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Green Elk Rapids Days 2013
May 9-20, 2013, Elk Rapids honors the environment and the many ways to
be "green" during the annual Green Elk Rapids Days. Residents, businesses,
organizations, schools, and the local government join forces for numerous
events, including Super Recycling Day, Trashformations, hikes, student projects,
and guest speakers. The fifth annual event will highlight educational and
creative ways to live a "GreenER" life. For details and information, visit
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society/Museum
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society and Museum aims to inspire people
to explore the past, understand the present, and envision the future. It is a
distinguished leader in defining the unique history of the region by connecting
the past, present and future through historical preservation, community
collaboration, educational programs, and research documentation. The
society's monthly programs are the third Thursday at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit or contact the society
at 231-264-8984 or
Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association
The Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association operates, maintains, and
preserves the town hall to serve as a cultural and performing arts center, as
well as a gathering place for celebrations, receptions and meetings benefiting
the community at large. Built in 1883, it is an ideal location for meetings,
performances, and social events. Contact event coordinator Catherine Allegrina
at or 231-409-5454 to rent the building. For more
information on the organization, visit
Elk Rapids Garden Club
The Elk Rapids Garden Club strives to protect the environment, beautify the
village, cultivate a taste for knowledge, foster a love for plants, and nurture
friendship. Club members meet the last Tuesday of each month and maintain
ten gardens in the community. They sponsor seasonal events to support
themselves and the local schools.
ERGC is a member of Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. and National Garden
Clubs, Inc. For more information, visit
Elk Rapids Women
Founded in 1945, the Elk Rapids Women strive "to assist all women to achieve
their dreams through education, information, and advocacy." They work with
women of all ages, providing educational and fun programs throughout the
year. They also fund annual scholarships that are given to women starting
new careers or re-entering the workforce.
The Elk Rapids Women meets the first Thursday monthly, except
for July and August. For more information, contact Melanie White at
Art Rapids!
Founded in 2006, Art Rapids! seeks to enhance the arts and art education in Elk
Rapids. They support the arts through grants, scholarships, awards, and classes.
Their annual fine-arts fair will be June 29, 2013 in Veterans' Memorial Park
with dozens of artists showing and selling their work. On July 27 they will
celebrate the grand opening of the Walk of Art outdoor sculpture exhibit in the
South Bayshore Drive park.
For more information, please visit
Rotary Club of Elk Rapids
The Rotary Club of Elk Rapids is a community service organization of about
50 volunteering men and women. The Rotary supports projects through a
combination of volunteer time and their Good Works Fund. The Annual Rotary
Variety Show and Harbor Days BBQ chicken sales support the Good Works
Fund, with 85% of funds directly benefiting the Elk Rapids region.
Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall. For
more information, visit or contact Rick McCaghy
at 517-285-2341.
Elk Rapids Lions Club
The Elk Rapids Lions Club organized in 1969, adopting the motto "We Serve."
Since then, they have worked to provide for the needs of local individuals and
organizations, including their Harbor Days fundraising efforts that support
elementary education and high school scholarships.
The Elk Rapids Lions meet the second and forth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. To
learn more about what they do and how to get involved, contact Dave Lein at
231-620-5705 or
American Legion Post #350
The American Legion's goal is to help veterans and their families, to educate
the community's children, to keep the country safe, and to lend a hand to those
in need. The Elk Rapids American Legion Post 350 honors the organization's
goals by supporting their four pillars of service: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation,
National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.
For more information, contact Post 350 at 231-264-5182.
Fraternal Order of Free Masons
Elk Rapids Lodge #275 is a fraternity of like-minded men who strive to be better
human beings through the practice of brotherly love, relief, and truth. They teach
these Masonic values within the friendly, safe, and family-oriented environment
of the Lodge and then apply them to their daily lives. Since 1879, the Elk Rapids
Lodge has endeavored to be a beacon for the community, proudly shining the
light of Freemasonry. For more information, contact Bill Murphy at 231-564-0487.
AMVETS Post 114 and AMVETS Auxiliary
AMVETS Post 114 in Elk Rapids is the oldest active post in Michigan. Their
building houses four organizations: AMVETS, AMVETS Auxiliary, the American
Legion, and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars.) The post participates in and
hosts many local events, including their monthly Fish Fry Dinners (first Friday
of each month).
For more information about AMVETS Post 114 visit,
or call 231-264-5182.
Grace Lutheran Church
Chartered on June 6, 1949, Grace Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran
Church Missouri Synod. Worship services are Sunday at 10 a.m., with Sunday
School and Bible Study at 9 a.m. They celebrate the Lord's Supper on the first,
third, and festival Sundays. Weekly services and events include a quilting group,
men's breakfast, Lutheran Woman's Missionary League, and the Mary-Martha
For more information, contact Pastor James Redmann at 231-264-5312 or
231-645-4344, or
Williamsburg United Methodist Church
The Williamsburg United Methodist Church is active in both Elk Rapids and
Williamsburg. Their regular ministries include Wednesday afternoons at Hope
Village, Bible studies, and twice-monthly brunches after the 10 a.m. service.
During Harbor Days, they host Worship in the Park on the Sunday following
the fireworks.
For more information on how to participate in their church community
contact Pastor Geri Litchfield at 267-7732 or
Information is also available online at
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