Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Dog Days of Summer

Ever feel bad leaving Fido at home while the family ventures out for summer-time activities? Now is your chance to include the pooch with several pet-friendly events happening throughout the region this weekend: The Annual Pet Walk, happening Aug. 20 at the Youth League Baseball Field in Bellaire, allows owners to leash their dogs for a morning of exercise and socializing, starting at 9 a.m. Cost, is $20 and benefits the non-profit With a Little Help From My Friends (visit walhfmf.org). Later that day, venture to Hull Park in Traverse City, behind the Library, for "Bark in the Park," featuring dog-friendly activities, Q&A with local veterinarians, a silent auction, pet adoptions and more, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


"Economics of Happiness": Film illustrating why going local is considered a powerful strategy, showing at the Garden Theatre, Frankfort, at 7pm.

IndyFlix: Showing "Women.Art.Revolution!" at the State Theatre, TC, around 6pm. womenartrevolution. com for film details. Civil War Re-enactor Discussion: Presentation by the Bellaire Historical Museum, 1-3pm, on how an infantry soldier of the Civil War was equipped. Free. Call 231-533-8631.


Manistee ShoreLine ShowCase: Jazz performance by Akiko Tsurgura's NYC All Stars at the Rotary Gazebo, Manistee, 7-9pm. Tom Hagen Trio: Performing jazz at the Music House Museum, Acme, at 7:30pm. $15 for adults; $8 for students. Author David Liss: Discussing his seventh novel "The Twelfth Enchantment" at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, 5-6:30pm. UpNorthTV Producer Orientation: Free intro class at the UpNorth Media Center, TC, 5pm-7pm. Open to anyone wishing to submit content. Register at 231- 929-4188. upnorthmedia.org. (Not) In the Drink (Please!): Free workshop on how to dispose of hazardous waste properly, at Torch Lake Township Day Park, 4pm. Survey Exhibition: Learn how to identify invasive plants at the 17 acre park located between Kohls and the Great Wolf Lodge, TC, 8am-noon. Call the Boardman Nature Center, 941-0960 to RSVP. Summer Dinner Theatre: Ragamuffin Theatre presents "Whodunnit - A Hilarious Musical Mystery" at Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey, at 6pm. Tickets, $49. Call 231-347-4000.


Asian Carp -- An Uncertain Future: Presentation by Dan O'Keefe at the Frankfort Library, 7pm. Free. Black Lake Canoe & Kayak: Guided tour with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed, 1-3pm. RSVP to 231-347- 1181. Cost, $25. Wanderin Wednesdays: Sidewalk sales, live music and more in downtown Bellaire, 6-8pm. Manitou Music Festival: Rita Hosking performs country & folk at the Leelanau School Lawn, Glen Arbor, at 8pm. Tickets, $15. glenarborart.org. Author William Witbeck: The Michigan Court of Appeals Judge will discuss his debut novel "To Account for Murder" at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, 5-6:30pm. Phenomenal Woman: The Dora Stockman Story: Behind the story of Dora Hall-Stockman, held at the Crooked Tree Arts Center theater, Petoskey, 7pm. Free and open to the public TC Track Club 50th Celebration: Run/walk at 6:30pm, followed by fun festivities, at Mt. Holiday. tctrackclub.com for more info. "I Dream of the Island": Premier of the Beaver Island film showing at the island's Community Center, 6:30pm. Free, includes beer and popcorn. Author Elin Hilderbrand: Presenting her New York Times bestseller "Silver Girl" at Blackstar Farms, Suttons Bay, noon-2:30pm. Includes a luncheon. RSVP to 231-271-7323.


Author Elin Hilderbrand: Presenting her New York Times bestseller "Silver Girl" at Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey, noon-2pm. Includes a luncheon. RSVP to 800-068-1910; followed up by a presentation at Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, from 6:30-8:30pm. Art Presentation: Diane Beier will discuss her love of nature and painting on the porch at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, 1-4pm. "A History of Jazz": Concert by Steve Stargardt and Bill Sears at Church in the Hills, Bellaire, 7:30pm. Tickets, $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Civil War Michigan Regiments & Soldiers: Presented by Dan Packer at the Elk Rapids Historical Society, 7pm. Cost, $5 for adults; $2 for kids. Twilight Sale: Sidewalk sales in downtown Frankfort, 6-9pm. Roots on the River: Performance by Sister Wilene at the Jaycee's Gazebo, Manistee, 7pm. Free. Buckley Old Engine Show: Weekend-long event featuring classic tractors, mills, steam engines and more, along with kids' activities, food vendors, cider mill demo, threshing and straw baling and more. Located at the show grounds off M-37. Visit buckleyoldengineshow.org for a complete schedule.

