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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Erin Crowell - June 17th, 2013  

JUNE 17-23

Gather 'Round

Stone Circle celebrates 30 years of stories, song

Stone Circle will be commemorating its 30th Anniversary this summer with two special evenings of celebrations on August 10 and 17. The festivities will be free on those nights and open to the public. Regular gatherings will begin on June 22, and continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend.

A film crew from Barcelona, Spain will be shooting a film to observe the events and to document 30 years of poetry, storytelling and music at this unique outdoor venue.

Stone Circle alumni from around the globe have been invited to perform. There will also be an open forum for new poets and performers, as time permits. All audience and participants will be required to sign a standard release form.

Writer/poet /filmmaker Patrick Pfister (patrickpfister.com) will direct the documentary film. Students and instructor Steve Quick from Northwestern Michigan College’s Audio Technology program will be recording sound for the production.

Poet bard Terry Wooten will host the gatherings beginning at 9 PM around the fire. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening.

Stone Circle is located ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right onto Stone Circle Dr., and then follow the signs. Regular admission is $5/adults, $3/kids. For more information go to terry-wooten.com, 231-264- 9467 or stonecir@aol.com

monday 6/17

Governor Rick Snyder’s Mobile Office: Mackinaw Bakery & Tea Company; and Wednesday in Petoskey at Roast & Toast, noon-2pm. Governor Snyder’s staff will be available to answer questions, take suggestions, and help assist constituents with staterelated issues. Visit www.mi.gov/snyder for more info or call 517-335-7858.

Michigan Notable Book Author: Jack Dempsey presents, "Ink Trails: Michigan's Famous and Forgotten Authors" at the Leland Library, 5:30pm.

Charlevoix Open House: Street sales, entertainment and more, 10am-8pm.

Food for Life: Free class on how food fights cancer, presented by Sherry Davis at West Bay Event Center, TC, 7-9pm. Sponsored by For Animals. Call 922-6006.

Picnic with PCL under the Trees: Includes a performance by Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 6pm. Free.

Parade of Homes: Self-guided tour of area Grand Traverse homes June 15-23. Cost, $12 after. For more info, hbagtacom.

Day of Action: Literacy kits will be provided to area families for free by United Way of Northwest Michigan at the following locations and dates: Leland Public Library, Monday; Kingsley Public Library, Thursday; Kalkaska Children's Garden, Friday; Alden Historical Depot, June 24; Beulah Public Library, June 25. Each runs 10am-noon.

tuesday 6/18

John Reilly & Friends: Hollywood funnyman performs bluegrass favorites at the Ramsdell Theater ballroom, Manistee, 7:30pm. Tickets, $10 benefit the Vogue Theater restoration project. 231-723-4325.

Training Nurses for the Traverse City State Hospital: Presented by Virginia LeClaire, and hosted by Reflections by the Bay, at the Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort, 7pm.

Eurasian Milfoil, What It Means: Learn more about the hazards of this invasive plant found in many inland lakes, at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 5pm. Free. Register: 231-533-8314.

Barns Restoration Workshop: Hosted by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at Thoreson Granary, Glen Arbor. For info, Call 231- 326-5135 ext. 501.

Grow Benzie Kitchen Open House: Beulah, starting at 6pm.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park: Dixieland Jazz, Petoskey, noon.

Parade of Homes: (See Mon.)

wednesday 6/19

Women's Resource Center Luncheon: Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 11am-1:45pm. Fundraiser for services provided by the Women's Resource Center of Northwest Michigan. Reserve at 231- 347-0067.

Verdehr Trio: Classical music ensemble performing at the Sala Koncertowa Concert Hall in Holy Rosary School, Cedar, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance or $20 at the door. hrartscentre.webs.com.

True Yoga & Wellness Grand Opening: Located at 430 W. 14th St., TC. Features food, beverages, specials and raffles, 5-8pm.

