Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 22, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/22/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — Guest host Doug Stanton will visit with debut novelist Jason Matthews tonight, May 22, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.

Matthews is the author of the international spy novel "Red Sparrow." The National Writers Series program will start at 7 p.m.; the doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at or 941-8082. Tickets at the door are $25. A $38 ticket includes admission, a pre-signed copy of "Red Sparrow" and a pre-event reception with the author, pending his availability.

Parkinson's support

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. today, May 22, at the Senior Center, 801 E. Front St., to discuss future programs and the June 6 Summer Forum.

Film and talk

TRAVERSE CITY — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse will host local filmmaker Leo Hagedorn's film "Looking for the Missing Link Between Faith and Reason."

The film deals with Young Earth creationism and evolutionary science. It will be shown at 7 p.m. today, May 22, at the UUCGT, 6726 Center Road. Discussion will follow. For details, call 947-3117.

Kayak for a Cause

PETOSKEY — All kayakers are invited to the Kayak for a Cause Launch Party on Thursday, May 23.

The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mackinaw Trails Winery, U.S. 31 south of Petoskey, with wine, food and entertainment. Attendees can meet other kayakers, sponsors of the Kayak for a Cause on Walloon Lake and team members who will participate in the July 20-21 event. Team registration also will be available. All proceeds benefit Camp Daggett's Adventure Program.

For details, visit or call 347-9742.

Abby Extravaganza

TRAVERSE CITY — An evening for music and dance will be hosted Friday, May 24, to support 13-year-old Abby Gross, who has brain cancer and will enter a new clinical trial.

The Abby Extravaganza will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Tickets may be purchased at the door and a cash bar will be available.

Civil War program

FIFE LAKE — Two presenters will bring the Civil War to life on Friday, May 24, at the Fife Lake Public Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane.

Don Bellinger will talk about two local Civil War Medal of Honor winners and Crag Bridson will discuss other local Civil War soldiers at 7 p.m. Photos and period artifacts also will be on display. The program is free and open to the public.

Open auditions

NORTHPORT — Open auditions will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 28-29, for an upcoming production of "Oklahoma."

Auditions will be held at the Northport auditorium. The musical will be staged July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18 at the Northport Community Arts Center, 104 S. Wing St. Tickets are on sale at

Garden workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — Breeze Hill Greenhouse will offer a variety of workshops during the first week in June.

"What's the Buzz" at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, will focus on keeping bees or starting a colony. The presenter is Suzette Cooley Sanborn of Island Amber Apiary. Registration is required.

"Fairy, Gnome and Miniature Gardens" will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4. The cost includes all supplies. Registration is required.

"Sedum Wreaths and Topiaries" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6. The price is determined by the topiary form selected; examples are on the website. A deposit and registration is required.

"Attracting More Butterflies and Hummers to Your Garden" will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8. It will focus on what you need to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Registration is required.

"Hot Spot Low-Maintenance Gardening" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, will focus on gardening using minimal watering. Registration is required.

Breeze Hill is located at 7230 Harry's Road. For details or to register, call 941-7295 or visit