Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Hot Dates Sept. 12-18

Erin Crowell - September 12th, 2011  

The Osmond family has spent more than 50 years entertaining audiences across the globe. The Osmond Brothers, a.k.a. Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy, continue the family tradition of performing pop, rock & roll, country and gospel. They will make an appearance at the Performing Arts Center on the Kirtland Community College main campus, in Roscommon, on Sept. 17. Tickets are $32-$36 and may be purchased at kirtlandcenter.com or by calling 989-275-6777. Show starts at 7 p.m.


Women's Luncheon: Features Benzie County Clerk Dawn Olney and Treasurer Linda Wilson at Betsie Bay Inn, Frankfort, 11:30am. Cost, $13 at the door.


Tailgate: Mini expo with the Little Traverse Association of Home Builders at Emmet County Fairgrounds Building, 5:30-8pm. Includes BBQ dinner and prize drawing. Admission, $5.

Bear River Restoration: Learn about shoreline surveys of Walloon Lake and Bear Lake for invasive species management. Held at Independence Village, Petoskey, 7pm. Free. Cooking for Men: Learn how to make a fourcourse meal at Grace Episcopal Church, TC, from

6-8pm. Hosted by Oryana. Cost, $25 for nonmembers. RSVP to 947-0191.


Green Connections: View the ProFILE facility at 3820 Cass Rd, TC, from 5:30-7pm. Manna Food Project Presentation: Hosted by the Women's Club at the Birchwood Country Club, Harbor Springs, 11:30am. Free & open to the public. Hydro-Fracturing in Northern Michigan: Andrea Sullivan, senior geologist with the DEQ in Gaylord, will discuss the challenges of "fracking" at the Cheboygan Area Public Library, 6:30pm. Photographer Dana Vannoy: Discussing her images of local waters at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm. Free. Author Event: Steve Lehto will discuss the Chrysler turbine car program at Kalkaska County Library, 6pm.


Manistee County Business After Hours: Held at the Kaleva Tavern, 5pm. Native Plants: Program by Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery on history and importance of native plants, at Saving Birds Thru Habitat Discovery Center, Omena, 7-8:30pm. Cost, $15. The Role of Federal Government in Public Education: Topic discussion at West Shore Medical Center, Manistee, 7pm. Hosted by the League of Women Voters Manistee County. International Affairs Forum Lecture: Discussing "The National Security Dangers of Ungoverned Spaces: American Policy and Problems" at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 6pm. Free admission for students and educators. An Evening with Tony Perrotta: American novelist will discuss his bestsellers, including "Election," "Little Children" and "The Abstinence Teacher," as part of the National Writers Series, at the City Opera House, TC, at 7pm. Reception to follow. Roller Derby Tryouts: The Traverse City Roller Derby is looking for women to fill their roster. Tryouts/orientation TBA. Choose from 6-9pm on Thursday or Sunday, 6-9pm. RSVP by Sept. 12 to info@tcrollerderby.com. Festival of the Pines: Celebrate the area lumber-

ing, and Christmas tree industry with a youth archery competition, parade, food & beverage tent, teen dance and more in Lake City. Happening all weekend. lakecitymich.com. History Presentation: Dr. Norton Bretz will talk about his grandfather, Norton Pearl, who went to Central Michigan Normal College from 1900 to 1906. Held at the Historical Society Museum, Elk Rapids, 7pm. $5 admission. Business After Hours: Held at the Elk Rapids Fifth Third Bank, from 5-7pm.


"The Story Next Door": Benefit performance by Scott Craig and Friends, with music and readings from the IPR series at the Old Art Building, Leland, at 7:30pm. Cost, $20 and benefits the new addition of the building. 231-256-2131. SongWriters in the Round: Jenny Lee Morrison, Barbara Faith Jordan and Sandy Blumenfeld perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Village Wine & Walking Tour: Held at the Grand Traverse Commons, from 5:30-7:30pm. Includes a history presentation by developer Ray Minirvini. Tour & sampling, $39. Must be 21 or older. Call 995-1700 to register. Public Viewing Night: See the night sky at Rogers Observatory, TC, 9-11pm. $2 donation or $5 per family. Swingshift & the Stars: The annual dance-off for charity returns, featuring local celebrities paired up with local dance instructors. First competition held at the City Opera House, TC. Doors open at 6:30pm; show begins at 7:15pm. Tickets, $20. Vote for your favorite by donating to their respective charities of choice. Includes music by Judy Harrison and Swingshift. 041-8082. "Aladdin": Children's theatre performance at the Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee, 7pm; Sunday, at 2pm. Tickets, $7. Dinner Dance: Featuring the Blue Shadow Band, Michigan wines and dinner at Portage Point Inn, Onekama, 6:30-11pm. Cost, $75, which benefits the PLA scholarship for Onekama High School students. 231-889-3393. South American Fiesta Night/Salsa Party: Latin music, food, dancing and more at Crystal Bindi Studio, in Logan's Landing, TC, at 8pm. $10 donation. No partner necessary. Model-T Car Show: Beaver Island, all weekend. "The Spitfire Grill": A musical about coming home, performance at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, at 8pm; Sunday, at 3pm. Visit oldtownplayhouse.com. Festival of the Pines: (See Thurs.)


