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  • Subway hosts songwriters' circle and jam sessions
    On Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., songwriters, acoustic musicians,and the public are invited to a songwriter's circle and jam session atthe Subway shop at 114 Water St. The weekly event allows composers toshowcase their original compositions and see how other musicians canprovide accompaniment and ideas on arrangement. The event is hosted byBoyne City recording artist and performer Dan Farrow. "Subway has aunique space in the rear of the store that is separate from the diningarea. It is beautifully decorated, has its own entrance, and has greatacoustics," says Farrow. In addition to studying the craft ofsongwriting, discussions about the business of music and successfulpublishing strategies will be part of the mix. For information, contactFarrow at 675-2935 or by e-mail at
  • H1N1 FLU INFO is available at, including tips for staying healthy and more.
  • Garden club cookbook available at Chamber office
    The Boyne Valley Garden Club's "Garden of Good Eatin" cookbook isavailable at the Boyne Area Chamber for $15. The book includes morethan 160 pages of recipes and cooking information, including sectionsfor Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Vegetables and SideDishes, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, Cookies and Candy,and This and That. The club, which was started in 1979, now has morethan 100 members. Funds raised from the cookbook will help the clubmaintain 13 different flower beds around town. The garden club meets onthe fourth Thursday of the month, March through November, at the BoyneDistrict Library.
  • HISTORICAL MUSEUM - The Boyne City Historical Museum is nowstaffed with volunteers every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the southend of City Hall, 319 Water St. Historical Society volunteers areavailable to give tours and information about our local history. Themuseum is also open (but not staffed) during normal city hall hoursfrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
    The Boyne City Rotary Club is looking for families interested in hosting a foreign exchange student for the 2010-2011 school year. He is 16 years old (turns 17 in August), is interested in music (bass guitar), and loves to read. He comes from a professional family (his mother is a dentist) and lives in a small town not far from some larger cities. It is not necessary that you have a high school age student of your own, or any child at home at all. Anyone interested in this opportunity should contact the club's Youth Exchange Officer, Mark Muniak, at 231-582-7645 (home) or 231-547-7207 (work).
  • United Way Elects New Board Members
    Five new members were recently elected to the Board of Directors of Char-Em United Way.
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  • United Way Campaign Kicks Off
    Attendees at the Char-Em United Way Campaign Kickoff Lunch were asked to find their inner campaign heroes. United Way kicked off its 2010-2011 Campaign with a superhero-themed lunch for its volunteer leaders.
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  • United Way meets National Membership Requirements
    Martha Lancaster, Executive Director, announced that Char-Em United Way has successfully completed all of United Way‘s national membership requirements by their respective due dates. . The annual certification process includes completing the Membership Requirements Certification, Membership Investment to support the national office, and a survey of Total Resources Generated (a survey that captures the full extent of a community’s resource development efforts during the year). Over and above the annual requirements, Char-Em United Way recently completed a mandatory organizational self-assessment, as part of this process.
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  • June 15-August 6

  • Make a Splash at the Boyne District Library
    Children are invited to "Make a Splash" during Boyne District Library's Summer Reading Program from June 15 to July 20. The library offers the perfect place to cool off this summer and explore the world of books and reading through water-themed activities, events and arts & crafts. Featured performers include Acting Up Theater Company at 10 a.m. on June 15; The Bubble Man at 10 a.m. on July 2; Drummunity at 10 a.m. on July 13; and The Balloon Meister at 10 a.m. on July 19. All ages are invited to the performances, which will take place in the library's Community Room. No registration is required, and there is no charge for any of the events.

    Families and water-lovers of all ages are invited to a Water Safety program, complete with a barbeque, on June 17 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Charlevoix County Sheriff's Marine Division will offer the program geared for all ages, including water safety, boater safety, law and etiquette. Complimentary hot dogs will be served after the program outside on the patio.

