Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 10, 2014

Community in Brief: 02/10/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Beer and Hymns

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to Right Brain Brewery, 225 E 16th St., for Beer and Hymns at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 10. For details call 275-8031.

Meet the candidate

GLEN ARBOR — The Leelanau Independent Women for democratic Action (LIWdA) invites the community to meet Tom Stobie, candidate for the 101st State House district.

Stobie will discuss issues important to Leelanau County at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the dining hall at the Leelanau School. For details, call 642-1391. To participate online in a Community Conversation, go to the Center for Michigan website,

SERA info meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area SERA Chapter will hold an informational meeting on how to file for insurance and other benefits when a retiree or spouse dies.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Kings Court Clubhouse on LaFranier Road, and will be followed by a regular membership meeting. Douglas Van Orden will discuss SERA-PLUS, Dennis Barnes will discuss how to talk about planning with family members and Robert Maddox will provide handouts. All State of Michigan retirees and their spouses are welcome.

Kingsley Lions

KINGSLEY — The Kingsley Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St.

The club meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. For details, call 263-8025 or 313-1837.

‘Romancing the Riesling’

TRAVERSE CITY — The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula will host a “Romancing the Riesling” wine trail event on Saturday, Feb. 15.

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., participating wineries will showcase a Riesling served in a souvenir wine glass and pair it with a food offering. Some wineries also will offer Riesling-themed winery tours and other Riesling-themed treats.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 the day of the event, which includes a souvenir wine glass (while supplies last). For tickets, visit For details, call 223-7355.

Zonta award

TRAVERSE CITY — The Zonta Club of Traverse City now has applications available for the 2014 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

The club will award $1,000 to the young woman who best demonstrates an active commitment to volunteerism, experience in local or student government, volunteer leadership achievements, advocating in Zonta International’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide, and knowledge of Zonta International and its program. Applicants must be pre-college or pre-university students ages 16 to 19.

For details or an application, visit Completed applications are due by Friday, March 14, and may be sent to Zonta Club of Traverse City, P.O. Box 1412, Traverse City, MI 49685.

Early Literacy

BENZONIA — The Benzonia Public Library, 891 Michigan Ave., has acquired the Early Literacy Station (ELS), a comprehensive turnkey educational solution loaded with more than 60 educational software titles for children ages 2 to 8.

The ELS is a safe, stand-alone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. The ELS was purchased with patron donations and funds raised by the Friends of the Benzonia Public Library at their 2013 Holiday Book Sale.

ISEA seminar

SUTTONS BAY — Jim Olsen, founder and chairman of FLOW (For the Love of Water), will discuss current issues threatening the Great Lakes at the next Inland Seas Education Association Great Lakes Seminar program.

The program starts at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 11, at the ISEA Education Center and Museum. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details about the series, contact Emily Shaw, 271-3077 or

Classes on PTSD

TRAVERSE CITY — The AMOH (A Matter of Honor) organization will sponsor a set of classes on combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at Northwestern Michigan College.

“Combat PTSD: The Facts and the Future” will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 18, in room 224 at the Parsons-Stulen Building on Aero Park Drive. The cost is $35. For details or to register, go to, call 995-1700 or register in person at the NMC University Center. To learn more, contact Linda Fletcher, 492-4292 or

Winter sports night

TRAVERSE CITY — The Greenspire School will host a free Family Winter Sports Night and Chili Cool-Off on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Activities will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the school, 1026 Red Dr., at the Grand Traverse Commons. There will be sledding, snowshoeing, a bonfire, chili, hot chocolate, viewing the night sky and school tours. To learn more, call 946-4400 or visit

‘Share the Love’

TRAVERSE CITY — Higher Self Bookstore will host its seventh annual “Share the Love Day” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.

On Friday, the bookstore will offer free mini-readings, energy work sessions and massages in exchange for donations of food items for area food pantries. The food drive continues on Saturday, when novice readers and energy workers will give free readings in exchange for food donations and feedback on the sessions.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at the bookstore, 328 E. Front St. Refreshments will be served. For details, call the bookstore, 941-5805.

Sons of the Revolution

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, Feb. 15, at Ruby Tuesday, 1764 U.S. 31 North.

The group will meet at 11 a.m. and lunch will be ordered at noon. Anyone interested in searching for their patriot ancestors or Revolutionary War history is welcome. For details, visit, or contact Joseph Conger, 929-7142 or

Lunch program

CADILLAC — The Friends of the Cadillac Wexford Public Library and Northern Lakes Community Mental Health invites the community to a “Lunch, Listen and Learn” event focusing on mental illness, secrets and state institutions.

The event, part of the Great Michigan Read, will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Lakeside Charlies. Tickets are $12 for Cadillac Wexford Public Library Friends, $15-non-members. The cost includes the program, a buffet lunch, soft drink or coffee, and dessert. For details, call 876-3246

New documentary

LELAND — Tom Skinner, executive producer and co-writer of “Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring,” will introduce the film Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Old Art Building’s W.T. Best Theater.

The newly released documentary explores the economic roots and promise of the 2010 uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa known as “the Arab Spring.” It will be shown at 5 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. A trailer for the film may be viewed at

Call for art

FRANKFORT — All area artists are invited to submit art for Oliver Art Center’s annual exhibition in honor of Women’s History Month. The theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”

Art may be submitted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, or noon-4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at the art center, 132 Coast Guard Road. Artists may bring up to two pieces of original artwork in any media that has not been displayed previously at the art center. Two-dimensional art must be framed and ready to hang. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the art center. The show continues through April 11.

The entry fee per piece is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. For entry forms or details, visit or call 352-4151.