An Evening with Jill Tewsley: Enjoy treats from around the world with executive director of the National Writers Series at the Peninsula Community Library, TC, 7pm. Free.

Speed Networking: Held at the Traverse City Chamber Office, 4pm. For info, tcchamber.org.

The Gothic & the Godly: Organ suite at Bay View, Hall Auditorium, 8pm. bayviewfestival.org.

ShoreLine ShowCase Concert Series: Mary Rademacher and the Mark Kahny Band perform jazz music at the Rotary Gazebo, Manistee

Boyne City Main Street Party: Hot dogs, ice cream, photo booth & more at Old City Park, 6pm.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel: Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 10am. Cost, $5.

Gentle Yoga: Peninsula Community Library, TC, 9am. $5 donation. Call 231-223-7700.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park: Ron Fowler's storytelling and singing, Petoskey, noon.

Parade of Homes: (See Mon.)

Barns Restoration Workshop: (See Tues.)

thursday 6/20

"50 Shades! The Musical": Parody of the controversial Fifty Shades of Grey adult book trilogy, at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm on Thurs.; 8pm on Friday. Tickets start at $23.

India and the Religion of the Heart: Presentation by John Stratton Hawley, professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 6pm.

Blessing of the Fleet: Harbor Springs harbor, 4pm. All watercraft invited.

Beaver Island Bike Fest: Cruise with food stops, along with live music, post-ride parties and more. Visit beaverislandbikefestivalcom.

Tea Rex Party: Storyhour featuring "Tea Rex" by Molly Idle, refreshments, games and treats at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, 10am.

5th Annual Breezeway Cruise: Classic car, convertible and motorcycle drive starts at Boyne Mountain, 7pm, traveling 28 miles through Antrim County. For info: ridethebreezeway.com.

Etsy Craft Party: Petoskey District Library, 1- 6pm. Open to all ages.

Growing & Eating Your Rainbow: Gardening class at Grow Benzie, Beulah, 5pm. 231-882-9801.

Solstice Run: Overnight run starting at the Leelanau State Park Lighthouse, spanning 40 miles. Choose from a four-person relay (10 miles per person), 20 miles or the full 40. Proceeds help build a library/community center in Ethiopia for fair trade coffee bean farmers and their families. For more info, visit onthegroundglobal.org.

Petoskey Gallery Walk: Self-guided walk through participating galleries, 6-9pm. petoskey. com for info.

East Jordan Freedom Festival: Events include a block party, youth and grand parades, carnival, raffle, crafts fair, fireworks and more, all weekend. Visit eastjordanfreedomfestival.com.

Symphonic Hollywood: Performance by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra at Charlevoix Park, 7pm. Free ice cream social at 6pm.

Summer White Party: Antique cars and historic images of Harbor Springs, hors d'oeuvres, wine and entertainment by John Driscoll Trio at the Boathouse of Harbor Springs, 6pm. $60 in advance or $75 at the door. harborspringshistory.org.

Friends of the Library Luncheon: Alden Library, 11am. Free. For more info, call 231-331- 4318.

Free Movie Night: TBA titled, playing at the Cadillac Public Library, 6pm. Popcorn included.

Benzie Business After Hours: Conundrum Cafe, Elberta, 5-7pm. $5 admission.

Parade of Homes: (See Mon.)

Barns Restoration Workshop: (See Tues.)

friday 6/21

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park: Ribo & the Flavinauts performing funk, Petoskey, noon.

Student Recitals: Bay View Music Series, 4pm. Free.

"The Wizard of Oz": Presented by the Cadillac Footliters at Cadillac High School, 7:30pm. Tickets, $10 or $8 in advance at area shops.

Winemakers Party: Showcase and samples of the wine being served at the annual TC Wine & Arts Fest (happening Saturday), at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 6-9pm. traversecitywinefestival. com for ticket availability.

Dig Into Your Family Roots: Geneology workshop for kids at the Alden District Library, 1pm. Free.

