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2020 Annual Meeting & Awards
February 20, 2020
5:30-8pm
Castle Farms
Business Expo
March 18, 2020
4-7pm
Castle Farms

Pineview Cottage Assisted Living
3498 M-119
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 412-6069

NorthernIslander Newspaper
P.O. Box 295
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-3046

Northwest Fire
P.O. Box 188
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 590-9933
Snowshoeing Basics | Free
February 5
6-7:30pm (night hike on lit trails)

Join our adventurous Recreation Department staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. We will focus on appropriate gear, snowshoeing basics and then we hit the trails for a short hike at Mt. McSauba. Class Size is limited so please register early. We will provide snowshoes and walking poles. Pre-registration is required. We will be snowshoeing outdoors for a majority of the class.

Youth Winter Nature Program: Nurturing Nature
February 6
4:30-5pm

Read a fun story about animals and how they adapt to the winter compared to humans. Then the group will move directly to the activity. In the activity you will look at different animals and the different prints and patterns they leave behind in the snow. We will learn how to identify 4 different track patterns. The children will also use animal track stamps and create their own stamp art with animal tracks. We are also hoping to have some animal pelts available on loan from the Little Traverse Conservancy! The program is free and takes place at the Conservation District's Community Room located at 303 North St. Boyne City. RSVP Required- call 231-582-6193.

Open Interviews
February 6 & 7
10-5pm

Open Interviews! Ever thought about a career as a Realtor? This is your opportunity to find out what it takes. Interviews take place at Real Estate One located at 1200 Bridge St, Charlevoix. For interview time call 231-547-5100.

Voices without Borders Presents: A Time To Shine
February 8
7pm

Voices Without Borders presents the 2nd Annual A Time to Shine, a celebration of Northern Michigan's amazing stars! Performers selected through live auditions on January 18 and on-line YouTube submissions by January 18th will bring their talent to Center Stage February 8th. This sparkling evening will include performances by singers, dancers, musicians, and entertainers of all ages, as well as silent and live auctions!

Type Two Diabetes Talk
February 8
5:15pm

You are invited to learn about Type Two Diabetes. What are the risk factors? What signs and symptoms should I look for? How do I prevent this? How do I make sense of food labels?

Amanda Evans will be at St. Mary to educate on Type Two Diabetes. Amanda Evans, MS, RDN, Registered Dietician, Munson Medical, Charlevoix Hospital. View flyer HERE .

Valentines Sunday at The Rowe
February 9
5-9pm

Treat your special someone to Valentines Sunday at The Rowe! They are offering 3 course choices that are $35 per person! Offering three choices per course. See full menu HERE! Reservations are required by calling 231-588-7351 or wes@rowinn.com

Young Hemingway and His Enduring Eden
February 9-10
7pm

On Sunday and Monday, February 9 and 10, we will host a production to the life of Young Hemingway. Brought to the Charlevoix Cinema III by Historian, Writer and Producer George Colburn with guests Robin Lee Berry, Christopher Stuble and David Miles.

Sunday, February 9: Tickets - $10 General Admission and $8 for Students and Seniors, Presentation at 6:30 p.m. featuring Boyne City Singer Robin Lee Berry singing the film's theme song which she wrote and performed, Introduction to the subject by Christopher Struble of Petoskey, President of the Mich. Hemingway Society, Commentary by David Miles, Charlevoix historian, Back story about the film's creation by George Colburn, writer-producer-director, and Showtime approximately 7:15 p.m.

Monday, February 10: $15.00 Dinner & Movie deal at the Villager beginning at 5:30 p.m.
or $10 General Admission and $8 for Students and Senior, Presentation of film by George Colburn, 7 p.m, and Screening approximately 7:15 p.m.

New- Monthly SBDC Office Hours at The Vault!
February 11
9am

Business Experts Helping You Succeed - Access small business consulting, training and market research at no-cost through the Michigan SBDC. Now available once per month for the convenience of Charlevoix businesses at The Vault. Walk-Ins welcome but all are encouraged to request counseling through the website before attending to ensure you have a chance to speak with business counselor Samantha McDonald.

Farmland Protection Opportunities in Charlevoix County
February 13
1-3pm

The Conservancy has long made farmland protection a priority in our service area due to its scenic, historical, and economic values. Join Director of Land Protection Caitlin Donnelly to learn more about funding opportunities to protect private farmland using local, state and federal funding. Members of the Harwood Gold family will be there to comment on their experience with the Conservancy and how it helped them transition their farm from one generation to the next. Please register below. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Event takes place at Harwood Gold Cafe in Downtown Charlevoix.

80th Birthday Gala for David Miles
February 14
6pm

Please join the Charlevoix Historical Society for a special evening at the newly renovated Argonne House to honor Society curator David Miles and celebrate his legacy of preserving Charlevoix's history - before they open to the public! 6 pm Cocktails and Hors D'ouevres, 7 pm Program and Dinner - $80.00 per person, Cash Bar - Swing Music provided by Pine River Jazz Band - Buy your ticket or make a donation in honor of Dave's birthday: 231-547-0373 or online @chxhistory.com/miles - or visit the online store. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 10th.

