chest compression and rescue breathing, and choking rescue for all ages. Each demonstration will take approximately 15 minutes. Info: 800-248-6777


Feb 25…Northern Michigan Brass Band Concert 3-5pm at the Congregational Church – Charlevoix. $10 adults, students & seniors over 70 are free. Info:


March 1…12th Annual NMC Career & Employment Fair 4pm at the Hagerty Center-Traverse City. More than 80 employers on site looking to fill over 200 positions, come prepared to talk about jobs and internships. Bring resumes, dress to impress. Info:


March 2…Art in Ice, Sweet & Nice 2-4pm downtown Bellaire. Over 3000 pounds of ice will be transformed into sculptures, plus a sweet treat bake off (limited tickets will be sold at $5 ea.) Info:


March 2 & 3…”Trailer Park Tragedy” Murder Mystery Dinner at the Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. $25 person, benefits the Rivertown Follies. Call to reserve your spot 231-627-8161


March 2-11…Harbor Springs Restaurant Week. This is your chance to experience the culinary delights of the Harbor Springs area at an affordable price. Info:


March 3…Mackinac Island Twilight Turtle Trek 5:30-7:30pm. 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:


Week of March 4


March 9-10…42nd Annual Northern Michigan Home Show – NCMC Petoskey. $5 admission, free for kids 5 & under. 11a-7p Fri, 9-5p Sat. Info:


March 10…6th Annual Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race noon-2p at Mt. McSauba Recreation Area-Charlevoix. The course is spectator friendly. There will be a fire pit, s’mores and more! Info:


March 10…Bishop Baraga St. Patrick’s Party 7p-Midnight at the Cheboygan K of C Hall. $10 advance/$15 at the door. Raffles, silent auction, hot hors d’oeuvres, live music, and more. Come dressed in green for a chance to win a gift card. Info: 231-627-5608


March 10…”Power of the Purse” 9:30a-noon at the City Opera House, Traverse City. $35 person, benefit the Goodwill Inn. Learn about the impact Goodwill Inn has on the community, enjoy brunch, live music, silent auction, cash bar and more. Info:


March 10…Traverse City Figure Skating Club presents “The Lion King on Ice” 11:30a & 4:30p at Centre Ice-Traverse City. Info:


March 10…Snowshoe Hike at Sturgeon Preserve 10-11am-Vanderbilt. Whether it is your first time on snowshoes or your 20th, this is a beautiful easy trail with a lot to see. FREE snowshoes to anyone who calls and reserves. 989-731-0573.


Week of March 11


March 14…Business After Hours 5-7pm at the Otsego Club-Gaylord. $5 members, $10 non-members. Info:


March 16-18…Gaylord Boat Show at Ellison Place. Fri 3-8p, Sat 10-8p, Sun 10-4p. Adults $7, Kids 4-12 $2, 3 & under free. Info:


March 16-17 & 23-24…The Northland Players present “Alibis” dinner theatre at the Eagles Hall – Cheboygan. $23, choice of Prime Rib, Parmesan Encrusted White Fish or seasoned baked chicken. Doors 5:30p, dinner 6:30p, show 7:30p. Info: 231-268-1525

March 17…64th Annual Sportsman/St. Patrick Dinner at the Cheboygan Knights of Columbus Hall. Features prime rib, corned beef & cabbage and baked fish. $35 in advance only. Info: 231-420-8153


March 17…3rd Annual Nautical Frost 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Rogers City High School and Middle School Track Teams. Registration 10a, run 11am at the Rogers City Pavilion. Info:


March 17…12th Annual Rock n Roll Dance Party 7-midnight at the Rogers City Servicemen’s Club. $5 donation in advance. Prizes, snacks, live & silent auction, live music and more. Proceeds benefit Friends Together. Info: 989-734-4130


Week of March 18


March 22…March Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Life music, food and a chance to mingle in their galleries. $15 in advance/$20 day of Info:


March 24…Scovie’s 4th Annual Dinner & Movie Fundraiser 11a-9pm at Scovie’s in Charlevoix. Silent Auction: 11am to 9pm Dinner & Movie: 6pm Cost: $25 per person Seating is limited so please RSVP! Proceeds from this event support Hospice of Northwest Michigan. Info: 231-237-7827


March 21…Business Expo & Taste of Charlevoix 4-7pm at Castle Farms. Visit with area businesses, sample local specialties. $5 admission. Info:


Week of March 25


March 31…31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Cooperation Park, Indian River. Info:


March 31…Easter Carnival noon at Cheboygan Area High School. The doors will open at noon, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos in the auditorium, and there will be carnival style games in the cafeteria! The first egg drop will be at 12:45pm for ages 0-3, then 4-6, and 7-12. Admission will be $1 per child, adults get in free. Admission includes photo op with the Easter Bunny, Egg Scramble & 5 carnival tickets, additional tickets are 5 for $1. Info: 231-420-2567


March 31…Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt 2-3pm in East Park. Free for children up to 10 years old. Bring your own basket. Face painting, cookies, hot cocoa, visit with the Easter Bunny. Info:


March 31…Easter Egg Hunt 1-2pm at Memorial Park-Benzonia. Children up to age 12 are invited. Bring your own basket.


March 31…Easter Egg Hunt 10-2p in Mineral Springs Park-Frankfort. Bring your own basket. Info:


April 2018


April 1-9…2nd Annual Mackinac Meltdown Celebration. Taste of Mackinac, roller derby, bridal expo, Spring Break Splash and more. Info:


April 6-7pm…St. Ignace Home Show & Spring Expo at Little Bear East Arena. Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10-5pm. Info:




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


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


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.


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


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


Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044

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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