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KAIR of Kalkaska - Community Meal Program



Currently, KAIR serves 450-550 people each month with hot nutritional meals. The free community meal program is Mondays and Wednesdays each week from 11 am to 1 pm. KAIR will also be fighting food insecurity in Kalkaska County through the “Simply Give” hunger relief program. KAIR food pantry will benefit from donations cards purchased at the Acme Meijer now through July 3rd. In addition, Meijer will double match any cards purchased on Saturday, June 19th!  

Grass River Natural Area - Monthly Programs

Various Dates/Times


Grass River Natural Area’s seven miles of walking trails are open from dawn to dusk daily. In May, the center will expand its hours to 7 days a week from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. More information and registration opportunities are available at Upcoming activities include: A Spring Bird Walk, a Blooms & Birds Wildflower Walk and many more events for Earth Day Week!

Traverse City Light & Power - Emergency Assistance Program


Traverse City

Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Program was launched on March 15, 2021.  This is a new program providing rent and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now accepting applications. The program covers up to 12 months of rental assistance along with utility assistance for tenant supplied electricity, home heating (any type of fuel), water, sewer, trash (if billed along with another utility) and home internet. The CERA program is funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) will serve as the administer. To learn more about Michigan’s COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CERA) and to apply, visit the CERA website at Customers can also reach out to the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency at (844) 900-0500 or via email at

MSU Extension - Ask the extension



Do you have a question that is bugging you? About a bug? A plant? Have a question about gardening? Food safety? Mental health? Zoning? Parenting? Nutrition? Michigan State University Extension offers an online / email service to help you find answers and solutions to problems that you may encounter. For nearly any subject Ask Extension offers one-to-one expert answers from MSU Extension experts and Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers within participating Land-Grant institutions from across the United States. Visit and Ask Extension!Questions are typically answered within a day or two of receipt.

West Shore Community College - Summer & Fall Semester Registration



This registration is for first-time and guest students. The summer semester is from June 7th through July 30th. Fall semester runs August 30th until December 17th. Students who register early have the best selection of courses. For more info:

or call (231)843-5917.

MSU Extension – Caregivers Workshop

Various Days in April, May & June


Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, evidenced based workshop. The curriculum helps caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

 The benefits of Caregivers getting together:

 Research has shown that participating in a caregiver support    group results in very real benefits that can significantly improve their quality of life. These benefits include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged

  • Gained a sense of empowerment and control

  • Improved coping skills

  • Reduced distress, depression, or anxiety

  • Developed a clearer understanding of what to expect of the situation


Please join MSU Extension for, Powerful Tools for Caregivers. These workshops are open to anyone in a caregiver role. Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Attending the series is free. Your choice of two different series beginning in April.

Wednesdays: April 28 – June 2, 2021


Area Agency on Aging of NW Michigan - Vaccination Hotline


NW Michigan

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan and United Way of Northwest Michigan announce a hotline for Seniors seeking COVID-19 Vaccination. Anyone over the age of 65 in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford Counties is encouraged to call 231-715-5557 to be placed on a list for further information and eventual scheduling of COVID-19 vaccine administration. When administration of the vaccine is scheduled for their area, individuals will receive notification to sign up for a time or will be contacted to schedule their visit. Callers will be asked for their name, age, email address if available, phone number, address, county and if they have access to transportation to get to a vaccination site within 30 miles. Those without transportation or who are homebound are strongly encouraged to call 231-715-5557 so we can mobilize community strategies to ensure these individuals have access to the vaccine too. If you are seeking further information on the COVID 19 vaccination please visit or call the Michigan COVID 19 Hotline at 888-535-6136.

