You’re invited to attend a free Zoom presentation on:
Thursday, April 23, 10:00 am

Social Media Tips and Advice:
How to Keep Your Customers Engaged During a Tough Time

Co-hosted by:
Bellaire, East Jordan, and Elk Rapids Area Chambers of Commerce

Hear from local retailers who are successfully connecting with their customers online. They will present their tips and advice about how to make social media platforms like FaceBook work harder for you. There will be time for a Questions & Answers after the presentations. Panelists:

Karen Simpson, Cellar 152 and Elk Rapids General Store
Shaun Quinn, Bayfront Beach & Bike, Elk Rapids
Andre Bushnell, The Foundry Bar and Grill, East Jordan
Dominic Caruso, East Jordan Motel
Shelly Dayton, The Flying Pig, Bellaire
Christy Wilson, Hello Vino, Bellaire

Please join us!

Just click the link to attend on Thursday, April 23 at 10:00 am:

Password: 725111
Attention Business Owners!

Applications open on April 20, 2020, at 12:00 PM PT for the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ’s  #SaveSmallBusiness  Fund, which will provide $5,000 grants to  #smallbusiness  owners in the U.S. and its territories. Learn more at
To mark Earth Day, students can learn about
environment, climate online and outdoors
EGLE livestream, Wednesday April 22
Will call students to action, recognize
our poster and service award winners
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) says now is an opportune time to teach children about the environment, Great Lakes, climate and energy using online resources. Continue Reading

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Earth Day Virtual Celebration

No charge virtual film viewing and discussion – Discussion begins at 7:00 pm

Join Grass River Natural Area in a virtual celebration of the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day.
We want to honor this important day while remaining in compliance with Michigan’s Stay at Home order. GRNA invites you to view the short film Feel of Vision on the REI YouTube channel ( ) whenever you like before 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22. The film powerfully illustrates the healing power of nature as it follows the adventures of the upbeat and inspiring Lonnie Bedwell, a white-water kayaker who is completely blind. At 7:00 on Earth Day, Grass River Natural Area will host a Zoom discussion of the film with Lonnie Bedwell and members of the creative team from Feel of Vision on the one-hour call. Please register for the discussion at /earthdayreg.html in order to receive your invitation to the Zoom meeting. More information is also available by emailing [email protected] .
Click on list below for all sites that have the up to date information on COVID-19 and Business Assistance.

Lists are now available on website:


To help Michiganders receive unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has developed a schedule for workers to file for benefits based on the first letter of their last name. Visit to file your claim.
Ames District Improvement
Plan Questionnaire

The Village of Elk Rapids has undertaken a study of the Ames Street District between US-31 and the east
village limits. If you are a resident, business owner, or property owner in the Village of Elk Rapids, please help us out by filling out this questionnaire.

From Tom Enslen, Superintendent

Dear Elk Rapids Parents and Students,

Welcome to a new era in education for Elk Rapids Public Schools! As you likely know, we have been tasked with the unprecedented responsibility of teaching the final 39 days of school in a remote format. Thanks to previous Elk Rapids Schools initiatives and successful bond votes, we are uniquely positioned to accept this challenge. However, just like traditional learning, educators need student and parent commitment to succeed. I hope you will join us on this unique journey to prepare each of our Elk Rapids students for the next step academically...... ........ Continue Reading

UNANTICIPATED SCHOOL CLOSURE FEEDING PROGRAM These are the details of the meals provided for any student, 18 year of age and under, by Elk Rapids School District:
1. The two sites for pickup are Mill Creek Elementary and Cherryland Middle School. At Mill Creek it is by the garage door on the east side of building. At Cherryland Middle School it is on the west side of building, close to ball field, there will be orange cones out.
2. The days and times of pickup are: Monday thru Friday, 11am to 1pm. We can give out more than one days worth of meals. Usually no more than three days worth, ie: on Friday, picking up for the weekend.
3. Volunteers will be delivering meals on Tuesdays and Fridays. As much as you do not want to leave your house, volunteers do not want to either. Pickup is the best way to get the meals. If you need delivery, email me at [email protected] , and we will figure it out.
4. Any child 18 and under is open to receive meals. We will give the meals to adults saying they are picking up for a child, if no child is present.
5. This is not dependent on being a district student, any child is open to receive meals
6. The meals follow the guidelines put forth by the USDA for nutritional content. Any further questions, feel free to reach out at the above email address and we are happy to help. Stay Safe.
HELP! The Elk Rapids Community Cupboard is bare and in need of food. There is a trailer parked in front of the Elk Rapids Cinema for you to drop off any donations of food. Items needed the most are:
Cereal, Canned Fruit & Vegetables, Canned Tuna Fish, Juice, Canned Soup, Jam, Macaroni and Cheese, Toilet Paper, and Feminine Products. Thank you to all who donated so far, call Pam Coleman at (847) 445-8239 with any questions.

