Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 15, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/15/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Needs forum

SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Democratic Party will host a non-partisan informational forum on how to help those in need in Leelanau County.

“Invisible Leelanau” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. Panel members are Cathy Anthofer, the Women’s Resource Center; Kathy Bartell from the Parenting Communities project; Jerry Shiffman and Jim Sills from the Empire Area Community Center Emergency Fund; Steve Wade from United Way of Northwest Michigan; Jo Ellen Walker from Blessings and Backpacks; and Tyrus Wessell from the Leelanau County Coordinating Council.

The public is invited. Non-perishable food items will be collected for area food banks. For details, email


IAF lecture

TRAVERSE CITY — Tom Toomey will give a presentation titled “Afghan Youth: The Key to a Brighter Future” on Thursday, April 18, as part of the International Affairs Forum Lecture series.

Toomey has worked in international exchanges for 20 years, focusing on Afghanistan the past eight years. He is finishing a book about his experiences in Afghanistan.

The evening opens with a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. Tickets are $10 at the door; free for students and educators. For details, call 995-1700 or visit


Book group meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Pageturners, Peninsula Community Library’s book group, will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the library, 2699 Island View Road, to discuss J. Courtney Sullivan’s “Maine.”

New members are welcome and books are available at the library on a first come, first served basis. Call 223-7700 or visit for details.


DAR honors

TRAVERSE CITY — The Job Winslow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will honor the winner and runner-up of their “Good Citizen” Scholarship Contest at their “Celebration of Youth Awards Day.”

The event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. The Good Citizen winner, Nicole Falkiewicz from St. Mary School in Lake Leelanau, will receive a medal and a scholarship. The runner-up is Evan Lee Altman from Petoskey High School.

Guests are welcome and reservations are required. For details or reservations, call Mary Rose, 946-6337.


Virtual school info

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Connections Academy, the state’s K-12 tuition-free virtual public school, will hold an information session Tuesday, April 30, for parents of students looking for an alternative to their current school.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 N. U.S. 31 South. It includes one-on-one time with teachers and an opportunity to view the curriculum and sample lessons. For details, contact Bryan Klochack, (517) 507-5390 or


Appalachian crafts

MANISTEE — An Appalachian Craft Show will spotlight crafts from the mountains of Kentucky created by artisans with support from the Red Bird Mission.

The show will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Manistee United Methodist Church, 387 First St. Admission is free. For details, call Betty Jo Riggs, 723-2414.


AAUW scholarship

TRAVERSE CITY — The American Association of University Women Traverse City Area Branch is accepting applications for its Minnie Votruba Moore Scholarship.

The $1,500 scholarship was established in 1975 with a gift from longtime AAUW member Minnie Votruba Moore. Applicants must have completed two or more years of higher education. They must be enrolled or will be enrolled full or part time in an accredited program and live in the Grand Traverse region.

The application deadline is Saturday, May 4. Applications are available at or by calling 421-3152.


GED Testing

TRAVERSE CITY — General Education Development (GED) testing will be offered Monday and Tuesday, May 6-7, at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr.

To qualify for the GED test, individuals must have been out of a regular school program for one year or their class must have graduated. Participants must pre-register at the CHS Principal’s office prior to the chosen test date and must be able to attend both dates to take the complete GED.

The cost is $125 (cash or money orders only) due at registration. Individual tests including retakes are $25 each. For details, call 933-3500.

Host families

CROWN POINT, Ind. — CASE Exchange Student Program is looking for local families to host high school-age exchange students for the 2013-14 school year.

CASE is a nonprofit organization with representatives throughout northern Michigan. For details, call (800) 458-8336 or visit