Teams are filling up fast....Register Now Boyne Chamber "Swing Fling" Golf Outing

Kick off the golfing season in Northern Michigan on Friday, May 21st. Shotgun start at 5:30pm with the Boyne Area Chamber at Ye Nyne Olde Holles!

18 teams of 4 will enjoy 9 holes with cart along with a picnic dinner.
$50 per player with proceeds going back into the Boyne area community.
Current health and safety guidelines will be followed.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

Sponsorships Available CLICK HERE



Contact the Chamber at 231-582-6222 or info@boynechamber.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2021 NATIONAL MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Festivals are fun but require a lot of volunteers to make them happen! Volunteers are needed - Friday and Saturday - contact the festival committee at 231-675-3241

2021 Events include:

Annual Arts and Crafts in Veteran’s park (Friday, May 14 12 noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Show is full for 2021, we cannot accept any more applications.

Lions Club Carnival in Veteran’s park (This event is sponsored by the the Boyne Valley Lions and 15% of the ride proceeds benefit the Lions Club). Thursday & Friday, May 13 & 14 from 3:00 pm to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 16 for noon to 5:00 p.m.  
Carnival tickets coupons will be available at the following sponsors beginning Monday, May 3: 
Boyne Valley Chiropractic
Family Fare of Boyne City
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce
Kilwins Boyne City
Challenge Mountain Resale Store – Boyne City  
For any other questions contact Yolanda Pethers @ 231-582-2197

The Boyne Area Chamber Wine and Dine which is hosted by the Boyne Area Chamber and held at the Deer Lake Beach House .( 5:30 seating is full – limited availability for the 8:00 p.m. seating.)

Farmer’s Market in Veterans Park – Saturday, May 15.

Due to the current pandemic, these popular events WILL NOT be possible this year:

Music under the Tent
The Taste of Morels
The Guided Hunt
The National Morel Festival Competitive Hunt

Be sure to visit our Facebook page for festival news and updates as they occur.
Summer Festivals Need Volunteers

As the excitement of a fun-filled festival season is upon us, this year, more than ever VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Countless hours are spent planning, executing, and promoting events, often times by small committees. This year, more then ever, the community and our businesses are looking forward to have some normalcy back in Boyne City.

Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. And, volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

There are several opportunities to volunteer. Contact the chamber at 231-582-6222 or info@boynechamber.com for a list of organizations that NEED YOUR HELP!!!
FIVE PEAKS OPEN HOUSE - MONDAY, MAY 10th

Join us on Monday May 10th from 5-7pm for Appetizers, Beverages, Billy Mcalister performing Frank Sinatra. Tours of Bay Area Management, Salon Blu Ave., and Moskal Chiropractic. Host Bob Earl of Bay Area Management.
PAVILLION SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

The Boyne Area Chamber produces this FREE summer concert series on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. The 2021 summer series will take place in the Pavilion at Veterans Park .

2021 Line-Up

6/16/2021           Full Moon Jam Band
6/23/2021           Wyatt & Shari Knapp
6/30/2021           On Tap
7/7/2021             Great Lakes Orchestra
7/14/2021           TBD
7/21/2021           Full Circle
7/28/2021           Billy McAllister
8/4/2021             Nelson Olstrom
8/11/2021           The Real Ingredients
8/18/2021           Matt Gabriel
8/25/2021           Full Moon Jam Band

THANK TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR - Black Diamond Broadcasting

Thank you Concert Sponsors
Pat O'Brien & Associates
Challenge Mountain
Boyne Co-Op True Value

INTERESTED IN Sponsoring??? Contact Lisa@boynechamber.com or call 231-582-6222
Boyne Chamber of Commerce Announces 2021 Events

The Boyne Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce upcoming 2021 events. Although events may look different from previous years, our hope is that we will be able to safely host some fun summer experiences. We will closely watch as restrictions and guidelines as they change, and be mindful of all state and federal mandates in relation to Covid-19 for all our events.

