Community Events December 2018

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Toys for Tots Bake Sale & Silent Auction

Come out to Jays Sporting Goods for the Toys for Tots Bake Sale & Silent Auction on December 7th and 8th. The Bake Sale will be all day on Friday & Saturday with the auction taking place on Saturday only. Auction bids will close every 2 hours with 100+ items available for silent bidding. Proceeds benefit the Central Michigan Toys for Tots.
Toys for Tots Bake Sale & Silent Auction
Friday, December 7th 8am
Saturday, December 8th, 5pm
Jay’s Sporting Goods,  8800 S Clare Ave, Clare

Christmas Lunch and Cookie Sale

Come to the annual Christmas Luncheon and Cookie Sale on Friday, December 7th from 11 AM to 2 PM at First Congregational Church in Harrison.
Christmas Lunch and Cookie Sale
Friday, December 7th, 11am – 2pm
First Congregational Church, 211 W. Spruce St., Harrison.

3rd Annual Miniature Exhibit

The 515 Gallery of downtown Clare is excited to be exhibiting over 50 incredible artists in the upcoming 3rd Annual Miniature Exhibit for Charity, with opening reception & silent auction sales on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 6-8 pm.  These compassionate artists are bringing awareness to childhood hunger with 20% of all sales of their miniature works going to the Clare Area Backpack Project – where volunteers supply food for local at-risk school children over the weekends.
Opening reception viewing and bidding of  artwork will be 6-7:30 pm,  then Silent Auction bids will close at 7:30 pm.
“Miniature Exhibit for Charity” runs through December 20, 2018.  515 Gallery exhibit hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 11-4 pm.  515 Gallery will be closed December 21-January 3, 2019.
3rd Annual Miniature Exhibit
Saturday, December 8th -20th, 2018
515 Gallery, 515 McEwan St., Clare

December 8

Arts and Crafts Sale

The Clare County Arts Council is having a craft sale at the Clare Castle. This will be held on December 8 from 9-4. Come support local artist.
Arts and Crafts Sale
Saturday, December 8, 9am – 4pm
Clare Castle, 114 W 4th St, Clare

Free Food Distribution

Sat., Dec. 8th, Free Food Distribution in Farwell: The next Clare County Food Distribution and Nutritional Education event will be this Saturday, December 8th.  Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Clare County Senior Community Center at 101 W. Michigan St. in Farwell.
All who want food will receive it as long as supplies last with the limitation of one food package per household. Patrons should bring a picture ID and reusable bags, boxes, or baskets if possible.
The December free food distribution is being sponsored in part by MidMichigan Health (
Free Food Distribution
Saturday, December 8th, 9am
Clare County Senior Community Center, 101 W. Michigan St. in Farwell

Clare Community Chess Club

The Clare County Chess Club meets every Saturday from 10:00am – 1:30 pm. at the Pere Marquette District Library. Beginner to expert – all skill levels welcome. Please bring your own chess set. Free and open to the public.
Clare Community Chess Club
Pere Marquette District Library, 185 E 4th St, Clare
Saturday’s, 10:00am – 1:30pm

December 11

Coffee & Connect

Come Coffee & Connect with us at Cops & Doughnuts on the SECOND Tuesday of every month at 8:30 AM. Thanks to their great generosity, delicious Cops & Dougnuts coffee will be donated. Doughnuts, food, and other tasty treats will be available as always for purchase.
A casual, supportive, and ongoing event giving the public a chance to connect to others in our community. Staff from the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center will be present and willing to answer any questions and to provide support and friendship to the group. Other community agencies will also be invited to do that same.
Coffee & Connect
Cops and Doughnuts Clare, 521 N McEwan St, Clare
Every second Tuesday, 8:30AM

December 13

Women’s Connection Luncheon

Mt Pleasant Area Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon “Spicing Up The Holidays” Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 12-1:30 PM. Place, Camille’s on the River, 506 W Broadway, Mt Pleasant. Women connecting with God, each other and their community. No membership. Special Feature, Vanessa Sargent is “Cooking For The Holidays”. Enjoy Special Christmas Music. Our Inspirational Speaker, Brenda Yoder from Shipshewana, IN shares “beyond the picket fence image”. All this plus lunch, beverage and dessert for $12. Call Edie at 989-463-3287, Ruth at 989-588-9315 or email Lona at  to make a reservation and for more information.
Women’s Connection Luncheon
Thursday, December 13, 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Camille’s on the River, 506 W Broadway, Mt Pleasant

Gateway Christmas Concert

Please join the Gateway Community Band and Gateway Community Chorus for their annual Christmas concert Thursday Dec 13th at 7:30pm in the Clare High School Gymnasium. This year’s concert will consist of family favorites such as: The Nutcracker, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World and Deck the Halls. Also included are some less traditional but energetic songs like A Horse Drawn Buggy Ride, Bobsled Run and The Syncopated Clock which evokes images of sitting in front of a fireplace, waiting for Santa and Christmas with the ticking of a clock in the background counting down the minutes.
Following the performance will be refreshments and snacks. Admission to the concert is free and all ages are welcome. For more information please visit the bands website at or their Facebook page.
Gateway Christmas Concert
Thrusday, December 13th 7:30PM
Clare High School, 306 Schoolcrest Ave, Clare

December 14

A Timeless Journey

Travel to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago to be counted in the Roman Census. Hear the angels announce the birth of the Messiah. Listen as shepherds, a prophet, and wise men talk of signs and wonders. Enjoy the city alive with activity but no room at the inn. Avoid the danger and taunting of the Roman soldiers and tax collectors. See a newborn babe asleep in a manger. Experience all this and more as you walk through Bethlehem.
Join us for this free event on December 14th, 15th, and 16th. Arrive between 6 and 8 pm at Clare Assembly Of God 3557 E. Colonville Rd. Clare, MI 48617. Contact 989-386-3232.
A Timeless Journey
December 14th – 16th, 6-8pm
Clare Assembly Of God 3557 E. Colonville Rd., Clare

December 15

Animal Shelter Adopt A Pet Day

Clare County Animal Shelter wants all our adoptable pets to find a home for the holidays and Volunteers will be bringing adoptable pets to December 15 from 9 am to 1 pm at Johnston’s Elevator in Downtown Clare. We offer same-day adoptions and low adoption fees. Clare County Animal Shelter is open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm except for holidays. Phone number is 989-539-3221 and we have a Facebook page complete with photo album of adoptable pets at
Clare County Animal Shelter Adoption Day
Saturday, December 15, 9am – 1PM
Johnstons Elevator, 307 N McEwan St, Clare

December 19

Terpening Christmas Recital

Terpening Studio of Music will host their 2nd annual Christmas Recital featuring the children’s choir, and several student vocal and instrumental soloists, duets and small ensembles. The concert will be held Wednesday, December 19th at 6pm at the Clare United Methodist Church. Cash donations will be accepted for the church and non-perishable food item donations will be accepted for the Mid-Michigan Community Action food pantry.
Terpening Christmas Recital
Wednesday, December 19th, 6PM
Clare United Methodist Church,105 E 7th St, Clare

December 20

REAP Food Program

The Rosebush Ecumenical Assistance Program (REAP) Free food pantry is on Thursday’s 9:00am to 11:00am, located at the St. Henry Church – corner of Mission & Vernon Rd. Please bring a valid Michigan ID. If in need, come and receive! Please contact 989-433-2957 or for more information.
REAP Food Program
St. Henry Church, 4079 E Vernon Rd, Rosebush
Thursday’s, 9am – 11am

December 29

Saturday Soup

Clare United Methodist Church at 105 E. 7th St is hosting a Saturday Soup event on the last Saturday of every month from 4pm – 6pm. Soup, salad, sandwiches, dessert, coffee, tea, lemonade and milk! Free to attend! For more information please call Laurie at 989-506-1812 or Rose at 989-588-2256.
Saturday Soup
Clare United Methodist Church, 105 E. 7th St., Clare
Saturday, 4pm – 6pm ClareCountyAnimalShelter/
Animal Shelter Adopt A Pet Day
Saturday, December 15, 9am – 1pm
Johnston Elevator, 307 N McEwan St, Clare


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