Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 19, 2013

Community in Brief: 02/19/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Pizza Fest

Traverse city — “Pizza Fest! Who’s the Best?!” will feature all-you-can-eat pizza from 11 local pizzerias and a chance to vote for your favorite.

The fundraiser for the Central High School Lacrosse team will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger.

Medical marijuana

Traverse City — Brad Forrester, local program director of the Cheboygan County affiliate of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will hold a year-end review seminar for patients, caregivers and medical cannabis supporters.

The event will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. A guest attorney will join the seminar via Skype to answer questions. Attendees also will receive a free copy of Forrester’s 40-page Year End Review guide.

For details, visit

Library program

Alden — Catherine Frerichs will give a program on Papua, New Guinea, Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Alden District Library.

Frerichs grew up in Papua as the daughter of missionaries and taught at a university there in 2011-12. She will talk about the country, with an emphasis on education, at 2 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

The library is located in the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road. Call 331-4318 for details or if planning to attend.

Seminar on scams

Traverse city — Lowell Jacobsen from Sentry Data Systems will give a seminar on how to combat mail and phone scams Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Village at Bay Ridge.

The program will start at 11 a.m. at the East Building and 1 p.m. at the West Building, 3850 Scenic Ridge. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details, call 932-9455.

Class of ’73

Traverse City — The Traverse City High School class of 1973 is planning its 40-year class reunion.

The celebration will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the home of Terrie Taylor and John Williams. For more information, email Carol Tompkins-Parker,

Hike rescheduled

bellaire — The Moonlight Owl Calling Hike at Grass River Natural Area has been rescheduled and will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2.

Learn the calls of the owls you hear at night and take a moonlit hike in the woods. The class is $5 per person. Register in advance at or by calling 231-533-8314. Grass River Natural Area is located at 6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire.

The Love of Kids

traverse city — The American Association of University Women along with Peace Ranch and the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center will host For the Love of Kids and Animals at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Traverse City History Center.

Jackie Kashel, owner of Peace Ranch, and Christal Wilcox will discuss prevention and treatment programs, including therapy opportunities with rehabilitated horses, for at-risk children.

For more information, visit or call 995-0313.

Education forum

benzonia — The Benzie Unit of the League of Women Voters - Grand Traverse Area will present a public forum on measures impacting Michigan Public Schools from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25 at the Benzie Central High School Auditorium, 9300 Homestead Road, Benzonia. The Benzie Central Key Club will offer a coffee reception afterward.

The program will focus on the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) and the redrawing of Michigan’s education funding system.

The EAA acts as a state-run school system under the authority of the governor and is intended to take over administration of the lowest-performing 5% of public schools.

The Michigan Public Education Finance Project has been drafted by Richard McLellan of the Oxford Foundation, a conservative non-profit. John Austin, president of the Michigan State Board of Education will outline the McLellan plan as well as offer perspective on the challenges it presents.

Mike Hill, TBA-ISD superintendent, Dave Micinski, superintendent of Benzie Central Schools, and Tom Stobie, superintendent of Frankfort/Elberta Area Schools will discuss the effects of these proposed changes on the local districts of Northwest Michigan.

TSO grant

traverse city — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra has received a $150,000 grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to match gifts from new and lapsed donors totaling up to $50,000 each year for three years.

The challenge begins immediately and will support the Symphony’s mission of bringing musical experiences, educational opportunities and cultural enrichment to the Grand Traverse region.