Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 20, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Interlochen changes

INTERLOCHEN — Because of unforeseen circumstances, Dwight Yoakam and the Luna Negra Dance Theater have cancelled their shows at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Yoakam was scheduled to perform July 11, and the Luna Negra Dance Theater was scheduled for July 10. Patrons who purchased tickets with a credit card to either of these events will automatically receive a credit to their card. Cash and check orders will be refunded in the mail. All refunds will be issued within the next two weeks.

Author program

WILLIAMSBURG — Northern Michigan author Patricia Batta will give a program on Thursday, May 23, as part of the Hope Village Life Enrichment Lecture Series.

Batta is the author of the Marge Christensen Mystery Series. The program starts at 3:30 p.m. at Hope Village, 4354 Mt. Hope Road. It is free and open to the public. For details, call 938-4673.


SEEDS fashion show

KALKASKA — Students in the Kalkaska Middle School SEEDS After School program will host a Thrift Shop Fashion Show on Friday, May 24. The community is welcome.

Students have chosen a theme for which to shop and will model their thrift shop outfits in a 4:30 to 6 p.m. fashion show at the school. A spaghetti dinner will close the event. For details or if planning to attend, call 357-6896 or email

iPhone class

SUTTONS BAY — The Friendship Community Center will offer an “iPhone Essentials” class on Thursday, May 23.

The class will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. at the community center, 201 Broadway. This is a hands-on class and attendees should bring their phones.

The cost is $45 per person. For details or to register, call 271-4630 or email

Sale helps pet rescue

CENTRAL LAKE — With A Little Help From My Friends will hold their 10th annual garage sale on Saturday, May 25, at Carpet Barn, 1875 S. Main St.

Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and proceeds will benefit the pet crisis center at WaLHFMF’s sanctuary. Donations for the sale are needed and may be dropped off at Carpet Barn through Saturday. For details, or to arrange for a different drop-off location for donations, call 533-4070.

Music concert

SUTTONS BAY — Mount Pleasant band Splice will give a concert Friday, May 24, at the Suttons Bay Public School auditorium.

The band includes Suttons Bay High School alumnus Andy Wheelock on drums and percussion. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be sold at the door.

The performance is sponsored by Friends of Fine Arts at Suttons Bay Schools. For details, call 271-4983.

Civil War remembrance

BENZONIA — Grand Army of the Republic Day is Saturday, May 25, at Benzonia Township Cemetery.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes a flag-raising, laying of lilacs at the E.P. Case Civil War Memorial and a Memorial Day commemoration by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Robert Finch Camp. A guided tour of Civil War veterans’ graves will start at 11:45 a.m. For details, call 882-5539 or visit

GVSU open house

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Valley State University in Traverse City will host a Master of Social Work open house at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Call 995-1785 for more information.

Bass fest 5K

MANCELONA — Communities in Schools of Mancelona will sponsor a Bass Festival 5K run/walk on Sunday, June 2.

The race starts and finishes at Palmer Park. Race day check-in/registration starts at 8 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger in advance; $25 for adults and $12 for ages 12 and younger on race day.

Register at or call Communities In Schools of Mancelona, 587-5044.

GED test

TRAVERSE CITY — Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr., will offer General Educational Development (GED) testing Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4.

Participants must register in advance at the Central High School Principal’s office. To take the complete test, participants must be able to attend both dates.

The cost is $125, cash or money order only, due at registration; $25 for individual tests and retakes. For details or to register, call 933-3500.

Scholarship for women

TRAVERSE CITY — Chapter EH of the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is accepting applications for a $500 scholarship.

Women living in the Grand Traverse area pursuing a degree or certificate in the fall of 2013 who have a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need are eligible. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 5. For details or an application, email

TBA Credit Union grants

TRAVERSE CITY — TBA Credit Union recently awarded four Traverse City area elementary schools grants to fund literacy and reading programs designed to supplement classroom instruction.

Grants went to Traverse Heights Media Paraprofessional Debbie Kuemin, to purchase library materials to support the school’s core curriculum; Jessica Holt, Central Grade School, to purchase a reading comprehension toolkit; and Paula Sandtveit, Willow Hill, and Karen Smith, Eastern Elementary, who each used their awards to purchase phonics kits.

Educators in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties can access grant applications at

Opera finalist

KALAMAZOO — Soprano Sarah Mikulski from Traverse City was one of five Western Michigan University students who were finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids 2013 Collegiate Vocal Competition. She is a WMU senior studying music and was a finalist for the Division I competition.

Garden plots

TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Garden at Historic Barns Park on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons still has both small and large garden plots available. All gardeners and community groups are welcome. For details, call 735-8361 or email