Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
October 26, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
Time to "Fall Back"
November 1, 2020
Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 1, 2020 than the day before. 

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Tuesday, October 27, Special Village Council Meeting 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
Tuesday, October 27, Planning Commission, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Monday, November 2, Village Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m
Tuesday, November 3, Voting Day for more info: www.michigan.gov/vote
Polling locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.
Village of Elk Rapids

Click to read: Last Fall Brush Pickup

Click to read: 2020 Fall Leaf Pickup

The Elk Rapids Village Council recommends everyone read the MDHHS press release regarding Halloween. The Council suggests households choosing not to participate in handing out candy keep their porch light off, while those that choose to participate put their porch light on—to serve as a signal for trick-or-treaters. In the downtown River Street business district, trick-or-treaters are asked to travel one-way on sidewalks, rather than criss-crossing River Street. To read the MDHHS COVID-19 recommendations about Halloween trick-or-treating, celebrations, click HERE

Due to COVID, there will not be a Zombie Parade this year.😪 We'll miss those Zombies!

Some of the downtown businesses will be passing out candy.
Those that I know for sure are:
Cellar 152
DHL Builders
Elk Rapids Cinema
Stoney Cabin Toys * T.J. Charlies
Check the chamber facebook page for updates
Cute Pumpkin for 2020 ~~ Happy Halloween!
Halloween Drive Thru

Saturday, October 31, 2020 at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Come in your costume and drive through to pick up your "Treat", starting at 3:00 p.m. until Treats are gone. Enter off of Williamsburg Rd into parking lot and exit onto Church Street.

Williamsburg United Methodist Church * 750 Williamsburg, MI 49690
"Trunk or Treat"
Saturday, October 31, 2020 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Lighthouse Community Center
503 Elm Street
Elk Rapids, MI 49629

(down the street from First Presbyterian Church)
The holiday season will be different for Michiganders this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure families do not miss out on being together during the holidays, MDHHS has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3m9QqsQ.

Do You know What Employees Expect from Their Employer? It's Changed.
Employees are prioritizing their safety, security, and personal values over money and titles according to the results of the Worker Value Survey, conducted by WorldatWork. The study of more than 5,400 working professionals uncovered significant workplace shifts and reflects the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns and social issues.....Read more

Response & Preparedness Template with Remote Work Policy
MiOSHA rules require the need for a COVID-19 Response & Preparedness Template, including a policy outlining remote work.
The SBAM team has reviewed guidance from both MDHHS and MiOSHA rules and created an updated version of the COVID-19 Response & Preparedness Template and a complete Remote Worker Toolkit for your use.


This year has been tough for so many of us, and retail stores and local eateries are no exception. As winter approaches and coronavirus cases spike, business owners worry what that means for crucial holiday sales, Paula Gardner reports.

Meanwhile, as COVID-19 surges again in Michigan, hospitals are increasing entry-level wages and Mackinac Island is bracing for cases as services scale back.......Read More
Work on your interviewing skills or your resume at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Workshop.

Stay connected with Northwest Michigan Works! online at a Virtual Career Connection meeting where you can learn about job opportunities and improve job search skills while networking with other job seekers and professionals. On Tuesday, October 27 from 2-3:00 pm, Career Connection will focus on Petoskey area job opportunities, and on Thursday, October 29 from 10-11:00 am Career Connection will focus on Traverse City area job opportunities. There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information.
Have you checked out the list of employers participating in the Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Job Fair coming up Wednesday, October 28 from 9am-noon? You'll be able to connect with nearly 30 employers who have hundreds of immediate job openings. Learn about those opportunities through one-on-one text, audio, or video-based chats. Share your background and experience, get your questions answered, and GET HIRED!
See a list of the employers and register at nwm.org/VirtualJobFair
Want to improve your small town by supporting entrepreneurs? Learn from leaders who are working to make their communities stronger and hear what strategies have worked for them.
Join us for the virtual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities multi-state showcase! November 9-13, 2020. Register today for just $20 per individual: https://bit.ly/CECShowcase
Get details on a grant opportunity from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; hear about President David Emmel’s first month; and more!

Short’s Brewing Co. Expansions
Near Completion 

New Kettle, New Warehouse, New Packline and New Pull Barn

There’s a saying at Short’s—the only thing constant is change. Since the brewery opened in a renovated hardware store in 2004, change—along with growth and expansion—has been a part of the company’s DNA. 2020 impacted the brewery in ways they didn’t expect—and one in a good way. June saw a 30% increase in sales for the brewery, followed by their busiest July 4th holiday ever. Summer sales trends continued, and resulted in 14% growth over summer 2019. And while 2020 was crazy, the change and expansion didn’t stop.......Continue Reading
Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer

Mission: Our primary focus is to assist all individuals living within Antrim County who are not otherwise covered by public or private medical programs or whose personal financial capability would discourage preventative testing.

