Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 26, 2013

Community in Brief: 01/26/2013


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Help meals program

Traverse City — Books-A-Million (BAM!) will be donating a percentage of its sales to Meals on Wheels to benefit homebound seniors Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

At least 10 percent of every transaction during the day will go to Meals on Wheels. Representatives from Meals on Wheels will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to explain what they do, answer questions, accept donations, and talk with people about volunteer opportunities.

Copies of the organization's new cookbook, "Made with Love: The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook," will be available to purchase.

Folk concert

Manistee — Landon Tucker will perform music from his new CD "Come and Listen" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Manistee Assembly of God, 611 Merkey Road. The doors open at 6:10 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected. For details, call 233-6621.

IDA orientation

Traverse City — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) will hold orientation on Tuesday, Jan. 29, for the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program.

Orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Traverse City office, 3963 Three Mile Road. The IDA program is a savings program for people with limited earned income who want to build assets. A single person can earn up to $22,340 and be eligible. The meeting also is open to lenders, realtors, and others who want to learn more about the program. To register or for details, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.

Film on immigration

Traverse City — The Social Justice Action Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse will show the documentary "American Harvest."

The film explores agriculture and migrant labor through candid interviews with farmers and farm workers. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the UU Congregation, 6726 Center Road. Discussion will follow. A follow-up documentary and talk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6.

For details, call Sarah Montgomery, 947-3117.

'Unite' youth event

Williamsburg — Traverse Area Youth Ministries will host an area-wide event with musicians AlltheMore and speaker Chris Emery.

The event will be hosted from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at New Hope Community Church, 5100 Bethesda Ct. Admission is free.

Women's fellowship

Bear Lake — A fellowship event for women will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at Bear Lake Christian Church, M-72 West.

Radio counselor June Hunt will discuss spousal abuse by video starting at 10 a.m. at the church. Lunch will be provided. For details or reservations, call 258-6112.

DivorceCare group

Traverse City — A support group for individuals who are separated or divorced will meet at Bay Pointe Community Church, 6880 Secor Road.

DivorceCare will meet from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 3 through April 28. For details or to register, call 922-9882 or visit

Parkinson's support

Traverse City — Retired nurse Belinda Garvin will discuss non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's at the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Evening Parkinson's Support Group.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. To learn more, call 946-3864 or 947-1946.

Hospice training

Traverse City — Munson Hospice House is looking for volunteers.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and able to commit to eight hours a month between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Help is especially needed weekends and evenings. Volunteers may choose their level for involvement and are trained accordingly.

Prior to training, prospective volunteers are interviewed, screened, undergo a background check, and must complete a two-step tuberculin screening. All volunteers complete an independent self-study course in addition to a training class with other new hospice volunteers. They also are required to have an annual flu vaccination.

Volunteer orientation training will be held at a date to be determined in February from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Munson Hospice House.

For details, contact Judy Goodrich, volunteer coordinator at Munson Hospice, 935-8485 or (800) 252-2065, ext. 5-8485, or email

Youth Movie Night

Traverse City — The Bethlehem Lutheran Youth Movie Night continues on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Youth in grades six through 12 and up are welcome to bring their friends for popcorn, pizza and a movie to watch and discuss later on Facebook. The event will be at the church, 1050 Peninsula Dr.

Dementia group

Traverse City — Counselor Janis Duwe is providing a discussion group for anyone who is losing a loved one to dementia.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 5, and running eight weeks from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the group will follow chapters from the book, "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia." There is no fee, except for purchasing the book.

The group will meet at Hawthorn Cottage's Terrace Level Conference Room. Space is limited.

For reservations, call or email by Monday, Jan. 28, to 649-2157 or

Nature program

Traverse City — The Peepers Preschool Program at the Boardman River Nature Center continues through May 21.

The program meets 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the nature center, 1450 Cass Road, It is for children ages 3 to 5 and a parent. A $5 donation per child is suggested. The next program is "Who's Shadow Is That" on Tuesday, Jan. 29. For details about upcoming programs, call 941-0960 or visit

Kindergarten info

Traverse City — Traverse City Area Public Schools elementary schools will hold Kindergarten Parent Information Meetings for the 2013-14 school year.

Meetings will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Interlochen Community School; 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Silver Lake School; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Central Grade School, with classroom tours from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Willow Hill School.

For details, contact each school's office or Mary Beth Stein, or 933-1718.

Pathfinder festival

Traverse City — The Pathfinder School will host its Winter Festival on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The event will be held 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the school 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. All ages are welcome. For details, visit

Financial event

Traverse City — The next "Super Saturday Special" will focus on financial security.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Career-Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Angie Cranney of Archer Full Throttle is the guest speaker. Workshops also are planned. Free snacks, lunch and child care will be provided.

For details or to register, call (800) 442-1713 or 590-0100. Registrations also may be faxed to 947-6401.