Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 3, 2014

Community in Brief: 02/03/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Theater auditions

TRAVERSE CITY — Old Town Playhouse is holding auditions today, Feb. 3, and Tuesday, Feb. 4, for the next Studio Theatre production, “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff.

Auditions start at 7 p.m. each night in the Schmuckal Theatre at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. There are roles for two men and actors must be at least 18 years old. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script and should be familiar with the production.

Performances will be staged April 4-19 at the Studio Theatre at the Depot, East Eighth Street and Woodmere Avenue. For details, visit or call 947-2210.

Parkinson’s support

TRAVERSE CITY — The Evening Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in room G at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. For details, call 947-7389.

Preschool open house

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Cooperative Preschool, 720 S. Elmwood Ave., will host an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The open house will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Interested families may meet the teacher, tour the classroom and learn about the preschool’s research-based, child-focused program for children ages 3 to 5. For details, visit

High School Fair

TRAVERSE CITY — The Pathfinder School will host a free “High School 101” high school fair for local eighth-grade students.

The fair will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at The Pathfinder School, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Representatives from many of the region’s public and private schools will be on hand with information about their programs, schedules for shadow days on their campuses, and samples of extra-curricular activities.

All middle school students and their families are welcome. Call the school, 995-3800, to learn more.

‘Off the Wall’ film

ALDEN — The next film in the “Off the Wall” Movie Night series is the 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

“Amour,” rated PG-13, will be shown in French with subtitles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road. A potluck dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and those coming for dinner are asked to sign up for a dish to pass or make a donation. For details or if coming for the meal, call 331-4318.

GT Academy info

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Academy will hold enrollment information meetings for the 2014-15 school year.

Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, and 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the school, 1245 Hammond Road. Additional meetings will be held in February and March.

Open enrollment for the tuition-free, public charter school is under way and continues through March 21. If applications exceed the number of student openings, a random lottery selection will be held Monday, March 24. Call 995-0665, or visit to learn more about the enrollment process.

Quilt show opens

TRAVERSE CITY — A reception on Friday, Feb. 7, will open an Invitational Art and Traditional Quilt Works show.

More than 40 works by 15 fiber and textile artists from Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee counties will be on display through March 4 in the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons near Notably Natural, suite 25. The show includes both art quilts and traditional quilts.

The reception will be hosted from 5-8 p.m. in the Mercato, with live music and refreshments. For details, call 929-1100 or visit Facebook/NotablyNatural.

Launch party

TRAVERSE CITY — A launch party will be hosted Sunday, Feb. 9, for the new, locally produced cooking show “Party in the Pantry.”

The party will be held from 6-9 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. The premiere of the first episode starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by tastings. There also will be music by Levi Britton, The Accidentals, Blake Elliott, Eminor and others.

Corn Hole tourney

KINGSLEY — An inaugural Rock-em Toss-em Corn Hole Tournament for adults only will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Rock, 115 E. Blair St. Sign up starts at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit The Rock of Kingsley. For details, call 649-0878.

Geranium sale

EASTPORT — The Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society is taking orders for its 10th annual geranium planter sale.

Orders for 12-inch zonal geranium planters as well as individual five-inch plants in four colors will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 28. Pick-up will be May 24 at the Eastport Baptist Church.

For details, order forms and pricing, contact Loraine Mottern, 599-2546 or Proceeds support the restoration of the Wilkinson Historical House on M-88 in Eastport.

Zonta meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are needed today, Feb. 4, for the Zonta Club of Traverse City’s luncheon program on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The group will meet from noon-1 p.m. at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. The luncheon features a program on Cordia, the new concept for adult residential club living at the Grand Traverse Commons. The cost is $15. For details or reservations, email

Program on diabetes

TRAVERSE CITY — Darcia Brewer, registered dietitian from the Area Agency on Aging, and Connie Rottman from Senior Helpers will discuss “Diabetes: Diets and Treatments” today, Feb. 4, at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3850 Scenic Ridge.

The free program will be offered at 11 a.m. in the East Building and at 12:30 p.m. in the West Building. For directions or details, call 932-9455.

Senior lunch

INTERLOCHEN — Reservations are needed by 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, for a Valentine’s Day-themed senior lunch at Redeemer Lutheran Church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road.

The meal will be served at noon on Monday, Feb. 10. Games and fellowship will follow. The meal is $3. Brown bag lunches are welcome and activities are free.

For details or reservations, call Ralph Hintsala, 620-0840.

Valentine card craft

KALKASKA — Children are invited to create their own Valentine’s Day card from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St. Materials will be provided. Call 258-9411 to learn more.

Family Fun Night

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club will host a Family Fun Night to benefit the BackPacks for Kids project.

The fundraiser will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, 720 Wayne St., with a spaghetti dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Other activities are basketball, board games, arts and crafts, a silent auction and music by the NMC Children’s Lyric Choir.

Tickets are $6 each or $25 per family at the door. Proceeds will be used to equip backpacks with school supplies for students in need in Grand Traverse County.

Cookie sale

BEULAH — The Friends of the Darcy Library will hold a cookie sale in partnership with the Beulah-Benzonia WinterFest.

Sale hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Betsie Valley Trailhead Building. Cookies are $6 per pound and proceeds support activities at the library.