January 28: 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]

Harvestfest, Winter Edition: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 19778 US 10, Reed City. The meal includes roast pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, spaetzle, sauerkraut and sausage, meatballs, rolls, apple crisps and pumpkin pie. Cost: $9 per person; $7 for people aged 55 and over; $6 for 5 to 10 year olds; and $3 for 3-4 year olds. Children 2 and under eat free. Perform is available. All proceeds support Trinity Lutheran School.

Tuba Bach presents an international MSU piano exhibition: 4 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 9-30, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave., Big Rapids. The concerts will also be streamed live at www.facebook.com/tubabach and tinyurl.com/tubabachlive. No cost. Visit tubabach.org for a schedule of performers.

Winterfest at CranHill Ranch: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, January 30, 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.

Snow Angel Fat Tire Bike Race: Saturday, February 5, at St Ives Golf Course, 9900 St Ives Drive, Stanwood. A timed race using chip timing on an 8 mile loop on a groomed trail between the St. Ives and Highlands golf courses. Staggered registration hours begin at 9 a.m. The cost varies. All proceeds will go to Angels of Action. For more information, call 231-629-8140. To register, visit www.bikereg.com/1st-annual-snow-angel-fat-tire-bike-race.


For more activities, visit brfota.org.

Knitting Workshops by Knitters Anonymous — Twiddlemuffs: 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at United Church of Big Rapids, Parlor 120 S. State St. the hand). Mandatory face masks.

2022 Arts Festival Opening Reception: 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

Brown Bag Lunch Series with Jeff Weir—Building a Kayak: Noon on Friday, February 4, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

The Corn Potato String Band in concert: 7 p.m. Friday, February 4 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required.

Quilts of Valor National Sewing Day by the Old Jail Quilters: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 5 at Big Rapids Elks Lodge, 203 E. Pine St. Face masks required.

Artist demonstrations: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave.

Session 1 of the Children’s Clay Workshop by Leanna Grant: Noon on Saturday, February 5 at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required in person at Artworks, by calling 231-796-2420 or online at www.artworksinbigrapids.org/pottery.

Square Dancing with The Corn Potato String Band: 7 p.m. Saturday, February 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required.

Castalia Quartet in concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, February 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave. Face masks required.

Gourmet Cooking Workshop by Joel King: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Blue Cow Café, 119 N. Michigan Ave. Pre-registration required in person at the Blue Cow Café or by calling 231-796-0100. Mandatory face masks.

Creation of a scene in the writing of memoirs by Deirdre Fagan: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at the Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-registration is required in person at Artworks or by calling 231-796-2420. Mandatory face masks.

Knitting Workshops by Anonymous Knitters — Increases and Decreases: 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, February 8 at United Church of Big Rapids, Parlor 120 S. State St.

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

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

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.


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 p.m.-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, in the cafeteria at Big Rapids Middle School, 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.

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.

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.


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 exposures: 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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