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Community Calendar for Monday, February 5th, 2024

The soft winter has claimed another event…or at least delayed it.  The Island’s traditional winter Ice Fishing Tournament has been put-off from its planned date next week during the D-N-R’s free fishing weekend. Organizers say the ice just isn’t good enough now and isn’t likely to get better by then given the forecasts. Last year the tourney wound up happening in March. It’s organized by the Wildlife Club. They say they’ll make a call on a delayed event in the next several weeks.


Also recently canceled is the D-N-R’s Black Lake sturgeon season.  Again, ice conditions are the cause.  It’s the first time the season has been cancelled.


Photo from WVBI/BIC Center Community Calendar


The Holy Cross Altar Society wants you to vote…for the picture to be turned into this year’s painting raffle. Becca Foli, Shirley Cole and Lynn Wise submitted the photos under consideration. You need to vote online.  There’s a link in today’s script online:

Note that you can’t vote by making comments.


The Charlevoix County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, known as YAC, is funding a project to get Indigenous and E-L-L Comfort Kits to kids in the the Char-em I-S-D, which includes Beaver Island. The kits are intended to reduce school related stress. They’ll include Native-themed coloring books, colored pencils, yoga cards, stuffed animals and books. The YAC made the award after a survey of students throughout the I-S-D showed they were most concerned about increasing acceptance and reducing stress. B-I-C-S student Alyssa Martin is a member of YAC.

Photo of YAC members  fromC3F website

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


First, your meeting planner for the week. B-I-C-S Booster Club parents meet Tuesday at 3:30. A-A meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6:00. Peaine Township Planning meets Wednesday morning at 9:00. St. James Finance meets that afternoon at 1:00. B-I-C-S has a Facilities meeting at 3:30 and Committee of the Whole at 5:30. That’s all for the week. Locations and more details are in the calendar entries online. 


On the fun front today, Monday starts off with C-O-A’s cardio drumming, Music and exercise in the Hangout starting at 10:00. C-O-A also has Bingocize at 11:00 at the BIC Center in the Hangout. Evening Pickleball is on at 5:30 in the Theater at the BIC Center. And, Monday is all-you-can-eat pizza & salad night at the Shamrock starting at 5:00.


Tuesday, Talking Threads is on out at Peaine Township Hall. Crafting and yacking from 9:00 to noon. C-O-A Chair Yoga is at the BIC Center in the Hangout at 10:00. Meantime, in the Theater, Pickleball is on from 10:00 to noon. At 10:30 it’s the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program in the Hangout.


Wednesday, C-O-A has Cardio Drumming at the BIC Center at 10:00. Over at the Shamrock, it’s Mexican Food Day for lunch and dinner.  C-O-A Bingo is off this week. At 5:00 Wednesday evening it’s Time for Art at the BIC Center. It’ll be the second of two sessions on watercolor painting led by Juli Runberg. Sign up at the front desk. Also, Wednesday evening there’s an Adult Faith Formation class up in the Hangout. That starts at 7:00.


Thursday paddles out with Pickleball. That’s from 10:00 to noon in the Theater at the BIC Center. Women’s Bible Study is also at 10:00 over at the Christian Church. Resale Shop is open noon to 4:00. At 4:00, the Island Roots Gardening Club meets in the Hangout at the BIC Center to discuss creating a community garden. The group now meets monthly at the BIC Center. And Thursday, is Burger and a Beer night at the Shamrock at 5 p.m. Down the street at the Wild Strawberry Cafe it’s Euchre Night. Cards hit the table at 6:00.


Friday, Senior and Vets Coffee and Donuts is from 9:00 to 11:00 at the BIC Center. At 10:00, there’s Pickleball in the theater at the BIC Center while upstairs at 10:30 there’s the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. Resale Shop open noon to 4:00. B-I-C-S basketball squads are away at Grand Marais for games Friday evening and Saturday morning. Meantime, Friday is a New Moon.  There’s more info at Dark Sky Island dot org.


Saturday, there’s Lego Club at the Library at 1:00. At 2:30 there’s Valentine Party for kids at the BIC Center. It will be an afternoon of fun activities with heart plaster hand printing along with crafts and treats. Saturday movies at the BIC center are at 4:00 and 7:00. The afternoon show is The Tiger’s Apprentice. It’s the animated story of a boy learning new magic to help protect an ancient phoenix. It’s rated PG. At 7:00 is the multiple award-winning Society of the Snow. It’s the true story of a rugby team’s fight for survival after their plane crashes in the Andes. Rated R. The Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal, or both.


Sunday, there are services at the Christian Church at 10:00 a.m. and mass at Holy Cross Church at 12:15 p.m. At 4:00 Sunday evening there’s Giggles and Gaggles at the Wild Strawberry Café. Get together with island friends to chat and enjoy some special treats from the Café kitchen from 4:00 to 7:00.


Looking ahead to next week…

NAME OF DAY: Today’s BIC Center name of the day is Caleb. If that’s your name, head on down to the BIC Center today for a free drink of your choice.

BIRTHDAYS: Thayer McDonough celebrates today. Happy Birthday to Thayer, and if we missed you on the list, Happy Birthday to you too from all of us at W-V-B-I and your Beaver Island Community Center.

TRAFFIC: None, but East and West side drives are pretty pocked up from the thaw.  I deep divot can send you spinning if the odds are not ever in your favor, so let’s be careful out there.

On this date in 1909, Leo Baekeland, a Belgian-born chemist working in New York, announces his invention of the world’s first manmade plastic material, naming it Bakelite. It will help launch the plastics revolution. And, on this date in 1953,  Britain’s sweets rationing comes to an end. In place since the start of WWII, sweets rationing limited the amount of sugary goods the public could buy. The first day of unrationed sweets sees a run on toffee apples, nougat sticks, and licorice strips.

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Our Merriam Webster Word of the Day is prognosticate (verb) [prahg-NAHSS-tuh-kayt], which means to predict or foreshadow something. Prognosticate, which ultimately traces back to the Greek word prognōstikos (“knowing beforehand, prescient”), first appears in English during the 15th century. Since that time, prognosticate has been connected with things that foreshadow events to come and with people who can prophesy or predict the future by such signs. 

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday

Here’s a thought for the day from Charlie Chaplin who along with Douglas Fairbanks and others formed United Artists today in 1919: “Life laughs at you when you are unhappy; Life smiles at you when you are happy; But life salutes you when you make other happy.”


On a lighter note: What do cake and baseball have in common? They both need a batter.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, February 5th, 2024. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking you: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever? And thanks for listening. 



Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Northeast wind around 5 mph.


Patchy fog between 3am and 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 32. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. South wind around 5 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.


A 30 percent chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Thursday Night

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy.


A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Breezy.

Friday Night

A chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.