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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Jamie Kauffold - December 2nd, 2013  

DEC 2-8

“How Grinchy Met the Who”: Berocratic Productions presents this Mash-Up Rock ‘n Roll Musical Christmas Parody. Comedy with live music, dance, aerial arts, & local talent. The play takes a look at this Christmas narrative (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas”) through the lens of the 1970s rock opera “Tommy,” & weaves in other music by The Who. Performances take place this Fri. & Sat., Dec. 6-7 at 7:30pm, InsideOut Gallery, TC. Tickets: $15 advance; $18 door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/505963.

monday 12/2

Career Fair: 1–5pm, Grand Ballroom, Lakeview Hotel, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire. www.shantycreek.com

Death Cafe: Open conversations about death. Basement of Horizon Books, TC, 6-7:30pm. Free. www.deathcafe.org

Great Michigan Read: In relation to the MI Humanities Council State Read of “Annie’s Ghosts,” Peninsula Community Library, TC is showing the film “Stories We Tell” (PG-13) at 7 PM.

Night of Remembering: This candle lighting ceremony will take place at Michael’s Place Family Support Center, TC at 7pm. 947-6453.

Dede & The Dreamers CD Release Party: 6- 8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC.

Jordan Valley Community Band Winter Concert: 3pm, East Jordan community Auditorium. Free admission.

Share & Learn Party: Grow Benzie will host this party for the startup of its Incubator Kitchen & the growth of locally made food products & businesses. Featuring music with Ann-Marie & Michael Parson-McNamara of AMPM247, food samplings & presentations by food product entrepreneurs. 5pm, Grow Benzie, Benzonia. 231-882-5197.

Boyne Chamber Seminar: “Fine Tuning Your Networking Skills - Online & In Person”. Presented by Shari Pash Berger, CHSP. 8:30-10:30am, City Hall, Boyne City. Free. Registration: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a0 7e8k9uk944379f96a&llr=qftsdboab

tuesday 12/3

Dinner with Santa: 4:30-7pm, Elementary Cafeteria, East Jordan.

Traverse Symphony Orchestra Civic String Ensembles’ Ninth FREE Annual Fall Concert: 7pm, First Congregational Church, TC. Enjoy classical string orchestra music & holiday tunes. 947-7120.

An Evening with P.J. Parrish: This author of ten Louis Kincaid and Joe Frye thrillers will be at the Elk Rapids Library, Museum at 7pm.

wednesday 12/4

Victorian Sleighbell Weekend: Dec. 4-8 in Manistee. http://www.manistee.com/scrollingevents/victorian-sleighbell-weekend

InterActive Story Time: “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson. The story is followed by activities & crafts. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org

An Irish Christmas in America: Featuring Irish music, song, dance, humor & more. 7pm, Milliken Auditorium, TC. www.dennosmuseum.org

Writers & Readers Series Presents Local Author Elizabeth Buzzelli: Noon, Kalkaska County Library. 231-258-9411.

thursday 12/5

Art Opening & Holiday Open House, Salon Verve, TC: Enjoy an evening with abstract artist Brandon James. There will also be give aways, specials & more. 5-8pm. 932-8378.

East Jordan Community Night: Starting at 5:30pm, events include a Soup Cook-Off, Lighted Holiday Parade, lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling & more.

Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Holiday Potluck: With caroling led by Al Bonney and Glen Chown. 6pm, American Legion Hall, Old Mission.

Acme Heritage Society Open House: 4-8pm, Hoxsie House, Acme. The lighting of the community Christmas tree will also take place at Bayside Park.

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: Manistee Art Institute artists have been working for months to create these gifts, including pottery, jewelry & small works of art. 1-7pm, Elf Workshop, lower level of Ramsdell Theater, Manistee. 231-723-2682.

