Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 27, 2014

Community in Brief: 01/27/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Dine out for BACN

BENZIE COUNTY — Diners can enjoy a meal and help the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

On that day, Dinghy's Restaurant in Frankfort and the Thistle Pub & Grille at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville will donate a portion of each receipt to BACN.

Senior classes

TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Center Network's Traverse City location, 801 E. Front St., will offer computer and iPad classes.

Computer classes begin Wednesday, Feb. 5, with Basics from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Word from 1-3 p.m. Classes continue on Wednesday, Feb. 19, with Internet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Email from 1-3 p.m. Participants may bring their laptops or use the desktop computers in the Senior Center's computer lab. Registration and payment is required in advance. The class fee is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. A take-home manual is provided.

A series of iPad classes start Wednesday, Feb. 5, with Basic Techniques from 1-2 p.m. The series continues from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesdays with Intermediate Techniques on Feb. 12, and Advanced Techniques on Feb. 19. The series concludes with a question and answer session from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The cost is $5 per session for members; $8 for non-members. Participants should bring their iPads.

For details or to register, call 922-4911 or visit For a complete schedule of activities and classes, visit the senior center or the website.

Free dental care

TRAVERSE CITY — Three Traverse City area dentists will offer free dental care, including dental cleaning, fillings and tooth extrations for people who lack the ability to pay for basic dental care.

Dr. Steven Niergarth, Dr. Jason Merrithew and oral surgeon Dr. Dan Madion will treat people between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Deerhaven Family Dentistry, 5217 N. Royal Dr. No appointments will be taken. It is suggested that those who wish to be treated arrive before 7:30 a.m. as care is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Passport Fair

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Post Office will accept passport applications by appointment on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Appointments are available from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. All applicants will need a completed DS-11 form, birth certificate or naturalization document, driver's license or accepted identification card, a check for the Department of State and payment for the execution fee and photo. Photos also can be taken at the Post Office. The cost is $15.

The passport fee for adults 16 and older is $110 for routine processing as well as $25 for the execution fee. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by both parents/legal guardians to apply for a U.S. Passport. The fee for children is $80 plus a $25 execution fee for routine processing. Routine processing takes four to six weeks. Expedited passports typically take two to three weeks and cost an additional $60.

To schedule an appointment, call 946-9617. For details and updated application processing schedules, visit

Homebuyer workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will offer a free, two-session homebuyer workshop.

Sessions will be held from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, and Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the NMCAA, 3963 Three Mile Road. Participants will learn the basics of the home-buying process and receive a certificate of completion for attending both sessions.

Registration is required. For details or to register, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.

Peeper's program

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District's spring "Peeper's" preschool program is under way and continues through May.

The program is geared toward children ages 3 to 5 with an accompanying adult. Sessions meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, and registration is encouraged. Topics are "Friends in Warm Places" Feb. 4; "Winter Movers" Feb. 11; "Snoozing Through Winter" Feb. 18; and "Getting a Sense of Nature" Feb. 25.

For details or to register, visit