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Week of Oct 13


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 forms available at


Oct 4-27…Screams in the Dark at Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds-Traverse City. Fri/Sat 7-11pm, Sun 7-10pm. Cost $5-$15. Info:


Now-Oct 26…Ghost Farm of Kingsley 7-11pm on Friday & Saturday at 5010 Pierce Rd. $15. Walk the haunted trails, visit the cursed barn, gravely greenhouse and haunted houses. There will be bonfires, ghost stories, snacks and more. Benefits community organizations. Info:


Oct 17-19….Little Traverse Civic Theatre presents “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. Thurs-Sat 7:30, 2pm Sun at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Info:


Oct 15-16…Clothing Giveaway at Tower Hall-Onaway. Tues 10-6, Wed 10-3. 989-733-8412


Oct 16…Pumpkin Festival 5-7pm downtown East Jordan. Early trick-or-treating, baking contest, kids games, pumpkin bowling and more. Info:


Oct 17… Free one-hour informational seminar on Drug & Opioid Crisis 6:30pm at Northshore Community Church-Cheboygan. Info: 231-627-3760


Oct 18…Ladies Auxiliary’s 25th Annual Swiss Steak Dinner 4:30-7pm at Cross in the Woods Family Cneter-Indian River. $12 adults, kid 10- & under $5. Proceeds benefit local families in need.


Oct 18…Haunted Ship Tour on the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw 6-8pm. Trick-or-treating for all aged children, cider and tours for brave souls! Info:


Oct 19…Ladies Aux. Craft Show 9a-3pm at the Atlanta Thunder Bay Eagles on M-32. Crafts, concessions and family activities. Info: 989-785-6669


Oct 19…Octoberfest 6-Mid at the Cheboygan KofC Hall. Live & silent auction, music, food and more. $50 person, benefits Bishop Baraga. Info:


Oct 19…Annual German Dinner 4-7pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Cheboygan. $12 adults, kids 5-12 $5, under 5 free. Portion of the proceeds benefit local missions. Info: 231-818-0487


Oct 19…Autumn Fest 11-2 at the Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Games, treats, arts & crafts, hiking and more! Costumes encouraged. Info:


Oct 19…Trinity Lutheran Church Arts & Craft Fair 9a-3p-Traverse City. Features a variety of artisans, crafters and vendors from all around northern Michigan plus a bake sale, a silent auction and a cafe for yummy lunch and snacks! Info:


Oct 19…Dinner in memory of Benny Fisher, with silent auction & raffle 4-8pm at the FOE-Indian River. $8 person, kids 1-5 free. Proceeds benefit Pediatric Rehabilitation for children with MD and MS. Info: 231-238-9325


Oct 19…Operation Polar Drop providing free groceries, hats and gloves 2-4pm at the Black River Gospel Church-Cheboygan. First come, first served until gone. Info: 231-597-4663


Oct 19-20…St. Patrick’s Church Fall Bazaar – Traverse City. Sat 10-7p, Sun 10-2p. Free admission. Info:


Oct 19…Glen Arbor Pumpkinfest noon-3pm at the Glen Arbor Township Park. $5 suggested donation. include games, entertainment, a pie-eating contest, pumpkin carving, games and crafts! The 12:30 PM costume parade is open to kids of all ages with prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Info:


Oct 19-27…Haunted Grand Traverse Lighthouse 10a-4pm – Northport. Tour the spooky keeper's apartment, go through the haunted basement, enjoy s'mores, pumpkin bowling, Halloween crafts, hot dog lunches, and much more. Info: (231) 386-7195.


Oct 20…BBQ Fundraiser 4:30-7pm at the VFW in St. Ignace. $10 adults, $7 kids 12 & under. 50/50 raffle & silent auction. Benefits the school robotics team. Info: 906-630-8331


Oct 20…3rd Annual Chili Cook Off 1pm at Traverse Area District Library-Traverse City. Info:


Oct 20…Crooked Tree School of Ballet presents ”Fall for Dance” at 5pm at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and may be purchased with cash or check only. Info: 231-347-4337


Oct 23…12 Annual Soup Bread Bowls Supper to benefit the Lions Club 4:30-6pm at the Pancake Chef-Mackinaw City. $10 per person. Info:231-420-8456


Oct 24…October Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Enjoy wine, beer, appetizers, live music and art exhibitions. Tickets $15 advance/$20 day of. Info:


Oct 24-27…The Northland Players present “Once Upon A Mattress” at the Cheboygan Opera House. Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. $15 adults, $11 Students, $12 seniors (Sun only) Info:


Oct 25…Truck or Treat Festival 3pm at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. Boos, brews, food trucks & a dance party. Costumes highly encouraged. Held in front of the abandoned Cottage 30 building. Info:


Oct 25…Spook Swim 6-8pm at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Enjoy spooky music and decorations on the Pool deck and be entertained with floating pumpkins in the water! Swim, eat pizza, sip on refreshments and grab a goody bag all for just $6 each, students and adults (swimmers and non-swimmers). Children 3 and under are free but still need to register! Limited to 75 people. Pre-registration required. Register online, or call the Pool to pay and reserve: 231.547.0982


Oct 25-27…Holiday Artists Market at the Dennos Museum Center. Thurs 5-8p, Fri/Sat 10-5p, Sun 1-5p. Fine arts and crafts from over 40 Michigan artists will be on display for sale throughout the Museum . Proceeds from the event go toward the Museum and its educational programs. Info:


