Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 2, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/02/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Raven Hill break

EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center, four miles southeast of East Jordan, will be open daily through Sunday, April 7, for spring break.

Visitors can play in the hands-on museum, observe exotic animals and explore outdoor exhibits, weather permitting, from noon to 4 p.m. For details, call 536-3369 or visit

Library ‘overdue’

KALKASKA — Kalkaska County Library volunteers will answer questions about a proposed new library at four meetings during April.

Library representatives will host open house events to share information about the plans for a new library facility from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, at the library. For details, call 258-9411.

Library archives

TRAVERSE CITY — Peninsula Community Library Director Vicki Shurly will open the library’s history collection for a free presentation Thursday, April 4, for the Old Mission Historical Society and the public.

“From the Archives” starts at 7 p.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road. The library’s collection is currently being digitized and contains items as diverse as a hand-drawn survey map believed to be from 1839 and early township ledgers.

NWS auction

TRAVERSE CITY — The National Writers Series (NWS) is conducting an online silent auction for an “Exclusive Event Package” with international bestselling author Blaine Harden.

The package is valued at $130 and includes two tickets to Blaine Harden’s program, two copies of his bestseller “Escape from Camp 14,” and lunch for two at Amical with Harden and NWS co-founder Doug Stanton.

Bidding starts at $100 and closes at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4. To place a bid or for more information, go to Auction proceeds directly benefit the National Writers Series, Front Street Writers, and the NWS scholarship program.

Scottish potluck

TRAVERSE CITY — The St. Andrews Society will host its spring potluck on Sunday, April 7.

The event will start with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. at the Traverse Hills Clubhouse on Eastview Drive. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. There will be haggis, bagpipes, live music and dancing, a raffle and door prizes.

For details or reservations, contact Margaret Sarna, 947-3902 or

Photo exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area Camera Club’s annual photography exhibit will be hosted Sunday, April 7.

The exhibit will be on view from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. In addition to photography by club members, the display includes images from area students in ninth through 12th grade from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Wexford counties. Photographers will be on hand to discuss their images and answer questions.

For more information, visit

Torch potluck

EASTPORT — The Upper Torch Lake Association’s next monthly potluck will be hosted Monday, April 8.

The event at the Torch Lake Township Community Services Building, 2355 N. U.S. 31, includes a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. All area residents are invited and asked to bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients.

Cottage Coffee

TRAVERSE CITY — Caregiver tips and hospice services will be discussed at the Tuesday, April 9, Cottage Coffees Series at Hawthorn Cottage on the campus of Grand Traverse Pavilions.

The 10 a.m. free program will be led by Jen Simmer, marketing representative for Hospice of Michigan in Traverse City. The program is sponsored in part by Comfort Keepers. For details, call 932-3027, or email


TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan reggae band The FunDubMentals will play a farewell show Friday, April 12, at the Good Work Collective on South Union Street.

The group has been playing a mix of roots reggae, dub, ska and dancehall for the past eight years. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Tree, is moving to Florida to pursue an education at Full Sail University music school, closing the book on the current chapter of the band.

The FunDubMentals will perform at 9:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested at the door. To learn more about the band, visit

Andrew Bird

TRAVERSE CITY — Award-winning singer/songwriter Andrew Bird will make an appearance Thursday, April 11, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.

The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist combines folk, rock, pop, classical and blues influences and has earned international recognition for his virtuoso musicianship and live performances.

Bird will perform at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34 each; call 941-8082, visit or, or stop at the City Opera House box office.

Artists sought

GLEN ARBOR — Artist applications are available for the 42nd annual Glen Lake Women’s Club Art Fair on Wednesday, July 17.

The fair will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Town Hall. Proceeds are used for scholarships. For applications, email