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August 10, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/10/2013

Summer reading

TRAVERSE CITY — The Adult Summer Reading Program finale and the Chapter Chicks Mother-Daughter Book Club meeting both are on Monday, Aug. 12, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.

Grade school girls and their special adults will meet at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck dinner, a craft and to discuss Kevin Henkes' "Junonia." The book selection is geared toward third through fifth grade readers. Reservations are requested.

The conclusion of the Adult Summer Reading Program starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments in the library's Harding Memorial Garden. Karen Schmidt will discuss the groundbreaking for the new visitors' center at the Botanical Gardens of Northwest Michigan. Patrons who present completed Bingo cards will receive a gift card for an ice cream cone from Buchan's.

To learn more or to register, call the library, 223-7700. Details also are available at www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.

Activities at Grass River

BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Highway, has released a full schedule of activities for Aug. 14 through 24.

A purple loosestrife eradication work bee will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Participants should wear long pants and old athletic shoes. No experience is needed.

Heidi Shaffer, Antrim County Soil Conservation Officer, will lead a tour of Grass River's new rain and wetland gardens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Participants also will learn how to design and position rain gardens and other landscape features to handle runoff on their property. The class fee is $5.

Children ages 7 and older will use field guides to identify plants in a small section of Grass River during a "What Is That Plant" Citizen Science Friday program at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16. The cost is $5.

A garden party will celebrate the new native plant gardens at the natural area. Visitors can view the rain garden, the dry meadow garden, and the birdwatcher's garden from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Refreshments will be served and information will be available on using native plants in landscaping. The party is free.

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