Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 29, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/29/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— Mentor breakfast

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative invites all area nonprofit mentoring organizations to its free mentoring breakfast on Wednesday, May 1.

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Faith Reformed Church, 1139 E. Front St. This year the focus is on information and education for nonprofits that offer mentoring services. Breakout sessions will focus on marketing, funding, mentoring best practices and social media.

For details or to register for the event, visit or call 947-3200 Ext. 209.

Day of Prayer

MANCELONA — The Mancelona Ministerial Association invites the community to join them in prayer on National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 2.

Participants will gather at 1 p.m. at Triangle Square, the corner of U.S. 131 and M-88. A prayer walk around the town’s “triangle” is encouraged. For details, call Pastor Todd Shafer, 587-8461.

Clogging class

EAST JORDAN — Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center will offer a series of clogging classes.

Classes meet six Thursdays, May 2 through June 6, at the center, 5745 N. M-66. Beginning traditional classes will meet 5-5:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 5:30-6 p.m. for ages 8 to 10. Beginning contemporary clogging for ages 11 to 15 meets 6-7 p.m. and beginning traditional/contemporary for adults 16 and older will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Intermediate and advanced classes will be added as needed.

The cost is $3 per session or $15 for six weeks for 30-minute classes; $5 per session or $25 for six weeks for 60-minute classes. For details, contact instructor Jeannine Sladick, 536-9766 or

Behavior workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Extended Education will offer a professional and personal development workshop titled “Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors.”

Gregory Boothroyd will lead the workshop from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the University Center on Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. Boothroyd is the author of “Going Home-A Positive Guide for Promoting Life-Generating Behaviors” and is professor emeritus of Western Michigan University.

The $125 cost includes lunch and a textbook. Six continuing education credits (CEUs) are available. Registration is required; call 995-1700 or visit

Climate Lobby meets

TRAVERSE CITY — The recently formed Northern Michigan Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, a national organization dedicated to seeking solutions to the global climate crisis, will meet on Saturday, May 4.

The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Michigan Land Use Institute offices, 146 E. Front St., on the third floor above Talbot’s. The entry door is just west of Talbot’s. All interested individuals are welcome.

Orthodox Easter

TRAVERSE CITY — Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, 1030 Hastings St., will celebrate Pascha (Easter) on Sunday, May 5.

The formula for Easter is the same for both Western and Eastern Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars. Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the standard calendar for much of the world, while Eastern Orthodox churches use the older Julian calendar. For more information on the church’s liturgical schedule for Orthodox Holy Week and Resurrection services, visit or call Father Ciprian Streza, 492-0492.

Montessori info

TRAVERSE CITY — Courtade Elementary School’s Montessori program will hold information meetings about program options for the 2013-14 school year.

Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 14, at Courtade School, 111 Rasho Road. For details, call Courtade Principal Caroline Wacker, 933-5800.

GVSU open house

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Valley State University in Traverse City will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, May 6-8.

The event will be held at NMC’s University Center, GVSU suite 102. Attendees can learn about services and degrees offered and academic advisors will be available to answer general questions about getting started at Grand Valley. For details or directions, email

Aging commission

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St. The public is invited. Call 922-4688 to learn more.

Class of ‘57 meets

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School class of 1957 will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, for lunch at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. All classmates in the area are invited.

Senior Campus Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Life Academy will hold a Lifelong Learning Campus Day for adults 50 and older.

The event will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at the University Center, Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. Participants may select three sessions from 44 options to create a day-long learning experience.

The cost is $20. Attendees may bring a lunch or order a box lunch for an additional $9. For details or to register, call 995-1700 or visit

Carter’s ‘Tour de Pile’

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to a kid and family friendly community bike ride to celebrate the backyard compost pile with Carter Schmidt, founder of “Carter’s Compost.”

Eight-year-old Schmidt provides a bike-powered kitchen scrap pick-up service in his neighborhood. He composts the food waste and returns it to his customers as garden soil.

The “Tour de Pile” will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at F & M Park on Railroad Avenue. It will travel approximately four miles through city neighborhoods ending at Carter’s Compost headquarters on Washington Street for snacks, raffles and prizes. For details, visit