Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 31, 2013

Community in Brief: 12/31/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Jazz at the Cambria

TRAVERSE CITY — Two graduate students home for the holidays will join Haas and Friends on Thursday, Jan. 2, for Jazz at the Cambria.

Saxophonist Myles Boothroyd and drummer Andy Wheelock will join saxophonist Laurie Sears, trumpeter Chris Lawrence, bassist Jack Dryden and Randy Marsh on drums and harmonica for an evening of jazz from 7-9:15 p.m. at the Cambria Suites’ Reflect Bistro, 255 Munson Ave. There is no cover charge and the public is invited. For details, call 778-9000.

‘Off the Wall’ film

ALDEN — The 2012 film “Mud” is the next movie in the “Off the Wall’ film series at the Alden District Library, 8751 Helena Road.

The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard and is rated PG-13. It will be shown at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For details, call the library, 331-4318.

$5 yoga classes

TRAVERSE CITY — Yoga for Health Education will offer nearly 20 “almost free” classes on Friday, Jan. 3.

The 60-minute classes are designed to introduce people of all ages to the benefits of non-competitive exercise that includes yoga, tai chi, Pilates and Feldenkrais. Classes meet between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Yoga for Health at the Grand Traverse Commons. Each class is $5 (cash or check). All money collected will benefit FLOW (For the Love of Water), a Traverse City nonprofit whose mission is to promote new legal protections for water in the Great Lakes region based on public trust issues.

For details including a schedule of classes, workshops and clinics, call Yoga for Health, 922-9642, send an email to or visit

‘Cabin Fever’ talk

FRANKFORT — Photographer Steve Loveless will close the Cabin Fever Artist Talk Series on Friday, Jan. 3.

Loveless will discuss his photography at 5:30 p.m. at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, call 352-4151 or visit

‘Try me’ classes

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will offer two free aerobic dance classes to credit and non-credit students of all ages.

The free “Try Me” classes will be held from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 9, in room 120 of the Physical Education building. A semester-long course starts Tuesday, Jan. 14. The class is choreographed for non-dancers. It is offered in both low and high impact formats and combines Latin, ballroom and jazz using contemporary music.

Participants should bring a floor mat if they have one; some will be available. For details, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700.

Insect enemies

TRAVERSE CITY — Duke Elsner, Ph.D., entomologist and agricultural educator for Michigan State University Extension will take a look at how natural enemies kill insects in a free program on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

“What a Way to Go-A Look at How Natural Enemies Kill Insects” will start at 6 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Elsner will discuss how natural enemies regulate the insect population with a focus on predators and parasitoids found in the Grand Traverse Region. The program is sponsored by MSU Extension-Leelanau, the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan and the Boardman River Nature Center.