Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 6, 2014

Community in Brief: 05/06/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Musicale program

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Musicale will host a program on Thursday, May 8, featuring Jayne Sleder’s vocal students.

Sleder’s students will perform at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Tea and treats will be served following the program. The public is invited. Donations for the scholarship fund are appreciated. For details, visit

‘The Quest’ debuts

TRAVERSE CITY — SEEDS After School students will debut a performance created in cooperation with Earthwork Music Collective and Blackbird Arts

Middle and high school students from Benzie Central, Brethren, Forest Area, Frankfort, Kalkaska, Manistee and Suttons Bay schools prepared for the performance by studying local history, exploring personal journeys, learning songs from the Alan Lomax archives of Michigan folk music and writing new material for the concert.

“The Quest — A Celebration of Community” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and free for children ages 9 and younger. They may be purchased at

Music House Museum opens

ACME — The Music House Museum will host a “Season Opening Celebration” on Thursday, May 8.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the museum, 7377 U.S. 31 North. There will be music by Miriam Pico and David Chown, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and sweet treats, plus demonstrations of some of the museum’s collection.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at

Mesick Museum opens

MESICK — The Mesick Mushroom Festival also signals the opening of the Mesick Museum for the season.

The museum will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, for the festival. Regular Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through October 4, or by appointment with a volunteer. For details, visit

Art seminar

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Expressions Decorative Artist will host a seminar focusing on acrylic.

The seminar features a project by national decorative artist Maxine Thomas that will be taught by Patti Masson. It will be held Saturday, May 10, at the Grand Traverse Mall. For details or if planning to attend, call Kim Yeager, 557-8539.

Letter carrier food collection

Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Carriers Association and the U.S. Postal Service will collect non-perishable food for local food pantries during the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

The drive will take place in most communities in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Participating carriers will leave a postcard about the drive in boxes, and homes receiving a card may leave bags of food near their mailboxes on Saturday, May 10. The carrier or a marked car volunteer will collect the donations.

Father Fred garage sale

TRAVERSE CITY — The Father Fred Foundation spring garage sale will be held Saturday, May 10.

Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the foundation, 826 Hastings St. It features thousands of items at bargain prices. All proceeds are used to purchase food pantry items or to provide financial help for local families in need.

Chinese film series

TRAVERSE CITY — The mini Chinese film series will close with a screening of “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry” on Tuesday, May 13.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St. The 2012 documentary follows Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and clashes with the Chinese government. The series has been sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum as a springboard to its June China conference.

Used books sought

INTERLOCHEN — The Friends of the Interlochen Public Library are accepting donations of used books and other materials in good condition for their 28th annual used book sale.

Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the library, 9700 Riley Road. No magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest condensed books will be accepted. The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 20, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Golden Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the library. For details, call the library, 276-6767.

Grow Benzie garden plots

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie Community Garden plots are being readied for spring planting and are available.

Plots are 4- by 25-feet and the fee is $25 per plot. Grow Benzie also is selling a bag of soil amendments made up of phosphorus, lime and green sand for $9 a bag.

For questions or to reserve plots, call greenhouse manager Britt Uecker, (616) 901-3052, or email Community Garden applications also are available at