Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 4, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/04/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, 1030 Hastings St., will celebrate Pasha (Easter) on Sunday, May 5.

For details on the church’s liturgical schedule for Orthodox Resurrection services, visit or call the Rev. Ciprian Streza, 492-0492.

Pancake breakfast

MAPLE CITY — The Cedar/Maple City Lions will sponsor a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 5.

The meal will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Community Building on County Road 616, downtown Maple City. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and younger.

Pancake supper

TRAVERSE CITY — Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr., will hold a pancake supper and breakfast for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan for a summer camp for foster children and a chapel being built at Hope Village.

The meal will be served at 6 p.m. today, May 4, and at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, May 5. There also will be a silent auction. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match 50 cents on each dollar raised up to $1,600.

Star Wars Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St., will host “May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars Day today, May 4.

A full day of contests, activities, crafts, a local cartoonist, and Star Wars and Star Wars Lego books are planned, with cartoonist Jeff Manley starting at noon and a Jedi-Level Trivia Contest at 6 p.m. There also will be a costume contest. For details, visit or call 946-2665.

Benefit concert

TRAVERSE CITY — Trinity Lutheran Church will host a benefit concert featuring the Sweet Adelines.

The concert will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the church, 1003 S. Maple St. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per family. Proceeds benefit the church food pantry. For details, call 645-2544.

Plow Day

BENZONIA — The Northwest Michigan Draft Horse and Mule Association will host their 21st Annual Plow Day event on Sunday, May 5.

The event will start at 11 a.m., rain or shine, at 18971 Pleasanton Highway, six miles south of Benzonia. The association will exhibit working horses in the field plowing, discing, dragging and performing other work. There also will be an obstacle course at 2 p.m., wagon rides, refreshments, and a used tack-horse and draft sale.

For details, call 930-7216.

Online privacy

TRAVERSE CITY — The ACLU of Michigan Northwest Branch will offer a program to help participants upgrade their online privacy and keep up with new technology.

“Upgrade Your Online Privacy” will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. Admission is free, but reservations are requested; visit

MS support group

TRAVERSE CITY — The local multiple sclerosis support group will meet Wednesday, May 8.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in room A & B at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. Brenda Bygden, clinical research coordinator at Northern Michigan Neurology, will discuss clinical research. The support group also will field a team, the TC *mazing Soles, for the June 22 MS Walk, and the meeting will include a team update.

For details, call Karen Bailey, 947-0244.

Nursing celebration

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College nursing program will celebrate its 50th anniversary with events to recognize the nursing profession and highlight how the nursing field has excelled and changed.

A celebration dinner will be hosted Thursday, May 9, for NMC’s first and 50th nursing program graduating classes at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. It will be hosted by the Registered Nurses Association in Michigan.

Historical displays will be featured Sunday, May 19, at the NMC Barbecue, at the Aug. 1 concert at the Grand Traverse Pavilions and Sept. 26-27 at the state nursing conference at the Park Place Hotel.

To learn more, contact MaryPat Randall, 590-8624 or; or Barb Mikowski, 640-2077 or

Scrap metal drive

TRAVERSE CITY — Christ United Methodist Church is holding a scrap metal drive to fund various ministries.

Scrap metal will be accepted until 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the church parking lot, 1249 Three Mile Road. For a list of acceptable items, visit

Senior Campus Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Life Academy will hold a Lifelong Learning Campus Day for adults 50 and older.

The event will be held 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the University Center off Cass Road. The cost is $20. Attendees may bring a lunch or order a box lunch for an additional $9. For details or to register, call 995-1700 or visit

Boating safety

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron will offer America’s Boating Course.

The basic boat and water safety class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 11 and 18, at the Grand Traverse Mall (Food Court entrance). The cost is $10 and registration is required. For details or to register, visit

Open house

FILER TOWNSHIP — An open house will be held Monday, May 13, at the site of the new Manistee Wellness Center, 2198 U.S. 31 South.

Open house hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Representatives from each partnering agency will be on hand and the public is welcome.

Benefit performance

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library and the Old Town Playhouse will present benefit performances of the one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst,” featuring Michigan native Sinda Nichols.

The show weaves Emily Dickinson’s poetry and writings into a two-act play set in Dickinson’s home in Amherst, Mass. It will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Studio Theatre, 620 Railroad Place.

General admission tickets are $30 at Proceeds benefit “Grow the Gardens,” a TADL project to develop landscaping and gardens near the front entrance of the Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave.