Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 10, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/10/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — The Conservation Resource Alliance has announced that all the trees available for its Friday, April 12, distribution have been reserved. No additional trees will be available that day and the waitlist also is full.

Eagle Scout project

TRAVERSE CITY — Jack Puetz, a junior at St. Francis High School, is working on a service project toward becoming an Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 31.

For his service project, Puetz is holding a “Give a Hand to the Band” instrument drive to benefit Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ band programs. New or used instruments and monetary donations will be accepted at St. Francis Catholic Church on South Union Street after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 13, and after the 9 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses on Sunday, April 14. For details or to arrange to have instruments picked up, contact Puetz, or 944-0306.

Genealogy program

BENZONIA — Joe Conger, past president of the Michigan Society, Sons of the American Revolution, will be the speaker at the Benzie Area Historical Society program today, April 10. Conger will speak at 2 p.m. at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave. The program is free and open to the public.

Volunteer training

TRAVERSE CITY — Thursday, April 11, is the deadline to register for a free, two-part training session for anyone 16 and older who would like to volunteer with the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

Sessions will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. For details or to register, contact Courtney Bierschbach, or 941-0960, ext. 24.

Nonprofit development

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network will sponsor a professional development session on Thursday, April 11, for nonprofit organizations.

"Developing a Facebook Page for Your Nonprofit Organization" will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center campus. The session is designed for beginning Facebook users. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet.

The fee is $12 and participants may bring a lunch. Registration is required; visit or call 929-3934.

Cabaret show

ELBERTA — The Elberta Solstice Festival Committee will host "An Evening of Elements" cabaret show to raise money for the Solstice Festival.

The event will start at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Cabbage Shed.There will be performances by the Tempting Views Revue and a fire performer. There also will be a raffle, a 50/50 drawing and a bake sale. Attendance is recommended for ages 18 and older.

Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance by calling 352-9843. To donate baked goods or for details, call 399-0098.

Dance Center concert

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dance Center Youth Ensemble will stage its spring concert Sunday, April 14.

"Peter Pan and More ..." will feature more than 45 student members of the Dance Center Youth Ensemble, plus guest actors and dancers. Performances start at 1 and 5 Milliken Auditorium, 1410 College Dr., in the Dennos Museum Center. A free children's reception follows the 1 p.m. matinee.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for children. They are available in advance by calling 947-6820 or online at Tickets also will be available at the door.

Chamber orchestra

CHARLEVOIX — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Sunday Series concert on Sunday, April 14, is titled "Brass-mania."

The free concert starts at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Charlevoix. For details, visit

Art classes

TRAVERSE CITY — Spring session starts Monday, April 15, at Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St.

Multi-week and single workshops in pottery wheel, experimental painting, yoga for two, metalsmithing, printmaking with Glenn Wolff, and pre-kindergarten printmaking and collage are available. Family Nights will focus on art for the outdoors and a single-evening metalsmithing workshop has been added.

For details, a complete schedule or to register, visit or call 421-8085.

Free seminar

TRAVERSE CITY — Ken Homa, director at Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, will discuss the agency and its services on Tuesday, April 16, at the Village at Bay Ridge.

Programs start at 1:30 p.m. at the West Building and 3 p.m. at the East Building, 3850 Scenic Ridge off Silver Lake Road. The programs are free and open the public. For details, call 932-9455.

DKG meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Delta Kappa Gamma, Traverse City Phi Chapter, will host Karen Schmidt at their Tuesday, April 16, meeting.

Schmidt will discuss plans for the Botanic Garden of NW Michigan on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Conference Center. There will be a soup and salad dinner for $6

All current and retired area educators are invited. For details, call Judy Oien, 995-0546, or Lana Nickels, 947-2599.

Library hosts author

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library's Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., will host an evening of storytelling, a book signing and a question and answer session with Michigan Notable Author Jack Driscoll.

Driscoll's book, "The World of a Few Minutes Ago," is one of 20 works chosen as 2013 Michigan Notable Books selections. He will visit the library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. There is no charge and the public is invited. For details, visit