Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 21, 2012

Community in Brief: 11/21/2012



'Grande Vision' art

Traverse City — The Grande Vision Art Show will feature works by Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren and Leni Sinclair.

The free show will be open 3-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, and noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. Holiday gift items will be available to purchase. For details, call 929-3254 or visit

Holiday shopping

Empire — The Empire Artisan Fair will be hosted from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Empire Town Hall. It will include a community raffle and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Empire Area Community Center.

In addition, most stores in Empire will be open until 7 p.m. and a tree-lighting ceremony will be held at dark.

Park will sparkle

Bear Lake — Opening night festivities for Bear Lake's Sparkle in the Park are Saturday, Nov. 24, at Hopkins Park Campground.

Activities start at 6 p.m. with a free tailgate chili dinner. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Santa and his helpers will visit with children at Toyland Bear Village.

Sparkle in the Park will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Admission is free, but a donation box is available for contributions to help buy materials for 2013. For details, contact Pauline Jaquish, 342-7285 or

Stout release party

Traverse City — Right Brain Brewery's CEO Coffee Stout was just voted Michigan's Favorite Stout in a poll. It will be released in a 22 oz. bottle at a party Friday, Nov. 23, at the pub, 225 E. 16th St.

Starting at 11 a.m. 100 CEO Stout Collector Edition Bags will be available on a first come, first served basis. The party continues until 9 p.m., with live music starting at 7 p.m. In addition, the Roaming Harvest food truck will be at the pub all day offering a stout-infused menu and later in the day, Great Northern Roasting Company will be making fresh shots of CEO espresso.

Teacher gives talk

Traverse City — Greenspire School Director Sarah Johnson will give a presentation on adolescent brain development and the impact of progressive education at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. The program is free and open to the public. For details, visit

Film on agriculture

Suttons Bay — The Farm Labor Task Force of the Leelanau Unit of the League of Women Voters GTA will show the film "American Harvest" Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Suttons Bay High School auditorium.

The documentary examines agriculture and migrant labor in the United States. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the film at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion.

The suggested donation is $5 and the public is welcome. For details, call 386-5106 or 271-5600.

Love Light

Traverse City — The 17th annual Munson Hospice Love Light Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road.

The memorial ceremony and tree lighting allows families to honor loved ones they miss during the holidays. Pre-service music starts at 1:45 p.m. and a reception will follow. The Rev. Peter Moon, founding pastor of Harbor Light Christian Center, will present "The Grieving Process." Donations will be accepted to fund the work of Munson Hospice. Donors may choose to have the names of their loved ones read in remembrance of them.

Through January, the Love Light Tree and the memory book containing the names of deceased loved ones will be located in the Munson Community Health Center lobby near Urgent Care, 550 Munson Ave. Three additional Love Light Trees, located on the lawn in front of Munson Medical Center's main entrance, will be lit during December.

Dreams info

Traverse City — Dream interpreter L.J. Hunt will share information about types of dreams, meaning and why they occur at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Shoreline Center for Healing, 402 S. Union St. She also will allow time to interpret dreams and answer questions. To sign up, call 946-4325. For details, visit

Christmas trees

The Cedar/Maple City Lions Club is selling fresh-cut Christmas trees.

Lions Club members will be on site to help from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, and Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16. Individuals also may cut their own any time and send checks payable to Cedar/Maple City Lions to P.O. Box 28, Maple City, MI 49664. Suggested donations are $10 for spruce trees and $25 for Douglas fir trees. Proceeds benefit Lions Club projects.

Tree sales are located on the north side of M-72, about 11½ miles west of Tom's West Bay Market.

Healing art

Traverse City — Michael's Place, a healing center for people of all ages grieving the death of a loved one, will host a "Holiday Art to Remember" event on Monday, Nov. 26.

Children, adults and families are invited to create items to remember a loved one who has died from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Michael's Place Family Support Center, 1144 Boon St. Materials will be provided.

People do not have to attend any other Michael's Place programs to participate in this event. For details, call 947-6453.

Postal self-service

Traverse City — An open house demonstration of the U.S. Postal Service self-service kiosk at the main post office, 202 S. Union St., will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. Patrons are invited to bring a package and learn how easy it can be to use the kiosk. For details or to confirm a demonstration time, contact Sabrina Todd, (517) 337-8722 or