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City Park Grill Fundraiser Night
May 24, 2017
4:00pm - 9:00pm
City Park Grill, Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, the City Park Grill in Petoskey is graciously donating 20% of all dinner sales on Wednesday, May 24th to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Now that's a deliciously easy way to make a donation. Hope to see you there!
PS. It's also Restaurant Week in Petoskey that night!
For more information about
the POD Program, visit www.pillsinthepod.com
Drug Drop-off Events
The POD Program is a multicounty-wide medication drug take-back initiative to provide a convenient and environmentally sound way for residents to properly dispose of medications. Residents may safely dispose of prescription, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, and personal care products for free during POD Drop-off Events. By using the POD Program and properly disposing of unwanted medications, you will help us keep our rivers and drinking water clean and our communities and families safe.
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - TRAINING DAY
May 13, 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 426 Bay Street, Petoskey
Come learn about the various aspects of our stream monitoring program, general macroinvertebrate biology, and the equipment used to collect important data about the health of our local streams. You will also learn about the impacts of aquatic invasive species and how to identify them. A hands-on practicum on the Bear River is included so that volunteers can “get their feet wet” before going into the field.
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - FIELD DAY
May 20, 2017
Time varies depending on team (Usually monitoring takes about a half day to complete.)
Volunteer teams collect a representative sample of the aquatic macroinvertebrate population for later identification and also note general stream conditions. Each team monitors two sites on the same river or stream.
Volunteer Stream Monitoring - INDOOR IDENTIFICATION DAY
June 4, 2017
12:00 Noon - 3:00pm
North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard St., Petoskey
Volunteer teams will gather at the Health Education & Science Center Building in Room #335 to sort and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates that were collected in the field.
Volunteer Lake Monitor - TRAINING
May 25, 2017
10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Inland Waterway Museum ~ Downtown Alanson
One of our longest running programs, volunteer lake monitoring involves collecting water quality data once a week during the summer months to help us assess the health of our lakes. During the indoor session of the training, we will review the lake monitoring program and go over data collection methods. Afterwards, volunteers will have an opportunity to practice monitoring procedures during a pontoon boat ride on Crooked Lake. At the completion of the training you will receive the necessary equipment and supplies to complete a season of volunteer lake monitoring.
Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Meeting
Monday, June 12, 2017
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Petoskey Middle School
801 Northmen Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770
In order to satisfactorily accommodate participation in the public comment portion of the meeting, the meeting will occur from 9:00 am-3:30 pm with a break in the middle for lunch. The first phase will occur from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and will be for the public comment period only. The second phase will occur from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm and will consist of the remainder of the business (the non-public comment agenda items).
More information on the PSAB, including submitting a request to speak, is available at www.mipetroleumpipelines.com
Actual estate items.
Estate Sale Auction
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Preview: 9:00 a.m. • Live Auction: 11:00 a.m.
Last fall, the Watershed Council received word that a long-time member bequeathed us her two cottages and their contents with the understanding that we would use the funds generated from their sale to support our organization’s important work. We are truly humbled by her gift.
Sunshine Auctions has been chosen to conduct the sale. Additional information about the auction location and contents will be available at www.auctionzip.com (Auctioneer # 42938).
Show your love for the Great Lakes!
All Hands on Deck
July 3, 2017
Link hands and boats across the shores of the Great Lakes at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Water unites us all. It provides drinking water, recreation, beauty, work, wildlife, and an identity to all those who live near or visit them. Loved by all they should be protected by all. We are mothers, fathers, teachers, environmentalists, activists, business owners, children, students, water sport enthusiasts, boaters, and sun bathers. We are from every political party, every religion, and nationality. We are you! We care about the water and realize that it needs to remain healthy and safe for many generations
Join the movement that is crossing state, party, and national lines on behalf of the Great Lakes.
For additional information and a list of events near you, visit www.allhandsondeckgreatlakes.org.
Held the Saturday of the Harbor Springs community-wide rummage sale.
Whale of a Sale
A HUGE Rummage Sale for Water Recreation Lovers
July 15, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Irish Boat Show Storage Unit
7580 S. State Road • Harbor Springs, MI
One of our largest fundraisers! All items will be PRICED TO SELL. No live auction this year! Come early to get the best deals before they are snatched up.
Do you have items to donate?
We accept gently used:
Fishing Gear • Diving Equipment • Boats • Kayaks • Canoes • Water Toys (that don't need repair) • Rafts
Life Vests • Water Skiing Equipment • Boating-related Hardware, Equipment, and Gear
Drop-off items at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Irish Boat Shop (Harbor Springs or Charlevoix location), Ryde Marine, and Duncan Bay Boat Club. For large items and boats, call Lindy at 231-347-1181 to arrange pick-up or delivery.
38th Annual Membership Meeting
July 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Stafford’s Bay View Inn
2011 Woodland Ave, Petoskey, MI 49770
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., enjoy light refreshments while you mingle with staff, board members, and fellow Watershed Council members. At 10:00 a.m., join us for a brief membership meeting followed by an informative presentation by Heidi Grether, current Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Please RSVP no later than July 14th by calling (231) 347-1181.
Free admission. Reservations required. You must be a member of the Watershed Council to attend this event.
$10.00 in advance
$15.00 at the door
All seats are general admission.
visit the Bay View Box Office, or purchase tickets online.
Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven
Award winning documentary screening & fundraiser
July 22, 2017
7:00pm - 9:30pm
John M. Hall Auditorium, 1725 Encampment Ave., Bay View, MI 49770
The Bay View Association, Crooked Tree Arts Center, North Central Michigan College, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy have teamed up to bring Painted Land - In Search of the Group of Seven to Petoskey. This film has significant cultural, educational, and environmental undertones as it explores the world-famous Group of Seven painters and the locations they painted around Lake Superior.
The award winning film will be introduced in person by renowned writers, photographers, and adventurers Gary and Joanie McGuffin. After the film viewing the audience will be invited to an afterglow and have the opportunity to meet Gary and Joanie as well as explore booths from the coordinating organizations.
Waganakising Bay Day
August 19, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bayfront Park, Petoskey, MI
Free admission. Public Welcome.
Celebrate Little Traverse Bay! Join us for a family-friendly water festival at Bayfront Park with hands-on activities for kids. Learn from Northern Michigan's environmental experts on wildlife, water quality, stewardship, and recreation. Crafts, demonstrations, and much more!
Bear River Cleanup
August 20, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bayfront Park, Petoskey, MI
Meet at the Bear River Shelter, Quaintance Avenue, Petoskey (Entrance across from City Hall)
Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to walk, wade, or canoe as they pick up trash and debris from the area surrounding the Bear River. Free t-shirt and light meal for all pre-registered volunteers!