Boyne Mountain Spa

Resort Rentals North hosts Business After Hours tonight
Resort Rentals North
Lake View Chalet hosts Business After Hours tonight.
Resort Rentals North is hosting the Boyne Area Chamber's holiday Business After Hours tonight, Thursday, December 12th, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. It will be held at "Lake View Chalet," 1113 Marshall Road, one of our newest properties. There is no admission charge and appetizers, beer and wine will be provided at no charge. There will be a 50/50 raffle and the grand prize will be a two-night stay at the Lake View Chalet (some restrictions apply). Door prizes consist of holiday arrangements created by Upsy Daisy. Boyne Area Community Christmas will receive the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle. 
Resort Rentals North takes pride in getting people the right property for their needs. We help to bring families together to make unforgettable memories while assisting clients in generating reliable, profitable revenue. Whether you are a client with a property you would like to rent or a guest looking for the perfect rental for your next vacation, our full-service property management business can help. Contact us at 231-535-0010, info@resortrentalsnorth.com or visit our office at 5 W. Main Street, Suite 4.
OFF THE CLOCK - The Boyne Area Chamber is changing the name of Business After Hours to "Off the Clock" starting in the new year. Stay tuned for the new schedule, starting in February, after the January 16th Awards Gala.
Urgent Notice to Boyne Area Chamber Members
Are your membership dues up to date? We realize that the membership changes that have happened this year may have been a bit confusing.  We do not want any of our members to miss out on benefits such as being included in our 2020 Visitors Guide and Business Directory, which will go to print early.  If you have not paid your membership dues yet or are not sure, please contact our office as soon as possible at 231-582-6222.
We look forward to working with all our members in the coming year. Thank you!
Ugly Sweater Crawl includes 28 merchants on Saturday
Ugly Sweater Grab your family and friends, wear your ugliest sweater, put on those tacky pants and head to Boyne City for the first Shop Small Ugly Sweater Crawl on Saturday, December 14th. The event is being organized by Ivette Lopez, owner of Outdoor Beerdsman and Hoppy Hound Coffee & Dog Bakery. "You can sip, shop and eat local for a good cause," said Lopez, noting that all proceeds from the sale of "Let's Get Ugly" tote bags go to the Good Neighbors Food Pantry. Purchase a $15 tote bag here
Everyone wearing an ugly sweater will get discounts at 28 participating merchants, who will have drawings, food and drinks while you shop. A grand prize (and a picture in this newsletter) will go to the person with the ugliest sweater.
The event also includes a judged snowman-building competition sponsored by 4Front Credit Union from 12-2 p.m. for kids in Sunset Park. 
> For information or questions, contact Ivette at 231-459-6808 or email at info@outdoorbeerdsman.com.
> Here are the 28 participating local merchants and here are their discounts
52 Weekends
Alpine Chocolat Haus
Barden Lumber
Boyne Avenue Greenhouse
Boyne City Bakery
Boyne City Hardware
Boyne City Taproom
Boyne Co-op/True Value
Boyne Country Provisions
Boyne Trading Co.
Cafe Sante
Duncan Studios (Grand opening!) 
En Vogue Salon
Forgotten Treasures
Freshwater Gallery
Hoppy Hound Coffee & Dog Bakery
Inspired living
Kilwin's
Lake Street Pub
Long Road Distillers
Mary's of Boyne
North Country Cycle Shop
Outdoor Beerdsman
Peninsula
Red Mesa Grill
Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen
Up North Imagewear 
Water Street Cafe
Berkshire Hathaway

www.davidbeek.com   *   231-216-1000
Give us your nominations for Annual Awards Gala  
Awards gala
At our Annual Awards Gala on January 16th, the Boyne Area Chamber will be honoring local businesses, organizations and individuals for their contributions to the community. If you haven't already, click here to help us pick "the best of Boyne" by giving us your nominations for awards in these six categories:
  • Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award
  • Large Business of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Rising Star Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Project of the Year
We look forward to hearing your choices no later than 1 p.m. on December 18th. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of Chamber board members and winners will be presented with awards during the program on January 16th.  We also hope you will attend the Awards Gala to see who wins; t ickets are now on sale . T he Awards Gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Boyne Mountain Civic Center. Presenting sponsor for the gala will be KorthaseFlinn Insurance and Financial Services . In addition to the presentation of awards to community leaders and the installation of chamber board members, the event will feature a buffet dinner, cash bar, bucket raffles and a live auction. Tickets are $55.
Bucket raffles will be held for great prize packages - 10 tickets available for $25. There will also be a raffle with $10 tickets for a Yeti Cooler full of spirits and goodies sponsored by Boyne City Hardware. The Live Auction is sponsored by Boyne Mountain. We are seeking donation items for raffles and bottles of spirits for the cooler raffle.
> Click here to reserve individual seats, table sponsors and other sponsorships. 

KorthaseFlinn
Thanks to our sponsors!
PRESENTING SPONSOR
GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSOR
TABLE SPONSORS
Pat O'Brien & Associates
Charlevoix County Community Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Boyne City
Kammerman & Bascom
4Front Credit Union
Charlevoix State Bank
Challenge Mountain
Raven Hill Discovery Center
Lisa Luebke promoted to associate director of the chamber
Lisa Luebke
Lisa Luebke
Lisa Luebke has been promoted from office manager to associate director of the Boyne Area Chamber. "Lisa is invaluable to the Boyne Area Chamber," said Executive Director Kim Akin. "She is dedicated, intelligent, knowledgeable, and goes above and beyond everyday. Her customer service is top notch. I would never have made it through my first year without her. I am completely confident in her decision-making ability." 
Lisa Luebke says she feels "very blessed to be part of an amazing team with the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce." She said Kim Akin is "full of energy and new ideas for the chamber. She has been great to work with as we have completed several major transitions this past year. Add to that an extremely supportive Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers, and you have the perfect recipe for continued success in the support for our members and the community. I am grateful to be a part of this group and look forward to our future accomplishments."
Luebke has lived in the Boyne Area for 27 years. Before joining the chamber in March of 2018, she worked for 12 years with the Boyne City Housing Commission, 4 years with Char-Em United Way and 3 years with Camp Quality Michigan. She has a bachelor's degree in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University. Lisa was part of the Leadership Charlevoix County class of 2015. She is a member of the Boyne Area Community Christmas committee and the Charlevoix/Emmet Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Committee.
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DID YOU KNOW...? 
You  can see how you show up in searches on our website
Did you know you can check out your membership visibility on the Boyne Chamber website? Log in to the Member Information Center here and click on "Reports." It will show you your member visibility - how many views and impressions your listing has had in the last 12 months. While you're there, you can also update your contact information, add your logo, post jobs and "Hot Deals." and add an event to our event calendar. Participating in any of these options increases your visibility on our website and helps you make the most of your membership.
If you've never logged in to the chamber website and need assistance, reach out to Lisa at the chamber office and we will get you set up with your own login and help you navigate the system for the first time. Give us a call at 231-582-6222 or email us at lisa@boynechamber.com and we'll help you get started today!
Please take our Earlier than the Bird Survey
Thank you to those who participated in Earlier than the Bird 2019. Please click here to take this short survey to help Boyne City Main Street and the Boyne Area Chamber evaluate the event and plan for next year.
Drost Tree Service

Details on our tree service   *   231-348-2624
Chamber Checks: Ideal "shop local" gift is good all over town
Chamber Checks Need a gift, maybe for someone who is hard to buy for? Don't forget Chamber Checks are available at the Chamber Office, 115 S. Lake Street, Boyne City. Chamber Checks make the ideal "shop local" gift that can be redeemed at many businesses in the Boyne area. Chamber Checks are issued through Charlevoix State Bank by the Boyne Chamber and are redeemable much like a gift certificate or any bank check. Chamber Checks are available in denominations of $10, $20 and $25 certificates. We appreciate advance notice for orders of 6 or more checks. If you have questions about Chamber Checks, call the Chamber at 231-582-6222 or email lisa@boynechamber.com.
HOLIDAY BONUSES - Chamber Checks are a great way to give holiday bonuses to your employees. This year we have filled an order for a total of more than $8,000 in Chamber Checks from one local employer. It's a great way to reward your employees and keep money local!
PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES are listed here. To add your business to this list, email lisa@boynechamber.com.
 
Lexamar Christmas
Boyne Area Community Christmas thanks the employees of LexaMar in Boyne City for their generous donation of more than 1,000 gifts. This is LexaMar's third year organizing a toy drive for the Community Christmas. Their Fairness Committee hosts several LexaMar bake sales throughout the year to raise money to purchase the toys. Each year, LexaMar team members have raised the bar with funds raised. This year they raised over $10,000 to purchase gifts for the Community Christmas. They also delivered over 4,000 pounds of food for their Food Drive to the Good Neighbors Pantry in Boyne City right before Thanksgiving.