Victorian Sleighbell Weekend: Dec. 4-8 in Manistee. http://www.manistee.com/scrollingevents/victorian-sleighbell-weekend

“Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience”: This film will be shown at the Dennos Museum Center, TC at 7pm. Free & includes a panel discussion with the filmmaker. www.dennosmuseum.org

Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board meeting: 6pm, MEA office, TC. Bring non-perishable food items to donate to area food banks. 946-5555.

Art of the Watershed Opening Reception: Featuring photo contest winners. 5-8pm, Watershed Center, TC. www.gtbay.org

Annual Senior Citizen Social: Hosted by the TC West Middle School 8th Grade Student Council. Featuring performances by West Middle School’s octet, jazz band & madrigals. Free. The event will be held in the TC West Middle School Cafeterias from 5-7pm. 231.933.8282.

Latin Christmas with Miriam Pico & Friends: Phil’s on Front, TC. 929-1710.

Story Stew: Featuring “Who Stole the Cookies”. 9:30am, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”: Presented by the Elk Rapids Players at Elk Rapids Town Hall at 7:30pm. The classic tale of Charles Dickens meets Fargo. Tickets $18. 231-264-6330.

friday 12/6

Toddler Time: Indoor Snow! Build an indoor snowman with cardboard boxes of all sizes. 10am-noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org

Live Music with Nicholas James & Clouds: West Michigan singer songwriter James will perform with violinist Clouds at Horizon Books, TC from 8:30-10:30pm. www.horizonbooks.com

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: (See Thurs., except today’s times are 1-9pm.)

Christmas in Mackinaw!: Featuring the tree lighting, Tacky Tinsel Town Car Parade, Santa & more. Mackinaw City. www.mackinawchamber.com

Annual Friends of the Kalkaska County Library Cookie Sale: 8:30am-5pm, Kalkaska County Library. 231-384-6032.

Victorian Sleighbell Weekend: Dec. 4-8 in Manistee. http://www.manistee.com/scrollingevents/victorian-sleighbell-weekend

“How Grinchy Met the Who”: By Berocratic Productions. This is a Mash-Up Rock ‘n Roll Musical Christmas Parody. Comedy with live music, dance, aerial arts, & local talent. The play takes a look at this Christmas narrative through the lens of the 1970s rock opera “Tommy,” & weaves in other music by The Who. 7:30pm, InsideOut Gallery, TC. Tickets: $15 advance; $18 door. www. brownpapertickets.com/event/505963

Warren Miller’s 64th Feature Film: “Ticket to Ride”: 6:30pm, City Opera House, TC. Presented by the Grand Traverse Ski Club & Boyne Country Sports & Don Orr. Tickets, $14; $8 students. http:// www.cityoperahouse.org/shows/info.php?id=210

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Old Town Playhouse: This American holiday tale comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, in this adaptation of the Christmas classic of George Bailey and his search for purpose and love. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 children, $20 group. www.oldtownplayhouse.com

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Ramsdell Theatre: This musical is based on the 1946 film. Presented by the Manistee Civic Players at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee at 7:30pm. Tickets: $20. Visit: www.manisteecivicplayers.org or call 1-800-836-0717.

First Fridays: 5-8pm at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Featuring art, music, food, demos & more. Don Julin & Billy Strings perform at Left Foot Charley; Greg Seaman at One of a Kind Cycle; & Blake Elliott at Boutique a’ la Vie.

North Central Luncheon Lecture: Learn about pollution & damage from storm water runoff from Rick Barber & Jennifer Gelb, a restoration ecologist with the Watershed Protection Team of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. 11:30am, Library conference room, North Central Michigan College, Petoskey. Cost, $10; includes lunch. Reservations required: 231-348-6600.

Holly Daze 2013: Holiday fundraiser for the Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation. “Twas the Night before Christmas” will feature silent & live auctions. Castle Farms, Charlevoix. For more info, call 231-547-8501.

East Jordan Holiday Community Night: 6-8pm. Includes: Holiday Light Parade, Christmas tree lighting, Soup Cook-off, & more. 231-536-7351.

Glenn Wolfe Signing at Holiday Open House: 6pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. 231-347-1180.

