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]

Ferris State University Police Memorial Ceremony: 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at the North Stage area of ​​the Robinson Quad. Rainy place, University Center, 805 Campus Drive, Big Rapids. Honoring and honoring officers who have died in the line of duty.

GFWC Big Rapids “Another Woman’s Treasures” Garage Sale: 12pm-4pm Thursday 12 May; 9am-4pm Friday 13 May; and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday May 14; at Mecosta Twp Hall at 19729 11 Mile Road, Rogers Heights. Proceeds from the garage sale will be donated to our local pantries with a portion going towards future GFWC charitable projects.

AAUW Cocktails and Conversations: 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids. Great Rapids. The American Association of University Women is hosting a social event for anyone to learn about our organization and discuss women’s equity. Light refreshments provided. To reserve a spot or for more information, email [email protected]

COVID-19 vaccination clinic: 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 20 at the Mecosta County Commission on Aging and Activity Center. District #10 Health Department will have all 3 vaccine brands available. Open to the public.

Wine and Canvas: 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids. Great Rapids. A social painting experience. Bring your own drinks and snacks and relax. No experience necessary; all equipment provided

Spectrum Mobile Mammography: Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Morley Community Center, 151 E. 7th St. Morley. Free mammograms will be available for uninsured or underinsured women. Call 616-4866022 to see if you qualify. To schedule your appointment, call 877-495-2626.

Mecosta VFW Post 2335 Cornhole Tournament: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Mecosta VFW Post 2335, 1050 W. Main St., Mecosta. Contact Dave at [email protected] to register. Registration fees are $30 per team. RSVP to

Mecosta VFW Post 2335 90th Anniversary Open House: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Mecosta VFW Post 2335, 1050 W. Main St., Mecosta. Ice cream, cake, hot dogs, coffee and punch will be offered. RSVP to


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.

Grow wild: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Thursdays, April 28-May 19, at The Salvation Army, 325 Linden Street, Big Rapids. Discovery of nature for young children from 3 to 7 years old. Topics include: hiding in plain sight, trails, lunch for a bear, hands on wilderness. Contact: 231-796-5597, [email protected]

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.

Mecosta Co. 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 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.

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.


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

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.

Exhibition — Pencil, paint and pottery: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, April 11 to May 14, at the Batdorff Gallery, Works. Features artwork by Chris LaPorte, Tom Woodhouse and Jamey Limbers.

Exhibition — Tattoo Art: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, from April 11 to May 14, at the lower gallery, Works.

Exhibition — Bloomin’ Crazy: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 19 to 22, in the Batdorff Gallery. The opening reception will be held on May 19 at 5 p.m.

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