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More closings and cancellations:  Farmers Market, library, senior centers and all Chamber events in March

More organizations are announcing closings and cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Boyne City Farmers Market, public schools, Boyne District Library and senior centers are all closed or closing; and the Boyne Area Chamber has cancelled all of its March events. 

The Boyne City Pub Crawl is still "on" for Saturday, since the event is spread out over 11 establishments from 11 a.m. to midnight. Facebook page.

Here are details on cancellations and closings:

BOYNE AREA CHAMBER cancelled/postponed events include:
Northern Michigan Surgical Suites ribbon-cutting on March 17
Off the Clock networking at Lynda's Real Estate Service on March 19
Grub Club luncheon at Boyne Mountain on March 26.

FARMERS MARKET - In light of recent developments with regard to COVID-19, and the Boyne City Farmers Market's commitment to health, we see it best to postpone our Saturday market through the end of March. As soon as possible we will reevaluate and make plans for opening again.

BCHS DRAMA - Public performances of "Nice Work if You Can Get It" have been cancelled. On Friday 3/13 and Saturday 3/14 private performances will be held in which each cast member will be able to choose two people to invite to each performance. It is the hope of the Drama Department staff and the District to run two performances in late April. 

BOYNE DISTRICT LIBRARY will be closed starting this Monday, March 16th, and plans to reopen April 6th. Call if you have any questions at 231-582-7861. We will be open normal hours this weekend, and that will be the last chance to check-out items or pick-up items on hold. We will still be emptying our bookdrop for returns. Please use it for WiFi hotspots if you have to return them. The limit of 3 items on EDU cards will be lifted so children can stock-up on reading materials. All programs and events will be cancelled and possibly rescheduled for future dates. Details.

SENIOR CENTERS - All Charlevoix County Senior Centers and the COA Office will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, for 30 days. Congregate meals will be available for curbside pick-up only beginning Tuesday, March 17, through April 15. Seniors wishing to get meals should call the Boyne Area Senior Center at (231) 582-
6682 one business day in advance to reserve meals between 9am -2pm. Seniors who do not want to drive to get a meal every day may order up to six frozen meals for pick-up in addition to the day's hot meal. Meals can be picked up at the Senior Center, Monday-Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested donations remain $3 per meal. Senior center details. Meal ordering details.

KIDS' FESTIVAL Weekend at Boyne Mountain - all off-the-slopes events are canceled. On-hill events for Sunday are still scheduled. At this time, all regular operations of our ski slopes, lodging accommodations, spa, waterpark, and dining establishments are to continue as usual or until advised otherwise. Boyne Mountain is committed to providing a fun, outdoor escape for families by providing a safe, clean environment to recreate. The health and safety of our guests is of utmost importance, as we navigate this situation in a timely and responsible manner.  

BC PUBLIC SCHOOLS and all Michigan public schools will close for three weeks starting Monday, March 16. Schools will reopen April 6. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closings at a late-night Thursday press conference, just hours after the number of confirmed Michigan coronavirus cases grew from two to 12. All school sports, including end of season tournaments are also cancelled. Details.

OTHER CANCELLATIONS, postponements and or news developments:

> City of Boyne City retirement party for Deputy City Clerk Michelle Hewitt is postponed.

> Boyne Falls Public School Alumni Basketball Game scheduled for March 14 has been postponed until April 18.

> Project CONNECT at Castle Farms is cancelled for April, and organizers hope to reschedule, possibly in the fall.

> Sunnyside restaurant is offering sack lunches, pancake mix and syrup to those who are in need while school is canceled. Contact them through Facebook Messenger.

> Cafe Sante is reserving two parking spaces  in front of the main door for curbside pick-up. All items are available for take away, including beer and wine. They are also opening up their covered, heated porch area to allow diners to spread out for social distancing.

> North Central Michigan College is canceling or postponing large on-campus events, including Luncheon Lectures, the Northern Michigan Regional Home & Outdoor Living Show and more. Spring Break has been extended and will begin one week earlier, on March 23, and extend through April 5. Details.

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This is a special edition of the Boyne Chamber/Main Street newsletter.