WINE & DINE- SOLD OUT May 14th The Mushroom Festival WINE & DINE dinner will be held Friday, May 14 at the Beach House restaurant on Deer Lake. Enjoy scenic views as you experience morel inspired creations paired with wines. 
Tickets are $60 per person, which includes five morel-infused hors d'oeuvres, five wine tastings, tax and gratuity. 
Registration Now Open

SWING FLING- May 21st A Golf Scramble held at Ye Nyne Old Holes Golf Club. Enjoy round of golf, raffles, prizes, and dinner. Registration Now Open

PAVILLION SUMMER CONCERTS June 16th - August 25th (formerly Evenings at the Gazebo) Every Wednesday night enjoy music from 6:30-8pm at the Pavilion in Veterans Park.

ANNUAL DUCK RACE- July 4th Our Annual July 4th Duck Race. Buy a duck ticket for a chance to win cash prizes. Watch as 1200 ducks race down the river to the finish line.

3rd ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING- September Held at Boyne Mountain resort. Enjoy an afternoon of golf, prizes, raffles and a dinner to end the day. Details on registration, sponsorships, and registration coming soon.
TIP OF THE MITT SCORE AND BOYNE CHAMBER OFFERING FREE WEBINAR ON BEGINNING FACEBOOK
 
Looking to get a social media presence going on Facebook, but don’t know where to start? Tip of the Mitt SCORE and the Boyne Area Chamber are partnering to bring a free webinar to the business community on Beginning Facebook. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Register in advance for this meeting by going to https:// tipofthemitt.score.org and click on Take a Workshop. A confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting. If you cannot attend at this time, participants are still encouraged to register. Registrants will receive a link to view the webinar at a more convenient time.
 
In this free webinar, Social Guru 4 You will be taking an in-depth look at Instagram & Canva, and how to utilize these platforms to grow your business and create strategic content that speaks directly to your consumers.
 
Topics Covered Include:
·       Defining Your Brand
·       Solidifying Your Digital Presence
·       Creating Instant Brand Recognition
·       What types of content should you be creating?
·       How to identify and target your ideal consumer.
·       How to make your design standout.
·       The power of Instagram for small business owners, and a discussion on the new feature, IG Reels.
·       Instagram For Business
Social Guru 4 You is a digital marketing service, specializing in helping businesses grow through social media, SEO, email marketing and influencer marketing. Jasmine Turner and Kalley Atkins, owners, have experience in marketing, design, customer service, social media management and strategy, public relations and event coordination.
SCORE Tip of the Mitt provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of area businesses and entrepreneurs. For more information about SCORE, visit tipofthemitt.score.org. 
Boyne City Main Street 2021 Events
 
Boyne City Main Street is pleased to announce the intent to hold the following Main Street events for the Summer 2021 season:
 
Boyne City Farmers Market
Buff Up Boyne – Saturday, May 1
Back to the Bricks – Sunday, June 6 (one-time special event, more details to come)
Stroll the Streets – Friday evenings, June 11 – September 3
Boyne Thunder – Friday & Saturday, July 9 & 10
Food Truck Rally – Thursday, July 15
Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 25
 
All events will be held according to COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations at the time of the event. Understanding that information about safety protocols changes weekly, specific event details will be made on an individual event basis and posted on social media, in the newsletter, and on our website www.boynecitymainstreet.com Be sure to check those often as we get closer to event dates. We look forward to safely gathering with our community again.
Chamber member benefits   |    Member application   |  Call 231-582-6222 or email us
WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
ABOUT FACE & BODY
RELAY FOR LIFE CHAIN OF LAKES
MSU EXTENSION
Now, more than ever, the Boyne Area Chamber is working to provide resources, share information, and meet the needs of our members.

