SPONSOR THE BIZ BLAST
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 sbergmann@charlevoix.org
APPLE FEST T-SHIRTS

We know we're a bit late, we can blame the pandemic, right? Anyway, you can now get your Apple Fest 2020 T-Shirt! Every shirt sold will help stock the Community Food Pantry thanks to 4Front Credit Union!

Check out www.charlevoix.org for more details on how to get your 2020 Apple Fest Keepsake!
SCORE Offers Virtual Workshop on Graphic Design
January 7
11:30-12:30pm
Virtual

A virtual workshop, DIY Graphic Design” is coming up on Thursday, January 7 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Presented by SCORE Traverse City, this workshop from the volunteer-run business mentoring group is offered to participants for free.
 
Are you interested in creating graphics for your business but don’’t know where to start? DIY Graphic Design will help you understand why good graphic design matters, and provide you with specific tips, tools, tricks and resources to get started creating beautiful assets for your business. Register HERE!

Luncheon Lectures: Election 2020 - What Happened?
January 15
12-1pm
Virtual

Scott T. LaDeur, Ph.D., professor of political science at North Central Michigan College, will offer a detailed analysis of the November 2020 general election, both nationally and locally. County Clerk Suzanne Kanine, who oversees elections for Emmet County, will talk about the smooth election process that was carried out here. Register HERE!

Luncheon Lectures:
Breaking the Ice
January 22, 2020
12-1pm | Online
Blood Drive Coming to Odawa Casino Hotel in February
February 3, 2021
1-7pm
Walk-ins welcome but reservations encouraged. Click below to schedule or email mvandecar@odawacasino.com
Luncheon Lectures:
Veterans' Court
February 5, 2021
12-1pm | Online
Petals New Location
PETALS will be opening in our NEW LOCATION on January 11, 2021.

You can find us at the Edgewater Inn, right between J.Luxe Salon and Pace Interior Designs. We have a front and back entrance to better serve our customers.

Our staff at Petals is so thankful and blessed to have such wonderful customers, and neighbors who have supported us for 12 years in business. We look forward to sharing the next chapter with all of you and will continue to give our best in making each order special.

January 11, 2021 | 9-5pm | 108 Michigan Ave, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

New Year for New Savings at Performance Plus Quick Oil Change
$50 off complete automatic transmission fluid change. 25% SAVINGS only $149.99* (most vehicles). Expires 1/31/2020 Coupon code: DEAL OF THE MONTH. Not valid with other offers. No cash value. At participating locations only.

Nothing prolongs vehicle life more than regular fluid changes. Like other vital automotive fluids, transmission fluid deteriorates over time. To ensure you're running clean fluid and getting most out of your vehicle, stop by a local Performance Plus Quick Lube to have the fluid changed. Click HERE to see the coupon.

Keep the beat going MORE FUN IN 2021!
Help Keep The Music Alive by Becoming a Supporter!
Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities believes that our community has the power to accomplish some pretty incredible things. We see it every day! The campaigns you support, the causes you rally behind, and the projects you bring to life, are what keeps the beat going.

This will be another exciting year full of firsts and uncertainties. There will be new challenges and changes to consider but together we can move forward and make “MORE FUN IN 2021!”

PLAN A: Beaver Island Music Festival 2021 (live and in person)

PLAN B: Support small businesses and musicians! If a festival is not possible due to COVID-19 we will be making grants to small businesses from this years fundraising. These grants are to encourage bringing live performances back and will assist the venue with funding when they hire musicians. Your donation will support and ease the burden of restrictions and smaller crowds for both artists and venues. (PARC donators will be asked to help with input on venues and artists.)

Learn more about becoming a VIP Supporter and the great package that comes with your support for PARC / BIMF. We need your help to support musicians and the cultural arts to keep the music flowing. Make your tax-deductible donation today just click Donate TODAY! Without your support, we cannot bring back this great tradition.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging January 2021 Updates
Meals Update – Meal Calendar Attached HERE.
  • We are providing Hot Home Delivered Meals to our home bound clients by $3 donation.
  • We are providing weekly Disaster Meals delivered by reservation to any Charlevoix County resident 60 years old or older so that our most vulnerable do not need to leave their homes as often. This is a once a week delivery of a Hot Meal and 6 frozen meals. This need to be ordered through the COA office 231-237-0103 on the Thursday before the week you want it and is a $3 donation per meal. 
  • We are continuing to provide Hot Curbside Pick-up meals at each of our Senior Centers five days a week by $3 donation – NO Reservations needed! 😊
 
Activities Update
  • January 7 at 1:30p Zoom Caregiver Support Group – call Sheri for invitation to participate at 231-237-0103.
  • On a weekly basis we are handing out information, education and Virtual Activity packets with our Home Delivered, Disaster and Curbside Pick up meals.
  • Once a month on the 3rd Friday of the month we will be handing out Fun Grab Bags that will have games, puzzles, and craft activities to keep our aging adults engaged with more hands on fun.

