Traverse City Record-Eagle
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BELLAIRE — Wildflower docents at Grass River Natural Area will lead an upland forest wildflower walk today, July 2.
The walk from 10 a.m. to noon is free. Participants should meet at the Grass River Center, 6500 Alden Highway and are encouraged to bring a camera. To learn more, call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
FIM Group and the Traverse City Film Festival are sponsoring a 2013 Bumper Contest for aspiring filmmakers.
Submissions should be 20 to 60 seconds long, appropriate to screen before Traverse City Film Festival movies, and should have above-average production values. The top prize is $1,000 and all winning bumpers will be shown before feature films during the 2013 Traverse City Film Festival.
Submit a DVD or an online link by July 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org or TCFF Bumpers, PO Box 4064, Traverse City MI 49685.
TRAVERSE CITY — Horse Shows by the Bay celebrates its 10th anniversary with a five-week lineup of activities for all ages and interest levels.
Premier equestrian competition at Flintfields Horse Park starts Wednesday, July 3, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4. Horse Shows will award more than $630,000 in total prize money throughout the festival. Additional Horse Show information is available by calling 267-3700 or at www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
CENTRAL LAKE — Three Bridges, an internationally acclaimed gospel trio from Nashville, Tenn., will give a patriotic concert on Thursday, July 4.
The free performance starts at 9 p.m. at the Central Lake Herrick Football Field and will be followed by Central Lake's fireworks. Attendees should bring their own seating.
The concert is sponsored by Belltower Reformed, Eastport Baptist, Ellsworth Christian Reformed, Ellsworth Wesleyan, First Congregational of Central Lake, and Grace Community churches. To learn more, call 599-2122.
Mountain top concert
GLEN ARBOR — The Williams Family Band will perform Sunday, July 7, atop the mountain at the Homestead Resort.
The west Michigan band has played together for more than 30 years. They will perform their blend of bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. They are available at www.mynorthtickets.com.
RAPID CITY — The Juniper Garden Club of South Torch Lake has moved its monthly meeting to Tuesday, July 9, because of the Fourth of July holiday. The club usually meets the first Tuesday of the month.
The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse Community Center. New members are welcome. The club also is finalizing plans for its garden walk, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
HARRIETTA — A "Roof Raising Rummage Sale-Bake Sale-Quilt Raffle" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, at the Harrietta Village Hall. Proceeds will go toward a new roof for the hall; call 884-3118.
New festival debuts
TRAVERSE CITY — The Filling Station Microbrewery and Porterhouse Productions will sponsor a new family-friendly festival Friday through Sunday, July 5-7.
"The Ales by the Rails Summer Music Festival" opens with Blake Elliot at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Seth Bernard and May Erlewine and headliner Greg Brown. The doors open at 5 p.m. The official launch party for the new TC Ale Trail precedes the entertainment at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, DJ Dominate will spin music for a silent disco from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.. The disco is open to families from 6 to 11 p.m. Ages 18 and older may stay until 1 a.m. One thousand sets of headphones will be available.
On Sunday, Mike Moran takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed by headliner Luke Winslow-King.
The weekend also includes a kids' fun zone, scrap art, train memorabilia, Shetler Dairy ice cream, Northwoods root beer floats, 14 craft brews, Northwoods sodas, and pizza.
All activities will be held at The Filling Station at the Railroad Depot at Woodmere Avenue and East Eighth Street. Friday's concert is $22 in advance; $25 at the door. Admission on Saturday is $5. Admission on Sunday is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. A full-weekend pass is $30. For details or tickets, visit www.alesbytherails.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes Boat Building School of Cedarville, Mich., will offer two summer wooden boat-building classes at the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
The classes will be held at MHA's boat shop, 13268 S. West Bay Shore Dr. A Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) Mill Creek kayak class meets July 29 through Aug. 3; and a CLC Kaholo paddleboard class will be held Aug. 5 through 10.
Tuition for each workshop is $695, plus the cost of boat kits and shipping for the kits. For details or to register, email email@example.com or call (906) 484-1081.
Art and jazz
TRAVERSE CITY — Lisa Flahive has been selected as artist-in-residence for Chateau Chantal's 20th anniversary season.
Flahive is known for her drawings and watercolor paintings of jazz musicians captured during performances. She will create her artwork live from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29 during Chateau Chantal's Jazz at Sunset featuring the Jeff Haas Trio.
Her art may be purchased at the winery, 15900 Rue de Vin on the Old Mission Peninsula. Proceeds benefit Haas' Building Bridges with Music program. For more information, call 223-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.