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Grow Benzie - Benzie Bayou Fundraiser

Friday, July 30th

Elberta Amphitheater

The fundraiser features Blues & Zydeco from 4pm to 11:30pm. All proceeds benefit Grow Benzie community center, youth and partner programs. Pre-sale tickets: $25 General admission: $30. Bring your blankets for the grassy amphitheater. For more info: GrowBenzie.org

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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons - 13th Annual Bocce Tournament

Saturday, July 31st

Traverse City

On Saturday July 31 from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm The Village at Grand Traverse Commons will come alive with bocce and plenty of Italian culture for the thirteenth annual Bocce Tournament! Players are invited to form a team of four or to sign up individually to join other single players. The tournament will start at 10:30 am. There will be a break for a picnic-style lunch (please bring your own food and beverages this year), accompanied by Italian music and historic Building 50 as the backdrop. The cost to participate is $15/person or $60/team. The top three teams win a variety prizes, and the tournament champion team will get their name engraved on the Bocce Cup. Teams or single players can register online at http://tiny.cc/XIIIBocce or by visiting/calling the Minervini Group office at 830 Cottageview Drive, Suite 1011 (above Trattoria Stella), 231-941-1900 ext. 118. Whose team name will be the next added to the coveted Bocce Cup? Interested players should register soon, as team pairings are limited.

St. Mary School - Music by the Lake

Saturday, July 31st

Lake Leelanau

Everyone is welcome to this community event! Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A free will donation will be accepted. Enjoy the music from 6p to 9pm by the lake at St. Mary School.

GT County Parks & Rec - The Archipelago Project

Saturday, July 31st

The Senior Center in TC

The audience will be delighted at the roughly 30-piece ensemble

playing everything from New Orleans jazz to classical music.

The Archipelago Project is a non-profit music education organization dedicated to advocating musical arts through performance, residency, and consultation. Archipelago’s mission is to connect, educate, and inspire audiences from diverse ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic populations. The organization is comprised of highly trained musicians, teachers, and artists from the United States and the world. Archipelago immerses audiences in diverse programming that spans musical styles from around the globe. All are welcomed to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free concert on the beach. If it rains, the concert will be rescheduled for the following day, Sunday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.. For more information call 231-922-4911 or email

mgoetz@gtcountymi.gov

Crawford County Commission on Aging – August 2021

Monthly Programs

August

Grayling

This month’s programs include a walk in the woods, a footcare clinic, table games, ballet basics, a hog roast luncheon and more. And the commission is pleased to announce congregate dinner meals are back! Contact: 989 348-7123 crawfordcoa.org

Rainbow of Hope Farm - Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, August 1st

Kingsley

Menu items including ham, biscuits with sausage gravy and much more. Breakfast is served from 8am to noon. All proceeds provide funding for resident community activities. The breakfast will now take place on a monthly basis the first Sunday of the month. Suggested donation: Adults $10, Children $7, free for preschoolers. For more: rainbowofhopefarm.weebly.com 231 263-4673 1951 County Line Road. 7 miles south of Kingsley.

Lifehouse Assembly of God – Versiti Blood Drive

Monday, August 2nd

Cadillac

Did you know that each day 43,000 units of donated blood are used in the US and Canada?  This important drive is from 12:30-7:30pm.   LifeHouse is located at 1120 W Division St., Cadillac.  To donate please contact Dave Bayer for your appointment time 231-775-7858.

American Legion Post 531 - Classic Car & Truck Show

Saturday, August 7th

Copemish

Enjoy the Car Show, Team Cornhole Tourney, and Dance! Registration 8AM to 10AM, $10 Entry Fee, Judging 10 AM to 1PM. The parade is at 1pm. Awards given out at 2pm. The cornhole tourney registration begins at 2pm. All proceeds to help the Post with their community programs and area veterans and their families.

Vehicles who participate in the Copemish Heritage Parade will be honored with 3 points. Parade is at 1PM in Copemish.

Awards will be given out at 2PM

1st Place $100.00 Gas Card, 2nd Place $50 Gas Card, 3rd Place $25 Gas Card.

**Cornhole Team Tournament

Registration Starts at 2PM, $20 per Team, Prizes for the top three teams!

