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9/4/2013 12:01:00 AM
About Town: Area Events and Happenings

Welcome Back to School

Harbor Springs public school students Grades 1-12, return for a full day on Wednesday, September 4. Kindergarten students return on Monday, Sept 9.

Outdoor Events

The 20th Annual Taste of Harbor Springs, will take place on Saturday, September 21, noon-3 p.m. on the waterfront next to the tennis courts. Advance tickets available for $25: online www.harborspringschamber.com or 231-526-7999. Tickets at the gate $35.

Harbor Springs Cycling Classic, Saturday, Sept 14, 8 am-3 pm, 20, 44, 60 mile routes. Map, refreshments, sag, lunch. $25 in advance, $30 at the event. Info: 231-526-2161 www.birchwoodinn.com/specialevents/hscyclingclassic.html

Crooked Tree Arts Center

The fall class schedule at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, has been announced. Classes returning include the Culinary Series with area chefs, and the addition of several levels of Hip Hop classes, a youth Culinary Class and many others. These are eight week classes A two week "Winter Intersession" group of classes will run the first two weeks of December and will differ from the fall class offerings. The eight week course offerings have been designed to fit in with the schools' academic calendars. The Art Center's established School of Ballet classes and the Strings program remain on their previous schedules of 17 weeks and run throughout the school year. To view the fall course offerings, as well as register, visit www.crookedtree.org or call the front desk at 231-347-4337.

North Central

Michigan College

North Central Michigan College's 16th Annual Cookout, will take place Sunday, Sept 15 from noon to 3:00 pm on the Petoskey campus. This is a fundraising event for the NCMC Foundation Scholarship Fund. There will be a picnic-style lunch, entertainment by the Jelly Roll Blues Band and a silent auction and bake sale. Games, a bounce house and other entertainment will be available for children of all ages. Tickets are available at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Harbor IGA, Oleson's Market and Glen's Market South and on the Petoskey campus in Student Services or the fitness center. Tickets are $8 per person; children five and under eat free.

North Central Michigan College's luncheon lecture, series for the fall semester will begin on Friday, Sept 27. Kicking off the series on Sept 27 will be Bryan Shumaker, M.D., a retired physician and professor in the Oakland University physics department. He is a NASA/Jet Propulsion Labs Solar System Ambassador and president of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club. He will talk about the night sky and show some spectacular photographs of stars and galaxies he has taken. All programs in the fall series will be held at noon on Fridays in the college's Library conference room. Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $10. Lunch begins at 11:30 am.

NCMC's nursing and allied health faculty, will hold monthly information sessions on Thursdays, at 4 p.m. to explain the process for admission into the college's highly competitive nursing and allied health career programs. The sessions will be in Room 347 of the college's Health Education and Science Center on the Petoskey campus. Sessions will be held on September 26., Oct 24, Nov 21, Jan 23, Feb 20, March 20 and April 24. Anyone planning to apply for the nursing or allied health programs is strongly encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions. The information on prerequisites will be particularly important for those applying for the fall 2014 program.

Forum on new Health Insurance Options

A public forum on new health insurance options, will be coming in October that will be opening up insurance and health care to people who have been struggling to find coverage, will be held on Monday, Sept 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlevoix Public Library. Leading this public forum will be Lyn Jenks, CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital and Linda Yaroch, RN, Health Officer with the Health Dept of Northern Michigan. The enrollment period will begin in October. This forum is designed to provide vital information to everyone in the community. Time will be allowed for the many questions people will have. A non-partisan event, it is being hosted by the Charlevoix Democratic Party. It is hoped that everyone with a question, with concerns or doubts about these upcoming options, will come listen and ask questions.

Speaker Series

"Great Lakes Freighters and Ferries:, A Firsthand Account" will be hosted by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs as part of its monthly speaker series on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. David Lyle, President of Walstrom Marine, will share his story of life on Great Lakes Freighters and Ferries as Deckhand, Deckwatch, Seaman, First Mate and Captain. Hear his firsthand account as told from a life perspective spent on and around the lakes. Open to all. Admission: please bring food items for the Harbor Springs Food Pantry. The Outfitter, 153 E. Main Street in Harbor Springs. For more info call 231-526-2621 or visit www.outfitterharborsprings.com


"Beach Ranger" Workshop, hosted by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Emmet County Lakeshore Association, will take place on Wednesday, September 18 at 4 p.m. at the Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs. Shoreline property owners on Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay, as well as beach walkers in Charlevoix and Emmet County are invited to this free workshop to learn more about avian botulism outbreaks and how they can assist in monitoring the expected bird die-off this fall. This Beach Ranger Training Workshop will provide an overview of avian botulism, monitoring protocols, and bird identification. Monitoring kits and instructions are provided. To register for the workshop, please call Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council at 231-347-1191 or email Dan Myers at dan@watershedcouncil.org. For more info about avian botulism, visit www.watershedcouncil.org/learn and click on Avian Botulism.

Educational/hands on water quality in our watersheds workshop, presented by Bliss Branch of the Mackinaw Area Public Library and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, will be held in October. It will include four sessions and is open to all interested students, their parents, and interested adults without children. Kira Davis will be leading the workshops. Sign up deadline is Tues, Sept 17 by emailing Mary Hohlbein at blissbranch@gmail.com or call 537-2927 during Bliss branch hours Tuesdays 2-8 and Friday 1-5 for more detailed information/and or to sign up.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA), a certified HUD housing counseling agency, will be hosting a workshop on Budgeting on Tues, Sept 17 from 6-9 p.m. as part of a series of six workshops on financial fitness The workshop is free, will be held at their address 2202 Mitchell Park in Petoskey. To register call (231) 347-9070 or (800) 443-5518 or visit www.nmcaa.net.


Women Can/Women Do fundraising luncheon, will be held in Petoskey on Wednesday, Sept 11 at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club-Lange Center.This luncheon is a major fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan . A featured silent auction item will be a Mackinac Bridge Tour, an amazing chance of a lifetime. The winning bidder will receive a certificate good for two people to gain special access to one of the Mackinac Bridge towers. This opportunity is only available to the general public through a non-profit fundraiser. There are many other auction items such as round trip air for two via Lakeshore Express, four tickets to a home Pistons game and much more. The luncheon is from 11 am to 1:45 p.m. Seats are a minimum donation of $150 per person.Those unable to attend the luncheon may place a bid on the Mackinac Bridge tour in advance of the luncheon by calling the WRCNM administrative office at (231)347-0067.


Yoga in the Park, on Wednesday mornings (through mid-September) promptly at 8:15 a.m. in Zorn Park. Come 10 minutes early to sign in and set up your towel or yoga mat on the grass overlooking the beach & harbor in Zorn Park.

Running Injury Clinic

Running Injury Clinic, will be hosted by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs and conducted by medical professionals from Harborside Spine and Sports Center and NM Sports Medicine Center on Tuesday, Sept 10. Schedule your personal three-part screening, gait analysis and assessment to address trouble spots or nagging injuries. For runners of all ages and abilities. Registration required: participants will be scheduled every 10 minutes from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission: free. Held at The Outfitter of Harbor Springs at 153 E Main St. To register: call The Outfitter at 231-526-2621 or email info@outfitterharborsprings.com.

Little Traverse Half Marathon

Run one of the most scenic routes of the North!, The Outfitter of Harbor Springs presents the Little Traverse Half Marathon on Saturday, September 28. A unique point-to-point run around the bay from Bay Harbor to Harbor Springs via the Little Traverse Wheelway, shoreline footpath in Bay View, Petoskey State Park and Beach Road. For runners of all ages and abilities, race starts at 8:00 am and fee is $55. Post race food and festivities in small-town style at Zorn Park/City Beach in Harbor Springs. Call for energetic volunteers to help at the start, on the course and at the finish line! To volunteer, email lthalfmarathon@gmail.com. To register and for more info: www.outfitterharborsprings.com


Wilderness Canoe Race

The Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe Race, sponsored by the Michigan Canoe Race Association, "The Great Race from the Lower Falls to Lake Superior" is a sanctioned 17 ½ mile, two-person canoe race (C-2) on the Tahquamenon River from the Lower Tahquamenon Falls to Lake Superior. The event takes place Sat, Sept. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. A shore (6 ½ mile) one-person race (C-1) begins at 3:30 at the river mouth For more information htlp://TahquamenonWildernessCanoeRace.org.


