Connecting with Community List

Week of Dec 9


Now-Dec 27… Every Thursday Free Swing Dance Lessions 5:30-7pm at the Carnegie Building-Cheboygan. Donations welcome. Info:


Now-Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Your donations of non-perishable foods, household goods, paper products, personal care items, grocery gift cards and financial contributions help make the Safe Home feel like ‘home’ for many families. Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan operates the Safe Home 24/7 for domestic abuse survivors and their children while they regain control of their lives.  Drop off at the mail office, Gold Mine Resale Shop or agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona. Info: 231-347-1572


**FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE BUS! The Charlevoix County Transit will be providing free rides starting at 6pm until 2am. Call to pre-schedule 231-582-6900


Through Dec 28…Big Group/Small Works Art Show at Higher Art Gallery-Traverse City. Free. Info:


Dec 13…Arts for All of Northern Michigan Holiday Open House 3-8pm-Traverse City. Create some festive wreaths and cards; enjoy refreshments, see their new space. Info: 231-947-1278


Dec 13…TOPS Chapter 0692 Christmas Party starting at 5pm at the Sand Road Senior Center-Cheboygan. Bring a dish to pass, secret Santa gift. There will be door prizes and bingo. Info: 231-627-3451


Dec 14…Village of Alanson Downtown Merchant Open House 5-8pm. Begins with the arrival of Santa, Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs at 7 on River Street. Info: petoskeyarea,com


Dec 15…Charlevoix Elks Hoop Shoot 12:30-1pm at Charlevoix Elementary School. A free throw contest for boys and girls youth ages 8 to 13. Boyne City youth/students are welcome to participate. Winning contestants advance through district, state, regional and national competitions. The program is FREE to all contestants. Info:


Dec 15…Santa at the Firehouse 11-1p –Charlevoix. Visit with Santa, see the fire trucks, enjoy refreshments. Free. Info: 231-459-5926


Dec 15… Spaghetti dinner, silent auction and bake sale 3-7pm at Boyne City High School to support the Brooks family. On Nov 24th the Brooks home caught on fire resulting in their belongings and their pet cats being lost. Asking a donation of $5 per person or $20 for a family of 5. Children 5 and under free. Included in your donation: spaghetti, garlic bread, side salad, cake and drink. Info: 231.330.1585


Dec 15…19th Annual Breakfast with Santa 8:30-10:30 at Mancelona High School. Enjoy a free pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, mitten drive, face painting, and a picture with the guest of honor, Santa Claus! For more information or to make a contribution to the hat and mitten drive, please call Kristin Witt, 231-587-9021.


Dec 15-16… Christkindlmarkt. Santas, elves, Grinches and the like will run, hop, sled and slide through the Bay Harbor Village. There are 2 runs – a 3k for the adults, and a 1k for the kids. The shops will be open, artist booths set up in stores, and Father Christmas will be there for photos, greeting families.


Dec 15…Boyne Valley Fire & Rescue Holiday Open House & Silent Auction 2-5pm at the Fire Hall-Boyne Falls. Meet the fire department and see the trucks. Santa and his elves will be there with crafts, games and snacks for kids. Silent auction 2-4p, benefits the fire department. Info: 231-549-2000


Dec 15…Crooked Tree Arts Center Nutcracker Brunch Fundraiser 1-3pm at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts-Bay Harbor. Attendees will enjoy a champagne welcome, cocktails, wine, and an elegant strolling brunch, complete with sweet treats and desserts. Also during the brunch, School of Ballet Director Heather Raue and principal performers of “The Nutcracker” will be on hand to meet and greet guests. Additionally, attendees receive complimentary upper level tickets to the CTAC School of Ballet’s December 15 performance of “The Nutcracker,” immediately following the brunch at 3 p.m. Tickets for The Nutcracker Brunch Fundraiser are $150 per person, with all proceeds supporting the CTAC School of Ballet. For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact the Great Lakes Center for the Arts at 231.439.2600 or visit


Dec 15…Santa Fun Run 10am – The Village at Bay Harbor. Costumes encouraged. Ages 18 & over $25 + one canned good; 11-17 $15 + one canned good. Proceeds benefit the Bay Harbor Foundation. Info: 231-439-2700


Dec 15-31…Festival of Trains at the Historic Carnegie Library-Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10a-6p; Sun noon-4p. $5 person/$30 family. Info:


Dec 16…Jingle Bell Run 5K fun run/walk. 5pm starts and ends in the Warehouse District-Traverse City. Info:


Dec 16…Free Christmas Buffet with 3 seatings – 11:20a, 1p and 2:30pm at the Blue Pelican Inn-Central Lake. Donations accepted to benefit the Central Lake Community Food Pantry. Reservations recommended: 231-544-2583


Dec 17…Dinner/Paint n Sip/Silent Auction 5-8pm at the Blue Pelican Inn-Central Lake. Dinner will be from 5-6, paint n sip will start around 6 and silent auction items will close around 730 w/distribution around 8.  Benefits the 8th grade class trip. Full event tickets $70, dinner only $30; Paint-n-sip only $30. If you would like to donate an auction item please contact Shena Miller at 231-350-3372, donations of cash value are also being accepted.


