Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 22, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/22/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Health Fair

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College nursing students will hold a Community Health Promotion Fair today, April 22, to share information on current health issues with the public. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with displays in the Tech Center atrium, Arts & Sciences Center, and the Schoenherr Campus Center.


‘Chasing Ice’ film

FRANKFORT — The award-winning film “Chasing Ice” and a program honoring environmental attorney Jim Olson will be hosted Tuesday, April 23, by the Benzie County Democrats to celebrate Earth Day.

The event will be held at the Garden Theater, 301 Main St., A reception at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by an awards program at 7:15 p.m. and the documentary at 8 p.m.

Senior spelling

TRAVERSE CITY — Practice rounds for the Senior Spelling Bee will be held at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Practice will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 24-25, for the Senior Spelling Bee, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Twin Lakes Park, North Long Lake Road.

Team registration is $5 per person and all proceeds go to the Grand Traverse Regional Spelling Bee winner to help defray travel expenses to Washington, DC. Advance registration is required; call 922-4911 or visit


Education forum

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Area Public Schools and the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area will host an education forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, focusing on Governor Snyder’s education plan and proposed funding changes. It will take place in the West Middle School Little Theater on Silver Lake Road.


Kindergarten meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Area Public Schools has released dates for Kindergarten Round-up. Incoming kindergarten students and their parents can meet teachers, school nurses, principals and secretaries while completing the enrollment process.

Round-up dates are: Friday, April 26, Silver Lake School; Monday, May 6, Willow Hill School; Tuesday, May 7, Cherry Knoll School; Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-9, Central Grade School; Friday, May 10, Old Mission Peninsula School; Monday, May 13, Long Lake School; Tuesday, May 14, Courtade School; Wednesday, May 15, TCAPS International School at Bertha Vos; Thursday, May 16, Westwoods School; Monday, May 20, Interlochen Community School; Thursday, May 23, Traverse Heights School; Friday, May 24, Eastern School; Wednesday, May 29, Blair School; and Thursday and Friday, May 30-31, TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis.

To schedule Kindergarten Round-up appointments, contact the individual schools. For additional registration information, visit

‘Exposures’ exhibit

LELAND — The “Exposures 2013” exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, April 26, at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. The exhibit celebrates the art and creative writing of Leelanau County students in grades seven through 12 chosen for this year’s Exposures Magazine.

The opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with artwork, essays, poetry and live music by guitarists Hunter Bell and Zak Watson. The exhibit continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27. For details, call 256-2131.

Fest rescheduled

BENZONIA — Because of hazardous road conditions on Friday, April 12, the Benzie County Water Festival has been rescheduled. It will be held Friday, April 26, at Benzie Central High School on Homestead Road. For details, visit


Student art

FRANKFORT — The Regional Student Exhibition will be on display through Friday, April 26, at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, 132 Coast Guard Road.

The exhibit features art by students from Frankfort-Elberta, Benzie Central, Traverse City Central and Onekama schools. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Explore Commons

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to explore the trails at the Grand Traverse Commons on Saturday, April 27, with Grand Traverse County Conservation District staff and students from the Greenspire School.

The program will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting at the Greenspire School and ending at Higher Grounds. There will be a tour of the trails, a short documentary developed by Greenspire students, a tree seedling planting and a free cup of coffee during an optional question and and answer period.

For details or to register, visit


Dessert fundraiser

MANTON — The second annual “Save the Manton Senior Center” fundraiser will be hosted Saturday, April 27.

The dessert extravaganza will be held at the Manton School. The doors open at 4 p.m. Silent auction bidding starts at 4:30 p.m., with a live auction at 5:45 p.m.

Admission is by donation. Suggested donations are $5 for ages 9 and older; $3 for ages 8 and younger. For details, call 824-6961.

Benefit for Abby

MAPLE CITY — Abby Gross, age 13, has been fighting brain cancer since 2010 and recently suffered a relapse. A horse-lover, Abby recently received a horse of her own, Tiger Lily, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Now, a group of Abby’s friends are sponsoring a horse-related benefit for her.

The fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Cold Spring Farm. Five of the area’s top horse professionals will give instructions and demonstrations. There also will be food, music, face painting and a silent auction. Admission is $5 at the gate for ages 9 and older; free for ages 8 and younger.


Senior computing

TRAVERSE CITY — Nancy Gonzalez, the new computer class instructor at the Senior Center Network, will lead computer classes starting Thursday, May 9.

The two-hour classes meet at the Senior Center Network, 801 E. Front St. Registration and payment is required in advance. The cost is $25 for network members; $45 for non-members. This includes a take-home manual.

