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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Men's Night

- December 10th, 2012


Men's Night

Last week's Women's Night in downtown Traverse City was so packed with hundreds of shoppers that it will be interesting to see if Men's Night this Thursday can match the turnout.
  It used to be that Men's Night was "the" big event in downtown TC with guys turning out in droves to shop while enjoying adult beverages, treats and special deals on gifts. Shop owners in turn, dress  for the occasion and offer perks such as free gift wrapping.
  Get in the swing this Thursday from 5-10 p.m. downtown. Although the event is geared for men, it's not unusual to find many women shoppers downtown too, enjoying the party atmosphere.

Other "must" events this week include:

Monday 12/10
--The Weathered Beard: Live storytelling along with performances by NYC musicians at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 7-9pm.
 
Wednesday 12/12
--Claudia Schmidt in Concert: Folk, jazz and blues performance from her newest album at Charlevoix Public Library, 7pm.
-- Axiom Brass: Chamber music performance by award-winning quintet at Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, 7:30pm. Pre-concert dinner, $30.

Thursday 12/13
-- Handel's Messiah: Performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Petoskey, 7pm. Seats are $15.
-- "The People and the Olive": Documentary screening and performance by Joshua Davis at the Garden Theater, Frankfort. Tickets, $10. Includes a Q&A with filmmaker Aaron Dennis. stonehutstudios.com for more info.
-- A Christmas Carol in Prose: Presented by Michigan's professional theatre company, Parallel 45, at the Elk Rapids Historic Township Hall; and at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, on Friday & Saturday. All shows are at 7pm. Admission, $15. parallel45.org.
 
Friday 12/14
-- Brenda Lee's Christmas Show: Kewadin, Sault Ste. Marie, 7pm. Kewadin.com for ticket info.
-- Seth & May Holiday Concert & Community Sing: Higher Grounds Trading Co., located at the Grand Traverse Commons, 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
 
Saturday 12/15
-- Comedy Improv: Good on Paper performs at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. $5 admission.
-- "The Nutcracker": Presented by the Crooked Tree Art Center's School of Ballet at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday, 3pm.
-- Santa at the Castle: Games, crafts, snacks, Polar Express train display and photo opportunity with Santa at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 1-3pm.
-- Mayan Astronomy: What Did They Know?: Cultural presentation and star-gazing at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 8-10pm. Free admission.
-- Author Mary Clifton: Presents her nutritional cookbook, "Waist Away" with editor Anne Stanton at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.
 
Sunday 12/16
-- Fight Like A Jedi: Selling of LucasFilm-sponsored sketchbooks, art, t-shirts and prints at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 1-5pm. Includes a silent auction and door prizes in support of Matthew Litchfield, an 8-year-old fighting brain cancer.
 

 
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