Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 3, 2013

Community in Brief: 04/03/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — GT Dems meet

TRAVERSE CITY — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, April 4, meeting of the Grand Traverse Democratic Executive Board.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. Attendees are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for area food banks. Call 946-5555 or email to learn more.

Benefit show

TRAVERSE CITY — SEEDS School of Rock will present a concert to benefit Bob Russell, Sally Van Vleck and the Neahtawanta Inn.

Some of the area’s up and coming young musicians will perform with Graham Parsons & the Go Rounds from Kalamazoo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Good Work Collective, 417 S. Union St. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Roller derby b’day

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Roller Derby will host its annual Birthday Bash and Silent Auction on Friday, April 5.

The celebration starts at 6 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. A highlight of the event is the screening of the new documentary “Becoming a Derby Girl” at 7:30 p.m. There also will be appetizers and music by DJ Sweet & Low and DJ Jr., a cash bar and a silent auction. Guests are asked to make a cash donation of $5 for AC Paw or donate an item from the AC Paw wish list, found at

Can you fly?

MANISTEE — The Manistee Civic Players will hold auditions at the Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple St., for its summer production of “Peter Pan.”

Auditions will be held 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for adults older than 15 in the Ramsdell Ballroom; and Sunday, April 7, 2-5 p.m. for children ages 6-14, and 7-10 p.m. for adults older than 15 on the Ramsdell stage. Call backs, if necessary, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 8. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script, learn a simple dance number and a group song.

Holocaust service

TRAVERSE CITY — Yom Ha Shoah, Day of Burning, a Holocaust memorial service will be held Sunday, April 7.

The service starts at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth El on Beth El Way, off Washington Street. It commemorates the millions of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and others killed by the Nazi regime. The public is invited.

Leland films

LELAND — The Old Art Buidling has completed renovations to its stage and hosted a “soft” opening March 9 to show off its new film and multi-media capabilities.

Named the W.T. Best Theater in honor of William T. Best, patriarch of the family that built the Old Art Building in 1921, the theater features a new surround sound system, a screen that fills the proscenium, a ceiling mounted projector and DVD player, and a lighting control board.

Future plans include showing films at 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, April 19 and May 3. After Memorial Day weekend, movie nights will be held at 8 p.m. every other Thursday. Donations to offset costs will be accepted at the door. Popcorn and locally-made concessions also will be available.

The Old Art Building is located at 111 Main St. To learn more about future films including titles, events and classes, visit To volunteer, call 256-2131.

Broadband celebration

BELLAIRE — The Antrim County Broadband Team invites the community to celebrate the completion of the county’s Technology Action Plan and status as a Certified Connected Community.

Reservations are due Friday, April 12, for the celebration, which will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Antrim County Building Commission Chambers, 205 E. Cayuga St. For details or reservations, email Jessica McGeorge,

Free trees, shrubs

TRAVERSE CITY — The Conservation Resource Alliance will give away almost 5,000 trees and shrubs on Friday, April 12.

Trees and shrubs are available to private landowners interested in improving wildlife habitat on their property. Participants will be limited to 100 trees and no more than 25 of any one variety. Trees and shrubs will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alliance office, 10850 E. Traverse Highway.

For details or to reserve trees, contact Eric Ellis, or 946-6817.