Sidewalk Sale: Savings throughout Leland & Fishtown, 9am-5pm. Tall Ship Lynx: The replica sailing ship will stop at Northport for a private reception from 4:30-6:30pm, featuring hors d'oeuvres and local wine. Tickets, $25 and may be purchased by calling 231-645-1620. Street Musique: Sidewalk sales, live music and more in downtown Harbor Springs, 7-9pm. Concert on the Lawn: Jazz North, featuring Al Frank (Sinatra) and Tony (Bennett) with Claudia Schmidt, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions Lawn, 7- 8pm. Bring a chair or blanket. Quilt Show: Held in the Community Room at the Grand Traverse Mall, 10am-2pm. Call 231-276- 9100. Historic Port Oneida: Retired ranger with the National Park Service shares the history of the land at Olsen Farm, Glen Arbor, 10am. Riverfest: Held in Cheboygan featuring: the Wanigan Parade, craft show, kayak race, live music and beverage tent throughout the weekend. For a complete schedule, visit cheboygan.com.


Festival on the Bay: Weekend-long event held in Petoskey's Bayfront Park. Events include: kayak demos, Petoskey Steel Drum Band and Jiimaan canoe race on Friday; and the Chalk & Chocolate Festival, sea kayak tour, car show, Northern Lights Irish Dancers and craft show on Saturday. See the complete schedule at petoskeyfestival.com. Jeff Daniels in Concert: The Hollywood actorturned-singer/songwriter performs with special guest Brian Vander Ark at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, at 7pm. Mackinac Island Fudge Festival: Weekend-long event featuring workshops, kids' activities, live music and more. Visit mackinacislandfudgefestival.org. Mackinac Island Music Festival: Weekend-long event featuring classic to folk to funk including bands Tricky Dicky & the Spoonmen, DJ Psycho, Howling Diablos, Audra Kubat and more. For more info, visit mackinacislandmusicfestival.org. Author Jacob Wheeler: Presenting his book "Between Light and Shadow" at the Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor, 1-3pm. Art & Music: Browse the work of area artists while listening to live music by Ken Harris at Stafford's Gallery, Petoskey, from 6-9pm. 231-347-0142. 35th Annual Frankfort Art Fair Weekend: Pig roast and A&W cruise night, along with live music in the park on Friday; art fair, featuring over 180 artists, will be held in the park, from 10am-5pm. Includes a BBQ fundraiser, collector car show, used books sale and more. Call 231-352-7251 for more info. Hoxeyville Music Festival: Located off W 48 1/2 Road and M-37 near Wellston, featuring live musical acts including the Mickey Hart Band, Todd Snider, The Itals, Airborne or Aquatic, Ella Riot and much more. For a complete schedule, visit hoxeyville. com. Author Jael McHenry: She will discuss her debut novel, "The Kitchen Daughter" at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, 5-6:30pm. Song Writers in the Round: Performance by Rick, Amber and Savanah Buist and Kurt Bullock at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Author Denice Goldschmidt: Discussing her illustrated book "The Berry Patch" at Horizon Books, TC, 6-8pm. South American Fiesta Night: Columbian cuisine, Latin music, Salsa dance instruction and more. Held at Crystal Bindi Studio, TC, 8pm. Donation only. Author Event: Ev Nienhouse presents a new novel, "The Plaque," at Book World, Charlevoix, 11am- 1pm. "Bus Stop": The comedy/drama about a small Kansas town and a restaurant filled with stranded travelers, performed by the Manistee Civic Players at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday,

David K. Austin creates bold, colorful works on paint, inspired by the natural beauty of Lake Michigan; however, the Petoskey resident also dabbles in mixed media and sculpture. The Knox Galleries, in Harbor Springs, will feature Austin's multi-dimensional pieces through the month of August. Meet the artist at a reception held Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 231-526-5377.

at 2pm. ramsdell-theater.org. Riverfest: (See Thurs.) Buckley Old Engine Show: (See Thurs.) Sidewalk Sale: (See Thursday)