The Harbor Springs Library, : The Harbor Springs Library, Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed on Sundays and holidays.. The Harbor Springs Library offers free high speed WiFi internet access as well as Mac and PC computers available to the public. Library is located in downtown Harbor Springs at the corner of Spring and Main St. Please go to www.harborspringslibrary.org or call (231)526-2531 for more information.

Petoskey District Library, Regular Library hours are: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri, Sat, Sun: Noon-5 p.m. Library is located in downtown Petoskey, 500 E Mitchell St. 231-758-3100. library@petoskeylibrary.org.

Alanson Public Library, announces Fall Story Hour for Preschoolers: Tuesdays - 10:30 a.m., Sept 24-Oct 29. No registration required. Must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Library hours are Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thur 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat Summer) 1-5 p.m.; Closed Sundays and Holidays. 548-5465, located at 7631 Burr Ave (Alanson Community Building)


Three Pines Studio:, Three Pines is a studio and gallery representing local artists in all the visual arts. There will be a three day Painting/collage/sculpture workshop with Ken Kewley Sept 26 (Evening Discussion) through Sept 29 "From the Literal to the Poetic". For more information, call 231-526-9447 visit us at threepinesstudio.com . Three Pines is open everyday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or by appointment.. Located at 5959 W Levering Rd in Cross Village. 231-526-9447 or cell 231-838-9927 You are invited to come and visit.

Petoskey Film Theater, will be showing the Kon Tiki at 7:30 p.m. at the Petoskey District Library, Carnegie Building (old Library), 451 E Mitchell St Petoskey. Donations appreciated. PFT Movie Hotline: 758-3108

Farmers Markets

Harbor Springs Farmers Market, open at the west end of Main Street, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through mid-October. Plan on stopping by.

Downtown Petoskey Farmer's Market, open each Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 4 and in its traditional location on Howard St, between JC Penney and Julienne Tomatoes.

Good Hart Market Days run every Saturday afternoon 2-5:30 p.m., now through the color season. The event is held in Sutherland's yard next to the Good Hart General Store and is free to participate or to attend. Features local artists, artisans and farmers. Good Hart is located 14 miles north of Harbor Springs along M-119. For more informaton call 231-526-7661 or visit www.goodhartstore.com.


Petoskey Presbyterian Church:, Disciplers Bible Study begins a new year in the study of God's Word, Tuesday, September 10 at 9:30 in the Petoskey Presbyterian Church, 501 E. Mitchell St. We will be studying Old Testament Amos and New Testament Romans. Please feel welcome to come and join other women interested in knowing and understanding more about God's Word, the Bible. If you are interested come on Tuesday, Sept 10 to the Petoskey Presbyterian Church, across from the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 9:30 or call Joann Palmer, 526-0289 or Lurli Vaughn 347-9743 for more information.

Stutsmanville Chapel: On Sunday morning, Sept 8, Adult classes meet 9:15-10:15 am. Pastor Ed Warner will share in the worship service at 10:30 Nursery for -13 yr olds will be provided during the service.

First Presbyterian Church Harbor Springs, On Sunday, Sept 8 the Reverend Jim Pollard will preach at the 10:00 am worship service.The Kirk Ringers hand bell ensemble will play special music and pianist Sally Page will play for the offertory.. A nursery is provided for infants and toddlers and Sunday'S cool, a program for elementary-age children, meets during the 10 a.m. service. /wyldLife Club meets at 4 p.m. at the Harbor Springs Library and the senior high youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the church, both under the leadership of Mike Ossewaarde. For more information visit www.fpchs.org or call 526-7332 Monday through Friday from 8:30-5.

Worship service at the Harbor Springs United Methodist Church, 343 E. Main St , will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 8 with Pastor Mary Sweet preaching. Special music will be provided by Clare Sullivan, violin; Marga Eickholt, cello and Marion Kuebler, piano. A coffee and cookie fellowship will follow the service. Please visit umcharborsprings.com for more information.

St. Ignatius Church on Lamkin Road, in Good Hart has held the last Mass of the summer. The church will remain open, for daily visitation until the end of October, a serene stop on a tunnel of trees tour. All are welcome to stop by this small, historic church.


