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Business Expo
March 18, 2020
4-7pm
Castle Farms
Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt
April 11, 2020
2pm
East Park
Should I Stay or Should I go?
March 5
6:30pm

St. Michael Academy welcomes Mary Rice Hasson as she comes to Petoskey to discuss her best-selling book Get Out Now, which addresses the difficulties that public schools are currently facing. Ms. Hasson is the Director of the Catholic Women’s Forum, which is an organization that prides itself in helping women spread their message of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching. She is also an expert on topics at the intersection of faith, family, feminism, and human sexuality. Event is free and open to the public at Grand Unity Hall 1106 Charlevoix Ave, Petoskey.

Fish Fry
March 6
5-7pm

All are welcome to our Fish Fry Dinner! The menu includes: baked or fried fish, baked potato or french fries, cole slaw, roll and dessert.

GLCO Young Children's Library Series "Building Blocks of Music"
March 7
1-2pm

March 7, 2020 -Strings/Melody- The final session! Open to the public, and free of charge, this program is designed to introduce young children to music in an entertaining setting. The 45-minute sessions provides a variety of opportunities for children to discover their own unique gifts and interests through interactive activities with GLCO musicians including story-telling, directed listening, sing-a-longs, chant, movement & dance, imitation and rhythm games in a playful and supportive setting. Parents and caregivers are an important part of this process. Please come jam with us! (Appropriate for children ages 4 – 10). Takes place at the Boyne District Library.

Michigan History Series- Michigan's Lumbering Days
March 10
6:30-8pm

Join Al & Dave Eicher as they share the history of lumbering in Michigan covering the first settlements and earliest forms of lumber harvesting. They will use a historic outline to show the progress from hand hewn logs to finished lumber...from water powered mills to the 1883 steam engines which powered most of the sawmills throughout lower Michigan.Takes place at the Charlevoix Public Library- Community Room.

Monthly Wine Event Series
March 10
5:30-7:30pm

Continuing our monthly wine event series on March 10th 5:30p to 7:30p. Appetizers and some great wines from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). This is a great opportunity to purchase wines just above cost. We will also have a few selections that we are recommending for aging potential. $20 per person. For more information call the restaurant at 231-599-111.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bigs Social Event
March 10
5-6:30pm

Please join us for the Bigs Social event on Tuesday, March 10 from 5-6:30pm. Tour our new office space in downtown Petoskey, meet the members of our Emmet County Bigs Advisory Council, and connect and socialize with the team at Bigs and other volunteer mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters is located at 523 W. Jefferson St, Petoskey. Complementary hors d'oeuvres and spirits.

Cactus Garden Workshop
March 12
6-8pm

Take a class at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts! Sign up for next week's Cactus Garden Workshop with Kari Davis of Petal. Scheduled for Thursday, March 12th and includes plants, container, set of tools to take home and more. A great date night or girls night activity! Register by Friday, March 6th at CharlevoixCircle.org or by calling 231-547-3554.  

Luncheon Lecture Examines Redistricting
March 13
11:30am

North Central Michigan College’s March 13 Luncheon Lecture will focus on redistricting following the passage of Proposal 2 last fall. The lecture will be held in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

In November 2018, Michigan voters approved the “Voters Not Politicians” constitutional amendment that makes a commission of 13 randomly selected citizens responsible for drawing district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress. Michigan voters can apply to be a member of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and help draw the new lines resulting from the 2020 census. Sally Marsh, director of special projects for Michigan’s Secretary of State, explains it all. 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.

2020 Mt. McSauba Winterfest
March 13 & 14
11:30am

Lots of fun activities for children and families! Included this year, the Cardboard Sled Races will have an open "adult" category.  Races will be March 14th at 1:00. We'd like to extend this to area businesses that would like to participate. Rules are simple-only cardboard, duck tape and glue allowed. Businesses can create a cardboard sled that represents their business, ingenuity, and teamwork. Any questions can be directed to the Charlevoix Recreation Department at 547-3253. For a full list of activities and times click HERE to view the flyer!

St. Patrick's Day Dinner
March 15
12:00-3pm

All are welcome to a St. Patrick's Day Dinner! Menu includes: Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, red skinned potatoes and homemade desserts. Take-out is available. Call 547-6652 for more information. Adults $13, Children 10 and under $9, Family $40.

Canadian Brass
March 15
4pm

Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun – but never at the expense of the music; whatever the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence. Ticket cost: $60/ $47 / $42 / $30 and can be purchased HERE .

St. Paddy's Day Buffet
March 17
4-9pm

Odawa Casino will be having a St. Paddy's Day Buffet at their Waas-No-De Buffet. The price is $7.77 and the buffet takes places from 4-9pm.

