Spring Break movie mania

TRAVERSE CITY — The State Theatre will host free movies daily, during spring break from Friday, March 27 to Thursday, April 2.

Interested movie buffs of all ages, can pick up free tickets Friday, at noon, at the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay Movie Theatre box offices.

Call 231-947-3446, to reserve tickets by phone, or for more information.

Scholarship

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City National Writers are accepting scholarship applicants from 11th and 12th grade students in the five-counties.

Students must include a manuscript in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, along with a cover letter, and a self portrait, a senior picture or head shot will be accepted.

Applications are due on Tuesday, March 31, winners will be notified in April.

Visit www.gtrcf.org/ for full criteria and details to apply.

Sister Act

LELAND — Leelanau Community Cultural Center will host a performance with singer/songwriters E. Minor and Sarah Landry Ryder, at 7 p.m. on Friday March , 20, at the Old Art Building, 111 S Main Street.

The two sisters, will perform original music and in a collaboration. They will be joined by special guests, Caul Bluhm, David Hill and Arron Ryder.

Tickets are $15 adults, $5 students , call 231- 256-2131 for more information.

Teen Bible Study

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Teen is hosting a community bible study for teens and parents, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Monday, March 23, at the Faith Reform Church, 1139 E. Front St.

The Teen Community Bible Study is an interdenominational group aimed at high school students, no bible knowledge is required and visitors are welcome. Call 231-218-2300 for more information.

Watercolor Adventures

ELK RAPIDS — Northern Michigan artists, Charles Murphy, will teach “Watercolor Adventures” during the month of April at Twisted Fish Gallery, 10443 S. Bay Shore Drive.

Classes will be held each Thursday in April, from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

Cost is $40 for each class, interested artists must sign up before March 31, call 231-264-0123 for more information.

Free Concert

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Symphony Orchestra Civic String Ensembles with special guests the multi-instrumental duo The Accidentals, will play a free concert at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 24, at First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Call 231-947-7120 for more information.

Veterans for Peace Meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The northern Michigan chapter of Veterans For Peace will be meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, March 21, at Horizon Books. Call 231-620-2742 for more information.

Creating Wellness

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Flora Biancalana and Taoist Healing Energetic practitioner Nancy Belton will lead a six week class “Creating Wellness East & West Together.”

The course will run from 6- 7:45 p.m., on Tuesday, March 24, at the Whole Health, 1203 E. 8th St.

The two will share and explore self care from the Western and Eastern schools of thought.

Cost for all six classes is $75, or $15 per week, call 805-291-0411 for more information.

Contractors training session

LEELANAU — A free training session for contractors interested in working on homeowner rehabilitation projects in Leelanau County, will begin at 8 a.m., on Tuesday, March 24, at the lower level of the Leelanau Government Center.

The event is sponsored by Leelanau County Housing Program and welcomes all contractors to attend, including; general contractors, excavating, well drilling, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, building.

Call 231-256-9812 or planning@co.leelanau.mi.us to register.

Central neighborhood association meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — Central Neighborhood Association will host a meeting with City Planner Russ Soyring, the meeting will begin at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, March 25, at the Carnegie Building, 322 6th St.

Soyring will explain the proposed accessory dwelling ordinance, and a question and answer session in regards to the ordinance will follow.

Since the Carnegie building is in transition, seating is limited.

To be assured of a seat, residents should bring their own chairs or be prepared to stand.

All residents of the area bounded by Fifth through Fourteenth and Division through Locust Streets are encouraged to attend.

Parkinson's meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Parkinson’s Network North will host a meeting at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 25, at the Traverse City Senior Center.

Kim Schmitz, a certified travel planner will be the speaker, she will address where to seek help when travelling. Call 231-947-1946 or visit www.gtaparkinsonsgroup.org for more information.