**Get Your Dancin’ Shoes and Rock the Night Away at the Legion!

DJ playing your dance favorites from 7PM to 9PM!

Rock out to FRAGILE HAMMER from 9PM TO 11PM!

$5 Cover.

CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL EVENTS!

For info call 231-970-9068 or 231-944-0221. Post located at 18483 Cadillac Hwy., Copemish, MI 49625.

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/americanleagionpost531

The Antique & Classic Boat Society - Annual Boats on the Boardwalk

Saturday, August 7th

Traverse City

Set along the tree-lined boardwalk of the Boardman River, just steps from Front Street, vintage wood and fiberglass boats, many of which were built in Michigan, will be displayed for the free daylong event. Boats by manufacturers such as Aero Craft, Century, Chris Craft, Dodge Watercar, Gar Wood, and Hacker-Craft, among many others, may be available for viewing. Spectators of all ages will appreciate the craftsmanship, quality, and variety of boats that will be displayed both along the boardwalk and on land, and will be encouraged to submit their vote for the People’s Choice Award. Twenty awards in all, including Best Owner Restored, Best Original/Preserved, Junior Craftsman Award (awarded to a young person), and Best Pre-War Runabout, will be presented at 3:00pm.

More than 40 boats are expected to be exhibited. Spectators may view the boats, chat with the owners and visit several nautical vendors that will be on site.

Following the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to the pandemic and high water levels that covered the boardwalk, The Water Wonderland Chapter and the boat owners are looking forward to bringing this annual celebration back to Traverse City.

Boats on the Boardwalk is generously supported by Hagerty Insurance of Traverse City.

Boat owners who are interested in participating can contact Amanda VanderWeele at 616.970.3639 or email ajweeles@me.com with questions, or register at http://wwcacbs.org/event/boats-on-the-boardwalk-boat-show/

Western Michigan Old Engine Club - 47th Annual Old Engine & Tractor Show

August 5th through the 8th

Scottville

Gates open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm Sunday 9 am to 2pm at Scottville Riverside Park. Enjoy displays and Tractor Parades Daily at 12:30 PM. There will be daily tractor pulls, and Saturday is Kids Day complete with a garden tractor pull. Enjoy fun for the whole family.

For more:  oldengineclub.org

700 South Scottville Rd in Scottville.

HOPE Lives in Northern Michigan - Pitches for Prevention

Sunday, August 8th

Turtle Creek Stadium

Join us at the ball field for an evening of inspiration and awareness as part of HOPE Lives in Northern Michigan’s Movement to Inspire Action for Suicide Prevention/Intervention, Aftercare Support Programs, & Mental Health Awareness. 

Date: Sunday, August 8th, 2021

Game time: 5:05pm

Promo Code: HOPE

BUY YOUR TICKETS: https://bit.ly/PitchesForPrevention-Tix-21

Use promo code HOPE when purchasing your tickets and a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to local nonprofits who are providing HOPE through Suicide Prevention/Intervention services, Aftercare Support Programs, and Mental Health Awareness.

Every dollar will STAY LOCAL! 

Here's how you can help inspire HOPE:

• Order your tickets today

• Join us at the stadium for an inspiring evening overflowing with HOPE

• Share this event with your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors

 

Munson Health – Bariatric Surgery Seminar

August 9th

Streaming online

Surgical Weight Loss Benefits Detailed Free Virtual Seminar

Bariatric surgery education streams Aug. 9 throughout northern Michigan

Northern Michigan residents considering bariatric surgery are invited to attend a free virtual informational seminar on Monday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Michael Nizzi, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., medical director of Munson Medical Center’s Bariatric Program, will discuss surgical options and explain how patients may qualify. Dr. Nizzi and Bariatric Nurse Practitioner Wendy Whitfield, F.N.P., B.C., will also address the ways a lifestyle change including bariatric surgery can reduce or eliminate heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and other obesity symptoms.

There is no charge to attend the virtual meeting. However, registration is required. Register online at munsonhealthcare.org/bariatrics. The URL link to access the virtual meeting will be provided to registrants via email in advance of the seminar date.

