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Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive

Now Until December 31st


One of the most significant ways community members can support survivors of domestic abuse and their children is by donating to the Harvest Food and Supply Drive, hosted by Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan.  Donations of grocery and supermarket gift cards, non-perishable foods, household goods, personal care items, and financial contributions will help. The Safe Home provides a secure, caring and supportive place for survivors to heal from the emotional and physical pain of domestic abuse and regain control in their lives.  Donations may be brought to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s main office and Gold Mine Resale Shops in Petoskey or to agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona.  A Safe Home Needs List is available online at  For more information, or to arrange for pick-up of items, call (231) 347-1572.

Festival of Trees to Benefit KAIR

Now Until November 24


This is KAIR's largest fundraiser and helps them to continue providing services to impoverished households in Kalkaska County. Beautifully decorated trees (from 2 feet to 9 feet); featuring an assortment of gifts! Wreaths and many raffle items will also be available. Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing will start on Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. Win a $500 shopping spree or a $100 gas card. Drawing also to be held Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. Located at Northland Plaza (corner M-72 & US 131 in Kalkaska).

Giving Thursday Benefit

Thursday, November 21


With the most recent Giving Thursday Bellaire businesses and their customers raised over $1200 for the Grass River Natural Area. The next Giving Thursday will benefit Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology.  Businesses and individuals that would like to donate and be a part of Giving Thursday events may contact Jamie Creason at

Blood Drive

Friday, November 22


Please donate if you can to the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Manistee United Methodist Church from 11am until 5pm. 387 First Street, Manistee.

Mesick Lions Benefit Soup Luncheon

Saturday, November 23


Navy Vet Bill Witt has been diagnosed with aggressive cancer and the community of Mesick is coming together to help! There will be a benefit auction and bake sale along with the luncheon from Noon until 4pm at the Ellens Community Building. $5 per person/$20 per family. For more info contact Bard at 231 357-1677 or Angela at 231 878-2143.

Helena Township Community Center Events  

Saturday, November 23


On Saturday, November 23RD from 9am-3pm there will be a book sale held in the Library during the TAAG Craft Show. Available items will be: Books, DVDs, VHS, CDs and Puzzles. Other Monthly events include the Antrim Photo Workshops, Books ‘n Brie Book Club, Basketry with Dorothy Walter, Novice Mentored Bridge and much more. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. The community center is at 8751 Helena Rd. in Alden. For more info call 231-331-4318.

Holiday Bazaar

Monday & Tuesday, November 25th and 26th


Come join the Wexford Missaukee ISD for a great pre-holiday shopping experience. Unique gifts made by students will be available for sale. There will also be a food drive. Bring a canned or boxed goods and get a special treat. The bazaar will be from 3p-6p on Monday the 25th  and 8:30a-1pm on Tuesday the 26th. Location: Wexford Missaukee ISD Special Services Gym, 9907 East 13th Street in Cadillac.

Crafting Fun

Monday, November 25


Bring your own craft and hang out with some cool librarians! It’s a perfect time to start those holiday gifts you’ve been procrastinating on. Refreshments provided. In the Community Room at Kingsley Branch Library from 5:00p-6:30p. For more information please call Kingsley Branch Library at (231) 263-5484, visit or follow us on Facebook.

November Happenings/Crawford County Senior Center - Dec. Trip

Various Days & Times


The center has a variety of events throughout the month like a trip to Bronner’s Christmas World on Tuesday, December 3rd. The deadline to register is November 27th. Additional monthly programs include: an Alzheimer’s support group, hearing and foot clinics, legal assistance, help with DHHS support and much more. Located at 308 Lawndale St in Grayling. 989 348-7123. Crawford.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving)

Old Mission

Enjoy this FREE Thanksgiving Dinner at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and good fellowship.  Serving will take place from noon until 2:00 pm.  RSVP not required, but helpful. Take out is available. 231-590-2363. The church is located at 16426 Center Road.

Grateful Gallop 5k Run/Walk

Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving)


Are you looking for an active way to spend your Thanksgiving day while also giving to a great local cause? The Cadillac Grateful Gallop 5K Run & Walk Race will begin at 8:30a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The race proceeds will go to the New Hope Center. New Hope provides housing, food, and other necessities to individuals and families in the Cadillac area who have fallen on hard times.
The race will begin on Linden Street by the high school stadium and end inside on the track. Medals will be awarded to the top runners, walkers, and costumed gallopers. Registration is now open online and is just $20 prior to Thanksgiving, & $25 on race day. Sponsors and Volunteers are both welcomed and greatly appreciated! You can become either by going to the website at! If you would rather not register online, you can also find our printable registration form on the website. Stay up to date on all event information by “liking” the Cadillac Grateful Gallop on Facebook! 

