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Business After Hours
The Villager Pub
November 20, 2019
5-7pm
Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration
November 29, 2019
3-6pm
Northern Michigan Policy Conference
Dec. 2nd | 9:30-7:30pm
Hagerty Center Traverse City

The Northern Michigan Policy Conference is a regional economic development conference led by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance – a partnership of Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations throughout northern Michigan and the upper peninsula.

Now in its second year the policy conference, is designed to leverage diverse strategies to enhance northern Michigan's regional standing as a world-class place for business, residents, visitors, and students of all ages. High-value growth in existing and new businesses, thriving public and private educational institutions, and flourishing communities and downtowns will make Northern Michigan a national model for quality and sustainable rural development. The Northern Michigan Policy Conference is designed to be the preeminent way for business and community leaders to have input into solution oriented ways to address rural business development, attracting talent to rural areas, rural and small city housing development and access to quality childcare.

Register with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsorships available, inquire with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Art of Healthy Eating
November 13
6-8pm

“A Green Thanksgiving” is the theme of the plant-based cooking class on November 13 th at the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop from 6pm-8pm. Come and learn how to make this year’s “big meal” a little healthier without losing the flavor. Other classes in this series include: December 4 th “Vegeitizers & Potlucks” January 8 th “New Year Reboot” and February 12 th “Valentine’s Day Raw Chocolates.” Cost is $25 per person, per class, please call the Wellness Workshop (231) 437-3482 to register.

Northern Symphonic Wind Ensemble
November 13
6-8pm

Northern Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Timothy Topolewski Music Director, will present a fall concert of "musical colors" on Wednesday November 13th at Charlevoix High School auditorium at 7 pm. Featured will be Euphonium soloist Edward Bahr performing "King Carneval" by Kryl and guest conductor Gail Brechting will lead the group in "Cane River Murals" by Ellerby. There is no admission charge and a reception will follow the concert.

NCMC Luncheon Lecture: First Robotics
November 15
11:30 lunch | 12pm lecture

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, this international robotics competition for high school students is said to be the ultimate sport for the mind, and Petoskey High School is in the thick of it. Physics teacher Tom Ochs and his students will explain the many academic and social benefits of this competition and how they run their team like a business.

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. 

Mom-to-Mom Sale
November 16
10-5pm

If you are looking to buy or sell new or gently used baby and children clothing, maternity clothing, toys, nursery furniture, books, bikes, and anything else that is baby, child, or maternity related, join us at the Castle on November 16th from 10:00am-5:00pm! The entry fee is just $2 (12 and under are free) and half of the proceeds of your entry fee will be benefiting Moms & Tots. This is a great opportunity to buy some low priced items before the holidays so we hope to see you there!

Fill the Boat Drive!
November 15- December 15th

Nov. 15 - Dec. 15 Donation Drive to Keep Families Warm this Winter Season! Our goal is fill up a 24 Ft. Avalon Pontoon with donations that will be spread throughout Charlevoix County Schools & Families by support of Kari's Closet. Kari's Closet is a clothing ministry in honor of Charlevoix's Kari Way that provides all by donation: clothing, shoes, and other miscellaneous items for those in need and FREE for ages 0-18. DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATION: DRY HARBOUR MARINE. See attached flyer HERE for more details!

Fox Charlevoix Garage Sale!
November 19-23
19th - 22nd | 8-5pm
23rd | 9-3pm

Stop by Fox Charlevoix between November 19-23rd and save up to 75% on accessories! Cookies and coffee available! November 19-22 open 8-5pm and November 23 open 9-3pm. Located at 06684 US-31 South - south side of Fox Charlevoix GM store parts department receiving/shipping door.

Protecting What's Important: Business Security 101
November 19
8:30-10am

Whether you have your own server, are utilizing a cloud storage solution or just running some PCs, this workshop will help you sleep better at night knowing you have data-loss prevention controls in place. Bring your laptop, tablet or phone and test out tools that are available (some free!) that can identify your business’s cyber weaknesses and secure your internal systems. 

This workshop is designed to provide business owners and IT staff with real-world tools so that you leave feeling better about how to operate securely, meet your regulatory security requirements AND how to respond when something does go wrong. Presentation made by Leah M. Olson, Technology Security Advisory at N Point Strategies . Register free online HERE !

Foot Clinic
November 21
9am

Thursday, November 21st starting at 9:00 am, Jan from the Health Department will be here for foot care in the salon. The fee for this service
is $20.00. To schedule an appointment please see Lesley.

Charlevoix Middle-High School Performing Arts Presents The Wizard of Oz
November 23-24
7pm Nov. 22 & 23 | 2pm Nov. 24

Charlevoix Performing Arts will present its fall musical, “The Wizard of Oz” for three shows Friday-Sunday , November 22-24 at the Charlevoix Middle/High School Auditorium.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday . Tickets, to be sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. The Sunday matinee will also have a family admission special of $20.00 (2 adults and 2+ children/students).