Petoskey Rocks!: Featuring the theme Rock the Arts, with live entertainment, store deals, demos, ghost walk and more in downtown Petoskey, 6-9pm. Includes a gallery art walk on Thursday. petoskeydowntown.com for details.

Suttons Bay Art/Wine Walk: Tastings and selfguided tours to participating galleries, 5-9pm. Enter to win a $250 village shopping spree.

Home on the Radio: Presented by the Northland Players Youth Theater Camp at the Cheboygan Opera House, 7pm. Tickets, 231- 627-5841.

Michael Malis Trio: Acoustic jazz performance at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8-11PM. Free.

Oryana Retro Day: The natural food market in TC will be transformed back to the 1970s with free popcorn, free $10 gift card to every 40th customer, hot dog cookout on the patio, '70s music, prices similiar to those in the 1970s, Right Brain Brewery sampling and more, 11am-2pm.

Resiliant Farms & Homesteads: Hosted by ISLAND at Grace Episcopal Church, TC, 6:30-8:30pm. Suggested $5-$25 sliding scale donation.

Boyne Restaurant Week: Three course dinners available for $25 at participating Boyne City restaurants. For complete info: boyneappetit.com.

Author Signing: Matt Bell presents his book, "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" at McLean & Eakin, Petoskey, 2-4pm.

Jeff Haas Quintet: Jazz concert at the Old Art Building, Leland. Tickets, $20. Call 231-256-2131. Includes hors d'oeuvre reception.

Antiques on the Bay Classic Car Show: St. Ignace, happening all weekend.

Neighborhood Block Party: Hosted by Central United Methodist Church, TC, on Cass Street, 5:30- 8pm. Live music, bazaar, food and more.

Author Kirt Manecke: Signing his book, "Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service" at Local Flavor Bookstore, Boyne City, 6-9pm.

Solstice Cruise on Grass River: Hosted by the Nature Center, Bellaire, 6pm & 7:30pm. Cost, $15. Register at 231-533-8314.

Author Lori Taylor: Presents her book, "Holly Wild: Bamboozled on Beaver Island" at Horizon Books, TC, 11am.

Songwriters in the Round: Kurt Westie, Barbara Faith Jordan & Adair Correll perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

27th Annual Used Book Sale: Interlochen Public Library, 9am-8pm on Friday; 9am-3pm on Saturday.

Parade of Homes: (See Mon.)

Barns Restoration Workshop: (See Tues.)

East Jordan Freedom Festival: (See Thurs.)

Beaver Island Bike Fest: (See Thurs.

saturday 6/22

Elberta Solstice Festival: Live music, kids games, face painting, drawings and Beer Garden for adults, featuring local wines and food from area businesses, in Elberta, noon.

Single Adults Breakfast: Geared to those 30 years & older at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC, 9-11am. Includes discussion topic, "Single and Sex: The World vs. God's Freedom." RSVP to 922-9882.

Pond Hill Farm Party: Pig roast, hayrides, music & wine tasting, Harbor Springs, 7-10pm.

ISLAND Property Walk-A-Bout: Learn about holistic design and farming process at 2550 Orchard Hill Rd., Bellaire, 1-3pm. Suggested $10-$30. Call 231-622-5252.

TC Wine & Arts Fest: Featuring tastings, food and music by Sixto Rodriguez, Crane Wives & more, at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. SOLD OUT.

Music in Mackinaw: Cherry Capital Men's Chorus performs in Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw, 8pm.

Vintage Car & Boat Show: Bay Harbor Lake Marina. All day event featuring in-water and on-land displays. bayharbor.com.

Wiley Coyote at Grass River: Learn more about the increasing coyote populations, at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 10am. $5. Call 231-533-8314.

Wine Tour of MAEAP Verified Wineries: Check out Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program certifi ed wineries on Old Mission Peninsula, TC, 1-5pm. Call the TC Nature Center for more info: 941-0960.

