For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org
Summer Sidewalk Sales
August 15-17, 2019
Downtown Charlevoix
Calling New Businesses! Compete for Startup Funds at NLEA Pitch Night Competitions this Fall!

Polish up your business plan, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) Northern Michigan Pitch Night competitions are back! All entrepreneurs and new businesses two years old or less are welcome to apply to compete for their share of startup dollars in the county where their business is or will be located. The public is welcome to come and cheer on their favorite local businesses at each competition!

This year there are three county-wide pitch nights taking place – in Antrim, Cheboygan, and new this year, Charlevoix, Counties - sponsored by Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Foundation and various local sponsors. The top three winners from each county pitch night will then have the opportunity to compete for additional startup funds at the Grand Event. Applications for each county-wide competition can be found at the following sites, Antrim Pitch Night www.antrimpitchnight.com , Charlevoix County Ignite www.charlevoixignite.com , and Invest Cheboygan County www.investcheboygan.com .

Competitors will receive business counseling from professionals from the SBDC and SCORE to help in preparing a 4-minute business pitch for the panel of judges on the night of the competition. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded as well as an audience selected People’s Choice Award. There will also be time for competing businesses to network and make connections with other business professionals and angel investors in the audience.
For more information, visit each website or call the NLEA office at 231-582-6482.

Pace Interior Design
104 Michigan Ave
Charlevoix, MI 49720

1st Anniversary Celebration
327 Bridge St, Charlevoix
Pottery & Wine
August 7

Cottage Pottery is extending their painting studio to the 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room at Castle Farms for this unique experience in a one-of-a-kind setting. This month, guest can pick between a cactus mug, a planning pot or a vase with any design you feel inspired by! $35 per person which includes pottery piece, art supplies, and glass of wine.
Dessert and Fruit Wines
August 7

Dessert and Fruit Wines: Itching to make wine out of that Blackberry bush in your backyard? Looking to make Strawberry wine on a commercial scale? Hoping to turn Frontenac into a Port style wine? This will be the class for you! Learn tips and tricks to create delicious non-grape fruit wines, and consider several styles of dessert wine making. We will cover best practices for making fruit wine with Northern Michigan fruit, as well as covering port, sherry, and ice wine dessert wine styles. Located in room 536 of the SCRC Building at North Central Community College. Register HERE !

Wine & Yoga
August 8

Join us for a 1-1.5 hour yoga session with certified instructor Bailey Grajqevci of Charlevoix, MI. After your session, continue the relaxation with a glass of wine in the 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room. Event is $20 per person, and includes the yoga session and one glass of wine. Bring your own yoga mat- yoga mats are available in limited quantity and must be requested in advance.
McLaren Foundation hosts FREE Summer Wellness Expo at Nub's Nob
August 9

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation has teamed up with its Foundation Board members and Nub’s Nob to host the first annual Summer Wellness Expo. Community members are invited to experience the “keys to health living” in distinct areas: Keys to Fitness: hiking, running, and fitness classes, Keys to Nutrition: tips and demonstrations on healthy eating, Keys to Lifesaving Skills: hands-on training for community CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, Stop the Bleed, and more!, Kids activities, lunch, and additional hands-on sessions, Childcare available.

Event organizers encourage everyone to come dressed to participate to the degree one wants, as the 20-minute sessions and fitness classes are designed to be hands on. Just a few of the fitness activities include CrossFit, Yoga, Graston Deep Tissue Technique, a Labyrinth, a self-guided hike up the hills of Nub’s Nob, and Jazzercise.
Gather and Graze
August 10

Gather and Graze with Graze Catering at the Morning Dew Cafe. The event is taking place during the Water Front Art Fair. Featuring music on the porch with: Brian McCosky. Grazing Table complements of Graze Catering.
C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
August 10

Following its acclaimed 2018 national tour, C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert starring Max McLean as C.S. Lewis comes to Great Lakes Center for the Arts Saturday, Aug. 10 for one performance only. The play is presented by Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. Get tickets HERE or call 888-294-1733.
Needle Drop-Offs in Charlevoix & Petoskey
August 10

Charlevoix | McLaren Northern Michigan Charlevoix Office at 1404 Bridge St.

