Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 7, 2014

Community in Brief: 03/07/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Dinner benefit

ELK RAPIDS — The community is invited to an authentic Mexican Dinner Party to benefit the Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council and sponsored by the Elk Rapids Class of 2018.

The meal will be served from 5-7 p.m. today, March 7, at Cherryland Middle School, 707 Third St. The cost is $7 per person. An optional bake sale will be held to benefit the Class of 2018.

Titan dance concert

TRAVERSE CITY — Students in the Dance II class at West Senior High School will present their second Student Choreographed Dance Concert on Tuesday, March 11.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the West Senior High School auditorium, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. Choreography ranges from contemporary modern and pointe to contemporary jazz and hip hop. Students in the class range from freshmen to seniors.

Tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds go toward furthering the creative dance process at WSH. For details email Philip Leete,

Humanists meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Mella McCormick and Chris Kuchuris, professors at Northwestern Michigan College, will speak on “The Evolution of Morality: Fact and Fiction” at the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Humanists.

The meeting and program start at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Admission is free and the public is invited. Call 392-1215 to learn more.

AMOH event

TRAVERSE CITY — The Bijou on the Bay will open its doors Monday, March 10, for an event hosted by AMOH (A Matter of Honor), a new nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching Americans about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It includes a look at how PTSD has infiltrated American culture, a reading by Terry Wooten of his PTSD-related poetry, the announcement of the first “Caught in the Act of Caring” honoree and a lecture on basic aspects of PTSD. There also will be a talk by Marj Middel, president of AMOH, and area veteran Larry Lelito titled “10 Ways to Help a Vet.”

The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 492-4292 or email

Art lecture

TRAVERSE CITY — Artcenter Traverse City’s “What Is Art, Anyway” lecture series continues on Wednesday, March 12.

The lecture, titled “Two Unique Educators,” will start at 7 p.m. at The Box, 425 Boardman Ave. Host Ron Jolly will facilitate a discussion with Dave Parrish and Lyn Salathiel, who started working together as local high school teachers and collaborated to present history, social science and language arts topics through both art and music. They are now featured in Northwestern Michigan College’s Lifelong Learning Series.

Admission is $5 at the door. For details, call 941-9488 or visit

‘Sip & Sketch’

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College and the NMC Art Club will host a “Sip & Sketch” event on Thursday, March 13.

The public is invited into the galleries from 6-8 p.m. to draw, socialize and learn about art. Stools, clipboards, pencils and 8.5 by 11 inch paper will be available. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own materials, which are limited to pencil, kneaded eraser and paper or sketchbook no larger than 11 x 14 inches. Coffee and refreshments will be available in the classroom area.

Regular museum admission applies. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for museum members and NMC students with ID. For details, call 995-1055 or visit

DKG luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY — All current and retired area educators are invited to the spring luncheon and social gathering of the Delta Kappa Gamma Traverse City Phi Chapter.

The chapter will meet at noon on Saturday, March 15, at Minerva’s in the Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State St. Reservations are required; call Lana Nickels, 313-4617.