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New Hope Community Church - Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, October 23rd
The dinner will be held in the church community center from 6 to 8:30pm.
Traverse Area District Library – Pumpkin Celebration
Now through October 29th
It’s Fall and the time for pumpkins! Join in the fun on the front lawn of the Main Library for a very orange-y celebration filled with games and activities for the family. Games include pumpkin bowling, squash and pumpkin tic tac toe, pumpkin ring toss, and more. While at the event, families are also invited to pick up a pumpkin to enter into the Pumpkin Carving contest*. Pictures of your entries are due on Thursday, October 29th at 6 p.m. Please share them on our new TADL Kids Facebook page or email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Note: you do not need to use one of our pumpkins to enter the contest.
Truckload of Warmth
Now through October 26th
To combat the ferocious winter temperatures this holiday season, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Northern Michigan is hosting its annual Truckload of Warmth collection drive to keep families in need warm this winter. Winter is the season to bundle up and play outside in the snow, creating fun, family memories. Unfortunately, many families living in shelters or facing homelessness do not have adequate winter clothing and struggle just to keep warm during the frigid, winter months.
Sad statistics from the National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that 17 out of every 10,000 people in the U.S., experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2019. This equals more than 560,000 people across America sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation, potentially exposing them to dangerously low winter temperatures. This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK - Northern Michigan will partner with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan, Pete’s Place, Glen Lake Schools, and other schools and businesses from areas surrounding Traverse City and Petoskey to collect items for people in need in the local community this winter season.
Necessary items for donation include:
Winter coats of all sizes, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Blankets, Snow pants. Snow boots, Mittens, Zip-up fleece, Hoodies ,Long johns, and wool socks.
For additional information about Truckload of Warmth, visit twomenandatruck.com/community-service.
Lifehouse Assembly of God - Versity Blood Drive
Monday, November 2nd
Any healthy person 17 or older who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate? Donations times are 1pm to 7pm. Please make an appointment to donate. Please contact Dave Bayer for your appointment time 231-775-7858.
NW Michigan Community Action Agency - Home Ownership Workshops
Various Dates/Times in October
Do you dream of becoming Homeowner? Don't know where to start or what questions to ask? Need help budgeting your money! Attend a virtual Homebuyer Education or Money Management workshop. Morning and afternoon workshops are available throughout the month. Contact: Allison Popa at 231 714-4578 (Please text with questions)
Traverse Area District Library – Main Branch - October Move-a-thon
Join in outside at the Main Library for a fun and festive pep rally in support of the October Move-A-Thon! You can register for the Move-A-Thon (if you haven’t already), take a walk on the trails to get some miles in, and learn more about Friends of the Library group! It’s all in celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24! The Woodmere branch of Traverse Area District Library is 23 years old and more vital than ever to our community. Show your gratitude and support Friends of TADL by giving $23 and completing 23 active miles during the month of October. You are invited to participate however you choose – walk a little everyday, run a couple half marathons, bike some of our area’s great trails – whatever your personal speed. Share pictures of your progress on social media using #TADL23 or email your pictures to email@example.com. If you don’t want to walk, but would still like to show your support, our wonderful FTADL Board Member Tyler Bevier will walk on your behalf! You can register here for that as well. Updates on Tyler’s progress will be shared to the TADL Facebook page and on social media via #TADL23. Register now for just $23 and help the library one step at a time! You have until Saturday, October 31 to complete your mission. Click here to download a printable calendar to keep track of your mileage. https://friendsofthetraverseareadistrictlibrary.wildapricot.org/donations
Crawford County Commission on Aging - October
Various Days & Times
Online and In Person
The Senior Center continues to remain closed, however, meals on wheels and in-home services are still available. There are many programs in October including DHHS assistance, a walk in the woods, aerobic drumming, spooky bingo and much more. For additional info: www.crawfordcoa.org or 989 348-7123
Traverse City Elks Lodge #323 - 4th Annual Veteran’s Dinner
Sunday, November 1st
The Veteran’s Dinner will take place from 12:00pm-4:00pm. The meals will be curbside pickup ONLY. No need to get out of your vehicle, pull up to the front door
and our volunteers will bring your meals to you. Veterans and active military
are welcome. The lodge is at 625 Bay Street in Traverse City. For more info: 231 632-1207. 231 499-0878 or 231 642-0207.
Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm - Scarecrow Contest
Going on Now
Mason, Manistee & Lake Counties
Stay home, be safe and have fun making a homemade scarecrow that will make your neighborhood smile. All scarecrows must be outside by Oct. 26th. We are judging scarecrows only. Not haunted houses or other decorations. Make sure we can see the scarecrow from the road. We will not pull into driveways etc. We want it so the public can see your work and smile! If you live in Mason, Manistee or Lake County fill out the entry form below. If you live farther away you may bring the scarecrow to the children’s farm that week or email us a clear photo with entry form information. firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is FREE to all special needs families, group and nursing homes. The general public and businesses may also enter but an entry fee of $25.00 is required. Trophy for first place and 2nd 3rd place ribbons in each class (5)
Judges will be driving to your location the week of the 26th to judge your scarecrow from the road side. Please make sure your address is clearly marked on your driveway/mailbox. Winners will be contacted before Halloween! More info about the farm at www.circlerockingsfarm.org
Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm - Coloring Contest
Going on Now
Seniors and special needs of all ages are welcome to participate. RIBBONS TO BE AWARDED FOR THE TOP 3 ART PIECES IN EACH CATEGORY. PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME, FULL ADDRESS, AGE AND S.P. IF YOU ARE SPECIAL NEEDS ON THE PICTURE. YOU MAY FOLD THE PICTURE TO FIT THE ENVELOPE AND MAIL IT TO:
CIRCLE ROCKING S CHILDREN’S FARM INC.
