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Up Coming Community Events
Cold Weather Outwear - The Rotary Club of Oscoda is filling Pocket Park with cold weather outwear. "The Warming Corner" will be open through the cold months. Donation boxes will be placed at the Robert J. Parks Library and the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce Office. Donations of hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks are needed and appreciated. If possible, place your donation in a large clear plastic storage bag. Donations of storage bags are also appreciated. Please help keep the community warm this winter. "If you have it, give it! If you need it, take it!"
Perchville USA - The 73rd Annual "Perchville USA" in the Tawases will be February 3-5. Events include the Coronation Breakfast, the Royal Feast, family expo, cornhole tournament, hospitality tent, chili cook-off, Polar Bear Plunges, and much more. Get your chili koozie for the cook-off now at Mooney's Ben Franklin, The Brew Krew, The Village Chocolatier, or the Tawas Chamber of Commerce. Koozies are $8 per koozie with more than 20 businesses participating in the cook-off this year. Vote for your favorite chili! For a full schedule of events or information, log on to tawas.com.
Perchville Warming Station - Warm up with the East Tawas Police and Fire Department's Perchville "Warming Station," Saturday, February 4th, Noon-6:00pm on Bay Street in front of Branham's Jewelry in East Tawas. Bonfires, s'mores, and hot chocolate available to warm you up!
Interactive Murder Mystery - The Tawas Bay Players and Knights of Columbus present "Slaughter on the Water," and audience-interactive murder mystery evening by Michal Jacot. All aboard a luxury cruise ship to Hawaii. But before you get there, you can help solve a murder! Question the suspects, gather clues, and solve the crime in this interactive evening of fun. Guests are welcome to dress for the part, so arrive in your best "Hawaiian Tourist" garb! This evening of dinner and entertainment takes place Saturday, February 4th at Rushman Hall, 821 Newman Street, East Tawas. Doors open at 6:00pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and the Murder Mystery follows dinner. Tickets are $25 ($20 with a 2023 Perchville button) and available at the door. Dinner is a Cruise Ship Surf and Turf beffet featuring beef, chicken, fish, shrimp, potatoes, veggies, salads, and dessert including a Cash Bar.
Soup & Dessert Dinner - The City Eagles #4141 will host a Soup & Dessert Dinner, Saturday, February 4th 5:00-7:00pm at the Lodge, 671 Sanborn Road, Barton City. Cost is $6 for adults, kids 6-10 $3, 5 and under free. For more information call 989-736-3050.
Comedy Night - The Faull Inn, 206 North Williams, Rose City will host Comedy Night, Sunday, February 5th. Dinner at 5:00pm, Show starts at 6:30pm featuring Norm Stulz. Tickes are $30 and include dinner and show. Cash bar available. For ticket information call 989-685-2406.
Winter Reading Program - The Robert J. Parks Library, 6010 North Skeel Avenue, Oscoda, hosts "Winter Reading Program" open to children ages 4-6:
- Monday, February 6th 11:15am-Noon
- Monday, February 13th 11:15am-Noon
- Monday, February 20th 11:15am-Noon
- Monday, February 27th 11:15am-Noon
The class focuses on letter identification, basic reading strategies, and direction following. Call the library for more information at 739-9581.
4-H Chocolate Party - The Ogemaw & Iosco Country 4-H Programs hosts a 4-H Chocolate Party on Monday, February 13th, 5:00-7:00pm in the Logan Township Hall, 4507 M-55, Prescott. Guest Educator, Dixie Sandborn, Horticulural Specialist offers the history of chocolate, fun facts, taste testing, and more. Registration is required by Monday, February 6th. Call Iosco County 4-H at 989-362-3449 or Ogemaw County at 989-345-0692 for registration information.
Working with Acrylic - The Tawas Bay Art Gallery presents the class "Working with Acrylic: Winter Landscape" with instructor Betty Fahselt at the Gallery, 302 Newman Street, East Tawas:
- Tuesday, Feburary 7th 1:00-3:00pm
- Wednesday, Feburary 8th 1:00-3:00pm
- Tuesday, Feburary 21st 1:00-3:00pm
- Wednesday, Feburary 22nd 1:00-3:00pm
Cost is $25 per session with a $10 material fee. To register or for more information call 989-362-5613.
Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses - The Friends of the East Tawas Library presents their Cabin Fever Series presentation "Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses" with author Dianna Stampfler, Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30pm in the East Tawas City Council Chambers, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas. Free and open to the public with book sales and signing event afterwards. For more information call 989-362-6162.