    For preschool children ages 3-5, several water-related programs are also offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Community Room: "Story & Wonder Water Adventure Art" on June 22; "Story & Water Games" on June 29; and "What Lives in Water?" Story and Crafts on July 6. No registration is required.

    Elementary children ages 6-11 can attend programs on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.: "Water Games" in the library's garden on June 22; "What is Sand Made of?" Beach Sand art project on June 29; and "Book Scavenger Hunt" and Stuffed Fish art project on July 6. Registration is required and is limited to 25.

    Elementary and preschool children are invited to the "Finale" on July 20 from 1- 3 p.m. for a reading celebration, awards and a movie.

    "Make Waves at Your Library" is offered for 12-16 year-olds with something for everyone this summer. Add some color to your closet with "Tie-Dye Workshop" on June 23 from 3-5 p.m. Bring a white or light-colored t-shirt or other item to tie-dye.

    Learn about all the new and exciting YA books at the "Book Talk" on June 24 from 4-5 p.m. YA Librarian Jon Baughan will share some of his favorites and will also take suggestions for future library purchases.

    Other programs include: "Hemp Workshop" on June 30 from 1-3 p.m.; "Scavenger Hunt" on July 14 from 2-4 p.m.; and ending with "Luau Party" on Aug. 6 from 5-7 p.m. Also ongoing from June 30-July 30 is "Reading Squares," a game to win weekly prizes and/or a grand prize by completing activities on your reading square form available at the library beginning June 30.
  • August 4

  • Wellness Wednesday
    Charlevoix Area Hospital's next will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. Wellness Wednesday Health Screens include: Total Cholesterol, HDL, ratio, and Glucose levels, Body Mass Index (BMI) score, Fat Percentage, and a Blood Pressure reading. No fasting is required. However, if you are fasting an LDL and triglyceride reading can also be obtained. Cost for the service is $12. Participants will also receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results at the time of the screen. A Registered Nurse will adapt health consultation and educational materials to individual results. Appointments can be made by calling 547-8906 or by email: Walk-ins are also welcome.

  • Evenings at the Gazebo
    Trombones Plus, 6:30 p.m., at Old City Park.

    August 5

  • Charlevoix County Genealogical Society
    The Charlevoix County Genealogical Society (CCGS) is inviting the public to spend an evening learning from local photographer and photographic artist, Karen Walker. The recent winner of an "International Photographer of the Year Award" for her photo restoration work, Karen Walker is a knowledgeable resource for those who are asking themselves, "what do I do with all this old family pictures?"Details

    The Charlevoix County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:00 PM, Thursday, August 5th, in the lower level meeting room at the Boyne District Library, 201 E. Main Street, Boyne City. The room will be open at 6:00 PM that evening for early arrivals. Refreshments will be provided by the group. Meetings are free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. For further information on the CCGS and their programs, please visit their web site at: or by contacting JoAnn at 231-582-9602.

    August 5-8

  • Boyne Falls Polish Festival
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    August 7

  • Ride the Charx
    Riders of all skill levels are invited to participate in Ride the Charx, a bike ride around Lake Charlevoix offering routes of 20, 43, 63, 105 miles. It is a charitable ride sponsored by the Boyne Valley Lions Club, which supports projects involving sight preservation and restoration, and local youth programs. Registration is $25. All rides start and finish at Veterans Park in Boyne City. Registration for the 43, 62 and 105-mile routes begins at 7 a.m. and riders should depart by 8:30. The 20-mile ride registration starts at 10 a.m., and riders should depart by 11:30. All riders get lunch, maps, on-the-road-refreshments, SAG Service with flat repair, painted route indicators on the roads, and showers. Non-riders are welcome to join the riders for lunch for $10. Details and registration . . .

    August 6, 13

    Local Flavor is hosting Meet the Michigan author book signings from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays during Stroll the Streets. Call 582-7499 for information. Here's the line-up for August:

    * Aug. 6 - "Travelin' Man - On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger," author Tom Weschler.
    * Aug. 13 - "Monk and Me," author Edmund Palmer.
    * Aug. 20 - "The Runaway Garden" (and other childrens' books), author Jeff Schatzer
    * Aug. 27 - "I Saw It in the Garden" and "Three Lessons For Astair The Bear," author Martin Brennan.

