Charlevoix County Events

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Kids games, live music, a pie eating contest, horse wagon rides and so much more is planned for this Saturday’s Boyne City Harvest Festival.

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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.

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Community book reading
The book “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel is the selection for One Book, One Community–Boyne Reads 2015. The library has multiple copies of the book and ebook, and they are also available for purchase at Local Flavor, Boyne City’s locally owned book store. For more information about the Great Michigan Read, Emily St. John Mandel, and Station Eleven, visit or Boyne District Library is located at 201 E. Main Street in Boyne City. For more information about Boyne Reads, call 582-7861 or visit the library’s website at

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Youth exchange & scholarship
The Rotary Club of East Jordan is seeking one East Jordan student, between ages of 15-17, to attend school for 11 months in another country, learning a new language and culture. The Rotary Club of East Jordan makes a generous contribution toward these expenses. In addition, a $2000 college scholarship is awarded to the student after a successful exchange year. The application and interview process is beginning NOW for the 2016-17 school year. Rotary will make final student selection by early October. Contact Karen Brennan at (231) 675-2606, go to or pick up a brochure at the East Jordan High School office.

Beginning Sept. 23
Fall Prevention Classes
In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the Area Agency on Aging is offering an eight-week program called A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls.
The series of classes is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Participants learn how to reduce fall risks in their environment, increase balance with exercise, view falls as controllable and set realistic goals for increased activity. Information about the program serving Michigan residents age 60 and older and their caregivers can be found at Specific class times and locations can be found by calling (800) 442-1713 or visiting

Sept. 24
The Mask You Live In
A free community screening of The Mask You Live In will be shown in the North Central Michigan College library conference room at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 24. An informal discussion of the film will take place immediately after the screening. The free screening is being hosted by the 100 Men Campaign which supports awareness and educational initiatives in an effort to help prevent violence against women and children. The Mask You Live In explores the confining stereotypes boys are exposed to as they become men. Through personal narratives and expert commentary, the film delves into the destructive and often conflicting messages that boys are being subjected to on a daily basis; messages that favor dominance over empathy, physical strength over compassion; violence over kindness and sex over love. More info at (231) 347-0067 or

Sept. 25.
Charlevoix Montessori Academy beach cleaning event
Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts is hosting a beach clean-up event beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday Sept. 25 at Lake Michigan Beach. Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade students, parents and friends of the school will be participating. This effort is in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes regional Adopt-a-Beach program. Those interested in volunteering to help with this important environmental effort are encouraged to call Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts at (231) 547-9000.

Sept. 25 deadline
Scarecrow contest
Here’s your chance to help Boyne City, win a prize and get into the spirit of the Harvest Festival season by creating and displaying scarecrows that are funny, scary, cute and most of all, original. Boyne Bucks prizes will be awarded. Categories are: Business, Organization, Students/Kids, Residents/Individuals. Entry forms must be received by Sept. 25 to determine the location of your scarecrow. Entrants are responsible for installing their scarecrows during the week of Sept. 28 and must be completed for judging by 5 p.m. Thursday Oct. 1. Judging starts at 5 p.m. Friday Oct. 3. Entries will be judged on originality, color, creativity and durability. Entrants are responsible for removing their scarecrows by Nov. 1. More info at 582-6222.

Sept. 26
EJ Fall Fest
East Jordan Fall Fest – Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the East Jordan Tourist Park. Food Trucks, Beverage Vendors, Live Music, Hay Bale Art and lots of fun. $5 entry fee, all kids 10 and under are free!

Sept. 26
Crop Walk
Come rain or shine! Area residents are gearing up to join in the Charlevoix County CROP Walk, Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. The six-mile walk will begin at three Charlevoix County locations, including Elm Pointe in East Jordan, Whiting Park in Boyne City and Charlevoix Middle School in Charlevoix. Each location will conclude the walk at the Congregational Church in Ironton where lunch will be provided for all walkers. All churches and individuals are welcome to join the walk. More information:
East Jordan, Marge Teske at 536-3128
Charlevoix, John Young at 547-2042
Boyne City, Mary Richwine at 582-6035.

Begins Sept. 27
Pioneer Family History
The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS) at Raven Hill Discovery Center presents a new exhibit: 90 Years Todd Pioneer Family History! Opening Ceremony on Sunday Sept. 27, at 5 p.m. in Raven Hill Discovery Center’s Warren Loranger Great Room. This special event night is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display at the Center during the new extended hours (Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sat 12-4pm, Sun 2-4pm) until October 26, 2015. More info at

Sept. 27
Boyne City Fire Dept. fundraiser concert
The Boyne City Fire Department presents country music star James Otto at the Boyne City High School Performing Arts Center, at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. General admission tickets are available at the door and at the Boyne Area Chamber office for $25. Call 231-225-0275 tickets or further information. Otto has had a number of singles make the Billboard charts, but his big hit was “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”, which became Otto’s first Number One hit, as well as the Number One country single of 2008.

Sept. 27 – Oct. 23
JRAC Zoo Hoo exhibit
Coming soon! Zoo Hoo…Opening on Sunday, September 27 and running through Friday, October 23 the fall exhibit “Zoo Hoo” looks to be a hoot!. This fun exhibit will be a celebration of the animal kingdom. JRAC will be open Tuesday’s – Sunday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM during the show.

