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2020 Charlevoix Chamber Events
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Business After Hours
January 21, 2020
5-7pm
Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company
Sunday Breakfast
January 12
9:30am

St. Mary is hosting a breakfast this Sunday, January 12th from 9:30-12:30. There will be quiche, casseroles, sweet rolls, muffins, fruit, coffee and juice. The cost is by donation. Join us for a delicious breakfast and fellowship!

Travel Series- Our Majestic Great Lakes
January 14
6:30-8pm

Travel with Loreen Niewenhuis as she takes you to the edges of all five Great Lakes and many of the waterways connecting them. In words, photos, and video, you’ll explore the geology, hydrology, and natural history of the largest system of freshwater lakes in the world. She will also illuminate the threats to this massive ecosystem: invasive species, pollution, destruction of wetlands, and the gradual warming of the lakes. Event takes place at the Charlevoix Public Library in the Community Room.

Luncheon Lectures: The Chemistry of Cannabis
January 17
11:30am

Lake Superior State University’s new cannabis chemistry program is the first academic degree program in the nation focusing on the quantitative analysis of cannabis-related compounds, including THC and CBD. Professors Benjamin Southwell and Steven Johnson will explain their program, the career potential for graduates, and the possible positive impact their program could have on the economy of the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Live from Charlevoix: Three Men and A Tenor
January 18
8pm

Great pop vocal music, quick-witted humor and overall likeability make THREE MEN and a TENOR a unique show experience for audiences that cannot be matched. The group has a national touring schedule and has opened shows for national legends like Jay Leno and The Beach Boys; performed the national anthem to start the NASCAR FireKeepers 400 on FS1, and had its own national PBS-TV special ("Three Men and a Tenor- In Concert") that was shown across the country from Los Angeles to Nashville. 3MT was voted "Michigan's Best Entertainment" 4-times in 2017, 2016, 2011, and 2006, and twice toured Germany to perform at the US Military Bases for our troops and their families. THREE MEN and a TENOR has regularly sold-out shows at performing arts centers, theatres, and festivals and fairs for over 25 years with a powerful blend of vocal harmonies and feel-good music for all ages.

Broadway's Next Hit Musical
January 18
7:30pm

In an evening of plot twists galore, master improvisers gather hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. If you love the Center’s musical theater, improv and sketch comedy offerings, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical combines it all!

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

January 14 | Chuck & Jamie
January 21 | Buddha Sweet
January 28 | Lou Thumser
Boyne City Taproom Live Music
8-11pm

January 10 | Boyne City's Hottest Mid-winter Party featuring The Jelly Rolls
January 31 | Yankee Station
Cafe Sante Live Music
8-11pm - Friday & Saturday

January 10 | Nelson Olstrom
January 11 | SYDNI, 88th
January 17 | Under the Moon
January 24 | Chris Koury
January 25 | Pete Kehoe
January 31 | Brett Michell
Dinner Specials!

Wednesdays : Italian Night with Lasagna on select dates. House wines $5/glass
Thursdays : Chinese Night
Sundays : Select 2 entrees for $24.95! Choose two: Chicken Wellington, Crab Stuffed Whitefish, Stuffed Pork Chops, Beef Tips, Creamy Garlic Shrimp, or Squash Ravioli! 10% off bottles of wine.
NCMC Luncheon Lectures:
2020 Census
North Central Michigan College
January 24, 2020
Voices Without Boarders Presents: A Time To Shine
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
February 8, 2020
The New Aish ke bug Nature Preserve
One of the last undeveloped parcels of its size on the northeast end of Charlevoix has become a Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) nature preserve thanks to a bargain sale and significant donations. The nearly 50-acre, triangle-shaped property sits between US-31/Martin/Waller roads, at the “north gateway” into Charlevoix.

The land will be known as the Andrew and Mary Aish ke bug Nature Preserve in honor of the first owners of the land by patent from the United States on August 19, 1875. Longtime Charlevoix conservationist Betty Hoffmann, who donated her half interest in the land to LTC, has the original abstract showing this ownership. The remaining funds for purchasing the other half of the land came from the Charles M. & Joan R. Taylor Foundation, Mike and Rhea Dow, and Sandy Dauch. The Aish ke bugs sold 40 acres (more or less) of the original 56 acres and for many years, the land was part of a family farm. The wetlands that now exist were created when US-31 was re-routed, resulting in a damming of the creek on the land. Future plans for this preserve may include a public trail.
The Charlevoix Insurance Agency is please to introduce our newest team member, Julie Meadows
Julie is a Class of 2000 graduate of Ellsworth High School and a Class of 2006 graduate of Lake Superior State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.  Julie has been married to her husband, Casey, since May of 2006. They have three children; Emma (12), Grant (10), and Charlotte (5). Julie enjoys doing photography on the side and spending time with her family. She also serves on the Charlevoix Pop Warner Board and loves watching her kids play sports. 

