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September 1st thru September 30th

Semicolons in September: Get Inked for Prevention

Monday-Fridays all through the month of Septmeber from 12pm to 5pm, come to Ohana Tattoo Parlor (308 US 31 S in Traverse City) and get inked for prevention. This fundraiser benefits outofthedarknesstc.com and is for suicide prevention.

September 13th

Northern Lights Fun Run

Enjoy the fourth annual Northern Lights Fun Run and help raise awareness of HIV care and prevention in Northern Michigan. This is a nighttime 5k run and walk through Traverse City and along parts of Lake Michigan. The race starts at parking lot K at Munson Medical Center at 8pm.

Swag bags for participants will include glow-in-the-dark and reflective T shirts and other fun goodies!

September 14th

Chili Supper, Silent Auction and Barn Dance

Savor a bowlful of chili, bid on unique items and then dance to traditional music at Samels Farm, a non-profit education center located on the farmstead which has been in the Samels family for over 100 years. 5:30 to 8:30pm September 14th at Samels Farm. 8298 Skegemog Point Rd.

September 14th

Empire Hill Climb Presented by Autoweek

This is a great opportunity to come check out grassroots racers take part in a fun, family friendly event right in Leelanau County. Originally run in the 1960s and 1970s, the race was revived in 2014 and has been growing ever since.

It’s a great opportunity to see vintage racers, rally cars and drift cars in action and cheer on local and out-of-town racers. The event is free for spectators and will feature 40 cars from all kinds of racing. *am to 6pm on Wilco Rd in Empire.

September 14th

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Supporters from all over Northern Michigan will take to the streets of
Downtown Traverse City in September to walk for hope. The 2nd annual Traverse City Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place Saturday, September 14th, at the Open Space in Traverse City. The Traverse City Out of the Darkness Community Walk is one of nearly 400 walks organized around the country by volunteers of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The walk is a fundraiser that supports the mission of AFSP. Online registrations are encouraged, and walkers will still be able to register on the day of the event starting at 9:00am. An Opening Ceremony will begin at 10:30am with the Walk at 11:00am. Register, donate and learn more by visiting outofthedarknesstc.com.

September 14th

3rd Annual 6Pack 6K

Join in for the 3rd Annual 6Pack 6k presented in collaboration by Beards Brewery, Life Above the 45th and 5 Star Screen Printing Plus!

A 6k out and back along the Little traverse Wheelway where participants collect and creatively carry up to six cans of water which can be exchanged for cans of beer following the race! A true beer run. This race will emphasize fun, creativity, and community. This race is untimed and open to all! Registration is at 9:30am and the race starts at 10am

September 15th

Crop Hunger Walk

The Gaylord Area CROP HUNGER WALK will be held Sunday, September 15, 2019 at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 525 Weiss Street, Gaylord, MI 49735. Registration and Welcome will begin at 1:30 PM. The Gaylord CROP WALK gives 25% of our donations to the Otsego County Food Pantry; in our 38 years, we have raised $76,120.00.

For further information contact Rev. Pam Lynch 989-732-4163.

September 15th

Dashing For Down Syndrome 5K

The Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Michigan is holding one of Traverse City’s only “all inclusive” 5K races, “Dashing for Down Syndrome 5K” at The Grand Traverse Commons on Sunday, September 15th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This is a family friendly event with live music, snacks and beverages, and a couple local face painters. All proceeds will go toward our local down snydrome community for educational programs, providing assistance to families in need, and future events and programs. Come join the fun and participate in a great cause!

The course is a flat, paved one mile loop to be run three times.


September 15th

6th Annual Oryana Farm Tour: Lakeview Hill Farm

Join in for Oryana’s annual farm tour! This year they are showcasing Lakeview Hill Farm in Traverse City, on the Leelanau Peninsula with a gorgeous view of Lake Leelanau. This 58-acre Certified Organic farm boasts 9 acres of farmland and the remainder in hardwood forests and rolling hills. Farmers John and Bailey established the farm in 2017, and the entire farm and homestead is 100% solar powered. Stop by between 1 and 5 pm for guided tours, fresh snacks made with just-picked produce, and fun activities for kids and adults. Meet the farmers and learn all about organic farming practices and sustainable energy systems. Bring your cooler and stock up on fresh farm produce for sale. 8608 East Lakeview Hills Road, Traverse City.


