WEEK OF APRIL 23rd
Now-June 30…Aktion Club of Straits Area Services is collecting donations of paper products, laundry soap, dish soap, coloring books & crayons and other items to benefit Brave Hearts Estates retreat for Veterans. Info: 231-627-4319
April 28th…St. Francis High School presents “Beauty & The Beast – The Musical” at Kohler Auditorium-Traverse City.
April 26-29…Traverse City Rotary Show 7:30pm at the State Theatre. Singing, dancing, skits. $15, proceeds benefit local good works. Info:stateandbijou.org
April 26-30…81st National Trout Festival-Kalkaska. Carnival, flea market, parades, live entertainment, horse pull, craft show, bump & run derby, fireworks and more! Info: nationaltroutfestival.com
April 26…Petoskey Bay View Country Club is serving a Pasta Buffet to benefit Br. Dan's Food Pantry 5 to 8 pm featuring the pasta buffet, salad, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Carry out & cash bar are available. Adult: $12 Child (6-11): $8 (5 & under): Free. 2328 Country Club Rd at the corner of Division & US Highway 31 just north of Bay View. For more information 347-2402.
April 28-29…East Jordan Rotary Variety Show at the East Jordan Community Auditorium. 7pm April 28, 9pm April 29. Info: ejchamber.org
April 28…6th Annual Instant Wine Cellar 7-10pm at the Perry Hotel-Petoskey. Music, dancing, snacks, raffle and more! Admission is a ($15 value) bottle of wine or 6 pack of craft beer or $20. Raffle winners take home an "Instant Wine Cellar"! Wine Cellar drawings at 10pm. Info: charemuniteyway.org
April 28-May 20…Old Town Playhouse presents “Spamalot”. Adults $28, under 18 $15. 7:30pm Thurs-Sat, 2pm Sunday April 30 & May 7 & 14. Lovingly ripped off from the classic comedy film, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, this resplendently silly musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest. Info: oldtownplayhouse.com
April 28-29…Northern Michigan Home & Outdoor Show at the Otsego County Sportsplex. Fri 3-7p, Sat 9a-5p. $5 adults, $3 kids. Info: ocsportsplex.com
April 29…6th Annual Fun Walk for Autism Awareness at Veteran’s Memorial Park-Boyne City. Registration 9am, walk at 10a. Registration fee $10. Info: 231-347-9605
April 28… SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER 4:30-7:00pm Bellaire Senior Center 308 #. Cayuga Street Spaghetti, Salad, Bread sticks, and Homemade Dessert!!! Music by Bryan Hardy, 50/50. $7 adult, $4 8 & under. Info: bellairechamber.com
April 29…Pinewood Derby & Pancake Flip at Cheboygan Intermediate School. Registration at 10am. Cars are $4 each and will be available until race day. Info: 231-597-9723
April 29…Annual Celebration for Young Children 11-2p downtown Traverse City. Various retailers and locations offer craft projects, educational opportunities and activities throughout the day. Info: downtowntc.com
April 29…Treetops Spring Challenge “Festival of Races” to support Otsego Memorial Hospital. 10K, 5K & 1 K. 7a Registration. Info: treetops.com
April 29…Annual Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast 7a-1p at the Bellaire Senior Center. $5 audlts, $3 kids 3-10, 2 & under free. Info: bellairechamber.com
WEEK OF APRIL 30
April 30…TC Chocolate Festival – two seatings: 11:30-2p and 2:30-5p at the City Opera House-Traverse City. Everything chocolate, life music, door prizes. Adults $15.50, 12 & under $8.50. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Food Coalition. Info: 231-421-5562
May 2…Spring Fling Fundraiser 5-10 at The Dockside-Bellaire. Support the Grass River Natural Area while enjoying food & drinks. Info: grassriver.org
May 3…Emergency food assistance program food distribution noon-2pm at Black River Full Gospel Church –Cheboygan. Must have Michigan drivers license or state ID card and proof of address. Bring your own box. One per household.
