Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 22, 2013

Community in Brief: 07/22/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Aging series

TRAVERSE CITY — Deborah Rysso, a principal attorney with Rysso & Wingfield, PLLC, Traverse City, will present the Successful Aging Series program today, July 22, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.

The 2 p.m program will focus on elder law and helping families navigate through legal issues. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027 or email

Fiber art talk

NORTHPORT — The community is invited to an evening of wine, snacks and an informal discussion of Japanese textile art with fiber artists Char Bickel and Judy Rantz.

Bickel and Rantz will explore dyeing and weaving techniques as demonstrated in a collection of Japanese silk jackets at Red Mullein. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Red Mullein, 106 Waukazoo.

Lunch and learn

TRAVERSE CITY — The Pathfinder School is hosting a free “Lunch & Learn” seminar this summer. All sessions are geared toward adults, however children are welcome to attend with their parents.

The series meets from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 7, at the school, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. On Wednesday, July 24, Rob Hansen, head of the school, will discuss “The Nature of Critical Thinking.” Lunch will be provided by Oryana Natural Foods Market. For details, visit

PEO yard sale

FRANKFORT — PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter FF will hold a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Frankfort United Methodist Church. In addition to antiques, collectibles and household items, shoppers will be able to fill a plastic bag with clothing for $3. Proceeds benefit scholarships.


Reading event

TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Community Library Summer Reading Program finale is Thursday, July 25.

Animal trainer Mike Roberts will give a program titled “Dig Tales: Animal Encounters” at 11 a.m.

A Treasure Dig and picnic follow. Children who have fulfilled the reading program requirements will receive awards.

The program is free and open to the public. The library is at 2699 Island View Road. Call 223-7700 to learn more.

Song of the Lakes

EMPIRE — The Glen Lake Library will host a free performance by Song of the Lakes on Thursday, July 25, at the Empire Township Hall.

The 7 p.m. concert is based on Holling C. Holling’s children’s book “Paddle to the Sea,” originally published in 1941. It features original music by the band and narration by Norm Wheeler.

For details, call 326-5361, or visit

Forest restoration

FRANKFORT — Plant it Wild will sponsor a program on forest management to improve wildlife habitat on Friday, July 26.

Wildlife habitat biologist Eric Ellis from the Conservation Resource Alliance will discuss private sustainable forest management, planting native flora, invasive species removal, improving wildlife habitat, and maintaining the ecological integrity of riparian corridors.

The program starts at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 955 James St. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details, call 392-1206 or 352-6962.

Museum exhibit

MESICK — Visitors to the Mesick Museum can explore the history of area churches on Saturday, July 27.

The museum, 117 Mesick Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For details, visit

Women Dems

CENTRAL LAKE — Senator Gretchen Whitmer, (D) Lansing, will give an update on current legislation in the State Senate and her role as the Democratic Leader working with the Republican majority when the Antrim Women Dems and Friends meet Tuesday, July 30

The noon meeting will be held at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant in Central Lake.

Reservations are needed by Thursday, July 25; email Chris Harvey,

Nature walk

ATWOOD — The ecology of dune plants will be the focus of a nature walk sponsored by Grass River Natural Area.

The free walk is open to the public and starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Antrim Creek Natural Area, south on Old Dixie Highway off Rex Beach Road.

Participants should meet at the kiosk.

For details or if planning to participate, call Grass River, 533-8314.

Space Fest

TRAVERSE CITY — Vendors, volunteers, sponsors and more are being sought for the inaugural Midwest Space Fest on Oct. 4 and 5.

The festival aims to bring a fresh perspective of the universe to attendees through a combination of free and ticketed activities at Traverse City venues.

Dr. Alex Filippenko, professor of astronomy at the University of California-Berkeley, will be the keynote speaker. The festival is sponsored by Magnetic North Nonprofit.

Applications are being accepted through August for festival vendors and for a “Galactic Glass” window display competition for merchants.

Festival volunteer positions are being filled and the first volunteer meeting will be held in August.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

For sponsorship information and applications or to ask about becoming a vendor or volunteer, call 714-4925 or email

For details about the festival, visit and find the Midwest Space Fest on Facebook.

Host families

TRAVERSE CITY — World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school exchange students. For details, call (800) 888-9040, visit or email