Gold Community List

Week of Dec 2


Now-Dec 27… Every Thursday Free Swing Dance Lessions 5:30-7pm at the Carnegie Building-Cheboygan. Donations welcome. Info:


Now-Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive. Your donations of non-perishable foods, household goods, paper products, personal care items, grocery gift cards and financial contributions help make the Safe Home feel like ‘home’ for many families. Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan operates the Safe Home 24/7 for domestic abuse survivors and their children while they regain control of their lives.  Drop off at the mail office, Gold Mine Resale Shop or agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona. Info: 231-347-1572


Sign up dates for Toys for Kids in Cheboygan:  Dec. 6 and 11 from 1-5pm at West Elementary School. Bring a photo ID for adult and birth certificate or proof of guardianship for each child. Provided by Vietnam Veterans of America and Association of Vietnam Veterans.

Dec 3…Spirit of Christmas Dinner 6pm at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City. The Northland Noteables present holiday music from Madrigal to Modern to accompany a 7 course meal. $30 person, reserve your seat 231-436-5744


Dec 6…Downtown Hospitality Night 3-8pm – Cheboygan. Live music, goodies and one-night only specials. Info:


Dec 6… During Cheboygan's Hospitality Night, stop by Straits Area Federal Credit Union for a special Strength For Cripps fundraiser! From 5-8pm there will be baked goods, gift wrapping, and #strengthforCripps bracelets sold all by donation and Jasmine Rose taking pictures for $5 and Nicki Kryska selling makeup and clothing and MORE! Proceeds benefit Adam Cripps in his fight against a brain tumor. Info:231-627-3145


Dec 6…Kayla Clark Memorial Scholarship Fundraisr 4-8pm at 117 Main St, East Jordan. Make or purchase a Christmas center piece.


Dec 6…Ladies Shopping Night 5-9p downtown Traverse City


Dec 7…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Petoskey. Santa lights the Christmas tree in Pennsylvania park, carolers, Petoskey Steel Drum Band, treats and more. Info:


Dec 7…26th Annual Holly Daze 5:30-10:30pm at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction and more. Tickets $125 person. Benefits Charlevoix Hospital's Innovation and Patient Needs Funds. Info: 231-935-7631


Dec 7…Extreevaganza: An Enchanted Evening 6-11pm at Treetops Resort-Gaylord. Evening includes beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, impact stories and auctions. All proceeds will benefit the Community Fund. $75. Info:


Dec 7…Christmas in Kalkaska Lighted Parade and more 6:45-9pm. Parade at 7pm, official tree at Railroad Square, bonfire, hot cocoa, cookies, caroling and Santa! Info: 231-564-7422


Dec 7…Interlochen Area Children’s Christmas Party 5pm-7pm at the library. Free. Visit with Santa, enjoy music and caroling, hear a holiday story and make holiday crafts. Complimentary refreshments provided. Info:


Dec 7…31st Annual Journey to Bethlehem at Stutsmanville Chapel in Harbor Springs. This 7 scene live nativity event is free, but reservations are required. Call beginning Nov. 16th 231-526-2335


Dec 7-9…Christmas in the Village 11a-4p at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. Fri - Hot Chocolate competition 6-8; Unsilent Night 6p; Tree Lighting 7pm. Sat – Meet Santa 1-5p, cookie decorating 3-6pm; music; mini tunnel tours 3-7pm; coloring staion; Sun 11-4p Muic; carriage rides noon-3pm, cookie decorating noon-3p. Info:


Dec 8…”Home is Where the Art Is” fundraiser 5:30-8:30pm a Art in the Loft-Alpena. $25 person. Benefits Habitat for Humanity. Info 989-354-5555 ext 1003


Dec 8…Bayside Travellers Holiday Contra Dance 7:15pm at Solon Township Hall-Cedar. Adults $11, students $7. Info: 231-313-2596


Dec 8…Holiday Crafts for Kids 11am-1p at Grass River Natural Area-bellaire. $5. Create an assortment of nature-inspired holiday crafts and gifts. Info:


Dec 8…Cheboygan County Deputies Association and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 122′s Annual Charity Hockey Game VS Straits Area Men’s Hockey League at the Cheboygan Ice Rink at 6 p.m.  Admission will be by monetary or coat donation collected at the game. Info: 231-627-3155


