Events coming up around Charlevoix County

JAN. 21
Are you looking for a way to beat the winter blues and engage your brain? The Boyne District Library will host their first monthly Scrabble Club meeting Thursday, January 21 from 1-2:30. There is no cost for club and the library will provide game boards and tiles. All ages are welcome to attend.
If you have questions please contact Monica Kroondyk at or 231-582-7861.

JAN. 21
Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards, Boyne Mountain Resort, 5 to 8 p.m. Great food, entertainment, live and silent auctions, business awards. Call the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at 582-6222 or go to for more info.

JAN. 23
The East Jordan Lions Club is holding a DOG GONE FUN DOG SHOW Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, 1-3pm, at the EJ Civic Center. Registration is a 1pm, and the events start at 1:30. There will be an agility course and prizes for all kinds of dogs: smallest, largest, scruffiest, best trick wiggliest, etc. Entry fee is $5.00 per dog. Spectators admitted by donation. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Proceeds from the event will be given to our local Charlevoix Area Humane Society.

JAN. 25
The Boyne District Library will be hosting a Character Party for Tweens in grades 5 – 7 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Monday Jan. 25. Tweens are invited to dress as their favorite character from books, movies or TV, or they can come as they are! There will be themed foods and drinks—Polyjuice Potion!—in addition to music and activities based on your favorite books, TV shows and movies. Registration is required and limited to the first 25 to sign up. Register at or contact Nisa Kesseler at 582-7861, or e-mail for more info.

JAN. 25
On Monday Jan. 25 from 1–3 p.m., CTAC – Petoskey will be holding a docent training session. Those interested in volunteering will learn about the current exhibits, be shown how to give gallery tours for area students and adult groups, and how to demonstrate hands-on projects for area schools groups.
More info by contacting Megan DeWindt at (231) 347-5731 or Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 East Mitchell St. in Petoskey.

JAN. 25 – APRIL 25
The Boyne District Library Book Club meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the library’s conference room. The library is located at 201 East Main St. in Boyne City. Call (231) 582-7861 for more information.
– Jan. 25
When we Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro
– Feb. 22
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn
– March 28
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
– April 25
Driftless , by David Rhodes

JAN. 26
The community of Boyne City will be hosting a free social gathering for all veterans from 9 to 11 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning Jan. 26 at the Boyne Area Senior Center. Coffee and doughnuts will be donated by supportive area businesses. The senior center will also offer free lunches to all veterans on the fourth Tuesday of the month, starting this January.

JAN. 30
The Boyne District Library is offering a STEM-inspired event called “Junior Engineers” for children in second through fourth grades on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00-11:30am in the library’s Community Room. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Kids will use planning and problem-solving skills to design and build simple machines and experiment with many scientific and mathematical concepts in this hands-on workshop. Registration is required, and can be done online at or by calling the library at (231) 582-7861. Questions? Contact Helene Ivie:

FEB. 6
Char-Em United Way’s third Toast to Literacy fundraising event, will be held February 6, 2016 at Castle Farms in Charlevoix.
The event will again focus on delightful libations from local breweries and vineyards as well as a delicious food competition by select caterers. Toast to Literacy will take place in the lower level of Castle Farms from 7 to 10pm and will feature wine/beer/mead tastings, food, a silent auction, and live music.  All proceeds will benefit the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which provides free books to children birth to age five.
Admission is $35 at the door or $30 in advance and includes a souvenir glass and food tastings. More info at (231) 487-1006 or at

FEB. 16 & MARCH 16
Learn about job opportunities and improve your job search skills by getting involved in the new Boyne City Career Connection. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the upstairs conference room of the Boyne District Library, at 201 East Main St. in Boyne City. Upcoming meetings are Feb. 16 and March 16. The meetings include discussions on job and job search strategies. More info at (231) 439-5239 or

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Boyne Food Pantry
Good Neighbors Food Pantry in Boyne City has extended its hours. The food pantry is now open from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday. More info at (231) 497-8677 or e-mail them at The food pantry is located at 624 State St. in Boyne City. 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.

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
McLaren Northern Michigan 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.