Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 11, 2013

Community in Brief: 05/11/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Safety Day

KALKASKA — Today, May 11, is Kalkaska County Public Safety Day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kalkaska Fairgrounds. For details, visit

Brunch and flowers

ARCADIA — Brunch plus a garden sale and exchange will be hosted today, May 11, at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, M-22 and Glovers Lake Road.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal is $8 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and younger. For details, call 590-8435.


TRAVERSE CITY — The first Traverse City Area Public Schools Makerspace will be open 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 11 and 18, at Old Mission Peninsula School, 2699 Island View Road.

A Makerspace is a place for students to make, play and design using real materials, tools, processes and ideas. It is designed to encourage learners to pursue science, technology, engineering and math by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities. For details, call Danelle Brostrom, 933-7436, or Stephie Luty, 933-1754.

Guys’ book group

TRAVERSE CITY — The “Guys Read, Too” book group, for boys in third through seventh grade, will meet Monday, May 13, at Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.

The group will discuss NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire’s book “STAT: Standing Tall and Talented” at 4:15 p.m. Books may be checked out at the library on a first come, first served basis. For details, call 223-7700 or visit

Culinary workshop

PETOSKEY — The Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Culinary Series on Wednesday, May 15, will feature Maria Nicholson, who will share cures for the common meal.

The culinary workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the arts center, 461 E. Mitchell St. Registration is required; call 347-4337 or visit

Plant sale

ACME — The Sweetwater Evening Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale Saturday, May 18, at the East Bay Masonic Lodge. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Call Pam Larkin, 938-9611, to learn more.

Successful aging

TRAVERSE CITY — The Successful Aging Series continues Monday, May 20.

Laverna Witkop, a life and health agent with the Ford Insurance Agency, will discuss health care reform at 2 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. Admission is free. For details, call 932-3027.

Diabetes benefit

CENTRAL LAKE — Great Lakes Diabetes Charity will hold its second annual Cruising for Diabetes Camp 5k walk/run in conjunction with the Central Lake Chamber of Commerce Car Show.

The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Central Lake High School. Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 17 and younger until Saturday, May 25. Registration the day of the event will take place from 8 to 8:40 a.m. and the cost is $20 for adults, $15 for ages 17 and younger. Proceeds help northern Michigan children attend Camp Midicha, an American Diabetes Association camp in Fenton. For details or to register, visit

Solstice Run

TRAVERSE CITY — At sunset on Thursday, June 20, Traverse City-based nonprofit On the Ground will team up with Endurance Evolution to sponsor The Solstice Run.

The 40-mile ultra run will start in Leelanau County and end at sunrise in Traverse City. Options include 40 miles, 20 miles or a four-person relay. Participating runners are asked to solicit pledges to support the Hasa Gola library project in Ethiopia.

For details or to register, visit

Community social

SUTTONS BAY — The Friendship Community Center, 201 Broadway St., offers cards and conversation from 10 a.m. to noon and a senior lunch at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays.

A $1 donation for activities is suggested and goes for general operations and building use. The suggested lunch donation is $3 for ages 60 and older; $5 for ages 59 and younger. Meal reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. For meal reservations, call 271-3314 or 271-4630.

MHA sails

TRAVERSE CITY — The Maritime Heritage Alliance of Traverse City is offering community sails aboard the Schooner Madeline during the 2013 sailing season.

The three-hour, free sails on West Grand Traverse Bay are available to church, nonprofit or governmental organizations and will accommodate up to 20 people. Interested organizations may apply for one of six available dates by emailing or mailing their request under their organization’s letterhead to MHA, or 13268 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684. These sails are on a first come, first served basis.

Y gymnasts

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Bay YMCA level 8 gymnasts Kendra Benak and Annie Gerstner won Michigan state gymnastics championships and went on to medal at the Region 5 meet. Teammate Francie Flores also qualified and competed at regionals, finishing in the top 10.

Benak won the gold medal on floor to claim an all-around state championship and was the all-around gold medal champion at regionals.

Gerstner won vault, floor and all-round at the Michigan gymnastics championships and went on to claim the regional gold medal in vault and on floor and placed fifth on bars. In all-around scoring, Gerstner finished with a second-place silver medal.