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June 24, 2013

Community in Brief: 06/24/2013

Preschool playdates

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Cooperative Preschool invites area families to twice-monthly natural playscape playdates at its new Hilly Hollow playground.

The playground is designed to connect children with nature and uses natural materials to provide a creative and interactive play experience. It also includes traditional elements such as swings, a hill slide and a tire climb.

Playdates will be held from 10 a.m. to noon starting Tuesday, June 25, at the preschool, 720 S. Elmwood Ave. A preschool board or parent member will be on hand to provide access to restrooms and a water fountain. Picnic tables are available.

Additional playdates will be held July 9 and 23, Aug. 6 and 20 and Sept. 10. For details, visit

Summer reading

TRAVERSE CITY — Children through fifth grade are invited to “Dig into Summer” with the Peninsula Community Library’s summer reading program.

The program starts Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m. with pizza and a performance of “Readers of the Lost Book” by the Acting Up Theater at the library, 2699 Island View Road. The Summer Reading Club continues at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, and Thursdays, July 11 and 18. It concludes July 25 with trainer Mike Roberts from Animal Encounters and the Dig Tales program followed by a Treasure Dig and Diggers Picnic.

Children may sign up at the library. For details, call 223-7700, go to or visit the library.

Botanic Garden

FRANKFORT — Plant It Wild will sponsor a presentation on the Botanic Garden of Northwest Michigan by Karen Schmidt, chair of the Botanic Garden Society of Northwest Michigan, on Wednesday, June 26, with a follow-up tour of the garden on Saturday, July 13.

The program will start at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 955 James St. The tour will start at 10 a.m. July 13, led by Schmidt. Both the program and tour are free and open to the public. For details, call 392-1206 or 352-6962.

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