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Week of Oct 20

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. Deadline: Nov 19. Nomination forms available at


Register now to be a bell ringer for your local Salvation Army! Locations and available time slots listed at


Now – Oct 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:


Now -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 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…Soup & Casserole Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. $10 adults, kids 12 & under $5. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info: 231-238-8221


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…Free Fright Night Triple Feature at the Highway 2 Drive-In in Manistique! Gates open at 4pm, trunk or treat at 6, Hotel Transylvania 2 at 7pm, Friday the 13th at 8:45, Driller Killer at 10:30pm. Prizes for best trunk and best costume. Concessions will benefit the Manistique Volunteer Fire Department. Info: 906-341-2133


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…Cheboygan Little League 9-Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament at Spare Time Lanes. Registration at noon, bowling starts at 1pm. $25 person/$100 team, includes buffet. Costume contest for prizes. Info: 231-268-9165


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…Halloween Party 6-8:30pm at the Sportsplex-Gaylord. Open swim, open skate (free skate rentals), face painting, costume contest, bobbing for apples, haunted hallway, bake sale to benefit Gaylord Gators. $7 person/$20 family. Info: 989-731-3546


Oct 26…An Evening of Ghosts, Goblins, Fairies and Elves 6pm at the Elk Rapids District Library. An hour of stories and poetry especially for Halloween and the harvest season. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Info:


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 26…Halloween Country Dance 7pm at the Summit City Grange-Kingsley. Donations accepted. Info: 231-263-4499


Oct 27…Halloween 5K Fun Run/Walk to support the Cedarville 5 & 6th Grade Class. Noon sign up, 1pm start at Les Cheneaux Community School. Participants are encouraged to dress up in Halloween Attire or a costume. Awards will be given out for best dressed. Kids under 12 10$, and 12 and over 20$. Contact Kim Reid with

questions at 906.430.1179.


Oct 27…Fall Festival noon-2pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse. Enjoy apple

bobbing, a leaf labyrinth, scavenger hunt, face painting, craft show, bake sale and book fair, too. Free. Info:


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 30…ROCKtober Costume Bash 6pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center –Petoskey. Taking place in the lower level of the Carnegie Building, The Crooked Underground will present an early Halloween concert of classic and modern rock hits. The basement concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to rock their own fun Halloween costumes, but dressing up is not required for admittance. Info: 231-347-4337


Oct 30-31…Cheboygan High School Drama Club “Haunted Barn” at the Cheboygan County Fairgrounds 5-9:30pm. From 5-7 will be a tamer version for the young ones, but starting at 7:30, only 8th grade and older will be admitted as it will be terrifying. Cost is $3, and you get in for $2 if you bring a non perishable food item.


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…Afton Community Club Halloween Trunk or Treat 4-7:30pm with games, hot dogs & cider, treats and more. Trunk participants needed. Info: 231-238-8803


Oct 31…Indoor Trick or Treating 5:30-7:30pm at MediLodge-Gaylord. Free. Info: 989-732-3508


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:


Oct 31…Community Kids Karnival 6-8pm at Church of Nazarene-Alanson. Bounce house, games, candy, cakewalk, hot dogs and more. Info: 231- 548-5462


November 2019

Nov 1…Country Music Concert, featuring Michigan Musician, Alan Turner as part of Crooked Tree Arts Center's Performing Arts Series. Make it a date night with "Kid's Night Out" activities at CTAC with a night of pizza, art, movies & more! Pre-registration is required. Tickets and more information available at or 231.347.4337


Nov 2…5th Annual City Opera House Gala “Broadway on Front” 8pm at the City Opera House- Traverse City. Live music, live auction, and more. Tickets range $15-$125. Info:


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…32nd Annual Dickens’ Christmas Bazaar 9a-3p at the First Congregational Church-Traverse City. Features local, regional and internatonal artisans displaying their handcrafted creations for those seeking unique gifts and quality decor. In addition, patrons will enjoy live carols, vendor raffle, hot homemade food, baked goods and more. Info:


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 2…29th Iceman Cometh Challenge 29 mile mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City. Info:


Nov 2…Benefit bake sale 9a-2pm at Family Fare-Cheboygan. Proceeds benefit the Veterans Memorial Park Project. Info:


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…Potluck & Off the Wall Movie Night at the Helena Township Community Center-Alden. Dinner 6pm; movie 7pm. Free. Info: 231-331-4318


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


Nov 8…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…Benefit 9-Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament at Spare Time Lanes – Cheboygan. $20 per bowler/$80 per team. Benefits the Veterans Memorial Park Project. Info: 231-445-9168


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…Annual Ski Swap 9a-3p at Traverse City West Middle School. Over 10,000 items, including downhill, cross country, and snowboard equipment, ski racks, ice skates, roller blades, helmets, and race suits will be available for purchase. Info:


Nov 9…Traverse City Children’s Book Festival 10-2p at the City Opera House.  A celebration of children, families, community and literacy. The festival offers a sampling of books for the entire family from a variety of Michigan and national publishers! Local non-profits will be on hand with fun, kid-friendly activities and crafts. Free. Info:


Nov 9…The Great Beerd Run 5K 10am at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. This is an untimed run with on-course beer tastings. The registration fee includes participation in the race, a knitted beard beanie, bottle opener/race medal, three beer samples, admission, and one glass of beer during the post-race party. Enjoy live music too! The race is open to participants 21 and over. 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…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 9…Holiday Gallery Craft Show 8a-4p at the VFW Post-Travere City. Features many one of a kind art pieces and year round and holiday items, including metal and garden art, textiles and weaving, wood turning, soaps, photography, felted items, machine embroidery, stained glass, jewelry, hand sewn home decor, baby items, quilts, baskets, painted items, and more! Info:


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


Nov 16…Ladies Night Out 5-9pm downtown Harbor Springs. Enjoy sales, restaurant specials, live music and more. 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 17…Mancelona Community Craft Show 8a-3p at Mancelona Elementary School. Wide variety of items for sale. Concessions and baked goods available. Proceeds help fund Pathway Community Church's Hands and Feet Camp home improvement projects around our community. New Vendors welcome – Approximately 10x10 space! Call Michele @ 231-350-6367.


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 22-24…Charlevoix Performing Arts presents “The Wizard of OZ” at Charlevoix High/Middle School. Showtimes 7pm Fri/Sat; 2p Sunday. $10 adults, $5 seniors/students. Info:


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


Nov 23…Book Sale 9a-3p at the Helena Township Community Center. Books, DVDs, VHS, CDs and puzzles. Info: 231-331-4318


Nov 24…9th Annual Holiday Craft & Gift Show 11-5pm at Odawa Casino-Petoskey. Free admission. Info:


Nov 28…Turkey Trot 9am Veteran Park-Boyne City. 5K run and 1-mile fun run. Info:


Nov 28…Turkey Leg 5K Run/Walk 9am Zorn Park-Harbor Springs. Info:


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:



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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