Elk Rapids Area

Chamber of Commerce

"Monday Minute" Newsletter

March 6, 2023

Chain of Lakes Area

Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake Eastport * Ellsworth * Elk Rapids * Kewadin * Rapid City * Torch River * Williamsburg


~ Nadora Esthetics and Wellness ~

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

🎀Ribbon Cutting at 4:00 p.m.

2023 Chain of Lakes Guidebook

Advertising Opportunity!

Promote your business or organization in the Chain of Lakes Guide

A FULL year of advertising in print and online

5,000 copies sent to MDOT centers

10,000 copies delivered to the region

It won't be long before we are tubing down

<-- <-- the river ~~~~~~~~ !

For information on advertising in this popular publication, please contact Laura at laura@elkrapidschamber.org or call (231) 264-8202.

Click HERE to see full publication

Now accepting applications for our 2023 Arts & Crafts Shows


Newly added show to our lineup ~

Harbor Days Arts & Craft Show, Friday, August 4

Harbor Days Arts & Crafts Application 2023

To download Farmers Market application: https://www.elkrapidschamber.org/farmers-market/

For questions on any chamber event, contact Mary Lakin at mary@elkrapidschamber.org.

2023 Chain of Lakes Area

Snapshot of Upcoming Events

Where to go, What to see, and

What to do in the Chain of Lakes Area


Mar 7, Euchre Night at Cellar 152

Mar 8, TK/Kindergarten Parent Orientation @ Mill Creek, 6 pm

Mar 9, TK/Kindergarten Parent Orientation @Lakeland, 6 pm

Mar 9, Fly Tyin Thursdays at Ethanology 6-8:30 pm

Mar 9, Cornhole Tournament at The DAM Shop, 6 pm

Mar 9-10, ER High School/CMS Musical ~ "Grease," 7 pm

Mar 10, Girl Scout Cookies for sale at Grease musical, ERHS, 6-8 pm

Mar 10, Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting for Nadora, 3-6 pm

Mar 10, Fish Fry at Sacred Heart Church, 5-7 pm

Mar 10, Music House presents The Austin Stoddard Jazz Octet, 7 pm

Mar 11, Girl Scout Cookies for sale-drive thru at the swan 10-3 pm

Mar 11, Short's in Bellaire Job Fair, 11 am - 3 pm

Mar 11, ER High School/CMS Musical~ "Grease," 2 pm & 7 pm

Mar 11, HERTH Indoor Farmers & Artisans Market, 10 am - 2 pm.

