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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
Charlevoix Restaurant Week
November 3-9

Eat at your favorite local eateries and experience new restaurants and dishes at special prices. This is a great opportunity to try each of Charlevoix's amazing eateries. Each restaurant will have a unique menu for the week, as well as their regular menu.

Participating restaurants: Bridge Street Taproom, Smoke on the Water, Grey Gables, The Weathervane, JAX, Flap Jack, The Villager Pub, East Park Taver, Terry's, Harbor View Cafe, My Grandmother's Table, Scovie's and Charlevoix Cinema III.

Veterans in the Workforce: Best Practices to Attract, Hire & Retain Veterans in Your Workplace!
November 7
8-12pm

FREE EVENT: Veterans in the Workforce: Best Practices to Attract, Hire and Retain Veterans! Looking for a motivated, hard-working, ethical employee? Try hiring a U.S. veteran. Veterans are disciplined team players with the skills your company needs. You will learn what the veteran workforce really looks like, what types of skills they have and how to translate their unique military experience into relevant job duties. Michigan has one of the largest veteran populations in the country, so this is a workforce your company can't be missing out on! More information and tickets available at: HERE! Event takes place at North Central Michigan Collage Library.

Young Professionals Intentional Leadership Workshop
November 7
8-10am

Join us for a deep dive with three fantastic leaders who will give you strategies, methods, and tools you need to become an intentional leader. Improving your leadership skills all starts with a shift in mindset and examining how you work with those around you. You’ll be able to take the skills you learn in the morning and put them into practice by lunchtime, the very same day.
 
Speakers and Topics:
Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce- "Working with Purpose"
Shiloh Slomsky, LTBB of Odawa Indians - "Emotional Intelligence"
Brian Wagner, DEPTH Speaking - "How to Have Difficult Conversations"
 
Presented in partnership with the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. Takes place at Genesis Center, 1124 Northmen Drive, Petoskey. Register right away, there is only space for 60 attendees. Cost is $25. Register online today: HERE or call the chamber (231) 347-4150. Registration closes at 5pm Monday, November 4, 2019.

Book Launch This Saturday with Kim Richelle!
November 9
4-6pm

BANSHEE Book Launch & Signing with Kim Richelle, Author & Illustrator! Signing, Reading, Presentation, Speakers, and Question/Discussion. Plus snacks & Libations! In her just-published book, Banshee, Richelle tells the story of growing up in a beautiful but conservative hometown. As a lifelong artist, Richelle struggled with a community’s resistance to creative thought.

A Night of Hilarity
November 9
8-10pm

Two Great Comedians Rob Brock and Mary Santora performing A Night of Hilarity at the Charlevoix Cinema III. Tickets are on sale now! Visit HERE to reserve your spot!

Free Dinner & A Movie for Veterans & Active Duty Military Personnel
November 11

In honor of Veterans Day, Charlevoix Cinema III & The Villager Pub are offering all veterans & active duty military personnel FREE DINNER & A MOVIE on Monday, November 11th! Dinner choice of spaghetti or cod and a free movie- either the 4:30pm or 7pm showings. Must show veteran or military ID.

THANK YOU for your service, we are very grateful!

The Art of Healthy Eating
November 13
6-8pm

“A Green Thanksgiving” is the theme of the plant-based cooking class on November 13 th at the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop from 6pm-8pm. Come and learn how to make this year’s “big meal” a little healthier without losing the flavor. Other classes in this series include: December 4 th “Vegeitizers & Potlucks” 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.

NCMC Luncheon Lecture: First Robotics
November 15
11:30 lunch | 12pm lecture

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, this international robotics competition for high school students is said to be the ultimate sport for the mind, and Petoskey High School is in the thick of it. Physics teacher Tom Ochs and his students will explain the many academic and social benefits of this competition and how they run their team like a business.

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. 

Fill the Boat Drive!
November 15- December 15th

Nov. 15 - Dec. 15 Donation Drive to Keep Families Warm this Winter Season! Our goal is fill up a 24 Ft. Avalon Pontoon with donations that will be spread throughout Charlevoix County Schools & Families by support of Kari's Closet. Kari's Closet is a clothing ministry in honor of Charlevoix's Kari Way that provides all by donation: clothing, shoes, and other miscellaneous items for those in need and FREE for ages 0-18. DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATION: DRY HARBOUR MARINE. See attached flyer HERE for more details!

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

November 12 | Chris Michels
November 19 | The Real Ingredients
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.
Foot Clinic
American House
November 21, 2019
The Rowe Inn Game Dinner
The Rowe Inn
November 23, 2019
9th Annual Turkey Trot 5k
Charlevoix Munson Hospital
November 28, 2019
CMA Holiday Arts & Craft Show
Charlevoix Montessori Academy
November 29, 2019
Charlevoix County Planning Commission
The Charlevoix Board of Commissioners would like to make every effort to appoint a member from Business and Industry to the Charlevoix County Planning Commission. Please provide a copy of the notice to those you feel may be interested or post it on your bulletin board. Please feel free to contact us at 231-547-7200 or clerk@charlevoixcounty.org if you have any questions.

If you are interested in the Planning Commission, please submit your applications and qualifications NO LATER THAN November 20, 2019 to the Charlevoix County Clerk, 203 Antrim St, Charlevoix.

Order Your Thanksgiving Sweet Treats Today!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, simplify and make your time with family and friends the best it can be by allowing us to handcraft and provide your very favorite fall sweets from our bakery! 

