Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 21, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/21/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Bob Dylan tribute

TRAVERSE CITY — The songs of Bob Dylan will be the focus of two free tribute shows by Acoustic Dynamite.

The trio features Jim Moore and Bob Downes on acoustic guitar and Mark Cantrell on percussion. They will perform the entire 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks,” plus some seldom heard music by Dylan including “Master of War” and “My Back Pages.”

Shows will be staged from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St.; and 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St.

Book signing

TRAVERSE CITY — McKenzie Dempsey will sign the third book in her four-book “Spirit Hearts” series on Saturday, March 23.

Dempsey will sign copies of “The Last Crystal” from 1 to 4 p.m. at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit

Newcomers meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City historian and author Richard Fidler will discuss local history at the Tuesday, March 26, meeting of the Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse.

The club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The public is invited. To learn more, visit

Reading, workshop

BELLAIRE — As part of the “Art, Film, Philosophy” series, ISLAND writer-in-residence Ashley Siebels will give a reading and a mini-workshop Wednesday, March 27, at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Siebels will read from her first collection of short stories “You Are a North American Housewife.” The workshop will focus on using ideation exercises to generate a new work and create productive writing habits.

Donations are appreciated. For details, call 622-5252 or email

Comedy group

TRAVERSE CITY — Local comedic group, Falling Down Stairs Productions, will feature their videos and comedy at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. The community is invited to meet the group and see their work.


TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are available online until Sunday, April 7, for the Zonta Club of Traverse City’s Father-Daughter Dinner Dance.

The event will be held Saturday, April 13, at the Traverse City Golf & County Club. The doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 p.m. and dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The $50 cost per person includes dinner, dancing, a corsage or boutonniere, a professional photograph and prizes. For details or tickets, visit

Antrim Dems

BELLAIRE — The Antrim County Democratic Party will meet Thursday, March 28.

The meeting will start at 5 p.m. at Moka Coffee Shop, 102 N. Bridge St. Kevin Hirt, director of the Michigan Democratic Party’s Political Organizations Department, will be the guest speaker at 5:30 p.m. A brief business meeting follows. For details or if planning to attend, call 585-6922.

Spring egg hunt

TRAVERSE CITY — Children from birth through age 13 are invited to join the Grand Traverse Conservation District for a new spin on a springtime favorite.

Instead of sending children to retrieve candy-filled eggs, this egg hunt focuses on a mission to find five eggs, each one a different color corresponding to a Michigan animal that lays eggs. As they find each egg, participating children put it in their basket and mark it off a scorecard. Once they’ve found all five colored eggs they return to the starting point to exchange the eggs and scorecard for candy and to be entered in a prize drawing.

The egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 30, at Kids Creek Park, between Kohls and the Great Wolf Lodge. Groups will start at 10 or 11:30 a.m. and children will be grouped by age to different areas of the park.

Only Friends of the Conservation District may pre-register for the event at Membership is $25 and available at or by calling 941-0960. Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited and a spot in the hunt is not guaranteed.

‘Pop up’ dining

EAST JORDAN — The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center hosts “The Maple Table,” a pop-up pancake restaurant with a maple theme, Saturdays and Sundays during sap flow.

Visitors can enjoy fresh, local food and tour the sugar shack from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farm is located at 5745 N. M-66. For a menu and schedule, visit or call 536-0333.

‘Sail’ class

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron will offer its “Sail” class starting Monday, April 1.

“Sail” is a compete sailing course for the non-sailor. It will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. for 11 Mondays at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club, 13653 S. West Bay Shore Dr. The cost is $50 for Power Squadron members; $75 for non-members. For details or to register, visit