Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 26, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/26/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — New blood donors

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Blood is encouraging blood donors to invite someone new to join them in donating blood during its “Be Somebody, Bring Somebody” event.

The event will take place from Tuesday, Aug. 27, through Friday, Aug. 30, statewide. Both current and new donors to Michigan Blood will receive a Michigan Blood Club T-shirt. Returning donors who bring someone new to Michigan Blood will get not only the shirt, but will also be entered for a chance to win an adventure package from one of four family-fun destinations in Michigan.

The Traverse City Donor Center is located at 2575 Aero Park Drive. Donor hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 29; and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 30. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Blood donors should bring photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID.

Appointments are recommended, although walk ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or visit For more information on donating blood, visit

Food preservation

TRAVERSE CITY — Participants in a hands-on food preservation class will learn how to make dilly beans.

The class will meet from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Birch Point Farm, 7506 E. Birch Point Road. Participants will prepare and can dilly beans and take home a share of the jars. Produce, canning jars and lids will be provided along with take-home information and resources.

The class fee is $35 to $45 on a sliding scale and registration is required. For details or to register, call 622-5252 or email

Advocacy Center

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon will be the keynote speaker at the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center’s Circle of Friends Luncheon fundraiser. Simon also is chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Executive Committee and an outspoken advocate for children.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. Tickets are $50 for the luncheon only; $100 for the event and Circle of Friends membership; and $500 for a table for 10 and Circle of Friends membership.

For details or tickets, call Denise Kuschell, 929-4250 or visit

CHS, SF reunion

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School and St. Francis High School classes of 1948 will host a joint 65-year reunion.

The get-together starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Elks Club, 625 Bay St. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and the reservation deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31. For details or reservations, call Bob Bayton, 941-0427.

Weather program

SUTTONS BAY — The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will present “The Weather Machine Shifts Gears” with guest speaker Dave Barrons on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Barrons was a meteorologist for 9 & 10 News for 20 years and is the current host of Investigating Community Resilience on UpNorth TV. He will explore the current state of the planet’s heat balance and continuing extreme weather events at noon at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. The public is invited and attendees may bring sack lunches.

Rotary Rendezvous

LAKE LEELANAU — The Suttons Bay Rotary Club will host the first-ever Rotary Rendezvous to benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

The program provides weekend packages of nutritious food to students from Northport, Suttons Bay, Leland and Leelanau Montessori schools. This year the program will serve 105 students.

The benefit will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at VFW Post #7731. A social hour at 5 p.m. will include a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. A buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. by Trish’s Dishes. Raffles, games and a silent auction will follow.

Tickets are $35 and include beer. They are available from Suttons Bay Rotarians or by calling 883-6520 or 645-4372.

Used instruments

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Music Boosters will hold a used instrument sale on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The sale will be held at West Middle School on Silver Lake Road. Sellers should drop instruments off between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Appraisers will be available to help determine the value. The public is invited to shop for instruments from 1 to 4 p.m. Traverse City Area Public School music teachers and students will be on hand to help in instrument selection.

Cash or checks only will be accepted for sales. Instrument sellers should return between 4 and 5 p.m. to pick up checks or unsold instruments. The Boosters keep 15 percent of all sales to help fund student scholarships and classroom mini-grants. For details, call 933-7570.

Community classes

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is under way for lifelong learning classes at Northwestern Michigan College.

The fall line-up of 319 classes includes culinary, computer, business, fitness, recreation, arts, music, and more. The popular LIFE Academy program hosts luncheon lectures in September and October, and a Campus Day for adults 50 and older in November.

For details or to view a schedule of classes, visit Call Extended Education, 995-1700, to receive a schedule by mail.

WSCC orientation

SCOTTVILLE — First-time or returning students at West Shore Community College are invited to student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Orientation starts at 6 p.m., in the Arts and Sciences Center and Center Stage Theater. Students interested in extra-curricular activities are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. Orientation includes a student panel and a “Meet the Professors” segment. A number of academic departments and faculty also will be available to answer questions.

Students who make advance reservations are eligible to receive a free WSCC gift. For details or reservations, call the admissions office, 843-5503.

Bellaire Bridge Walk

BELLAIRE — The community is invited to join the Friends of the Bellaire Library for a Labor Day Bridge Walk to promote children’s literacy.

Walkers will meet at the gazebo at Richardi Park at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, to walk the three bridges in Bellaire. Donations will be accepted to support the library’s children’s reading programs. Refreshments will be provided. For details, call the library, 533-8814.

Labor Day picnic

NORTHPORT — The Leelanau County Democratic Party will hold its annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, Sept. 2.

The picnic will start at 2 p.m. at Peterson Park. Tom Stobie, superintendent of Frankfort Schools and Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 101st District, will be the guest speaker. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Ansari at Opera H.

TRAVERSE CITY — Aziz Ansari, one of the biggest stars in the comedy world, will perform on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3-4, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.

Ansari was on the cover of Rolling Stone’s special comedy issue labeling him “the funniest man under 30.” He also portrays government employee Tom Haverford on NBC’s comedy series “Parks and Recreation” and was the host of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.

Ansari’s all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $30 each and available at There is a four-ticket limit.

Yoga fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY — Yoga for Health Education (YHE) in the Center for Conscious Living at the Grand Traverse Commons will offer 22 “almost free” classes on Wednesday, Sept. 4, to benefit the TART Trails.

Classes start as early as 7:30 a.m. and are designed to introduce people of all ages to yoga. The $5 fee per class will be donated to TART. For details, including a schedule of classes, workshops and clinics, call YHE, 922-9642, email or visit

Baby contest

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Area Students for Life are accepting applications for the 18th annual Baby of the Year Contest. The entry deadline is Thursday, Sept. 5.

Individuals may enter their favorite baby, ages birth to 2 years old, by submitting a photo with an application form along with a $10 entry donation. The winner will be chosen at the Sept. 23 Focus on Life Benefit Dinner. For more information, call 946-9469 or email