Startup Fundamentals
March 17
1-3:30pm

The Startup Fundamentals workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/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. The workshop features instruction by a SBDC Small Business Consultant is a per-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one.

Speaker(s): Samantha McDonald, Certified Small Business Consultant. Co-Sponsor(s): SBDC, Networks Northwest, and The Vault Co-working Space. Contact the SBDC at 231.929.5060 or sbdc@networksnorthwest.org with questions or in need of more information. Fee: No Cost

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
March 18
2-3pm

Michigan State Extension will be teaching another cohort of their popular ‘Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention’ class beginning on Wednesday, March 18 th from 2-3pm. This class is designed to increase strength, balance and prevent falls. Preregistration is required for this 16-week session and space is limited, please call the MSU Extension office at (231) 582-6232 to register.

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

March 10 | The Real Ingredients
March 17 | Project 6
March 24 | Lou Thumser
March 31 | Erik Jakeway
April 7 | The Marsupials Acoustic Trio
April 14 | Brett Mitchell
April 21 | Sean Bielby
April 28 | Blake Elliott
2020 Winter/Spring Music
7-9pm

March 6 | Zeke Clemons
March 20 | Sean Miller
April 3 | Jakey Thomas
May 1 | Blair Miller
May 15 | Brett Mitchell
Community Spring Sale
Castle Farms
March 20-21, 2020
Charlevoix Performing Arts:
Mamma Mia!
Charlevoix Middle/ High School Auditorium
March 20-22, 2020
Syrup Season Open House
Parsons Centennial Farm
March 21-22, 2020
Canvas Paint & Sip
1918 Cellars
March 25, 2020
BRIDGE Charlevoix Conference
Charlevoix Public Library
April 30, 2020
Grey Gables Canned Food Drive!
For the entire month of March 2020, Grey Gables is having a canned food drive! Each non-perishable food item you bring to the restaurant will = 10% off your entree, for a maximum of 30% off your entree. 3 food items = 30% off your entree. Use on: full dinner & bar menu.

Not good for already discount menu items, like Tuesday's Burger & Beer, Big Steak's, 2 for $48.00 menu, to go orders..etc.

Lunchtime Yoga Reset
Complimentary yoga class with instructor Patti McCreadie! BYO mat for a quick stretch and refresh during your lunch hour. Sessions will take place in the conference room. Open to the public! The class is from 12:50-12:45pm.

New Menu Items at Smoke On The Water
Please take a moment and check out our new menu on our Facebook page by clicking HERE. Website has not been updated yet. Some great new lunch items and a couple new breakfast items!

New Music to Torch Lake Cafe
We are so excited!! -- We've added a duo from the Earthworks Collective to our weekly musical lineup every Thursday starting MARCH 12th: The True Falsettos! A link to their Soundcloud site is HERE so you can hear what to expect! These guys are very unique and AMAZING! EVERY THURSDAY (Starting March 12th)!

2020 Charlevoix County Plat Book
We will begin working on the 2020 Charlevoix County Plat Book this Summer, to be released January 2021. If any businesses would like to inquire about or purchase ad space, contact the district office for details at 231-582-6193.

Sail Charlevoix Early Bird Discount
Early Bird Discount ends February 29. Register now for best choice of availability for Junior Learn-to-Sail, Junior Racing, and Junior Venetian Regatta at a discount. To learn more about the programs they offer click the link below to be directed to their website!

2020 Vendor Application Packers are Available!
he 2020 Vendor Application Packets are available! Applications are due on March 19 - which is also the date of our mandatory Vendor Meeting. Application can be viewed HERE!

The Vendor Meeting will be held on Thursday March 19 at noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Even if you have attended this meeting in the past, you, or a working representative must attend. There is a lot of new information to share with you. Additionally, if you are eligible to collect any of our food assistance program payments, I will have the proper forms for you to sign at the meeting. We also must have a current W-9 on file in order to pay you! W-9 form can be viewed HERE!

If you have any questions about the information contained in the packet, or the vendor meeting, please feel free to reach out to Beth Anzell 231-547-3253.

Consumers Energy Commits to Net Zero Carbon Emissions, Takes Stand for the Planet
On February 24, 2020 Consumers Energy today announced a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, the next step in an industry-leading Clean Energy Plan that protects the planet for future generations.

Consumers Energy ushered in a new era with its 2019 Clean Energy Plan, a road map to meet Michigan’s energy needs through 2040. The energy provider committed to reduce 90 percent of the carbon emissions it generates by eliminating the use of coal and working with customers to use energy more efficiently. Consumers Energy expects to avoid the need to build three new power plants with customers’ help.

