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 - August 12th, 2013  

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"Hit it!" The Official Blues Brothers Revue, produced by Dan Akroyd, brings the comedy and hits of the original 1980s cult classic film to life on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Kirtland Community College's Performing Arts Center in Roscommon. Kieron Lafferty and Wayne Catania embody the characters known as Jake and Elwood in this live gospel, blues and soul music performance. Tickets are $32-$37 and available at kirtlandcenter.com.

monday 8/12

Michigan Writers: Present a program on why and how to get a writing residency, at the University Center, TC, 7-9pm. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Northern District Fair: Cadillac fairgrounds, featuring 4-H exhibit, carnival, tractor and horse pulls, demolition derby, live music and more. Visit northerndistrictfair.org.

Adult Summer Reading Program Finale: Refreshments in the Harding Memorial Garden of the Peninsula Community Library, TC, 7pm. Includes a drawing. Free.

Family Anishinaabemowin: Native language and culture camp at the Powwow grounds, Peshawbestown, 8am-2pm. Free event includes camping and meals. For info, 231-534-7758.

Free Science Sails: Hands-on ecology lesson of the issues facing the Great Lakes, aboard the Inland Seas Education Association's schooner, "Inland Seas" in Charlevoix on Monday and Harbor Springs on Tuesday. Both sails take place at 2pm. For info, schoolship.org or 231-271-3077.

Lights Out Across the Straits: Dark sky challenge between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace communities, observed between 10:30-11:30pm.

Underground Comedy Show: Joel Tracey presents magic, music, comedy and juggling at the Alden District Library, 7pm. Free.

Alden Library Book Sale: 9am-5pm.

tuesday 8/13

26th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: Includes sidewalk sales, kids games and live music, along with the annual 5K Pet Run/Walk at the Youth League Baseball Fields, downtown parade, Ducks race on the river and alumni football game on Sat. bellairechamber.com.

Chain-of-Lakes History Comes Alive: Presented by Ed McDuffie and Herb Moir at Alden Depot Park, 5pm.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concert: The Snyders perform in Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey, noon.

Manitou Music Festival: The Summer Singers, a 60+ voices of volunteer members, perform at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, Burdickville, 7pm. Free.

Business Start-up Workshop: Free event held at the Parsons-Stulen building at NMC's Aero Park Campus, TC, 5:30-7:30pm. Call 922-3780.

Alden Library Book Sale: 9am-5pm.

Family Anishinaabemowin: (See Mon.)

Free Science Sails: (See Mon.)

Northern District Fair: (See Mon.)

wednesday 8/14

Claudia Schmidt in Concert: Original folk, blues and jazz performance from her album, "Bend in the River: Collected Songs," at Charlevoix Public Library, 7pm. Free.

Mission Point Lighthouse Benefit: Joshua Davis Trio performs at the Jolly Pumpkin, TC, 6pm. Admission includes a dinner buffet. Silent auction and cash bar. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Pop Evil: Rock music performance featuring hits, "Divide," "Trenches" and "Torn to Pieces" at Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie, 7pm. Tickets, $20. kewadin.com.

Manitou Music Festival: Blues singer-songwriter performance by Trina Hamlin featuring the True Falsettos at Leelanau School Green, Glen Arbor, 8pm. Tickets, $15 ($13 for members); ages 18 & under are free.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concert: Kirby performs in Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey, noon.

Hell Yeah: Rock music performance with guests Scarkazm and Machine Gun Logic at Streeters Ground Zero, TC, 8pm. Advance tickets, $22. 18 & older show. groundzeroonline.com.

Evening on River Street: Live music in Elk Rapids, 6-9pm.

Concerts in the Park: Payton Bartley performs at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort, 7pm.

Alden Library Book Sale: 9am-5pm.

Family Anishinaabemowin: (See Mon.)

26th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: (See Tues.)

Northern District Fair: (See Mon.)

thursday 8/15

Boyne City Business After Hours: Eagles Hall, 5:30-7:30pm.

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: Bowsers by the Bay, 5-7pm.

"It's Daylight in the Swamps!": Musical tribute to Wisconsin and Michigan lumberjacks, presented by Bill Jamerson at Elk Rapids Museum, 7pm. $5 admission for adults; $2 for students.

Elvis Lives: Performance by Jake Slater at Little Bohemia, 7-9pm. Tix, $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Buckley Old Engine Show: Farm, sawmill and threshing demos, exhibits, food, flea market and more. Visit buckleyoldengineshow.org.

Concert on the Lawn: Bay Area Big Band, directed by Chris Bickley, performs on the lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions, 7pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Author Steve Lehto: Discussing his 2006 Michigan Notable Book, "Death's Door" at Kalkaska County Library, noon.

Leland Sidewalk Sales: 9am-5pm.

