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Community Calendar for Friday, April 23rd, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, April 23rd, 2021. 

First, some news…


There’s continued good—or at least better—news on the COVID-19 front.  There have been eight days in a row now with declining new case numbers for the state. There were 4,867 new cases yesterday and 32 new deaths along with 75 reclassified deaths from prior dates. That brings the seven-day running average for new cases is down to 5,538—the lowest it has been since the first days of April.  In our region, there were 92 new cases and one death. None of the new cases were in Charlevoix. The death was in Kalkaska.


Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rate is 15.2% state-wide, 15.2% in our zone and 13.1% in the county—those numbers all down.


Hospital utilization data shows high, but with some modest declines in COVID-19 utilization.  Numbers are steady locally with one patient at Munson in Charlevoix and 17 at McLaren in Petoskey.


At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 9.1%.

Now, a look at what’s happening on your island… 


Pickleball practice is on today from 1 to 3, probably outside so B-I-C-S 4th and 5th graders can work on their play.  Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available 10:30 to 11:30.  That’s up in the hang out.  BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.


On Friday at 2:00 bids are due for a trio of projects to support implementing Single Stream recycling at the Transfer Station. More info and bid documents are in the calendar entries.


Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is The Adventures of A.R.I.: My Robot Friend. A teenager summons the courage to help a friendly robot known as A.R.I. kidnapped by a ruthless lab director working for a powerful corporation seeking to turn him into a dangerous weapon in order to rule the world. It’s rated PG.  At 7, it’s another new release: The Big Sick. Pakistan-born Kumail and U-S born Emily fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. It’s an awkward true story that’s earned great reviews and critical acclaim.  Rated R.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.


Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar. 


On the shopping front, library has a DVD and T-shirt sale going on through the end of the month or until everything is sold.  Plus, they have a new supply of paperback books available—western and sci-fi stories. Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.  And, the hardware is now opening up on Sundays again as the island comes back to life for spring.


And, if you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. No group activities for now, but there will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.


Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:


Increasing clouds, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.


A chance of drizzle with a slight chance of rain before 9am, then a slight chance of showers after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain showers before 1am, then a chance of snow showers between 1am and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


A 30 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Monday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.


Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.


A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

Out on the Big Drink:


SW wind around 15 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 ft.


S wind 5 to 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Waves 1 ft or less.


NNW wind 10 to 20 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Master Photographer and Brew Mistress Becca Foli is celebrating today. She’s 29. Tomorrow, Danielle Scheller, Tina Drost, Clairessa Kenwabikise and Deb Pomorski are all lighting candles. No birthdays on the list for Sunday. Happy Birthday to Becca, Danielle, Tina, Clairessa and Deb.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1616, William Shakespeare dies on his birthday. According to tradition, the revered English-language playwright is born on this date in 1564, and he dies on the same date 52 years later. In between, the Stratford-upon-Avon native is credited with writing 38 plays and 154 sonnets that will outlive him by centuries. (

WORD OF THE DAY: bogart (verb) [BOH-gahrt], which means: to cause (someone) to do something by means of force or coercion : bully; to use the entirety of or consume without sharing. The legendary film actor Humphrey Bogart was known for playing a range of tough characters in a series of films throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The African Queen. The men he portrayed often possessed a cool, hardened exterior that occasionally let forth a suggestion of romantic or idealistic sentimentality. Bogart also had a unique method of smoking cigarettes in these pictures—letting the butt dangle from his mouth without removing it until it was almost entirely consumed. It is believed that this habit inspired the current meaning of bogart, which was once limited to the phrase “Don’t bogart that joint,” as popularized by a song on the soundtrack to the film Easy Rider. Today, bogart can be applied to hogging almost anything. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…because we don’t want to bogart your day…

Here’s a thought for this earth day from William Shakespeare: “If music be the food of love, play on.”


On a lighter note: What does Marc Antony say when he is thirsty?  Friends, Romans, countrymen; lend me your beers.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, April 23rd, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening.