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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
Christmas Light & Decoration Tour
December 18 & 19
6pm

The COA Local Travel Club will be taking a Christmas Light and Decoration Tour in each of our communities. Bus will leave the centers at 6pm, returning about 7:30p. These tours will be weather dependent and you must sign up at the Senior Center for the trip you want to attend as there is limited room. Hot Cocoa and Cookies will be included.

Charlevoix Tour: December 18, 2019
East Jordan Tour: December 19, 2019

GLCO Annual Messiah Concert
December 19 & 20
7pm

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus is proud to present our annual Messiah concert. The quintessential musical crown of the season, the GLCO performs with dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing making this one of the most beloved Holiday traditions. Soloists include Karen Hughes Beacom, Christine Amon, John Bragle, and Clay Thompson. Libor Ondras leads the orchestra and chorus in a performance not to be missed. Two 7:00 pm performances December 19 and 20 at The Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Tickets $25-50, age 18 and under free. Tickets and details at glcorchestra.org or call 231.487.0010

Lessons and Carols
December 22
5pm

St. Mary of the Assumption Church will host “Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, December 22nd starting at 5pm. “Lessons and Carols” is a service of Scripture, song and prayer that dates back to the late 19th century. The “Lessons” lead us to reflect upon nine different scriptures that take us from the Book of Genesis and the story of the Fall of Man to the Gospel of Matthew’s recording of Jesus’s story and his Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is accompanied by a carol and prayer. The service will be followed by an informal reception in the Family Center.

Charlevoix Elks Blood Drive
December 23
1-7pm

Season of Giving! The Charlevoix Elks Club is having another community blood drive. It takes place at the lodge located at 12735 US 31 N in their Community Room. We welcome walk-ins and honor appointments. For more information call or visit: 1-866-642-5663 or versiti.org.michigan.

Christmas Sweater/ New Year's Eve Party
December 27
9pm

Join us at The Side Door at The Blue Pelican on Friday, December 27th starting at 9pm, for our Ugly Christmas Sweater/ New Year's Eve Party! Grab some friends, get ugly and party on!

New Year's Eve at The Rowe
December 31
5pm

Join us on New Year's Eve for a Three Course Dinner with choices. Cost is $75 per dinner. Reservations are required. Call 231-588-7351 or email wes@rowinn.com. Click HERE to see the special menu!

Charlevoix Bridge Drop
December 31
12pm- midnight

Festivities begin at noon with fireworks at 9pm and midnight! The Bridge Drops at midnight! Yes- THE Bridge. Family Activities: 1-4:30pm- Horse Drawn Wagon Rides (begin on the corner of Mason & Bridge), 1-4pm- S'mores and Hot Cocoa in East Park, 1-4pm- Snow Sculpture in East Park, 4:30pm- Free family movie Lego Movie 2 at Charlevoix Cinema III. Get lunch/ dinner/ coffee/ snacks at local food establishments. See event page for more fun activities taking place!!!

Free transportation! Be safe this NYE! Charlevoix County Transit will be offering free rides on NYE and early NYE morning. To request a ride during the event, call 231-582-6900. Rides will be offered between 6pm to 2am.

Rockin' New Year's Eve!
December 31
8-12:30am

Come jingle and mingle with us this New Year's Eve as we send 2019 out with a bang! We'll kick off the night with Entertainment Director Leanna Collins and Ivan Greilick at 8pm, followed by Yankee Station from 9pm into 2020. Yankee Station is a five-piece band from Northern Michigan featuring classic rock blues, and a little bit of country too.

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

December 31 | Tic Tac Go
January 7 | Acoustic Marsupials
Bier's Inwood Brewery

December 20 | DJ Fanck | 7-10pm | White Elephant gift exchange for anyone who wants to participate at 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.
Luncheon Lecture: The Chemistry of Cannabis
North Central Michigan College
January 17, 2020
Live From Charlevoix:
Three Men & a Tenor
Charlevoix Cinema III
January 18, 2020
The Blue Pelican Holiday Hours and Gifts
Holiday Hours: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Open December 26th though December 31st. Thurs, Sun, Mon & Tues 5-8pm. Fri & Sat 5-9pm.

From now until Christmas: Purchase a $50 gift card, get extra $10. Purchase a $100 gift card, get an extra $20. Also, available on our website. You can purchase, print & send to your recipient from the comfort of your home.

St. Mary Advent Events Updated
St. Mary's Advent Event calendar has been updated and includes the Christmas Mass schedule. See the updated events sheet HERE !

Bella Vita Open for the Holidays
Come out to Bella Vita over the Holiday Season! We will be open from December 26th through January 4th!

NCMC Culinary Apprenticeship Program
North Central Michigan College is launching a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program that will give culinary professionals the opportunity to build their skills and advance their careers. The program is the result of North Central’s partnership with Boyne Highlands Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, the Inn at Bay Harbor, Northwest Michigan Works! and the American Culinary Federation.

