For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org
Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration
November 29, 2019
Holiday Merchant Open House
December 7, 2019
Downtown Charlevoix
All Day
Northern Michigan Policy Conference
December 2, 2019
Conference 9:30-5pm | Reception 5-7:30pm
Hagerty Center, Traverse City

The Northern Michigan Policy Conference features thought leaders with experience across Michigan and Midwest when it comes to tacking some of the biggest barriers to rural economic growth. Keynote speakers include:

Jean Hardy, University of Michigan
Chris Uhl, Eastern Region Director, IFF
Dawne Bell, CEO, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
Ken Sikkema, Public Sector Consultants and former Senate Majority Leader
Christine Quinn, Regional Administrator, US Department of Labor
Marty Fittante, InvestUP
Penny Lewandowski, Change at the Edges
Gold Canyon Candle Fundraiser
November 22- December 2

St. Mary students are selling Gold Canyon candles from November 22-December 2. There are 15 unique scents to choose from- just in time for Christmas! Please call or stop into the office to place an order! 547-9441

Thanksgiving Eve
November 27

Get Plucked, Basted & Fried at Biers Annual Potluck. Music, Bonfires, Outdoor Games & Memorable Sunsets Over Lake Michigan. Spend Thanksgiving Eve with your Bier Family! Feel free to bring a dish to pass from 6pm until close. Enjoy 12 taps of beer & hard cider, a great selection of wine & pizzas by Flour Girl Pizza of Petoskey. 10% of beer sales goes to CVX Food Pantry. Music by Holly August from 7-9pm.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
November 28

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

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

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!

After Thanksgiving Sale!
November 29 & 30

The Bergmann Center is having a After Thanksgiving Sale!! They will be having a 50% off store wide sale on Friday Nov. 29th and Saturday Nov. 30th! Some restrictions may apply. Happy Thanksgiving! The Bergmann Center is located at 8888 Ance Rd, Charlevoix.

Live Nativity
November 29

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors will be having a live nativity! IT will be taking place at the Boyne City location in their parking lot located at 231 Water Street. They will have a live nativity along with live goats, calves, sheep, camel, complimentary chili, hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and sample pours from Stiggs Brewery.

Ladles of Love
December 3

Fundraiser for Blue Star Mothers. Funds used for holiday packages to be sent to Northern Michigan troops serving in combat. Part of #GivingTuesday! Meal includes a delicious bowl of soup or chili, bread, dessert and a drink! Minimum donation $5 and take out is available! Veterans eat FREE! All monies raised during the event will be mached 100% by the Real Estate One Charitable Foundation! Luncheon hosted at 1200 Bride Street, Charlevoix.

Historical Society Holiday Dinner
December 3

The Charlevoix Historical Society invites all Chamber members to attend is annual Holiday Dinner at the Grey Gables, Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00. Call 231-547-0373 by November 29 for menu choices and number in party. $50 per person, with a portion helping to support the Society.

The Art of Healthy Eating
December 4

Plant-based hearty “Vegitizers and Potlucks” is the theme of the December 4 th Art of Healthy Eating dinner class at the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop from 6pm-8pm. Come and learn how to make this year’s gatherings a little healthier without losing the flavor. Other classes in this series include: 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. Participants should expect to have a full meal during the class.

Holiday Hope/ Tree Trimming Party
December 6

American House Senior Living Communities host this event each year. Proceeds from this event will assist local seniors in need. This year, with help from Charlevoix County COA we will be assisting 91 seniors in Charlevoix County. Paper Bulbs with Various donation amount will be available. Peter Fetters will be here to perform holiday music from 5-6pm. There will be ornaments with out residents name on them for residents and their family members to place on the tree.

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

December 3 | Sean Bielby
December 10 | Brett Mitchell
December 17 | Blake Elliott
December 31 | Tic Tac Go
Live Music from 7-9pm

November 27 | Holly August
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.
Christmas Buffet
The Blue Pelican Inn
December 15, 2019
True North Interior Designs & Antiques
Make sure to stop into True North Interior Designs & Antiques for your holiday shopping! For every $50 in gift cards spent you will receive $10 free through December 24th!

Gift Local Downtown Charlevoix
Shop for holiday gifts in downtown Charlevoix for a chance to win up to $500 in Downtown Dollars! 1st place= $500, 2nd place = $300, and 3rd place = $100. It's easy! Here's how to enter:
  1. spend $50 on gifts between November 29th and December 24th in 2019 at any of your faviorite downtown Charlevoix businesses (receipts may be combined)
  2. Turn receipts into GaGa for Kids + Women Too, The Clothing Company, or The Lake House through December 24, 2019. Recieve one entry for each $50 spent on gifts for the holidays. 4,000 entries available.
  3. Winner will be announced on January 3rd, 2020.

Charlevoix County COA December Updates
All of the Charlevoix County Senior Centers and the Commission on Aging Office will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 24 th and Wednesday, December 25th in celebration of the Christmas Holiday.
We will be counting down to Noon on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (New Year’s Eve) in all of our East Jordan, Boyne City or Charlevoix centers. Join us at 11:30 for appetizers, musical entertainment and fun activities.
All of the Charlevoix County Senior Centers and the Commission on Aging Office will be CLOSED on Wednesday, January 1 in celebration of the New Year’s Day Holiday.

Food Safety During the Holidays
With the holiday season upon us, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan wishes to remind you and yours to practice food safety.
As dining with family falls into many holiday celebrations, it’s important to remember a few simple rules from the Center of Disease Control to help prevent foodborne illness or food poisoning. Click HERE to see safety tips!
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Cook food thoroughly.
  • Thaw your turkey safely.
  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Keep foods separate.

Advent Events
Advent begins Sunday, December 1st and there is a lot going on at St. Mary! Check out the flyer of events and join us for these wonderful events! Click HERE to see poster of events!

Shop Friske's Black Friday Through Cyber Monday
What: Friske’s BIGGEST & BEST Online Sale of the Year!
Where: Friske.com   Online Market
When: 6pm Thanksgiving through 11:59pm Cyber Monday

•NEW Promo each day on a Friske Fav PLUS
•Save $5 on $50 - Save $15 on $100 - Save $50 on $250
This is one sale you don’t want to miss so watch your email and
our Facebook page for updates. If you haven’t signed up for our emails go to Friske.com  and do so. You will always be the first to know our latest promos and upcoming events!

Rayder Christmas Foundation
We have officially started our school-wide Rayder Christmas Foundation Project! Last year our amazing students helped raise $11,000 that supported ALL LOCAL families during the holidays! This year, we are hoping to raise $15,000 and help even more families! Collection dates: Nov. 18 - Dec. 11.

Our students love getting to raise funds, purchase, and deliver the gifts. They are truly involved in every step of this project, that stays within our community. Please let me know if you, your business, or your family are interested in helping our students reach their goal, and make an enormous impact on so many lives this holiday season! Contact Erika at emitchel@rayder.net

Giving Tuesday for Local Sailing Program
For GivingTuesday 2019, we are asking for help to replace our aging sails. Donations will go directly to buying new jibs and spinnakers for our JY15 and C420 sailboats. Sail Charlevoix (Lake Charlevoix Mariners, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable educational organization, dedicated to supporting the development and access to youth and adult sailing opportunities for our community. Since 1985, we have served hundreds of students every year, many of whom wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to access Lake Charlevoix without our affordable programs. www.sailcharlevoix.org/support-us

Char-Em ISD Schools add Behavioral Health Providers
With $294,000 of new funding from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District schools have partnered with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to secure additional school-based mental health providers at districts including Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, and Ellsworth. Char-Em is also partnering with Alcona Health Center to expand mental health services in the Public Schools of Petoskey by utilizing these funds.

The partnership pairs the educational resources and expertise of the ISD with the implementation expertise of the health department, which operates eight school-based wellness centers across Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties. For additional information about the Behavioral Health Expansion through the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, call Erin Luckhardt at (231) 347-5628 or visit nwhealth.org or the ISD’s Communications Coordinator Beth Anne Piehl at (231) 547-9947.

Local Toys For Tots Drop Off Locations
Toys may be donated at the following locations during normal business hours: 4 Front Credit Union, ACE Hardware, Charlevoix City Hall, Charlevoix Crossfit, Charlevoix High School, Charlevoix State Bank - Main Branch, Coldwell Banker Schmidt *NEW PARTICIPANT 2019* Corporate Settlement Solutions, Dollar General, Edward Jones - Downtown Edward Jones - South Family Fare, Family Farm and Home, Fox Ford Fox Chevrolet Fox Chrysler - Jeep, Harbor Industries, Harwood Gold, Holiday Gas Station, Northern Michigan Sports Medicine, Pigs Eatin' Ribs, Ricks Chiropractic, Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant, Walgreen's Pharmacy, and Wojan Windows. Also, monetary donations can be made in collection boxes located at the Bay Shore Market and the Holiday Gas Station.

Contact for businesses interested in setting up a coin, toy collection container, or making a larger donation can contact Richard Grosberg with the Marine Corps. League and Toys for Tots at (231) 675 - 0495.

Beginning Monday, November 18th, you can give an advanced day gift to St. Mary School and/or St. Mary Parish. Go to either website and click on the iGiveCatholic button at the top right to give directly to St. Mary School and/or St. Mary Parish. You can give through Giving Tuesday, December 3rd.

North Central Michigan College Named Top Five
Nursing Programs in Michigan

The program ranking is based on the percentage of North Central graduates who passed the NCLEX-RN® examinations administered between April and September 2019. NCLEX-RN® is the test that qualifies graduates to practice as registered nurses. North Central’s first-time pass rate was 97 percent, and 100 percent overall. Nurses in the Class of 2019 were assisted by a generous donation from the Borra Family Foundation, which helped launch North Central’s NCLEX Success Program. The program covered the cost of a live NCLEX training session and provided financial support for students to take the exam and secure their nursing licenses if they followed a prescribed path to complete the NCLEX shortly after graduation.

North Central’s nursing program is an accelerated, two-year program with a competitive application process. A regional nursing shortage, coupled with popular demand, prompted the college to expand its nursing cohort from 46 to 64 students effective with the Fall 2019 semester, the first increase since 2006.

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