A son, Jacob Richard Clifton, was born to John and Joni Clifton of Levering at 2:37 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey. Jacob weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long at birth. His sibling is Hannah Marie Clifton. Grandparents are Sandra and larry Hutchings of Levering.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Petoskey Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays at 2144 Cemetery Road, Petoskey. All players welcome. Visit www.petoskeybridgeclub.com or call (231) 881-0829 for information.
Monday, Dec. 10
Boyne City Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Monday at Robert's Restaurant in Boyne City.
Charlevoix Lions Club will meet at noon Monday at Stafford's Weathervane restaurant, Charlevoix.
Harbor Duplicate Bridge Club meets at noon Monday at 7196 Pleasantview Road, Harbor Springs. Everyone welcome. Singles call if you need a partner. Call first, (231) 526-5988.
Indian River Striders (IRS) are inviting all walkers and runners to join them for fitness, exercise, motivation 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Indian River Chamber of Commerce.Running is continuing at 6 p.m. on Mondays.Call (231) 238-8930 or (231) 238-1029.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Disciplers Bible study, nondenominational in-depth study and fellowship meets 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the First Presbyterian Church, Petoskey. For more information, call Joann Palmer, (231) 526-0289.
The Boyne City Scrabble Club meets 1-4 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Boyne District Library, 201 E. Main St., Boyne City. For information call (231) 582-2908.
Monday, Dec. 17
The Monday Study Club of Boyne City will celebrate the Christmas season with a special luncheon at Boyne City's Water Street Cafe at noon on Monday, Dec. 17. Members and attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped Christmas gift for contribution to the Boyne Area Community Christmas Baskets program. Questions regarding the club or reservation information may be directed to Suzie Dickow at (231) 582-0157.
Benefit spaghetti dinner 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Central Lake High School during the Central Lake vs. Bellaire basketball game. Proceeds directed to the Shafer family. Donations may be made at Bay Winds Bank; drop off silent auction items at Classic Pizza in Central Lake. For pick up, call Shena Miller, (231) 350-3372.
Petoskey Regional Audubon Society will hold its annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 14. A long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, this is an early winter bird census where volunteers stay within a 15-mile diameter circle. The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society count circle is centered at the State Police Post, at M-119 and U.S. 31. Interested birders, including feeder watchers, are invited to contact Ed Pike at (231) 758-3319. More than 50,000 observers across North America participate each year in this all-day census of early-winter bird populations. The results are compiled into the longest running database in ornithology, representing over a century of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. To learn more about the count, see www.audubon.org.
Christmas cookie walk and bake sale begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, corner of Park and Pine streets, Boyne City.
The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan provides free counseling and support services to victims of crime. The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan can assist in filing victim compensation claims with the Michigan Department of Community Health. Contact the center att (231) 347-0067.
Project FREE preschool has openings for children who will be 4 years of age by Dec. 1. Project FREE helps build students' social and academic skills for a smooth transition into kindergarten through activities such as art, music, computer time, dramatic play and skill building. Project FREE preschool is offered half days, Monday through Thursday, from October through May. Although there is no cost to families, state eligibility requirements do exist. To learn more or register, call the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan at (231) 347-0067.
2-1-1 Your 24-hour link to non-emergency health and human service information. 2-1-1 can connect you to local services such as food, housing and utility assistance, senior services, free tax prep, and more. Cell or pay phone users: dial (877) 211-LAKE. Visit: www.call-211.org.
Pregnant? Need help navigating? Pregnancy Care Center of Petoskey offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy; as well as counseling, information and assistance, material aid, parenting classes and more. All services are free. The center is located at 2206 Mitchell Park Drive, Unit 9. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays; closed on Mondays. Pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans are available only on Tuesdays. Call (231) 348-3388.
Playgroups, offered free through the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, are for children birth-60 months and preschool-age siblings. The fall schedule is: 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays at Jordan Valley District Library community room, East Jordan; 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays at United Methodist Church, Alanson; 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays at Christ Lutheran Church, Boyne City; 9:30-11 a.m. Fridays at United Methodist Church, Petoskey. Call (231) 347-0067 or visit wrcnm.org for more information.
Finding a job is a challenge in our current market. Get the help you need to find the job you want. Attend the Petoskey Michigan Works "Job Search Strategies" workshop at 9:30 a.m. every Monday. No appointment necessary. For more information, call (231) 439-5215.
Hospice of Little Traverse Bay offers grief and loss support groups throughout the year in both Emmet and Charlevoix counties. These two-hour groups run for six consecutive weeks with both daytime and evening groups available. Other services include individual and family counseling for adults and children, educational in services, pregnancy and infant loss support program, survivors of suicide and caregiver support groups. These services are provided free of charge through community contributions. Call (231) 487-4825.
