Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 12, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/12/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Kids’ books sought

TRAVERSE CITY — The United Way of Northwest Michigan Volunteer Center is looking for new or gently used children’s books for its annual book drive.

The books will be given to children who attend the Volunteer Center’s second annual free Days of Action literacy celebration events scheduled in four surrounding counties in June. The goal is to encourage continued reading by families during the summer.

Book donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, May 13-17, at any Traverse City Area Public Schools’ elementary school or the United Way of Northwest Michigan office, 521 S. Union St.


Wildflower walks

BELLAIRE — New this season, Grass River Natural Area will offer weekly wildflower walks.

Docent-led walks start at 10 a.m. each Tuesday, May 14 through Aug. 27, at the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. The walks are free, but registration is required. For details or to register, call 533-8314 or visit

Film and program

KALKASKA — The Kalkaska County library will sponsor two events on fracking.

“Gasland” will be shown at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the library, 247 S. Cedar St. The documentary follows filmmaker Josh Fox on a cross-country trip to uncover the truth about fracking.

Jim Olson, local environmental law attorney and acting chair of F.L.O.W. (For Love Of Water), will visit the library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, to discuss fracking and its possible consequences.

Reservations are not needed for either event and the public is welcome. For details, call the library, 258-9411.

Library book sale

KALKASKA — The Friends of the Kalkaska County Library will hold their annual Used Book Sale at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church, 2525 Beebe Road .

A pre-sale event for Friends members only will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17. The sale will open to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18. For details, to volunteer at the sale or to learn more about the Friends group, call 587-1134.

Torch area potluck

EASTPORT — The Upper Torch Lake Association will hold its monthly potluck on Monday, May 13. All area residents are welcome.

The get-together will start at 6 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Community Services Building, 2355 N. U.S. 31. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients.

Fund-raising gala

GRAYLING — AuSable Artisan Village will hold its first fund-raising gala on Saturday, May 18.

The Artisan Village is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to initiate and support art and cultural activities throughout the AuSable/Manistee watershed region.

The gala starts at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn of Grayling. Tickets are $40 each at participating merchants, the Grayling Chamber of Commerce,, from AAV board members, and at the AAV Art Gallery, 219 Michigan Ave. For details, visit

MHA auction

TRAVERSE CITY — The Maritime Heritage Alliance, 13268 S. West Bay Shore Dr., is asking for donations for its Saturday, June 1, boat auction fundraiser.

For details or to arrange for the pick up of a boat or equipment donation, call 946-2647 or email Proceeds of the fundraiser benefit the Schooner Madeline, the Armed Sloop Welcome and the MHA Restoration Shop youth mentoring program.

Archipelago camp

TRAVERSE CITY — The Archipelago Project will host a chamber music camp this summer in Traverse City.

The Archipelago Project is a nonprofit music education ensemble that advocates musical arts through performance, residency and consultation. The ensemble is comprised of world-class musicians and is led by Traverse City natives Dan Trahey and Garrett Mendez.

The residency will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from July 25 through Aug. 3 (no class July 28) at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. It is for music students in grades six through 12. Students will participate in at least two ensembles, learn to write music and perform at locations in and around Traverse City.

The cost is $280 and scholarships are available. To register, visit For details, call (217) 714-1144 or email

Concert line-up

PETOSKEY — Odawa Casino Resort has announced the line-up for its “Soak Up the Sounds” concert series.

Performers include Sawyer Brown in June, comedian Rodney Carrington in July, B.J. Thomas and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, both in August, and Ricky Skaggs and KC & The Sunshine Band, both in September. Guitarist and singer Mark Farner will close out the season.

For tickets or details, visit or the Quill Box inside the casino, or contact Star Tickets, or (800) 585-3737.

Sing-along ‘Grease’

TRAVERSE CITY — “Sing-A-Long-A Grease” will roll onto the City Opera House stage, 106 E. Front St., Saturday, July 20. Tickets for the interactive screening of the movie classic are on sale now.

The evening opens with a Sing-A-Long host who teaches the audience how to hand jive, distributes free goodie bags and judges the costume contest. The movie, with on-screen lyrics, will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for students. They are available at the Opera House box office, by calling 941-8082 or online at