Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 1, 2013

Community in Brief: 09/01/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Toothbrush drive

TRAVERSE CITY — The fifth annual Save A Smile toothbrush donation drive starts today, Sept. 1, and continues through September.

The drive benefits patients and families served by the Traverse Health Clinic. Donations of child and adult toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will be accepted at all Tom’s Food Market locations, all Northwestern Bank locations in the Traverse City area, at Traverse Dental Associates and at the Traverse Health Clinic.

Monetary gifts also are appreciated and will help provide oral hygiene services. They may be made at, or checks may be mailed to Traverse Health Clinic, 3155 Logan Valley Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684. Donors should include “Dental” on the memo line.

Local bridge walk

TRAVERSE CITY — A Labor Day bridge walk will be held Monday, Sept. 2, in Traverse City. It is sponsored by Traverse City Walks, LLC.

Walkers will leave at 8 a.m. from EuroStop Cafe at the corner of East Front and Park streets, to walk four of Traverse City’s bridges. The family-friendly walk is about three miles in distance. There is no registration necessary and the walk is free.

Fun at Music House

ACME — The Music House Museum will host a Family Day on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Activities from noon to 4 p.m. include guest musicians, special showings of silent films with popcorn and beverages, outdoor games if weather permits and family-friendly tours. Special admission rates are $15 for families, $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children 5 and younger.

The museum is located at 7377 U.S. 31 North. Call 938-9300 or visit for details.

Civil War program

FRANKFORT — The Benzonia Area Historical Museum will present “Letters from Home,” a dramatic reading of letters exchanged between a husband and wife during the Civil War, on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The program will start at 2 p.m. at the Stonewall Inn, 428 Leelanau Ave. Dave Jackson’s Civil War collection also will be on display. Seating is limited and reservations are requested; call 882-5539. For details, visit

Theater at Art Park

THOMPSONVILLE — The Detroit-based theater company Fratellanza will perform a new production Saturday, Sept. 14, at Michigan Legacy Art Park, located on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort.

“String Up the Moon” features adaptations of two Russian tales, “The Diary of a Madman” by Nikolai Gogol and “Mozart and Salieri” by Aleksandr Pushkin.

Three performers stage the poetry and movement of the authors in a playground world created by visual artist Reed Esslinger.

The production also features an original score by jazz musician Michael Malis.

The performance starts at 6 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for students.

The audience is encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, picnics and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Transportation to the performance venue will be available for patrons who need help.

For details, call 378-4963 or visit

Class of ‘03 reunion

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City West Senior High School class of 2003 will hold its 10-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Classmates will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. Tickets through Sunday, Sept. 15, are $20.

Tickets are $30 after Sept. 15 and at the door. Tickets include light hors d’oeuvres and one drink voucher. There also will be a cash bar.

To purchase advance tickets, send a check to TC West Class Reunion 2003, 5412 N. Winthrop Ave. #1N, Chicago, IL 60640.

Envelopes must be postmarked by Sept. 14 to receive the advance ticket price.

Les Miz tickets

TRAVERSE CITY — Single tickets are on sale for the Old Town Playhouse production of “Les Miserables.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-Nov. 2, with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m., at the playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for children. Season ticket packages are also available.

For tickets or details, call 947-2210 or visit