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Week of April 29


Tickets on sale now for a Mother/Daughter High Tea taking place Saturday, May 12 at 1pm inside Stafford’s Perry Hotel. $25 each or two for $45, advance purchase by April 30th required. Benefits the Salvation Army. Tickets available at Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts, Salvation Army Thrift Store and Salvation Army Community Center. More info: 231-622-1057


Donations are being accepted to help with much needed renovation of the Easling Pool at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Gifts to the campaign can be made at


Now-April 30…3rd Annual Pet Food Drive. Donate un-opened pet food Mon-Fri at your local AmeriGas provider. All donations will be delivered to local shelters. Info: 248-568-8290


Now-May 8…Cornerstone Christian School is holding a can drive to benefit the student convention. Drop off at 900 S. Western Ave-Cheboygan or call 231-627-2160 for pick up.


Now – May 13…Toilet Paper Drive to benefit Safe Harbor. Drop off 2-ply, unopened four pack or larger at the Traverse Area District Library-Woodmere, Traverse City.


April 25-29…National Trout Festival-Kalakska. Carnival, flea market, crafters, games, parades, entertainment, car show, bump & run derby and more! Info:


April 26-29…60th Annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. Pancake breakfast, flea market, bump & run, parade and more. Info:


April 26…Unity Hall Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 5-7:30pm at St. Matthews Church-Boyne City. By donation. Info:


April 26…April Swirl 5:30-7pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Appetizers, wine, live music. Adv $15, day of $20. Info: 231-347-4337


April 26…Cheboygan Area Business Expo and Taste of the Straits 3-8pm at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Free admission! Local business, restaurants, raffles, cash bar, food samples and more. Info:


April 26-29…Rivertown Follies present “Totally Awesome 80’s” at the City Opera House-Cheboygan. Tickets $13 advance/$14 door. Matinee special – seniors only, $11. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. Proceeds benefit the City Opera House. Info: 231-627-5841


April 26…Veterans Benefit Fair at the American Legion Post #245 – Prudenville. Learn about available benefits. Info:989-366-5334


April 27…Traverse City Kegs and Corks for MDA 6-9pm at Right Brain Brewery. Raffle, silent auction, good & drink, to benefit the Greater Michigan Chapter of MDA. $25 advance, $30 at the door. Info:517-706-0348


April 27-28…East Jordan Rotary Variety Show 7-9:30 at the East Jordan Community Auditorium. A great night of music, kits and fun. Info: 231-536-7351


April 28…Celebration for Young Children 11-2p. Family activities throughout downtown Traverse City. Info:


April 28-29…Men’s Ensemble of Note “Amen Chorus Concert” 7pm Sat, 3:30pm Sun at the Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church-McBain. Info: 231-775-7943


April 28…Jordan Valley Fiddlers Jamboree Noon-10pm at the East Jordan Civic Center. Come and play your fiddle, accompany the fiddlers with your acoustic instrument, call your favorite dances, enjoy the music and/or dance to the calls! Everyone is welcome! Admission by donation at the door. Info:


April 28…Spring Challenge 10K/5K/1K at Treetops Resort-Gaylord. $30 person for 10K/5K, free for 1K. Registration 7-8a. Benefits Otsego Memorial Hospital. Info:


April 28…Strength for Cripps 5K Fun Walk/Run. Registration starts at 8:30am at Northern Sound and Security-Cheboygan. $26, includes T-shirt if paid by April 12th. Benefits Adam Cripps, battling sarcoma, fund will help with medical expenses. Info: 231-627-6636


April 28…Grill on the Hill-Big Green Eggfest 11a-4p at Treetops Resort-Gaylord. Beer, Michigan brew samples, live music, celebrity chef, cooking demos, lawn games • Big Green Egg package raffle valued at $1,139. Tickets are $10 each, drawing at 4 p.m. Need not be present to win. Closest-to-the-pin contest benefits Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan programs and services -$1 per shot to enter. Info:


April 28…Chili Cook-off for Youth 11am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Traverse City. Freewill donation. Proceeds help support student trip to the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Info: 231-947-9880


