Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 4, 2013

Community in Brief: 12/04/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Peace Corps get-together

TRAVERSE CITY — Returned Peace Corps volunteers and former staff in the Traverse City area are invited to a happy hour get-together at 5 p.m. today, Dec. 4, at Opa! Uptown. For details or reservations, call 421-3343 or email

School retirees meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are needed by Friday, Dec. 6, for the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Association of Retired School Personnel.

The group will meet for lunch and a holiday music program at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the West Bay Beach-A Holiday Inn Resort, 615 E. Front St. The chapter also is looking for donations of lower elementary library books and math manipulatives. Call 933-4269 for details or reservations.

Visit with Santa

KINGSLEY — Santa Claus will visit The Rock of Kingsley, 115 Blair St., on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and activities will be hosted from 6-8 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa for a $5 suggested donation, a 50/50 drawing, children’s craft and coloring pages, Letters to Santa and Christmas Cards for members of the Armed Forces, face painting, free cookies, coffee and hot chocolate, and a hand-painted chair silent auction. The Snack Shack also will be open for food purchases.

DKG holiday lunch

TRAVERSE CITY — Area women educators currently teaching, in support roles, or retired are invited to the Delta Kappa Gamma Traverse City Phi chapter’s holiday luncheon.

The event will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Elks Club, 625 Bay St. Members are asked to bring an unwrapped children’s book to donate to Helen’s House. For details or reservations, call Lana Nickels, 313-4617, or Judy Oien, 995-0546.

Tea and story time

KALKASKA — The Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St., will host a “Tea 4 You” lecture and story time with Santa Claus.

Tea expert Tiffany Ellis will discuss tea blends at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Tea tasting also will be offered. A $4 donation is suggested and proceeds benefit the Friends of the Kalkaska County Library Building Fund. Call Marilyn Coville, 384-6032, to learn more.

Jeffery Schatzer will read his book “The Elves in Santa’s Workshop” at a holiday story time from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the library. Children also can create Christmas cards with library staff and decorate cookies provided by Kalkaska Great Start parents. Schatzer’s book will be available to purchase at a discount. Call the library, 258-9411, for details.

Holiday needs

TRAVERSE CITY — The Goodwill Community Holiday Needs program is under way and continues through Monday, Dec. 16.

The program provides gifts to families in need. Participating families are able to “shop” for gift items and necessities in a temporary store stocked with merchandise that has been purchased or donated specifically for the program.

New, unwrapped gifts from Goodwill’s “wish list” may be dropped off at the Traverse City area Goodwill Stores, Chico’s, 225 E. Front St., Traverse City, and Leelanau Computer Repair inside Radio Shack, 325 N. St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay.

For a wish list or to make a monetary donation online, visit Financial contributions also may be mailed to Goodwill Holiday Needs, 2279 S. Airport Road West, Traverse City, MI 49684.