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Registration is open for the 2023 Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K in Traverse City on March 18th. Proceeds benefit the Family Birth and Children’s Center at Munson. Info: leapinleprechauntc.com

 

Registration is open for the free snowmobile safety class Feb. 4th at the Cheboygan County building, Commissioner’s room. Students need to bring a lunch and must attend the entire class. Info: 231-627-8888 or online at michigan.storefront.kalkomey.com

Week of Jan 29

 

Jan 29…St. Mary School Pancake Breakfast 9a-noon in the Family Center – Charlevoix. By donation, with pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Info: stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com

 

Jan 31-Feb 3…2023 Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games at Schuss Mtn. – Bellaire, Grand Traverse Resort-Williamsburg and Howe Arena-Traverse City.

 

Feb 1-28…Can (returnables) Drive to support local Veterans and their families. Drop off at Straits Area Federal Credit Union – downtown Cheboygan.

 

Feb 1…Annual “Hunger Games” – gain free entry into the North Central Michigan College Men’s and women’s basketball games with canned food or cash donation to support the on-campus food pantry. Women’s game tips off at 5:30pm at Petoskey Plastics Arena, men’s game will follow. Info: ncmich.edu

 

Feb 1…Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 4:30-6:30pm at Bishop Baraga Catholic School – Cheboygan. All you can eat, by donation. Carry-out available. Info: 231-627-5608

 

Feb 2-4…Traverse City Comedy Fest. Tickets on sale now tccomedyfest.com

 

Feb 3-4...Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree near the former Black Lake Hotel on Winifred St. on Black Lake – Cheboygan. Live music, raffles, bonfire, poker run, fishing contest and more. Tent entrance $5 button. Info: sturgeonfortomorrow.org

 

Feb 3-4…Indian River Winterfest downtown. Live entertainment, chili cook-off, fishing contest and more. Info: irchamber.com

 

Feb 3-4…Michigan Snowmobile Festival noon-10p starts at the Tourism Bureau office downtown Gaylord. Maps with highlighted stops will be given out at registration, along with slips to turn in at each stop. Snowmobilers do not have to start at the same time, follow the same route or make it to every stop. After party at the Eagles Hall from 5-10p with complimentary food, cash bar, live music. Info: gaylordmichigan.net

 

Feb 4…Mackinac Island Twilight Turtle Trek 5:30-7:30pm. Begins at the Greaney Grove (corner of Arch Rock & Huron Rd) with a bonfire and hot cocoa. Trail is groomed, lit by lanterns, approx 2 miles long. Info: mackinacisland.org

 

Feb 4…Rock Out for Rescue to benefit the Little Traverse Bay Humane Sociey 6-9:30p at the Grand Unity Event Center – Petoskey. Live music, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, dancing. Tickets $75 before Jan 15, $100 after. Info: ltbhs.com

 

Feb 4…Kid’s Lunar New Year Tea Ceremony 11-noon at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts. For ages 6 & up, enjoy tea and treats and learn about the greetings, activities and rituals of the Chinese Tea Ceremony. $5 for non-member, free for members. Info: charlevoixcircle.org

 

Feb 4…Benefit for Jessica Venohrs family (recently passed from stage 4 colon cancer) starting at 4pm at the Black River Church in Cheboygan. Silent/live auction, dessert table, catered meal. Info: 906-399-0530

 

Feb 4, March 3, April 1, May 6…Traditional Country Dance 7:30-10 at the Littlefield-Alanson Community Building-Alanson. $7 person/$10 couple/$15 family. All dance taught, no partner necessary, all ages. Part of the Bliss Fest Concert Dances program. Info: blissfest.org

 

Feb 4…Shadow Fest 12-6p downtown Charlevoix. Live music, soup contest, trivia and more. Info: visitcharlevoix.com

 

Feb 4, 18…Sledding & S’mores at Kiwanis Park – Harbor Springs. Jan 14 & Feb 4 5-8p; Jan 28 & Feb 18 noon-3p. Info: 231-526-2104

 

Week of Feb 6

 

Feb 6…15th Annual Hooping for a Cure 5pm at LaSalle High School – St. Ingace. Teams from St. Igance and Engadine compete while helping support No Cancer Patient Left Behind and the Oncology Dept. for Mackinac Straits Health System. Includes silent auction, raffles and more. Info: 906-643-0443

 

Feb 7…The Ultimate Job Shadow Espana 5-9pm at Café Sante`-Boyne City. Created, prepared and served by BCHS Culinary students. 3 course meal, $29 or order ala entr`ee $21; starter or dessert $7. Call ahead seating or carryout available 231-582-8800