Norfolk Harvest Festival: Historical period demos, costumes, workshops, performances and more in Veterans Park, Boyne City (see related article).

Swingshift & the Stars: Preview of the 2013 season at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 5-6:30pm. Tickets, $12. Includes entry to National Geographic Birds of Paradise reception and exhibition (6:30-8pm), hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

Roots on the River: The Moxie Strings perform at the Jaycees' Gazebo, Manistee, 7pm.

Trina Hamlin in Concert: Singer-songwriter performance at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Folk Music Performance: E Minor, Steven Leaf and Caul Bluhm perform at the Old Art Building, Leland, 7:30pm. Tickets, $12. Call 231-256- 2131.

Alden Library Book Sale: 9am-5pm.

Twilight Sale: Downtown Frankfort, 6-9pm.

26th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: (See Tues.)

Northern District Fair: (See Mon.)

friday 8/16

Songwriters in the Round: Robin Lee Berry, Jere Stormer and Jim McNeiece perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Trina Hamlin: Blues singer-songwriter performance at Conundrum Cafe, Elberta, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

"Squabbles": Comedy directed by Nancy Lyon and presented by the Manistee Civic Players at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm. Sunday at 2pm. Call 231-723-9948.

Paella in the Park: Area restaurants serve up the Spanish dish, paired with wine from Old Mission. Includes beer and bloody marys, along with live music by Cuban orchestra Grupo Aye, The Resolvers, Younce Guitar Duo and Heatbox, at the Open Space, 5-11pm. porterhouseproductions.com (see related article).

Charlotte Ross Lee Concert: Pete Kehoe performs in Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey, noon.

Free Dentistry: Beacon Dental Center, Charlevoix, all day. For more info, call 231-547-9141.

Paddle for Pints: Brewery pub crawl by kayak down the Boardman River, with stops that include Filling Station, Right Brain, North Peak and The Workshop, starting at noon. Tickets, $20 (see related article). tcaletrail.com.

Festival on the Bay: Petoskey event featuring kayak demos, vendor booths on the Promenade, kids activities, 5K run/walk, petting zoo, duck race, and live music by Funktion, Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Dance Hall Rockers and more. Visit petoskeyfestival.com.

Sidewalk Sale: East Jordan, 9:30am-5:30pm, featuring a Jimmy Buffet style summer party.

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: Petoskey Fairgrounds. Featuring carnival rides, 4-H, derbies, horse pulls and more. Includes performance by Justin Moore on Aug. 22.

Toughman Cagefighting: Mixed martial arts combat event at the Cheboygan Ice Rink Pavilion, 8pm. Tickets, $25 at the door; kids five & under are free. Beverage tent open to benefit Cheboygan Jaycees. Interested participants call: 989-350-1720.

Leland Sidewalk Sales: 9am-5pm.

Movie & Pizza: Showing "Labyrinth" at the Kalkaska County Library, 1-3pm. Includes pizza.

Alden Library Book Sale: 9am-5pm.

37th Annual Frankfort Art Fair: Market Square Park, 4-8pm on Friday; 10am-5pm on Sat. Includes collectors car show, pancake breakfast and library books sale on Sat.

Northern District Fair: (See Mon.)

26th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: (See Tues.)

Norfolk Harvest Festival: (See Thurs.)

Buckley Old Engine Show: (See Fri.)

saturday 8/17

9th Annual Churchill Classic: 5K & 10K Run/1 Mile Run in Cheboygan.

Chalk & Chocolate Fest: Bayfront Park, Petoskey. Sidewalk chalk competition starts at 8am near the fishing pond. Chocolate tastings/judge competition during the event for $5 (see related article).

Downtown Traverse City Art Fair: On Cass Street, from Front to Washington, 10am-5pm.

Trunk Show: Natural and raw diamond jewelry by Todd Reed at Gallery Fifty, at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am-7pm.

Otsego County Fair: Kickoff to the week-long fun in Gaylord. Includes 4-H exhibit, carnival and more. otsegocountyfairgrounds.org.

TC Roller Derby Appreciation Night: Final bout of the season versus Bath City at the GT Civic Center, 6pm. Tickets, $12 at the door or $8 in advance (brownpapertickets.com).

Elk Rapids Art & Crafts Show: River Street, 9am- 4pm.

Great Wakes Festival: Water sports, activities and discussions focusing on conservation efforts of the Grand Traverse Bay, at the Open Space in TC from 6-11pm, held in conjunction with the TC Waterman Stand Up Paddleboard National Challenge & Expo.

Author Charlie LeDuff: Bestselling author of "Detroit, An American Autopsy" will be at the Crooked Tree Auditorium, Petoskey, 6-7:30pm. Free.

