The second annual "Empty Bowls" luncheon and silent auction is noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at St. Joseph's Hall, 207 Nicholls St., East Jordan. Cost is by donation; receive lunch and a bowl created by East Jordan students. Lunch includes soup, bread and dessert. Proceeds go to East Jordan Care & Share and Good Samaritan Pantries. For more information, contact Jean Pardee, (231) 544-6988.
The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan provides free counseling and support services to victims of crime including victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse, child sexual assault and adults molested when they were children. Services also provided to victims of elder abuse, hate crimes, economic abuse/fraud, robbery, DUI/DWI crashes, and survivors of a homicide victim. Support services include crisis counseling, individual counseling, support groups, trauma therapy, play therapy for children, safety planning, advocacy on behalf of survivors and resources/referrals. The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan can assist in filing victim compensation claims with the Michigan Department of Community Health. If you or someone you care about has been a victim of crime, contact the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan administrative office at (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 only available 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 gyn 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.