EASTER EGG HUNT AT AMERICAN HOUSE
Children age 8 and under are invited to join us at 10am on Saturday, March 31 for a fun and festive Easter Egg Hunt. 

The community will be filled with lots of laughter and excitement, so grab the grand kids and hop on over for some fun. 

Two lucky little ones will leave with a brand new bike, donated by our friends from AdvisaCare.

When the search is done, stay and enjoy hot cocoa and refreshments. 

We can't wait to welcome you. Please RSVP by calling Brenda at 231.237.5572
americanhouse.com
advisacare.com 
EASTER DONUT COLORING KIT FROM MORNING DEW CAFE
If you're looking for a fun project this week, stop in at the  Morning Dew Cafe for one of their Easter Donut Coloring Kits.

Included in each kit is
*12 donuts
*6 toppings (4 frosting and 2 sprinkles)
*6oz bag of Higher Grounds ground coffee OR
3 Rishi tea bags.

Each kit is only $22, so get one while they last.  Orders must be in by Friday, March 30th by 4:00pm
For more information, call 231.437.3044, leave a message on my Facebook page or email
morningdewcafecvx@gmail.com

Morning Dew Cafe will be closed on Easter Sunday.
morningdewcafe.com

EASTER DINNER AT THE ROWE 
Join us Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Rowe from 11:00am - 4:00pm for a superb meal including your choice of champagne chicken breast, roast ham, or walleye almandine. 

Cost is $35 per person and Reservations are required by calling 231.588.7351.

To view the full menu Click Here
roweinn.com 
 

CHAMBER SCHOLARSHIP REMINDER
A reminder to area Seniors applying for the $1000 Chamber Scholarship .
Scholarship applications are due at the Chamber office by 5pm on Friday, April 6, 2018.

For Scholarship Information Click Here
For Scholarship Application Click Here

This Scholarship has been generously funded by Fox Charlevoix & Fox Charlevoix Ford and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or questions, please contact the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 

TASTE OF CHARLEVOIX WINNER ANNOUNCED


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON POINTES NORTH INN 
"Your Northern Michigan Vacation Awaits" 
Pointes North Inn, managed by Northern Michigan Escapes, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.  They have some great events planned so check their website so you don't miss out.

Located at 101 Michigan Avenue in Charlevoix, the main goal for Pointes North Inn is to ensure that your next vacation exceeds your expectations in every way.  Each one of their rooms are one or two-bedroom condo suites.  All are individually owned, making each one unique in furnishing and decor.

From now through April 28, 2018, Pointes North Inn is offering 15% off a 3-Night Stay (use code 3for15).
This offer is limited in availability so book your stay today!  This offer may not be combined with other offers or discounts.  Offer expires 04/28/2018 and you must mention code 3FOR15 to get the discount.

For Reservations call 231.547.0055 or to book on-line Click Here.
pointesnorthcharlevoix.com
 

APPRENTICESHIP IN A DAY WORKSHOP 
Employers from across the state are invited to learn about registered apprenticeships at a groundbreaking new workshop on Thursday, May 24 in Traverse City.  The Apprenticeship in a Day workshop will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and is part of the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association (MEATA) annual conference at the Holiday Inn Resort West Beach.  MEATA, in collaboration with the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, Northwestern Michigan College and Northwest Michigan Works!, are offering this innovative accelerated approach to every employer interested in developing and implementing a registered apprenticeship program.

During the event, every industry large or small will have the opportunity to learn about registered apprenticeships and how easy it is to develop and implement programs for their specific workforce needs. More
michiganworks.org 

2018 MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE - REGISTRATION OPEN 
Date:  June 12-13, 2018
Place: Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

Need help complying with your environmental requirements?  Registration is now open for the 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC).

The MECC has been designed to help businesses, municipalities, and environmental professionals all across Michigan comply with their environmental requirements.  Preliminary concurrents tracks include:  Basic Training; Waste Management; Wastewater/Storm water; Drinking Water/Public Health; Air Quality; Remediation/Redevelopment; Emergency Response; and Current Issues.

For more information and/or to register Click Here.  Register by May 25 for best rates.
michigan.gov/deq 

NCMC CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION (CCE) NEWS FOR APRIL 2018 
CCE continues with the wine making series in partnership with SAGGA, Straights Area Grape Growers Association
*New Grape Varities | Tuesday, April 3
*Processing Grapes into Wine | Tuesday, April 10
*Wine Making Techniques for Cold Hardy Grapes | Tuesday, April 17
*Wine Making Required Equipment | Tuesday, April 24
ALL classes take place at NCMC  Room 536 SCRC.  Classes are FREE but registration is required by calling 231.348.6613

Join the Lean Learning Consortium for the best practices and networking with other lean focused companies.
*Lean Office Overview | Tuesday, April 10 | 8:30am-12:30pm at NCMC, Room 536 SCRC | Cost is $95/pp.  Reserve your spot by calling 231.348.6613
*Lean Learning Consortium - Tour Visit to Tube Fab | Friday, April 13 | 8:30am-12:30pm | Reserve your spot or join by calling 231.348.6613
ncmich.edu 

ARE YOU CUT OUT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Find out at SCORE workshop on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. 

SCORE is offering an Entrepreneur Index Assessment Workshop for $15 from 6:00-8:30pm at North Central Michigan College, Building 6, Room 536
.

The workshop includes an online entrepreneurial traits assessment with a personal report provided after completing the questionnaire to bring to the workshop.

To register, call the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce at 231.347.4150.  You can mail the check to SCORE, 401 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey, MI 49770, or charge the $15 to a credit card.  An email address is needed to send the assessment link.
tipofthemitt.score.org 

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR A FREE CREATING CONFIDENT CAREGIVERS┬« WORKSHOP IN CHARLEVOIX. 
Creating Confident Caregivers┬« (CCC) is a free 6-session program for family caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss.  This university developed program is led by trained facilitators who provide participants with information and skill-building activities to increase their effectiveness as caregivers.  To date, over 4,000 caregivers nationwide have benefited from the class.

Creating Confident Caregivers┬« provides caregivers with tools and techniques to reduce their stress and improve the care they provide to their family member.  This program is provided by The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan (AAANM) and the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at no charge.More
charlevoixcounty.org/commission_on_aging 
FOR Rent

AVAILABLE FOR RENT 
Downtown office space for rent at 800 Bridge Street.
800 sq ft open space includes separate kitchenette and private restroom.
Ability to have use of furnished, shared conference room and basement storage.
$900/month
Perfect set up for professional office space.
For more information, contact Debbie Bartlett at 231.547.5220 ext 101. 
CITY News

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM
Summer Youth Programs with the Charlevoix Recreation Department are now taking registrations.

Registrations are open for T-ball (ages 5-7) and Summer Day Camp at McSauba (ages 5-13).

Visit our website for more information or to register our childYou may also call 231.547.3253.


FAMILY FARE SUPERMARKET IN CHARLEVOIX OFFERS ADDED CONVENIENCE WITH "FAST LANE"  

Families on the go or anyone short on time and looking for quality and convenience, Fast Lane is now available through Family Fair in Charlevoix.  Store guests - and local businesses - can join Fast Lane, allowing them to easily order their groceries online and pick them up curbside.

Fast Lane orders are shopped by personal shoppers, who focus on selecting fresh, quality items from each aisle of the store.  Store guests can also include notes for the shopper to follow, allowing them to request specific items.

Store guests with "yes" loyalty accounts - and repeat Fast Lane shoppers - will automatically have their preferences loaded into their Fast Lane account, making it even easier to clip digital coupons, select commonly purchased items or sort by department, sale items or dietary restrictions when place an order.

Membership information is available at shopthefastlane.com.
shopfamilyfare.com

CHARLEVOIX HOSPITAL WELCOMES NEW ONCOLOGY PROVIDER 
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital is pleased to welcome its newest oncology provider, Jennifer Wedge, MSN, ACNP-BC.  Jennifer will oversee the Sarah M. Foster MD Chemotherapy-Infusion Center as well as the hospital's oncology/cancer care program, together with Andrew J. Riddle, DO.

Jennifer brings a wealth of more than 15 years of acute care oncology experience to the hospital, having completed a training program at the nationally-recognized cancer center, City of Hope in California, and served at the Karmanos Cancer Center.  She completed her undergraduate degree work at Wayne State University in Detroit and received her master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. More
munsonhealthcare.org/charlevoixhospital

MCLAREN EQUIPMENT DONATION
McLaren Northern Michigan recently donated medical equipment to the ReLink Medical division of the Dalton Foundation. 

The equipment will support the Hope for Haiti missions. 

Equipment donations included: 12 general care beds, 1 point of care ultrasound, 2 renal dialysis units, 40 patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps, and 1 portable x-ray unit.

mclaren.org/northern  
FIND WHAT MOVES YOU AT GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Tickets for single events at Great Lakes Center for the Arts' 2018 Premiere Summer Season are now on sale at www.greatlakescfa.org

Fulfill your order and select your seats online; or call the box office at 231.439.2610 if you prefer to place your order by phone. 

