Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 11, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/11/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

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ALDEN — Approximately 100 cars are expected to participate in the Alden Classic Sports Car Show today, Aug. 11.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, with valve cover racing from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and awards presented at 3 p.m. Spectator admission is free. For details, visit

Go to Bat for kids

CHUM’S CORNER — The Traverse City Beach Bums vs. the Gateway Grizzlies baseball game today, Aug. 11, will have an early childhood theme titled “Go To Bat for Early Childhood.”

Families of children ages up to 5 can sign-in for free lawn seat tickets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Wuerfel Park. The game starts at 5:05 p.m. There also will be free activities for young children. For details, contact Robin Hornkohl, 922-7863 or

Bird lecture, hike

TRAVERSE CITY — A lecture and a birding expedition will be held in conjunction with the Dennos Museum’s “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” exhibit.

Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) will give an illustrated lecture at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 11, in the Janis Room on the migration and selection processes of northern Michigan birds.

SBTH Director Kay Charter will lead a birding expedition at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, on Northwestern Michigan College’s main campus. Binoculars will be provided and all ages are welcome. Participants should meet in the Dennos Museum lobby, 1410 College Dr.

Both events are included with museum admission, which is $10 for adults; $5 for children, museum members and NMC students. For details or reservations, call 995-1029.

Jewelry party

FRANKFORT — Jewelry from artists in Mary’s Gift Gallery at the Oliver Art Center will be featured at a jewelry party from 2 to 4 p.m. today, Aug. 11. The Oliver Art Center is located at 132 Coast Guard Road. The public is invited.

Fun on River St.

ELK RAPIDS — Brett Mitchell and The Giant Ghost will provide the music for Evening on River Street from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The evening also includes face painters, food vendors, balloon fun, a fire truck and a children’s fish pond. For details, call 264-8202.

Solo artists perform

LELAND — Solo artists E Minor and Steven Leaf will perform with bassist Caul Bluhm on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available by calling 256-2131 or at the door.

Big band on stage

TRAVERSE CITY — The Bay Area Big Band will take the stage for the Thursday, Aug. 15, concert on the lawn at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

The band, directed by Chris Bickley, will be joined by vocalists including Rick Stewart and Robin Lee Berry.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. on the Pavilions’ Grand Lawn, off South Elmwood Avenue. Picnic concessions will open at 6:15 p.m. Listeners should bring their own seating.

For details, call 932-3027 or visit

Still lifes exhibit

GLEN ARBOR — Grand Rapids painter Holly Sturges will exhibit still lifes at Center Gallery at Lake Street Studios inspired by the groceries she purchases.

The “Market Basket” exhibit opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the gallery, 6023 S. Lake St., where Sturges also will give a painting demonstration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. The exhibit continues through Thursday, Aug. 22. For details, call 334-3179.

Vintage cars, trucks

MESICK — People who love old cars and trucks are invited to the Mesick Area Museum’s Vintage Car and Truck Show.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the parking lot next to the museum, 117 Mesick Ave. Visitors also are encouraged to view the exhibits in the museum. For details, visit

Barbershop concert

LELAND — The Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus will sing “Barbershop, Gospel, Pop and Doo Wop” at the next concert in the “Of Note” summer music series.

The chorus will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Leland United Methodist Church, 106 N. Fourth St. Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Manitou trip

LELAND — The Leelanau Historical Society will sponsor a day trip to North Manitou Island on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The cost is $65 for historical society members; $80 for non-members. The fee includes boat fare, a guided tour and a box lunch. For tickets or details, call 256-7475 or email

One-man play

BENZONIA — Jim Ribby will present a one-man play titled “An American Iliad” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Ribby wears a Union uniform to tell the story of the Civil War through poems he has collected that chronicle the era. He will give the performance at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Camp Lookout. Attendees should meet at 3:45 p.m. at the end of Buena Road on Lower Herring Lake to take a pontoon boat to the camp. For directions or details, call 882-5539 or visit

Benzie Players

BENZONIA — The Benzie County Players’ production of “The Dixie Swim Club” will include one dinner-theater performance.

The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, Aug. 23, 24 and 26, and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Mill Community House, 891 Michigan Ave. The dinner-theater performance on Saturday, Aug. 24 starts with the meal at 6:30 p.m., followed by the play at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required before Thursday, Aug. 22. There also will be performance-only seats available that evening.

Tickets for the dinner and play are $32 each. Tickets for the play only are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and younger. For details or reservations, call 882-0591.

Garden Club lunch

TRAVERSE CITY — The Friendly Garden Club invites the community to help celebrate its 90th anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

The anniversary luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St., and includes a buffet luncheon prepared by NMC culinary staff. Floral designer and owner of The Green Room Derek Woodruff will create floral designs reflecting the club’s history and community projects.

Tickets are $25. For details or to purchase tickets, call 932-1916.