For more information on joining the chamber or member benefits, call us at 231-582-6222 or email info@boynechamber.com
Learn How to become a Premier Member by contacting the Chamber at 231-582-6222 or email us at info@boynechamber.com
Thank You Boyne Tough
Chamber Members

B.A.C. Gallery
Barden Lumber
BC Tap Room
Bingham Well Drilling
Boyne City Motel
Boyne City PirateFest
Boyne Country Heating Cooling & Plumbing
Boyne District Library
Camp Quality Michigan
Challenge Mountain Resale Store
Dodson Group Payment Solutions
Edward Jones - Ruth Skop
Eyes on Main
Harbor House Publishers
Hoenicke PC
Hubble Insurance
Kilwins Boyne City
Kiwanis Club of Boyne City
Lakeside Farm
North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate
Northwest Garage Door
Park View Family Dentistry
Ralph Gillett, CPA
Robert Banner Law
Schraw & Associates
SPUDS Boyne
State Farm Insurance - Mark Patrick
Synergy Electric
The Farley Calendar Company and Promo Products Co.
Timber North Vacation Management
Wilmot Electric

The Boyne Tough Add-On Option. It is an optional one-time $100 add-on to your membership renewal. Your additional contribution will allow the Chamber to retain ALL memberships and continue to adhere to our mission of advancing the economic, industrial, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of the Boyne Area. 
The fish has returned to Sunset Park!

Be sure to stop down to Sunset Park for a photo op with the fish sculpture. Thanks to Main Street volunteers Martha Sulfridge and Bruce Janssen the beloved Sunset Park fish has been repaired and repainted. It is beautiful!! Thank you Martha and Bruce! 

Volunteers needed for Back to the Bricks

Boyne City Main Street is seeking volunteers to assist with the Back to the Bricks car show event on Sunday, June 6th. Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. – approx. 1 p.m. to help with street closures and directing cars on where to park. The event will take place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the show afterwards. Please contact Kelsie at mainstreet@boynecity.com if you are able to volunteer.

This year is the 11th Annual Back to the Bricks Promo Tour, which takes attendees to five different stops throughout Michigan in order to promote and enjoy the beautiful state, stimulate local economies through supporting small businesses, and promote the Back to the Bricks main event in August in Flint, Mich. The event brings both money spent on food, lodging, gas and souvenirs from tour attendees as well as those who visit downtown to see the event. Tour participants often revisit the cities visited for a personal vacation and encourage family and friends to visit and enjoy the area.
In addition to the car show, the following bands are scheduled to play downtown during the event:
Full Circle – Located at corner of Water & East Streets
Northern Nites – Located at Harbor House Publishers
Dr. Goodhart – Located at corner of Water & Park Streets
De Railed – Located at corner of Water & Lake Streets
Jon Archambault Band – Located at corner of Lake & Ray Streets
James Greenway Band – Located at corner of Lake & Main Streets
There will be a car event taking place at Classic Instruments on Saturday, June 5th as well, sponsored by BC Pizza and BC Lanes/The Venue Sports Bar & Grill. Check back for more details on that.
For more information about Boyne City Main Street and 2021 events, visit www.boynecitymainstreet.com
Char-Em ISD-Northwest Michigan Works partnership will provide students with $14 per hour to build facility for fellow students