Donations can also be mailed to:
P.O. Box 572, Elk Rapids, MI. 49629. We also have a donation box outside First Presbyterian Church at 404 Spruce Street, Elk Rapids. 

Accepting new clients and all groceries are delivery only, coordinated with each client.   The Elk Rapids Community Cupboard is still accepting Community Cash receipts.  They can be mailed to Elk Rapids Community Cupboard, Box 572, Elk Rapids, MI or placed in the donation box outside the First Presbyterian Church at 404 Spruce Street, Elk Rapids. Thank you so much for your support.

ACTS Food Pantry
Open: Tuesday 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Wed 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m

ACTS now has call-ahead-to-order (231) 267-3002 curbside delivery in place along with a maximum effort to protect our workers and clients. We still can use other able-bodied volunteers to help. If you can do this, please call Carol Hockin at 231-492-6952.

We truly appreciate what you can send to keep our Pantry open. ACTS -- Working Hard To Help People in Need
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is open for curbside/drive-thru pickup:
(231) 588-2208

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wed-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 1:30 p.m.

We have changed things to help protect our staff and community, as we now offer a drive thru service to receive food, and baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, food, etc.). If baby items are needed beyond the basics please call (231) 588-2200. We are doing our utility and emergency assistance through phone by calling (231) 588-2208. One thing we are in need of is bar soap to hand out with our food boxes.

April 6, 2020, Petoskey, MI - The Salvation Army of Petoskey continues to adapt services for those in need as new information continues to unfold. Since the Michigan shutdown began on March 16 th , we have supplied $14,544.67, and have delivered close to 1,000 hot meals along with numerous grocery orders and food boxes from our pantry to many vulnerable neighbors thanks to a few careful dedicated staff and volunteers including Petoskey’s Mayor, John Murphy..... Continue Reading

Local 211 - An Information and Referral service which is available 24/7. If you need assistance with paying bills, seniors, utilities, food, and other essential services please dial 211 on your phone and follow the prompts.
United Way of Northwest Michigan has launched a website where you can step forward to volunteer; background checks will be conducted and once completed, United Way will connect volunteers with opportunities. See this link:
With this fast paced virus, guidelines, hours, and life is basically changing every minute. Trying to keep up is impossible, but we are doing our best. Best practice before going out is to check a business' facebook page or call. Please notify us with any changes or additions.

Corner Drugs (231) 264-8033
Please call in all orders, prescriptions, and retail
Curbside pick-up, mail, or home delivery ONLY
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 - 12:30 | 1:30 - 5:00
Saturday, 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. see Facebook page

Crystal Lake Clinic (231) 264-9060
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 5:00
CALL FOR APPOINTMENT ~ Video Chat Available

Elk Rapids Medical Clinic (231) 264-0700 WALK IN NOT AVAILABLE!
Open for our patients during this time by appointment only in Elk Rapids and Traverse City locations. Please all with any questions and to check hours.
Hours: Traverse City Mon - Fri 8-5  231.935.8346
Elk Rapids Mon - Thur 8-5, Friday 8-12 231.264.0700
Televisits and phone visits are sometimes appropriate as well.

Elk Rapids Physical Therapy (Mary Free Bed Rehab) (231) 264-6682
Hours: Please call for appointment
Tele-Health Therapy, Please call ahead

Elk Rapids Primary Care (231) 264-0399 PLEASE NO WALK-INS
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30 - 3:00, closed on Friday, closed for lunch
Please phone ahead see Facebook page for detailed instructions
As concerns about Coronavirus (Covid-19) circulate throughout our country, let it be known that we at Elk Rapids Primary Care are here for you. Continue Reading

Healthy Beginnings Chiropractic (231) 939-3830
Call for any emergency needs.

Hufford Vision & Eye Care (231) 264-2020
Closed, Call Dr. Hufford 231-675-9646 for ocular emergency or medical eye concern. see Facebook Page

MI Family Chiropractic (231) 498-2128 or (231) 350-8892
please call for appointment Mon-Thurs 9:00-5:00 see Facebook Page

Munson Medical Center (231) 935-5000
Call your healthcare provider first, for guidelines, visit:
Facebook Page: MunsonMedicalCenter

River Pharmacy (231) 264-8165 Please call in your ahead
Hours for curbside Pickup: Mon - Fri 8:30 - 5:30 closed from (12-1), Sat. 9-1
Call when you arrive

Torch Chiropractic (231) 307-4200
Please call first, open for those in need. see Facebook Page

List of Restaurants/Markets offering take-out and delivery:

Changes are happening continually
Best to call ahead before heading out.