Dec 8…All you can eat Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30 at Fernelius Toyota-Cheboygan. $8 person, 2 & under free. Pictures with Santa, ornament making, cookie decorating, bake sale, coloring and more. Proceeds benefit the Learning Center. Info: 231-627-5673


Dec 8…Share the Love Event with Little Traverse Bay Humane Society from 11-1 at Subaru by the Bay-Charlevoix. There will be adoptable animals, holiday photos with your pet, refreshments and more! The first 12 visitors will also receive a special ceramic dog bowl from Subaru. This event is free and open to the public. Info: 231-622-6356


Dec 8…Sleigh Rides to the North Pole 10-a2p at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy-Boyne City. Take a sleigh ride to the North Pole on a horse drawn sleigh to meet Santa! Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and pictures with Santa. Come meet our therapy horses and get in to the holiday spirit! The goal of this event is to raise funds for those in need of therapy scholarships at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased before the day of the event. Info: 231-881-5590


Dec 8…Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts with Mrs. Claus 2-4pm at Secrets on Main-Cheboygan. Donations accepted. Info: 833-832-8963


Week of Dec 9


Dec 9…Annual Christmas Concert with the Village Voices and Northport Community Band 2-3pm at the Northport Public School. Info:


Dec 9…Straits Area Cantata presents “The Glory of Christmas” at 2pm at St. Anthony Church-Mackinaw City. Featured guests: Little Traverse Youth Choir; Brass ensemble, Cantata Chorus; Instrumental Combo. By free will offering. Info:
(231) 436-5574


Dec 9…Christmas Craft Show 10-4pm at Ellison Place-Gaylord. Over 100 unique vendors and crafters. $1 admission, donated to local charity. Santa will be there too! Info:


Dec 13…Community Breakfast 9a-11a at the Sand Road Senior Center-Cheboygan. Free. Live music. Info:231-627-7234


Dec 13…Arts for All of Northern Michigan Holiday Open House 3-8pm-Traverse City. Create some festive wreaths and cards; enjoy refreshments, see their new space. Info: 231-947-1278


Dec 14…Village of Alanson Downtown Merchant Open House 5-8pm. Begins with the arrival of Santa, Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs at 7 on River Street. Info: petoskeyarea,com


Dec 15…Charlevoix Elks Hoop Shoot 12:30-1pm at Charlevoix Elementary School. A free throw contest for boys and girls youth ages 8 to 13. Boyne City youth/students are welcome to participate. Winning contestants advance through district, state, regional and national competitions. The program is FREE to all contestants. Info:


Dec 15-16… Christkindlmarkt. Santas, elves, Grinches and the like will run, hop, sled and slide through the Bay Harbor Village. There are 2 runs – a 3k for the adults, and a 1k for the kids. The shops will be open, artist booths set up in stores, and Father Christmas will be there for photos, greeting families.


Dec 15…Boyne Valley Fire & Rescue Holiday Open House & Silent Auction 2-5pm at the Fire Hall-Boyne Falls. Meet the fire department and see the trucks. Santa and his elves will be there with crafts, games and snacks for kids. Silent auction 2-4p, benefits the fire department. Info: 231-549-2000


Dec 15…Crooked Tree Arts Center Nutcracker Brunch Fundraiser 1-3pm at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts-Bay Harbor. Attendees will enjoy a champagne welcome, cocktails, wine, and an elegant strolling brunch, complete with sweet treats and desserts. Also during the brunch, School of Ballet Director Heather Raue and principal performers of “The Nutcracker” will be on hand to meet and greet guests. Additionally, attendees receive complimentary upper level tickets to the CTAC School of Ballet’s December 15 performance of “The Nutcracker,” immediately following the brunch at 3 p.m. Tickets for The Nutcracker Brunch Fundraiser are $150 per person, with all proceeds supporting the CTAC School of Ballet. For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact the Great Lakes Center for the Arts at 231.439.2600 or visit


Dec 15…Santa Fun Run 10am – The Village at Bay Harbor. Costumes encouraged. Ages 18 & over $25 + one canned good; 11-17 $15 + one canned good. Proceeds benefit the Bay Harbor Foundation. Info: 231-439-2700


Dec 15-31…Festival of Trains at the Historic Carnegie Library-Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10a-6p; Sun noon-4p. $5 person/$30 family. Info:


Dec 16…Jingle Bell Run 5K fun run/walk. 5pm starts and ends in the Warehouse District-Traverse City. Info:


Dec 17…Dinner/Paint n Sip/Silent Auction 5-8pm at the Blue Pelican Inn-Central Lake. Dinner will be from 5-6, paint n sip will start around 6 and silent auction items will close around 730 w/distribution around 8.  Benefits the 8th grade class trip. Full event tickets $70, dinner only $30; Paint-n-sip only $30. If you would like to donate an auction item please contact Shena Miller at 231-350-3372, donations of cash value are also being accepted.