The Rowe Inn Game Dinner
November 23
6-9pm

The Rowe Inn is having a game dinner on November 23rd. The dinner cost $75 per person. Reservations are required wes@roweinn.com or 231-588-7351. Click HERE to see the menu!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
November 28
12pm

All are welcome to the 13th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It is sponsored by the Charlevoix Ministerial Association and the meal is provided at no charge. This year's location is St. Mary Parish, 1003 Bridge St, Charlevoix.

Munson Charlevoix Hospital 9th Annual Turkey Trot
November 28
8:30am

Before you sit down to this year’s “Big Meal,” join Munson Charlevoix Hospital for their 9 th Annual Turkey Trot 5K. This event is for both runners and walkers with strollers and leashed, friendly pets welcome. Wear your turkey hat, turkey costume, or dress like a pilgrim – costumes are encouraged! There will be a photo booth set up to help capture the fun! Donations of non-perishable food items for local food pantries are also encouraged. Register HERE between now and Sunday, November 24 th to guarantee your long-sleeved t-shirt – or upgrade to a cozy sweatshirt!

A fun Gift Basket and a Gold Medal will be awarded to all first place winners and Silver and Bronze Turkey Trot Medals for those in second and third place in the following categories: Best Costume, Babies in Strollers, Runner Female, Runner Male, and “Leashed and Friendly Pets”.  Call the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop for more information (231) 437-3482.

CMA Holiday Arts and Craft Show
November 29
11-6pm

The Charlevoix Montessori Academy located at 115 W. Hurlbut will be having a Holiday Art and Craft Show! The admission is FREE and they will be having hourly door prizes! We will be featuring a variety of vendors to help you get all your holiday shopping done in once place. They will be featuring Lularoe, Paparazzi, Bellabree, Pure Haven, Manicure Mama Nails, Colorstreet, Doterra, Maeve B's and much more!

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

November 19 | The Real Ingredients
November 26 | Blake Elliott
December 3 | Sean Bielby
December 10 | Brett Mitchell
December 17 | Blake Elliott
December 31 | Tic Tac Go
Live Music from 7-9pm

November 22 | The Real Ingredients
November 27 | Holly August
Live Music

November 22 | The Marsupials | 8pm
Cafe Sante Winter Biergarten
Featuring a Winter Biergarten menu from 11am to close Wednesdays and Thursdays!
Featuring German food, $5 German beers and piped-in German music. Click HERE for menu!
Dinner Specials!

Wednesdays : Italian Night with Lasagna on select dates. House wines $5/glass
Thursdays : Chinese Night
Sundays : Select 2 entrees for $24.05! Choose two: Chicken Wellington, Crab Stuffed Whitefish, Stuffed Pork Chops, Beef Tips, Creamy Garlic Shrimp, or Squash Ravioli! 10% off bottles of wine.
Ladles of Love
Real Estate One
December 3, 2019
Christmas Buffet
The Blue Pelican Inn
December 15, 2019
Little Traverse Conservancy Offers Nature Preserve Options for Both Huners & Non-Hunters
Little Traverse Conservancy provides opportunities to get out in the woods on lands that are open and lands that are closed to hunting. Currently, more than 15,000 acres protected through Little Traverse Conservancy are open to hunting. So where to go if you are not a hunter but would like to hike during gun season?

Recommended preserves (and assist projects) in Charlevoix County that are not open to hunting are listed here: Nathan "Barry" Driggers, The Hill, North Point Natural Area, Charles A. Ransom, Raven Rdige, Rogers Family Homestead, Portions of St. Clair Lake/ Six Mile Lake Natural Area, and Wisser-Saworski. Beaver Island; Barney's Lake, Little Sand Bay, and George and Althea Petritz.

Interactive maps of Conservancy-owned nature preserves can be found at www.landtrust.org or on the free nature preserve app, LTC Explorer (Google or Apple app stores). A printed preserve map was updated this October and is also available online or at our office near Harbor Springs.

Double Your Giving Power on "Giving Tuesday", December 3rd!
Dear animal lover! Your donation gets doubled! Now is a great time to double your investment in saving the lives of dogs and cats at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. By donating now, we are able to double your donation, helping twice as much as ever before. $10 = $20, $50 = $100, etc.

Your tax-deductible donation, in addition to providing shelter, food and medical care for homeless animals, will make it possible to accomplish two critically needed improvements. First, is to purchase a ventilation system, which we don't have, to curb airborne viruses and keep shelter animals healthy while they wait to be adopted. This would include a new heating and cooling system. Second, to provide an in-house surgical room, making it possible for us to spay and neuter our shelter dogs and cats, which will save tens of thousands of dollars year after year! Please write “Giving Tuesday” on the memo line of your check, or on December 3rd donate online at www.charlevoixhumane.org or call 231-582-6774 to make a donation with your credit card.

Registration Still Open for Regional Apprenticeship Information Session in Traverse City
All types and sizes of businesses, educational providers, and non-profit organizations from across Michigan still have time to register for an apprenticeship information luncheon Thursday, November 14 in Traverse City. The event is being hosted by Northwestern Michigan College in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and is part of National Apprenticeship Week. The workshop will run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Aero Park Laboratories, 2525 Aero Park Drive. 
 
