Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 5, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/05/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Raven Hill open

EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with an open house Sunday, May 5.

The open house will be hosted from noon to 4 p.m. Raven Hill is located between East Jordan and Boyne City, off C-48 at Pearsall Road. For details, call 536-3369.

Benzie lecture

BENZONIA — The Benzonia Academy Lecture on Thursday, May 9, will examine the Grand Army of the Public (GAR). It is the first in a series of lectures focusing on the Civil War, which is marking its 150th anniversary.

The GAR was made up of Union Civil War veterans and played an important role in the life and development of the Benzie area. Dr. Louis Yock will talk on “The Fading Line of Blue: The GAR in Benzie History” at 7 p.m. at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave.

The public is invited; admission is free. For details, call 882-5539 or visit

Class of ‘57

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School class of 1957 will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, for lunch at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. All classmates are welcome.

Hope benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — Poet and author Jaiya John will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Seeds of Hope benefit for Child and Family Services.

John was one of the first African-American children to be adopted by a white family in New Mexico. He has written several books exploring questions of race, identity, family and discovery.

An Evening with Jaiya John will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Premier seating is $100. For details, visit or

‘Silent Spring’

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society’s Thursday, May 9, program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” as part of Green Elk Rapids Days.

The group will meet at the Jack Blesma Pavilion at the Elk Rapids Marina. The PBS film “Silent Spring” will be shown at 6 p.m., followed by local speakers discussing the significance of pesticides, organic foods and genetically modified foods. A freewill donation will be accepted. For details, call 264-0618 or visit

Movie benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — “A Night at the Movies” on Friday, May 10, will benefit Michael’s Place, a healing center for adults, children and teens who are grieving.

The fundraiser starts at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St., and includes a screening of “Akeelah and the Bee.” Author Tonya Wildfong will be on hand with her new book “Bee in the Barn” and book sales also will benefit Michael’s Place.

Tickets are $25 each and include popcorn and a soft drink. For details or tickets, call 947-6453 or email

Purse Power

TRAVERSE CITY — A “Power of the Purse” fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 11, to help women and families staying at the Goodwill Inn.

The event from 10 a.m. to noon will be hosted at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front. It includes a Mother’s Day brunch, a photo booth and a silent auction.

Tickets are $40 each at or at the Goodwill main office, 2279 S. Airport Road.

Pancakes for mom

BENDON — The Inland Township Fire Department will host a Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 12.

The meal will be served from 7 a.m. to noon at the Inland Township Hall. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

Museum opens

MESICK — The Mesick Area Historical Museum will open for the season during the Mesick Mushroom Festival

Hours during the festival are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through the first weekend in October, or by appointment.

The museum is at 117 Mesick Ave. For details, call 946-3958 or email

Mother’s Day music

TRAVERSE CITY — Family Reunion and special guests will give a Mother’s Day concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, as part of the “On the Porch” series at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St.

Family Reunion features the mother-daughter duo of Mary Anne and Elizabeth Rivers. They will be joined by musicians Pat Niemisto and Norm Wheeler. Tickets are $15 in advance at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods, Brilliant Books and West Side Beverage or by calling 947-9213. Tickets at the door are $20.

Song contest

TRAVERSE CITY — To celebrate 20 years at its new location, Horizon Books is sponsoring a “Horizon Shine Songwriters Contest.”

Songwriters are encouraged to write a song about what they love about Horizon Books and what it means to them for the Saturday, May 25, contest. Area musicians will judge entries from 4 to 6 p.m. in the book store’s Shine Cafe, 243 E. Front St.

Prizes will be awarded. For details, email Jill Beauchamp,

History exhibits

TRAVERSE CITY — Two new exhibits are on display at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.

“Traverse City History From Above” features aerial photos from the 1920s through 1970s. “The Grand Traverse Region: Vibrant Reinvention” is a traveling exhibit that features 12 panels exploring separate topics related to the area’s history.

Both exhibits are on view through Memorial Day weekend. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and older; free for ages 4 and younger. For details, call 995-0313 or visit