Week of April 29th

April 29…Cheboygan County Humane Society Spring Fling 5pm at the Eagles Club. Live music, door prizes, Chinese auction, salad bar, broasted chicken & taco bar, dessert. Tickets $15. Info:


April 29…5th Annual Wine for Whiskers Auction 1-5pm –Williamsburg Event Center, Acme. $20 per person, plus one decorated bottle of wine for the live auction. Admission includes a keepsake tote bag, wine glass, appetizers, and desserts. Cash bar. Info: 231-883-2596


April 29…Sticks & Skates for I.C.E. 11-2p at Centre Ice Arena-Traverse City. Food, raffles, skating. $5 person, $20 family includes lunch and skate rental. Proceeds benefit rink renovations. Info:


May 2…Meet & greet the board and staff of Hospice of Northwest Michigan 5-7pm at the Charlevoix Library Community Room B. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Info: 231-547-7659


May 3…Spring Bling-Downtown Traverse City, 6pm. Kicking off National Bike Month with a fun ride. Starts at Hull Park, post ride celebration at the Little Fleet. Prizes for the orangest, springiest and blingiest costumes. Info:


May 3…Arts for ALL  of Northern Michigan Spring Celebration 6-9pm at the Dennos Museum – Traverse City. Appetizers, live & silent auction, entertainment and more. Tickets $30. Proceeds support the adaptive art programming. Info:


May 3…Blood Drive 10-3:45p at Grand Unity Events Center-Petoskey. Catered lunch. Inf: 800-red-cross


May 4… First Friday 5-8pm at the Villiage at Grand Traverse Commons. Features art, food and drink samples, shopping & wining/ dining specials, live music, demos and MORE! Info:


May 4…8th Annual Instant Wine Cellar 6:30-10pm at Zoo Bar-Boyne Highlands. Music, dancing, good, auction, raffle. Admission $5 plus one ($20 Value) bottle of wine, a 6-pack of craft beer or $25 per person. Benefits the Char-Em United Way. Info:


May 5…Mud Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest at Mt. Holiday-Traverse City. Adult riders can choose from two different courses, plus loops for the kids. Pre-race and post-race festivities are also part of the fun. All proceeds from the event will support Mt. Holiday. Info:


May 5…Buff Up Boyne 9a-noon. Join your fellow Boyne community members as we Buff Up our city! Come dressed for clean up work at Sunset Park in downtown Boyne. Refreshments provided. Info:


May 5…Charlevoix Rod & Gun Club Youth Day 10a-4p. For 17 and younger, archery, 22 rifle, shotgun and fishing pond. Everything is free including lunch. Must be accompanied by an adult. Info:


May 5…7th Annual Fun Walk for Autism Awareness 9a-noon at Veteran’s Memorial Park-Boyne City. Approx. ½ mile. $10 person. Info:


May 5…Cinco De Mayo 5K 10-1pm at the Barrel Back Restaurant-Walloon Lake. $30. Proceeds benefit Beyond the Scoreboard. Info: 231-535-6000


May 5…NMET Kentucky Derby Fundraiser 3:30-7:30p at Stiggs Kitchen & Brewery-Boyne City. 50/50 raffle, silent auction, hat contest, and more. Supports Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Info:


Week of May 6


May 6…Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run 5K starting at the Trail Head behind Burger King. Pre-Register by April 12th to be guaranteed a white T-Shirt & Color Packet for the after party! Also, you will receive a discounted run fee for early registration. Info:


May 7…Family Art Night 6:30-7:30pm at the Charlevoix Public Library. Free. Drawing fun with Mark Kistler of the Imagination Station, public television’s favorite drawing teacher. Info: 231-237-7350


May 8…Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be at the VFW Hall-St. Ignace from 10-6pm. Free counseling and claim filing assistance available. Info: 964-6595


May 8…Blood Drive noon-5:45 at the Cross in the Woods Family Center-Indian River. Info: 800-red-cross


May 9… Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be at the VA CBOC-Gaylord from 10-6pm. Free counseling and claim filing assistance available. Info: 964-6595


May 10… Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be at the VFW Hall-Standish from 10-6pm. Free counseling and claim filing assistance available. Info: 964-6595