Missaukee County 4-H - Making Crafts from Recycled Products



Missaukee County youth have the opportunity to create eight crafts using household recyclables and supplies from the Practical Recyclables Crafting Kit, the product of a partnership between Missaukee County 4-H and Missaukee Conservation District. Activities include creating a zippered pencil holder, a colorful soy candle, a native bee nest and a travel game. Each kit will contain for each of the 8 crafts, as well as detailed written instructions. In addition, participants can choose to watch instructional videos and post pictures of their completed projects on a private message board to compare with others. There is no cost for participation, however registration is required at During registration, participants can choose whether to pick up the kit at the Lake City office or have it shipped directly to their home for $9.50. Youth interested in participating in these or other 4-H clubs and programs should contact Sigler at 231-920-7748 or  To learn more about other 4-H programs offered to Missaukee County youth, visit their Facebook page at The Missaukee Conservation District offers K-12 educational resources for teaching about the environment and natural resources. If you are interested in learning more about their educational opportunities contact Andrea Mayer at 231-839-7193 or

Disability Network - Peer Support

Throughout May

Traverse City

Peer support is one of the core services at Disability Network. Who better knows the issues that individuals face than another person with a disability. We strive to support engagement and relationship building as peer groups help prevent social isolation by connecting with others during the pandemic. Visit online at for event details.

Men's Group

Zoom Meetings, Mondays, May 3 to 24, 10:00 to 11:00 am

This group is for men in our community seeking support, an opportunity to learn new skills and a chance to connect with other men with disabilities. We will work on managing stress, frustrations and issues they may be experiencing around social distancing.

Women's Group, Sharing Herstory

Zoom Meetings, Mondays, May 3 to 24, 11:00 to 12:00 noon

We are living in an unprecedented time of social distancing and sheltering in place. We all may be feeling a bit isolated and confused. This is not a face to face meeting, but a virtual meeting for women with disabilities that can be done via the computer or by phoning in.

Quarantine Cooking

Zoom Meetings, Tuesdays, May 4 to 25, 2:00 to 3:00 noon

Virtually join us for Quarantine Cooking as we demonstrate how to prepare and cook food using different adaptable tools making cooking accessible for all. It does not matter what your kitchen skill level is, Quarantine Cooking is open to beginners and master chefs alike. Come learn, share and connect with your peers!

Peer Advocacy Group

Zoom Meetings, Thursdays, May 6 to 27, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Learn how to advocate for your needs and the needs of others. Learn leadership skills. Voice what is important to you!

Parent Network

Zoom Meeting, Thursday, May 27, 7:00 pm

Disability Network’s Parent Network guides families with youth and adults with disabilities to the many supports available through healthcare and educational resources.

Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Groups

Disability Network is excited to share the Virtual Accessible Gaming Social Group as a way for people with disabilities to connect online and play together. Visit online at for current virtual gaming group event descriptions and registration details.

Disability Network Northern Michigan is the first stop for people with disabilities and their families in northern Michigan. Our mission is to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities. We educate and connect people with disabilities to resources while advocating for social change in an accessible and welcoming community.

Crawford/Oscoda/Otsego MDHHS - Foster Home Awareness Golf Scramble

Saturday, July 17th


Sign up now and/or make a donation of a prize to be awarded during the event. The golf purpose of the golf scramble is to promote the awareness of the need to expand the number of foster homes needed in our communities and to provide support to our families who already foster our community children. Golf is $65 per person and includes 18 holes with a cart, a dinner and much more.   

COVID unexpectantly caused us to cancel our 2020 event.   In looking forward to 2021, we are seeking Individuals and/or businesses interested in supporting our event through:

Donations of prizes to be awarded the day of the event – any amount or item(s);

As a Hole sponsor sign* (18” X 24”) for $125;

As an Event Sponsor** - $300 or more. 

*Hole Sponsor signs will display the logo of your business / individual names as submitted to us with payment.

 **Event Sponsors will be displayed through your logo submission on an event giveaway to all participants.  

All Sponsorship or cash donation checks should be made out to:   The Grayling Country Club; and mailed to: MDHHS – Donna Mooney, 230 Huron St., Grayling MI 49738.

Donna and/or Lori will begin making follow up calls soon after you receive this letter to talk with you as to how you may wish to provide support in this community effort.