Free Thanksgiving Day Meal

Thursday, November 28, from 1 to 3 pm

Traverse City

No one should have to be alone for the holidays! All are welcome to join Community Meals Program of Traverse City, for their annual Thanksgiving Day Meal. Hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church at the corner of 13th and Maple streets in their downstairs cafeteria. Volunteers are also needed before, during and after the meal. This is a great way to serve your community, and they welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities to come help for an hour or as long as you can! Please see our website volunteer page for details: PHONE: 231-360-7608


Potluck for St. Andrews Day

Friday, November 29 5p-8p

Traverse City

Please come join in for St Andrews Day (the patron of Scotland), an evening of potluck, fun, education, bagpipes and Celtic harps at Grace Episcopal Church! No Scottish ancestry required, bring your friends! Free of charge. Questions? Call Jane @ 231 421 8159.

Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, November 30

Traverse City

Enjoy this benefit fundraiser for Girl Scout Troop 4813 from 4pm to 7pm. The meal includes salad, bread and beverages. There will also be a bake sale for desert and a silent auction. Reserve tickets at Or call Shannon at 231 944-9379. The fundraiser is at the VFW Hall, 3400 Veterans Drive. Proceeds will help the Girl Scouts get to their convention in 2020.  

Holiday Puzzle & Game Sale

Saturday, November 30


The Friends of the Leland Township Library will host a Holiday Puzzle & Game Sale from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Leland Township Library. A wide array of gently used puzzles, games, and children's books will be available at fantastically low prices. Come shop and support a great cause.

For more information, contact Sue Dennis at 616-460-8092.

Annual Wreath Sale for Haiti

Saturday November 30th & December 7th

Traverse City

Beautiful wreaths of freshly cut mixed greens, with white pine cones and red bows, lovingly created by the Grand Traverse District United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Haiti team. Wreaths will be for sale on the front lawn of Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell Rd (Bay Street @ M72W & M22 N). Proceeds will help our young Haitian partners fund projects to help their community of Mizak, Haiti, during this very difficult time in the country of Haiti. Contact:  Jerry Konczal  231-228-5927

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 30


The VFW 4499 Auxiliary is hosting the bazaar from 10am to 3pm. Come join the Holiday fun! Lunch will be available. 1211 28th Street in Manistee.

GLCM Weekly Activities (Nov & Dec)

Various Days & Times

Traverse City

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum offers weekly programs throughout the year including Discover With Me. These are activities that promote toddler education and development. Also, Inter-Active Storytime where kids sit and listen to an interactive story reading followed by a craft or activity! For more information call 231-932-4526 or visit the website GREATLAKESKIDS.ORG

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Lighthouse

December 1st through 7th

Leelanau St. Park
Celebrating the heritage of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse keepers from 1858-1880. Each room in the lighthouse will be Christmas themed, portraying the traditional time period and showcasing the keeper heritages. There will also be storytelling from the lighthouse keeper. In addition, learn about the history of a Christmas Tree ship that sank in Lake Michigan in 1912. 10am - 4 pm each day. $5 per person admittance to lighthouse. A Recreation Passport is required for State Park entry. 231-386-7195.


St. Nicholas Visit

Sunday, December 1


St. Nicholas will visit St. Mary-Hannah School from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., during the Pancake Breakfast.  The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost of the breakfast is by donation.  The event is open to the public and children from the community are invited to attend and visit St. Nick. The school is 13 miles south of Traverse City at 2912 W. M-113, Kingsley.  Contact the parish office at 231-263-5640.

Michigan Blood Drive

Monday, December 4


LifeHouse Assembly of God is hosting this Blood Drive from 12:30-6:30pm.   LifeHouse is located at 1120 W Division St., Cadillac. Did you know that women and girls receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; men and boys receive 47 percent?   To donate please contact Dave Bayer for your appointment time 231-775-7858.

52nd Madrigal Dinner

Thursday & Friday, December 5th and 6th

Traverse City

Don’t miss this tasty and talented evening.  Enjoy humorous entertainment with a message, great music from the Traverse City Central as well as a four-course dinner. $20/person or $140 for a table of 8 are available at the Presbyterian Church office.  Call 231 946-5680. The dinner is at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City.