Mar 11, Tapping Maple Trees at Grass River Natural Area 11-12:30 pm

Mar 11, Frostbite Trail-A Winter Cask, Flask, & Fork Experience, 1-6 pm

Mar 11, Euchre at Sacred Heart Community Center, 6:30-9 pm

Mar 11, ER Players Community Trivia at HERTH, 7 pm

Mar 11, Oscar Party at Torch Lake Cafe

Mar 11-12, Home Builders Expo at Grand Traverse Resort

Mar 12, ⏱️Daylight Savings Day, Set Your Clocks Ahead 1 hour

Mar 12, Pokemon Club at ER Library, 2-4 pm


Mar 14, Business After Hours event @ the Town Club, 5-7 pm,

Mar 14, Exploring Shipwrecks Presentation, Rotary @HERTH, 6 pm

Mar 14, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 5:30-6:30 pm

Mar 14, Paint & Sip at Castle Farms/1918 Cellars, 6-8 pm

Mar 15, Brews & Bingo at Short's Pull Barn, 6 pm

Mar 16, Grass River Nature Trivia Night at Short's Pull Barn, 6 pm

Mar 16, Project Grad, Michigan College Planning Workshop, 6:30 pm

Mar 17, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 8:30-9:30 am

Mar 17, Downtown ER🍀St. Pat's Scavenger Hunt & Firelit Fireday,1-5pm

Mar 17, Fish Fry at Sacred Heart Church, 5-7 pm

Mar 17, Stand Up Comedy Night at Ethanology, 7-9 pm

Mar 18, Girl Scout cookies for sale at ER Village Market, 10 am - 3 pm

Mar 18, Pine Hill Nursery Job Fair, 10 am - 2 pm

Mar 18, Maple Fest at Grass River Natural Area, 12-3 pm

Mar 18, Spring Preview Tiny Traveling Boutique @BOS Wine, 4-8 pm

Mar 19, Chocolate, Cheese & Wine at Waterfire Vineyeard, 1-4 pm


Mar 20, Wine Tasting at Torch Lake Cafe', 6 pm

Mar 21, FREE Community Dinner @1st Presbyterian, 5 ; 6:30 pm

Mar 21-23, Auditions for Boeing, Boeing Play at HERTH

Mar 23, Fly Tyin Thursdays at Ethanology, 6-8:30 pm

Mar 23, Waterfire Wine at the Smokehouse, 6 pm

Mar 24, Fish Fry at Sacred Heart Church, 5-7 pm

Mar 25, Euchre at Sacred Heart Community Center, 6:30-9 pm

Mar 25-26, MI Maple Weekend at Out of the Woods Farm, 10 am-4 pm


Mar 28, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 5:30-6:30 pm

Mar 29, Brews & Bingo at Short's Pull Barn, 6 pm

Mar 31, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 8:30-9:30 am

Mar 31, Fish Fry at Sacred Heart Church, 5-7 pm


April 8, Euchre at Sacred Heart Community Center, 6:30-9 pm

April 9, Pokemon Club at ER Library, 2-4 pm


April 11, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 5:30-6:30 pm

April 11, Coffee with Village Council, 6 – 7:30 pm

April 13, Paint & Pour Party for Antrim County Breast Cancer, 5;30 pm

April 14, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 8:30-9:30 am


April 20, Flowers, Friends, & Fun at Pine Hill Nursery 7 - 9 pm

April 21, Stand Up Comedy Night at Ethanology, 7-9 pm

April 22, Intro to Blacksmithing, Samels Farm, 8:30 am-12:00 pm

April 22, Introduction to Blacksmithing at Samels Farm, 8:30 am-noon

April 22, Euchre at Sacred Heart Community Center, 6:30-9 pm


April 25, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 5:30-6:30 pm

April 28, ER Community Cupboard Grocery Pick-up, 8:30-9:30 am

May 6, Euchre at Sacred Heart Community Center, 6:30-9 pm

May 13, Super Recycling Day, 9 am - 3 pm

May 13, Rotary Community Event "Duct Tape Ball" @ A-Ga-Ming Golf

May 19-20, Samels Farm Volunteer Work Bee & Cleanup, 9 am

May 20, Euchre at Sacred Heart Community Center, 6:30-9 pm

May 27, Arts & Craft Fair in Elk Rapids, 10 am - 4 pm


Please email laura@elkrapidschamber.org with any updated event dates.

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Public Meetings about OUR CommUNITY

Monday, March 6, ER School Board Meeting, @ ERHS LIBRARY

  • 5:00 Closed Session, Agenda
  • 6:00 pm Regular Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, March 7, ER Village Council, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 7, Acme Township Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, ER DDA Commission, 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 9, ER District Library Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 13, ER Township Board Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Monday, March 13, Milton Township Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.




  • The survey takes about 20 minutes and will be live from February 20th to March 31st, 2023. There will be an open house this summer and will be another way to provide input. The survey and the open house will be different so please consider participating in both! If you have any questions, please contact Kerri Janisse at kjanisse@elkrapids.org or 231-264-9274.

