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Families First Monthly is a Resource for Parents published 6 times a year in Traverse City, Michigan. Inside you will find a Calendar of Events; Film Reviews; Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies; Book Reviews; Nutrition and Recipes; Health and Human Interest; Area Attractions; Family Counseling and Much Much More!

Families First Monthly is a family publication that is distributed to over 400 locations in the Northern Lower Michigan region. This includes the counties of Grand Traverse, Benzie, Antrim, and Leelanau.

From the Publisher

Putting together this publication is still enjoyable for me. I like how I find the stories and how the stories often find me. We have had so many wonderful things to cover over the years. When I started Families First Monthly it was intended to be a resource for parents and families. I also knew there would be stories that could appeal to those who were not parents as well. I have been pleased to have created something, (with the help of some creative people) that has been a part of the greater Grand Traverse Area since May of 2000.

Publisher Bio

Laura Lee Kalchik is a native of Northport Michigan. She enjoyed being raised there and appreciate living in this beautiful area as a parent. She has three boys in their 30’s, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. She and her husband – Associate Editor Joe Thatcher – live in a charming older home in Northport and find the beauty every day.

Personal note

I am very happy to have a publication which covers a wide variety of topics. I have been a married stay at home mom, a single working mom with shared time with my boys, a stepmom and an empty nest parent. I know first hand that there are many kinds of families. Our stories address important issues for parents of all kinds. The columns in Families First Monthly are excellent. The writers and designers for this publication are the best. Pick up an issue today.

Families First Monthly is Printed by

Stafford Media Solutions in Greenville MI.

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A Personal Note

I am very happy to have a publication which covers a wide variety of topics. I have been a married stay at home mom, a single working mom with shared time with my boys, a stepmom and an empty nest parent. I know first hand that there are many kinds of families. Our stories address important issues for parents of all kinds. The columns in Families First Monthly are excellent. The writers and designers for this publication are the best. Pick up an issue today.

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The time is right to warm up your taste buds at the 27th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off presented by Pepsi Cola, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc, Golden Shoes, Monstrey MacDonald, MyNorth Media and Bay Area Recycling on January 13. The Downtown Traverse City Association invites the public to sample the mild to the wild as the area’s restaurants vie for awards in various categories. Northern Michigan’s ultimate chili challenge takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the the State Street Marketplace in Downtown Traverse City. Additional seating will be provided in a heated tent in the alley behind the facility.
The Chili Cook-off attracted over 1,400 participants in 2017, who sampled the many chilies and voted for their favorites. Area restaurants will be cooking up their special recipes as they compete in eight different categories – 1, 2 and 3-alarm, white, vegetarian, no bean, seafood and ethnic as well as the coveted “people’s choice” award. Top competition will be in the white category and 2-alarm category where four restaurants will showcase their best. Morsels Espresso & Edibles will provide cornbread morsels and Peace Love and Little Donuts will be providing sweets.
Chili lovers can choose a sampler of eight chilies for $10 or single bowls of their favorites for $4. Pepsi products will also be available. No tickets sales in advance, door only. All proceeds from the event help support such Downtown community activities as Friday Night Live, Celebration for Young Children, the Downtown Art Walk, holiday activities and many other free downtown events throughout the year. “With the removal of the Park Place Dome, we are pleased to still host this community favorite in Downtown Traverse City. This annual fundraiser financially contributes to a year long calendar of community events. We are thankful for the participating restaurants and look forward to another fun competition,” says DDA Marketing & Deputy Director, Colleen Paveglio. Following is a peek at who will be competing:

7 Monks • Aerie Restaurant • Bayside Market • Betty’s Hot Dish • Blue Heron 2
Brew • Burritt’s Fresh Markets • Francisco’s Market • The Franklin
Hopscotch Brick Oven & Taproom • Raduno • Rare Bird • Red Mesa Grill
S2S Sugar 2 Salt • Scalawags Whitefish & Chips • Ziatun Cafe

The Annual Chili Cook-off is hosted by the over 200 merchants, restaurants and businesses who are members of the Downtown Traverse City Association. For more information or to volunteer, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050 or email colleen@downtowntc.com
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