Traverse City Wine & Art Festival: Live music by Shout Sister Shout, Claudia Schmidt and Steppin' In It, along with wines and ciders from 25 area wineries & art for sale. Located on the lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons, 3-10pm. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25 at the door. traversecitywinefestival. com. 7th Night of the 7th Moon: Inauguration of the season of intense meteor activity at the Headland's Dark Sky Park, Emmet County, at 8:15pm. Find a viewing spot on the 600-acre property. Dress for the weather. Call 231-348-1704 for more info. Author Kristina Mercier: Discussing "An Agreement with Love" at Horizon Books, TC, from noon-2pm. Rubber Ducky Festival: Parade, craft show and duck race held in downtown Bellaire, 10am-8pm. Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow: Located four miles east of Suttons Bay off M-22, from 1-7pm on Saturday; noon on Sunday, featuring the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, MC Derek Bailey, drummers from the area and across the region, camping and more. Free to the public. 231- 534-8410 for more info. Downtown Art Fair: Featuring local and national artists on Cass Street, from Washington to Front streets, 10am-5pm. Sousa Concert: Conducted by Don Wilcox, with guest conductor Ret. Col. John Bourgeois of "The President's Own" Marine Band, presented by the Northport Community Band at the Community Arts Center, Northport. Call 231-386-5001. Psychic Fair: Astrology, tarot readings, massage, refreshments, door prizes and more at Higher Self Bookstore, TC, from 10am-6pm. 941-5805. Singles Dinner: Open to ALL area singles age 50 & older at Johnnie's Country Oven, Petoskey, at 6pm. Game night to follow at the First Presbyterian Church. RSVP to Frieda at 231-347-5747. Best of Arcadia Cooks Banquet: Featuring dishes from area restaurants at the Arcadia Community Center, 6pm. Tickets, $10.50 for adults; $4.50 for kids 12 & under. 231-889-9959 for info. Learned Optimism & Resilience: Presentation by Linda D. Theis at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, Peshawbestown, 1-2pm. Antique Furniture Barn Auction: Located at 06176 on Old US 31, near Charlevoix, at 2pm. Search Blue Owl Antique Auction on Facebook for info. Churchill Classic Run: 5K Walk/run and 10K run at North Central State Trailhead, Cheboygan, 8am. Bark at the Park: Dog-friendly activities, silent auction, local vets, pet adoptions and more at Hull Park, TC, from 10am-5pm. Otsego County Fair: Located on Fairview Road in Gaylord. Highlights include a Guitar Hero contest, Gaylord's Got Talent, lawn mower races and more, all week long (through Aug. 27). otsegocountyfairgrounds.org. Veterans for Peace: Walk through downtown TC at noon. Author Robert Wangard: Presenting his murder/ mystery novel "Hard Water Blues" at Horizon Books, TC, from 2-4pm. Singer-Songwriter-Storyteller: Michael Reno Harrell brings his Southern Appalachian Mountain music and stories to Aten Place, Boyne Falls, at 7:30pm. Cost, $15 or two for $25. atenplace.com. Wellness Walk & 5K Run: Starting at the Bayfront Park, Petoskey, 9am. Cost, $25, which benefits the Community Free Clinic. Annual Pet Walk: Pet-friendly 5k at the Youth League Baseball Field, Bellaire, 9am. Cost, $20 and benefits With a Little Help From My Friends. Visit walhfmf.org for registration info. Endurance Trail Run: Running race in Hanson Hills, Grayling, at 9am. hansonhills.org. Author John Mitchell: Presenting "Grand Traverse: The Civil War Era" at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm. Y Teen Dance: DJ, games, open gym and more at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, for grades 6th-8th. Cost, $8. Call 933-9622 for more info. Live Music by Saldaje: Ukulele duo performing a free concert at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Wannigan Kayak Race: 10-mile race on Cheboygan and Black Rivers. uscanoe.com. Ecosystem Excursion: Hike through the Boardman River Nature Center, TC, 10-11:30am. Natureiscalling. org for more info. Run 4 Babies: 5k run/walk held on the trails of the Grand Traverse Commons, 7:30am. Proceeds benefit the Munson Hosptial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For registration, visit running4babies.com. Mackinac Island Music Festival: (See Friday) "Bus Stop": (See Friday) Riverfest: (See Thurs.) 35th Annual Frankfort Art Fair Weekend: (See Friday) Festival on the Bay: (See Friday) Buckley Old Engine Show: (See Thurs.) Mackinac Island Fudge Festival: (See Fri.) Hoxeyville: (See Friday)


