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2020 Annual Meeting & Awards
February 20, 2020
Castle Farms
Business Expo
March 18, 2020
Castle Farms

Pineview Cottage Assisted Living
3498 M-119
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 412-6069

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P.O. Box 295
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-3046
Farmland Protection Opportunities in Charlevoix County
February 13

The Conservancy has long made farmland protection a priority in our service area due to its scenic, historical, and economic values. Join Director of Land Protection Caitlin Donnelly to learn more about funding opportunities to protect private farmland using local, state and federal funding. Members of the Harwood Gold family will be there to comment on their experience with the Conservancy and how it helped them transition their farm from one generation to the next. Please register below. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Event takes place at Harwood Gold Cafe in Downtown Charlevoix.

80th Birthday Gala for David Miles
February 14

Please join the Charlevoix Historical Society for a special evening at the newly renovated Argonne House to honor Society curator David Miles and celebrate his legacy of preserving Charlevoix's history - before they open to the public! 6 pm Cocktails and Hors D'ouevres, 7 pm Program and Dinner - $80.00 per person, Cash Bar - Swing Music provided by Pine River Jazz Band - Buy your ticket or make a donation in honor of Dave's birthday: 231-547-0373 or online @chxhistory.com/miles - or visit the online store. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 10th.

The Blue Pelican's Special Valentine's Day Dinner Menu
February 14

Come celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone here at the Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant! We will have a special dinner menu from 5-9pm. Regular menu will not be available. Reservations welcomes, but not necessary. Call 231-544-2583 & leave a message after hours. View menu HERE !

Celebrate Valentines Day at Torch Lake Cafe
February 14 & 15

There's a lot to love coming up including our delicious deal for Valentine's Day, a 3 course dinner for two people only $59. This great deal will be available Friday 14th and Saturday 15th. View the special menu HERE , normal full menu will also be available. Reservation are recommended 231-599-1111.

T.G.I. Fish Fry & Valentine's Day!
February 14

Sommerset Pointe will be offering a special Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner along with our all you can eat fish fry, as well as a limited menu. View menu HERE . Reservations are preferred call 231-582-9909 or email contact@spyachtclub.com.

Beaver Island Winterfest
February 14-15
Sat Noon

Join everyone for Winterfest on Beaver Island! Festivities begin Friday night with Music by Sydney Burnham Band beginning at 7pm. Saturday games are from 12-5pm, snowmobile competition, luminary walk at 7pm and live music again from Sydney Burnham Band at 7pm. For more information contact: 231-448-2505. Accommodations available- see www.beaverisland.org. See the full flyers HERE !

Wild Game Dinner
February 15

Come join the Charlevoix Elks for their Wild Game Dinner! This event will be open to the public with a special license from the MLCC. Cost is $10/ person and $5 for children 12 & under. Dinner begins at 5pm and music starts at 7pm. Music will be by Danny, Danny, and guest! There will be many silent auction items along with a raffle for a Winchester Ducks Unlimited 12 Gauge Limited Edition. Tickets for the gun raffle are $10 each or 3 for $25.

President's Day Bogo Apple Sale
February 15


All 1/2 bushel and bushel quantities BOGO 50% OFF!

Apple Cider only $5/Gallon! Includes our NEW Winter Varieties: • Crimsoncrisp • Goldrush

Choose from the other following varieties (while supplies last): Cameo, gala, fuji, golden delicious, macintosh, empire, jonagold, ida red, cortland, granny smith & others!

Sale applies to Extra Fancy Grade as well as Utility Grade ("seconds"). *Utility grade varieties limited - does not include everything on the list. *Sale excludes Honeycrisp

During your visit, restock on our handmade specialty food products like our high fruit/low sugar Jams, Preserves & Butters, Famous Cherry Pie Filling, Fruit Salsas, Michigan Honey & Maple Syrup, Savory Mustards and Dips, plus lots of unique Fair Trade, U.S.A. and locally-made gift items!

Presidents Day Weekend Workshop!
February 16

There is still room in the awesome Copper Roll Printing Workshop class with Christine Leader. Registration closes for this class on February 11. Call 231-437-3833. Christine is a local Charlevoix Silversmith, very talented and a wonderful experienced instructor! Class fee is $75 and you will make one cuff bracelet OR a pair of earrings and a pendent. Learn how to imprint texture onto coppers in this fun workshop for anyone, no experience needed.

Dine & Dash Buffet
February 18

Come check out our one-night-only all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. We will get you in and out and on your way to support your favorite local basketball team or home to chill! The buffet will feature some of our Landing classics as well as some new things to try! The cost is $7.99 for kids 5 to 12, and $14.99 for adults.

Youth Winter Nature Program: Backyard Nature Program
February 18

Read a fun story about animals and how they adapt to the winter compared to humans. The library group will venture outdoors for a quick hike in search of animal activity in the winter, while the nurturing nature group will move directly to the activity.

We will look at different animals and the different prints and patterns they leave behind in the snow. We will learn how to identify 4 different track patterns. The children will also use animal track stamps and create their own stamp art with animal tracks. RSVP by calling 231-582-6193 - RSVP is not required. Program is FREE!

An Evening in Havana
February 20

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Donate Blood at Charlevoix Elks lodge
February 24

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.

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

February 18 | Adam Hoppe
February 22 | The Pistil Whips
February 25 | Blake Elliott
2020 Winter/Spring Music

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!

February 7 | Nelson Olstrom
February 8 | SYDNI
February 14 | Under the Moon
February 15 | Michelle Chenard
February 21 | Ben Overbeek
February 22 | Pete Kehoe
February 28 | Chris Koury
February 29 | Brett Michell
Paint and Sip at Cherry Republic
Cherry Republic of Charlevoix
February 26, 2020
Cupid's Dinner for Two
Independence Village of Petoskey
February 27, 2020
Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company's The Sleeping Beauty
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
February 28, 2020
Startup Fundamentals Workshop- Charlevoix
The Vault Co-Working Space
March 17, 2020
Panache Valentine's Day Special
Valentine’s Day ONLY! Get $10 off booking a Shampoo, Blowout, and Regular Manicure OR $5 off Shampoo, Blowout, and False Stripe Lashes for Friday February 14th, 2020.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts- February/ March Happenings!
Gallery Talk with Photographer Bill Higgins this Saturday, Feb. 15th 11am.
Every Thursday Workshops now through June!
Dabble in the Arts Series with Sharon Smithem 
Floral Design Series with area floral designers 
Third Thursday Pour Series with Heidi Finley
Paint-Along with Paige O'Leary
Drawing 1 class session coming in April!
Barre, Yoga & Dance:
Mondays - Ballet & Dance Fusion
Tuesdays - Tap
Wednesdays - Tap
Fridays - Creative Movement, Barre & Yoga
Visit  CharlevoixCircle.org  for more!

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.

Anora O'Connor Join The Boathouse On Lake Charlevoix
Rebecca and Rick Gotts, owners of The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix, are excited to announce that Anora O'Connor will be taking the helm overseeing the operations of the new venue, rental properties and the Water Street commercial building.

Anora spent the last 13 months creating enthusiasm and momentum at Char-Em United Way. “Spending the last year working in nonprofit has given me a whole new perspective of the needs in our community. Ideally, I will remain involved with CEUW at some capacity because I believe in the mission, values and important work that is being done. With that said, I am super excited to be getting back to my roots in hospitality and working with some pretty amazing people. And It’s just a few blocks from my house to boot. ” Anora said.

When Rebecca and Rick originally purchased the properties, they had big dreams of creating something special for the community as a way to give back. The Boathouse is expected to open its doors in just a few months. This fully renovated event space will be host to weddings and fundraising and corporate events with additional exciting growth on the horizon.
Rebecca shares, “With Anora’s hospitality and leadership background, we are looking forward to building this business into a successful staple in East Jordan. We were thrilled when she accepted our offer to lead this endeavor.”

Munson Wellness Workshop
Wellness Wednesday $15 Cholesterol Screening Every Wednesday from 8am-11am, Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital hosts "Wellness Wednesday" health screenings at the hospital’s Wellness Workshop. Health screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, TC/HDL Ratio, Glucose Level, Body Mass Index Score, and Fat Percentages and a Blood Pressure Reading. Cost for the service is $15 and free once per year for employees and volunteers - please call 437-3482 to schedule a different day and time if needed.  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.

Due to popular demand, Michigan State Extension will be teaching another cohort of their 8-week ‘Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention’ class at the Wellness Workshop beginning in March. 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.

Annual Tree & Plant Sale
Our 2020 Spring Tree Catalog has been released! Many thanks to our RSVP volunteers for assisting us with this mailing! Thank you also to Little Traverse Conservancy for allowing us to borrow their folding machine for our Order Form, this saves an extra step for our volunteers. PDF's can be found on our website, at our office, or can be mailed or email to you, if you are not already on our mailing list.
Orders are taken as they are received, first come first serve. We accept orders until we run out of tree stock! Any extra trees will be available after 9am on Saturday, April 25th.
Pick Up Weekend is always the last weekend in April:  Friday April 24th, 2pm-5pm AND Saturday, April 25th 9am-Noon. Call with any questions,  231-582-6193 For more information, please visit  www.charlevoixcd.org   and click on the "Tree Sale" tab at the top of the home page.

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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