Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 31, 2013

Community in Brief: 07/31/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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LELAND — A technology yard sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Leland Public School, 200 N. Grand Ave. Sale items include used computers, laptops and accessories.

Water safety class

LELAND — The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project and Leland Township Parks and Rec will offer a free "Great Lakes Water Safety" class on Thursday, Aug. 1.

A classroom session will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 S. Main St., followed by a beach and water session at 8:15 p.m. at Vans Beach. For details or to register, visit or call Dave Benjamin, (708) 903-0166.

Birds and bats

BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Highway, will offer programs on birds and bats.

Citizen Science Friday on Aug. 2 will be "For the Birds." The 10 a.m. class is geared toward children ages 7 and older who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Participants will investigate natural area habitats and look for birds that live there. Observations will be recorded in Grass River's data base.

"Bats on the Hunt" on Saturday, Aug. 3, will feature bat stories, legends, facts and songs. Participants should meet at the natural area's barn at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

The fee for each program is $5 per person and registration is required. For details or to register, call 533-8314 or visit

Boats on the river

TRAVERSE CITY — The Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will host its "Boats on the Boardwalk" Saturday, Aug. 3.

Approximately 50 antique and classic boats will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the water along the boardwalk on the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City.

Preschool playdate

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Cooperative Preschool invites area families to a playdate at its new Hilly Hollow playground.

The natural playscape is designed to help connect children with nature. It uses natural materials to provide a creative, interactive play experience. Traditional elements include swings, a hill slide and tire climb.

The playdate is from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the preschool 720 S. Elmwood Ave. A preschool board or parent member will be available to provide access to restrooms and a water fountain. Picnic tables are available for families who wish to bring a lunch. For details, visit or call 946-3950.

Dune Dash

GLEN ARBOR — Registration is under way for Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails second Dune Dash.

The four-mile run/walk along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. It starts and finishes at the Dune Climb. For details or to register, visit Proceeds support the continued development of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Family science

SUTTONS BAY — The Inland Seas Education Association is offering Family Science Fridays for children ages 5 to 12.

The next program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 2, at the ISEA Education Center, 100 Dame St. The theme is "Drifters in a Drop of Water." Participating children will trawl for plankton using a net, identify what they've caught and take home their own plankton.

The cost is $5 per child and reservations are recommended. For details or reservations, contact Taryn Carew, 271-3077 or

Manitou day trip

LELAND — Prepaid reservations are being accepted for the Tuesday, Aug. 20, North Manitou Island day trip being sponsored by the Leelanau Historical Society.

The trip includes information about the island's history and viewing Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear's restoration projects. The cost is $65 for historical society members; $80 for non-members. This includes boat fare, the park fee, a guided tour and a box lunch. For reservations, call 256-7475 or email