Climate Lobby meets
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby will meet on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 12:30 p.m. at the Michigan Land Use Institute, 148 E. Front St., suite 301.
Jonathan Haidt, author of “The Righteous Mind” and “The Happiness Hypothesis” will be the guest speaker. He will discuss how America became so politically polarized as a nation and how to restore a more cooperative system of government. For details, visit www.citizensclimatelobby.org.
Little League benefit
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Little League and the Old Mission Peninsula Park Commission will hold a fund-raising dinner Monday, Feb. 3, at the Boathouse restaurant, to raise money toward the upgrade of baseball fields at Bowers Harbor Park for future Little League games.
A $25,000 donation has kicked off the fund raising and if fund-raising efforts raise an additional $50,000, the donor will match it with another $25,000. The goal is to raise $50,000 by April 1.
The 6:30 p.m. meal includes four courses, each paired with a local wine from Bowers Harbor Vineyard and Chateau Grand Traverse. The cost is $50 per person. For dinner reservations, call the restaurant, 223-2030.
For details about Traverse City Little League or the Bowers Harbor Field upgrade, call Dena Schweitzer, 223-7606, or visit www.traversecitylittleleague.com.
Tour Food for Thought
HONOR — Grow Benzie will host a tour of the local Food For Thought production facility on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Owner and founder Tim Young will lead the tour starting at 6 p.m. at Food For Thought’s production facility, 10704 Oviatt Road, Honor. Parking is available both in front of and behind the building. To learn more, call Deb Query, 882-5197, email email@example.com or visit www.growbenzie.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Aging Commission office, 520 W. Front St. The public is invited. For details or an agenda, call 922-4688, visit www.grandtraverse.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boots for beer
TRAVERSE CITY — Goodwill’s Street Outreach Team has partnered with The Little Fleet to collect winter boots for local individuals experiencing homelessness. Anyone who brings their gently-used footwear to The Little Fleet, 448 E. Front St., from 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 30, will receive a free pint of beer.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will hold a telescope workshop on Feb. 7.
The workshop starts at 8 p.m. at Rogers Observatory, 1753 Birmley Road. Society members will walk participants through some steps and tips to make their viewing easier and more rewarding. Those with telescopes should bring them. The society also will have a variety of telescopes available and will demonstrate the different types, their advantages and disadvantages, what type may be best for individual backyard viewing and what to look for when buying a telescope.
The workshop will be held indoors. Participants then will go outside to observe the night sky with telescopes if the skies are clear. The workshop will be held even if it’s cloudy and is free, however NMC asks visitors for a small donation. For details, call 633-1253 or email email@example.com.
ACME — Adventurous Traverse City area residents are needed to plunge into the icy water Feb. 8 at the Traverse City Polar Plunge.
Plunge registration starts at 10 a.m. inside the Clubhouse at the Grand Traverse Resort. The parade of costumes at 11 a.m. will be followed by the plunge. A post-plunge party and awards’ ceremony immediately follows the plunge at 11:30 a.m.
All plunge participants need is a crazy costume and a minimum $75 donation. Anyone interested in participating, may pre-register at http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/traverse2014.
Wine & Vine Experience
LELAND — “Another Winter Wine & Vine Experience” will be held Feb. 8 at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St.
Tables will be decorated by community members to create tablescapes and there will be an exhibit of art by Matt Gricar and Kristia Converse. A sneak preview of the tablescapes and art will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations will be accepted for this viewing.
The main event will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a unique flight of Leelanau wines paired with gourmet appetizers from Martha’s Leelanau Table. Viticulturist and winemaker Larry Mawby will discuss the unique qualities of the wine that enhance the food.
Tickets are $35 each and include the sneak preview. In addition, 40 percent of art sales will be donated to the Old Art Building. For details or tickets, visit www.oldartbuilding.com, www.mynorthtickets.com, or call 256-2131.
Indoor folk fest
TRAVERSE CITY — The sixth annual Great Indoor Folk Festival will bring up to 100 acoustic musicians to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
The festival will be held from noon-5:30 p.m. Feb. 9. The Mercato level of Building 50 will feature a Solo Stage, north and south Duo Stages, a Kids’ Stage and a New Folk Stage that will showcase new talent. A satellite venue will be set up at Left Food Charley Winery, with an open mic at the Another Cuppa Joe coffeehouse. Many of the performers will have CDs for sale. Admission is free.
Party for vets
ELK RAPIDS — The AMVETS Post 114 invites all veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan or served during that era and their spouses/significant others to a Welcome Home Bash on Feb. 15.
The event will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the AMVETS post, 410 Bridge St. There will be presentations on veterans benefits by the local Veterans Service Officer and by Northwestern Michigan College highlighting available benefits and opportunities. Food and music will be provided.
There is no charge, however tickets are required to ensure adequate seating and are limited to two per veteran. For tickets, call (800) 955-6191. For details, call Jerry Hubbell, 264-8388, or Vince Lobisco, 264-6164.
TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are on sale for the Irish Comedy Tour at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
The show will be staged at 8 p.m. March 14. It features Detroit native Derek Richards, Boston-born Mike McCarthy, Nova Scotia’s Damon Leibert and Derrick Keane from Inchicore, a Dublin, Ireland, suburb.
Tickets are $18 and $23 for reserved seating. For details or tickets, call 941-8082 or visit www.cityoperahouse.org.