Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 16, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/16/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Chico’s helps WRC

TRAVERSE CITY — Chico’s Women’s Clothing Store, 225 E. Front St., will donate 10 percent of its gross sales today, March 16, to the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area. For details, call Chico’s, 922-9067, or the Women’s Resource Center, 941-1210.

Oryana events

TRAVERSE CITY — Events at Oryana include St. Patrick’s Day Demos and Samples through Sunday, March 17.

The St. Patrick’s Day-themed event includes the spring edition of Kids’ Cuisine from noon to 3 p.m. today, March 16, with a Lonnie the Leprechaun story time at 1 p.m. and a free organic shamrock cookie snack. A “Luck of the Irish” discount will be offered Sunday, March 17. Shoppers can draw a lucky shamrock to receive a discount of up to 5 percent off their total purchase.

Spring cleaning week is Sunday, March 17, through Saturday, March 23. There will be demonstrations, samples, educational information and special pricing on local and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Learn how to color Easter Eggs using natural dyes in a demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

All events take place at Oryana Natural Foods Market, 260 E. 10th St. For details, call 947-0191.

Sara Hardy Award

TRAVERSE CITY — Gladys Munoz will receive the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award on Monday, March 18.

Munoz has worked as director of language and cultural diversity at Northwest Michigan Health Services, providing interpretation services. She also provides translation services for other human service agencies throughout the area.

The award will be presented in a ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave. A celebration will start at 6 p.m. in the second floor training room. The award recognizes Hardy’s contributions to the community by honoring an individual who exemplifies the Human Rights Commission’s ideals.

Lenten lunch

TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Lenten Luncheon series will close Thursday, March 21.

A soup and sandwich lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster. Mary Collins will provide music at noon, followed by the Lenten message from 12:30 to 1 p.m. by Pastor Brett Spaulding of the First Christian Church.

A $3 donation for the meal is suggested and proceeds benefit local missions. The series has been sponsored by Church Women United and is open to men and women.

Earth Day benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — “SPRING! Community SING!,” an evening with local singers and musicians, will benefit Little Artshram, organizer and sponsor of the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and celebration.

The musical event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Good Works Collective, 417 S. Union St. It features performances by Dede Alderman, Heather Kingham, Rokko Jans, Zach Power and Carol Laughing Waters. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A $20 donation at the door is suggested and includes an Earth Day Parade Songbook. Admission is free for children 10 and younger. For details, call 735-8370, email or visit

‘Mom-to-Mom’ sale

CADILLAC — Cadillac Heritage Christian School’s “Mom-to-Mom” Sale will be held Saturday, March 23.

The indoor sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fox Hill Event Center, 7640 Mackinaw Trail. Admission is $1; free for ages 12 and younger. For details, call the school, 775-4272.

Series concludes

TRAVERSE CITY — The “Exploring Peace in the Middle East” series concludes Sunday, Marcy 24.

Betsy Barlow will be the featured speaker. She has worked for the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern & North African Affairs for 18 years and is one of the founders of Friends of Sabeel-North America. She will discuss “The Path to a Just and Lasting Peace Between Israel and the Palestinians” at 5:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 1249 Three Mile Road.

For details, call 946-3048 or visit

Autism fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is under way for the second annual Traverse Traveler Scavenger Hunt of Autism.

The event uses social media to raise money to purchase iPads for educational programs for Traverse City Area Public Schools’ students with autism. The inaugural event drew 84 teams and raised more than $14,700 for the TCAPS iPads for Autism program.

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in downtown Traverse City. Teams of up to five people are invited to register for the event. Teams use the Traverse Traveler smart phone app to navigate from place to place, check in at each location and participate in an on-site challenge to earn prize tickets. The registration fee is $25 per team; visit to register.

New this year is a pre-scavenger hunt “Light It Up Blue” event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2. Participants will meet at Ecco, 121 E. Front St., then walk to the Open Space for a mass launch of blue Chinese lanterns. The $5 lantern cost also will go toward the iPads for Autism program. Lanterns are available at Old Mission Traders (formerly Cherry Stop), 211 E. Front St., or at

Cards at retailers

TRAVERSE CITY — Goodwill’s Paperworks Studio handmade recycled greeting cards now are available at local retailers and markets.

The cards may be purchased at Tom’s East Bay, West Bay and Acme markets, Oleson’s Food Store on Hammond Road, Ace Hardware on West Front Street, Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St., and Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. In April, cards also will be available at Tom’s Market on 14th Street.

‘Senior Corner’ online

TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Corner is now featured on the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging’s website.

Produced by Michael Sheehan since 1994, the online news source features information on aging issues of interest to the region’s senior citizens.

The Senior Corner may be viewed at