Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 17, 2013

Community in Brief: 12/17/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Quota taking proposals

TRAVERSE CITY — Quota International of Traverse City is taking proposals from nonprofit organizations that wish to receive funding from the 2014 Festival of Cakes event. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 27.

The festival will take place in early November 2014 and funds would be available to the organization by Dec. 1. Organizations must be a 501(3)(c) and fall into Quota’s mission of helping and supporting the deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired and disadvantaged women and children.

Funding applications are available at and click on the “Funding Application” icon or email Organizations without computer access may call 313-9076 to have an application sent in the regular mail. Submissions must be received by Friday, Dec. 27. Applicants will be notified of Quota’s decision by Jan. 10.



TRAVERSE CITY — The Mel Larimer Concert Series will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Sunday, Dec. 22.

The Gian Carlo Menotti opera sung in English will be staged at 4 and 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Soloists include Jeffrey Norris, Jon Oakley, Aaron Ingersoll, Ashley Larimer-Kelly, Eric Ranke and Jennifer Hogue as Amahl. Conductor Russ Larimer will lead a professional orchestra and additional singers from the church’s sanctuary choir and the community.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $5 for children and $40 for families. They are available at or by calling the church, 941-8938.


‘Blue’ Christmas

BEULAH — St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will hold a special service for people experiencing loss of any kind including divorce, loss of a job, uncertainty, death and more.

The “ Blue Christmas Service” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the church, 8190 Lincoln Road. It will include soft jazz, readings, quiet prayer and a candlelighting. For details, call 882-4241.

Duo performs

TRAVERSE CITY — The touring duo of Genna & Jesse will play several shows in the Grand Traverse area.

Performances will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 18-19, at Lake Street Cafe at Oryana Natural Foods Market; 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Right Brain Brewery; 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Northern Latitudes Distillery, Lake Leelanau; and at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Brew.

‘Cabin Fever’ talk

FRANKFORT — Barbara Webb will talk about creativity and her response to people who don’t realize how creative they are at the next “Cabin Fever” Artist Talk.

Webb’s program starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road. She also will explore the challenge and fun of the “risk it” technique and the joy of painting outside the lines. For details, call 352-4151 or visit

Winter Solstice

TRAVERSE CITY — An intergenerational service of light to celebrate the winter solstice will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell Road.

The 7-8 p.m. service will start outdoors and move into the church building. Attendees are asked to bring a candle to give away. For details, call 946-5323, or visit

Holiday concert

LELAND — E Minor, Blake Elliott, Steven Leaf, the Accidentals, Miriam Pico, Mary Sue Wilkinson and Sierra Creamer will present a program of holiday music on Sunday, Dec. 22.

“A Holiday Concert in Leland” starts at 7 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. The doors open at 6 p.m. with an appearance by Santa Claus and candy canes for children. Admission is $12 for adults and free for children ages 11 and younger.

Jazz at the Cambria

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Rapids trumpeter Chris Lawrence will play with the Jeff Haas Quartet Thursday, Dec. 19, at Cambria Suites’ Reflect Bistro, 255 Munson Ave.

Lawrence will join Laurie Sears on saxophone and flute, bassist Jack Dryen and Randy Marsh on drums and harmonica to perform jazz selections from 7-9:15 p.m. There is no cover charge. For details, call 778-9000.