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Now-Dec 31…Tickets are on sale for the annual Bishop Baraga School Fundraiser. Early bird drawings begin Oct 5, grand raffle is Dec 31. $100 each or 3 for $250 and available at the school office, parish office or any school family. Info: bishobaraga.com


Now – TFN…Stiggs Feed-a-Friend 4-8pm Sundays at Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in Boyne City, free meals for anyone in need. Info: 231-497-6100


Now – Dec 31…Safe Home Harvest Food & Supply drive. Operated by the Women’s Resource Center. Grocery or gift cards help those seeking refuge from domestic abuse and assault. Info: 231-347-1572

Week of Nov 21


Nov 24…Drive-thru Thanksgiving Dinner 5-6:30pm at the K of C Hall-Cheboygan. Free, but donations are accepted. For meal delivery, call before Nov 19th. Info: 231-627-9003


Nov 24…Thanksgiving Community Meal 11a-2p at the Salvation Army Community Center – Traverse City. Free, donations accepted. This will be served to-go. Info: 231-946-4644


Nov 24…Annual Walloon Lake Village Lighting 6-9pm. Live performance from the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, live reindeer, visit from Santa & Mrs Claus. Bring a donation to benefit Toys for Tots. Free hot chocolate, kids activities and cash bar. Info: boynechamber.com


Nov 25…11th Annual Boyne City Kiwanis Turkey Trot 9am at Veterans Park Pavilion – Boyne City. $30 pre-registration, $35 day of. 5K & 1 mile fun run. Benefits Kiwanis activities. Info: boynechamber.com


Nov 25…Traverse City Turkey Trot 9a-11a at St. Francis High School. Registration $25-$35. 5K Run/Walk and 5 Mile options. Info: traversecity.com


Nov 25…Freezin’ for a Reason 11-Noon take a dip in Grand Traverse Bay to raise money for the Elks National Foundation. $100 donation to jump in, free to watch. Info: 231-946-6171


Nov 25…Community Thanksgiving Dinner 12:30 at the Church of the Straits-Mackinaw City. Turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy provided. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Free. Info: 231-436-8682


Nov 26…40th Annual Christmas Craft Show 9a-3p at Inland Lakes HS-Indian River. Over 150 crafters and artists will display their work. Info: irchamber.com


Nov 26…Christmas Parade & tree lighting – downtown Indian River. Parade 5pm, Santa lights tree 5:45, visit w/Santa 6p, Petoskey Steel Drum Band 6:30 at Northland Brewery. Info: irchamber.com


Nov 26…Glen Arbor PJ Party 6-8am downtown. Wear your pajamas and shop early for special sales. Info: traversecity.com


Nov 26…Glen Arbor Tree Lighting & Carol Sing-a-long at the Glen Arbor Townhall. Tree lighting 6:15, holiday marketplace 6:30-8:30pm. Info: traversecity.com


Nov 26…Light Up Cedar 5pm downtown. Some of Santa's reindeer will be making a special appearance at about 5:30 PM, followed by the holiday street illumination at 6:00 PM. Santa himself will arrive to light the community tree at 6:30 PM. Info: traversecity.com


Nov 26…Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting – East Park, 3-6pm. 3-5 Holiday craft & photos; 5:30 parade, 6p tree lighting. Info: charlevoix.org


Nov 27…Cheboygan to Chicago Community send-off Noon at the Cheboygan marina. US Coast Guard will be delivering tree, send them on their way with a wave & a smile!


Nov 27…Breakfast with Santa 9a-noon at the Indian River Golf Club. Adults $14.95; kids 12 & under $9.95, 4 & under free. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Info: 231-238-7011


Nov 27…Northport Christmas in the Village Arts & Crafts Show 10-4pm at two locations:  at the Village Arts Building and at Willowbrook Mill. Info: traversecity.com


Nov 27…Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair 9a-3p at Frankfort High School. $1 admission. Info: 231-352-7251


Nov 27…Holiday Parade 6pm downtown Petoskey. Info: petoskeydowntown.com


Nov 27…Christmas Tree Lighting 6pm – downtown Harbor Springs. Info: harborspringschamber.com


Nov 27…Christmas Tree Lighting 5pm downtown Elk Rapids


Nov 27…Alden Old Fashioned Christmas 5:30pm at the Alden Village Center. Santa, refreshments, tree lighting, caroling, and more. Info: visitalden.com


Week of Nov 28


Dec 1…A Night of Christmas Magic 6pm at the Cheboygan Public Library. Santa & Mrs. Claus, Night Before Christmas story time, free book for kids. Info: 231-627-2381


Dec 1…Christmas assistance sign-up 10-3p at the Salvation Army Services Office-Cheboygan. Bring photo ID for yourself and all some form of ID for others in your household & proof of all income. Info: 231-627-9003


Dec 2…Downtown Cheboygan Hospitality Night 3-8pm. Info: cheboyganmainstreet.org


Dec 3…Extreevaganza at the Ostego Resort. Benefits the Otsego Foundation. Info: otsegofoundation.org


Dec 3…Holiday Open House 6-9pm – Downtown Petoskey. Info: petoskeydowntown.com


Dec 3…Mackinac Island Christmas Festivities & Tree Lighting, 5:30pm. Info: mackinacisland.org


Dec 4…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Harbor Springs. Info: harborspringschamber.com


Dec 4…43rd Annual Holiday Craft Show & Bazaar 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Info: petoskeyarea.com


Dec 4…Holiday Merchant Open House & Hot Cocoa Contest – downtown Charlevoix. Open house all day, cocoa contest noon-5pm. Info: charlevoix.org


Dec 4…FOE Holiday Bazaar 9a-4p at the Cheboygan Eagles Hall. Arts & crafts, rummage tables, bake sale. Free admission. Info: cheboygan.com


Dec 4…Coats for Kids Charity Hockey Game 4pm at Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Police vs Straits Area Men’s League. Admission by donation of gently worn coats, hats and gloves for the kids of Cheboygan County.


