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Now-Dec 31…Tickets are on sale for the annual Bishop Baraga School Fundraiser. Early bird drawings begin Oct 5, grand raffle is Dec 31. $100 each or 3 for $250 and available at the school office, parish office or any school family. Info:


Now – TFN…Stiggs Feed-a-Friend 4-8pm Sundays at Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in Boyne City, free meals for anyone in need. Info: 231-497-6100


Now – Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food & Supply drive. Operated by the Women’s Resource Center. Grocery or gift cards help those seeking refuge from domestic abuse and assault. Info: 231-347-1572


Week of Dec. 5


Dec 6-8…Spirit of Christmas – a presentation of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by the Northland Noteables paired with a 7 course feast. Doors open at 6, music begins at 7 at Audie’s Restaurant – Mackinaw City. $38 person. Reservations requested – call 231-436-5744


Dec 7… Mackinaw Woman’s Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church are hosting a Community Blood Drive noon to 5 p at the St Anthony’s Parish Hall.  Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome.  Call 231-445-0151 or visit and search ‘Mackinaw’ to schedule your appointment on-line.


Dec 8…Feeding America truck distribution 11-1p at Little Bear East Arena. Info: 906-643-8717


Dec 10…Mackinaw City Hometown Christmas Light Parade and & Tree Lighting 6pm. Tree lighting, carols, cookies, cocoa & Santa at Marina Park. Info:


Dec 10-11…Rummage Sale at the Lord’s Kitchen on Bailey St. – Cheboygan. 9-5 Fri, 9-2 Sat. Includes bake sale. Proceed benefit the new building project. Info: 231-420-8301


Dec 10…Stational Holiday Parade 6-7:30pm at the St. Ignace Public Marina. Cash prizes for top 3 entries. Info: 906-643-8717


Dec 11…Antique snowmobile crossing for the Mackinac Bridge begins at 11am on the Mackinaw City side. Lunch, hot chocolate & t-shirts available after at Little Bear East Arena. Machines need to be at least 25 years old to participate and have wheel kit installed. Info: 906-643-6950


Dec 11…Lewiston Holiday Fest 3-8pm. Info:


Dec 11…Candy Cane Hunt 1pm at the Children’s Trails of Cheboygan. Cookies & hot cocoa, Santa & Mrs Claus. Free. Info:


Dec 11…A Colonial Christmas in Mackinaw City 4-7pm at Colonial Michilimackinac. Lanterns light the path where storytellers tell of the traditions of the first Christmas at St. Anne’s Church. Mass, crafts, historic games, holiday snacks. $10 adults/$6 kids 5-12; 4 & under free. Info:


Dec 11…Breakfast & Photos with Santa at Camp Rotary-Clare. All you can eat breakfast buffet (gluten free options available) Pancakes Sausage Homestyle Hashbrowns Scrambled Eggs Fresh Fruit Juice, Milk, Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Hot Tea Crafts Christmas Games Photo with Santa - emailed to you to print as many as you'd like! Register online or buy your tickets at the door. $8 person/ages 3 and under free. Info: 989-386-7943


Week of Dec. 12

Dec 12…S’mores with Santa 1-3p at Camp Daggett – Petoskey. Info: 231-347-9742


Dec 15…Home for the Holiday Fundraiser 5:30-8pm at the Cheboygan F.O.E. Features desserts & holiday beverages, music and auction. Benefits Habitat for Humanity. $25. Info: 231-597-4663


Dec 18…Santa Skate 5-7pm at the Petoskey Ice Arena. Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa! $10 person or $30 per family. Skate rental $6 per person. Please questions to the


Dec 18…Bowling with Santa 1-7pm at the Gaylord Bowling Center. Snap a photo, decorate cookies, bowl with Santa or his elves, eat, or play in the arcade. Photos and cookie decor free, bowling $3 per person per game. Info: 989-732-3574


Dec 18…Christmas Festival 4-6pm at the Hope Church – Gaylord. Family photos, bonfire, bounce house, live animals, horse drawn sleigh rides and more. Free. Info:


Dec 18..10th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm. Collecting food donations for the St. Thomas Food Pantry and Coats for Kids along the route. Starts and ends on Church Rd. Info: 231-445-2490


Week of Dec 19

Dec 22… Christmas Community Meal 11a-2p at the Salvation Army Community Center – Traverse City. Free. This will be served to-go. Info: 231-946-4644



TFN…Harbor Light Community Chapel of Harbor Springs is collecting cans and bottle returns to help the less fortunate at 8220 Clayton Rd. All bottles and cans should be left next to our central trash bin in the main parking lot. Info: 231.347.5001 


Every Monday and Wednesday from noon-1pm Free Food Market is open in the parking lot of the Salvation Army Community Center on Barlow-Traverse City. Info:


TFN…The St. Thomas food pantry is open on a drive-thru basis every Monday 10a-1pm. Bring photo ID with current Cheboygan address, proof of household income and proof of address for all household residents. 332 Western Ave. Info: 231-627-3167


TFN…The Acme Christian Thrift Store is in need of volunteers 3-5p any day Tues-Sat. Info: 231-267-3002


TFN…4th Wednesday of every month is Veterans Coffee Hour 9-10am at McDonalds in Cheboygan. Free coffee for Veterans. Info:


Now-TFN…Hospice of Michigan is available to help families in need of compassionate hospice care for a loved one. Call 888-247-5701 or visit


TFN- The Northern Care Center is a medical clinic for those uninsured or underinsured. Patients  are seen on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. Located at 117 W State Street, Cheboygan. You need to wear a mask and when you come to the parking lot you need to call the clinic, first come first seen. They also have vouchers for product at Goodwill and personal hygiene products for those in need. Please knock on the door for product. Please call with any questions 231-333-3019.


TFN…The Cheboygan Rec Center is open on Monday and Wednesday for boys and Tues/Thurs for girls from 5:30-8pm. High school and adults 8pm-10:30pm. Must wear mask at all times.


Now – TFN…Weekly Covid-19 Testing. By appointment only. No symptoms or doctors order necessary. Charlevoix: Mon & Wed 10a-noon; Gaylord & Mancelona: Tues & Thurs 10-noon; Harbor Springs/Petoskey: Friday 10-noon. Call the Health Dept of NW Michigan to schedule 800-432-4121

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