September 16th

Computer Help Desk With Dustin

11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia.  Bring your Tech Troubles to BPL and visit Dustin at our Help Desk. You may bring your own or use one of our public computers. FREE!  Details & information at benzonialibrary.org or 231-882-4111.


September 16th

Plant Diagnostic Clinic

11 a.m.-2p.m. at Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia. Advice on solving garden & landscape problems including plant, weed, bug, and disease identification. Clinic offered by MSU Extension & local Master Gardeners. FREE. Info: benzonialibrary.org or  231-882-4111.


September 16th

Marvelous Art with Mrs. McLaren-Grades K-3rd

4-5:30 p.m. at Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia. Artist Connie McLaren, a local favorite, teaches these FUN classes for KIDS. FREE! All supplies included, Details & information at benzonialibrary.org or 231-882-4111.


September 16th

Free Community Dinner

Every Monday night a FREE community dinner is served!

The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and is located at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, in the Fellowship Hall (basement) in Grayling.

This is absolutely free and open to the public!


September 18th

Gaylord State of the Communityu Breakfast

The Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce (GACC) will hold its annual State of the Community Breakfast on September 18th at the Otsego Resort Convention Center from 7:00 – 9:00 AM featuring five community leaders as panelists. Each year the GACC hosts this event to address community progress and areas worthy of discussion that have come about within the last year. New this year, members have been surveyed on key issues such as housing, skilled trades, talent recruitment, local economy, education and more.

September 18th

9th Annual Crawford County United Way Campaign Kick off Spaghetti Dinner

September 18th from 5pm to 8pm is the 9th Annual Crawford County United Way Campaign Kick Off Spaghetti Dinner at the Fox Run Country Club in Grayling. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, classic karaoke and more. Please help keep this community strong. For more information and to donate auction items call 989-350-4462 or email [email protected]

Pay at the door: $10 per person or $8 with a donation of 3 canned goods. $25 per family of 4 or $20 with a donation of 3 canned goods.

September 18th

Better Breathers

If you, or someone you know is living with a chronic lung disease like COPD, Lung cancer, Pulmonary fibrosis, or emphysema, we would like to invite you to join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month starting at 3pm at MediLodge of Gaylord. Mark Carlson, MediLodge’s pulmonary unit manager and american lung association trained facilitator leads these free informational meetings to discuss coping with your diagnosis. You will have a chance to connect with others and obtain information to help you live your life to the fullest with your chronic lung disease. To register call 989-732-3508 or just stop on by MediLodge of Gaylord at 508 Random Lane

September 19th

Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital Blood Drive

Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital is hosting a blood drive with Michigan Blood, Thursday September 19th from 9am-2:30pm. They will be in the mobile bus, which will be parked behind the hospital by the Crawford Room. For more information and to schedule your donation go to donate.miblood.org

September 20th thru 22nd

Balloons Over Bay Harbor

September 20th thru September 22nd the 1st Annual Balloons Over Bay Harbor event that will take place in the Village at Bay Harbor, September 20 – 22, 2019. There will be 10 of some of the best pilots in the nation who compete in national festivals across the country. There will be a schedule of flight activity throughout the weekend, in which they will take off over Little Traverse Bay. There will also be “night glows” where the balloons will light up while grounded on both Friday and Saturday evenings. There is nothing like this type of event in the area, and it will truly be spectacular!

There will also be other activities built around the event to enhance this family fun event, including an Autumn Glory Color Run & Walk benefiting McLaren Northern Michigan Pediatrics Departments and a VIP Afterglow Reception in The Loft on Saturday evening.

September 21st

Drop in Craft

September 21st from 11am to 2pm Come to the Traverse City District library for Drop in Craft. Drop in to work on a themed craft at your own pace. The library will provide the supplies. For ages 3-12

September 21st

Used Jigsaw Puzzle Sale

10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Benzonia Public Library-Lower Level, 891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia. Huge selection! Great bargains! Excellent condition! Proceeds benefit Benzonia Public Library Information at benzonialibrary.org or call 231-882-4111. 