Sept. 28
StoryTime at Boyne Library
StoryTime is starting again soon at the Boyne District Library! Monday, Sept. 28 at 10am, our new StoryTime for babies and toddlers, Toddler Tales and Tunes, will debut in the Children’s Area.
This storytime is designed to meet the early literacy needs of children from birth through 36 months.
Come read, sing, dance, and play with Mrs. Ivie every Monday from10:00 – 10:30am! No registration required. Questions? Contact Helene Ivie at 582-7861 or

Sept. 29
Preschool StoryTime at the Boyne library
Preschool StoryTime will meet in the Community Room on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 10:45am beginning on Tuesday, September 29th. Children ages 3 and up and their siblings are invited to join Mrs. Ivie for stories, songs, crafts, and activities each week. StoryTime is a great opportunity for young children to explore the library, engage in literacy-based activities, and socialize with their peers. No registration required. Questions? Contact Helene Ivie at 582-7861 or

Due oct. 1
Apply for People Fund Grants
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout its local service area. The upcoming grant application deadline is October 1. Non-profit organizations that serve communities in the GLE service area are eligible. Program guidelines and a grant request can be found online at

Oct. 3
BOYNE Harvest Festival
Boyne City will again celebrate its autumn bounty at the Harvest Festival Saturday Oct. 3. The event brings music, crafts and fall produce to the downtown from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Portions of Water and Lake streets will be closed to traffic. The Farmers Market will move from Veterans Park to Water and Lake streets for the event. There will also be an arts and crafts show and folk art demonstrations. Hayrides start at 10 a.m. and there will also be children’s games, pumpkin painting and more. For more information, call 582-6222 or visit

Oct. 3
Empty Bowls lunch fund-raiser
Organizers of the 4th Annual Boyne City Empty Bowls Project invite you to a community meal and fundraiser from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 3 in the community room at the Boyne District Library.
During the summer, community members made 72 bowls, at the Friday night Stroll the Streets events and the SOBO Arts Festival which, will be sold to raise funds to help fight hunger at the Oct. 3 event.
Tickets are $20, available at The Grain Train, the Manna Food information booth at the Farmers Market, and at the Boyne District Library. All proceeds are donated to The Manna Food Project.

Oct. 12 – Nov. 9
Boyne City leaf pickup
Mondays and Fridays only
The City will pick up leaves during the above scheduled dates only. After the scheduled date, citizens will be responsible for their own leaves.
Please set bagged leaves curbside anytime after the first day of pick up, in biodegradable paper bags.
City crews will pick up bags as time allows. If your bags have been out for an extended period of time and have not been collected, please notify City Hall at 582-6597.
Biodegradable paper bags are available at Boyne City Ace Hardware and Boyne Co-op or can be purchased from any other source.
Please put only leaves in bags as they are not strong enough to hold sticks, sand, or stones, and will tear upon lifting.
Brush will not be picked up; however, residents may take their brush and leaves, either bagged in biodegradable bags or un-bagged, up to the North Boyne Compost Site at the end of Robinson Street, which is open seven days a week for your convenience.
Commercial businesses may also utilize the compost area with their city issued permit. City Ordinance prohibits depositing leaves or other yard waste in the street.

Oct. 9 – Dec. 11
All programs in the fall series will be held on Fridays in the College’s library conference room.
Oct. 9 – Interlochen Public Radio. Sally Eisele was named general manager of IPR earlier this year after a long career at WBEZ in Chicago, KQED in San Francisco, WKAR at Michigan State University and the Michigan Public Radio network. She will talk about how public radio is meeting the challenges of an ever-expanding media universe.
Oct. 16 – Miss Margy. Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry recently launched its largest, most technologically advanced boat, the “Miss Margy,” to take passengers to Mackinac Island quickly and in air-conditioned comfort.
Oct. 30 – Trooper of the Year. Corey Hebner of Harbor Springs was named Michigan State Police Trooper of the Year in January for his exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement, particularly with young people. The 19-year veteran of the state police will discuss a variety of law enforcement topics including “phishing,” the efforts by online scammers masquerading as trustworthy entities to get your usernames, passwords and credit card details to take your money.
Nov. 6 – Local Food Alliance. North Central Michigan College, MSU Extension, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, local farmers and others are collaborating to expand the availability and consumption of food and other products grown locally. Alliance members will explain what steps are being explored to grow our local farm economy.
Nov. 20 – The Biology of Wastewater Treatment: The Real Poop. Dan Wickham, Ph.D., a former research ecologist with the University of California, co-invented and patented a device that allows homeowners to use bacteria to treat septic waste and recover failed leachfields.
Dec. 11 – Out of Laos. When the American military evacuated Saigon in 1975, many people were left behind, including thousands of Laotians who had aided the Central Intelligence Agency during the “secret war” across the border from Vietnam.
Reservations are required. Call (231) 348-6600 or e-mail to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $10. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon.

Oct. 17
Craft Vendors Needed
The Leaf Peeker Craft Show held in downtown East Jordan on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. has openings for both indoor and outdoor craft vendors.
The craft show is held in conjunction with the 6th Annual East Jordan Pumpkin Festival. For more information on the show or the Pumpkin Festival, contact the EJ Chamber of Commerce at 536-7351 or

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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.
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.

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 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 October, 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.

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, Jamie Woodall at, Marilyn Cleary at and Lisa Clavier at Contact an SOS team member to learn more.