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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
Thistle Ribbon Cutting
August 2, 2019
12 Noon
327 Bridge St.
Summer Sidewalk Sales
August 15-17, 2019
Downtown Charlevoix
9-6pm
Calling New Businesses! Compete for Startup Funds at NLEA Pitch Night Competitions this Fall!

Polish up your business plan, the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) Northern Michigan Pitch Night competitions are back! All entrepreneurs and new businesses two years old or less are welcome to apply to compete for their share of startup dollars in the county where their business is or will be located. The public is welcome to come and cheer on their favorite local businesses at each competition!

This year there are three county-wide pitch nights taking place – in Antrim, Cheboygan, and new this year, Charlevoix, Counties - sponsored by Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Foundation and various local sponsors. The top three winners from each county pitch night will then have the opportunity to compete for additional startup funds at the Grand Event. Applications for each county-wide competition can be found at the following sites, Antrim Pitch Night www.antrimpitchnight.com , Charlevoix County Ignite www.charlevoixignite.com , and Invest Cheboygan County www.investcheboygan.com .

Competitors will receive business counseling from professionals from the SBDC and SCORE to help in preparing a 4-minute business pitch for the panel of judges on the night of the competition. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded as well as an audience selected People’s Choice Award. There will also be time for competing businesses to network and make connections with other business professionals and angel investors in the audience.
For more information, visit each website or call the NLEA office at 231-582-6482.

Pace Interior Design
104 Michigan Ave
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-348-9400





Michigan Food Tours
231-487-2369
Charlevoix Circle of Arts
2nd Annual Dragon Boat Festival!
August 3
8-3pm

Come watch the races, enjoy kids tent, food & beverage vendors, and more! Visit CharlevoixCircle.org for more info.

Woofstock 2019
August 3
12-5pm

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society will host their fifth annual WoofStock music and pet festival. The day will be a full day event to celebrate a wide variety of music to support the North West Michigan Region and the animals we love.

This event will be held at the Mackinaw Trails Winery. We anticipate approximately 2,000 people including hundreds of friendly dogs attending throughout the course of the day and evenings events. There will be bands performing during the day and early evening on several stages, an open mike stage. There will also be animal agility demonstrations, pet contest, the Doxie Derby at 3:00 and more, for a full pet friendly day! Food, craft and pet related vendors will have the opportunity to sell and show off their products and services.
Stuff the Bus 2019
August 3
8:30-6:30pm

STUFF THE BUS – SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD from 8:30am to 6:30pm at Walmart in Petoskey. Give local kids a great start to a new school year! Purchase school items (lists available) and place in bins at Walmart and The Salvation Army will make sure they are distributed to the children who need them most along with the help of community partner Char-Em United Way. If you can't make it to Walmart, click on the following link to Walmart's registry to purchase items online. https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-events-registry-items?id=6f09bc63-0735-4cec-9a3d-9aefc309d044

Pottery & Wine
August 7
6-8pm

Cottage Pottery is extending their painting studio to the 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room at Castle Farms for this unique experience in a one-of-a-kind setting. This month, guest can pick between a cactus mug, a planning pot or a vase with any design you feel inspired by! $35 per person which includes pottery piece, art supplies, and glass of wine.
Dessert and Fruit Wines
August 7
7-9pm

Dessert and Fruit Wines: Itching to make wine out of that Blackberry bush in your backyard? Looking to make Strawberry wine on a commercial scale? Hoping to turn Frontenac into a Port style wine? This will be the class for you! Learn tips and tricks to create delicious non-grape fruit wines, and consider several styles of dessert wine making. We will cover best practices for making fruit wine with Northern Michigan fruit, as well as covering port, sherry, and ice wine dessert wine styles. Located in room 536 of the SCRC Building at North Central Community College. Register HERE !

Global Leadership Summit
August 8
9-4pm

St. Mary is hosting the Global Leadership Summit on Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9 at the Charlevoix Public Library. More than an event, the Summit is a catalyst for change that inspires and equips world-class leadership to ignite organizational and community transformation. To register, visit www.cvxsummit.org . For questions, call Laura at 547-9441.
Wine & Yoga
August 8
6-8pm

Join us for a 1-1.5 hour yoga session with certified instructor Bailey Grajqevci of Charlevoix, MI. After your session, continue the relaxation with a glass of wine in the 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room. Event is $20 per person, and includes the yoga session and one glass of wine. Bring your own yoga mat- yoga mats are available in limited quantity and must be requested in advance.
McLaren Foundation hosts FREE Summer Wellness Expo at Nub's Nob
August 9
9-4pm

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation has teamed up with its Foundation Board members and Nub’s Nob to host the first annual Summer Wellness Expo. Community members are invited to experience the “keys to health living” in distinct areas: Keys to Fitness: hiking, running, and fitness classes, Keys to Nutrition: tips and demonstrations on healthy eating, Keys to Lifesaving Skills: hands-on training for community CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, Stop the Bleed, and more!, Kids activities, lunch, and additional hands-on sessions, Childcare available.

