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IS YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION IN NEED OF SOME GREAT EXPOSURE? 
RESERVE YOUR SPOT AS A BIZ BLAST SPONSOR FOR ONLY $50/per wk. 
THE COST IS AFFORDABLE AND THE EXPOSURE IS HIGH.

For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org
Grow with Google
 Charlevoix Public Library
April 30, 2019
8-9:30am
Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square
1866 Bear Place
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 439-3333



Petoskey Wine Region
3423 US 131, Suite A
Petoskey, MI 49770
231-216-0032
Charlevoix Restaurant Week
April 22-28

Charlevoix Main Street is excited to announce spring Restaurant Week taking place April 22-28. Charlevoix restaurants are gearing up for another successful restaurant week. Enjoy specialty menus from your favorite area eateries. Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to sample the finest cuisine from Charlevoix’s top restaurants at discounted prices.

Char-EM United Way Presentation on 2-1-1 Program
April 24
Petoskey 1-2:30pm
Charlevoix 4-5:30pm

I am pleased to announce that 2-1-1 service is now fully active in both Emmet and Charlevoix counties!
 
The Executive Director (Stacey Gomez) and the Resource Manager (Sara Johnson) of Community Access Line of the Lakeshore ( CALL 2-1-1 ) , which operates the Regional 2-1-1 contact center serving Emmet and Charlevoix counties will be here in Petoskey as well as Charlevoix to discuss 2-1-1 service delivery. I encourage you to attend one of these presentations to discover how our community members and your organization may benefit from using and promoting the 2-1-1 service. Please see the presentation schedule below. Also, please send me a short email message letting me know where you will be attending. Presentations at the Library in Petoskey and Library in Charlevoix.

Evening with the Heart of Jesus
April 24
7-9pm

Enjoy familiar hymns that you can sing along with, original songs that lead you into meditation, scripture reflections that lead you into deeper union with God, along with peaceful periods of silence to hear what is being said in your heart.

Employee Retention, Training and Support Info Session
April 25
2:30-3:30pm

Please join the conversation to learn more about how the Char-Em Business Resource Network can help employers retain, train and support their workers. Expert employer panel with reps from Petoskey Plastics, Grandvue Medical Care Facility, Boyne Highlands and Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility will be there to discuss their success with this groundbreaking program. The program is in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and Char-Em United Way. RSVPs are requested and light refreshments served. Please email Evelyn.Szpliet@networksnorthwest.org or call 231.631.2613 for more information or to reserve your seat.

There is Still Time to Sign Up for 2 Workshops this Weekend
April 25

Free Pastel Painting Class for Middle-High School Students: Saturday, April 27th , 9am - Noon!

Banjo Work Shop : Sunday, April 28th , 10am - Noon! Class Fee- $30

Deadline for sign-up is Thursday, April 25th .

Charlevoix Golf Club Opening for the Season!
April 26

Spring has finally sprung! Come play a round of golf, meet our new Clubhouse Manager Cheryl Shanahan and check out the new specials. Call the Clubhouse for more information 231-547-3268.

Charlevoix Elementary Kindergarten Roundup
April 26
8:30am - 10am - 12:45pm

It's time to get your child who will be 5 by 9/1/19 registered for fall kindergarten! If your child turns 5 on or before September 1, 2019, call to register to attend one of our 2019 sessions:
Friday, April 26 - 8:30am - 10am - 12:45pm
Monday, April 29 - 8:30am - 10am

Live from Charlevoix Presents: Frank and Allie
April 27
8pm

Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink (Bryson City, NC) are a vocal-driven old time duo. Their April 2018 release, Roll On, Clouds, showcases their favorite songs from over two years of performing together. These pieces range from blues tradition (“Somebody On Your Bond,” “Roll and Tumble”) to bluegrass classics (“Standing on a Mountain,” “Cabin on a Hill”), yet remain rooted in the old time aesthetic. Frank’s nylon string fretless banjo is the dominant instrument, with guitar, slide guitar, and Allie’s banjo and harmonica adding to the musical texture. 
​Frank and Allie, core duo of longstanding string band The Freight Hoppers, have traveled extensively as touring musicians. Frank, a founding member of The Freight Hoppers, has impressed audiences all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe with his signature clawhammer sound. Allie is a founding member of The Whipstitch Sallies, a band from Indiana that toured in the Midwest, North Carolina, Colorado, and Hawaii. Together, the pair is a powerhouse duo with appearances planned across the country and in France.

Tickets are now buy one ticket get one FREE!

Opening Day!
April 27
11am

Opening Day is April 27th at 11am! Who is ready for some genuine broasted chicken, burgers/dogs, ice cream, malts and sundaes?!

