The first day of December brought a blanket of snow to the island complicating Thanksgiving visit departures for some, but painting a festive holiday backdrop for us to enjoy.  On December 7th we’ll join the Beaver Island Chamber and many island merchants in a Shop Local First Saturday event designed to create a fun and convenient holiday shopping opportunity.  At the BIC Center, you’ll find an Arts and Craft Show, a visit from Santa, present wrapping services, three holiday movies and a tree lighting event.  Check out the schedule on the Community Calendar.  Around town, numerous shops will be open (including many that are normally closed this time of year) with special deals.  Santa Paws will be at the hardware.  The Shamrock, Stoney and Dalwhinnie’s will be open for meals, and the Whisky Point Brewing Company will have its craft beer on tap. We hope you’ll make a day of it and Shop Local First this holiday season.

The end of the year brings PABI’s Annual Giving Request, which is one of the key sources of revenue to support the BIC Center and WVBI.  It comes as PABI has received grants to strengthen its leadership with funding for a full-time paid leader to take on numerous tasks now done by PABI’s all-volunteer board. This will be critical as the board moves forward to implement its strategic plan to grow the roles of the BIC Center and WVBI in our island community.  We hope you will help our new PABI leadership get off to a good start by continuing your operating support for the BIC Center and WVBI.  Please know that regardless of size—all gifts will benefit the entire island community through the programs at the BIC Center and WVBI.

As to what’s happening at the BIC Center, our weekend movies, Pickleball and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program all continue.  Pickleball is now back inside in the McDonough’s Market Theatre on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to noon.  The move from Thursdays to Fridays is to accommodate a Conference on Faith Series that is running weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6 through December 18.  After that, Pickleball will be back to its regular Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday schedule. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 up in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Hangout at the BIC Center.  Our weekend movies continue through the winter with showings at 4 and 7 on Saturday. You’ll find info on upcoming showings by scrolling down or clicking on this link.

Last, but certainly not least, we want to congratulate Ray Cole on winning the 2019 PABI Kubota Raffle and thanl all of those who purchased tickets.  Your support is very much appreciated as are the efforts of our BIC Center staff and BIC Center and WVBI volunteers who worked hard to make raffle a success.

We look forward to seeing you at your Beaver Island Community Center.