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Grass River Natural Area - Monthly Programs

Various Dates/Times


Grass River Natural Area’s seven miles of walking trails are open from dawn to dusk daily. The Grass River Center is open weekends from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm through April. In May, the center will expand its hours to 7 days a week from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. More information and registration opportunities are available at Upcoming activities include: A Spring Bird Walk, a Blooms & Birds Wildflower Walk and many more events for Earth Day Week!

Traverse City Light & Power - Emergency Assistance Program


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 Customers can also reach out to the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency at (844) 900-0500 or via email at

MSU Extension - Ask the extension



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 and Ask Extension!Questions are typically answered within a day or two of receipt.

Crawford County Commission on Aging – April Monthly Programs


Events in April include a spring fling luncheon, a presentation on food budgeting and meal planning, programs to help you understand Medicare and much more. In addition, the commission offers daily lunch and dinner servings. Contact: 989 348-7123

Little Traverse Conservancy - Springtime Events

Throughout April

Traverse City Area

Time to renew yourself outdoors as northern Michigan awakens again. There are many suggestions from Little Traverse Conservancy including, hiking through nature preserves, nature area spring clean-up and more. For more info:

West Shore Community College - Summer & Fall Semester Registration



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:

or call (231)843-5917.

MSU Extension – Caregivers Workshop

Various Days in April, May & June


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.


      Tuesdays: April 13 – May 18, 2021


      Wednesdays: April 28 – June 2, 2021

Northwestern Michigan College - March/April Programs & Partnerships

Online & In person

Traverse City

Enjoy ski & snowshoeing events, animal communication workshops and additional programs at the Grass River Natural Area.

Grass River Natural Area is also partnering with Northwestern Michigan College’s Extended Education program to present nature programming. Programming is:

  • Friday, April 23, 2021, NMC Coffee Chats: The Field Guide to Northwest Michigan, 10:00 – 11:00 am, livestream

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 and May 4, 2021, Amphibians of Northern Michigan, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, livestream and face-to-face at GRNA

More information at and register through NMC at


New Hope Community Church - Musical Drama

Various Days in April


It is a Love story; the greatest love story ever told. Powerful music underscores the entire production, inspired choreography and first-rate special visual effects make ‘The Promise’ a show you won’t soon forget.

The Promise is a powerful musical drama of the life of Christ from birth to resurrection.

  •         Thursday April 1, 7:30 pm

  •         Friday April 2, 7:30 pm

  •         Saturday April 3, 3:00 pm

The New Hope Community Church has a large, spacious sanctuary for adequate distancing. Overflow seating is available. Mask wearing is requested for all attendees.

Not recommended for small children; complimentary childcare provided - infants through 5 year olds.

The Promise performances will be livestreamed at

Area Agency on Aging of NW Michigan - Vaccination Hotline


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 or call the Michigan COVID 19 Hotline at 888-535-6136.

Missaukee County 4-H - Making Crafts from Recycled Products



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 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  To learn more about other 4-H programs offered to Missaukee County youth, visit their Facebook page at 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

Disability Network - Peer Support

Throughout April

Traverse City

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. We strive to support engagement and relationship building as peer groups help prevent social isolation by connecting with others during the pandemic. Visit online at for event details.

Men's Group

Zoom Meetings, Mondays, April 5 to 26, 10:00 to 11:00 am

This group is for men in our community seeking support, an opportunity to learn new skills and a chance to connect with other men with disabilities. We will work on managing stress, frustrations and issues they may be experiencing around social distancing.

Women's Group, Sharing Herstory

Zoom Meetings, Mondays, April 5 to 26, 11:00 to 12:00 noon

We are living in an unprecedented time of social distancing and sheltering in place. We all may be feeling a bit isolated and confused. This is not a face to face meeting, but a virtual meeting for women with disabilities that can be done via the computer or by phoning in.

Peer Advocacy Group

Zoom Meetings, Thursdays, April 1 to 29, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Learn how to advocate for your needs and the needs of others. Learn leadership skills. Voice what is important to you!

Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Groups

Disability Network is excited to share the Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Group as a way for people with disabilities to connect online and play together. Visit online at for current virtual gaming group event descriptions and registration details.

GT Bay Area Stroke Club - Open Discussion

Wednesday, April 14th


This month the group will focus on answering practical questions from stroke survivors and their caregivers related to improving life after stroke. Things like:

  • How do I button or zip my pants when my dominant arm is impaired?

  • How do I apply toothpaste to my toothbrush without making a mess?

  • How do I address cognitive issues like confusion and anger?