See Full Press Release: PRESS RELEASE: MASTER PLAN 5-YEAR UPDATE SURVEY - Village of Elk Rapids


The Elk Rapids Village Government is excited to invite all community members with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas to apply for an array of volunteer positions to aid in the decision-making process of our municipality. Elk Rapids is fortunate to have an abundance of highly educated, community-focused people. Serving on a village commission is a fulfilling experience and a great way to give back to our community. The Village Government is seeking volunteers, both new and seasoned, with fresh ideas for the following board/commission positions: >>Read More

Be sure to check out the discoverelkrapids.com website

Village of Elk Rapids: www.elkrapids.org

Elk Rapids Township: https://www.elkrapids.com/

Milton Township: https://miltontownship.org/

Torch Lake Township:www.torchlaketownship.org/

Antrim County: antrimcounty.org

Acme Township: acmetownship.org/

View the full list of webinars


Biz Start 101

NMC University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684

In-Person - Thursday, March 9th from 10-11:30 AM

The Biz Start 101 workshop is for aspiring entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital or simply considering self-employment. Assess your abilities to lead and manage a company, and evaluate the market and sales potential for your products/services.

>>Read More

MDARD Value-Added Grant Program

Applications close April 4th, 2023 at 3 PM

"The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is now accepting applications for its latest round of value-added grants.


The Value-Added Grant Program is designed to help retain, expand, attract, or develop agricultural processing in Michigan through targeted investments in technology and equipment, feasibility studies, healthy food access, regional food systems, and urban agriculture. Grant proposals must be received by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on April 4, 2023.

The maximum grant award eligible is $100,000 per proposal. Each project will require a minimum 30 percent match. The value-added proposals will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Applications for grant funds will be asked to outline how the project will impact and produce measurable outcomes for Michigan's food and agriculture industry.

MDARD is accepting proposals to help expand value-added agricultural processing and food hub development in the state and access to fresh nutritional Michigan-grown foods.


Those interested in applying should visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants to view the application and grant guidelines. Apply Here


Michigan announces launch of nation’s largest campaign to promote new careers in state’s surging electric vehicle and mobility sector

MEDC’s new Talent Action Team will pilot unprecedented recruitment effort in a public-private partnership with 15 major Michigan employers, public universities and community colleges

Kickoff includes debut of The Michigander EV Scholars program, featuring up to $10,000 scholarships to as many as 350 top tech students at participating universities who sign a letter of employment with an approved company and commit to staying for 12 months in the Great Lakes State. >>Continue Reading

20Fathoms, NMC Extended Ed partner on Business Essentials course

TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan has a number of meetings and mentors to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into action.

Traverse City’s SCORE chapter, TCNewTech, the Small Business Development Center, and 20Fathoms offer monthly workshops to not only create exposure for innovation but also to facilitate growth.

Venture North, SCORE, Northwestern Michigan College and other organizations provide consultation, mentorship, and networking opportunities to transform dreams into reality. A new partnership between 20Fathoms and NMC will essentially aim to provide both. >>Continue Reading

For recorded webinars and upcoming workshops: 



How to Choose The Right Business Structure For Your Business

March 7, 2023, 1:00pm EST

Learn about the different business structures, the benefits of each type and which business structure works best for your business.

Read the Latest News from Traverse Connect HERE




Now hiring? We’ve heard you. We know that Michigan businesses of every size, location and industry are facing immense talent shortages and challenges. This new tool – known as EmergeSkilled – can help you find and keep employees. It’s a proven technology platform that can help you connect with talent while building a long-term workforce pipeline for the future. Read on to learn more. 

Explore workplace trends and ideas for how employers can best support generational teams while keeping employees engaged and motivated for long-term retention and success.

Don’t miss this year's Small Business Summit~April 5, 2023

Special thanks to our sponsor Consumers Energy. Register today:  https://bit.ly/3I00tOR

Register for MiCareerQuest Northwest 2023!

Registration for employers, schools, and volunteers is open until Friday, March 17!

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the region's largest career exploration

event for students.

For more information and registration links, visit our website: nwm.org/micqnw.

Have some credits under your belt but didn’t finish your degree? Keep going with Michigan Reconnect! Reach your goals with an Associate Degree or skill certificate. Get started today at Michigan.gov/Reconnect

Michigan’s nonprofits who are struggling with the negative impacts and hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic can now take the first step to receive much needed funding from the $35 million MI Nonprofit Relief Fund for serving their hard-hit communities.

