Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 30, 2013

Community in Brief 12/03/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Gift of warmth

TRAVERSE CITY — Precision Plumbing & Heating in Traverse City is looking nominations for its Extreme Precision Make-Over.

Nominations should include the submitter’s name and telephone number, the nominee’s name, telephone number, home address and mailing address if different, details of the nominee’s current heating situation (forced air, boiler, etc.), type of home, general age of home, and most importantly an explanation of the nominee’s situation and why they should be chosen. Precision Plumbing & Heating will chose a situation they feel will benefit the most and install a top-of-the-line Trane Comfort System at no charge.

Entries must be postmarked or emailed by Sunday, Dec. 15. Submission forms are available at and may be mailed to P.P.H.S., attn.: Extreme Precision Make-Over, 2829 Cass Rd., Traverse City, MI 49695. Completed entries also may be emailed to

Garden Club lunch

TORCH RIVER — The Juniper Garden Club of South Torch Lake will host their annual Christmas luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Torch Riviera. New members are welcome.

Benzie Dems party

BENZONIA — All Benzie County Democrats are invited to a free winter holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 6.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115. A potluck dinner will be followed by socializing and live music. Celebrants should bring a dish to share and also may bring their own alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Meat and some beverages will be provided. Donations for the Benzie County Baby Pantry also will be collected.

Lego competition

TRAVERSE CITY — Fifteen teams of northern Michigan students will gather on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Grand Traverse Academy for the qualifying tournament of Michigan’s 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League “Nature’s Fury” Challenge.

Teams have found a community partner, identified a problem faced by the community’s people and property in a natural disaster and, using Lego Mindstorm kits, built, programmed and tested autonomous robots to create an innovative solution to the problem that will be judged in three categories at the competition. Winners will advance to the Michigan championship competition Dec. 14 in Flint.

The public is invited to observe the all-day competition at the school, 1245 Hammond Road. For details, visit

Holiday confections

TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Mission Women’s Club will hold its 18th annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Sale hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Peninsula Fire Station #2, 8150 Center Road. Homebaked cookies are $7 per pound and come in hand-decorated containers. There also will be free coffee and harp music by Sharon Olson.

Candle lighting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will host a Memorial Candle Lighting for families who have lost a child or individuals who have lost a sibling at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St.

A gathering at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, will be followed by the candle lighting at 7 p.m. Candles will be furnished and music will be provided by the Woody Swift Eagle. Participants are invited to bring a framed photo of their child or sibling for the picture table. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 946-9306 or 256-9343.

Backpack project

TRAVERSE CITY — Performance Chiropractic is helping the local branch of Blessings in a Backpack this holiday season.

Blessings fills backpacks with food every Friday and sends them home with qualified students. The students return the backpack on Monday to be filled again on Friday. Donations for food items appropriate for the program will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Performance Chiropractic, 551 S. Garfield Ave.

The business is offering a free chiropractic/neurological consultation in exchange for donations. For details about donating monetarily, a list of specific food items, drop-off hours or directions, call 922-0110 or visit

Madrigal Dinner

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are on sale for the West Senior High School Madrigal Dinner.

The dinner will be hosted at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15, at the West Senior High School Commons Area, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. Tickets are $35 each. For details or tickets, call 933-7509.