Live poultry and salmonella
TRAVERSE CITY — With Easter and the beginning of warmer weather comes an increase in the sale of baby poultry. This has been linked to an increase in outbreaks of human illness due to salmonella bacteria, which are shed in bird droppings and can easily contaminate birds’ bodies and anything in areas where they live or roam.
To protect yourself and your family from salmonella:
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth after handling live poultry, as germs are spread this way.
• Clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside the house.
• Don’t let children younger than 5, elderly persons, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry.
• Don’t let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared or stored.
• Don’t snuggle or kiss birds, let them touch your mouth, or eat or drink anything, while in the presence of live poultry.
For additional information, visit the Grand Traverse Health Department’s website, www.gtchd.org, or the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaBabyBirds/
Celebrate April 1
TRAVERSE CITY — Children are invited to a “no cords” game day Monday, April 1, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
Game day starts at 10 a.m. and participants may select board games from the library’s collection and staff favorites from home. Snacks and crafts also will be available. Call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — Author/poet Chris Dombrowski will lead a “Personas and Masks in Contemporary Poetry” workshop on Tuesday, April 2.
The workshop will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 214 at the University Center, Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. It is free for Michigan Writers members; $10 for non-members, payable by check or cash. Non-members also may join the group onsite for a $40 annual fee, which includes the cost of the workshop.
No advance registration is required. For details, call 492-3260.
‘The hills are alive’
TRAVERSE CITY — The Homeschool Arts Project (HAP) will stage the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.”
Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 14 and 21, at the St. Francis High School auditorium, 123 E. 11th St.. The play is not sponsored by Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For details or tickets, call (800) 979-2420 or visit www.thehap.net.
CEDAR — The Cedar Rod & Gun Club will serve its 53rd annual smelt dinner on Friday, April 5.
The meal will be served from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Solon Township Hall. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children.
ELK RAPIDS — The next Roundup Roadshow will be hosted Friday, April 5, at Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen, 617 Ames.
The 6 p.m. show will feature singer-songwriter-storyteller Louan Lechler, Two Pages with poet Terry Wooten, country singer Sister Wilene, the band Drive South, the Longest Drive Contest and Snacktime with Pearl’s. The show will be taped to air at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on IPR News Radio ( WICA 91.5 FM Traverse City/Interlochen, WLMN 89.7 Ludington/Manistee, and WHBP 90.1 Harbor Springs/Petoskey).
The classic Roundup open mic is hosted at 8 p.m. each Thursday at the Hayloft Inn, 5100 E. Traverse Highway. All performers are welcome. Segments from these shows air on WNMC 90.7 and wnmc.org at 7 a.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
SAR will meet
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet on Saturday, April 6.
The group will meet at 11 a.m. at Ruby Tuesdays, 1764 U.S. 31 North. Lunch will be at noon, with a regular business meeting, a discussion of planned activities, elections and installation of new members. Anyone interested in searching for their patriot ancestors and Revolutionary War history is welcome.
For details about the meeting or the organization, visit www.missar.org, or contact Joseph Conger, 929-7142 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MAPLE CITY — The Cedar/Maple City Lions will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 7.
The meal will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lions Community Building, County Road 616, downtown Maple City. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 12 and younger and free for children 4 and younger.
Preserve digital treasures
KINGSLEY — Librarian and archivist Amy Barritt will lead the second session in a Family History Preservation series on Monday, April 8.
The session will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S. Brownson. Barrett will share the best practices for keeping digital family treasure files accessible in the future and debunk common but damaging digital preservation myths. For details, call 263-5484 or visit www.tadl.org/kingsley.
TRAVERSE CITY — Veteran news correspondent and international bestselling author Blaine Harden is the next guest in the National Writers Series.
Harden will discuss his latest book “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. It tells the true story of Shin Dong-hyuk who was born into a life of hard labor behind the electrified fences of the Kaechon interment camp in North Korea and is the only person known to have escaped from one of North Korea’s “total control zones.”
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 for students, $10 for educators and $38 for the program and Harden’s book. They are available at the City Opera House box office, at www.cityoperahouse.org, or by calling 941-8082.