“Spring Awakening”: Presented by the Interlochen Musical Theatre, this tells the story of the transition from youth to adulthood & portrays the many feelings of that time of life. 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $24 adults, $21 seniors & $10 students. https://tickets.interlochen.org or 231-276-7800.

NMC Choirs - Sounds of the Season Concert: 8pm, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. $10 adults, $5 seniors over 62 & children under 12, NMC students free. 995-1553.

Downtown TC: Santa’s Arrival, Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: The fun starts at 5pm. Enjoy music by Seth & May, The Overtones, and Philip Stendek, ice on display, live reindeer and more. 922-2050.

Friday night ‘Cabin Fever’ Artist Talks: Cherie Correll shares her artwork at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort. www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

Downtown Petoskey Open House: 6-9pm. Featuring the tree lighting with 9&10 News, Santa, & the Petoskey Steel Drum Band. www.petoskeydowntown.com or 231-622-8501.

“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”: (See Thurs.)

saturday 12/7

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Old Town Playhouse: (See Fri.)

Merry Marketplace: A Christmas Art & Craft Show. 10am-4pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Free.

Northern Michigan Author & Artist Expo: 10am- 1pm, Munnecke Room, Leland Township Library. 231-256-9152.

Horizon Books, TC Events: 10am-12pm: Author Signing - Amelia Hamilton: Author of children’s book, “10 Steps to Freedom: A Growing Patriot’s Guide to the American Revolution”. 12-2pm: Author Signing - Don Lystra: Author of “Something That Feels Like Truth,” a journey through the cities and countryside of the the Great Lakes heartland to as far away as Paris. 2-4pm: Author Signing: Natasha House, “Citizen”: Also the author of “The Jade Series” & “Super Hero Princess”. 4-6pm: Author Signing: Joe Lunkas, “50 Years of Memorable Hunting Experiences”. www.horizonbooks.com

Pet Photos with Santa: Noon-2pm, East Jordan Memorial Park Bandshell.

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: (See Thurs., except today’s times are 1-4pm & 7:30-9pm.)

Holiday Songs from Around the World: Presented by the NMC’s Children’s Choirs. 2pm, Immaculate Conception Church, TC. $10 adults, $5 seniors over 62 & children under 12. 995-1338.

Annual Friends of the Kalkaska County Library Cookie Sale: 9am-3pm, Kalkaska County Library. 231-384-6032.

Victorian Sleighbell Weekend: Dec. 4-8 in Manistee. http://www.manistee.com/scrollingevents/victorian-sleighbell-weekend

“How Grinchy Met the Who”: (See Fri.)

Dailey & Vincent - The Spirit of Christmas Concert: Celebrate the holidays with this awardwinning bluegrass duo. 8pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets, $35/$23. http://www.cityoperahouse. org/shows/info.php?id=180

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Ramsdell Theatre: (See Fri.)

Celebrating Sinatra: Bryan Anthony & the Nelson Riddle Orchestra: Anthony frequently performs with the Glenn Miller & Tommy Dorsey orchestras. 7pm, Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts, Roscommon. Tickets, $32; $37. There is also an Italian dinner buffet before the show, 5-7pm; $15. 989-275-6777. http://www. kirtlandcenter.com/celebrating-sinatra

Lion’s Club Free Community Dinner: 4:30-7pm, Cherryland Middle School, Elk Rapids. www.elkrapidschamber.org

Breakfast with Santa: Decorate your own pancakes, get your picture with Santa, make “reindeer food,” & more. 10am-12pm, Holiday Inn, TC. Cost: $12 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 & under. 947-3700.

19th Annual Small World Show & Sale of Miniature Watercolor Paintings: By artist Charles Murphy. 10am-4pm, Dennos Museum Center, TC. 947-6285.

“Spring Awakening”: (See Fri., with the addition of a 2pm performance today.)

Bay Pointe Single Adults Breakfast: Conversation about “Hope into the New Year!” All single adults throughout the Grand Traverse region are welcome to attend. www.bponline.org or 922-9882.

Downtown Harbor Springs Holiday Open House: 6-9pm. Includes the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, holiday treats, & more. www.HarborSpringsChamber.com or 231- 526-7999.

“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol”: (See Thurs.)

Elk Rapids Community Christmas Celebration: With Santa, live reindeer, storytelling, a Town Crier & more. Downtown Elk Rapids. 1-4pm (most festivities). www.elkrapidschamber.org

Holiday Hobby Craft Show: Boyne City High School, 9-3. $2 admission for adults. http://www.boynechamber.com/

Christmas In Kalkaska: Charity concert event to benefit NW Michigan Foodbank & Toys For Tots. Bands include Hawthorne Heights, Midwest Skies!, Small Town Victory, Joshua Prior, & many more. Kalkaska Civic Center. Admission, $10 + new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food items or gently used blanket/winter items. $2 donation for lock-in after party. www.obscurrus.com

Christmas Celebration at Friske Orchards, East Jordan: 9am-4pm.

Winter Fest at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs: 11am-4pm. Featuring winter hayrides, wreath & cookie decorating, visit with Santa, feed the farm animals & more. www.pondhill.com

NMC Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase: 8pm, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. $10 adults, $5 seniors over 62 & children under 12, NMC students free. 995-1553.

Jingle Bell Jam: Music by Triple Shot, Handpicked, Midnight Special & Rock Supply. Manistee Eagles Aerie 1675, Manistee. Doors open at 6pm; live

sunday 12/8

Toys For Tots Celebrity Poker Tournament: entertainment starts at 7pm. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens in Manistee County. Admission to the concert is one new, unwrapped toy or cash donation. All ages welcome from 6 – 9, after 9PM,18 & up only. 231-510-9675

Manistee Victorian Sleighbell Parade: 5:30pm, River Street. Enjoy treats, concerts & more.

Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge & “Free For All” Bike Race: TC’s non-paved running & biking event held in the spirit of European style cross country. Held on a cross country course on private farmland, a special running course with knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence & stone fence. Events start at noon at Courtade Elementary, TC. http://www.xcchallengetcruns.com/

Christmas In The Village: 2-5pm: Family Open House with horse-drawn carriage rides & crafts with Scrap TC & Left Foot Charley. 5-8pm: Holiday music with Ronnie Hernandez at Silver Fox Jewelry. 6pm: Tree lighting; carrols with TC Central Vocal Majority on front lawn. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC.

“The Magical Songs of Christmas”: Presented by the Leelanau Community Choir at 7:30pm in Leland at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Free. 231-271-6091.

Meadowsweet, TC Holiday Open House: 10am-5:30pm. Food, fun & prizes. www.meadowsweettc.com

Love Your Neighbor Day: Day of charity events on Wellington St., TC. Little Fleet will host a Chili Cook-Off & canned food drive for Goodwill’s Food Rescue Program, & across the road, Front Street’s Tattoo will be hosting Toys for Tats. 12-4pm. www.thelittlefleet.com/events.html

Bring in a new, unopened toy for Toys For Tots & receive $5,000 in chips. $60 entry fee. 2pm, Odawa Casino, Petoskey.

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Old Town Playhouse: (See Fri., except today’s showtime is 3pm.)

“The Magical Songs of Christmas”: Presented by the Leelanau Community Choir at 3pm at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, & at 7pm in Glen Arbor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Free. 231-271-6091.

Seth Bernard & May Erlewine Family Concert: This Michigan duo performs songs just for your little ones. 6-7pm, Blackbird Arts, TC. $10 adults $5 children, under 2 free. 231-421-8085.

Jordan Valley Community Band Holiday Concert: 3pm, East Jordan High School Community Auditorium.

Elf Artists Christmas Shoppe: (See Thurs., except today’s times are 1-5pm.)