Dec 18…CTAC School of Music Winter Collage Concert 6pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Over 80 students performing onstage from the strings, ukulele, jazz, and rock programs. Some of the musical genres included in the concert are: jazz, soul, classical, rock, and seasonal holiday favorites. Free. Info: 231-347-4337


Dec 18…Winter Collage Concert 6pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Features over 80 students performing onstage from the strings, ukulele, jazz, and rock programs. Some of the musical genres included in the concert are: jazz, soul, classical, rock, and seasonal holiday favorites. The Collage Concert will conclude with a collaborative performance featuring students from all four of CTAC’s music programs. This concert is free and open to the public.


Dec 19…Ugly Christmas Sweater Party 11-2 at the Sand Road Senior Center-Cheboygan. Live music, food, games and award for the ugliest sweater! Donations accepted. Info:


Dec 20…Winter Solstice Barn Dance at the Cathedral Barn-Historic Barns Park-Traverse City. $20 for dinner or bring a dish to pass, or join after 7pm for music and dancing only $5 admission. Info: 231-947-0312


Dec 20…Traditional Christmas Dinner Party 4:30 at the Wolverine Senior Center. Appetizers, beef brisket, live music. Info:


Dec 21…Holiday Open House 10a-5p at the Leland Township Library. Stop in for treats! Info:


Dec 21…12th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Doors open at 5:30PM with sweets & hot chocolate served beginning at 6PM. Blissfest will be presenting a movie at 7PM running throughout. They will also be featuring their annual Solstice Silent Auction. Between 5:30PM and 9:30PM bid on local wares donated from all over the north - no ticket necessary to take part in the auction! Info: 231-348-7047


Dec 21…Winter Solstice Celebration 4-7pm at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park-Mackinaw City.

Celebrate the solstice by bringing light and rhythm into the dark stillness of the season.  Listen as musicians entertain, learn about the solstice night sky, and craft a hand rolled beeswax candle. Cost is $10.00 per person. Info:


Dec 21..TC Salvation Army Christmas Community Dinner 11:30-1:30. Free. Info:


Dec 22…Tannenbaum Blitzen 6-10pm at Shanty Creek. Enjoy a community pasta buffet, torchlight parade down the face of Schuss Mountain, Christmas carols around the tree, Christmas cookie decorating and a visit from Santa. Adults $13, children 5-12 $8, children 4 and under free. Be sure to stay for the fireworks over Schuss Mountain IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the event! Accepting donations for Kids’ Corner by Luv Pacs, a local charity. Info:


Dec 22…7th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm


Dec 23…Christmas Carol Celebration 4-5:30 at Wesleyan Church-Cheboygan. Coffee and cookies after. Free. Info:


Dec 23…Community Potluck Holiday Lunch at the Hessel School House. Artisan market open 10a-2p, lunch begins at 2:30. Bring a dish to pass. Info: 906.322 7501


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30pm at Schuss Mountain-Shanty Creek in Bellaire. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit local food pantries.


Dec 29…Tea for Terri 11a-2p at the Cheboygan Carnegie. Sweet treats, raffle, silent auction. Proceeds benefit the IBC Network and Cheboygan High School Seniors.

Dec 31…New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center 5-9pm-Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Performances, activities, and workshops; festivities conclude with the “Midnight at 9,” Times Square-style ball drop on East Mitchell Street. The outdoor festivities begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Roy Harvey will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and lead the crowd in the annual singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Admission buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are on sale at Crooked Tree, the Library and online at Info: 231-347-4337


Dec 31…Annual Cherry T Ball Drop – downtown Traverse City. With a suggested donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items, your celebration helps local food pantries thrive through winter. Info:


Dec 31…Family Fun NYE Celebration 5-10pm at the Otsego Sportsplex-Gaylord. Swim, skate, games, ball drop at 8pm. $5 person, $20 family. Info: 989-732-3546


Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Fireworks, free movie, entertainment, celebration and more. Info:


Dec 31…Annual Fur Ball 6:30-Midnight at the K of C Hall-Cheboygan. Live & silent auction, cocktails & appetizers; cash bar; dinner; ball drop & champagne toast at midnight. $40 person. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:


Jan 5…4th Annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser 7pm at Little Bear East Arena-St. Igance. The St.Ignace Midgets will take on the St.Ignace Alumni. Admission is $5 per person, kids 10 and under $1
All proceeds will benefit the Hospice House. Info:906-430-5156


Jan 11-12…Winterfest-Indian River


Jan 12…Polar Nights presents Gods & Goddess’-A Grecian Gala 8p-2a at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City. Festivities will include music, dancing, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. 100% of the monies raised during the auction will be dedicated to our scholarship fund. Tickets are $40 each or 2 for $75. To purchase a ticket stop into Audie's or call (231)-436-5744


Jan 13 – April 14…Winter Music Jam every Sunday 3-5pm at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Bring your instrument, music and meet other musicians, learn new songs, enjoy live music. Free. Donations accepted. Info:989-732-3242


Jan 18-19…Winterfest-Mackinaw City. Chili cook-off, poker walk, outhouse races, fishing contest and more! Info:




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


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



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