Chair-ity auction

TRAVERSE CITY — Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse County will host a “Chair-ity Auction Event” from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday, March 28, at the Dennos Museum Center. A silent auction and 50 chairs from the re-store that have been repurposed will be up for auction.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help furnish a brighter future for families seeking affordable housing in the region. Call 231-941-4663 for more information.

German Club Stammtisch

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City German Speaker's Club will hold its monthly Stammtisch at 7p.m., on Thursday, March 26th at The Filling Station Microbrewery at the old Traverse City Railroad Station, Woodmere Ave. and East Eighth St.

Membership is free, and the club is open to the public, anyone speaks or wants to speak German is welcome. Email susan.cooper@coldwellbanker.com for more information.

Palm Sunday

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grace Episcopal Church will celebrate the beginning of Holy Week with the Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist, at 5 p.m., on Saturday, March 28 and 10 a.m., on Sunday, March 29.

Call 231-947-2330 or visit www.gracetc.org for more information.

Sail Trim and Rig Tuning

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron will offer a free seminar on Sail Trim and Rig Tuning.

The course will begin at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 30, at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club, 13653 S. West Bay Shore Drive.

The introductory seminar shows how to set up a boat and especially its mast so the boat will sail its best. It will explain in simple and clear terms how to adjust a boat’s sails for optimum performance in a wide range of weather conditions.

Call 231-938-2521 or at dterrell@nmc.edu for more information.

Folk Music

TRAVERSE CITY — Folk musician Bill Staines will perform at 4 p.m., on Sunday, March 29, at the Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St. Singer Louan Lechler, will be the opening act, tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, call 231-947-9213 for more information.

Picturing Summer

GLEN ARBOR — The Glen Arbor Art Association will open artists' registration for the annual Plein Air weekend, beginning online at 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 31, for members and non-members can register on Friday, April 3.

Plein Air weekend is scheduled for weekend of July 30-August 1. The event draws artist from Michigan state and the midwest.

Call 231-334-6112 or visit www.glenarborart.org for more information.

WW II History

EMPIRE — The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host a presentation by Amanda Wetzel of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, March 31, at the Empire Township Hall.

Wetzel will discuss the history of two aircraft carriers that served on Lake Michigan between 1943 and 1945, providing critical training for thousands of WW II pilots, including future president George H. W. Bush.

A special exhibit about these aircraft carriers will be unveiled at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in May. Call 231-326-5361, or visit, www.glenlakelibrary.net, for more information.

Evening book discussion group

INTERLOCHEN — Members of Evening Book Discussion Group at the Interlochen Public Library, will be reviewing and discussing Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 1, at the library, 9700 Riley Road. The event is free to attend, call 231-276-6767 or visit www.tadl.org/interlochen for more information.

New library meeting

INTERLOCHEN — Members of the New Building Campaign at the Interlochen Public Library, will host a meeting at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, April 1, at the Interlochen Public Library, 9700 Riley Road.

The group will discuss ongoing plans to raise more funds to build a new library. The meeting is open to the public, call 231-276-6767 or visit www.tadl.org/interlochen for more information.

Autism raffle

TRAVERSE CITY — Edany B.L.T New American Restaurant is hosting a raffle for Autism Speaks.

Tickets can be purchased until Thursday, April 30, for $5, at the restaurant, 720 W. Front St.

The winner of the raffle will receive four course meal for four diners, at the restaurant or at the winner’s home.

On April 30, a video of the draw of the winning ticket will be posted to Edany B.L.T New American Restaurant Facebook page. Call 231-486-6550 for more information.

April Diaper Drive

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Baby Pantry is hosting a diaper drive in April. Collected diapers will benefit needy families in Grand Traverse County.

Packages of disposable diapers may be dropped off at the following locations during the month of April; St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Drive, Tom’s Food Markets, Oleson’s Food Stores, Family Fare Market, 905 E. 8th St., The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster Road and Small Wonders Re-Sale, 300 US Highway 31 South.

