Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 9, 2013

Community in Brief: 01/09/2013


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Winter celebration

East Jordan — The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center will host "Wassail: A Potluck and Winter Celebration."

Wassailing is a rural tradition of toasting to the health of an orchard for a bountiful crop. The tradition includes a feast and libations followed by a procession to the orchard for the toast and a torchlighting.

The celebration on Saturday, Jan. 12, will start with a 6 p.m. potluck at the farm, 5745 N. M-66, and wassailing at 7 p.m. followed by a sledding party. Attendees may bring a dish to pass for the meal.

For details, call 536-0333 or email

Winter Trails Day

Traverse City — Timber Ridge Resort, TART Trails, Vasa Ski Club and Brick Wheels will co-host Winter Trails Day Saturday, Jan. 12, at Timber Ridge, 4050 E. Hammond Road.

Activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. include free use of the trails, introductory ski lessons starting at 11:30 a.m., guided snowshoe hikes and use of equipment rentals for those new to winter trail sports on a first come, first served basis. Chili and warm beverages will be available to purchase.

Interested individuals should go to for details and online registration.


East Jordan — The East Jordan Sno-Blast Family Winter Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11-13, with indoor and outdoor activities for all ages at various locations. For details, call 536-7351 or visit

Aviation Expo

Traverse City — Aviation Explorers Post M-22 and the U.S. Coast Guard of Traverse City will host an All Aviation Expo on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The event will held 9 a.m.-noon at the Traverse City Airport Coast Guard Hanger on Airport Access Road. All aviation enthusiasts are welcome, especially families with children in the 13- to 20-year-old range with an interest in the sciences and flight. Lunch will be available in the Coast Guard mess hall at military rates.

Reservations are required; visit

Newcomers outing

Traverse City — Everyone is invited to join the Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The group will meet at 11 a.m. in the parking area at Sand Lakes Quiet Area off M-72 East, and go out to lunch after the outing at Ruby Tuesday. For details or if planning to attend, call Ira Wasserman, 922-1581. Information also is available at

Ikebana class

Traverse City — The Ikenobo School of Ikebana will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19-20.

The Sanshuike Shoka form of Japanese flower arranging will be demonstrated and then created by participants. Non-members are welcome. Call 421-1822 for locations, reservations and details.

Snowshoe hikes

Thompsonville — Guided snowshoe hikes are being offered at Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Hikes start at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 13, 20 and 27, and Feb. 3 and 10, at the art park trailhead at Crystal Mountain Resort. The cost is $10 for adults and free for children 17 and younger with a paying adult. Guests should bring their own snowshoes; rentals are available at the resort.

For details, call 378-4963 or visit

Art fundraiser

East Jordan — The Kiersten Clavier Memorial Scholarship Fund Art Exhibit will be hosted from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Jordan River Arts Council, 301 Main St. Refreshments will be served and original art products will be available to purchase. Proceeds benefit the Kiersten Marie Clavier Scholarship Fund.

Book discussion

Traverse City — The Traverse Area District Library will host a discussion of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the library, 610 Woodmere Ave. The novel won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and has sold more than 30 million copies. For details, visit