    August 7

    Aten Place features weekly concerts in a 90-year-old oak-frame barn near Boyne Falls. Upcoming shows include Ronny Cox on Aug. 7, the Ragbirds on Aug. 14, Detour Bluegrass on Aug. 21, Daniel Boling on Aug. 28, and Cairn to Cairn on Sept. 4. Tickets are $25 for two and $15 for singles and go on sale at 6:30 p.m. the day of the concert, with performances beginning at 7:30. For more information, schedules and directions, visit or call 231-549-2076.

    August 8

    will hold a golf outing at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 at Dunmaglas Golf Club. The fund-raiser will benefit Challenge Mountain, a recreational facility for the physically iImpaired and mentally challenged. Entry fee of $80 includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Click here for more information and an entry form.

    August 12

    Ty Wellman of Boyne City will represent the United States in the FIS Freestyle & Snowboard Halfpipe Skiing Junior World Championships at Cardona Alpine Resort in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, beginning Aug. 29. Wellman, 17, will depart along with Team USA on Aug. 17 for 11 days of training. He is scheduled to return on Sept. 1. More than 200 skiers representing some 20 countries will partake in the event. A fund-rasier dinner and silent auction are scheduled at Sammich N Sudz restaurant in Boyne City from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Donations will be accepted at the door. Silent auction items are being accepted. For more information, call (231) 582-0097.

    August 14

  • Summer Celebration
    The Boyne City Farmers Market is moving to downtown Boyne City for one day only on Saturday, August 14, as part of the first annual Downtown Boyne City Summer Celebration. The Farmers Market will be set up on Water and Lake streets and will be just one of many events happening downtown. There will also be sidewalk sales, children's activities and music throughout the day. Boyne City is also hosting the Antique Auto Show and Flea Market the weekend of Aug. 14-15. "We knew when the Farmers Market was moved to Veterans Park from Old City Park there would be an occasional conflict with other events that have long been held in Veterans Park," said Boyne City Main Street manager Hugh Conklin. "The Antique Auto Show and Flea Market is one of those events. It is a big and important event for the community and there is not enough room for it and the market in Veterans Park." "To give the market as much visibility and exposure as possible, it was decided to move it downtown and expand it into a Downtown Summer Celebration to showcase all downtown has to offer," he said. The Summer Celebration is sponsored by the Boyne City Main Street Program and Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. The farmers market will open at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. The market has up to 50 farm and craft vendors and is recognized as one of the finest market in northern Michigan. In addition to the market there will also be sidewalk sales offered by downtown businesses, children's events and music from 1 to 4 p.m. Children's events include a running race starting at noon. There will be two races: one for children 3 and under and a second for children 4, 5 and 6. Games will be se tup from 1 to 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Water Street. There will also be pony rides, a dunk tank and Bouncers, which will be set up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music will feature Kort McCumber of Nashville, T N T , Tom Monley, and Rob Johnson. For more information about the Summer Celebration or the Antique Auto Show and Flea Market contact the Boyne Area Chamber at 231.582.6222.

    August 14-15

  • Relay for Life
    Everyone is invited to attend all or part of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. This community event celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost and fights back against a disease that takes too much from too many. This is an exciting event where our goal is a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Survivor Victory Lap, Luminaria Ceremony, entertainment and family activities.Boyne City Rotary Park, Boyne City

  • Antique Auto Show & Flea Market
    he 37th Annual Antique Auto Show and Flea Market is coming to Veterans Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15. Spectator admission is free for this popular event on the shore of beautiful Lake Charlevoix. One feature of the show will be a 1911 Ford Touring Car used in the movie "Somewhere In Time," which was filmed in 1979 on Mackinac Island. The 1911 Ford is owned by Walloon Lake resident Arnie Hudson, immediate past president of the Boyne Country Region Antique Automobile Clubs of America, which sponsors the event. The event normally includes 70 antique autos on display. Current president of theclub is Dean Carper of Petoskey, who has been a club member since 1981. Carper will be brining his 1952 Studebaker Starlight Coupe to the show. More than 50 vendors are expected for the giant flea market, which is organized by the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. The Boyne City Firefighters Association is running the food concession this year. Here is a photo album from last year's auto show and flea market.

