Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 22, 2012

In Brief: 10/22/2012


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Forum on proposals

Traverse City — The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan State University Extension will sponsor a free Ballot Proposal Forum Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The 7-9 p.m. forum will be at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St., and includes factual information about the statewide proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. Attendees also may discuss the proposals with MSU policy experts.

Registration is required; visit If unable to attend, individuals can question MSU experts online at To read summaries of the proposals visit the Citizen's Research Council website at

Open house

Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College's newest degree program, Audio Technology, will host an open house.

The 18-month fast track program offers a choice of 24 courses. Credentials offered include a degree and three levels of platform-centric certification from industry leaders like Apple.

The open house will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the audio technology lab at the University Center, Dendrinos Drive.

Legends grand finale

Traverse City — The Grand Finale of the Fall 2012 Legends activities will be on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Festivities include free programs at 2 and 7 p.m., at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., by Dr. Elizabeth Faue, professor of American History and Women's History at Wayne State University. The programs complement the stories of fall 2012 Legends honorees Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal-Thompson, the first female physician in Northern Michigan (1886), and Emelia Schaub, the first female practicing prosecuting attorney in Michigan (1936).

Reservations are encouraged; contact Maddie Buteyn, 995-0313, ex. 106, or e-mail

Halloween event

Central Lake — YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, 919 N. East Torch Lake Dr., will host a Halloween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Family fun will be hosted from 2 to 6 p.m., with hot dogs and drinks served 3-5 p.m. The cost is $6 per person, $20 for a group of four and includes refreshments.

Those needing more intense fun can return from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for a walk on the haunted trail. The cost is $6 per person; free with a ticket from the afternoon.

For details, call 544-5915 or visit

East holds craft fair

Traverse City — East Middle School's Extravaganza Craft Fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the school, 1776 Three Mile Road.

The fair features new and returning vendors and an expanded silent auction. Food will be available.

Vendor booths are still available. Interested vendors should call 933-7322. Proceeds benefit the school library.

Fall craft show

Mesick — A fall craft show and bake sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Mesick Community Center behind Ellen's Corner. A Sloppy Joe and chips lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $2.50. Bake sale proceeds benefit Tender Hands Child Development Center.

Adult 'play date'

East Jordan — Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center invites adults to a "Natural Dye Play Date" Sunday, Oct. 28.

The hands-on event will be held noon-3 p.m. at the farm, 5745 N. M-66. Participants may bring their own material to dye or purchase some at class. They also may bring a snack to share if they wish.

The suggested donation is $5-$10. Registration is required; call 536-0333 or email

Snowsport training

Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College will offer "Introduction to Teaching Snowsports" beginning Thursday, Nov. 1.

The class meets 6-9 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 15 at the NMC University Center, room 9. There also will be on-slope sessions at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, on a Saturday and Sunday in late November or early December as snow conditions permit. Participants should be advanced intermediate skiers. No prior teaching experience is required.

The cost is $126; call 995-1700 or visit

'Fresh Water' course

Traverse City — "All Things Fresh Water" explores the Great Lakes and water-related issues in a series guided by Northwestern Michigan College Water Studies staff.

The class meets 5-7 p.m. three Thursdays, Nov. 1-15, at NMC's Great Lakes Campus, room 112, 715 E. Front St. The cost is $65; $54 for Grand Traverse County residents ages 62 and older. For details or to register, contact NMC Extended Education, 995-1700 or

Voting guide

Traverse City — The League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area has made available to the public "The Non Partisan State Voter Guide."

The guide, published by the State League of Women Voters, is available at all county government centers and public libraries in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.