To view the full summer lineup and read about each event in detail Click Here

Questions about tickets can be directed to tickets@greatlakescfa.org or 231.439.2610
greatlakescfa.org

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS FROM CHARLEVOIX COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Free Balance Program To Help Charlevoix County Residents Reduce Risks From Falling 
You probably know that older adults are at risk for falling.  But, did you know that the fear of falling can lead to inactivity and that inactivity can greatly increase someone's risk for falling?  Roughly 30% of adults 65 years and older do fall each year, mostly in their own home. More

Registrations are Open for a Free Chronic Pain Self-Management  Workshop in East Jordan 
To help seniors become better self-managers of chronic health conditions the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan (AAANM), the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and Michigan State University Extension are offering several free Healthy Aging workshops in northern Michigan.  Another Chronic Pain PATH workshop to be offered in Charlevoix County will take place on Monday mornings beginning April 23 at the East Jordan Senior Center.  More 
charlevoixcounty.org/commission_on_aging

THE NORTHERN LAKES ECONOMIC ALLIANCE  PRESIDENT'S REPORT IS BACK
Check out the current snapshot of economic development and community projects we're involved in throughout our four county region.

To read the March 2018 NLEA President's Report Click Here
northernlakes.net

NETWORKS NORTHWEST NEWS
To view the March 2018 edition of Networks Northwest newsletter Click Here
 
networksnorthwest.org

NOTICE: SCHOOL BOARD VACANCIES   
Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts (CMAA) is looking for applications to fill three vacancies on the school board.  Term of service will begin with the July 2018 meeting and serve for a three year term. Candidates must be citizens in good standing. 

CMAA, formerly Northwest Academy, has been educating students from grades K-12 since 1996.  We have more than 120 graduates who can attest to our success with small class size and our hands on approach to learning in a Public Charter School Academy.

For more information, please call our School Leader, Mrs. Amanda Minaker at 231.547.9000 or School Board President, Mr. Joe Seidel at 231.675.4444.
cma.edu

NOW ACCEPTING CAMEL SPONSORS 
The popular Charlevoix Camel Cup is back for the third year and will take place on May 5, 2018 from noon-6:00pm.  The Camel Cup is a giant gameboard race where the dice are rolled and the corresponding camel moves forward on the board.  The camel that makes it to the end first wins and money is paid to those betting on that camel.  There are 6 races before the final race where the six largest earning camels compete for the coveted Camel Cup.  All proceeds raised fund the Bridge Drop New Year's Eve celebration.  Have fun while raising funds!

This year Charlevoix businesses, clubs or service groups can sponsor a camel for $200 and get $50 in camel bucks to use on the day of the event.  This is a great team building opportunity for coworkers! 

Give back to the community while betting on your camel and potentially winning some cold hard cash! 

To sponsor a camel or to get more details email amanda@visitcharlevoix.com
Visit the Camel Cup's Facebook page Here 

Wine & DINE

RED MESA GRILL MUSIC LINE UP
April
3rd -  Project 6
10th - Third Groove
17th - Brett Mitchell
24th - Oni & Noeli 
WEDNESDAY SPECIAL AT THE TOWN HOUSE 
Pizza Specials will be offered at the Town House Bar on Wednesdays.
Pizza's are from the Charlevoix Pizza Co.
$5 pint & a small pizza
$15 pitcher & a medium pizza.

Offer runs March 6 through May 30, 2018
For more information, call 231.547.6690

SAVE the DATE

"INSTANT WINE CELLAR" FUNDRAISER GETS NEW LOCATION 
The 8th annual Instant Wine Cellar is scheduled for 6:30pm, Friday May 4th.

Join us at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands for music, dancing, fun, and food.  There will be plenty of wine and beer available for the raffle through attendees - all to raise money to bring FREE books to children in Emmet and Charlevoix counties!  Entry to the event is $5 and either a ($20 value) bottle of wine or a six-pack of craft beer, or just $25 per person, and this year pre-registration is available online.  This is the second year the Instant Wine Cellar is supporting Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and the first at the ZOO BAR.  More 
charemunitedway.org 

2ND ANNUAL JOPPA 5K  
Please join us for our 2nd Annual Joppa 5K on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00am at Michigan Beach Park.  Runners and walkers are welcome.

There will be a free One Mile Fun Run on the beach at 9:00am, making this a great family event.

Timing provided by Endurance Evolution.  Register online Here.
Proceeds benefit Joppa House Ministries, a 501c3
3dfellowship.org

ALDO LEOPOLD FESTIVAL 
May 31 - June 3, 2018
The Aldo Leopold Festival is a weekend of natural discovery throughout Michigan's Les Cheneaux Islands.  Hiking, paddling, wildflower walks, birding, triathlon and more.

Here is a sample of the 2018 Aldo Leopold Festival tours and presentations:
*Exploring the Alvar EcoSystem on Drummond Island
*Birding the Boreal Forest around Whitefish Point
*Photographing Wild Birds
*Exploring for Wildflowers
*Dragonflies: From the Permian to Today

For more information, visit aldoleopoldfestival.com
landtrust.org 

ONLY 2 DAYS UNTIL THE OPENING OF CHARLEVOIX DAIRY GRILLE  
Mark you calendar for Friday, March 30th!
Charlevoix Dairy Grille will open that day at 11:00am, just in time for your first Dairy Grille lunch of the season!

We are looking forward to seeing all of you after this long winter.
Dennis & Crew
facebook.com/CharlevoixDairyGrille 

HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS "BRAGGING RIGHTS" PROGRAM, OR "WHAT MAKES CHARLEVOIX SO UNIQUE?"
The Charlevoix Historical Society will present a program titled "Bragging Rights," tracing how Charlevoix has achieved a reputation that stretches around the world.  This program, presented by Harsha House museum curator David L. Miles, will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Depot, Depot Beach.


Explored will be the mysterious origin of the slogan "Charlevoix the Beautiful," how the town contributed to the success of the Apollo Space Program and the World War II victory in Europe, its former renown as the most desirable vacation destination in Michigan, the scores of notable people who have walked its streets, the national and international records that have been set here including entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, and much more.

Call 231.547.0373 for more information.
 
chxhistory.com

SENATOR WAYNE SCHMIDT HOSTS COFFEE HOURS IN CHARLEVOIX AND PETOSKEY 
Wednesday, April 4
1:30-2:30pm
Charlevoix City Hall
210 State Street
Charlevoix

Monday, April 9
1:30-2:30pm
The Side Door Saloon
1200 US 31
Petoskey

For more information call 517.373.2413.

CIRCLE OF ARTS WELCOMES A STEINWAY PIANO WITH A DEBUT CONCERT
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts will present a special concert on Saturday, April 7, 2018, beginning at 4:00pm to introduce to the community the new (to the Circle of Arts) Steiniway Grand Piano.  This purchase was made possible through the Cummings Foundation to support the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program.  Purchased from Calvin College, this Steinway has had a wonderful history of great performances.  Hyesook Kim, Director of Keyboard Studies at Calvin College expressed, "It was a little sad to see that piano leaving but I trust it will serve your music making well."


Director of the Circle of Arts, Gail DeMeyere, "We are profoundly moved by the ability to bring in such a gift to Charlevoix and be able to share it with the children studying string instruments and the community alike.  Without the tremendous support of Gay and Peter Cummings, these dreams of inspiring and mentoring children with music education would not be possible."  More

LIBATIONS FOR LIVE SCHEDLE 
April 7 - Townhouse Bar
Guest Bartenders: Barron & Murray
Dan & John have some big Surprises!

April 14 - The Cantina
Guest Bartenders: Heydlauff & Jess
Mark & Don will be salting your rims!

April 28 - Weathervane 
Guest Bartenders: Lee & Dipert
Darsi & Jacq that is !!!  The better halves!
CATCH THE BUG WITH LEADERSHIP CHARLEVOIX COUNTY 
Leadership Charlevoix County (LCC) and Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in Boyne City are hosting a  Euchre Tournament & Beatles Vinyl Night on Monday, April 9, from 7-10pm.  This fun night will help raise money for the LCC 2018 class project, Beetle Mania.  The Euchre Night event will have a $10 buy-in, with all the funds directly benefitting the LCC project.  Prizes include: 1st Place - Personal brew day for up to 6 people, 2nd Place - Howler or growler full of Stiggs beer free with purchase of howler or growler, 3rd Place - LCC T-shirt and Stiggs bottle opener.  The goal of this project is to control the spread of the invasive species Purple Loosestrife, which is infesting our beautiful waterways in Charlevoix County. More
leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com 
 
NEW WINE EVENT WEEKEND IN TC FOR WINE LOVERS & WANNA BE'S
A fabulous weekend-long wine event, featuring Movies, Seminars, Tastings, a Live and Silent Auction and Music and Dancing to the Sounds of Sinatra, is being organized by two local business owners to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The event will take place Friday, April 13 - Sunday April 15 at the City Opera House and includes presentations by New York Times Selling Author Tilar Mazzeo and Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, just to name a few
.

Doug Kosch, the Boathouse Restaurant and his close friend Spencer Stegenga, Bowers Harbor Vineyard, who have worked closely on many projects over the years, are co-chairing this event, and say it was inevitable, and something they have talked about for year. More
BUILD YOUR OWN 3D PRINTER
Want to get started in 3D printing?  Don't know where to begin?  Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 10:00am at Raven Hill Discovery Center for an introductory session and demonstration of 3D printing.  Instructor, Josh Clements will take you through a discussion of what a 3D printer is, what it can do, the hardware and software needed, and a few tips to look for when choosing your first printer.  Suggested donation for the intro session is $5 per person.

For those interested in building their own 3D printer, kits must be ordered and paid for by Monday, April 16th.  Kits will be ordered and checked over before the actual build.  John will lead the 3D printer build class over the weekend of Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th.  More
miravenhill.org

RUMMAGE SALE AT CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Date: Friday, April 13 & Saturday April 14 
Place: C hrist Episcopal Church, 200 State Street
Time:  Friday-8am-3pm | Saturay-8am-12noon

Proceeds to benefit Third Day Fellowship and the Episcopal Church Women
christepiscopalchurch.net 

LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS AN EVENING OF MAGICAL ENTERTAINMENT 
NCMC's Lecture Series presents an evening of magical entertainment with local magician, Jamia Taylor, Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm in the gymnasium of the Student and Community Resource Center on the Petoskey campus.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6pm.

Jania Taylor is an award-winning magician who has been classically trained in the art of prestidigitation.  A graduate of the Chavez Studio of Magic, a college of manual dexterity and  prestidigitation in Colon, Michigan, she is the third female in the history of the school to complete the course.  She was the first female magician to do a solo tour for the Armed Forces Entertainment taking magic and comedy relief to our troops and families in Alaska.  More
ncmich.edu

CAREER EXPO APRIL 19 AT CHARLEVOIX MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL 
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Place: Charlevoix Middle/High School
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Students will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of people in different occupations including community members and college admissions representatives.  This will provide a chance to ask questions and understand more about specific careers.  In addition, prizes will be awarded for participation.  Come see how you can build a rewarding career and life here in northern Michigan!

Would you like to be a vendor for the Career Expo?  Click Here for the Vendor Request Form.

For more information contact Kelly Johnson at 231.582.8070 or Aaron Sue Meyer at 231.439.5228.

The Career Expo is sponsored by Char-Em ISD and Northwest Michigan Works!
charemisd.org
michiganworks.org
rayder.net  
 
CHARLEVOIX PUBLIC SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 8:30am | 10:00am | 12:45pm
Monday, April 23, 2018 | 8:30am | 10:00am

If your child turns 5 on or before September 1, 2018, call to register to attend one of our sessions.

We're the school with a small family atmosphere and big potential for your child.  Stop in to see how together we can help your child succeed.

For more information or to register for one of the sessions call 231.547.3215
rayder.net

LIVE FROM CHARLEVOIX PRESENTS ILLUSIONIST - BEN WHITING 
We are so lucky to have Ben back this season!
Saturday, April 21, 8pm at Charlevoix Cinema III.

Did you see the August 19, 2017 edition of the Northern Express with Ben on the cover?  He was selected as one of 20 Fascinating People in Northern Michigan and we sure know why!  As a speaker and entertainer, Ben performs at numerous conferences, award banquets, and private events across the country for clients such as American Express, GE, and Oprah's HARPO Studios.  He is also currently one of Crystal Cruise Lines' premier entertainers, which has enabled him to perform and speak in over 40 countries around the globe. 

To purchase tickets Click Here

If you are purchasing Student Passes, please bring proper School ID to the show.
livefromcharlevoix.com

MOTHER - DAUGHTER TEA
Surprise Mom with a Mother-Daughter Tea at Stafford's Perry Hotel the day before Mother's Day, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1pm.  

The High Tea will be held in the Reycraft Room overlooking Little Traverse Bay. 

Tickets are $25 each or $45 for 2 and can be purchased at any of the following locations between now and April 30th:  Grandpa Shorter's, Salvation Army Thrift Store, and Salvation Army Community Center. 

Advance purchase is required.  To purchase tickets online Click Here
Please call 231.622.1057 for more information.

Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army
 
 
 
Please Click Here to view jobs available with the following Chamber Members.  
 
Beaver Island Boat Company
Belvedere Club 
Castle Farms
Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Charlevoix Venetian Festival 
City of Charlevoix
The Clothing Company 
 
 
   Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.jobs

 
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce 
Premier INVESTORS 
 
VIP MEMBERS
                                  
 
 
   
PLATINUM MEMBERS
                        


To view Investor, Silver, & Gold Members  Click Here 

 Would you like to become a Premier Investor?
call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org for more information