For a full schedule or registration, visit For questions, call 922-4911.

Parkinson’s group

TRAVERSE CITY — Cornelius Robens, MD, will be guest presenter at the Wednesday, April 24, meeting of the Parkinson’s Support Group.

Dr. Robens will discuss “Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s - Recognition and Treatment” at 10 a.m. at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. For details, call 947-1946 or 947-7389.

Antique auto club

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Elks Lodge #323, 625 Bay St. New members are welcome. For details, call Mike Nickels, 947-2599, or Ron Kovacs, 933-6141.


Monoculture talk

BELLAIRE — Art, Film, Philosophy will host guests from Spirituality UnTapped for a discussion of monoculture as addressed in the F.S. Michaels book “Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything.”

The program will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated; call 622-5252 or visit

Heritage Group

EMPIRE — The Empire area Heritage Group will hold its spring meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Empire Museum Complex. Spring cleaning, new displays and scheduling will be discussed. For details, call 326-5519.


Voice Box session

CHARLEVOIX — Real People Media will sponsor a Voice Box session Friday, April 26, with featured guest East Side Drive and an open mic for musicians, poets, public speakers and performance artists.

Open mic sign up starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance by East Side Drive from 7 to 8 p.m., and the open mic session from 8 to 9 p.m. at Charlevoix Circle of Arts, 109 Clinton Ave. Sessions are videotaped and shared on Charter’s Public Access Channel and the Internet.

The public is welcome. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Lap robe work bee

INTERLOCHEN — Volunteers are needed to help make lap robes for area veterans.

The local lap robes for veterans group has received donations of material. Quilt backing. batting and quilting will be done by BJ’s Quilting. Volunteers are needed to help with sewing, ironing and cutting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Interlochen Public Library on Riley Road. Sewing machines, irons and cutting tools will be provided.

For details or to volunteer, call Tammara Sanches, 668-1912, or Christine Stalsonburg, 409-4140.

Country dance

SUMMIT CITY — A country dance will be hosted Saturday, April 27, at the Summit City Grange Hall, 3060 Factory St.

A soup supper at 6 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. to music by a live band. Donations will be accepted. For details, call 263-4499.

Grant Twp. clean up

GRANT TOWNSHIP — Grant Township spring clean-up day will be Saturday, April 27.

Township residents may bring acceptable items to the Town Hall, the corner of Karlin and Davis roads, from 8 a.m. to noon. Appliances with refrigerant must have the refrigerant removed by a certified technician. Grandpa’s Garage will take scrap metal, batteries and, for a fee, tires. For details, call 263-7168.

Mutt March

KALKASKA — A Mutt March 5K dog walk will be held Saturday, April 27.

Dogs and their owners should meet at 11 a.m. at the start of the Kaliseum’s KART Trail. A $10 donation per dog will go toward the Kalkaska Animal Shelter’s new building fund. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Northwoods Animal Coalition. For details, call 645-0007.

Bard auditions

TRAVERSE CITY — Auditions will be held Saturday, April 27, for Riverside Shakespeare’s production of “All’s Well That Ends Well.” The play will be staged July 18-21 and 25-28.

Auditions will be held 1-4 p.m. at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. There are roles for seven females and 11 males. For details, call 941-4953.

Baby pantry drive

BENZIE COUNTY — The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office is participating in a collection drive for the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Baby Pantry in Beulah.

Donations will be accepted at the Sheriff’s office through April 29. Suggested items include diapers, bottles, baby food, pacifiers, new clothing for newborns through 5 year olds, toys and shampoo. Monetary donations also are welcome. Car seats and cribs will not be accepted.

NMC barbecue delivered

TRAVERSE CITY — Home-bound Grand Traverse County senior citizens 60 and older can enjoy a home-delivered picnic lunch from the Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue.

The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging will coordinate meal delivery between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Barbecue Day, Sunday, May 19. Meals are $6 each and reservations may be made by calling the Commission on Aging office, 922-4688. Reservations and payment are required by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

In addition, the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St., will be a drop-off site for NMC Barbecue meals. Anyone who wishes to eat their meal at the senior center at approximately 1 p.m. on Barbecue Day should make reservations with the senior center, 922-4911.

Jazz at the Cambria

TRAVERSE CITY — Jazz at the Cambria featuring the Jeff Haas Trio and Friends has been extended.

The trio will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through June 13 in the Cambria’s Reflect Bistro and Lounge, 255 Munson Ave. There is no cover charge. For details, call 778-9000.