Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 9, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/09/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Torch area potluck

EASTPORT — The Upper Torch Lake Association will hold its monthly potluck dinner Monday, March 11, at the Torch Lake Township Community Services building, U.S. 31.

A 6 p.m. social hour will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. All area residents are invited and are asked to bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients.

AAUW program

TRAVERSE CITY — The American Association of University Women will sponsor a program on Tuesday, March 12, featuring Northwestern Michigan College international students, who will discuss what it’s like to study in Traverse City.

The program will start at 6 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Admission is free and the public is invited. For details, call 995-0313 or visit

Cottage Coffee

TRAVERSE CITY — The next Cottage Coffee at Hawthorn Cottage at the Grand Traverse Pavilions will feature Tom Birgy, an account liaison for Heartland Home Health Care.

Birgy will discuss his recent medical mission trip to Guatemala and Nepal at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027.

Momix on stage

INTERLOCHEN — Momix will bring its fluid, athletic choreography blended with music, outrageous costumes and inventive props to Corson Auditorium on Wednesday, March 13.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $9 for students. They are available at or by calling (800) 681-5920 or 276-7800.

Lenten lunch series

TRAVERSE CITY — The Rev. Polycarp from St. Francis Catholic Church and Fred Szczepanski, music director at St. Francis, will give the message and music at the Thursday, March 14, Community Lenten Luncheon.

The soup and sandwich meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster, followed by music at noon and the message from 12:30 to 1 p.m. A $3 donation for the meal is suggested and proceeds benefit local missions. Both men and women are invited. For details, call 938-1387.

DKG spring lunch

TRAVERSE CITY —The Delta Kappa Gamma Traverse City Phi Chapter will have its spring social gathering at noon Saturday, March 16, at Red Ginger on East Front St. All current and retired area educators are invited. Reservations are required.

For details and reservations, call Lana Nickels, 947-2599.

Spring craft show

BUCKLEY — Buckley Tabernacle will sponsor a “Swing into Spring Craft Show” on Saturday, March 16.

The fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buckley Tabernacle, 213 Wexford Ave. There also will be a luncheon, a bake sale and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Tabernacle’s Benevolence Fund.

Focus on Family

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Del Tackett, former executive vice president of Focus on the Family and founder of The Truth Project, will give a program Saturday, March 16, at Traverse City Christian School.

Dr. Tackett will discuss Christian worldview and America’s history from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school, 753 Emerson Road. Tickets are $8 at; $10 at the door. Group rates are available.

Health career info

PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College’s nursing and allied health faculty will hold an information session to explain the process for admission into the college’s nursing and allied health career programs.

The session will start at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in room 122 of the college’s main administration/classroom building, 1515 Howard St. Anyone planning to apply for either program is encouraged to attend.

Foster parenting

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse/Leelanau/Kalkaska County Department of Human Services will hold an orientation session for anyone interested in becoming foster parents.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 21, at 701 S. Elmwood Ave., suite 19. If interested but unable to attend this session, call Kristina Coffinger, 342-4926, for additional session times and dates.

Program on peace

TRAVERSE CITY — Randy and Kay Bond, members of the organizing committee for the Michigan Peace Team, will discuss nonviolence and its role in conflict resolution at the next program in the “Exploring Peace in the Middle East” series.

The Bonds have facilitated nonviolence training workshops and have participated in active nonviolent peacemaking in many countries. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Christ United Methodist Church, 1249 Three Mile Road. Admission is free and open to the public.

The series concludes on Sunday, March 24. For details, call 946-3048 or visit

Easter dinner

TRAVERSE CITY — Planning is under way for the 21st annual Community Easter Dinner.

The meal will be served from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at the VFW Hall, 3400 Veterans Dr. Meal delivery will start at 12:30 p.m. Donations of food, time and cash are needed to help make the meal a success. Especially needed are Easter baskets, baked goods, crafts, cards, plastic bags and brown grocery bags, which may be dropped off at the meal site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

For details, to volunteer, make a donation or to share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call Sandra Svec, 313-9792, or Shannon Allen, 326-6969. Checks made out to Community Meals Program with a notation “Easter Dinner” may be mailed to P.O. Box 102, Traverse City, MI 49685.