SPONSOR THE BIZ BLAST
IS YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION IN NEED OF SOME GREAT EXPOSURE? 
RESERVE YOUR SPOT AS A BIZ BLAST SPONSOR FOR ONLY $50/per wk. 
THE COST IS AFFORDABLE AND THE EXPOSURE IS HIGH.

For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org
Thursday, June 7th 
7:30 - 10:30pm
Please join us for "Hospitality Training the Charlevoix Way" on Thursday, June 7 from 7:30-10:30 a.m . in the Charlevoix Public Library Community Room.  
 
Admission is free and is being underwritten by the Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, Charlevoix Main Street and the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau. We encourage all service related businesses, front line and management staff in the area to attend.  
 
To Register for the June 7th Workshop click here  
Mobile, Printed, and Electronic Guide Available Now!
Thursday, June 14th 
4:00 to 8:00pm
Charlevoix merchants are celebrating the arrival of the summer season with the 7th Annual Summer Open House taking place downtown Charlevoix on Thursday, June 14th  from 4:00 to 8:00pm.
 
Participating shops and restaurants will extend a warm welcome to all by offering sales, giveaways, specials, snacks, activities, refreshments and more!

For details contact the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-547-2101 or visit charlevoix.org  for a list of participating stores and restaurants.
Art Show Banner Sponsorships still available.
For just $200, your business can become an Art Show Banner Sponsor, or $500 to be a sponsor of all three events. You provide your business banner, and we will display it prominently in East Park during one of our events. The opportunity is only available to Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce members. 

Please contact the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce to reserve your banner space today! 231.547.2101 or  ferguson@charlevoix.org
 
Congratulations to Leadership Charlevoix County
Class of 2018!
A commencement ceremony was held last week at Boyne Mountain Resort for the Leadership Charlevoix County Class of 2018. Sixteen graduates received certificates and padfolios to mark their completion of the ten month program.
This is the seventh class to graduate from the program and there are now 108 LCC Alumni. The Class of 2018 partnered with Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council for their Community Project - "Beetle Mania" - to help control the invasive species, Purple Loosestrife.
Members of the Class of 2018 include :
  • Brenda Bingham - The Insurance Shop
  • Gretchen Bush - The Spa at Boyne Mountain
  • Stephanie Butterboldt - EJ
  • Robert Crick - City of East Jordan
  • Syrina Dawson - Boyne City Police Department
  • Alice Drogt - Landscape Logic
  • David Florenski - East Jordan Public Schools
  • Kelsie King-Duff - Boyne City Main Street
  • Darrell Lawson
  • Ryan Novotny - Charlevoix County Transit
  • Jessica Puroll - Chemical Bank
  • Andrea Seese - Grandvue Medical Care Facility
  • Lori Taylor - Blitz - Beaver Island Historical Society
  • Carly Thompson - Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Josh Todd - Charlevoix Screen Masters
  • Benjamin Way - EJ
Applications are now available for the LCC Class of 2019. The application deadline is July 3rd and can be accessed at here.
The annual Charlevoix tradition of planting petunias is celebrating 36 years of Keeping Charlevoix Beautiful!This year we have a few new projects we are excited to announce. 
The first is that we will be extending the downtown petunia baskets all the way to Carpenter Street on the south side of town. This exciting as it will both beautify the city and allow petunias to remain throughout the entire season in areas where they are not surviving. These baskets will be the same size and quality of the existing downtown baskets but at a lower height, allowing them to be viewed more easily and providing a continuum for people entering or leaving our beautiful city. 
The second new initiative this year is our first annual Petunia Brew. We have partnered with Lake Charlevoix Brewing to provide a special release brew, a different one will be created each year and released to the community on planting day. This year’s new brew will be the “Main Squeeze”, a tangerine N.E. IPA. One dollar from every pint sold will support the Keep Charlevoix Beautiful operations. We are so excited for this campaign, go out and be the first to try the petunia brew, May 24, at Lake Charlevoix Brewing.
Please visit our Facebook page for details regarding this year’s planting, the Petunia Brew and more. If you would like the opportunity to support and/or become more involved in Operation Petunia, please visit our website keepcharlevoixbeautiful.org
North Coast Properties
May 23, 2018
Grand Opening – Ribbon Cutting