September 21st

Moonlight Madness 5K

September 21st from 8pm to 9:30pm, please join the Emmet Conservation District for a unique, chip-timed evening trail race starting and finishing at the beautiful Petoskey State Park located on Little Traverse Bay. The race will start in the state park at the beach, take you along the Little Traverse Wheelway bike path, and bring you back on trails through the park where you will end your race by beautiful moonlight. This is an evening trail race, for your safety we require you to have some form of lighting. Be sure to wear your headlamp, shoe lights, glow in the dark clothing, or glow sticks to illuminate your way! No strollers or dogs allowed. Costs vary. Register online. Race day registration allowed, but may run out of race shirts. 


September 21st

Betsie Valley Ride for Reading

Come ride for a cause September 21st with the Betsie Valley Ride for Reading. This event and the efforts of the Friends of the Betsie Valley District Library is to Raise funds to support reading and educational programs for children and adults in Thompsonville and neighboring communities. The passion of the Friends and the mission of the Library are to create the love and magic of reading in all of our community families. Registration is 10:30am-11:30am and the ride starts at 12pm at Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill in Thompsonville.


September 22nd

Afternoon Fall Dessert Sail

A schooner sail is a fun way to end your day and the fall season is a great time to be on the water in northern Michigan. Temperatures are comfortable, traffic is light and we just may see some fall colors. Enjoy coffee, hot cocoa, and a special local dessert on this two-hour sail leaving from the Inland Seas Education Association 1pm.  Participants can help raise the sails and steer the ship or just sit back and relax. Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion.


September 23rd

Ford Drive 4UR School

Please join the Petoskey Band Boosters and Brown Motors Ford to raise money for the Petoskey Band Program!

Test drive a Ford vehicle of your choice & Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Petoskey Bands. A potential of $6,000 for the band program! All we need is for you to come test drive vehicles – we aren’t asking for any money from you, just your time!!!  Participants must be 18 or older, have a valid drivers license & insurance.


September 23rd

Books to Movies

Join in every Monday night at the Traverse City District Library, from 6:30pm to 9pm, for Book to Movies. Watch movies that were based on books or real events.  Once in a while you may watch a movie NOT based on either but just for fun.  Popcorn is always available from AMC Classic Cherry Blossom 14 who have been donating to this program for over four years. For more information go to tadl.org

September 24th

Blood Drive

September 24th from 9:30am to 3pm, MediLodge of Gaylord is hosting a blood drive. MediLodge of Gaylord is located at 508 Random Lane. For more information log on to medilodgeofgaylord.com

September 25th

Building Community Resilience

Join an essential conversation about adverse childhood experiences at the Benzie County Central High School Auditorium  .
Join in on Wednesday, September 25th  from 5pm to 8pm, for a free event in Benzie County that will explore the health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences and what our community can do to change the trajectory. Local experts will lead an audience-driven discussion and question and answer session following the screening of the documentary film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. 

This event is for parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, business owners, healthcare providers, schools—everyone who has a passion for thriving, resilient communities.


September 25th

Founders Feast

On September 25th, the Otsego County Historical Society is excited to present their 2nd Annual Founders’ Feast farm-to-table fundraising event! The memorable evening will include a farm fresh meal, cash bar, live music and a silent auction. The Founders’ Feast will take place at Otsego Resort & Convention Center on Wednesday evening with doors opening at 5:30pm and dinner served at 6pm. Proceeds from this event benefit The Otsego County Historical Society.


September 28th

9th Annual Acme Fall Festival

This year’s Acme Fall Festival will be held at Flintfields Horse Park where there will be more space for more events than ever before! Enjoy a classic car, tractor and motorcycle show, kids events, bake sale and farmers market, craft show and silent auction, delicious food and more. There is something for everyone as we gather together to celebrate autumn. 10am to 4pm 6535 Bates Rd in Williamsburg.


