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Communities activity schedule for March

Alcona County


Alcona County Veterans Coffee and Donuts. 9 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. 201 N 2nd St. Harrisville First and Third Thursday each month

Alcona Authors – 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. Friendly, encouraging group open to writers of all levels of experience and goals for writing. Contact Will St. John 989-736-3000. Sponsored by Inspiration Alcona and the Alcona County Library.

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


1- Mike Wieland Tribute Ski Race Fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. Grayling Middle School Ski Team. Hanson Hills Recreation Area 7601 Old Lake Rd – Grayling. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., Races start at 1:30 p.m.

7- Snowshoe Hike – Meet at Hartwick Pines State Park Contact Station. Snowshoe fitting begins at 7:30 p.m. Hike begins at 8 p.m., approximately 2-mile hike through unbroken snow. Snowshoes available to borrow. For more information call 989-348-2537.

21- New Moon Hike and Winter Getaway, Meet at the Hartwick Pines State Park Visitor Center. 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. Snowshoes available to borrow. Hike subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Call the Visitor Center with questions. 989-348-2537.


Crawford County Veterans Coffee Hour. 9 a.m. American Legion Post106 in Grayling. Thursdays

Tea and Tech Time– Every Monday through Friday Enjoy 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. Appointments are also available for 3D printer demonstrations.

Genealogy Group– Monday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring your ancestry research and collaborate with others sharing similar goals. At Devereaux Memorial Library

Let’s Get Fit– Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Adult exercise program designed with seniors in mind. Easy chair exercises, stretching, and simple yoga moves improve mind and body. Wear comfortable clothing. At Devereaux Memorial Library

Story Hour– Every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. Birth to preschool children can come to enjoy stories, songs, crafts, snacks and activities. No sign up required. At Devereaux Memorial Library

Sit And Knit– Join area fiber fanatics to share ideas in the techniques of knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery, etc. Bring your projects. Every first Thursday at 10 a.m. and third Tuesday at 5 p.m. At Devereaux Memorial Library

Dinner Is Served– Monday nights FREE community dinner at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. 5 p.m.

Free fly tying Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Gates AuSable Lodge, 471 Stephan Bridge Road. We have limited space, first come first served.

Open Skeet and Trap every Sunday and Wednesday (excluding holidays) at 11a.m. Grayling Sportsman’s Club, 6990 Old Lake Road Grayling

Pistol Shooting every Tuesday (excluding holidays) at 1 p.m. at Grayling Sportsman’s Club, 6990 Old Lake Road Grayling.

AuSable Valley Animal Shelter Pet Food Pantry 10 a.m.-12 p.m. AuSable Valley Animal Shelter, 5786 Fairground Lane Grayling. Dry dog and cat food available at the shelter barn on Wednesdays. Registration required. For more information call 989-348-4117

Crawford County Baby 2 Toddler Closet 1st & 3rd Thursday of month from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (last client at 5:30 p.m.) Servicing all children and families in Crawford County between birth to 3T. Located at the basement of Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. For more information contact Rose Mary Nelson, 989-348-2985.

Iosco County


14- Cardinal Club Dinner 5 p.m.-Midnight Dinner, raffles and door prizes. Contact Russ Wilson 989-239-7366, Jessica Spencer 989-915-9098, Karen Horn 989-254-8810, Dawn Wynkoop 989-915-7030. Whittemore Chamber Hall, 405 East Sherman, Whittemore.

15- Iosco County 4-H Spring Auction 3 p.m. at the Plainfield Township Hall in Hale. For questions, to volunteer or donate please call Sandy Lieber at 989-254-4254


Iosco County Veterans Coffee Hour 9:30-10:30 a.m. American Legion Post 211, 900 E. Lincoln St. East Tawas Fourth Thursdays (Oct.- April)

Montmorency County


Veterans Coffee Hour, 9 a.m. Atlanta VFW Hall First Tuesday of each month

Music at the Mill– Brush Creek Mill, Every third Friday of the month. Open “mic.” Sign-up to play or sing. Music starts at 7 p.m.. Concession stand open. Free admission.

Spinners & Knitters Group, Brush Creek Mill, informal get together. No charge. Share conversation and ideas. Saturdays

Scrap booking– Brush Creek Mill, Third Saturday of the month, October through May. No charge. Help for beginners. If you would like to get started, all are welcome to join.

Hillman Area Historical and Genealogy Society – Third Thursdays at 1pm Brush Creek Mill

Iyangar Yoga-Mondays and Fridays-9 a.m. Brush Creek Mill

Getting Fit with Vickie – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 7, free to Brush Creek Mill members.

Ogemaw County


3 – Wander the West Branch Trails System Meeting. Griffin Beverage Company in the meeting room,1901 Dam Road West Branch

10 – West Branch Rising Tide Meeting 10 -11 a.m. West Branch City Hall 989-345-0500

16 – Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary Meeting 5 p.m. VFW Post 3775 South M-30 West Branch

17- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Clear Lake Bar. 2212 Clear Lake Road in West Branch

19- Vet2Vet Peer Support Group. Certified peer support specialist. 6-7 p.m. All veterans welcome. First United Methodist Church (Corner of Fairview and State Road) in West Branch. For more details please contact 989-873-6088

29- Dart Tournament at Clear Lake Bar, 2212 Clear Lake Road in West Branch 989-345-1155


West Branch Creative Arts Association 124 N. Fourth Street, First Tuesday every month at 7 pm For information call Linda 989-709-0928

Wednesday with Walleye 6-9 p.m. a not so open mic night every Wednesday at The Highway Brewing Co with Dan “Walleye” Smith and guests! Free admittance.

Books for Lunch, 12 – 1 p.m. Come listen or share in discussion as library friends review new and fascinating books during lunch hour. West Branch District Library the First Tuesday of each month Call 989-345-2235 for information.

Meditation at Living Well Nutrition 6:30 a.m. www.getherbal.net Join for a Free Meditation Class offered by Living Well Nutrition Mondays- Wednesdays and Fridays

Charity Bike Nights 6 -8 p.m. at Loggers Depot Mondays. Iron Bandogs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Proceeds to Ogemaw County Charity Foundations. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles.

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

Kiwanis Club of West Branch meets at the China Inn Tuesdays at 12 p.m.

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

Market – Saturday’s – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in downtown West Branch, S. 3rd St. Discover locally grown fresh produce & a wide variety of other treasures.

Oscoda County


3, 10, 17- Prime Time Family Reading Program at the Oscoda County Library in Mio. Families with kids ages 5-10 years. Six-week program beginning Feb. 4 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Meal and door prize each week and free transportation if needed. To register call 989-826-3613

3, 5, 17- Depression Seminar at the Mio Seventh-Day Adventist Church. 7 p.m. An ongoing seminar that started in February. 989-214-4569 to register or for more information.


Oscoda County Veterans Coffee and Donuts 9 a.m. at Ellie’s 12 Tables in Mio 3rd Tuesday each month.

Otsego County


14- Sit’n Sign with Michigan author Dawn Newton 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free, and open to the public. In Winded, Dawn Newton describes her life with terminal disease. The final lessons she imparts may not be about resilience, but about illuminating vulnerability and embracing the imperfect. Meet Dawn and discuss her remarkable journey. Saturn Booksellers 127 W. Main St. Gaylord. 989-732-8899


Otsego County Veterans Coffee Hour. 9 a.m. at the Gaylord Regional Airport. First Wednesday each month

Lung disease support – Wednesdays- 3 -4 p.m. If you, or someone you know is living with a chronic lung disease like COPD, lung cancer, Pulmonary fibrosis, or emphysema, join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at MediLodge of Gaylord, 508 Random Lane. Call 989-732-3508 to register.

Veterans Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Second Wednesdays at Gaylord Bowling Center

NMVC Board Meeting 9:30 a.m. at the Chemical Bank 521 W Main St. Gaylord, Second Mondays

Veterans Lunch. 12 p.m. Third Wednesdays at Gaylord Elks

Roscommon County


8- Michigan Cup Relays at XC Ski HQ. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.; race starts at 11 a.m. After the Relays, stick around for the Michigan Cup awards ceremony, and enjoy a hearty post-race meal, included with your registration fee. Each racer receives a commemorative pint glass!

14- Roscommon County Council on Aging Meals On Wheels Soup Fundraiser. St. Helen Center 10493 East Airport Road in St. Helen from 1-5 p.m. Soup, Bread, Desert and Drink. Choose from Creamy Reuben, Turkey and Dumplings or Potato.

6-15- Macon Marine Center’s 5th Annual Boat Show in beautiful Houghton Lake. 1551 W. Houghton Lake Dr. Prudenville. There will be multiple brands of pontoons and outboards on display.

6, 13, 20, 27- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at Knights of Columbus Home Hall M-55 east of Prudenville. Take outs available.

16- Kirtland Garden Club March meeting 1 p.m. at the Houghton Lake Public Library. Speaker Julie Crick, Michigan State Extension, Topic: Vernal Pools, what they are and why they are important. For information call 732-684-5497

21-22- The Snowshoe Workshop Weekend at Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center Build your own set of snowshoes, take a snowshoe hike and enjoy a night at the RAM Center.

For reservations or more details call 989-821-6200. Please Note: Dates occasionally change and events may be canceled due to inclement weather and other reasons. Please confirm dates/times prior to your arrival.

21- Murder Mystery Dinner 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 5680 1914 Lake St.  Saint Helen. Dinner, door prizes, raffles, and more. All proceeds go to the St. Helen We Care Shop.

Recurring events

Free Beginner Ski Lesson at XC Ski Headquarters Saturdays until March 14  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Learn classic (traditional) style or skate skiing, as well as hill climbing and descending, and turning. Ski rentals available, sign in at the rental desk no later than 10:15 a.m. Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N. Cut Road Roscommon

Roscommon County Veterans Coffee Hour 1st Thursday of each month. 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Blodgett Airport, Houghton Lake

VFW Country Breakfast 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Second Sunday of each month.. VFW Post 4159, located across from the Roscommon Post Office.

Tech Hour – Every Friday at 2 p.m. at Roscommon Library. Come in if you have any computer questions, or need assistance with technology.

Story Time – Every Thursday at 10:30am at Roscommon Library

Sit and Get Fit – Every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Light exercises at the Roscommon Library.

Adult Trivia – Third Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at Roscommon Library. Answer questions, meet new people, and see if you are smarter than a librarian.

Genealogy Interest Group – Last Wednesday each month at 1 p.m. Come and join the discussion.

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. For information call Sharon Boushelle 989-387-2489

Business to Business Breakfast. Second Thursday each month from 8-9 a.m. in the Village of Roscommon Offices. Chamber Members are welcome; For information call the Chamber.

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