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2020 Annual Meeting & Awards
February 20, 2020
5:30-8pm
Castle Farms
Business Expo
March 18, 2020
4-7pm
Castle Farms

Pineview Cottage Assisted Living
3498 M-119
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 412-6069
An Evening in Havana
February 20
4:30-6:30pm

Travel back in time with us to visit 1950s Havana- Independence Village style! You're invited to our exclusive Havana nights-themed event featuring festive food and drink, casino games and so much more!

Guests who are interested in learning more about our community con take a personalized tour with our team. There will be special giveaways for those who take a tour! Be sure to wear your finest Havana-inspired attire to join us for a night of fun!

Luncheon Lecture: S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
February 21
11:30am

Drawing on rare archival material and exclusive underwater images of the wreck site, Bruce Lynn, executive director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, has written a richly illustrated, 272-page meditation on the remarkable life and tragic loss of a ship that has become part of the folklore of North America’s inland seas.  

Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 or email luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $12 (cash or check only – at door) and includes lunch. 

Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race
February 22
12pm

Revolution Bike will host the Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race with the support of BB&A, The City of Charlevoix, and Visit Charlevoix. The race is Saturday, February 22 beginning with a mass start at Noon at Mt McSauba. Riders will race Fat Bikes on a 1.8 mile loop through the trails of Mt McSauba and North Point Nature Preserve. The riders to complete the most laps in two hours are the champions and will be awarded Dogman medals and prizes. For more information or to register, contact Revolution Bike at 231-237-0900 or visit www.dogmanchallenge.net

Jill Jack Trio
February 22
8pm

Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 41 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes. Tickets can be purchased on the website below!

Winter Wine Dinner at the Weathervane
February 22
6pm

Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant is pleased to announce the return of our Winter Wine Dinner series. Our first dinner is Saturday, February 22 at 6 pm. This dinner features wine of Gerard Bertrand from South France, paired with a four course menu. View the full menu HERE!

Reservations are required for this event and tickets are $60 per guest. Reserve your table by calling Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant at 231-547-4311.

GLCO Sunday Series: Violin, Horn, Piano Trio
February 23
4pm

Sunday Series provides free chamber music with small ensembles of musicians from the
orchestra. The venue location rotates throughout northern Michigan neighborhoods. Generous support for the Sunday Series is provided by Carolyn Klender. Performance takes place at the First Presbyterian Church, Petoskey, 501 E Mitchell St.

Chili Cookoff
February 23
3-5pm

Join us at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool to t aste 9 different chili recipes at this fundraising event. Includes chili tasting, bread, beverage and dessert. Open Swim from 1-3 at regular prices. Chili Cookoff is $10 adults to age 13, $5 Kids 6-12, age 5 and under free. More info at  www.charlevoixpool.org

Visible Mending on Jeans with Laura Podob
February 23
1-3pm

Sign up for our next Sunday Workshop at True North Interior Design and Antiques. Learn the easy decorative art of mending from Laura who is well accomplished in fiber arts. We are so fortunate to have her here to instruct us. Registration is required 231-437-3833. Cost is $40.

Donate Blood at Charlevoix Elks lodge
February 24
1-7pm

Join the Charlevoix Elks in their community room for a day of saving lives! Each donation can save three patients- thank you for your time and generosity. For an appointment: call 1-866-Mi-Blood or visit Versiti.org/Michigan.

Talks on Tap
February 25
5:30-7:30pm

Char-Em United Way will be hosting its third community conversation on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Boyne City Taproom. The topic will be education. Representatives from Northwest Community Action Agency and North Central Michigan College will be on hand to share about their efforts as well as answer questions. Grab a pint and I bite to eat while we discuss barriers in education, possible solutions and how we can help each other. For more information, contact Rebeca at community@ceuw.org .

Paint and Sip at Cherry Republic
February 26
6:30-9:30pm

Join us for a fun night of painting! Your ticket includes one drink of choice. Choose from one of our 8 cherry sodas or 13 cherry wines! *Additional drinks available at discounted price. Cost is $35 per person with all materials included!

Cupids Dinner for Two
February 27
4:30-6:30pm

You are cordially invited to Cupids Dinner for Two at Independence Village. After a quick tour of our beautiful, upscale community, you will walk our with a tasty bottle of wine and a five-star dinner, along with the chef's personal instructions o how to properly warm and serve it. If interested, please RSVP by February 24 th at 231-348-8498.

Fish Fry
February 28
5pm

St. Mary is having the first of 3 fish frys on February 28th from 5-7 pm. The menu will include: fried or baked fish, french fries, cole slaw, mac and cheese, roll and homemade desserts.

Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company's The Sleeping Beauty
February 28
7:30pm

Join the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company as they present the classic story of The Sleeping Beauty. One hundred years after Princess Aurora falls into an enchanted slumber, the daring Prince Florimund embarks on a quest to break Carabosse’s curse - encountering a familiar cast of fairytale characters along the way. Accompanied by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beloved score and beautifully costumed by the Academy’s professional designers, the company will delight you with a ballet featuring a fresh adaptation of Marius Petipa’s original choreography.

$3 Casa Tuesdays at Red Mesa Grill
$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features
Live Music every Tuesday night, 7-10pm

February 22 | The Pistil Whips
February 25 | Blake Elliott
2020 Winter/Spring Music
7-9pm

February 21 | Tyler Parkin
March 6 | Zeke Clemons
March 20 | Sean Miller
April 3 | Jakey Thomas
May 1 | Blair Miller
May 15 | Brett Mitchell
Friday & Saturday Live Music!
8-11pm

February 21 | Ben Overbeek
February 22 | Pete Kehoe
February 28 | Chris Koury
February 29 | Brett Michell
Fish Fry
St. Mary School and Church
February 28, 2020
Toast to Literacy
Castle Farms
February 29, 2020
Connecting with Cultures Through Non-Government Organizations
North Central Michigan Collge
March 4, 2020
Startup Fundamentals Workshop- Charlevoix
The Vault Co-Working Space
March 17, 2020
Charlevoix Performing Arts:
Manna Mia!
Charlevoix Middle/ High School Auditorium
March 20-22, 2020
Benchmarks Northwest: Regional/ County Data Guidebook Released
Networks Northwest has updated a citizen and policy makers' guide to assess and monitor community issues throughout the region. Benchmarks Northwest provides easy access to a diverse variety of indicators related to quality of life in northwest Lower Michigan.

Users of the new guidebook will have a snapshot of the region’s important economic indicators. Additionally, the guidebook provides county level snapshots. An electronic copy of the guide is available at nwm.org/benchmarks .

Benchmarks Northwest primarily sources data that are publicly available and are regularly updated. You can access the guidebook and all other Benchmarks Northwest data resources on the Networks Northwest website at benchmarksnorthwest.org . For more information, please contact Matt McCauley at Networks Northwest at 929-5000 or matt.mccauley@networksnorthwest.org .

It's all TAPPENING!
Get signed up for our new session of Dance & Movement Classes: Ballet, Tap, Dance Fusion, Yoga & Barre! Classes range for ages 2 to adults & seniors- It's all TAPPENING!  Visit CharlevoixCircle.org or call 231-547-3554 to register.

The Series Concert Dates Announced!
The Series at Lavender Hill Farm is a live music concert series held in our beautifully renovated, multi-use barn starring some of the best talent from across the United States and beyond.

2020 Release Dates | Season Passes: February 24 at Noon | Individual Show Tickets: April 3 at Noon.

Performers: The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute Band | Westrin & Mowry | Sundae + Mr. Goessl | Dancing Dream: Abba Tribute Band | Horton Creek Bluegrass | Gaines & Wagoner | Joshua Davis | The Accidentals | Diamonds in the Rust

KorthaseFlinn Donates to Charities with Shared Purpose
KorthaseFlinn Insurance and Financial Services announced today that $5,000 was donated on behalf of its clients to various charitable organizations that assist and strengthen our northern Michigan communities. During a luncheon event held February 12 at Barrel Back Restaurant, KorthaseFlinn made the contributions to the following local organizations:

The Women’s Resource Center of Petoskey
The Care & Share Food Pantry of East Jordan
The Manna Food Project of Harbor Springs
Friendship Centers of Emmet County
The Nehemiah Project of Petoskey
Good Neighbor Food Pantry of Boyne City
Boyne Area Alano Club of Boyne City
Guardian Gals of Gaylord
The Father Fred Foundation or Traverse City

These donations were made on behalf of clients, who directed the contributions by voting for their favorite charity. For the fourth year in a row, to express gratitude for the relationships that have enabled the agency’s success for more than 90 years, KorthaseFlinn replaced holiday gifts to clients with a donation on the client’s behalf. Each non-profit supports KorthaseFlinn’s mission - providing peace of mind by preparing and protecting our clients from life’s uncertainties.

BLOOM Seasonal Bouquet Workshop Series
Join us for our seasonally inspired floral design workshop series highlighting the natural beauty of Northern Michigan's garden grown flowers. Each month May-October, we will create a different floral arrangement featuring locally grown flowers sourced from our own garden and from our friends at Spirit of Walloon. All workshops (with the exception of August) will be held at our Charlevoix studio 5-7pm. Visit our website link for all of the details.

Seniors Ride Free Expands!
Charlevoix County Commission on Aging and Charlevoix County Public Transit is teaming up to offer FREE medical transportation to those age 60 and over. Beginning February 10, 2020 seniors can call Transit to Scheduled MEDICAL appointments outside of Charlevoix County.

As always, trips are scheduled on a first come/ first serve basis. Please provide at least 7-10 days notice (if possible) to allow for scheduling. For more information or to schedule a ride, call 231-582-6900

Conservation District hosts Gaudy Giggles Paint Parties
Unlock or discover your inner artist with lots of giggles and friends! Gaudy Giggles will now be hosting paint parties for kids...and adults...in the District Community Room! Painting parties for kids will take place every Saturday morning beginning at 9:45am. The cost is $20 per child. To register: you can find this event on the District Facebook Page, or more directly through "Gaudy Giggles" Facebook Page. Just his the "going" tab to sign up. Or contact our office at 231-582-6193. For more information on these parties for youth and adults, contact Jennifer Barratt, owner of Gaudy Giggles at 231-487-0825 or jen_hater19@hotmail.com

SAFE in Northern Michigan and RISE Otsego project coordinators attend CADCA’S National Leadership Forum to learn new skills to increase substance use prevention efforts
SAFE and RISE project coordinators Susan Pulaski and Sierra Hilt joined more than 3,000 substance use prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's) 30th Annual National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC last week.

CADCA’s Forum covered a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription misuse to addressing electronic cigarettes use, trending marijuana issues and how to develop policies to reduce underage drinking. SAFE in Northern Michigan has recently impacted the community by adding a “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer which is set up like a teen bedroom to educate parents on drugs that are trending. SAFE and RISE Otsego representatives met with U.S. Representatives and Senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, February 5; and discussed local concerns regarding underage drinking, vaping and youth marijuana use.

Earl Young Mushroom House Tours
Receives 2020 Best of Charlevoix Award

Earl Young Mushroom House Tours has been selected for the 2020 Best of Charlevoix Award in the Tours category by the Charlevoix Award Program.Each year, the Charlevoix Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Charlevoix area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Charlevoix Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Charlevoix Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Charlevoix Award Program
The Charlevoix Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Charlevoix area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Charlevoix Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. mushroomhousetours.com
North Central Michigan College Signs Transfer Agreements with 25 Michigan Universities

Agreements will make it easier for North Central students to transfer to a four-year college or university

Transferring to a four-year college or university from North Central Michigan College will now be even simpler thanks to new transfer agreements signed with 25 Michigan colleges and universities.

“This will benefit our students tremendously,” said Dr. David Roland Finley, president of North Central. “The percentage of North Central students who transfer to a four-year institution has increased over the past five years to approximately 30 percent. This agreement will ensure their seamless transfer for completion of a bachelor’s degree, making it easier for them to reach their academic goals. We believe students get their best start at North Central, and our region — and the entire Tip of the Mitt — benefits as a result.”

Transfer agreements will allow North Central students to transfer more credits to four-year schools in the areas of biology, business, criminal justice and psychology. The new agreements specify major-specific courses that students should complete while enrolled at North Central that are common across all institutions in Michigan. The identification of these courses makes it easier for students to complete essential courses before deciding where to transfer. North Central advisors now have details available for students about which courses they should complete and how those courses apply to degree programs at the participating universities. 

The initiative was funded through the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget, which included a one-time appropriation to support this initiative, the redesigned Michigan Transfer Network at http://www.mitransfer.org , work to build stronger math pathways, and efforts to award credit for military experience. 

A study conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse found that 52 percent of bachelor’s degree earners in Michigan previously enrolled at a community college, which is higher than the national average of 49 percent. The Michigan Center for Student Success is leading the statewide initiative for the MCCA in partnership with the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities. The project continues through fall 2020, and North Central is working on completing additional agreements in other academic program areas. ncmich.edu
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