Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 27, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/27/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Honor Bank food drive

HONOR — Food pantry usage traditionally increases with the fall season and Honor Bank is reaching out to the community to help meet the growing needs.

Honor Bank will collect food pantry items during its 10th annual “Honor Thy Neighbor” grocery drive that starts Monday, Oct. 28, and continues through Friday, Nov. 8. Customers and non-customers can bring non-perishable food, personal items or cash to any Honor Bank location in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Manistee and Wexford counties. The bank will match each pound collected with a 25-cent donation. Items will then be donated to local food pantries in northwest Michigan.

To learn more or to find the nearest Honor Bank location, visit or call (877) 325-8031.

Musical ‘scriptures’

TRAVERSE CITY — Bethlehem Lutheran Church invites adults 21 and older to participate in a new group that will meet to talk about “verses” in their lives from poetry to art and music.

The inaugural meeting of “VerseONTAP” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Blue Tractor. The religious and spiritual themes of the music of U2 will be discussed. Call Melissa Lopez, director of youth and young adults, 947-9880.


‘Trunk or Treat’

TRAVERSE CITY — Long Lake Friends Church will host its annual “Trunk or Treat” event on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31.

Children are invited to trick-or-treat from 5-8 p.m. in the church parking lot, 4172 Church Road. The church will provide free candy, games, prizes, coffee, cider and doughnuts.

New gallery opens

TRAVERSE CITY — The Bower Clock Company will hold a grand opening on Friday, Nov. 1.

The event will be hosted from 5-9 p.m. at the new gallery, 9931 N. Long Lake Road, across from Wheelock & Sons Welding. Parking is available at Wheelock & Sons. Participating artist include Nathan Bower, Jennifer Bower, Luke Norris, Joe Stearns, Jerry Gates, Nancy Stuck, Howard Seaver, Greg Garman, and Gary and Jan Bower. For details, visit

Snowmobile safety

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Club will sponsor a snowmobile safety class from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ranch Rudolph. For details or to register, call Ranch Rudolph, 947-9529.


Tickets for USMC ball

ELK RAPIDS — Tickets are available for the 238th USMC Birthday Ball/fifth Veterans Ball.

The birthday of the Marine Corps will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 10, at AMVETS Post 114.

The evening will start at 6 p.m., with a traditional ceremony at 7 p.m. followed by dancing. Civilians are asked to wear a coat and tie and military personnel are asked to wear dress/service uniforms. Tickets are $12.50 per person. They are available at the AMVETS Post and must be purchased in advance. Admission is free for active-duty military personnel, however they should call 264-8487 to reserve a ticket.


Poetry sought

MACKINAC ISLAND — The Mackinac Island Community Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014 and is looking for poetry for An Anthology of Mackinac Island Poetry.

Poets may submit up to five poems or 10 pages of Mackinac Island inspired poetry in Microsoft Word format.

Entrants should include a brief, five-line maximum, biography. Poem titles should appear in italics at the top of the page.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 1. Submissions without contact information will not be considered.

The anticipated publication date is June 2014. Poems may be submitted by email (preferred method) at

Hard copies may be sent to: Mackinac Island Community Foundation Poetry Anthology, P.O. Box 1933, Mackinac Island, MI 49757.