Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 5, 2012

Community in Brief: 11/05/2012



SOS offices open

Lansing — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all SUPER!Centers as well as select PLUS and traditional Secretary of State offices will remain open on Election Day, Nov. 6, for customers who must conduct urgent business on that day.

Most state government offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6, because of a 2004 agreement with labor unions that makes Election Day a state employee holiday. Johnson said that late fees for licenses and registrations expiring Nov. 6 will be waived if customers renew the next day. Customers also may complete many transactions such as vehicle plate tab and driver's license renewals, online at

The Gaylord and the Grand Traverse County PLUS Secretary of State offices are among the offices that will remain open on Election Day.

Cinema series

Traverse City — The Community Cinema Series at Northwestern Michigan College will continue on Thursday, Nov. 8, with "Solar Mamas."

The film traces the journey of a Bedouin woman who leaves her small Jordanian village for the first time to train to become a solar energy engineer. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. The film will be followed by a discussion.

Admission is free. The museum galleries also will be open free of charge from 5 to 8 p.m. For details including upcoming films and dates, visit

Benefit chili supper

Acme — A chili supper will be held to raise money for the renovation of the 152-year-old Yuba School.

The meal will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Acme Masonic Lodge. Chicken noodle soup also will be served. Take outs will be available. There also will be a bake sale and a silent auction.

Tickets at the door are $8 for adults, $5 for children. For advance tickets, call 264-8038.

Vision and learning

Traverse City — Excel Institute will hold an open house and free informative program titled "How Vision Therapy Can Improve Learning Difficulties" on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Excel Institute office, 328 Munson Ave., for parents and those who work with children. Dr. Mark D. Noss, developmental optometrist and director of Excel Institute, will share information about how Integrated Visual Learning may help children struggling in school.

Reservations are requested. Call 946-7700 or email for details or reservations.

Book donations

Traverse City — A group of local students and the Traverse Bay Twilight Rotary Club are looking for donations of new and gently used children's books and young adult literature for its Grand Traverse Book Marathon.

Donation may be dropped off from now through Saturday, Nov. 17, at Grand Traverse Motors, Cherry Capital Cadillac, JP's Hard Luck Cafe Diner, and Century 21 on State Street. Books also will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at Books-A-Million, Crossing Circle.

Building Bridges

Building Bridges with Music will hold an open house Saturday, Nov. 17, to showcase the new Building with Bridges offices and introduce new executive director Karen McCrary.

The public is invited to meet McCrary and tour the new offices at the Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St., from 3 to 5 p.m. Edibles will be provided by The Cook's House and entertainment by area high school students. KidzArt will help kids create handmade instruments and Building Bridges with Music founder Jeff Haas will lead an all-ages "Jam with Jeff" session using various sound makers and instruments.