A bariatric surgery and aftercare support group meeting will take place on August 30 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. This virtual meeting is open to those patients who have attended a Munson Healthcare virtual educational seminar. Registration is at munsonhealthcare.org/bariatrics.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of unnecessary death in the United States and one of the main co-morbidities that can lead to severe COVID-19. While bariatric procedures are not for everyone, surgical weight loss is dramatically improving the lives of people who commit to life-long changes in diet and exercise.

Inland Seas Education Association – Nautical Flea Market 

Saturday, August 14th

Suttons Bay

If you are getting into boating, need to replace an item, or just love to be around boat “stuff,” this event is the place to go. Items for sale include boat hardware, anchors, life jackets, dinghies, downriggers, miscellaneous fishing gear, outboard motors, maps/charts, books, and much MORE! Donated boats will be on display for purchase. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser support Inland Seas Education Association. The flea market is from 10am to 2pm.

Visit https://schoolship.org/news-events/nautical-flea-market-boat-sales/ for more information.

Houghton Lake Historical Society - Village Days

Saturday & Sunday, August 14th & 15th

Prudenville

The Village comes alive with costumed characters all through the village depicting life in the 1800 Northern Michigan logging town. There will be blacksmith demonstrations, candle making, archery, knife throwing, log cutting demos, tour guides throughout, music and entertainment all day. Family interactive fun for all ages, kid’s games something for all ages. Food concessions available. Just a $5 donation per person will get you a badge and give you entrance all weekend. There is a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. For More Information:  Ronda, Historical Society President/989-443-1130.

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce - Rubber Ducky Festival

August 16th through the 21st

Downtown Bellaire

Enjoy food, fun and music for all! There will also be fine arts and crafts, kid’s movies, games, a parade and of course the rubber ducky race. For more info: bellairechamber.org

231 533-6023

Journey Church - Free back packs & school supplies

When: Thursday, August 19th

Where: Traverse City

Free back packs, school supplies, haircuts and back to school photos are available in a block party environment for kids and teens in the community who can't afford back to school supplies. There will also be free food, live music and more. The event will be from 6-8pm, with an afterparty for teens from 8-10pm. At the Journey Church 2825 South Airport Rd, Traverse City MI 49685.

Here is a link to the event:

https://www.tcjourney.org/back-to-school-block-party

A facebook page link:
https://fb.me/e/1wkwkPF1Y

Annual Joe Schmidt Memorial Though-man Scramble - Golf Outing

Sunday, September 12th

Crystal Lake Golf

All proceeds from the event will go to the S& S Foundation, where half of the money is donated to leukemia research and the other half is donated to people in our community diagnosed with cancer. This is a 9 hole event with shotgun start at 10am. Lunch and dinner will be served with prizes and awards for golfers. This is a 9 hole event. Get your team together and sign up today! Call 231 882-4061. Crystal Lake Golf 8493 Fairway Drive in Beulah.

Alden District Library – Children’s Activities

Various Dates/Times

Helena Twp Community Center

Painted Stones by Gerry Thibert:  AUGUST 2nd-30th at Alden Library. Come see the beautifully painted stones for home or garden on display here through the month of August. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. Children’s Activities – Session #7 of a 7-week series: THURSDAY, AUGUST 5th, 10 AM - 11AM, Free of Charge.

Kids’ Crafts: (for ages 6-12) make your own Wind Chimes.

Preschool Story Hour: Come listen to “A Parade of Elephants” by Kevin Henkes and enjoy a physical activity. Sponsored by Alden District  Library and Friends. Held at Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. 

Book Sale: FRIDAY & SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th & 7th, 10AM-4PM, at the Helena Twp. Community Center, Alden. Available items: Books, DVDs, Music CDs. Sponsored by Friends of the Alden District Library, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318.

