Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 31, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/31/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Gospel Festival

MANTON — A Gospel Music Festival will be hosted Saturday, June 1.

A puppet show will start at 10 a.m. at 213 S. Michigan, followed by gospel music at noon in Manton Station Park. There also will be music, games and prizes. Call 824-3812 for details.

Arts open house

TRAVERSE CITY — Blackbird Arts will celebrate its two-year anniversary with an open house on Tuesday, June 4.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with live music by Seth Bernard, hands-on pottery, seed ball sculptures, art activities for children and adults and Moomer’s ice cream. Information about summer programs for all ages and Accessible Arts scholarships and programs will be available.

The open house is free. Blackbird Arts is located on Barlow Street. For details, call 421-8085 or email

Cinema series

TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Cinema Series continues on Thursday, June 6, with “Love Free or Die.”

The 2012 documentary tells the story of Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal bishop who set a precedent in New Hampshire state politics, and his battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith.

The free film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. Admission to the museum galleries also is free from 5 to 8 p.m. For details, call 995-1055 or visit

Musical group

TRAVERSE CITY — Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys will bring their unique “Lougrass” sound to the Good Work Collective, 417 S. Union St.

The group will perform their original music at 7 p.m.Thursday, June 6. The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Children ages 3 and younger are free. For tickets or details, visit

Energy Fair

LUDINGTON — The Michigan Energy Fair, sponsored by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, at the Mason County Fairgrounds.

Workshops geared toward individuals in the field of Alternative Energy will be offered Friday. Topics include Community Solar, Net Metering, and Grid Modernization with Renewables. The fee for the workshops is $25. There also will be an evening reception.

The fair is open to the public on Saturday. Workshops will be held for anyone wishing more information about alternative energy and there will be exhibits and information on alternative energy and energy efficiency. Admission is free.

For details, visit, or contact Samantha Keeney, or (517) 646-6269.

Senior noms

TRAVERSE CITY — Nominations will be accepted through Saturday, June 1, for the 2013 National Cherry Festival Distinguished Senior Award.

Nominees must be 65 or older and have a history of service in the community in which he or she lives. The honoree will be named Monday, July 1, at the 9 a.m. Distinguished Senior Breakfast at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St.

Nomination forms are available by calling 932-3027, the National Cherry Festival, 947-4230, or at To sign up to attend the Distinguished Senior Breakfast, call the Traverse City Senior Center, 922-4011. The meal is $5 at the door.

Growing roses

TRAVERSE CITY — The Cherry Capital Rose Society will offer free workshops on rose growing basics.

Workshops will be hosted Saturday, June 1, at Pine Hill Nursery at Village Gardens, 1126 Carver St.; Saturday, June 8, at Garden Goods, 3510 N. U.S. 31 South; and Saturday, June 22, at Manitou Gardens, 12086 S. West Bay Shore Dr..

Participants who purchase a rose the day of the workshop receive a free 2013 membership to the Rose Society.

For details, visit

Adams Fly Fest

KINGSLEY — The Adams Fly Festival spotlights all aspects of fly fishing.

The festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Kingsley Public Library, 213 S. Brownson. There will be demonstrations, lessons, displays, silent and live auctions, live music and microbrews and cider.

Most activities and events are free. Microbrew/cider tent admission is $20 and includes an Adams Fly pint glass and two drink tokens. All proceeds benefit the Kingsley Friends of the Library.