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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.
To submit an item for the October calendar email Warren Stutesman at warren@upnorthvoice.com.

Alcona County


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


4-20 -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 September 4-22 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. https://www.artexplosion.org/artists

12- ANNUAL RIVER CLEAN-UP @ 10:00 Am The annual river clean-up happens the Saturday after Labor Day every year (September 12, 2020). Beats are assigned so that all parts of the river are covered during the clean-up. The original river clean-up was on the main stream of the Au Sable. It has since expanded to the North and South Branches and beyond its Grayling roots to include portions of the trophy water near Mio. The Mio portion of the cleanup was sponsored by the Au Sable Big Water Preservation Association in the past but now ASBWPA has merged with Anglers of the AuSable. Volunteer Sign ups will be available online soon. Please note there will not be a gathering or luncheon held this year.


28-31 – Halloween Hat Rides at Wellington Farm USA 6-8pm each night. From an old fashioned hay wagon see the farm trails illuminated with carved jack-o-lanterns, a village decorated with Halloween decorations, witches, ghosts, and goblins but no blood and gore. Perfect for the little ones. On Halloween night children in costume can ride for free and “Trick or Treat” along the way. Follow this event on Facebook.


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 Monday night Community Dinners in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of Michigan Memorial United Methodist Church are canceled until we can gather safely.

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. Crawford County Baby 2 Toddler Closet has limited hours for curbside pick-up. Please contact Rosemary Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator, for information at (989) 348-2985.

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

Iosco County


The East Tawas Holy Family Council of Catholic Women annual Christmas bazaar. scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020, has been CANCELLED for this year. Blinda Baker, Bazaar Chair 989 387-0742

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


6- Applefest and Craft Show at Brush Creek Mill. Craft Show-applications mailed to previous vendors. New vendors should call for applications, also available in June our our website. Friday night set up available after 4pm. Concession Stand open on Saturday. Time to purchase our famous Apple Dumplings! Be sure to pre-order yours, we may run out this year.


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


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


12- 2nd Annual Made In Michigan Market 10am-6pm Skyline Event Center. Hosted by Not Your Grandma’s Household Products and Autumn Horton. Shop Michigan made crafts, designs and products while enjoying live music as well as a few performances by Clark Lewis The Juggler. Food and drinks will be available for purchase courtesy of the Mio Athletic Boosters. Admission will be $1 or a canned good. Donations benefit the Oscoda County Senior Center. Cornhole tournament begins at 1 p.m. Preregistration is highly encouraged. Interested in joining us a vendor, musician or stage act? Email notyourgrandmas2019@gmail.com

19- Ruben Day Carry Out American Legion Post 162 in Luzerne. 12 PM – 3 PM It’s back. We will be hosting a carry-out only Ruben day. All pick ups will be handled from the hall deck. The lounge will be open for beverages, but food must be consumed outside, you don’t have to go home but you cannot eat inside. There’s plenty of room under the pavilion or general lawn space for those picnic type folks. Price will be $9.00 and only marble rye will be available as bread choice. Service starts at noon and will continue until gone.


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



3- 2 PM – 4 PM Wine and Cheese Fall Color Tour Hosted by Gaylord Michigan Tourism Bureau Otsego Resort at The Tribute Golf Course – Four Stations – Two Tastings per station with one perfectly paired small bites per station.
Station 0: Bubbly Personalities – Enjoy a complimentary tasting as you check-in at the Sitzmark
Station 1: Rose’ All Day – Rose’ and Pinot Noir located on hole # 3
Station 2: Chardonnay or Should I Go? – Chardonnay and Cabernet located at the Beaver Dam/hole # 7
Station 3: You Had Me At Merlot – Merlot and White Blend located on hole # 10
Station 4: Be Resislingable – Late Harvest Riesling and a Mulled Wine located on hole # 14

17, 2 PM – 4 PM Wine and Cheese Fall Color Tour Hosted by Gaylord Michigan Tourism Bureau Otsego Resort at The Tribute Golf Course – Four Stations – Two Tastings per station with one perfectly paired small bites per station.
Station 0: Bubbly Personalities – Enjoy a complimentary tasting as you check-in at the Sitzmark
Station 1: Rose’ All Day – Rose’ and Pinot Noir located on hole # 3
Station 2: Chardonnay or Should I Go? – Chardonnay and Cabernet located at the Beaver Dam/hole # 7
Station 3: You Had Me At Merlot – Merlot and White Blend located on hole # 10
Station 4: Be Resislingable – Late Harvest Riesling and a Mulled Wine located on hole # 14


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


18- Red Cross Blood Drive The next Saint Helen Community Blood Drive is Friday, September 18 from Noon to 5:45 at the St. Helen Catholic Church, 737 N. St. Helen Rd. It is best if donors pre-register either online (redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: St. Helen) or call 1-800-733-2767. In addition, a few volunteers are needed to assist donors in checking in or to serve refreshments after the donation. All safety protocols are followed for the safety of volunteers, donors and staff. Call Sr. Barb (389-4949) to become a volunteer.


3- Food Truck In conjunction with the Roscommon County Food Pantry, a food truck is expected in Saint Helen on Saturday, October 3rd. Please line up in your vehicles in the lot at Saint Helen Catholic Church, 737 N. St. Helen Rd. Pre-boxed foods containing dairy, vegetables and fruit, dry goods and main meals will be distributed to all residents of Roscommon county. You need to show proof of residence.

31- Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat 12-8pm Northwoods Childcare 4003 W Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629-9208, United States Northwoods Childcare will be hosting our first Fall festival followed by our Truck or treat event.


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.

Thursdays- Gerrish Township Marina Farmer/Craft Market 1-6pm at 103 Mill Rd in Roscommon Vendors welcome please call 989-821-9313 ext.229

Saturdays- Village of Roscommon Farmers Market 10am-2pm at 211 North Main Street. At the AuSable River Center.

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
Houghton Lake) Trivia is every Wednesday starting at 6:30pm Weekly trivia winners are entered to win

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