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About Town...Area Events

Harbor Springs Ice Rink & Kiwanis Park Sledding Hill

Winter Tentative Schedule

Ice Rink: Mon-Fri, 3 pm to 8 pm; Sat & Sun 10 am to 8 pm;

Kiwanis Park: Fri, 3-8 pm; Sat & Sun, 10 am-8 pm

Dinner & a Movie Night, Fri Nights: Now through March 14 beginning at 5:30 pm The park will be showing movies and serving pizza to anyone who wishes to participate. Movie is free. Dinner is $5 per person January movie schedule: Jan 17 Raising Izzie; Jan 24 Mini Witch; Jan 31, Epic.

Ice Skating Games at the rink, Saturday afternoons thru March 15 from 1 pm-3 pm We play a series of ice skating games including broomball, four corners, pom-pom and others We give winners of the games silly prizes. For more information on scheduled events call the Skate Park 526-0610.

January Community Sledding Night at Kiwanis park, Sat, Jan 18 from 5-8 pm. Food, prizes, games, crafts and sledding will be offered. Call the Sk8 Park 231-526-0601 for more information.

Crooked Tree Arts Center

The Culinary Series, held every Tuesday through Feb 25, showcasing local restaurants and chefs, continues on Tuesday, Jan 21 with the Red Mesa; Jan 28, Morel's Bistro; Feb 4 Toski Sands; Feb 11 with Pasta II at the home of Mr and Mrs Gordon Bonfield; Feb 18, Palette Bistro; Feb 25, Twisted Olive. These typically sell out quickly. For more Information and registration, www.crookedtree.org or call 231-347-4337.

The 2013-14 Swirl Season at the CTAC, continues on Thursday, Jan 23 featuring foods and wines by Pond Hill Farm of Harbor Springs. Local musician Michelle Chenard will perform vocals and guitar; three exhibits will be open for viewing. Swirl is a monthly wine tasting with music and the most recent art exhibit art exhibits on display. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 per person the day of Swirl, when available. The next Swirl, Feb 27 will feature Twisted Olive Cafe with music by Bill Wilson. For more info/to purchase tickets call the CTAC 231-347-4337.

North Central

Michigan College

The NCMC gym and fitness center will offer three pickleball workshops, on Saturday Jan 18 in the Student and Community Resource Center gym on the Petoskey campus. Northern Michigan's National Champion, Carolyn Ebbinghaus, will lead the instructional sessions. The workshops are for beginners and advanced beginners and will run at 11 am, noon and 1 pm. Each session is limited to 16 people; There are four players per court. The cost of each workshop is $5 for current North Central students and $10 for non-students. All equipment will be furnished. Call 231-439-6370 for info and to reserve your place in class. There will be a free family day following the workshops from 2-5 pm with games, activities and tours of the fitness center.

North Central Michigan College's luncheon lecture series, for the winter semester will begin on Friday, January 24. A wide variety of topics will be featured: Kicking off the series on January 24 is a closer look at "Court School." Emmet County Probate Court Judge Fred Mulhauser started a school for students whose brushes with the law barred them from conventional classrooms.Today, Lakeview Academy is a unique partnership involving Char Em ISD, Emmet County and Judge Mulhauser will provide an update on the school.: All programs in the series are 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 and includes lunch. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with the lecture beginning at noon.

Community Financial Aid Night, presented by NCMC, will be held on Wed, Jan 29 from 7-8:30 pm in the college library.. Financial aid for college will be the topic of this free program hosted as a community service for parents and students attending or planning to attend any college or university. The program will include an explanation of the categories, types and sources of financial aid, the cost of attending college, expected family contributions, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and scholarship searches. For more info, contact Virginia Panoff, the College's director of financial aid at 231-348-6698.


Perry Farm Village, will host the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program. Classes start Tuesday, January 28 and run every Tuesday until April 1, from 11 am-12 noon. Cost is $75 for 10 sessions. To register please call Katie Parr, Wellness Coordinator at Perry Farm Village (231) 526-1500.

Perry Farm Village, will also start a new program called "Yogafit!". This class is user-friendly and is "Real Yoga for Real People". Classes start Thursday, Jan 30 and run every Thursday until April 3 from from 11 am-12 noon. Cost is $75 for 10 sessions. To register please call Katie Parr (231) 526-1500.

