Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 24, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/24/2013

Tree planting

TRAVERSE CITY — ReLeaf Michigan and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will sponsor a tree planting Friday as part of the American Bar Association’s “One Million Tree Project.” Volunteers are welcome.

The 14 large trees will be planted along Cass Street from East Eighth to 13th street. A ceremony and planting demonstration will be held at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. The planting will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon. For details about the project, visit To volunteer, make a monetary donation or for details, email or call (800) 642-7353.


TRAVERSE CITY — Area men are challenged to release their inner “Duck Dynasty” persona and enter United Way of Northwest Michigan’s Beard Growing Contest.

“Novembeard 2013” is a fundraiser for the 2014 Alternative Spring Break trip through Northwestern Michigan College and United Way and for Wigs for Kids.

Individuals who register for the competition should come to one of several locations at the end of October and the end of November to have “Before” and “After” photos taken. Their goal is to collect pledges for each day they don’t shave their beard. Then, during the first week of December, the public can vote with monetary donations for the beard they think is best.

For details on entering the contest and the rules, visit and click on the “Novembeard” link.

Harvest gathering

ELK RAPIDS — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and ISLAND will co-host a fall harvest gathering from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Maple Bay Farm, U.S. 31, south of Elk Rapids.

The event will include music by Angelo Meli and Dave Eichenroth, a hike to the beach, refreshments, pumpkins and nature-themed pumpkin stencils, and a look at ISLAND’s new kitchen on wheels. If planning to participate in the hike, dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For details, call 929-7911. For reservations, visit For directions, visit

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