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) today announced the launch of the “intent to apply” phase for the relief fund, which is focused on assisting small charitable nonprofit organizations.

Read the FEBRUARY Newsletter

  • Michigan ReConnect Program
  • Career & Technical Education Month
  • Job Fairs
  • MIHI Connected Tours
Visit Jobs Posted

Job Fair

Saturday, March 18th, 10 am-2 pm

Onsite interviews

Openings in Landscape, Retail, and Café

Call 599-2824 for more info

Pine Hill Nursery & Landscape🌿 886 US 31 North🌱 Kewadin


  • Job Openings:

Accounting Clerk

Forklift Driver

General Labor

Industrial Safety Assistant

Maintenance Processor

Sanitation Worker

Looking for:

Contemporary Worship Director

Looking For:

Human Resource Director


Licensed Cosmetologist

Looking for:

Shop Supervisor and Shop Employees

Looking For:

Marketing Associate

Employment Opportunity

Village Treasurer



Sacred Heart Church

Looking for servers, kitchen help, and baked goods donations.

Helpers, please arrive at 4:00 pm (servers white shirts black pants, and aprons provided). Instructions are provided upon check-in.

Please deliver your baked goods donation on Friday, before 4:00 pm.

click on the link below to sign up or call the office at 231-264-8087.

Sign Up Fish Fry VOLUNTEER

Chamber members please submit volunteer needs for your organization to laura@elkrapidschamber.org


Red Hot Best Voting is open now through March 15th! Place your votes DAILY here: https://link.mynorth.com/RHB2023

Spot the 🍀St. Paddy’s Day-themed item in each business and get a sticker on your ticket for proof! Visit at least 10 of the 19 participating businesses and turn in your completed ticket to Nifty Things by 5 pm to be entered to win two prize drawings for Chamber Bucks!

Participating businesses will be marked with orange cones and are….

🍀Short’s Pull Barn🍀The DAM Shop🍀Swim To You🍀My Michigan Roots

🍀Haystacks🍀Stuff n’Such🍀Nifty Things!🍀Cellar 152🍀Corner Drugs

🍀Traverse Bay Farms🍀Happy Camper Coffee Co.🍀Harbor Antiques

🍀Chef Chuck’s Pizza🍀Nature Connection🍀Amy Kate & Golden Hill Farms

🍀Townclub🍀River St. Market🍀Wildflower Soapworks🍀Word Love Goods

Don’t forget to enjoy the bonfires and s’mores provided by the Downtown Elk Rapids Association.

K & K Heating & Cooling * 945 Green St.,* Elk Rapids * (231) 264-8323

The tallys are in for our February special and we were able to raise $420 for the local food pantries. Elk Rapids Community Cupboard and the Bellaire Community Food Pantry will each be receiving $210.

A BIG Thank you to our valuable customers! Let's keep it going and raise even more for our local Veterans!

Feel free to call 231-264-8323 and book your appointment today!

Five Weeks of Flowers

For $75

4 Mondays in March

1st Monday in April

First bouquet has vase

Following four are wrapped

pick-up only on Monday or Tuesday

Elk Lake Floral & Greenhouses

(231) 264-8188

8628 Cairn Hwy., Elk Rapids

Flowers💐 .....always a nice surprise!

The 2023 Home EXPO sponsored by the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area is being held at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme on March 11th & 12th. Show hours are Saturday, March 11th, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday, March 12th, from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Advance ticket sales are available at the HBA office or My North Ticketwire. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the event.

Cellar 152 🍷152 River Street🍷 Elk Rapids 🍷(231) 264-9000 🍷cellar152.com

Community Wine Tasting

Every Thursday night, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, $10

Taste and talk at the new community table

Euchre every Tuesday

Live Music at the Cellar on Friday and Saturday evenings!