 

Oliver Art Center – Annual Fundraising Event

Ongoing

Virtually

Oliver Art Center's annual fundraising event is headed online for a second year and is geared towards everyone. This year's event is called Oliver Art Center's 30/30 Challenge and they are challenging the community to be creative for 30 minutes a day for 30 days. During the entire month of August, OAC wants people to engage in some form of art: visual arts, performing arts, martial arts, wellness arts, and much more. Registrations are now on sale for kids, adults, families, and even businesses to participate! Starting August 1, each registrant will track their creative endeavors on a calendar. If people miss a day, they can make it up by doing an hour on another day. At the end of each full week, participants are encouraged to email a photo of their completed week to OAC to be included in drawings for door prizes. At the end of the month, finishers can turn in their completed log for a change to win a grand prize. "This challenge is for everyone because art is for everyone! What I love about this fundraiser is that you don't have to be an artist to participate - wellness arts includes running, yoga, sailing. Decorative arts include knitting, crochet, quilting. Even reading (literary arts) and building sand castles (sculpture) count! We are really hoping to not only generate some funds as this is our annual fundraiser, but we are hoping to do some 'friend-raising' too!" says Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director. "We really miss our in person events and will be continuing them soon, but this year's fundraiser will be a great way to bring attention to our community art center and its programming and to increase the population we serve." Registration runs from $10 for kids, $25 for individual adults; $75 for a family of four and $125 for a business. More information and registration can be found at: http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org/2021-events

Central Lake Amvets - Sunday Breakfast

1st Sunday each month

Central Lake

Come one, come all for breakfast where the proceeds from the breakfasts help maintain the Veterans Center. Head to the Veterans Center, next to the BP ,at 1840 S. Main Street, Central Lake, MI to get your fill of breakfast and friends on the first Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to Noon.  Breakfast consists of Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Hash Browns, Toast, Coffee, and Juice.  Prices are:

-$9 per plate.

-$16 per couple.

-$22 for families of 3.

-Kids 5 and under eat free.

No need for reservations.  Bring a friend, your family, and even better bring a veteran and join us.  You can read more about this monthly event, how to join the Amvets, how to be a part of the Central Lake Friends of the Veterans Center, and learn what we do in the community by visiting our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/centrallakeamvets or https://www.facebook.com/CentralLakeFriendsOfTheVeteransCenter

The Cadillac Area YMCA - Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer of 2021

Cadillac

The Cadillac Area Y is still accepting registrations for these programs. To sign up visit www.cadillacareaymca.org. They are also hiring for some positions. Information on joining the staff team can be found here www.cadillacareaymca.org. Local YMCA locations throughout Michigan have joined together to deliver a coordinated program to support children, families, and schools while they recover from the pandemic and prepare for a successful return to the school year.

Inland Seas Education Association - Sailing Events

Various Days & Times

Suttons Bay

Enjoy a wonderful adventure sailing during special events throughout the summer and into the fall. Special sails include the Great Lakes Discovery Sail, Fishes of Lake Michigan, night sails and more. Inland Seas Education Association. 100 Dame St #218, Suttons Bay, MI 49682

Sailing Events:

Great Lakes Discovery Sail

Dates: August 18 to August 27

What’s in the Great Lakes Food Web? 

Dates: August 18, 4-6 pm 

Fishes of Lake Michigan

Date: August 19, 10 am-12 pm

Great Lakes Under the Microscope  

Dates: August 25, 10 am-12 pm

Steady the Ship

Dates: August 26, 10 am-12 pm

Night Sail 

Dates: September 9 and 10, 8-10 pm

       October 7,8,&9, 7-9 pm

Fall Color Sail 

Dates:   October 9, 12-2 pm

            October 9, 3-5 pm

            October 10, 1-3 pm

Contact Information:

Visit fareharbor.com/schoolship for an up-to-date schedule and to buy tickets!

More information available at https://schoolship.org/

Alden District Library - Children’s Activities

Various Dates/Times

Helena Twp Community Center

Children’s Activities – Session #3 of a 7 week series: THURSDAY, JULY 8th, 10 AM - 11AM, Free of Charge. Kids’ Crafts: (for ages 6-12) make a glow in the dark Firefly Jar.

Preschool Story Hour: Come listen to “The Lion & The Mouse” by Jerry Pinkney [Aesop Fable]; and make a craft. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. Held at Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. 

Children’s Activities – Session #4 of a 7 week series: THURSDAY, JULY 15th, 10 AM - 11AM, Free of Charge. Kids’ Crafts: (for ages 6-12) Kirigami Water Blossoms.

Preschool Story Hour: Come listen to “Have You Seen My Dragon?” by Steve Light; and make a craft. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. Held at Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. 

