Letters 05-23-2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jamie Kauffold - January 3rd, 2014  

DEC JAN 30-05

4th Annual CherryT Ball Drop! Held at the corner of Front & Park St. in downtown TC this New Year’s Eve, the excitement starts at 9pm with live entertainment from funk band The Supplements, featuring Miriam Pico, Northern DJ connection, a visit from the Coast Guard and more. Suggested admission donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items to benefit the Goodwill Food Pantry and other local nonprofits.



Ski & Snowboard Demo Day: From 9am-4:30pm, try the latest ski equipment at Schuss, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire. www.shantycreek.com

Story Hour: Winter Holidays: Hear stories & do some activities & a craft. 10-11am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Author Talk & Signing: Andrew Graybill, “The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West”: 4-5pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Feed the Birds Holiday Happening: Bring a few feathered friends right up to your window with munchies you make to put outside for them. 11am-3pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Morning Movie: Enjoy a classic holiday movie in your jammies. 10am, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

tuesday 12/31

4th Annual CherryT Ball Drop: Held at the corner of Front & Park St. in downtown TC, the excitement starts at 9pm with live entertainment from funk band The Supplements, featuring Miriam Pico, Northern DJ connection, a visit from the Coast Guard & more. Suggested admission donation of $3 or three non-perishable food items to benefit the Goodwill Food Pantry and other local nonprofits. www.cherrytballdrop.com

Countdown to 2014 at Noon!: Activities begin in the Great Lakes Room at 11am & go until 3pm. Countdown at 11:59am. Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC.

NYE Extravaganza: 4pm-2am, Phil’s on Front, TC. Featuring live music & a midnight breakfast. www.philsonfront.com

2nd Annual Northport Ball Drop: At Brew North.

New Years Eve Bash: Three parties for $10 in Ground Zero, Streeters, TC: Party 1 (8pm-2am): Featuring Rock 105 staff, along with EverShine & special guests on Streeters Cafe Stage. Party 2 (8pm-2am): WTCM’s Steveo will mix top country hits. Party 3 (9pm-3am): Featuring Z93’s Host Ron Pritchard. Dance club party with DJ Fade & DJ DomiNate. 932-1300.

New Year’s Eve at Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire: Ski for free from 6:30-11pm at Summit Mountain. Fireworks at midnight. www.shantycreek.com

Governors’ Hall New Year’s Eve Party: Beginning at 6pm, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. This “Roaring 20’s” theme features music from The BlueWater Kings Band. For more info: 800-236-1577.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party: 6pm-1am, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. For more info: 231-534-6770.

New Year’s Eve Overnight: 6pm-9am, Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan. For ages 4-14. Call to register: 231-536-3369.

New Years Eve 2014 - “Shaken Not Stirred”: Performances by Randy Moore & The Fabulous Suedes, Doug Decker Duo, DJ Shawn, Bond Girls & a James Bond impersonator. Odawa Casino, Petoskey. www.odawacasino.com

Dances of Universal Peace - Global Peace Dance: 7pm, Llama Meadows Eco Farm, Benzonia. Led by Betty Demers & Jessica Noe of the Peaceful Sisters. $7-10 donations appreciated. 231-882-4933.

Celebrate the New Year at Boyne Highlands Resort, Bay Harbor: Zoo Bar Party (ages 21+) held from 9pm-1am, featuring the Myk Ride Band. Tickets, $10. Call 231-526-3000 to reserve. Torchlight Parade & fireworks at 9:30pm. Teen Party (ages 12-20), 10pm-12:45am. Polar Cubs Party (ages 2-11), 6:15pm-1am. www.BOYNE. com/EventsCalendar or 231-526-3000.

Ringin’ in the New Year at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls: 9pm-1:30am, Civic Center. Featuring Double Trouble DJs, confetti cannon, & much more. Torchlight Parade & fireworks, 9:15-10pm. www.BOYNE.com/EventsCalendar or 231-549- 6000.

New Year’s Eve Dance: 8pm, Parish Hall, Maple City. Featuring the Watkoski Family Band & Bobby Atkinson. $15/person. 231-228-6641.

New Year’s Eve at Brewery Ferment, TC: Happy hour 4-6pm & 10pm-close. Free prize popcorn. Special bottle conditioned beers.

Pajama Party: 6:30am-12pm, River St., downtown Elk Rapids.

New Year’s Eve at the Arts Center: Enjoy this all age, family friendly, alcohol-free & artistic celebration at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Enjoy music, theatre, art & dance from 5-9pm. “Midnight at 9” ball drop. www.crookedtree.org

wednesday 1/1

Resolution Run: This 5k starts at 11am at Little Fleet, TC. $35 race fee goes to the Traverse Health Clinic. Packet pickup on Dec. 31, 3- 6pm, Cartridge World, TC. Can sign up at: www.traversehealthclinic.org

thursday 1/2

Get Crafty Holiday Happening: Featuring an assortment of scraps & stuff for you to get creative with. 11am-3pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.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.

friday 1/3

First Fridays: Held at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC from 5-8pm or later. Featuring The Neptune Quartet at Left Foot Charley, Pat Ivory at Notably Natural, Greg Seaman at One of a Kind Cycle, Poetry Slam at Cuppa Joe, and New Exhibit: Paintings by Daniel Oberschulte at Gallery Fifty. www.thevillagetc.com

Artist Talk with Steve Loveless: 5:30- 6:30pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. www. Oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

Toddler Time - Snow Much Fun: Kids of all ages have a sensory experience with experimenting with snow & ice. 10am-noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC.

