Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 17, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/17/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Book signings

TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Jane Doerr, Tyler Svec and Elizabeth Buzzelli will sign their books Saturday, May 18, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St.

Doerr, author of "Bay View: an American Idea," will sign her books from noon to 2 p.m. Svec, author of "Rebellion," will visit the book store from 2 to 4 p.m. and Elizabeth Buzzelli, author of the Emily Kincaid mystery series will sign "Dead Little Dolly, the latest book in the series, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit

Kung Fu tourney/demo

TRAVERSE CITY — SEEDS' White Tiger students from around the region will compete in a kung fu tournament and demonstration Sunday, May 19. The event is open to the public.

The tournament and demo will start at 10 a.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. There also will be music, archery, art, and a free barbecue at noon. For details, call 947-0312 or visit

Breakfast served

FIFE LAKE — Walton Junction Sportsman's Club will host a breakfast on Saturday, May 18.

The meal will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at the club, 11207 E. County Line Road. The cost is $7 for adults, $2.50 for ages 5 to 11 and free for children 4 and younger. The public is welcome.

Baby pantry benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — Books-A-Millions at the Crossings Mall, will donate a percentage of their sales from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, to the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry when a Book Fair coupon is presented.

The Baby Pantry also will have a display table at the front of the store. For details, call Helen Chadwick, 946-0633.

OTP auditions

TRAVERSE CITY — "Les Miserables" will open the Old Town Playhouse 2013-14 season. Auditions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, for performers ages 15 and younger only, and for everyone beginning at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, at the playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St.

No registration is required. Auditioners should bring a prepared, accompanied one to two minute solo and sheet music for an accompanist. Perusal scripts are available at the OTP business office. For details, email or call 947-2210, ext. 4.

Rock hounds meet

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Rock & Mineral Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. There will be a program titled "The Collecting and Carving of Alabaster Rock," a report on Baker Ranch geodes and a short business meeting. Visitors are welcome.

Delta Kappa Gamma

TRAVERSE CITY — Delta Kappa Gamma, Traverse City Phi chapter, will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Conference Center. A $6 soup and salad dinner will be served. All current and retired area educators are invited. For details, call Judy Oien, 995-0546, or Lana Nickels, 947-2599.

Author program

WILLIAMSBURG — Northern Michigan author Patricia Batta will give a program on Thursday, May 23, as part of the Hope Village Life Enrichment Lecture Series.

Batta is the author of the Marge Christensen Mystery Series. The program starts at 3:30 p.m. at Hope Village, 4354 Mt. Hope Road. It is free and open to the public. For details, call 938-4673.

Garden plots

TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Garden at Historic Barns Park on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons still has both small and large garden plots available. All gardeners and community groups are welcome. For details, call 735-8361 or email