Children’s Activities – Session #5 of a 7 week series: THURSDAY, JULY 22nd, 10 AM - 11AM, Free of Charge. Kids’ Crafts: (for ages 6-12) Mirror-Image Plant Prints.

Preschool Story Hour: Come listen to ”Anansi The Spider” by Gerald McDermott [Ghanaian Ashanti tale]; and make a craft. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. Held at Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. 

Children’s Activities – Session #6 of a 7 week series: THURSDAY, JULY 29th, 10 AM - 11AM, Free of Charge. Kids’ Crafts: (for ages 6-12) Fish Kites.

Preschool Story Hour: Come listen to ”Click, Clack, Good Night” by Doreen Cronin; and make a craft. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. Held at Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. 

Children’s Activities – Session #7 of a 7 week series: THURSDAY, AUGUST 5th, 10 AM - 11AM, Free of Charge. Kids’ Crafts: (for ages 6-12) make your own Wind Chimes.

Preschool Story Hour: Come listen to “A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes” and make a craft. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. Held at Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318. 

The Alzheimer’s Association - Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, October 2nd

TC

Register now! The walk will be at the Open Space. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Michigan alone, there are more than 190,000 people living with the disease and 463,000 caregivers. To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: alz.org/walk

Grand Traverse Conservation District - Saturday Series Events

Various Days & Times

Boardman River Nature Center

The Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) will host FREE “Saturday Series” guided walks on select Saturdays throughout the year where participants can learn about environmental topics and various projects on GTCD’s managed parklands. All walks will take place on the Natural Education Reserve and will begin at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Rd, Traverse City. Registration is required, please visit www.natureiscalling.org/events to sign-up.

Dates and Topics:

Saturday, July 17th at 10am: History of the Parklands Program + The Boardman River Project - Take a walk on the Natural Education Reserve with Steve Largent, Boardman River Program Coordinator, while learning about the history of the parklands program at GTCD and the Boardman River Project.

Saturday, August 14th at 10am: Agriculture and Watersheds, Natural Resources, and Climates - Take a walk on the Natural Education Reserve with Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Technician Lauren Silver while learning about agriculture and its relationship with watersheds, natural resources, and climate.

Saturday, September 11th at 10am: Michigan Wilderness Walk - Take a walk on the Natural Education Reserve with Education Specialist Rachel Straughen while learning about the natural world here in Northern Michigan.

Saturday, October 23rd at 10am: Fall Native Plant & Wildlife Hike - Take a walk on the Natural Education Reserve with Invasive Species Network Outreach Specialist Emily Cook while learning about native plants and wildlife in autumn, plus a seed saving demonstration in the Nature Center gardens.

Zion Lutheran Church - Summer Concert Series

June, July & August

Cadillac  

The concert series includes different styles and varieties of Christian music, barbershop, traditional gospel, gospel country, blue grass and more. Zion Lutheran Church, 350 Pearl Street, Cadillac. Concerts start at 6pm. 231 775-9821. cadillaczion.org

Dennos Museum Center - Summer Exhibitions

Going on now

Traverse City

The museum will open five exhibitions this summer to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Opened in 1991, the museum has hosted hundreds of exhibitions for northwest lower Michigan families, visitors, and tourists. From large-scale landscapes of Venice, Italy to more than 50 artworks drawn from the Kalamazoo Institute of Art’s permanent collection of African American artists, there’s something for everyone to explore with friends and family at the Dennos this summer. 

Exhibitions

Resilience: African American Artists As Agents Of Change

Scheduled For June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

Resilience: African American Artists as Agents of Change presents outstanding works of art by artists who have enlightened and uplifted America in countless ways. The exhibition honors aspects of African American history and culture and its contributions to all of America, highlighting a select group of artists who use art as an indispensable tool for social commentary and change.

Rufus Snoddy: Disappearing Man

Scheduled For June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

The Disappearing Man work presents itself as a symbolic clarion call. It evokes a personal narrative of concern for future human existence. I utilize an array of generic, wide-eyed, naïve appearing, repetitive portraits of man. Like artists from the past, I am reflecting a contemporary narrative of social and cultural concern. - Rufus Snoddy

The Museum Store will feature artworks for sale by Rufus Snoddy while the artist is on exhibit. 

