Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 13, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/13/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Open house

TRAVERSE CITY — The Pathfinder School will showcase its educational program at an open house on Thursday, March 14.

Open house hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting in the campus gym, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Child care will be provided. Contact Rob Hansen, 995-3800 or to learn more.

Irish band performs

TRAVERSE CITY — The Tongue Family Band will give a free performance at noon Friday, March 15, at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St.

The community is invited to enjoy lunch while watching the concert. Suggested donations for the meal are $3 for adults 60 and older; $6 for anyone 59 and younger. Meal reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance; call 947-5285.

Women’s History

TRAVERSE CITY — The Women’s History Project of Northwest Michigan, Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society of Northwestern Michigan College and the Traverse City American Association of University Women will honor women adventurers, explorers and inventors on Saturday, March 16.

The event recognizes March as National Women’s History Month. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at NMC’s Fine Arts Building, and features a “What’s My Line” type of show with mystery guests and audience interaction. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for both the Women’s History Project and Phi Theta Kappa student projects.

For details, call 223-7489 or email

Winter celebration

THOMPSONVILLE — The second annual Taste the Local Difference Winter Celebration will be hosted by Crystal Mountain Resort and the Michigan Land Use Institute.

The celebration will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, on the top level of the Crystal Center at the resort. It features local foods from more than 24 northern Michigan farmers and producers. Area chefs also will prepare dishes with local ingredients and offer suggestions on how to use local foods year-round.

Tickets are $20 at or at the door. Skiers and snowboarders receive $10 off a lift pass with a Winter Celebration ticket. Food trucks will be parked at the base of the slopes with local food selections.

Irish dinner

ACME — The Northern Michigan Cultural Center will hold a St. Patrick’s Day fund-raising dinner on Sunday, March 17. The cultural center’s goal is to promote and celebrate the different cultures that make up America.

The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall. The menu includes ham, cabbage, Irish stew, Colcannon, Champ, Irish soda bread and Spotted Dog. Desserts are loose apple pie and Broonie.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 9 and younger. They are available at the door or in advance by calling 267-5722 or 313-6910. For information about the Northern Michigan Cultural Center, visit

Garden club meets

ACME — Dick Evans will talk about tower gardening at the Tuesday, March 19, meeting of the Sweetwater Evening Garden Club.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the East Bay Masonic Lodge. The public is invited. For details or if planning to attend, call 938-9611.

National Park trek

TRAVERSE CITY — Mark Hoffmann will share his physical and emotional experiences as he traveled 88 miles from East Glacier to West Glacier National Park and across the Continental Divide.

The program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details, call Sarah Montgomery, 947-3117.

Artist at Dennos

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center will host Chinese ceramist and painter Wan Liya from Qingdao, China, for two programs on contemporary art in China. He will be joined by landscape and portrait painter Guan Fei, who has a studio in Beijing.

Wan Liya exhibited his work in Breaking the Mold: Contemporary Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Sculpture at the Dennos and offered a two week residency in the NMC Art Department in 2009. The Dennos has both ceramic work and paintings by Wan Liya in its permanent collection.

A brown bag luncheon program will start at noon Tuesday, March 19, with a repeat presentation at 7 p.m., both in the Janis Community Room. The programs are free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for museum members. Call 995-1055 or visit to learn more.