Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA is offering a variety of basketball programs for all ages and abilities.
There are programs for preschool children, elementary and middle school girls and boys, plus adult leagues for both men and women. The Y is located at 3000 Racquet Club Dr., off South Airport Road. For details, visit www.gtbayymca.org or call 933-9622.
MHA crew training
Traverse City — The Maritime Heritage Alliance is taking registrations for its winter basic crew training.
The training program prepares adults 18 years and older to sail as deckhands on the Maritime Heritage Alliance's Schooner Madeline and Sloop Welcome. Sessions include classroom presentations and hands-on skill training exercises and will be held Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and 28, and March 7 and 28, at the CenterPointe Auditorium and the MHA workshops, both on South West Bay Shore Drive. A training fee is charged. Onboard training begins in June.
For complete details, visit www.maritimeheritagealliance.org, or call the MHA office, 946-2647.
Traverse City — The Community Foundation is taking scholarship applications from child care providers seeking professional development or continuing education.
Funds are available from the newly established Child Care Connections (formerly 4C) Fund, which was created to continue to promote and strengthen quality child care in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
Funding is for private home-based daycares and private and tuition-based child care centers. Priority will be given to providers who do not have other means of funding available to them. Awards of up to $2,000 per individual will be considered.
Scholarship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed at least quarterly. For details, complete application information, and to apply, visit www.4good4ever.org.
Traverse City — Aikido instructor Katherine (Roo) Heins has opened a Traverse City-based aikido dojo, Northwest Michigan Aikikai, and is accepting students.
Heins holds the rank of fifth dan, and is certified as a shidoin (full instructor) through Birankai North America. Classes in this Japanese martial art are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Trigger Boxing, 1220 Woodmere. Beginners are welcome.
Anyone interested in attending should call (231) 735-2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traverse City — Two Italian classes are starting at the Grand Traverse Commons.
"Let's Talk," a class for beginners, will meet 6:15-8:15 p.m. on 10 Wednesdays starting Jan. 16. "Let's Talk More" for more advanced students will meet from 6:15 to 8;15 p.m. 10 Mondays starting today, Jan. 14.
Both classes will be held at the Village Center conference room above Cuppa Joe. The price for each course is $130. For details, visit www.thevillagetc.com.
School 'STEM' night
Traverse City — The Greenspire School will host STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Night and an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
There will be hands-on activities for families from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school, 1026 Red Dr., at the Grand Traverse Commons. For details, visit www.greenspireschool.org.
Traverse City — A Spanish Conversation class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 10 Thursdays, starting Jan. 17, at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center, room 9. For details or to register, call 995-1700 or visit www.nmc.edu/ees.
Kids book signing
Traverse City — Barry and Suzanne Gavel will sign copies of their picture book "Barn Dance" on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The book signing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. The books comes with a CD and follows a cow, a horse and a turtle who hear about a "barn dance" and set out to see exactly what that is.
For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
TART snow removal
Traverse City — Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails Inc. and the City of Traverse City are partnering to provide snow clearing along sections of the TART Trail.
The TART from Carter Road to Bunker Hill Road in Acme will be cleared when there is snow accumulation of at least three inches. The Murchie Bridge underpass along the TART will be shoveled by young volunteer Carter Schmidt, who operates Carter's Compost in the Oak Park neighborhood. Volunteers also will shovel the Boardman Lake pedestrian bridge.
New this year, the Mall Trail from 14th Street to South Airport Road will be cleared through service donated by Johnson Outdoors, owned by Joe Johnson.
To learn more, visit TART Trails' Smart Commute webpage at http://traversetrails.org/programs/smart-commute/.