Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 19, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/19/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Small Potatoes

BEULAH — Small Potatoes will give two concerts in northern Michigan.

The folk duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Brookside Inn, 115 N. Michigan, Beulah. Tickets are available in Beulah at the Brookside Inn, East Shore Market and Sugar Moon Cafe, and in Frankfort at the Corner Drug. Tickets and details also are available by calling 882-9688.

Small Potatoes also will give a concert in Traverse City at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St., Tickets are available at the tavern, Brilliant Books, West Side Beverage, Oryana Natural Foods or by calling Sleder’s, 947-9213.

Tickets for each concert are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Seed exchange

CADILLAC — A seed exchange and seed saving workshop with Craig Schaaf from Golden Rule Farm will be held Thursday, March 21.

The program, rescheduled from February, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Northwood Feed on Boon Road. Attendees may bring seeds they wish to share and a snack. For details, visit

Easter Egg Hunt

TRAVERSE CITY — Fellowship Church and Little Ones Preschool invites the community to a free Easter Egg Hunt.

The event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the church and preschool, 2555 Garfield Road N. There will be a light breakfast, a craft and the egg hunt. For details, call 947-1988 or visit

Bluebird class

BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area will offer a bluebird class on Saturday, March 23.

Bluebird expert Tom Comfort will share information about the habits and habitats of bluebirds at 1 p.m. at the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. The class is $5 per person and registration is required. For details or to register, call 533-8314 or visit

Nature center

TRAVERSE CITY — The Boardman River Nature Center will offer a spring break preview of its summer camp themes and also hold a special session of its Peepers program.

Spring Break classes will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. daily, March 25-29, at the Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Each day will have a different theme with related crafts and activities for children ages 4 and older. The class fee is $2 per day with advance registration; $3 the day of the session. For details or to register, visit

There also will be a bonus session of the Peepers preschool program for children ages 3 to 5, who must attend with an adult. Sessions will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 28. These programs are free.

Garden club meet

TRAVERSE CITY — The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, March 26.

The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Mary Lee Orr, Natural Resources Chair for the Grand Traverse Area League of Women Voters, will present “Global Warming: Present and Predicted Effects on the Great Lakes Regions.” The public is invited.

Wiccan open house

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Area Wiccan Circle will hold an open house at the Friends Meeting House.

The Wiccan Circle is a diverse group comprised of practitioners of positive earth-based religions such as Wicca, Shamanism, Heathenry and Druidry.

The open house will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 25. The Circle will provide information about Wicca and Paganism as well as explain how members celebrate the sacred days throughout the year. A recommended reading list will be available for those seeking more information.

For details, call 313-5577, email or visit Facebook,


PETOSKEY — Registration is under way for a Camp Daggett Mother and Daughter Weekend May 3 through 5.

The event is open to mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, big sisters, aunts and their daughters, sisters and granddaughters ages 7 to 17. The cost is $150 for mother/daughter, plus $50 for each additional daughter. This includes lodging, food and all activities unless otherwise noted. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. For details, call Kathy Bardins, 487-1188. To register, call Grace Ketchum at Camp Daggett, 347-9742.

Baker College

CADILLAC — Baker College of Cadillac is enrolling students for spring 2013 quarter. Classes start Monday, April 1, and registration continues through the first week of classes.

Financial help is available including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and work-study programs. For details, email Audrey Charmoli,, or call the Baker College admissions office, 876-3119. Students also may schedule an appointment at the Baker College website,

Habitat challenge

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College students and the Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region Depot Neighborhood will host a Habitat Home Challenge on April 6 at the Grand Traverse Mall.

The Depot Neighborhood is an energy-efficient, affordable housing community to be built at East Eighth Street and Woodmere Avenue. Local businesses, schools, families, organizations and community members of all ages are invited to help raise awareness and collect resources for the Depot Neighborhood by creating model houses from recyclable materials.

Registration forms are available at the NMC Business Students for Habitat Facebook page or by contacting Gretchen Harnack, 995-2524 or Participants also are asked to give a $10 minimum donation or items from the resource list on Facebook. All donations help the Depot Neighborhood become a reality.

Rotary internship

BELLAIRE — Graduating high school seniors and college students interested in the natural sciences are invited to apply for a Rotary Environmental Education Internship funded by the Bellaire Rotary Club. The application deadline is April 15.

The internship runs June through August and the minimum commitment is 125 hours scheduled to accommodate both the student’s and GRNA’s needs. The intern will work with Grass River naturalists to develop and teach nature classes, lead hikes, create educational displays and orient visitors. He or she also will help survey and monitor natural resources.

Applications may be downloaded at For details, call Education Director Melynda Bagley, 533-8314.

Host families

TRAVERSE CITY — The nonprofit organization Ayusa is looking for families or individuals to host foreign exchange students for the 2013-14 school year. For more information contact local representative Rene Hills, 429-2936, or visit

GRASP summer program

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is under way for the GRASP at-home reading and math program for kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

The summer program is offered through Northwestern Michigan College. Students complete one lesson a week at home and mail it to reading and math teachers who review, score and return the assignments. The cost is $75 for either reading or math; $129 for both. Partial financial aid is available.

The registration deadline is May 14. For details or registration, visit or call 995-1700.

‘Take It From The Top’

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is open for “Take It From The Top,” a musical theater workshop to be held Aug. 6 through 9. Participants learn music, dance and theater from Broadway professionals and perform for an audience at the end of the workshop.

A Musical Theatre Workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-8 at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. The workshop will meet from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., where the students will perform a free recital at 6 p.m. This workshop is for children ages 10 to 18. The cost is $275.

An Advanced Workshop for students ages 12 to 22 will focus on “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Participants will receive and read through the score and script. It will meet 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-8 at the Old Town Playhouse and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the City Opera House. A free recital will be presented at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $375. Auditions for this workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14.

For details or to register, visit