Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 5, 2014

Community in Brief: 05/05/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Spring Fling concert

TRAVERSE CITY — The East Bay Branch Library, 1989 Three Mile Road, invites friends of all ages to a free Spring Fling family concert on Tuesday, May 6.

The event from 6:30-8 p.m. features music by Glenn Wolff and Robin Lee Berry and a make and take flower craft. Refreshments also will be served. For details, call 922-2085 or visit

Chicken workshop

EAST JORDAN — The third workshop in the ISLAND series on raising chickens will be held Tuesday, May 6.

“Pasture-Raised Laying Hens” will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bluestem Farm, 4218 M-32 at the Adams intersection. Both seasoned farmers and first-time chicken growers are invited to tour the farm with owner Aaron Brower and learn how pastured chickens produce both delicious eggs and healthy soils. Designs for mobile housing will be included. Registration is not required and the public is invited. Donations will be accepted at the door. For details, call 622-5252 or email

Early college info

SUTTONS BAY — An informational program will be held Wednesday, May 7, for the Suttons Bay Early College program.

Early College is a program at Suttons Bay High School for students to begin their college study while completing high school graduation requirements. To be eligible for the program, students must earn qualifying scores on the Compass Test and complete an application packet in their freshman year. Students who are currently in their freshmen or sophomore years are welcome to apply. The information night starts at 7 p.m. at Suttons Bay Schools. For details, call the school 271-8604.

Benefit for ACT-GT

TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan entertainers will stage an evening of music, dance, comedy and family fun Wednesday, May 7, to benefit ACT-GT, Artists Creating Together, a nonprofit organization helping children and adults with disabilities through the arts.

The “Arts for All Benefit Celebration” will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. An afterglow and silent auction in the museum’s Sculpture Court will follow the concert.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and free for children ages 5 and younger. They are available at the door, or in advance at

Mother’s Day remembrance

TRAVERSE CITY — Hospice of Michigan will host a “Remembering, Honoring and Missing Our Mothers” event on Friday, May 9.

The event from noon-1:30 p.m. will be held at Hospice of Michigan’s Traverse City office in the Bay View Center, 10850 E. Traverse Highway, suite 1155. It will give participants a chance to reflect on the lives of their mothers and significant women in their lives who have died. Guests are asked to bring a story and a picture of the woman they are honoring. A light meal will be provided.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required; call Kathryn Holl, 929-1557.

Mighty Uke Fest

TRAVERSE CITY — A film documenting the history and recent resurgence of the ukulele will be shown as part of the inaugural Mighty Uke Fest of Traverse City sponsored by the Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity.

“Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St. The film’s director, Tony Coleman, will be in attendance. Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by local uke band Saldaje and the Traverse Uke Group. Attendees are encouraged to bring a ukulele to join a post-film play/sing-along led by Miriam Pico.

Admission is free. Representatives of the Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity will be on hand to accept donations and share information on how to support their activities. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from the sale of DVDs and “Mighty Uke” T-shirts will benefit the charity.

Senior luncheon

INTERLOCHEN — Reservations are needed by 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, for a senior luncheon on Monday, May 12, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rogers Road and U.S. 31.

The event will celebrate Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Lunch is $3, but seniors also may bring a sack lunch if they wish and enjoy free fellowship and games following the meal. For details or reservations, call Ralph Hintsala, 620-0840.