Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 19, 2014

Community in Brief: 02/19/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Mission trip benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — A public evening with Mac Daddy on Friday, Feb. 21, will benefit a spring mission trip to Haiti through Bright Hope and Bay Pointe Community Church.

The event will be hosted from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Club, 625 Bay St. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Light appetizers and beverages will be available to purchase. For details or tickets, call 220-5502.

Neighborhood meets

TRAVERSE CITY — All residents in the Traverse Heights Neighborhood are invited to a meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, to discuss the Neighborhood designation.

Boundaries are from Woodmere to Garfield and East Eighth to Boon streets. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Traverse Heights Elementary School, 933 Rose St.

Dinner and a movie

TRAVERSE CITY — Peninsula Bible Church will host a free community dinner and a movie on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 430 Fair St. “Raising Helen” starring Kate Hudson will be shown at 6:45 p.m. Popcorn and treats will be available to purchase.

‘Jazz D’Vine’

TRAVERSE CITY — The fifth annual “Jazz D’Vine” will feature music by the Jeff Haas Trio.

The event, a benefit for the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin. It includes music, wine pours, cheese samples, and a tour of the wine cellar and wine-making process by a Chateau wine educator.

Tickets are $25 each and available by calling 932-3027. Guests also receive a 50 percent discount on a second dinner that night at the Old Mission Tavern. The Jazz D’Vine ticket must be presented to wait staff before the meal to receive the discount.

Choirs perform

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 300 singers will take the stage at Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Central Grade School, 301 W. Seventh St., Sunday, Feb. 23, for a choral performance.

The Northwestern Michigan Chamber Singers, the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and all five NMC Children’s Choirs will be featured at the 3 p.m. concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 12 and younger and senior citizens ages 62 and older. They are available at the door. Call 995-1338 to learn more.

Irish music

LELAND — The Irish quintet Goitse will perform Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St.

The group was formed at Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. They have become one of the most sought-after bands in Irish traditional music.

Goitse will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at, or by calling 256-2131.

Forest ownership

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration for a family forest ownership succession workshop closes Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The “Ties to the Land” succession planning workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Grand Traverse Conservation District, 1450 Cass Road. It is designed for families wishing to learn how to “hand down” their forest land from one generation to the next.

The registration fee is $65 for the first family member; $15 for additional family members. This includes a 76-page book, CD-ROM, extra handouts, a light breakfast and lunch. For details or to register, contact Kama Ross, 256-9783, ext. 3, or

Disney turns profit

HONG KONG — Turning a page on years of losses, Hong Kong Disneyland said Monday it was profitable for a second straight year and plans to build a third hotel to help cater to rising numbers of visitors.

The theme park in the southern Chinese city more than doubled its profit to 242 million Hong Kong dollars ($31 million) in the year to September. Revenue climbed 15 percent to HK$4.9 billion as visitors rose 10 percent to a high of 7.4 million.

The park had struggled after opening in 2005, with its poor performance blamed on its small size. But it became profitable in 2012 thanks to new attractions that drew more visitors, especially from mainland China.

Officials announced plans to build a 750-room resort-hotel that will cost HK$4.3 billion and is expected to open by early 2017. The new hotel will raise total room capacity by three-quarters to 1,750.

“Expansion plans are in place to sustain the momentum of growth and capture increasing demand especially in the light of growing tourism in the region,” said Andrew Kam, the park’s managing director.

The Hong Kong government owns 52 percent of the park, with the Walt Disney Co. owning the rest. It’s still the smallest of Disney’s parks worldwide but an expansion project completed last year added 25 percent to its size.