 

Feb 8…Kiwanis Club of Harbor Springs presents the documentary “My Ascension” at the Lyric Theatre at 6:15pm. The movie chronicles the story of a 16yr old’s attempted suicide and her painful experience to help others find hope. There will be a short panel discussion following the film. The event is open to anyone, free of charge. There will also be free popcorn and beverages. Info: 231-445-8412

 

Feb 10-11…St. Ignace Gun & Knife Show at Kewadin Casino. Fri 3-7p, Sat 9-5p. All types of guns, ammo, collectables, clothing, knifes, camping gear, and more. $7 adults, kids under 14 free w/adult. Info: gunshowtrader.com

 

Feb 10-11…Harbor Springs Ice Fest – downtown. Ice sculptures, live demonstrations, dueling chainsaws, chili cook-off, sleigh rides, outdoor activities and more. Info: downtownharborsprings.com

 

Feb 11…47th North American VASA Races at Timber Ridge Resort – Traverse City. A premiere cross-country ski event. Info: vasa.org

 

Feb 11...Denim & Diamonds - Chelsea's Closet Fundraiser 6-11p at the K of C Hall - Cheboygan. Featuring Dueling Pianos, heavy hors d'oeuvers, silent auction, $20 grab bags, dancing and more! Proceeds support Chelsea's Closet, a non-profit formed to educatie others about Cystic Fibrosis, organ donation and blood donation while providing evening wear for students to borrow for formal occasions. $45 person tickets on sale at SHINE, Straits Area Federal Credit Union and Bronze. Info: 231-818-9126

 

Feb 11…Bubbles and Bowties Adult Prom 7-11pm at the Blue Pelican-Central Lake. Silent auction, photo booth, food & beverages, dancing, games and more. Pre-sale $50/person $75/couple, at the door $55. Benefits the Chain of Lakes Relay for Life fight against cancer. Info: 231-675-2492

 

Feb 11…Winterlochen 11a-1:30p at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Sledding & outdoor fun, S’mores, face painting, crafts and more. Info: interlochen.org

 

Feb 11…Alpena Ice Fest 11a – 3p at Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park. Sledding, bonfire, ice skating, snowman building, fat tire bike demos and more. At 4pm the fun moves downtown with an ice bar, music, and firepits. Info: downtownalpenami.com

 

Feb 11…Kiwanis Club of Cheboygan is holding a “Grocery Bagging Fundraiser” from 10-4p at Family Fare in Cheboygan. All tips will help support Kiwanis projects. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Week of Feb 13

 

Feb 15…Doctors with a Heart Free Dental Clinic 8a-1p at Deerhaven Family Dentistry-Traverse City. First come, first serve. For those unable to afford dental care. Service: cleaning, x-rays, filling, extractions. 231-929-3606

 

Feb 16-19…16th Annual Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship, Moran Bay – St. Ignace. Info: stignace.com

 

Feb 17…Winter Benefit concert 6:30-8:30pm at The Barracks – South Boardman. Featuring Darrell Boger. Benefits 22 2 NONE Veteran Outdoor Venture Program. Adv. Tickets $25, at the door $35. Beverages available. Info: runsignup.com/TicketE.../NoneOVPWinterBenefitConcert

 

Feb 17-19…Sno-Blast Festival – East Jordan. Snowmobile Safari ride, classic & antique snowmobile show, family games, sno-lovers breakfast, snow-sculpture contest and more. Info: ejchamber.org

 

Feb 17-20…Winter Wonderland Weekend – Downtown Petoskey. Ice carving demos, scavenger hunt, kids activities and more. Info: petoskeydowntown.com

 

Feb 17-18 & 24-25…Northland Players Feb. Dinner Theater presents “Second Time Around” at the Cheboygan Eagles Club. Tickets must be reserved, $27 each, includes dinner and the 2 act comedy. Doors open at 6, dinner at 6:30. Info: 231-627-4051

 

Feb 18…Yetifest – Suttons Bay. Chili cook-off, games, crafts, scavenger hunt, silent disco, skating and more! Info: suttonsbayarea.com

 

Feb 18…Cheboygan County Walk for Warmth to raise funds for residents in need of utility assistance. Starts at 10:30am at the Salvation Army Store. Virtual walk also open. Info: 231-627-9003

 

Feb 18…Alpenfrost – Gaylord. Karaoke competition, snowshoe hike, lego competition, Frosty dip, art activities, soup cook-off, Frosty 5K, and more. Info: alpenfrost.com

 

