Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Erin Crowell - October 14th, 2013  

OCT 14-20

Local stylists, designers, clothiers and models will rock the runway at the annual Global Hair & Fashion Show, Oct. 19, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The New York style fashion show includes a cash bar and appetizers. Tickets start at $35, which benefit the Women's Resource Center. Visit womensresourcecenter.org for more information. Photos by Sarah Brown Photography.

monday 10/14

Making It Count Series: Chris Wendel of Northern Initiative will discuss how to finance your small business, at Grow Benzie, Benzonia, 6:30pm. Potluck, 5:30pm.

Marching Band Expo: Area bands perform at Thirlby Field, TC, 5pm. TIckets, $5/person; $3/student and $10/family.

Signature Chefs Auction: Sample signature dishes by area chefs, at the Hagerty Center, TC, 5:30pm. Benefits the March of Dimes. For ticket info, visit signaturechefsauctiontc.com.

Great Lakes Water Levels: Presented by Hans Van Sumeren, director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, at the History Center, TC, 7pm. 231-392- 1215.

Auditions for "A Christmas Carol": Hosted by the Leelanau Players at the Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire Department meeting room, 7pm. For info, 231-620- 7287.

National Writers Series: David Finkel, author of "The Good Soldier," which examines life after war, will discuss his work at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Includes guest host and Writers Series co-founder, Doug Stanton. Tickets available at cityoperahouse. org.

tuesday 10/15

Major Gen. Jerry Cannon: Guest speaker, running for Michigan's First Congressional District, at the Boyne City Public Library, 12:30pm. RSVP by Oct.14 to 231-582-9005.

Author Alex George: Discussing his book, "A Good American," at the City Opera House, 7pm. Part of the TC Reads community project. Tickets, $15.

Fundraiser Luncheon: Connecting Women in Business group hosts the event at Sage Restaurant at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, 11:30am-1:30pm. Tickets help fund Go Grants, which provide scholarships to area girls in the Char-Em ISD service area. Cost, $35. petoskey.com.

"Improvements Needed in Michigan Courts": Featuring retired MIchigan Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Kelly, at the Old Art Building, Leland, 7pm. Suggested $10 donation benefits League of Women Voters Leelanau County.

Reflections by the Bay: Susan Johnson performs Broadway tunes at the Benzie Shores District Library, Frankfort, 1pm. Free.

Audtions for "A Christmas Carol": (See Mon.)

wednesday 10/16

Jazz Jam: Bring your instruments and ears to Workshop Brewing Company, TC, 7pm-12am, hosted by Dave Collini, Jack Dryden and Ron Getz.

Feeding Your Family: Free nutrition lecture at Performance Chiropractic, TC, 6:15pm. RSVP to 922-0111.

SafeTALK Workshop: Suicide awareness event hosted by Third Level Crisis Center, TC. For registration info, thirdlevel.org.

Harbor Heroes: Community event celebrating local standouts, at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, 5:30pm. Tickets, $40. Visit harborspringschamber. com.

TC Fall Fashion Show: Presented by the Zonta Club of TC at the Hagerty Center, 11:45am. Includes shopping, door prizes and luncheon. Tickets, $40. zontatc.org.

Lecture Series: Chris Bashinelli, founder and host of Bridge the Gap TV, asks the audience, "What's it like to walk in someone else's shoes?", a story of life from around the world, at North Central Michigan College's gym, Petoskey, 7pm. Free, but tickets required at Petoskey campus locations. 231-348-6605.

thursday 10/17

Boyne City Business After Hours: Farley Calendar, Co., 7pm.

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: All Smiles Family Dentistry, 5-7pm.

"Sherlock's Last Case": Performance by the Little Traverse Civic Theater at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. ltct.org (see related story).

Future of Cinema Film Festival: Interlochen Arts Academy, all weekend. Include screenings, performances and lectures. For info, tickets.interlochen.org.

Petoskey Business After Hours: Bay Harbor Hotel, 5-7pm. Cost, $7, $12 for non-chamber members.

