Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 9, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/09/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Art exhibit opens

FRANKFORT — The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts will host an exhibit of selected works by area artists Ellie Harold and Dewey Blocksma.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 9, at the art center, 132 Coast Guard Road. The exhibit also may be viewed 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For details, call 352-4151 or visit

First families

FIFE LAKE — Fel Brunett will discuss the first people to inhabit the area around Fife Lake at 7 p.m. today, Aug. 9, at the Fire Lake Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane. The public is invited.

Art opening

GLEN ARBOR — An exhibit of paintings by Barbara Doepke Cochran will open with a reception today, Aug. 9.

Cochran had a career in graphic design and in recent years returned to painting oils and watercolors. She spends her time painting in the Chicago area, Boca Grande, Fla., and Maple City.

The reception will be hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St. The exhibit continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. For details, call 334-6112.

Church talent show

TRAVERSE CITY — Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr., will host a talent show and lunch on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Weekend services start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. The talent show and lunch will start at noon. The church offers a nursery for infants through children in third grade, with Sunday School for children in kindergarten through third grade during the scripture reading and sermon time.

Blair library services

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library, in conjunction with Traverse City Area Public Schools, will offer library services Saturday, Aug. 10, at Blair Elementary School, 1625 Sawyer Road.

The library will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon. Scheduled programs include preschool storytime and crafts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Summer Reading Club and Crafts for children in grades one through five from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Residents also will be able to borrow books from the school's library and from a selection of TADL books for children, teens and adults.

Benzie Symphony

BENZONIA — The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra will give a concert on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Benzie Central High School on Homestead Road.

"Music That Moves" is the theme for the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students 13 and older and free for children 11 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door.

Lions auction, yard sale

EMPIRE — The Empire Lions Club will hold its 47th annual Auction and Yard Sale on Sunday, August 11.

The fundraiser will be held at Johnson Park, near Philip and Reynolds streets. The yard sale and also auction registration starts at 10 a.m. Auction bidding opens at noon. Lunch will be available in the park pavilion.

Chain-of-Lakes history

ALDEN — Local historians Ed McDuffie and Herb Moir will share stories and anecdotes about the history of the Elk River Chain-Of-Lakes in a program on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

McDuffie and his late wife co-authored "Torch Lake: The History of Was-Wah-Go-Ning." Moir has a lifetime of experience and provides details that fill in "the rest of the story." Their program starts at 5 p.m. at Alden Depot Park, 10670 Coy St. A wine and cheese reception follows. For details or registration, call Grass River Natural Area, 533-8314.

Old Engine Show

BUCKLEY — The Buckley Old Engine Show will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15-18, at the Old Engine Showgrounds on M-37.

The gates open at 7 a.m. each day, with no new admissions after 9 p.m. The show closes after the 3 p.m. parade on Sunday. Flea Market hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Special events include threshing, straw baling and a horse powered baler demonstrations at 10:30 and 1:30 p.m. daily, cider mill demonstrations 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. daily and 10-11 a.m. Sunday; a tractor slow race at noon, kids' tractor pull at 12:30 p.m., free steam train rides and more.

Daily admission is $10 for adults; $25 for a four-day pass. Children ages 15 and younger will be admitted free with a parent or guardian. Parking is free and shuttles to and from the parking area will be available until 8 p.m. For a complete schedule and details, visit or call 269-3669.

Book group meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Pageturners, Peninsula Community Library's book group, will meet Thursday, Aug. 15, at the library, 2699 Island View Road.

The group will discuss "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks at 7 p.m. New members are welcome and copies of the book are available at the library on a first come, first served basis. For details, call 223-7700 or visit

New Art Park sculpture

THOMPSONVILLE — Michigan Legacy Art Park has accepted a proposal for a new sculpture from Eric Troffkin, professor of sculpture at Wayne State University.

Troffkin's proposed work is titled Communications Vine and is an extension of his current body of work inspired by the form of towers that stretch up to the sky sending and receiving signals allowing people to communicate. Once funding is secured for materials and the artist fee, Troffkin will begin installing the work in sections.

Donations may be made to Michigan Legacy Art Park at, or checks payable to Michigan Legacy Art Park may be mailed to Michigan Legacy Art Park, 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, MI 49683.