Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 21, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/21/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Library fundraiser

KALKASKA — The Friends of the Kalkaska County Library will host a “Unique Antique Roadshow” fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Appraisals will be available from 5-8 p.m. at the library, 247 S. Cedar St. Lamberston’s Gifts and Antiques of Kalkaska will donate its $5 per item appraisal service fee to the Friends of the Library for its new building fund. For details, call Marilyn Coville, 384-6032.

Dennos Art Fair

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum’s Holiday Art Fair will open with a preview from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the museum center, 1410 College Dr.

The art fair also will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. The public is invited; call 995-1055.

Lyme support

TRAVERSE CITY — A Northern Michigan Lyme Disease Support Group meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Living Hope’s Chalet, 610 Three Mile Road North. For details call Judy Mallory, 269-3406, or the MLDA, (888) 784-5963.

Book group

TRAVERSE CITY — “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg is the fall pick for the Women’s History Project Book Discussion Group.

Area women are invited to bring a sack lunch and join the discussion at noon on Friday, Oct. 25, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Dessert and beverages will be furnished. For details, contact Ann Swaney, 223-7489 or

Changes to GED

TRAVERSE CITY — The General Educational Development (GED) test will undergo some changes beginning Jan. 2, 2014.

The new GED will be more difficult. It will require more writing and application of knowledge and also will have to be taken on a computer. A paper and pencil test will no longer be an option and the test also will cost more. Anyone who has already passed one or more of the five GED tests must finish them all by Dec. 15 or they will have to start all over with the GED 2014 tests.

The Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs are taking registrations for classes for adults who would like to prepare for the GED. Classes also are available for adults who would like to complete their high school diploma, or improve basic reading, writing, math, or computer skills. Learning labs are located in Benzonia, Cadillac, East Jordan, Kalkaska, Manistee and Traverse City.

There is no cost for the classes and students can register in person at any of the Learning Labs or by calling (800) 442-1074. To learn more about the Learning Labs, go to

Fall Festival

THOMPSONVILLE — The Thompsonville Fall Festival will be held from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Thompsonville Fire Hall and Community Center, 14714 Lincoln Ave.

There will be free hot dogs, cider and doughnuts, music by Goodboy and a homemade pie auction to benefit the new Betsie Valley District Library. All area bakers are invited to participate and should call the library, 378-2716, if planning to donate a pie. Pies should be dropped off from noon-12:30 p.m. at the fire hall.

The library also will distribute free treat bags and pumpkins to children from noon-2:50 p.m. at the new library building, 14744 Thompson Ave.

Halloween party

KINGSLEY — St. Mary-Hannah on M-113 will host its annual community Halloween Party from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The cost per child is $1 plus a non-perishable food donation for the Kingsley United Methodist Church food pantry.

Wild Rose concert

ARCADIA — The next Wild Rose Society concert will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.

The concert at Blaine Christian Church, the corner of Joyfield and Putney roads, features soloists Renee Skerik on viola, and tenor John Bragle. Accompanists are Donna Brunsma and Susan Snyder. A reception will follow the performance.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Wild Rose Scholarship program.