Nonprofit Community Events in Mecosta County

Looking for something to do? The Stay Local Events Calendar posts a list of nonprofit and community events on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please check with your club or organization to be certain of meetings, outings and classes as they may be canceled due to bad weather or COVID-19. If a listing is inaccurate or to submit an event, contact Julie Norwood at 231-592-8358 or [email protected]

Free safety course for boaters: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Brower Park, 23056 Polk Road, Stanwood. Learn boat safety, operating skills, new laws, required equipment, water rules and more. Certificate issued upon successful completion of the test. Class sizes are limited, so pre-registration is required at michigan.storefront.kalkomey.com/em/programs.

Free Soccer Camp (Kindergarten to Grade 5): 6-7:30 p.m. July 11-14 at River Street Park, between the 300 and 600 blocks of River Street in Big Rapids. Register at trinityinfo.org or when you arrive. Medical release forms will be available for parents to complete during the camp week. The last day of camp will be at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Fellowship EFC, 15085 220th Ave, Big Rapids, with dinner provided for families.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS


Mecosta County Free Fair: July 11-16 at the Mecosta County Fairgrounds, 540 West Ave., Big Rapids. For more information, including a schedule of exhibitions and events, visit mecostafreefair.com.

Remus Heritage Days: From July 14 to 17, in downtown Remus. Events include but are not limited to hospitality tent, vendors, horseshoes, parade, food trucks, quilt show, softball tournaments, truck/tractor draws , games for children and car exhibitions. For more information, visit remus.org.

Music on the river: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Fridays, 1 July-August. 26, at Bromley Park, 395 W Main St., Mecosta. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, insect repellent, and a soft drink. Place of rain: Free Methodist Church of Mecosta. No cost

Big Rapids Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, May 6 through October 28, at Downtown Big Rapids, 226 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Contact: Josh Pyles, 231-592-4038.

Pocket Park Musical Series: Noon-2 p.m. Fridays, June 3-Sept. 2, at 123 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapid, Downtown Big Rapids. Visit downtownbirapids.com/events for a list of groups.

Ferris Community Summer Band Concert Series: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 8 to July 4, at Big Rapids Old Jail (June 8), The Canadian Lakes Castle (June 15) and Big Rapids Bandshell (June 22 to July 6). Alternate rain location: First United Methodist Church, 304 Elm Street, Big Rapids. Participation open to Ferris students, adult members of the community, and advanced high school/college students. Concerts open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Cohen at [email protected] or 231-591-2484.

Faithful Fridays: 6:30 p.m. the first Friday of June, August and September at Big Rapids Bandshell, Hemlock Park, behind Big Rapids Middle School. Faithful Fridays is a series of Christian worship services. The community is encouraged to take a picnic and blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the music and message offered by the following churches.

Cedar Creek Band Free Concert: 7 to 9 p.m. Second and fourth Thursday of each month Reed City Depot. Bring chairs.

Lakeside Motor Sports Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays 11 June-August. 20, at the Reuther Music Pavilion, 10690 Pierce Road, Canadian Lakes. Features music from all genres: jazz, rock, R&B, bluegrass, folk, and more. It’s free to the public.

CURRENT PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES

Mecosta County Historical Museum: 2-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month at 129 S. Stewart, Big Rapids. We have a new furniture exhibit, our collection of Madame Alexander First Lady dolls, as well as many other artifacts from the area. Private tours can be requested by calling 231-592-5091 or visiting the museum’s Facebook page.

Mecosta County Genealogical Society: 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at 424 N. Fourth Ave., Big Rapids, next to Recycle, or by appointment. Volunteers needed to help with sorting and indexing. The public is invited to stop by and view one of our holdings. Call Maureen Nelson at 231-250-5555 for more information.

Reed Town Heritage Museum: Open 1-4 p.m. Friday-Tuesday at 138 W. Slosson Ave., Reed City. FREE ENTRANCE. Groups are welcome.

Mecosta County Sheriff’s Posse: 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the basement training room at Mecosta County Jail, 225 S. Stewart Ave., Big Rapids. This group of volunteers is always looking for new members. For more information call 231-250-9241

Morley Community Center: The centre, at 151 7th St., Morley, hosts weekly pickleball, an open gym, indoor garage sales and an outdoor market, in addition to a monthly ancestry class, craft night and of a blood drive. For a list of activities, visit morleycenter.org/events or call 231-856-4496.

Community meal: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at Big Rapids First United Methodist Church, 304 Elm St, Big Rapids. (NOTE: The meal will only be served on May 26)

Community lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Third Avenue United Methodist Church, 226 N. Third Ave., Big Rapids. The community meals program has reopened. This is a free meal service, although donations are appreciated. For more information, call 231-796-4157 or 231-796-6779.

Pantry of the Lord’s Table: Open 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Faith Community Church, 610 Green St., Big Rapids. Everyone is welcome. Contact: 231-796-8389. (Hours will change to 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays starting in April.)

Reed City Pantry: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 831 S. Chestnut St., Reed City. For questions or emergency food needs, call 231-215-6996.

Barryton Area Mobile Pantry: 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine, at the Fork Township Community Center parking lot, 3265 20 Mile Road, Barryton. Registration to receive food begins at noon. For more information, please see our facebook page or visit our website, bamfp.org.

COURSES OF WORKS OF ART, EXHIBITIONS

106 N. Michigan Ave. at Big Rapids / 231-796-2420 / artworksinbirapids.org

Wine and Canvas: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 8. A social painting experience. Bring your own drinks and snacks. No experience necessary; all materials provided. Cost: $40.

Super storage basket: 9am-3pm July 9. Learn how to make a basket with a rectangular shaped base and an attached wooden handle. Cost: $85

Artist Demos: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through August 26. Visit artworksinbirapids.org/artist-demos for a schedule.

Summer camps: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Creative Education Center on the lower level of Artworks. Visit artworksinbirapids.org/summercamp2022 for dates, costs and registration.

Open pottery: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Cost: $10 per session, $60 for an eight-session punch card. (Additional firing charges apply. Clay can be purchased in bulk for $20 per 25 lbs.) Call 231-796-2420 to schedule your session.

Exhibition — The Horse Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, July 6-August. 18.

  • Opening: 5:00 p.m. on July 7 at the Batdorff Gallery.
  • Conference — “The Essential Horse: Capturing Equine Beauty in Pastel” with Suzanne Frederick: noon on Friday July 29.

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