Christmas in Mackinaw!: Hear the story of the “Chrismon” Tree Ornaments. 10:30am, Church of the Straits. www.mackinawchamber.com

Victorian Sleighbell Weekend: Dec. 4-8 in Manistee. http://www.manistee.com/scrollingevents/victorian-sleighbell-weekend

Robin Lee Berry & Glenn Wolff: Berry performs jazz & contemporary folk music. Wolff is best known as bassist in the Neptune Quartet. 4pm, Sleder’s Family Tavern, TC. Tickets, $15 advance; $20 door. 947-9213.

St. Francis Parish Christmas Festival: 10:30am- 4:30pm, St. Francis High School gym. Featuring an old-fashioned chicken dinner, Christmas cookie sale, & more. 947-2460.

“Meet Mr. Dickens: This one man show is presented by the Friends of the Bellaire Public Library, & is performed by Mark McPherson at 3pm in the Area Senior’s Activity Center, Bellaire. 231-533-8814.

Compassionate Friends Memorial Candle Lighting: Candles will be furnished & music by the Woody Swift Eagle. 6:30pm, Central United Methodist Church, TC. 231.342.9571.

Bay Film Series: Presents “Museum Hours,” a film about life, love, art and more. 2pm & 5pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Tickets, $8.50 at the door. 231-271-3772.

NMC Concert Band Holiday Concert: 3 p.m., Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. $10 adults, $5 seniors over 62 & children under 12, NMC students free. 995-1553.

“Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: In Context”: In conjunction with “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art,” Mary McNichols, one of the exhibition’s jurors, will present an illustrated lecture. 1:30pm, Dennos Museum Center, TC. www.dennosmuseum.org or 995-1055.

Horizon Books, TC Events: 2-4pm: Author Signing: Ellie Harold, “7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists”. 4-6pm: Authors Signing: Mardi Link, Cari Noga & Heather Shumaker: Link’s newest book is “Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm”. Noga’s books, “Sparrow Migrations” & “Plover Pilgramage,” feature an autistic young man. Shumaker has written a parenting book, “It’s Ok Not to Share”. www.horizonbooks.com

“It’s A Wonderful Life”, Ramsdell Theatre: (See Fri., except today’s time is 2pm.)

11th Annual “Inn at Christmastime”: Holiday tours will be held at the Wellington Inn, TC from 1-5pm. Tickets, $10. www.WellingtonInn.com or 922-9900.


Visit Santa & Mrs. Clause: In Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s Gallery of Shops on the lobby level, 6-8pm, on: Dec. 7, 14, & 21.

TC Sings: Community singing session at the Grand Traverse Circuit, noon-2pm on Wednesdays through Dec. 4; and 7-9pm on Thursdays through Dec. 5. www.heather@tcsings.org.

Earthwork Music Mondays Live: Starting in Dec., 6-8pm, Northern Natural Winery, TC.

Christmas at the Island House: This special holiday exhibit is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 1-4pm, from Dec. 6 - Jan. 5 at the Elk Rapids Historial Society.

Visits with Santa: Saturdays through Dec. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

Technique Cooking: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at noon; Thursday, 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which go toward purchase.

Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan. Special holiday date: Dec. 23.

Michigan Folksong Legacy: Discoveries from the Great Depression, a traveling exhibit from MSU, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, through Jan. 5. www.dennosmuseum.org

Village Farmers Market: Saturday, indoors at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am-2pm.

“Window Night Award”: From Dec. 1-7, business and home windows in Elk Rapids will be judged. For more info call 231-264-8202.

Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School (except Thanksgiving week).

Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.-April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.

Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

22nd Annual Tree of Lights: For each $10 donation either in honor or in memory of a pet or person, a light will be lit on the Christmas Tree of Lights. Begins Dec. 1. Cherryland Humane Society, TC. Donations can be sent here too. 946-5116.

Helping Hands

Bring Mittens, Socks & Hats: To E.J. Bay Winds Federal Credit Union, Charlevoix State Bank & Huntington Bank, through Dec. 13 & hang them on the Christmas tree for Care & Share to distribute.