May 10…Ladies Day 11a-7p at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Food, door prizes, mom to mom sale, taste testing, pampering and more. $3 admission, kids are free. Info:


May 10…Bowling Fundraiser in support of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 6-9pm at Northern Lights Recreation-Harbor Springs. $20 person, includes 2 games w/shoes, raffle ticket and each lane receives a pitcher of pop and popcorn. Info:


May 11-13…59th Annual Mesick Mushroom Festival. Carnival, live music, flea market, craft show, parade, mudd bogg, rodeo and more! Info:


May 12…Lids for Kids 10a-12 at F & M Park-Traverse City. Trained professionals and volunteers will properly fit each child with a free bike helmet and share helpful bicycle safety tips. Kids can also register to receive a FREE bicycle. Plus opportunities to meet local law officials and firefighters, tour a fire engine, and fun activities and games. Info: 517-394-7500


May 12…Annual Father Fred Foundation Garage Sale 9a-4pm-Traverse City. Find some treasures and help your neighbors in need. Info: 231-947-2055


May 12…Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and silent auction 4-7pm at the Levering Community Center. $5 person/$20 family. Benefits Irv & Carol Kilpatrick, who lost their home and contents in a fire. Info: 231-420-8198


May 12..Sue DeYoung/Judy Edger Memorial Breast Cancer Walk & Run 8a-11 at East Park –Charlevoix.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk and run begin at 9 a.m. Individual walkers, runners and teams can collect "pledges" for participating in the walk, or sponsor themselves with a donation. Those that raise $30 or more receive an event t-shirt. Info:


May 17…Cheboygan Business After Hours 5-7pm at Chelsea’s Closet. Networking, refreshments, door prizes and more. $5 for chamber members, $10 non-members. Info:


May 17-20…58th Annual Boyne City Mushroom Festival. Carnival, craft show, morel seminars, guided morel hunt, live entertainment, taste of morel and more. Info:


May 18-20…29th Annual Zoo-de-Mackinac. Starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Stops approximately half way, at Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Arnold Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Info:


May 18-20…Empire Asparagus Festival. 5K run, recipe contest, games, parade, food, art fair and all things asparagus! Info:


May 18…”An Emerald Evening” 55th Annual Cherry Pink Dinner Dance 6:30-11pm at the Otsego Grand Event Center-Gaylord. Features gourmet food, open bar, live music, raffles and more. $70 person, benefit the OMH Auxiliary. Info:


May 19…St. Ignace Rock & Run Half-marathon and 5K downtown St. Ignace. Starts at the Starline Railroad Dock 8am. Proceeds benefit the Mackinaw Straits Health Foundation. Info: 906-328-0006


May 19…3rd Annual Mohawks for Munson noon-4pm at North Peak Brewing Company-Traverse City.  Whether you decide to rock a mohawk, volunteer, or donate, be a part of this great event!  BBQ, live music by Mike Moran, free Moomers ice cream, face painting, crafts for kids, Mohawk shaving and a faux-hawk styling station for kids. All money raised will go directly to the new Cowell Family Cancer Center at Munson Medical Center. Info: 231-590-2864.


May 19…9th Annual Tails to Trails 5K Fun Run/Walk 9a-11a at the Vasa Pathway-Traverse City. Goodie bags for dogs, prizes, photos and more. Admission: Through May 12: Individuals $20/Families $40; May 13-19: Individuals $25/Families $50. Proceeds benefit the TART Trails. Info:


May 19…Charlevoix Rod & Gun Club Youth Day 10-4p. For all area young people 17 years of age and younger. Archery, 22 rifle, shotgun and a well stocked fishing pond are just a sample of the days activities. Everything is free including lunch. Fishing poles and bait are provided but bring your own fishing pole if you like. All young must be accompanied by an adult. Info:


May 19-20…Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair at the Emmet County Fairgrounds-Petoskey. Vendors from around the state selling spinning fiber, yarn, and finished goods. Workshops on felting, knitting, spinning, visible mending, and felting. Also featuring live music, food trucks, fiber arts demonstrations, sheep dog and sheep shearing demos. Free admission. Info:


May 19-20…Cheboygan Gun & Knife Show at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Shotguns,  Rifles,  Handguns,  Scopes,  Knives,  Shooting Supplies,  Ammunition,    Reloading Equipment,  Gun Cases,  Pistol & Rifle Magazines, Military Surplus, Collector Items and more. $6 admission. Sat 9-5, Sun 10-3. Info:


May 20…63rd Annual NMC BBQ on main campus-Traverse City. $6 adv/$8 day of. Food, entertainment, games, activities, tours and more. Info:


May 25-27…Bull-rageous & Barrel-rama Rodeo at the Chippewa County Fairgrounds-Kinross. Barrel racing, bull fighting, muttin bustin, bull riding and more. Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm. Benefits Carrols Corral Cancer Foundation. Info: 906-440-0829


May 26…Motorcycle Poker Run/fundraiser to benefit Brave Hearts Estate-Pellston. Registration 10am, run starts at Noon. $10 person. Includes guest speakers, live music, bon fire. Info: 231-539-7111


May 26…Bayshore Marathon – Traverse City


May 26…Summer Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore-Empire. 9-11p.  Park rangers and members of the Grand Travere Astronomical Society will be on hand to help you unravel some of the mysteries of the night sky. Visitors are encouraged to bring a red filtered flashlight, binoculars, beach chairs, blankets and bug spray. The event will be cancelled for inclement weather or if the stars are not visible due to cloud cover. Call 231-326-4700 for updates. National park pass required. Info:


May 26-28…Memorial Weekend Pageant-Mackinaw City


May 26-27…Native American Festival at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture-St. Ignace. Workshops, ceremonies, traditional entertainment, demonstrations, food, music and more. Free. Info:


May 27…Taste of Bay Harbor noon-3pm on the Bay Harbor Village Marina Lawn. Featuring specialties from area restaurants, wine pairings, music. Tickets $25. Proceeds to assist Veterans in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. Info:


May 28…Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk 8-10a Zorn Park-Harbor Spings. Proceeds benefit the Harbor Springs Area Food Pantry. Suggested donation $10. Info:


May 28…Memorial Day Parade 9am – Mancelona. There will be a short service at the memorial in front of Mancelona Township Library.  The parade continues to the Township's Fairview Cemetery located across from Mancelona Hardware, on the Cedar River Road side.  After a short service there, the parade will then proceed to St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery on West Limits Road near Downey Street.  A short service at the Catholic cemetery, and parade concludes. Info:


May 31…May Swirl 5:30-7pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Appetizers, wine, live music. Adv $15, day of $20. Info: 231-347-4337


May 31-June 3…63rd Mancelona Bass Festival. Carnival, flea market, crafts vendors, entertainment, 2 parades and more! Info:


June 2018


June 1…Downtown Petoskey Summer Open House 5:30-9pm. Drink tent, live entertainment, fashion show, activities and more. Info:


June 2…Indian River Spring Fling – downtown. Car show, boat show, live entertainment, craft beer, wine, food and more. Info:


June 2...Blessing of Buggies and Bikes Poker Fun Run. 9a registration at Hucks Pub & Grill-Rudyard. $10 person. 50/50, raffles, silent auction, music. Info: 906-440-0829


June 9…Leland Wine & Food Festival noon-6p Leland Harbor. Local wines and brews, food, live music and more. $15 advance/$25 day of. Info: 231-833-1133


June 8-Sept 7…Stroll The Streets 6-9pm downtown Boyne City. Music, entertainment, kids activities, and more. Info:


June 15…Hot Cars & Cool Crafts 2-8pm, downtown Cheboygan. Info:


June 16…Antrim County Snowmobile Clue 20th Annual Golf Scramble 9a-4p at Deer Run Golf Club-Lakes of the North. $65 per golfer. Team awards, skins game, raffles, door prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Kids Special Olympics, Wertz Warriors, Local Food Pantries and local charities. Includes 18 holes of golf, cart, BBQ Lunch & golf balls. Info: 810-392-3169


June 20-Aug 8…Evenings at the Gazebo concert series, 6:30pm Old City Park-Boyne City. Free music, bring lawn chair or blanket. Info: (no concert July 4th)





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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