L'Arbre Croche Museum, is open 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment, through the color season. The museum, which highlights the 300 year history of Cross Village, is located in the lower level of Father Al's Parish Hall, adjacent to the Holy Cross Church on M-119/Lakeshore Drive in Cross Village. If you would like to make an appointment, call Frank Francis (231) 526-0906.


The Harbor Springs History Museum, exhibit galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 3 p.m. The Museum's new temporary exhibit "Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective" is on display during exhibit hours. The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's regular business hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about our upcoming programs and special events please visit us online at www.HarborSpringsHistory.org.


Free Hearing tests will be offered for persons, age 55 and older, at the Pellston Friendship Center on Tues, Sept 17 beginning at 9:00 am. An audiologist from Petoskey Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists will be conducting the tests. Appointments necessary by calling the Pellston Friendship Center 539-8201 or toll free at 1-888-347-0369.

Community Free Clinic, offers a walk-in clinic on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Sign-in and screening begin at 1 p.m. Sign-in is discontinued at 6:30 p.m. There is also a smaller appointment clinic on Monday afternoons (walk-ins welcome if the schedule allows) from 1-5 p.m. Photo ID, proof of residency, and verification of income are required. Call (231)487-3600 for more information.

Community Resources

The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan offers free playgroups, for children aged Birth-60 months and preschool-aged siblings. The August schedule is 9:30-11 am Wednesdays at United Methodist Church, Alanson; and 9:30-11 Thursdays at Christ Lutheran Church, Boyne City. East Jordan and Petoskey playgroups resume in September. Call (231)347-0067 or visit wrcnm.org for more information.

Women's Resource Center, of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) provides free counseling and support services to victims of crime including victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse, child sexual assault and adults molested when they were children. Services also provided to victims of elder abuse, hate crimes, economic abuse/fraud, robbery, DUI/DWI crashes, and survivors of a homicide victim. Support services include crisis counseling, individual counseling, support groups, trauma therapy (EMDR), play therapy for children, safety planning, advocacy on behalf of survivors and resources/referrals. The WRCNM can assist in filing victim compensation claims with the Michigan Department of Community Health. If you or someone you care about has been a victim of crime, contact the WRCNM administrative office at (231)347-0067.

Planned Parenthood, of West and Northern Michigan provides complete gyn exams, breast exams and Pap tests for women of all ages; pregnancy tests; counseling and provision of birth control supplies; including emergency contraception, testing and treatment for vaginal, urinary and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV testing. Services are confidential, affordable, and provided by women clinicians. Medicaid/PlanFirst! and MC/VISA accepted. Open Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri; some evenings. Planned Parenthood, 1003 Spring St, Petoskey. (231)347-9692.

The Harbor Springs Library, Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed on Sundays and holidays. The Harbor Springs Library offers free high speed WiFi internet access as well as Mac and PC computers available to the public. Library is located in downtown Harbor Springs at the corner of Spring and Main St. Please go to www.harborspringslibrary.org or call (231)526-2531 for more information.

Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry, located in the lower level of the Holy Childhood Community Center building (entrance on Third Street), is open from 9:30 a.m.-noon every non-holiday Monday. Food is available for anyone in need in the Harbor Springs area. Those wishing to donate items may bring them to the Pantry on Monday morning or leave them in baskets inside the entrances of the church from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Phone (231)526-2017, Ext 43. This is a community-wide service.

Harbor Springs Friendship Center, welcomes all senior citizens to Hillside Apartments Community Room C on West Main St. for a hot nutritious meal or to join in the fun activities. The center offers a coffee talk at 10-11:30 a.m. Mon., Tues, Wed., Fri. and exercise classes on Tues. and Thurs. The Friendship Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.. A hot meal is served at noon. For more information call (231)526-6061.

Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Council on Aging, offers services for age 60 and over and spouses. Meals on Wheels and in-home respite, homemaker and personal care are available on a donation basis. Congregate meals are served in Petoskey, Brutus and Pellston. Foot care, massage therapy, medication management, blood pressure screening, support groups, Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP age 55+), choir, fitness programs and more are offered ona no cost, donation or low cost basis. Call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369 for information.