Charlevoix Circle of Arts
Sign up for workshops, ballet, tap, Highland dance, barre and yoga! Our new exhibit begins January 24th:  "Best of the Charlevoix Photography Club" . Join us for the   opening reception on Friday, Jan. 24th from 5-7pm: enjoy local fare by John Cross & Cherry Republic.Visit CharlevoixCircle.org

Did you Know?
COMFORT KEEPERS IS NOW OFFERING FRESH MEALS, DELIVERED TO YOUR FRONT DOOR! Meals are prepared using quality ingredients to meet a variety of dietary needs. All meals are Chef prepared on North Central Michigan College’s campus. Meals are delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays by Caregivers that check the refrigerator for expired food and performs visual safety checks. Caregivers also provides assistance with ordering each week. Call Tonya Fegan today 231-929-9044 to help you choose the meal plan that’s best for you.

Camp Daggett's 11th Annual Father/ Son Weekend
It's time to start thinking about Camp Daggett's 11th Annual Father/ Son Weekend. This year's event will be Friday to Sunday, February 7-9, 2020. The price will be $200/ father & Son plus $50 for each additional son. The son needs to be 7-14 yrs. old but the father, grandfather, stepfather, divorce dad, or big brother can be any age. The theme for the meals will again be wild game and we will be keeping everyone busy with a variety of activities- see flyer HERE.

Fathers & Sons, if you want to spend some quality time together and have lots of fun, please contact Ed Leverenz at Camp Daggett to register (231) 347-9741 ext. 112. Space is limited and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

McLaren Northern Michigan Thanks Brown Motors
During the month of December, Brown Motors of Petoskey held a “Stuff the Truck” to support McLaren Home Care & Hospice Hiland Cottage. Brown Motors staff delivered the items they collected which included cleaning products, canned foods, and personal care products to the Hiland Cottage the first part of January. Pictured with the donations are Nick Tahinen from Brown Motors, Marie Rosen Hiland Cottage RN, Michael Ashbaugh from Brown Motors, Shannon Clark Hiland Cottage aide, and Sue Fantini a hospice volunteer.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Breaks Local Record
The Salvation Army of Petoskey’s 2019 Red Kettle Campaign raised an unprecedented $125,000.00 which broke 2018’s record high of $115,000.00 which exceeded their campaign goal. Although the initial goal was surpassed, the money comes during a critical time as funding for emergency assistance programs has become more and more exhausted while the need for help continues to grow and the cost of utilities such as natural gas, propane and electricity continues to rise.

The Salvation Army provides year round programs and services to feed hungry neighbors, support those recovering from addiction, provide safe affordable after school care, send kids to summer camp, ensure family homes have heat and electricity, bring joy to lonely senior living facilities, make Christmas bright, or help families achieve financial independence. For the full article click HERE !

Char-Em United Way's 2020 Community Investment
Char-Em United Way's 2020 community investment process is underway with a call for letters of intent to apply. Letters of intent may be submitted online at: www.ceuw.org/loi . Letters of intent will be reviewed and invitations to apply for a grant will be emailed early February. Grant Applications will be reviewed by a Citizen's Review Panel in mid-April. If you are interested in participating as a panelist to help our board determine funding allocations, please contact Anora@Charemunitedway.org

American House Introduces 2020 Passport Program
American House introduces 2020 Passport Program. This will take you around the world and back, and will guide you to many countries every month. You will be given a passport and each time you come to an event related to the 2020 Passport Program, your passport will be stamped. At
the monthly themed happy hour you will be given a sticker. A Raffle will then be held at the last Happy Hour of the month. You will receive one raffle ticket for each set of stamps and stickers. Bon voyage! & Good Luck!

Dinner and A Movie Mondays
Back by popular demand, "Dinner and A Movie Mondays" at The Villager Pub and Charlevoix Cinema III. Join us on Mondays for dinner (limited menu) at the Villager Pub and the 7pm movie of your choice right next door at Charlevoix Cinema III for only $15.

Wellness Workshop January Updates
Michigan State Extension will be teaching an 8-week ‘Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention’ class beginning on Wednesday, January 8 th from 1-3pm. This class is designed to increase strength, balance and prevent falls. Preregistration is required and space is limited, please call the MSU Extension office at (231) 582-6232 to register.

Wellness Wednesday $15 Cholesterol Screenings every Wednesday from 8am-11am. Health screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, TC/HDL Ratio, Glucose Level, Body Mass Index Score, Muscle and Fat Percentages and a Blood Pressure Reading. Cost for the service is $15, no appointment necessary. Participants will receive all test results at the time of the screening and a “Know Your Numbers” log to track progress. A Registered Nurse will adapt health consultation and educational materials to individual results.  

New Exercise Punch Card Prices Effective January 1, 2020:  For Floor Yoga and Body Fit Classes: Cost is $10 per class or purchase an 11-class punch card for $85 for those 59 years and under and $60 for those 60 years and over. For more information call 231-437-3482 or email chx-wellness@mhc.net

NCMC Culinary Apprenticeship Program
North Central Michigan College is launching a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program that will give culinary professionals the opportunity to build their skills and advance their careers. The program is the result of North Central’s partnership with Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, the Inn at Bay Harbor, Northwest Michigan Works! and the American Culinary Federation.

The comprehensive apprenticeship program is open to Boyne employees and includes paid, on-the-job training that will culminate in a North Central Certificate of Development in Hospitality, a U.S. Department of Labor credential, and Certified Sous Chef® designation from the American Culinary Federation, which is widely regarded as the gold standard in culinary accreditation. Boyne is offering the two-year, 4,000-hour apprenticeship at no cost to its employees. The apprenticeship program is the latest example of an innovative North Central partnership. Boyne employees may apply for the apprenticeship program via Boyne’s website through December 20, 2019.

Chambers Named New Manager of Marketing and Development at Charlevoix Area Community Pool
The Board of Directors of the Charlevoix Area Community Pool are pleased to announce that Janet Begrow Chambers has been named the pool’s new Manager of Marketing and Development. She joins the organization on a contract basis and will be assisting with community outreach and public relations, as well as promotions surrounding fundraising events and activities. Chambers grew up in Charlevoix and moved here from Central Pennsylvania in 2018. She holds a marketing degree from Michigan State University and is glad to be back in Sparty territory. Janet has more than 30 years of experience in marketing communications including working with several advertising agencies and in corporate marketing positions. She has owned her own marketing company, Beacon Marketing Solutions, for the last 18 years.

McLaren Northern Michigan Named Top 50 Heart Hospital for 3rd Year in a Row

For a 3 rd year in a row, McLaren Northern Michigan was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health TM . McLaren Northern Michigan was one of only two Michigan hospitals to receive this award and is the only northern Michigan hospital recipient.
 
The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study scores hospitals in key clinical and operational performance areas including mortality, complications, and re-admissions. McLaren Northern Michigan excelled in clinical outcomes for heart attack and heart failure treatments, as well as open heart and angioplasty surgeries, compared to hospitals nationwide. On average, patients spent less on procedures and had shorter hospital stays. This is the fourth time McLaren Northern Michigan has been recognized with this award since it began in 1998.

The highly-trained McLaren Northern Michigan team of cardiologists, surgeons, and staff can diagnose and treat complex cardiac conditions and provide the most comprehensive heart care available. Our cardiologists travel over 50,000 miles a year to provide award-winning heart care close to home. We have full cardiology practices in Gaylord, Petoskey, and Sault Ste. Marie, and an additional 6 outreach locations throughout northern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula. The winning hospitals were announced in an IBM press release on November 19. mclaren.org/northern-michigan
Architect Elaine Keiser Featured in Great Lakes by Design

Elaine Keiser, President and Principal of Elaine Keiser Architect Inc., was one of six featured architects in a continued series by Great Lakes By Design magazine. Keiser launched her company in 2000 with a passion for creating architecture focused on clients’ dreams, winning awards such as the LEED Gold Rating for her work with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians housing development and creating icons such as the Kilwin’s Headquarters of Petoskey. The Great Lakes By Design feature highlights her passion and inspiration for the industry that has carried her into her 20 th year of the company. Click HERE to view the full article. ekarchitect.com
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