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Week of Nov 3


Nominations are now being accepted for the 28th Annual Athena Award which recognizes professional excellence, community service and commitment to foster leadership in others. Sponsored by Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac and the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. Nomination deadline Nov 19, forms available at


Register now to be a bell ringer for your local Salvation Army! Locations and available time slots listed at


Nov 7…Potluck & Off the Wall Movie Night at the Helena Township Community Center-Alden. Dinner 6pm; movie 7pm. Free. Info: 231-331-4318


Nov 7… Free one-hour informational seminar on CPR & AED 6:30pm at Northshore Community Church-Cheboygan. Info: 231-627-3760


Nov 8…Veteran’s Ceremony 10-11am at Bishop Baraga School-Cheboygan.  Includes veteran recognition, Patriot's Pen essay winner from Bishop Baraga, Quilts of Valor presentations, 7th Gr. Flag Folding Ceremony, POW/MIA, "Taps" by CHS student. Veterans visit classrooms. Info:


Nov 9…Benefit 9-Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament at Spare Time Lanes – Cheboygan. $20 per bowler/$80 per team. Benefits the Veterans Memorial Park Project. Info: 231-445-9168


Nov 9…Annual Ski Swap 9a-3p at Traverse City West Middle School. Over 10,000 items, including downhill, cross country, and snowboard equipment, ski racks, ice skates, roller blades, helmets, and race suits will be available for purchase. Info:


Nov 9…Ski Swap to benefit the Gaylord Ski Team at Treetops Resort-Gaylord. Skis - Boots - Poles - Bindings - Helmets - Snowboards - Cross Country Equipment - Snowshoes - Ice Skates - Hockey - Equipment   - Winter Sports Apparel & Accessories  - Race Equipment. Drop off Friday-Nov 8 4-7pm. Sale Sat. 9a-noon. Info:


Nov 9…Traverse City Children’s Book Festival 10-2p at the City Opera House.  A celebration of children, families, community and literacy. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family from a variety of Michigan and national publishers! Local non-profits will be on hand with fun, kid-friendly activities and crafts. Free. Info:


Nov 9…The Great Beerd Run 5K 10am at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. This is an untimed run with on-course beer tastings. The registration fee includes participation in the race, a knitted beard beanie, bottle opener/race medal, three beer samples, admission, and one glass of beer during the post-race party. Enjoy live music too! The race is open to participants 21 and over. Info:


Nov 9-17…McLaren Cheboygan Campus Guild Festival of Trees in the Fernelius Toyota Showroom. One-of-a-kind decorated artificial trees will be on display and raffled off on Sunday, November 17. Over the span of nine days, view the trees and purchase $1 raffle tickets for your chance to win a new tree for the holidays or one of the many other raffle prizes! All proceeds will benefit the McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus. Info: 231-487-3500


Nov 9…Shop your community day! Buy Local!


Nov 9…10th Annual Indian River Lions Club Arts & Craft Show 9a-3p at 4439 M-68. Info: 989-688-6450


Nov 9…Inland Township Fall Craft Show 10-2p at the Inland Twp Fire Barn-Interlochen. Info:


Nov 9…Holiday Gallery Craft Show 8a-4p at the VFW Post-Traverse City. Features many one of a kind art pieces and year round and holiday items, including metal and garden art, textiles and weaving, wood turning, soaps, photography, felted items, machine embroidery, stained glass, jewelry, hand sewn home decor, baby items, quilts, baskets, painted items, and more! Info:


Nov 9…Holiday Arts & Craft Fair 10-4p at East Jordan High School. Info:


Nov 10…Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the K of C Hall – Cheboygan. Doors open at 1:30p, ceremony at 2:30, dinner to follow. No charge for Veterans, non-Veteran $5 person. Info: 231-627-8833


Nov 11…Traverse City Track Club Veteran’s Day Run 6:15-7:15 am. The public is invited to join in this annual event honoring our Veterans. Info:


Nov 11…Veterans Day Parade 11am downtown Big Rapids. Info: 231-301-4682


Nov 11…Veterans and Military eat free at participating Ponderosa Restaurants. Info:


Nov 13…Girls Night Out 3-8pm downtown Cheboygan. Info:


Nov 15…Hunters Chicken Dinner 4:30-7:30pm at the VFW Post 5857 – Onaway. By donation. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Veterans Memorial Park.