Botanical Gardens Open House: Located at the Historic Barns Park of the Old State Hospital, TC, from 10am-4pm. Includes various speakers and workshops such as a kids' activity tent, food vendors, courtesy cart tours and more. Visit northwestmichigangarden.org. Singles for Christ Dinner: Open to all area singles 50 or older, at Filmore's, Petoskey, 6pm. Dinner followed by a game night. RSVP to Frieda at 231- 347-5747 or email frieda@compnor.com. Author Buzz Harcus: Discussing "Web of Greed" at Horizon Books, TC, from 1-3pm. Harbor Springs Cycling Classic: Choose from 20- , 44- or 60-mile routes, from 8am-3pm. Cost, $25 in advance or $30 the day-of. Visit birchwoodinn. co for more info. Treasure Hunt: Grace Memorial Marina Parking Lot, Elk Rapids, at 4pm. Invasive Species Survey Expedition: Grand Traverse Commons Area, TC, from 8am-noon. Learn how to identify these plants with the Boardman River Nature Center. 941-0960. Book Event: Sharon Olson will host the book discussion of "Finding My Way from Trauma to Transformation: The Journey through Loss and Grief" by John Schneider, at Horizon Books, TC, from 3-5pm. "The Planets": Traverse Symphony Orchestra performance using digital images of planets projected onto a transparent scrim in front of the orchestra. Held at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, at 7:30pm; Sunday, at 3pm. Friendship Polka Dance: Held at the St. Rita's/St. Joe's Men's Club, Maple City, from 8pm-12am. Includes music by The Polka Generations. $10 admission. Cash bar and food available for purchase. 231-620-8450 for more info.

The Osmond Brothers: Pop, rock & roll and country performance of 50 years experience comes to Kirtland Community College, Roscommon, 7pm. Tickets, $32-$36. kirtlandcenter.com for info. OMPS Nature Area: Explore the newly renovated area near Peninsula Community Library, TC, at 10am. Open to all ages. Hosted by the Peninsula Community Library. Avenmore: Quartet performance at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Lake Superior Time Machine: 3D journey looking into the history around Lake Superior, at the Erickson Center, Curtis, 7pm. $5 admission. 7th Annual Celebration: Awards ceremony for the annual Friends of the Jordan photography contest at the Jordan River Watershed Center, East Jordan, 1-3pm. Includes live music. Run For Hungry Children 3k & 5k: Held at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC, 9am. Benefits children of the Mathare Valley in Africa. runforhungrychildren.org Ethnohistorical Perspective: Presentation by Charles Cleland at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultral Center, Peshawbestown, 1-3pm. Village-Wide Yard Sale: Residents and businesses at the Grand Traverse Commons will be selling items in the piazza, 8am-2pm. Beach Cleanup: Enjoyed our region's beaches this summer? Help clean them up at the Petoskey State Park, 9am-noon. Visit watershedcouncil. org/events for more info. Annual Fall Garage Sale Fundraiser: Held at the Father Fred Foundation, TC, from 9am-4pm. Items include clothing, furniture and collectibles. Leland Heritage Celebration: Events include a "Wood Boats on the Wall" exhibit at the Historical Museum; magician show at the Old Art Building;

classic car show, book sale and Fishtown Fest, with live music from Blind Dog Hank. Happening 10am-4pm. Dinner in the Hills: Annual fundraiser for and at Mt. Holiday, TC, at 6pm. Includes a silent auction. Tickets, $75 in advance. guestservices@mtholiday.org. Porch & Yard Sale: Held at the Almira Historical Museum, Lake Ann, 9am-4pm. Model-T Car Show: Beaver Island, all weekend. Cookies for Kids' Cancer: Bake sale held at the Front Porch, Suttons Bay, 10am-3pm. Kids' Safety Day: Demos, emergency vehicles, bike safety ride and more at the Great Lakes Children's Museum, TC, noon-4pm. greatlakeskids.org. "The Spitfire Grill": (See Friday) "The Story Next Door": (See Friday) "Aladdin": (See Friday) Festival of the Pines: (See Thurs.)


Look Out for the Cookout: Fundraiser for scholarships at North Central Michigan College Petoskey campus, noon-3pm; kids games, inflatables, silent auction, bake sale, picnic and music by Northern Michigan Brass Band. Tickets, $8; free for kids ages 5 & under. "Queen to Play": French drama starring Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire about a repressed maid who learns the game of chess, showing at the Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay, 2pm & 5pm. Part of the By the Bay Film Series. Tickets, $8.50. Leelanau Harvest Tour: Scenic bike tour along a 24-. 48-, 67- or 106-mile route with food stops and lunch. Cost, $30; $70 per family. Hosted by TART Trails. leelanauharvesttour.org. Family Day: Guided tours, refreshments, guest pianists and more the Music House Museum, Acme, noon-4pm. Cost, $15 per family. Sept. 11 Presentation: Cheryl McGuinness will speak at Lighthouse Missionary Church, East  Jordan, 3pm, about her life after Flight 11, the airplane her husband was on, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Model-T Car Show: Beaver Island, all weekend. "The Spitfire Grill": (See Friday) "Aladdin": (See Friday) Roller Derby Tryouts: (See Thursday) Festival of the Pines: (See Thurs.)


Blue Moon Memories: A variety of music from the decades presented by Dominic Fortuna at the Williamsburg Dinner Theatre, Sept. 3-Nov. 5. Tickets, $39.95 and include dinner. Call 938-2181 for more info. Save a Smile: Toothbrush drive at Traverse Health Clinic, Tom's Food Markets, Northwestern Banks, Munson Medical Center through September. Drumunity: Family-friendly drumming event featuring food vendors and more in downtown Elk Rapids, every Wednesday, from 6-9pm. Jacob's Corn Maze & American Cancer Society: Bring a TCAPS coupon to Jacob's Corn Maze and receive entry for $5 (normally $8). With each coupon, $1 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Available during Sept. & Oct. tcaps.net/cornmaze. 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.

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. Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2 donation to participate. 947-6675. Cruisin' to Lil Bo: Classic car night every Thursday, at Lil Bo Pub & Grille, TC, from 6-11pm. 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. 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. 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. 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.


Harbor Springs: Downtown, 9am-1pm, Wednesdays, through Labor Day; Sat., through mid-Oct. 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. Honor: Every Tuesday, 8am-2pm, inludes a flea market. Empire: Saturdays, from 9am-1pm, through Sept. 10. Located near the Post Office. Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds: TC, every Friday, 3-8pm, through Oct. 28. 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.


Art and the Animal: Multi-media exhibit of The Society of Animal Artists at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, Sept 17-Dec. 30. Artists include Anni Crouter, TJ Lick, Kimberly Rae Diment and more. dennosmuseum.org for more info. America Under Siege: A Juried Art Exhibition: Multi-media art exhibit depicting the events, emotions and aftermath of the events on September 11, 2001. Held at Andre's Place, TC. Visit andresplace.org for more info.

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Group exhibition and sale at Gallery Fifty, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Sept. 9-Oct. 31. Visit galleryfifty.com for info. An Evening of Art: Ten local artists will be featured at Brinks Art & Frame, Cadillac, on Sept. 9, from 5-9pm. Call 231-775-8282 for more info. Mini Show: Paintings by Teri Gillespie will be on display at the Glen Arbor Art Association, Sept. 5, starting at 9am. The Dog & Pony Show: Mixed media exhibit featuring dogs, ponies and horses at the Jordan River Art Center, East Jordan, Sept. 11-Oct. 7. Portraits: A Contemporary Look: Exhibit by Nancy Swearingen on display at the Traverse Area District Library through Sept. Artist Charles Passarelli: Exhibition of his pen and ink drawings, watercolors, giclée's prints and acrylic paintings at Gallery22, TC, Sept. 1-27. Reception held Sept. 9, from 5-7pm. Oils on Canvas: Works by Nicole Caldwell on display at Centre Street Cafe and Gallery, TC, now through Dec. 31.

Watercolors: Exhibit by Sarah Tule at the City Opera House, TC, Sept. 9, from 6-8pm. The Art of the Nude: Selected works from a variety of Geoffrey Vail Brown's studies, including the former State Hospital, Sleeping Bear Dunes and his "Rhythm" series, at the Artcenter, TC, through Sept. 25. Artist reception held Sept. 16, from 6-9pm. Three Village Arts 6: Summer plein air paintings exhibition at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Sept. 3-19. "Material Obsessions": Fiber arts show at Charlevoix Public Library, Sept. 1-30. 231-547- 2651. 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. visitbenzie.com for more info. New Paintings: Artists Melanie Parke and Richard Kooyman present their works at the Old Art Building, Leland.

"The Circular Path - Thirty Years of Discovery": Painting exhibit by Jerry Gates at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids. twistedfishart.com. 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. 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. 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.

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Think you'll make the cut? The lumberjack contest at Lake City's Fetival of the Pines has folks cutting, chopping and throwing in celebration of the area's lumbering and Christmas tree industry. Other events for the Sept. 15-18 festival include a music and beverage tent, parade, archery contest, teen dance and more. Visit lakecitymich.com for details.

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