Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 8, 2013

Community in Brief: 09/08/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Jazz house concert

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest MI Jazz Experience (NMJE) will host its first house concert of the 2013-14 season today, Sept. 8, at the home of NMJE member, Carol Bouskay, 9743 Bluff Trail, Williamsburg.

The 3-5:30 p.m. concert features pianist Jeff Haas, Lansing bassist Ed Fedewa, drummer John Driscoll and Grand Rapids trumpeter Chris Lawrence. Admission is $5 for NMJE members; $15 for non-members. Memberships will be available at the door. For directions or details, visit

Antrim GOP meets

BELLAIRE — The Antrim County Republication Party will meet from 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Forest Home Township Hall, 321 N. Bridge St. For directions, visit

LIWdA meeting

GLEN ARBOR — The Leelanau Independent Women for democratic Action (LIWdA) will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The meeting starts at 4 p.m. at the Leelanau School.

Jo Walker, co-chair of Blessings in a Backpack, will discuss the program that for the second year will provide a backpack of food each week during the school year for at-risk children in Suttons Bay, Leland, Northport, and Leelanau Montessori schools, along with the Leelanau Children’s Center in Leland and Northport,

The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, call 642-1391.

Musicale season

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Musicale opens its fall season with music by The Accidentals and piano duets for four hands by Liz Bannister and Friend.

The Accidentals include two-time Musicale scholarship winner cellist Katie Larson and violinist Savannah Buist, accompanied by pianist Steve Larson.

The program starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

For details, visit

Senior programs

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Eagles Lodge will host a 1950’s fundraiser to benefit Catholic Human Services’ Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs.

The Eagles will be grilling hot dogs and bratwurst and encourage attendees to dress up ‘50s style and cruise on over for the 4:30-7:30 p.m. event on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Eagles Lodge, 409 W. 14th St. Karaoke starts at 7 p.m. and there also will be a 50/50 raffle and an auction.

Walk in the woods

TRAVERSE CITY — The Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse will sponsor its first walk of the season on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The group will meet at 10:45 a.m. at Tom’s East Bay, in the northeast corner of the parking lot, to carpool to an urban preserve for an easy, level 1.5 mile hike.

Lunch will follow at a well-known local deli. For details or if planning to attend, contact Bob Knaack, or visit

Yuba reunion

YUBA — The Yuba School Reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at shelter #2 at Sayler Park.

The get-together will start at noon. Schoolmates should bring a dish to pass, table service and beverages.

They also are encouraged to bring class pictures and other memories to share. For details, call 264-8038.

Fiddlers Jamboree

HONOR — The Original Michigan Fiddlers Association will host a Fiddlers’ Jamboree and a pre-jamboree jam session and potluck, both at the Platte River Association Hall, 12990 Honor Highway.

The jam session and potluck will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

The jamboree will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, followed by dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. and square and round dancing from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Musicians are invited to bring their fiddles or other acoustic instruments and callers are welcome.

Call Howard or Mabel Foust, 325-3252 or 651-9764, or Oscar Jaquish, 275-7381, for details.

Tranquility harp

TRAVERSE CITY — Marilyn Wares will introduce the tranquility lap harp in a free class from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

No musical experience is needed and harps will be provided for the class.

Registration is required. For details, to register or for class location, call Wares, 223-4895.

Recovery Month

TRAVERSE CITY — Addiction Treatment Services will screen “The Anonymous People” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, as part of Recovery Month.

The feature-length documentary focuses on the 23 million people living in long-term recovery and includes commentary from national leaders and visionaries.

The film also features clips from the 2012 Traverse City Recovery Month event “GUTS: An Evening with Kristen Johnston,” which received one of only three international Recovery Month Awards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The free screening will start at 7 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., and will be followed by a panel discussion.

For details, visit

Ride fundraiser

ELLSWORTH — Front Porch Ministries will sponsor a Chuck Wagon Trail Ride fundraiser to benefit the ministry’s donation-only restaurant, The Front Porch.

The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Timber Ridge Ranch. It features cinnamon rolls in the morning, a two-hour morning ride, a chuck wagon lunch provided by The Front Porch, and a 90-minute ride back to the barn. The $55 cost includes the ride, food , a prize drawing and a T-shirt.

For details or to register, call Nancy Ferguson, 547-2285, or visit or