Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 28, 2014

Community in Brief: 01/28/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Dinner rescheduled

BENZONIA — The Northern Michigan Culinary Arts Community Dinner scheduled for today, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. has been canceled because of the weather. The event will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115.


Foods festival

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s annual Festival of Foods will be hosted Saturday, Feb. 8.

The culinary event will offer demonstrations by area chefs, NMC culinary instructors and local gourmet food artisans from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on NMC’s campus. Participants can choose four one-hour sessions from 16 options ranging from Chinese crepes and gnocchi, to fusion cuisine, cupcakes and more.

The $69 fee includes four demonstrations and food samples. For details, visit To register, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700.


Poverty Initiative

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative will host a Super Saturday Special on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. It includes lunch, free tax preparation for those who qualify, information booths hosted by community agencies and workshops on a variety of topics. Child care will be provided.

For details or reservations, call (800) 442-1713 or 590-0100. More information is available at


Free tax prep

GRAYLING — Northern Michigan Free Tax Service, 305 Lawndale, offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for individuals with income up to $60,000.

Tax preparers receive training and certification through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and prepare and file federal, state and city taxes. For details or to schedule an appointment, call (989) 889-1141.

Robb is Twain

ELK RAPIDS — The community is invited to spend an afternoon with author and humorist Mark Twain portrayed by Dean Robb.

Robb, a local attorney and civil rights activist, has been portraying Twain for more than 20 years. The event starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Elk Rapids Historic Museum, 301 Traverse St. It is sponsored by the Elk Rapids District Library. Admission is free and no registration is required.


Tall ship training

SUTTONS BAY — Inland Seas Education Association will offer free volunteer crew training for individuals interested in serving as volunteer deckhands aboard the Great Lakes Schoolship Inland Seas.

Training takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 10-March 10, at the ISEA Center and Museum on Dame St. Potential volunteers must be able to maneuver on the deck of a moving vessel in any weather, ascend and descend ladders, lift at least 50 pounds, and pass a criminal background check and a Department of Transportation drug screen. Drug screening is required prior to actually crewing and will not take place before the training.

For details or to register for the training class, contact Ben Hale, 271-3077 or

Manufacturing Tech

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center Manufacturing Technology Academy will hold a student/parent information night on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The open house will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Dr. It is for current sophomore and junior students and their parents from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties interested in engineering, robotics, management, product design or other technology-related professions. For details or to register, call Tim Wheatley, 995-1304.