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Enhanced Business After Hours
Castle Farms - 1918 Cellars
October 16, 2019
5-7pm
Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration
November 29, 2019
3-6pm
Holiday Parade Applications Available!

Join the Holiday fun and be a part of the Holiday Parade! Applications now available at www.charlevoix.org or stop into the Chamber office!
The Boathouse On Lake Charlevoix
204 Water Steet
East Jordan, MI 49727
(231) 536-6000
Spook Swim 2019
October 25
6-8pm

Enjoy swimming, floating pumpkins, spooky music, decorations, goody bags, refreshments, and two slices of pizza per person! Pre-registration required for swimmers and non-swimmers. Cost: $6 per person (swimmers and non-swimmers). Children 3 and under are FREE, but still need to register! Max. 75 people.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event
October 26
10-9pm

Cherry Republic of Charlevoix would like to support those fighting breast cancer at this time, as well as celebrate the many survivors that are now cancer free! Come join us at our Charlevoix store!! Wear pink and get 10% off your entire order!!

Halloween Candlelight Hike
October 27
6-8pm

Join us for a candlelight hike on the trails of Mt. McSauba. Follow the lighted path to the bonfire where you will be greeted with apple cider and doughnuts. Costumes welcome! Questions? 231-547-3253

GLCO & Award-Winning Crooked Tree Arts Center Dancers
October 27
7pm

GLCO and award-winning Crooked Tree Arts Center dancers from its School of Ballet on stage at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. in a remarkable collaboration, featuring a musical vignette based on Edgar Allan Poe’s book, “Mask of the Red Death.” Also featured, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden , which continues to be called one of the “pillars of the chamber music repertoire,” and Ravel’s work, Pavane for a Dead Infanta, which is not about death but could be titled, "Pavane for a Princess from a Faraway Time."  Tickets: $25-50, age 18 under Free. Tickets and more information at glcorchestra.org or call 231.487.0010. Pre-concert talk 6 p.m.

Grand Wedding Expo
October 27
11-4pm

This eagerly-anticipated annual event features displays by the finest in wedding service providers Northern Michigan has to offer. Couples are certain to find that special something to help make their wedding day dreams come true. The Grand Finale Fashion Show, presented by Petoskey Bridal and Rusch Entertainment, closes the event and showcases the latest in bridal fashions. Free on-site parking. Tickets: $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

Charlevoix Elks Lodge Blood Drive
October 28
1-7pm

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.

Festival of Saints
October 29
6-7pm

St. Mary students will be presenting and performing on a variety of Saints that they have been studying all month. Bishop Raica will be our special guest. Light refreshments will be served.

Halloween Party
November 2
8-2am

The Side Door at The Blue Pelican is having their 2nd Annual Halloween Party! This year’s theme is “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Costumes are not mandatory & don’t need to follow theme. There will be PRIZES for Best Dressed, Drink Specials & more! 21 & up event. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. $5 Cover otherwise.

Area Halloween Trick or Treating
American House | Trick or Treat
October 31st | 6-8pm

Parade through our lobby and show off your costume and enjoy some delicious tats and refreshments.
The Blue Pelican | Trunk or Treat
October 31st | 5-7pm

Residents who live out of town can bring their treats to hand out to all of the little ghosts and goblins!
Charlevoix Elks Lodge | Trunk or Treat
October 31st | 6-8pm

Join us for the spooktacular event!
Challenge Fitness | Trunk or Treat
October 31st | 6-8pm

Trunk or Treat in the parking lot. Games, hot chocolate, door prizes and cookies inside! Spooky fun!!
$3 Casa Tuesdays at Red Mesa Grill
$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features
Live Music every Tuesday night, 7-10pm

October 26 | Dave Cisco
October 29 | Blake Elliott
November 5 | Project 6
November 12 | Chris Michels
Live Music from 7-9pm

October 26 | Pete Kehoe | Halloween Party
Small batch beer release & Costume Contest
Live Music at 8pm

November 22 | The Marsupials
Evening with the Heart of Jesus
St. Mary School and Parish
October 30, 2019
A Night of Hilarity
Charlevoix Cinema III
November 9, 2019
Charlevoix Restaurant Week
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. This event will be running in November.  

Please Check Our Pulse!
Charlevoix Main Street, in conjunction with Michigan Main Street, wants your take on the pulse of Downtown Charlevoix. The quick nine-question survey takes less than five minutes to complete and all information is collected anonymously. Your responses will be used to help gauge our progress and guide priorities for the coming years. The survey will only be available until November 1st, so act now, and please share this post and invite others to participate. Take survey HERE !!

