Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 1, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/01/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Film Fest music

TRAVERSE CITY — Reflect Bistro at Cambria Suites Hotel will sponsor musical concerts daily in conjunction with the Traverse City Film Festival.

Robin Lee Berry and Glenn Wolf will perform today, Aug. 1. Upcoming performers include Drive South with special guest Joe Wilson, Friday, Aug. 2; the Robin Connell Trio, Saturday, Aug. 3; and The Collini, Everest, Tomlin Trio on Sunday, Aug. 4. All performers will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cambria Suites is located at 255 Munson Ave. For details, call 778-9000.

Sports physicals

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Health Clinic will offer $40 sport physicals in August for all middle and high school students.

The clinic will offer appointments between 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23, and appointments between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 14 and 21. Students must be accompanied by a parent and bring school physical cards signed by a parent/guardian and the student.

Traverse Health Clinic is located at 3147 Logan Valley Road, across from Logan’s Landing on South Airport Road. For details or appointments, call 935-0799.

Trunk show

CEDAR — Wool & Honey, 9031 S. Kasson, will host a trunk show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, featuring hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns from Why Knot Fibers and hand-made clay dishes and home accessories from Kate Hust of Cadillac.

Portside Arts Fair

EAST JORDAN — The 51st annual juried Portside Arts Fair will be held at Elm Pointe, 01656 S. M-66.

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. In addition to art, there will be a free children’s craft booth, refreshments and entertainment. For details, call 536-3282 or visit

Grass River activities

BELLAIRE — Activities at Grass River Natural Area range from wildflower walks and pottery techniques to a hunt for wild foods.

Nature Nuts ages 4 to 6 and Explorers ages 7 to 10 will study “Dinosaurs, Volcanoes and Petoskey Stones” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. The class fee is $5 per person. Also on Tuesday, docents will lead a free wildflower walk from 10 a.m. to noon through dry upland meadows at the natural area.

Participants in the 10 a.m. “Fun With Clay” workshop on Thursday, Aug. 8, will learn pottery techniques and create pinch pots, animals and more to take home and fire in their oven. The class fee is $5.

Citizen Science Friday at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, for students 7 and older will feature a “Pond Adventure.” Students will investigate a pond, where they can try frog catching, net polliwogs and watch for dragonfly larvae. Old clothes are recommended. The cost is $5 per person.

Saturday, Aug. 10, will start with a hunt for mushrooms and other wild edibles at 9:30 a.m. Naturalist Arlene Westhoven will lead the walk and later serve homemade gourmet samples. The day will close with “Constellation Cruise I” at 9 p.m. Participants will learn about summer constellations as they watch the stars come out. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 11 and younger.

Registration is required for all programs; call 533-8314 or visit Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway.

Nairobi Chorus

BELLAIRE — Church in the Hills will host a concert on Monday, Aug. 5, by the Nairobi Chamber Chorus.

The group is comprised of men and women ranging in age from 18 to 40. It was formed to promote music and provide opportunities for performance and travel to people from Kenya and other African countries.

The chorus will perform at 7 p.m. at the church, 6401 Shanty Creek Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For advance tickets, call the church office, 533-6001. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Teen reading event

TRAVERSE CITY — Underwater archeologist Mark Holley will reveal what lies underneath the bay to teens at a summer reading club event on Monday, Aug. 5.

The program starts at 6 p.m. at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road, and includes pizza, a sundae bar and the program. There is no charge. For details, call 223-7700 or visit

Demolition bids

SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau County Land Bank Authority is seeking bids for two demolition projects as part of its Michigan Blight Elimination Grant funding.

All bids must be sealed and received by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. For a copy of the bid specifications, call 256-9812 or visit

Science, Tech camp

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District will sponsor a free five-day kid’s technology camp from Monday, Aug. 12, through Friday, Aug. 16.

The camp is for students entering grades five through eight living in the five-county Grand Traverse Bay area. Two sessions will be held daily from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Career-Tech Center Manufacturing Technology Academy at the NMC Parsons-Stulen Building on Aero Park Drive. Students will explore robotics logic, motion and programming introduced through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts applied through problem solving, hands-on experiments and teamwork.

Early registration is encouraged; call 922-6273 or visit