May 4… The Cheboygan Area Business Expo & Taste of the Straits 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion, featuring a variety of local businesses as well as plenty of fun! Enjoy a drink from the beer and wine bar, cooking demos, food samples, and much more! Admission for this event is just $5! Info: cheboygan.com
May 4-6…34th Annual Rivertown Follies present “Follies or Bust” 7:30pm at the Cheboygan Opera House. Thursday all tickets $10, Fri/Sat $12 advance/$13 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Opera House. Info: 231-627-5841
May 5…Downtown Traverse City Art Walk 5pm. Enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music on a self guided tour throughout Downtown Traverse City. Walking maps are available at each participating location and the Downtown Traverse City office. Info: traversecity.com
May 5…Rotary Club of Gaylord “Cinco de Mayo” Auction 5-9pm at the Otsego Club. Live entertainment, dinner, prizes, auction. Tickets $50, includes appetizer, dinner and two drink tickets. Info: gaylordrotary.org
May 6… “Drive 4 Your School” to raise money for the Harbor Springs Baseball Program! Test drive a Ford vehicle of your choice from Brown Motors & Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Harbor Springs Baseball. Brown Motors has also secured a bonus opportunity to earn money – you can do a 2nd test drive in a 2017 Ford Focus for an extra $10! Potential of $8000 for Harbor Baseball! All we need is for you to come test drive vehicles – we aren’t asking for any money from you, just your time!!! 11a-4p at Harbor Springs Baseball Field, 383 Hoyt Street. Contact: Derrick Brown (231) 439-9610
May 6…52nd Anniversary S.S. Cedarville Remembrance bell ringing ceremony 1pm at the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum-Rogers City. Info: 989-734-0706
May 6…Annual Bicycle Auction starting at 9:30a, at the Traverse City Dept. of Public Works on Woodmere. The Traverse City Police Department a total of over 140 bikes. The bikes range from older 10-speeds to high-end mountain and road bikes. In the past, bikes at the auction have gone for as little as $1 to several hundreds of dollars, depending on the type of bike and the condition it’s in. Info: traversecitymi.gov
May 6…Traverse City March for Babies 8a-noon at the Civic Center. Take a 3 mile stroll while raising money for the March of Dimes. Opening ceremony breakfast, pizza party lunch, music, mom2mom sale and family friendly activities. Info: 2231-735-4243
May 6…4th Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run. Run or walk, Northern Michigan's most colorful & magical 5K, being held in Mackinaw City at the Northwestern State Trailhead Pavilion! Bring all your friends and family to run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-basedcornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy a magical "color cloud", where you can Tie-Dye the Sky. $25 pp. Teams of 4 or more receive $5 pp discount. Kids 5 and under can participate for free. Registration 9:00 am- Trailhead Pavilion behind Burger King 5K, 10:00 am- down the North Western State Trail and return. Info: 231-436-5574
May 6…4X4 Mud Run 1-5pm at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds. Spectators $7, drivers $25 per class – 100% pay out. Driver registration begins at 10am, races begin at 1pm. Concession stand, 50/50 and other raffles. All grandstand proceeds benefit the Cheboygan High School Bowling Team. Info: Sylvia 231-625-9128
WEEK OF MAY 7
May 7…Cheboygan County Humane Society Spring Fling 5-11pm at the Eagles Club. Silent auction, dinner, entertainment, and more. $15 person. Info: cheboyganhumanesociety.org
May 7…Women & Wine for Wags Art Show & Fundraiser at the Blue Pelican Inn-Central Lake. Featuring the works of local artisans. $35 per person - price includes Wine & Appetizer Pairings. All proceeds benefit the Animals at the Pet Crisis Center. Info: bellairechamber.com
May 10…Odawa Casino Health & Wellness Fair 1pm-5p. Free community event open to all. Over 50 wellness related vendors all under one roof offering information, samples, basic screenings, and giveaways! Odawa Casino, Petoskey. 231-439-6100.
