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Alcona County



Kid’s ice fishing tournament in Barton City. Free to kids 15 and under. Fishing poles, bait and holes provided. Prizes awarded. Contact Bill Lossing (989) 335-3895


Classic Movie Night - 3rd Friday of each month at 5:45 p.m. The movie, popcorn and soda are all free. Shows are on the big screen at the Harrisville Library, 312 W. Main St. Contact Will St. John 989-736-3000.


State Park Programs - The Explorer Guide Program offers fun and entertaining talks, hikes, and other outdoor learning experiences. Programs vary from hiking out trails, listening for certain birds, or looking for rare plants. Events are free, but a current Recreation Passport is required to enter the park. Contact Eric Ostrander – 989-724-5126


Recycle Alcona, Inc. - 2nd Saturday of each month 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lincoln ARA Site. Household type recycling paper, tin, glass, cardboard, plastic (1-7). Contact Bill Thompson 989-724-5077

Crawford County



4- Michael Seaman Memorial 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM HANSON HILLS RECREATION AREA MI-CUP “TEAM SKI” Event & Potluck 4 Hour Ski Event Registration: 8:30am-9:30am FEE: $45 per team – (3-person team $15 each) Race: 10am-2pmThis is a fun Social event. Ski as a group or go out individually, we don’t care!! Just keep a good count how many laps each team member completes in the 4-hour period. Special awards for the teams that record the most combined laps.

11- January 2020, Feb. 8, 2020 and Mar. 7, 2020 Meet at Hartwick Pines State Park Contact Station. We have several pairs of snowshoes for you to borrow if you don’t have your own. Snowshoe fitting begins at 7:30pm. Hike begins at 8pm, approximately 2-mile hike through unbroken snow. Event is free but a Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park. Hike is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Call the Hartwick Pines State Park Visitor Center with questions. 989-348-2537.

12- Jan. 25 Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street “Crossroads: Change in Rural America”

December 12, 2019 - January 25, 2020 Devereaux Memorial Library, 201 Plum St. Grayling

14- Intermediate Watercolor. This 5-session course is a continuation of the Intro to Watercolor class that took place in November. Sherry Graziano, artist, former art teacher and Devereaux Library program manager, will focus on additional techniques and elements that are guaranteed to make the paintings you have always dreamed about. This class, open to adults and high school students at least 15 years old, will take place on Tuesday evenings at 5:00 to 6:30pm from January 14 to February 4, 2020. One additional class is planned for February 11 which will be used as a make-up or an individual attention studio. Students are asked to bring good watercolor brushes, a basic set of tubed watercolors, good watercolor paper such as Arches cold press 140 lb.

Register Online at https://artisanvillageclasses– $100

18- Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Registration Includes: RACE, Professional Timing, Custom Gift to first 250 participants, Age Group Awards. This exciting Nordic Skiing Adventure will take you through the scenic hardwood trails of Hanson Hills Recreation Area, located in Grayling, Michigan Race Features: Rolling Course with outstanding grooming Professional Timing to ensure immediate and accurate results. Michigan Cup Men’s Division-26km freestyle, and Women’s -13km freestyle Michigan Cup points events.

Free Saturday Afternoon Night Kids Race- 1-3km, 1:00-2:00pm at Northbound Outfitters. Citizens Divisions-For those new to skiing, a 7.5 km course with both Skate and Classic categories. “Fun for All!” Custom Gift to the first 250 entrants.

25- Jan. 2020, Feb. 22, 2020 and Mar. 21, 2020 Meet at the Hartwick Pines State Park Visitor Center. We have several pairs of snowshoes for you to borrow if you don’t have your own. Hike anytime between 6:30-8:30pm, approximately 1.25 mi hike around the lantern-lit, Old Growth Trail. Warming fire along the trail at the Logging Museum. Fire will be extinguished, and Visitor Center closed at 9pm. Event is free, but a Michigan Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park. Hike is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Call the Visitor Center with questions. 989-348-2537.


Tea and Tech Time- Every Monday through Friday Make yourself a hot beverage and let the library help you one-on-one with your laptop, tablet, e Reader, or phone questions! Call 989-348-9214 to make an appointment with staff available every Monday through Friday.  Appointments are also available for 3D printer demonstrations.

Genealogy Group- Monday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm Bring your ancestry research and collaborate with others sharing similar goals.

Let’s Get Fit- Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 pm Join our adult exercise program designed with seniors in mind. Easy chair exercises, stretching, and simple yoga moves improve mind and body. Wear comfortable clothing.

Story Hour- Every Wednesday at 11:15 am Birth to preschool children can come to enjoy stories, songs, crafts, snacks and activities. No sign up required.

Sit and Knit- First Thursday and Third Tuesday of the Month Join area fiber fanatics to share ideas in the techniques of knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery, etc. Bring your projects. Every first Thursday @ 10:00am and third Tuesday @ 5:00pm.

Dinner Is Served- Every Monday night we serve a FREE community dinner. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and is located at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, in the Fellowship Hall (basement). This is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us.

Iosco County


31- New Year’s Eve Celebration with our KIDDOS. 6-8pm at Wiltse's Cabernet Room 5606 F-41 Oscoda. Pizza Bar, Gifts, Dancing, Sparkling Juice Toast at 8pm, Ball Drop, Balloons, Confetti, Bubbles. Cost per KIDDO (all ages) $4.99


18 – Hale Winterfest at the Plainfield Township Resource Center.

23- VETERANS COFFEE HOUR 9:30-10:30am American Legion Audie Johnson Post 211, 900 East

Lincoln Street, East Tawas

31-Feb. 3 – 70th Annual Perchville USA. Visit http://www.tawas.com/visit/perchville-2/ for more information.


22- Vintage Snowmobile Races on an all-new 1/4-mile oval. 405 East Sherman St. Whittemore, MI. Race registration 7:30-9:45am Hot Laps 10-10:45am. Racing at 11:30am. Admission is $10 entry fees are $10 for Kitty Cat and 120, all other classes are $25. For race rules contact Rick at 989-296-9010.

22- Ascension St. Joseph Winter Gala 2020 5:30pm

27- VETERANS COFFEE HOUR 9:30-10:30am American Legion Audie Johnson Post 211, 900 East

Lincoln Street, East Tawas

Montmorency County


Music at the Mill– Brush Creek Mill, Every third Friday of the month year-round. Open “mic.” Sign-up to play or sing. Music starts at 7:00. Concession stands open. Free admission.

Saturday Activities– Spinners & Knitters Group, informal get together. No charge. Share conversation and ideas.

Scrapbooking– This group meets the Third Saturday of the month, October through May. No charge. Open to all interested in this popular hobby. Help for beginners. If you would like to get started, all are welcome to join.

Ogemaw County


20- Ogemaw Genealogical & Historical Society 12:00pm Trinity Episcopal Church West Branch

29- Claws and Paws Rescue Benefit Night at Clear Lake Bar 5:00 PM Contact number 989-345-1155

Clear Lake Bar 2212 Clear Lake Road, West Branch.


Mondays- Wednesdays and Fridays - Meditation at Living Well Nutrition 6:30 AM www.getherbal.net

Join for a Free Meditation Class offered by Living Well Nutrition

Mondays-Charity Bike Nights 6pm-8pm Iron Bandogs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club presents Ogemaw County Charity Bike Nights All generated proceeds go to Ogemaw County Charity Foundations. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles.

Tuesdays- Healthy Relationships Group offered by the Riverhouse Shelter. All women are welcome. 3-4:30pm at Michigan Works.

Tuesdays- Kiwanis Club of West Branch meets at the China Inn. 12pm

Fridays- A Matter of Balance 9:30 AM -11:30 AM Designed to reduce the fear of falling & increase activity levels among older adults. Sponsored by the Ogemaw County Commission on Aging.

Saturday's - 8AM-2PM in downtown West Branch, MI on S. 3rd St. Discover locally grown fresh produce & a wide variety of other treasures.

Otsego County


16-Sharpen your drawing skills with Karen VonOppen 1:00 -4:00pm Gaylord Area Council for the Arts 125 E. Main St. Gaylord $30 for GACA members; $35 for non-members. Learn the art of drawing. For all skill levels. Bring pencils or charcoal and a sketchbook. Also bring a photo of an old master's drawing to work from. Call or e-mail to register: 989-732-3242 or gaylordarts@gaylordarts.org.  

18- Read Relax and Be Still- Stretch with Amy Mertz from Yoga 45 who will be joining us for story time and kids' yoga. Flutter like a butterfly and wiggle like a beetle. Who's ready to move like a yoga bug? (Perfect for kiddos of all ages) 11:30am-12:30pm 127 West Main Street, Gaylord This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesdays- 3:00-4:00pm 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. To register call 989-732-3508 or just stop on by MediLodge of Gaylord at 508 Random Lane

Roscommon County


2- Monthly Chamber Breakfast meeting at the Houghton Lakes Elks Club.7:30 am - 8:30 pm

18, 19 and 25- Tip Up Town, USA  70th Year Anniversary, Houghton Lake


Snowman Building Contest Month of February 2020

5-9 St. Helen Medallion Hunt February 5-9, 2020

8- Snow Packers Annual Snow Run February 8

16- The Annual St. Helen Bluegill Festival Daytona 500 Pizza and Salad Fundraiser takes place at the Firehouse Restaurant in St. Helen. This is the committee’s first fundraiser of the year and is a blast for NASCAR fans as well as Bluegill Festival fans. All you can eat pizza and salad is served up while watching one of America’s most popular racing events. In addition to the race there are NASCAR games, door prizes, silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, and plenty of excitement. 1:30pm


Tech Hour: Every Friday at 2:00pm: Come in if you have any computer questions, or need assistance with

    technology, we can sit with you and help out.

Story Time: Every Thursday at 10:30am: Join Miss Julie in a wonderful morning program. Children learn how to

    socialize, explore their creative side, and grow their love of reading. It is a great way to start the day!

Sit and Get Fit: Every Thursday at 2:30pm: Come and do light exercises. It is a great way to stay mobile and

    keep those joints moving.

Adult Trivia: The third Wednesday of every month at 4:30pm: Answer questions, meet new people, and see if

    you are smarter than a librarian.

Genealogy Interest Group: The last Wednesday of every month at 1:00pm: Come and join the discussion.

    Joining in on the discussion gives patrons the opportunity to ask questions and get answers.

The Roscommon Area Historical Society (RAHS) meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Gallimore

    Boarding House, 404 Lake St., Roscommon. Visitors always welcome. Dues are $20 a year. The RAHS house and museum is open Memorial Day through Sept. from noon until 4. Admission is free. Questions call Sharon

    Boushelle 989-387-2489

Take your business up a notch -get Free advice from the BIZ CONSULTS from Sawmill Rural Business Center.

The 1st Tuesday of every month at Houghton Lake Chamber, 1625 W. Houghton Lake Dr., Prudenville, from 10am-1pm or the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Sawmill Rural Business Center, 702 Lake St., Roscommon, MI from 9am-12pm For more information contact: Diane Suvada (989)275-5743




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