Oct 26…Downtown Trick or Treat – Petoskey. Begins with a parade down Howard Street to Pennsylvania Park. 10a-noon. Info:


Oct 26…Downtown Traverse City Halloween Walk 10-11:30am. Info:


Oct 26…Trunk or Treat & Haunted Woods Walk starting at 6pm behind Quality Inn-St. Igance. Cash prizes for best decorated trunk. Games and awards for best costume, scariest costume, most original costume. Haunted Woods Walk starts at 7:15. Info: 906-643-9700


Oct 26…Halloween at the Children’s Trail located in Major City Park-Cheboygan. Hot dogs, cookies, Halloween stories, live music and more. Free. Info:


Oct 26…Mt. Holiday Halloween Party 8-Mid – Traverse City. Music, dancing and beverages and 100% of the proceeds go to Mt. Holiday to help with their operational costs. There will be costume prizes for various categories totaling more than $1,000 in value. New this year will be a Hot Dog bar included in the price of admission. Note: $20 in advance and $28 at the door. Info:


Oct 26…24th Annual Great Turtle Half Marathon & 5.7 Mile Walk/Run – Mackinac Island. 11:30am. Info:


Oct 26…Fall Fest 1-4pm at Indian River United Methodist Church. Hayrides, games, crafts, pumpkin & face painting, and more! Free. Info: 231-238-7764


Oct 26…”Taste of Italy” Dinner & Auction 4-7pm at St. John’s Lutheran School-Rogers City. Dinner, Live and Silent Auctions to benefit St. John Lutheran School. Tickets are Adults $12, Children $5 and Kids under 5 are free. Enjoy Lasagna, Italian pasta, garlic bread, salad bar and desserts and help raise money for the school. Dinner starts at 4:30pm and Live Auction begins at 7:00pm. Info: 989-306-3014


Oct 26…Traverse City 5K Zombie Run! Online registration closes at midnight Oct. 24th. Day of registration 7-8:30am.  The race starts at 9 a.m. The 5k course will start at Right Brain Brewery on 16th Street, and follow a portion of the Boardman Lake Trail. Costumes are not required but it sure is more fun to come in your most stylish and scary zombie attire. Benefits the TART Trails.  Visit


Oct 26…Fall Bazaar & Luncheon 9a-4p at Norwich Township Hall-Moorestown. Crafts, cookie walk, baked goods, Grandma’s Attic, jewelry and more. Proceeds benefit the food pantry. Info: 231-2299-8563


Oct 29-30….ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshop 8a-4:30pm at East Jordan United Methodist Church. Free, but you must attend both full days. Learn the skills necessary to help save a life! Pre-registration required. Info: 231-675-5047


Oct 31…Downtown Trick or Treating 3-5pm - Cheboygan. Participating businesses will have orange pumpkin signs on display in their storefront windows.  Main Street will be closed from State Street to Court Street during this time.  Info: (231) 627-9931


Oct 31…Mancelona Fire District Halloween Party 5-7pm at Station 1-Mancelona. Trick or Treating in Mancelona is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Come join us at the fire hall for complimentary soups, chili, hot dogs, treats, beverages.  Costume contest for the kids, DJ entertainment, prizes.  There is no charge; donations to offset cost are greatly appreciated. Info:


November 2019


Nov 2…Holiday Gift Fair 10-3p at Bellaire High School. Over 60 artisans with everything from jewelry and soaps to local maple syrup and custom furniture. Raffles ever ½ hour. Info: 231-533-6023


Nov 2…Zonta Fashion Show 11-2p at Odawa Casino-Petoskey.  Highlights the latest fall and winter fashions from more than 30 retailers in the Petoskey area and feature a silent auction, gift basket raffle, entertainment. $65 in advance, $70 at the door. Info:


Nov 2…”Crawl for a Cure” Pub Crawl Bingo 5-9pm-Boyne City. Register and start at Lake Street Pub. T-shirts guaranteed for those who pre-register by October 19th. Cards will be provided for those who do not get shirts Pre-register at or email $25 entry fee. Complete Bingo cards by finding items and participating in tasks at each of the participating establishments. Those who complete their bingo card will be entered in a drawing to win door prizes. Door prize drawing at 9:00pm at the Boyne City Tap Room Participating Establishments: Friggy’s SOBO Pub Red Mesa Lake Street Pub Stigg’s Brewing Boyne City Tap Room Café Sante Long Road Distillers FOE 1583 Boyne City Eagles. Info: 231-675-2492


Nov 3…Northern Michigan Food Rescue “Empty Bowls” Event 11-2p at the Hagerty Center-Traverse City. Enjoy delicious soups, bread, live entertainment and silent auction to help local food pantries. $20 ticket/ $75 family of four. Info:


Nov 5….Cornerstone Christian School Annual Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction 4:30-7pm at the KofC Hall-Cheboygan. Adults $12, kids 3-12 $5. Info: 231-627-2160


Nov 6…Invest Cheboygan County competition at the Cheboygan Opera House, doors open at 5p, event starts at 5:30pm. All entrepreneurs and new businesses two years old or less are welcome to apply. Info:


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


Nov8…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 9-17…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…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…10th Annual Indian River Lions Club Arts & Craft Show 9a-3p at 4439 M-68. Info: 989-688-6450


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


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


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


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


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


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



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