Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 24, 2014

Community in Brief: 02/24/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Blood drive benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Roller Derby will sponsor a blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Anyone who attempts to donate between 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Jimmy John’s on East Front Street will be entered into a drawing for a TC Roller Derby Swag Gift Bag. The LEAP Junior Derby program also receives $10 per person from Michigan Blood for each person who donates.

For details or to schedule an appointment, call 935-3030 or email

Kingsley Lions meet

KINGSLEY — The Kingsley Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St. For details, call 263-8025 or 313-1837.

How to grow hens

BELLAIRE — ISLAND will offer a class on starting and growing laying hens.

The class will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St. Participants will learn how to grow laying hens including breed selection, ordering, housing and recipes for homemade feed. They also will take home plans and information on ordering chicks in the spring and will be introduced to ISLAND’s Chicken Coupe, an MDA certified mobile poultry processing unit.

The class is free, but donations are appreciated. No registration is required. For details, call 622-5252 or email

Bake and craft sale

TRAVERSE CITY — Residents at the Village at Bay Ridge will host their semi-annual bake and craft sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the East Building, 3850 Scenic Ridge Road, off Silver Lake Road.

Geranium sale

EASTPORT— Friday, Feb. 28, is the deadline to order geranium planters and geranium plants from the Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society.

The nonprofit organization is taking orders for 12-inch zonal geranium planters and individual five-inch plants in four colors. Orders may be picked up Saturday, May 24, at Eastport Baptist Church. For details, order forms and pricing, contact Loraine Mottern, 599-2546 or

DVD program

KALKASKA — Bear Lake Christian Church’s Women’s Refresh Ministry will host a DVD program titled “Unglued” with Lysa Terkeurst.

The program starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the church. Terkeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, will discuss making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions. Lunch will be served. Call 258-6107 to learn more.

Choir rehearsals

SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Community Choir, directed by Jonah Powell, begins spring rehearsals Monday, March 3.

All voices are welcome and no audition is required.

There also is no membership fee, although a contribution of $25 helps the choir expand its music library and compensate Powell and the accompanist.

Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 218 Madison. Concerts will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.

To learn more, contact Barbara Abbott, 271-6091 or

Railroad history buffs meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Member Bob Wilhelm will present a DVD featuring the Durango & Silverton Railroad in Colorado at the next meeting of the Railroad Historical Society of Northwest Michigan.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Anyone interested in railroads or railroad history is welcome.

Call George Gregory, 946-6436, to learn more.

Homebuyer workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will offer a two-session Homebuyers Workshop.

The workshop will meet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 5, at the NMCAA, 3963 Three Mile Road.

Participants will learn the basics of the home buying process and receive a certificate of completion if they attend both sessions.

For details or to register, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334

Gardening kick-off

TRAVERSE CITY — The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and Michigan State University-Extension will sponsor a “Let’s Get Growing” spring kick-off on Tuesday, March 4.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road.

Speakers will discuss youth gardening, environmental stewardship, growing food and improving community.

The program is free for MGANM members; $10 for non-members.

For details, visit

Dine out for BACN

BENZIE COUNTY — Diners can enjoy a good meal and support the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors on Tuesday, March 4, when the Mayfair Tavern in Elberta and the Road House in Benzonia will donate a portion of each receipt to BACN.

Freedom Builders

TRAVERSE CITY — Freedom Builders Ministry has initiated a new chance for volunteers to join the ministry.

The group will meet at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday and also on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Flap Jack for breakfast.

This allows for greater participation and new opportunities for volunteers. Participants will leave from the Flap Jack at 8:30 a.m. for a work site. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome.

To learn more, visit or call 941-4171.