Meet the Great Wolf Lodge Mascots: Includes storytime, at Horizon Books, TC, 12:30pm.

Culture Series: Tom Peters discusses medicines of the Four Directions, at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, Peshawbestown, 1-3pm.

Cherry Capital Rose Society: Free growing workshop at Manitou Gardens, TC, 10am-noon.

Author Matt Bell: Presents his book, "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Annual TC MS Walk: Three and six-mile walk at the Grand Traverse Civic Center to help battle multiple sclerosis. Register at walkmig.nationalmssociety.org.

Harrietta and Neighbors: Slideshow presentation on the former lumber town's history, at the United Methodist Church, 4:45pm & 6pm. Pork dinner available for $8.

Tommy's Grand Opening: Water sports pro shop featuring demos, giveaways and live music in Waloon Village Marina, 9am-9pm.

TC Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety: Held at the TC station, 9am-1:30pm. Cost, $10. Register at 941-8075 by June 20.

Author Presentations: Mark Yakich discusses his book, "A Meaning for Wife" and Chris Schaberg presents "The Textual Life of Airports" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Local Authors Jane Cardinal & Connie Cobb: Signing their book, "The Place Where the Crooked Tree Stood" at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, 2-4pm.

Boyne River Remedy: Performance at the Bidwell Plaza at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 4-6pm, as part of the Oil Painters of America exhibit. crookedtree.org.

An Evening with Irving Berlin: Includes performance by The Village Voices and Northport Community Band at Northport Community Arts Center, 8pm. Adults, $20; students, $5.

Fairies and Forts: Make your own fairy house, tiaras, flags and drums. Includes face painting and refreshments at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, 2-5pm. Free with general park admission ($5 for adults; free for 17 & under)

Day On the Canal: Pancake breakfast, craft show, boardboard boat race and more, all day. cadillacmichigan.com for details.

Thunder at the River: Escorted motorcycle ride, Vietnam Memorial Wall, bike rally, food, music and more to celebrate our U.S. veterans, hosted by Rolling Thunder in Manistee (See related article).

Paula Poundstone: Comedic performance at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center, 8-10pm. Tickets, 231-582-6532.

Betsie River Clean Sweep: Volunteers needed for the 8:30am event. Call 231-882-4391.

Robert Abate & the Bigtimers: Performing at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Take a Kid Fishing: Free fishing, lunch, t-shirt and gear for kids who don't have their own, in Frankfort, 8am.

Parade of Homes: (See Mon.)

Barns Restoration Workshop: (See Tues.)

Boyne Restaurant Week: (See Fri.)

"The Wizard of Oz": (See Friday)

East Jordan Freedom Festival: (See Thurs.)

Beaver Island Bike Fest: (See Thurs.)

sunday 6/23

Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair: Featuring over 90 Midwest artists on Union Street, TC, 10am-5pm.

Author June K. Davis: Presents "Things Best Shared" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra: Performing songs celebrating love, at Benzie High Center High School, Benzonia, 7pm. Cost, $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.

PEACE Ranch Community Celebration: Located at 2570 Hoosier Valley Rd., TC, from 2-4pm. Enjoy music, snacks and pet the horses.

Strawberry Social & Classic Car Show: The Lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions, 2-4pm. Adults, $5; 10 & under, $3.

Used Book Sale: Alden District Library, 2-4pm.

"Looking Over My Shoulder": Reflections of the 20th Century presented at the Alden District Library, 2pm.

Marion Fair: Opening day, featuring The Calvarymen, in the grandstands, 7pm. Free.

Free Folk Jamboree: Summer Solstice Celebration of Music & Community, a free, day-long concert to be held in memory of sound man Jan Waling at Johnson Park, Empire noon-9pm. The familyfriendly event will feature 26 acts on two stages. (See related article)

Gypsy Jazz: Alfonso Ponticelli performs at Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau, 7:30pm. fountainpointresort.com.

Picnic in the Park: Meet at Martha Wagbo Farm, East Jordan, and caravan to a free, family-friendly picnic, 1pm. Call 231-536-0333 for info.

The Crane Wives: Grand Rapids' popular folk/bluegrass/blues alternative group performs musical harmonies at the Dhasaleer Events Barn, Charlevoix, 8pm. Part of the Black Cat Concert Series. Tickets, $16.52 in advance; $20 at the door. Visit blackcatconcerts.com.

Parade of Homes: (See Mon.)

Boyne Restaurant Week: (See Fri.)

East Jordan Freedom Festival: (See Thurs.)

Thunder at the River: (See Sat.)


Wednesdays on the Water: Pontoon rides with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed of the surrounding area waterways, through Aug. 7. For info, watershedcouncil.org/events.

Stone Circle Gatherings: Poetry, storytelling and music every Saturday, 9pm, through Aug. 31. Located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. Cost, $5/adults; $3/kids. terry-wooten.com.

Jazz at Sunsets: Thursdays, 7-9:30pm, featuring live music at Chateau Chantal, TC. Free.

Sundays on the Porch: Live music every Sunday through September at Douglas Valley, Manistee, 1:30-4:30pm.

Boyne Stroll the Streets: Friday evenings, now through Aug. 30 in Boyen City.

Yoga on the Beach: Happening at various locations throughout Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Donation only. Visit yogabeachparty.com.

Tuesday Tea & Talk Series: Examine gemstones every Tuesday, 3-14:30pm, at Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor, through Aug. 13. RSVP: 231-334-3826.

The Young Americans: Dinner theater at Boyne Highlands Resort, June 21-Aug. 24. Boyne.com.

Softball Skills: Hosted by the TC West girls softball team every Monday, 5:30-7:30pm, through July 22. Open to all female athletes. Cost, $3 or $10 for all sessions. facebook. com/TCWTitanSoftball.

Petoskey Rocks!: Live music, ghost walks, horsedrawn carriage rides, movie in the park and more, every Friday from 6-9pm, through Aug. 9.

Boyne Stroll the Streets: Sidewalk sales, live entertainment, store discounts and more every Friday, 6-9pm, in downtown Boyne City.

Music in the Park: Every Wednesday in Erickson Center Park, Curtis, 7pm.

Alden Farmers Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park, through Aug. 29.

La Baron Raffle: Mosaic-decorated car up for raffle through the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Drawing held Sept. 18. For info, 231-352- 4151.

Photo Fun with Chris: Workshop with former Ansel Adams Gallery staff photographer at Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, June 19; July 10, 17, 24 & 31; Aug. 7 & 14. Cost, $10; free for kids.

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution: National Geographic traveling photography exhibit featuring 39 species of exotic birds at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, June 15-Sept. 22. dennosmuseum.org.

Michigan Legacy Art Park Golf Tours: June 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug. 6 & 13. Cost, $10. Located in Thompsonville.

Petoskey Farm Market: June 14-Oct. 4, every Friday from 8:30am-1pm on Howard Street.

The Grand Traverse Region: Vibrant Reinvention: Traveling exhibit of 12 panels, which explores a separate topic. traversehistory.org.

Kirstyn's Kitchen: Foodie themed event from a favorite book, June 22, from 10-11am, at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Open to kids. Cost, $10 per session or $25 for series.

Elk Rapids Farm Market: Rotary Park, every Friday, through Oct. 11, 8am-1pm.

A Month of Dolls: Display through June at the Kalkaska County Library. 231-258-9411 for details.

Downhill Bike Race Series: Every Wednesday through June 26 at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6:30pm.

Gentle Yoga Flow: The Circuit, TC, every Sunday from 10-11am. $5 suggested donation.

Scrap TC: Community get-together every Saturday, 10am-2pm and Tuesday, 6-9pm. Located at 821 Garfield Rd., TC.