    > VENDOR SPACES - A few 10-by-20-ft. vendor spaces are available for $20 in advance; call the Chamber at 582-6222. More information and registration forms for the auto show and flea market are on the event website,
    > HELP WANTED - The Chamber is looking for a night watchman to perform overnight security duties on Friday and Saturday nights for the Flea Market. Call 582-6222 if interested.

    August 15

    Join the Boyne Area Seniors on Aug. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. for their annual Ice Cream Social. This is a fund-raiser put on by the Boyne Area Senior Center. There will be Wii Demonstrations, dancing from the BASC Steppers, music by Backwoods Maestros and Grandma's Homemade Cookies. For further information call 582-6682.

    August 16

    St. Matthew Catholic Church will host a blood drive for the American Red C ross from 12 to 5:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16.

  • Boyne City to US-31 Non-Motorized Trail Forum
    Anyone interested in a progress report on the Boyne City to US-31 Non-Motorized Trail is invited to a public forum from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Charlevoix Library. The goal of the meeting is to seek common ground for moving forward on the trail issue. During this meeting you can:

    * Learn about the five approaches developed by the trail steering committee for addressing the issue.
    * Discuss the pros and cons of each approach in small groups.

    The Non-Motorized Trail Issue Book includes information about the proposed trail and the five approaches. It is very informative, so organizers are strongly encouraging people to read the issue book before the forum. Click here for a copy, or contact the County Planning Department in Charlevoix or the MSU Extension Office at Boyne City Hall. Copies can also be viewed at the Boyne City and Charlevoix libraries. The forum is sponsored by the Charlevoix County Non-Motorized Trail Steering Committee. If you have questions, you may call the County Planning Department at 231-547-7234 or MSU Extension at 231-582-6232.

    August 20, 27

    Local Flavor is hosting Meet the Michigan author book signings from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays during Stroll the Streets. Call 582-7499 for information. Here's the line-up for August:

    * Aug. 20 - "The Runaway Garden" (and other childrens' books), author Jeff Schatzer
    * Aug. 27 - "I Saw It in the Garden" and "Three Lessons For Astair The Bear," author Martin Brennan.

    August 22

    Boyne Valley Catholic Community will hold a Summer Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 at St. Matthew Church, 1303 Boyne Ave., Boyne City, "The event features polka music for dancing and "Ma's Polish Dinner," on sale at $10 for adults, $9 seniors, $5 children and free for those under 4. Kids' games and a blow-up castle and slied will be available as well as popcorn, pop, hot dogs and raffle drawings at 2:30 p.m.

  • Seiler kicks off Boyne Arts Collective concert series Sunday
    The Boyne Arts Collective announces the first of a series of live concerts at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug 22. The first concert features singer-songwriter and award-winning blues artist Michael Lee Seiler. The event will also be a fund-raiser for the Arts Collective and a CD Release concert for "He Knows...", a mix of gospel, blues and contemporary Christian music. Donations from those attending the concert will be used to repair the South Side Gallery floor and to install a permanent stage. The concert series will continue on the second and fourth Sunday evenings of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m. Each concert will showcase a local or regional artist in various genres, including, folk, roots, rock, blues, Americana, spoken word, and more. Located at 210 Lake St., Boyne City, the Boyne Arts Collective is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and support artists, expand their opportunities, and to promote education and appreciation in the community. For more information, call 675-7071.