(231) 299-0531
Morning Dew Café
May 23, 2018
Open House – Ribbon Cutting

(231) 838-0410
Castle Farms
1918 Cellars Tasting Room
May 28th, 2018
Official Ribbon Cutting

5052 M-66
Charlevoix, MI 49712
(231) 237-0884


RED MESA GRILL, BOYNE CITY INVITES YOU TO SUPPORT THE TRAILS!
Wednesday, May 30th
Noon - 10pm

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 30th to enjoy lunch or dinner at the Red Mesa Grill. From 11am to 10pm, 10% of total sales go toward the trail system in Boyne City! A silent auction will also be featured 11am to 8pm.
Volunteers will be in attendance to address any questions regarding the updates on the trail system and to accept donations. Your donations will help to obtain the local matching funds necessary to receive the federal and state grants to construct these amazing trails.
Please help us spread the word of this exciting opportunity for our community! 
FREE HEART SCREENING FOR TEENS, GRADES 9 - 12
Wednesday, May 30, 2018,
3:00-6:00pm

Even teens who seem perfectly healthy may have hidden heart problems. Though the percentage is small, kids with undetected heart defects are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. A simple 10 - 15 minute screening can detect conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden death in athletes. This screening does not take the place of the sports physical typically required for young athletes. Parents, please attend with your child if they are a minor.

Pre-Registration is required. Please call 1.800.248.6777 to register. CrossFit Petoskey; 345 N. Division Road.

FREE FITNESS FOR SENIORS Wednesday, May 30th & Thursday, May 31st

Classes at the Demmer Wellness Pavilion & Dialysis Center. McLaren Northern Michigan invites seniors, 50 years of age and older, to attend one free fitness class on Wednesday May 30 and Thursday, May 31 in recognition of National Senior Health & Fitness day.

For more information and a list of available classes, please call (800) 248-6777 or visit mclaren.org/northernclasses.
 
Class spaces are limited, so please call to reserve your spot. Aquatic Classes - Call (231) 487-4889 to sign up. Exercise gym classes call (231) 487-4830.

NATIONAL DONUT DAY AT MORNING DEW CAFE
Friday, June 1
7am - 4pm

We would like to invite everyone down for national donut day! We will be live on 9&10 news from 5:45-8:45. Every half hour we will have little segments. The American legion Auxiliary will be passing out free mini donuts to veterans! And the Salvation Army will be there from 8:30-9:30 telling the history of national donut day!
CHARLEVOIX CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 2nd
2 - 6pm
This Saturday, June 2nd - Come join us in Bridge Park for the 4th Annual Charlevoix Craft Beer Festival featuring some of the best breweries from the state of Michigan! On the shores of Round Lake in downtown Charlevoix, this festival brings a great casual culture to downtown Charlevoix during a beautiful season in Northern Michigan!


VIP Attendees get : 5 Drink Tickets, Early Entry, Souvenir Glass, $2 off pints at Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company After-Party
Image: Koala Games by Vianna Szabo
THE CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE OF ARTS - PORTRAITS IN MICHIGAN
Open June 1, 5 - 7 pm
Exhibit June 1 - July 14

Bunny Homan, the Portrait Society of America State Ambassador and Sam Knecht, Professor Emeritus from Hillsdale College worked with Circle Director Gail DeMeyere to curate the exhibition. It includes paintings, sculptures, and drawings from Michigan artists who continue to find meaning and creative challenges in this venerable subject. 
 
