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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

Northwest Fire
P.O. Box 188
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 590-9933
Charlevoix Conservation District
303 North St
Boyne City, MI 49712
(231) 582-6193
Evening with the Heart of Jesus
January 29
7pm

You're invited to an Evening with the Heart of Jesus. Join us for familiar hymns that you can sing along with, original songs that lead you into meditation, scripture reflections that lead you into deeper union with God, along with peaceful periods of silence to hear what is being said in your heart.

Paint & Sip Wine!
January 29
6-8pm

Join Cottage Pottery and 1918 Cellars on January 29th at 6:00pm for a fun snowman themed paint & sip! Tickets are $35 and include canvas, art supplies and one glass of 1918 Cellars wine.

Charlevoix Shadowfest
February 1
12-6pm

Fun events for the whole family! Activites along the Cultural Coridor, Soup Contest, Cocktail Contest at participating local restaurants, East Park Tube Shoot, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Trivia, the Sleeping Gypsies perform, Giant Jenga, and Libations.

GLCO: Young Children's Library Series
February 1
Petoskey Library 10:30am | Boyne Library 1pm

Check out these FREE Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra events!  Saturday, February 1, 2020  Young Children’s Library Series at Petoskey Library at 10:30 am and Boyne City Library at 1:00 pm. Come sing-a-long! Open to the public, this 45-minute, family-friendly program is designed to introduce young children to music in an entertaining setting. 

Embroidery Art with CJ Zondervan
February 2
1-3pm

Join True North Antiques and Design for their Sunday workshop!! Such a fun and successful way to embroider! Easy simple stitches ! All materials included in the class. Join us in learning and enjoy an afternoon of wine and creativity. Registration required. 231-437-3833 or truenorthantiquesdesign@gmail.com - Cost is $40.

Hot Topic Series- Conspiracy Theories & Fake News
February 4
6:30-8pm

Join NCMC political science professor Scott LaDeur as he examines why so many people believe claims about a faked moon landing, the rigging of voting machines, the “truth” about 9/11, and President Obama’s birthplace. He will also look at conspiratorial thinking and the power of “fake news” to create new realities for voters.

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.

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!

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

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.

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 !

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

February 4 | Donavan Dougherty
February 11 | Brett Mitchell
February 18 | Adam Hoppe
February 22 | The Pistil Whips
February 25 | Blake Elliott
Boyne City Taproom Live Music
8-11pm

January 31 | Yankee Station
February 7 | Jelly Rolls
Cafe Sante Live Music
8-11pm - Friday & Saturday

January 31 | Brett Michell
Wild Game Dinner
Charlevoix Elks Lodge - Open to Public
Flyer HERE
February 15, 2020
Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race
Mt. McSauba
February 22, 2020
GLCO Sunday Series: Violin, Horn, Piano Trio
First Presbyterian Church, Petoskey
February 23, 2020
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.

Evening Yoga at the Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop
The Munson Charlevoix Wellness Workshop now offers an evening yoga class from 5:15pm-6:15pm every Monday at their 411 Bridge Street location. As always, your first class is free - then purchase an 11-class punch card for $85 for those 59 years and under and $60 for those 60 years and over. The punch card is good for all Yoga and Body Fit classes. For more information or to receive our monthly class calendars, contact the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop at (231) 437-3482 or by email at chx-wellness@mhc.net

Camp Lake Louise Registration Open!
Registration for Camp Louise is officially OPEN!

Higher Ground at Lake Louise is a place where campers learn to see the world differently, but also how to live differently. Wonder leads to desire and desire becomes growth. Each summer our campers experience a growing desire to live more closely to God, to have better life rhythms and healthier relationships. We help to stir and encourage these desires, while offering Christ-centered learning experiences that campers can take home with them. Register online HERE and feel free to call 616-772-3040 with any questions.

Catholic Schools Week
Starting Sunday, January 26th, St. Mary celebrated Catholic Schools Week. The theme this year is learn, serve, lead, succeed. We will celebrate all week long by performing random acts of kindness, dress days, games and special activities.

Sommerset Pointe Presents T.G.I. Fish Fry
Join us on Fridays for a special menu that features all you can eat fish served with fries and coleslaw. For reservations, please call (231) 582-9900- Check out the full menu HERE! Their are only two Friday's left to take attend this Fish Fry- January 24th and January 31st.

Sunday Workshops at True North Interior Design & Antiques
True North is excited to announce their Sunday Workshops they will be holding beginning February 2nd! Classes are from 1-3pm and reservations are required. Store Phone is 231-437-3833.

Class: February 2nd | Embroidery Art with CJ Zondervan Cost $40, February 9 | Block Printed Valentines with Sharon Smithem Cost $40, February 16 | Cooper Printed Jewelry with Christine Leader Cost $75 and February 23 | Visible Mending on Jeans with Laura Podob cost $40.

Camp Daggett To Begin Executive Director Search
As of January 17, Camp Daggett will begin a search for a new executive director. Brent Marlatt, director for 12 years, retired in November, 2019, and John Guirey declined the executive director position, citing family responsibilities. The search, with the job posting going out statewide as well as through the American Camp Association, will be a very broad search, with the hope of securing a new executive director by spring.
 
In the interim, Rick Gross, a member of the Camp Daggett board of trustees, will serve as interim director and liaison with the board. Rick Gross is a retired Dow Chemical executive and in recent years served as the past president of both the Walloon Lake Association and the Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy (now merged organizations).  For more information, contact Rick Gross at 231-347-9742 or richard.gross@campdaggett.org .

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/.
North Central Michigan College Named Finalist for National Award

North Central Michigan College has been named a finalist for an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) award in the category of “Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership.” AACC has selected North Central as a finalist based on the college’s longstanding partnership with Precision Edge Surgical Products .

In 2014, North Central launched a mobile digital fabrication lab, the “Fab Lab,” to increase the level of workforce training available to employees engaged in producing high-end medical cutting tools at regional Precision Edge Surgical Products locations. North Central and Precision Edge quickly involved the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in a unique partnership that leveraged state support for the project once hiring targets at Precision Edge were achieved. North Central bore costs to develop the program and its curriculum and worked closely with all partners to ensure curricula met industry needs. 
As Precision Edge’s production quotas increased and employees could not be released from work for additional training, North Central transitioned the Fab Lab from visiting Precision Edge locations to visiting high schools in Precision’s immediate area, targeting interested students with accelerated certificates in Computer-Numeric-Controlled (CNC) machining courses designed to help them enter the workforce sooner and to get Precision more trained employees faster. Ultimately, hiring targets at Precision were met, and the State of Michigan released funds to compensate North Central for its role. This project has since spawned additional manufacturing and grant collaborations between North Central and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB), among others.

AACC’s Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award honors “local, regional and national collaboration between a college and corporate partner that has achieved demonstrable, multi-year success in advancing the mission of the institution(s), the economic prosperity of a community, region or the nation, and the learning excellence of students,” according to AACC’s website.  ncmich.edu
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