UPDATED: NMC Aviation fly-in benefit July 3

TRAVERSE CITY -- Featuring aircraft from the National Cherry Festival Air Show, Northwestern Michigan College's fifth annual Fly-In will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday* at the aviation hangar, 2550 Aero Park Drive.

A benefit for NMC's aviation division, the event will highligh NMC's aviation program along with aircraft and their pilots who will be in the NCF Air Show, July 4-5.

A meet-and-greet session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Performers will be available for photos and autographs. The afternoon will include children's games with chances to win introductory flight lessons.

Lunch and dinner will be available. Transient aircraft are welcome. The code for pilots flying into Cherry Capital Airport is KTVC. For details call 995-1220.

Local schools receive BCBS grants

TRAVERSE CITY -- Three local schools were among 17 Michigan schools awarded grants by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to fight childhood obesity.

Building Healthy Communities grants of $27,000 to $45,000 will be given to Traverse Heights Elementary and Blair Elementary in Traverse City, in partnership with the Michigan State University Extension, and Franklin Elementary with partner District Health Department #10 in Cadillac.

Details of this year's $633,635 program are at www.bcbsm.com/buildhealth.

DNR 'Academy' educates educators

TRAVERSE CITY -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is giving educators a chance to receive training in environmental education curricula July 19-24.

Registrations are still open for two courses -- Natural Resources Curricula Certification and Natural Resources Field Camp -- which will be held at the DNR's Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake. The weeklong session costs $295, which includes five nights lodging, 15 meals, and all materials and instruction. University education credits from Central Michigan University (for additional fees) and State Board Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are offered as well.

For registration information, visit www.michigan.gov/anr or contact Kevin Frailey at (517) 373-7306; Fraileyk@michigan.gov.

TCAPS offering summer GED testing

TRAVERSE CITY -- General Educational Development (GED) testing will be offered at Traverse City Central High School for anyone 18 or older seeking to complete high school equivalency requirements.

To qualify, a person must have been out of a regular school program for one year, or his or her class must have graduated. Participants must pre-register at the principal's office at Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Drive, one week prior to the chosen test date, July 13-14 or Aug. 10-11. To take the complete GED test, participants will need to attend both dates.

Cost is $100 (cash or money order only) due at time of registration; $20 for individual tests, including retakes. A photo ID is required at the time of taking the test. Testing will be in room F145 from 3:30 to approximately 7:30 p.m.

GED preparation classes are offered through the Traverse Bay Area Adult Education Department (922-7825) or Michigan Works! (922-3739). Call TC Central High School at 933-3500 for details.

Clearing the Record

The wrong day of the week was originally listed for the Fly-In brief above. The correct day is Friday, July 3, not Sunday.

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