Family Fitness Challenge, offered at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center in Petoskey, is a 5-week course modeled on real Olympic training skills. The Challenge is open to families with children age 4-14; a parent or adult must accompany children. Families may choose any single class for $10 or participate in all five for $50. All classes take place on Thursdays from 7-8 pm. beginning Thursday, Jan 23. The series culminates with a Family Olympic Challenge and Medal Ceremony. For more information, contact Joan Tiihonen, CTRS, AFP, at jtiihonen@northernhealth.org or (231) 4887-3440.

Winter Outdoor


The 49th Annual Moose Jaw Snowmobile Ride, will be held Saturday, January 18. Pre-registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Harbor Springs Skate Park, with the ride beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Riders will follow the trails to the bean pot at the Center Township Hall across from Moose Jaw Junction on the corner of Larks Lake and Van Roads. Lunch will be served between noon and 2 p.m. For more information visit www.moosejawtrails.com.

The Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival, is January 17 & 18 in the Village at Bay Harbor. Events will include Professional Carver Competition Friday and Saturday, Ice & Spice Sledding Luge Fri & Sat, Horse & Carriage rides Saturday, and much more ending with a Fireworks Show Saturday at 6:30 pm For more infor call Bay Harbor 231-439-2650.

Cross County Ski Series, is hosted by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs every Wednesday night from 6:00-7:30 at Nub's Nob. For nordic skiers of all ages and abilities, each weekly session will start with a skills clinic (20-30 minutes) and end with a group ski. A great way to get out for a night ski, refine your technique and improve efficiency. Register for any/all dates that fit your schedule. Note: schedule alternates between skate and classic skiing. Fee: trail pass required. Pre-registration required. To register or for more info: call The Outfitter at (231) 2621 or visit outfitterharborsprings.com.

Women in the Wild: XC Ski Clinic, hosted by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs, will be held Thursday, January 16 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Improve your classic nordic skiing technique and efficiency. We will start with drills and tips and then ski on the groomed trails at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club. Open to women of all ages who want to get outdoors and gain skills together. Previous x-c ski experience needed. Fee is $10 and equipment rentals are available. Meet at the clubhouse near the cart barn. Pre-registration required: call 231-526-2621 or visit www.outfitterharborsprings.com.

Cross Country Ski Loppet, will be hosted by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs on Sunday, Feb 2. This 30th annual classic cross country ski tour on 16 miles of groomed trail from Harbor Springs to Cross Village is open to skiers of all ages and abilities. Skiers may opt for shorter mileage by starting at aid stations on Middle Village Rd or Wormwood Ln. Loppet ends at the Crow's Nest restaurant with a celebration of food, drinks, fun and door prizes. Classic skis only. Registration limited to 120 skiers. To register: and for more info,visit www.outfitterharborsprings.com, stop in The Outfitter, 153 E Main St or call 231-526-2621.


Come enjoy a meal for the Harbor Springs 2014 Senior Class, at Moosejaw Junction on Thursday, January 23 from 4-9 pm. 10% of sales will be donated to the class of 2014 for their All Night Celebration. Another meal is planned at Moosejaw Junction on Saturday, February 22 from 4-9 pm; again 10$ of sales will be donated to the class of 2014 for their All Night Celebration

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society's annual dog walk, the Grateful Snowshoe Benefit, will be held on Sat, Feb 15 from 11 am-2 pm at the PB&J Farm, just north of Harbor Springs. Participants are invited to bring their furry friend for a walk through the woods while exploring the beauty of this secluded farm. Three snowshoe trails will be available, ranging from beginner to expert. Snowshoes will be available. Participants are invited to walk a shelter dog if they don't have one of their own. Bonfire to make s'mores; hamburgers, hotdogs, PB&J sandwiches and other snacks will be available, all courtesy of Cathy and Mark Bissell and Janie and Tim Jenkins. Participants are encouraged to gain sponsors for the walk to raise funds for the homeless animals at LTBHS Registration kicks off at 10 am, and there will be a shotgun start at 11:30. Cost of the event is a $35 flat fee or $35 in sponsors.For more info about the walk or to sign up, go to www.ltbhs.com, call 231-347-2396 or stop by LTBHS, 11300 W Conway Rd, Harbor Springs.


The Kiwanis Club Petoskey, will present "Faces of Korea" with travelogue filmmaker and speaker Buddy Hatton as the next installment of the Travel and Adventure Series, on Thursday, Jan 16, 7:00 pm at Petoskey High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 at the door. For more information contact (231) 224-6404 and leave a voicemail.

The Emmet County Republican Womens meeting, on Monday, Jan 20 will host speaker Dr Howard Beck, Regional Director of the Community Free Clinic. All interested women and men are invited to attend this luncheon/meeting at Stafford's Bay View Inn, Petoskey. Check in will begin at 11:00 am. The meeting will begin at 11:30 am. Luncheon will be $15. Reservations are required as seating is limited. For reservations, please call/text Rebecca Cameron 231-838-2260 on or before 2 pm Friday, Jan 17.

The life and work of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, will be celebrated by the Robert Emmet Society in Petoskey.on Friday, Jan 24 from 6 to 9 pm at City Park Grill in Petoskey.The Robert Emmet Society is honoring this poet with its own Robert Burns Dinner. There will be poetry reading of Burns's famous works along with poetry readings of works written by the Irish patriot Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County. There will be Celtic-themed music by the local band The Hooligans. Cost is $10 per person .Call the City Park Grill at (231) 347-0101 for reservations.

The First Tee of Northern Michigan, has new winter programs starting up: A new Driving Forward program beginning Thurs, Jan 23, to be held indoors at The Bartley House at Boyne Highlands. The program will run for 6 weeks from 4-6 pm on Thursdays, Jan 23 through Feb 27. The program will focus not only on golf but also The First Tee Life Experience skills programming. Open to participants ages 7-17, cost $15. The class will be taught by PGA Professional John Myers. If you would like to participate in this program contact Myers at 231-526-3168 or via email at john@thefirstteenorthernmichigan.org

The First Tee of Northern Michigan, will also be resuming its Open Net Program on Wed, Jan 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This program is open to First Tee participants who would like to come by and have help with their golf game and keep up on their skills. The program runs from Jan 15 through March 19.


Holy Cross Church, Cross Village will sponsor a "Perch Fry" dinner on Sat, Jan 18 serving from 4-8 pm in the Fr. Al Parish Center. Menu includes perch, French Fries, cole slaw, dinner roll, dessert, beverage. $10/adults, Kids (under 10) $7.00 Snowmobilers welcome!

A Gospel Gathering, musical worship, will be presented at the Harbor Springs United Methodist Church, 343 E. Main Street, on Sunday January 19 at 11 a.m. Favorite Old Fashioned Hymns will be sung and stories shared about their origin. Coffee and cookie fellowship will follow services. All welcome. umcharborsprings.com.

Stutsmanville Chapel, Week Ending Sunday Jan19. .Sunday mornings start with Children's & Adult Sunday School from 9:15-10:15 am. Worship service at 10:30 am. Nursery for 1-3 yr olds is provided during the service. Men's Support Groups meet Monday at 6:30 pm & Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm at the church. A prayer group meets on Wednesday mornings at the church at 7:30 a.m. to pray for individuals as well as other needs. AWANA Clubs are held Wednesdays 6-7:30 with Bible Clubs for ages 3-6th grade. Call the church office at 526-2335 for information on any of these activities.

First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs:On Sunday, January 19 the Reverend Dr. Robert Brown will preach at the 10:00 am worship service. The Chancel Choir and organist and music director Peter D. Sims will provide the music for the offertory.. A nursery is available for infants and toddlers; Sunday'S cool for elementary age children takes place during the worship hour.. Adult education class begins at 9:00 a.m,.and all are invited to a time of food and fellowship in the Gathering Place. For more information visit www.fpchs.org or call 526-7332 First Presbyterian Church Harbor Springs is located at the corner of W.Lake and Cemetery Roads and is completely handicap accessible.

