Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 17, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/17/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Backgammon

TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Center Network, 801 E. Front St., is offering regular backgammon play starting Monday, March 18.

Instructor Dan Wittkopp, a member of the U.S. Backgammon Federation, will lead new participants through the fundamentals and basic rules and will explore the subtleties and nuances of the game as participants’ skill levels advance. Participants will be playing backgammon in their first session.

Backgammon will be played from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays. Beginning and seasoned players are welcome. The cost is $1 per person. Registration is requested; call 922-4911.

Women Voters

SUTTONS BAY — Jack Lessenberry, columnist, TV show host and political analyst, will be the guest speaker at a dinner hosted by the Leelanau Unit of the League of Women Voters GTA.

The dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Black Star Farms, M-22. The cost for dinner and the program is $30 per person; $20 for the program only. Reservations are due Friday, March 22; call Vina Mikesell, 386-5106.

Camper show

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) will sponsor the 21st annual Northwest Michigan Camper & RV Show Friday through Sunday, March 22-24.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older, $4 for seniors 55 and older, and free for children ages 12 and younger. Coupons for $1 off adult or senior admissions are available at, at regional Big Boy restaurants and at Members Credit Union locations in Traverse City, Kalkaska, Manistee and Mancelona. Consumers also can register to win free tickets at

For details, call (517) 349-8881 or visit

Celtic concert

GRAYLING — Daniel House will give a concert of old and new Celtic tunes on Wednesday, March 20.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Grayling Senior Center, 308 Lawndale. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For details, call (989) 348-7123.

Pizza event

TRAVERSE CITY — Pangea’s Pizza Pub, 135 E. Front St., will host “Pizza with Purpose” during March to help On The Ground reach their fund-raising goal toward the building of the Hasa Gola Library in Ethiopia.

Pangea’s will donate proceeds from the sales of its “Ethiopian Pizza” to On the Ground’s Project Ethiopia throughout March. On Wednesday, March 20, from 5 to 10 p.m., Pangea’s will donate a percentage of all proceeds to the project. The pizza and ethnic food buffet is $10 per person or $30 per family. There also will be $5 drink specials.

On The Ground’s purpose is to support sustainable community development in farming regions across the world. They accomplish this mission by partnering with other philanthropic agencies, donors and communities to provide opportunities for indigenous communities around the globe to build lasting infrastructure.


TRAVERSE CITY — GTAGS member Mary Rose will share information on developing a step-by-step genealogical project at the Thursday, March 21, meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society.

The group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3746 Veterans Dr. The public is welcome. Call 946-8017 to learn more.

GOP meets

BELLAIRE — The Antrim Republican Party will meet Thursday, March 21.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Forest Home Township Hall, 321 N. Bridge St. State Rep. Greg MacMaster will share legislative updates from Lansing. For details go to

‘Love Letters’

LELAND — The Leelanau Players will stage the play “Love Letters” at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. Tickets are $10 at the door. For details, call Al Lien, 620-7287, or the Old Art Building, 256-2131.

Country dance

SUMMIT CITY — A country dance will be hosted Saturday, March 23, at the Summit City Grange Hall, 3060 Factory St.

A soup supper at 6 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by a live band. Donations will be accepted. Call 263-4499 for details.

Harlem history on stage

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Theater will host one performance of “The Garden of Joy,” a Wharton Center-commissioned drama with music celebrating the Harlem Renaissance from 1909 to 1940.

The performance features live jazz, blues, and classical music. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the college. Tickets for “The Garden of Joy” can be reserved at the WSCC box office or by calling 843-5507.

Newcomers meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City historian and author Richard Fidler will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 26, meeting of the Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse.

Fidler will talk about local history at the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The public is invited. To learn more, visit

Comedy group performs

TRAVERSE CITY — Local comedic group, Falling Down Stairs Productions, will feature their videos and comedy at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. The community is invited to meet the group and see their work.

‘Pop up’ restaurant

EAST JORDAN — The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center hosts “The Maple Table,” a pop-up pancake restaurant with a maple theme, Saturdays and Sundays during sap flow.

Visitors can enjoy fresh, local foods and tour the sugarshack from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farm is located at 5745 N. M-66. For a menu and schedule, visit or call 536-0333.