The comprehensive apprenticeship program is open to Boyne employees and includes paid, on-the-job training that will culminate in a North Central Certificate of Development in Hospitality, a U.S. Department of Labor credential, and Certified Sous Chef® designation from the American Culinary Federation, which is widely regarded as the gold standard in culinary accreditation. Boyne is offering the two-year, 4,000-hour apprenticeship at no cost to its employees. The apprenticeship program is the latest example of an innovative North Central partnership. Boyne employees may apply for the apprenticeship program via Boyne’s website through December 20, 2019.

Stay Fit Over The Holidays While Enjoying the Charlevoix Pool!
The Charlevoix Area Community Pool is open in December except for Dec 24, 25, 30 and Jan 1. There are many open swim times on Sat, Sun, Wed and Thursday which is when kids and families can play in the pool. Enjoy special open swim rates on Wednesday from 6-8pm ($1 or $1.50 rate pp). Drop in pool lap swim or open swim fees range from $5 to $2.50, depending on age and home address. Aqua Fit classes are also available on a drop in basis. Sign up now for the Dec 30 BEACH BASH from 6-8 pm for $6 pp which includes pool fun and pizza. Details at www.CharlevoixPool.org .  

Give and You Will Receive
Now through 12/23, buy $50 in Friske Gift Cards and get a $10 Gift Card absolutely FREE! Treat yourself this holiday season or give as a gift. These Gift Cards are perfect for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, secret Santa, stocking stuffers or just to have on hand for unexpected guests because, well, who doesn’t like Friske products !?…… speaking of Friske products, don’t forget to shop our General Store Gift Shop for all your last minutes gift-giving needs.
 
Holiday Hours:
12/23 10am-4pm | 12/24-12/26 Closed | 12/27-12/28 10am-4pm

Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop Now Offering Evening Yoga
Every Monday evening, the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop offers an evening yoga class from 5:15pm-6:15pm, walk-ins welcome! Cost is $10 per class or purchase an 11-class punch card for $75 for those 59 years and under and $50 for those 60 years and over. The card is good for all Yoga and Body Fit classes and as always, your first class is free! For more information, contact the office of Community Health Education at the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop at 231-437-3482 or by email at chx-wellness@mhc.net.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts
Charlevoix Circle of Arts Annual Circle m AR kE T ! Shop over 30 local artist's handmade gifts, decor, and more! Open daily, Monday-Saturday 11am - 5pm. There's something for everyone!

Coming in January: kids & adult Ballet, Dance Fusion and Tap, plus every Thursday Art classes for anyone looking to Dabble in the Arts!

2020 Michigan Economic Outlook Survey
Business owners, managers and employees: We want your input! Charlevoix Area CVB is conducting a survey to gauge the economic climate and outlook of area businesses. We'd like to get your thoughts on your company's outlook and your view of our region as a place to start and grow a business. Please take a moment to take this survey: SURVEY LINK
To thank you for your time, the survey gives you the option to receive the overall results prior to the official release.
This survey is being conducted in cooperation with the Baker Strategy Group, a research and consulting firm focused on supporting business startup and growth. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to reach out them at 734.418.0918 or info@bakerstrategy.com .

12 Beers of Christmas
12 festive small batch beers and specialty drinks for the X-Mas season will make their debuts from December 5th thru December 23rd. Come in to try them all while they last! Also enjoy our staple beer, cider & a great selection of wine. Pizzas by Flour Girl Pizza of Petoskey.

Holiday Wine Sale!
Starting now through December 31, 2019. 10% off all retail bottles. 15% instead of 10% Case Discount. This is a Thank You for all our wonderful retail guests! Stop in and shop!!

Mt. McSauba Candlelight Hike
The Charlevoix Recreation Department will be hosting a 2nd season of Candlelight Hikes at Mt. McSauba starting in just a few short weeks. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with a number of responsibilities. We have volunteer opportunities starting on Friday December 20th and running every Friday through February 28th. Volunteer positions include Set-Up, Tear Down, Putting out Candles, Trail Head Greeters and Fire Pit Greeters. 

Here's how to sign up in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/qkgzeOq
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Local Realtor Earns Emeritus Distinction

Local Realtor® received an award at the Annual General Membership Meeting of the Antrim Charlevoix Kalkaska (ACK) Association of Realtors®.

Association President, Beth Flynn, presented the Realtor® Emeritus Award to Mark Knapp, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors offices in Charlevoix.

The Realtor® Emeritus designation is the most prestigious and highest honor that can be bestowed on a member by the National Association of Realtors. Those who have maintained membership in the National Association for a cumulative period of 40 years are eligible for the status.

Prior to joining the Antrim Charlevoix Kalkaska Association in 1994, Knapp was a member of the Emmet Association of Realtors®. He has served on the Board of Directors of both associations as well as numerous committees within those associations throughout his 40 year career.

The ACK Association is proud to recognize the valuable and lasting contributions Mark has made and continues to make to the real estate profession in his community. The annual meeting/luncheon was held on November 12th at the Weathervane Restaurant.

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