Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 28, 2014

Community in Brief: 04/28/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — China conference sign up

TRAVERSE CITY — General registration begins Wednesday, April 30, for the June 5-6 “China: Competitor or Partner” conference.

The conference will offer an in-depth look at the economic, political and educational and cultural connections between China and the United States. It will feature experts from Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, DC, and New York, along with local Michigan experts.

Conference attendees also may registration for an evening finale from 7-9 p.m. on June 6; and a June 7 “Real Chinese Cooking” program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

Organized by the Northwestern Michigan College International Affairs Forum, the $125 conference registration fee includes the June 5 keynote opening session and all-day conference events on June 6.

Tickets for the June 6 evening finale are $8 each. Tickets for the June 7 cooking program are $80. For details or registration, visit

Hikes and trail work day

ARCADIA — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will offer wildflower hikes from 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, May 1 and 8, at Arcadia Dunes on Scenic Highway. There also will be a trail opening work day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 10. For details, to register or for a map and directions, visit or call 929-7911.

Contemporary collage works

TRAVERSE CITY — Cog’s Creek Gallery, 124 N. Maple St., will showcase two different approaches to contemporary collage in an exhibit titled “Test Patterns.”

The exhibit features works by Pier Wright of Northport and Jordan Scott of Evanston, Ill. It will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, during the downtown Traverse City Spring Art Walk. The exhibit may be viewed through June 6. For details, call 620-0458.

Homebuyer workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will offer a two-part homebuyer workshop.

The free workshop will meet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 7, at the NMCAA, 3963 Three Mile Road.

Participants will learn the basics of the home-buying process and those who attend both sessions receive a certificate of completion. For details or to register, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.

Volunteer training

TRAVERSE CITY — Volunteer Services, the Michigan Guardianship Association and local resources will provide a two-part in-service and new guardian training for guardians, conservators, volunteers, family members and other interested individuals.

Training sessions will meet from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 8, on the lower level at the Robert P. Griffin Hall of Justice, 280 Washington St. Participants should arrive by 5:15 p.m to ensure entrance into the building and to clear security. For details or to register, call 922-4827.

Commission on Aging

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St., suite B. For details, call 922-4688.

iPad class

TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Center Network will offer a series of iPad classes starting Wednesday, May 7.

Sessions are $5 each and will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St., for one hour of instruction.

Separate classes will be held for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and participants should bring their iPad.

There also will be an open question and answer class.

For details or a full schedule, visit or stop at the Senior Center Network office. To register, call 922-4911.

Kingsley Lions

KINGSLEY — The Kingsley Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St. For details, call 263-8025 or 313-1837.