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Business After Hours
The Villager Pub
November 20, 2019
5-7pm
Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration
November 29, 2019
3-6pm
Northern Michigan Policy Conference
Dec. 2nd | 9:30-7:30pm
Hagerty Center Traverse City

The Northern Michigan Policy Conference is a regional economic development conference led by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance – a partnership of Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations throughout northern Michigan and the upper peninsula.

Now in its second year the policy conference, is designed to leverage diverse strategies to enhance northern Michigan's regional standing as a world-class place for business, residents, visitors, and students of all ages. High-value growth in existing and new businesses, thriving public and private educational institutions, and flourishing communities and downtowns will make Northern Michigan a national model for quality and sustainable rural development. The Northern Michigan Policy Conference is designed to be the preeminent way for business and community leaders to have input into solution oriented ways to address rural business development, attracting talent to rural areas, rural and small city housing development and access to quality childcare.

Register with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsorships available, inquire with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fox Charlevoix Garage Sale!
November 19-23
19th - 22nd | 8-5pm
23rd | 9-3pm

Stop by Fox Charlevoix between November 19-23rd and save up to 75% on accessories! Cookies and coffee available! November 19-22 open 8-5pm and November 23 open 9-3pm. Located at 06684 US-31 South - south side of Fox Charlevoix GM store parts department receiving/shipping door.

Perrin Beer Dinner
November 21
6pm

Perrin Beer Dinner- Thursday, November 21st starting at 6pm. Join us for this delicious 5 course cullinary event paried with great beers from our friends at Perrin. A few seats left, please call Aaron to make a reservation at 231-675-0518. Hope to see you there!

Foot Clinic
November 21
9am

Thursday, November 21st starting at 9:00 am, Jan from the Health Department will be here for foot care in the salon. The fee for this service
is $20.00. To schedule an appointment please see Lesley.

Luncheon Lecture: Urban Sustainability in India
November 22
11:30am

North Central Michigan College’s November 22 Luncheon Lecture will examine the likelihood of—and challenges to—urban sustainability in India. 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.

Kerri Finlayson, North Central professor of anthropology and sociology, recently joined community college faculty from around the U.S. to explore the problems of urban sustainability in India’s overcrowded cities. She will take lecture attendees on a tour of the north (Jaipur) and south (Mysore and Bangalore) to discuss the biggest sustainability issues and the steps being taken to address them. 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. 

Charlevoix Middle-High School Performing Arts Presents The Wizard of Oz
November 23-24
7pm Nov. 22 & 23 | 2pm Nov. 24

Charlevoix Performing Arts will present its fall musical, “The Wizard of Oz” for three shows Friday-Sunday , November 22-24 at the Charlevoix Middle/High School Auditorium.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday . Tickets, to be sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. The Sunday matinee will also have a family admission special of $20.00 (2 adults and 2+ children/students).

Thanksgiving Eve
November 27
6-9pm

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.

The Rowe Inn Game Dinner
November 23
6-9pm

The Rowe Inn is having a game dinner on November 23rd. The dinner cost $75 per person. Reservations are required wes@roweinn.com or 231-588-7351. Click HERE to see the menu!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
November 28
12pm

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
8:30am

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
11-6pm

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
9-4pm

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
5-7:30pm

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.

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

November 26 | Blake Elliott
December 3 | Sean Bielby
December 10 | Brett Mitchell
December 17 | Blake Elliott
December 31 | Tic Tac Go
Live Music from 7-9pm

November 22 | The Real Ingredients
November 27 | Holly August
Live Music

November 22 | The Marsupials | 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.
Ladles of Love
Real Estate One
December 3, 2019
Christmas Buffet
The Blue Pelican Inn
December 15, 2019
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.

iGiveCatholic
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.

Little Traverse Conservancy Offers Nature Preserve Options for Both Huners & Non-Hunters
Little Traverse Conservancy provides opportunities to get out in the woods on lands that are open and lands that are closed to hunting. Currently, more than 15,000 acres protected through Little Traverse Conservancy are open to hunting. So where to go if you are not a hunter but would like to hike during gun season?

