Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 10, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/10/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Humanists host speaker

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Humanists will host Jerry DeWitt, who will talk on “Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey From Belief to Atheism.”

Dewitt was a Pentecostal preacher for many years before arriving at atheism through a dialogue with faith the spanned more than 25 years. He is an author, public speaker, secular minister and vice president of Dogma Debate LLC. He also sits on the boards of The Clergy Project and The Foundation Beyond Belief.

DeWitt will discuss his journey to atheism at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the History Center of Traverse city, 322 Sixth St. The public is invited. For details, call 392-1215 or visit

Book club luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY — Paid reservations are due Thursday, Oct. 10, for the next meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club. The public is invited.

Katrina Head, author of “The Gifted Choice,” and her daughter Cora Jean, will be featured at the luncheon meeting. Head’s book is the poignant story of dealing with Down syndrome and coming to terms with a life-changing decision.

The Monday meeting includes a light luncheon at 12:30 p.m. and the program at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3950 Scenic Ridge. The cost is $6. For details or reservations, call 932-9455

Savings program

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) will hold an orientation session today for the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program.

The orientation starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Traverse City office, 3963 Three Mile Road.

Call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.

Events at Dennos

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center will offer several workshops and programs in conjunction with its 2013-14 exhibition season.

“Poetry Slam: A Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop with Ann Bardens-McClellan” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Janis Room at the Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. Bardens-McClellan will read from and sign her book “Journey to the Centre.” A workshop for anyone interested in writing a poem inspired by artwork in the Dennos galleries will follow the program. The program is free with museum admission.

Artist Hank Feeley will present a workshop incorporating traditional landscape techniques with exercises in creative exploration on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16-17. “Do A Landscape, Then Do Something To the Landscape” will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days in the Janis Room and on the Northwestern Michigan College grounds. Participants will paint a landscape in an outdoor setting and then add imaginative or unexpected elements to their art. The cost is $40 for museum members; $50 for non-members. Participants should bring a lunch.

“Photography Workshop: An Introduction to the View Camera with Gregory D. Seman” will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Good Harbor dock pilings off M-22 at the north end of Good Harbor Trail/County Road 651. Seman will demonstrate the use of his 8x10 inch film view camera. Participants are encouraged to bring their own camera for use on location. The cost is $17 for members; $22 for non-members and includes a box meal.

To register for workshops or programs, call 995-1573 or visit

Affordable Care and seniors

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Senior Center Network will sponsor a program that looks at the future of health insurance for seniors ages 55 to 64 and for those currently on Medicare.

Fred Goldenberg of Senior Benefit Solutions will give the free presentation at 2:30 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at the Senior Center Network in Traverse City, 801 E. Front St. The public is invited. For details or to register, call the Senior Center Network, 922-4911, or email

Lego-Rama is today

KALKASKA — The theme is "Build a Castle" for Lego-Rama from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 10, at the Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St.

GAAA exhibit

GLEN ARBOR — More than 20 Glen Arbor Art Association members will display their paintings as part of the Fall for Art in Leelanau Gallery Tour.

The exhibit will be open Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. at the GAAA, 3061 S. Lake St. The exhibit also will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. A Fall for Art closing reception and prize drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lake Street Studios.

Education fundraiser

LELAND — The Leland Educational Foundation's annual fundraiser moves back to Leland this year, and into autumn, with a barbecue and auction on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Leland Lodge.

The fundraiser is casual, and will feature auctions, raffles, live music, a DJ, a cash bar and barbecue prepared by the Lodge. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and child care will be provided at Leland Public School by members of the National Honor Society.

Tickets are $25 in advance at Leland Public School, Studio 22 Salon and Spa, the Leland Mercantile and at Tickets at the door are $35.

Empire Heritage Day

EMPIRE — The Empire Area Museum Complex will celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the complex. Special features include a collection of Faberge-style eggs made in the 1970s by Helen Witt, and a collection of model school buses made from cardboard by former resident Ted Pelky. There also will be old-fashioned craft and food demonstrations, a live blacksmith demonstration, vintage cars, tractors and more. The Glen Lake Fire Department, next door the the museum, also will hold an open house.

Back Porch music

CHARLEVOIX — The next Back Porch music event features Louan Lechler.

Lechler is a folk singer, songwriter, poet, artist and illustrator. She has been a central figure at Stone Circle, where she has shared her music, poetry and stories for 30 years.

She will perform from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Charlevoix Senior Center building at the corner of Carpenter and Norwood streets. A circle jam will follow. A $5 to $10 donation at the door is suggested and goes to the scheduled performer. The donation includes soups, coffee and cookies. For details, call Robin or Pam Luce, 622-2944.

Fairy Garden workshop

KALKASKA — Klumpp Flower Shop, 210 N. Cedar St., will offer a free Fairy Garden workshop from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Participants may bring their own container or purchase one at the shop. Participants receive a 20 percent discount on everything but plants the day of the workshop. Reservations are required. For details or reservations, call 258-2342.

Dem meet and greet

FRANKFORT — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer of Battle Creek will be at the Bayview Grille, 727 Main St., from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, to meet with area residents.

Senior shimmy

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Senior Center Network will offer a "Senior Shimmy" belly dance class starting Monday, Oct. 14.

The class will meet at 3 p.m. Mondays at Crystal Bindi Studios at Logan's Landing off South Airport Road. The cost is $20 for 10 weeks or $3 for drop-ins. For details or to register, contact the Senior Center Network, 922-4911, or email

Literacy tutor training

TRAVERSE CITY — Individuals interested in volunteering as literacy tutors are invited to a training workshop.

The workshop will take place from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 24, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. The registration deadline is Tuesday. Oct. 15. For details or to register, call 922-4574, visit or email

Fund-raising auction

TRAVERSE CITY — Delta Kappa Gamma, Traverse City Phi Chapter, will hold an auction to raise money for its scholarship fund that benefits teachers in the classroom and/or graduating seniors pursuing careers in education.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the TBA Intermediate School District Conference Center, 1101 Red Dr. There will be silent and live auctions and items available for immediate purchase. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages also will be available.

The community is invited. For details, call Lana Nickels, 313-4617, or Judy Oien, 995-0546.

LWVLC host Marilyn Kelly

LELAND — The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will host retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Kelly will discuss "Improvements Needed in Michigan Courts" at 7 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St., highlighting the 2012 findings of the Michigan Judicial Selection Task Force. The program is a fundraiser for the League of Women Voters Leelanau County. A $10 donation is suggested and the public is welcome. For details, call 386-5106 or visit