Larger sizes including (4, 5, 6, 2T and 3T) are especially needed for the drive. Call 231-941-0655 for more information.

Trip to Detroit Institute of Art

LELAND — The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is planning a three day trip to the Detroit Institute of Art to view prominent Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Exhibit.

The three day trip from April 22-24, will include; transportation, hotel accommodation, entry to the Diego/Kahlo exhibit, tours of the art-deco Guardian Building and Pewabic Pottery, visit to the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Broad Art Museum at MSU and Entry to an evening at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.

Cost for this three day trip is $395 and is limited to 20 people. Call 231-256-2131 or visit www.oldartbuilding .com, for more information.

Mah Jongg

TRAVERSE CITY — Learn the Chinese board game Mah Jongg this April at the Grand Traverse Seniors Center.

Lessons will begin from 1:30 -4:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 2, at the center, 801 East Front St. The course will run for four weeks and cost is $10.

Each participant will learn to how to set up and shuffle the tiles and interpret score cards to match tiles and create a winning hand.

Once players learn all the proper rituals and rules for this exciting game, they are welcome to join regularly scheduled game play sessions.

Advance registration is required, call 231-922-4911 for more information.

Good Friday

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grace Episcopal Church will host a Good Friday Liturgy at 7 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., on Friday, April 3. In the middle of the day, a Stations of the Cross walk and prayer will be held at 12:30 p.m.

Call 231-947-2330 or visit www.gracetc.org for more information.

Cinema Curiosa

TRAVERSE CITY — Cinema Curiosa will present film “Performance” (1970), at 8 p.m., on Friday, April 3, at the Traverse City Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

The event is free for the public to attend, visit www.tadl.org/events for more information.

Easter Sunday

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grace Episcopal Church will host a Easter Sunday sunrise Holy Eucharist at 7 a.m., on Sunday, April 5, followed by a Festival Eucharist at 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. Call 231-947-2330 or visit www.gracetc.org for more information.

Saturday Stories

TRAVERSE CITY — Saturday Stories at the Traverse City Area Library will feature “Food Glorious Food - Get ready to get hungry!”

Story time and crafts will begin at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 4, in youth services area of the library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

The event is free for the public to attend, visit www.tadl.org/events for more information.

Restaurant fundraiser

BENZIE — Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) will be hosting a restaurant fundraiser, beginning at 4 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7.

Diners who wish to participate can visit, Fusion Restaurant, 300 Main St., Frankfort, or Platte River Inn, 10921 Main St., in Honor.

Proceeds will be donated the BACN programming, for both their food bank and clothing pantry programs. More than 1200 families in Benzie County receive help from the nonprofit group.

Pinterest Crafters meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — Calling all crafters.

The First Baptist Church of Traverse City will host a Pinterest party, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 6, 244 Washington St.

The craft project will be paper beads usable for jewelry. Call 231- 946-4727 or www.firstbaptistchurchoftraversecity.org for more information.

Talk About Art

GLEN ARBOR — Pianist and composer Jeff Haas, will be the featured artist for the upcoming “Talk About Art” interview, 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 8, at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St.

Talk About Art, is a series of conversational interviews with regional art makers.

Call 231-334-6112 or http://www.glenarborart.org/ for more information.

Investment workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Habitat for Humanity and Traverse City Area Library are hosting a making sense of investing workshop, at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 9, at the library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

The workshop is geared for adults, those just joining the workforce, mid-career, near retirement, or living in retirement.

This workshop is free, but participants must register due to limited space. Call 231-941-4663 or email mreichert@habitatgtr.org to register or for more information.

Contra dance and lessons

TRAVERSE CITY — The Bayside Travelers Dance Society is hosting a contra-dance from 8-11 p.m., Saturday April 11, at Twin Lakes, Gilbert Lodge, 6800 N. Long Lake Road.

There will be live music by Dang Ornos. All dances will be called and taught by local caller, Dave Goodwin. Everyone is welcome, no partner or experience is needed.

