Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 17, 2013

Community in Brief: 11/17/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Excel Institute program

TRAVERSE CITY — Excel Institute will hold an open house and a program titled “How Vision Therapy Can Improve Learning” on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Excel Institute’s office, 328 Munson Ave. Dr. Mark D. Noss, developmental optometrist and director of Excel Institute, will discuss how integrated visual learning may help children struggling in school. There is no charge, but reservations are requested. For details or reservations, call 946-7700 or email

Sierra Club meets

TRAVERSE CITY — The next meeting of the Sierra Club will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Brewery Terra Firma, 2959 Hartman Road. Brewery representatives will discuss the company’s organic practices. The public is welcome. For details, email


Camera Club

TRAVERSE CITY — How to capture great images using a flash unit will be the topic at the Thursday, Nov. 21, meeting of the Traverse Area Camera Club.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster. Photojournalist John Russell will discuss ways to produce great images using available flash units. The public is welcome and the program is free. For details, call Russell, 883-1588.

Artist talk

FRANKFORT — Schyler Binkley will discuss his personal thoughts on pottery making and his philosophy regarding form and surface during the next “Cabin Fever” Artist Talk. He also will demonstrate throwing techniques.

Binkley’s program will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, 132 Coast Guard Road. It is hosted in conjunction with the art center’s Member Exhibition and Invitational on view through December.

The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 352-4151 or visit

Scandinavian Lunch

FRANKFORT — Trinity Lutheran Church, 955 James St., will host its Scandinavian Luncheon and Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The meal features Norwegian meatballs, Swedish potato sausage, green beans almondine, apple salad, Scandinavian bread and a choice of a Scandinavian dessert cookie. Bazaar items include Rosemall items, cribbage boards, other handmade items and used books. Proceeds benefit local, state and national charities. Call 352-4531.

TAAG holiday show

ALDEN — The Torch Area Artisans Guild (TAAG) will host its annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The show will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road. In addition to a variety of vendors, there will be a bake sale, door prizes and lunch. Admission is free.

Holiday dance

SUMMIT CITY — A Holiday Country Dance will be hosted on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The evening will start with a soup supper at 6 p.m. followed by dancing to music by a live band from 7-10 p.m. at the Summit City Grange Hall, 3060 Factory St. Donations are appreciated. For details, call 263-4499.

Music ‘On the Porch’

TRAVERSE CITY —Americana duo The Bergamot will perform music “on the porch” Sunday, Nov. 24, at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books, Zamar Guitar or by calling 947-9213. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Thanksgiving dinner

GAYLORD — Continuing a more than 40-year tradition, a community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28.

The non-denominational celebration starts with fellowship and appetizers at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Hall, 606 N. Ohio St., with dinner served at 3 p.m. There is no cost.

For details, to volunteer, to make a donation or if planning to attend, call Joe or Julie Koprowicz, (989) 732-2119.

Turkey Trot

CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix Area Hospital will sponsor a Turkey Trot run/walk on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. at the hospital, 14700 Lake Shore Dr. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $12 per person or $30 per family if registered by noon Wednesday, Nov. 27. Fees on race day are $15 per person; $35 per family. Toddlers in strollers and leashed, friendly pets are free. To register, go to For details, call 547-8906 or email