Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 3, 2013

In Brief: 02/03/2013


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Railroad buffs meet

Traverse City — The public is invited to the Tuesday, Feb. 5, meeting of the Railroad Historical Society of Northwest Michigan.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Member George Gregory will give the program.

'Poetry meets Art'

Traverse City --Reservations are due Thursday, Feb. 7, for the next lunch meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club.

The club meets at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the West Building dining room, 3950 Scenic Ridge. The program features Ann Bardens-McClellan, author of "Journey to the Centre," and artist Eileen Millard. The book pairs Millard's art with Bardens-McClellan's poems.

The cost is $6 and payment is due with reservations. For details or reservations, call 932-9455.

Gopherwood concert

Cadillac — Orpheum Bell with special guest Lac la Belle will take the stage for the Saturday, Feb. 9, Gopherwood Concert.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. at the Cadillac Elks Club, 122 S. Mitchell St. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students at Toy Town, 122 S. Mitchell St. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for students. For details, call 846-8383.

Learn about owls

Bellaire — Rebecca Lessard from the Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation organization will talk about owls on Saturday, Feb. 9, as part of Grass River Natural Area's Owl Month.

The program features live owls and starts at 11 a.m. at the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. The cost is $5 per person. Reservations are required; call 533-8314 or visit

Glacial Hills hike

Antrim County — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will offer a guided snowshoe hike at Glacial Hills.

The hike starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. For details, directions or to register, visit or call 929-7911.

Contra dance

Traverse City — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a contra dance on Saturday, Feb. 9, with live music by Bowhunter from Kalamazoo.

A free lesson from 7 to 7:45 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. Admission is $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $6 for students with ID.

Call 313-2596, visit or email for details.

Country dance

Cadillac — The Fonda Starr Band will provide music for an old-time country and square dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9116 E. 13th St., next to Kiley Chiropractic. Admission is by donation and free dance instruction will be provided.

Bay Film Series

Suttons Bay — The Bay Film Series continues with the Italian drama, "Shun Li and the Poet."

The film will be shown at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12, at The Bay Theatre, 214 St. Joseph St.

Non-subscribers are welcome; regular admission applies. For details, call 271-3772 or visit

Book discussion

Traverse City — In recognition of Black History Month, the Traverse Area District Library invites the community to read and discuss "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis.

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave. For details, visit

Wild West ballet

Traverse City — The audience is invited to take a trip to the Wild West with the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre's production of the original ballet, "Song of Wyoming," written by the company's artistic director Thomas Morrell.

The production combines 17 dance students ages 9-18 with professional guest dancers Jordan Semer and Philip Leete. Morrell also tapped several high school musical theatre veteran guys from Central High School and a homeschool group to fill out the cast.

Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Milliken Auditorium, 1701 E. Front St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. They are available at, or by calling (800) 836-0717. Tickets also may be purchased at Milliken Auditorium the day of the performance.

Voca People

Traverse City — Voca People, described by VH1 as "Blue Man Group meets Glee," will perform Sunday, Feb. 17, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.

The group will share their a cappella harmonies, beat boxing, "mouth music" and comedy at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $45; $15 for students. They are available at the Opera House box office, by calling 941-8082 or at

Dancers wanted

Traverse City --Area women are invited to dance in support of One Billion Rising, a worldwide event to raise awareness that one in three women will be raped and/or beaten in their lifetime. The Traverse City flash mob is slated for Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Mall near the Taco Bell.

Northwestern Michigan College will host dance practice for those wishing to take part Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oleson Center.

For more information, call NMC's Emily Magner at 995-1118.