Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 25, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/25/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Sunday School

TRAVERSE CITY — Sunday School at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will feature a game day on Sunday, May 26, before it takes a break for the summer.

Games and fellowship for adults and students start at 9:15 a.m. at the church, 1050 Peninsula Dr. In addition, plans are under way for Vacation Bible School Aug. 5-9.

For details, call 947-9880.

Pancake breakfast

LAKE ANN — The Lake Ann Lions will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 26, at the old Almira Township Hall, downtown Lake Ann. The meal is $6 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12 and free for preschoolers.

Memorial Day

LAKE ANN — Almira Township will hold a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m., Monday, May 27, at the Lake Ann Cemetery.

Norwood service

NORWOOD — A Memorial Day Service will start at 8:45 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Village of Norwood Cemetery. An open house, hosted by the Norwood Area Historical Society, will follow at the Norwood Schoolhouse/Historical Society Building. For details, visit

Retirees recognized

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Area Public Schools will honor this year’s retiring employees at a celebration Wednesday, May 29, at the Tompkins Boardman Administration Center, 412 Webster St. in the second floor curriculum rooms.

The 4:30 p.m. event will include entertainment by the West Senior High School Choral-Aires. TCAPS’ students, families, alumni and friends of retirees are welcome. For details or if planning to attend, contact Kelly Walter, 933-1713 or

ISEA seminar

SUTTONS BAY — The Inland Seas Education Association will screen the film “Signals for Survival” on Thursday, May 30.

The in-depth study of behavior and communication of the lesser great black-beaked and herring gull will be shown at 7 p.m. at the ISEA. A question and answer session with local ornithologist Dr. Bill Scharf will follow.

The seminar is free and open to the public. For details, call 271-3077 or visit

Smart Commute

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails will sponsor Smart Commute Week Friday, May 31, through Friday, June 7.

A Recycle-A-Bicycle Swap Meet will be held Saturday, June 1. For details, visit

The Smart Commute Challenge from Monday, June 3, through Friday, June 7, will feature free commuter breakfasts from 7 to 9 a.m. at a different location each day. Other events include a free documentary at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St.; Michigan Land Use Institute’s Local Motion Commuter Summit, 3- 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.; a TART Fiesta 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Red Mesa Grill; and a free bike-in film at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at F & M Park.

Michigan Blood also will donate $10 to TART Trails’ Smart Commute for each person who makes an appointment to donate blood Monday through Wednesday, June 10-12. For details on making an appointment, visit

For details about Smart Commute Week or to register a team for the Challenge, visit or call 941-4300.

Art exhibition

LELAND — The Leelanau Artists at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St., will host their 13th Annual Exhibition.

The opening reception is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. The exhibit will continue on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited.

Stone dedication

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society received a grant from the Zonta Club of Traverse City to provide a headstone on the grave of Dr. Augusta Rosenthal-Thompson and her son Jackie. A graveside dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, June 1.

Dr. Rosenthal-Thompson was Traverse City’s first female physician and one of the first women to graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School in the 1880s. Her headstone will be dedicated at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. The public is invited.

Senior trip

GRAYLING — The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center will sponsor a trip to the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

The bus will leave at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, and will return to Grayling by 6 p.m. The $65 cost includes an indoor guided tour and outside tram tour, lunch in the cafe and a buffet dinner at Burke’s Waterfront Restaurant in Cadillac.

Paid registrations are due Wednesday, June 5. For details or reservations, call (989) 348-7123.

Garden resources

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan State University Extension offers a variety of free resources for home gardeners based on science performed at MSU and other land grant universities.

Two websites featuring research-based information on all aspects of gardening are or Gardeners can find articles on topics of interest, events and opportunities for web-based education and instructions on how to “Ask an Expert” questions. MSUE’s Home Gardening news also may be sent as an email digest by looking for the link to sign up for these weekly updates. There also is a link with the latest information on becoming a Master Gardener. Soil tests also may be ordered from the websites.

Gardeners with a lawn or garden pest problem or without internet can call toll-free, (888) MSUE4MI, for help.