Gold Community List

Week of Dec 10


Now-Dec 25…Salvation Army of Cheboygan is collecting winter wear – coats, boots, hats, snowpants, gloves, etc. Drop boxes located at Ken’s Village Market-Indian River, WalMart, Family Fare, and Save-a-Lot. Info: 231-627-9003


Now-Dec 31…Northern Care Center in Cheboygan serves people that are uninsured or underinsured and they are in need of financial support to help with expenses. They also help people with personal hygiene products and laundry soap and are in need of donations. Info: 231-333-3019


Dec Now-16…Little Traverse Civic Theatre present “The Christmas Schooner” at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. The Christmas Schooner, a musical, is based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800s and early 1900s, chronicling the first Christmas tree ship. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for under 12 and Sunday Matinee. Thursday - Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinee is at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m., Sunday Matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Info:


Dec 10-16…Festival homemade crafts 9a-5pm. Visit the youth department at the Charlevoix Library for a week of crafts! Free. Info:


Dec 11-12…The Old Town Playhouse Young Company presents “The Secret Garden” 7pm, Traverse City. Admission $6. Info:


Dec 12…Sip & Blend Class, 6pm at MI Scentchips Plus in the Grand Traverse Mall. Free. Learn how to blend and create a blend, enjoy two pours of wine. Please RSVP 231-421-3257


Dec 12…Meet the new Chiropractor/Toys for Tots Drive 8a-5pm at Saks Wellness Center-Gaylord. Complimentary new patient evaluations for anyone that brings in a new, unwrapped toy. Existing patients that bring a toy will receive a complimentary adjustment from Dr. Marhofer. Info: 989-732-7000


Dec 12…Free Social Security Workshop 7-8pm at the Gaylord University Center, room U111. The class will cover strategies to maximize benefits, ideal time to apply  and ways to minimize taxes on benefits. Refreshments served. Info: 231-486-6021


Dec 12…Funraiser for Jax 4:30-7:30pm at Leland Public School. Jax suffers from a rare genetic syndrome. Funds will help with medical costs and travel to and from Grand Rapids. Spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Info:


Dec 14…Men’s Night Holiday Shopping downtown Traverse City. Info:


Dec 14…Men’s Night – Downtown Cheboygan 3-8pm. In store specials and treats, gift wrapping and more. Info:


Dec 14…Community Choir Christmas Concert 7pm at Onaway School. Free. Info: 989-370-9303


Dec 14-31…Festival of Trains at the Carnegie Library (formerly Traverse Area Historic Society). Presented by the Northern MI RailRoad Club & Great Lakes Children's Museum. A Swap Meet will be held Dec. 16-17 from 10am-6pm; & visit with Santa on Dec. 16 & 23 from 2-6pm. Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10am-6pm; Sun.: 12-4pm. Special Hours: Dec. 24 & 31: 10am-2pm. Closed Dec. 25. Info:


Dec 16…Charlevoix Elks Hoop Shoot starts at 1:30-Round Lake Education Center. National free throw contest for youth ages 8-13yrs. Info: 231-838-2140


Dec 16…Christmas Cantata 4-6pm at the First Presbyterian Church-Elk Rapids. Featuring the Elk Lake Community Choir. Free will offering to benefit local charities. Info:


Dec 16…6th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade, 7pm. Starts at the North end of Church. Participants and spectators are asked to bring food donations for the St. Thomas food pantry or toys for tots. Items can be dropped off at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


Dec 16…Breakfast with Santa 8:30-10:30 at Mancelona High School. Mitten distribution, photos, raffle, craft projects, face painting and more. Info:


Dec 16…Holiday Cookie Walk 8a-noon at Grace Episcopal Church-Traverse City. $8 pound, containers provided. $20 premade cookie platters, homemade jams, tea brfeads, cakes and more. Benefits feeding ministries. Info:


Dec 16-17…Photos with Santa Paws 11a-4pm at PetSmart-Traverse City. Bring your pet to visit $5 for a digital copy, donations benefit AC Paw. Info:


Dec 16…Holiday Open House 1-3pm at East Bay Branch Library-Traverse City. Enjoy appetizers, cookies & punch. Seasonal songs will be performed by Miriam Pico & David Chown. Info:



Week of Dec 17


Dec 17…Jingle Bell 5K 5pm Warehouse District-Traverse City. A family fun, non-timed event. Bring the kids and celebrate the holidays during this fun run. Food & Refreshments Included 
Please bring a non-perishable food item for ACTS Food Pantry 
Festive Attire Encourages! (Prizes Available).  $15 pre-registration, $20 late. Info:


Dec 17…Petoskey Madrigal Singers 4:30-7pm at Christ Episcopal Church-Charlevoix.  The entire Community is welcome for both the performance and the dinner at no charge. Reservations are required for planning purposes. This event is sponsored by the generosity of the Taylor Family Fund at Christ Episcopal Church. Reservations please call: 231-547-6322.


Dec 18…Soup & bread 6-8pm at The Little Fleet-Traverse City. Every 3rd Monday of the month, local chefs donate the soup and you pay what you can to help raise money for the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. Info: 231-943-1116


Dec 18-22…Countdown to Christmas with Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey. Complimentary coffee, cocoa and cookies, check out the galleries, musician perform from 11a-1pm, holiday crafts and more! Santa Dec 19th from 4-6pm. Info:


Dec 21… Headlands Dark Sky Park Program Winter Solstice at the Waterfront Event Center – Mackinaw City. Gather in the sacred dark that accompanies the natural quiet of the season, for the song and ceremony of Earth and stars. Program will include live entertainment and supplies. Info:


Dec 21…Winter Solstice Party 7:30-10:30pm at the Village Arts Building-Northport featuring live music with The Hot Biscuts. Tickets $10 adv, $15 at the door. Info: 231-386-9798


Dec 22…Community Christmas Dinner 11:30a-1:30p at the Salvation Army Community Center-Traverse City. Free. Info: 231-946-4644


Dec 22…Holiday Flick n’ Float 1pm at West YMCA pool, Silver Lake Rd. – Traverse City. Featuring a 60' aquaglide obstacle course in the water, along with floats & noodles to enjoy while watching a holiday movie on a large screen. All children under age 10 must pass a swim test (& any person at the lifeguard's discretion). Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Info:


Dec 23…Tannenbaum Blitzen at Schuss Village-Mancelona. Enjoy a community pasta buffet, torchlight parade, Christmas carols, cookie decorating and visit from Santa. Adults $13, ages 5-12 $8, 4 and under free. Bring new or gently used winter apparel to donate to local charity. Info: 231-533-8621

Week of Dec 24


Dec 24…Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6-7pm at Charevoix High School. Free. Info:


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


Dec 28…Silver & Gold Sing-a-long 7pm at the Peninsula Community Library. Enjoy an old fashioned sing-a-long, mulled cider & desserts. Info:


Dec 28-30…Scott Miller Memorial Hockey Tournament at Centre Ice-Traverse City. 6-10:30p Thurs, 4-8:30p Fri, 12:45-5:15 Sat. Info:


Dec 29…Benefit screening of “Harry & Snowman” with two showings, 11am & 5pm at the Lyric Theatre-Harbor Springs. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. It’s the story of Harry DeLeyer and his relationship with a horse he rescued. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit Little Traverse Bay Humane Society’s website at or call 231-622-6356. 


Dec 29…Charlevoix Area Community Pool Beach Bash 6-8pm. Grab your swimsuits, lounge poolside, toss some beach balls, and soak in the hot tub. Subs, refreshments and goody bags provided. $5 per student or adult (swimmers and non-swimmers).  Children 3 and under are FREE! Reservations required (75 people max). Call to save your spot: 231-547-0982, or register online at


Dec 31…3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Fur Ball 6:30-1am at the K of C Hall-Cheboygan. Live entertainment, dinner, live and silent auction, ball drop at midnight with complimentary champagne toast, cash bar. $40 person. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:


Dec 31…New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center 5-9pm – Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Adults $10, ages 2-18 $5, under 2 free. Experiences in music, theatre, art and dance, hands on workshops, entertainment and more. Info:


Dec 31…Traverse City New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop-downtown. Live music and entertainment starts at 10:30pm. Volunteers needed. Suggested admission $3 or 3 non-perishable food items. Info:


Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Snowman making contest, horse drawn carriage rides, s’mores, hot cocoa, arts & crafts, fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Info:


January 2018


Jan 1…Resolution Run 5K Walk/Run 11a-3p. The course runs through downtown Traverse City, starting and finishing at Little Fleet. Proceeds benefit Norte! Youth Cycling; a non-profit organization that is dedicated to building a stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly Traverse City by empowering the young and young at heart. $35 adults, under 12 free. Info:


Jan 6…Twilight Turtle Trek 5:30-7:30pm – Mackinac Island. Begins at Greaney Grove with bonfire & hot chocolate. Trail is groomed, track set, lit by lanterns and approx. two miles long. Free.


Jan 6…8th Annual Winter Trails Day at Timber Ridge Resort-Traverse City. Free trail access, introductory ski lessons, fat bike demos, guided snowshoe hikes and more. Info:


Jan 6…Winter Family Fun Day 2-7pm at Straits State Park-St Ignace. Snow activities and games, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, lantern-light hike, bonfires and more. Info:


Jan 12-13…Indian River Winterfest. Sno-x race, vintage sled show & ride, poker run, entertainment, kids activities, family fun day and more! Info:


Jan 13… Annual Polar Night Event at Audies-Mackinaw City. Theme: Studio 54. Proceeds help provide local scholarships. Includes gourmet hors ‘o’doeuvres, silent auction, cash bar and music. Tickets $50. Info: 231-436-5744.


Jan 13…Grass River Shiver 10a at the Grass River Natural Area-Bellarie. 5K & 10K showshoe face fundraiser. $20 pre-reg/$25 day of. Info:


Jan 19-Feb 3…Old Town Playhouse presents “Arsenic and Old Lace”, Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm. Adults $28, under 18 $15. Info:


Jan 20…2018 Bigfoot Snowshoe Race 9a-Noon at Timber Ridge Campground-Traverse City. 5K & 10K. Snowshoes available for rent (limited-reserve early). Overall awards for 1st male and 1st female. Info:


Jan 20-23…Mackinaw City Winterfest. Parade, chili cook-off, outhouse races, ice fishing contest, poker walk and more! Info:


Jan 23…January Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Wine tasting, appetizers, music. $15 adv./$20 day of. Info:


Jan 27…YetiFest-Suttons Bay. Silent auction, chili cook-off, snowman building contest, scavenger hunt, variety show and more! Info:




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


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. By appt 2 & 4th Thursday from 10a-2pm. Feb 28 10-2p by appt. March 9 10-2 by appt.


One in eight women will be affected by Breast Cancer this year. For women ages forty to sixty-four that need help getting routine cancer screenings, District Health Department #10 may be able to help. To see if you qualify, contact your local DHD#10 office or visit Don’t forget to find District Health Department #10 on Facebook, too.”


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


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


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


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 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.


First Thursday of each month, the Munson Grief Support Group meets from noon-1p in conference room B at Munson Heathcare Charlevoix Hospital. No charge. Info: 231-547-8569


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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