Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 30, 2012

Region in Brief: 12/30/2012




Traverse City — The Community Cinema Series at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr., continues on Thursday, Jan. 3, with "The PowerBroker."

The film tells the story of American Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young who challenged business and political communities and made in-roads where other civil rights leaders could not. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. Discussion will follow. The Dennos Museum Center galleries also will be open from 5 to 8 p.m.

Admission to the museum and the film is free. Visit or call 995-1055 to learn more.

Middle School gala

Traverse City — West Middle School will host an Arts and Gourmet Gala on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, to benefit the Traverse City Area Public School Art Department, the Family and Consumer Science Department and On The Ground, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting sustainable community development in farming regions worldwide.

The gala will be hosted from 6 to 7 p.m. in the West Middle School mezzanine.

West Middle School art students will showcase their paintings done completely in coffee and based on the theme of equality. Food from coffee growing regions will be prepared and served by students taking Family and Consumer Science courses. Formal dress is suggested for this evening of music, dancing, appetizers, art appreciation and silent auction of student art.

Tickets are $1 each at the door. For details, call Peter Deyo, 933-8242, or Rebecca Walters, 933-8380.

Choirs enrolling

Traverse City — The Northwestern Michigan Children's Prelude and Dolce choirs are accepting students for the winter session. No auditions are required.

The Prelude Choir is an introductory program for children in kindergarten and first grade. The goal is for participants to learn about their voices and learn basic singing techniques. Rehearsals are held Jan. 24 to March 14. The choir fee is $89.

The Dolce Choir is for students in second and third grade. Singers build foundational music skills and learn a recognizable folk-based repertoire for beginners. The choir rehearses Jan. 10 to May 6 and the choir performs at the NMC Children's Choir winter and spring concerts. The choir fee is $125.

Both choirs rehearse at 6 p.m. Thursdays at NMC. For details or to register for either choir, call 995-1700.

'Off the Wall'

Alden — The "Off the Wall" movie series will screen "Win-Win" on Thursday, Jan. 3.

The R-rated film stars Paul Giamatti as an attorney who moonlights as a wrestling coach and discovers a star athlete through questionable business dealings.

The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road. An optional dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Dinner attendees are asked to bring a donation or food for the meal.

Writers' workshop

Johamy Morales will lead a workshop entitled, "The Writer's Voice," on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 7-9 p.m. at the University Center on Cass Road, Room 214.

Hosted by Michigan Writers, the workshop will introduce basic vocal elements of voice and diction through performance and linklater technique. Participants are encouraged to wear movement clothing and bring water and a yoga mat.

An instructor for theater and comparative arts at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Morales is also an actor, director and writer. She is also co-artistic director/founder of Rabbit Hole Theatre Company.

Michigan Writers will charge $10 for nonmembers to attend workshops, which remain free for members. Participants can join Michigan Writers for an annual fee of $40 payable by cash or check at the workshop.

Women voters

Suttons Bay — The Leelanau Unit, League of Women Voters GTA, will meet at noon Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. Phillip Mikesell, professor emeritus Wabash College, will give a program titled "Election 2012 — Change or More of the Same." For details, call 386-5106.

Fiber arts classes

Traverse City — Notably Natural Fine Yarns offers weekly classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the business, Suite #6 at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Free classes include beginning knitting Thursday, Jan. 17, and beginning crochet or crochet refresher Thursday, Jan. 31. An open studio night also is held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for fiber artists to work on their projects.

For details, a schedule or to register, stop at the store, call 383-5471 or visit