Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 5, 2012

Community in Brief: 12/05/2012


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Holiday music

Williamsburg — Blues guitarist/vocalist Rick Hicks will give a holiday concert from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Kelly's Williamsburg Theater, 4230 M-72 East. Tickets are $10 at the door. For details or reservations, call 938-3663 or 941-8667.

Dine with Santa

Traverse City — Children are invited to have breakfast with Santa Claus from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mt. Holiday, 3100 Holiday Road. Prices are $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 11 and younger. For details, visit, call 938-2500 or email

Cinema Curiosa

Traverse City — Cinema Curiosa will show "Exit Through the Gift Shop" from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Traverse Area District, Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. For details, visit

Lunch for seniors

Interlochen — Area senior citizens are invited to a Christmas lunch on Monday, Dec. 10. Reservations are due by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

The event will start at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road, with chair exercises. Lunch at noon will be followed by fellowship and games. Lunch is $3. Seniors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Activities are free.

For details or lunch reservations, call Ralph Hintsala, 620-0840.

Holiday dance show

Traverse City — The Dance Center Inc. of Traverse City and Kalkaska will present its sixth Holiday Show on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium, at Northwestern Michigan College. The show features students from The Dance Center programs in Traverse City and Kalkaska, Ballet Virtuoso Performance Group, Fresh Fusion and Fresh Fusion Extreme Contemporary Dance Teams. In addition, the Cherry Capital Men's Chorus and Traverse City Central High School Choral-aires Quartet will perform classic Christmas favorites.

Tickets are $12 per person for reserved seating; call 947-6820 Tickets are $15 at the door.

On the 'Back Porch'

Charlevoix — The Back Porch Coffeehouse will have a new format for its holiday music event.

Music will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Charlevoix Senior Center on the corner of Carpenter and Norwood streets. There will be a central microphone and speakers. Musicians and poets are welcome to take turns performing or leading songs and poems with "jam time" toward the end of the evening. There also will be crafts for children and refreshments.

Donations at the door are appreciated and go to future scheduled performers. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $10 per family. Cookie donations also are welcome and a donation jar will be available for a fund to purchase a sound system for the Coffeehouse Series.

Peace event

Suttons Bay — The Michigan Peace Team, in collaboration with Neahtawanta Education and Research Center, will sponsor a peace event on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Ciccone Vineyard & Winery, 10343 E. Hilltop Road.

A wine and cheese reception from 2 to 3 p.m. will be followed by a program from 3 to 5 p.m. The theme is "We All Care Deeply." Presenters are Peter Dougherty, founder and outreach coordinator of Michigan Peace Team, and Anabel Dwyer, a Michigan attorney who works primarily on the illegality of nuclear weapons.

The cost is $20 for adults; $15 for students and senior citizens.

Suzuki students play

Traverse City — Students of Susan Raguse and the Good Harbor Suzuki School will present their annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. A reception will follow. The program is free and open to the public. Call Traverse Community Music, 932-2227 or visit to learn more.

Claudia Schmidt

Charlevoix — Claudia Schmidt will perform music from her new album "Bend in the River: Collected Songs" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Charlevoix Public Library, 220 W. Clinton St. For details, call 547-2651 or visit

Torch area party

Eastport — The Upper Torch Lake Association invites all area residents to a holiday party on Monday, Dec. 10.

The party starts at 6 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Community Services Building on U.S. 31. There will be music by Jeff Woolsey and attendees are asked to bring their own beverage and an appetizer to share along with a list of its ingredients. A donation of $5 per person is requested to cover expenses.