Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 24, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/24/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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

Halloween party

TRAVERSE CITY — All Traverse City area children are invited to a Halloween Party from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. Costumes are encouraged and there will be food, trick-or-treating and more. For details, call Penny Lautner, 342-3713.

Food drive

BRETHREN — The Brethren Boosters will observe Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, on Saturday, Oct. 26, by sponsoring a non-perishable food and toiletries drive.

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lakeview Church of the Brethren on the corner of East Coates Highway and High Bridge Road. Donation boxes also will be available today, Oct. 24, at the home volleyball tri-meet and on Friday, Oct. 25, at the final Brethren home football game. Cash donations also are appreciated.

Donations will benefit Lakeview Church of the Brethren's food pantry. For details, to volunteer or to make a donation, call Carissa Smith, (616) 204-7765 or Jacqueline Miller, 510-1799, or go to

Spanish Masquerade

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College iDance Group will host a Spanish Masquerade on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The event will be held at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., with a tango workshop from 6-7:30 p.m., and dancing from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. An optional unveiling of masks is at 10 p.m. The workshop is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors 62 and older. The dance is $12 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 62 and older.

For tickets, visit or call 941-8082. Tickets also will be available at the door. For details, visit or call Mykl Werth, 499-9793.

Psychic Fair

TRAVERSE CITY — Higher Self Bookstore, 328 E. Front St., will host a Halloween Psychic Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26.

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the book store will offer tarot, psychic and intuitive readings, astrology, oracle card readings, aura photos and readings, reiki/energy sessions, handwriting analysis, reflexology, massages, refreshments and more. For details, call 941-5805.

Encore Winds

TRAVERSE CITY — Encore Winds will open its 2013-14 concert season on Sunday, Oct. 27, at its new home at Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Central Grade School, 301 Seventh St.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. The West Senior High School drum line and percussion students will open the performance with Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and music from their marching band show. Encore Winds will present chamber pieces by Gagrielli and Dvorak. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and children. For tickets or details, visit or call 486-7200.

Fishtown benefit

LELAND — The Bluebird, 102 River St., will host its third annual Fishtown Benefit Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. It includes a buffet brunch, choice of beverage, door prizes, music and more. Once tickets are purchased, ticketholders should call the Bluebird, 256-9081, to reserve a spot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Fishtown Preservation Society office next to the Leland Library, the Bluebird, Reflections in Fishtown, Tampico in Leland, Leland Gal in Fishtown and Great Goods in Suttons Bay. They also are available at

Coffee sale

TRAVERSE CITY — Espresso Yourself, a Junior Achievement company from the "Marketing: How to Start a Business" class at Traverse City Central High School, is partnering with Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co. to sell quality ground coffee to area residents.

The young entrepreneurs will take coffee orders through Nov. 4. The orders will be hand-delivered by the customer's personal sales representative just before Thanksgiving. Espresso Yourself is donating 10 percent of net profits to the local St. Vincent de Paul. For details, contact Pat Rutt, 933-3682 or

Mensa test

TRAVERSE CITY — Mensa, the high-IQ society, will administer a test on Saturday, Nov. 2, for individuals who wish to see if they qualify for membership.

The testing session will start at 9 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road. The test fee is $40. For details or to sign up for the test, call 275-6735 or email Additional information about the testing program is available at

Lions Club breakfast

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Lions Club is celebrating 70 years of service and will host a breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The meal will be served from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #35, 1231 Hastings St. There also will be music from 9-11 a.m. by Elliott and Brandon Tyson. The meal is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-9, and free for children 4 and younger. Proceeds will support Lions Club projects in Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties. For details, call Bill Young, 275-6199, or Jim Pasco, 943-0804.

Christianity class

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Allen Horstman, professor emeritus at Albion College, will teach a Life Academy class that explores the organization of the early Christian Church.

The class will meet from 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Nov. 7 and 14. The cost is $45. Call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700, or visit to register or for details.