Dec 18…CTAC School of Music Winter Collage Concert 6pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Over 80 students performing onstage from the strings, ukulele, jazz, and rock programs. Some of the musical genres included in the concert are: jazz, soul, classical, rock, and seasonal holiday favorites. Free. Info: 231-347-4337


Dec 18…Winter Collage Concert 6pm at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Features over 80 students performing onstage from the strings, ukulele, jazz, and rock programs. Some of the musical genres included in the concert are: jazz, soul, classical, rock, and seasonal holiday favorites. The Collage Concert will conclude with a collaborative performance featuring students from all four of CTAC’s music programs. This concert is free and open to the public.


Dec 20…Winter Solstice Barn Dance at the Cathedral Barn-Historic Barns Park-Traverse City. $20 for dinner or bring a dish to pass, or join after 7pm for music and dancing only $5 admission. Info: 231-947-0312

Dec 21…12th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Doors open at 5:30PM with sweets & hot chocolate served beginning at 6PM. Blissfest will be presenting a movie at 7PM running throughout. They will also be featuring their annual Solstice Silent Auction. Between 5:30PM and 9:30PM bid on local wares donated from all over the north - no ticket necessary to take part in the auction! Info: 231-348-7047

Dec 21…Winter Solstice Celebration 4-7pm at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park-Mackinaw City. Celebrate the solstice by bringing light and rhythm into the dark stillness of the season.  Listen as musicians entertain, learn about the solstice night sky, and craft a hand rolled beeswax candle. Cost is $10.00 per person. Info:

Dec 22…7th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30pm at Schuss Mountain-Shanty Creek in Bellaire. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit local food pantries.


Dec 29…Tea for Terri 11a-2p at the Cheboygan Carnegie. Proceeds benefit the IBC Network and Cheboygan High School Seniors.



Dec 31…New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center 5-9pm-Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Performances, activities, and workshops; festivities conclude with the “Midnight at 9,” Times Square-style ball drop on East Mitchell Street. The outdoor festivities begin at 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Roy Harvey will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and lead the crowd in the annual singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” Admission buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are on sale at Crooked Tree, the Library and online at Info: 231-347-4337

Dec 31…Annual Cherry T Ball Drop – downtown Traverse City. With a suggested donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items, your celebration helps local food pantries thrive through winter. Info:


Dec 31…Family Fun NYE Celebration 5-10pm at the Otsego Sportsplex-Gaylord. Swim, skate, games, ball drop at 8pm. $5 person, $20 family. Info: 989-732-3546


Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Fireworks, free movie, entertainment, celebration and more. Info:


Dec 31…Annual Fur Ball 6:30-Midnight at the K of C Hall-Cheboygan. Live & silent auction, cocktails & appetizers; cash bar; dinner; ball drop & champagne toast at midnight. $40 person. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:


Jan 5…4th Annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser 7pm at Little Bear East Arena-St. Igance. The St.Ignace Midgets will take on the St.Ignace Alumni. Admission is $5 per person, kids 10 and under $1
All proceeds will benefit the Hospice House. Info:906-430-5156


Jan 11-12…Winterfest-Indian River


Jan 12…Polar Nights presents Gods & Goddess’-A Grecian Gala 8p-2a at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City. Festivities will include music, dancing, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. 100% of the monies raised during the auction will be dedicated to our scholarship fund. Tickets are $40 each or 2 for $75. To purchase a ticket stop into Audie's or call (231)-436-5744




Wawatam Area Senior Center offers senior meals Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday for ages 55+ for just $3.50. Info: 231-436-5323


Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436



TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043


Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care.  Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm.


Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or


Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595


Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044

Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5.


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277


TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.


TFN…Every Thursday, learn Swing Dancing at the Cheboygan Carnegie. 5:30-7:30. Free. Info: 231-420-6665



TFN…Every  Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info:


TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives.  Visit today.


TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info: 989-732-3242


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