Please print our Calendars, “Like” our Facebook Page “Charlevoix County Commission on Aging”, follow us on Instagram “Charlevoixcountycoa” and look all the other goings on either on the Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter page or the Menus / Calendars and Activities pages of our website.

MiCareerQuest Northwest Going Virtual in 2021, Kick-Off Meeting Set for January 27
Northwest Lower Michigan’s largest career exploration event for students is going virtual in 2021. MiCareerQuest™ Northwest will be held online May 12, 2021. Anyone interested in learning more about MiCareerQuest™ Northwest can attend a Kick-Off meeting on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm via ZOOM. Those attending will be able to interact with the platform to be used at the live event and see demonstrations of what virtual exhibits will look like. 
 
MiCareerQuest™ Northwest is a career and college readiness event for 9th and 10th-grade students. Local employers from Agriculture, Construction, Healthcare, Hospitality, IT, Manufacturing, and more will come together to create a unique interactive virtual career exploration experience. Students will find out what it’s really like to be a nurse, machinist, computer programmer, chef, veterinarian, and more, directly from the people who do these jobs every day.
 
To RSVP and receive the ZOOM link for the January 27 meeting, email susan.ward@networksnorthwest.org.
 
For more information about MiCareerQuest™ Northwest go to nwm.org/micqnw.

Businesses Supporting Businesses
Charlevoix Pizza Companies monthly drawing! This month's drawing includes a gift card to Charlevoix Ace Hardware!

Businesses Supporting Businesses Monthly Drawing allows you to win $50 in gift cards to Charlevoix area stores. Every CPC food order puts your name into a drawing to win $50 in gift cards to area businesses. The winner will be drawn at random on the last day of every month.

4 The Local Promo
Do you like to save money? Join 4TL and let us SAVE YOU MONEY this year! Happy 2021! PromoCode: 50%OFF for an annual membership. Offer ends 2/1/21.

Get unlimited discounts, 150 participating businesses, 69 restaurants, 48 retail businesses, cancel at any time, and a portion goes to local charities.

Elements Gallery New Year Sales
Happy New Year! We wish you and your family good health, happiness as we move thru the pandemic.

We have a sale going on with 35% off on Clothing, 20% off on gloves, hats, and scarves, Jenna Kator purses at a minimum of 20% off, and artwork by many of our artists at 20- 50% off.

We are open every day so stop in, say Hello, and look around for some amazing sale prices!

Dinners To-Go from Smoke On The Water
Every Friday and Saturday we will be offering hot dinners to go to be picked up between 4 pm and 6 pm. They must be pre-ordered at least one day before. We may have extra dinners the day of, so feel free to call and check. Each dinner serves one person.

Friday, January 8th
Sweet & Sour Chicken & Eggroll – Crispy fried chicken in a sweet and sour sauce with pineapple and red peppers on a bed of jasmine rice. Served with our house-made eggroll. $15
Additional eggrolls $1.50 ea.

Saturday, January 9th
Winter Squash & Short Rib Enchiladas – Beef short rib enchiladas with a creamy winter squash/enchilada sauce. Served with Mexican rice and refried beans. $18

Charlevoix Area Humane Society
Stay safe! Keep one in your pocket, your car, where ever you go!
Good news! You can now purchase your own 24 count box at:

Bay Shore Food Market/ Marathon Gas at 06012 US-31, Charlevoix, MI 49720 Phone: (231) 437-3797
Momentum Outfitters 305 Bridge St Charlevoix
The Horton Bay General Store 5115 Boyne City Rd (231) 582-7827 in Horton Bay, and at Valley Graphics Printing Inc at 107 Water St, East Jordan, Phone: (231) 536-0400
The Shelter at 614 Beardsley St, Boyne City, MI 49712

Through our special relationship with Online Industry’s LLC in Boyne City, the Charlevoix Area Humane Society is blessed with a mutually beneficial fundraising opportunity for us all!

The Shelter is selling “at wholesale prices” 1 oz bottles of liquid hand sanitizers by the 24-count box, or by the 192-count case. These bottles are sold retail from $2.25-$2.50 a bottle!
You can purchase your discount personal supply for you or your business at only $1.00 a bottle at $24.00 per box or $192.00 per case plus shipping if we need to ship to you.

Contact the shelter at 1-231-582-6774 or email director@charlevoixhumane.org. What a great way to stay safe and support a great cause at the same time, everyone wins!

Camp Daggett Announces Summer Camp Registration Dates
Camp Daggett is happy to announce plans for summer camp 2021, and also thanks to all of the camper families who pre-registered for summer 2021 by rolling over their deposits from 2020.
 
Applications for new campers will be available on the Camp Daggett website only, www.campdaggett.org, beginning February 1. Applications will not be available at area schools or chambers of commerce. These applications will need to be printed and mailed back to camp along with a deposit. Please know that availability is limited and can be checked on our website.
 
To contact the registrar, families may call the office at 231-347-9742 and dial extension 101, or email julie.guirey@campdaggett.org. The office is open and able to respond Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
“The Camp Daggett Staff and Board of Trustees thank all of our families for continuing to place your trust in us to provide a fun, meaningful, and safe camping experience for your children,” states Rick Gross, Acting Executive Director. “While we are confident we will be able to hold a camping season in 2021, alterations may need to be made to ensure the safety of your camper and our communities.”
 
“There may be some slight programming changes, changes to the schedule, or changes to our drop off and pick-up procedures, but campers will still experience what it means to put ‘The Other Fellow First,’” states Nathan Fleshman, Summer Camp Director. “But our staff remains committed to making Camp Daggett the magical place it usually is.”

Charlevoix Area Community Pool Schedule
Here is our schedule from Jan 2 to Jan 17. Currently, all Aqua Exercise classes are cancelled due to state health department mandates until Jan 15. Families with kids: please come during OPEN SWIM times and bring your own swim toys. Limit of 15 people in the pool at one time. Please wear a mask when entering the building but not in the pool. Two family bathrooms are available. Click HERE to see the schedule. Pricing at www.charlevoixpool.org.

Raven Hill Weekly Updates
Click HERE to view Raven Hill's weekly updated. It is filled with information about what they have been working on while being closed to the public.

Hotel Walloon Selected as a 2021 Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings

Hotel Walloon has been selected as a 2021 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app. Five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award.
 
To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.

To learn more about what Hotel Walloon has to offer visit their website hotelwalloon.com
Charlevoix Historical Society's David Miles makes The Detroit News's "This year's very Best- the Michigan Notable Books"

One of January's distinct pleasures is the annual Michigan Notable Books announcement from the Library of Michigan -- that institution's judgment on the very best titles published in the preceding year.

The library unveiled its 2021 list, spotlighting 20 of what its selection committee regarded as the greatest reads from the past year that are either about Michigan, explore Midwestern themes, or were written by Michigan authors. The committee always casts a wide net, pulling in both nonfiction and fiction. This year, members had to work through more than 250 submissions.

For David L. Miles, curator at the Charlevoix Historical Society and author of "Boulders: The Life and Creations of Earl A. Young in Charlevoix," the news fell like a bolt from the blue.

"I have been hovering in the stratosphere ever since Dec. 10 when I was notified by the library," he said, "performing fist pumps and yelling 'Yes!'"

Miles' book, with photographs by Mike Barton and published by the Historical Society, spotlights Earl Young, a realtor who never studied architecture but designed and built some of Charlevoix's most-distinctive houses, and one drop-dead gorgeous waterside restaurant, The Weathervane.

Young's work has become a significant tourist draw. Miles says in the summer, more than 200 cars a day drive by the Park Avenue block with the heaviest concentration of Young's idiosyncratic, vernacular stone houses. Variously nicknamed the "mushroom" or "hobbit" houses, they're instantly recognizable by their curvaceous roofs.

For the time being, the book is only available through the Charlevoix Historical Society. (Call (231) 547-0373 or visit chxhistory.com and click on "Shop.") He started work on "Boulders," Miles said, "right after New Year's in 2021. It was 11 months of work," he added, before correcting himself: "No, nine months. You can't get anything done in Charlevoix in the summer."

To see the full article click HERE. chxhistory.com
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Membership in the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce is open to all businesses, organizations and individuals. It is a policy of the Charlevoix Chamber that membership does not constitute political or issue endorsement.
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Full Time Teller CSR with Benefits Charlevoix

East Jordan Senior Center Cook
Charlevoix Senior Center Cook

Full-Time Architect


Comfort Keepers
Caregivers - More than a Living!

Edgewater Inn Condominium Hotel
Housekeeping
Front Desk Clerk
Part-time Licensed Massage Therapist

Airport Attendant

Multiple Positions
Send resumes to jobs@hotelearl.com

Hiring Staff

Certified Lifeguards
Swim School Coordinator

Caregivers 2nd and 3rd Shift
Sign-on Bonus
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