The Music House presents Interlochen student Austin Stoddard and his Jazz Octet on March 10 at 7:00

The Music House Museum is proud to present The Austin Stoddard Jazz Octet, composed of academy students at Interlochen on Friday, March 10th at 7:00 pm. They will be performing a concert of original arrangements of "swing-era" standards, and will be featuring Interlochen's first-ever jazz vocal major.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and can be purchased at MyNorth Tickets or at musichouse.org. We hope to see you there.


Register for upcoming classes and workshops on our website! Check back often as we will be posting more classes and workshops soon: https://artandconnection.app.neoncrm.com/.../eventList.jsp

This week:

  • Tuesday 3/07, Spring/Easter Swag, mixed media, 1 - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, 3/08, Creative Journal Writing, 6 - 7:30 pm
  • Thursday 3/09, Paint A Beach Scene, 10 am - 1 pm
  • Thursday, 3/09, Healing through Art, 2 - 4 pm
  • Monday, 3/13, Hypertufa Stone-like Vessels, 10 am - 2 pm
Interlochen Winter/Spring 2023 Community Connection Concerts
Supporters and patrons of ArtRapids can secure up to four (4) free tickets to each of the following concerts in this special series. Follow the links below to learn more and reserve your tickets. Enter discount code ARCCC during checkout. 
Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. (Corson Auditorium)
Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Corson Auditorium)
Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. (Corson Auditorium)
Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. (Corson Auditorium)
Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. (Corson Auditorium)
Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Corson Auditorium)

Supporters and patrons of ArtRapids can take advantage of this opportunity now. 

 Silly Sister’s Pottery Spring 2023 Class Announcement


Spring is around the corner! The Silly Sister (that’s me, all right!) will begin a new round of Pottery Classes (Round 11.0) for March-April, 2023 as detailed below. As always, classes will be geared BOTH toward newbie potters, as well as continuing potters. Instruction and demos will be geared toward multiple levels of ability, so never worry about getting bored! >> Continue Reading


March 14, 2023, 6-8 pm

Follow along with a guide and paint a unique work of art on canvas while enjoying 1918 Cellars wine at Castle Farms! Tickets are $45 and include your canvas, art supplies, and one glass of 1918 Cellars wine. Additional beverages are available for purchase!

Purchase Tickets HERE

Castle Farms 🏰5052 M-66🍷Charlevoix MI🖼️ 231-237-0884

Boeing-Boeing! Auditions

The Elk Rapids Players will be holding open auditions for their upcoming production of the farcical comedy Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti on March 21, 22, and 23 at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall.

A cast of six characters (four women, and two men) will be selected for presenting Boeing-Boeing in late May and early June.

For a perusal script or further information about assisting either on stage or off stage, contact Director Roxanne Lutey at (231) 944-2976.

Short's Pull Barn 🍺211 Industrial Park 🚵Drive Elk Rapids 🌸


Wed. March 15, 20236 6:00 p.m.

$1 off Draft Beer & Cider for Mug Club Members at the Elk Rapids Pull Barn

every Monday.

Wine tastings 4-6 pm with Kim now every ~

Wednesday at the Village Market in Rapid City

Thursday at the Village Market in Elk Rapids

Village Market 🍷250Ames St.🍷 Elk Rapids🍷 (231) 264-5629

Ethanology | 127 Ames St. | Elk Rapids | (231) 498-2800

BOS Wine Events🍷 135 Ames Street 🍷Elk Rapids

DIG Night - Wine & Cheese Pairing with The Cheese Lady

Thursday, March 9th

Is there a better pairing than wine & cheese? Join us for our next DIG Event Thursday, March 9th, 6:30-7:30 pm where Dave will be talking with Tina Zinn, owner of The Cheese Lady in Traverse City.

They will discuss everyone's favorite pairing, cheese and wine!

Tickets are $25/person and include perfectly paired cheese and wine pairings, fun, and education about why certain cheeses pair with each wine. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

TGIF Dinner

Friday, March 10th

We are excited to be partnering again with Ames St Cafe to bring you Pulled Pork topped Mac-N-Cheese!