International Affairs Forum: Former Iranian hostage, Michael Metrinko presents, "Iran and the United States: Time for a Reset?" at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 6pm.

Benzie Business After Hours: Frankfort Pines, 5-7pm.

friday 10/18

SwingShift & the Stars: Six local celebrities paired with six dance instructors take on the second round at the City Opera House, TC, 6:30pm. Tickets start at $20. cityoperahouse.org.

Registration Deadline: For annual Freshwater Summit, at the Hagerty Center on Nov. 1. Visit gtbay.org.

YMCA Family Night: Grand Traverse location, 6- 8pm, includes games, pizza and refreshments. Free to members, $20 for other households.

"The Rocky Horror Show": The raunchy salute to the science fiction 'B' horror movie of the 1950s, performed by the Manistee Civic Players at the Ramsdell Theater, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tickets, 231-723-9948.

The Spirit of Emmet: Celtic Halloween celebration hosted by the Robert Emmet Society at Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey, 6-11pm. Live music, prizes, kids games, silent auction and food. $10/person.

Petoskey Restaurant Week: Three course menus for $25 and $15 lunches at participating restaurants. For info, petoskeyrestaurantweek.com.

Songwriters in the Round: Performing at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Suttons Bay Art Walk Finale: Self-guided tour featuring local artists and Leelanau wines, 5-8pm.

Presale Ticket Deadline: For Oct. 26 event, Back to School on the Mountain, a Mrs. Mullen's Closet fundraiser that provides clothing and other supplies for children in need throughout Benzie County, at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, 6-11pm. Tickets, $25. Includes silent auction, cash bar & DJ. Available at all five Benzie elementary locations.

Author Paul Bogard: Presents his book, "End of Night," at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 6pm.

"Les Miserables": Presented by the Old Town Playhouse, TC, featuring over 60 cast members. Fri. & Sat., 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm.

"Sherlock's Last Case": (See Thurs.)

Future of Cinema Film Festival: (See Thurs.)

saturday 10/19

Craig Morgan: Country music star performance at Streeters Ground Zero, TC, 8pm (see related article).

Harvest Moon Dance: Switchback performs at the Dhaseleer Events Barn, Charlevoix, 8pm. Tickets, $16.52 in advance. for info, blackcatconcerts.com.

Poetry Reading: Judy Brice reads from "Renditions in a Palette" at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Right Brain One Year: TC brewery celebrates its one year anniversary in new location, 1-8pm. Includes music and indoor flea market.

Gopherwood Concert: Performance by Blake Elliott & the Robinson Affair, along with the Accidentals, at the Cadillac Elks Club, 8pm. Advance tix, $10.

Winter Dance Party Tribute: Ray Anthony performs as Ritchie Valens, Linwood Sasser as Big Bopper and John Meuller as Buddy Holly, at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 8pm. Tix, $15-$25.

Mariposa Michigan 5K: Fundraiser for the Women Empowering Women organization, at Logan's Landing, TC, 9am. Includes a silent auction, 8:30- 11am. For info, mariposapathway.org.

Aged to Perfection Reader's Theater: Performance of "Kugelmass," by Woody Allen and "Mere Mortals," by David Ives, at the Depot Theater, TC, 7pm; Sunday, 3pm. For info, 231-947-2210.

Hair for Strength: Haircuts, manicures, scalp massages and snacks at Bella Amici Salon, TC, 9am- 3pm. Fundraiser for Shannon Kochis, whose husband was recently killed in a car accident. For services info, call 922-7209.

Halloween Pool Party: East Jordan Pool, 5-7pm. Games, pumpkins, dancing, prizes and goodies.

Peak 2 Peak Mountain Bike Classic: Three race length options, on single track and dirt roads, at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Registration info, endomanpromotions.com/events/peak2peak.

Author Sue Merrell: Signing her book, "One Shoe Off," at Horizon Books, TC, 2-4pm.

Leaf Peeker Craft Show: East Jordan Community Center, 10am-4pm.

Illustrator Talk: Glenn Wolff discusses his latest book, with Robert Sullivan, "A Child's Christmas in New England," at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.

