Find out about new treatment for reflux

MANISTEE — General surgeons Klaus Kutschke, MD, and Vinson Ulep, DO, will discuss a new incisionless surgical solution for sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

The surgeons will explain the transoral incisionless fundoplication procedure from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in classrooms 1 and 2 in the Education Center at West Shore Medical Center, 1465 E. Parkdale Ave. They also will discuss the causes and symptoms of chronic acid reflux as well as other treatments.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. For details or to register, call 398-1189.

Combine yen for yoga, food program

TRAVERSE CITY — Yen Yoga & Fitness, 332 E. Front St., will offer free weekend classes Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, in exchange for monetary donations to Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan.

Food Rescue was founded in October 2008 and is a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan. Its mission is to collect and redistribute soon-to-expire fresh food to people in need through area food pantries, shelters and community meals programs free of charge.

Interested individuals may register for classes online at or by calling the studio, 421-5496.

Happy Hour benefit set for Alzheimer's

TRAVERSE CITY — Swingshift and the Stars' competitor Heather Daniels and Cambria Suites are teaming up to host a "Happy Hour Hustle."

Daniels will teach the Hustle during the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 15, at Cambria Suites on Munson Avenue. There also will be appetizers and a cash bar. Daniels and partner Mel Kiogima are competing for the Alzheimer's Association in the local dance-off for charity.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit programs and services for caregivers and individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease in northern Michigan. Call 929-3804 for more information.

Free workshop for grieving families

TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Hospice and Palliative Care invites families grieving the loss of a loved one to create holiday memorials.

Participants are invited to create an ornament of decoration in memory of a loved one at a free workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Information about grief and the holidays also will be available and refreshments will be served. For details, call 935-2924 or (800) 252-2065.

Hospice of Michigan offers program

TRAVERSE CITY — Adults mourning a loss are invited to a presentation titled "Surprised by Joy: How Grief Transforms Lives," by John Schneider.

Schneider is a retired Michigan State University Medical School professor, an author, and a psychologist in private practice working with people in major life transitions. He also is a national consultant to programs dealing with loss, death and dying.

The free program will be hosted by Hospice of Michigan at its office, 900 E. Front St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. For details or to register, call Kathryn Holl, 929-1535, ext. 1538.

Homeless Week aims at awareness

TRAVERSE CITY — Third Level Crisis Intervention Center encourages the community to "see the faces, hear the voices and be part of the solution" at events for National Homeless Awareness Week.

On Monday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 7:30 p.m., there will be an open house at Pete's Place, 2943 Keystone Road. Pete's Place is the only shelter for runaway and homeless youth ages 14 to 17 in northern Michigan.

The community can join area youth in campaigning through Traverse City and raising awareness about youth homelessness by participating in a Homeless Youth Walk, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 922-4800.

The Will Smith movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," will be shown for free at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St. A panel discussion on issues facing homeless youth and adults will start at 6 p.m.

Nugent's Hallmark, 3349 S. Airport Road, will support area homeless youth by sponsoring a drawing for a Willow Tree Angel's Embrace ornament. Anyone who brings in a hygiene product or non-perishable food donation between Nov. 14 and Nov. 30 will be entered in the drawing. All donations will be distributed by Third Level.

All events have been made possible by an Art Van Charity Challenge Grant award. For more information, visit

Diabetics invited to tour grocery

TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center dietitian Connie Metcalf will lead a diabetes-focused grocery store tour next week at Tom's Food Market on East Bay.

The tour will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Participants will learn how to read food labels, select food items and improve their blood sugar control. Metcalf also will discuss carbohydrate counting and meal planning to take control of diabetes.

The program is free, but registration is requested. For details or to register, call Munson Diabetes Education, 935-8200 or 800-809-8127.

Check out blood, feet at Alden clinics

Alden — There will be a community blood pressure and foot-care clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Helena Township Community Center.

The clinics, provided by the Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency, will start at 9 a.m. by appointment. The blood pressure clinic is free. Foot care is $15.

The community center is located at 8751 Helena Road. For details or appointments, call the Helena Township Library, 331-4318.