Your ticket will include Mac-N-Cheese topped with Pulled Pork, a side of Kale Salad, and a glass of BOS Blaufränkisch or Wishflower for $32. Tickets are required and can be purchased HERE.

Come to BOS Wine Garden to enjoy your dinner and wine starting at 5:30 pm.

Sip & Shop with Tiny Traveling Boutique 

Saturday, March 18th, 4:00-8:00 pm 

Join us Saturday, March 18th, for the Tiny Traveling Boutique Spring Preview Pop-Up at BOS Wine Garden. We are excited to collaborate once again for this fun event. Tawny has carefully curated spring pieces and styles specifically for this Spring Preview event.

Come sip some BOS wine, shop, and support TWO of your favorite Ames Street businesses here in Elk Rapids! We hope to see you there. Cheers! 

Join The Cheese Lady, Nativo Chocolate, and WaterFire for an afternoon of decadent pairings. In this hands-on experience, learn about the nuances of pairing from this trio of hosts while sipping and savouring. What a way to spend the day! Seating is limited and a pre-paid RSVP is required.

RSVP HERE: https://checkout.square.site/.../5J3TGWPJ3GXTJBUUCMHCFM2V

Waterfire Vineyard 12180 Sutters Lane Kewadin

Smoke and Porter Public House 🍷1752 US 31 N 🍷Traverse City

For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/3300314093632371?ref=newsfeed

Exploring Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

Renowned underwater and nature photographer Chris Roxburgh will present “Exploring Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes” at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall (HERTH) on Tuesday, March 14. Roxburgh, a master diver who has explored wrecks throughout the Great Lakes will share photos from his more recent adventures including those in the Mackinaw Straits and Thunder Bay’s National Marine Sanctuary. In 2020, Roxburgh published his best-selling “Leelanau Underwater” book on shipwrecks in Leelanau County and the Manitou Passage. The program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids, begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free of charge to the public

Scholarship Opportunity!

The Rotary Club of Elk Rapids announces three $2,500 scholarships available to current 2023 ERHS Seniors or recent Elk Rapids Graduates that attend Northwestern Michigan College The application deadline is April 22, 2023.

  • Click HERE for the application and guidelines

Contact Sherry Steffen, Scholarship Chairperson with questions,sherry.lkn@charter.net

Monday Dinner Specials

5:30 - 7:00 pm $10

Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary for all they do!


Amvets * 410 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids (231) 264-5182

Sacred Heart Church🐠 Fish Fry

Fridays, February 24 thru March 31, 2023

143 Charles Street, Elk Rapids (231) 264-8087

Sacred Heart Fish Fry-It is the Best!!!

Come check it out on Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Social Hall.

Cod, fries, and mac and cheese available for $12 Adult/ $40 family.

Desserts by donation, served by Sacred Heart Youth.

Stations of the Cross followed by Reconciliation begins at 7:00 pm in the church.

Thank you for coming in for a delicious meal and to gather with our community, the Lenten opportunity for prayer and reconciliation make the evening a huge blessing.

We have had tremendous responses from people to help in the kitchen, to serve, and to make desserts. Thank you for your support. We do require a few trained people in positions but are happy to let new people get involved. If you have not had an opportunity please consider signing up, it is a great place to volunteer!

Helpers, please arrive at 4:00 pm (servers white shirt black pants, aprons provided).

Instructions provided upon check-in. Please park in the north parking lot (off Buckley Street).

Please deliver your baked good donation on Friday, before 4:00 pm.

click on the link below to sign up or call the office 231-264-8087.



Euchre Schedule

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Community Center

143 Charles Street, Elk Rapids

6:30-9:00 pm

$5.00 per person, Cash Prizes

Saturdays, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb. 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, and May 20.

People Fund Grant Applicant Letters of Interest Due April 1


The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting letters of interest and grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout its service area for the spring grant cycle. Letters of interest are due by April 1. If the letter of interest is approved, the applicant can then submit a grant application by April 15. All letters and applications are accepted through an online grant application portal that can be found at gtlakes.com/people-fund.


