Upcoming Boyne area events

Now thru nov. 14
Order Xmas wreaths
Boyne Valley Garden Club raising funds by selling Christmas wreaths
It’s time to get your order in for Boyne Valley Garden Club Christmas wreaths. These thick, beautiful wreaths are made of fresh boughs of balsam fir, white pine and cedar and are decorated with red velvet bows, pine cones, and berries.
Sizes range from 10” to 36”’ in diameter. Ten foot swags are also available. Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to purchase flowers for the 14 gardens that the club plants and maintains throughout Boyne City. The order deadline is Nov. 14; pick up orders at the Eagles Hall from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 24. Business deliveries will be made the morning of Nov. 24.

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Exchange students & host families wanted
Host a foreign exchange young adult in your home for 4-6 weeks. Or become/have your young adult become a foreign exchange student and stay with a host family and or in a camp in another country for 4-6 weeks. You do not need to be a Lion or know a Lion to participate. Also knowledge of a foreign language is not a requirement for some of the countries. More info at www.lionsofmi.com/youthexchange or call (517) 882-6941

Happening now
Dressed for Chill
The Eta Nu Women’s Organization “Dressed For Chill” project as begun. They work to distribute new winter outerwear for students in need at Boyne City Elementary School. This is the eighth year Eta Nu Women have continued this community project, fitting over 100 students each year. Checks may be made out to Eta Nu Charities and sent to PO Box 133, Boyne City, MI 49712. Also, individual contributions to United Way can be directed specifically for Eta Nu Charities/Dressed For Chill.

Fri & Sat in October
Nightmare at Challenge Mt.
From 7–10 p.m. the Lodge at Challenge Mountain is transformed into a haunted adventure. All proceeds from the event benefits Challenge Mountain. Children 12 & under $5 or three for $10 and Adults $10. Activities are age appropriate with areas for all ages. More info at www.cmnightmare.com or call 582-1186.

Oct. 28
Community Conversations
What do you think makes a healthy community? Local health officials want to know, and they’re giving Northern Michigan residents a chance to speak up and be heard. 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 at NCMC in Petoskey. Space is limited – RSVP with Sheila Goupell at (231) 347-5057 or s.goupell@nwhealth.org.

October 31
Open Church
5-8 p.m. Saturday, October 31,
Need a warm, dry place, with restrooms on your night of trick or treating? Here’s your place of refuge. Hot chocolate, cider, apples and cookies will be served. Hope to see you there! Boyne City United Methodist Church
324 So. Park Street, Boyne City

Through Oct. 31
Free Radon Tests
Exposure to a dangerous, odorless, invisible gas–radon–ranks as the number one in-home hazard for Americans. The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is observing Radon Action Week by encouraging everyone to test for radon. Get your free kit and more info by calling (800) 432-4121 or going to www.nwhealth.org.

Oct. 31
Boyne Halloween parade
Start Halloween night with downtown Boyne City’s annual costume parade. Everyone is welcome; young, old or 4-legged – come and join the fun! Bring a chair if you prefer to watch all the great costumes. Line-up begins in front of CindiFranco’s, 309 S. Lake St. at 4:30 p.m., parade begins at 4:45 and will wind around downtown, ending at the entrances to the Boyne City Fire Department’s Haunted House at the Library Red Barn. The Boyne District Library Community Room will be open for trick-or-treating until 6 p.m. Just one block down, the First Presbyterian Church will feature the famous Trunk or Treat. The city’s official trick or treating hours are 5 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 5
Handling the Holidays
Hospice of Northwest Michigan is hosting a Handling the Holidays Workshop at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 5, dedicated to helping any individuals and the community find comfort, support and renewal in their grief and loss of a loved one. The workshop will be held at the First Baptist Church – Community Room at 06781 M66N in Charlevoix. More info at 547-7659 or hospicenwm.org

Nov. 7
Zonta Club of Petoskey invites the public to its 43rd annual Fashion Show on Saturday Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ovation Hall at Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Details at www.eventbrite.com and search for Divine Divas. E-mail at kbardins@ncmich.edu for a downloadable invitation.

Nov. 7
Boyne City Freedom Run
Celebrate Veterans Day with a Run/Walk 1 mile or 5k side by side with Veterans joining us from all branches of the Military on Saturday Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park in Boyne City Cost: $20 (Youth & Adult) – Children (13 & Under) FREE Registration: for forms or more details e-mail gunnerk9@yahoo.com or call 582-6058 Can’t attend the event? Participate virtually by registering and running/walking where you are. Register by Oct. 19, we will mail your shirt and you can run/walk where you live. The run/walk will not be timed. The event is for fun and to celebrate Veterans Day and our Freedom.

Nov. 8
America Sings
The America Sings Salute to Veterans event returns at 2 p.m. to the Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday Nov. 8. Admission is free.