December Happenings-Crawford Co. Senior Center – (Sing a long)

Various Days & Times


Christmas Carols will be ringing from the walls of the Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:45pm. Come and join in the spirit of the season and sing all your favorite Christmas Carols.  This event is open to the public! Dinner will be served before the concert from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Suggested donation for seniors ages 60+ is $3.50. The cost for those under 60 is $5.75 per person. The Commission on Aging is located at 308 Lawndale Street. If you have any questions, please call the Senior Center at 348-7123.

Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, December 7


This Craft and Vendor Show will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at St. Mary-Hannah School.  A luncheon will be served from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at a cost of $5. Canned food donations will be accepted for the local food pantry.  The school is located at 2912 West M-113, Kingsley or 13 miles south of Traverse City.  Phone 231-263-5288.

Helena Township Community Center Events - December

Various days and times


The community center has many events including on MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH from 1pm-3pm. Learn to make, color, and decorate with marzipan - candy made from almond paste. You must pre-register. Other monthly events include the Antrim Photo Workshops, Books ‘n Brie Book Club, Basketry with Dorothy Walter, Novice Mentored Bridge and much more. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. The community center is at 8751 Helena Rd. in Alden. For more info call 231-331-4318.

The Journey Program

(Various Days/Dates)

TC/Suttons Bay/Frankfort

The Journey Program is a free 10 week group exercise program for cancer patients up to 2 years post treatment. Classes are held quarterly. Pre registration is required and ongoing. Call 231-276-2494 or visit the website at for more information.

Helena Township Community Center Events - Monthly Events

Various days and times


Monthly events include Potluck & Off the Wall Movie Night, the Antrim Photo Workshops, Books ‘n Brie Book Club, Basketry with Dorothy Walter, Novice Mentored Bridge and much more. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. The community center is at 8751 Helena Rd. in Alden. For more info call 231-331-4318.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Fall of 2019

Traverse City

Home Sweet Homebuyer Education, learn all you can before you make the biggest investment of your life! Evening and Saturday workshops are scheduled for Traverse City & Cadillac. In addition, financial fitness workshops are happening in Traverse City, Cadillac & Petoskey.


Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

3963 Three Mile Road     

Traverse City, MI 49686

phone: 231-947-3780


NMCAA – Cadillac

1640 Marty Paul



NMCAA – Petoskey

2240 Mitchell Park Drive, Suite A


Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

1st Sunday of the month

Rainbow of Hope Farm

Breakfast is served from 8am to noon. For a $7.00 dollar donation you get can enjoy Ham, Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Farm Fresh Eggs, Cinnamon Rolls and a drink. Pre-School and younger are free. The farm is on County Line Rd (S. of Kingsley)

All You Can Eat Breakfast

Every Sunday 7-11am

Alba Sportsman’s Club

Eat Local and support local. Proceeds are shared with local community groups including, Alba School Senior Class, Star Township Fire Department, and Antrim County Snowmobile Club. Eggs, pancakes, potatoes, ham and sausage. $4 kids 10 and under and $8 adults. For Seniors (60+) $7. The Alba Sportsman’s Club is at 5225 County Road 620 in Alba. More info at:

Caregiver Support Group

2nd Thursday of Each Month

Green Acres of Cadillac

FREE Monthly Support Group. Sponsored by Hospice of Michigan and Green Acres of Cadillac. Let us support YOU as you support others.  Join us for cake, coffee and conversation.  For more information contact Olivia at 231-775-5300. Address: Green Acres of Cadillac 235 Pearl St. Cadillac, MI 49601 Phone:231-775-5300

Shanty Sessions

Second Wednesday of every month!

Maritime Heritage alliance presents Shanty Sessions with guest host Handy Billy.

13268 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Building #1

Bring an Instrument to play or join in and Sing In this open music session.

Maritime Heritage Alliance is a non-profit seeking to promote and share the  Maritime heritage of the Great Lakes.

Families Against Narcotics Grand Traverse Area Meeting

Grand Traverse Area public forum meeting the first Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Central United Methodist Church on N. Cass in Traverse City.
Combat the epidemic of prescription painkillers and heroin addiction in our communities.
For more info, call 231-633-0763 or email

314 E. Front Street

PO Box 472

Traverse City, MI 49684

PHONE: (231)947-7675