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Week of May 13

Now – May 22…Line Dancing Wednesday Nights 5:30-7:30pm at Flat Cap Ventures – Traverse City (except April 17, will be at GTI) All skill levels welcome. Bring water and danceable shoes. $10. Info: 231-649-9921


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and North Country Community Mental Health is offering many free programs focused on wellness. Virtual education series, free community movies, family friendly community events in Cheboygan, Petoskey, Bellaire, Charlevoix, Gaylord and Kalkaksa; 21 day Stigma Challenge and more. Details at


Now – Aug 16…EVERY Friday at 7pm - Downtown Gaylord Summer Concert Series in Claude Shannon Park. Free. Bring a blanket or chair. (No concert Alpenfest Weekend) Info:


May 17-19…34th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan. Info:


May 17-19…64th Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival – Boyne City. Live music, carnival, arts & craft show, Karoke and more. Info:


May 18…Poses with Noses 1-2p at the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Gentle beginner yoga session with lots of doggie kisses and laughter. $25, must pre-register. Bring your own mat. Proceeds benefit the humane society. Info:


May 18…Splash of Color Fun Run for Mental Health Awareness 9a-noon at Festival Park – Petoskey. Early registration $10, after April 4, $15.


May 18…Bake Sale 10-4p at St. Mary/St. Charles Church – Cheboygan. Proceeds help with church improvements. Info: 231-627-2105


May 18…Spring Craft Show 10-4p at Little Bear East Arena – St. Igance. Info:


May 18…Benefit Garage Sale 10-4p at the E-Free Church-Gaylord. Benefits Up North Adoptive and Foster Closet. Info: 989-370-5879


May 18…Spring Fling Bump & Run 3:30p at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds. $15 person, 3 & under free. Info:


May 19…Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction 1-4p at the F.O.E. – Cheboygan. Taco bar, live entertainment, silent auction, raffle and more. Benefits Wendy (Brown) Slatinsky’s fight against breast cancer.


May 23…May Swirl 5:30-7p at Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey. Live music, heavy appetizers, cash bar, art! $25 members/$30 non-members. Info:


May 24…Dedication ceremony of the new Captain Robert Bradley DUSTOFF Center 2-4p at the Landing Zone (Gaylord Bowling Center). The DUSTOFF Center will be a safe space where Veterans can connect, build relationships, get assistance, etc. A reception and refreshments follow dedication. Info: 989-732-3574


May 25…Arts & Crafts 10-4 downtown Elk Rapids. 60+ vendors. Info: 231-264-8202


May 25…Lake Ann Camp Family Fun Day 9-4p. Horse carriage rides, disc golf, s’mores station, dunk tank, scavenger hunt, and more. All activities are free. Lunch available for purchase. Info: 231-275-7329


May 25…Poker Run with the EGA Chapter of Leathernecks MC at the American Legion Post 317 – Onaway. Registration at 11, kickstands up at noon. $20 per person, supports 22 2 NONE in the battle against Veteran Suicide. Info: email


May 25-27…Memorial Weekend Pageant – Mackinaw City. Cast members re-create events between French, British and Indian tribes in 1763 at Fort Michiilimackinac. Info:


May 25…Mackinaw Memorial Parade 1pm – Mackinaw City


May 25-26…Made in Cheboygan Craft Show – Washington Park – Cheboygan. Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Info:


May 25-Aug 31…Fireworks over the Bay – St. Igance at dusk


May 26…Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse Restoration Kick-off Event 2-5p at Gordon Turner Park. Lighthouse tours, historical presentation, treats & refreshments. Info:


May 29…Traverse City Pit Spitters Opening Day. Info:


May 30…Boutique Suite Preview Party in support of the Women’s Resource Center 5-7p at Boutique Suite & Simply Marcella downtown Cheboygan. $15 person. Info:


May 30-June 2…68th Mancelona Bass Festival. Carnival, crafters market, cornhole, car show, parades, live music and more! Info:


May 31-Aug…Fireworks at dusk – Mackinaw City


June 1…Dirty Dog Dash at Boyne Mountain Resort. Climbing, crawling, wading and sliding to conquer numerous obstacles. Info:


June 1…Cheboygan County Project Connect 11-1p at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds. Free. Lots of great resources, car seat safety checks, haircuts, grocery giveaway and more. Info:


June 1…Gaylord Firefighter’s Assoc. Pancake Breakfast 8a-11a at the fire station on Wisconsin Ave. suggested donation $10. Info:


June 1…Petoskey Club’s 30th Anniversary Open House 11-3p. Cookout, snacks, raffles, prizes, music and more. Located 555 W. Mitchell St. – Petoskey.  Info:


June 5-Aug 28…Every Wednesday enjoy live music at the Pavilion Summer Concerts at 6:30p – Veteran’s Park – Boyne City. Free. For a list of upcoming acts, visit


June 7-9…4th Annual Mackinaw City Motorcycle Rally. Poker Run, live entertainment, bike show, blessing of the bikes, fireworks and more. Info:


June 7-16…Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. Live music, family fun playground, walking tours, cornhole tournament, dancing, kids activities, and more. Info:


June 7-Aug 9…Every Friday 6-9p Stroll the Streets – downtown Boyne City. Live music, kids activities, and more. Info:


June 8…Explore the Cheboygan Children’s Trail noon-3p. Hands on activities, tasty treats, face painting, prizes. Info:


June 8…Antique, Classic & Wooden Boat Show 10-3p – Elk Rapids Marina. Proceeds benefit Harbor Days. Info:


June 13…Free Ice Cream! 11-3p at Rotary Square – Traverse City. 10,000 scoops of Country Fresh Original and Cherry Moose Tracks will be served at Rotary Square on Thursday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the largest ice cream social around – the 10,000 Scoop Challenge. For each scoop served, Moose Tracks will donate $1 to the Salvation Army of Traverse City for vital community programs. Info:


June 13…Connecting Women Luncheon 11:30-1p at the Great Lakes Grill-Cheboygan. Topic: Breaking Barriers. Salad & soup. Tickets $25. Info:


June 13-16…Old Fashioned Days in Marina Park – Indian River. Car show, arts & crafts, live music, games and more. Info:


June 15…Pirate Festival 11-10 at the ELKS –Gaylord. Games, bounce houses, pirate & mermaid costume contest, prizes, food and more. Noon-5 for Kids, Night Attack with live music 6-10. Info: 231-675-2220


June 15…The Grandma’s Purse Carnival 11a-4p at The Hope Church – Gaylord. Cake walk, games, silent auction, raffle and more. Grandma’s Purse is a non-profit to give local youth a chance to participate in activities. Info:


June 15…50th Anniversary Party 5p at the Cheboygan County Senior Center on Sand Rd. Featuring Billy McAllister performing a Sinatra Tribute Show. $25 includes buffet dinner and live show. Info: 231-627-7234


June 15…Salvation Army Community Center Dedication & Open House 10-noon at the new location 2350 Mitchell Park Dr. – Petoskey. Dedication at 10 followed by refreshments & tours. Info: 231-622-1057


June 15-16…Made in Cheboygan Craft Show – Washington Park – Cheboygan. Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Info:


June 16…Strawberry Festival noon-4p (or sold out) Alden Depot Park & Museum. Fresh strawberries will be available for purchase. Info:


June 19-23…East Jordan Freedom Festival. Music, parades, kids activities, carnival, fireworks, games and more! Info:


4th of July Parades:

Boyne City -10a

Cheboygan – 10a

Mackinaw City – 10a

St. Igance -

Petoskey – 6p


July 20…Michigan’s Original and largest Tack & Tequilia Festival 6:30-10 at Turtle Creek Stadium – Traverse City. The state’s best tacos, world’s best tequilas, margaritas, cervezas, live music and fun activities. Tickets:


July 20…Northern Michigan Lavender Festival 10-6p at McCormick Farmz-Wolverine. Live music, yoga, U Pick, photos and more. Tickets $10. Info:


July 6-7…Made in Cheboygan Craft Show – Washington Park – Cheboygan. Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Info:


July 13…Mustang Stampede – Mackinaw City


Aug 17-18…Made in Cheboygan Craft Show – Washington Park – Cheboygan. Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Info:


Sept 21-22…Made in Cheboygan Craft Show – Washington Park – Cheboygan. Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Info:


Registration is now open for the “Moie Brown – Run for the Health of It”,  August 10th at the St. Ignace Campus of Mackinac Straits Health System. This event includes a 5-K and 10-K, run or walk. Proceeds help the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation. Participants received a shirt and a medal. Visit:  Run Sign Up–dot–com, or call: (906) 328-0006.



TFN…Rides for Recovery. There are 200+ men and women living in local recovery housing. Over half do not have access to transportation to get to work, shopping, attend meetings and medical appointments. Looking for any working bikes that need new homes. Info: 231-270-7873


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 Tues 9a-noon and Thurs 1-4p Salvation Army Cheboygan Food Pantry is open. Cheboygan County Residents can receive a box every 30 days. Must make an appointment. Info: 231-627-9003


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…Healing Through Loss Greif Support meets every second Wednesday of the month 6pm at the Salvation Army Building-Cheboygan. Info: 231-445-1503


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


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


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