Calling for ‘UnderPantry’ Donations: United Way of Northwest Michigan has partnered with Goodwill Inn to support their ‘UnderPantry’. Donations of new undergarments (socks, underwear, undershirts and bras) can be dropped off at United Way of Northwest Michigan, the Park Place Hotel, Grace Episcopal Church and all of the local Goodwill Retail locations between November 23rd and December 13th. www.unitedwaynwmi.org or 231-947-3200.

Safe Home Harvest Food & Supply Drive for Women’s Resource Center of Northern MI: Donation drop off sites: Women’s Resource Center, Petoskey; Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona; and Gold Mine Resale Shops, Petoskey. (WRCNM). http://www.wrcnm.org

Christmas Pet Food Drive: Donations of bagged, canned or boxed pet food, pet treats, cat litter & washable toys are appreciated. Bring donations to the Cherryland Humane Society, TC from Dec. 1 - Christmas. 946-5116.

Bikes for Tykes: Donate a new bike or cash donation, & it goes to Toys For Tots. Take them to: VFW POST #2780: Veterans Drive, TC; & AMVETS #114, Elk Rapids. (231) 620-1323.

Northern Michigan Toys For Tots: Visit their Facebook page for info on donating. https:// www.facebook.com/...Michigan-Toys-For- Tots/220559857882


Holiday Art Exhibit: Animal acrylics & watercolors artist Anni Crouter is one of ArtPrize 2013’s top winners. See her exhibit at Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids now through Dec. 29: Weds. - Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon - 4pm. 231 264-0123.

Milagros: This all media exhibit runs from Dec. 6 - Jan. 12 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. This is a collection created by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition that celebrate “milagros,” the small miracles & surprises in life. 231-547-3554.

Christmas at the Manistee Art Institute: Member artists feature many different mediums from watercolors and pastels to ceramics, pottery, collage, photography, mixed media and fabric art. This exhibit opens Nov. 30, from 1-8:30pm. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Dec. 13 from 6:30- 8:30pm. Hardy Hall, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. For times & more info, call 231-723-2682.

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar: Held through Dec. 18 at CTAC galleries. (231) 347-4337. www.crookedtree.org

Jordan River Arts Council’s Gift Market: Held Nov. 24 - Dec. 20 at East Jordan High School Auditorium. jordanriverarts.com or 231-536-3385.

Ian Wilson: Artist-In-Residence: Exploring distortion through portraiture. Through Dec. 10, Kalkaska County Library. 231-258-9411.

“Cabin Fever”: Exhibit at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, through Jan. 3.

Dennos Museum Center, TC: “Annual Cape Dorset Print Exhibition & Sale”: This year’s collection consists of 32 prints by 11 artists. Through  Dec. 1;

“Shine On: Gregory D. Seman”: Photographs of Northwest Michigan. A solo exhibition of black & white silver gelatin prints, presented in association with the publication of a book by the same name. Through Jan. 5; “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes”: Transforming Nature into Art. More than 100 artworks in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, & fabric, from some the region’s most versatile artists. Exhibition produced in conjunction with release of book by the same name. www.dennosmuseum.org

Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Featuring work by Delbert Michel, Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Nov-Dec.

Call for Artists: Accepting all types of media for the March exhibit, "Community, What's Your Connection?", at Bay Pointe Church, TC, Feb. 24- 28. Opening March 14, at 6pm. 922-9882.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org.

Bier Art Gallery’s 4th Annual Ornament Show: Located in the red & white schoolhouse 6 miles south of Charlevoix on US 31. Discover a unique selection of handmade ornaments & gifts featuring the creative works of many talented artisans. Bier Gallery is open daily throughout the holiday season and the ornament show will continue through this time as well. 231-547-2288.

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

The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Nov. 29 through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447. www.threepinesstudio.com

Art Babes Reunion!: This holiday show runs through Christmas; Tues. - Sat., 11am-6pm, Cog’s Creek Gallery & Studios, TC. An open house will be held on Dec. 6 from 5-8pm. www.cogscreekgallery.com

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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