Ticket costs $11 for adults and $7 for students with ID and $9 for members.

Visit www.dancetc.com , or call 231-313-2596 for more information.

Saturday Stories

TRAVERSE CITY — Saturday Stories at the Traverse City Area Library will feature “Welcome Spring! Bunnies and Birdies: Time to wake up!”

Story time and crafts will begin at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 11, in youth services area of the library, 610 Woodmere Ave. The event is free for the public to attend, visit www.tadl.org/events for more information.

Photography exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY — An opening reception for the Traverse Area Camera Club members photography exhibit, will be held from 1- 4 p.m., on Sunday, April 12, at the Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Room.

Included in the exhibit will be winners from the annual student photography competition.

The public is welcome to the event, the club meets monthly with speakers, and holds monthly photo contest and discussion.

Call 231-883-1588, for more information about the group or the exhibit.

Run for God

TRAVERSE CITY — Central United Methodist Church is organizing a Run for God group. Interested runners can sign up, at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7, at 222 Cass St. This program is designed for all levels of runners, even those who have never run before.

Participants in the program will learn about the parallels in enduring a sport like running and enduring your faith.

Cost is $12 for participant booklet on the course.

Call 231- 946-5191 or visit www.runforgod.com for more information.

Cyrano

TRAVERSE CITY — Parallel 45 will presents “Cyrano” the play will run from April 8-11, at the InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St.

The performance runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission and is suitable for all ages.

Ticket are $20, visit parallel45.org or call MyNorth Tickets at 1-800-836-0717 for more information.

Sip and Dab fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY — Participants are welcome to sign up for Sip and Dab fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Northwest Michigan Community.

Fun begins at 6 p.m., on Thursday, April 9, at the West Beach Resort, 615 East Front St.

Raise money while having fun sipping, eating and painting with family, friends or co-workers.

Cost is $45, call 231-633-3316 or visit www.sipanddab.com for more information.

Outstanding Educator Awards

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District in collaboration with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TBA Credit Union are seeking nominations from the community and school districts in the five-county region for outstanding educators and educational support staff.

Nominations are due by April 17, visit, www.tbaisd.org for more information.

Michigan Performing Songwriters' Night

TRAVERSE CITY — Calling all music lovers!

The City Opera House will host the first Michigan Performing Songwriters' Night, a part of the Auto-Owners Insurance LIVE at the Opera House Series, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 106 E. Front St.

The talented duo, Seth and May, will perform with special guests Oh Brother Big Sister.

Tickets are $15, call 231-941-8082 or visit www.CityOperaHouse.org for more information.

Bananas Foster

TRAVERSE CITY — Cooking At The Commons will present how to make a New Orleans favorite dish bananas foster, at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 17, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Chef James Hunter and Chef Fernando Builes will provide the demonstration. Recipes will be shared and samples will be provided. Call 231-932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org for more information.

Saturday Stories

TRAVERSE CITY — Saturday Stories at the Traverse City Area Library will feature“ Who's at the Zoo? Lions, tigers and bears, and oh so much more! Who's your favorite?”

Story time and crafts will start at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 18, in youth services area of the library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

The event is free for the public to attend, visit www.tadl.org/events. for more information.

My body belongs to me!

TRAVERSE CITY — A special story time to raise awareness and promote the prevention of child abuse for preschoolers and kindergartners, will be hosted by storyteller Jenifer Strauss and singer/songwriter Miriam Pico, at 11 a.m., on Monday, April 20, at the Traverse City Area Library.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Traverse City Area Library is joining up with the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center to raise awareness and promote the prevention of child abuse, specifically child sexual abuse.

Jenifer and Miriam will be sharing an important topic for young children to understand: “My body belongs to me!”

One of the best ways to combat this epidemic is by empowering children to understand their bodies and personal boundaries.