A unique opportunity in Pellston will have students and young adults from around the region building a facility to house a new career and technical education class at Pellston High School. And the student-builders will be paid for their efforts - $14 per hour for the 8-week project.
Northwest Michigan Works! has partnered with the Char-Em Intermediate School District to provide this new opportunity for students and young adults interested in exploring the construction trades career pathway. The summer work program begins June 21, 2021, Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Up to 12 students between the ages of 16 and 20, from any Char-Em ISD district, will spend the 8 weeks learning and applying foundational constructional skills through a pre-apprenticeship program while they construct a new 1,740-square-foot building that will house the PowerSports Technology class launching in fall 2021.
“It takes a lot of confidence and courage to have a vision and start a project like this during this uncertain year,” said Jim Rummer, Director of Career and Technical Education for Char-Em ISD. “I commend Pellston’s leadership for saying ‘Let’s do this!’ when approached with the idea.”
Char-Em ISD and Northwest Michigan Works often work together to create career and college readiness opportunities for students. Lisa Schut, Regional Director for Northwest Michigan Works!, noted that a new grant in the agency’s Young Professionals program became available last year, but was not able to be utilized due to COVID-19. This year, it was once again available to fund a program such as this one, but it had a tight application deadline.
“In typical Char-Em fashion, the whole team pulled the grant application together in time,” said Lisa. “We know we can always count on Char-Em.”
The Young Professionals grant allows the student-workers to receive the $14 per hour pay while they work on the new building and build their resumes of construction knowledge and talent. “This is intended to really prepare the students who are interested in construction with the foundational skills that will make them more competitive,” she said. “They are really immersed in the project and by the end of it, they will have a very good understanding of the profession and it could be the seed that sets them on this as a career path.”
The partnership also allows the students to participate in a one-week job shadow with local construction employers after the completion of the building. “The instructor of the building project will monitor the job shadow placements at least twice per week, reinforcing employability skill application, and ensuring safety guidelines are in place,” said Tory Thrush, Career and College Readiness Consultant for Char-Em ISD.
At the conclusion of the build, each student will receive an extensive tool kit and work boots they can use during their job shadow experience and to keep after the program is completed. Thrush noted the young builders will attain at least 20 competencies from the combination of training and experience, “all of which will increase their marketability with employers and enable them to quickly adapt to a specialty track once employed.”
Pellston Superintendent Stephen Seelye said the partnership and program are an investment in Pellston Public Schools and regional students. “When we were approached about participating in this project, we saw the many benefits – providing students in this area with a terrific summer wage and important employability skills, and construction of a new building for students by students,” Seelye said. “When our PowerSports program begins in the fall, it will be really neat to know that the building housing the program was built by other students in the skilled trades.”
Students who would like to participate in the program need to meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility, such as having an IEP or 504. They will need to fill out an application and provide at least one reference. For complete details on how to apply, contact your school counselor or for those who have graduated up to age 20, contact Tory Thrush at mailto:thrusht@charemisd.org or call (231) 340-3432.
Formal “Prom” Event For BCHS Juniors & Seniors – June 11

Boyne City High School classes of 2021 and 2022 are invited to a community organized formal event on June 11, 2021. “A Night To Remember” will give students a way to safely celebrate the start of summer. In response to the less than typical school year, a group of community members have joined together to organize a formal evening for our juniors and seniors and their guests to help make memories. There will be outdoor music, snacks, free late-night pizza, and many outdoor spaces, including a tent, for attendees to enjoy the evening at The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix. Cornhole games, a photo booth, and complimentary professional photos will be available. Tickets are $30 each (1 guest per person) and can be purchased online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-to-remember-a-formal-event-for-boyne-city-classes-of-2021-2022-tickets-153144943649. For questions or to learn how your business can help support this event please email 21anighttoremember@gmail.com
Hotel Walloon & True North Trout Partner to offer fly-fishing package with a Hemmingway twist

When it comes to fly fishing in Northern Michigan, there might be nothing more iconic than casting a line into rivers and streams frequented by famous American author and sometimes-summer resident Ernest Hemingway.
As part of the area’s year-long “Hemingway Homecoming” celebration, Hotel Walloon on Walloon Lake is offering guests a special fly fishing package that comes complete with accommodations and a guided half-day or full-day adventure led by True North Trout.

Read full story HERE
New Daifuku Facility to Bring Jobs to Boyne City

Local manufacturing business Daifuku / Jervis Webb breaks ground on a multi-million dollar facility that will replace their current operations located on South M-75, just east of Fall Park Rd. Read Full Story Here
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS COMPETITION
FOR TEENS

Attention teens who reside in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties:
You’re invited to participate in WCMU Public Media’s Creative Expressions Competition for Teens!
 
1st place: $500 cash
2nd place: $250 cash
3rd place: $100 cash
 
Entries are being accepted from May 1 - May 31.
How would Ernest Hemingway describe his experience with COVID-19? High school students in northwestern Michigan are invited to explore their creative side in a new competition established by WCMU Public Media and local libraries to complement this Spring’s HEMINGWAY documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (pbs.org/show/hemingway/).
 
High school students are invited to contemplate this past year and their existence in it. They are encouraged to use whatever medium they choose – essay, poetry, video, music, photography, drawing, painting, photography – to illustrate their experience(s).
 
The competition is in partnership with Charlevoix Public Library, Petoskey District Library, Crooked Tree District Library with the Boyne Falls Branch, Boyne District Library, and Jordan Valley District Library. Prize money provided by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation will be awarded to the winning entrants. Winners will also be featured on WCMU Public Radio’s “Mosaic,” hosted by David Nicholas.
The Creative Expressions Competition for Teens will be judged based on criteria of Creativity, Technique, and Overall Impression. Entries will be accepted beginning May 1, 2021. The deadline to enter is May 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in June 2021.
 
Download the entry form and discover details on the competition at https://www.wcmu.org/teencompetition/
Local Business Updates
CAFE SANTE - Café Sante is closing in on a sense of normalcy! We are happy to announce we will be re-opening for breakfast starting May 3rd. We will be serving your favorite Sante breakfast dishes starting at 8am until 3pm 7 days a week. Dinner service will start at 3pm daily. We look forward to seeing our early risers again! À Votre Santé!

BELLA VITA - Opening day for the 2021 season is Wednesday, May 19th!!!
It also happens to be Bella Vita's 10th Anniversary.
Seven nights/week with dinner service beginning at 5:00PM

BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS - Starting Monday, May 10th we begin our new spring hours. Tasting room hours will be as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 11:00 - 6:00
Thursday 11:00 - 7:00
Friday 11:00 - 8:00
Saturday 11:00 - 7:00
Sunday 11:00 - 5:00
Mothers Day Special - Sunday, May 9th treat your mom on her special day! All moms receive 50% off their first glass of wine.
Chain of Lakes Relay For Life - Sunday, May 16th from 1:00 - 4:00
Come out and join in the fun on Sunday afternoon with a scavenger hunt in the beautiful trails of Postle Farm Preserve. Start and finish will be at Boyne Valley Vineyards with start times staggered in 10 minute intervals. All proceeds benefit the Chain of Lakes Relay For Life. Prizes for grand prize, second place and assorted door prizes. For more information call Syrnia at 231.675.2492
Live Entertainment - Saturdays from 2:00 - 6:00
May 8th - Chris Calleja 
May 15th - The Real Ingredients    
 
ODAWA CASINO - Collects For Purses With A Purpose
Odawa Casino, with the help of the community, presented donations to the Michigan State Police for their Purses with a Purpose program last week. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Michigan State Police launched the Purses With a Purpose program to help collect important items for victims of sexual assault. When a survivor is leaving an abusive situation, they often must do so quickly and are not able to take necessities with them. The goal of the program was to collect donations of purses that are filled with comfort items and necessities to provide them to these survivors. ‘Purses with a Purpose’ was started in 2019 by a trooper at the Cadillac, MI post who saw what a great need for support there was for victims of sexual assault. Since then, the program has grown and become successful at other MSP posts throughout the state of Michigan. Odawa Casino became a drop off location for items this April and plans to continue to participate in years to come. Owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Odawa Casino in Petoskey opened in June, 2007 and features nearly 1,000 slot machines, table games, multiple dining options, the fabulous Victories Sports and Entertainment Bar, and an off property 137-room hotel. Odawa Casino Mackinaw City opened in May 2016, and recently completed a new expansion for an even higher quality gaming experience.

CHARLEVOIX COMMUNITY POOL - Wine Auction & Gift Sale May 6 & 7 -- The Charlevoix Area Community Pool, on US 31 in Charlevoix, is having a Wine Auction (Wine Pull) on Thursday May 6 and Friday May 7 from 6 am to 6 pm each day. Stop in the pool to select a mystery-wrapped bottle of wine for a donation of $20 per bottle. There will also be a table of gift items and gift certificates for purchase. Pay by credit card or cash. Thanks for supporting our community pool!

NORTH HARBOR CHRISTIE'S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE - located in downtown Petoskey, MI, recently attended the invite-only Annual Global Conference held virtually by Christie's International Real Estate. Hundreds were in attendance, with 31 countries represented to hear from the world's leading luxury Real Estate experts. The conference deepened international relationships to help your local brokerage better serve clients wishing to purchase and sell homes worldwide. Elliot Eisenberg, an acclaimed economist, looked ahead at 2021 and spotted emerging economic trends and their impact on global real estate. As your local Christies International Real Estate brokerage, North Harbor is one of the market leaders serving buyers and sellers of real estate. For a fresh approach to real estate, visit nhchristiesre.com.  

RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER - Is now Click Here to view Raven Hill's weekly update. Check the website for the latest updates. If you have questions, please feel free to call me at 231.675.6025.

LAKE STREET PUB - We are happy to announce that we have a brand-spankin’ new menu! Lots of old favorites as well as several new!
Be sure to check out the Italian Stallion, Sloppy Philly, and Basil Pesto Pasta
Available for dine-in or curbside pickup! Please call: 231-497-6031

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY - Church of the Nativity Continues On-Line
Considering the rise in the number of Covid cases in the area, we are continuing with only a support crew in the building for our live-stream. We yearn for the day when we can all gather again, and want to keep everyone safe now so that day will come sooner rather than later.
We celebrate Easter for a week of Sundays, counting Sundays of Easter through May 16. Then on May 23, we celebrate the festival of Pentecost.
We invite you to our service every Sunday at 10:00am, by live-stream on our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account: just open your internet browser (Google, Edge, Bing, Yahoo, or similar) and enter:   https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalBoyne. Or find us on Facebook, @EpiscopalBoyne.

DUNN'S BUSINESS SOLUTIONS - now offers complete IT services. Don't lose thousands when a free, no-obligation network analysis is just a phone call away. Contact Bob or Heather at DBS today. (989) 732-3901  
BOYNE CITY TAPROOM - Mother's Day Specials 10am-3pm.
Prime Rib Special – Friday and Saturday nights! 2 for $30, 2 – 10 oz cuts of Prime Rib, Baked Potato, Vegetable, Salad and Roll. Dine in or Carry Out!
What tests your knowledge of random subject? Yep, Taproom Trivia.  We’re bringing back Trivia in mid-May; watch for more detail on our Facebook Page!
Coming Soon!  New Spring and Summer Hours - watch for updates
We’re updating the Spring and Summer Cocktail menu and the big reveal is coming soon! Ryan and Crew have some fan favorites on the menu and added some great new libations to wet your whistle!      
Chamber Members- Please send us your business updates, specials, entertainment schedules, or any information about your business you would like to share in the newsletter. This is one of your benefits as a chamber member. Help Us Help You!!!
Municipal News

CITY OF BOYNE CITY - The City has issued a "Boil Water Advisory" for customers who were without water today due to the construction on the south side of town. Click Here for a map of affected customers and instructions on what precautions need to be taken. Affected customers will also have their doors tagged. If you have questions, contact City Hall at 232.582.6597 or for after hours concerns, call 911 to have the water department paged.

CITY OF BOYNE CITY - On Saturday, May 22, 2021 the City of Boyne City will be offering residents a curbside rubbish collection service. This service is provided in addition to, not a replacement of, resident’s household refuse collection.
 
