Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 11, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/11/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — High school art exhibit

SCOTTVILLE — The West Shore Community College Art Department's 15th annual Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibit opens today, March 11, in the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery.

Area high schools were invited to enter 10 of their students' best works and those included in the exhibit have been selected by high school art teachers. A reception will be hosted 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the gallery. Student art will be on display through Saturday, March 23.

The Manierre Dawson Gallery is located in WSCC's Arts and Sciences Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

Tech Academy info

TRAVERSE CITY — The TBAISD Career-Tech Center Manufacturing Technology Academy will host student/parent information nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, April 4.

All meetings will be at the Northwestern Michigan College Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Dr. For details or to sign up for an information night, call Tim Wheatley, 995-1304.

Family Arts Night

TRAVERSE CITY — Family Arts Night on Tuesday, March 12, at the Greenspire School includes hands-on visual and language arts activities inspired by nature.

Activities will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school, 1026 Red Dr. in the Grand Traverse Commons. The event, co-sponsored by Blackbird Arts, is free and open to the public.

Story hour with author

EMPIRE — A special story hour Thursday, March 14, at the Glen Lake Community Library will feature Maggie van Galen, author of the new children's book "The Adventures of Keeno & Ernest: The Banana Tree."

This is a homecoming for the Massachusetts-based author who grew up in northern Michigan. She will read her picture book at 11 a.m. at the library, 10115 E. Front St. For details, call 326-5361 or visit

Montessori open house

SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy will hold an open house on Thursday, March 14.

The open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school, 310 S. Elm St. The school is a tuition-free kindergarten through sixth grade school that also offers a tuition-based preschool. Scholarships and financial aid are available. For details, call 271-8609 or visit

Fish fry for football

INTERLOCHEN — The Benzie Gridiron Club will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry to benefit Benzie Central football programs from Pop Warner to varsity.

The meal will be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Interlochen Eagles. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 10 and younger and will be available at the door. There also will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. For details, cal 275-7027 or visit

Youth summit

TRAVERSE CITY — High school sophomores and juniors whose parents or guardians are Great Lakes Energy members are invited to apply for the Youth Leadership Summit presented by Michigan's electric cooperatives.

Students from throughout Michigan will come together April 24-26 at Spring Hill Camps in Evart to test themselves through a combination of hands-on classroom exercises and a high-ropes challenge. All participants will be considered for the National Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, DC.

To apply online, visit For details, email or call (888) 485-2537 ext. 8174.

Coast Guard GPS class

TRAVERSE CITY — The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a Marine Global Positioning Systems (GPS) class on Thursday, March 21. Registrations are due Monday, March 18.

The introductory class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. in Traverse City. GPS units will be available for use during the class. The $10 cost includes the textbook and certificate. For details or to register, call Dianne Walker, 941-8076.

Kindergarten sign up

MCBAIN — Registration for the 2013-14 McBain Elementary School kindergarten class is under way. Children are eligible for kindergarten if they turn 5 on or before Nov. 1, 2013.

As part of the district technology initiative, all incoming kindergarten students will receive one-on-one technology through the application of personal iPads. For staffing and technology purposes, registration forms should be completed before Tuesday, March 26. Forms are available at the elementary office or by calling 825-2021.

Student screening times will be held the week of June 10 and may be scheduled when returning registration paperwork.

Grants and scholarships

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation is accepting online applications for a number of grants and scholarships.

Traverse City graduating seniors, as well as students from across the region, may be eligible to apply for a variety of scholarships. Most scholarship applications are due March 31; visit for complete details.

The Community Foundation also has several educational and community grants available. Please visit for complete details on available grants.

Interested individuals also may call the Community Foundation, 935-4066, or email Gina,, with questions.

Healthcare scholarships

GAYLORD — The Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation is accepting applications for healthcare scholarships to be awarded in May.

The scholarships are open to students of all ages who live in the hospital’s service area, primarily Atlanta, Elmira, Frederic, Gaylord, Indian River, Johannesburg, Lewiston, Vanderbilt, Waters, and Wolverine. To qualify, an individual must meet the scholarship criteria and have proof of acceptance in a healthcare field of study at an accredited college or university.

All scholarship applications are due by Friday, March 29. Applications are available from the hospital’s receptionist in the main lobby, at or by calling (989 ) 731-7769.

Reading challenge

THOMPSONVILLE — The Betsie Valley District Library is hosting a "Cat in the Hat Reading Challenge."

All preschool through third grade children are challenged to read 10 books and fourth grade and older students are asked to read at least three chapter books during March. After completing the challenge, children will receive a Cat in the Hat certificate, a pencil and a bookmark.

The library is located at 14731 Thompson Ave. For details, call 378-2716 or visit