Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 5, 2014

Community in Brief: 06/05/2014


A grape-growing workshop will be held from 4-7 p.m. June 11. Dr. Duke Elsner will discuss various grape cultivars, the basics of propagation and care and how to make your own vintage. Participants will learn to cultivate their own grapes and receive hands-on practice by planting vines and setting up trellises at the farm.

A composting workshop will meet from 1-4 p.m. June 14. Carter’s Compost and Master Gardener volunteers will talk about various approaches to composting, its microbiology and the use of compost in home gardens. Participants will open up last year’s straw bale compost bin, screen any usable compost and build a new bin for this year’s compost materials.

Both workshops will meet at the SEEDS Farm at the Historic Barns, 1490 Red Dr. A $15 donation for each workshop is suggested. For details, visit

Benzie Academy lecture

BENZONIA — The next Benzie Academy Lecture will focus on World War I.

Brian D. McCall’s program, titled “Over There: Benzie County and the Great War,” will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. The lecture is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Visit to learn more.

High tea for cancer fund

SUTTONS BAY — Only a few tickets are available for the fifth annual La-TEA-Da High Tea, but there still are opportunities to volunteer or contribute.

The British-style high tea will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Black Star Farms. There also will be a Chinese Auction and an optional Hat Celebration. Tickets are $50 each and only five tickets remain. Proceeds support families in Leelanau County affected by cancer.

For details, if interested in attending the tea or in volunteering, call Diane Pare, 271-2030 or Marti Paquette, 256-7364.

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