Charlevoix Area Humane Society Giving Tuesday!
We are not doing our normal annual holiday appeal this year! Instead the Charlevoix Area Humane Society has two very generous donors that are willing to match dollar for dollar on Giving Tuesday! Plan your holiday giving to take advantage of this generous offer on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving December 3rd!

Save Pure Michigan
The travel and tourism industry is critical to our economy and workforce. Travel is the second-largest industry in Michigan, supporting more than 346,000 good jobs across the state. However, this healthy economic sector is at risk if Pure Michigan, the state’s destination promotion agency, is defunded in November. 

We Need Your Help to Save Pure Michigan. Together, we can tell Governor Whitmer to save Pure Michigan so it can keep delivering for the state. Here’s how you can help:
  • Use our Action Alert to send an email directly to Governor Whitmer telling her to save Pure Michigan. Our customizable, pre-drafted email makes it simple.
  • Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SavePureMichigan, highlighting the many ways travel and tourism is critical to you, your business and the state’s economy.

Hospital Receives Grant Towards Specialized Lab Equipment
T he Charlevoix County Community Foundation has generously awarded Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital $5,000 toward the purchase of a glycohemoglobin analyzer, a specialized piece of lab equipment which measures A1C levels.

The A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes and is also used regularly for diabetic or prediabetic patients to assess whether their levels are staying within the appropriate range. A1C analysis indicates a person’s average blood sugar level over the previous 2-3 months, allowing physicians to track trends and make appropriate changes in therapy. For the millions of people with diabetes, maintaining near-normal glucose levels is vital for reducing or slowing the complications of the disease. In one year, Charlevoix Hospital typically performs around 4,255 A1C tests for over 2,700 patients.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation’s grant has enabled the hospital’s lab to be equipped with the most efficient equipment necessary to deliver accurate, speedy results for those patients relying on A1C analysis.

Oleson Foundation Awards Matching Grant to McLaren Northern MI
The Oleson Foundation presented a $25,000 check to the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation for the first installment in a matching grant for the Building the Future of Health Care Capital Campaign. The second check for $25,000 will be distributed in January.
 
The Oleson Foundation wanted to support the construction project and liked the idea of offering a matching grant to inspire community giving. For every $1 received from an individual and designated in support of the Building the Future of Health Care project, the Oleson Foundation agreed to match up to $50,000. More than 150 people chose to contribute to the Foundation in response to the matching gift, donating a total of $72,121 toward the project. With the gift from the Oleson Foundation, the total raised equaled $122,121.

Construction for the project is underway. Steel beams are currently being placed to allow the structure to be enclosed by winter so that inside construction can continue. For more details about the project, and to learn how you can participate by making a donation, visit McLarenNorthernBuilds.org, or call 231-487-3500 to speak with someone from the Foundation.

Karl Pagel is New Vice President of Finance at 4Front Credit Union
4Front Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Karl Pagel as its Vice President of Finance. Pagel possesses extensive experience within the banking and financial compliance industries. At 4Front, Pagel will lead the development and implementation of financial and accounting strategic planning and risk mitigation, ensuring 4Front continues to preserve and expand corporate assets, improve efficiency, and maintain sufficient capital.

Pagel joins 4Front from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and previously resided in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Nathan Beem Memorial Nature Preserve
Reflecting A Young Man's Integrity In The Natural World

The Upper Chain of Lakes has long been a special place for the Beem family. When Dan Beem first brought his young bride Heather up north and then later his children Kristin and Nathan, they all fell deeply in love with the area. So much so that Kristin named her daughter Ellie, a shortened version of Ellsworth. Despite the nearly seven-hour drive from Xenia, Ohio, they made the trip as frequently as possible and the kids both grew to love camping and fishing. “Nathan would sit on the dock and fish for hours as a little boy,” Dan recalls. “It didn’t even matter if he wasn’t catching anything.” As Dan would later describe, Nathan came to know the Upper Chain and surrounding lakes so well he could have been a fishing guide.

On August 24, 2018, at the age of 21, Nathan’s life came to an unexpected end in Ellsworth, a place where he someday dreamed of owning land and living. Very shortly after this tragedy, Dan sensed that he wanted to do something in Nate’s honor that would reflect his son’s deep love of the outdoors. He reached out to Little Traverse Conservancy Associate Director Ty Ratliff to discuss some ideas and options, first meeting Ty in October 2018.

The Beems worked with LTC on a fundraising campaign to create the 105-acre Nathan Beem Memorial Nature Preserve. The campaign was launched in early May and soon after, hundreds of donations came pouring in for the special land preservation effort. A large portion of the funding came from the Beem Family and from 158 individual donors as well as a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for this special land preservation effort. Additional funding came from the Michigan Forest Habitat Fund.*

To learn more about Nathan and the rest of the Nathan Beem Memorial Nature Preserve story click HERE and visit their website landtrust.org/beem
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