Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 20, 2013

Community in Brief: 03/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ‘Freedom Builders’

TRAVERSE CITY — Freedom Builders Ministries will host its own version of “After Hours” on Thursday, March 21.

The Freedom Builders Board and staff invite the public to a complimentary “Freedom Builders After Hours – Come and Meet Us Again for the First Time” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. There will be refreshments, door prizes, music by Three Hepcats and a cash bar. A presentation at 6 p.m. will introduce the nonprofit ministry, whose mission is to reach out to those in need, and to share information on how individuals, businesses, churches or civic groups can become involved.

Reservations are not required, but appreciated; call 941-4171 or email

Parade workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — Earth Day Parade building workshops will be held at several locations during March and April.

The workshops are hosted and organized by Little Artshram. They are free and open to the public, however a $10 donation is suggested per mask/costume to help cover expenses. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St., will be the home base for community parade-building workshops. Weekend workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, March 23 through April 14. There also will be three days of workshops during spring break. These workshops will be held Tuesday through Thursday, March 26-28.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum, 13240 S. West Bay Shore Dr., will hold workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3, 10 and 17. Space is limited and advance registration is requested.

SCRAP will hold workshops in its craft workshop space from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, April 5, 12 and 19. SCRAP is located at 821 S. Garfield Ave., next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS Store.

For details or to register for any workshop, call 730-8370, visit or email

Harlem history

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Theatre will host one performance of “The Garden of Joy,” a Wharton Center-comissioned drama with music celebrating the Harlem Renaissance from 1909 to 1940.

The performance includes live jazz, blues and classical music. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the college. Tickets can be reserved at the WSCC box office or by calling 843-5507.

Story time

KALKASKA — Rachael Birgy will lead a Little Wigglers story time for children from birth to 24 months old on Wednesday, March 27.

The event will start at 11 a.m. at the Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St. There will be nursery rhymes, songs, stories and more. For details, call 258-9411.

Spring classes

PETOSKEY — Crooked Tree Arts Center, 461 E. Mitchell St., is introducing new Spring Break mini-camps.

The classes in visual and performing arts will be held Monday through Friday, April 1-5, and last about three hours each. They are geared toward children in kindergarten through eighth grade. For a schedule and to register, visit

Odom home tour

TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are being accepted for the Odom Reusable Building Materials’ Used Materials Home Tour.

The tour showcases creative and innovative ways that reusable materials have been incorporated in homes. It includes five homes in Traverse City, Onekama and Benzie County, as well as Odom’s Grawn location, 555 Brentwood Ave. N., where a used material solar heat collector and other used materials will be on display.

Guided and self-guided tours are available for $10 per person on Sunday, April 7. The guided tour/carpool will meet at 10:45 a.m. at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market location. Homes will be open for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required; contact Rachel Pulcifer, (989) 573-2604 or Tour information is available at Odom’s.

Senior activities

SUTTONS BAY — The Suttons Bay Friendship Community Center offers a variety of activities and programs for senior citizens.

The community center is locally operated by the Suttons Bay-Bingham Senior Citizens Inc. and receives no public funds. Funding comes from membership fees, fundraisers, donations and grants.

The community center, 201 Broadway, is a host site for Meals on Wheels Dining Senior Style. Meals are served on Tuesday and Friday. Fellowship starts at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 and older; $5 for ages 59 and younger. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

The center also hosts Senior Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. A $2 fee and reservations are required. A spring calendar currently is being developed and will include community yoga, creative arts and other activities. Program development is ongoing and ideas and inquiries are encouraged.

For details about services, membership, programs, building rental and reservations for meals, call Director Penny Maleski, 271-4630, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Theater workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is open for “Take It From The Top,” a musical theater workshop to be held Aug. 6 through 9. Participants learn music, dance and theater from Broadway professionals and perform for an audience at the end of the workshop.

A Musical Theatre Workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-8 at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. The workshop will meet from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., where the students will perform a free recital at 6 p.m. This workshop is for children ages 10 to 18. The cost is $275.

An Advanced Workshop for students ages 12 to 22 will focus on “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Participants will receive and read through the score and script. It will meet 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-8 at the Old Town Playhouse and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the City Opera House. A free recital will be presented at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $375. Auditions for this workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14.

For details or to register, visit