Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 5, 2014

Community in Brief: 02/05/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Book club luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY — Paid reservations are due Thursday, Feb. 6, for the next luncheon meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club.

The club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the West Building dining room at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3950 Scenic Ridge. Local author Cari Noga will discuss her book “Sparrow Migrations.” The public is welcome.

The luncheon is $6. For details or paid reservations, call 932-9455.

Dems meet

TRAVERSE CITY — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Feb. 6, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board.

The board meets at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. For details, call 946-5555 or email

SoulCollage workshops

SUTTONS BAY — The Friendship Community Center will offer a series of SoulCollage workshops.

The intuitive collage process for self-discovery and community will be taught by trained SoulCollage facilitators Gail Ingraham of Suttons Bay and Lisa Harold of Leland. Workshops meet from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Friendship Center. The next workshop is Thursday, Feb. 6. The theme is “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Upcoming workshops and themes are “Wish,” March 6, and “Lighten Up,” April 10. For fees, details or to register, visit or call 271-4630. To learn more about SoulCollage, visit

Harriet Tubman play

TRAVERSE CITY — Leslie McCurdy will portray famous Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman in the one-woman play “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman.”

The production starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum, Center, 1410 College Dr. Ticket-holders have free admission to the museum galleries prior to the performance.

Tickets are $10 each plus fees and are available at or by calling, 995-1553.

WSH stages one-act

TRAVERSE CITY — Drama students at West Senior High School will stage a one-act children’s play on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8.

“Princess Who” revolves around a princess who wakes up and doesn’t know who she is. On her way to discovering her identity, she meets Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Rapunzel and other storybook characters.

Performances are at 7 p.m. both nights at the WSH auditorium, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. General admission tickets are $7 at the door or in advance at To learn more, call 933-7509.

Studio Theatre

TRAVERSE CITY — Old Town Playhouse will stage “Venus in Furs” by David Ives at the Studio Theatre at The Depot, 620 Railroad Place.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22; with a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $15 each. For advance tickets, call 947-2210, go to, or visit the OTP box office, 148 E. Eighth St. Remaining tickets will be on sale at the Depot one hour before performances.

Create Valentines

TRAVERSE CITY — The East Bay Branch Library, 1989 Three Mile Road, will host an Old-Fashioned Valentine Making Party at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

All ages are welcome to make Valentines, enjoy snacks, listen to stories and poetry, and learn about the history of Valentine’s Day. Craft supplies will be provided. Call 922-2085 or visit to learn more.

Wagbo events

EAST JORDAN — The Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center will host a community potluck with a Barter Circle, and the Northwoods Family Nature Club.

The potluck starts at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, at the center, 5745 N. M-66. Attendees should bring a dish to pass if they are able to and valuables they wish to trade. Popular barter items in the past have included handmade items, home-preserved food, tools, cookware and outdoor gear.

Families with children of all ages are invited to build a snow fort starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the center. “Sugar-on-snow” made with real maple syrup will be served in the snow forts.

Both events are free, however donations are welcome. Registration is encouraged. For details or to register, leave a message at, call 536-0333 or email

Pom Clinic

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School Cheer and Dance teams will hold a Junior Pom Clinic for area elementary school girls.

The clinic will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants will learn cheers, jumps and a short dance routine. They also are invited to perform with the high school teams during half-time at the Tuesday, Feb. 18, JV boys basketball game.

The $30 fee is payable at the clinic and includes a T-shirt. It may be paid by cash or check, payable to TCAPS. For details, email

Free tax prep

TRAVERSE CITY — AARP free income tax preparation is available for low to middle income Grand Traverse County residents 60 and older.

Simple federal and State of Michigan 2013 income tax returns can be prepared and e-filed by appointment at the Grand Traverse Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St. For details or a tax appointment, call the Commission on Aging, 922-4688.