We hope to see you on the course!  

For more information, please contact:  

Donna Mooney at 989-798-4762

Lori Hunt at 989-370-6831

Emily Turner 989-395-3540

Lifehouse Assembly of God – Versiti Blood Drive

Monday, May 3rd


This important blood drive is from 12:30-7:30pm.   LifeHouse is located at 1120 W Division St., Cadillac.  Did you know that red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system? Please arrange an appoint ahead of time to donate.  To donate please contact Dave Bayer for your appointment time 231-775-7858.

Manistee United Methodist Church - American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, May 3rd


Blood supplies are very low, please schedule your appointment ahead of time. American Red Cross Blood Drive. Monday May 3, 2021. 10:30 am-3:15 pm

Location: Manistee United Methodist Church 

387 First Street

Manistee Mi 49660

Go to to schedule your appointment or call the church office 231-723-6219

MSU Extension/Child and Youth Development - Adulting 101 Spring Series

Various Dates in May


High school youth will learn some important skills to be successful as an adult. This webinar series includes: resume writing, public speaking, and information about renting. Youth will learn practical skills that can used in everyday life.  These free, online webinars will be held on May 5, 12, and 19  from 4:00 -5:00 p.m.   Register at

For more information contact Michelle Neff, Educator in Children and Youth Development, Michigan State University Extension,, 989-429-2359

St. Mary School - Kindergarten and Preschool Meet & Greet

Thursday, May 6th

Lake Leelanau

The meet and greet is for families with students who are considering preschool or kindergarten for Fall 2021.  Session times will be 5:30 for Pre-K and 6:00 PM for Kindergarten.  Families can meet teachers, other families, tour classrooms, get enrollment and tuition assistance information and more.  Please RSVP to 231-256-9636.

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center - Webinar discussing human trafficking

Thursday, May 6th


Human trafficking is not just a big-city problem. It occurs almost anywhere, especially in places that attract a high volume of tourists and visitors—like Northern Michigan. The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is sponsoring this free webinar on human exploitation and human smuggling. Designed for adults, pre-registration for the event is required at

Forensic Interview Specialist for Homeland Security Investigations (the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), Carly Bentley, will discuss a few DHS cases, the prevalence of human trafficking in the United States, the different types of human trafficking, and what to be aware of and resources to use if you suspect someone is being exploited. Preregistration is required by noon on May 6. For more information, please phone Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center at 231-929-4250.

Traverse Bay United Methodist Church - Perennial & Plant Sale for Haiti

Friday, May 7th & Saturday, May 8th

Traverse City

Take part in the annual sale just in time for Mother's Day.  Featuring  a nice selection of hanging baskets, geraniums, native shrubs and rescued wild flowers, as well as perennials. Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. Time to  Give, Enjoy and plant beautiful flowers again!..........all to support our ongoing partnership with young Haitian farmers, working to improve the community of Mizak, Haiti. Sponsored by the Grand Traverse District United Methodist Haiti Mission Team.
Contact:  Jerry Konczal 231-228-5927. Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell (corner of Bay St. & M72 & M22N)

Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Memorial Breast Cancer 5k Walk & Run

Saturday, May 8th

Downtown Charlevoix

Register early! The start time is 9am with onsite registration available at 8am in East Park. Online registration is happeing now at Individuals or teams can collect pledges, or register with a one time donations. Email questions to:

Donate online at

Long Lake Friends Church - Bake Sale Fundraiser

Saturday, May 8th

Traverse City

Enjoy tasty baked goods for sale from 8am to 2pm.

Bake Sale Fundraiser

May 8, 2021

8 am - 2 pm

Long Lake Friends Church

4172 Church Rd

Traverse City, MI  49685

Church's #: 231-946-5289

Luther Lion’s Club – Spring Events

Various Days & Times


Blood drive at the Luther Lion's Club on Wednesday, May 12 from noon to 6 PM. Due to Covid, no walk ins, must register for an appointment online @ 

Feeding America food distribution at the Luther Lion's Club on Thursday, May 13 @ 3:30. Please remain in your vehicle, volunteers will sign you in and bring your food to you. You must register a name and phone number for each family.