Live Music: Clayton Smith performs at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Iceman Cometh Practice Ride: Warm up for the November race, from Kalkaska to Timber Ridge, TC, starts at 10am. Includes post-ride party at the Grand Traverse Resort with Bell's Beer. For info, einsteincycles.com.

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program: Collection at Beulah Park Pavilion, 9am, hosted by the Benzie Conservation District. For info, 231-882-4391.

Arcadia Fall Festival: Hayrides, bake walk, silent auction, dinner, live music and kids games, 2-9pm, at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.

Harvest Party: Barn dance with live music by Nathan Bates at Bluestem Farm, East Jordan, 5- 8pm. Call 231-459-8968 for more info.

Parent/Child Drop-In Craft: Scrap TC, noon-2pm, for both parents and their children. $7.

Craft & Bake Fair: First Baptist Church, TC, 9am- 4pm. Call 231-946-4727.

Letters Home: Actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East brought to life at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 8pm. dennosmuseum. org.

Rock-N-Roll Reunion: Performance by John D. Lamb, Myk Rise, Oni Werth and Bill Newland at Leg's Inn, Cross Village, 8:30pm.

4th Annual Pumpkin Festival: Live music, pumpkin pie contest and more at the East Jordan park, 1-4pm.

Recovery Plus: Demos, discussion and info for women who have had or are currently living with breast cancer at the Grand Traverse Resort, 8:30am. Cost, $25.

Safe Passage Fiesta: Benefit for children of Guatemala City garbage dump, featuring music by Billy Strings and Don Julin, Guatemalan arts and crafts, buffet by area chefs and more, at the Children's House, TC, 5:30-8:30pm. For ticket info, safepassage.org.

Free Speaker Series: Farming and food discussion with Harvest Party for kids, Suttons Bay High School, 3pm. Free. leelanauconservancy.org.

Global Hair & Fashion Show: New York-style event featuring local salons, hair stylists, clothiers and designers at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Cash bar, 6pm; runway show, 7pm. Tickets, $35, which benefits the Women's Resource Center.

Club Car Raffle: Golf cart raffle at the Rotary Club, Kalkaska. For info, theauctionworks.org/rotarykalkaska.

Opera Verdi: Performance focusing on Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi, at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. cityoperahouse.org. Tickets start at $25.

Agape Ringers: Handbell concert at Boyne City High School, 7pm.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

"The Rocky Horror Show": (See Fri.)

Petoskey Restaurant Week: (See Fri.)

"Sherlock's Last Case": (See Thurs.)

Future of Cinema Film Festival: (See Thurs.)

sunday 10/20

Fall Hike: Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 1pm. Hosted by the Sierra Club. For info, call 810-632- 7766.

End of the Season Bash: Music by the Jelly Roll Blues Band and costume contest at Legs Inn, Cross Village, 9:30pm.

"Tchaik 4" with Traverse Symphony Orchestra: Includes performance by the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 3pm. Tix start at $20.

St. Andrews Society of NW Michigan: Dinner, music, raffle and door prizes at Ruby Tuesday, TC, 5:30pm. RSVP to 947-3902.

"Les Miserables": (See Fri.)

"The Rocky Horror Show": (See Fri.)

Petoskey Restaurant Week: (See Fri.)


GMO-Free Week: Learn more about genetically modified organisms, and sample GMO-free products at Oryana Natural Food Market, TC, Oct. 14-20.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons and food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month.

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month: Spay/neuter rebates at Cherryland Humane Society, through Oct.

Free Community Walks: Every Thursday, 11am, at various trailheads throughout Grand Traverse. For info, facebook.com/traversecitywalks. Through Oct.

Haunted Hayrides: Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, from 7-9:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays. Cost, $10/person for 12 & older. Includes refreshments.

Drive-Thru Haunt: Free, family-friendly, self-guided musical tour through haunted displays at Tee Lake Resort, Lewiston, dusk-10pm. Sept. 27-Nov. 2. Terror at Tee Lake walk-through, Oct. 19, 25, 26 & Nov. 1, 7-10pm. For info, TerrorAtTeeLake.com.

