Tim Nixon
Up North Events

Red Cross Blood Drives

Oct 19        McLaren NM Foundation building                   7:45-2:30
Oct 20        Diocese of Gaylord                                          noon-5:45
Oct 23        Charlevoix Center Point Assembly                  noon-5:45
Oct 23        Boyne City Community of Christ Church         11-4:45
Oct 24        Clark Township Community Center Cedarville         noon-5:45
Oct 25        Boyne Falls School                                          10-3:45
Oct 26        Traverse City Elks lodge                                  noon-5:45
Oct 27        Petoskey Red Cross Mitchell Park Dr              9-2:45
Oct 30        DeTour Village Town Hall                                10:30-4:15

Zonta Fashion Show

Zonta Club of Petoskey invites the public to their 45th annual Fashion Show on Saturday, November 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ovation Hall at Odawa Casino in Petoskey. The Fashion Show, themed “Women Rock the World,” will highlight the latest fall and winter fashions from more than 30 retailers in the Petoskey-Harbor Springs area, and include an elegant lunch, entertainment, a silent auction and a gift basket raffle. Michelle Chenard and Meg Kehoe will be the featured performers for the event. Tickets are $60 each and are already selling fast. Make your reservations soon by registering online at (and search for Zonta Fashion Show 2017).

Help the Dogs of Otsego County

Dog-O-Ween, Pavillion on Court in Gaylord, Oct 21, 3:30
Help us raise money and awareness for Friends for Life of Otsego County!
Registration from 3:00pm-3:30pm
-Craft table -Great Pumpkin hunt -Treasure hunt (coffin)
-Peanut butter licking contest
-Costume contest (several categories for costume contest including children ages 5 and under, children ages 6-13, best family/group costume, and best pet)
*Bake sale available throughout the event
*Photo "booth" available throughout the event
There will be prizes for all 4 costume categories, prizes for small/medium dog winner of peanut butter licking contest, and a prize for large dog winner of peanut butter licking contest.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Haunted Weekend

Take a spooky tour through the main floor of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse keeper's dwelling Then dare to venture into the basement, where the local Northport High School kids will be there to entertain and scare you. Enjoy a climb into the tower for a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. For the kids, take the outside treasure hunt and play games and do activities. Take a walk to the Fog Signal Building, drive the ROV (remote operated vehicle) and learn about the Lake Michigan Aircraft Carriers. Come in costume. There will be candy, prizes and lots and lots of fun for all. Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-18.
The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is located inside the Leelanau State Park in Northport, MI 

Harry Potter Comes to Petoskey

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Harry Potter Comes to Petoskey, October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Middle School. $10 General Admission and 18 and Under FREE. Join us in a fantasy evening into the wizard world of Harry Potter- Listen and enjoy the Harry Potter Suites with narration by Gary Albert. General Admission tickets will be available at area chambers of commerce or online at

Triple Fright Night at the Headlands

Triple Fright Night in Northern Emmet County is Saturday, October 21st.
Free events planned at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Mackinaw's Heritage Village. Enjoy the 9th Annual Headlands Challenge event from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information and details about the Headlands Challenge visit In addition to the events at the Headlands, participants are invited to visit the "haunted" McGulpin Point Lighthouse that will be decorated for Halloween and open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information regarding the “haunted” McGulpin Point Lighthouse, please visit Heritage Village hours on Triple Fright Night will be 6 to 8 p.m.

Trick or Treating at the Y

Trick or Treating at the YMCA/TC, Oct. 27th, 3:30-5:30
Come join the West YMCA for a trick-or-treat event through their building. They will have multiple stations through the building with candy and treats as well some fun festive activities! Free and All ages are welcome as long as costumes are worn.

Spooky Movie!

Come Enjoy a “Spooktacular” Event! On Friday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. the 1925 Silent Movie, “The Phantom of the Opera” will be shown at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with an original score composed by our very own Music Director, Brian Bogdanowitz. He will also be performing that score live on the organ. Oh, and don’t forget to wear a scary costume too!!! The movie is free and candy, pop and popcorn will be sold.  

Fright Night at the Castle

Fright Night At the Castle, Oct. 27th, 6:30 at Castle Farms
Don't miss Charlevoix's Halloween party of the year!!! Adult-only, spooky celebration at Castle Farms benefitting Charlevoix Children's House. Tickets are $50 per person and include OPEN BAR, catered dinner, a silent and live auction with emcee Scott MacKenzie, costume contest with prizes, DJ Dr. Party, and dancing

Petoskey Ski Team Swap

The Petoskey Ski Team is holding their largest fundraiser of the year; The Annual Ski Swap on Saturday October 28, from 8 a.m. to noon. The swap will be at the Central Elementary School Cafeteria at the corner of State and Howard Streets in Petoskey. This is a great opportunity to buy and sell new and used skis, snowboards, boots, helmets and clothing. The public is invited to drop off equipment to be sold on Friday October 27 from 5-8 p.m. and pick up unsold equipment and checks after the sale on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. 20% of the sale price of all items sold is donated to the Petoskey Middle and High School Ski Teams.

Downtown TC Trick or Treating

Downtown TC Trick or Treating, Oct 28, 10-11:30am
October closes with a parade of little ghosts and goblins as Downtown Traverse City hosts costume clad children and their parents to trick or treat at participating stores throughout the Downtown area.   

Wellness Clinic for Cats

Feline Wellness Clinic, October 28th, 8-1pm at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Vet Clinic
On Saturday, October 28, LTBVC will host a Feline Wellness Day, which will include a brief exam, rabies vaccination, FRVCP vaccination, microchip and flea/worm treatment. This package is available for only $35 (a $160 value!).

Alanson Family Open House

Alanson Family Open House, Oct. 28, noon-4
Alanson Family Open House is October 28th from noon to 4pm. Come celebrate all that is new in Alanson! Highlights will include Spanky’s Annual Fall Swap Event, Live Music from the Galactic Sherpas, free giveaways from various businesses, food, and drinks. Additional events will include face painting, a photo booth, and other fall themed games and activities! 

Bridal Expo

The Grand Bridal Expo returns to Castle Farms October 29th. The 13th annual expo is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features over 45 of the finest wedding service providers in Northern Michigan. Plan your wedding in just one day! The event culminates with the Grand Finale Fashion Show starting at 3 p.m. where you could win a wedding package worth over $15,000. Tickets are $6 at the door, $5 in advance at

Boyne City Halloween Parade

Boyne City Halloween Parade, 4:30, Oct. 31
Come kick off trick-or-treat at the Halloween Parade.  Line-up is at 4:30 p.m. in front of CindiFranco's Cool Stuff on Lake Street.  At 4:45, the parade then goes down Lake Street, turns right onto 100 block of  Water Street, and then turns right onto Park Street and ends at the Library, where the Fire Department hosts their haunted house in the Red Barn.

Downtown Gaylord Trick or Treating

Downtown Trick or Treating Gaylord, Oct 31, 5:30-7:30
Downtown businesses will be hosting their annual Trick or Treat Downtown, October 31 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
All of Gaylord's goblins, ghouls and other trick-or-treaters are invited to wander through downtown looking for treats!

Salvation Army Holiday Assistence

Salvation Army Holiday Assistance, Traverse City Salvation Army Center, 1239 Barlow Street
The Salvation Army recognizes that holidays can bring added financial and emotional stress for families in need. Through their holiday assistance programs Grand Traverse and Leelanau county families who would otherwise be unable to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals to their children will have the opportunity to have a holiday filled with joy and tradition during holiday assistance sign-up.
Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Registration dates and times:
Thursday,  November  2 - 9am – 11am and 12 – 4pm
Saturday,  November   4 - 9am -  2pm
Tuesday,   November   7 - 9am – 11am and 12 – 4pm
For more information about registering for assistance or how to help spread the joy of the holidays visit, or call 231.946.4644.

Boyne Business Expo

Boyne Business Expo, Nov. 2, 3-7 at Boyne Mountain
One of the largest business networking events in Northern Michigan! This is the 9th annual Business Expo and Taste of Boyne, with 95 exhibitor booths, great food, networking, music, business exhibits and more, from 3 to 7 p.m.
The public and Chamber members are welcome to attend. Admission is $5 and includes all 12 Taste of Boyne booths.

Relief For Puerto Rico

Rove Estates presents Miram Pico in a benefit for Puerto Rico, Nov. 3 at 5pm.
Show your love and support for Puerto Rico with a fabulous night with Miram Pico at Rove Estates Winery.  They will be donating 20% of all sales from 5pm-8pm, during Miriam's show, to Puerto Rico relief.  Together we can make a difference! Enjoy refreshing cider or wine, nibble on small plates, take in one of the best sunsets on Leelanau Peninsula, and enjoy the show!

Bellaire Gift Fair

35th Annual Holiday Gift Fair at the Bellaire High School November 4th from 10 am - 3 pm.
As the holiday season arrives, the list of loved ones in need of gifts grows and ideas can sometimes go flat. Be original and trendy this year and pledge to buy local and handmade at the 35th Annual Holiday Gift Fair at the Bellaire High School November 4th from 10 am - 3 pm. When you buy handmade you can be sure that your gift is made with love. You are supporting local artisans, and their local economy and community. Bellaire Chamber of Commerce will be holding raffles every ½ hour throughout the day with great prizes from our artisans.

Emptyy Bowls Traverse City

Empty Bowls Traverse City, Nov 5th, 11-2 at the Hagerty Center
For over a decade Traverse City's Empty Bowls has rallied artists, restaurateurs, and donors to fight hunger in Northwest Michigan. 
Empty Bowls consists of a lunch, silent auction, bluegrass and beautifully handmade bowls with a goal to raise $25,000! Every dollar raised equals five pounds of food to the 48 Food pantries. Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Hagerty Center for Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan. Tickets are $20 or 4 tickets for $75
(kids 6 and under are free!) Tickets at
Lite 96.3 Features 

Swingshift and the Stars is back!

Join Lite 96.3 for another exciting season of Swingshift and the Stars! This year, 23 local charities are in line to recieve help from the community. Lite 96.3's Tim Nixon is a judge and we are inviting you to join him for the next event Friday, October 20th, 7pm at the City Opera House in Traverse City. This is a fun night of entertainment, dancing and a great way to help organizations that keep our area moving. Can't make the event? You can also donate here.

Teddy Bear Patrol is on the move.

The Lite 96.3 Teddy Bear Patrol delivered bears to first responders and those agencies that work directly with children.  Your donations have provided hundreds of bears and they so appreciate it! Click here to read more.
Pet of the Week 

Bendito…at first I thought, ‘What kind of funny name did they give me?’ When I found out it means “blessed” in Spanish, I decided it was a perfect fit, since I’m definitely fortunate to have ended up here. Everyone is so nice to me and I have lots of good food to eat and even some pals to play with! As nice as it is here, I’m hoping that there’s a family out there meant just for me. I’m only five months old and I have lots of energy so hopefully I can find someone who can keep up with my energy level. Read more about me here.
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