The following link provides the details on the program including the list of what’s accepted and not accepted: http://www.cityofboynecity.com/trash--rubbish-disposal-47/#sect-110
 
If you have any questions or comments please contact Tim Faas, Director of Public Works at 231/582-0375 or via email at maintenance@boynecity.com

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY - Household Hazardous Waste is scheduled for Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th. For details and registration CLICK HERE

MSU EXTENTION - Opportunity to Participate in a COVID-19 Focus Group
Researchers at Michigan State University are conducting a study about the individuals and groups that the public feels are responsible for making sure that vaccines are safe and effective. The team is recruiting individuals from communities across Michigan to develop as complete a picture of what people think as possible.
Participation will require two things:
First, you will need to complete a brief (10 minute) survey to provide your informed consent, answer a few questions about yourself, and identify the discussions that fit with your schedule. You must complete the survey to be eligible for the focus group discussion. The link to that survey is here.
Second, you will need to participate in one of the focus groups. These discussions will take place online and will last approximately 2 hours. You will need access to high-speed internet and a device with speakers or earphones and a camera to participate. To thank you for your time, we will offer a $50 incentive for participants in the focus group discussions.
Please note that your responses will be kept fully confidential. It will not be possible to link your responses to you personally.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the study. You can contact the Project Lead, Dr. Joseph Hamm, directly at jhamm@msu.edu.

CHARLEVOIX CONSERVATION DISTRICT - Beachgrass Nursery Workdays
May 6-7 from 9-12 noon Join District Staff, Chris and Alison, as they work to re-move overgrowth and brush from the nursery area. Over the years, trees and shrubs have started succeeding into the nursery area where we harvest the beachgrass for shoreline preservation projects. Due to COVID restrictions limiting field trips for students (our harvesting volunteers), we are using this time to give the nursery a break from harvesting and do some much-needed maintenance to our natural area. Let us know if you can help! 231-582-6193.

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY TRANSIT - We're doing our part to keep our planet healthy by ditching gasoline and diesel fueled vehicles! Did you know that our fleet is now over 80% Alternative Fuel, which means we're considerably reducing our CO2, SO2 and NOx emissions!
We appreciate all of our partners in this journey toward being an environmentally friendly transit fleet!
Hoekstra Transportation Inc. ROUSH CleanTech Michigan Department of Transportation AmeriGas Propane

Passenger Transit and Delivery service available, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm. Call 582-6900 to arrange for rides and/or deliveries. Open to all residents of Charlevoix County.
Transit is providing free transportation to anyone with COVID vaccination appointments. Due to seating capacity restrictions, please schedule appointments as soon as you receive your appointment.

