Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 12, 2013

Community in Brief: 11/12/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Cottage Coffee

TRAVERSE CITY — Bill Smith, best-selling author of “Chickadees at Night,” will be the featured speaker at the Cottage Coffee program today, Nov. 12.

Smith recently published his second book, “The Chickadee Spirit.” He will discuss his books at 10 a.m. at Hawthorn Cottage at the Grand Traverse Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. He also will be available to sign copies of his books. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027.

LIWdA panel

GLEN ARBOR — Leelanau Independent Women for democratic Action (LIWdA) will host a panel presentation on Move to Amend and Corporate Personhood.

The panel starts at 4 p.m. today Nov. 12, at the Leelanau School dining hall. The program is free and open to the public. Call 642-1391 to learn more.

Kingsley Lions

KINGSLEY — The newly formed Kingsley Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St. Charter memberships are still available. For details, call 263-8025 or 313-1837.

Musicale program

TRAVERSE CITY — The Harbor Voices of Elk Rapids and scholarship performer Jeremy Laureta on viola will perform at the Thursday, Nov. 14, Grand Traverse Musicale concert.

The concert starts at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Donations to the Musicale Scholarship Fund are appreciated.

‘Open’ genealogy

BENZONIA — The Benzie Area Genealogical Society’s meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, will be an “open” program.

The 2 p.m. meeting will focus on sharing experiences, techniques, and more. It will be held at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave. The public is welcome.

Book club meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Paid reservations are required by Thursday, Nov. 14, for the next luncheon meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club.

Bill O. Smith, author of “Chickadees at Night,” will be the guest speaker at the 12:30 p.m. meeting Monday, Nov. 18, at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3950 Scenic Ridge. The cost is $6. For details or reservations, call 932-9455.

Holiday book sale

BENZONIA — The public is invited to support the Benzonia Public Library by shopping at the Friends of the Benzonia Public Library’s Holiday Book Sale.

Sale hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave. Proceeds benefit the children’s computer fund. For details, call the library, 882-4111.

Sportman’s Club

FIFE LAKE — The Walton Junction Sportman’s Club, 11207 E. County Line Road, will serve breakfast on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14-15, and dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16. Breakfast will be served from 7-11 a.m. each day. The cost is $7. The Swiss steak dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $10.

Sign up for program

TRAVERSE CITY — Thursday, Nov. 14, is the registration deadline for a screen printing program at the Peninsula Community Library.

Emily Pierce, the owner of Fern Creations on, will teach participants how to screen print starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the library, 2699 Island View Road. The program is suitable for preteens through adults. For details or to register, call the library, 223-7700.

Michigan Writers potluck

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Writers will hold its fall potluck on Thursday, Nov. 14. Non-members interested in learning more about the group are welcome.

The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road. A program after the meal will focus on writers' groups. Attendees should bring a dish to pass.

Rug studio open house

ELK RAPIDS — The Wild Hare Rug Studio will hold an open house on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The open house from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. includes demonstrations and an opportunity to sign up for classes. Gift items also will be available for purchase. The studio is located at 204 River St. For details, call 409-7481 or visit

'White Christmas'

CHEBOYGAN — The Northland Players will stage Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16 and 22-23; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Cheboygan Opera House. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Senior citizen tickets are $10 for the Sunday matinee only. For details or reservations, call 627-5841.

Movie 'en Español'

TRAVERSE CITY — Spanish-speaking patrons are invited to the Peninsula Community Library for a film "en Español."

The family-friendly movie will be shown in Spanish at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the library, 2699 Island View Road. There also will be pizza and a craft. Admission is free. For details, call 223-7700 or visit

Successful Aging

TRAVERSE CITY — Caregiver tips and hospice services will be discussed at the next program in the Successful Aging Series at the Grand Traverse Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue.

Jen Simmer, marketing representative for Hospice of Michigan in Traverse City, will be the guest speaker at the 2 p.m. program on Monday, Nov. 18. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027 or email

Transgender Day

TRAVERSE CITY — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road, will hold a service to recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The event on Tuesday, Nov. 19, starts with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. The 7 p.m. service will honor transgender people who were victims of transphobia and other forms of violence.

DKG chapter meets

TRAVERSE CITY — Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG), Traverse City Phi Chapter, will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19. All current and retired women educators are invited.

The chapter meets at 5 p.m. at the TBA Intermediate School District Conference Center. A $6 soup and salad dinner will be served. For details, call Lana Nickels, 313-4617, or Judy Oien, 995-0546.

Ranger program

TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center has rescheduled its “Sunday with a Ranger” program, cancelled because of the government shutdown.

The program will be offered at 1 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the museum, 1410 College Dr. A park ranger from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will take participants on a tour of the “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes” exhibit, sharing information on the history, geography and ecology of the national park.

The program is free with museum admission, which is $6 for adults, $4 for children and college students with ID, and free for museum members and NMC students.

For details call 995-1055 or visit