For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org
Business After Hours
The Villager Pub
November 20, 2019
Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration
November 29, 2019
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
Halloween Party
November 2

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.

Pancake Breakfast
November 3

St. Mary is having a pancake breakfast! Cost is by donation. Come enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, juice and fellowship Sunday morning between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.

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.

Cafe Sante Wine Tasting Event
November 5

An off-season tradition continues..wine and food pairing on the porch. $35 inclusive of tax and gratuity. The evening starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.and features 4 wines from Central France presented by Certified Sommelier Michael Zagaroli and 4 creatively paired plates from the Cafe Sante kitchen.

Wines will be offered for sale by the bottle or by the case at discounted pricing. Stock up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Space is limited to 32 guest. Tickets can be purchased HERE!

Young Professionals Intentional Leadership Workshop
November 7

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.

A Night of Hilarity
November 9

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!

The Art of Healthy Eating
November 13

“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.

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

November 5 | Project 6
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

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

October 31 | 4-9pm | half off kids menu items with adult menu purchase when kids are in costume!

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!
NCMC Luncheon Lectures:
First Robotics
North Central Michigan College
November 15, 2019
9th Annual Turkey Trot 5k
Charlevoix Munson Hospital
November 28, 2019
Fill the Boat Drive!
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 on donation needs!

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.

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 !!

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

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.

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