Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 11, 2013

Community in Brief: 02/11/2013

Eagle Scout honor

INTERLOCHEN — Benjamin Tabbert, 15, son of Amy and George Tabbert of Interlochen, has earned the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout. His Court of Honor ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen.

Tabbert is an Order of the Arrow member and has received the Arrow of Light award. He has served as assistant senior patrol leader for troop 20 and is a sophomore at Traverse City West Senior High.

His Eagle Scout service project included organizing a pet food and supply drive for AC Paws. He also built two insulated dog houses for the pet rescue organization.

OTP auditions

Traverse City — Auditions will start at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, for the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre production of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman."

Auditions will be held at the OTP Studio Theatre at the Depot, 620 Railroad Place. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script.

Performances will be held April 12 through 27. For details, email or call 947-2210.

Spring Arbor event

Traverse City — Spring Arbor University-Traverse City will hold an open house Wednesday, Feb. 13, for individuals interested in learning about bachelor or master degrees in management at the university.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tamarack Lodge, 2035 U.S. 31. For details or reservations, contact Lin Benfield, 590-9769 or

Family fun night

Traverse City — Greenspire School, 1026 Red Dr., will hold a Family Winter Sports Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, with sledding, snowshoeing, bonfire, cocoa and a chili cook-off. The event is free and open to the public; visit

IDA orientation

Traverse City — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) is hold orientation Wednesday, Feb. 13, for the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program.

Orientation starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Traverse City office, 3963 Three Mile Road. The IDA program is a savings program for people with limited earned income who want to build financial assets.

For details or to register, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.

Singing Valentines

Traverse City — A cappella quartets from the Central High School Choral-Aires will deliver singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The groups will travel to any location within 15 minutes of downtown Traverse City to perform two songs and present a memento rose and chocolates. The cost is $50 and reservations are required; call 590-6165 or email Proceeds go toward a March European choral tour.

Spanish story hour

Traverse City — Peninsula Community Library will hold its Nuestros Amigos story hour on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The event, conducted entirely in Spanish, starts at 10 a.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road. There is no charge. For details, call 223-7700 or visit

Film on MLK

Traverse City — The Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., will screen "Citizen King" on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. It starts on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King Jr.'s August 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech and ends almost five years later with his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details, visit

School info nights

Traverse City — Woodland School will host Information Nights for families interested in learning more about the school and potential fall enrollment.

Information Nights will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the school, 7224 Supply Road. Potential new families can ask questions and fill out an application for the March 8 2013 lottery. Call 947-7474 for details.

Curriculum night

Traverse City — Central High School will hold its eighth into ninth grade curriculum information night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the school cafeteria, 1150 Milliken Dr. For more information, call 933-3560.

Kindergarten info

Traverse City — Traverse City Area Public Schools elementary schools will hold Kindergarten Parent Information Meetings for the 2013-14 school year.

Upcoming meetings will take place 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Eastern Elementary School; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Westwoods Elementary School, with a spaghetti dinner starting at 5:45 p.m.; 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Long Lake Elementary School; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Courtade Elementary School.

For details, contact each school's office or Mary Beth Stein, or 933-1718.


Traverse City — Online applications are available through March 31 for Community Foundation scholarships.

Scholarships are available to a variety of students, ranging from local soccer players and students pursuing technical or vocational careers, to those planning to work with persons with disabilities and more.

For details on available scholarships, criteria, and application deadlines, visit the Community Foundation Scholarship Center,, or contact the Community Foundation, 935-4066 or

Benefit scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is being asked to "show their love" at a Valentine's Day Community fundraiser for Bob Russell and Sally Van Vleck. Russell is battling esophageal cancer and a fire recently damaged the couple's Neahtawanta Inn.

The event will feature music by Seth and May at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, plus a silent auction, at Higher Grounds Roastery, 806 Red Dr. The doors open at 6 p.m.

A $10 donation is requested for admission. All proceeds go to Russell and Van Vleck.