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Week of Jan 12


Tickets are on sale now for the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce Annual Award Celebration taking place January 23rd from 5-8pm at the Otsego Resort. Featuring dinner, drinks and live entertainment. Pre-registration required. $45 person. Info: 989-732-6333


Now-Jan 31… Give a Can, Get a Radon Testing Kit. The Health Dept of NW Michigan is offering a free radon testing kit with non-perishable food donations. Info:


Now-April 30-The Cheboygan Recreation Center game room is open to all high school kids from 7-11pm every Saturday night, with free pizza for all! Info: 231-627-2151


Now-March 31…Every Sunday Snow Lovers Breakfast at the East Jordan Sno-Mobilers Clubhouse. 7a-noon. $7 adults, kids under 10 $4. Info: 231-497-9260


Now-Jan 17…Voices Without Borders is currently accepting auditions to perform center stage on February 8 for its 2nd annual “A Time to Shine”. Auditions are open to performers of all ages from throughout northern MI. YouTube submissions may be emailed to by midnight, January 17, 2020. Live auditions will be held in Petoskey on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Visit to learn more and to register for an audition time. 


Jan 16-19…Northern Michigan Camping & RV Show at The Ellison Place – Gaylord. Thurs-Sat 9a-9p, Sun 9-5p. Show admission 3 non-perishable food items or cash donation. Proceeds benefit The Refuge of Otsego County helping the homeless. Info:


Jan 17…Hoops for Troops at Harbor Springs High School. Girls Varsity 5:30, Boys Varsity 7pm. Rams vs Kalkaska. Proceeds benefit Brave Hearts Estate in Pellston. Info:


Jan 17-18…Mackinaw  City Winterfest. Chili cook-off, outhouse races, poker walk, ice fishing, family activities and more! Info:


Jan 18…Opening reception for the 2020 Grand Traverse Art Bomb at Right Brain Brewery – Traverse City. Live music, art demonstrations, dance and more. Open-4p: workshops, live demos and vendors. 4-6p dance performance; 6:15-close: live music. Free admission. Info:


Jan 18…2020 Frozen Foot Race at Eastern Elementary School-Traverse City. Kids fun run 9a; 5 mile 9:30. $30 adults, $20 students, $5 kids fun run. Info:


Jan 18…Downtown TC Chili Cook-Off 11-3 at the Park Place Hotel. Enjoy chili prepared by local restaurants competing in chili categories such as 1 Alarm, 2 Alarm, 3 Alarm, White, Vegetarian, Ethnic, No Bean and Seafood. Attendees vote for their favorite in each category and their overall favorite for the People's Choice Award. Info:


Jan 18…Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction 4-8pm at First Christian Church-Traverse City. Raffle, auction, bake sale. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 27. By dontation. Info: 231-409-1902


Jan 18…23rd Annual Untamed Sportsman Dinner at the FOE in Cheboygan. Doors at 4pm, dinner at 6pm, raffle at 8. Ticket $30. Benefits the Compass academy, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Northern Care Center and Cheboygan Special Needs. Info: 231-420-1530


Jan 18…Indian River Winterfest-Cooporation Park. Ice skating, sledding, ice fishing, family activities, live music and more! Info:


Jan 18…55th Annual Moose Jaw Safari-Harbor Springs. Starts at 10am at the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club groomer barn. Info:


Jan 18…Sleeping Bear Dunes 50th Anniversary Kick-Off 10-4p at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore-Empire. Free with park entrance pass. The celebration will include sledding on the dunes (bring your own sled!), snowshoeing on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (snowshoes available for borrowing), snowball target practice and more! Info:


Jan 18-25…Tip-Up-Town USA – Houghton Lake. Parade, fun run, kids games, carnival rides, ice fishing contest, snowmobile drag races, live music and more!


Jan 19…Free snowmobile safety class 8:30-4pm at the Cheboygan County building. Lunch provide. Pre-registration required. Info: 231-627-3155


Jan 22-26…Thunder Bay International Film Festival-Alpena. Watch impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world. Enjoy social events, educational activities, and opportunities to meet filmmakers. Info: 989-884-6200


Jan 23…The Gaylord Chamber presents the 2019 Annual Awards Celebration 5-8pm at the Otsego Resort. Dinner, drinks and live entertainment. Tickets $45, pre-registration required. Info: 989-732-6333


Jan 25…Yetifest 11a-6p –Suttons Bay. Scavenger hunt, movie, carboard classic, chili-cookoff and more. Info:


Jan 25…Rogers City Baseball Cornhole Tournament 3pm at Up North 23 Restaurant & Lounge. Must be 21+. 2 person teams $30 per team. Benefits the Huron Baseball program. Info: 989-306-2336


Jan 25…Bigfoot 5K & 10K Snowshoe Race 9am at Timber Ridge Resort-Traverse City. You can rent a pair of snowshoes if you don't have your own. If there's no snow, bring your trail shoes, the race goes on no matter what the conditions! Bigfoot is the Midwest qualifier for February's United States National Championship Snowshoe race. Info:


Jan 26…Harbor Springs Area Chili Cook-off noon-3pm at Boyne Hightlands Resort. $12 adults, kids 12 & under free. Non-perishable food items will also be collected for local food pantries. Info:


Jan 29…Spaghetti Dinner 4:30-7pm at the K of C Hall-Cheboygan. By donation. Info:


Jan 30…Soup & Casserole Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. $10 adults, Kids 12 & under $5. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:


Jan 31, Feb 1,7 & 8…The Northland Players presents the comedy “Virgil Wins the Lotter”, their February dinner theatre at the Cheboygan Eagles. Dinner choices are Prime rib, Parmesan encrusted whitefish and Pork loin with cherry chutney sauce. Doors open at 6:00, dinner at 6:30 and show at 7:30. Tickets are $25. Call 231-627-4051 for reservations.


February 2020


Feb 1…Charlevoix Groundhog Shadowfest noon-6pm downtown. Family activities, free movie, soup contest, music, games, beer tent and more! Info:


Feb 1…Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree. Live music, fishing contest, kids activities, poker run and more!


Feb 1…White Pine Stampede 8a-5p starts at Mancelona High School. The 50K race begins at 9:30 AM, the 20K race begins at 10:30 AM, and the 10K race begins at 11:30 AM. Info:


Feb 1-2…44th Annual Winter Festival – Mackinac Island. Family activities, lantern lit snowshoe/cross country ski trek; ice skating, bonfire, silent auction, kids activities and more. Info:


Feb 5…Cheboygan High School Academic Boosters Trivia Night 7pm at Spare Time Lanes. $100 for a team of 4, must be 21+. Prizes for top finishers. Info:


Feb 8…Father/Daughter Dance 6-8pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall-Cheboygan. Dad’s, Grandpa’s, Uncle’s, Older Brother’s what a fun night to treat that special young lady! One free picture taken together, food and desserts Music. Tickets $7 in adv. $10 at the door. Info:


Feb 8…Winterfest-Downtown Beulah. Poker run, frozen turkey bowling, chili cookoff, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen fish toss, parade, fireworks and more! Info:


Feb 8…”2nd Annual A Time To Shine” 7pm at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts-Petoskey. Tickets are available at VIP - $25/General Admission - $10. The evening's entertainment will include a sparkling celebration of Northern MI stars, as well as live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit Voices Without Borders and help its Great Lakes Youth Choir to reach Carnegie Hall in June, 2020. Info:


Feb 8…Community Breakfast Buffet 8-11am at the Sand Road Senior Center-Cheboygan. All you can eat by donation. Benefits the home delivered meals program. Info: 231-627-7234


Feb 9…Cub Scout Pack 36/Boy Scout Troop 36 benefit pancake breakfast 8:30-12:30 at 222 Cass St.-Traverse City. Free will donation. Info: 231-946-5191


Feb 13…Valentine’s Day Special Dinner 4-6p at the Wolverine Senior Center. Prime rib dinner, live music. Info: 231-525-8969


Feb 13…Hooping for a Cure Basketball Fundraiser at LaSalle High School-St. Ignace. The Saints take on the Cedarville Trojans. JV game starts at 5pm. Raffles and 50/50, commemorative t-shirts available. Proceeds benefit the No Cancer Patient Left Behind Program and Mackinac Straits Health Foundation. Info: 906-328-0006


Feb 13-16…Labatte Blue UP Pond Hockey Tournament-St. Ignace. Info:


Feb 14… Community Trivia Night 7:30-? At the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. $5 person, teams of up to 8. Cash prizes, door prizes, cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association. Info: 231-486-0224


Feb 14…Rock Out For Rescue 6-9:30p at the Grand Unity Event Center-Petoskey. Tickets are $75 and will include heavy hors d'oeuvres by Sweetwater Catering, an open bar, silent auction, dancing and entertainment by Main Street Dueling Pianos of Grand Rapids. There will be a Valentine's Day backdrop to take photos with your sweetie! Benefits the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Info:


Feb 14-15…Winter Carnival – Petoskey. Chocoholic Frolic Fri 3-7pm; winter ghost walk; search for Olaf; cardboard sled race, ice carving; music and more! Info:


Feb 15…9th Annual Alpenfrost-Gaylord. Frosty 5K, moonlit snowshoe hike, soup cookoff, ice skating, cardboard sled race, kids games and more! Info:


Feb 15…66th Annual Knights of Columbus Sportsman Dinner at the Kof C-Cheboygan. Includes wild game appetizers, prime rib, cash bar, gun raffles and games. $35 person. Doors at 5, dinner at 7. Proceeds benefit KofC charities. Info: 231-420-8153


Feb 15…Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser 6-midnight at the FOE –Cheboygan. Silent auction, buffet dinner, dessert station, cash bar, music and dancing. Proceeds benefit Chelsea’s Closet. $35 person. Info: 231-818-9126


Feb 15-16…Michigan Free Fishing Weekend!


Feb 15-16…Kalkaska Winterfest at the fairgrounds. Dog sled races, craft show, dog weight-pull and more. Info:


Feb 21-22…Michigan Snowmobile Festival – Gaylord. Info:


Feb 22…Cheboygan County United Way Walk for Warmth. 10am registraion, walk at 11am at the FOE. Helps local residents in need of utility assistance. Suggested donation $15. Info:


Feb 22…Hike for Health at Duncan Bay 10:30-12:30. Join Little Traverse Conservancy staff on a winter hiking excursion to the overlook on the shores of Lake Huron. After the hike, (optionally) meet to order lunch at Nourish, in downtown Cheboygan. This event is offered at no charge, but pre-registration is requested by calling 231.347.0991 or online at


Feb 27… Soup & Casserole Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. $10 adults, Kids 12 & under $5. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:


Feb 28…Gaylord Chamber Bowling Bash 5:30-9:30p at the Gaylord Bowling Center. $20 person. Three games, with several prizes being awarded. Info:


March 13… Community Trivia Night 7:30-? At the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. $5 person, teams of up to 8. Cash prizes, door prizes, cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association. Info: 231-486-0224


April 10… Community Trivia Night 7:30-? At the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. $5 person, teams of up to 8. Cash prizes, door prizes, cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association. Info: 231-486-0224




TFN…On the 4th Wednesday of every month, enjoy Veterans Coffee Hour from 9-10am at the Cheboygan McDonalds. Info:


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


Every Monday starting Jan 7, the Wawatam Area Senior Center will have cribbage starting at 1:30, through March. Info: 627-4926


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 noon at Indian River Golf Club. 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


TFN…Looking for a different way to graduate high school?  Inverness Academy offers flexable scheduling, vocational training, diploma and more. Info: 231-627-5613


TFN…The Journey Program – a free 10 week group exercise program of cancer patients up to two years post treatment. Classes are held 4 times a year in Traverse City, Frankfort and Suttons Bay. Preregistration is required. Info: 231-276-2494


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