Community Christmas needs donations to help the less fortunate
Community ChristmasBoyne Area Community Christmas asks that you remember those less fortunate by making a donation this holiday season.  Non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, games and books can be dropped off Monday through Thursday through Dec.16, from 10am-2pm at the Boyne City Education Center, Pine Street entrance. 
For monetary donations, please make checks payable to Boyne Area Community Christmas and send them c/o Eleanor West, Treasurer at 915 Robinson Street #15, Boyne City, MI 49712.
For additional information or to submit the name of a child in need, contact Heather Ross at (231) 459-5588.
Basket pick-up will be from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, December 19 at the Boyne City Education Center Gym (321 South Park Street). Deliveries will start at 11 a.m. that day. 
Want to volunteer? Bring a friend and just show up for packing/distribution day on Dec. 19th at the Boyne City Education Center, 9am to 6pm. 
News-Review story: Volunteers needed for Dec. 19th
County's proposed recreation plan update available for review
Parks plan From the Petoskey News-Review: After several months of seeking community input in many forms, Charlevoix County officials have a draft version of an update to the county-wide recreational master plan available for review. Charlevoix County Parks and Planning Director Kiersten Stark said the draft was posted to the county's website on Friday. Here is a link to the 183-page document, which is also is available on the homepage of the county's website at www.charlevoixcounty.org.
Stark said Friday marks the beginning of a required 30-day public review period for the document. When the review period has concluded county officials will take any further input received on the draft and use it to consider approving a final version of the document.
Stark noted that the existing county recreation master plan was set to expire at the end of this year. She added that keeping the master plan updated regularly is important as a means of guiding future decisions by the county board of commissioners and other county officials, and is also a requirement for the county to be eligible for many grant opportunities.
Stark said the most notable new asset on the county's books is the recent addition of a lighthouse and surrounding property on Beaver Island. Stark said there was also a great deal of support expressed for the new boat launch facility the county is looking to build at Whiting Park. The other major item noted on the documents is plans for construction of the next phase of the Boyne-City-Charlevoix non-motorized trail. Full story.
Police course Police Officer Hoenicke completes leadership course
The Boyne City Police Department would like to recognize Officer Christie Hoenicke for completing the Shield Leadership Institute's first level leadership course. From left in this picture are recently retired police chief Jeff Gaither, Officer Hoenicke and Police Chief Kevin Spate. This course is an intensive 80-hour front-line supervision course covering aspects of leadership. The course was voluntary, not a job requirement. Chief Spate thanked Officer Hoenicke for her "initiative and dedication to furthering your education and making BCPD a better place."
Presbyterian Church continues free community Christmas dinner 
First Presbyterian The First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City will continue its tradition of offering a free Christmas dinner for anyone and everyone in the community from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25th. The church is located at 401 S. Park St.  Please use the Pine Street entrance. Rev. Elizabeth Broschart said, "Boyne City area residents are invited to join us for a Christmas Dinner as we celebrate the birth of Christ and join our hands in fellowship. If you would prefer not to eat alone, please join us." The congregation is cooking a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin's. The dinner is paid for by contributions from the congregation, the public and local grocery stores. Anyone who would like to support the effort may call  231-582-7983.
> On Christmas Eve, First Presbyterian will have worship at 7 p.m.  They invite you to join them for a service of carols, the Christmas story, Communion, and candlelight.
Bay Township Wreaths ceremony honors veterans Saturday
Everyone is invited to attend the Bay Township Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Dyer Cemetery at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, December 14th. Wreaths Across America in Bay Township is celebrating its sixth year.
You do not have to be a wreath sponsor to participate in the ceremony. At Noon (EST) a moment of silence will be held across the entire nation. At this time the seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed on the graves of the veterans throughout the township's three cemeteries and the Scattering Garden at the Horton Bay United Methodist Church. The Boyne City American Legion Ernest Peterson Post 228 will be assisting at this ceremony. It will be a very special time to honor all our veterans and their families. "Everyone Plays a Part" is the National Wreaths Across America Day Theme for 2019. We will have hot drinks and snacks at Dyer Cemetery before the ceremony and everyone is welcome to return there after all four locations are covered.
> Here is an information and sponsorship form. Note that the organization has made online sponsoring much easier now. The deadline for 2019 sponsorships has passed but  additional wreath donations will carry over to 2020. Call Georganna Monk at 231-883-9867 if you have any questions. 
In the News
   
   School board puts $26 million bond issue on May 5th ballot - Story

   Future of Boyne Valley EMS service discussed - Story

   Q&A with William Raveau, musician and Boyne City graduate - Story

   Farmers Market Committee seeks applicants by Jan. 9th - Application
We're taking newsletter ad reservations for the new year
The Chamber/Main Street E-News readership is up 12% from a year ago, now opened by an average of 1,369 people per week. To request ads for any Thursday in 2020, just email Newsletter Editor Jim Baumann, jim@boynechamber.com. Don't delay - our ads are very popular, and nearly every ad position has sold out in the past two years. You can send us a ready-to-publish ad (we'll give you the specs) or we can design your ad. We link your ad to your website or Facebook page, and we bill you after it runs.
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Santa Claus Duncan Studios
120 Water Street
Boyne City MI 49712
(231) 313-2112
ABOUT US:  Duncan Studios is a family- oriented business that will hold its Grand Opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, December 14th. 
> Everyone is invited to attend their RIBBON CUTTING at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Come visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus with your ugly sweater on. We will have studio-wide discounts, including our Sip & Paint class tickets. We can't wait to see you there. We're excited to bring people together to take memories and ideas and splash them onto a canvas. We do everything from nonprofit work and paint & sip classes, to personalized commissioned pieces. Follow us on Facebook @DuncanStudiosBoyneCity for updates on the studio, paint & sip classes, our website, community events, and more.
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HELP WANTED                        Check the listings on our  Jobs Page
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.

Caregiver, second shift at Pineview Cottage. Details.

Bookkeeper/Payroll at Bob Mathers Ford. Details.

Clinical Business Manager at The Brook. Details .

Sales & Real Estate Trainee at Bluegreen Vacations. Details

Deputy Treasurer - City of  Boyne City seeks qualified, outgoing person to help administer and execute all financial matters involving the City. Demonstrated financial, budgeting, bookkeeping, financial and related creative problem solving, public relations, communication, and organizational skills desired. Current employee retiring after 30+ years. Comprehensive wage (DOQ) and benefit package. Submit resume, letter of interest, salary history and requirements with 3 references to: Cindy Grice, City Clerk/Treasurer, City of Boyne City, 319 North Lake Street, Boyne City, MI 49712-1101 by Friday, January 6, 2020. EOE www.boynecity.com

Charlevoix County Housing Ready Program Director - This new position will be based in Charlevoix County. The individual will work with the Housing North Executive Director, Board of Directors, and local housing networks, city, county, village, and township officials, local philanthropy, private and nonprofit developers, employers and other stakeholders to help Charlevoix County communities coordinate local housing initiatives and offer assistance in the development process. Details, responsibilities and how to apply by January 3.

Hiring event NORTHERN MICHIGAN ANNUAL HIRING EVENT will return for the third year, scheduled for April 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellison Place in Gaylord. The goal is to have 70 companies registered and at least 400 job seekers attend. Employers can save time and money by booking now. Early Bird registration is available until January 31, for $325. Regular registration beginning in February will be $375. This is an opportunity to showcase your business as one of the premium companies in lower northern Michigan and the eastern U.P. This event is free to job seekers and a great opportunity to network with employers from multiple industries. Details and registration.
FUN
FUN, FOOD, EVENTS, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -   Special events   
Boyne Mountain hosts Disney-inspired dinner on Saturday
Frozen Anna
Anna and her ice harvester Kristof
Bring your princes and princesses to meet some of their favorite movie characters including Aladdin and his princess, Rapunzel and her prince, and a favorite Frozen sister with Kristof. Take a seat with royalty at Stein Eriksen's this Saturday, December 14 at 5pm, part of the Holiday Open House at Boyne Mountain. Your ticket includes:
· Opening Ceremony
· Holiday Buffet with all things kids love
· Wishing Ceremony
· Meet and greets with photo opportunities for every child
· Final Dance and other magical activities!
There are only 18 seats remaining for this very special evening at Stein Eriksen's. Don't miss the opportunity to make magical memories with your family.
6-FOR-1 DAY - The annual Boyne Mountain 6-for-1 Day returns on Friday, December 13th, as we sell six lift tickets for the price of one. Gather up your crew of friends, family or complete strangers and make Boyne Mountain your destination. Don't let silliness like work stand in the way - you have a purpose in life and Boyne Mountain's 6-for-1 Day only happens once a year. This annual event pays homage to America's first six-person high speed chairlift, the Mountain Express at Boyne Mountain. On this day only, six lift tickets for the price of one are offered at Boyne Mountain ONLY. Tickets must be purchased at the Boyne Mountain lift ticket window on December 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Snow conditions are great!
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - Boyne Mountain also has their holiday open house from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, December 14th and along with it food and drink specials throughout the resort. The holiday cheer and activities are open to all on this special evening. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, roaring bonfire and s'mores, arts and crafts, family holiday movie, shopping specials, live entertainment, holiday treats, and more. Details.
"Celebrate Bob" event will benefit Patriot Place 
Celebrate Bob Red Mesa Grill will host a "Celebrate Bob" event to honor Bob Huff from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15th. Huff was the long-time local pharmacist who passed away on September 29th. Bob was a beloved patron of the Red Mesa Grill for many years, and the restaurant will donate 10% of all food sales and $1 from every Bobo Wabo premium margarita to Patriot Place in honor of Huff. Patriot Place is a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan and the region's only veterans transitional housing community for male veterans who are experiencing homelessness. Live entertainment with Project 6 will be featured from 6-9 p.m. on December 15th.
BV Vineyards donating 20% of sales to Camp Quality on Saturday
Boyne Valley Vineyards Boyne Valley Vineyards will be supporting Camp Quality Michigan this Saturday, December 14th. The Vineyards will donate 20% of all sales to help children with cancer and their families. Camp Quality hopes you will find time to visit the vineyard and support them.  Boyne Valley Vineyards is located just south of Petoskey at 5325 US 131 North, Boyne Falls and they are open from 11 am - 6 pm. A Brighter Bloom will be providing live music from 2-5 p.m. and the vineyard has outdoor igloos and snowshoeing trails that customers are welcome to enjoy. If you have any questions about Camp Quality Michigan, contact them at mioffice@campqualityusa.org or 231-582-2471.
> Channel 9 & 10 News recently featured Boyne Valley Vineyards - Story & video.
Farmers Market continues indoors at City Hall on Saturdays
The Boyne City Farmers Market continues in the lobby of City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday. This year-round Farmers Market is packed full of beautiful produce, greens, homemade goodies and so much more. 
19 FARMERS & VENDORS - The indoor market includes: Bear Creek Organic Farm, Beehouse Cookies, Big Medicine Coffee, Blackbird Gardens, Bluestem Farm, Charlevoix Lavender, Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine, Cook Family Farm, Daybreak Dream Farm, Ken's Fresh Fish 'N Tales, Korthase Sugarbush, Mini Farm, Providence Organic Farm, Siegrest Farm & Greenhouse, Spirit of Walloon, The Rustic Baker, Walloon Lake Winery, Winnie's Brand, Ziibimijwang Farm.
MARKET MUSIC - Thanks to our sponsors, Blissfest and Grain Train: Dec. 14th - Liz Thorp, 21st - Kirby.
CHRISTMAS VACATION - There will be no Farmers Market on December 28th.
> The Boyne City Farmers Market is a program of Boyne City Main Street. For more information, visit www.boynecityfarmersmarket.org. To sign up for our weekly newsletter, email farmersmarket@boynecity.com.

