Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 9, 2010

Education in Brief: 11/09/2010


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Public invited to Mariners Memorial

TRAVERSE CITY — The 35th annual Mariners Memorial Service on Wednesday, Nov. 10, will remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans.

The service will start at noon in the courtyard of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus, 715 E. Front St., with a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard. It also includes guest speaker John Hayes, engineering superintendent for Grand River Navigation, and Holly Olszewski singing the "Mariner's Hymn."

The community is invited. For details, call the Maritime Academy, 995-1200.

Craft fair benefits Northport Promise

NORTHPORT — The Northport Promise Christmas Craft Fair will help raise funds for scholarships.

The fair will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the main lobby at Northport Public School, 104 Wing St. It will include local artists, craftsmen and homemade products. Booth rental fees and 5 percent of the proceeds will go to support the Northport Promise. For details, contact Jennifer Wack, 386-5439 or

Mom2Mom sale for kids' ski program

TRAVERSE CITY — A Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, Nov. 13, will benefit the kids' ski program at Mt. Holiday Ski Area.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt. Holiday, 3100 Holiday Road. Admission is a $1 donation at the door. For details, call 409-0994 or (586) 651-0381.

Documentaries star strong women

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center, in collaboration with WCMU Television, will present four independent documentary films that put strong women in the spotlight.

"Independent Lens: Women Who Change the World" will be shown Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Museum Center, 1701 E. Front St. The schedule includes:

• "Shadya," 10 a.m., an intimate look at the evolution of a young Israeli-Arab woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture.

• "Iron Ladies of Liberia," noon, a behind-the-scenes look at the first year of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's groundbreaking administration as it works to prevent a post-conflict Liberia from returning to civil war.

• " We're Watching You," 2 p.m., which follows three women activists in their quest to expose the truth about Egypt's new democracy after violence and widespread allegations of fraud accompanied the nation's first democratic elections in 2005.

• "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai," 4 p.m., traces how Wangari Maathai's simple suggestion in 1977 for rural women in Kenya to plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment led to a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy, and Maathai winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Elk Rapids BPW offers scholarship

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW) is accepting applications for an educational grant of up to $600.

Applicants may be currently employed or seeking employment, and women living in Antrim County will be given priority during the selection process. The grant may be used for, but is not limited to, tuition, helping with a GED, attending job-related educational programs or enhancing employment skills. Classes may be taken at the college level, through adult-education courses or other community educational programs. The grant is not available to recent high school graduates because of scholarship opportunities available to them.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 17. Applications will be reviewed by the BPW's Scholarship Committee, and finalists may be called to schedule a personal interview with the committee before a final selection is announced. For an application or more information, contact Laura Schmidt, 599-2313 or

Craft fair has more than 80 vendors

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 80 talented crafters and artists will participate in Traverse City Christian Schools' Fall Blessings Arts and Crafts Fair.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the school campus, 753 Emerson Road. Light refreshments, lunch, a bake sale and a silent auction also will be available. For details, go to or call 929-1747.

Glen Lake Turkey Trot fundraiser

MAPLE CITY — All ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in the Glen Lake Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

Both events will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Glen Lake Schools' cross country trails. Fun Run/Walk registration and packet pick-up starts at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Glen Lake men's and women's varsity cross-country running teams.

Applications are available at the Glen Lake Athletiic Office or the Traverse City Running Fit locations on East Front Street and South Airport Road. For details, contact Running Fit, 932-5401, or Coach Ryan Schut, 334-3061, ext. 405, or

Craft show vendor space is available

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City High School has vendor space available for its Saturday, Dec. 4, craft show, on a first come, first served basis.

The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 3962 Three Mile Road, and will include concessions and a Scholastic Book Fair for all ages.

The vendor fee is $35 for an 8- by 10-foot space, $10 for tables and $5 for electricity. Interested vendors may call Juli VanPelt, 933-5869.

Students work to help the homeless

TRAVERSE CITY — A group of local social work students from Ferris State University are holding a donation drive and a "Fill-An-Escalade" event to collect warm winter clothing for the homeless in the Grand Traverse region.

Donations of new or gently used winter coats, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, thermal underwear and hand warmers are needed. Donation boxes are available through November at Aaron's on South Airport Road; Glen's Food Market, Body & Soul Tanning on Garfield; Tom's Food Markets' East Bay, West Bay, 14th Street, Acme and Interlochen locations; and Bunting's Cedar Market in Cedar.

Cherry Capital, 1747 S. Garfield Ave., will host the "Fill-An-Escalade" event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Anyone who makes a donation will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.

All donations will be distributed by Goodwill Inn's Street Outreach program.