Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 2, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/02/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Oktoberfest

TRAVERSE CITY — The 4One Quartet headlines the entertainment for St. Michael's Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest.

The event will be hosted 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, under a tent at the church, 912 S. Garfield Ave. In addition to music, there will be a roast pork and bratwurst meal and children's activities. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children and $30 for families. Tickets the day of the event are $12 for adults, $6 for children and $35 for families. For tickets or details, call 947-5293 or 409-4696.

School retirees meet

TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are needed by Friday, Oct. 4, for the next Grand Traverse Association of Retired School Personnel luncheon.

The chapter will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the West Bay Beach Resort-A Holiday Inn Resort, 615 E. Front St. The $14 cost includes the gratuity. For details or reservations, call 933-4269.

Benzie LWV forum

BENZONIA — The Benzie unit of LWV-GTA will present a forum on Friday Oct. 4, featuring Ted Curran.

Curran was a U.S. Foreign Service officer from 1956-1984. He served in Jordan and Yemen and was a member of the Iran Hostage Task Force in 1980. He also spent several years as the Deputy Ambassador in Afghanistan and Morocco.

The program will focus on Iran, its past relationship with the U.S. and the potential for longer-term relations in the context of the Syrian crisis. It will start at noon at the Benzonia Congregational Church on Barber Street. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Whaleboat color tours

SUTTONS BAY — Inland Seas Education Association will offer fall color tours on Suttons Bay aboard the ex-Navy motor whaleboat, Lake Sturgeon.

Cruise times are 10-11 a.m., noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 5 and 12, and leave from Suttons Bay. Tickets are $12 each and charters also are available. For details or reservations, call ISEA, 271-3077.

Remembrance Run

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Track Club will host its 20th annual Remembrance Run and Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 5, to benefit the Munson Women's Cancer Fund.

The event will be held at Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort, 4050 E. Hammond Road. Health Fair exhibits and a silent auction will be held from 8-11:30 a.m. with information on early detection, diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment care. The 5K Walk and Run and one-mile fun run all start at 10 a.m. Advance registration is $30 and includes a specially-designed technical T-shirt. Early packet pick-up is noon-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Benjamin Twiggs in Campus Plaza.

Also on Thursday, Benjamin Twiggs, Jimmy Johns, Wild Birds Unlimited, Korner Gem, Garden Grounds and Copy Queenz will donate 15 percent of sales to the Women's Cancer Fund. Remembrance Run participants also are encouraged to bring pledges for additional fund raising. For details, to register, make a donation or access pledging information, visit

Mountain Bike Day

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association will host "Take a Kid/Mom Mountain Biking Day" on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Young riders, ages 4 to 17, and their parents are invited to the event from 2-5 p.m. at Timber Ridge Resort, 4050 Hammond Road East. Participants should bring their bikes and helmets. There will be singletrack loops, a skills course, helmet and bike checks, cosmic dodgeball, food, bike blender smoothies, swag and more.

Book club selection

ALDEN — The Books and Brie Book Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Alden District Library, 8751 Helena Road, to discuss Colum McCann's book "Let the Great World Spin." New members are welcome. For details, call 331-4318.

Fiction writer gives talk

GLEN ARBOR — Karen Hildebrandt, fiction writer and current Glen Arbor Art Association artist-in-residence, will give a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Hildebrandt will talk about her work, her novel about a militant British Suffragette, and her residency at 7:30 p.m. at the GAAA, 3061 S. Lake St. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 334-6112.

Lunch and Learn

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library will host a lunch and learn event on Thursday, Oct. 10, in observance of World Sight Day.

The event will be hosted from noon-1 p.m. at the library, 610 Woodmere Ave., with a program by the Talking Book Library. It features personal stories shared by those in the community living with blindness and visual impairments and resources available through the Talking Book Library. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. For details, visit

Blue Jeans and Pearls

TRAVERSE CITY — A three-day celebration of and for moms will be hosted at 3210C Racquet Club Dr. It marks the fifth anniversary of Single MOMMS Ministry and features events to help make daily life easier and to show women how to replenish and re-energize.

Activities from 1-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, are free, with chair massages from 1-5 p.m. and an open house with appetizers from 5-6:30 p.m.

Events on Friday, Oct. 11, will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and include $75 one-hour essential oil treatments, and $5 cooking classes from 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. Class sizes are limited and appointments/registration and payment in advance are required for all activities.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, there will be classes on how to do essential oil techniques from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. The cost is $99 per person and includes the oils used for the treatment. Registration and payment in advance is required.

For details or to register, contact and include BJ and Pearls in the subject line; or call 944-2576 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.