Great Lakes Energy members support the People Fund by agreeing to have their bill rounded up to the nearest whole dollar amount. That extra change is then pooled with contributions from other People Fund participants and returned to the community through grants to non-profit, charitable organizations that provide humanitarian, educational, or community development services within the cooperative’s 26-county service area. Since 1999, the People Fund Program has awarded more than $4.2 million in grants to charitable and community organizations to help them better the lives of residents in local communities. The People Fund awarded more than $258,000 in grants in 2022.


Non-profit organizations that serve communities located in the Great Lakes Energy service area are eligible to apply. More information about the People Fund program, including organization and grant eligibility criteria, and lists of recent grant recipients, is available online at www.gtlakes.com/people-fund.


Letters of interest are due by April 1, with applications due by April 15. Another grant opportunity will be available in October 2023.

Elk Rapids Yoga Flow * 212 River Street * Elk Rapids

 elkrapidsyogaflow.com * 231-463-4556

Book your Next Yoga Class today


Free Ideal Protein 
Weight Loss Seminar

March 14, 2023

5:30 p.m. in Elk Rapids

Come learn about the doctor supervised Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program proven to promote fat loss, naturally suppresses appetite, and provides nutrition education and support to maintain weight loss. Sample foods available on the program.
Presented by Dr. Ann Kuenker
Elk RapidsMedical Clinic * 516 Bridge Street, ERAdmission is free, please RSVP - call 231-264-0700
(Mon. Mar. 13 in Traverse City ~ Thurs. Mar 16 in Petoskey)

More Good News here at Harbor Fitness. We welcome Brent Shipman as our newest personal trainer in the house!!

Brent is a local Elk Rapidian. He lives in Kewadin with his wife and 2 daughters. His personal training journey began 6 years ago with a love for powerlifting. He is in his 3rd year coaching the Elk Rapids High School powerlifting team.

Brent gained his Personal Training certification this past January and is ready to take on clients here at Harbor Fitness. In Brent's words, "As a personal trainer, it is my responsibility to offer you the opportunity to create a lifestyle that allows for training while not giving up aspects of your life you already enjoy. Through that, we can work to build healthy habits and routines to optimize your health and give you the best chance to live your life to the fullest."

You can reach Brent by phone, text, email, or by stopping at Harbor Fitness, 115 Ames Street, Suite F in Elk Rapids. Contact info for Brent is 231 564-8860, liftwithbrent@gmail.com.



Day Spa

404 Bridge Street, Elk Rapids (231) 264-8184


🍀March Specials

~ 15% off a European Facial

~ $5 off Cuts Men and Kids cuts w/ Adrian


Lavish Spray Tan ~ $50 per Session

No Classes March 9-13, 2023 - https://us15.campaign-archive.com/?u=db61348dc4daa0b9a03c37d4b&id=9131ed04a5

It's always a good time to start!

Use our classes, cooking groups, private training, or coaching to restore and heal from the inside out. Bodywise provides the services to sustain your healthy lifestyle for longevity, disease prevention, reducing inflammation, and helping you sustain your ideal weight.

Join us! https://erbodywise.com

Grass River Natural Area 

6500 Alden Hwy ~ Bellaire

(231) 533-8576

check online for events: www.grassriver.org

2023 Summer Camp registration opens at Noon!

Thursday, March 9


Tapping Maple Trees

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 11:00 am (1.5 hrs), $10 per person, limited space, must pre-register

Discover the ceremonial art of maple tapping by learning both traditional and modern methods. This program will cover all of the equipment you need to get started, as well as how to do it at home. Get a chance to tap a tree, and see maple syrup being made, from tree to bottle. Limited space. Must pre-register. Register Here: GRNA Programs (grassriver.org)

300 Isle of Pines

Elk Rapids, MI

(231) 264-9979

The Library of Michigan and MDHHS are providing access to all the GetSetUp online classes for older adults at no cost through the fall. Sign up for a free membership at the link below.