May 11…”A Night of Stars” Annual Bellaire Chamber Dinner & Auction 5:30-9p at Shanty Creek-Bellaire. Fully catered dinner, cash bar, live & silent auctions, raffles and more. Tickets $39. Proceeds benefit scholarship program and chamber events. Info: bellairechamber.com
May 11…Spring Fling Fundraiser for the Harbor Springs Historial Society, 6pm at the Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club. Appetizers, cash bar, live music, three-course dinner. $40 person, reservations requested. Info: 231-526-9771
May 11-13…Concord Academy High School Musical Production presents “Oaklahoma!” at 7pm at the academy in Boyne City. $10 reserved in advance, general admission $5 at the door. Info: boynechamber.com
May 13…Lids for Kids Bike Helmet Giveaway and Bike Safety Event 10a-noon at F & M Park-Traverse City. Lids for Kids emphasizes the importance of bike-riding safety and gives children the one tool they need to prevent brain injury: a properly fitted helmet. Volunteers are on hand to custom-fit every helmet and 500 free helmets will be given away to participating youth. They can also meet local law enforcement officers and firefighters, tour a fire engine, and test balance bikes (younger children) or try the challenge of the Norte bike obstacle course. Info: traversecity.com
May 13…Annual Father Fred Spring Garage Sale 9a-4p. Furniture, clothing, books, games, sports equipment, artwork, and more! Proceeds benefit neighbors in need. 231-947-2055
WEEK OF MAY 14
May 17…Ride of Silence, a silent slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Riders meet at the Depot parking lot-Traverse City, at 5:30pm, 5 mile ride begins at 6pm. All participants are required to wear helmets. Info: 703-595-8145
May 18-21…National Morel Mushroom Festival – Boyne City.
May 19…OMH Auxiliary Cherry Pink Dinner Dance 6:30-11pm at the Otsego Club-Gaylord. It’s a 70’s Party! Hustle in for 70’s food, and music. Tickets $70 and include appetizers, dinner and dancing. Info: 989-732-4981
May 20…Empire Asparagus Festival. The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with a 5K run, a recipe contest, games, a parade, food and - of all things - an annual oral poetry contest for the best "Ode to Asparagus." Info: empirechamber.com
May 20…Benefit Dinner & Auction for Ava Olson, 9 year old with a rare form of brain cancer. 2-8p at St Francis Gym-Traverse City. Silent auction, food, raffles, bake sale. Info: 231-357-1942
May 20…8th Annual Tails to Trails 5k Fun Run/Walk 9am at the Vasa Pathway-Williamsburg. Admission: Registration is only $20 for individuals and $40 for families through May 12th. May 13th through the day of, event registration will be $25/individuals and $50/families. Proceeds benefit the TART Trails. Info: traversetrails.org
May 20…Mohawks for Munson Noon-4pm at North Peak Brewing Company-Traverse City. Help raise money for the local cancer community. Collect donations and get a Mohawk or a fauz-hawk. Live music, bbq, ice cream, arts & crafts and more. Info: mohawksformunson.com
May 20…West Side MOPS Mom 2 Mom Sale 8:30-12:30pm at West Side Community Church-Traverse City. Great deals on gently used children's clothing, shoes, outerwear, toys, books, movies, outdoor toys, bikes, strollers, cribs, bedding, even maternity items. Entry fee $2. Proceeds benefit the women in our community and support events. Info: traversecity.com
May 20-22…28th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac. Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City.