Great Backyard Bird Count - Peggy Ridgeway of the AuSable Valley Audubon Society will host a presentation on how to participate in the "Great Backyard Bird County," Wednesday, February 8th at 10:00am at the Robert J. Parks Library, 6010 North Skeel Avenue, Oscoda. All are welcome.
After School Story Time - The Robert J. Parks Library, 6010 North Skeel Avenue in Oscoda hosts "After School Story Time" with Ms. Robin:
- Wednesday, February 8th 4:00-4:45pm
- Wednesday, March 8th 4:00-4:45pm
A light snack and water will be provided. Call the library for more information at 739-9581.
Texas Hold 'Em Tournament - The Oscoda Lions Club will host a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament at American Legion Post #274, U.S. 23 in Oscoda. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 9-11, 5:00pm Cash Table, 7:00pm Tournament. All proceeds to the Oscoda Lions Club.
Ice Fest - Thunder Bay Arts presents "Ice Fest" on Saturday, February 11th at Mich-e-ke-wis Park and Downtown Alpena. Participate in a day of family fun with a snow sledding hill, horse and wagon rides, sled dogs, ice bowling, cross country skiing and fat tire bike rally and demos. Even meet Elsa from Disney's Frozen! Witness ice sculputres and dueling ice carvers. Enjoy hot chocolate, Toney Burgers, s'mores, and more! Head downtown for Fire & Ice Into The Night for even more sculptures, restaurant specials, and fun. Plus a toasty, huge bonfire courtesy of the City of Alpena Fire Department. For all the information and full schedule, visit the event page at downtownalpenami.com/alpenaicefest.
Sock Hop - Atlanta Eagles #4077 presents a "Sock Hop Fundraiser" playing music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Come dance, sing, eat, and celebrate in your finest sock hop attire on Saturday, February 11th. Doors open at 5:00pm, Dance starts at 6:00pm until midnight. Entry fee is $10 per person. Cash Bar. Prizes for the best dressed!
Veterans Coffee Hour - A Veterans Coffee Hour will be held from 9-11am at Audie Johnson American Legion Post #211, 900 East Lincoln Street, East Tawas:
- Thursday, February 16th
- Thursday, March 16th
- Thursday, April 20th
All veterans are welcome!!
Adult Community Game Day - The Robert J. Parks Library, 6010 North Skeel Avenue in Oscoda hosts "Adult Community Game Day" on
- Thursday, February 16th 2-3pm
- Thursday, March 16th 2-3pm
Board games, activities, and light snacks. Open to everyone 18 and older. Call the library for more information at 739-9581.
Snowmobile Races - The Cedar Tavern and Grill 250 Professional Snowmobile races, presented by MIRA, The Midwest International Racing Association, are back in Lincoln on February 18th and 19th at the ARA site on Barlow Road. Hot Laps begin at 9:00am Saturday. Plus Sprint and Mini-Enduro racing all day long! Then on Sunday it's Junior Class and the Kitty Kat 120 at 10:00am. The 250 Lap Enduro Starts at 1:00pm. For more information call Charlie at 517-256-2078 or visit MIRAracing.com or on the MIRA Facebook page.
Whitetails Unlimited Chapter Banquet - Whitetails Unlimited invites you to Join the Hunting Celebration at the Iosco County Chapter Banquet on Saturday, February 18th at Rushman Hall, 821 Newman Street, East Tawas. Social Hour begins at 4:00pm with a Buffet Dinner at 6:00pm and includes prizes, fun, and auction. Tickets are $40 single/$25 spouse or child (15 & under). Call Mike Westcott at 989-310-0760 or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471. You can also buy/print tickets at whitetailsunlimited.com. Raffle licence #R67563.
Winter Bump N Run - The Alcona County Fair presents the Winter Bump N Run on Saturday, March 4th beginning at 1:00pm at the ARA Site in Lincoln. $10 gate fee for action packed racing on the iced half mile. Advanced trackside parking is available at Ritchie Repair in Harrisville (989-724-3250). Front stretch parking is $25, back stretch parking $15. For more information call Bari at 989-657-4600 or Kevin at 989-335-0307.
Winter "Mix & Mingle" - The Oscoda-AuSable Chamber hosts the Members Networking Event, a Winter 'Mix & Mingle" on Monday, March 6th from 5:30-7:30pm. Held at G's Pizza Oscoda at 522 U.S. 23, share your plans and goals for the 2023 season in the Oscoda-AuSable communities. Bring flyers, giveaways, and buisiness cards to promote your business. RSVP to Gina at 989-739-7322 or Events@OscodaChamber.com.
Virtual 5K - The Michigan DNR invites everyone to take part in the "Run For The Trees: Happy Little 5K." The race takes place between April 22-28, but registration is open now! Everyone who participates will get a keepsake "Happy Little" T-Shirt, a commemorative bib number, and a finisher's medal! Registration is $34 per person and proceeds will be used to support tree planting and forest protection in state parks. Register now at runsignup.com
Bigfoot Bash - Mark your calendars for the Inaugural Bigfoot Bash! Make plans now to join the first ever Bigfoot Bash hosted by the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce:
- June 3rd: The Shoreline Players Theatre on Skeel Avenue in Oscoda
- June 24th & 25th: Art on the Beach in Oscoda
- 4th of July Parade in Oscoda
- September 15th-17th: Paul Bunyan Festival at Furtaw Field
- September 29-30: Bigfoot Bash at Oscoda High School the last weekend of September
Follow Bigfoot's journey on the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber Facebook page!
Art Exhibition - The Besser Museum in Alpena is hosting a juried art exhibition now through October 29th. Stop by and see the beautiful artwork on display. For information, visit bessermuseum.org
ON GOING LOCAL EVENTS
Artisan Hall Exhibitions - Stop by the Historic Huron Shores Artisan Hall Exhibitions:
- Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 11:00am-4:00pm
- Sundays 1:00-4:00pm
- Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
- Call 989-254-5567 for information
Oscoda Senior Center - Visit the Oscoda Senior Center located at 653 State Street SW in Oscoda. Enjoy great food, line dancing, cardio drumming, card games, crafts, board games, relaxation coloring, nature walks, the writing club, and meeting new friends and socializing with friends and neighbors. A copy of the calendar and menu are available at the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce Office. For more information, call the Oscoda Senior Center at 989-739-3668.
K of C Burger Night - Did you miss Fish and Burger Monday's at the Rushman Hall in East Tawas? Dinners are from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, dine in or take out. There will be fish and a 1/2 lb Smash Burger and a whole lot more. So come on in for some fantastic food and burgers. Call ahead for take out (989) 362-6333.
Tawas Bingo - The Tawas Area Knights of Columbus Hosts Bingo Sundays at Rushman Hall, 821 Newman Street, East Tawas. Doors open at 4:00pm, Bingo starts at 6:00pm.
Hale Bingo - The Hale VFW hosts Bingo Sundays & Thursdays at the Hall, 203 Ainsley Street in Hale. Doors open at 4:00pm, Bingo starts at 6:00pm.
Mikado Bingo - The Mikado Goodfellos hosts Bingo Mondays at the Civic Center on F-41. Doors open at 4:00pm, Bingo at 6:30pm. Food available for puchase and all proceeds go to charity.
Sand Lake Bingo - The Sand Lake Heights Seniors host Bingo Tuesdays at the building in Sand Lake. Doors open at 11:00am, Bingo at Noon with proceeds to the Sand Lake Seniors.
Sand Lake Bingo - The Sand Lake Heights Men's Association will host Bingo with a Michigan Progressive Jackpot, Fridays at the building in Sand Lake. Doors open at 5:00pm, Bingo at 6:00pm.
Cancer Support - Friends Together, the cancer support agency serving all of northeast Michigan is holidng a support group Tuesdays at 5:30pm at Rushman Hall on Newman Street in East Tawas. Anyone who has been touched by cancer, or if you have a family member with a cancer diagnosis, you are welcome to the weekly support group. All Friends Together programs and services are free. For information, log on to friendstogetherMI.org or call 989-356-3231.
Food Pantry - If you or someone you know is in need of food, there is a free food pantry available at the United Methodist Church in Oscoda. The Pantry is located by the entry doors nearest to the church parsonage. The Pantry is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Pantry is refilled by community donations. All items are free to those who need them.
Baby Needs - If you or someone you know is in need of free supplies for babies or toddlers, such as diapers, pull-ups, wipes, or rash cream, these are avaiable through Iosco County MDHHS. You must be a resident of Iosco County to qualify. As the front desk staff at MDHHS for more information: Iosco County MDHHS, 2145 East Huron Road, East Tawas, MI 48730.
Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Markets
Winter Market - Develop Iosco hosts a Winter Market featuring fresh produce, baked goods, specialty gifts and crafts every Saturday now through April 29th from 9am-Noon at the Sand Lake Community Center, 4049 Indian Lake Road, National City. Those interested in participating can email Julie at DIWinterMarket@gmail.com.
Alpena Farmer's Market - Open Saturdays from 8:00am until 1:00pm at Michekweis Park in Alpena. Shop locally grown fresh produce, beef, honey, flowers, and much more! With Live music and special programs. For information, log on to AlpenaFarmersMarket.com.