Dec 4…Annual Cookie Sale & limited craft sale 10-2p (or until cookies sell out) at St. Johns Lutheran Church-Cheboygan.


Dec 4…Chandler Park Tree Lighting & Fireworks 6pm – Onaway. Info: onawaycommunitychamber.com


Dec 4…Parade of Lights 6-8pm Downtown Cheboygan.


Dec 6-8…Spirit of Christmas – a presentation of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by the Northland Noteables paired with a 7 course feast. Doors open at 6, music begins at 7 at Audie’s Restaurant – Mackinaw City. $38 person. Reservations requested – call 231-436-5744


Dec 7… Mackinaw Woman’s Club and St. Anthony Catholic Church are hosting a Community Blood Drive noon to 5 p at the St Anthony’s Parish Hall.  Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome.  Call 231-445-0151 or visit Versiti.org/miblood and search ‘Mackinaw’ to schedule your appointment on-line.


Dec 8…Feeding America truck distribution 11-1p at Little Bear East Arena. Info: 906-643-8717


Dec 10…Mackinaw City Hometown Christmas Light Parade and & Tree Lighting 6pm. Tree lighting, carols, cookies, cocoa & Santa at Marina Park. Info: mackinawchamber.com


Dec 10…Stational Holiday Parade 6-7:30pm at the St. Ignace Public Marina. Cash prizes for top 3 entries. Info: 906-643-8717


Dec 11…Antique snowmobile crossing for the Mackinac Bridge begins at 11am on the Mackinaw City side. Lunch, hot chocolate & t-shirts available after at Little Bear East Arena. Machines need to be at least 25 years old to participate and have wheel kit installed. Info: 906-643-6950


Dec 11…Candy Cane Hunt 1pm at the Children’s Trails of Cheboygan. Cookies & hot cocoa, Santa & Mrs Claus. Free. Info: cheboygan.com


Dec 11…A Colonial Christmas in Mackinaw City 4-7pm at Colonial Michilimackinac. Lanterns light the path where storytellers tell of the traditions of the first Christmas at St. Anne’s Church. Mass, crafts, historic games, holiday snacks. $10 adults/$6 kids 5-12; 4 & under free. Info: mackinacparks.com


Dec 11…Breakfast & Photos with Santa at Camp Rotary-Clare. All you can eat breakfast buffet (gluten free options available) Pancakes Sausage Homestyle Hashbrowns Scrambled Eggs Fresh Fruit Juice, Milk, Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Hot Tea Crafts Christmas Games Photo with Santa - emailed to you to print as many as you'd like! Register online or buy your tickets at the door. $8 person/ages 3 and under free. Info: 989-386-7943


Dec 15…Home for the Holiday Fundraiser 5:30-8pm at the Cheboygan F.O.E. Features desserts & holiday beverages, music and auction. Benefits Habitat for Humanity. $25. Info: 231-597-4663


Dec 18…Christmas Festival 4-6pm at the Hope Church – Gaylord. Family photos, bonfire, bounce house, live animals, horse drawn sleigh rides and more. Free. Info: gaylordchamber.com


Dec 18..10th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm. Collecting food donations for the St. Thomas Food Pantry and Coats for Kids along the route. Starts and ends on Church Rd. Info:


Dec 22… Christmas Community Meal 11a-2p at the Salvation Army Community Center – Traverse City. Free. This will be served to-go. Info: 231-946-4644



TFN…Harbor Light Community Chapel of Harbor Springs is collecting cans and bottle returns to help the less fortunate at 8220 Clayton Rd. All bottles and cans should be left next to our central trash bin in the main parking lot. Info: 231.347.5001 


Every Monday and Wednesday from noon-1pm Free Food Market is open in the parking lot of the Salvation Army Community Center on Barlow-Traverse City. Info: centralusa.salvationarmy.org


TFN…The St. Thomas food pantry is open on a drive-thru basis every Monday 10a-1pm. Bring photo ID with current Cheboygan address, proof of household income and proof of address for all household residents. 332 Western Ave. Info: 231-627-3167


TFN…The Acme Christian Thrift Store is in need of volunteers 3-5p any day Tues-Sat. Info: 231-267-3002


TFN…4th Wednesday of every month is Veterans Coffee Hour 9-10am at McDonalds in Cheboygan. Free coffee for Veterans. Info: cheboygan.com


Now-TFN…Hospice of Michigan is available to help families in need of compassionate hospice care for a loved one. Call 888-247-5701 or visit hom.org


TFN- The Northern Care Center is a medical clinic for those uninsured or underinsured. Patients  are seen on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. Located at 117 W State Street, Cheboygan. You need to wear a mask and when you come to the parking lot you need to call the clinic, first come first seen. They also have vouchers for product at Goodwill and personal hygiene products for those in need. Please knock on the door for product. Please call with any questions 231-333-3019.


TFN…The Cheboygan Rec Center is open on Monday and Wednesday for boys and Tues/Thurs for girls from 5:30-8pm. High school and adults 8pm-10:30pm. Must wear mask at all times.


Now – TFN…Weekly Covid-19 Testing. By appointment only. No symptoms or doctors order necessary. Charlevoix: Mon & Wed 10a-noon; Gaylord & Mancelona: Tues & Thurs 10-noon; Harbor Springs/Petoskey: Friday 10-noon. Call the Health Dept of NW Michigan to schedule 800-432-4121

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