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Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Jamie Kauffold - January 13th, 2014  

JAN 13-19

A Snowsculpting competition & Chili Cook Off are two events that highlight Mackinaw City’s 21st Annual Winter Fest this Thursday - Saturday, January 16-18. You can also look for the Euchre Tournament, Poker Walk and more. http://www.mackinawcity.com/winter-fest-2014-144/

monday 1/13

The Big Picture Society: The League of Women Voters Leelanau County hosts this film presentation, featuring Sally Hawkins in a dramatization of the 1968 labor strike initiated by hundreds of women employed in a London automobile manufacturing plant. No cost. 3pm, Old Art Building, Leland. 231.409.9339.

Moscow Festival Ballet - “Chopinina” & “Romeo and Juliet”: Under the direction of former Bolshoi dancer Sergei Radchenko, the Ballet performs Prokofiev’s masterpiece ballet, a fairy tale of everlasting love. 7:30pm, The Opera House, Cheboygan. Tickets: $38 adults, $12.50 students. www.theoperahouse.org or 231.627.5841.

The Bay Film Series presents “Wadjda”: This film sheds a light on what women face, starting in childhood, in an oppressive regime. 6pm, The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Tickets, $8.50. www.baytheatre.com or 231-271-5800.

Salem Witch Trials: Author Stephen Lewis explores the facts & theories behind the hysteria that shook colonial Massachusetts in the late 17th century. 7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org or 231-223-7700.

Novel Knights: This book group is for any guys is grades third through fifth. Includes a discussion of the novel, related craft & snacks. 4:15pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org or 231-223-7700.

Grand Traverse Humanists Meeting: Chef Eric Patterson will speak on “The Art and Soul of Local Sustainable Cuisine”. Patterson is co-chef & coowner of The Cooks’ House in TC, & was previously head chef of André’s in Las Vegas. 7pm, History Center, TC. Free. 231-392-1215.

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

tuesday 1/14

Jonathan Biss, Piano: Enjoy an evening of Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven & more with this acclaimed American pianist. 7:30pm, Dendrinos Chapel, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $29 adults, $26 seniors, $10 students. www.interlochen.org

The Bay Film Series presents “Wadjda”: (See Mon.)

Bestselling Young Adult Author Laurie Halse Anderson: This author will celebrate her latest novel for teens, “The Impossible Knife of Memory”. 6-7:30pm, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. 231-347-1180.

Petoskey Regional Audubon Society Features Presentation on eBird: 7pm, Independence Village of Petoskey. 231-330-4572.

Introduction to Seraph’s Love & Faith: With Beverly Heinz, teacher of Seraphic Wisdom. 5:30- 6:30pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. www.higherselfbookstore.com or 941-5805.

wednesday 1/15

New Zealand Travelogue: Steve Pearsall gives a presentation based on his year living in New Zealand. Will feature photographs, info about the flora and fauna of New Zealand, & more. 7pm, Elk Rapids Historic Museum. Presented by the Elk Rapids District Library. 231-264-9979.

Winter Open House: Free, hands-on workshops for all ages. From ukelele to metalsmithing, pottery wheel to painting. 4:30-7pm, Blackbird Arts, TC. www.blackbirdartstc.com or 231.421.8085.

Traverse City Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Centre ICE, TC. Entry fee for non-members is $15. http://tcchamber.org/

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes: This award-winning filmmaker, author, & comedian brings awkward stories of telling jokes & how that can get you in trouble to the City Opera House, TC at 7pm. Tickets, $37.50. www.cityoperahouse. org or 941-8082.

thursday 1/16

Sushi-Making Class: Roll Your Own Sushi with Chef Anie Driscoll from Aerie Restaurant & Lounge, Grand Traverse Resort, at The Little Fleet, TC from 7-9pm. Free. 231-534-6352.

Pageturners: This month’s book selection is “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. 7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC.  www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org or 231.223.7700.

Petoskey Business After Hours: 5-7pm, City Park Grill. Hawaiian theme. $7 members; $12 nonmembers.

Manistee Business After Hours: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will host this event at the Blue Fish Kitchen. $5 members; $10 non-members. www.manisteechamber.com

Writers & Readers Speakers Series Presents Jerry Dennis: This nature, science & outdoor writer’s books have appeared on national bestseller Blue Fish Kitchen. $5 members; $10 non-members. www.manisteechamber.com

Writers & Readers Speakers Series Presents Jerry Dennis: This nature, science & outdoor writer’s books have appeared on national bestseller lists, have been translated into five languages, & are taught in universities & high schools. 7pm, Kalkaska County Library. 231-258-9411.

Traverse City West Senior High School Annual Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner: Help raise funds for senior scholarships at this dinner in the TC West Senior High Commons Area from 5-7pm. Cost: $7 adults (13 & over); $5 students ages 5- 12; $25 for family of 5 or more; & free for children age 4 & under. 933-1783.

