A new table tennis training center has opened in Williamsburg at 5549 S. Bates Road near the High Pointe Golf Club. The Hayden Table Tennis Training Center will offer tournaments, lessons and leagues, as well as strength training and a pro shop. Don Hayden Jr., whose late father started High Pointe, has remodeled the former Heights Machinery building to make way for the Center and its 15 world championship tables; he and long-time table tennis partner Paul Everts talked for years about building a center dedicated solely to table tennis, and have now reached their goal.
Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, though paddles are available for rent/sale. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9-9; Saturday, 10-8; and Sundays, 10-4. Daily and membership rates are available. Danny Seemiller, five-time U.S. Table Tennis Champion and current Olympic coach, will be holding clinics next year. For more information, call 888-456-PONG.
Petoskey gift boutique Bondurant is serving as a drop-off point for the Harvest Drive for the Womens Safe House through the month of November; food, supplies, and personal items as well as cash donations are all appreciated. Other Petoskey drop-off points for the Harvest Drive include the Gold Mine Resale Shop on Emmet Street and the WRC Main Office at 423 Porter.
Also in Petoskey, new much-anticipated restaurant Thai Orchid has finally opened at 433 East Mitchell Street downtown, serving - what else? - Thai food, of course; they can be reached by phone at 231-487-9900.
TEMPORARY BIKE PATH CLOSURE
Approximately 2.1 miles of the Little Traverse Wheelway trail between Petoskey and Harbor Springs will be closed through mid-November. Construction work has begun near Indian Hills Gallery, following the path along M-119 to Control Engineering (near Pleasantview Road). The path has had problems with excess water in the lower-lying areas; drainage issues being one of the things that will be rectified. During the construction, there may be some disruption to vehicular traffic, but the goal is to keep work as self-contained as possible. People are encouraged to stay off the bike path itself during construction for their own safety - to avoid any injuries or problems.
DENNOS MUSEUM NEWS
The Northwestern Michigan College Foundation is honored to announce the receipt of its largest gift ever from a living individual donor, a $1 million gift designated for the Dennos Museum Center. The gift, from longtime community residents and Dennos supporters Dudley and Barb Smith, will be used as an endowment to support the long-term operation of the museum.
The Dennos has also just received the gift of a major new work by the renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. The work, entitled Tikiniq (The Arrival), was commissioned and published in honor of Kenojuaks 80th birthday. The work is a six panel, sugar-lift etching and aquatint with hand coloring measuring over 16.5 feet in length, and was published in an edition of 12. It was acquired for the Dennos Museum Centers Inuit art collection by Governor James and Mrs. Janet Blanchard. The Dennos Museum Center is open daily, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays, 1-5 PM. For more information, go to www.dennosmuseum.org.
TSO KEEPS MAESTRO
Maestro Kevin Rhodes has extended his contract with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra through 2010, as announced by TSO President Robert B. Gingras. Maestro Rhodes has been Music Director since 2001. under his artistic leadership, the TSO season has expanded from six to eight concert programs, the number of subscribers has doubled, new players have been hired from around the state, and the artistic quality of the orchestra is at an all-time high. Mr. Rhodes will work directly with the TSO Board and with Interim Executive Director Edward J. Downing on the artistic and performance planning of the TSO. During the 2008-2009 season, he will conduct six out of eight concert cycles, an increase over the current seasons schedule.