Traverse City Record-Eagle

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March 11, 2013

Cheers: 03/11/2013

- To the Grand Traverse Conservation District, which will host an open house to showcase dozens of native species of conifers, hardwoods, and shrubs. Local experts are to be on hand Thursday to help participants identify native species and how to care for them. Hours are 4-6:30 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center.

- To the History Center of Traverse City, which is seeking individuals to showcase in their recurring “Legends of the Grand Traverse Region: Community Out of Diversity” project. The aim is to identify individuals who have in some way broken a barrier of some sort. This spring “Legends” include Dr. Harry Weitz, Les Biederman, and the Rev. Marshall R. Collins.

- To the Traverse Area District Library and the Artcenter for hosting the sixth annual “K-12 Student Art Exhibition” at the library this week. Eligible students were from any school within the five-county Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and included home-schooled students. Contact the Artcenter at 941-9488 or www.artcentertraversecity.com. The exhibit runs through April 1.

- To Traverse City Central High School student Kimberly DeBusschere, who won an Honorable Mention in vocal performance.through the National YoungArts Foundations. She was chosen from approximately 10,000 applications from students in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts.

- To Buckley Community Schools, which is holding three public discussions this month in an effort to prepare the district for the next three to five years. Participants will be asked what the district does well, what it could do better and what they want to see emphasized.The last two sessions are March 14 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 6 p.m in the school’s cafeteria.

- To Crystal Mountain resort and the Michigan Land Use Institute for hosting the second Taste the Local Difference Winter Celebration Saturday. The event will feature food from more than two dozen northern Michigan farmers and producers. Chefs will be on hand to prepare dishes. Food trucks will be parked at the base of the ski slopes for easy access by skiers and boarders.The celebration runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crystal Center.

- To author and journalist Buzz Bissinger, who plans to write an e-book this year that features the Traverse City Wolves, a semi-pro football team started here five years ago. Bissinger is author of “Friday Nights Lights,” a 1990 bestseller that became the basis for a 2004 TV series and movie.

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