Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 19, 2013

Community in Brief: 06/19/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Salon art show

PETOSKEY — Crooked Tree Arts Center will host the Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils this summer.

More than 350 paintings from across the United States, Canada and Mexico will be displayed in a salon-style exhibition at the arts center, 461 E. Mitchell St. The exhibit and art event kicks off with a weekend of activities Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23, with a Sunset Paint Out, lectures, concerts, gallery walks, painting demonstrations, public and private receptions, and two days to preview the art before sales open on Friday, June 21. Many events are free and open to the public and take place at the arts center. The exhibition continues through Aug. 31.

For details or a full schedule of summer events, call 347-4337 or visit

Dinner for 4-H

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Lions Club will host a “Real Cowboy Dinner” on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, prior to the Elk Rapids Rotary Show.

The meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. each day in the Elk Rapids High School cafeteria. The cost is $10 per person and proceeds benefit the Backyard Bunch 4-H Club with members from Central Lake, Williamsburg and Kewadin.

ISLAND programs

TRAVERSE CITY — ISLAND will sponsor a program on designing farms and homesteads followed by a walk-about at its Bellaire homestead property.

“Designing Resilient Farms and Homesteads” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St. Presenters are Trevor Newman and Mark Angelini from the ecological design firm Roots to Fruits. A donation of $5 to $25 is suggested, but no one will be turned away.

Newman and Angelini also will lead an evaluation/design oriented walk-about from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the ISLAND homestead site, 2550 Orchard Hill Road, Bellaire. A $10 to $30 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For details about either program, call 622-5252 or email

SAR meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will hold its quarterly meeting on Saturday, June 22, at Ruby Tuesdays, 1764 U.S. 31 North.

The group will meet at 1 p.m. for lunch and a general business meeting. Anyone interested in Revolutionary War history or searching for their patriot ancestors is welcome. For details, contact Joseph Conger, 929-7142 or, or visit

About invasives

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District will sponsor a program titled “Embracing Invasives?” on Thursday, June 27, at the Good Work Collective, 417 S. Union St.

The program from 7 to 9 p.m. includes a brief program followed by audience discussion moderated by Brad Kik of ISLAND. The public is invited. For details, visit

Grass River benefit

ALDEN — Switchback will provide music for dancing at the Saturday, June 29, Grass River Natural Area benefit dance.

The event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m., rain or shine, under a tent at Alden Depot Park, 10670 Coy St. The Up North Brass Quintet will open the show. There also will be Short’s beer, wine from the Village Market, and barbecue from Pigs Eatin’ Ribs.

Tickets are $16 in advance; $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Grass River office, Bellaire; online at; at the Village Market, Rapid City; and Chef Charles, Elk Rapids.

Art camps

TRAVERSE CITY — KidzArt, Kindermusik and Drama Kids are teaming up to sponsor a series of summer camps.

Camps will be offered at various locations for preschoolers ages 4 to 6, children entering first through fifth grades and for students going into sixth grade and older. For details, email

Free kid’s classes

GRAYLING — Free summer children’s classes are under way at the AuSable Artisan Village Gallery, 219 Michigan Ave.

The classes/workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 12 and include clay work, soap carving, painting and more. A complete list and details are available at To register, visit the website, call the gallery, (989) 312-3660, or call Karen Sessons at Kirtland Community College, (989) 275-5000, ext. 279.