Celebration signals new turf completion
TRAVERSE CITY — The completion of Thirlby Field's synthetic-turf installation will be celebrated with a night of football, marching bands and fun.
The event will be held Friday, Sept. 10, and will start with a community tailgate from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person; free for children ages 5 and younger. Traverse City West Senior High School Varsity Football Team will play Essex District at 5 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Don and Gerry Oleson will be honored for their donation of enhancements to Thirlby Field. Marching bands from Central High School, West Senior High School and St. Francis High School also will perform. Central High School's Varsity Football Team will take the field against Alpena at 7:15 p.m.
General admission tickets are $6 each and are good for both games. For more information, call Alison Arnold, 933-8995.
Show spotlights classic cars, 4x4s
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College's Automotive Technology Program will host the fifth annual Mike McIntosh Classic Car and 4x4 Show.
The show is named for McIntosh, the late NMC automotive instructor who retired in 2004 after 34 years of service. He organized the first show in 2004.
The show will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at NMC's Automotive Technology Building on Aero Park Drive. Vehicle owners may enter their vehicles starting at 9 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle, and owners are encouraged to register in advance at www.nmc.edu. Trophies will be awarded for best of show in each class.
Admission is free. The Automotive Technology facilities will be open, and student projects and vehicles will be on display. There also will be a silent auction, and food will be available to purchase. Proceeds will benefit NMC's Automotive Program. For details, contact Wayne Moody, 995-1316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter safety course for students
CENTRAL LAKE — Students are invited to participate in a Michigan DNRE-certified hunter safety course.
The free class will meet at the Central Lake VFW Hall, 1805 N. M-88, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12. Hours may vary slightly Sept. 12. Both days are required for students to receive a certificate, and students ages 10 and younger will need a parent in attendance. Lunch will be provided both days.
The class is sponsored by the Michigan DNRE, the Antrim County Sheriff's Department, Chain-O-Lakes Sportsman's Club and other local businesses. Class is limited to the first 90 students. For details, call 499-0117.
Leelanau school retirees meet
LELAND — Reservations are due Sunday, Sept. 12, for the next meeting of the Leelanau Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.
The group will meet at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Bluebird Restaurant. Carol Evans, director of extended education at Northwestern Michigan College, will give a presentation on learning programs and classes designed specifically for senior citizens.
The cost for lunch is $11, and regular members are asked to bring non-perishable food items for a local food bank. Visitors are welcome. For details or reservations, call Emma Stayer, 271-3689.
International Affairs Forum starts season
TRAVERSE CITY — Subscriptions to the 2010-11 season of the International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College are available.
The eight-part series brings diplomats, policy makers, journalists and others to Milliken Auditorium for monthly lectures. The series will open Thursday, Sept. 16, with the former foreign secretary of India, Ambassador Shanshank, who will discuss "India and Its Neighbors."
All programs start with a reception at 5:15 p.m. in the Sculpture Court of the Dennos Museum Center, 1701 E. Front St. The lecture and discussion period follow at 6 p.m.
Two levels of membership are available: Subscribers pay $125 and receive 16 tickets good for any lecture; patrons pay $300 and in addition to 16 tickets receive recognition at each lecture and an opportunity to have dinner with the speaker. Individual tickets are $10, and all current educators and students are admitted free.
Upcoming lecture dates are Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, May 19 and June 16. For details or tickets, call NMC Extended Educational Services, 995-1700.
Families invited to have fun in the park
GRAWN — The Blair Community Family Fun Day and Connecting People with Resources and Information Day is planned for Saturday, Sept. 11.
Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind the Blair Township Hall and Fire Department, the corner of Vance Road and County Road 633. There will be games, activities and inflatables for children, horse and buggy rides, a dunk tank, music by Summer Son, and resources and information from area agencies and organizations. There also will be a visit from Elmer's pink cement truck from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and SafeAssured ID registration for children.
Proceeds will go toward adding to the handicap-accessible playground project. For details, call Brenda DeKuiper, 276-9263, ext. 102.