Until 2009, Antrim County had the highest breast cancer mortality rate in Michigan. Since then, the rate has dropped 36% and we now rank 47th out of 83 counties. Based on current data we can expect 17-19 incidents and 2-4 breast cancer deaths each year. So, while great progress has been made in reducing the mortality rates, we still have a significant challenge in front of us. So, if you need help, or advice, help with care or more, please reach out to us. We’re to help!

Last week to take advantage of the Fall Special at Michigan Lake Products
It's not too early to think about Christmas Gifts for your favorite paddler.....

Visit the Paddle Antrim Shop for gift ideas

Paddle Antrim * www.paddleantrim.com (231) 492-0171
Buy any Gazelle E-Bike in September or October and receive $100 in Bayfront Bucks that can be used at any of these fine establishments in beautiful Elk Rapids. Please see store for offer details. 

Cellar 152 * Ethanology * My Michigan Roots * Mullaly's 128 Gallery Stoney Cabin Toys * Nifty Things * The Nature Connection *Stuff n' Such * Wildflower Soapworks *

Bayfront Beach & Bike * 130 River St. * Elk Rapids * (231) 498-2295
886 U.S. Highway 31 N., Kewadin, MI 49648 (231) 599-2824
1126 Carver Rd, Traverse City, MI (231)941-1808
Stop in anytime during business hours (Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sunday 10-4) and take our scarecrow scavenger hunt now through October 31. Costumes are encouraged! Find all the scarecrows and come up to counter for some Halloween goodies. Make a scarecrow craft. This is a totally free family event.

Trick or Treat SALE!

50% off Select Perennials
50% off Select Shrubs
40% off Remaining Bulbs
50% off Remaining Pansies, Mums and Kale
30% off Deciduous Trees
Sale at The Granary at Seven Cables
All Antiques 15% Off
Food Items and Pumpkins $1.00 off
Stone Benches 25% off
Clothing and Jewelry 30% off

Open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Last day for this season is Saturday, October 31, 2020
11680 S. Elk Lake Rd., * Williamsburg (231) 264-8429
Local friends,

As quickly as it came, summer has gone and with the shorter days and cooler weather, we’re excited to welcome you in for a cozy meal and some fantastic fall flavors.

We’re excited to have welcomed new team members and to be open every day again, bringing back in-restaurant and to-go service seven days a week! We’ll also be welcoming back favorite specials, like our Burger & Pint for $10, and our popular happy hour menu, as well as putting together an incredible lineup of live music to keep your feet tapping this autumn...........Continue Reading
Wildflower Soapworks * 231-264-8000
117 River St., Elk Rapids, MI
These great facial scrubs are back in stock..all are made in our shop..Wildflower Soapworks is open seven days a week to help you stock up on so many items. Come see us!

Elk Rapids Yoga Flow
212 River Street * Elk Rapids
(231) 463-4556
Congratulation ERYF!
Hello ERYF Friends,
We are celebrating our 3rd year in business, since opening in October of 2017.  
We want to express a sincere Thank You to all of you, our students, and community who have supported us throughout the last three years. 

3 FREE Classes with the purchase of a 5-class package.  This offer will be available to purchase through October and good to use for 6 months.  

Go to our website to purchase at elkrapidsyogaflow.com or contact Jan for more details 231-463-4556.

Free Halloween Vinyasa Class ~ Virtual

Enjoy this special treat without any tricks involved!

FREE Halloween Virtual Vinyasa class with Lauren Saturday October 31st at 8:00 am.
Enjoy this class from the comfort and warmth of your own home via the Zoom platform.  

You will receive a Zoom link to the class when you sign up and another one 1/2 hour prior to the start of class. Sign up at elkrapidsyogaflow.com or contact Jan at 231-463-4556.
Elk Rapids Cinema

Feature this week: "Tenet"
Showtimes: 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.

www.elkrapidscinema.com for Covid Notes
You don't have to attend a movie to buy the delicious popcorn and snacks!
White Birch Lodge
571 Meguzee Point
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
This beautiful lakeside retreat is perfect for your next Up North getaway! Private beach access allows you to bring your gear and get active on the Lake or kick back and relax on shore. Come Explore!
White Birch Lodge is located on Elk Lake, just before the Elk River. Our accommodations are on the water and will be available to rent short and long term throughout the Fall and Winter. If you are interested in making a reservation please contact our office for more information! 
(231) 264-8271 | info@whitebirchlodge.org