Check out "Empowering ME - Growth and Development"

Some of our greatest personal development comes from pursuing exciting new passions.

Join GetSetUp for a series of classes to help you broaden your horizons.

View this series here:


Pokemon Club * Sunday, March 12, 2023 * 2:00 p.m.

Please join The Friends of the Elk Rapids District Library Thursday, April 20 for a container garden demonstration a Pine Hill Nursery (886 US-31 North, Kewadin).

Tickets are $25/per person, and space is limited to

50 people, so don't wait!

Get Your Tickets Here!

All proceeds support the Elk Rapids District Library

Follow school and sporting events events on the Elk Rapids School Facebook Page



GREASE: The School Version

DATES & TIMES: March 9th (7:00 pm), March 10th (7:00 pm) & March 11th (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm). 

PLACE: Peterman Auditorium at Elk Rapids High School, 308 Meguzee Point, Elk Rapids, MI 49629

SEATING LOCATION: At this time, we are doing reserved seating through HomeTown Ticketing. General admission seating will be first come, first serve on the dates of the show. 

DOORS OPEN: Doors open a half hour before each show: 6:30 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and also 1:30 for the Saturday matinee performance.

LENGTH: The show is a two-act musical and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The intermission will be 10 minutes in length. Concessions will be sold during intermission. 

CONTENT: This is the School Edition of Grease. This show is appropriate for all ages.

COST: Adults are $10 and Students are $5. Email CDeweyMI@gmail.com with ticketing questions. Tickets can be purchased online at HomeTown Ticketing: 


Paddle Antrim is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for their 2023 Spring Ripple Effect Mini Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect the waterways and connect people to them. Potential projects must focus on stewardship, education, or increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers.


Since 2015, Paddle Antrim has awarded over $30,400 to 21 projects that have made an impact on over 10 communities. To be considered for the grant program, projects must be focused on the Elk River Chain of Lakes watershed or adjacent watersheds which impact Antrim County. Eligible applicants include Michigan-based non-profit organizations or governmental entities.

Past projects include the installation of a rain garden in Ellsworth, the design and installation of new interpretive panels for the Grass River Natural Area’s Nature Center, and funding towards the installation of the first universal access kayak launch on The Chain of Lakes Water Trail at Milton Township Waterfront Park. A list of completed projects funded by this Mini-Grant Program can be found at www.paddleantrim.com/completed-projects.


"The Ripple Effect Mini Grant has supported important projects at Grass River Natural Area that have improved our educational programs and land management, supported the safety of our staff and visitors, and assisted us in reaching a broader audience in showing people the importance of the Chain of Lakes watershed,” said James Dake, Education Director at Grass River Natural Area. The Grass River Natural Area has been a recipient of several of these grants over the years.

The 2023 Spring Grant round will fund a total of $1,000 - $3,000 for eligible projects. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday, May 1, 2023, to be considered. Final decisions are announced in June. More information can be found online at paddleantrim.com/ripple-effect-mini-grants.

Enjoy Paddle Antrim's February newsletter!


Raven Hill is open our regular weekend hours—noon to 4 pm on Saturday and

2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday—as well as open holidays and other times by making reservations. Call 231.536.3369 or email info@miravenhill.org for more information or to book your own special time at Raven Hill.

Read February 27, 2023 Newsletter



Acts is in need of your Thrift Shop Donations

Drop-off Open, Tues-Sat 10 am-2 pm

Acme Meijer has chosen ACTS as the recipient for their "Winter Simply Give" Program Runs: from Jan 1st to Apr 2nd

Each time you purchase a $10 card at our local Acme Meijer, the Food Pantry receives this plus a matching $10 to use towards food for our neighbors in need.

Thrift Store Hours

Tuesday - Friday 10 - 5 pm * Saturday 10 - 3 pm

Thrift Store 231-938-2990 * Food Pantry 231-267-3002


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