Community Circle: Restorative yoga posture and breath work, meditation and more at The Circuit, TC, every Sunday from 6-7pm. Suggested $5 donation.

Building Blocks of America: Lego replicas of our nation's iconic structures, on display at the History Center, TC. Includes the White House, Seattle Space Needle, Empire State Building and more. Admission, $5; ages four and under are free. traversehistory.org.

Fife Lake Farm Market: Springfield Township Park, every Thursday, 3-7pm, through Oct.10.

Kalkaska Career Connection: Job opportunities meeting every other Tuesday, 9am, at the Kalkaska Michigan Works! Center.

Monday Bike Group: Road bicycle rides gradually increase from 9 miles to 20 by the end of the season (ends Oct. 28), departing from the Harborage Marina, Boyne City, 9am. Hosted by the North Country Bicycle Club. schedule: cmjbrown@live.com.

Traverse History From Above: Aerial photos of TC landmarks from the 1920s through the 1970s on display at the TC History Center, now through June.

Birding with Keith: Guided hike through the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, June 22. Cost, $10 per adult. 231-378-2000 ext. 7000.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Downtown, every Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Village Farmers Market: Every Monday on the piazza of the Grand Traverse Commons, 3-7pm, featuring live music.

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

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

Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2 donation to participate. 947-6675.

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.

Record Revival Night: Bring your records to Tastes of Black Star Farms, at the Grand Traverse Commons, and listen to tunes while sipping on wine, every Thursday, 6-9pm.

Meditation & Yoga: Free meditation class at Shanti School of Yoga, TC, every Friday, 7:30pm; free Om Gentle Yoga on Sunday, 10:30am.

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

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


Art Furniture Show: Northgoods, Petoskey, June 7-21. Opening reception on June 8 includes performance by Kirby, along with a wine and cheese reception. Call 231-347-1775 for info.

Summer Celebration: Featuring works of Northern Michigan scenery at Live For Art Gallery, Beulah. Opening celebration, June 21, 5-7pm.

Oil Painters of America: Featuring over 350 paintings from across the U.S. and Canada, on display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, June 20-Aug. 21. Private and public receptions, demos and lecture June 21 & 22.

"Dumpsterpieces": TCAPS students decorated area American Waste TC dumpsters, on display in the alley between Union and Cass streets.

Hit the Wall Series: L'Chayim Delicatessen, Beulah, presents work by photographer Kimberly Blok, 5- 7pm on June 20.

Michigan Artists: Fiber arts at Wool & Honey, Cedar, on June 14, 6-9pm; June 15, 10am-4pm.

Grissom & Radca/Member Show: Exhibit at the Elizbabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, June 7- July 7. Opening reception, 6-8pm.

Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors: Juried photo exhibit that raises awareness of the benefits of local farming, happening at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Accepting submissions June 1-Sept. 12. For info, crookedtree.org.

The Heart & the Head: Painting exhibition by Susan Offi eld at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, June 22-July 3. Opening reception, June 22 from 7-9pm. Artist reception, June 28, 5-7pm. threepinesstudio.com.

Cadillac Characters: Seward Johnson sculpture exhibit returns to the streets, parks and sidewalks of Cadillac, through August.

MackinacMasterpieces: Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit reproductions of masterpieces, displayed outside Mackinac Island tourist spots. For info: dia. org/insideout.

Employee Art: Created by current and former employees at Brew, TC, through the month of June. All work available for sale.

Art of the Watershed: Photography by Mark Lindsay and John A Gessner available for sale at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, through Sept. 19.

Open Knitting, Crocheting & Spinning: Saturdays, 9-11am, at Wool & Honey in Cedar.

Environments: Exhibition by Jerry Gates celebrating Earth, sky, water and place, at Gallery 50, located in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Open through June.

Rod Lawrence: Exhibition by acclaimed wildlife artist at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, May 1-June 29.

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


Deadline for is Tuesday (Wednesday, if you're lucky) for the following week

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