Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 6, 2014

Community in Brief: 02/06/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Big Picture Society

LELAND — The League of Women Voters Leelanau County will hots a Big Picture Society film on Monday, Feb. 10.

A documentary by Chris Paine will be shown at 3 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. The 2006 film explores the creation, limited commercialization and subsequent destruction of battery electric vehicles developed in the mid-1990s, especially General Motors’ EV1 cars.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 409-9339 or visit to learn more.

Torch area potluck

EASTPORT — All Torch area residents are invited to the Upper Torch Lake Association potluck on Monday, Feb. 10.

The social hour starts at 6 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Community Services Building, U.S. 31, followed by the meal at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share along with a list of its ingredients.

GT Academy info

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Academy will hold enrollment information meetings for families interested in the tuition-free, public charter school.

Meetings start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the school, 1245 Hammond Road. The Feb. 18 meeting will focus on grades seven through 12 and includes student presentations.

For details, call the school, 995-0665, or visit

Helicopter training

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College now offers helicopter pilot training through its Aviation Division.

The training and the helicopter are being provided by TC Helicopters, a local company that offers helicopter training, sightseeing and commercial helicopter services. A helicopter simulator also will be available. To learn more, visit

Library garden

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library has launched the second phase of its “Grow the Gardens” fund-raising effort.

The project goal is to create an attractive and educational landscape to enhance the front entrance of the Main (Woodmere) Branch Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. Fund-raising for Phase II, which includes acquisition and planting of trees, shrubs and flowering perennials, is under way.

Donations can be made at Donation forms also are available at the Woodmere Branch.

Tree management

EMPIRE — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced the the National Park Service will update its Hazard Tree Management Plan to include responses to current and imminent tree disease epidemics and will accept ideas and input from the public until Feb. 15.

Public comments may be submitted at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website, Comments also may be mailed to Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front St., Empire, MI 49630.

Comments will be evaluated and considered during the development of alternatives and analysis of their impacts contained in the Environmental Assessment (EA). When the EA is completed, the National Lakeshore will again seek public input. For details, visit

GED prep

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs, located in Benzonia, Cadillac, East Jordan, Kalkaska, Manistee and Traverse City, are offering help for students preparing for the new GED test, which was revamped this year for the first time since 2002.

The GED 2014 test emphasizes problem-solving over memorization and is designed to more quickly move people to college and career options and ensure that adult learners are prepared for college and career training programs.

The Learning Labs offer personalized scheduling and self-paced individualized instruction. Adults wishing to prepare for the GED test can register in person at any of the learning labs or by calling (800) 442-1074. Classes also are available for adults who would like to complete their high school diploma or improve basic reading, writing, math or computer skills. There is no cost. For details, visit