Russell Prather: And The Heart Is Pleased By One Thing After Another

Scheduled For June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

Russell Prather makes visually volatile renderings of simple forms and ordinary objects from layers of transparent and translucent media. He creates these layers using both additive and subtractive methods: painting tinted acrylic medium onto sheets of transparent polyester film, or cutting out shapes from sheets of insect screening other materials. He then aligns these layers on metal rods and suspends them from the ceiling, or stretches them on aluminum screen frames that he mounts on light boxes that sit on the floor.

Tom Parish: An American In Venice

Scheduled For June 6, 2021 — August 15, 2021

Tom Parish (American, 1933 - 2018) committed his life to painting the essence of Venice. Inspired by shimmering canals and architectural beauty of Italy's Serenissima ​(the old serene one), his stylized realist paintings are constructed from blocks of sturdy modernist color. The shimmer of rolling water, depths of captivating linear vistas and the classicism of craft are elements moored to the heart of Parish's timeless imagery.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

Scheduled for July 3, 2021 — August 15, 2021

 When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.

Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith. Content development was led by Harry Rubenstein, Curator Emeritus in the Division of Political History at the National Museum of American History.

KAIR of Kalkaska - Community Meal Program

Weekly

Kalkaska

Currently, KAIR serves 450-550 people each month with hot nutritional meals. The free community meal program is Mondays and Wednesdays each week from 11 am to 1 pm. KAIR will also be fighting food insecurity in Kalkaska County through the “Simply Give” hunger relief program. KAIR food pantry will benefit from donations cards purchased at the Acme Meijer now through July 3rd. In addition, Meijer will double match any cards purchased on Saturday, June 19th!  

Traverse City Light & Power - Emergency Assistance Program

Ongoing

Traverse City

Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program was launched on March 15, 2021.  This is a new program providing rent and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now accepting applications. The program covers up to 12 months of rental assistance along with utility assistance for tenant supplied electricity, home heating (any type of fuel), water, sewer, trash (if billed along with another utility) and home internet. The CERA program is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will serve as the administer. To learn more about Michigan’s COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CERA) and to apply, visit the CERA website at www.michigan.gov/cera. Customers can also reach out to the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency at (844) 900-0500 or via email at prevention@nmcaa.net.

MSU Extension - Ask the extension

Ongoing

Online

Do you have a question that is bugging you? About a bug? A plant? Have a question about gardening? Food safety? Mental health? Zoning? Parenting? Nutrition? Michigan State University Extension offers an online / email service to help you find answers and solutions to problems that you may encounter. For nearly any subject Ask Extension offers one-to-one expert answers from MSU Extension experts and Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers within participating Land-Grant institutions from across the United States. Visit canr.msu.edu/outreach/ and Ask Extension!Questions are typically answered within a day or two of receipt.

West Shore Community College - Summer & Fall Semester Registration

Ongoing

Scottville

This registration is for first-time and guest students. The summer semester is from June 7th through July 30th. Fall semester runs August 30th until December 17th. Students who register early have the best selection of courses. For more info: Westshore.edu

or call (231)843-5917.

MSU Extension – Caregivers Workshop

Various Days in April, May & June

Online

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, evidenced based workshop. The curriculum helps caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

 The benefits of Caregivers getting together:

 Research has shown that participating in a caregiver support    group results in very real benefits that can significantly improve their quality of life. These benefits include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged

  • Gained a sense of empowerment and control

  • Improved coping skills

  • Reduced distress, depression, or anxiety

  • Developed a clearer understanding of what to expect of the situation

 

Please join MSU Extension for, Powerful Tools for Caregivers. These workshops are open to anyone in a caregiver role. Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Attending the series is free. Your choice of two different series beginning in April.

Wednesdays: April 28 – June 2, 2021

https://events.anr.msu.edu/PTCApril28PDaniels/

 

Area Agency on Aging of NW Michigan - Vaccination Hotline

Ongoing

NW Michigan

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan and United Way of Northwest Michigan announce a hotline for Seniors seeking COVID-19 Vaccination. Anyone over the age of 65 in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford Counties is encouraged to call 231-715-5557 to be placed on a list for further information and eventual scheduling of COVID-19 vaccine administration. When administration of the vaccine is scheduled for their area, individuals will receive notification to sign up for a time or will be contacted to schedule their visit. Callers will be asked for their name, age, email address if available, phone number, address, county and if they have access to transportation to get to a vaccination site within 30 miles. Those without transportation or who are homebound are strongly encouraged to call 231-715-5557 so we can mobilize community strategies to ensure these individuals have access to the vaccine too. If you are seeking further information on the COVID 19 vaccination please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus or call the Michigan COVID 19 Hotline at 888-535-6136.

Missaukee County 4-H - Making Crafts from Recycled Products

Ongoing

Online

Missaukee County youth have the opportunity to create eight crafts using household recyclables and supplies from the Practical Recyclables Crafting Kit, the product of a partnership between Missaukee County 4-H and Missaukee Conservation District. Activities include creating a zippered pencil holder, a colorful soy candle, a native bee nest and a travel game. Each kit will contain for each of the 8 crafts, as well as detailed written instructions. In addition, participants can choose to watch instructional videos and post pictures of their completed projects on a private message board to compare with others. There is no cost for participation, however registration is required at https://events.anr.msu.edu/PracticalRecyclingKit/ During registration, participants can choose whether to pick up the kit at the Lake City office or have it shipped directly to their home for $9.50. Youth interested in participating in these or other 4-H clubs and programs should contact Sigler at 231-920-7748 or siglerbr@msu.edu.  To learn more about other 4-H programs offered to Missaukee County youth, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Missaukee4H. The Missaukee Conservation District offers K-12 educational resources for teaching about the environment and natural resources. If you are interested in learning more about their educational opportunities contact Andrea Mayer at 231-839-7193 or andrea.mayer@macd.org

MSU Extension/Child and Youth Development - Adulting 101 Spring Series

Various Dates in May

Online

High school youth will learn some important skills to be successful as an adult. This webinar series includes: resume writing, public speaking, and information about renting. Youth will learn practical skills that can used in everyday life.  These free, online webinars will be held on May 5, 12, and 19  from 4:00 -5:00 p.m.   Register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/adulting101spring/

For more information contact Michelle Neff, Educator in Children and Youth Development, Michigan State University Extension, hydemich@msu.edu, 989-429-2359

Leelanau County Solid Waste Council - Collection Events

September & October

Various Locations

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) / Electronics &

Document Shredding Collections:

1. Saturday, May 22 at Leelanau County Government Center (8 am – 1:30 pm)

2. Saturday, June 26 at Glen Lake School (8 am – 1:30 pm)

3. MONDAY, September 13th at Peshawbestown (Noon – to 5:30 pm)

4. Saturday, October 16 at Elmwood Township (8 am – 1:30 pm)

NEW THIS YEAR! We will accept:

 Ammunition

 Christmas lights

 Refrigerant items such as window air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, (limit 2 per

appointment. Large refrigerants such as freezers and refrigerators are NOT

accepted).

 Gasoline Powered Devices such as weed whips or lawn edgers (Riding mowers or

tractors are NOT accepted).

Scrap Tire Collection:

1. Friday, June 25 – SCRAP TIRE COLLECTION at Glen Lake School

(1pm ‐ 5:30 pm) – This is the ONLY tire collection for 2021 so make your

appointment early. $1.00 per tire– must be paid prior to June 25. Nonrefundable.

No oversized tires. Rims are acceptable.

Appointments are ALWAYS REQUIRED for every collection. Appointment Slots are

limited. Call: Leelanau County Planning at (231) 256‐9812 or email

planning@leelanau.gov for an appointment time.

Collections are for Leelanau County Households ONLY. Costs for these collections are covered under P.A. 69 of 2005 – a charge

placed on Winter Tax Bills.

NMC’s College for Kids - Summer Learning Program

June & August

Traverse City

When schools break for summer, NMC's College for Kids program steps up to engage students in fun, experiential learning all summer long. Passionate and experienced instructors provide a safe and exciting learning environment following NMC’s safety protocols; space is limited to 10 students per class. Introduce your child to a delightful adventure in art, science, technology, engineering, art, theatre, dance and much more at nmc.edu/kids. Children entering grades 3-12 will enjoy the interactive, informative and fun learning adventures taking place this year. One week classes are offered in the morning or afternoon June 21 through August 20. There are also full-day options in select weeks throughout the summer. New and returning classes dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) include: Third Grade Academy: Animal Research Lab (special full-day course for students entering third grade in the fall of 2021), Clay Works for Kids (grades 3-6), Skills for the Backcountry (grades 3-6), Italian Mosaic Tile Art (grades 6-8), All Aboard the Hogwarts Express (grades 4-6), Writing and Publishing: Finding Your Voice (grades 5-8), and Jumpstart to College Planning (grades 9-11). Most classes start at $125 and thanks to generous donors, partial financial assistance for face to face classes is available for those who qualify.

There are 35 new classes this summer. Students in grades 6-8 can learn a new art skill and create artworks worthy to hang in their homes from local Leelanau artist Adam Phillip Begeley, in the Italian Mosaic Tile Art class. VEX IQ Robotics, taught by our local partner Quarkmine, is a full-day action packed camp for beginners and experienced builders in grades 4-8 and includes a custom robotics kit. Other full-day programming includes STEM, LEGO, and Art camps for grades 3-6.

To register or to learn more about College for Kids, visit nmc.edu/kids or call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700.

NW Michigan Community Action Agency - Winter Workshops

Various Dates/Times

Online

Money Management, Foreclosure Prevention and Homebuyer Education Workshops are all available virtually. You must register for each program. Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from achieving your goals. nmcaa.net/calendar.asp ehomeamerica.org/nmcaa

800 632-7334

231 947-3780

Hospice of Michigan - Counseling Services & More

Ongoing

Community Wide

Right now, the need for spiritual and emotional care in hospice - and in our community - is greater than ever. Let Hospice of Michigan be the bridge to guide you on this journey. Visit hom dot org to learn how you can join a virtual grief support group or call today to ask for additional resources.

 

Disability Network - Virtual Events

Throughout December

Online

Peer support is one of the core services at Disability Network. Who better knows the issues that individuals face than another person with a disability. The network works to support engagement and relationship building as peer groups help prevent social isolation by connecting with others during the pandemic. Visit online at disabilitynetwork.org/events/ for event and registration details.

Peer Support Virtual New Year’s Eve Party

Thursday, December 31, 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Let us welcome in the New Year with some of the most popular events from this year of Digital Peer Support Programs.

Trinity Lutheran Church - Food Pantry

Thursday’s from 9am to Noon

Maple & 13th Street in Traverse City

Food is available for those in need in our community. Recipients may visit the pantry once each 30 days. A valid photo ID is required. The food pantry also appreciates donations of food and money to help feed the needy. Drop off donations at the church office during the week, or at the pantry on weekends. For more: tctrinity.org

NW Mich Community Action Agency - Tax - Volunteer Tax Preparers

Flexible Hours

Various Locations

Help Northern Michigan families keep more money in their pockets with free tax prep and the credits they deserve. All training is provided. For more: 632-7334 or email:

mhavenga@nmcaa.net

KAIR of Kalkaska - Community Meal Program

Monday & Wednesday

Kalkaska

Meals are served each week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Located at 107 West 3rd Street by the kalkaska post office. kalkaskaKAIRS.com

Northern Lakes Community Church - Food Assistance

Until Further Notice

At the Church on Herkner Rd

Bins are located outside the church with dry goods, paper products and handmade face masks for anyone in need. Please sanitize anything you take when you get home. The church is at 5444 Herkner Rd near TC West High School. If you would like to help in this effort please feel free to donate by placing your contributions in the correct bin. For more info: 231 935-4556.

Michigan Area Agency on Aging - Resident Assistance

Currently

Northern Michigan 10 County Service Area

County residents over the age of 60 in need of assistance can request meals, home delivery and other services through the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. Family members who live far away from aging parents/relatives with the state may also request a checkup, delivery, meal or reassurance through these services. Call 231 947-8920 for more info.

Father Fred Foundation - Food/Financial Assistance

Tuesday/Wednesday & Thursday

The Foundation on Hastings St in TC

The foundation wants to remind residents they are still available to help with food and other emergencies you may have in these challenging times. All intakes are done by phone so please call ahead. Please call when you arrive at the foundation to receive assistance. The foundation number is 231 947-2055. Hours of assistance are Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm. Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm.