MEETINGS & EVENTS CALENDAR

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Mar
13
Wed
Coffee with the Inspectors
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

“Coffee with the Inspectors”

The Planning, Zoning & Construction Resources Department is planning this annual event, and has scheduled the meeting


WHEN?

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE?

Emmet County Community Center
1129 Charlevoix Ave. (Fairgrounds)
Petoskey, MI 49770


This event is open to all in the area who are involved in the construction industry as well as the general public.

This year’s program will include:

  • Staff Introduction
  • Location and Contact Information
  • County Website
  • Code Updates & Projections
  • Department Procedures Permit Application Changes
  • Discussion on Common Code Issues
  • Time for Audience Questions, Comments and Open Discussion

If you have a particular subject or specific question that you would like to have brought up or addressed during this program, feel free to let us know in advance so that we can be prepared. Specific subject matter or questions can be emailed to [email protected]. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet with department staff and individual trade inspectors in a group setting, so that others can learn from your questions, or individually after the presentation.

To help us better plan, please RSVP to Travis Johnson at (231) 439-8994 or via email [email protected] by March 8, 2024

Refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

The Emmet County Construction Resources Committee will meet prior to this event at this location – 8:30 a.m. Feel free to show up early if you wish to attend this meeting. The CRC Meetings, held quarterly, are open to the public.

Emmet County reserves the right to cancel this event if health restrictions prohibiting this type of gathering are instituted, or for inclement weather. Notification of cancellation will be announced in advance if necessary.

Mar
16
Sat
Aurora Chasers Workshop
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm

Aurora Chasers Workshop – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 3/16/24 – 12pm – Join us on March 16 for the 2nd Annual Michigan Aurora Chasers Workshop! Registration is required, but the event is free. Dinner will be provided at an additional cost.
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Mar
30
Sat
Fairgrounds Egg Scramble
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am

Fairgrounds Egg Scramble – Emmet County Fairgrounds – 3/30/24 – 11pm – Hop on over to the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building for a fun afternoon that kids and adults will enjoy! Bring your own baskets for a one time egg hunt! Hunts will be separated by age group and in their own respective zones. The Great Start Collaborative will also be in attendance. We ask people who come, to bring books to donate for their FreeCycle Book Project! For more information, email [email protected] or call (231) 348-5479.
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May
15
Wed
Listening in the Dark: Soundscapes in the Night Sky
May 15 @ 9:00 pm

Good Hart Artist Residency, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, and Little Traverse Conservancy offer a chance to sharpen the senses with Good Hart Artist Residency Composer-inResidence Susan Mayo. Mayo is a soundscape artist, composer, and cellist. Participants will embark on a guided hike beginning at sunset, led by Susan Mayo and assisted by Little Traverse Conservancy guides. Participants will silently observe the night music of nature, allowing the dark skies to help them tune in deeply with their ears and hear the magic of sounds that are easily missed if you aren’t paying close attention. Later, participants will gather in the Waterfront Event Center to hear works guided by the muse of nature sounds and composed and played by Susan Mayo.

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May
22
Wed
The OSIRIS-REx Mission
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The OSIRIS-REx Mission- Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 5/22/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us at the Waterfront Event Center for a presentation on OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid. It returned to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023, to drop off material from asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft didn’t land but has continued on a new mission, OSIRIS-APEX, to explore asteroid Apophis. Meanwhile, scientists are analyzing the Bennu sample OSIRIS-REx dropped into the Utah desert for clues to whether asteroids colliding with Earth billions of years ago brought water and other key ingredients for life here.

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May
29
Wed
Navigating Through The Night Sky
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Navigating Through The Night Sky- Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 5/29/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Finding objects in the night sky using prominent stars and constellations can be a rewarding and awe-inspiring experience for stargazers. Using well-known constellations, we use their key stars as reference points to navigate the surrounding celestial expanse. Star-hopping is a technique where you move from one bright star to another, gradually reaching your target. At the Waterfront Event Center, we will demonstrate how mobile apps and sky maps can assist in the real-time identification of celestial objects, making the process of discovering the wonders of the night sky both accessible and enjoyable.

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Jun
5
Wed
The Experience of “Totality”
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Experience of “Totality” – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 6/5/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us and NASA JPL Ambassador, Mick Groszko, at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for a look back at “Totality”, the total solar eclipse from April 8th, 2024.

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Jun
6
Thu
Comets and Broom Stars of the Night Sky w/Kevin Dehne
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Comets and Broom Stars of the Night Sky with Kevin Dehne – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 6/6/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center where Kevin Dehne will be discussing a brief history of comets, how best to observe them, and the equipment needed for observation. This presentation will also include an active demonstration of comet making!
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Jun
8
Sat
Fly Fishing Demonstration | Trout Unlimited
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fly Fishing Demonstration with Trout Unlimited – Camp Petosega – 6/8/24 – 1pm – 3pm Interested in learning how to fly fish? Join Trout Unlimited and our Parks and Recreation staff for an evening workshop at Camp Petosega’s Pavilion. No pre-registration or equipment required. Entry is free!
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Jun
16
Sun
Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast – Camp Petosega – 6/16/24 – 9am -11 am – Each year, Emmet County Parks and Recreation invites the public and campers to a free pancake and sausage breakfast for Father’s Day at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga. Breakfast will run 9 to 11AM on Sunday, June 16.
There is no charge for the breakfast. Campers are invited to enjoy breakfast at Camp Petosega’s Rec Hall. Come while supply lasts!
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Jun
26
Wed
Introduction to Astronomy with Angie Morthland
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Introduction to Astronomy with Angie Morthland – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 6/26/24 – 8pm – 9pm -Are you interested in celestial objects, space, and what the universe has to offer as a whole? Join Angie Morthland at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for a fun introduction to Astronomy fit for all ages!
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Jun
29
Sat
Petosega 5K Fun Run
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am

Petosega 5K Fun Run – Camp Petosega – 6/29/24 – 9am -Come join Emmet County Parks and Recreation for a 5K run and walk for all ages which will benefit our local parks and facilities. Wear red, white, and blue in celebration of Independence Day! This will take place at Camp Petosega in Alanson, Michigan on the cross country trail. Early registration fee is $15 and $25 for signing up on the day of the event. Register early to secure a T-shirt while supply lasts. Find the application at HERE and for more information, email Austin from our Parks Department.

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Jul
11
Thu
Satellites, Starlink, and Space Junk w/ Aurelian Balan
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Satellites, Starlink, and Space Junk with Aurelian Balan – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 7/11/24 – 8pm – 9pm – Remember gazing at the Milky Way and wishing on a shooting star? You might be wishing on a SpaceX Starlink satellite instead! The number of satellites orbiting Earth is skyrocketing, driven by ambitious projects and growing demand for global internet access, Earth observation, and scientific research. This new space race is changing the face of the night sky, but what does it mean for us here on Earth? Join Aurelian Balan, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Delta College, for a fascinating presentation exploring the satellite boom, its impact on our planet, and the challenges and advances it presents. Learn about the constellations of the future, the race for the final frontier, and what it means for the stars we wish upon. Don’t miss this chance to get your head in the clouds and look up at the fascinating future unfolding above you!
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Jul
13
Sat
Summer Craft Show
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summer Craft Show – Emmet County Fairgrounds – 7/13/24 – 9am – 4pm – Join us on Saturday, July 13th, from 9 am to 4 pm to enjoy a summer craft show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds will host both local and guest vendors featuring a variety of jewelry, home goods, food, and more. Entry is $2 or a non-perishable food item. Interested in becoming a vendor? Call the Fairgrounds at (231) 348-5479.
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Jul
15
Mon
See The Northern Lights! Make Your Dream A Reality
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm

Seeing the northern lights is a top bucket list item across the world. While the aurora is always present somewhere across the planet, knowing when and where to find the mysterious lights is challenging. A quick google search on the topic can leave you in a state of confusion. Ross Ellet is a Meteorologist for the ABC station in Toledo, OH. He is also an avid photographer that chases the monsoon storms in Arizona each year, and chases the aurora in Michigan to Alaska. He will share his experiences and photographs, but more importantly, he will break down the science of the aurora and explain how to make a plan to see the northern lights and make that dream a reality!

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Jul
17
Wed
Space, Rocks, and Ice: Connecting Astronomy, Antarctica and Northern Michigan with Jamey Stutz
Jul 17 @ 8:00 pm

In this talk at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center, Polar geologist Jamey Stutz will draw connections between the glacial landscape of Northern Michigan and the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet and show how the world’s largest chunk of ice not only regulates global sea level but sets the stage for Astronomers to look, listen and feel into deep space. This talk is family-friendly, with Antarctic rock samples and polar gear on display for all.

Jul
21
Sun
Cruise-In Car Show
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cruise-In Car Show – Emmet County Fairgrounds – 7/21/24 – 10am – 1pm – Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting a car show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 21, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Gates open at 9 AM the day of the event for vehicle registration. There is no pre-registration. Admission to the event is free for the general public. Participants will be required to pay a $15 fee per vehicle entered. Trophies will be awarded with door prizes given out throughout the day. For more information, please call the Programming and Sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].

Jul
24
Wed
Introduction to Astrophotography
Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Introduction to Astrophotography – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 7/24/24 – 8:30pm – 9:30pm – Learn the basics of Astrophotography with an introductory session lead by NASA/JPL Ambassadors, Rod Cortright and Mick Groszko.

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Jul
31
Wed
Mysteries of the Southern Skies w/ Norbert Vance
Jul 31 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mysteries of the Southern Skies with Norbert Vance – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 7/31/24 – 8pm – 9pm – Peoples of the southern hemisphere see the Southern Cross, the Sun’s nearest neighboring star, Alpha Centauri, the supposed destination of the 60’s fictional Robinson family in “Lost in Space” and grandeur that is the center of our Milky Way galaxy, but they can never see the Little Dipper nor North Star. The Big Dipper is alien to them. We will extend our view below the southern horizon visible from the Headlands to see what treasures we are missing, and also the amazing visions they cannot see from our northerly perch that we take for granted.

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Aug
4
Sun
Headlands Light’s Out Challenge
Aug 4 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Headlands Light’s Out Challenge –Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 8/4/24 – 10pm – 11pm – Once again, Emmet County’s Headlands International Dark Sky Park challenges the communities around Northern Michigan to turn off their lights so that we can try to get the darkest sky ever recorded at the Headlands. This challenge will take place in the 10 to 11pm hour on the night of the new moon when the sky is normally the darkest all month. Please note that participation is voluntary, so help us get the word out! The ‘Light’s Out Challenge’ is designed to help raise awareness about the effects of artificial light at night on nocturnal habitat, human health, and the way we use our energy resources.

Aug
7
Wed
National Lighthouse Day Open House
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Lighthouse Day Open House – McGulpin Point Lighthouse – 8/7/24 – 10am – 5pm – Join us for spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac with a free, self-guided tour to the top of the lighthouse tower in celebration of National Lighthouse Day! Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments while supplies last.

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Why Do We Have Meteor Showers?
Aug 7 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Why Do We Have Meteor Showers? – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 8/7/24 – 8:30pm – 9:30pm -Rod Cortright, NASA/JPL Ambassador, will discuss the origins of meteor showers and why they occur on a regular basis throughout the year. Entry is free!

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Aug
14
Wed
How Cold is Outer Space? W/ Kevin Dehne
Aug 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How Cold is Outer Space? With Kevin Dehne – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 8/14/24 – 8pm – 9pm – Join us at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for a very active presentation using liquid nitrogen to demonstrate how cold outer space is. The presentation will include a basic description of how the Sun’s distance affects the temperatures of each planet and the impact this has on humans’ ability to study the planets with space probes will be examined.

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Aug
21
Wed
James Webb Space Telescope Mission Update
Aug 21 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

James Webb Space Telescope Mission Update – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 8/21/24 – 8:30pm – 9:30pm – James Webb Space Telescope has been fully operational for over a year now. Launched on Christmas Day, 2021, it is the first of the next generation of space telescopes. This presentation by NOMAC at the Waterfront Event Center will explore the technology of this new instrument and the significant discoveries it has made to date.

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Sep
4
Wed
Stellar Evolution in Depth
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stellar Evolution in Depth – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 9/4/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us and NASA JPL Ambassador, Mick Grozsko, at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for an in depth look at the process by which stars change over time.

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Sep
11
Wed
Latest Discoveries for the Search of Life
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Latest Discoveries for the Search of Life – Headlands International Dark Sky Park – 9/11/24 – 7pm – 8pm – Join us and NASA/JPL Ambassador, Mick Groszko, at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center for a presentation on our latest discoveries of life in our Solar System.

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Sep
25
Wed
The History of the Night Sky and How it Shaped Humanity with Robyn Porteen
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us and Robyn Porteen, Dark Sky International Delegate and Chapter Lead, at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center where we will touch upon how the sky was used in early navigation, how indigenous peoples from North America to Australia used stories and lore to teach generations, and lastly, how the night sky has played an important role in for Humanity through art, music, and literature.

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Oct
5
Sat
Haunted Halloween Weekends
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Haunted Halloween Weekends – Camp Petosega – 10/5/24 & 10/12/24 – 5pm – 8:30pm Join us for one of our super fun Halloween Weekends on Saturday, October 5, or on Saturday, October 12! Park staff will be giving an award to the Best Decorated Campsite so campers are encouraged to spruce up their sites to get in the Halloween spirit! Trick-or-treating will take place from 5-7 p.m. with vehicle traffic restricted during that time through the campground. Emmet County Parks and Recreation staff will have free hot dogs, chips, and drinks near the campground office followed by a free Haunted Trail open 7:30-8:30 p.m. All activities are weather-permitting and the general public is welcome to come out and join in the fun!
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Oct
12
Sat
Haunted Halloween Weekends
Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Haunted Halloween Weekends – Camp Petosega – 10/5/24 & 10/12/24 – 5pm – 8:30pm Join us for one of our super fun Halloween Weekends on Saturday, October 5, or on Saturday, October 12! Park staff will be giving an award to the Best Decorated Campsite so campers are encouraged to spruce up their sites to get in the Halloween spirit! Trick-or-treating will take place from 5-7 p.m. with vehicle traffic restricted during that time through the campground. Emmet County Parks and Recreation staff will have free hot dogs, chips, and drinks near the campground office followed by a free Haunted Trail open 7:30-8:30 p.m. All activities are weather-permitting and the general public is welcome to come out and join in the fun!
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Oct
19
Sat
Autumn at McGulpin Point
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Autumn at McGulpin Point – McGulpin Point Lighthouse – 10/19/24 – 10am-5pm – See spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac with a free, self-guided tour to the top of the lighthouse tower. Enjoy complimentary cider and donuts with us while you explore the lighthouse and gift shop. Cider and donuts available while supplies last.

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