Nov. 11
Veterans and their families are invited to a free breakfast at the North Central Michigan College cafeteria on Wednesday, November 11, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. The college’s Student Veterans Association and Chase Bank are sponsoring the event to show appreciation to our local veterans and their families. No reservations are necessary.

Nov. 11
Veterans Day
Veterans Day ceremony, American Legion Post, 302 S. Lake St., 11 a.m.


Nov. 13
Blood Drive
Boyne City High School
1035 Boyne Ave.
Friday, Nov. 13
8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Nov. 19
Business After Hours
The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at 4Front Credit Union, 308 N. Lake St., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20-21
Boyne Meets Broadway
Everybody’s favorite local musical production by the Boyne City High School Drama Deptartment returns to Boyne City. See upcoming story for times and show details.

Reserve by Nov. 23
Hospice Lights of Love
Boyne Eta Nu Charities’ annual “Lights of Love” project provides an opportunity to remember loved ones while contributing to Hospice of Northwest Michigan. Donations can be made by purchasing a colored light or a personalized heart that will be displayed on the “Lights of Love” tree in downtown Boyne City.
A tree lighting and remembrance ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Country Now & Then alcove.
After the ceremony, those attending are invited to enjoy a buffet dinner. Dinner reservations required by Nov. 23. Cost is $14.50.
Donation forms at Boyne Chamber. Mail a completed donation form and your tax-deductible donation check, payable to Hospice of Northwest Michigan, to Pati Scott, 04408 E. Fontenoy, Boyne City, MI 49712. More info at (231) 758-2496 or e-mail patiski13@gmail.com.

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Every Tuesday
Boyne Food Pantry
Boyne City’s Good Neighbors Food Pantry now open 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The pantry is located on the west side of the Boyne Area Free Clinic’s building at 624 State St. Donations may be sent to Good Neighbors Food Pantry, PO Box 35, Boyne City, MI 49712.

American Legion Bingo
Tuesday Bingo Game – Boyne City American Legion 302 South Lake St. 582-7811. Come join your friends and neighbors for an inexpensive, and maybe profitable, evening of fun, entertainment and relaxation. Play 28 games with 40 Bingos. All you need is a dobber, glue, and a plastic mat as you play all paper plus Michigan progressive jackpot. The start time 5:30 p.m.; Done around 9:15 p.m.

Chair Yoga
Charlevoix Area Hospital is hosting free chair yoga classes from 11:00-11:30am every Tuesday and Thursday at the Senior Center located at 6906 Norwood Street in Charlevoix. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and no appointment is necessary. Please call the Charlevoix Senior Center’s administrative office at (231) 237-0103 for further information.

Lunch for Seniors
LET’S DO LUNCH – Boyne Area Senior Center, 411 E. Division St., is open to the public for daily lunches. For seniors age 60+, the donation is $3, for ages 60 and under. $6. For daily information call 582 6682.

Friends of the Jordan
Board Meetings, 3rd Thursday every month, 6:30 – 9 PM, Jordan River Watershed Center. Members & public welcome.

Red Cross Needs Donors
For information on how you can make a difference this season, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Free mammograms
Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan are partnering to offer free mammograms, not just in Oct., but year-round. If you are or know a female, age 40 – 64, who is under-insured or without health insurance, call (866) 487-3100 to schedule an appointment.

Quilters wanted
The quilting group at VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay (HOLTB), of McLaren Northern Michigan, invites novice to veteran quilters to help make quilts for hospice patients. The HOLTB quilting group meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. – noon from October until May at Hiland Cottage. Come have fun and unite in wonderful camaraderie. For more information on how you can volunteer, please call Barb Postelnick (231) 347-0798 or Mary Putters (231) 347-7931. Hiland cottage is located at One Hiland Drive in Petoskey.

Loss Support Group
Grief and Loss Support Group 3rd Thursday of every month 1-2:30 p.m. Friendship Center of Emmet County -Library 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group 2nd Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hospice of Little Traverse Bay One Hiland Drive, Petoskey (231) 487-4285.
survivors of suicide group
Suicide prevention and awareness efforts are underway in the form of a Survivors of Suicide (SOS) group that meets monthly in both Boyne City and Petoskey. Following are meeting times and locations:
Boyne Area SOS (Survivors of Suicide Group)
1st Wed of each month
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Boyne Area Senior Center conference room
At 411 East Division St. Boyne City
For information call 231-487-4825.
Petoskey Area SOS
2nd Tuesday of each month
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Vital Care Hospice Hiland House
1 Hiland House Drive, Petoskey
Call 231-487-4825
If you have endured the loss of a loved one or close friend and would like to either be involved for personal encouragement, and/or support others needing encouragement then please contact Janet Shepherd at jrfshepherd@charter.net, Jamie Woodall at Jamie@genesiswired.com, Marilyn Cleary at marilynkcleary@gmail.com and Lisa Clavier at lisaclavier@hotmail.com. Contact an SOS team member to learn more.