Nov 15…Hunter’s Supper 5-8pm at Norwich Township Hall-Moorestown. $8 person.


Nov 16…Holiday Bazaar & Soup Luncheon 9a-3p at the United Methodist Church-Harbor Springs. Info: 231-526-2114


Nov 16…Ladies Night Out 5-9pm downtown Harbor Springs. Enjoy sales, restaurant specials, live music and more. Info:


Nov 16…5th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair 10-3p at MediLodge of Leelanau-Suttons Bay. Info: 231-271-1200


Nov 16…Christmas Shopping Spree 10-4p at McLaren Northern Michigan-Cheboygan. Over 60 vendors, door prizes, crafts, handmade goods and more! $2 at the door, benefits the patient assistance fund. Info:231-487-3500


Nov 16...13th Annual Power of the Purse Event 5-9pm at the Ostego Resort to benefit the Otsego County United Way. Includes dinner, dessert and wine. Features live & silent auction, raffles, giveways and more. Tickets $50. Info:


Nov 16-24…2019 KAIR Festival of Trees at Northland Plaza-Kalkaska. Featuring 35 decorated trees in sizes ranging from 2 feet to 8 feet in all colors & themes. There will also be a raffle, Santa & live music by Patty Cox. Hours are 10am-3pm on Sat., Nov. 16 & Sun., Nov. 24; & 10am-7pm on Nov. 17-23. Info: 231-350-5114


Nov 17…Mancelona Community Craft Show 8a-3p at Mancelona Elementary School. 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 – Approximately 10x10 space! Call Michele @ 231-350-6367.


Nov 20…Free Financial Peace Live Stream Event, 6:45 at Northshore Community Church-Cheboygan. Learn about budgeting, saving for emergencies and making future plans. Info:


Nov 21…Holiday Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Enjoy wine, beer, holiday cocktails, heavy appetizers, desserts, and festive tunes. $25 advance/$30 day of. Info:


Nov 22-24…Charlevoix Performing Arts presents “The Wizard of OZ” at Charlevoix High/Middle School. Showtimes 7pm Fri/Sat; 2p Sunday. $10 adults, $5 seniors/students. Info:


Nov 22…Boyne City High School Performance “Boyne Meets Broadway” 5:30-9p at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. The evening starts out with a delicious meal provided by our BCHS Hospitality Department Seating begins at 5:30 and dinner starts at 6:00 pm. After dinner, you will be entertained by a 90 minute Broadway revue that will begin around 7:30 pm followed by dessert & coffee in the Commons. Tickets $25. Info: 


Nov 22-23…Holiday Bazaar at Old ST. Charles Church-Cheboygan 10a-6p, Refreshments, 50/50 raffle, Santa & Mrs Claus. Info:


Nov 23…Mancelona Community Craft Show 9-3p at Mancelona Elementary School. Info: 231-350-6367


Nov 23…Toys for Tots Kick off Party Noon-2p at Great Wolf Lodge-Traverse City. Santa, crafts, door prizes and more. Info:


Nov 23…Downtown Light Parade, Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting 5:30-8pm – Traverse City. Santa will arrive at 6pm to light the tree at the corner of Cass & E. Front streets. The parade will start shortly after & travel along E. Front Street, Franklin to Union. Info:


Nov 23…Book Sale 9a-3p at the Helena Township Community Center. Books, DVDs, VHS, CDs and puzzles. Info: 231-331-4318


Nov 24…9th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Show 11-5pm at Odawa Casino-Petoskey. Free admission. Info:


Nov 27…Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner 11:30-1:30 at the Salvation Army Community Center – Traverse City. Info: 2310946-4644


Nov 28…Turkey Trot 9am Veteran Park-Boyne City. 5K run and 1-mile fun run. Info:


Nov 28…Turkey Trot 9am downtown Petoskey. Info:


Nov 28…Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk 9am Zorn Park-Harbor Springs. Info:


Nov 28…Community Thanksgiving Dinner at noon – KofC Hall in Cheboygan. Free. Info: 231-627-9003


Nov 29…Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration 3-6pm. Holiday crafts at Circle of Arts 3-5; Photos with Santa at Charlevoix State Bank 3-5; Cookies & hot cocoa 4-6p East park; Parade 5:30, tree lighting 6pm. Info:


Nov 29…Holiday Open House & Santa Parade 5-9pm downtown Boyne City. Downtown businesses offer many specials and the opportunity for shopping, refreshments and hospitality during the festivities. Santa makes his first appearance of the season at the Santa Parade (6pm) that leads to the tree lighting. Info:


Nov 30…Winter Fantasy Art Show 10-4pm at the Elk Rapids Town Hall. Local artists showcase their original handcrafted items. Info: 231-676-6065


Nov 30… Celebrate 104 years of a magical tradition in downtown Harbor Springs at the Christmas Tree Lighting. Gather with your friends and neighbors to sing carols, enjoy the lighting of the tree on Main Street at 6pm and celebrate the winners of the annual window decorating contest. The public is then invited to attend a chili dinner in the Holy Childhood Parish Hall. At 8:00 p.m., the Lyric Theatre will be showing the classic "Miracle

on 34th Street" free of charge!  Info:


Nov 30…Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade 6pm. Info:


Nov 30…104th Harbor Springs Tree Lighting 6pm -downtown. Music, shopping and Christmas entertainment. Info:


December 2019


Dec 5…Downtown Hospitality Night 3-8pm – Downtown Cheboygan. Holiday goodies, live music, specials and door prizes. Info:


Dec 5-7…Christmas in Kalkaska. 3 days of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family! Info:


Dec 7…Kalkaska Holiday Craft Show/Breakfast with Santa at Kalkaska Middle School. Breakfast 9-10am, visit with Santa 10-noon; kids crafts 9a-3p; craft show 9a-3p. Info: 231-534-4377


Dec 7…Parade of Lights/Christmas Tree Lighting-Cheboygan


Dec 7…Lioness Cookie Sale 11a-1p at Citizen’s National Bank-Cheboygan. There are different size tins already made up, or select an empty tin and choose the cookies you'd like. If you bring in a tin from last year, your name will be entered in a special drawing. Basket Raffle tickets are also available and the drawings will be held prior to 1 pm. Info: 231-627-7111


Dec 15…Toys for Tots Poker Tournament 3pm at Odawa Casino. $150  buy-in, cash prizes, bring an unopened toy and receive additional chips. Sign up at 877-442-6464




Wawatam Area Senior Center offers senior meals Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday for ages 55+ for just $3.50. Info: 231-436-5323


Every Monday starting Jan 7, the Wawatam Area Senior Center will have cribbage starting at 1:30, through March. Info: 627-4926


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.


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 Thursday, learn Swing Dancing at the Cheboygan Carnegie. 5:30-7:30. Free. Info: 231-420-6665


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.


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


TFN…Looking for a different way to graduate high school?  Inverness Academy offers flexable scheduling, vocational training, diploma and more. Info: 231-627-5613


TFN…The Journey Program – a free 10 week group exercise program of cancer patients up to two years post treatment. Classes are held 4 times a year in Traverse City, Frankfort and Suttons Bay. Preregistration is required. Info: 231-276-2494


7:00pm - 12:00am




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