The Blue Pelican's Special Valentine's Day Dinner Menu
February 14
5-9pm

Come celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone here at the Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant! We will have a special dinner menu from 5-9pm. Regular menu will not be available. Reservations welcomes, but not necessary. Call 231-544-2583 & leave a message after hours. View menu HERE !

Luncheon Lecture: Blues Genre
February 14
11:30am

North Central Michigan College’s February 14 Luncheon Lecture will focus on the blues, a musical genre that began in the Deep South in the 19 th century. 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.

Attorney Stuart Fenton is such a big fan that he hosted a weekly four-hour blues show on a Kalamazoo radio station for several years. He will give a brief overview of some of the most influential blues artists from the very beginning through the modern era, sharing samples of many of these artists’ sounds. Fenton will explain how this genre has grown to influence just about every type of modern music. 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. 

Beaver Island Winterfest
February 14-15
Sat Noon

Join everyone for Winterfest on Beaver Island! Festivities begin Friday night with Music by Sydney Burnham Band beginning at 7pm. Saturday games are from 12-5pm, snowmobile competition, luminary walk at 7pm and live music again from Sydney Burnham Band at 7pm. For more information contact: 231-448-2505. Accommodations available- see www.beaverisland.org. See the full flyers HERE !

Wild Game Dinner
February 15
5pm

Come join the Charlevoix Elks for their Wild Game Dinner! This event will be open to the public with a special license from the MLCC. Cost is $10/ person and $5 for children 12 & under. Dinner begins at 5pm and music starts at 7pm. Music will be by Danny, Danny, and guest! There will be many silent auction items along with a raffle for a Winchester Ducks Unlimited 12 Gauge Limited Edition. Tickets for the gun raffle are $10 each or 3 for $25.

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

February 11 | Brett Mitchell
February 18 | Adam Hoppe
February 22 | The Pistil Whips
February 25 | Blake Elliott
2020 Winter/Spring Music
7-9pm

February 7 | Brian T. McCoskey
February 21 | Tyler Parkin
March 6 | Zeke Clemons
March 20 | Sean Miller
April 3 | Jakey Thomas
May 1 | Blair Miller
May 15 | Brett Mitchell
Boyne City Taproom Live Music
8-11pm

February 7 | Jelly Rolls
Friday & Saturday Live Music!
8-11pm

February 7 | Nelson Olstrom
February 8 | SYDNI
February 14 | Under the Moon
February 15 | Michelle Chenard
February 21 | Ben Overbeek
February 22 | Pete Kehoe
February 28 | Chris Koury
February 29 | Brett Michell
Youth Winter Nature Program: Backyard Nature Program
Boyne City Library
February 18, 2020
Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race
Mt. McSauba
February 22, 2020
Jill Jack Trio
Charlevoix Cinema III
February 22, 2020
GLCO Sunday Series: Violin, Horn, Piano Trio
First Presbyterian Church, Petoskey
February 23, 2020
Paint and Sip at Cherry Republic
Cherry Republic of Charlevoix
February 26, 2020
Cupid's Dinner for Two
Independence Village of Petoskey
February 27, 2020
Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company's The Sleeping Beauty
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
February 28, 2020
Anora O'Connor Join The Boathouse On Lake Charlevoix
Rebecca and Rick Gotts, owners of The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix, are excited to announce that Anora O'Connor will be taking the helm overseeing the operations of the new venue, rental properties and the Water Street commercial building.

Anora spent the last 13 months creating enthusiasm and momentum at Char-Em United Way. “Spending the last year working in nonprofit has given me a whole new perspective of the needs in our community. Ideally, I will remain involved with CEUW at some capacity because I believe in the mission, values and important work that is being done. With that said, I am super excited to be getting back to my roots in hospitality and working with some pretty amazing people. And It’s just a few blocks from my house to boot. ” Anora said.

When Rebecca and Rick originally purchased the properties, they had big dreams of creating something special for the community as a way to give back. The Boathouse is expected to open its doors in just a few months. This fully renovated event space will be host to weddings and fundraising and corporate events with additional exciting growth on the horizon.
Rebecca shares, “With Anora’s hospitality and leadership background, we are looking forward to building this business into a successful staple in East Jordan. We were thrilled when she accepted our offer to lead this endeavor.”

Munson Wellness Workshop
Wellness Wednesday $15 Cholesterol Screening Every Wednesday from 8am-11am, Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital hosts "Wellness Wednesday" health screenings at the hospital’s Wellness Workshop. Health screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, TC/HDL Ratio, Glucose Level, Body Mass Index Score, and Fat Percentages and a Blood Pressure Reading. Cost for the service is $15 and free once per year for employees and volunteers - please call 437-3482 to schedule a different day and time if needed.  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.

Due to popular demand, Michigan State Extension will be teaching another cohort of their 8-week ‘Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention’ class at the Wellness Workshop beginning in March. This class is designed to increase strength, balance and prevent falls. Preregistration is required and space is limited, please call the MSU Extension office at (231) 582-6232 to register.