Questions about stroke or stroke recovery may be submitted in advance via email to No names will be used during the discussion. The group will meet via telephone from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Participants will receive the conference dial-in phone number and access code by registering at this URL: Melinda Hollands, L.M.S.W. at Munson Medical Center’s Patient Care Management Department will facilitate. Melinda has practiced social work for 34 years including 21 years with Munson Healthcare.  For more information, please contact Melinda at 231-935-6380. The Grand Traverse Bay Area Stroke Club is open to the public and meets the second Wednesday of each month. The group offers stroke survivors and support persons the opportunity to learn, share, and connect through speakers, demonstrations, and discussions.

The Friends of the Alden District Library – Book Sale

April 15th Through April 17th

Helena Twp. Community Center

Available items include books, audio books, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles. The sale is from Thursday 12pm-4pm / Fri 10am-4pm / Sat 10am-4pm. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Sponsored by Friends of the Alden District Library, 8751 Helena Rd, Alden, 231-331-4318.

Glen Arbor Arts Center - 12 New Works on Display

Now through April 22nd

GAAC Lobby Gallery

Traverse City artist Joan Richmond exhibits collages at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Paper + Scissors + Glue = New Collages, an exhibition of 12 new works, is on display in the GAAC Lobby Gallery through April 22, 2021. Richmond is more widely known for her distinctive, spare gouache paintings depicting land- and waterscapes. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include compositions assembled from acrylic-painted papers – materials she creates in her studio. “This series of collages is a selection from more than 60 pieces I created during COVID-19 isolation,” Richmond said. “How does one stay creative while fighting off anxiety? I found that making images that were immediate in execution helped me not ‘over think’ the process thus creating a calming, meditative effect.”

Paper + Scissors + Glue = New Collages may be viewed on-line.  Go to: and click on Exhibitions/Virtual Exhibitions.

The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. It is open Monday through Saturday 11 am – 2 pm. For more information go to

Oliver Art Center - Spring Read

Thursday, April 29th


Oliver Art Center is welcoming back it's Annual Spring Read, virtually, on April 29. Writers are invited to submit original poetry or prose (fiction or non-fiction) suitable for a family audience. Each reader is allowed up to 5 minutes to read 2-3 poems, each of one page or less, or approximately 500-600 words of prose. Short plays are also welcomed. Submissions are due no later than April 16 and can be emailed to

For more info:

The MSU Extension Beef Team - Health Clinics for Cattle

Saturday, May 1st

Clare County

Harrison, MI – The MSU Extension Beef Team has once again organized regional Bull Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) Clinics.  By identifying potential male fertility problems, producers can reduce the risk of a less than optimum breeding season. The MSUE Beef Team encourages producers to have BSE conducted on their breeding bulls every year.  There is a clinic scheduled in Clare County, at the Stamper Farms, on Saturday May 1, 2021. Producers wanting to get their bulls tested need to register by calling the MSU Extension Office in Gladwin County at: (989)426-7741 or by emailing Kable at: Cost is $60 - $75 per bull when done at one of these MSUE Clinics. The price is dependent on bull numbers. The clinic starts at 9:00 AM. Directions to the farm will be given at the time of registration. For more information on the BSE clinic in Harrison, please contact Kable Thurlow at the Gladwin County MSU Extension office at 989-426-7741, or email at

Lifehouse Assembly of God – Versiti Blood Drive

Monday, May 3rd


This important blood drive is from 12:30-7:30pm.   LifeHouse is located at 1120 W Division St., Cadillac.  Did you know that red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system? Please arrange an appoint ahead of time to donate.  To donate please contact Dave Bayer for your appointment time 231-775-7858.

Manistee United Methodist Church - American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, May 3rd


Blood supplies are very low, please schedule your appointment ahead of time. American Red Cross Blood Drive. Monday May 3, 2021. 10:30 am-3:15 pm

Location:     Manistee United Methodist Church 

                               387 First Street

                               Manistee Mi 49660

Go to to schedule your appointment or call the church office 231-723-6219

Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Memorial Breast Cancer 5k Walk & Run

Saturday, May 8th

Downtown Charlevoix

Register early! The start time is 9am with onsite registration available at 8am in East Park. Online registration is happeing now at Individuals or teams can collect pledges, or register with a one time donations. Email questions to:

Donate online at

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 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 or call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700.

VFW Cherryland Post 2780 - Bingo

Every Tuesday

Traverse City

BINGO sales start at 4 the game starts 6pm every Tuesday at 6pm.

3400 Veterans Dr Traverse City

Please Call 946-7317 with any questions

NW Michigan Community Action Agency - Winter Workshops

Various Dates/Times


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.

800 632-7334

231 947-3780

Hospice of Michigan - Counseling Services & More


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


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 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:

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:

KAIR of Kalkaska - Community Meal Program

Monday & Wednesday


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

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


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. 

314 E. Front Street

PO Box 472

Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: (231)947-7675