September 28th

Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Extravaganza

Celebrate everything Antrim County with the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Extravaganza! Join in celebrating the end of summer and the bounty of the harvest, September 28th from 10am to 6pm in downtown Bellaire. For a full schedule of events go to bellairechamber.org


September 28th

Leelanau Uncaged

Join us for the 7th Annual Leelanau Uncaged, when downtown Northport closes its streets to host dozens of musical performers, dancers, artists, and food vendors. 90 artists, more than 30 musical and dance performances, over a dozen food trucks and vendors are expected. Fun for the whole family in downtown Northport 12pm to 10pm.


September 28th

The Peace 5K/10K Ranch Run

The Peace Ranch 5K/10K Run offers a unique 5K through the Pere Marquette Forest or a rugged 10K trail course. Walk, run, or take a ride on a horse-driven carriage. All proceeds benefit rescue horses in our therapeutic herd. Happening at Peace Ranch 2570 Hoosier Valley Road. Registration is at 7:30am and the race starts at 9:30am.


September 28th

Veterans Inspirational Art Show

A group of veterans came together at the Traverse City Veteran Center with a mission to empower and support veterans in our community. We are a project-oriented, informal group seeking to work with other veteran groups to complete our missions. Our first mission is the Veterans Inspirational Art Show.

The first annual Veterans Inspirational Art Show will take place on Saturday, September 28th from 5pm to 9pm. The Art Show reception will be at the home of Casey and Dana Cowell on the Old Mission Peninsula. The show is exclusive to veteran artists at no cost and artists will have an opportunity to sell their work commission free during the event.

For more information about the Veterans Inspirational Art Show, please contact David St. Aubin at [email protected] or call (810) 422-7228.


September 28th

Harvest and Scarecrow Festival Extravaganza

Celebrate everything Antrim County with the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Harvest Festival on September 28, 2019 from 10am-6pm. Sponsored by Fischer Insurance, Short’s Brewing Company & New Hope Community Church

Join us in celebrating the end of summer and the bounty of the creative harvest. Experience why Antrim County is “in the heart of it all” with Bellaire’s Harvest Festival’s featuring art, flea markets, local brews, tunes, scarecrows and more.

For full schedule of events or to be a vendor, visit the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce web site at www.bellairechamber.org or call Bellaire Chamber of Commerce at 231-533-6023.


September 30th thru October 5th

60 Hour Builders Prelicense Classroom Course

Anyone doing residential construction work over $600 must hold a license. Taking an Approved 60-Hour Course is your first step. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Pass on your first try. Take courses on your phone, tablet, or computer. Builders License Training Institute is a Michigan owned and operated school and are fully approved by the state of Michigan. HD Video with Printable Text, You choose how to study. This prelicense classroom course is being held in Traverse City at Logan’s Place West, September 30th thru October 5th. For more information go to licensetobuild.com


September 30th

Marvelous Art with Mrs. McLaren-Grades 4-6 Grade

4-5:30 p.m. at Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., Benzonia. Artist Connie McLaren, a local favorite, teaches these FUN classes for KIDS. FREE! All supplies included, Details & information at benzonialibrary.org or 231-882-4111.


October 13th

The Great Pumpkin Dash and PuPkin Costume Parade 2019

The Great Pumpkin Dash is where pumpkins and their people have one goal: crossing the finish line … unsquashed. It is for all ages with prizes for best costume, heaviest lug, and more! Costumes strongly encouraged!

The Dash rolls through Mt. Holiday’s woodsy terrain, taking costumed luggers of all ages through four fun obstacles.

There is a catch though: Everybody big and small has to carry a pumpkin! Before the dash begins, pick your special pumpkin from our patch. We will weigh it and mark it. If you’re really brave, pick two! Your arms will love you for it.

The goal? Finish the lug, squash intact! Happening October 13th 10am-2pm at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City. Hosted by the Great Pumpkin Dash, Mt. Holiday and the Cherryland Humane Society.

Sign up today at www.greatpumpkindash.com

November 28th

Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital Blood Drive

Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital is hosting a blood drive with Michigan Blood, Thursday September 19th from 9am-2:30pm. They will be in the mobile bus, which will be parked behind the hospital by the Crawford Room. For more information and to schedule your donation go to donate.miblood.org