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Development News Kathy Dollard is the director of the behavioral health service line at MyMichigan Health.

Profile Q&A with Dr. Kathy Dollard-Behavioral Health-MyMichigan Health

In our Profile Q&A, with fall and school approaching, we focus on Dr. Kathy Dollard, the director of the Behavioral Health service line for MyMichigan Health. She’s served in that role since 2017. 

Development News "Our mission is to create environments where everybody can experience the creative process."

Creative 360 gardening and sustainability classes are sprouting up

Creative 360 and the Midland Section of the American Chemical Society are hosting a  series of family-friendly classes centered on gardening, sustainability, and the arts. These STEAM programs provide free, entertaining, and educational lessons for the community.   

Feature Story Ricky Nalett (L) and Kay Rinker O’Neil (R) play with intensity.

Photo story: The Commons-Downtown Midland

To get a feel for what Friday and Saturday nights look like in downtown Midland, check out this photo story by Crystal Gwizdala captured during a concert in The Commons.

Development News Trained volunteers are eligible to help Little Forks collect samples.

Little Forks Conservancy hosts river volunteer training session

Little Forks Conservancy is hosting volunteer training for persons interested in becoming stream leaders and collectors. The training session will be held on August 23 at 6 p.m. at the Gladwin City N. Park Boat Launch.

Feature Story COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Midland County Services Building.

COVID-19 vaccines & updates moving into the new school year

As we approach a new school year, Midland County Medical Director Dr. Catherine Bodnar affirms that COVID-19 vaccines work. She breaks down some of the latest and key COVID-19 findings and addresses Monkeypox.  

Feature Story Two vehicles on display from the County Connection fleet

It’s all in the ‘chips,’ say public transportation managers

Like most Americans, social changes, public health, and climate change are affecting how Dial-A-Ride and County Connection managers provide service. The number of miles and the time to get to destinations create the biggest difference in costs.

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Midland County Fair: A week of entertainment, midway rides, fair food, and agriculture education

The 84th annual Midland County Fair returns to the community, offering exhibitors and spectators the chance to enjoy entertainment, experience education, and more during the weeklong event, Aug. 14-20.

Feature Story Jon believes the cows have a high quality of life on his farm. While they do receive veterinary care for any injuries, they don’t deal with sickness.

Where’s your beef from? Learn about how JNelson Farms raises their grass-fed cattle

Tucked in the countryside outside of Midland, Jon Nelson of JNelson Farms raises grass-fed cattle. Besides offering quality beef, Jon enjoys educating the community about farming and believes farmers should be transparent about their practices.

Development News Riverdays-Balloons-River

River Days Returns to Midland for ….

River Days returns to Midland August 4-7 with free live music, hot air balloons, food trucks, a kids zone, fireworks, axe throwing, a hot-dog-eating contest, and more.   

Feature Story Absentee ballots must be submitted by 8pm, Tuesday, August 2nd.

Primary Election is just days away

While some votes have already been cast, a majority of votes will be made on Election Day, August 2nd. Find out what you need to do so you can cast your ballot.

Development News DStreet Music Foundation supports and stages live music events.

Popup Palooza returns to Village of Sanford for 2nd year

After the well-loved event, Parkapalooza moved to Midland, Village of Sanford residents hosted their own mini version of the hometown music festival, Popup Palooza last year. This year, the event returns on July 23 at Porte Park.  

Development News Eagle Ridge Walking Trail

A new nature area opens this week in Midland

On Tuesday, City of Midland and Dow officials will celebrate the grand opening of the Eagle Ridge Nature Area in Stratford Woods Park.  The project was developed by Dow as a component of its natural resources damage restoration efforts and will be transferred to the City of Midland for future oversight and preservation.   

Feature Story Kayaker on river

Rivers present different challenges to kayakers & canoers in Midland County

Late summer and early fall are good times for novice kayakers and canoers to pad their experience on local rivers.

Development News The pieces themselves are made out of found wooden materials in nature, whether it’s dead trees or fallen branches.

Big Bugs Brings Larger-than-Life Exhibit to Dow Gardens

Dow Gardens is welcoming Big Bugs, a traveling exhibit, featuring larger-than-life sculptures. From July 15 to Oct. 16, Big Bugs takes over the gardens, with a giant praying mantis, marching ants, a daddy long legs, and more.   

Development News Several donors financially supported the creation of the park.

A new park in Midland is now open in an area that was damaged by the 2020 flood

The new Rogers Family Wellness Park – located on N. Saginaw Rd in Midland, is the outcome of an opportunity that grew out of the 2020 flood. The new park designed by and paid for in part by MyMichigan Health, was designed to attract people of all ages and promote good health.  

Feature Story Sears has been raising bees for over a decade.

Peek into the honeycomb: A day in the life of a beekeeper

Will Sears of the Midland Bee Company has raised bees for over a decade now. He’s come to appreciate how well they work together and just how sweet Michigan honey is.

Development News The tournament is offering an additional day of free admission on Wednesday, July 13.

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 2022 does it “fore” the community

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational returns to the Midland Country Club, July 10-16. The event includes the top professional women golfers in competition, family-friendly events, Eat Great Trail food pop-ups, and much more.

Development News Recipe-cutting board

Catalyst Community: Recipes-Erica Sprague

In the latest in a series of columns from different perspectives in our community, Catalyst Midland focuses on the value of the little traditions in our daily lives.

Feature Story Mivra Saul, 7, and a shark in one of several play stations in Youth Services where flood damage was extensive.

After two years following the May 2020 flood, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is fully reopened

While the library took a hit during the 2020 disaster, it’s come back to new life with some new services!  

Development News Dow Gardens is one of the spots featured in Peter Owen's video.

Top Ten Things to Do in Midland

Peter Owen has a unique perspective of Midland. He grew up here but now lives in California. On a recent visit, he produced a video titled, “Midland, Michigan:  Top 10 Things to Do.”  

Community Calendar

NAMI Midland Support Groups

Monday, September 12, 7:00pm
Community Mental Health, 218 Fast Ice Drive, Midland
NAMI Midland monthly support groups meet on the second Monday at 7:00pm at Community Mental Health.  Support groups for family members/caregivers  and persons living with a mental health condition. For more info, call 989-948-3273 or email: namimidlandmi@gmail.com.
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My Fair Lady

10/28/2022, 7:30 pm
Visit Midland Center for the Arts for the Nationally Touring Broadway production My Fair Lady, a Lincoln Center Theater Production. Learn more about this event and purchase tickets today at midlandcenter.org or by calling the ticket office at 989-631-5930.
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