February 8: 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]

Snow day in Fort Faith: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, February 12, at Fort Faith Baptist Camp, 5005 210th Ave., Morley. Bring a sled or use one of our tubes to race down our 600 foot toboggan hill. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight or play other snow games. Warm up by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate, hot coffee and a hot lunch that we will provide. No cost. Phone: 231-823-2118

Coffee with a cop: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at Serendipity, 102 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Officers from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety will be on hand to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee with community members. Please contact Agent William Sell with any questions: 231-527-0005, [email protected]sdps.org.

Winterfest at CranHill Ranch: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, February 20, at CranHill Ranch, 14444 17 Mile Road, Rodney. Activities include tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, broomball, ice climbing, pony rides, children’s farm, and more. For more information, visit cranhillranch.com/winterfest or call 231-796-7669.


ARTS FESTIVAL

For more activities, visit brfota.org.

Knitting workshops by anonymous knitters: 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 15, and 22 at Big Rapids United Church, Parlor 120 S. State St. Please bring a donation for the Starburst Project (e.g., non-perishable food or hats , handmade mittens or scarves) . Mandatory face masks.

Past in Person — Near As I Remember “Making Sense of it All: Poetry and Song” with Robert Stone: 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 8, Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave. Face masks required.

The Kazan Kremlin — A Virtual Tour by Lilia Caserta: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, Big Rapids City Hall, 226 N. Michigan Ave. Face masks required.

Everyone’s a Scene (Miniature) — Behind the Scenes of a Stop-Motion Film by Rose Brumett and Gordon Mallett: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 at Big Rapids City Hall, 226 N. Michigan Ave. Face masks required.

Brown Bag Lunch with Scott Herron — Wild Rice: Noon on Friday, February 11, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

Wine & Canvas Couples with instructor Toinette Wicks: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. Cost: $50 couple/$30 individual. Pre-registration is required in person at Artworks or by calling 231-796-2420.

Daniel S. Terry in concert: 7 p.m. Friday, February 11 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required.

Clay Birdhouse Part 1, with instructor Joe Percy: 112 a.m. Saturday, February 12 at Artworks 106 N. Michigan Ave. The glazing will take place at 10 a.m. on February 26. Cost: $80. Pre-registration is required either in person at Artworks or by calling 231-796-2420.

The Life and Music of Michigan Travelers by ‘Le Voyageur’ Wally Ewing: 2 p.m. Saturday, February 12, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

The Max Colley III Quintet jazz workshop: 4 p.m. Saturday, February 12 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required. Pre-registration is required either in person at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. or by phone at 231-796-2420.

The Max Colley III Quintet in Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, February 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave Face masks required.

Ara Topouzian in concert: 4 p.m., Sunday, February 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required.

Birdseed Ornament Workshop by Karen Manoski: 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at Big Rapids City Hall, 226 N. Michigan Ave. Face masks required. Pre-registration is required either in person at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., or by phone at 231-796-2420.

Poetry Sharing Night by Justin Vance: 7 Monday, Feb. 14 at the Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave. Face masks required. Pre-registration is required either in person at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., or by phone at 231-796-2420.

Capitol Preservation and Decorative Painting by Anthony Cairo: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

Ferris State University Jazz Ensemble in concert: 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 at the G. Mennen Williams Auditorium at Ferris State University, 630 S. Michigan Ave. Face masks required.

What’s inside a piano? by Nate Reyburn: 7 p.m. Thursday, February 17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required.

Theatrical workshop STAGE-M — The actor’s laboratory, interactive scene study: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at Big Rapids City Hall 226 N. Michigan Ave. Cost: $5. Mandatory face masks. Pre-registration is encouraged at stagem.booktix.com. Walk-in only if space permits. Follow STAGE-M on Facebook to find out about the availability of places.

Brown Bag Lunch with David Johnson — Photographing landscapes in and around water: Noon on Friday, February 18 at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

Jacob McLeod in concert: 7 p.m. Friday, February 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Big Rapids High School senior and winner of the Skip Gates Concerto competition (Grand Rapids Youth Symphony) presents an eclectic program ranging from classical to jazz to pop and rock with his father, clarinetist James McLeod and pianist Robert Garrels. Mandatory face masks.

Theatrical workshop STAGE-M — I forgot my script, an improvisation workshop: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Big Rapids City Hall 226 N. Michigan Ave. Cost: $5. Mandatory face masks. Pre-registration is encouraged at stagem.booktix.com. Walk-in only if space permits. Follow STAGE-M on Facebook to find out about the availability of places.

CURRENT PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES

Walking program: 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday through April 28, in the halls of Big Rapids Middle School, 500 N. Warren Ave., Big Rapids. The program resumes after the winter holidays. Register by calling 231-592-4000 or stopping by Big Rapids City Hall, 226 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

Pickleball: 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays 8-10 a.m. through May 6 at the Ferris State Racquet Center, 14342 Northland Dr, Big Rapids. Players must wear tennis shoes, but you do not need to have a paddle. The cost is $5 per person.

Groove: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 4-June 2, at the Big Rapids Middle School Cafeteria, 500 N. Warren in Big Rapids. Dance to all styles of music to keep in shape. The cost is $2 per person. No class on March 29.

Latin Fusion Dance Fitness: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 6-June 4, at the Big Rapids Middle School Cafeteria, 500 N. Warren in Big Rapids. Improved flexibility, strength, balance and endurance through dance. The cost is $2 per person. No class on March 29.

Senior adjustment time: 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16-April 28, at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St., Big Rapids. A low impact exercise with an emphasis on cardio, balance and stretching. Bring a mat, water bottle, and personal weights. Cost: $2.

Delaying Fitness for Parkinson’s Diseases: 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18-April 28, at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St., Big Rapids. Fitness class designed to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Cost: $2.

Mecosta Co. Genealogical Society: Open 10 a.m. to 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. 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 entry. 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.

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

Reed City Pantry: Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 831 S. Chestnut St., Reed City. Customers can come to the pantry once a month for a full year.

WORKS OF ART CURRENT COURSES, EXHIBITIONS

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

Extracurricular arts: 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Registrations are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, but registration is recommended. Register at the Artworks Gift Shop or by calling 231-796-2420 the Monday before each session.

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.

Forged in Fire for Beginners: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, February 1-March 8, at The Forge, 5710 18 Mile Road, Barryton. Cost: $150. Sign up at artworksinbirapids.org or by calling Artworks at 231-796-2420

Fundamentals of Photography – Beginners Course (Ages 14+): 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 22 to March 29. This course is for people who want to learn how to use different camera settings and take better pictures. Cost: $75. Register at www.artworksinbirapids.org/photography.

FOTA Exhibition – “Endangered Man:” 10 Jan-Feb 26 at the Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery University Center, 805 Campus Drive. Featuring artwork by artist Rufus Snoddy.

FOTA Exhibits — “Take Me to the River:” 10am-4pm. Monday to Saturday, February 3 to 27, at Artworks. Featuring works by artist Ruth Langs, photographer Jeff Wier and artist/composer/bandleader Gary Gackstatter

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