Music for the Young at Heart: The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra will perform at Benzie Central High School auditorium, 7pm. $10 suggested donation to attend.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Includes Susan Wheatley and Ellen Kendall on piano at First Presbyterian Church, Harbor Springs, 4pm. Benzie Bike Tour: Choose from four distances: 15, 25, 45 or 62 miles through Benzie County. Visit bikebenzie.org for more info. Bow Wow: Activities for dogs and their owners at the Village at Bay Harbor Marina Lawn, 10am-1pm, including a parade, vendors, doggie goodie bags and more. Call 231-439-2429 for info. Ludingon Lighthouse Triathlon: Spring and Olympic distance competition held in downtown Ludington, 8am. 3disciplines.com for more info. Traverse City Triathlon: Sprint and Olympic distances at Bowers Harbor, 8am. Individual and relay options available. enduranceevolution.com/tctri for more info. Black Cat Concert Series: Tom Sharpe, drummer for the Manheim Steamrollers & Dennis DeYoung from the band Styx perform at Dhaseleer Events

Northern Michigan Bestsellers

For the week ending 8/7/11

FICTION HARDCOVER Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell W.W. Norton $25.95 South of Superior by Ellen Airgood Riverhead $25.95 Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton Minotaur Books $24.99

FICTION PAPERBACK Help by Kathryn Stockett Berkley Trade $16.00 Game of Thrones by George R. Martin Bantam $8.99 Confession by John Grisham Dell $9.99

NON-FICTION HARDCOVER Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard Simon & Schuster $24.99 Grand Traverse the Civil War Era by John C. Mitchell Suttons Bay Publications $24.95 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Random House $27.00

NON-FICTION PAPERBACK Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl Random House $16.00 Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo Thomas Nelson $16.99 Texting Dictionary of Acronyms by Randall Manning C. G. Publishing $4.99

Compiled by Horizon Books:

Traverse City, Petoskey, Cadillac

Barn, Alden, at 8pm. Tickets, $15. blackcatconcerts. com for more info. "Bus Stop": (See Friday) Riverfest: (See Thurs.) Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow: (See Saturday) Buckley Old Engine Show: (See Thurs.) Mackinac Island Music Festival: (See Friday) Mackinac Island Fudge Festival: (See Fri.) Hoxeyville: (See Friday) Otsego County Fair: (See Sat)


"Nina" and "Pinta" Replicas: The replica Columbus ships will be open and on display at Jacobson Marian Resort, Frankfort, 9am-6pm, Aug. 18 through Aug. 24. Cost, $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for students. Call 787-672-2152 for info. Library Reading Bingo: Pick up your do-it-yourself bingo card and find new reads at the Peninsula Community Library. Turn in your card by Aug. 15 to win a prize. Call 231-223-7700. Drumunity: Family-friendly drumming event featuring food vendors and more in downtown Elk Rapids, every Wednesday, from 6-9pm. Drake School Open House: Interactive display of the Benzie area school that was open 1884-1950, now through Aug. 26. Contact the Benzie Area Historical Museum for info at 231-882-5539. Beach Bards Bonfire: Storytelling, poetry and music held every Friday on the Leelanau School Beach, 7:30pm, now through Aug. 12 (no fire on July 29). $1 donation per person. Also, stargazing Wed. & Thurs. nights from 10pm-midnight ($2 donation), now through Aug. 25. For info on both: 231-334-5890. Wildflower Walk: Held every Tuesday at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, at 10am. Guided hike. Call 231-533-8314. Yesterday Once More: Williamsburg Dinner Theater featuring iconic sounds of yesteryear, every Friday, starting July 1. Visit cateringbykellys. com for more info. Tickets, $39.95. Ghastly Mackinac: Tour of Mackinac Island’s places of catastrophe and death that occurred nearly 200 years ago. Held June 29; July 9, 13, 16, 20 & 27; Aug. 3, 6 & 10. Reserve your spot: 906-847-3328. Alden Evening Stroll: Every Thursday, in downtown Alden, featuring live music, from 7-9pm UpBeat Cadillac: Live jazz, blues and R&B musical performances at the Rotary Pavilion, Cadillac, 6pm, every Thursday. Rock 'n Roll Heaven: Williamsburg Dinner Theater tribute show, every Saturday, starting July 2. Visit cateringbykellys.com for info. Cost, $39.95 Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2 donation to participate. 947-6675. Summer Ranger Programs: Family-friendly events happening June 11-Aug. 13, featuring a variety of activities including hikes, junior ranger program and more at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire. Call 231-326-5134 or visit nps.gov/slbe for