Recommended preserves (and assist projects) in Charlevoix County that are not open to hunting are listed here: Nathan "Barry" Driggers, The Hill, North Point Natural Area, Charles A. Ransom, Raven Rdige, Rogers Family Homestead, Portions of St. Clair Lake/ Six Mile Lake Natural Area, and Wisser-Saworski. Beaver Island; Barney's Lake, Little Sand Bay, and George and Althea Petritz.

Interactive maps of Conservancy-owned nature preserves can be found at www.landtrust.org or on the free nature preserve app, LTC Explorer (Google or Apple app stores). A printed preserve map was updated this October and is also available online or at our office near Harbor Springs.

Double Your Giving Power on "Giving Tuesday", December 3rd!
Dear animal lover! Your donation gets doubled! Now is a great time to double your investment in saving the lives of dogs and cats at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. By donating now, we are able to double your donation, helping twice as much as ever before. $10 = $20, $50 = $100, etc.

Your tax-deductible donation, in addition to providing shelter, food and medical care for homeless animals, will make it possible to accomplish two critically needed improvements. First, is to purchase a ventilation system, which we don't have, to curb airborne viruses and keep shelter animals healthy while they wait to be adopted. This would include a new heating and cooling system. Second, to provide an in-house surgical room, making it possible for us to spay and neuter our shelter dogs and cats, which will save tens of thousands of dollars year after year! Please write “Giving Tuesday” on the memo line of your check, or on December 3rd donate online at www.charlevoixhumane.org or call 231-582-6774 to make a donation with your credit card.

Registration Still Open for Regional Apprenticeship Information Session in Traverse City
All types and sizes of businesses, educational providers, and non-profit organizations from across Michigan still have time to register for an apprenticeship information luncheon Thursday, November 14 in Traverse City. The event is being hosted by Northwestern Michigan College in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and is part of National Apprenticeship Week. The workshop will run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Aero Park Laboratories, 2525 Aero Park Drive. 
 
The session will include multiple presenters including an interactive professional panel discussion with local experts and employers answering questions regarding their registered apprenticeship experience. “This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about registered apprenticeship and how it can benefit your workforce needs,” said Evelyn Szpliet, Manager of Apprenticeships and Business Resource Networks for Northwest Michigan Works!
 
There is no charge to attend the information session but reservations are required by November 12. To save your seat and RSVP for lunch email Scot.Snyder@NetworksNorthwest.org .

McLaren Northern Michigan Festival of Trees
the Fernelius Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom during the dealership’s business hours this week. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Raffle tickets are placed in the box next to the prize one wants to win. There is also extended hours during Cheboygan Girls Night Out on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Ladies can view the trees at the dealership from 3 – 8 p.m. while enjoying refreshments and treats.

The drawing will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. You do not have to be at the drawing to win, but winners will be asked to pick-up their prizes by the end of the day on Sunday.To see picture of the trees, visit the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Facebook page .

U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman Honors Michigan Company for Exporting Success

Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) today presented Aster Brands of Charlevoix with the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Achievement Certificate. The event took place at Aster Brands facilities which is the parent company of Redi-Rock International, in Charlevoix, MI.

The Export Achievement Certificate recognizes U.S. companies that have either made their first export sale or expanded their sales into overseas markets with assistance from the U.S. Commercial Service. Redi-Rock International is a family-owned and operated business that manufactures and engineers large block retaining walls. Redi-Rock walls can be found in almost every state in the US as well as in Canada, Algeria, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Estonia, Belgium, Russia, Spain, South Korea, the United Kingdom. This award was presented for their recent sales growth in Norway.

The U.S Commercial Service began working with Redi-Rock in 2015, counselling them on international best practices. Thanks to the matchmaking services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service Oslo embassy office, Redi-Rock signed an exclusive licensing agreement to expand sales with a precast concrete manufacturer in Norway.

Redi-Rock International is known as the engineering authority in the large block retaining wall industry. Redi-Rock International is owned by Aster Brands. Aster Brands provides forms, molds, equipment, and support for concrete manufacturers to build or expand their businesses around the world.

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