    August 23

  • Charlevoix County History Preservation Society
    Zachariah & Mary Morgan - A Story of Two African American Pioneers in Charlevoix County. Charlevoix Public Library, 7 pm. Details . . .

    August 25

  • Wild Turkeys to play at final Gazebo concert on Wednesday
    The Wild Turkeys will travel from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, to perform at the weekly Evenings at the final Evenings at the Gazebo concert of the summer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in Old City Park. This group of picking and grinning cowboys' fun stage presence and energetic sound has been called "Swamp-Stomp Country." Armed with fiddles, mandolin, guitar, bass, harmonica, a tin can percussive suitcase contraption, and melodic four-part harmonies, the Turkeys win over the hearts and ears of audiences everywhere. They were voted the "best looking and sounding new generation roots band at the 2008 Blissfest Festival." Bring your lawn chairs, and leave your dogs at home. The Boyne Area Chamber is able to pr esent these free concerts thanks to donations accepted at each concert and the generosity of many local sponsors. This week's sponsors are: The Boyne City Motel, SweetGrass Framing, L.G. Vance, and Arch and Trish Wright.

    August 26

  • Dancin' in the Streets returns to SOBO
    SoBo, the South Boyne arts district, presents the 7th annual Dancin' in the Streets Thursday, Aug. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The July event drew a record crowd of fun-seekers. The Sun Dogs will entertain just south of the corner of Lake and Main Streets. The event is sponsored by CindiFranco's cool stuff, Lake Street Market, Sun for the Soul, Tammy Croy McMillian PhD, American Total Security, Freshwater Studio, Sweetgrass Framing, Imagine Art & Music Supply, 220 Lake Street, Boyne Valley Printing, Re/Max Resort Properties and the Boyne City Gazette, which will be celebrating its first anniversary. Grilled corn and hot dogs will be available. Organizer Cindi Mallin says, "Bring your chairs, grab a sandwich, put on your dancing' shows and join us for an evening of fun."

    August 27

    Local Flavor is hosting Meet the Michigan author book signings from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays during Stroll the Streets. Call 582-7499 for information. Here's the line-up for August:

    * Aug. 27 - "I Saw It in the Garden" and "Three Lessons For Astair The Bear," author Martin Brennan.

    Stroll the Streets will feature five musical entertainers and Bopper the balloon twister from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 27. Musicians and other entertainers perform throughout the downtown on Water and Lake Streets each Friday through the summer in a program sponsored by the Boyne City Main Street program. Friday's entertainers include: Still Pickin’, Genesis Church Band, Mel Sweet Thing, Rob Johnson and Ann's interactive children's songs.

    August 28

    The final Up North Big Band dance of the season will be held at the Rustic Ballroom Saturday night with lessons at 6:45 and the band performing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Now our last dance at the ballroom will be on Saturday Aug. 28. Band member Josh Raber posted on Facebook: "Due to various circumstances the ballroom will be closing. Yes, it is sad, but as one door closes another one opens. As of right now the band does NOT plan on calling it quits. So we will keep you all posted about our new venue and dance schedule. Thanks as always for the support. Come on out and have some fun at the ballroom one last time and let's leave it with a big party." Details . . .

    Featuring weekly concerts in a 90-year-old oak-frame barn near Boyne Falls. The last two shows of the season will be Daniel Boling on Aug. 28, and Cairn to Cairn on Sept. 4. Tickets are $25 for two and $15 for singles and go on sale at 6:30 p.m. the day of the concert, with performances beginning at 7:30. For more information, schedules and directions, visit or call 549-2076.

    August 29

    Musicians and music lovers are invited to join the fun as Gaeyle Gerrie-Boss, Master fiddler John Richey and guitarist Dan House host the Boyne Irish Sunday Session featuring Celtic and folk tunes at Local Flavor bookstore, 125 Water St. from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29. Musicians are asked to bring their own stools or chairs. There is no charge for this family-friendly musical event that features some of our region's finest Irish, folk, bluegrass and old-time musicians. Details . . .