Farmers Market Committee seeks applicants
Boyne City Main Street is seeking applicants for the Farmers Market Committee. Two positions are open - one for a patron and one for a vendor. Applications are due January 9th at noon and can be found here
Bella Vita Italian restaurant is reopening Dec. 26th to Jan. 4th
Bella Vita Italian restaurant will be open for dinner for 10 days from December 26th to January 4th. Kelly and Matt invite you to call 231-582-3341 for reservations. Bella Vita is located at 2911 Boyne City-Charlevoix Road.  Website .
Foundation donates $2,500 to expand Ridge Run Dog Park
Dog park The City of Boyne City and the Ridge Run Dog Park family would like to give a big thank you to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their generous grant of $2,500 to go towards the storage shed for the new agility park equipment. Scheduled to break ground in spring 2020, the agility park will be a separate 100 x 100 feet,
with 4 ft. tall fencing adjacent to the existing small dog park. An additional generous donation of $10,000 was made by Bonnie Katz this past summer, allowing us to officially launch the project by ordering fencing and securing recycled artificial sports field turf for the entire play surface. Ridge Run Dog Park opened in June 2014, thanks to the support of the City of Boyne City and the countless hours and financial support donated by numerous volunteers, local companies and individuals. In the years since, we continue to grow the dog park family and make additional improvements for the benefit of our furry family members.
> Tis the season of giving, so if you're looking for a gift idea for a loved one and would like to donate in their honor or in memory of, your donation will go towards the purchase of the agility equipment pieces such as jumps, tunnels, weaves, cones, walks etc, please contact the City of Boyne City  at 231-582-6597 for further information.
Workshop looks at traditional Hindu system of medicine
balanced living Balanced Living yoga studio is offering an Ayurveda Workshop with Marlee Osbron from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14th. Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine; it is 100% natural and over 5,000 years old. In this workshop, we will dip our toes into Ayurveda and learn:
  • How the elements interact around and within us.
  • About your personal Dosha... constitution; how much of each element you were born with.
  • Individualized tools to balance the elements so you can be one step closer to living in perfect health.
  • The history of Ayurveda, key words, and nutritional guidelines.
  • How to incorporate this knowledge into your asana (poses) and pranayama (breathwork) practices.
This workshop also includes tri-doshic snacks, recipes, one kitchari kit, and an All Levels Asana class. Workshop fee is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Register at the studio or at www.balancedlivingyogastudio.com.
Kids can hear a holiday story and make a bird seed ornament
Bird seed ornament The Charlevoix Conservation District will be hosting a youth holiday event in their Community Room at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 12th at 303 North Street in Boyne City. We will be reading the story, Night Tree, by Eve Bunting, while enjoying cocoa and a cookie before making our own bird seed feeder ornaments for outdoor trees. The event is free, but space and materials are limited so RSVPs to 231-582-6193 are appreciated. Geared toward ages 4 & up.
Thanks to the many county businesses who donated raffle prize items for the Conservation District's 71st Annual Meeting. Seventy guests attended the event. Here's a list of all the businesses that donated.
The district's Community Room is available to rent for holiday parties, free to nonprofits and most service groups but available for private groups and businesses to rent for a small fee. Details are here, or contact our office, M-F 8am-4:30pm. There is room for up to 30 adults including two kitchenettes a bathroom and more. 
"It's a (Gift) Wrap" on December 16th at Independence Village
Gift wrap Join us for a taste of the season from 4-6 p.m. Monday, December 16th, at Independence Village. Stop in to share a cup of cheer and take home a gift bag full of wrapping paper, gift tags and bows. We know that the holiday season is a busy time of year for our professional partners. That's why Independence Village would like to help make life less stressful and help celebrate wrapping up a great year. Stop by, enjoy a warm beverage from our hot cocoa bar and take home your complimentary "It's a Wrap" bag full of all your gift wrapping needs. Please RSVP by December 13th by calling 231-348-8498. Independence Village is located at 965 Hager Drive, Petoskey.
Senior center hosts holiday decoration bus tour Tuesday
Senior Center
The Commission on Aging Local Travel Club will be taking a Christmas Light and Decoration Tour in each of our communities. The bus will leave the Boyne Area Senior Center at 6 pm, returning about 7:30 on Tuesday, Dec. 17. These tours will be weather dependent and you must sign up at the Senior Center for the trip you want to attend as there is limited room. Hot cocoa and cookies will be included.
CHRISTMAS DINNER - Join us at any of the senior centers on Friday, December 20, for our Traditional Christmas Dinner and Celebration. 
CLOSINGS - The county senior centers and the Commission on Aging Office will be closed December 24th and 25th and January 1 in celebration of the holidays.
NEW YEAR'S EVE - We will be counting down to Noon on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31st in all of the senior centers. Join us at 11:30 a.m. for appetizers, musical entertainment and fun activities.
STAY UP TO DATE on the latest goings on at Senior Center sites by liking our Facebook page and visiting our website Click here for a calendar  of activities, lunch menus and entertainment.
BOYNE AREA SENIOR CENTER is located at 411 E. Division St., Boyne City, 231-582-6682. Site coordinator is Loretta Bayless .
TOMMBA gear Support trails by giving TOMMBA gear for Christmas
New this year, you can give TOMMBA Gear to support the trail-building efforts of the Top Of Michigan Mountain Bike Association. 

You or your favorite mountain biker will look great sporting a TOMMBA hat, Active-wear T-shirt, license plate, or bumper sticker. 

Check out the TOMMBA Store and support your local trails and trail-builders. 
Astronomy Club to discuss the Star of Bethlehem
Northern Michigan Astronomy Club will discuss the Star of Bethlehem during its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at the Wildwood Observatory, 01825 Wildwood Heights Road, Boyne City. If the Star of Bethlehem existed, what might it have been? The Bible states, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
The Astronomy Club will discuss natural phenomena that may have accounted for the star mentioned in the Biblical passage. This is also the group's annual Christmas Party. All are welcome to attend. Observing will occur after the discussion, weather permitting. For more information contact Rod Cortright at (231) 675-0393 or cortrig@msu.edu. Facebook page.
Special services planned at Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Episcopal Church The Episcopal Church of the Nativity is planning some special services leading up to Christmas:
"The Longest Night" - 4 p.m. Sunday, December 15: The holidays are not happy for everyone. Perhaps it is the first (or more) Christmas since the death of a loved one or the breakup of a marriage. Join us for a special service that surrounds our sorrows in word and prayer, in the company of others who feel the same kinds of loss.
Christmas Eve Communion Service - 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 24: Join us for a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Rev. Canon Anne Hallmark will be with us to lead our festive service. All are welcome at the Table of the Lord. 209 East Main Street, Boyne City, www.episcopalboyne.com.

