EMPIRE — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced the the National Park Service will update its Hazard Tree Management Plan to include responses to current and imminent tree disease epidemics and will accept ideas and input from the public until Feb. 15.
Public comments may be submitted at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projecthome.cfm?projectId=45319. Comments also may be mailed to Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front St., Empire, MI 49630.
Comments will be evaluated and considered during the development of alternatives and analysis of their impacts contained in the Environmental Assessment (EA). When the EA is completed, the National Lakeshore will again seek public input. For details, visit www.nps.gov/slbe.
BENZONIA — The Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., has acquired the Early Literacy Station (ELS), a comprehensive turnkey educational solution loaded with more than 60 educational software titles for children ages 2 to 8.
The ELS is a safe, stand-alone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. Software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference.
The ELS was purchased with patron donations and funds raised by the Friends of the Benzonia Public Library at their 2013 Holiday Book Sale.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs, located in Benzonia, Cadillac, East Jordan, Kalkaska, Manistee and Traverse City, are offering help for students preparing for the new GED test, which was revamped this year for the first time since 2002.
The GED 2014 test emphasizes problem-solving over memorization and is designed to more quickly move people to college and career options and ensure that adult learners are prepared for college and career training programs.
The Learning Labs are open for new registrations and offer personalized scheduling and self-paced individualized instruction. Adults wishing to prepare for the GED test can register in person at any of the learning labs or by calling (800) 442-1074. Classes also are available for adults who would like to complete their high school diploma or improve basic reading, writing, math or computer skills. There is no cost to attend. For details, visit www.nwm.org./labs.
Schmidt joins Haas
TRAVERSE CITY — Minneapolis vocalist Claudia Schmidt will join Haas & Friends for Jazz at the Cambria Thursday, Jan. 30.
Schmidt will perform with saxophonist Laurie Sears, bassist Jack Dryden and Randy Marsh on drums and harmonica from 7-9:15 p.m. in the Reflect Bistro & Lounge at Cambria Suites, 255 Munson Ave. There is no cover charge. For details, call 778-9000.
TRAVERSE CITY — Kohl’s Department Stores will accept nominations for outstanding young volunteers ages 6 to 18 from Friday, Jan. 31, through March 14.
Nominations for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program must be submitted by someone 21 years old or older. Kohl’s will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to children who have made a positive impact on their communities.
For details or to submit a nomination, visit www.kohlskids.com.
KALKASKA — Klumpp Flower Shop, 210 N. Cedar St., will offer a free fairy garden workshop on Saturday, Feb. 1. All ages are welcome.
Participants can bring their own containers or purchase one at the shop to create their own miniature garden from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments will be served and participants receive a 20 percent discount the day of the workshop. For details or to register, call 258-2342.