Families First — FamilieFirstJUNEJULY
From The Heart
Oh the summer life and it’s time to greet the water’s waves with boats, and skim boards, and all things floats, and with our arms to splash hello, and..
A comprehensive list of all the summer festivals in the area would take up an entire issue of Families First Monthly. Here are a few to whet your app..
Celebrate Sleeping Bear
Author: Lisa Griebel
Join the Celebration at SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE The National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its 100th birthday this year, and Mi..
Memories Of The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes • 1947-1959
Author: Sharon V. Kalchik
I have always lived in the Northport area in Leelanau County. I have nine siblings and when we were children our large family went to the Sleeping Be..
Sleeping Bear Then & Now
Author: Owen Hansen
My first time visiting the Sleeping Bear sand dunes was for a school field trip. In fact, I have never been there with my family, even though I have ..
Author: Rev Erin Fry
Normally my dad would be at the lake for the Fourth of July holiday. Normally in the evening he would be out on the deck having a cocktail, enjoying ..
Author: Trapper Ron Baker
A NICE DAY FOR A SUNDAY DRIVE The most rewarding thing about wild animal removal and relocation is having the opportunity to help people. Sometime..
Musings Of A Young Mother
THE TRUE MEANING OF DAD With Father’s Day just around the corner I have been reflecting on the huge role my dad plays in my life. Daughters tend t..
Author: Karlyn Haas
CHARITY SWIM Family Fun for a Good Cause Harriet Wall, 73, a retired professor at UM Flint, swims every day. It’s part of her life, her blood, an..
3 Great Family Hikes
Author: Carolyn Faught
Three Great Family HIKES With summer coming in beautiful Leelanau County, families have many great options for getting outdoors. The Leelanau Con..
Homemaking With Flo
THE NMC CHILDREN’S CHOIR If you have not experienced an evening with this wonderful choir then you have missed out on something magical. Our commu..
Boardman River Nature Center
Author: Taryn Carew
THE BOARDMAN RIVER NATURE CENTER CALLS This summer, the Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) is celebrating 75 years of operation. In honor..
Vintage Nautical Collector
Author: Susan Gibbons
NORTHERN BOATER Cedar’s Nautical Antiques & Collectibles Shop Walking out onto a weathered dock and smelling the fuel from powered-up boat m..
Reel Life With Jane
New in movie theaters include Johnny Depp in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Michael Fassbender and other mutants in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and “Mone..
The Family That Hangs Together
Author: Holly Koenig
The Family That Hangs Together... Also, run riot or wild. Behave in a frenzied, out-of-control, or unrestrained manner. Amok comes from a Malay w..
Author: Rod Call
MILK CRATE BASKETBALL When I was young, my parents divorced and I lived in a trailer park just north of Flint with my younger sister and my mom. ..
Author: Joani Callighan
Want a Successful and Brilliant Child? Do you ever worry whether your child is performing normally for their age? Do you feel you may be lacking, ..
Polish Art Center
POLISH ART CENTER Comes to Cedar Cedar is about to become a lot more Polish! Polish Art Center in Hamtramck is one of the country’s premier emp..
In This Moment
Author: J. Chai
Celebrate Weeds, Celebrate Life I celebrate the imperfect lawn - (not of green grass with toxic, bee killing, cancer causing weed killers,) but o..
The Families That Play Together
The Families That Play Together A funny thing happened during the second day of auditions for the Northport Community Arts Center’s production of t..
Top Seven Boater Safety Tips For 2016
Author: Charlie Belanger Leelanau County Sheriff ’s Office
Top Seven Boater Safety Tips for 2016 1. Wear a life jacket - more than 80 percent of drowning accidents in the United States are due to people not..
Hikes & Bikes & Bugs
Author: Rose Ann Davis
Hiking, Biking, and Bugs, OH MY… The weather is finally warm and there couldn’t be a better time to head outdoors. The entire family can get some ..
Author: Annaka Hansen
DRIVING LESSONS My family and I recently had a major decision to make. My parents, who both work more than 40 hours per week, decided it was time ..
Family Book Shelf
Good Trick, Walking Stick! By Sheri Mabry Bestor Illustrated by Jonny Lambert Hardcover $16.99 Sleeping Bear Press www.sleepingbearpress.com ..
AREA THEATRE HAPPENINGS OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE YOUNG COMPANY Mainstage Performances WIZARD OF OZ JUNE 10 & 11, 7PM.; JUNE 12, 2PM Anne Coulter ..
The Way Of Things
Author: Darren Sabuda
PLANES, TRAINS, and AUTOMOBILES When approaching any endeavor in life the difference between the "planning phase" 1 • and the "exec..
Big Bird Visits The Botanic Garden
Author: Karen Schmidt
BIO BIRD VISITS THE BOTANIC GARDEN Thanks to the hard work of an Eagle Scout candidate, the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park has a new feature..