Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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- February 21st, 2013  
FEB 18-25
A Chance to Make It Big

Sunny Country hosts local Texaco Country Showdown competition

Local singers and musicians will have a chance to make it big in the world of country music with the annual Texaco Country Showdown. This nation-wide search for the best is open to individuals and up to seven people per band.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Sunny Country 101.9 (WLDR) will host the first regional round at Southside Hideout, located in Buckley. Winners will then move on and compete at Outlaws in Kalkaska, March 2, then at the main event at Leelanau Sands Showroom, in Peshawbestown, on March 23.

Sunny Country is one of 10 radio stations in Michigan to host the competition.

"The benefits to winning this competition is huge," said Gary Taylor of Sunny Country. "The winner from the state goes to Nashville for $100,000 and a recording contract."

Registration is $25 with entry forms available at WLDR, Southside Hideout and Outlaws Bar. Competition at Southside Hideout starts at 8 p.m., this Saturday.

monday 2/18

Jordan River Arts Council Community Choir: Check out their rehearsal at the Presbyterian Church, East Jordan, 7pm.

tuesday 2/19

"One Simple Question": Kalkaska native, Teresa Carey, and Ben Eriksen discuss their pursuit to fi nd an iceberg by sailboat, at the Kalkska Library, 1pm.

Trekking to Machu Picchu: GT Hiking Club presentation at the Boardman River Nature Center, TC, 7pm.

wednesday 2/20

"Remember the Titans": Showing at the State Theater, TC, 11am.

thursday 2/21

Winter Blues Festival: Events held throughout Petoskey include chocoholic frolic, 3-7pm and Petoskey's Got Talent, 7pm, on Thurs; Whine & Dine progressive dinner, 5:45pm, on Friday; Saturday events include a 5K, kids' games, 10am-2pm, HotDish cookoff, 2pm, wedding vow renewels, 6pm, and more. Visit petoskeydowntown.com.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Actress Leslie McCurdy showcases the life of Tubman in her one-woman show, at the Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $10. dennosmuseum.org.

All That Sparkles: Dinner featuring sparkling wine at La Becasse, Maple City, 6:30pm. RSVP to 231-334-3944.

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: Pearl's, 5-7pm.

Chase the Blues 5K: Run/walk part of Petoskey Blues Festival, Pennsylvania Park, 8:30am. Register at petoskeydowntown.com.

Benzie Business After Hours: Fieldcrafts, Inc in Honor, 5-7pm. 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more.

friday 2/22

Swing Dance Series: North Central Michigan College Cafeteria, Petoskey, 7:30pm. Instruction starts at 6:45pm. Cost, $10 for adults; $5 for kids.

Suicide Prevention Workshop: Grand Traverse Health Department, 9am-noon. Discount to social work/counseling students and agencies. Open to everyone. Call 922-4800 to register.

Billy Strings & Don Julin: Guitar and mandolin performance at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8-11pm.

Single MOMM Open House: Appetizers, selfguided tour and program info at 3210 Racquet Club Dr., TC, 5-8pm.

Taster's Guild Auction: Strolling dinner and tasting tables, raffle and more at the NMC Great Lakes Campus, TC, 7pm. RSVP to nmc. edu.

Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner: Held at the TC West High Commons, 5-7pm. Cost, $7, adults; $5 for students; free for ages four & under.

Japanese Myths and Storytelling: Presented by Kuniko Yamamoto, using handcrafted masks and stylized movement, at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 8pm.

Drive South: Live music performance at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Winter Blues Festival: (See Thurs.)

saturday 2/23

Country Dance: Grange Hall, Summit City, 6-10pm. Soup supper at 6pm. Donation entry. 231-263-4499.

Author Reading: Jeff Kessler presents, "Victor the Friendly Vampire" at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 10am. Crafts and snacks included.

Pizza Fest: Sample the competition at TC Central High School, noon-3pm. $10 for adults; $5 for ages 10-5; free ages four and under. Benefits the TC Central Lacrosse Club.

AfterGlow Tubing Party: Mt. Holiday, TC, 10pm-12am, featuring hot chocolate, fire and fun. Cost, $15 per person.

Author Wendy Webb: Presents, "The Fate of Mercy Alban" at Horizon Books, TC, 2pm.

Dance Battle 4 the Cure: Featuring dance crews competition at St. Francis High School, TC, 5:30pm. Pizza, pop and snacks available for purchase. Money to benefit American Cancer Society.

Family Fun: Torchlight snowshoe, hot chocolate, campfire and cookies at Camp Daggett, Petoskey, 5-9pm. Hosted by Bearcub Outfitters. Donation entry encouraged. 231- 347-9742 ext. 112.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Free workshop at Grayling Elementary, 8:30amnoon. Call 989-348-7123 to register.

See Clearly!: Free gallons of windshield washer fluid distributed at The Journey, Wesleyn Church, TC, 11am-1pm.

Moonlight Snowshoe/Ski & Bonfire: Hosted by the Little Traverse Conservancy at Nathan "Barry" Driggers Preserve, Charlevoix, 5pm. landtrust.org.

The Super Happy Funtime Burlesque: Lovethemed show at InsideOut Gallery, TC, 9pm. Tickets, $20. mynorthtickets.com.

Texaco Country Showdown: Local country talent competition, hosted by Sunny Country 101.9. State finalist will compete at Nashville competition, 7pm.

Northport Winter Carnival: Music, food, games and more at Braman Hill, 11am-4pm.

