Seeking simple life
kalkaska — Teresa Carey and Ben Eriksen will discuss their travels during "One Simple Question: A Journey to Find an Iceberg" at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Kalkaska County Library.
The couple challenged themselves to drastically simplify their lives by living aboard a small sailboat while on a journey to find an iceberg. Their quest brings them lessons in the joy of a deliberate life and is the subject of their upcoming documentary film.
For more information about this program, call the Kalkaska County Library at 258-9411.
Duck tape crafts
Traverse City — Teens are invited to get creative with duck tape at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
Teen Duck Tape Craft Night will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. There is no charge. For details or if planning to attend, call 223-7700.
'Share the Love' Day
Traverse City — Higher Self Bookstore, 328 E. Front St., will give free mini-readings, energy work sessions and massages, as well as accept donations of food items for area food pantries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, as part of its sixth annual Share the Love Day. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 941-5805.
Book on love
TRAVERSE CITY — Authors Richard and Dede Brown have written "The LoveTeam Game Plan: How a Living Couple Can Think, Speak and Act Like a Team" just in time for Valentine's Day.
According to the authors, most "committed couples are in need of a new approach for their relationship. Fully 95 percent of couples say they aren't as happy after 10 years of marriage, and about 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. The National Safety Council reports that over 90 percent of couples get divorced after a child drowning tragedy."
The Browns are parents and grandparents who make their home in Arizona. Richard holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and formerly taught business and served as an administrator, in addition to having owned several successful small businesses including some motels in Sault Ste. Marie. Over the years he has coached or played on more than 70 athletic teams, as well as many other types of teams. Dede has also been on many teams, in a variety of forms, as a nurse and homemaker. They are frequent visitors to Traverse City, where their daughter lives.
This book is available from most ebook and print retailers, or from the authors' website, LoveTeamGamePlan.com.
Cadillac — Writers and aspiring writers are invited to a free workshop with Heather Schumaker.
Schumaker will discuss finding an agent and navigating the publishing world maze from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Cadillac Wexford Public Library, 411 S. Lake St.
The event is sponsored by "Write to Publish." For details, call Becky Herring, 775-2425.
Van Gogh in Detroit
DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts will display a famous Vincent van Gogh work later this month.
"Bedroom in Arles" is on loan from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. It'll be on view at the DIA from Feb. 19 to May 28.
The painting will be installed along with three other van Gogh paintings owned by the Detroit museum.
Van Gogh produced three almost identical paintings on the theme of his bedroom. The first, in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, was created in 1888 but damaged in a flood while the artist was in a hospital in Arles, France.
Nearly a year later, van Gogh made two copies of the work: one, the same size, is at the Art Institute of Chicago; the other, at the Musée d'Orsay, is smaller.
World's busiest airport
ATLANTA — Atlanta's airport is keeping its title as the world's busiest.
Airport officials on Tuesday said passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012 — making 2012 the busiest year ever for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Authorities said the 2012 total of 95.5 million passengers is 3.35 percent higher than the previous record of 92.4 million passengers, set in 2011.
Louis Miller, the airport's aviation general manager, says the airport remains the world's busiest in terms of passengers and operations.
Detroit Jazz Festival
DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival is kicking off the 2013 Community Series with its annual Black History Month concert March 10 starting at 3 p.m. at The Fillmore in Detroit.
Joining the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra will be world-renowned conductor David Berger, featured Detroit-native tenor sax soloist James Carter and Detroit vocalists Alice McAllister Tillman and Shahida Nurullah. To highlight the meaning behind the music, Berger also will offer narrative and background on each of the pieces, as well as insight on Ellington's original performance of "Black, Brown and Beige" at Carnegie Hall in 1943.
Tickets range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased online at thefillmoredetroit.com.
Detroit Boat Show
DETROIT — The Detroit Boat Show premieres new boating products and accessories at Cobo Center, Feb. 16-24.
This year's show is significantly larger than the last four years, moving to two halls and increasing the number of exhibitors.
Featured attractions include appearances by Trigger Tommy and Trapper Joe from TV's "Swamp People (Feb. 16 & 17); kids can meet SpongeBob SquarePants (Feb. 16 & 17); the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Pavilion offering a step back in time to the War of 1812; and the new Quadski concept boat that goes from land to water in 4 seconds.
Admission is $12 for adults; children 12 and under are free with an adult; seniors over 62 receive free admission on Monday.
For other details, visit www.detroitboatshow.net, or call (800) 932-2628.
Dutch works in GR
GRAND RAPIDS — The works of Dutch sculptor Hanneke Beaumont are coming to Grand Rapids.
"Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke Beaumont" will run until April 28.
Beaumont is known for her figurative work. Her pieces in terra cotta, bronze and iron as well as a group of large-scale drawings are part of the exhibition.
Grand Canyon lottery
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — Anyone wanting to guide a noncommercial river trip through the Grand Canyon can start applying.
The National Park Service says 450 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day trips on the Colorado River. The permits will be for specific launch dates in 2014. Additional draws will be held for trips that are canceled or left over after the Feb. 26 application deadline.
The main applicant must be 18 years or older, and at least one person on the trip must be experienced in whitewater rafting. Those who are drawn can participate in only one commercial or private river trip per year.
The lottery system replaced a waiting list in 2006.