Event organizers encourage everyone to come dressed to participate to the degree one wants, as the 20-minute sessions and fitness classes are designed to be hands on. Just a few of the fitness activities include CrossFit, Yoga, Graston Deep Tissue Technique, a Labyrinth, a self-guided hike up the hills of Nub’s Nob, and Jazzercise.
C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
August 10
9-4pm

Following its acclaimed 2018 national tour, C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert starring Max McLean as C.S. Lewis comes to Great Lakes Center for the Arts Saturday, Aug. 10 for one performance only. The play is presented by Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. Get tickets HERE or call 888-294-1733.
Vet Stock Music Festival & Bike Show
August 11
2-10pm

Charlevoix Elks #2856 proudly presents Vet Stock! It is a music festival, bike show and celebration of service. They will have performances by Detroit's legendary Sunglasses After Dark from 2:30-6pm and Gaylord's finest Exit 282 from 7-10pm. There will be a motorcycle show and contest from 1-5pm with great prizes awarded. There will be 50/50's throughout the day! Food will be provided by the Kiwanis Club and Lions Club and this event is open to the public. Cost is $10 at the door and all proceeds go to local veterans.
40th Annual Senior Picnic and Health Expo
August 13
2-10pm

Takes place at the Harvest Barn Church in East Jordan. Picnic tickets are currently on sale and you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets are being sold through the Commission on Aging Office, at the Charlevoix, East Jordan, and Boyne City Senior Centers and if there are tickets available, they will be sold at the door the day of the picnic. Tickets are the same price as last year at $5.00 for a Senior (60+), and $8.00 for a Non-senior.

Rides can be coordinated through Charlevoix County Transit and are provided by some of the local nursing home and assisted living facilities. For more information please feel free to contact Theresa at the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging at (231) 237-0103.

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

Live Music every Tuesday night, 7-10pm
The Series at Lavender Hill Farm
Doors open at 6pm and guest are welcome to picnic before the show. Concerts start at 7:30pm
August 2 | The Appleseed Collective
August 3 | The Appleseed Collective
August 24 | Jill Jack
August 31 | Sons of the Never Wrong
September 1 | Sons of the Never Wrong
September 7 | Suzie Vinnick

Cafe Sante - Live Entertainment
Live music from 8-11pm
Join them for Food and Fun!
Live music! Fridays & Saturdays 6-9pm. Sundays & Tuesdays-Thursdays 5-8pm.
Live Music Friday's! 7pm-9pm

August 2 | DJ Franck
August 9 | Holly Keller
August 16 | The Real Ingredients
August 23 | Brian T. McCosky
Paddle 4 The Pool
Ferry Beach
August 17, 2019
Wrestle the Lake Poker Run
Lake Charlevoix
August 24, 2019
St. Mary School Open House
St. Mary School
August 27, 2019
Currey Farms Maple Syrup ON SALE this week at Martin's Market
Award-winning Currey Farms Pure Maple Syrup (made right here in Charlevoix) is 10% OFF through Thursday 8/1 at Martin’s Market. Stock up for personal use, and pick up some great gift items for the months ahead! Choose from three grades: Golden, Amber or Dark. Use it on breakfast foods, in coffee or tea, drizzled over ice cream, as a glaze or marinade for barbecued pork or salmon, in smoothies, baked beans, salad dressings and more. The possibilities are endless! MAPLE SYRUP - IT'S NOT JUST FOR PANCAKES ANYMORE! Get some today at Martin’s Market, 1204 Bridge St!

Going PRO Talent Fund Information Sessions
A popular employee training fund in Michigan will offer $30 million dollars businesses can use to train their workforce. Training can be provided for existing employees, new hires, or registered DOL apprentices for occupations in several industries, including but not limited to; manufacturing, construction, IT, landscaping, healthcare, hospitality, non-profits, food production, and more. The application period for Talent Fund grants is expected to begin in mid-September. Prior to the start of the application period, Northwest Michigan Works! is holding Employer Information Sessions to help businesses learn about the Going PRO Talent Fund.

Closest employer information session is in Petoskey at North Central Michigan College in the Library Conference Room on August 14th from 9-10am. Businesses planning to attend one of the information sessions should RSVP to:business-services@networksnorthwest.org or 231-922-6920.

Fall Sports Gameday Programs
We are getting ready to publish our very popular Fall Sports Gameday Programs Deadline is Friday, August 9th. These programs are handed out free at all home games at these schools. This year we are publishing programs for Charlevoix High, East Jordan High, Gaylord High, Grayling High and Mancelona High Schools.

This is a high quality program with tons of content and a great fundraising opportunity for these 5 schools. We donate a minimum of 10% of all the proceeds to each school's Athletic Department. If you want an ad in multiple school programs we offer a nice discount.

Contact any of our advertising reps or contact me right away to reserve space.

In Charlevoix - Contact Dave Baragrey,  Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com
In East Jordan - Contact Tony Cutler,  Tony@CharlevoixCountyNews.com  or Dave Baragrey, Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com

Charlevoix County Transit Seeks Your Input for Public Opinion Survey
Charlevoix County Transit has made available a public opinion survey to gather input concerning public transportation needs and services in the county. This survey is part of community outreach efforts for a study that will result in a Transit Master Plan.  

The public survey is accessible through the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CharlevoixCommunity . Individual survey responses will be kept confidential, and will not be identified by the name of the respondent. If you are a business owner or employer, an employer survey to obtain information on travel patterns and solicit input on transportation needs is accessible through the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CharlevoixEmployers . Individual survey responses will be kept confidential, and will not be identified by the name of the respondent. The surveys are being conducted through August 9, 2019. For more information contact Jill Drury at 231-582-6900.

Community Foundation Grants Support Oncology Patients, Nurse Navigator Program at McLaren Northern Michigan
The McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation received grants totaling $28,873 from local Community Foundations for the Oncology Nurse Navigator Program at McLaren Northern Michigan. The grants will support newly diagnosed patients navigate their cancer journey.
 
Oncology Nurse Navigators work with approximately 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients from across 22 northern Michigan counties annually. Nurse Navigators ensure seamless and coordinated care among physicians, diagnostic tests, and cancer treatments. Nurse Navigators complete specialized training to work with cancer patients. They offer education, support, and guidance to help patients and families cope and overcome financial, logistical, and social barriers to care. The Oncology Nurse Navigator Program was established in 2013 by donors to the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation. To learn more, visit HERE .  

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