 more info. Cruisin' to Lil Bo: Classic car night every Thursday, at Lil Bo Pub & Grille, TC, from 6-11pm. Northern Rods 'N Rides Cruise Night: Every Wednesday, at the Indian River Eagles Club, 5-9pm. Evenings at the Gazebo: Free concert held in Old City Park, Boyne City, every Wednesday, at 6:30pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. A Chance to Learn to Dance: Held at Steven's Place, TC, featuring Tuesday Swing, Wednesday Tango and Thursday Social, 8:15-9:30pm. Call 929- 8945 for more info. Stone Circle Gatherings: Music and storytelling around the fire, every Saturday, at 9pm, now through Sept. 3. Located on US-31 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. Call 231-264-9467 for more info. Cherryland Flea Market: Indoor market selling books, music, handmade crafts, jewelry, household goods and more every Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm. Located at 5161 US 31 South, TC. Visit cherrylandfleamarket.com for details. Open through October. Yoga Dance: Every Thursday at Llama Meadows Farm, Benzonia, from 5:30-6:30pm. Work at your own level. Call Betty for more info at 231-882-4933. African Drum Class: Held every Thursday, 7-8:30pm, at Llama Meadows Farm, Benzonia, through June 16. Register by calling 231-882-4933.

BODIES HUMAN: Anatomy in Motion: International exhibit featuring a below-the-skin look at the human body at the Dennos Museum Center, TC. Adults, $15; kids, $12. Exhibit available through Sept. 4. Country Jamboree: All musicians welcome, held the first Saturday of every month, 6-9:30pm, at Manton High School's Ranger Room. Round and square dancing. Donation entry. Arts & Craft Festival: Every Saturday, from 10am- 3pm, outside the Kalkaska Chamber of Commerce. Argentine Tango: Classes held at Crystal Bindi, TC, 7:20-8:50pm, every Tuesday. Call 883-1987. Outdoor Prayer/Meditation: 11-circuit labyrinth, located seven miles west of Interlochen Corners. Open all day, everyday. Middle Eastern Dance Class: Belly dancing every Monday at Llama Meadows Farm, Benzonia from 7- 8:30pm, except holidays. Call 231 882-4933. Wine Tasting: Sample wine from around the world at Palette Bistro, Petoskey, Thursdays, 6-7:30pm. Cost, $20. Singer/Songwriter Showcase: Local musicians perform every Saturday, 7-9pm, at the Bay View Grille in Frankfort. Call 231-383-0373 for info.


Lake City: Downtown, Aug. 11-Sept. 8, Wednesdays. Grow Benzie: Located at 5885 M115, Benzonia, open 9am-1pm, every Wednesday. Crystal Mountain Resort: Every Friday, from 3- 6pm. Boyne City: Every Wednesday and Saturday in Veterans Park, 8am-noon, through October. Suttons Bay: Saturdays, 9am-1pm, at North Park.

Frankfort: Held at the Open Space on Main Street, Saturday, 8am-1pm, now through October. Good Hart: Saturdays, 2-6pm, at the Good Hart General Store. Petoskey: Held in downtown, each Friday, from 8:30am-12:30pm, through Sept. 30. Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market: TC, on the corner of Grandview Parkway and Cass, Wednesday & Saturday, 8am-noon (at the Old Town Parking Deck, July 2 & 9 -- no market July 6). Honor: Every Tuesday, 8am-2pm, inludes a flea market. Lake Leelanau: Sundays, 9am-1pm, through Sept. 4. Empire: Saturdays, from 9am-1pm, through Sept. 10. Located near the Post Office. Glen Arbor: Tuesdays, 9am-1pm, June 21 through Aug. 30. Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds: TC, every Friday, 3-8pm, through Oct. 28. Leland: June 23-Sept. 1, every Thursday, from 9am-1pm (parking lot across from The Bluebird). Elberta: Thursdays, 7:30am-noon, through Oct. 13 (8:30am-noon after Labor Day), in Marina Park. Charlevoix: Downtown, in East Park, every Thursday, from 9am-1pm, through Oct. 27. Downtown Manistee Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 8am-noon, now through October 8, on the Maple Street Bridge. Gaylord: Downtown, under the Pavilion, every Saturday, 8am-2pm, through October. Wednesdays, 8am-2pm. Kalkaska Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 9am- 1pm, at the corner of Chalker & Laurel streets. Village Farmers Market: Held every Friday, 2- 6pm, behind Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons. Visit www.thevillagetc.com.