Free items for babies (diapers, wipes, clothing, etc.) are available to Charlevoix County residents in need 10 a.m.-noon the second Saturday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church, 1250 Boyne Ave., Boyne City (across from football field). Call (231) 582-9301 for more information.
The Community Free Clinic offers free, temporary, health care services to Emmet County residents who are low-income, without health insurance and are not included in a government health program. There is a walk-in clinic on Wednesday evenings -- sign-in and screening are offered anytime after 1 p.m. with patients returning to the clinic by 5:30 p.m. when the volunteer staff arrive. Sign-in is discontinued at 6:30 p.m. There is also a smaller appointment clinic on Monday afternoons (walk-ins welcome if the schedule allows) from 1-5 p.m. Bring photo ID, proof of residency, and verification of income to your first visit. The address is 416 Connable Ave. in Petoskey. Call (231) 487-3600 for more information.
Veterans Affairs of Emmet County is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for assistance to all Emmet County veterans.Located at 3434 M-119, Suite D, Petoskey. Phone (231) 348-1780.
Community kitchen is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday at First Christian Church, 308 Monroe St., Petoskey, in the fellowship hall of the church. Anyone in need of a meal is welcome.
Food is available for anyone in need in the Petoskey area from 9 a.m.-noon every Tuesday at Brother Dan's Food Pantry, 415 State St., Petoskey, behind St. Francis Xavier Church. Phone (231) 347-7423.
First Christian Church, 308 Monroe St., Petoskey, food pantry is open 9 a.m.-noon every Wednesday.
Lighthouse lunch is held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at Community Church of God, 202 W. Hurlbut St., Charlevoix, in the fellowship hall of the church. Anyone in need of a hot meal is welcome.
The Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry, located in the lower level of the Holy Childhood Community Center building (entrance on Third Street), is open from 9:30 a.m.-noon every non-holiday Monday. Food is available for anyone in need in the Harbor Springs area. Those wishing to donate items may bring them to the pantry on Monday morning or leave them in baskets inside the entrances of the church from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Phone (231) 526-2017 ext. 43.
Bay Shore Presbyterian Church food pantry is open from noon-3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday. Use the back door. For information, call (231) 348-2086.
The Manna Food Pantry is open 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday to serve those in need in the Oden/Conway/M-119 area. For more information, call (231) 347-8852.
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church's Paper Pantry is open twice monthly to those in need. The pantry is open 5-7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, and 9-11 a.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. The pantry provides toilet paper, laundry soap, tooth paste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, bar soap, shampoo, and other items based upon availability at no charge to individuals in need of assistance.
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan provides complete gynecologic exams, breast exams and Pap tests for women of all ages; pregnancy tests; counseling and provision of birth control supplies, including emergency contraception, testing and treatment for vaginal, urinary and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV testing. Services are confidential, affordable, and provided by women clinicians. Medicaid/Plan First! and Mastercard/Visa accepted. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; some evenings. Planned Parenthood, 1003 Spring St., Petoskey. Phone (231) 347-9692.
Men's Christian support group meets 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Stutsmanville Chapel at 2988 State Road, north of Harbor Springs. The group is open to anyone. For additional information call (231) 526-2335.
Boyne City Seventh-day Adventist food pantry is open 6-7:30 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays at 326 N. Park St., Boyne City.
Dental Clinics North, a partnership of local health departments, provides dental care for children and adults with Medicaid, Healthy Kids, HK Delta Dental and MIChild and private pay for non-covered services. Appointments are available in Petoskey, East Jordan and Cheboygan. Call (231) 547-0295 or toll-free (877) 321-7070 to schedule an appointment.
Charlevoix Community Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays. Located at 100 W. Hurlbut, Charlevoix, (231) 237-9490.
Cross of Christ Lutheran and Emmanuel Episcopal churches provide a free lunch from noon-1 p.m. every Thursday for those in need at the First Presbyterian Church in Petoskey. All are welcome.
WIC appointments are now available at health department offices in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties. WIC provides free food for eligible pregnant and post-partum women; infants; and children. For appointments, call the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at (231) 547-0295 or (800) 432-4121.
Twenty-four hour free and confidential crisis counseling is available to residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska and Otsego counties by dialing toll free (800) 442-7315. North Country Community Mental Health Services Board has contracted with Traverse City's Third Level Crisis Intervention Center to provide crisis counseling services around the clock in the service area.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Emmet County Post 2051 is recruiting women to join the auxiliary. Wives, widows, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, half-sisters, foster and step-sisters, foster and step-daughters who attained that status prior to age 16 of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars are invited to call Melva Fosmore, (231) 526-5754.
The Christian Science Reading Room is a study room, library and bookstore. The public is welcome. It is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 420 Waukazoo Ave. in Petoskey. Phone (231) 348-7648.
Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Center, 1404 Howard St., Petoskey, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday. Appointments still available. It is in need of clean, used clothing which is given freely to local community needs. Emergency food is also available. For more information, call Brian Halbert at (231) 487-0720 or (231) 675-8855.
The Women's Resource Center needs volunteers to work at its safe home and Gold Mine Resale Shop. If you are available and would like to give even a few hours per month, contact Jamie Winters at (231) 347-1572.
Free vision and hearing screening appointments for children are available at health department offices in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties. Vision screening is offered for children three years old to 18 years old; hearing screening is offered for children age 6 months to 18 years old. To schedule an appointment, call Health Department of Northwest Michigan at (800) 432-4121.
Breast and cervical cancer screening appointments are now available at health department offices in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. Includes clinical breast exam, mammogram, pelvic exam and Pap test at no charge for eligible women age 40-64. For appointments, call the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at (231) 547-0295 or (800) 432-4121.
The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan offers educational support group meetings for past or present victims of domestic abuse. The group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday at the Women's Resource Center Safe House. There is no cost to attend. In addition to the support groups, the center also provides victims of domestic abuse with emergency shelter, crisis intervention, information and referrals, victim advocacy, legal advocacy, counseling services and a 24-hour crisis and information line. Call (231) 347-1572 or (800) 275-1995 for further information.
Friendship Centers of Emmet County (Council on Aging) offers in-home services on a donation basis to adults age 60 and older. Available programs include home delivered meals, homemaker, personal care and respite care. Call the COA at (231) 347-3211, for more information.
Petoskey Friendship Center activities Tuesday, Dec. 11: foot care 8:30 a.m.; massage 9 a.m.; lunch at noon: stuffed green pepper; Kiwanis tour of lights 5 p.m.
Boyne Area Senior Center activities Tuesday, Dec. 11: craft class 11 a.m.; lunch: pork chop, soup and salad bar; Wii bowling.
Charlevoix Senior Center activities Tuesday, Dec. 11: lunch: pork chop, soup and salad bar; cards 1 p.m.; paint class 1 p.m.; raffle.
East Jordan Senior Center activities Tuesday, Dec. 11: line dancing 11 a.m.; lunch: pork chop, soup and salad bar; bingo 12:30 p.m.; paint class 11 p.m.
Pellston Friendship Center activities Tuesday, Dec. 11: water fitness 8:45 a.m.; lunch: stuffed green pepper; ice cream social.
The Wawatam Area Senior Center hours for congregate meals are 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m. Sunday. The center is open every day at noon for recreation, Wii, card games and use of computers (Internet service). The center is located on Cedar Street in Mackinaw City.
Santa Claus will visit the children's Christmas party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, hosted by Petoskey Eagles. The club is located at 313 Water St., Petoskey, and the party is open to the public.
The Charlevoix Area Community Pool is hosting "Teen Night" 8-9 p.m. every Wednesday through the month of December. Grades 7-12 are invited to swim for $2. Play basketball, volleyball, or just relax in the hot tub. 11905 U.S. 31 North, Charlevoix. Website or map: http://www.charlevoixpool.org/ Phone (231) 547-0982.
Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour information call (231) 348-5005.
Al-Anon /Alateen information is available by calling (231) 675-7044.
Alzheimer's Disease /Dementia support meets 2-3:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Petoskey Friendship Center library. Call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Caregiver Support meets 1:30-3 p.m. the fourth Thursday at Petoskey Friendship Center library. Call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program, meets at Third Day Fellowship & Outreach, 1204 Bridge St., Charlevoix every Tuesday. Dinner provided at 6:30 p.m.; meeting led by Mike Davis, begins at 7 p.m. Call (231) 547-8040.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program which meets at the Walloon Lake Community Church 7-9 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call Kathy, (231) 348-5527 or Terry, (231) 582-7590.
Circle of Strength cancer support group meets 10:30 a.m.-noon on the first Wednesday of every month at Charlevoix Area Hospital in the large classroom on the lower level of hospital, and on Beaver Island at the medical center at the same time.
Compassionate Friends, a support group for bereaved parents, meets the third Monday at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey. Call Susan at (231) 582-7897 or JoAnn at (231) 347-8487.
Continued Connection class meets 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in Charlevoix. Continued Connection is an after jail program that can help you keep your freedom forever. For more information, call (231) 675-4744; (231) 675-9073.
Type 1 Diabetes parent support group meets 6:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the Petoskey La Senorita on M-119 and U.S. 31. No December meeting this year. Children with type 1 diabetes and their families are encouraged to attend the January meeting as we plan ahead for the upcoming year. Call Marcia Vandermus for more information at (231) 526-9705.
DivorceCare information, call (231) 547-9482 for details.
Emotional and mental health self-help group. Call (231) 582-2699.
Fibromyalgia? If interested in a support group in Petoskey, call (231) 392-6957.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meet 6-7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, January through November (no December meeting), at Petoskey Friendship Center library. Child care available by appointment. Call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Grief and Loss support group meets 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the Hospice of Little Traverse Bay Community Grief and Loss Center's lower level. The Grief and Loss Center is located at One Hiland Drive in Petoskey, across the street from the new Kilwin's plaza. This is an open group and people are welcome to attend as few or as many of the meetings as they would like. For more information call Hospice of Little Traverse Bay at (231) 487-4825.
Grief Share support group meets 5-7 p.m. every Sunday at Lighthouse Missionary Church, 7824 Rogers Road, East Jordan. Each of 13 weekly sessions is geared toward helping those grieving the loss of a loved one to move from mourning toward joy. Each session includes a video segment, workbook pages, and small group discussion.
Grief Sharing support group 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, Harbor Springs. This is a time for support, sharing and learning. Diane MacKenzie and Eileen Lindsley will facilitate the on-going, confidential community-based support group. No religious affiliation is necessary. MacKenzie can be reached at (231) 526-1446.
Healing Together is a support group for parents and partners of sexual assault survivors that provides information, and offers an opportunity for parents and partners to share their experiences and learn how to help their loved ones heal from sexual assault. This group meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan Petoskey office, 423 Porter St. No registration required.
Low Vision support meets noon-1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday at Petoskey Friendship Center multi-purpose room. Call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Men's Voices For adult men who have experienced sexual abuse in their lives. This weekly, ongoing support group provides fellowship and support with issues common to men who have faced sexual abuse in their childhood or adult lives. To register, contact the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan at (231) 347-0067.
MS support group meets 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday at the Community Health Education building in Petoskey. Call (231) 439-0973.
Narcotics Anonymous information, call (231) 348-1866.
Nicotine Anonymous information, call (231) 347-3428.
Obsessive Compulsion Disorder peer support group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Community Health Education Center, 360 Connable Ave., Petoskey. Contact Kevin Putman, (231) 838-9501.
Overeaters Anonymous information, call (231) 547-2104.
Parkinson's Support meets 2-3:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at Petoskey Friendship Center library. Call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.
Petoskey Area Christian Jobs Corps support group for the unemployed, meets 11 a.m. every Thursday at Agape Baptist Church, 3003 E. Mitchell, Petoskey. Phone (231) 347-6890.
Pregnancy and infant loss support group information, call (231) 487-4825.
Schizophrenics Anonymous peer support group meets 2-3 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Community Health Education Center, 360 Connable Ave., Petoskey. For information, call (231) 439-1283.
Self-help group information is found on www.petoskeynews.com.
Survivors of suicide loss support group meets 5:30-7:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, One Hiland Drive, Petoskey. Phone (231) 487-4825.
Teen Girl Survivor Group is a weekly support group for teenage girls that provides an opportunity for teen girls to receive information and support with addressing how sexual abuse has affected their lives. To register, contact the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan at (231) 347-0067.
Tobacco Quitline offers free assistance for quitting cigarettes or chew. Motivation, coaching, referrals, information, and for those eligible, free nicotine replacement therapy. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to speak to a trained cessation coach.
12 Steps for Christians support group meets 7 p.m. every Monday at Genesis Church office, 510 Howard St., Petoskey. All are welcome. Call (231) 526-9938.
Women's Sexual Assault Recovery Group is a weekly support group for adult women who are survivors of childhood or adult sexual abuse. An ongoing group that provides an opportunity to share common experiences; receive support; and address issues impacted by sexual trauma such as relationship and intimacy challenges, mental health concerns and self esteem and life satisfaction. To register, contact the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan at (231) 347-0067.
Trinity Missionary Church, 219 State St., Petoskey, "Imagine Campaign" five day Christmas craft sale is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Dec. 14-19, features handmade hats in sizes infant to adult, scarves, adult sweater mittens, new and used jewelry, new "Bon Appetit form TMC" cook book and more.