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Out and About

This Out and About Calendar is correct to the best of our ability, however during this time of social distancing please always check and make sure that the event is still going ahead and is not canceled or postponed.

Alcona County


4- Harrisville Fireworks at dusk. Come out and visit with our special guest, Smokey Bear. He will be visiting at 11am at the Campground Host Site. Come get a smokey selfie and learn how to prevent wildfires. After that follow Smokey into the resort town of Harrisville to watch or participate in the annual Kid’s Parade. Later that evening the city of Harrisville will be putting on their Fireworks display over the Harrisville Harbor. For more information, please call the park.


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

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

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. Cost is $25 for six sessions, but a visit to test the waters is free.

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


18 & 19- 9am-5pm Wellington Farm Quilt Show. Wellington Farm Park 6940 S. Military Road, Grayling Wellington Farm USA will host its annual Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. Many quilts will be on display throughout the 60-acre living history park. Some quilts are recent creations while others are antique. There will also be a demonstration of quilt tying.

25- AuSable River Festival GRA 5-K 9am-12pm. Start and Finish at Hanson Hills Recreation Area
5K =3.1 Mile Road course 1 mile Fun Walk. 5K Race Day Registration: $25, 7:30am-8:30am. 5K Early Registration : $20. T-Shirts guaranteed for all registered by July 15. Wave Starts may be implemented to comply with social distancing. Awards: 5K Race: TBD. Raffle Prizes: All Participants are entered to win a pair of Brooks Running Shoes. Online Registration 5K: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Grayling/GRA5K


8-22 –GREAT NORTHERN ART EXPLOSION 2020 Artists will compete for $8,000 in cash prizes in the 2nd annual Great Northern Art Explosion, a multi-day public and juried art contest hosted by AuSable Artisan Village in partnership with Kirtland Community College. Artworks will be displayed August 8-22 in venues throughout the downtown Grayling area for public view. Viewers can then vote to determine one artist who will take home the Kirtland Community College grand prize of $5,000. Juror Jef Bourgeau will also select the recipients of three $1,000 prizes. The public will also be invited to vote to select one venue to win $500 for creating an outstanding exhibit experience. Submissions are being accepted now through July 10. https://www.artexplosion.org/artists

21- Civil War Reenactment at Wellington Farms 9am-5pm. A truly amazing historical event. Stroll through the camp of a Michigan Regiment to see what life was like for the soldiers on the front lines of the Civil War. Watch as Union and Confederate soldiers engage in battle. Observe the Michigan Artillery in action as they fire their cannons.


Thursday- Crawford County Veterans Coffee Hour. 9am American Legion Post106 in Grayling.

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.

Lets 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.

Free fly tying Saturday- 9:00am-1:00pm each Saturday at Gates AuSable Lodge  471 Stephan Bridge Road. We’ve taught dozens of people how to tie flies at these free sessions, and many are now very proficient fly makers. We have a wide selection of materials, vises and lamps. Don’t have any fly tying stuff? Just come. Have everything under the sun? Bring it. We’re back in the Board Room this year, so you can grab breakfast in the restaurant before we start tying! We have no agenda at these sessions. If you want to work on comparaduns, we’ll be there to help. Our goal is to help you learn to tie what you want to tie. Free chili and a warm fire. We have limited space, first come first served.

  Grayling Sportsman’s Club hosts Open Skeet and Trap every Sunday and Wednesday (excluding holidays) at 11:00 am. Grayling Sportsman’s Club,6990 Old Lake Road Grayling

  Grayling Sportsman’s Club hosts Pistol Shooting every Tuesday (excluding holidays) at 1:00 p.m. at Grayling Sportsman’s Club, 6990 Old Lake Road Grayling.

  AuSable Valley Animal Shelter Pet Food Pantry 10:00am-12:00 pm AuSable Valley Animal Shelter, 5786 Fairground Lane Grayling. Dry dog and cat food is available at the shelter barn on Wednesdays. Registration is required. For more information call 989-348-4117 Monday – Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

  CRAWFORD COUNTY BABY 2 TODDLER CLOSET 1st & 3rd Thursday of month from 11am-6pm (last client at 5:30pm) Servicing all children and families in Crawford County between birth to 3T

Items Free of Charge (subject to availability): – Diapers (all sizes) – Diaper Wipes – Bath Essentials – Clothing (to 3T) – Safety Items – Bedding (Cribs & Mattresses) The “Closet” is open twice at month in the basement of Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church. During holidays there may be changes to this schedule. For more information, please contact Rose Mary Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 989-348-2985.

  Scrabblers Let’s Play- Thursdays at 10am at the Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center.

Iosco County


Fourth Thursday ( Oct.- April) Iosco County Veterans Coffee Hour 9:30-10:30am American Legion Post 211,

900 E. Lincoln St. East Tawas

Montmorency County


First Tuesday of each month- Veterans Coffee Hour at 9am Atlanta VFW Hall

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 stand open. Free admission.

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

Scrap booking– Brush Creek Mill , 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.

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

Iyangar Yoga-Mondays and Fridays-9 am Brush Creek Mill

“Getting Fit with Vickie” Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am beginning May 7, free to Brush Creek Mill members.

Ogemaw County


3- West Branch Fireworks. Being held off of M-30 at dusk.


4-West Branch Creative Arts Association 7:00pm 124 N. Fourth Street First Tuesday every month at 7 pm For information call Linda 989-709-0928

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

Books for Lunch,12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST 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 Please call 989-345-2235

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.

Oscoda County


3 & 4- Comins Fireworks is Tailgate style at The Skyline Event Center. The show must go on. A little different this year, July 3rd will be fireworks only; tailgate style. Bring your grill, lawn chairs, cooler, sparklers, whatever you need. The parade on July 4th has been extended by 1 block (to the north) to help accommodate social distancing. The Comins Community Church will be providing a boxed picnic lunch in front of the town hall after the parade.

4- Luzerne Fireworks at dusk

5- Mio Fireworks at dusk

18- Oscoda County Road Rally hosted by the Oscoda County Council On Agingat 4pm. A fun filled road rally using pictures for clues, though out Oscoda County. $6.00 a person or $20.00 a team consisting of 4 people.


1- Biblical Chili at 1782 N Abbe Rd, Fairview, MI 2-7pm Come join us as we celebrate our first full year of podcasting! Join us for food, fun, and conversation. Biblical Chili, a spot where 4 imperfect guys discuss the stories in the Bible and how they manifest in our lives, and we hope to hear from you to let us know how it is present in yours as well. Let’s learn from each other.


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



6-10- Farmfest 2020 1865 Roby Rd, Johannesburg  Four days of musical magic. Tickets and information at www.farm-fest.com   All ticket sales will be done in advance this year, either purchased online or via snail mail. We will not be selling tickets at the gate.


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


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

Second Wednesday- Gaylord Bowling Center Veterans Lunch 11:30am-1pm

Second Monday- NMVC Board Meeting 9:30am at the Chemical Bank 521 W Main St. Gaylord

Third Wednesday- Gaylord Elks Veterans Lunch.12pm

Roscommon County


4- Fireworks Join us for the Roscommon County Parade in the Village of Roscommon at 11 a.m. ON THE 4th of JULY! The parade starts at 4th and Edna, then travels south on 5th Street, and west on Lake Street to the VFW parking lot. Always a good seat, always a good time!

Following the Parade, the Lion’s Club will sell their famous chicken lunches – eat there or carry out to your adventures of the day.

Enjoy our rivers or lake for the afternoon, then head to the Fire Training Grounds for our Roscommon Fireworks, starting at 10:15 sharp!

Lyon Township 4th of July Parade

5-  Lyon Township 4th of July Parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, 2020. Line-up for participants begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Phoenix Park Parking Lot (West Higgins lake), and the parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

8- The Blue Water Ramblers Long time Summer Gazebo alumni playing in 2001, 2003 and 2012 the Blue Water Ramblers are a returning favorite. The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences. “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.” Concerts are at 7:00pm on CRAF Center lawn at the gazebo and inside for inclement weather. Refreshments are available and all concerts are FREE to the public. Concerts are generously promoted by Blarney Stone Broadcasting Q100.3. For more information find the full schedule onroscorec.orgor follow the CRAF Center Gym on Facebook.

  22- Blues Mobile  Blues Mobile was a huge hit in 2018 season so don’t be fooled by their name, they had one of the biggest sing along, rocking events of the season. This is a multi-talented band geared toward playing music born in the U.S.A., both original tunes and classics. Blues with a rockin’ style! Blues Mobile creates an atmosphere of letting the good times roll while appealing to a diverse audience. Influences are many and hard to list all of the greats! Thornetta Davis, Janice Joplin, John Lee Hooker, Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Johnny & Edgar Winters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cafe R&B, Big Mama Thorton, Koko Taylor. Concerts are at 7:00pm on CRAF Center lawn at the gazebo and inside for inclement weather. Refreshments are available and all concerts are FREE to the public. Concerts are generously promoted by Blarney Stone Broadcasting Q100.3. For more information find the full schedule o roscorec.org or follow the CRAF Center Gym on Facebook.

  24-25 – Centershot – Kicking Bear Camp the Roscommon Baptist Church invites you. This is a family event. Parents are expected to stay with their children. Archery activities are limited to those who are 8 years and older.

Event begins Friday at noon – lunch is not provided. Various activities including Tomahawk Throw, 3D Shoot, Archery Tag, Marshmallow Fight. Friday Evening – Pizza Party and Speaker, Ice Cream Party. Saturday –

Centershot Archery Tournament. Continental Breakfast, and lunch. Special Diets? Please bring your own. We cannot guarantee that safe food will be provided for your dietary needs. For additional information or questions contact Dr. Mike Ritchie, 989-387-3025


5- Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band

The most popular Country group of the Decade, returning from 2016. As an opening act for Kenny Rogers, Alan Turner and his band perform all across the USA and into Canada. Their performances have been thrilling crowds with distinctly high energy country with a pumping rock n roll sound that no one delivers better. Alan sings and dances with the fans and has a driving beat of a very confident and talented group of musicians, you definitely don’t want to miss a show. Concerts are at 7:00pm on CRAF Center lawn at the gazebo and inside for inclement weather. Refreshments are available and all concerts are FREE to the public.  Concerts are generously promoted by Blarney Stone Broadcasting Q100.3. For more information find the full schedule on roscorec.org or follow the CRAF Center Gym on Facebook.

15- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakes Annual Golf Outing. 4 person scramble sign up at 9am and Tee off at 10. $50 per person includes 18 holes with cart, lunch and prizes. White Deer Country Club in Prudenville. Contact Pam Kincaid at 989-422-5111.


1st Thursday of each month. Roscommon County Veterans Coffee Hour: 9am – 10am Honoring the service of our military veterans. Blodgett Airport Houghton Lake

2nd Sunday of each month. VFW Country Breakfast 8 a.m. – 12 noon. VFW Post 4159, located across from the Roscommon Post Office.

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

B2B Breakfast. Second Thursday each month from 8-9am in the Village of Roscommon Offices. In addition to great networking opportunities, Business-to-Business Breakfasts offer a different topic for discussion or learning each month. Chamber Members are welcome; breakfasts are sponsored by area businesses and organizations. If you’d like to sponsor a breakfast, please contact the Chamber.

Lakeside Bar & Grill Trivia Night (Located inside the Lakeside Resort & Conference Center 100 Clearview Drive


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