Asthma educator will give program

TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Pulmonary Services Educator Karen Kain will discuss basic ways to cope with asthma in a program that is free and open to the public.

The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Munson Community Health Center's Meeting Room A & B, 550 Munson Ave. Registration is requested. Call 935-9265 for more information or to register.

Participants will learn how to take and use asthma medication and how to properly use inhalers and peak flow meters. Kain, a certified asthma educator through the National Asthma Education Board, also will share information on how to develop an asthma action plan.

Registration is requested. Call 935-9265 for details or to register.

Web conference for caregivers is free

TRAVERSE CITY — The non-profit National Private Duty Association and the Michigan chapter will host a free family caregiver education web conference on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

"Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's At Home" is a live, interactive conference. It will start at 8 p.m. and is designed to provide families with advice to help them care at home for a family member with Alzheimer's disease.

Registration is required and can be done by visiting the registration link at

Talk will address shoulder pain

ACME — Dr. Christopher Chuinard will discuss chronic shoulder pain in a free program on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The program will start at 11 a.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort Tower A Ballroom, 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd. Check-in will start at 10:30 a.m. For details or if planning to attend, call (877) 585-0125.

Free seminar on Medicare, Medicaid

TRAVERSE CITY — Two local specialists in senior benefits and Medicare/Medicaid will discuss changes for 2011 at a free seminar for the public.

The program will start at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, off South Elmwood Avenue. Facilitators will be Fred Goldenberg and Susan Graybill. Goldenberg, certified senior advisor and the owner of Senior Benefit Solutions, will discuss the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D and examine the most current changes based on the new health reform act. Graybill, regional coordinator for the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) for the Area Agency on Aging will share information on MMAP, which provides free federally-funded counseling on both benefit programs, and also address changes in Medicare and how to qualify for Medicaid.

Contact Patti DeAgostino, 932-3027 or, for details. Free counseling services are available by calling MMAP, (800) 803-7174.

Red Cross holds vets' awareness day

TRAVERSE CITY — All area veterans and their families are invited to a Veterans' Awareness Day on Thursday, Nov. 18, hosted by the American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Local veteran organizations will sponsor booths to educate veterans and their families about local services and programs. The Red Cross also will be registering veterans and family members for free CPR and first aid courses. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Harp classes help healing, relaxation

TRAVERSE CITY — Marilyn Wares will teach a free harp class for relaxation and healing.

The class will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Delbert Michel Art Studio. Participants will use a small Tranquility Lap Harp for class and no music experience is needed.

Class size is limited and registration is recommended. Call Wares, 223-4895, to register or to learn more.

Volunteers needed for child care

TRAVERSE CITY — The Doula Teen Parenting Program is looking for volunteers to help with child care during weekly empowerment meetings for the parents.

The group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Traverse City High School on Three Mile Road. Children are toddlers ages 4 and younger and there are typically five to 10 children each week. Volunteers will help with age-appropriate activities and a healthy snack.

For details or if interested in helping, contact Volunteer Coordinator Dede Kearney, 941-1210 or

Goodwill's holiday needs program

TRAVERSE CITY — Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan invites the community to share the holiday spirit by supporting its Great Grand Traverse and Leelanau Holiday Needs Program.

Goodwill works in partnership with the Department of Human Services, Toys for Tots and other community organizations to make sure no child, family or homeless individuals is forgotten at the holidays.

For a "Wish List," visit Items from the list or monetary donations may be dropped off at the Traverse City Goodwill Store on South Airport Road, or the Suttons Bay Radio Shack, 325 N. St. Joseph St.

Items needed for 'Baskets of Bounty'

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging is offering its 13th annual "Baskets of Bounty" program for low-income senior citizens in Grand Traverse County.

Baskets contain items such as non-perishable food, toiletries, household cleaners and paper goods. They are delivered to seniors who are alone or not always remembered during the December holiday season. Through generous community support, the Commission on Aging was able to provide baskets to 80 seniors in 2009.

Donation will be accepted through Dec. 3 and may be delivered or mailed to the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front Street. Anyone who knows a Grand Traverse County senior who could benefit from the program may call the Commission on Aging, 922-4688 or (877) 686-4688, and ask for Lana Patenaude.

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