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Alcona County


1- Christmas decorating at the Barton City Park and a bonfire at noon. Contact Bill Lossing at lossing46wh@yahoo.com or call (989) 335-3895. 

02- HARVEST TIME COMFORT FOOD BUFFET 4:00 – 7:00pm Grace Lutheran Church, 401 Main St East Tawas. Adults $14 Kids 6-10 $7 under 6 is free.

6- Join local musicians in a casual jam session at the Harrisville United Methodist Church (fellowship hall), 217 N. State St. Light refreshments will be served during this free event. This friendly get-together is co-sponsored by the church and Inspiration Alcona.

7- Harrisville’s Christmas in the Village from 9am – 3pm At least 40 vendors at Maria Hall behind St. Anne Catholic Church. Contact Christy Holmes (989) 724-5549, chamber office (989) 724-5107 or alconacountychamber@gmail.com.

7- Christmas Holiday open house from 1-3pm at Dragonfly Art Gallery, 116 E. Main St., Harrisville. Contact Lynne Freitag (989) 464-7306.

7- East Shore Art Guild will be at Maria Hall during Christmas in the Village with items that are homemade for Christmas gifts. Contact Bernie (989) 724-6347.

7- BETHLEHEM BREAKFAST 9:30am – 2:30pm Zion Lutheran Church A gathering for ladies to preserve the true meaning of Christmas

8- Sunrise Ringers Handbell Choir’s Holiday Concert featuring seasonal and reflective winter selection. Harrisville location TBD. Doors open at 2:30pm, concert begins at 3pm Donations accepted at the door. Contact Margaret Fox (989) 736-3025.

20- Tax Day Boogie-Woogie Blues. Matthew Ball, the Boogie Woogie Kid plays for taxpayers to lift their spirits at 5:30 p.m. at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library, 312 W. Main St. Contact Will St. John (989) 736-3000.


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.

ARA Farm Market – Every Saturday (May-Oct) 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ARA Site on Barlow Road in Lincoln. Shop for local produce, meats and products. Contact Billie Thompson 989-724-5077

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


3- Christmas Sing-along December 3 @ 5:45 pm Crawford County Commission on Aging, 308 Lawndale

4- JASON HUDY: THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS10:30am & 1:00pm Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts Get ready to be immersed in a show that will amaze and amuse you. World-renowned Jason Hudy of Michigan performs mesmerizing Magic with a Christmas twist. Frosty comes to life and talks to the children. Rudolph’s Red Nose provides tons of fun.

5- Flannel and Frost- Don We Now Our Plaid Apparel. 5:30-7:30pm at the AuSable Artisan Village and Paddle Hard Brewing. Local Art, Live Music, Door Prizes, 50/50 drawing and more. Chamber Members $5 others $10.

7- Lake State Railway Santa Train & Toys for Tots 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm On Saturday, Crawford County Historical Society and Museum, Lake State Railway, and Blarney Stone Broadcasting are coordinating to bring Toys for Tots and the Santa Train to the Grayling Depot. The event is free. Santa will be there from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM with Mrs. Claus and the elves. Board the train to meet Santa, take pictures, and share your Christmas wish list. The museum will be open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM serving refreshments.

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

12- AUSABLE ARTISAN VILLAGE STAGE 7 PM – 9 PM The AuSable Artisan Village and Dharma Records USA invite you to an evening of musical memories. MCMB (Motor City Memories Band) is a group of seasoned musicians who’s number one goal is to create a fun and upbeat entertaining atmosphere that brings people together to enjoy music from the 50’s to the 80’s. This is a NO COVER show provided by the AAV.

14- DECEMBER 14, 2019, Jan. 11, 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.


This is a Holiday Happenings DROP-IN Activity. No preregistration required. Visit the Artisan Village anytime during event hours of 1:00 to 3:00pm. Donations accepted. Sugar cookie cut-outs will be available for you to decorate with frosting and sprinkles. Open to children of all ages. Come play and make a mess at Artisan Village. Take a few cookies home to put out for Santa’s visit in just a few days.

21- Paddle Hard Brewing presents “The Distant Stars” in concert on the AAV Stage. 7:00-9:00pm


28- Jan. 25, 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 absolutely free and open to the public. We hope you will join us.

Iosco County


07-15th Annual “Northern Lights Parade” & Community Gathering. Call the Chamber or visit our Facebook page for registration (Parade Participants, fundraiser groups/vending at OTWP, Reindeer Fun Run). Reindeer Fun Run/Walk starts at 2:00 pm (sign-in between 1:30 –2:00) on Furtaw Field. This is a self-timed stroll encouraging the community to stay active during the Holidays – all shapes and sizes… Downtown Oscoda

07- EMPTY BOWLS 11:00am – 4:00pm Tawas Bay Art Gallery

9- Northern Blend Chorus presents Christmas Memories a free concert 2pm at the Tawas United Methodist Church 20 M-55 Tawas City


School Gym, 300 North St., Tawas City

11- Christmas decorations judging in Barton city at 6pm Contact Bill Lossing lossing46wh@yahoo.com or call (989) 335- 3895.

14- COOKIE WALK  9 to noon at the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church

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

Lincoln Street, East Tawas

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

Montmorency County


5- Friends of the Library – Holiday Gala Lewiston

7 – Children’s Christmas Party – Brush Creek Mill – Free to all area children. Pictures w/ Santa, crafts, games, cookie decorating & more. Everything is free for school age and younger children- Hillman
December 8 – Commemorative Tree Lighting Ceremony – Brush Creek Mill  Remember your loved ones who have passed and honor those who serve the community or in the military – Hillman
14 – Ride with Santa at Patchwood Plaza – Hillman
14- Ladies Night Out – Great times will be had by all the ladies — tour the town — get in the holiday spirit with friends and shop. Lewiston

17 – 9:00 AM – Monthly Chamber of Commerce Meeting – Patchwood Plaza Hillman
20 – Music at the Mill – Brush Creek Mill – Caroling and Tree Judging Results – Hillman

Ogemaw County


3- CASA Wreath Auction 6:30pm 14th Annual Dinner and Wreath Auction to benefit Ogemaw County Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).

7- Noon. Lake State Railway is coming to West Branch with Santa. Stop at the railroad depot (chamber of commerce). At the “New Gathering Place” and 4th Street.

7- Holiday Art Walk & Wine Tasting 5:00-9:00pm See local artists work and taste some wine. 

9- Northern Blend Chorus presents Christmas Memories, a free concert, 7pm at the Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church. 3480 M-76 West Branch

14- Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting 7:00pm West Branch Parade route Line up- South Valley & Griffin by Smiley Tower Parade will then go down Houghton Ave to Eighth Street Contact Information: 989-345-2821 Fees/Admission: Parade Entries can get a parade form by visiting the website or stopping into the Chamber.

21- Christmas Fantasy in West Branch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Website: http://www.westbranchevents.com

Downtown West Branch Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, enjoy cookies, see Santa’s live reindeer and visit Santa’s workshop in the library for a movie, crafts and snacks. The Christmas Fantasy is FREE for all to enjoy. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located inside of 205 Crafts Emporium on the corner of 2nd St. & Houghton Ave. The reindeer will be located on S. 3rd St. & Houghton Ave. beginning at noon. Horse drawn rides


Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s – 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.

Oscoda County


12- Paint and Sip Fundraiser at the Oscoda County Library 6:30pm

Otsego County



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


1-6th Annual Trestle Park Express and Tree Lighting starts at 3pm. Visit Santa, Face Painting, Crafts, Stories with Ms. Laurie. 4:30 group walk to Trestle Park. 4:45 Carols, Hot Chocolate and Tree Lighting. Denton Township Stone Hall 2565 South Gladwin Rd. in Prudenville

7- Christmas in the Village in Roscommon. See complete schedule of events, including the Santa Train, on pages A 7-10

7 – Youth Makers Market at the Sawmill Business Center in Roscommon from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

14 – Bird and the Bear Christmas Festival from 5-8 p.m. Horse carriage rides, bonfire, smores.

14 – Lighted Christmas Parade in St. Helen Starting at 6 p.m. Lineup between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

16 – Blood Drive at VFW in Roscommon from noon to 5:45 p.m.

20 – Time to Shine Christmas Decorating Contest in St. Helen for homes and businesses.

25 – Roscommon Christmas Dinner at the VFW from 1-5 p.m. Hall is located at 209 Terrace Street.


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


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

    technology, we are able to 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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