"Oklahoma!": Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical performance at Northport Community Arts Center, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. Tickets, $20; students, $5. 231-386-5001.

Mountain Bike Trail Building: Darnton Preserve, 9am-2pm, hosted by the Little Traverse Conservancy. Email charles@landtrust.org.

Ice Cream Social: Face painting, music and sweets at the Leland Village Green, 1-4pm. Ice cream available for purchase of $2.

Under the Sea Tea Celebration: Snacks, stories and make-your-own water globe at the Kalkaska County Library, 1pm. RSVP to 231-258-9411.

Singer-Songwriter Performance: LJ Booth and Chris Kokesh present folk harmonies at Aten Place, Boyne Falls, 7:30pm. Tickets, $16. atenplace.com.

Expressive Culture Series: Discussion and tasting of local plants, presented by Karen Sinclair, at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, Peshabestown, 1-3pm.

Book Sale: Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort, 9am-4pm.

Crystal Trifecta Downhill Mountain Bike Series: Featuring three races at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, noon. For info, crystalmountain.com.

6th Annual Flea Market: Zany Consignment Boutique, 318 Vine St. in TC, from 9am-6pm on Saturday; noon-5pm on Sunday.

Dune Dash: Four-mile run/walk to benefit the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail at the Dune Climb, Glen Arbor, 9am. To register, dunedash.com.

Bike-In TC: Showing "Dumb and Dumber" on the lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, dusk. Bring a chair, FM radio and friends! Beer from Short's available for purchase. Free admission.

John Conlee in Concert: Country music performance of such hits as "Lady Lay Down," "Common Man," "In My Eyes"and more, at Southside Hideout, 6pm. Includes guest T. Graham Brown. Tickets, $25-$45.

Barn Dance: Includes dinner buffet, square dancing and live music by Peacemeal string band, and bonfire. Pondhill Farm, Harbor Springs, 7pm. $20 admission; $10 for kids 3-13.

Stone Circle Celebration 30th Anniversary: Free night of storytelling, poetry and music at 9pm. Located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. Turn off US-31 onto Stone Circle Drive and follow the signs.

"The Tramp" and "The Music Tramp": Charlie Chaplin flicks showing at the Music House Museum, Acme, with accompaniment by husband/wife duo, Dale and Gail Zieger on the Wurltizer and piano. Two showings: 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Tickets, $15 for adults; $13 for seniors. 938-9300.

America: at Little River Casino, Manistee, 8pm. Tickets, $20-$50. lrcr.com.

Bark in the Park: Dog & cat adoptions, dog pull, vendors, silent auction, food and more at Hull Park, TC, 11am-3pm. Benefits H.A.N.D.D.S to the Rescue.

Summer's EndFest: Featuring The Bunny The Bear, along with eight other age-friendly bands at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, 5pm. obscurrus.com.

The Official Blues Brothers Revue: Live concert experience featuring original songs from the 1980s film (starring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi), at the Kirtland Center, Roscommon, 8pm. Tickets, $32 & 37. Visit kirtlandcenter.com.

37th Annual Frankfort Art Fair: (See Fri.)

Northern District Fair: (See Mon.)

Norfolk Harvest Festival: (See Thurs.)

"Squabbles": (See Fri.)

26th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival: (See Tues.)

Petoskey Festival on the Bay: (See Fri.)

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Fri.)

Buckley Old Engine Show: (See Fri.)

sunday 8/18

Bike Benzie Tour: Non-competitive event featuring 17, 30, 45, 62 & 100 miles with food stops along the routes. Hosted by Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Visit bikebenzie.com.

Music on the Mountain: The Moxie Strings perform original Americana and Celtic tunes on Bay Mountain of the Homestead, Glen Arbor, 7-9pm. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. 231-334-5100.

Blackberry Smoke: Southern rock concert at Southside Hideout, Buckley, 6pm. (see related article).

Traverse City Triathlon: Held on Old Mission Peninsula, TC, 8am, featuring sprint to Olympic distances. For info, enduranceevolution.com.

Birding at NMC: Hosted by Kay Charter at the TC campus, 1pm. Free. Meet in the lobby.

Norfolk Harvest Festival: (See Thurs.)

"Squabbles": (See Fri.)

"Oklahoma!": (See Sat.)

Otsego County Fair: (See Sat.)

Emmet Charlevoix County Fair: (See Fri.)

Buckley Old Engine Show: (See Fri.)


Free Science & Technology Kids Camp: Open to grades 5-8, at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center, located off Aero Park Drive in TC, from Aug. 12-16. For info, tbactc.org.

Family Activities Week: Great Lakes Children's Museum, from Aug. 12-16, featuring hands-on activities for all ages. For info, GreatLakesKids.org.

Bocce Players Wanted!: Calling for teams in the Sept. 7 Bocce Tournament at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon-5:30pm. Cost, $15/person or $60/team. Visit brownpapertickets.com/ event/428045.

Glen Arbor Farmers Market: Township Hall, every Tuesday, from 9am-1pm.

Sara Hardy Farmers Market: Wed. & Sat. in downtown TC, 7:30am-noon.

Ellsoworth Farmers Market: Tuesdays through mid- October, 5-7pm, near the high school.

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

Alden Farm Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park.

Good Hart Farmers Market: Saturdays, 2-5:30pm, at the General Store.

Harbor Springs Farm Market: Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

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

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

Boyne City Farmers Market: Veterans Park, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Hilly Hollow Playdates: Hosted by TC Cooperative Preschool at 720 S. Elmwood St., TC, 10am-noon on Aug. 20, Sept. 10. For info, tccoop.org.

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

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

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.

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

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

Hike to Fort Dewey: Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, July 13 & 27. Cost, $10. michiganlegacyartpark.org.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Events at Grass River Natural Area: Located in Bellaire, with weekly events that include nature hikes, kids activities, mushroom hunts and more. Visit natureiscalling.org for complete schedule.

Antique Wedding Gown & Quilt Display: Castle Farms, Charlevoix, from Aug. 6-14, 9:30am-4pm.

Open Mic by the Bay: Presented by Freshwater Events in Clinch Park, TC, every Tuesday, 6-8pm and Sunday, 1-3pm. Sign up: freshwaterevents.com.

Fridays with Britt: Learn more about gardening with Grow Benzie, 5885 M115, Benzonia, every Friday from 9am-noon.

Evenings on River Street: Live music every Wednesday, in Elk Rapids, 6-9pm.

Free Ranger Programs: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, in Empire, through Sept. 2. For info, visit nps.gov/slbe.

Alden Evening Strolls: Featuring live music, every Thursday, 7-9pm, through Aug. 15.

Stone Circle Gatherings: Poetry, storytelling and music every Saturday, 8pm, through Aug. 31. Located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. Cost, $5/adults; $3/kids. terry-wooten.com.

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

Family Fun Day: Wednesdays at the gym at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, 11am-7pm, through Aug. 28. Cost, $5/family.

Great Lakes Fossil Exhibit: Boardman River Nature Center, TC. natureiscalling.org.

Jazz at Sunsets: Thursdays, 7-9:30pm, featuring live music at Chateau Chantal, TC. Free. Includes live painting demo by Artist in Residence, Lisa Flahive.

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


Quilt Show: Depot Museum, Alden, Aug. 2-4, from 1-4pm. Free entry.

Artists Discussion: Edie Joppich, Denise Goldschmidt and Tom Woodruff discuss how to prepare and market your work, at the Leelanau Township Building, Northport, Aug. 14 at 6pm.

Watercolor Artists: Oral Carper and Harriett Mittelberger present at the Glen Arbor Art Association, Aug. 16 & 18.

August Art Show: Featuring pottery by Andrew Otis, at Parkside Arts Council, Bellaire. Artist reception held Aug. 13, from 6-8pm.

Plein-Air on-site Art Competition: Cadillac area, 8am-6pm. Meet the artists and refreshments to follow. For info, Call 231-775-8282 or email info@ brinksframing.com.

Fine Art Paintings by Margie Guyot: Jazz saxophonist turned artist presents her work at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, now through Aug. 15. crookedtree.org for more info.

Art Full Room Living with Art: Exhibit at the Jordan River Art Center, East Jordan, Aug. 11-Sept. 22. jordanriverarts.com.

Creativity from Start to Finish: Guest clay artist Rex Benson featured at Bier Art Gallery, Charlevoix, through Aug. 10. Artist reception, Aug. 9, 6-9pm; dem on Aug. 10, from 10am-5pm. biergallery.com.

Crooked Tree Photographic Society: Summer exhibition at City Hall Building, Petoskey.

School of Fish & Shiny Things: Sculpture works by Stephen Palmer at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Aug. 3-14.

Call for Artists: Display your work at the weekly Friday Music in the Park event at the Northport Marina, 6pm. Email redmullein@gmail.com.

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. threepinesstudio. com.

Wood, Water & Stone: Ceramic art at Tamarack Gallery, Omena, July 20-Aug. 19.

Watercolor Immersion: Featuring 30 award-winning paintings from the Michigan Water Color Society traveling exhibit, along with lectures on watercolor by artists, at the ArtCenter, TC, July 13-Aug. 16. artcentertraversecity.org.

Juried Fine Arts Exhibition: Acccepting entries into the Crooked Tree Arts September show. For complete rules and info, visit crookedtree.org.

Fear & Folly: Forging A Life on Canvas: Paintings by Marcia K. Hales on display at Gallery Fifty, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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