Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 3, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/03/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Oktoberfest

TRAVERSE CITY — The 4One Quartet headlines the entertainment for St. Michael’s Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest.

The event will be hosted 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, under a tent at the church, 912 S. Garfield Ave. In addition to music, there will be a meal and children’s activities. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children and $30 for families. Tickets the day of the event are $12 for adults, $6 for children and $35 for families. For tickets or details, call 947-5293 or 409-4696.

School retirees

TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are needed today, Oct. 4, for the next Grand Traverse Association of Retired School Personnel luncheon.

The chapter will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the West Bay Beach Resort-A Holiday Inn Resort, 615 E. Front St. The $14 cost includes the gratuity. For details or reservations, call 933-4269.

Benzie LWV forum

BENZONIA — The Benzie unit of LWV-GTA will present a forum on Friday Oct. 4, featuring Ted Curran.

Curran was a U.S. Foreign Service officer from 1956-1984. He served in Jordan and Yemen and was a member of the Iran Hostage Task Force in 1980. He also spent several years as the Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan and Morocco.

The program will focus on Iran, its past relationship with the U.S. and the potential for longer-term relations in the context of the Syrian crisis. It will start at noon at the Benzonia Congregational Church on Barber Street. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Movie screening

TRAVERSE CITY — A new Community Cinema Series opens today, Oct. 3, with a 7 p.m. screening of “The Graduates/Los Graduados.”

The documentary explores the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six students from across the U.S. who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.

The film will be shown with captions in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. Admission is free and a panel discussion will follow the film. For details, visit

Gopherwood show

CADILLAC — Gopherwood Concerts will kick off its 30th season Saturday, Oct. 5, with a concert by Rachael Davis and Seth Bernard and May Erlewine at the Cadillac Elks, 122 S. Mitchell St.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at Toy Town, 122 S. Mitchell St., and the After 26 Depot Cafe, 127 Cass St. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for students. After 26 also will offer a limited number of dinner/concert tickets for $20, which includes dinner at the cafe the night of the show. Call Paul Brown, 846-8383, to learn more.

Bark for Life

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Bark for Life Mini-Relay on Saturday, Oct. 5, will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Humans and their canine companions are invited to “take a bite out of cancer” from noon-4 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Activities start with canine-related games and activities, followed by a mini-relay led by human and canine cancer survivors. For details or to volunteer, call 335-7331 or email

Family Fun Fest

KEWADIN — Pine Hill Nursery will host its fourth annual Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Oct. 5. A variety of free family activities will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the nursery, 886 U.S. 31 North. For details, call 599-2824.

Visit Barns Park

TRAVERSE CITY — An open house at Historic Barns Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, celebrates recent redevelopment work at the former State Hospital farm.

Open house hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It includes welcoming remarks and a brief park overview at 10:30 a.m.; an agricultural overview at 11 a.m. by SEEDS; and a Community Garden overview at 11:15 a.m. Docents and representatives from park programs will be on hand to give tours and answer questions. Maps and directions for self-guided tours also will be available.

Event parking is available at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District on Red Drive, or at Copper Ridge. Shuttles will operate between the park and the TBAISD. For details, call 929-3696 or visit

Finance workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) will present its annual Saturday Special event on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Career-Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road.

The event begins with check-in at 9 a.m. and continues through 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about achieving financial self-sufficiency. Workshops are free and free day care, lunch and snacks also are provided. Registration is encouraged; call (800) 442-1713 or 590-0100. Space is limited.

Family Fun Day

MAPLE CITY — Genuine Leelanau will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Activities will be held from 1-4 p.m. at 7850 S. Shimek Road, off County Road 669 or 616. There will be a chili cook-off with prizes, a Haunted Woods Walk, treasure hunt, games, face painting, a bounce house, hot dogs, lemonade and more. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 18 and older. Admission for children is a donation of one of the following for Blessings in a Backpack — canned chicken or tuna, individual servings of trail mix, peanut butter, or canned dinners, or any canned fruit.

To register for the chili cook-off, call Haylee Fisher, (860) 671-9201. For tickets or details, call Fisher, or Carol Hilton, 642-1391.