Cornhole tournament raising money for the Lion's Club will be held on Saturday, May 22 @ the Luther Lion's Club from noon til done. There will be lunch available for purchase. Entry fee is $10 per person 

Dinner @ the Luther Lion's Club on Wednesday, May 26 from 5-7. Menu to be announced, cost is by donation and includes the meal, coffee, lemonade, and dessert.

Breakfast on Sunday, June 6 from 9-11 @ the Luther Lion's Club. AUCE includes scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, french toast, pancakes, sausage, ham, coffee, and juice. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12.

Leelanau County Solid Waste Council - Collection Events

May, June, September & October

Various Locations

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) / Electronics &

Document Shredding Collections:

1. Saturday, May 22 at Leelanau County Government Center (8 am – 1:30 pm)

2. Saturday, June 26 at Glen Lake School (8 am – 1:30 pm)

3. MONDAY, September 13th at Peshawbestown (Noon – to 5:30 pm)

4. Saturday, October 16 at Elmwood Township (8 am – 1:30 pm)

NEW THIS YEAR! We will accept:

 Ammunition

 Christmas lights

 Refrigerant items such as window air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, (limit 2 per

appointment. Large refrigerants such as freezers and refrigerators are NOT


 Gasoline Powered Devices such as weed whips or lawn edgers (Riding mowers or

tractors are NOT accepted).

Scrap Tire Collection:

1. Friday, June 25 – SCRAP TIRE COLLECTION at Glen Lake School

(1pm ‐ 5:30 pm) – This is the ONLY tire collection for 2021 so make your

appointment early. $1.00 per tire– must be paid prior to June 25. Nonrefundable.

No oversized tires. Rims are acceptable.

Appointments are ALWAYS REQUIRED for every collection. Appointment Slots are

limited. Call: Leelanau County Planning at (231) 256‐9812 or email for an appointment time.

Collections are for Leelanau County Households ONLY. Costs for these collections are covered under P.A. 69 of 2005 – a charge

placed on Winter Tax Bills.

TC Bulldog Athletics - Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 22nd

Traverse City

Get ready for spring planting! At 9am join

TC BULLDOG ATHLETICS for their annual plant sale. 151 South Garfield just South of Potter Rd. Flats, hanging baskets much more, this Saturday 151 south Garfield.

Parkinson’s Network North - Annual Summer Forum

May 25th & 26th

Where: Online

The 35th Annual Summer Forum will take place on the afternoons of May 25 and May 26.  This year's two featured speakers will be Dr. Joanne Hamilton, PhD and Dr. Andrea DeLeo, DO, MSE.  Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's and Parkinson's & Sleep will be the main topics, with Q&A afterward.  Carol Bell, MS, RD will discuss Medicinal Food Approaches to Pain.  Hettie Molvang, RN MA, MS, PNN Support Groups Leader & Board President will discuss Parkinson's, Then & Now.  Everyone is welcome to attend this free educational event on Zoom.  Go to www. for registration information, or contact

NMC’s College for Kids - Summer Learning Program

June & August

Traverse City

When schools break for summer, NMC's College for Kids program steps up to engage students in fun, experiential learning all summer long. Passionate and experienced instructors provide a safe and exciting learning environment following NMC’s safety protocols; space is limited to 10 students per class. Introduce your child to a delightful adventure in art, science, technology, engineering, art, theatre, dance and much more at Children entering grades 3-12 will enjoy the interactive, informative and fun learning adventures taking place this year. One week classes are offered in the morning or afternoon June 21 through August 20. There are also full-day options in select weeks throughout the summer. New and returning classes dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) include: Third Grade Academy: Animal Research Lab (special full-day course for students entering third grade in the fall of 2021), Clay Works for Kids (grades 3-6), Skills for the Backcountry (grades 3-6), Italian Mosaic Tile Art (grades 6-8), All Aboard the Hogwarts Express (grades 4-6), Writing and Publishing: Finding Your Voice (grades 5-8), and Jumpstart to College Planning (grades 9-11). Most classes start at $125 and thanks to generous donors, partial financial assistance for face to face classes is available for those who qualify.