Now offering evening yoga at Charlevoix Wellness Workshop
Wellness Workshop
Every Monday, the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop offers an evening yoga class from 5:15-6:15pm, walk-ins welcome. Cost is $10 per class or purchase an 11-class punch card for $75 for those 59 years and under and $50 for those 60 years and over. The card is good for all yoga and body fit classes and as always, your first class is free. For more information, contact the office of Community Health Education at the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop at 231-437-3482 or by email at chx-wellness@mhc.net. The Wellness Workshop is located at 411 Bridge Street in Charlevoix.
BCHS alum William Raveau to perform in BC Dec. 27th
William Raveau
William Raveau
Boyne City High School alum William Raveau will perform in concert in at Freshwater Gallery & Concert Venue at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. Enjoy an evening of Christmas songs and songs from his upcoming album. Tickets will be available at the door but availability is not guaranteed. VIP tickets include early seating and a champagne reception before the concert. 
William Raveau is a Boyne City High School graduate now performing and residing in New York City. During his time in Boyne City, he was seen in a number of BCHS Drama productions and the Little Traverse Civic Theatre and Bay View Music Festival. After performing in roles and receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University, he moved to New York City in pursuit of an acting career. During his two years in NYC, he was seen in cabarets in venues like the Laurie Beechman Theatre and The Duplex, as well as in Frankenstein the Musical, making his off-Broadway debut at the historic St. Luke's Theatre. 
> Tickets for his Boyne City concert start at $15 and can be purchased online  as well as by emailing williamboynecityconcert@gmail.com . This concert is part of a fundraising effort for Raveau's upcoming album, and is not part of the winter concert series produced by Freshwater.
Kayak
Kayaker Tom Renkes
Lunch lecture looks at kayaking on Lake Superior Friday
North Central Michigan College's luncheon lecture series features a program on Kayaking Lake Superior this Friday, December 13th.  Author, traveler and grandfather Tom Renkes kayaked solo for a thousand miles along Lake Superior because, he said, "I had overcome storms in my life and wanted this journey as proof of my recovery and reclamation of a life." We will hear his observations and see what it is like to take a long trip in a very small boat along the largest, most rugged and most dramatic of the Great Lakes.
Programs are held on Fridays in the Library Conference Room. $12 includes lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon. Reservations are required - call 231-348-6600 or email  luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu  to make a reservation.
music
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
 
BARREL BACK 04069 N M75,  Walloon Lake , (231) 535-6000. Open daily @ 8:30AM
WINTER SPECIALS and promotions beginning October 7th:
  Sunday - Build your own pasta night.
  Monday - Smoke house platter night. Array of our smoked meats.
  Tuesday - Taco Tuesday (Chefs Choice of three weekly)
  Wednesday - Half off one topping pizza night
  Thursday - Fish Fry
Entertainment Monday through Wednesday:
  Mondays, 6-9 p.m.: Sean Bielby Dec. 15 & 29, Michelle Chenard Dec. 22.
  Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.: Phillip McLellan Dec. 17. No music Dec. 24. Holly Keller Dec. 31.
  Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.: Pete Kehoe Dec. 18. No music on Dec. 25.
 
BC LANES & THE VENUE SPORTS BAR , 1199 S. M-75, Boyne City. (231) 582-6353.
Open 7 days a week: Sunday 1-9PM, Mon-Thurs 3-10PM, Fri & Sat 3PM-12AM
FISH FRY - All you can eat fish fry on Fridays, $11.99 4-10PM,  served with all you can eat fries, coleslaw & tartar sauce.
HAPPY HOUR - Thursday-Friday 4PM-6PM & Sunday 1PM-3PM,  $3 20oz Domestic Draft $4 20oz Craft Draft.
LIVE MUSIC, 9 p.m. to 12 midnight on Saturdays:
December 14th - Tribe Of Chiefs
December 28th - Scarkazm
December 31st  - Gibson Seal
 
BOYNE CELTIC SESSION will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, January 5th, in the Community Room of the Boyne District Library. We invite the public to come and enjoy traditional Irish music - free admission on the first and third Sundays of the month. Anyone wishing to receive a PDF of the book we use to play our music is encouraged to contact Gaeyle at 231-883-7664. 
 
BOYNE CITY TAPROOM/PINE LAKE LODGE, 220 S. Lake St., Boyne City,  (231) 459-4487. 
* Weekly Lunch Special - $7. Watch Facebook for details.
* Nightly Specials:
  Tuesday - 1 lb Basket of Ribs with Fries and coleslaw, $10
  Wednesday - Fried Chicken with Fries and coleslaw, $10
  Thursday - Half pound Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, $10
  Friday - AYCE Fish with Fries and coleslaw, $12.95
  Saturday - Chef's Choice
  Sunday - AYCE Pancakes, $6
* All Day Tappy Hour on Sundays
* Kids eat free on Sunday with adult meal purchase
THURSDAYS - Fall Trivia Series at 
7pm. Prizes each week for top three teams. Any new team that joins by Dec. 5 receives two free one-topping pizzas after attending three times.
FRIDAYS - Live music upstairs in the Pine Lake Lodge, 8-11 p.m. unless noted.
Dec 13 - Tribe of Chiefs
Dec 20 - Yankee Station
Dec 27 - BioMassive
Dec 28 - Jelly Rolls
Dec. 31 - Sleeping Gypsies

BOYNE MOUNTAIN , 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, 231-549-6000.
Mountain Crawl MOUNTAIN CRAWLEvery Thursday at Boyne Mountain, walk, stumble or crawl to four different bars for the all-new Mountain Crawl. Make stops at four different locations - Everett's, Trophy Room Pub & Pizzeria, Forty Acres Tavern, and Eagle's Nest - and enjoy deliciously discounted beverages and appetizers. Stop at all and receive a Mountain Crawl Hat. Participants must be 21+ to participate. The specials are: $3 domestic drafts, $5 craft beer, $5 select wine, $5 select apps. You can also enjoy live music at Forty Acres Tavern and karaoke in the Snowflake Lounge.
SIX-FOR-ONE DAY for skiers (details) on Friday. Dec. 13, and Holiday Open House with Santa and more on Saturday night, Dec. 14.
12 days of Holiday Gifts - Perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
Forty Acres Tavern, 231-549-7270, 6-9 p.m. unless noted
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Sean Bielby
Thursday, Dec. 19 - Charlie Reager, 7-10 pm
Friday, Dec. 20 - Eric Jaqua, 7-10 pm
Thursday, Dec. 26 - Michelle Chenard, 8-11 pm
Friday, Dec. 27 - Chris Calleja, 8-11 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Pistil Whips, 8-11 pm
Stein Erickson's, 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Nelson Olstrom
Wednesday, Dec. 25 - Chris Calleja
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Under the Moon

Snowflake Lounge, 4-7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 26 - The Real Ingredients
Friday, Dec. 27 - Chris Calleja
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Pistil Whips
Sunday, Dec. 29 - A Brighter Bloom
Monday, Dec. 30 - Charlie Reager
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Zeke Clemons
Snowflake Lounge, DJ Mike or DJ Bill Da Cat e very Saturday plus Dec. 26 thru 31
Mountain Express - DJ Bill Da Cat, 12-4 p.m. Dec. 26-31

BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS5325 US 131 N,  Boyne Falls,  (231) 373-2099.
Saturday, Dec. 14th - A Brighter Bloom, 2-5 p.m. All day Saturday, 20% of all sales will be donated to Camp Quality Michigan to help children with cancer and their families.
Saturday, Dec. 21st -  live music, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28th - live music, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31st - Chris Calleja, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Igloos and snow shoes are available.

 CAFE SANTÉ , 1 Water St, Boyne City,  (231) 582-8800
> Americano breakfast special - 2 eggs your way, herbed potatoes, toast and jam, and a beverage for $7. Monday through Friday, 8-11am.
> Mondays, 6-9 p.m.:  $5 pizza special and Nathan Bates performs.
> Wednesdays and Thursdays - Winter Biergarten menu of German food and $5 German beers, 11 a.m. to closing.
Friday, Dec. 27th, 8-11pm - Pete Kehoe
Saturday, Dec. 28th, 8-11pm - A Brighter Bloom
Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 8-Midnight - New Year's Eve Party featuring The Shifties
 
Josh Davis
The Voice star Joshua Davis
 FRESHWATER GALLERY/CONCERT VENUE, 217 S. Lake St., Boyne City, (231) 582-2588. "Blue Mondays" open mike night from 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 5) on the second and fourth Mondays this fall, hosted by Robin Lee Berry. We invite you to bring and sing or chill and listen. Fall gallery hours are 10am-6pm, except Sundays 12-4.
THE JOSHUA DAVIS TRIO will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 28th. Davis performed at Freshwater with the band Steppin' In It in January of 2014. Since then, he became nationally famous when he finished third in The Voice televised competition in 2015. Already a touring/recording artist, Davis performed duets with Sheryl Crow and Adam Levine on The VoIce and helped break the mold as the first artist to sing original compositions on the show. Tickets are $35 in advance, call 231-582-2588. Here is a 2017 story about Joshua Davis from MyNorth.com.  

GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS -  For schedule and tickets, visit greatlakescfa.org or call 231.439.2601. 
> Saturday, Dec. 14 - Crooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker, 3 and 7 p.m. News-Review story.
> Sunday, Dec. 15 - Crooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker, 3 p.m.
> Thursday-Friday, Dec. 19-20 - Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Handel's Messiah, 7 p.m.  The quintessential musical crown of the season, the GLCO performs with dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing making this one of the most beloved Holiday traditions. Soloists include Karen Hughes Beacom, Christine Amon, John Bragle, and Clay Thompson. Libor Ondras leads the orchestra and chorus in a performance not to be missed. Two 7:00 pm performances December 19th and 20th at The Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Tickets $25-$50, age 18 and under free. Tickets and details at glcorchestra.org or call 231.487.0010.
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Naturally 7, world-renowned a capella ensemble
Friday, Dec. 27 - Rock Baby Rock! Lance Lipinski and the Lovers showcase the 1950s and 60s
>  Saturday, Dec. 28 - Sound of Music movie Singalong
Friday, Jan. 3 - An Evening With Jake Allen.
 
LAKE STREET PUB , 202 S. Lake St., Boyne City,  (231) 497- 6031.
> Pub Time - Monday thru Friday, 3-6pm. En joy $1 off Cocktails, Craft Beer & Wine.  $2 Draught Domestics,  $12 Bucket of Domestic Bottles - 1/2 dozen on ice,  $1 Each- Ice Cold Peel & Eat Shrimp.
> Masterminds Trivia with Matt Hall every Wednesday, 7-9pm, teams of 1-8 people. Prizes for each week's winners, (sorry, may not to be used on the night won): 1st - $50 Gift Certificate, 2nd - $25 Gift Certificate, 3rd - $15 Gift Certificate
> Trivia Theme Night on the last Wednesday of every month. Every player who dresses with the night's theme receives 10% off their individual bill.
  December 18- Holiday Trivia, (Ugly Sweater Party!)
 
RED MESA GRILL , 117 Water St, Boyne City, (231) 582-0049
"Casa Tuesdays" - $3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 food features and live music 6-9 p.m.:
Dec. 17 - Blake Elliott
Dec. 24 - Closed on Christmas Eve
Dec. 31 - Tic Tac Go
Jan 07 - Marsupials Acoustic
Jan 14 - Chuck & Jamie ( Charles Witthoeft & Jamie Balousek)
Jan 21 - Buddha Sweet
Jan 28 - Lou Thumser

 STIGGS BREWERY & KITCHEN, 112 S. Park St., Boyne City,  (231) 497-6100
> EUCHRE MONDAYS - 6 p.m. Top two weekly winners get prizes, half off Euchre Pilsner from Arbor Brewing Co.
LIVE MUSIC & events at 7 p.m. unless noted:
Thursday, Dec. 12 - Burger, Beer & Blues Night
Friday, Dec. 13 - Under The Moon, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Something Great
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Open Mic Night hosted by Nelson Olstrom
Friday, Dec. 20 - Chris Koury
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Crosscut Kings
Friday, Dec. 27 - Jeff Pagel
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Sydni K, 6 p.m.

WHI-SKI INN2670 US 131 South, Boyne Falls, 231-549-3346.
Wine, Wings, and Whiskey all 20% off every Wednesday.
LIVE MUSIC is 7-10 p.m. unless noted:
Friday, Dec. 13 - Two-Track Mind
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Pistil Whips
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Ty Parkin, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20 - Lou Thumser
Ugly sweater Saturday, Dec. 21 - Ugly Sweater Party with Nathan Bates.  We all know you have it hidden in the back of your closet...the ugliest sweater known to man. Pull it out, dress it up and come on down. Awards announced at 9pm. Must be present to receive award for Ugliest or Most Creative. 
Thursday, Dec. 26 - Ty Parkin
Friday, Dec. 27 - The Lopers
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Two-Track Mind
Sunday, Dec. 29 - Ty Parkin
Monday, Dec. 30 - The Shifties
NEWS BRIEFS  
Lifetree Cafe
FIGHTING FAIR - How fighting fair can make marriages and other relationships better will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6:30. The program, titled "Conquering Conflict: Healthy Ways to Tackle Disagreements," features a filmed interview with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, whose relationship-building work has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Oprah, and the New York Times best-seller list. "The average married couple argues about small, nagging things as much as 312 times per year," said Les Parrott. "What matters is how we fight, not whether we fight." He also said fighting fair helps all relationships, but marriages suffer most when couples employ dirty tactics. "Ninety-three percent of couples who fight dirty will be divorced within 10 years." Participants in the Lifetree program will gain practical insights and skills for fighting fair, according to Lifetree representative Craig Cable.
> Lifetree Café is in the First Presbyterian Church, 401 S. Park St., Boyne City. Use the Pine St. entrance. It is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Broschart at 231-582-7983  or Lifetree@fpboyne.org.
BOAT SLIP RENTALS - It's official... you may now make your Boyne City harbor boat slip reservations on the DNR central reservation system. Book your stay up to 6 months prior to your arrival date. Seasonal slip rentals are also now available in the Village of Walloon Lake. Call or text (231) 535-6039 or email katie@gettommys.com to secure your slip.
FREE BABY ITEMS - Kinder Closet at Christ Lutheran Church is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on December 14th and the second Saturday of every month. Free baby items are provided, including diapers, wipes, clothes and more for any Charlevoix County parent with a newborn to 24 month-old-child. Christ Lutheran Church is located at 1250 Boyne Avenue in Boyne City. For more information, call 231-582-9301.
BOYNE TRADING CO., 109 E. Water Street. Shop this weekend, including the Ugly Sweater Crawl and save 30% off storewide. Find one-stop shopping for your entire Christmas list for infant through adult sizes. Mention the Chamber/Main Street newsletter for a free decal of your choice.
OFFICE SPACES AVAILABLE - 800sf, 1,430sf, 1,440sf, or 3,670sf of office space available. Located in a beautiful building, center of town with lake views and natural light on One Water Street above Cafe Santé. $12/sf/yr includes common area maintenance (excluding utilities, internet, and trash). Call 989-732-9722 or www.cattdevelopment.com.
OFFICE SPACE - 5 month rental. Fully furnished office in a small house in Boyne City. All the comforts of home including office desks (2), storage space, 3 ft x 6 ft conference table, WIFI, printer, TV and utilities included. Lots of parking, Available December 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020. $1200 per month. Call Sue at 602-677-1953.
RETAIL AND/OR OFFICE SPACE available on Lake Street in downtown Boyne City. Approximately 2000 sq.ft. Public parking lot adjacent. Call 517-230-0914.
VISITORS GUIDE - The Boyne Area Chamber's Visitors Guide/Business Directory is available as a digital magazine as well as a beautiful 4-color printed magazine. It contains interactive content, including page-turning, links to websites and video, as well as a full search function. To view the digital publication,  click here

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