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Twisted Fish Gallery. www.elkrapidschamber.org

The Jammin Divas: Enjoy traditional & contemporary original folk music from Ireland, Australia & the USA at Sleder’s Tavern, TC at 7pm. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 door. 947-9213.

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Crystal Palace Lounge, Thompsonville.

Mackinaw City’s 21st Annual Winter Fest: Includes the Outhouse Race, Chili Cookoff, snow sculpting & more. http://www.mackinawcity.com/winter-fest-2014-144/

friday 1/17

The Game’s Afoot: Murder, mayhem, drama & dastardly deeds in this Sherlock Holmes-inspired comedy from Ken Ludwig. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 children, $20 groups. oldtownplayhouse.com or 947-2210.

Cross Country Ski Races, Grayling: 1K to 3K kids’ races at 7pm at the Cross Country Ski Shop, Grayling on a lighted loop. www.nordicskiracer.com

Chance to Dance: Variety of music styles. Singles & couples welcome. 10pm-12am, NMC, Physical Education building, room 120. $5. 231-499-9793.

Songwriters in the Round: Featuring Sandy Blumenfeld, Fred Kramer & Dennis Palmer. 8:30- 10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks. com

Moonlight Ski: Cross country ski by moonlight, led by a naturalist, along Grass River Natural Area’s groomed trails in Bellaire. Cost, $5. Pre-register: www.grassriver.org or 231-533-8314.

Social Security: A married couple’s domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband, & her Jewish mother. 7:30pm, Cadillac High School Auditorium. Tickets, $10 advance & $12 at door. 231-775-7336 or www.cadillacfootliters.com

Family Dinner & a Movie Night: Featuring “Raising Izzie”. Dinner (pizza) is $5; movie, free. 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. 231 526-0610. Orpheum Bell: This group’s country & eastern sound consists of influences from Ukraine, Holland, Armenia and the United States, and feature early jazz, tango & ragtime, and folk & contemporary rock’n’roll. 8pm, Inside Out Gallery, TC. $10. www.insideoutarttc.com

Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival: Professional Ice Carver Competition, Pro-Am Ice & Spice Chili Challenge, “Find Frosty,” Fire Performances by Sunshine Fire Entertainment, & more, held at Petoskey’s Village at Bay Harbor. 10am-10pm. www.bayharbor.com

Mackinaw City’s 21st Annual Winter Fest: (See Thurs.)

saturday 1/18

The Game’s Afoot: (See Fri.)

Pickleball Workshops: Northern Michigan’s National Champion, Carolyn Ebbinghaus, will lead these sessions. For beginners & advanced beginners. Held at 11am, noon & 1pm in the Student & Community Resource Center gym, NCMC, Petoskey. $5 students; $10 non-students for each session. Free family day from 2-5pm. 231-348-6839.

Moose Jaw Safari: This snowmobile ride starts at Harbor Springs Skating Rink at 10am; registration at 8:30am. Two hour ride with 15 minute stops. Ride to Larks Lake for the famous bean soup at noon. http://www.harborspringssnowmobileclub.com/

Cross Country Ski Races, Grayling: Michigan Cup races with distances ranging from 15K to 30K at Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling. Also, 8K races in classic & skate. www.nordicskiracer.com

Bigfoot 5K & 10K Snowshoe Race: 9am, Timber Ridge Resort, TC. $20, before noon on Jan. 16; $25 on Jan. 17 & 18. www.runsnow.com

Ice Skating Games: Featuring bowling, hockey puck roll, & bubble wrap pop. 1-3pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. 231-526-0610.

January Community Sledding Night: Featuring food, games, prizes, crafts, sledding & more. 5-8pm, Kiwanis Park, Harbor Springs. 231-526- 0610.

Horizon Books Events: 12-2pm: Author Signing: Ruth Hankins, “Crooked Lake”. A rendition about small town living & regular people caught up in the tumult of everyday life. 2-4pm: Author Signing: Greg Seman, “Shine On: Photographs”. Living in the northern Michigan region since 1990 has been essential to Seman’s body of work. www.horizonbooks.com

Winter Warm Up: For $15, you can visit each of the seven participating Old Mission wineries & enjoy comfort food & wine. For tickets, go to: www.wineriesofoldmission.com

Family Bird & Nature Program on Snowshoes: Join local birder Mary Trout & Little Traverse Conservancy Educator Melissa Hansen as you look for birds & mammals that brave the north woods winter. 10am-noon, Offield Nature Preserve, Harbor Springs. Free. 231-347-0991.

WASSAIL! A Potluck & Winter Celebration: 6pm, Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center, East Jordan. Free, donations welcome. Wassailing & sledding, 7pm. Registration: 231-536-0333.

Winter Snowshoe: 12-3pm, The Hill Nature Preserve, Boyne City. Bring your own snowshoes. Pre-register: 231.347.0991.