5487 TUTTLE RD
FREE SOIL, MI 49411
DEAD LINE IS Oct. 31TH FOR THE JUDGING. RIBBONS WILL BE MAILED AFTER THE DUE DATE. THIS CONTEST IS FREE! ENTER AS MANY PICTURES AS YOU LIKE. Picture will not be returned. They will be in the barn for all the visitors to see.
NEAR AND FAR MAY ENTER. YOU CAN BE OUT OF STATE ETC. ANY QUESTIONS GIVE US A CALL AT 231-462-3732. Email is email@example.com web site is: www.circlerockingsfarm.org We are a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit org.
NW Mich Community Action Agency - Tax - Volunteer Tax Preparers
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:
Great Lakes Children’s Museum - Virtual Programs
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum offers weekly programs throughout the year for preschool and elementary aged kids. This months programs include: Get Crafty, Stories @ Home and First Steps Science. For more information call 231-932-4526 or visit the website GREATLAKESKIDS.ORG
MSU Extension - Beginning Grazing School
Various Dates in October
Michigan State University Extension will offer the Beginning Grazing School online this year. The eight-week course is designed for beginning farmers and livestock owners who graze dairy, beef, and small ruminant animals and want the latest animal and forage research on grazing management. Anyone who grazes will benefit from this course featuring MSU specialist and educators who focus on grazing and forage management.
The event will be held 7-8:30 pm each Tuesday and Thursday in October.
October 6: Introduction to school and overview of grazing terms
October 8: Graziers are Grass Farmers!
October 13: Soil Health and Fertility
October 15: Nutrition, Health and Welfare of Grazing Animals
October 20: Pasture Establishment and Renovations,
October 22: Fencing & Water
October 27: Pasture Allocation, Stock Density, Costs
October 29: Designing a Grazing Plan
The series is $10 per session or $65 if you attend all eight sessions. The workshop fee includes access to the online trainings, 12 CEUs (1.5 per topic), recordings, additional videos and the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide and Forage Field Guide.
To register visit: https://events.anr.msu.edu/grazing2020/ Registration deadline is October 5, 2020.
For more information, please contact Kable Thurlow at (989)426-7741 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Traverse Conservation District - Boardman River Nature Center Returns
The Boardman River Nature Center at the Grand Traverse Conservation District is excited to safely welcome back children to our popular nature-based programming. All programming will be held 100% outside at the Boardman River Nature Center on the Natural Education Reserve.
The following programs will begin the week of September 14th:
Peepers (Adult Accompaniment Required)
The Peepers program is specifically developed for children ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of each session. These 60-minute nature programs include stories, crafts, music, and discovery activities. Class is limited to 12 participants*.
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00am
Registration: *Pre-registration & Payment Required*
Knee-High Naturalists (Drop-Off)
Knee-High Naturalists is a nature-based preschool program for potty-trained 3-5 year-olds unaccompanied by a parent/guardian (drop-off). This program meets twice a week with a goal to facilitate young explorers’ natural curiosity and joy in the world around them in addition to helping them to establish a sense of ownership of the Nature Center grounds. Class is limited to five participants per class*.
When: Mondays and/or Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Registration: *Pre-registration & Payment Required*
Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging - Baskets of Bounty
Through November 25th
This year has been a difficult year due to the shortages of paper products, cleaning supplies and other misc. items that go into our Baskets or Bounty. We are beginning our donation drive early this year and hope to gather enough by Thanksgiving. Due to the Virus We will not be excepting any food items this year.
The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging is seeking the items listed below.
Items needed include:
Paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper, flushable wipes.
Lip balm (chap stick), band aids, shampoo/conditioner combo, body lotion, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes and liquid hand soap.
Dish soap, laundry detergent. (smaller containers)
Assorted Puzzle books (new)
Hand sanitizer and wipes.
Cat and Dog treats.
Donations are tax deductible, Please make checks payable to Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging, Cash donations are also accepted.
All donations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Commission on Aging office located at 520 W. Front St., Traverse City. Office hours are from 8am until 4pm and (The office is closed and the doors are locked between Noon to1pm). Donations can be left in the front entrance area until our office opens to public.
Roscommon County Toys for Tots - Stuff the Blue Goose
November 28th Through December 5th
The United States Marine Corp is sponsoring this Stuff the Blue Goose event to fill a Michigan State Police vehicle with toys. Items will be accepted each day from 10am-4pm at the Houghton Lake Walmart.
Inland Seas Education Association - Sailing Adventures
Throughout the Fall
Checkout the many programs like educational public sails, evening sky gazing, and fall color tours. All part of Inland Seas’ exciting sailing adventures! For more info and to purchase tickets go to: schoolship.org. 231 271-3077
Crawford County Commission on Aging - Prescription for Health Program
The program is in partnership with Munson Healthcare. Through this free program Crawford County residents ages 18+ can get up to $100 in vouchers to buy fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables by attending a series of five, virtual, nutrition education classes. To join the program individuals should contact Tammy Findlay at (989) 348-7123 or email@example.com.
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. kalkaskaKAIRS.com
Trinity Lutheran Church - Food Assistance
Thursday’s from 9am to Noon
Maple & 13th Street in Traverse City
Food is available to anyone in the community.
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.
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AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTHWEST MI
735 S. Garfield Ave. B#100
Traverse City, Mi. 49686
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