David Nefesh in Concert: Performing original folk at the Marsh Music House, Boyne City, 7pm. Suggested $10 donation.

Farm to Table Fundraiser: Live auction, dinner and entertainment at Black Star Farms Inn, Suttons Bay, 6pm. Cost, $50, which benefits the Children's Museum. 231-932-4526.

Trashion: Fashion show utilizing recycled and discarded items, at TC West Senior High, 8pm. Admission, $5. Proceeds benefit Pete's Place, Athens Neighborhood and TC West High students.

Saldaje: Performing folk at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Winter Blues Festival: (See Thurs.)

sunday 2/24

Middle East Discussion: Presented by Pat Ochodnicky at Christ United Methodist Church, TC, 5:30pm.

Kevin & Friends: Chamber music performance featuring Kevin Rhodes and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra at Corson Auditorium, TC, 3pm.

Yoga for Health Day: Learn how to live a yoga lifestyle, held at Yoga For Health, TC. Register: 922-YOGA.

Great Indoor Folk Festival: Held at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon- 5:30pm, featuring live music, kids' stage, open mic stage and more. See ad on pg. 25.

Jazz D'Vine: Guided tours of the cellars and wine making process, cheese, wine and music by Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal, TC, from 2-4pm. Cost, $25. 932-3027.

Cold Noses and Warm Hearts: Soup luncheon held at Stronach Township Hall, noon. Live music included. Cost, $10 to benefit Homeward Bound.

Beginning Again in Papau New Guinea: Presentation by Catherin Frerichs at the Alden District Library, 2pm. Refreshments served.


"Make the Play for Healthy Habits": Video contest that challenges kids to answer the questions, "What would you do to make Michigan healthier for yourself, your family or your classmates?" Hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Submission dates, now through March 29. The winner gets a school assembly with Detroit Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford. aHealthierMichigan.org.

Heroes in Our Community: Eastern Elementary students are interviewing veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War as part of a national project. Contact Susan at 947-3200 for details. Interviews happening March 5 & 6.

Winter Sports Spectacular History: Exhibit featuring the history of Crystal Mountain & Vintage Snowmobiles at the Traverse City History Center, through March 2. traversehistory.org.

Chase the Chill Fundraiser: Online donations benefit Benzie Area Christian Neighbors food pantry to feed 1,600 local families. Visit benziebacn.org now through Feb. 28.

Tai Chi: Wednesdays at the Boyne District Library, 9am. Cost, $5. Happening through March 27.

Puppy Social Hour: Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital, Acme, every second Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm. Register: 938-9500.

Homeless Fund: Mention the Homeless Fund at House of Doggs in TC and 10% of your dining sales will help provide a meal to area homeless.

Wednesdays with Wine: Bring your knitting, sewing, craft or other art projects. Held every Wednesday at various Village at Grand Traverse Commons locations, 6-8pm.

Petoskey Farmers Market: Indoor market at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, every Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm.

Boyne City Farmers Market: Red Barn, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Village Farmer Market: Indoor market at the VIllage at Grand Traverse Commons, every Sat, 10am-2pm.

Charlevoix Farmers Market: Indoor market at the Charlevoix Public Library, 9am-1pm, every Thurs.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Indoor market at the Lion's Club, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Grand Traverse Baby Pantry: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, TC, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 10am-4pm. 941- 0655.

Boyne Celtic Sessions: First and third Sundays of the month, 1-3pm, at Freshwater Studio, Boyne City.


Japanese Bamboo Art: "Modern Twist" explores innovative shapes of bamboo from the mid-1960s through now, at the Dennos Museum, TC, Feb. 22-June 1.

"Horses in Motion" Contest: Photo submissions to be considered for a jewelry piece designed by Becky Thatcher. Jewelry will be sold at 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay. Entries accepted through April 15. beckythacterdesigns.com for more info.

Painter Eleonora Hayes: Featured artist at the City Opera House, TC, through February.

TC Wine & Art Fest: Call to artists for the June 22 event held at the Grand Traverse Commons. For info, traversecitywinefestival. com for details.

"Celebrating Women": Call for art for themed exhibition celebrating women's history month at the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, March 8-April 7. For more info, OliverArtCenterFrankfort.org.

"Art I've Slept With": Featuring work by Denny Kline at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, at Gallery Fifty, through Feb.

Furniture & Fiber Art Exhibition: Wood, metal and fiber show at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, now through March 3.

Peace: Everyday Encounters: All media juried exhibit open to all area artists, Feb. 24-March 1. Gallery opening March 8, 6pm. Entry fee, $25.

Black, White with a Little Red: Juried arts exhibit at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, thru March 2.

About Face: Pardon the Expression: Exhibit featuring faces, facial features & expressions at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

"THEM:" Exhibit featuring items from pop culture depicting racial stereotypes at the Dennos Museum Center, now through March 3.

Realism to Abstraction & Beyond: Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan, through Feb. 22.

Call for Artists: For Three Pines Studio exhibit, By the Yard: Surface Designed Textiles. Deadline is Feb. 14. For more info, visit threepinesstudio.com.

Winter Shadows: All media exhibit at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, through March 12.

32nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibit: Held at the Crooked Tree Arts Center. visit crookedtree.org.

"A Walk in the Woods": Quilted art by Kristen Neilson Peters at Americana Gallery, TC.

Leelanau County Land & Water: Presented by Grand Rapids artist Margo Burian at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor.

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