Central's debate team competes

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School debate team won numerous trophies at the tournament at Detroit Country Day this weekend.

Dylan Cooper was third-place varsity speaker; David Blesh was fifth-place junior varsity speaker; and Kevin Query was ninth-place varsity speaker at the tourney, held Sept. 24-25.

The team of Dylan Cooper and Katie Stanton finished with a 5-1 record, bowing out in the varsity semifinals.

Central's debate team will compete in the Muskegon Mona Shores tournament this weekend.

Class of '61 reunion planning continues

TRAVERSE CITY — The planning committee for the 50-year reunion of Central High School's class of 1961 invites classmates to its next meeting.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. tonight, Sept. 28, at the Elks Club, 625 Bay St., to discuss the 2011 reunion.

For details, call Rosie White Hutchinson, 922-7118.

Strings Program starts new season

PETOSKEY — Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Dorothy Gerber Programs for Children and Music are planning the 11th season of the Strings Program in the Schools, which includes a class for homeschool students.

The program gives public and private school children, third grade and up, the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, cello or string bass. Classes start in October and children may register for classes through November.

Participating schools are in Alanson, Beaver Island, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Ellsworth, Harbor Springs, Pellston, Petoskey and Vanderbilt.

A class for homeschool students will be offered at Crooked Tree Arts Center, 461 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, where an orientation for homeschool students and their families will start at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

For details or to register for classes, contact the arts center, 347-4337 or www.crookedtree.org

Leland Schools host Farmer's Market

LELAND — Leland Public Schools and the Michigan State University Extension Office will hold the annual Leland Public Schools Farmer's Market.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Leland Schools' main gym, 200 N. Grand Ave.

Free parking is available. Call Sandra Potts, 256-3803, for details.

Puzzle sale benefits Library Friends

BENZONIA — The Friends of the Benzonia Public Library will hold a used jigsaw puzzle sale to raise money for various projects.

The sale will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. Proceeds will fund projects such as the Summer Reading Program, purchasing children's books and providing books on CD at the library. To learn more, call 882-4111.

Book club for moms and daughters

TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Community Library invites girls in third through fifth grade and a special adult to the inaugural meeting of its Mother Daughter Book Club.

The first meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the library, 2735 Island View Road. Attendees are asked to bring ideas for a club name.

The club will continue to meet bi-monthly on the first Monday of the month. Interested mothers and daughters should call the library, 223-7700, to sign up and get a book list.

MSU alumni host Game Watch party

BEULAH — The Michigan State University Alumni Club of Benzie County will host a "Game Watch" party when MSU plays the University of Michigan in football.

The event will start one hour prior to television kick-off time, which has yet to be determined, on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Crystal Lake Golf Club.

Tee times also are available for those who wish to play golf before the party.

The cost for the party is $5 for active MSU alumni members, $15 for non-members, which includes food at half-time. Beverages may be purchased from the golf club. Golf is $15 for nine holes with cart; $25 for 18 holes with cart.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships for high school seniors who will attend MSU. For party information, call 882-7386. To schedule tee times, call 882-4061.

Performing, Visual Arts College Fair

INTERLOCHEN — The National College Fairs Department at the National Association for College Admission Counseling in Arlington, Va., will hold a Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The fair is for college-bound students interested in undergraduate programs in music, dance, film, theater, visual arts, graphic design and other related disciplines.

Representatives from educational institutions with specialized programs will meet one-on-one with students to discuss educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements and more.

The fair will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, M-137.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information, visit www.nacacnet.org/pva.

School retirees invited to meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Retired School Personnel will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Reservations are due Thursday, Oct. 7.

All Michigan retired school personnel are invited to "Meet the Candidates - Know the Issues" starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn West Bay, 615 E. Front St.

The cost is $12 for lunch and gratuity.

Reservations are required and binding unless canceled.

For details or reservations, call 276-9618.

Masons offer free child ID programs

TRAVERSE CITY — Local Masons will offer two free child ID programs that will provide families with everything needed for the Amber Alert System.

The program provides dental impressions and a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and vital information. Parents or guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for each child.

A program will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Home Depot, 2522 Crossing Circle Drive, during Home Depot's Safety Day. Another program is slated for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 N. U.S. 31 South, during the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan annual meeting. For details, call (989) 466-3087 or visit www.michiganchildid.org.

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