Cabin Fever Artist Talk with Steve Loveless, Beulah: Steve will present his landscape photography at the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort at 5:30pm. 231-352-4151.

saturday 1/4

Michigan Cup 6-Hour Team Relay & Potluck: This cross-country skiing event begins at 10am at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Grayling. www.nordicskiracer.com

New Year’s Psychic Fair: Featuring tarot readings, channeling, Reiki, reflexology & more. 10am- 6pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805. Care Fair/Health Fair: 10am-noon, Manistee United Methodist Church. 231-723-6219.

Men’s Quarterly Breakfast: 8:30-10:30am, Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. Register: www. bponline.org or 922-9882. No cost, but donations accepted.

Frozen Torch Snowshoe Race: Featuring both 5K & 10K events, as well as a Fun Walk on the frozen hills of Torch Lake & the property of YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha. Preregistration (before Dec. 27) is $25; $30 after: www.hayowentha.org Free chili lunch for every participant.

sunday 1/5

Downtown Bridal Show: Noon - 4pm, City Opera House, TC. Featuring over 35 vendors from downtown TC & beyond. Bridal fashion show at 3:15pm. www.downtowntc.com

Practical Applications for Using your Pendulum: With Pam Tiegl. 1-3pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805.


11th Annual Festival of Trains: Held Dec. 14 - Jan. 4 at the History Center of Traverse City. Featuring the Historic Miniature City from Clinch Park, interactive model trains & more. Admission: $5 individuals (4 & under free), $30 family pass. http://traversehistory.org/events/festival-of-trains/

Snowshoe Hikes: Held every Sat. through end of Feb. with park rangers at 1pm at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Meet at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Empire. 231-326-5134, extension 328.

Now Accepting Poetry for Poets’ Night Out 2014: Pick up rules at the Traverse Area District Library or visit: www.poetsnightout.org Deadline for submissions is Jan. 25.

East Jordan Lighted Christmas Village: In EJ Tourist Park through Jan. 5.

Sparkle in the Park: Through Jan. 1 at Hopkins Park Campground, Bear Lake. http://suapi2.org/api/0/e/detail/options:eventid=30729

Earthwork Music Mondays Live: Starting in Dec., 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.

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.

Technique Cooking: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at noon; Thurs., 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which goes toward purchase.

Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan.

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

Calling Poetry Submissions: The annual Poets’ Night Out presented by the Traverse Area District Library is now accepting poetry submissions until Jan. 25 for its 2014 public poetry contest on April 27 at the Traverse City Opera House. Visit www. tadl.org/pno2014 for official entry form & submission details.

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

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

Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9-1, inside Lions Club.

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.

Hip Hop Universe: Competitions, dance lessons & food at the Kalkaska Kaliseum, every third Wednesday of the month, 4:30-7:30pm.

Free Yoga: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:30pm, at Song of the Morning, Vanderbilt.

“Saturday’s Child”: This story time is for families with children ages 3-7. Featuring songs, stories, finger plays, poems, a craft or other activity, and a snack. Held Saturdays from 3-4pm in the Program Room at Petoskey District Library. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3112.

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

Deep Blue Water Samba School: This community samba drumming class is held the 1st & 3rd Mon. of each month from 7:30-9pm at GT Circuit, TC. Cost: $10 sliding scale. 231-276-2328.

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.

Vinyl Night: Bring records to play every Thursday at Little Fleet, TC, all night.

Photography Exhibition: Work by Tom Haxby at the Traverse Area District Library.

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

Preschool Story Hour: Held Wednesdays at 10am & 1pm at Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Read to Chaz, Therapy Reading Dog: Second & fourth Wednesdays of each month, 4-6pm, Interlochen Public Library. 231-276-6767.

Mah Jong: Tuesdays, 1-4 pm, Alden District Library. No limit on participants. All levels. Come and learn or come and play.

Basketry: Wednesdays, 3pm, Alden District Library. Presented by Dorothy Walters. Join anytime. Materials fee—bring with you to the class.

Lil’ Souls Play Group: For moms & kids, birth - 6 years. Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs. of each month from 9:30-11:30am at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. www.bponline.org


The Blissfest Music Organization invites artists to submit designs to be considered for the 34th annual Blissfest Music Festival logo. Submissions must be original artwork & of a size easily scalable for a variety of uses including T- shirts & posters. All formats are acceptable, however, digital artwork preferred in a vectored format. Entries must be received by Feb. 1. For more info, visit: www.blissfest.org

“Places I’ve Been: Paintings by Dan Oberschulte”: Held in Rinaldo Hall, Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC from Jan. 3 - March 31.

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. Hardy Hall, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. For times & more info, call 231-723-2682.

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

Dennos Museum Center, TC: “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, through 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, 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 & the ornament show will continue through this time as well. 231-547-2288.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop & Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, TC. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org

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

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

Calling Artists!: The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts calls entry for the 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit. Registration & info available at: www.gaylordarts.org or 989-732-3242. Entries should be submitted by email from Dec. 16 - Jan. 10.

Call for Art: Community art show at Right Brain Brewery, TC, “Art Bomb,” happening January through March. Visit www.tinyurl.com/artbombtc. com

Send to: class@northernexpress.com The deadline is every Tuesday for the following week’s issue.

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