The works of 27 artists will be on display representing different approaches to the fine art of portraiture. Coinciding with the exhibition will be the workshop, Painting the Portrait from Life in Oil taught by Sam Knecht on June 16 & 17 as well as Painterly Portraits from Photographs taught by Vianna Szabo on July 14 & 15. On Monday June 18 there will be a gallery talk by curator Sam Knecht on The Strange Case of Ernesta, by Cecilia Beaux and later in the day a portrait demo will take place in the gallery at 1 pm.

For more information visit the website at charlevoixcircle.org or call (231) 547-3554

"THEN AND NOW: IMAGES OF CHARLEVOIX"
Tuesday, June 5
7 p.m
Program presented by historical society. As part of its 2018 celebration of Charlevoix's past 150 years of photographic history, The Charlevoix Historical Society will be presenting a fully illustrated program titled "Then & Now: Images of Charlevoix" by Museum at Harsha House Curator Trevor Dotson on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot, Depot Beach. This program will offer an insight into what the town used to look like, and what has taken the place of so many vanished parts of its past, with commentary along the way. Call (231) 547-0373 for more information.  
NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE EVENTS
FRANK BOLES
June 6 | Noon
North Central Library
TRAIN-THE-TRAINER
Hybrid Class
June 12th, 2018
8:00a – 4:30p
with Cindy Daniel
VINES TO WINES CONFERENCE
June 12, 2018
6-8pm | Iron Horse Café at North Central Michigan College.
$3 CASA TUESDAYS AT RED MESA GRILL
*$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features
Live Music every Tuesday night, 7-10pm
*June 5 | Project 6
*June 12 | Kellerville
*June 19 | Jakey Thomas
*June 21 | Missy Memorial Party w/ Dave Cisco
*June 26 | Brett Mitchell
A NEW CHAPTER AWAITS: COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE AT THE CHARLEVOIX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Wednesday, June 6
4 - 6pm
Construction begins soon on the NEW Charlevoix Elementary School, at the site of the former Charlevoix High/Middle School, est. in 1961. Before this new chapter unfolds in the property’s educational history, join Charlevoix School leaders during an Open House to take a look back - and a look ahead! Plans for the new school will be on display and light refreshments will be served. The school opened in 1961. The first seniors graduated in June 1962.
Please join us for a look back - and ahead! Bring your memories and memorabilia to share! Flier available here .
2018 SOLSTICE SOIREE THURSDAY NIGHT DINNER SERIES AT TAPAWINGO
Thursday throughout the Summer
Starts June 7
6:30pm
Announcing the start of our 2018 Solstice Soiree Thursday Night Dinner Series featuring a themed Dinner, guitar accompaniment by Kadin McCallum and painting by L. Flynn Art each week, June through December. A unique pop-up Dinner Series with a Farm-to-Table flair featuring food, music, art and local ingredients at iconic Tapawingo on Lake St. Clair in Ellsworth.

Our first Dinner of the season, Thursday, June 7, is a four course Taste of Italy. Enjoy a starter of Polenta Toast Tips with Bruschetta and Pesto followed by a Caesar Salad, a main course of Gnocchi Puttanesca with Sausage Ragu and Italian Salsa Verde, topped off with a dessert of Pistachio Honey Marscapone Cheesecake with a Stone Fruit Compote. Fantastico!

One seating only at 6:30pm | $35 per person | Cash Bar
Tickets may be purchased here

For details on all of our June dinners, please see our Facebook  page.
HURRICANE HARVERY RELIEF APPRECIATION RECEPTION
Thursday, June 7th
5:30 - 7:30pm

On Thursday, June 7th , the principal from St. Joseph Regional Catholic School is coming to visit. There will be a reception with light hors d’oeuvres in the St. Mary Parish Center in Charlevoix from 5:30-7 that evening to meet Principal Deborah Francis and hear how the families are doing now. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

Last September, many people in our community came together to help St. Joseph Regional Catholic School of Baytown, Texas after they were hit by Hurricane Harvey. Three staff members and four student families had lost everything and it was heart breaking. In just 5 days we filled a 53’ trailer with enough couches, beds, mattresses, kitchen tables, linens, quilts, chairs, table lamps, small appliances, and so much more. Unsung heroes made this possible. They are too numerous to mention here, but know you are all in our hearts and prayers. It truly was a community effort giving their love to people in need.
GREAT LAKES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GRAND ROMANCE
Sunday, June 10, 2018
7:00pm,

At the John M. Hall Auditorium in Bay View. Pre-Concert talk with Libor Ondras begins at 6pm.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $50 for Reserved Seating. Selections include Robert Schumann - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra op.54, Christopher Harding, soloist; Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no.6 "Pastoral"; and Johannes Brahms - "Naenie" for Chorus and Orchestra.

