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No matter how you take your coffee, there’s always a tasty cup waiting for you in Bay City

Bay City's coffee shops offer warm beverages and fresh baked goods alongside poetry readings and live musical performances. 

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Crafters group at the library is a tight-knit bunch spinning a warmer winter for many

Knitters and crocheters meet inside three Bay County Library System branches to share tips, tricks, and enjoy each other’s company  

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Q&A with Magen Samyn, President & CEO of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in a time of leadership transition. This article is the seventh in an occasional series of Q&A articles with some of the new leaders in the area. 

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Q&A with Michael Bacigalupo, the Bay City Downtown Development Authority’s new Director

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in a time of leadership transition. This article is the eighth in an occasional series of Q&A articles with some of the new leaders in the region.

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Q&A with Kevin Cole on his upcoming special, 'Cole in your Stocking,' at the State Theatre

Award-winning musician and Bay City native Kevin Cole promises to deliver a few unexpected holiday tunes to his show at the State Theatre this month. 

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Difficult to pronounce but easy to recognize, the Owczarzak name means business in Bay County

For two generations, the Owczarzak family has been a part of the Bay County business community. Ambrose Sr. and Marie Owczarzak owned one bar. Today, their sons own three local eateries with a fourth restaurant to open in 2023.  

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Q&A with Kellie Rupp, the Bay City Downtown Management Board’s new Marketing Director

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in a time of leadership transition. This article is the sixth in an occasional series of Q&A articles with some of the new leaders in the area. 

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Q&A with Annette Jeske, Executive Director of the Arc of Bay County

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in a time of leadership transition. This article is the fifth in an occasional series of Q&A articles with some of the new leaders in the area. 

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Besom Apothecary offers spiritual healing as well as herbal teas and handmade items

The shop opened up on Bay City’s West Side in mid-September. For now, it’s open mostly nights and weekends but the goal is to expand hours.  

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Michelle Judd joins MSBDC and Bay Future to help Bay County small businesses navigate challenges

New consulting position created exclusively for Bay County residents who want to start, grow or improve their businesses.  

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Project In the Stars, which helps Bay County teens in foster care, gets an assist from Just for Kids

Both Project In the Stars and Just for Kids Charitable Organization strive to meet the needs of youth throughout the community, so it may come as no surprise that they teamed up to provide personal items for kids in foster care.  

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Marshall Fredericks Museum celebrates Native American History Month

Join the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum in the next month to learn about Native American heritage. The museum celebrates Native American Heritage Month with educational program and exhibits through Dec. 17.  

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More than 20 nonprofit agencies received ARPA funds through Bay County and the Community Foundation

American Rescue Plan funds are helping 22 local nonprofits recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bay City hopes to roll up its recycling numbers in 2023 with new wheeled carts

If you live inside Bay City limits, changes are coming to the curbside recycling program. The city is distributing larger, wheeled bins and adjusting the pick-up schedule.

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Small business owner in Bay City donates over $25,000 worth of time and services to nonprofits

After a decade of working for nonprofits, Brandon Strong, owner of Regent Floral & Mercantile, feels fortunate to be in the position to give back to the groups that support our state and local communities.  

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Adult in training: Y program teaches teens to tackle taxes, budgets, voting, and more

As schools have had to shift their focus heavily to academics, Almost Adulting, a new program offered at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, fills in the gaps when it comes to essential life skills.  

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Tour highlights success stories along the Saginaw River for a statewide audience

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board met in Bay City this week, so local officials took the opportunity to showcase recreation opportunities along the Saginaw River.

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Monitor Township printer relies on a unique workforce to build its business

A Monitor Township custom printing business relies on non-traditional sources to recruit its workforce. Then, it uses creative methods to retain talented people.  

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Studio 23 invites you to celebrate October with spooky stories and an expo filled with curiosities

Crafts, spooky stories, and an expo all are in the works for Studio 23/The Arts Center later this month.

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For 35 years, the Adoration Chapel in Bay City has invited people of all faiths inside

Since August 1987, the Adoration Chapel has offered a place for silent prayer, anytime of the day or night, to all people.  

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Start the holiday season with Midland Center for the Arts for Center Stage Theatre’s production of "A Christmas Story, The Musical." Tickets available at midlandcenter.org or (989) 631-5930.
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A delightful evening finds young Dylan trying to re-tell a perfect Christmas from his childhood in Wales. Dylan isn't always sure of the details, but the audience can be sure of stories about a warm and wonderful family. Shows: Dec. 9-11 and 16-18.
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    Celebrate the holiday season at Midland Center for the Arts with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and guest artist and Broadway star, Ali Ewoldt. Tickets available at midlandcenter.org or (989) 631-5930.
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    When AIDS first raised its fearful head in the states, there was a world of accusation, terror, misunderstandings, and death. It took decades of denial, struggle, slow understanding, and medical advances to reach where we are today. Shows: Jan. 6-8.
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