The new net zero goal means Consumers Energy will eliminate the impact of carbon emissions created by the electricity it generates or purchases for customers. The company’s Clean Energy Plan provides the foundation. Consumers Energy plans to eliminate coal, boost renewable fuel sources and help customers reduce energy use and waste. The company also may offset further emissions through strategies such as carbon sequestration, landfill methane capture or large-scale tree planting. And it will continue to explore new technology and policy solutions to reach the net zero goal.
 
Learn more about Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan at MICleanEnergy.com . To view full News Release click HERE .

REAL ID Deadline is October 1, 2020
Your Michigan driver’s license or identification card may not get you through airport security later this year. Oct. 1 is when the federal government will fully enforce the post-9/11 REAL ID Act, and standard state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards will no longer be accepted to board domestic flights within the United States, or when entering certain federal facilities, such as military bases or nuclear power plants.
 
Many people already have a REAL ID document, such as a valid U.S. passport, a DHS Trusted Traveler Card or an Enhanced Driver’s License. A full list of acceptable REAL ID documents is available at TSA.gov . Those who don’t can make their Michigan license or identification REAL ID-compliant by visiting a Secretary of State branch office and presenting the required documents. And, if you make an appointment, you’ll be in and out in 30 minutes or less. There’s no additional fee to turn a license or state ID card into a standard REAL ID if it’s done during your normal renewal time; otherwise a duplicate card fee of $9 or $10 will be charged.
 
For information on what you need to do to get a REAL idea click HERE or visit Michigan.gov/RealID .
 
Pineview Cottage presents Alzheimer's Group
Join us as we empower those with forgetfulness-learning ways to enter into their world and not make them live in ours. This is an educational opportunity & support for those with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
 
The 1st Wednesday of the month at 4 pm at John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion 820 Arlington Ave, Petoskey. Upcoming dates ate March 4th, April 1st, May 6th and June 3rd.
 
Hosted by: Hilde Bonesteel RN and Pineview Cottage Assisted Living & Memory Care (231) 622-5017 or (810) 516-0405

Benchmarks Northwest: Regional/ County Data Guidebook Released
Networks Northwest has updated a citizen and policy makers' guide to assess and monitor community issues throughout the region. Benchmarks Northwest provides easy access to a diverse variety of indicators related to quality of life in northwest Lower Michigan.

Users of the new guidebook will have a snapshot of the region’s important economic indicators. Additionally, the guidebook provides county level snapshots. An electronic copy of the guide is available at nwm.org/benchmarks .

Benchmarks Northwest primarily sources data that are publicly available and are regularly updated. You can access the guidebook and all other Benchmarks Northwest data resources on the Networks Northwest website at benchmarksnorthwest.org . For more information, please contact Matt McCauley at Networks Northwest at 929-5000 or matt.mccauley@networksnorthwest.org .

McLaren Northern Michigan Verified as Level II Trauma Center

McLaren Northern Michigan is proud to announce they are a verified Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the commitment of McLaren Northern Michigan to providing optimal care for injured patients.
 
McLaren Northern Michigan has pledged to enhance trauma capabilities in order to provide access to high-quality trauma care to northern Michigan and surrounding areas. This achievement confirms the ongoing commitment to doing what’s best for northern Michigan patients.

“We recognized that there was a need for higher level trauma care in northern Michigan,” stated Todd Burch, President & CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. “We serve a large rural geographic area that immediately benefits from an advanced level of care. I am extremely proud of the strong trauma team that serves our community and provides the safe, quality health care that our patients have come to know and trust.”

To receive the Level II Trauma Center verification, a hospital must demonstrate capacity and capability to provide the most advanced life-saving measures for critically injured patients. The comprehensive services required include:
·        24/7 coverage by a trauma surgeon
·        24/7 access to specialty and critical care physicians
·        24/7 on-call neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons
·        24/7 on-site anesthesia providers, surgical services team, and trauma trained nurses
 
“This achievement was made possible by the commitment and support from hospital administration, the board of trustees, and our dedicated clinical and non-clinical trauma team members,” said Jane Poquette, MSN, RN, TCRN/CEN, Trauma Program Manager. “To successfully build a program to meet the comprehensive criteria to be a trauma center requires full commitment and a shared goal to deliver the best trauma care to every patient, every time.”

In life’s most critical moments – after a devastating car crash, fall, injury, or act of violence – access to round-the-clock treatment by a team specially-trained in trauma care, can mean the difference between life and death.
2019 Community Impact Report

The Salvation Army of Petoskey's 2019 Community Impact Report on Emmet, Charlevoix and Antrim Counties is now available. Thank you to everyone who helped us to accomplish so many amazing things over the last year! Click HERE to a closer look at the report. You can also see more information about who they have partnered with and what they do by visiting their website!. Click HERE to a closer look at the report. You can also see more information about who they have partnered with and what they do by visiting their website! centralusa.salvationarmy.org/petoskey
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