Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 10, 2013

Community in Brief: 08/10/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Summer reading

TRAVERSE CITY — The Adult Summer Reading Program finale and the Chapter Chicks Mother-Daughter Book Club meeting both are on Monday, Aug. 12, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.

Grade school girls and their special adults will meet at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck dinner, a craft and to discuss Kevin Henkes' "Junonia." The book selection is geared toward third through fifth grade readers. Reservations are requested.

The conclusion of the Adult Summer Reading Program starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments in the library's Harding Memorial Garden. Karen Schmidt will discuss the groundbreaking for the new visitors' center at the Botanical Gardens of Northwest Michigan. Patrons who present completed Bingo cards will receive a gift card for an ice cream cone from Buchan's.

To learn more or to register, call the library, 223-7700. Details also are available at

Activities at Grass River

BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Highway, has released a full schedule of activities for Aug. 14 through 24.

A purple loosestrife eradication work bee will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Participants should wear long pants and old athletic shoes. No experience is needed.

Heidi Shaffer, Antrim County Soil Conservation Officer, will lead a tour of Grass River's new rain and wetland gardens at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Participants also will learn how to design and position rain gardens and other landscape features to handle runoff on their property. The class fee is $5.

Children ages 7 and older will use field guides to identify plants in a small section of Grass River during a "What Is That Plant" Citizen Science Friday program at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16. The cost is $5.

A garden party will celebrate the new native plant gardens at the natural area. Visitors can view the rain garden, the dry meadow garden, and the birdwatcher's garden from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Refreshments will be served and information will be available on using native plants in landscaping. The party is free.

Mary Ellen Murphy from Parkside Arts Council, will take participants in a "Found Art" class on a scavenger hunt for natural objects to use in creating a cooperative work of art for display at the Grass River Center. The class will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. The cost is $5.

Constellation Cruise II will travel down the Grass River at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Participants will learn about the summer constellations and nocturnal animals that call the natural area home. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children 11 and younger.

Registration is required for all activities and events. For details or to register, call 533-8314 or visit

Foot care

TRAVERSE CITY — Comfort Keepers will offer senior foot care clinics by appointment.

The cost is $20 per person and participants should bring a towel and water basin. Services are supervised by a registered nurse.

A foot care clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. For an appointment, call 922-4911. Foot care also will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Garfield Township Hall, 3848 Veterans Dr. For an appointment, call 941-1620.

Vets for Peace meet

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Veterans for Peace Chapter 50 is planning events for the Saturday, Sept. 21, International Day for Peace in Traverse City.

The event, also known as World Peace Day, is dedicated to peace and the absence of war. This will be the second local observance.

Veterans for Peace meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month in the basement at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. The next meeting is Saturday, Aug. 17. All individuals and groups dedicated to peace and justice are welcome.

Interfaith book study

ELK RAPIDS — The Rev. Dr. Kathy Kircher will facilitate a four-week interfaith Book Study Series on the Dalai Lama's new book "Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World."

Study sessions will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. four Mondays, Aug. 19 and 26 and Sept. 9 and 16, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 403 Traverse St. Books are available from local book stores and Handouts also will be provided.

No registration is required. For details, contact the Rev. Kircher, 264-9046.