WEEK OF MAY 21
May 21…62nd Annual NMC BBQ 11a-5pm on the main campus-Traverse City. An old-fashioned picnic with food, live entertainments, games, tours and more. Tickets $6 advance/$8 at the gate. Info: nmc.edu
May 21…Fashion Showcase hosted by Chelsea’s Closet Noon-2pm at the Cheboygan Eagles. Entrance by donation, proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, raffles. Info:231-818-9126
May 21…26th Annual Audie’s Open 2 person scramble at the Mackinaw Club-Mackinaw City. Coffee & donutsa 9:30, shotgun start 10:30. Complimentary beverages & sack lunch; dinner buffet. Helps fund local scholarships. Info: 231-436-5744
May 21…Torch Lake Twp Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast and Car Show 8a-noon at Torchport Airpark-Eastport. This event helps the fireman's fund to buy equipment and such not covered by the township directly. The community gets to meet the fireman, rescue squad, and their families. Info: mancelonachamber.org
May 26…1st Annual Indian River Spring Fling 3-9pm at the Indian River Eagles Club. Craft beer, wine tasting, BBQ, Northern Rods & Rides Car Show, entertainment and more! Info: irchamber.com
May 26…Cherry Capital Comic Con 5-8pm at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. A gathering of comic book creators, exhibitors, and fans. Connect with your favorite creators at a variety of panels. Meet up and coming talent in Artist’s Alley. Find great deals on comics and collectible merchandise. Participate in costume contests, with categories for both adults and children. $5 adults, kids 10 & under free with paid adult, $20 3 day pass. Info:cherrycapitolcomiccon.com
May 26-28…Memorial Weekend Pageant at Fort Michiilimackinac-Mackinaw City. Over 400 cast members will re-create events that took place between the French, British and Indian tribes, on June 2, 1763. Free admission. Info:mackinaw-city.com
May 27…Northern Michigan Hearse Cruise 2:30-5pm in the parking lots next to Stiggs Brewery in Boyne City. Info: boynechamber.com
May 27…Ed Sullivan’s Really Big Show 8-10pm at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. Recreating a 1970 two hour variety show with absolutely no pre-recorded vocals or music. Tribute artists will portray Cher, Roy Orbison, Rod Stewart, and Tom Jones, all backed up by a six person band including two backup singers. $35 reserved seating. Info: boynechamber.com
May 27…2nd Annual Cheboygan Jaycees ORV Poker Run at the Bluffs on Black Lake. Registration at 9am, run begins at 11am. $25 in advance, $30 day of. Cash prizes, door prizes, entertainment. Fund support community events. Info: cheboygan.com
May 27…Top of Michigan Community Marathon, an epic point-to-point marathon route that follows the Little Traverse Wheelway from Charlevoix, through Petoskey and on to the finish line in Harbor Springs. The trail is relatively flat and perfect for getting a qualifying time for other races. In addition to the marathon, there is a 10K run/walk, a half marathon and a team marathon. For more information, call (231) 348-8280 or visit www.trailscouncil.org.
May 27-28…Northport Cars As Art at the Village Arts Building-Nortport. An art exhibit of rare concept car designs by Detroit designers along with 3D models of future car designs. Free. Sat 105p, Sun 10-Noon. Info: northportartsforall.com
May 27-28…Native American Festival – Museum of Ojibwa Culture-St. Igance. Children’s craft workshop, basket making, quill work demo, drum circle, and more. Free. Info: saintignace.org
May 27-28…Annual Open House and Arts & Crafts Show at 40 Mile Lighthouse-Rogers City. 10-4p. Info: 989-734-4587
WEEK OF MAY 28
June 1-4…62nd Mancelona Bass Festival. Carnival, flea market, children's parade, Grand parade, craft show, baseball games, raffle drawing, entertainment, beer tent, kids games, pony rides, chicken barbeque. For more information and complete schedule of events, please visit www.MancelonaBassFest.org
June 1-4…3rd Annual Aldo Leopold Festival throughout the Hessel/Cedarville Area. Birding hikes, workshops, kids activities, picnic, movie & discussion and more. Info: www.aldoleopoldfestival.com
June 2…Summer Open House 5:30-11:30p Downtown Petoskey. Petoskey Steel Drum Band, activities, fashion show, movie in the park, drink tent and more! Info: petoskeydowntown.com
June 16-18…Summer Arts and Craft Show in Washington Park-Cheboygan. 2-8p Friday, 10-4p Sat, 10-3p Sun. Woodworking, painting, photography, handmade jewelry and more! Free admission. Info: cheboygan.com
June 17-18…Wings Over Northern Michigan at the Gaylord Regional Airport. Shockwave jet truck, the Aerostars, the historic B-17, B-25 and C-47 of the Yankee Air Force, Canadian Skyhawks jump team, F-16 and F-18 demo teams and Precision Exotics, a sports-car demonstration team, and more! Info: wingsovernorthernmichigan.org
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.
One in eight women will be affected by Breast Cancer this year. For women ages forty to sixty-four that need help getting routine cancer screenings, District Health Department #10 may be able to help. To see if you qualify, contact your local DHD#10 office or visit www.dhd10.org. Don’t forget to find District Health Department #10 on Facebook, too.”
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 www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
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
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
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. Info:bellairechamber.com
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: thevillagetc.com
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 www.itcmi.org/healthcenters 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