Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 1, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/01/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— Dine out for BACN

BENZIE COUNTY — Diners can enjoy a dinner out and help the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors on Tuesday, April 2.

Fusion Restaurant on Main Street in Frankfort and the Brookside Inn Restaurant & Tap Room on U.S. 31 in Beulah will donate a portion of their proceeds that day to help BACN buy food for needy county residents.

History group meets

TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will meet Thursday, April 4.

Peninsula Community Library Director Vicky Shurly will give a program on library resources available for historical research at 7 p.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road. The public is invited. For details, contact Kennard Weaver, 947-0947 or

Book club meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Paid reservations are due Thursday, April 4, for the next luncheon meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club.

The club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the West Building dining room, 3950 Scenic Ridge, off Silver Lake Road. Margaret Mallory, the author of historical romance novels, will be the guest speaker. Representatives from Horizon Books will have Mallory’s books for sale.

The cost is $6. For details or reservations, call 932-9455.

Northport Follies

NORTHPORT — The Northport Follies on Saturday, April 6, will benefit Northport Promise scholarships.

The Follies open at 7 p.m. at the Northport Community Arts Center at Northport Public School, 104 Wing St. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-18 and free for children 11 and younger. Gift bags will be available to purchase and a raffle will be held.

Montessori info

TRAVERSE CITY — Courtade Elementary School’s Montessori program will hold information meetings regarding program options for the 2013-14 school year.

Meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, Tuesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 25, at the school, 111 Rasho Road. For details, call Courtade Principal Caroline Wacker, 933-5800.

Children’s garden

TRAVERSE CITY — Supporters of the Grand Traverse Area Children’s Learning Gardens will meet on Wednesday, April 10.

The gardens are located at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., where the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the McGuire Room. New volunteers are always welcome.

Help is needed with the annual plant sale on May 18. Mentors to work with the children and the interns are always needed, as are volunteers with computer skills. To learn more, call Susan Kuschell, 947-0422.

Parade workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — Earth Day Parade building workshops will feature visiting artists including Minneapolis puppeteer and artist George Meyer from Heart of the Beast Theater, who will be in the area for four weeks.

Workshops are free and open to the public, however a $10 donation per mask/costume is suggested to cover expenses. Children 8 and younger should bring an adult helper.

Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St., will host workshops through April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, 13240 S. West Bay Shore Dr., will hold workshops 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3, 10 and 17. Space is limited and advance registration is requested.

SCRAP, 821 S. Garfield Ave., next to Honey Baked Ham, will hold workshops from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, April 5, 12 and 19.

For details or registration, call 735-8370, visit or email

School benefit

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Bay Christian School will host its first auction and dinner to raise funds for the school.

The event will be hosted Saturday, April 20, at East Bay Calvary Church, 2225 Hammond Road E. The doors open at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and available by calling the school, 929-9504.

Zonta scholarships

TRAVERSE CITY — The Zonta Club of Traverse City will accept applications until Friday, April 19, for two science scholarships.

A full scholarship to attend the June 17-18 Inland Seas hands-on overnight experience in Suttons Bay is open to young women in 10th through 12th grades.

A general engineering scholarship is available for students in ninth through 11th grade to attend Michigan Technological University in Houghton, July 14-20, to explore 10 types of engineering fields. Cost of the scholarship and transportation to Houghton is provided.

Application packets were distributed to Traverse area schools. Applicants must meet certain criteria, which can be found at

Reading clinic

TRAVERSE CITY — The Central Michigan University Global Campus will hold a summer reading clinic for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are struggling with reading problems or reading below grade level.

The clinic will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, July 8-Aug 1. The cost is $150 for diagnosis and 40 hours of tutoring. Registration is open and space is limited to 30 students.

Call the CMU Traverse City Center, 995-1756, for details or to register.

GRASP program

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is under way for the GRASP at-home reading and math program for kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

The summer program is offered through Northwestern Michigan College. Students complete one lesson a week at home and mail it to reading and math teachers who review, score and return the assignments. The cost is $75 for either reading or math; $129 for both. Partial financial aid is available.

The registration deadline is May 14. For details or registration, visit or call 995-1700.