Community Events

Wintervention, Plans have been in the works for several months now to revitalize a winter festival in Harbor Springs and the committees involved are ready to head over to City Hall to lay out the program, work out the glitches and ask for Council approval. Scheduled as a weekend extravaganza "Wintervention" will be offering fun for every member of the family during Presidents ' Weekend,February 15 and 16. There will be day long displays of ice boats and antique snowmobiles, toddler sledding and hot cocoa, snowshoeing, "Harborball" competitions, pet sled dog races, Senior memories tea and photos, snow sculpting for families, culminating in a community bonfire with s'mores. Sunday will have a legion breakfast and the annual chili cook off competition. Watch for posters around town with details ~ tell your friends and mark your calendars!

Arts Events

Studio & Pottery demonstrations, Sturgeon River Pottery, Petoskey, every Sat, thru -April 26, 10 am-4 pm. Our Michigan-based artists will conduct live demonstrations on pottery, tile and jewelry making techniques. Sessions will highlight the creation of many of our best-selling pieces. Free, open to the public, no reservations required. 3031 Charlevoix Rd, 231-347-0590

Snowshoe and Brew

The Outfitter of Harbor Springs and Mustang Wendy's, host the first annual Snowshoe and Brew on Friday, February 21 at 6:30 pm. Enjoy winter's simple pleasures: getting outdoors, good food and good folks. Meet at the LTC Offield Nature Preserve for a guided, night snowshoe with hosted local brews and artisan sausages grilled trailside followed by a three-course gourmet dinner prepared with local wine and spirits and live music at Mustang Wendy's restaurant. This is a gourmet, winter adventure not to be missed. Registration is limited to 30 people. To register and for more info: visit www.outfitterharborsprings.com or call (231) 562-2621.

Winter Education Series

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Ice Breakers, from Noon-1:00 pm at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council ,426 Bay St, downtown Petoskey. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required (231) 347-1181. Feel free to bring a lunch, coffee and snacks provided.Schedule is: Thurs, Jan 23, "Incoming! New Invasives on the Horizon", presented by Dan Myers. Other dates: Thurs, Feb 6, Thurs, Feb 20, Thurs, March 6, Thursday, March 20. For more information on the Ice Breaker sessions visit www.watershedcouncil.org/events

"Winter Ecology and the Art of Ice Fishing",will be hosted by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs as part of its monthly speaker series on Tuesday, Jan 21 at 7:00 pm. Maureen Stine, professional environmental educator and owner of Natureology, will unveil the woodland winter story and share best tips and tricks for ice fishing. Open to all. Admission: please bring food items for harbor Springs Food Pantry. The Outfitter, 153 E Main St, harbor Springs. For more info: 231-526-2621 or visit www.outfitterharborsprings.com


Harbor Springs Library, Film screenings are held the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm. The next film, on January 23 will the be "Amandala! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony"; Feb 13 "The Great Gatsby" Admission is free; donations appreciated & refreshments available. All are welcome. The Spanish Conversation Group meets regularly on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of Spanish speaking abilities. Regular Library Hours are: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 12-5; Wed 10-8; Saturday 9-1.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, For information about upcoming activities at the Library, contact the Children's Room at the Petoskey District Library 231-758-3112 or visit petoskeylibrary.org. 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.

Friends@ the Carnegie Speaker Series, meets on Monday, Jan 27 at 7 p.m.. Local historian, Rick Wiles will share his research on the Club Manitou. In the 1960's it was transformed into the Club Ponytail, a teen club that hosted not only local teen bands, but big name bands likeThe Beach Boys, Del Shannon, Bob Seger and the Herd, and many more. The event is open to the public and admission is free, It meets at the Carnegie Bdg, 451 E. Mitchell St, Petoskey. For more info, contact the Library at 231-758-3100.

Alanson Public Library, the pre-school story hour is Tuesdays,thru Feb 11 beginning at 10:30 am; no registration, must be accompanied by an adult. (231)548-5465.. Regular Library hours are Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thur 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat 10am-2 pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays. 548-5465, located at 7631 Burr Ave (Alanson Community Building)


Petoskey Film Theater will be showing "The Bulter" on Wed, Jan 15 & Fri, Jan 17, 7:30 at the Petoskey District Library, Carnegie Building (451 E. Mitchell St., next to the Arts Center).For more information call. PFT Movie Hotline: 758-3108 Donations appreciated. Films will resume after the holidays.

Pond Hill

Upcoming events: Ugly Sweater Party & Benefit for Cyndi Kramer, Sat, Jan 25, 5-9 pm. Break out your ugliest sweater and join us for a fun filled evening on the farm. Kids welcome. Free appetizers, a raffle, and a cash bar. A suggested $10 entry fee; all raffle proceeds will go directly to our friend Cyndi, Harbor Springs Farmers Market Master and active volunteer in Harbor Springs. She could use a hand with her medical bills after a recent injury. We are Open daily 11 am-6 pm.for wine tasting, sledding, shopping in the Farm Market, feeding the animals, and snowshoeing and cross country skiing. and more. Visit our online store at www.pondhill.com 231-526-3276. 5 miles N of downtown Harbor Springs on M119.

Farm to Table Dinner, Saturday, Jan 18, 6:30 pm. Gourmet five course- meal prepared using our own farm fresh ingredients. Reservations required. Call between 9 am-6 pm 231-526-3276.

Farmers Markets

Harbor Springs Farmers Market, The winter market is open at the Harbor Springs Middle School on State St. Come check out the wonderful goodies including fresh pasta; an array of greens so you can make a fresh salad with local ingredients and much more.The regular market hours are Saturdays from 9-1. See you there.

Boyne City Farmers Market, every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm at the Red Barn on Park Street. The Market will host 2 cooking demos or classes each month throughout the Winter season.

Teen Club 150

A Club for teens to socialize, study or just hang out, is located in the downstairs of Holy Childhood Church, Main St, Harbor Springs. Club 150 has a pool table, wide screen hi-def TV's, wi-fi and lots more! It is non-denominational and all teens are welcome. Hours are 3:30-6:30 Tuesday through Friday. For more information call 526-2017, ext. 22.


The Harbor Springs History Museum 349 E Main St, is open year round. During the winter, the exhibit galleries will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am to 3 p.m. The Museum's temporary exhibit "Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective" is on display during exhibit hours. Business hours for the Historical Society remain Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or if you would like to see the exhibits at another time, please call 526-9771 or visit us online at www.HarborSpringsHistory.org.

Community Resources

Project FREE preschool, in Petoskey has openings in both morning and afternoon sessions for children who turned age 4 before November 1, 2013. Certified teachers provide art, music, computer time, dramatic play and skill-building activities to build students' social and academic skills for a smooth transition into kindergarten. Project FREE is offered half days, Mon thru Thurs, October through May. Although there is often no cost to families, state eligibility requirements do exist. To learn more or register, call the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan at (231a0 347-347-0067.

The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan offers free playgroups, for children aged Birth-60 months and preschool-aged siblings. 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.

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, 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.



Cashier Assistant, in the ReStore in Harbor Springs.The ReStore sells gently used building materials, home appliances, housewares, and furniture that otherwise might end up in a landfill. Revenue generated from the sale of items donated help to build safe and affordable homes in our community.The cashier assistant is responsible for answering phones, greeting customers, assisting customers, cleaning donations, and helping put donations on the floor. The cashier assistant will be working right along side staff. This opportunity is sponsored by Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity. Mandy Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, 231-348-6926. To volunteer for this opportunity or to see more volunteer opportunities go the the Char-Em United Way Volunteer Connections website: http://tinyurl.com/volunteerconnections or call 231-487-1006.

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.

The Women's Resource Center, needs volunteer assistance in staffing the Safe Home, which houses survivors of domestic abuse and their children.Comprehensive training is provided for all WRCNM volunteer positions. Volunteers must be 18 or older, should be open minded to differing personal values and possess sensivity to the dynamics of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Workdays and times are flexible for all positions, Monday through Friday evenings (typically from 5-8 pm) A commitment of at least once a month is required. Volunteers have direct contact with families staying in the Safe Home. To volunteer for this opportunity or to see more volunteer opportunities go to the Char-Em United Way website: http//tinyurl.com/volunteerconnections or call 231-487-1006.

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? Caregiver's Support Group meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs, facilitated by Rev. David Van Dam. Monthly meetings alternate between the second Mondays at 6:00 pm and fourth Mondays at 1:00 pm; open to everyone in the Harbor Springs/Petoskey community.The Presbyterian church is located at 7940 Cemetery Rd., Harbor Springs. Call Cynthia at 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. Thegroup 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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