Feb 18…6th Annual Walloon Lake Winterfest noon-pm at the Talcott Event Center. Ice carvings, antique snowmobiles show, hot cocoa & soup to benefit the Petoskey Snowmobile Club, prize drawings and more. Info: walloonlakemi.com

 

Feb 18…Winter Arts & Crafts Fair 9a-noon at the Otsego County Community Center. $2 person/$5 family, kids 5 & under free. Paintings, drawings, jewelry, stuffed animals, and much more. Info: 989-390-5456

 

Feb 18…Sno-Blast Chili Dinner Fundraiser 3-6p at the American Legion post 227 – East Jordan. Adults $6, kids6-12 $4, 5 & under free. Benefits improvements to G.A.R. Park. Info: ejchamber.com

 

Feb 18-19…Free Fishing Weekend

Week of Feb 20

 

Feb 23…Harbor Springs High School National History Day Symposium and Student Showcase. 5pm-showcase open in the HSHS Great Hall and Performing Arts Center, 5:30-6:30 ticketed pasta buffet dinner in the cafeteria. $20 adults/$15 18 & under. 6:30-8p NHD Symposium presentations. Questions, email mdiener@harborps.org

 

Feb 23…Koffee, Kake, Kocktails & Kanvas to benefit the Kiwanis Club-Cheboygan. Includes: 1 drink, desserts, and craft supplies. Paint instruction provided. $50 person. Reserve your spot 231-625-2151

 

Feb 25…SMELTANIA – Boyne City. BCFD Pancake breakfast at Veterans Park Pavilion, scavenger hunt, polar plunge, food & music, beer tent and more. Info: boynechamber.com

 

Feb 25…18th Annual Dinner, Dance & Auction at the Knights of Columbus Hall – Cheboygan. Doors 4:30, dinner 5:30, 7p auction, 8p music. Cash Bar, hors d’oeuvres, live & silent auction, cash raffle,  live music. Tickets $25. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan County Firefighters Association. Info: 231-420-1653

 

Feb 25…Benefit Spaghetti Dinner 4-7pm at VFW Hall-St Ignace. Live music, silent/live raffle, dinner. Benefits the Hanson family who suffered a tragic loss in December.

 

Feb 26…Family Game Night 3-5p at the Cheboygan Public Library. Snack, fun and games for all skill levels, (most geared towards 0-5 age group). Free. Info: 231-445-1989

 

March 2023

 

March 4…Mackinac Island Twilight Turtle Trek 5:30-7:30pm. Begins at the Greaney Grove (corner of Arch Rock & Huron Rd) with a bonfire and hot cocoa. Trail is groomed, lit by lanterns, approx 2 miles long. Info: mackinacisland.org

 

March 4…Art is Sweet Bake Off and Art Stroll – downtown Bellaire. Sample sweet treats at participating merchants, vote for your favorite. Tickets $10. Info: bellairechamber.org

 

March 4…Rescheduled Mackinaw City Winter Fest. Kids Big Freeze Obstacle Course 11-noon for kids age 5-17, prizes in 3 categories and the outhouse races 2pm in the parking lot of the Hook Restaurant. Info: mackinawcity.com

 

March 15…Paint & Sip Pottery 6pm at Boyne Valley Vineyard-Petoskey. Paint a custom bowl to help the Manna Empty Bowls fundraiser. $35, $5 benefits Manna Programs. Food and drinks available for purchase. Option to create a second bowl to take home $5. Info: givebutter.com/paintandsippottery

 

April 15…Wolverine Community School Fundraiser Pool Tournament noon-tournament ends at 2Wheel Tavern – Wolverine. 8 Ball partners, double elimination. $40 per team, silent auction, raffle. Registration deadline April 10th. Info: 231-525-8388

 

ONGOING

 

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 their 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: centralusa.salvationarmy.org

 

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

 

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 hom.org

 

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.

 

TFN- The Northern Care Center is a medical clinic for those uninsured or underinsured. Patients are seen on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. Located at 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… Cheboygan County Veterans host a coffee hour the 4th Wednesday of the month, 9:00 a.m. at the American Legion - VFW Post on State Street, Cheboygan. Coffee provided by McDonald's and donuts courtesy of Family Fare.

 

Now – TFN…Antrim County Veterans Affairs Coffee Talks every 3rd Monday 9a at The Dam Shop – Elk Rapids and every 3rd Wed 8:30a at M88 Morning Grind. Info: 231-533-8499

 

TFN…Boyne City Market at the Pavilion every Saturday 9a-12:30p with local meats, baked goods, crafts, artesian food, live music and more. Info: boynecitymainstreet.com

 

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