Blue Water Bistro (231) 331-6262, Option 1
Hours for take-out and limited delivery: Thurs-Sat 2:30-8:30 p.m. Sun 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Menu: Dinner menu and take-out menu. Facebook Page for menu

Blue Pelican Inn (231) 544-2583
Hours for take-out and delivery: Wed-Sat 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Menu: Limited see Facebook Page for Menu

Cellar 152 (231) 264-9000
Hours for take-out and delivery: Wed-Sat Noon- 6:30 p.m.
Menu: most menu items. Facebook Page
Selling Providence and Undertoe Farms fresh produce

Chang Express (231) 264-9140
Hours for take-out: Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sat 3:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Menu: Regular

Cone Corral (231) 264-6880
Hours for curbside pizza service only: Mon- Sat 4-8 p.m.
DIY PIZZA KITS, dairy free and GF available, see Facebook page for specials
Menu: Phone in orders only and payment over the phone

Eastport Market (231) 599-2507
Hours: Sun-Thur 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fri & Sat 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pickup Service 9am-5pm see Facebook page for menu & instructions

ER General Store -- (231) 264-9266
Hours: WED - SAT Taking orders 11:30 until 6:30 p.m. curbside & delivery
Menu: Pizza, liquor, beer, snacks Facebook Page

Flour Pot Bakery (231) 264-9732
Hours for window service: Fri 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Sat 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Menu: Call to order, see Facebook Page f or menu

Friske Farm Market (231-599-2604
Hours for curbside: Tues-Thurs 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Fri-Sat 10:00a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular Facebook Page for details Essential items available.
King Orchards (231) 544-6479 (M-88 Mkt) Call to pre-order
Hours for curbside service: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sat 10-4
Menu: see Facebook Page for items list

McGee's No. 72 (231) 421-8800
Hours for takeout & curbside service Daily 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
See Facebook Page for menu and specials
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen (231) 264-0530
Hours for take-out and limited delivery Daily 11:00 am - 8:00 p.m.
(delivery from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Menu: Regular including specials Facebook Page

Pelican's Nest (231) 533-9000
Hours for take-out and delivery: Tues-Sat 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Menu: Limited, see Facebook Page for menu

Providence Organic Farm (231) 599-2020 best to order online
Hours for Pick-up: Tues-Sat 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Store Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm Call to place order, or
Order online: Providence Farm Online Order see Facebook Page for details

Reflect Bistro (Cambria Hotel) (231) 778-9110
Hours for curbside pickup: Daily Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. |
Lunch & Dinner 11:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular + Happy Hour menu 4-7 p.m. see Facebook Page for specials

Royal Farms (231) 599-3222 Please call ahead to place order
Hours for curbside pick-up: Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Menu: apples, pies, cherry products, and beverages
and also essential items available, please call for list.

Shorts' Brewing Pub (231) 498-2300
Hours for take-out and beer delivery: Every day 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Menu: Regular Facebook Page for menu and specials

T.J. Charlies (231) 264-8819
Hours for take-out and limited delivery: Mon-Sat 8:00 - 3:00 CLOSED SUNDAY
Menu: Regular Call for daily specials

Torch Lake Cafe '  (231) 599-1111 Delivery service now available
Hours for take-out & gift certificates: Mon-Sun 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Menu: Lunch menu + pizza  Facebook Page Essential items also available

Call about delivery see Facebook Page
Spring Produce Box and specials, Order online: Undertoe Farm online order

Village Market- Elk Rapids (231) 264-5629
Village Market - Rapid City (231) 331-6111
Village Market - Central Lake (231) 544-3300
Hours: 9:00 - 6:00 Mon - Sun
see Facebook Page curbside service also available 12-6pm
Waters Edge Market (231) 264-5511 can call ahead to order
Hours 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Daily, see Facebook Page

Waterfire Vineyards (231) 498-2753
Pick up order upon request any day of the week, order on line
Menu: Regular see Facebook Page for updates
Shop online. Buy gift cards. Support Local!

List of open businesses. Please follow ALL your favorites on social media 👍
Alden State Banks (231) 264-6900
Lobby closed, Drive thru open Mon-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Fri 8:30 - 6:00,
Sat. 9:00 a.m. - Noon Call to schedule an appointment

Chemical Bank (231) 264-8160 NEW REDUCED HOURS
Lobby Hours by appointment ONLY
Reduced hours starting 4-6-20 Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 9-12
Click to read NOTICE

Elk Lake Floral (231) 264-8188
Hours for curbside pickup only: Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 9-2
Call for order!

Fifth Third Bank (231) 264-5621
Beginning Sat. 3/21 Lobby Closed, Open by appointment
Drive-thru Hours: Mon-Thur 9-5, Fri 9-5:30, Sat 9-12

Gill-Roys Hardware Elk Rapids (231) 264-8457
Gill-Roys Hardware Torch River (231) 322-4600
Call ahead phone orders are accepted
Hours for both stores: Mon-Sat 8:00 - 6:00 | Sun 10:00 - 4:00

Harbor Antiques (231) 264-6850
CLOSED Call for a special appointment (231) 313-1436

Mobil Station - EZ Mart (231) 264-6200
Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. DAILY
Call for Subway and Lucky Louie Pizza Hours

Send Brothers Farm Mart (231) 267-9010
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 - 5:30, Sat 8:00 - 3:00
Call ahead orders and curbside pick up available see Facebook Page

Shell Station on Ames Street (231) 264-5990
Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. DAILY

U.S. Post Office
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 - 4:30, closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch
Sat. 8:30 - 10:30

Wildflower Soapworks (231) 264-8000
Online orders see Facebook for coupon special

Hey everyone! We've updated our formula and prices for our Hand Sanitizer. The really exciting news? They're up on our website now! Take care of yourself and your loved ones 🧡
Tinker Tailor Making Masks and Face Shields for Medical Workers

If you are interested in ordering one from Tinker Tailor, see
Facebook Page for mask details and send a private message or text message to (231) 409-7498
COVID-19 update from Elk Rapids Harbor Days Board - April 19, 2020

Thank you everyone for the continued support and all that it brings to Harbor Days. The excitement expressed about the button design and reaching a 65 th year milestone is sincerely appreciated. The Harbor Days Board continues to look for guidance from the federal and state governments as we carefully consider Harbor Days 2020. We have been monitoring the situation closely. Any decisions made will be in the best interest of attendees and our partners. The festival itself, each activity offered, and all logistics will be contingent upon the required boundaries determined in the days ahead. For updates visit or Facebook. For any questions, please call (231) 342-1058.
We are excited to announce the WINNER of the 2020 Elk Rapids Harbor Days Button Design contest!

Please help us congratulate Ash Thompson!

A sincere thank you to all that submitted their design. We received over 100 entries this year and ALL were brilliant in their own way!
Harbor Days Information

Click here for the :

For updates check website:

Elk Rapids Area Historical Society, Elk Rapids, MI –

 The May 7 th program, “Ladies of the Lights,” at the Elk Rapids History Museum is postponed to 2021. Visit our website for further updates.

For more information, contact ERAHS President Dan LeBlond, email: [email protected] .
Elk Rapids Rotary Club contributes $6,000 to GTRCF’s Urgent Needs Fund

The Elk Rapids Rotary Club may not be meeting weekly as they normally do, but they are still doing good works for the community in this time of need.
On April 9, 2020, the club gave a $6,000 contribution to the Urgent Needs Fund run by the Grand Traverse Region Community Foundation (GTRCF.) According to GTRCF, the “Urgent Needs Fund was created to mobilize local giving and cross-sector community support efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be granted to local organizations that are providing vital services to individuals and families across our five-county region who are being disproportionately impacted by the instability and economic consequences of the outbreak. Grant funding is currently prioritizing support for nonprofits who are providing immediate relief services.”
Local organizations who have already received Urgent Needs Fund grants include: Good Samaritan Family Services, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Munson Patient Needs Fund, Northwest Michigan Food Coalition and the Women’s Resource Center among many others.
If YOU would like to donate to the GTRCF’s Urgent Needs Fund, you may donate on-line at: or mail a check to GTRCF at 233 Lake Avenue, Suite B, Traverse City, MI, 49684. Make check payable “Community Foundation” and write “Urgent Needs Fund” on the memo line.
We're in this together!
Now offering classes on Zoom!

Now you can participate in classes with Zoom, a video conferencing app. This means you don't have to be on Facebook to join. We did a trial today and the feedback was two thumbs up. 

The classes will be live at the same time on Facebook and Zoom. Classes are offered weekdays at 9 am Eastern Daylight Time. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday there is a yoga class at 9 am and Wednesdays there is a Pilates class at 9 am..... Continue Reading
Some fun ideas, activities, start a new hobby.........
Virtual Piano Lessons

with Bonnie Twiss, Elk Rapids
or email: [email protected]

Now is your chance to learn the piano!
Throughout the next few weeks, Grass River will be providing daily resources to encourage families to get outside during these stressful times and to keep the kids minds engaged during school closures. These fun and educational activities are designed to be completed in a local park or even your own backyard......

You can also visit their Facebook Page for other activities
Raven Hill Discovery Center

Go to their facebook page where you will find an activity daily for your kids....Let's have some fun

Elk Rapids District Library

Check out their facebook pages for lots of suggestions, ideas, and virtual tours!


Newton's Road

See their Facebook Page for great home-school ideas

(231) 994-3684

Read All About Newton's Road News in the April Newsletter
Contest! Invent Something That Solves a Problem

May 8, 2020 4:00 p.m.

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