Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 23, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/23/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — The Honorable Elizabeth Weaver will discuss her book “ Judicial Deceit: Unnecessary Secrecy at the Michigan Supreme Court” on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front. St.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Weaver’s program starts at 4 p.m. and she will remain to sign books until 6 p.m. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit

Successful aging

TRAVERSE CITY — Dave Eitland and Dr. Phil Ellis will discuss “Creative Giving and Your Bucket List” on Monday, Aug. 26, as part of the Successful Aging Series at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

The free program starts at 2 p.m. at the Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. The public is invited. Eitland is development and gift planning director for Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation. Ellis is director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.

For details, call 932-3027 or visit

Birds and bugs

TRAVERSE CITY — Saving Birds Thru Habitat will sponsor a virtual “Bird n Bug Safari” and Wings of Wonder will introduce visitors to raptors in conjunction with the Dennos Museum Center’s “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” exhibit.

The safari will start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the museum center, 1410 College Dr. Participants of all ages will learn about challenges faced by migrating birds.

“A Birds-Eye View: An Interactive Raptor Experience” will start at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Participants should meet in the museum center lobby.

Both programs are free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults and $5 for children, museum members and NMC students. For details or to sign up for either program, call 995-1029.

Street dance

MANCELONA — Area youth are invited to a “back to school” street dance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Triangle Park. Admission is free and in case of bad weather the dance will be at the Mancelona Middle School gym. For details, call 587-5500 or visit


Test screening

TRAVERSE CITY — The northern Michigan community is invited to participate in the filmmaking process at a test screening of the movie “One Simple Question” by Teresa Carey of Kalkaska.

In 2011, Carey and her partner set out in a small sailboat in search of an iceberg. Now, two years later, they will share their film for the first official public test-screening at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St. Admission is free. Discussion and written feedback will follow the screening.

Input sought

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, in partnership with Garfield Township, invites the community to the second public input meeting for the proposed second phase of the Buffalo Ridge Trail.

In November 2011 the first phase of the Buffalo Ridge Trail opened, connecting the Grand Traverse Commons to West Middle School. The second phase will connect the school to the new YMCA and link into a new system of trails in Garfield Township.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Garfield Township Hall, 3838 Veterans Dr. Preliminary trail design will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Jazz at Sunset

TRAVERSE CITY — A number of special guests will join the Jeff Haas Trio for the 20th anniversary season finale of Jazz at Sunset at Chateau Chantal.

The season will close on Thursday, Aug. 29, with a jam session from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring vocalists Miriam Pico and Janice Keegan, flutist Nancy Stagnitta, saxophonists Laurie Sears and Bill Sears and trumpeter Chris Lawrence. They will join Jack Dryden on bass, Randy Marsh on drums and Haas on piano for classics by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and others, along with selections from Haas’ book of originals.

There is no cover charge and select Chateau wines, sparkling juices and lemonade will be available. Chateau Chantal is located at 15900 Rue de Vin on the Old Mission Peninsula. For details, call 223-4110 or email

Artist presentation

GLEN ARBOR — Watercolor artist James Johnson of Grand Rapids, is the next artist-in-residence at the Glen Arbor Art Association.

He has exhibited in many venues in and around western Michigan and Key West, Fla. He currently paints, exhibits and teaches workshops in western Michigan. Johnson will discuss his art at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the GAAA building, 6031 S. Lake St. The program is free and open to the public.

Pancake breakfast

LAKE ANN — The Lake Ann Lions will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 1.

The meal will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the Old Almira Township Hall, downtown Lake Ann. The price is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 11 and younger and free for preschoolers.

Sale donations

TRAVERSE CITY — The Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St., is seeking donations for its semi-annual garage sale fundraiser.

Donations may be dropped off at the Foundation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. New and gently-used toys, art, antiques, sporting goods, books, small appliances, jewelry, collectibles, linens and clothing will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 30. Donations of furniture in good condition will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 13. If needed, volunteers may be able to pick up heavy or large furniture items through Friday, Sept. 6. Prior arrangements must be made by calling 947-2055.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Foundation. Proceeds are used to purchase food pantry items or provide financial assistance to local families who come to the Foundation for help.

Aging Commission

TRAVERSE CITY — The next meeting of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St., Suite B. For an agenda or more information, call 922-4688.

Join TC Sings

TRAVERSE CITY — TC Sings! will offer two sessions this fall, both at the Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St.

The inclusive choir welcomes all voices and all people and performs songs from a variety of world cultures and traditions in three- and four-part harmony. Everything is taught orally. There is no need to read music and no previous singing experience is required.

TC Sings! High Noon will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Dec. 4. TC Sings! Evening will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 5. Both sessions cover the same material. The choirs will join together for a Big Sing celebration the first week in December to share music with family and friends and raise money for a school in Ethiopia.

Registration is $79 for 12 weeks and new members may join at any time. Fees are prorated and sliding scale and scholarships are available based on need. Visitors also are welcome. For details, visit, or contact Heather Kingham, (503) 422-6515,