The session will include multiple presenters including an interactive professional panel discussion with local experts and employers answering questions regarding their registered apprenticeship experience. “This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about registered apprenticeship and how it can benefit your workforce needs,” said Evelyn Szpliet, Manager of Apprenticeships and Business Resource Networks for Northwest Michigan Works!
 
There is no charge to attend the information session but reservations are required by November 12. To save your seat and RSVP for lunch email Scot.Snyder@NetworksNorthwest.org .

McLaren Northern Michigan Festival of Trees
the Fernelius Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom during the dealership’s business hours this week. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Raffle tickets are placed in the box next to the prize one wants to win. There is also extended hours during Cheboygan Girls Night Out on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Ladies can view the trees at the dealership from 3 – 8 p.m. while enjoying refreshments and treats.

The drawing will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. You do not have to be at the drawing to win, but winners will be asked to pick-up their prizes by the end of the day on Sunday.To see picture of the trees, visit the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Facebook page .

Charlevoix County Planning Commission
The Charlevoix Board of Commissioners would like to make every effort to appoint a member from Business and Industry to the Charlevoix County Planning Commission. Please provide a copy of the notice to those you feel may be interested or post it on your bulletin board. Please feel free to contact us at 231-547-7200 or clerk@charlevoixcounty.org if you have any questions.

If you are interested in the Planning Commission, please submit your applications and qualifications NO LATER THAN November 20, 2019 to the Charlevoix County Clerk, 203 Antrim St, Charlevoix.

Order Your Thanksgiving Sweet Treats Today!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, simplify and make your time with family and friends the best it can be by allowing us to handcraft and provide your very favorite fall sweets from our bakery! 

Click on the link below for our order form. https://www.friske.com/bakery-order-form

Registration Now Open for Adult Recreational Co-Ed Volley Ball League
The league will begin in December and run through February. Games will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the Charlevoix Elementary School gym. Teams may be comprised of friends, family and co-workers at least 18 years of age. Charlevoix Recreation may be able to assist individuals in forming a team. There is a participation fee of $150 per team, plus a referee fee of $10 per match. For more information about the adult recreational co-ed volleyball league, please call 231-547-3253 or 231-547-7183. Teams may register on line at charlevoix.recdesk.com .

Credit Union Rallies to Donate Hundreds of Gifts to Area Families
Professional development means more than service improvements at 4Front Credit Union
 
While many financial institutions were closed Monday, October 14 for a federal banking holiday, more than 200 4Front Credit Union team members gathered at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City for a day of bettering themselves and the communities they serve. The highlight of these opportunities is the intertwining of professional development with a concerted community giving effort. The credit union assisted Bikes for Tikes Northwest Michigan and NW Michigan Marine Toys for Tots.

Employees were separated into small groups where they were challenged to work together to assemble 20 bicycles subsequently donated to northern Michigan families in need. Team members also had the opportunity to help fill a presentation stage with gifts later donated to Toys for Tots. It presented a terrific opportunity to give back to the northern Michigan community while participating in a worthwhile team building exercise. In addition to the time spent last week assembling bicycles, team members have contributed 2,374 volunteer hours throughout 2019 equating to nearly 100 full days of volunteerism. 4Front staff have provided northern Michigan communities with 6,555 volunteer hours since 2015.

U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman Honors Michigan Company for Exporting Success

Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) today presented Aster Brands of Charlevoix with the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Achievement Certificate. The event took place at Aster Brands facilities which is the parent company of Redi-Rock International, in Charlevoix, MI.

The Export Achievement Certificate recognizes U.S. companies that have either made their first export sale or expanded their sales into overseas markets with assistance from the U.S. Commercial Service. Redi-Rock International is a family-owned and operated business that manufactures and engineers large block retaining walls. Redi-Rock walls can be found in almost every state in the US as well as in Canada, Algeria, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Estonia, Belgium, Russia, Spain, South Korea, the United Kingdom. This award was presented for their recent sales growth in Norway.

The U.S Commercial Service began working with Redi-Rock in 2015, counselling them on international best practices. Thanks to the matchmaking services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service Oslo embassy office, Redi-Rock signed an exclusive licensing agreement to expand sales with a precast concrete manufacturer in Norway.

Redi-Rock International is known as the engineering authority in the large block retaining wall industry. Redi-Rock International is owned by Aster Brands. Aster Brands provides forms, molds, equipment, and support for concrete manufacturers to build or expand their businesses around the world.

The Rowe Inn Restaurant Awards 2019

The Rowe Inn family is honored to again receive the distinguished "Best of Award of Excellence" for 2019 from Wine Spectator.

Festival of Saints

St. Mary School students had a Festival of Saints on October 29th. It was a wonderful evening and we were excited to have Bishop Raica as our special guest. The student's saint displays are in the gathering space for your enjoyment. Please come take a look!

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