Tickets will be available at The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce , on the website glcorchestra.org , or by calling the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office at 231.487.0010

FRIENDS SUMMER BOOK SALE
June 23, 2018
10am - 5pm
Charlevoix Public Library
CHARLEVOIX CHAMBER AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP 
The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Rachel Nesburg as the recipient of the 2018 Chamber College Scholarship in the amount of $1000. Rachel will graduate from Charlevoix High School in June with plans to attend Marquette University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree in physical therapy. Rachel is the daughter Roger Nesburg, owner of Chamber business, Charlevoix Screen Masters. Besides maintaining her 4.0 GPA, Nesburg has made the Academic Honor Roll all four years of high school, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Girl Scout Ambassador, Student Council - President, Zonta Club - President, member of the St. Mary’s Youth Group, Co-Founder of the Junior Main Street, Basketball - Captain, Soccer - Captain, ran Track and Varsity Cross Country, member of Safe in Northern Michigan and Quiz Bowl. On top of all that, she works for Chamber member business, Charlevoix Screen Masters. Nesburg, in her essay submission stated that she is "hopeful that her hard work ethic will pave the way for success and achievement both in college and in my future career as a physical therapist."
The Chamber Scholarship is generously sponsored by Fox Charlevoix & Fox Charlevoix Ford and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce.   
MUNSON HEALTHCARE CHARLEVOIX HOSPITAL DOCTOR RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Andrea Wendling of Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital was recognized by The Michigan Center for Rural Health with the Professional of the Year award at its Michigan Rural Health Conference earlier this month.
 
Dr. Wendling is a well-respected rural family physician at Boyne Area Health Center (a service of Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital) and is director of the Rural Health Curriculum for Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. She has received numerous other awards including the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award in 2015, MSU-CHM's Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty award in 2012, and the American Academy of Family Physician's Pfizer Teacher Development Award in 2000.
 
The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) was established in 1991 and is a crucial link in establishing rural health partnerships among organizations, health departments, hospitals, government and universities.
 
NORTH CENTRAL’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVE DR. DAVID ROLAND FINLEY AS NEXT COLLEGE PRESIDENT
The Board of Trustees of North Central Michigan College is pleased to report that David Roland Finley, Ph.D., has accepted an offer to become the next President of the College. During yesterday’s Board of Trustees Meeting, Dr. Finley’s contract was unanimously approved. July 2 will be Dr. Finley’s first day on campus as President of North Central.
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military Friendly® and Veteran Friendly School.
For more information: Carol Laenen, Director of College Communications, 231-348-6839, claenen@ncmich.edu.

Farmers Market
Update: Dog Days of Summer Rescheduled
Due to inclement weather in the forecast this Thursday, The Dog Days of Spring at the Charlevoix Farmer’s Market has been rescheduled to The Dog Days of Fall. More details to follow at charlevoixmainstreet.org .

City & County News
Charlevoix Bridge Lighting Project Update
The opportunities for our City as we rebuild from the fires and focus on revitalizing our community look promising! Our Charlevoix Bridge Lighting Project has added to that promise for a brighter tomorrow. Our Project is days away from finishing the last details with MDOT and we need your help getting the word out.

To learn more and for more information on ways to donate to this community initiative, please visit our website at charlevoixbridge.org . Follow our progress on our public Facebook page . To support our project with an 8.5x11 display poster email charlevoixbridge@hotmail.com
New Recreation Opportunities and Programs for the area aging community.
The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and the City of Charlevoix Recreation Department are collaborating their efforts to provide new opportunities and programs for the area aging community.

Platinum Golf Club
Starts Wednesday, beginning June 6, 2018
  • 60 years and older
  • Walk with the legends
  • Wednesdays until the course closes for the season.
  • Sign up at the City of Charlevoix Municipal Golf Course
  • The “Platinum Golf Club” membership will get you 9 holes of golf for $10.00 with a tee time between 9am-10am which will qualify you for a free meal at any of the Charlevoix County Senior Centers that day.
  • More information

Monthly “Senior Geared” Introduction Clinics
Friday, June 8, 2018 from 10am-12pm
First Clinic: “Introduction to the game of Pickleball” hosted by the City of Charlevoix at the Elm Street Tennis Courts located at 127 Elm Street, Charlevoix. This is a FREE Clinic open to all but geared towards age 60. Pickleball is currently the fastest growing sport/activity in North America, especially with the senior crowd. All equipment will be provided for your use, free of charge. Please sign up at any of our Senior Centers located in Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City by Wednesday, June 6!
View the full press release here. For more information on any of our new recreational programs, please contact Sally Nye at the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at (231) 237-0103 or nyes@charlevoixcounty.org .
Senior Project FRESH Program
The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and the Department of Health and Human Services are collaborating their efforts to provide the Senior Project FRESH
Program again this year to the area aging community.

Senior Project FRESH makes fresh fruits and vegetables available for income-eligible seniors through our local Farmers’ Markets. It encourages healthy eating and promotes buying local. The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program is aimed at helping older adults eat healthier as they age.

The program provides participants free nutrition counseling and $20 in coupons that can be exchanged for FRESH fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods sold at local farmers markets and roadside stands. The program runs from May 1 to Oct. 31 each year.

Nutritional classes are available from June 12th - June 14th.
Charlevoix County Spring Household Hazardous Waste Days

Friday, June 8, 2018 | 5:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

For Reservations and Location information, call 231.547.7221. 
Reservations will be taken from May 29th - June 7, 2018

Common Hazardous Items:  Florescent Bulbs, Motor Oil, Batteries, Pesticides, Cleaners & Polishes, Aerosols, Automotive Fluids, Oil Paints, Finishes & Thinners, Solvents, Mercury & items containing Mercury, PILL POD: Medicines

Electronics: Computers, TV's Cameras, Telephones, Microwave Ovens, Game Systems, Printers, VCR's Radios.

Appliances : Refrigerators, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, Freezers, Stoves, Dishwashers, Lawnmowers, anything steel.

Tires : Charlevoix County will be taking tires with this HHW event. Tires must be off the rim and dry with no water or debris in them. When calling to schedule, please state the number of tires being dropped off.

For more information go to charlevoixcounty.org  
School Safety Training with Charlevoix Law Enforcement
The Charlevoix Area Schools have invited local law enforcement from Boyne City, City of Charlevoix, East Jordan, and the Sheriff’s Office to use the facilities for active shooter training over two days, June 12 and 13. The purpose of the drill is to provide ongoing readiness training to local law enforcement specific to active assailants in a school setting. The training occurs between the end of school and proposed construction to the middle school to maintain realism during the training. Mike Ritter, Charlevoix Public Schools Superintendent states “This will offer our emergency responders an authentic safety and security training experience to carry out whatever tactical measures might occur during a true active shooter situation.” Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra stated "This is an exercise that is bringing in law enforcement from all over the county so that we can train together like we would respond together. Bringing in EMS and Fire deepens interagency relationships and tests every aspect of the response to an incident of this magnitude."
 
Added Ritter: “We greatly appreciate the support of all of our local EMS agencies that work in concert to provide safety in our schools and communities!”

The easiest way to find jobs in the Charlevoix Area! Click below for a list of jobs with our chamber members.
Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.

VIP Members
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call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or chamber@charlevoix.org for more information