Families are welcome and school groups can call 231-932-8503 to register.

A backpackers travels

TRAVERSE CITY —Traveler Jan Ealy, who has experienced the Pacific Crest Trail firsthand will give a slide show presentation of his journey, at 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 23 at the Traverse City Area Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

The event is free for the public to attend, visit www.tadl.org/events for more information.

Dollars and cents

TRAVERSE CITY —Traverse City Area Library will be teaming up with TBA Credit Union to teach young children about money, fun will begin at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 25, at the library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Stories, play games will teach children all about money. The event at the library is part of Money Smart Week activities. Visit www.tadl.org/events for more information.

Bike Film Festival & Bike Expo

TRAVERSE CITY — Cherry Capital Cycling Club will host a two-day film festival from April 24-25, at Lars Hockstad Auditorium, Central Grade School, 301 West 7th St.

A safety-oriented film for all local students and parents on cycling will be the featured movie, at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 24.

Two films of greater interest to adult cyclists will be featured at 7p.m. and 9 p.m., on Saturday, April 25.

An expo on cycling with many displays will be open to the public in the school’s gym.

Call 231-409-4421 or visit http://TCBikeFilmFest.org for more information.

Pre-planning funerals and etiquette

TRAVERSE CITY — Successful Aging series will feature Vaughn Sevolt owner of Life Story Funeral Home, at 2 p.m., on Monday, April 27, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Vaughn will discuss pre-planning for funerals and funeral etiquette. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Call 231-932-3027 or pdeagostino@gtpavilions.org for more information.

Rotary mini grant

TRAVERSE CITY — The Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Sunrise Foundation is seeking applications for their new grant program aimed at helping nonprofit organizations meet community needs.

The upcoming deadline for grant applications is Monday, April 30.

A total of up to $5,000, will be awarded to Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska and Leelanau county organizations in support of worthy community focused projects.

Grant application materials and specific grant guidelines are available at http://www.tcsunriserotary.org/FoundationGrants.cfm

Bird Exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY — A new exhibit at the Traverse City visitor center will explore local bird species.

High quality photos and mounted birds will be on display until May 31, at the center, 101 W. Grandview Pwky.

The center is open to the public from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. -3 p.m.

Call 231-947-0692 for more information.

Ann Mapes scholarship

TRAVERSE CITY — The Zonta Club of Traverse City is seeking applicants for the Ann Mapes $1000 Scholarship. Collage students can apply, the deadline is Friday, May 1, visit www.zontatc.org for an application.

Weather man

TRAVERSE CITY — Successful Aging series will feature Joe Charlevoix, meteorologist for Up North Live on TV 7&4, on Monday, May 25, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.

Call 231-932-3027 or pdeagostino@gtpavilions.org for more information.

Fiddler Jamboree

TRAVERSE CITY — The Original Michigan Fiddlers Association will host a fiddlers jamboree and an old-fashioned square and round dance from 1-9:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 2, at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. Lunch, dinner and beverages will be available.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 231-947-5108 for more information.

Veterans for Peace Scholarship

TRAVERSE CITY — Veterans For Peace is seeking student applicants from Northwestern Michigan College to apply for $1000 scholarship. Deadline is Monday, June 1, For full list criteria needed for application, call 231-620-2742 or visit http://www.vfp50.org/Scholarship_Application.pdf

NHL Prospects tournament returns to TC

TRAVERSE CITY — The Detroit Red Wings will host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre ICE Arena, from Sept. 11-15.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been added to the eight-team tournament this fall, joining the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Red Wings.

This marks the 17th season that Traverse City will host the tournament, boasting nearly 500 players who have skated in at least one NHL game.

The tournament divides the eight-team field into two four-team divisions.

Teams will play each team in their division during the round robin before a crossover on the final day of the tournament, capped off with the first-place finishers in each division meeting for the championship on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

A complete tournament schedule and rosters for each team will be released at a later date.

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