Click on the link below for our order form. https://www.friske.com/bakery-order-form

Registration Now Open for Adult Recreational Co-Ed Volley Ball League
The league will begin in December and run through February. Games will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the Charlevoix Elementary School gym. Teams may be comprised of friends, family and co-workers at least 18 years of age. Charlevoix Recreation may be able to assist individuals in forming a team. There is a participation fee of $150 per team, plus a referee fee of $10 per match. For more information about the adult recreational co-ed volleyball league, please call 231-547-3253 or 231-547-7183. Teams may register on line at charlevoix.recdesk.com .

Credit Union Rallies to Donate Hundreds of Gifts to Area Families
Professional development means more than service improvements at 4Front Credit Union
 
While many financial institutions were closed Monday, October 14 for a federal banking holiday, more than 200 4Front Credit Union team members gathered at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City for a day of bettering themselves and the communities they serve. The highlight of these opportunities is the intertwining of professional development with a concerted community giving effort. The credit union assisted Bikes for Tikes Northwest Michigan and NW Michigan Marine Toys for Tots.

Employees were separated into small groups where they were challenged to work together to assemble 20 bicycles subsequently donated to northern Michigan families in need. Team members also had the opportunity to help fill a presentation stage with gifts later donated to Toys for Tots. It presented a terrific opportunity to give back to the northern Michigan community while participating in a worthwhile team building exercise. In addition to the time spent last week assembling bicycles, team members have contributed 2,374 volunteer hours throughout 2019 equating to nearly 100 full days of volunteerism. 4Front staff have provided northern Michigan communities with 6,555 volunteer hours since 2015.

Wreath Sale
St. Mary School is selling wreaths and garland! Sales are now through November 11th. Contact a St. Mary student or call the school office at 547-9441. Wreaths will be delivered Tuesday, November 19th

Community Food Pantry Fundraising
Community Food Pantry chosen by Family Fare during SpartanNash Foundation’s company wide fundraising effort to provide hunger relief. 100 % of dollars raised Oct. 23-Nov. 3 will go to the Charlevoix Community Food Pantry.
 
The Charlevoix Community Food Pantry, located at 100 W. Hurlburt, is proud to partner with the SpartanNash Foundation during its retail scan campaign to provide hunger relief in our local community . Between Oct. 23 and Nov. 3 , store guests who visit the Charlevoix Family Fare will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, with 100% of the dollars raised going directly to our Pantry. The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, supported entirely through donations and its 100% volunteer staff. Every dollar donated translates into approximately 5 pounds of food purchased through the Manna Food Bank.

November Notices
It’s a fall full of fun at the local Senior Centers! Our Veteran Appreciation Event is scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2019 at all of our Charlevoix County Senior Centers. Please join us in thanking our veterans.

Join us an any of the East Jordan, Boyne City or Charlevoix centers on Friday, November 22, 2019 for our Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration.

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging is excited to collaborate with AARP to provide a Driving Safety Class to our aging community on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 10a-4p at our East Jordan Senior Center. This course is intended as a review and could potentially save our aging adults money on their car insurance. (Please check with your individual automotive insurance carrier to see what your personal savings would be by completing the class) To sign up, please contact Brenda at (231) 536-7831 if interested.

All of the Charlevoix County Senior Centers and the Commission on Aging Office will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Health Dept. Seeks Green Space Improvement Project Proposals
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan invites local communities to apply for funds to implement infrastructure, policy, and physical activity enhancements to public greenspaces.

The grant, Building Healthy Places (formerly Building Healthy Communities), is part of continued work by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to ensure all residents have an opportunity to live a healthy life. A portion of the grant aims to fund sustainable public greenspace enhancements that will create a lasting impact on the health of the community.

Eligible applicants include any local government department, agency, special purpose district, public school district, Indian Tribal organization, or 501(c)(3). Several grants will be awarded, with individual grants limited to $10,000. Entities with public greenspace sites in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Otsego, or Wexford counties are eligible to apply. Letters of Intent should be submitted by Friday, November 22, 2019 and the submission deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019. An informational call will take place on Monday, November 25, 2019. For additional information including the application and requirements, visit nwhealth.org/gip.html or call Community Health Coordinator, Kirstyn Horan at 231-347-5362.

North Central Announces New Academic, Athletic Initiatives
North Central Michigan College is implementing a series of new initiatives, each focused on student success and student engagement, beginning in Winter 2020.
Beginning in January, North Central will offer 8-week, accelerated courses in communication, English, psychology and sociology, allowing students to meet their general education requirements in half the time. 

Students are now able to take advantage of an opportunity to participate as a member of the NCMC competitive ski team.  The college is sponsoring a Race League for one evening each week at Nubs Nob Ski Area. The emphasis is on league improvement throughout the season, so no prior training is necessary. All participants must be at least 18 years old.

Wellness Wednesday Cholesterol Screening
Every Wednesday from 8am-11am, Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital hosts "Wellness Wednesday" health screenings at the hospital’s Wellness Workshop, 411 Bridge Street in Charlevoix. Health screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, TC/HDL Ratio, Glucose Level, Body Mass Index Score, Muscle and Fat Percentages, and a Blood Pressure Reading. Cost for the service is $15, no appointment necessary. Participants will receive all test results at the time of the screening and a “Know Your Numbers” log to track progress. A Registered Nurse will adapt health consultation and educational materials to individual results.  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

The Rowe Inn Restaurant Awards 2019

The Rowe Inn family is honored to again receive the distinguished "Best of Award of Excellence" for 2019 from Wine Spectator.

Festival of Saints

St. Mary School students had a Festival of Saints on October 29th. It was a wonderful evening and we were excited to have Bishop Raica as our special guest. The student's saint displays are in the gathering space for your enjoyment. Please come take a look!

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