Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 25, 2013

Community in Brief: 02/25/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Exploring peace

TRAVERSE CITY — A series exploring peace in the Middle East continues Sunday, March 3, at Christ United Methodist Church.

The program starts at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. Gina Aranki, Mary Heffron and Marian Kromkowski, three of the founders of MidEast: JustPeace, will discuss their efforts to educate local residents to the reality in Palestine/Israel, provide an overview of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement and describe ways to become involved locally.

For details, call 946-3048 or visit

Blues performance

TRAVERSE CITY — Madcat Midnight Blues Journey will give a concert Friday, March 1, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St.

The quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at the gallery, Brilliant Books and Oryana Natural Foods, all in Traverse City; $20 at the door. Tickets and details also are available by calling 929-3254.

Nature program

TRAVERSE CITY — The Peepers Preschool Program at the Boardman River Nature Center continues through May 21.

The program meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the nature center, 1450 Cass Road. It is geared toward children ages 3 to 5 and a parent and includes both indoor and outdoor activities. A $5 donation per child is suggested.

Upcoming programs are: “Fish Friends,” March 5; “Little Stinkers,” March 12; “Hippity Hoppers,” March 19; and free spring break bonus sessions March 26 and 28 with springtime stories. For details, call 941-0960 or visit

WSH info meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — West Senior High School will hold an eighth into ninth grade parent information meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the school 5376 N. Long Lake Road. Call 933-7500 to learn more.

GED testing

TRAVERSE CITY — General Educational Development (GED) Testing will be offered at Traverse City Central High School for anyone18 and older who wants to complete their high school equivalency requirements. Under special circumstances 16 and 17 year olds may be admitted to take the GED Test.

To qualify, the person must have been out of a regular school program for one year or their class must have graduated. Participants must register at the Traverse City Central High School Principal’s office, 1150 Milliken Dr., prior to the test dates.

Testing will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12. To take the complete GED test, participants must be able to attend both dates and a government-issued photo ID is required. The cost is $125 (cash or money order only) due at registration; $25 for individual tests including retakes.

Call Central High School, 933-3500, for details. For information on GED preparation classes, contact the TBA Adult Education Department, 922-7825, or Michigan Works, 922-3739.

Kindergarten ages

TRAVERSE CITY — A recently enacted Michigan law amended the Revised School Code, which changed the minimum age requirement for a child enrolling in kindergarten.

Currently, a student must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1 to be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. New legislation will change the “cut‐off” date and will be gradually phased‐in over three years, changing the requirement by one month each year.

The changes will be implemented in the following manner: children must be five years old on or before Nov. 1 for the 2013-14 school year; 5 years old on or before Oct. 1 for the 2014-15 school year; and 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 for the 2015-16 school year and beyond.

If the child is not eligible for enrollment per the specified guidelines and will be 5 years old on or before December 1, the child’s parent or legal guardian can apply for a waiver to enroll their student in school.For questions about enrollment, contact Mary Beth Stein, pupil accounting in Human Resources, or 933-1718.

Class of '73 reunion

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City High School class of 1973 will hold its 40-year reunion this summer.

The reunion will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. July 20, at the beachfront property of Terrie Taylor and John Williams. A pre-reunion gathering also will be hosted Friday, July 19. For details, contact Carol Tompkins-Parker, or 360-8773.

AAUW program

TRAVERSE CITY — The American Association of University Women invites the community to a program with Peace Ranch and the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center.

The program will start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Jackie Kashel, owner of Peace Ranch, and Christal Wilcox will discuss prevention and treatment programs, including therapy opportunities with rehabilitated horses, for at-risk children in the community.

Admission is free and visitors are welcome. For details, visit or call 995-0313.

'Read Around the Planet'

TRAVERSE CITY — Students at six Traverse City Area Public Schools' elementary schools are participating in a "Read Around the Planet" program to celebrate March as Reading Month. The program starts today, Feb. 25, and continues through Friday, March 8.

Classrooms at Blair, Eastern, Long Lake, Montessori at Glenn Loomis, TCAPS International School at Bertha Vos and Willow Hill elementary schools will use technology to share projects and events that celebrate reading with other schools across the country and worldwide. Interactive video will allow TCAPS students to see and hear students in other classrooms. For more information, contact the individual schools.

Montessori meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — Courtade Elementary School's Montessori Program will host information meetings for interested families regarding Montessori program options for the 2013-14 school year.

Meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, or Tuesday, March 19, in the school library, 111 Rasho Road. Families can tour classrooms, learn about the Montessori style of learning and program options.

Meetings also will be held in April and May. For details, call Courtade Principal Caroline Wacker, 933-5800.

Scholarship available

BENZONIA — The Paul T. and Frances B. Johnson Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 school year.

Applicants must have been residents of Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau counties for at least three out of four of their high school years. Applications must be received and/or postmarked on or before May 1 and be on a 2013-14 form. Applications are available from local high school counselors or by contacting the Foundation at 787 Michigan Ave., P.O. Box 203, Benzonia, MI 49616-0203.

Caring for family history

KINGSLEY — Kingsley Branch Library will offer a program on how to decide what family history items to keep and will offer general tips on caring for those items.

"What Do I Keep? Caring for Your Family History" will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Kingsley Branch Library, 213 S. Brownson. For details, call 263-5484 or visit