News Update

Community Calendar for April 20, 2017

Today is Thursday April 20th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

On this week’s Calendar

Thursday 4/20 – Pickleball – Games Galore

Friday 4/21 –

Saturday – Lego Club Library

At the Community Center


3p.m. Song of the Sea
PG | 1h 33min | Animation, Adventure, Family |
Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.
Director: Tomm Moore
Writers: Will Collins (as William Collins), Tomm Moore (story by)
Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan

7 p.m. Hidden Figures
PG | 2h 7min | Biography, Drama, History |
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
Director: Theodore Melfi
Writers: Allison Schroeder (screenplay), Theodore Melfi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons

All persons under the age of 18 wishing to see an R rated movie must have parental consent. The parental consent must be from a parent or legal guardian in one of the following ways:
1) In person at the BIC Center, or
2) By a telephone call to the on-site person in charge.
No texts or written notes will be accepted.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Free Will Donation (Suggested Donation is $5.00)
Thanks to Beaver Island Community Center Business Sponsor: The Shamrock Bar and Restaurant
The Beaver Island Community Center…
at the heart of a good community!

Upcoming Events

April is here and we are already gearing up for this years spring tournament. This years tournament dates will be on June 10th-11th. A free fishing weekend, no license required. At this time I am still rounding up details for this tournament. We are open for sponsors for the spring tournament. Sponsors may donate prizes or money to fund tournament expenses. If you would like to become a sponsor you can call me (Levi) at 231-459-6697, meet up with me at the hardware store, or mail your donation to The Beaver Island Wildlife Club. If you talk to Levi ask him about the Spring Turkey photo contest.

Bingo fans, the games will start on Wednesday 26th April at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6.15p.m. Games start at 7p.m.
Caller next week will be Bob Bass.
From May 10th, games will be every two weeks until August 2nd when they will be weekly for that month. From September 13th, every two weeks until closing game on November 8th.
Mark your calendars and come out and enjoy a fun evening.

15th Annual PABI Beaver Island Road Rally!*
Sunday, May 7th 12:30pm at the Shamrock!
Beaver Island’s ULTIMATE ROAD RALLY RETURNS ! A full afternoon of thrills, chills, challenges, and all out competitive fun!
REGISTRATION: $20 per person; no #limit per car; 12:30pm @ Shamrock.
WHAT TO BRING: A Wojan-Cashman (third edition) Beaver Island map, cell phone and a BI phone book!
START: On-site Registration @12:30pm followed by Rules & Regs, followed by Start!
FINISH: Includes tasty treats, special awards, and presentation of the coveted Trophy!!
Never ‘rallied’?! Don’t have a car to ride in?! We’ll find you one…just call 448-2022!
*Proceeds benefit the Preservation Association of Beaver Island, owning and operating the Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI 100.1FM, the Voice of Beaver Island!

May 26-28, 2017
The 4th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 26-28, 2017, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. We hope you join us during the Memorial Day birding festivities for free presentations at the Community Center. Bring a friend and hear from our globe-trotting birding friends share their exciting experiences birding, learn about the oldest ongoing raptor monitoring project related to Ospreys and Bald Eagles, and learn a few new songbird identification techniques. More information can be found at: Registrations for the guided field trips are active and we encourage individuals who are interested to sign up early.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors who are making the Beaver Island Birding Trail events possible:

While you’re at the website you can see all the great sponsors. There is also a new addition to their site. After the Saturday and Sunday morning birding field trips, Karen Whitecraft, owner of Beaver Island Massage, licensed massage therapist, will be available to help with “warbler necks”. Karen will offer on-site chair massages at the Community Center from 12:30-3:00 p.m. both days.

More details on this and more at the BIBT website.
Beaver Island Preservation Association
Beaver Island Association
Beaver Island Boat Company
Beaver Island Golf Course
Beaver Island Wildlife Club
Beaver Island Studio and Gallery
Beaver Beacon
Holy Cross Church
Island Airways
Little Traverse Conservancy
McDonough’s Market
Paradise Bay Coffee Shop
The Beaver Island Association
P.O. Box 390
Beaver Island, MI 49782<>

Win a BIMF Vacation!
July 16-22, 2017
Go to and get your tickets today.
Click the Vacation Donation Button and place your order.
You can also order by sending a check to BIMF PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or by calling BIMF at 231-838-2883 with your order or with any questions that you may have.
Only 300 tickets will be sold!
License #R40968

Info about Island Fellow Program
Beaver Island has an exceptional opportunity to launch its own Island Fellow program modeled on a highly successful one on Maine’s islands over the past 17 years.
If you are interested in additional information about the position and the benefits the island stands to gain, check out the March 29th Forum post or contact one of the organizers of this effort listed below. Anyone who wants to help fund this position through either a cash donation, or the offer of free or reduced-price rental for a year are encouraged to ask for a copy of the Site Application which has been shared with both townships by contacting Kevin Boyle, Pam Grassmick, or Patrick McGinnity.
You can learn more about the very successful Island Fellow program run by the Maine Island Institute and see how useful Island Fellows focused on communications and outreach have been in advancing economic development on their islands at And to find out more about the Island Institute visit

Shamrock – Benefit Dinner 5-7 pm Sunday April 23rd
Free will donation for John & Carol Runberg
We will be serving Spaghetti.

The Beaver Island Community Center Fall/Winter/Spring Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am -9pm
Sunday Closed

At our website, we’ve tried to include everything, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to¬†<>. And, we can make it easy for your events to show up in a nice calendar on your website, too, so you only have to post them once. Your website can show only your events or those plus other categories from the calendar that you choose.

Transit Service

Try the toll-free number between 6am and 7pm M-F and S 8:00-5:00:
Or try the on-line reservation system 24/7:
Go to the tab “Existing Customers Schedule Transit Rides.”
Set up your Profile one time and then schedule your rides thereafter. Auto-fill will assist you, and the system remembers reoccurring rides. You can schedule rides on the Beaver Island side or the Charlevoix County side.

April hours:
M-F 12:30-4:30
May hours:
M-F 12:30-5:30
June hours:
M-F 10:30-5:30
S 10:00-3:00

Seniors (60 and over) Free
Adults (19-59) $2.00
Disabled Reduced Fare (on file in your profile) $1.00
Youth (3-1 $1.50
Youth School Discount (if coming or going to school) $1.00
Child Free (under 3) Free

Weather – Sponsored by McDonough’s Market


This morning 37 and rainy weather

Today – Showers this morning, becoming a steady rain during the afternoon hours. Temps nearly steady in the upper 30s. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight – Steady light rain this evening. Showers continuing overnight. Snow may mix in. Low near 35F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Sue Heller
Michael Stebbins

Make a note if you are headed to the mainland: The bridge in Charlevoix is being worked on. The overnight work ended early.
Work will continue in that area though until May 25th though, so plan accordingly.

… Still no delays to report on Beaver Island.

Hey, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.

To Lucas and all our listeners, being straightforward and of good character will keep you in good memories by others, now and beyond.

On a lighter note, I once ate at a restaurant where the portions were tiny. When the waiter poured my coffee, he said that he hoped I would dine there again. I said, “Sure, why don’t we start now!”

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday April 20th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Have a great day, and thank you for listening!