Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 13, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/13/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Brian Reicha benefit

ACME — A benefit dinner and silent auction for Brian “Bear” Reicha will be held today, April 13, at the Masonic Lodge, 6010 Maple St. Reicha suffered extensive injuries in an auto accident on Jan. 25 and does not have health insurance.

The benefit will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. All proceeds will go directly to Reicha. For details or to make a donation, contact Tracey Stites, (989) 217-0320 or

Youth-led services

LELAND — The youth group will lead both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday, April 14, at Leland United Methodist Church, 106 N. Fourth St.

High school sophomore Joel Sneed will give the sermon titled “Who Is Your God.” Music will be provided by Hunter Bell and Luke Speicher and other members of the group will give biblical readings and serve as ushers and greeters. A coffee hour will be hosted at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome. For details, call 256-9161.


TRAVERSE CITY — NeXus at the Presbyterian Church will host its sixth annual U2charist on Sunday, April 14.

The worship features the humanitarian songs of U2 and Bono. It will start at 11 a.m. in the Westminster Room at the church, 701 Westminster Road. A freewill offering will be shared with the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative and Presbyterian Church/USA’s international AIDS-HIV education and outreach initiatives. For details, call Deborah Hawkins, 946-5680.

Easter study

TRAVERSE CITY — An Easter study class titled “Rule of Life, Rule of Benedict” is under way at Grace Episcopal Church.

The class meets Wednesdays, through May 15, at the church, 341 Washington St. A brown bag dinner at 6 p.m. will be followed by study at 6:30 p.m. Child care is available on request; call 947-2330 at least one day before class.

Harp class

TRAVERSE CITY — Marilyn Wares will introduce the tranquility lap harp in a class on Sunday, April 21.

The free class meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in downtown Traverse City. Harps will be furnished for the class. Registration is required. For details, class location and registration, call Wares, 223-4895.

Senior ER info

GRAYLING — The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Mercy Hospital Grayling will hold a free breakfast seminar to introduce Mercy Hospital’s Senior Emergency Room.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Grayling Senior Center, 308 Lawndale. Donations will be accepted. No reservations are required. For details, call (989) 348-7123.

Open house

GRAYLING — The Devereaux Memorial Library, 201 Plum St., will host a “Spring into Action” open house at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, to introduce its new “Keeping the Balance” program, which focuses on nutrition, exercise, creativity, reading/education and setting personal goals. For details, call the library, (989) 348-9214.

Boomer Medicare

TRAVERSE CITY — Baby Boomers are invited to a “Medicare 101” workshop on Thursday, April 18.

The 6-8 p.m. workshop will be held at the Area Agency on Aging, 1609 Park Dr. It is for anyone who is within six months to a year of getting Medicare coverage. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For details or to register, call 947-8920 or (800) 442-1713.

E-waste drive

TRAVERSE CITY — Safety Net will hold a “Keep It Green! Keep It Clean!” E-waste drive to benefit Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan.

From April 17-19, Safety Net will travel to Traverse City area businesses and pick up unwanted computers and electronics. The equipment will be transported to Goodwill, where it will be properly recycled. Profits benefit Goodwill’s programs and services. Organizations may email or call Heather Askew, 944-1100, ext. 112, by Monday, April 15, to schedule a pick-up time.


TRAVERSE CITY — The salons that sponsored the Global Hair and Fashion Show are teaming up with My Sister’s House to host a Cut-A-Thon on Sunday, April 21.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr. There will be haircuts, manicures, massages, a Princess Tent and a silent auction. Little ones can meet a real princess and get their own princess hair style complete with tiara.

Donations will be accepted for all services. Proceeds benefit My Sister’s House, a transitional home for young women who are homeless or aging out of the foster care system.


TRAVERSE CITY — Third Level Crisis Intervention Center will sponsor a “safeTALK” (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) workshop on Friday, May 3.

The workshop is geared toward community members interested in learning practical skills to competently and confidently connect a person at risk of suicide with help.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 LaFranier Road. Workshop hours are 9 a.m. to noon. The $40 cost includes materials and refreshments. The registration deadline is Monday, April 29. To register, visit or send a check payable to Third Level Crisis Center to 1022 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684. For details, call 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315 and ask for Elizabeth.

Mother’s Day 5K

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is under way for a 5K benefit run on Mother’s Day, May 12.

The run will start at 9 a.m. at the Hickory Hills Ski Lodge, 2000 Randolph St. Packet pick-up and late registration will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 12. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for individuals 15 and younger.

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit charity “Giving 1 Family at a Time” (G.1F.T.) established by Taylor Weckstein, a Central High School student, to help needy families in the area. To learn more about her charity or the event, visit

Inman on board

TRAVERSE CITY — Larry Inman, Grand Traverse County commissioner and retired vice president of Huntington National Bank (formerly Empire National Bank of Traverse City) with 28 years of service, has been appointed to the 2013 Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging Board.

The community activist’s 20 years of service on the county commission, plus his lengthy local career in banking and finance, make Inman well qualified for his new duties as a GTCOA board member, said COA Director Georgia Durga.

NWS donation

TRAVERSE CITY — Earlier this month, Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge made a $30,000 donation to the National Writers Series, joining the Series’ Founder’s Circle donors that include individuals, businesses and foundations.

Founder’s Circle members commit to an annual donation of $10,000 for three years. Other Founder’s Circle members include Diana and Richard Milock, the Begonia Family Foundation, Casey Cowell, Susie and Bill Janis, Ross and Brenda Biederman and the Biederman Foundation.

BACN board

FRANKFORT — The Board of Directors of Benzie Area Christian Neighbors and 65 members of the community held their annual potluck dinner and meeting to elect Board officers and members. Officers for 2013-14 are Jerry Slater, president; Pastor Gene Houghton,vice president; Bill Dundon, treasurer; and Judy Welch, secretary.