Haunted Forest: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, 6:30-9:30pm, Oct. 19 & 26. $8 for ages nine & older.

Manistee Ghost Ship: Every weekend in Oct., 7:30- 10:30pm. For info, carferry.com.

Screams in the Dark 2: Four attractions in one location: Haunted Hayride, Haunted Trail, Swamp of Suffering and Pandemonium, at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, TC. Open Friday-Sunday in Oct. and Nov. 1 & 2, from 7-11pm. screamsinthedark. com for info.

Fall Festival Weekends: Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Kalkaska, now through Oct. 27 (weekends), featuring hayrides, games, face painting and more. Autism Days, with 10% of all proceeds to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan, from Sept. 27-29.

TerrorVision Haunted Walk: Kingsley farm haunt at 5010 Pierce Rd., every Friday & Saturday in Oct., dusk-11pm. Includes a dusk walk. For info, ghostfarm.net.

Scream in Wolverine: Featuring Kurb & Burb's House of Horror, The Swamp of Terror and the Crazed Clown Convention, located two miles north of Wolverine on Old 27. Every Thurs-Sat. in Oct., plus Nov. 1 & 2, from 7-11pm. ScreaminWolverine.com.

Fall Festival Weekends: Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, every Saturday & Sunday from Sept. 28-Oct. 27, 11am-4pm. Pumpkin painting, farm market, pig races, hayrides and more.

Learn to Play Ultimate Frisbee: Tuesdays at the Civic Center, TC, 6pm. Games start at 7pm. Search 'Traverse City Ultimate' on Facebook.

Elk Rapids Area Career Connection: Meeting every other Wednesday, starting Sept. 11, at the Area Chamber of Commerce, 9-10am. Call 231-620- 8175.

Poetry Reading: Third Friday of each month at Gateway Gallery, Vanderbilt, 6-8pm.

Acoustic Open Mic: Every second Sunday of the month, 2-4pm, at Gateway Gallery, Vanderbilt.

Om Gentle Yoga: Sundays, 10:30am, at Shanti School of Yoga (Logan's Landing, TC). Free. Call 231-632-0615.

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


BLOOM Floral Design Workshop: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Oct. 17, from 6-9pm. For info, crookedtree.org.

Michigan Melody: Exhibition celebrating instrument makers of Michigan and The Joy of Music Through Fine Art, at the Charlevoix Arts Center, through Nov. 30.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. Accepting submissions through Oct. 18. Opening Nov. 6, 3-7pm. northernlakescmh.org.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop and Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, 13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

Printmaker, Dorothy Anderson Grow: Featured at Traverse City Art & Design Studio, now through Oct.

"The Color and Atmosphere of Leelanau": Paintings by Gene Rantz at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, through Oct. 14. 231-334-3179.

A Walk Along on the Shore: Photography by Robert deJonge at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, now through Nov. 8. crookedtree.org.

Through a Prism: Photography exhibit featuring work by Ragnar Avery, Mark Bear, Calvin Boulter, Mark Lindsay, Mark O'Shaughnessy and Bob Simmerman at the Traverse Area District Library, through Oct.

Women Reflect Rejoice Reform: Collection of visual and performance art at the Jordan River Arts Center, East Jordan, runs through Nov. 10.

Colors: All media show at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, through Oct. 30.

Dorothy Anderson Grow: Print work featured at Traverse City Art and Design Studio through October.

An Unholy Alliance: Exhibition featuring work by Mary Beth Acosta and Bruce Dunlap at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. Opening Oct. 4 through Nov. 1.

Local Painters Phillip Deloria & Susan Flanders: Art Cats Gallery, Petoskey, now through Oct. 30.

Juried Fine Art Exhibit: Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, now through Nov. 2.

"Barre Chords to Mixer Boards: Music is Art.": Multi-media show at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Oct. 4-Dec. 1. thevillagetc.com.

Down on the Farm: Art in Agriculture, at Gallery Fifty in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, through October.

Out Up North: Watercolor art by Sarah Tule at Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix.

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

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