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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]

Rally for our rights: From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at Mitchell Creek Park, at the corner of Pine and State streets in downtown Big Rapids. Women’s March-Big Rapids hosts an afternoon of speakers, music and information about how you can make a difference. Visit facebook.com/womensmarchBR for more information.

Country & Gospel Music Second Annual Benefit Show: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at 11767 80th Ave., Mecosta. The Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame will host an outdoor show featuring Hall of Fame members as well as special guests. Bring your own chairs. Food and drinks are available. The MCM Hall of Fame video wall will be on display.

Camp 911 2022: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Building, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. This free hands-on learning experience is designed to provide seniors with preparedness training for various incidents and emergencies. Open to senior residents of Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties. To register, call 231-796-4848

Skate meeting: Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Swede Hill Park, 235 Baldwin St., Big Rapids. Grab your wheels and come skate and experience what it would be like to have a skate park in town. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Helmets are encouraged.

National evening: 5-8 p.m. Aug. 2, Michigan Avenue, downtown Big Rapids. Big Raids Public Safety Departments is hosting an event offering free food, music, games and prizes to the community.

Free Family Fun Night: 5-8 p.m. August 3 at Brockway Wesleyan Church and Christian Academy. Come for a free night of fun, food and camaraderie. There will be live music, cake walk, bouncy houses, games and prizes, Archery Tag©, and much more. Please call 989-352-7719 for more information.


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.

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: 7-9 p.m. July 28, August 11, August 25 and September 8 at Reed City Depot. Pete Jordan And His Fun Loving Crowd, featuring Scott Bregg, will perform country music. Bring lawn 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.


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. 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.


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

Poetry with a Twist: Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 22. Author Emily Haines Lloyd will read excerpts from her book “Pep Talk Poetry” and Katy McAvoy will mix cocktails from her book “Homemade Happy Hour.”

Intermediate watercolor: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday July 23. This course will cover techniques for painting skies, glazing, blending, masking with tape and fluid, negative painting, texturing, moving and removing color, splatter and dust. composition of a landscape. Cost: $60

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.

  • Conference — “The Essential Horse: Capturing Equine Beauty in Pastel” with Suzanne Frederick: noon on Friday July 29.