June 23: Events in Mecosta, Osceola County


EDITOR’S NOTE: Please check with your club or organization to ensure that meetings, excursions and courses are canceled due to inclement weather or any other reason. 592-8358 or [email protected].

• Wine & canvas: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Grab a friend and a bottle of wine for this acrylic painting workshop. Cost: $ 40. Register at Artworksinbirapids.com. Contact: 231-796-2420.

Fused glass hearts: 10 am-2pm Saturday, June 26th, Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Learn how to cut small strips of glass and arrange them into a heart. Cost: $ 75. Register at Artworksinbirapids.com. Contact: 231-796-2420.

• Big Rapids Air Festival: Saturday, June 26, 10:00 a.m., Roben-Hood Airport, 21325 18 Mile Road, Big Rapids. With fly-in, food cart and children’s train. No breakfast this year.

• Autofest 2021: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, along North Michigan Avenue in downtown Big Rapids. With car show, raffle, live music, food and Touch-A-Truck with police and fire brigade officers from the BRDPS. Contact: Duey Parsons at 231-499-8196, bigrapids.org/carfest.

• Tuba Bach Summer Hootenanny: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave., Big Rapids. Free outdoor livestream concert with The Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band. Contact: Ed Mallett at [email protected], 231-287-7615. More: tubabach.org.

• Culpepper & Merriweather Circus: Two shows, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., June 29 at the Mecosta County Fairground. Cost: $ 15 adults, $ 8 children 2-12 years old, and seniors 65 years old and younger than 2 years old are free. Discounted tickets available in advance. Part of the proceeds will go to the Angels of Action. Contact: 1-866-BIGTOP-6, cmcircus.com.


Mecosta village

• Classic car show: Friday, July 2nd, 4-6pm, downtown Mecosta.

• Music on the River with Elvis impersonator Jake Slater: 6.30pm-8pm Friday, July 2nd, in Bromley Park.

• July 4th Parade: Saturday, July 3rd, 11am, downtown Mecosta.

• Fireworks: At dusk on Sunday 4th July in downtown Mecosta.

Big rapids

• Fireworks: Friday, July 2, at dusk on the Mecosta County Fairgrounds

• Mecosta County Area Sports Hall of Fame / Old Timers Game: 6:30 pm Saturday, July 3, at Hemlock Park

Canadian lakes

• Fireworks: At dusk, Friday July 2nd, on the Highlands Golf Course, near the Highland House and the Alpine House. facebook.com/canadianlakes.

• July 4th, 2021 Boat Parade: Sunday, July 4th, 4-6pm on Blue Lake in Mecosta County. facebook.com/TheTriLakesAssociation

Chippewa parish

• 10pm Saturday July 3rd: Fireworks over Chippewa Lake. chippewatwp.org/calendar

Reed city

• Fireworks: At dusk Sunday July 4th at Liberty Baptist Church, 485 Old US Highway 131 between Meceola and 1 Mile Road. Cookout at 7pm and music at 8pm


• Parade: Saturday 3rd July at 11 am

• Party in the park: Saturday, July 3rd, 12:00 pm-3:00pm

• Fireworks: Saturday, July 3rd, at dusk at City Properties by Airport


• Ferris Summer Band concert series: 7pm Wednesdays through July 7th at Hemlock Parks Bandshell, behind Big Rapids Middle School.

• Bandshell Sumer Concert Series: Wednesday July 14th – Aug 7:18 pm in Hemlock Parks Bandshell, behind Big Rapids Middle School.

• Pocket Park Music Series: Friday, June 4th, September 4th, 12pm to 2pm. 3, at 125 N. Michigan Ave., in downtown Big Rapids. Contact: Josh Pyles at [email protected], 231-592-4038.


• Big Rapids Farmer’s Market: Tuesday noon to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Rapids City Hall, 226 N. Michigan Ave. Contact: Josh Pyles at [email protected], 231-592-4038

• The hearty harvest: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, 5356 9 Mile Road in Remus. Contains flowers, meat and products. Contact: [email protected], 989-309-1325.

• Grant’s family farm: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Saturday and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sundays, 10636 14 Mile Road, Rodney. Contains flowers, vegetables and seasonal products. Contact: 231-972-8193.

• The purple pepper: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day through October 30, 18700 20th Ave., Barryton. Contains “local vegetables, locally grown fruits and many types of peppers”. Contact: [email protected], 231-250-5151.

• LeeAnns Flowers and Vegetables: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm daily at 1205 N. State St., Big Rapids. Contains flowers, vegetables and products. Online: facebook.com/LeeAnnsFlowers.

• Parisian farmers’ market and farm sale: 9 am-2pm Thursday, May 27th, June 17th, July 1st, July 22nd, August 22nd, September 2nd and September 23rd at Stone Hatchery Park, 21331 Northland Drive, Paris. Offers garage sales, new items, crafts, products, plants and flowers.

• Barryton Farmers Market: Starting May 29, Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central (M-66) Park, 195 Rose Ave., Barryton, behind the Williams Cafe.

• Evart Farmers Market: 9 am-1pm Saturdays, June 12th – 9th, at Evart Depot, 200 South Main St., Evart.


• Charles E. Fairman Community Pool: Open June 7th to August 13th at 106 Hutchinson St., Big Rapids. For times and fees, or to sign up for swimming lessons, visit brpr.org. Contact: 231-796-7798.

• Tai Chi: Wednesdays at lunchtime in Hemlock Park. Improve muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Newcomers welcome. brpr.org.

• Free drive-through pick-up of meals for students: Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August 24, at Crossroads Charter Middle / High, 215 W. Spruce St., Big Rapids. Free, seven-day breakfast and lunch supply for all children and teenagers aged 18 and under, regardless of school district, and students up to the age of 26 participating in an educational program for the mentally or physically challenged. Meal sets must be ordered every Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. by email to [email protected]

• Mecosta Co. GenealogicalSociety: Open Wednesdays 5-7pm and every other Saturday 10 am-2pm, 424 N. Fourth Ave., Big Rapids, next to Recycle. Thousands of obituaries and hundreds of history and genealogy books for the Mecosta Co. area. Stop by or call Maureen Nelson at 231-250-5555 to make an appointment.

• Cedar Creek Bandat the Reed City Depot: 7-9pm every second and fourth Thursday of the month through September, 200 N. Chestnut St., Reed City

• Mecosta County Sheriff’s Force: 7:00 p.m. every second Thursday of the month in the basement training room at Mecosta County Jail, 225 S. Stewart Ave., Big Rapids. This volunteer group is always looking for more members. Call 231-250-9241 for more information

• Lords Table pantry: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 610 Green St., Big Rapids. Everyone is welcome.

• Reed City Pantry: The pantry is closed from June to August. It will reopen at the beginning of September. For emergencies, call 231-215-6996.


Address: 151 7th Street, Morley.

• Pickleball for adults: Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Cost $ 3 per person.

• Open gym for students: 15: 30-17: 00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Coffee time: Fridays 8-10 a.m.

• Indoors Flea market: Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations accepted. Contact: 231-349-2004.

• Outdoor market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays to September.

• Class of descent: 5 pm-7pm first Thursday of the month. Computer room can be opened by appointment. Contact: [email protected], 231-856-4496

• Craft night: 6.30pm-8.30pm every second Tuesday of the month from May 11th. All materials are provided. Mask and social distancing required. Class size limited. Call 231-856-7013 to reserve your spot.


106 N. Michigan Avenue at Big Rapids / 231-796-2420 / Artworksinbigraphids.org

• Open pottery: Tuesdays 5-8pm. Cost: $ 10 per session, $ 60 for an eight session punch card. (Additional burning fees apply. Clay can be purchased in bulk for $ 20 per 25 lbs.) Call 231-796-2420 to schedule your session.

• ExhibitWild Things, Jeff Best and Anni Crouter: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, May 31st July.

• Exhibit Lithoscapes: The Abstract Art of Rock, Steve Ross and Autumn Bildson: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, July 2nd and August 2nd. 26th

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