Petoskey | McLaren Northern Michigan Circle Drive at 416 Connable Dr.

For all locations, the needles are required to be in an approved hard, impermeable plastic container. This event will only collect needles. For more info, please call 800-248-6777.

Vet Stock Music Festival & Bike Show
August 11

Charlevoix Elks #2856 proudly presents Vet Stock! It is a music festival, bike show and celebration of service. They will have performances by Detroit's legendary Sunglasses After Dark from 2:30-6pm and Gaylord's finest Exit 282 from 7-10pm. There will be a motorcycle show and contest from 1-5pm with great prizes awarded. There will be 50/50's throughout the day! Food will be provided by the Kiwanis Club and Lions Club and this event is open to the public. Cost is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to local veterans.
40th Annual Senior Picnic and Health Expo
August 13

Takes place at the Harvest Barn Church in East Jordan. Picnic tickets are currently on sale and you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are being sold through the Commission on Aging Office, at the Charlevoix, East Jordan, and Boyne City Senior Centers and if there are tickets available, they will be sold at the door the day of the picnic. Tickets are the same price as last year at $5.00 for a Senior (60+), and $8.00 for a Non-senior.

Rides can be coordinated through Charlevoix County Transit and are provided by some of the local nursing home and assisted living facilities. For more information please feel free to contact Theresa at the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at (231) 237-0103.

Paddle 4 The Pool
August 17

Paddle 4 The Pool, Saturday, August 17th, Start: 9 am, Check-in: 7:30 – 9 am Predicted Time Contest for Kayaks, Canoes and SUPs (2-Mile & 4-Mile Course) Cost Per Watercraft (single or double): $25 by August 9th, $35 after August 9th Live Music by Crosscut Kings. Pigs Eatin’ Ribs Food Truck. Beach Activities. Estimate your elapsed time and if you are the closest to your prediction, you are the winner! No time pieces allowed on board. Paddle awards by local artists. Prizes include Beaver Island trip, Seaplane Ride, Recreational Kayak, Cornhole Set, and more. Pre-register at: www.paddle4thepool.com .

St. Mary Parish Festival
August 18

Please join us as we celebrate our feast day - The Assumption of Mary. We will have Lions Club chicken, lots of homemade sides and desserts, music and games!

$3 Casa Tuesdays at Red Mesa Grill
$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features

Live Music every Tuesday night, 7-10pm
August 20 | Mike Oregano
The Series at Lavender Hill Farm
Doors open at 6pm and guest are welcome to picnic before the show. Concerts start at 7:30pm
August 24 | Jill Jack
August 31 | Sons of the Never Wrong
September 1 | Sons of the Never Wrong
September 7 | Suzie Vinnick

Cafe Sante - Live Entertainment
Live music from 8-11pm
Join them for Food and Fun!
Live music! Fridays & Saturdays 6-9pm. Sundays & Tuesdays-Thursdays 5-8pm.

August 7 | The Pistil Whips
August 8 | Willy Jam
August 9 | Peter & Leslie
August 10 | Jessica Dominic
August 11 | Kenny Thompson
August 13 | Chris Smith
August 14 | Steve Dawsib
August 15 | Lee Malone
Live Music Friday's! 7pm-9pm

August 16 | The Real Ingredients
August 23 | Brian T. McCosky
August 30 | Lynn Callihan
September 6 | Dags Und Timmah!
September 13 | Under The Moon
September 20 | The Botala Project
September 27 | Crosscut Kings
Wrestle the Lake Poker Run
Lake Charlevoix
August 24, 2019
St. Mary School Open House
St. Mary School
August 27, 2019
Bergmann Center "Starlight" Silent & Live Auction
Odawa Casino Ovation Hall
September 8, 2019
Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts
The Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts is NOW enrolling! Free public education for k-12.

Small Class Size | Visual Arts | Performing Arts | Music | Dance
Enroll now! www.cma.edu | 115 W. Hurlbut | 231-547-9000

MyNorth Media
Upcoming Northern Home & Cottage Tour, September 14th from 10am-5pm in the Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs area. Get Early Bird tickets now!

Charlevoix Bridge Walk
The 31st Annual Charlevoix Little But Might Bridge Walk will be taking place on Labor Day, September 2nd at 1:00pm. This years event will benefit the Charlevoix School Rayder Den! The Rayder Den services Middle and High School students who are experiencing food insecurity. Meet at the Town House Bar at 12:45pm. Bridge walk T-shirts will be on sale at the Town House Bar the week before the event and the day of. For more info call 231-547-5190.

Friske Market Fruit Stand
Fresh, Sweet & Healthy

The Fruit Stand in our market is an ever evolving array of all the best produce of the summer and soon to be fall season.  Nothing takes your favorite meal to the next level like adding fresh from the farm
produce.  Stop in often as you never know what might have just been picked fresh that very day!
At this time our market has Apricots, Blueberries, Sweet Cherries, Raspberries, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Honey Crisp Apples.
Coming soon: Peaches, Plums, Nectarines and the first Apples of the season!

The Blue Pelican
If you didn't know The Blue Pelican has bag play!! Thursday nights is open play and Friday night they have bag leagues. If you are interested in getting into the league contact Kristie 231-544-2583!

A Week At The Lake Winners!
Robin and David Bricker of Boyne City we’re named the 2019 “Week at the Lake” Local Heroes Award winners at the Team O’Brien offices in Boyne City during the recent Stroll the Streets event.

They will be rewarded with a much deserved “Week at the Lake” featuring a beautiful Lake Charlevoix home with up to 10 friends and family, use of a high performance Tritoon boat from Boyne Water Sports and all the fixings for a final night barbecue jamboree.

Northern Lights Auction with a Twist
Reserve your seat TODAY for an evening of FUNdraising. The evening will begin with a strolling dinner by Grey Gables and the opportunity to hear and give to different ministries and causes in the community, and then transition to a LIVE auction with many great packages. You won't want to miss it! Go to www.stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com and click on the Northern Lights Auction with a Twist link. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call 547-9441 with questions. Takes place September 13th from 5-9pm at Castle Farms.

Going PRO Talent Fund Information Sessions
A popular employee training fund in Michigan will offer $30 million dollars businesses can use to train their workforce. Training can be provided for existing employees, new hires, or registered DOL apprentices for occupations in several industries, including but not limited to; manufacturing, construction, IT, landscaping, healthcare, hospitality, non-profits, food production, and more. The application period for Talent Fund grants is expected to begin in mid-September. Prior to the start of the application period, Northwest Michigan Works! is holding Employer Information Sessions to help businesses learn about the Going PRO Talent Fund.

Closest employer information session is in Petoskey at North Central Michigan College in the Library Conference Room on August 14th from 9-10am. Businesses planning to attend one of the information sessions should RSVP to:business-services@networksnorthwest.org or 231-922-6920.

Community Foundation Grants Support Oncology Patients, Nurse Navigator Program at McLaren Northern Michigan
The McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation received grants totaling $28,873 from local Community Foundations for the Oncology Nurse Navigator Program at McLaren Northern Michigan. The grants will support newly diagnosed patients navigate their cancer journey.
Oncology Nurse Navigators work with approximately 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients from across 22 northern Michigan counties annually. Nurse Navigators ensure seamless and coordinated care among physicians, diagnostic tests, and cancer treatments. Nurse Navigators complete specialized training to work with cancer patients. They offer education, support, and guidance to help patients and families cope and overcome financial, logistical, and social barriers to care. The Oncology Nurse Navigator Program was established in 2013 by donors to the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation. To learn more, visit HERE .  

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