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING - May Schedule
Meals Update – Meal Calendar HERE.
We are providing Hot Home Delivered Meals to our home bound clients by $3 donation.
We are providing weekly Disaster Meals delivered by reservation to any Charlevoix County resident 60 years old or older so that our most vulnerable do not need to leave their homes as often. This is a once a week delivery of a Hot Meal and 6 frozen meals. This need to be ordered through the COA office 231-237-0103 on the Thursday before the week you want it and is a $3 donation per meal. 
We are continuing to provide Hot Curbside Pick-up meals at each of our Senior Centers five days a week by $3 donation – NO Reservations needed! 😊
We are having a Special Cinco De Mayo Lunch on 5/5/21 from 11:30am – 12:30p.and a Special Curbside Mother’s Day Lunch on 5/7/21 from 11:30am – 12:30p.
May Activities. Please note these are all activities that are handed out curbside or by appointment to do at home. Please call your Site Coordinator for more information. Click HERE to see the activities. 
Education News
BOYNE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - National Decision Day for high school seniors is May 1st! This is when seniors decide what school to attend in the fall. To celebrate this year's graduating class, Boyne City High School's College Adviser, Cassidy Leirstein, is searching for gift card donations to give out as prizes during their Decision Day events. If interested, please reach out to Cassidy via email at cleirstein@boyne.k12.mi.us before Friday, April 30th
NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE - North Central Michigan College Department of Corporate and Community Education is pleased to partner with Georgia Abbot to offer the START GROW GO Entrepreneurial Workshop Series. Participants are guided through the process of launching their business, product, or service—including incorporation options, funding options, positioning/marketing, creating support networks, navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem, pitching to investors, and connecting to local networks. The series is facilitated by Georgia Abbott of Abbott & Associates, LLC., a leader in entrepreneurial education and consulting for academic and corporate institutions in the United Stated and abroad. Those who attend all seven modules will receive a Certificate of Completion. The cost is $125 for seven 2-hour sessions. Thursdays, May 13th - June 24th. Register here.
CHAR-EM ISD - Online registration launched today for three Char-Em summer camps, with registrations coming in quickly so far!
Several of our Career Academy for Kids courses are now full. However, we encourage you to register your child for another course if their first choice is already full - we have a lot of exciting classes set for this summer's camp!
Welding Academy's two camps are now on waitlist.
There are still slots available for the new Construction Technology Academy to be held at Petoskey High School's Building Trades classroom.
CLICK HERE for more info about all camps.
BOYNE CITY HIGH SCHOOL - BC BLAZE ROBOTICS WINS A 2021 DISTRICT CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Through these trying times, Boyne City Robotics is still “Blazing” on in FIRST Robotics’s 2021 continuation of INFINITE RECHARGE, a new INNOVATIONS CHALLENGE, and AWARDS submissions. BC Blaze was announced as one of this year’s FIRST in Michigan’s District Chairman’s Award Winners and is moving on to compete at the State level. This award is the team’s fourth District Chairman’s Award in the five years the team has competed for this award. The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST
Pictured BC Blaze Chairman’s Presentation Team: Max Bishop, Lizzi McHugh, Savannah Leaver
BOYNE CITY HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA Presents...
Spring BOYNE MEETS BROADWAY 2021

Thursday, MAY 6 at 7 pm
Friday, MAY 7 at 7 pm
Saturday, MAY 8 at 2 pm & 7 pm
            
Performances are in the BCHS Performing Arts Center - 
All seats $10 Please CASH or CHECK ONLY
Tickets will be sold at the door only - starting 1/2 hour before each show.
General seating only. 300 person capacity at this time.
Masks are required to wear at all times. 
This is a show only event - no dinner this year.
Please come and support these kids. They are working hard in the face of adversity to put on a GREAT show, cause "IT'S TIME TO DANCE!!"
HELP WANTED
Looking for staff? Make a job posting!
 
Chamber member businesses looking to hire staff are encouraged to post their jobs on the chamber website job posting page. You can do this with your member log-in with just a few simple steps. If you need assistance with your log-in, email lisa@boynechamber.com. These jobs are all listed on the Jobs page now:

Various Positions at LexaMar Details
Custodian Position at St. Augustine Parish Details
Maintenance Positions at Bay Area Management Details
Various Positions at Odawa Casino Details New Employees Eligible for Bonus DETAILS
Caregiver at Pineview Cottage Details
General Laborer at Bulmann Dock and Lift Details
Various Summer Seasonal Workers at The City of Boyne City Details
Various Positions at Castle Farms Details
Various Positions at The Brook Retirement Community Details
Various Positions at Boyne City Public Schools Details
Various Positions at Char-Em ISD Details
Various Positions at Boyne Watersports Details
Office Manager at Boyne Boat Yard Details
Various Positions- at Great Lakes Energy Details
Various Positions at Boyne Mountain Details
News Briefs
300 SF OFFICE SPACE for lease for $300/month. Convenient location at the corner of Front & Main Streets in downtown Boyne City. First floor of the Atrium Inn with private exterior entrance. Includes heat, A/C, electricity and trash, shared restroom. Nearby public parking. Contact Lee at LE Design, cell phone: 317.258.1419 email: lsehrlich@ledesign.biz.

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