Annual Tree & Plant Sale
Our 2020 Spring Tree Catalog has been released! Many thanks to our RSVP volunteers for assisting us with this mailing! Thank you also to Little Traverse Conservancy for allowing us to borrow their folding machine for our Order Form, this saves an extra step for our volunteers. PDF's can be found on our website, at our office, or can be mailed or email to you, if you are not already on our mailing list.
 
Orders are taken as they are received, first come first serve. We accept orders until we run out of tree stock! Any extra trees will be available after 9am on Saturday, April 25th.
 
Pick Up Weekend is always the last weekend in April:  Friday April 24th, 2pm-5pm AND Saturday, April 25th 9am-Noon. Call with any questions,  231-582-6193 For more information, please visit  www.charlevoixcd.org   and click on the "Tree Sale" tab at the top of the home page.

Movers and Shakers
Carlin Smith is the new Community Affairs Manager for Consumers Energy serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska, Otsego and Presque Isle Counties. Smith replaces Tim Petrosky who is retiring after 38-years with the company. During Tim’s tenure, he led public affairs work for Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant and the Little Traverse Bay Environmental Project in Bay Harbor. Smith started work with Consumers on Jan. 6 after serving nearly 25-years in the chamber of commerce industry serving both the Harbor Springs and Petoskey Regional Chambers of Commerce. He will be headquartered at the Consumers Energy Service Center in Boyne City and can be reached at carlin.smith@cmsenergy.com. Consumers Energy is the state’s largest energy provider proudly serving 6.7 million Michigan residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula Counties. 

Military Wedding Giveaway 2020
Are you or your significant other in the military and dreaming of wedding bells? Castle Farms Military Wedding Giveaway honors our service men & women and the sacrifices they make by providing one lucky military couple with their dream wedding. Generous wedding professionals donate their time & services to a wedding package hosted at Castle Farms, all for one amazing couple.

Contest is open for submissions January 14 through February 7. This year we are excited about the private voting and can't wait to see who wins this year! Winner will be announced on Valentines Day – February 14, 2020. Click HERE for more details and to vote!!

BLOOM Seasonal Bouquet Workshop Series
Join us for our seasonally inspired workshop series, details and ticket information via website link. May 18 will be all about our garden grown tulips!

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Practice Challenge
To become excellent at playing an instrument, a student needs to practice consistently and learn from a master teacher. Star Wars’ Jedi masters train apprentices over the course of years to become proficient in the use of “The Force.” Dr. David Reimer, the director of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program, used this as inspiration for the 2020 theme of the program’s annual practice challenge.

The Jedi Training Challenge provides motivation for students to make the daily effort to improve at their instrument, while teachers in the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program use the time to teach good practice habits. During the challenge, students log their practice time and report those at the end of each week, with a leader board kept on the program’s website ( dorothygerberstrings.org ). The final scores include total minutes practiced, but also formulas awarding consistency and quality.

The Gerber Strings Program Practice Challenge event begins on January 27 and concludes with an announcement of which students have attained the title of Jedi Master of Music at a concert on March 22 at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Students from throughout the Gerber Program participate, from Elk Rapids to Pellston and Boyne Falls to Beaver Island – ten area towns in all.

Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race
Revolution Bike will host the Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race with the support of BB&A, The City of Charlevoix, and Visit Charlevoix. The race is Saturday, February 22 beginning with a mass start at Noon at Mt McSauba. Riders will race Fat Bikes on a 1.8 mile loop through the trails of Mt McSauba and North Point Nature Preserve. The riders to complete the most laps in two hours are the champions and will be awarded Dogman medals and prizes. Sponsors and prize donations are needed . For more information or to register, contact Revolution Bike at 231-237-0900 or visit www.dogmanchallenge.net .

Health Department Receives Gold Workplace Award

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has been awarded the Gold Workplace Award from the Michigan Breastfeeding Network for the second year in a row for being a breastfeeding-friendly workplace.
 
The Michigan Breastfeeding Network provides criteria that employers must meet to be considered a breastfeeding-friendly workplace. The Health Department has established a Workplace lactation policy that includes a private space and time to express milk during the workday.
 
In addition to creating a workplace culture that supports breastfeeding, the Health Department boasts some of the highest breastfeeding rates among Michigan for mothers who utilize the Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program – 64% at six weeks for Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego Counties, compared to a state average of 49%. Breastfeeding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can provide unmatched health benefits for babies and mothers, including reducing risks of asthma, obesity, Type 1 diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and ear infections in infants who were breastfed, and lowering the mother’s risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, ovarian and breast cancer.
 
The Health Department has two International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants and four Certified Lactation Specialists within the agency. They also offer free newborn home visits to any mother, regardless of income – a visit that often allows for breastfeeding support as those needs arise.
 
For additional information about breastfeeding support services, call the Health Department at 1-800-432-4121 or visit nwhealth.org. For additional information on how to become a breastfeeding-friendly workplace, visit mibreastfeeding.org/workplace/.
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