Emmet County Recycling's last public shredding event of 2013, will be held Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Emmet County Drop-off Center, 7363 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs. A professional document destruction company will be shredding on site. Cost is $5 per small-bankers-box-size box or two brown paper grocery bags full. The shredded paper will be recycled and certificates of destruction will be available to businesses upon request. Emmet County Recycling will also be collecting latex paints and stains for recycling that same morning. There is a $1 per gallon can (or equivalent) charge to recycling latex paints.

Emmet County Recycling, offers free recycling of all electronics all the time. Free electronics recycling is made possible by a 2008 Michigan law requiring manufacturers who sell computers and TVs in the state to provide a free and convenient way for customers to recycle their old computers and TVs. The facility is open from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays and is closed Sundays and major holidays. For more information on electronics recycling locally, contact Emmet County Recycling at (231)348-0640 or visit www.EmmetRecycling.org.



Final Call for Day of Caring, - Char-Em United Way still has projects available for Day of Caring on Wed, Sept 11. Project requests from local senior citizens almost doubled this year so please consider spending a few hours helping an elderly neighbor stay independent and in their home. Call Char-Em United Way today for details, 487-1006.

Support your community by volunteering with the Women's Resource Center, Gold Mine Resale Shops and Safe Home. Both are in need of building repairs and/or maintenance. If you are a skill maintenance person with some extra time, please contact Jamie Winters, Volunteer coordinator (231)347-1572.

The Manna Food Project in Harbor Springs, is calling for volunteers for packing and repacking food products in the Manna warehouse. Distributing 1.7 million pounds of food product to over 35 area pantries and 44,000 families is no easy task without the support of volunteers. Students, service groups, senior groups, scout troops, families and individuals are all welcome to be part of Manna's volunteer army. To get involved with The Manna Food Project, contact Gabby Billion at 231-347-8852 or via email at gabby@mannafoodproject.org.

Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group, Are you providing care for someone needing support through a chronic condition or illness, a special needs child or family member, someone in hospice? Are you looking for a chance to meet with others in similar situations also providing care to talk and listen, and provide mutual support? You are welcome at the new Caregiver Support Group meeting a the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs. The group meets twice a month, alternating every other meeting between an evening meeting and an early afternoon meeting. The next meeting will be Monday, September 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the church. The Rev. David Van Dam is moderating this group. David is gifted in caring support, and has hospice respite caregiver experience. Caregiver Support Group is open to everyone in the Harbor/Petoskey and surrounding community. The Presbyterian church is located at 7940 Cemetery Rd., Harbor Springs. 231/526-7332 for directions or more information.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group meetings, are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays ( of each month at 6:00 pm at the Boyne City Library. A group of adults who have lost someone to suicide now meets and safe supportive place. They share the memories and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. This is an initiative by the Human Services Coordinating Body Suicide Prevention Workgroup for Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. For more information contact Greg Billiard 231-590-0587.

CLIMB, is a program through McLaren-Northern Michigan to provide emotional support to children (ages 5-12) who have a parent or other loved one diagnosed with cancer. Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery. Through CLIMB, art and play activities help children to understand and develop coping skills. This is a free community service funded by McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation. For more information or to enroll a child in the CLIMB program, please contact Amy Juneau, at (231)487-4015.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, is a support group for custodial relative caregivers of children. The group meets on the fourth Monday of the month, January through November, from 6- 7:30 at the Petoskey Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Rd.Childcare is available during meetings by reservation: please call (231)347-3211 or (888) 347-0369, x29.

Juvenile Diabetes, parent support group meetings will be held the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at La Senorita in Petoskey. Direct questions to Marcia Vandermus, (231)526-9705..

The Grief and Loss Support Group, is held at the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay Community Grief and Loss Center at One Hiland Drive in Petoskey Michigan in the Conference room. The

group meets on the third Thursday of every month, 1-2:30 p.m.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group, second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hospice of

Little Traverse Bay, One Hiland Dr, Petoskey (231)487-4285.

Alzheimer's and Dementia support, group meets the second Wednesday each month from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center library. Call (231)347-3211 for more information.

Diabetes, Heart and Vascular Support, is offered the second Monday of each month, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and Community Health Education Center from 7-8 p.m. For more information (800)248-6777.

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