Bret Michaels & Firehouse: Life Rocks Tour. Michaels unleashes a mix of Poison-era tunes & solo material. 7pm, DreamMakers Theater, Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie. Tickets, $52.50 & $42.50. http://tickets.kewadin.com/

Gopherwood Concerts Present Blue Molly: This band based out of Grand Rapids plays a mix of everything from blues to R&B, rock and roll, jazz & soul. 8pm, Cadillac Elks Club. Advance tickets: $10 adults, $5 students 13-18, free for children 12 & under. Door: $12 & $6. 231-846-8383. Social Security: (See Fri. with the addition of a 2pm matinee today.)

Orpheum Bell: This group’s country & eastern sound consists of influences from Ukraine, Holland, Armenia and the United States, and feature early jazz, tango & ragtime, and folk & contemporary rock’n’roll. 8pm, Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire. www.shortsbrewing.com

Bay Harbor Ice & Spice Festival: (See Fri.)

Mackinaw City’s 21st Annual Winter Fest: (See Thurs.)

sunday 1/19

The Game’s Afoot: (See Fri., except today’s time is $3, and the cost for students & seniors is $23.)

Winter Wedding Show: Tour the Bay View Inn & talk with on-site wedding coordinators from Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Crooked River Lodge & the Perry Hotel. Meet with area wedding vendors. 1-4pm, Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Petoskey. Admission, $5; brides & grooms complimentary. www.staffords.com or 231-347-2771.

Boyne Celtic Session: 1pm, Boyne District Library’s community room. Featuring The Trad Irish Music Session. 231-883-7664.


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.

Snowshoe Tours at Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville: See the sculptures & wildlife in the art park, Sundays through Feb. 23 at 2:30pm. Cost, $10. www. michlegacyartpark.org or 231-378-4963.

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

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.

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, & 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 & learn or come & play.

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

Gentle Yoga: Gentle instructor Tina Livingston offers yoga basics at the Peninsula Community Library, TC for adults & teens every Weds. at 9:30am. $7 fee. Register: 231-223-7700.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights: Adults are invited to participate in this winter reading club at Peninsula Community Library, TC. Pick up a log & read eight books between now & Spring Equinox (March 20) to have your name entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite. Books must be checked out at PCL! 231.223.7700.

Bring in the Little Ones: To move, shake & sing along every Mon. from 10:30-11am at The Little Fleet, TC. Suggested donation, $5. www.thelittlefleet.com

Free Om Gentle Yoga: Sundays, 10:30am at Shanti School of Yoga at Logan’s Landing in TC. shantischoolofyoga.net or 231-632-0615.

Peepers Nature Preschool: Tuesdays through May 20, 10-11:30am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Featuring stories, crafts, music & discovery activities. Cost, $5. www.natureiscalling.org or 231-941-0960.

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


2014 Juried Photography Exhibition: Jan. 18 - April 5, Bonfield Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

The Clark Historical Library: On display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey, Jan. 18 - April 5. Featuring 52 original works of art created as book illustrations from the Clark Historical Library’s Molson Art Collection at Central Michigan University. 231-347-4337.

Interlochen Collaborative Exhibit: Designed as part of an “intermester” class at Interlochen, the comparative arts department will work with TC high school students to develop a variety of visual, written, & performance art around the theme “What is home?” Presented as part of “Embrace the Dream”. Held at Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC, Jan. 16-20. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 16 from 6-8pm. www.dennosmuseum.org or 995-1055.

Studio & Pottery Demonstrations: Michiganbased artists will conduct live demonstrations on pottery, tile & jewelry making techniques every Sat. through April 26 from 10am-4pm at Sturgeon River Pottery, Petoskey. Free. 231-347-0590.

“Humble Beginnings: Collagraphs, Relief Prints, Collage”: This art show featuring Beth Bynum is held through Jan. at the City Opera House, TC.

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.

Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC: Making Paper Dance: The Art of Pop Up Books: Featuring an extensive range of pop-up books from the 1800s to present, lent from private collections & the Special Collections Library, U of M, along with paper sculptural works by U of M paper engineer Matt Schlian. Jan. 19 - April 6. Sat., Jan. 18, 8pm: Master paper engineer & pop-up book designer Bruce Foster presents a program relating to this exhibit. Bruce designed the pop-ups seen in the Disney movie “Enchanted”.

Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts: Featuring a survey of over 30 works Marston has done, including some of her “Small Studies”. Jan. 19 - April 27. Sat., Jan. 18, 6pm: Marston will present “Gwen Marston: Abstract Quilts in Solids”. www.dennosmuseum.org

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.

Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild: Featuring 34 quilts on display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey through Feb. 8. www.crookedtree.org

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

New Works by Kaye Krapohl - Tasting the Land of Color: Jan. 17-Feb. 28, The BOX, TC. Opening, Jan. 17, 6-8pm. www.theboxtc.com

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.

Furniture, Fiber & Sculpture Exhibition in Honor of Evelyn Sorenson: Hosted by Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, Jan. 17 – Feb. 28. Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 17, 5-7pm. www.

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