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September 18, 2019

State of the Community Breakfast 2019

From 7:00AM to 9:00AM

State of the Community Breakfast 2019

The Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce (GACC) will hold its annual State of the Community Breakfast!

September 18th, 2019

7:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Otsego Resort Convention Center

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.

To answer these questions, five community leaders have been chosen to represent key sectors of your community including;

Rachel Frisch, Otsego County Administrator

Brian Pearson, Gaylord Community Schools Superintendent

Luann Mabarak, Kirtland Gaylord M-TEC Director

Lisa McComb, Otsego County Economic Alliance Executive Director

Erin Mann, Otsego County United Way Executive Director.

 They're excited to share this important information with the community and hope that you will join them to hear from local leaders on various hot topics impacting your area!


Location: Otsego Resort


Phone: 989-732-6333

The Salvation Army 125th Anniversary Celebration

From 11:30AM to 1:30PM

The Salvation Army of Traverse City Celebrates 125 Years of Service 
to Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Counties.

  The celebration culminates with a community-wide open house and BBQ lunch 
September 18 from 11:30– 1:30pm at The Salvation Army Community Center

(Traverse City, MI) August 28, 2019 – The Salvation Army began its ministry in 1894 at the command of Captain Smith and Lieutenant Phillips – two unassuming young women who were committed to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in His name without discrimination. The first Salvation Army location was at Novotny’s Hall – the current location of the Blue Tractor on Union Street. Since then, 22 locations have been utilized to house Salvation Army programs and services. 

Early success in Traverse City was not guaranteed. An excerpt from the Grand Traverse Herald from February 22, in 1894 provided a perspective on the early days:

“About ten days ago a branch of the Salvation Army was started here, and contrary to all expectations, success has been assured from the beginning.”

Fast forward 125 years as The Salvation Army has stayed true to its original calling, inspired by a quote from Catherine Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army:  “There is no reward equal to that of doing the most good to the most people in the most need.” 

“We are deeply honored to be here at this point in time in the history of The Salvation Army in Traverse City,” said Major Jeffery Russell, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Traverse City. “It is incumbent upon all of us here to be mindful of our past and yet at the same time, be focused on the future and the responsibility we have to serve those in our community with hope, compassion and love.”

In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of The Salvation Army in Traverse City, there will be an open house and BBQ lunch, September 18, 2019 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at The Salvation Army Community Center at 1239 Barlow St. Traverse City. 

“Our open house is a celebration of the generous and compassionate support of generations of individuals, families and businesses who have quietly blessed our programs and our community neighbors with help, hope and compassion when they needed it most for 125 years. We are grateful to current staff and employees and those officers who have come before us,” said Major Jeffery Russell. “As long as there is need, The Salvation Army will be a consistent beacon of hope in Northern Michigan.”

The public is encouraged to support The Salvation Army of Traverse City by sending financial gifts directly to The Salvation Army, 1239 Barlow Street, Traverse City, Michigan 49686-4256, by calling 231.946.4644 or donating online at 

Click here for more information and to view 125th Anniversary Video 

About The Salvation Army 
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church was established in London in 1865. The Salvation Army, Traverse City has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1894 in Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Counties. Over 54,000 services are provided locally each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, clothing and emergency need assistance, Pathway of Hope family strengthening services, outreach to the elderly and ill, relief for disaster victims and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, visit

Ruth Blick 
Cell: 231.649.2752
Office:  231.946.4644  ext: 314 

Major Jeffery Russell 
Office: 231.946.4644  ext: 301 

Location: 1239 Barlow St. Traverse City. 


Phone:  231.946.4644  

Roscommon Bucks Golf Team Fundraiser Outing

From 12:30PM to 5:00PM

Roscommon Bucks Golf

This is the sole fundraiser for the Roscommon High School golf team, which is no longer funded by the school district.

Entry fee: $200 per 4 person team on or before September 19th

Entry fee: $220 after September 19th up to the day of outing. 

Check in @ 12:30 P.M. & tee off at 1:30 P.M.

Prizes for 1st & 2nd place. 


Golf team fundraiser, 9 hole scramble with contests, great prizes, live auction for great golf packages, including dinner.


Location: The Quest Golf Club

Phone: 9896192183

Northern Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

From 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Register now for the Northern Michigan CONSERVATION STEWARDS PROGRAM 

September 10th - October 22nd, 2019

Register at : 



Become a Certified Michigan Conservation Steward!



♦ Michigan’s Conservation Heritage

♦ Ecological Foundations and Regions

♦ Terrestrial Ecosystems

♦ Aquatic Ecosystems 



♦ 45+ hours of basic ecological training

♦ 40 hours of conservation volunteer service annually

♦ 8 hours of continuing education annually

♦ Completion of a capstone project (assistance provided in finding projects that match interests)

♦ For specific dates and times and contact information for the Northern Michigan Conservation Stewards Program visit: conservation_stewards_program/ 



Acommodatioions for persons with disabilities may be requested bu contacting Julie Crick at 989-275-7179 by August 21, 2019.  Requests recieved after this date will be honered whenever possible. MSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.


Program Overview 

The mission of the Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) is to deliver high-quality, locally-based training oppurtunities to develop informed Michigan residents who will practice community-based volunteer conservation management activites. 

Conservation Stewards are volunteers who help protect and restore our state's natural areas and ecosystems. They help remove invasive species, build trails, collect data, and work with naturalists, biologists, and land managers to perserve public land. The Conservation Stewards Program will help you gain the skills to lead or contribute to land stewardship efforts in your area. 

Classroom and online suessions provide education in ecology, and multiple field trips guide students through forest, wetland, lake, and stream environments. Professional level instruction is provided by MSU Extension, Michigan Natural Features inventory, and other local experts. 



Conservation Stewards Program is an eight week course consisting of in person classes on select Tuesday evening and two Saturday field days. Additional course work is complete online. 

Cost is $250 per person Scholarships are available! Contact Julie Crick at


Northern Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Kirtland Community College, Four Mile Campus Agenda 

Tuesday, September 10th, 6-9pm Program Introduction Capstone Project Discussion


Tuesday, September 17th, 6 - 9pm Aquatic Ecosystems

Watersheds: Interconnectedness of Lakes and Streams - Awaiting confirmation of speaker 

Zoning in the Stream Corridor - Awaiting confirmation of speaker 


Saturday, September 21st, 9 - 5pm Aquatic Ecosystems Presenter: Erick Elgin, MSU Extension, Natural Resources Educator

Guided interpretive float on Marl Lake 

Collection, identification and discussion of specimens from Marl Lake 


Tuesday, September 24th, 6 - 9pm Michigan's Conservation Heritage

How Native Americans Managed Michigan’s Pre-Settlement Forest by Jim Ren, USFS Archaeologist 

Michigan’s Logging Era and the Civilian Conservation Corps by Hillary Pine, DNR State Historian


Tuesday, October 1st, 6-9pm Ecological Foundations

Conservation History of the Kirtland Warbler by Mark Janesco 

Local Landscape Geology by Ty Black, retired DNR Geologist 


Tuesday, October 8th, 6 - 9pm Forest Ecosystems

Jack Pine Forest Ecosystems by Phyllis Higman, Botanist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory 

Jack Pine Forest Management - Awaiting confirmation of speaker 


Saturday, October 12th, 9 - 4pm Forests and Forested Wetlands Presenter: Julie Crick, MSU Extension Natural Resources Educator Presenter: Phyllis Higman, Michigan Natural Features Invertory

Gahagan Nature Preserve, Tank Creek Headwaters 


Tuesday, october 15h, 6 - 9pm Ecosystem Threats: Climate Change  

Current Research on Climate Change by Brian Klatt, Director, Michigan Natural Features Inventory 

Forest Adaption Materials and Discussion by Julie Crick, MSU Extension Natural Resources Educator 


Tuesday, October 22nd, 6 - 9pm Capstone Project Presentations Graduation!





Location: Kirtland Community College 4 Mile Road Grayling Mi

Website: conservation_stewards_p

Farm-to-Table Dinner & Tour

From 6:00PM to 10:00PM

Farm-to-Table Dinner & Tour

September 18, 2019

6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. 

Castle Farms 5052 M-66 N. Charlevoix, MI 49720


Join Castle Farms for an evening to remember!

Enjoy a goregous farm-to-table dinner and tour at Castle Farms.

Catered by Grey Gables Restaurant & Catering, a local favorite, the three course meal will showcase meats and vegetables from local farms.

A chef introduction will accompany each dish. Also enjoy wine from their very own wine label, 1918 Cellars.

The evenings start at 6:00 P.M. and goes until 10:00 P.M. Have an amazing date night or friends night out!

Tickets will be available until the Friday before the event date. All ticket sales are final.

Location: Castle Farms 5052 M-66 N. Charlevoix, MI 49720


Old Town Playhouse The Importance of Being Earnest

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Contact: Phil Murphy
Phone: 231-947-2210

End Date: September 28, 2019

tickets on sale now
old town playhouse presents the farcical comedy
the importance of being earnest

Old Town Playhouse presents Oscar Wilde’s most renowned comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. Performances of this witty play are September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 PM and September 15 and 22 at 2:00 PM.

Prices are $28 for adults and $15 for youth under 18 (plus fees). These tickets can be obtained by phone at 231-947-2210, online at, or in person at the OTP Box Office. For groups of eight or more, or if using a Two-on-the-Town card, please contact the Box Office.


In this farcical comedy by Oscar Wilde, two bachelors create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome social obligations. When they attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men named Ernest, confusion reigns in this tangled tale that Wilde called “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.”

Old Town Playhouse is located at 148 East 8th Street, at the southwest corner of East 8th and Cass Streets in Traverse City.  Contact the Playhouse for more information.


The Old Town Playhouse is a 60-year-old volunteer-based organization promoting quality community theatre experiences for the people of Northwest Michigan by providing educational opportunities and entertainment in the theatrical arts.


Location: 148 East 8th Street Traverse City

Phone: 231-947-2210

Finn Fest 2019

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Novi, Michigan, Sept. 10, 2019 – Finn Fest USA (, the nation's largest conference of Finns and Finnish-Americans, is proud to host Finn Fest 2019, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Novi Sheraton 21111 Haggerty Rd, Novi, MI 48375.

The conference will bring together scholars, musicians, artists, writers, and political leaders with the intention of exploring Finnish culture in both a historical and modern context. It will present seminars, demonstrations, poetry readings, documentaries, and concerts on topics ranging from the Kalevala –the Finnish national epic – to an exploration of immigration and refugee settlement.

The general public will be particularly interested in participating in the following events:
•       A stand-up comedy performance by Ismo Leikola 
•       A Finnish cuisine cooking class hosted by world-famous chef Soile Anderson
•       The music of Järnefelt Trio, Tallari, Finn Hall, and Kardemimmit

Finn Fest USA chose to bring the convention to Detroit because Southeastern Michigan has one of the largest populations of people of Finnish descent in United States. Indeed, Finns and Finnish-Americans have contributed greatly to the history and culture of Michigan.  Finn Fest USA would like to explore the contributions Finns made, particularly in the areas of labor history and the arts.

Finn Fest USA wishes to advance the available research regarding the Finnish experience in Michigan. Therefore, as part of the festival, Finn Fest USA has planned a labor history tour of Detroit and has received access to Saarinen House and Archives at the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills.
Further, participants will have the opportunity to have their family oral history recorded as part of a comprehensive archive of Detroit stories. 

To launch a festival of this size, Finn Fest USA is partnering with three local organizations, the Finlandia Foundation of Michigan (, the Finnish Center Association (, and Finn Camp ( 

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Christoph at 248-229-2974 or


Location: Novi Sheraton 21111 Haggerty Rd, Novi, MI 48375.


Phone: 248-229-2974