Violins of Hope, Music of Terezin
April 28
7pm

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents "Violins of Hope", Music of Terezin, April 28th. Music often plays a powerful role in communicating history. This is evident with “Violins of Hope” a collection of over 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These extraordinary instruments have survived concentration camps and ghettos to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. One Violin of Hope will sing again in a performance at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts located at 600 Bay Harbor Drive. For Tickets: www.glcorchestra.org or call 231-487-0010.

Charlevoix Elks Club Blood Drive
April 29
1-7pm

Come out to the Charlevoix Elks club for a blood drive! The Elks Club is located at 12735 US 31; Charlevoix. Appointments are preferred call 866-642-5663 or click here !

Sign up today!!

Thrive 45 Authentic Communication Workshop #2
May 1
8-10am

In Part 2 of Cultivate: Authentic Communication, we'll be focusing on personal communication. Scott Gillespie, owner at RAZREYE, will be leading us in a Core Values discovery exercise and discussion on why, when, and how to use Core Values to build your career and lead a purpose-driven life. Kalin Sheik, owner of Sweetwater Floral and Sweetwater Lavender Farm will then share how she uses social media to build her business, her personal brand, and how to cultivate a supportive tribe around you. 
 
Call 347-4150 to register. Cost of this event is $25 and takes place at the NCMC College Library Conference Area. Registration for this event closes on April 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Starting a Business Workshop
May 3
10-12:30pm

Individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment, will have the opportunity to attend a Starting a Business workshop at the Petoskey Michigan Works! Center, 2240 Mitchell Park Drive, Suite B.

The workshop will be facilitated by SBDC Certified Small Business Consultant, Samantha Reis, who will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and evaluate market and sales potential for their products or services.
 
This comprehensive 2.5-hour workshop also incorporates the SBDC’s fundamental Writing a Business Plan workshop and fully covers topics such as determining concept feasibility, startup costs, financing options, the basics of business planning, along with other necessary resources to launch.   This workshop is a requirement prior to meeting with an SBDC consultant one-on-one. No charge to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is required at SBCDMichigan.org or 231-929-5060.

Luncheon Lectures Features Local Women who Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
May 3
11:30 Lunch, 12:00pm Lecture

Karen Marietti, director of the Camp Daggett Adventure Center, has spent most of her adult life working and living experientially. Mt. Kilimanjaro was always on her list of places to go and, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided it was time to make the climb. In 2017, she and three other women climbed the 19,340 feet to the summit. She will tell us about her adventure, and show us her amazing photographs.

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.

Petoskey Wine Region/ Ambassador Training
May 6
1-2:30pm or 2:30-4pm

We're looking for Petoskey Wine Region brand ambassadors who are excited to learn more about our beloved region and help our local economy flourish. Join us for a one of a kind event where all 12 of the Petoskey Wine Region member wineries gather together for the first time to UNCORK our new name, our new mobile app and our amazing wines from our Tip of the Mitt AVA!

As a Petoskey Wine Region Brand Ambassador you'll receive the opportunity to taste wines from 12 wineries, light hor d'oeuvres, a complimentary listing on our website and our mobile app "Petoskey Wine", a coupon that provides one free tasting at each winery, and more. This event is free and takes place at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. RSVP by clicking HERE!

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

Live Music every Tuesday night, 6-9pm
April 30 | Blake Elliot
May 5 | Cinco de Mayo Party w/ Dave Cisco
May 7 | A Brighter Bloom
May 14 | Jakey Thomas
May 21 | Project 6
May 28 | Crosscut Kings

Cooking Classes at That French Place
Call 231-437-6037 to sign up. $50 per person. Private classes available by request.

April 25 | Pizza
Cottage Design Class with
CJ Zondervan
Charlevoix Circle of Arts
May 8-29, 2019
Up Your Game- Elevate Your Presentation Skills Workshop
Inn at Bay Harbor
May 10, 2019
Mushroom House Tours Offering "Mom's for Free"
Mushroom House Tours
May 11-12, 2019
Round Lake Music Festival
Bridge Park, Downtown Charlevoix
May 24-26, 2019
25th Anniversary Jubilee
Grey Gables Restaurant
May 25, 2019
North Central Michigan College Faculty "In Color" Show Opening
The North Central Michigan College faculty “In Color” show opens on Thursday, April 25 in the Atrium Gallery at Crooked Tree Art Center. Works by Lynn Dinning, Susan Glass, Anne Morningstar, Leon Nash, Shanna Robinson, Dawn Swaim and Lara Van Horn will be on display. The opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
 
North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement. North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and a Veteran Friendly School. 

Volunteers Needed
Volunteer Opportunity! Support the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. This coming June 4 we are looking for a few volunteers to help with their annual fundraiser, Crescendo! The obligation is approximately three hours. The time will pass quickly and you will have a great opportunity to support the arts in northern Michigan!

If you might be interested in volunteering please message me and we'll get you on board! A light meal is included and provided by the Wine Guys of Petoskey. The event is held at Castle Farms in Charlevoix! merrymkr@chartermi.net
 
MacGregor Cares- Monthly Community Giving Program
Congratulation to March’s MacGregor Cares Winner, Northern Community Mediation!

Do you know of a group, organization or fundraiser that needs help in the community? We're here to help them reach their goals.

Nominate by clicking this link!
 
PASSION COMES ALIVE this Summer at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Passion comes alive this summer at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, with engaging performances, intellectual dialogue, collaborative events, and much more. Ticket subscriptions are now on sale for the 2019 Summer Season, with single ticket sales just around the corner on May 1.

Kicking off the 2019 Summer Season on May 26 is legendary jazz and swing band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, followed by award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins on June 8. Center Stage comes alive with a stellar variety of musical performers throughout the summer, including The Crane Wives, Michigan Rattlers, Piano Men, The Del McCoury Band, and more. Kathleen Madigan brings hilarious stand-up comedy to the lineup on June 15, and the Distinguished Speaker Series brings authors Daniel Pink and Mitch Albom to the stage for engaging dialogue.

Building a subscription is easy: choose four or more Summer Season events and ensure seats prior to single ticket sales or choose seven or more events to receive a 10% discount on your order. Subscriptions are available for purchase online at greatlakescfa.org or by calling the Box Office at 231.439.2610.

KorthaseFlinn Acquires Northern Michigan Benefits Agency
Northern Michigan Insurance Firm Continues to Build on Health & Wellness Expertise.

KorthaseFlinn Insurance & Financial Services announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Northern Michigan Benefits, Inc. of Charlevoix, Michigan. Tim Bruce, founder of Northern Michigan Benefits and current President of the Northern Michigan Association of Health Underwriters will be joining the Health & Wellness Team at KorthaseFlinn. Northern Michigan Benefits has been a fixture in Charlevoix since 1995.

Effective May 1st the clients of Northern Michigan Benefits will become part of the KorthaseFlinn client family. Tim will continue to act as Benefit Consultant and will work in conjunction with the KorthaseFlinn service and compliance teams. According to Tim, the decision to join KorthaseFlinn was one of strategic importance. "As my business has grown in recent years, it became clear that I would need to hire additional staff or join forces with a larger firm. KorthaseFlinn is widely recognized as the leading provider of Health & Wellness solutions, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to join them presented itself."

The Northern Michigan Benefits acquisition represents the latest in a series of KorthaseFlinn investments in Northern Michigan. In January, the firm joined forces with the Glasser Insurance Agency of Gaylord, which followed the 2015 acquisition of another Health & Wellness firm in Gaylord. KorthaseFlinn now serves over 20,000 customers from offices in Boyne City, East Jordan, Gaylord, and Petoskey.

4Front's Lending Experience Named "Best of the Best"
  Credit union honored as offering one of 2018’s top loan processes
 
MemberXP, a member experience measurement platform for high-performing credit unions, has designated 4Front Credit Union as one of 2019’s “best of the best” credit unions.
The recognition is earned by consistently providing exceptional levels of service throughout the year. Less than one in five of the leading credit unions that utilize MemberXP’s service evaluation platform receive the award, which is independently granted by MemberXP based on specific criteria including member service and ease of use. In this circumstance, 4Front received elevated ratings for the ease and convenience of its lending process. The institution also scored exceedingly high when survey recipients were asked how likely they were to recommend 4Front to others.

MemberXP serves approximately 100 of North America’s high-performing, member-focused credit unions and allows credit union members to provide immediate feedback on the services they receive. MemberXP uses independently administered surveys to gauge the overall member experience across multiple channels and service opportunities such as getting a loan or opening a new account.

“Obtaining financing can be an overwhelming experience filled with uncertainty and stress,” said 4Front Credit Union CEO, David Leusink. “At 4Front, we take great pride in simplifying the process so our members can focus on the exhilaration of driving their new car or the delight of walking into their dream home. We are committed to providing a borrowing experience that is as outstanding as the loan itself.” 4frontcu.com
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital honored as Hometown Health Hero by Michigan Public Health Week Partnership
 
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital may be small, but that’s not stopping them from making a positive impact on the health of nearly 3,200 students annually. In 2011, the hospital began its school nurse program in response to an increase in preventable pediatric cases being seen in the emergency department during school hours. The program places registered nurses in nine school systems and serves students ages 4-18. Many of these students did not have access to healthcare as school nurses had been eliminated from all area school budgets. Soon after the program began, school nurses were able to keep students in school learning, instead of sending them home; decreasing chronic student absenteeism by 32 percent. In addition, nurses provide safety education for any procedures performed by nonmedical school staff including tube feeding administration, urinary catheterization, insulin pumps and even anticonvulsants administration. munsonhealthcare.org
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