The Elk Rapids Women group (ERW) is offering a chance to receive an educational grant of up to $600. Women living or working in Antrim County will be given priority during the selection process.
The purpose of the grant is to support women who are preparing to advance themselves in order to enhance their employment, pursue further education, or development their careers. The grant may be used for but is not limited to tuition, assisting with a GED, attending job-related educational programs, or enhancing employment skills. The grant is not available to recent high school graduates due to the scholarship resources available to this population.
Applicants may be currently employed or seeking employment. Classes may be taken at the college level, through adult education courses, or other community educational programs. The grant may be used for tuition or other related educational costs.
To request an application through the mail or for more information, call Laura Schmidt at 231-350-0462 or lschmidtsh@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting an application is November 15, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed by the ERW's Scholarship Committee. Finalists may be called to schedule a personal interview with the committee before a final selection is announced.
For more information contact:
Elk Rapids Women's Scholarship
Attn: Laura Schmidt
PO Box 871 * Elk Rapids 49629
(231) 350-0462
WEEKLY UPDATE 10-24-2020

Where science, history, and art connect!

To: friends and family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: October 24, 2020
Re: News from Raven Hill!

Part of the fun of these weekly updates is getting sidetracked and making new connections in the process! This week, I even got distracted by the word “sidetrack”, which the Merriam Webster dictionary defines “as a position or condition of secondary importance to which one may be diverted.” The first known use of sidetrack was in 1828. But, I digress……Continue Reading Update on October 24, 2020

Check us out daily on Facebook and the website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates and more. We may also be reached via email (info@miravenhill.org) or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.
OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2020

Like many other events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids has been forced to cancel two of its’ long-running annual fund-raising events; the Rotary Show and the Harbor Days Chicken BBQ. But, the cancellation of these events doesn’t mean the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids isn’t still committed to partnering with you to raise funds for its’ Good Works Fund.

Listed are the 2019-2020 Good Works Fund grant recipients. Thanks to your past support, these organizations have been able to provide valuable services to those in need. Now, more than ever, these organizations need continued financial assistance.

Please consider making a gift/sponsorship to the Good Works Fund knowing that any amount you give will support community well being during these difficult times.

As a THANK YOU for your generosity, your business name will be featured in the Elk Rapids News, Facebook and on the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids website.

For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high. 

Village Market and Gas Station
250 Ames St * Elk Rapids (231) 264-5629
The Village Market Giving Tree is just around the corner!

After a lot of thought, we are doing things a little different this year due to the Corona Virus pandemic that has happened…We will be taking monetary donations ONLY this year. We are doing this because we are not supposed to have things coming and going, in and out of the store. So, our plan is to collect money, divide the total by the number of children and order everything proportionately online and have it shipped directly to each child’s home.

We, also, will not be putting up a tree with tags this year. We understand that so many individuals like to shop themselves but we are just unable to do that this year. We feel that this is the best solution to still be able to help the children and not have to cancel the program completely.
In ending, we would need all donations by November 1st, this will give us ample time to get forms turned in and gifts ordered. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 231-264-5629, ext. 6.

Thank You in advance for your consideration…J

To Donate: Go to your local Village Market and see the cashier for your monetary donation. They are able to add it to your order or you can make checks payable to The Village Market and “The Giving Tree” should be on the memo line.

If you’re in need of assistance: The forms are ONLY at the Village Markets, (Elk Rapids, Rapid City & Central Lake). They will NOT be handed out through the schools this year. This program is for individuals that need a little help at Christmas. All children up to the age of 18, (as long as they are enrolled in school), are eligible.

Merry Christmas!
Vicki & Jen
Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Hwy. * Bellaire, MI
(231) 533-8576

Click to read: In Otter News
Fall colors are cascading throughout Michigan this week across back roads, city parks, nature trails—and along rushing rivers and streams.
Celebrate the season at Traverse City's Zombie Run, or the Halloween Stroll in Port Huron. Spend an afternoon touring the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibition in Dearborn. Or, check out the craft scene at the Halloween Beer Tour in Kalamazoo. Stay safe and show off your family-friendly costumes at the Virtual Costume Parade, Story, and Dance Party.
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Our Thrift Store Manager Lucy wants to resume 10-5 operating hours (now 10-3), but we need more volunteers to make it happen. Please consider volunteering at ACTS from 3-5 pm on any days, Tuesday-Saturday. To get started, call Carol at (231) 267-3002.

Acme Christian Thrift Store
8925 M-72 East
Williamsburg, MI 49690

Amvets Post #114
410 Bridge St. * Elk Rapids

CORRIE COY @(231) 676-0148
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
305 U.S. 31 * Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8202 * www.elkrapidschamber.org