Community Calendars


Great Start recognizes the importance of community involvement and the value of opportunities for families to learn and grow together. We have created these community calendars as a way to share timely community events with you. If you know of any events please take time to add them to our community calendar or forward the information to Please encourage the agencies and organizations that you partner with to do so as well so we can have a comprehensive one stop shop for early childhood information in our communities.

Please note that there are guidelines for submissions and each will be reviewed before posting

Delta County Events Schoolcraft County Events Alger County Events Baraga County Events Chippewa County Events Dickinson County Events Gogebic County Events Houghton County Events Iron County Events Keewenaw County Events Luce County Events Mackinac County Events Marquette County Events Menominee County Events Ontonagon County Events

Event Series Food and Clothing Pantry

Food and Clothing Pantry

Christ Fellowship Ministries 8082 Cornell Rd., Germfask

at the Christ Fellowship Church in Germfask. Weekly on Mondays. Free food and clothing for families in need who are experiencing a hardship. Closed for holidays. Contact Pastor Diana at 906-286-0591 for more information.

Manistique Chamber Concert Series

Presbyterian Church of The Redeemer 314 Main St., Manistique

Tickets:  $15 at the door, Children and students are free.

4-H Camp (ages 9-13)

Online Registration

Registration opens March 1.  Register as a 4-H member first at (club: Schoolcraft County – General 4-H Experiences; project: Outdoor Education/Recreation) and upon membership approval, youth will be able to register for camp beginning March 1. Youth who are currently enrolled in 4-H will see camp as an option below their member list beginning March 1. Teens interested in serving as counselors […]

Dance Basics with Nicole Nelson (ages 4-8)

Bonifas Arts Center 700 1st Ave. So., Escanaba

(No experience necessary)  Student Fee: $35 Members / $45 Non-Members Students will learn basic skills from ballet, tap, jazz, and dancing with props (poms, ribbons, instruments). All props will be provided, and students will take home a ribbon to keep. Students should dress comfortably with clothes and shoes that are easy to move in (no […]

Event Series Create Club!

Create Club!

Lake Effect Community Arts 212 S. Cedar Street (42.35 mi), Manistique

Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 6-8pm for Create Club!! Work on your projects with other artists in a social setting. There is no instructor or materials provided.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Under age 5)

Online Registration

For Schoolcraft and Delta County's children under age 5. Babies and preschoolers are getting free books in the mail every month through the United Way's Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program. These are beautiful, age-appropriate books that continue arriving each month until the child turns five. The program is open to all children younger than five […]

Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry-Dickinson County

Various Locations

For individuals or families experiencing food insecurity. Event lasts until the food boxes run out. (If you would like information about other possible food resources you may be eligible for, please dial 2-1-1 at anytime.) Wednesday, July 10, 2024 10:00 AM Central - Dickinson County (Drive Thru), Lodal Park, 1800 W. Breitung Ave, Kingsford, MI 49802 Thursday, […]

The Parent Talk System Webinar Series – July-August 2024


Free. This parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman is designed to improve communication and provide practical verbal strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics: Eliminating unwanted behavior Setting limits Teaching about consequences Giving effective […]

Lunch on Ludington Summer Music Series

Escanaba Farmer's Market Escanaba

Take time in the middle of your day with friends and co-workers for music at Lunch on Ludington at the Escanaba Marketplace. The schedule includes: July 10th Wingin' It July 17 John RomanJuly 24 Cash O’RileyJuly 31 House Blues BandAug. 7 Troy Graham Bring or purchase a lunch, we’ll provide the music. Escanaba has the […]

Play & Learn Presented by Great Start

Various locations in Schoolcraft & Delta Counties

July 10th time changed to 1 pm. Thank you for registering for Great Start's summer 2024 Play & Learn! These FREE workshops for children ages 0-5 years old and their parents will be facilitated by Allison Rae and Clear Lake Education Center. Each session includes a story time and a number of hands on learning […]

Michigan Science Center-Microscopic (1st session: Ages 6-10) & (2nd Session: Ages 11+)

Escanaba City Council Chambers 419 Ludington Street, Escanaba, United States

Registration is required by calling 906-789-7323. The Michigan Science Center presents Microscopic: Learn to use a microscope to see everyday objects in a new way. Wednesday, July 10 1:00 P.M. (ages6-10) Wednesday, July 10 2:30 p.m. (ages 11+) in City Council Chambers  

Kinship Caregiver Classes (Free Webinar)


Kinship Caregiver classes are targeted to relatives caring for another relative’s children. This free series of workshops will provide guidance for kinship caregivers of children as they navigate the joys, challenges and concerns of raising kids. Participants may register once and attend as few or as many workshops as they wish. The workshops are as […]

Online Kinship Caregiver Workshops: Positive Discipline

Online (or phone)

Discipline is a difficult topic for parents. How do you know what helps and what hurts? Learn about techniques that focus on positive discipline that can help you create an environment that is safe, fun and focuses on learning while helping children develop self control and minimizing behavior problems. Kinship Caregiver workshops are a free […]

The Knockabouts-Live on the Lawn!

Escanaba Public Library 400 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI, United States

Live on the Lawn Lunch! The Knockabouts-Celtic from Marquette. Wildman's food truck will be on-site for the event Escanaba Public Library-North Lawn

Rapid River Farmer’s Market

Masonville Recreation Area 10465 South Main Street, Rapid River, MI, United States

Mondays and Thursdays. This market features local homemade crafts, baked goodies, freeze dried ice-cream, photos, jams, jewelry, and garden vegetables ........and sometimes even the Brisket Bard food truck and music as well.

Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry-Chippewa County

Various Locations

For individuals or families experiencing food insecurity. Event lasts until the food boxes run out. (If you would like information about other possible food resources you may be eligible for, please dial 2-1-1 at anytime.) Thursday, July 11, 2024 4:00 PM - Chippewa County (Drive Thru), Big Bear Arena (Chi Mukwa), 2 Ice Circle Chi Mukwa (Big […]

Event Series YMCA T-Ball (ages 4-6)

YMCA T-Ball (ages 4-6)

Hannaville Ice & Turf Complex-Wells Twp. Facility 1647 17.4 Road, Escanaba

Get into the swing of things this summer! This baseball/softball program is the perfect sport for the young ones.  Kids (ages 4-6) will learn the very basics of the game: swinging, throwing, catching, and base running. AGES: 4-6 DATES: June 18 – July 25, 2024 (No practices or games the week of July 4th) WHEN: […]

Summer Day Camp At the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds

Schoolcraft Fairgrounds Lake Street, Manistique, Michigan, United States

Summer Day Camp At the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds Starting June 10th Open every Monday through Friday, All summer long through Friday (June 10-August 31) • Open to all school age children 3 ½ to 18 years old •Attend anytime between the hours of 7:00AM and 5:00 PM, for care and companionship plus educational, recreational and […]

NL YMCA-Before and After School Program (ages 5-12)

Wells and Gladstone

We provide a reliable, safe and fun environment for your child (Ages 5-12) to prepare for their school day and unwind after.  We offer Before/After School Care at four convenient locations: Gladstone – Cameron School and Wells – YMCA Childcare Center. OUR BENEFITS / ACTIVITIES:  Licensed Swim Lessons Healthy Snacks Food & Fun YMCA Curriculum […]

Event Series 35th Annual Folk Fest

35th Annual Folk Fest

Manistique, Michigan 49854 Main St., Manistique

Join us at the Manistique Folk Fest in Michigan for a day filled with delicious food, unique crafts, and lively entertainment! Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture as you explore a variety of artisan vendors, savor mouth-watering culinary delights, and enjoy captivating performances from talented musicians and entertainers. Bring your family and friends to […]

Register For Baby Classes-Chippewa Co.

Chippewa County Health Department 508 Ashmun St # 120, Sault Ste. Marie

Chippewa County Heath Department is proud to offer the following 5 classes. These classes hold beneficial information that will help you to have a successful, healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery and help with those first few weeks with your new baby. Breastfeeding Success- Start dates:  4/10, 5/8, 6/12, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, and 11/13:  Attend anytime […]

62nd Annual U.P. Trapper’s Convention & Outdoor Expo

U.P. State Fair Grounds 2401 12th Ave N, Escanaba

In the “Cave” (which will probably be a huge tent combined with the beautiful “Pocket Park” on the fairgrounds). Fishing, Archery, Pellet Guns, building their own mink boxes, a coloring table for younger kids, a Mystery Event called “Bandaging a Bear”, Question and Answer with experienced trappers, panning for gold, a door prize for all, […]

Event Series Escanaba Farmers Market

Escanaba Farmers Market

Escanaba Farmer's Market Escanaba

The Escanaba Farmer's Market is a seasonal market offering healthy, fresh, wholesome, quality local food products to the community. Temporarily being hosted at the Catherine Bonifas Community Center until June 1st.

Annual Kid’s Day Banquet

Erickson Park Stephenson

Come join us for the annual kids day sponsored by the Menominee County Pheasant Club! This is a free event with no RSVP necessary. Beginning at 10am, there will be games, bounce houses, paintball, and a lunch and ice cream served. All participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing and go home with […]

Event Series Escanaba Pop-UP Market

Escanaba Pop-UP Market

Escanaba Farmer's Market Escanaba

It’s an opportunity for vendors to sell their products and shoppers to enjoy a unique open-air market. Several vendors will be at the Pop-UP Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pop-up markets are temporary retail space typically used to introduce a new product, gauge consumer interest or generate awareness for a product or cause. […]

Lego Club

Escanaba Public Library 400 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI, United States

Red, White, & Blue Lego Club