Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 19, 2010

Education in Brief: 10/19/2010


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International Affairs Forum lecture

TRAVERSE CITY — The next International Affairs Forum lecture will take a look at "Challenges Facing sub-Saharan Africa." Dr. Pauline Muchina, a native of Kenya and senior partnership advisor for UNAIDS in Washington, DC., will be the guest speaker.

UNAIDS is the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS and seeks universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Muchina leads its advocacy efforts with civil society organizations. She also is part of its Global Coalition for Women and AIDS initiative and is working toward ending gender-based violence and discrimination against African women.

The Thursday, Oct. 21, program will start with a reception at 5:15 p.m. in the Dennos Museum's Sculpture Court, 1701 E. Front St. Muchina's lecture will start at 6 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium and will be followed by a discussion period.

Individual lecture tickets are $10 each. Admission is free for current educators and students. For tickets or details, call NMC Extended Educational Services, 995-1700.

Scares abound at haunted farm

KINGSLEY — The Haunted Farm Ghost Walk will continue to scare visitors through Oct. 30.

The Halloween attraction will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Autumn Winds Farm, 5010 Pierce Road, four miles east of Kingsley. Visitors are encouraged to come early for affordable hot food and ghost stories.

Tickets are $7 each and a portion of the proceeds benefit Kingsley High School's Project Graduation. For details, call 645-1447 or visit

Bear Lake PATS hold bake sale

BEAR LAKE — The Bear Lake PATS (Parents And Teachers for Students) will hold a bake sale on Friday, Oct. 22.

The sale will take place during student lunches, 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bear Lake School, 7748 Cody St. Proceeds benefit students and teachers at the school.

Scary stories at Peninsula Library

TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Community Library invites children to listen to scary ghost stories ... if they dare.

Children can hear stories, try spooky crafts, have their fortune told by a wandering gypsy and snack on "Witch's Brew" and "Bat Wings" starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the library, 2735 Island View Road. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call the library, 223-7700, for details or reservations.

Silver Lake PTO craft, bake sale

TRAVERSE CITY — The Silver Lake PTO will sponsor a craft and bake sale to support elementary student activities.

The sale will feature more than 30 craft vendors and refreshments. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,Oct. 23, at the school, 5858 Culver Road.

Children invited to 'Trunk or Treat'

WELLSTON — Children are invited to go from car to car collecting Halloween goodies at the Wellston Booster Association's "Trunk or Treat."

The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Norman Township Hall and grounds. Participating vehicles should arrive between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Children can trick-or-treat from car to car from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There also will be a costume judging contest in the township hall and children who want to participate should arrive at the hall by 6:30 p.m.

Local DAR sponsors essay contests

TRAVERSE CITY — The Job Winslow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests for students in public, private, or parochial schools and those who are home schooled.

"Memoirs of Paul Revere" is the subject for fifth through eighth grade students. Writers are asked to pretend they are Paul Revere writing his memoirs and relate accomplishments for which he would wish to be remembered in the annals of American history.

"Lessons from Christopher Columbus' Life" is the topic for high school students in grades nine through 12. Writers are asked to describe what lessons from Columbus' life can be drawn on today to bring clarity to our decisions in the face of an uncertain future.

The entry deadline is Nov. 30. For more information and a suggested reading list, contact Mary Rose, 946-6337 or, or Sherry Gaines, 995-9328 or

Local exchange student rep needed

TRAVERSE CITY — World Heritage is seeking a local representative to provide support to students, host families and high schools in the area.

World Heritage is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization designated as an exchange visitor program by the U.S. Department of State.

Representatives help foreign teens experience life in America and choose how many students/host families in their group.

For details, call (800) 888-9040 or e-mail

Learn Anishinaabe in middle school

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Area Public Schools' students in sixth through eighth grade may receive high school credit after earning a passing grade in an Ojibwe Language and Culture Course.

The course is offered in partnership with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and Suttons Bay Public Schools.

It provides an opportunity for students to learn the original Anishinaabe language of the Odawa and Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes area and develop an appreciation for a Native language and culture.

Students will use the language in the classroom for greetings and daily routines, becoming familiar with its sound system, writing system, daily vocabulary and phrases.

For more information, call TCAPS' Associate Superintendent Dr. Jayne Mohr, 933-1777. To enroll a student, call East Middle School, 933-7300, or West Middle School, 933-8200.