Leelanau Landscapes: Paintings exhibit by Anne Corlette, Royce Deans, Angela Saxon and Lynn Uhlann at the Old Art Bulding, Leland, Aug. 19, from

5-9pm; Aug. 20, 10am-5pm; Aug. 21, noon-4pm. Michigan Artists: Carol Spaulding (watercolor), Alan Vigland (ceramics) and Richard Kooyman (landscapes) will be featured at the newly opened Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, through Sept. 6. Opening reception, Aug. 19, from 6-8pm. visitbenzie.com for more info. Artist David K. Austin: Paintings, mixed media and sculpture exhibit at Knox Galleries, Harbor Springs, through Aug. 31. Reception held Aug. 19, 6-9pm. Dorothy Anderson Grow: Featured artist at the Artisan Design Network, TC, Aug. 20, from 6-9pm. Open through Sept. 4. Vignettes of the Leelanau Landscape: Exhibit by Holly Sturges at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, through Aug. 25. Opening reception, Aug. 19, at 6pm. 231-334-3179 for more info. New Paintings: Artists Melanie Parke and Richard Kooyman present their works at the Old Art Building, Leland. Michigan Landscapes: Scott Mack will present his paintings at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, with a reception on Aug. 12, at 6pm. Show continues through Aug. 18. "The Circular Path - Thirty Years of Discovery": Painting exhibit by Jerry Gates at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids. twistedfishart.com. Retrospective: Recipient of the 2010 Carl Hertzog Award for excellence in book design, Chad Pastotnik, will discuss his work at the Jordan River Art Center, East Jordan. Exhibit runs through Aug. 26. jordanriverarts.com. Richard Wolfgang: A Life of Painting: Mackinac Island artist featured at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island, through August. Robotany: Exhibit by Nickeless Fisher, featuring repurposed items assembled as robots interacting with a natural environment are on display at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. For more info on the exhibit, visit newzviewz.nickfisherart.com. Andre's Place: Art program for adults facing physical, emotional or cognitive challenges. Held at 5222 N. Royal Dr. in TC, every Wednesday at 12:45pm. Please register by calling Michelle 231- 631-2477 or email michelle@andresplace.org. On A Vintage Cloth: Still life paintings by Margie Guyot at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Aug. 20-30; opening reception, Aug. 20, 2-7pm. . Sculpture Exhibit: Featuring work by Julie Kradel, Al Rollings and Bart Ingraham at Cog's Creek Gallery & Studio, TC, Aug. 5-31. 231-620-0458. Clear, Blue, Water: Juried art exhibit featuring all works of media depicting one of the show's title words. Held at Cycling Salamander Gallery, Charlevoix, Aug. 1-Sept. 6. Artist Rufus Snoddy: "Construction Paintings and Painted Constructions" will be on display at the Artisan Design Network, TC, July 29-Aug. 19. Black & White: Exhibit by Dana Ingham and Len Cowgill at Tamarack Gallery, Omena. A Boy's Life: Graphics exhibit by Duke at Seed Studio Gallery, Elk Rapids. Call 231-264-9020 for more info. These Roots Run Deep: Landscape painter Chris Bigelow featured at West Michigan Bank & Trust, Frankfort, July 7-Oct. 26. Wild Kingdom: Exhibit by Rod Bearup at Center Gallery in Glen Arbor. 231-334-3179 for info. Voices: Get off the Fence: All-media art show making bold political, environmental and social issue statements, held at Cycling Salamander Gallery, Charlevoix, July 2-Sept. 6. 231-547-2333.

The Art of Steve Barber: Wood, paint and wax exhibit by Barber, an art instructor at Central Michigan University, now on display at InsideOut Gallery, TC. Kaye Krapohl: Large-scale paintings of area waterscapes will be on display, and available for purchase, at Hanna Bistro Bar, TC, now through Sept. 22. Otto Bacon: Presenting his "Fire and Iron" metal works at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. Double Art Exhibit: Held at Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, featuring Elizabeth Fergus-Jean's "Memory Boats: Dreams and Reflections" and Robert Cameron's "Above." Happening June 4- Sept. 5. crookedtree.org. Leelanau Furniture Show: Featuring works in wood, metal, glass, stone, fabric, epoxy, enamel and paint at the Artisan Design Network Co-Operative Gallery, TC, through the summer. Call Bill Perkins for info: 231-357-4139.

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