There are 35 new classes this summer. Students in grades 6-8 can learn a new art skill and create artworks worthy to hang in their homes from local Leelanau artist Adam Phillip Begeley, in the Italian Mosaic Tile Art class. VEX IQ Robotics, taught by our local partner Quarkmine, is a full-day action packed camp for beginners and experienced builders in grades 4-8 and includes a custom robotics kit. Other full-day programming includes STEM, LEGO, and Art camps for grades 3-6.

To register or to learn more about College for Kids, visit or call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700.

VFW Cherryland Post 2780 - Bingo

Every Tuesday

Traverse City

BINGO sales start at 4 the game starts 6pm every Tuesday at 6pm.

3400 Veterans Dr Traverse City

Please Call 946-7317 with any questions

NW Michigan Community Action Agency - Winter Workshops

Various Dates/Times


Money Management, Foreclosure Prevention and Homebuyer Education Workshops are all available virtually. You must register for each program. Don’t let COVID-19 keep you from achieving your goals.

800 632-7334

231 947-3780

Hospice of Michigan - Counseling Services & More


Community Wide

Right now, the need for spiritual and emotional care in hospice - and in our community - is greater than ever. Let Hospice of Michigan be the bridge to guide you on this journey. Visit hom dot org to learn how you can join a virtual grief support group or call today to ask for additional resources.


Disability Network - Virtual Events

Throughout December


Peer support is one of the core services at Disability Network. Who better knows the issues that individuals face than another person with a disability. The network works to support engagement and relationship building as peer groups help prevent social isolation by connecting with others during the pandemic. Visit online at for event and registration details.

Peer Support Virtual New Year’s Eve Party

Thursday, December 31, 6:00 to 10:00 pm

Let us welcome in the New Year with some of the most popular events from this year of Digital Peer Support Programs.

Trinity Lutheran Church - Food Pantry

Thursday’s from 9am to Noon

Maple & 13th Street in Traverse City

Food is available for those in need in our community. Recipients may visit the pantry once each 30 days. A valid photo ID is required. The food pantry also appreciates donations of food and money to help feed the needy. Drop off donations at the church office during the week, or at the pantry on weekends. For more:

NW Mich Community Action Agency - Tax - Volunteer Tax Preparers

Flexible Hours

Various Locations

Help Northern Michigan families keep more money in their pockets with free tax prep and the credits they deserve. All training is provided. For more: 632-7334 or email:

KAIR of Kalkaska - Community Meal Program

Monday & Wednesday


Meals are served each week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Located at 107 West 3rd Street by the kalkaska post office.

Northern Lakes Community Church - Food Assistance

Until Further Notice

At the Church on Herkner Rd

Bins are located outside the church with dry goods, paper products and handmade face masks for anyone in need. Please sanitize anything you take when you get home. The church is at 5444 Herkner Rd near TC West High School. If you would like to help in this effort please feel free to donate by placing your contributions in the correct bin. For more info: 231 935-4556.

Michigan Area Agency on Aging - Resident Assistance


Northern Michigan 10 County Service Area

County residents over the age of 60 in need of assistance can request meals, home delivery and other services through the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. Family members who live far away from aging parents/relatives with the state may also request a checkup, delivery, meal or reassurance through these services. Call 231 947-8920 for more info.

Father Fred Foundation - Food/Financial Assistance

Tuesday/Wednesday & Thursday

The Foundation on Hastings St in TC

The foundation wants to remind residents they are still available to help with food and other emergencies you may have in these challenging times. All intakes are done by phone so please call ahead. Please call when you arrive at the foundation to receive assistance. The foundation number is 231 947-2055. Hours of assistance are Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm. Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm.