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 - February 3rd, 2014  

FEB 3-9

Jam with The Accidentals at the 6th Annual Great Indoor Folk Festival! Featuring more than 100 musicians performing on mini “stages” from noon - 5:30pm this Sunday, February 9 in the Mercado level of Building 50, with a satellite venue at Left Foot Charley winery, Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Enjoy open mic at Another Cuppa Joe for musicians from throughout the community, & a kids music stage. Showcasing northern Michigan’s folk, bluegrass & acoustic music scene. Photo by Janine Andrew.

monday 2/3

Auditions for A Steady Rain: This play has roles for two men. 7pm, Schmuckal Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Perusal scripts are available for a $10 deposit at the OTP Business Office. www. oldtownplayhouse.com or 231-947-2210.

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

tuesday 2/4

Auditions for A Steady Rain: (See Mon.)

Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games: Held Feb. 4-7 at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire; Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme; & Howe Ice Arena at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. http://www.somi.org/x155.xml

Grow Benzie Hosts Tour of Food for Thought: Takes place at the production facility in Honor at 6pm. See the business model first hand & learn from its owner & founder, Tim Young, who willdiscuss many of the challenges involved in starting this small food product business. www.growbenzie.org or 231-882-5197.

Chiropractic Health Education Talk: 6:30pm, Saks Wellness Center, Gaylord. Featuring Dr. Gary Saks. Free. www.sakswellnesscenter.com or 989-732-7000.

Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: In 2012, Todd & Brad traveled throughout Michigan every Tues., capturing the beauty of the state in both still photographs & video. The 1,104 photos & hours of video in their new book, Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute, are the finished product of that year-long adventure. 6- 7pm, Dennos Museum Center, TC.  995-1553 or www.dennosmuseum.org

wednesday 2/5

Recess: 5-7pm, Bistro FouFou, TC. $5 admission for local wine/beer & prize entry. TraverseTicker.com

Embrace the Dream 25 cent Matinee: Featuring Amistad. 10:30am, State Theatre, TC. 947-4800.

Create Your Own Peace Flags: 4pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

InterActive Story Time: Featuring “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Picnic at the Opera: Join host Miriam Pico for northern Michigan’s only Live TV Variety Show. 12- 1pm, City Opera House, TC. This week’s special guests are The Accidentals and Bennett, & Cherrie Correll. Free. www.cityoperahouse.org

Free International Lecture: Dr. Stewart Gordon (author of When Asia was the World) will speak about networks & connections across the great Asian world. 7pm, NCMC, Petoskey. 231-348- 6613.

Evening Book Discussion Group: Featuring Divergent by Veronica Roth. 6:30pm, Interlochen Public Library. www.tadl.org/interlochen or 231-276-6767.

Free Tai Chi Class: 10:30-11:30am, Cheboygan Senior Center. Featuring instructor Karen Magee. 231-627-7234.

Art Bomb After-Hours at Poppycock’s, TC: Musical performances with featured art on the walls from 9-11pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/GrandTraverseArtBomb

Preschool Story Hour at Elk Rapids District Library: 10:30am. Enjoy stories, songs & a craft. www.elkrapidslibrary.org

Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games: (See Tues.)

thursday 2/6

AIGA West Michigan Networking Night: Networking, drinks, conversation & supplies for making valentines for kids at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 6-8pm, The Filling Station Microbrewery, TC. http://westmichigan.aiga.org/event/no-agenda-grand-rapids-or-traverse-city/

Off the Wall Movie Night: Featuring Amour. Dinner at 6pm; movie, 7pm. Sign up for a dish to pass, or a donation is welcome. Helena Township Community Center, Alden. 231-331-4318.

Family Fitness Challenge: Modeled on real Olympic training skills, this challenge is open to families with children ages 4 – 14. This week’s course is: Practice exercises & “runs” with land obstacle courses, just like training for the Olympics. 7pm, John & Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion & Dialysis Center, Petoskey. Cost, $10 per class. 231-487-3440.

Shiver by the River Fundraiser: 6pm, Mayfair Tavern, Elberta. $10 fee covers buffet & silent auction. Profits fund Shiver by the River. 231-352- 7251.

Community Cinema: Las Marthas: A documentary about a rite of passage in Laredo, Texas where Mexican-American debutantes are presented at a grand Colonial ball dressed as American revolutionaries. 7pm, Dennos Museum Center, TC. 995-1553 or www.dennosmuseum.org

Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games: (See Tues.)

friday 2/7

East Bay Calvary Sportsmen’s Fellowship Banquet: Featuring Captain Dan Keating & Safari Garth. Dinner at 6pm. East Bay Calvary Church, TC. www.traverseoutdoors.com

First Fridays: 5-8pm, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Featuring: Music by Don Julin & Billy Strings at Left Foot Charley; Music by Jim Bransky & Mike Sullivan at Notably Natural; Free Art Friday Promo Party at Cuppa Joe; Village Invitational Quilt Show at Notably Natural; & Meet the Artist: Dan Oberschulte at Gallery 50. thevillagetc.com

Girls with Guitars - Women Rock the Mountain: Enjoy live music with local female artists, including Miriam Pico, The Accidentals, Preachers Daughter & Sweet Joe Williams, & Blake Elliott and The Robinson Affair. Begins at 7pm, Vista Lounge, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Sponsored by Founders Brewing Co. http://www.crystalmountain.com/events/girls-with-guitars-women-rockthe-mountain

Java & Jazz: 7:30pm, Cheboygan Area Public Library. Free. 231-627-2381.

Alpenfrost: Held Feb. 7-8 in downtown Gaylord. Featuring a soup cook-off, Polar Plunge, Frosty 5K, Cup Cake Wars & much more. www.gaylordalpenfrost.com

Volkl/Marker/Sunice Speed Series Race: GS Racing on Smokey. 7 race series open to advanced skiers age 9 & up. 7pm, Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs. www.nubsnob.com or 800-SKI-NUBS.

Make Noise at the Library: 10:30am, Elk Rapids District Library. Musical program for children ages 0 - 5. www.elkrapidslibrary.org

Live Music with Mt. Elsewhere: Enjoy alternative rock from 8:30-10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Leslie McCurdy and The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Portrayal of the life of Harriet Tubman, written & performed by Leslie McCurdy. 7pm, Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets, $10. 995-1553 or www.dennosmuseum.org

Vasa Pasta Dinner: Benefit for local ski youth programs. All you can eat. $10 adults, $5 children under 12. http://www.vasa.org/race.php

Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games: (See Tues.)

Toast To Literacy: Presented by Char-Em United Way & Castle Farms, this event features a food competition, silent auctions, local authors, music & much more. Tickets: $15 or $30, with proceeds benefitting Char-Em United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. 7-11pm, Castle Farms, Charlevoix. www.charemunitedway.org or 231-487-1006.

Interlochen Arts Academy Brass & Percussion Ensembles: 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. $10 adults, $7 seniors & students. www.interlochen.org

Toddler Time: Presents Bean Bag Fun. 10amnoon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org

Venus in Fur: An exasperated playwright/director & a tiresome seemingly dingbat actress struggle for power & dominance in this seductive & darkly funny comedy. 7:30pm, Studio Theatre, Depot, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets, $15. www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Family Dinner & a Movie Night: Featuring “Cody the Robosapien”. Dinner (pizza) is $5; movie, free. 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. 231-526-0610.

Telescope Workshop: Hosted by the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at NMC’s Rogers Observatory, TC at 8pm. Small donation. 231.633.1253.

33rd Annual Winter Sno-Blast Festival: Held Feb. 7-9 in East Jordan. Featuring an antique sno-mobile show, sno-sculpture contest, frozen http://www.lpwines.com/glen-arbor-art/

saturday 2/8

East Bay Calvary Sportsmen’s Fellowship pancake toss & much more. http://www.ejchamber.org/events.html

Chance to Dance: For singles & couples, with a variety of music. 10pm-12am, Physical Education Bldg., room 120, NMC, TC. $5. 231-499-9793.

Art From Michigan Wine Country: This Glen Arbor Art Association benefit features wine from Leelanau wineries, an original art exhibit & sale & a small plates menu designed by The Homestead’s Chef Piombo. 6-8pm, Mountain Flowers Lodge, The Homestead Resort, Glen Arbor. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25 at the door. 231-334-5100;

Banquet: (See Fri., except dinner is at 5pm tonight.)

National Skating Month FREE Skate Day: With FREE skate rental. 1-3pm, Howe Arena, TC. Traverse City Skating Club, 947-2267; skate@goFigureTC.org

Friends of the Library Annual Scrabble Tournament: 10am-3:00pm, Cadillac Wexford Public Library. $5, lunch included. 231-510-9047.

Funny Business Comedy Show: Featuring Matt McClowry & Kate Brindle. 9pm, O Zone, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. $5. 1-877-442-6464.

33rd Annual Winter Sno-Blast Festival: (See Fri.)

Girls with Guitars - Women Rock the Mountain: Enjoy live music with local female artists, including Hannah Rae Beale, Jetty Rae, E Minor, & Blake Elliott and The Robinson Affair. Begins at 7pm, Vista Lounge, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Sponsored by Founders Brewing Co. http://www. crystalmountain.com/events/girls-with-guitarswomen-rock-the-mountain

Celebrate the History & Accomplishments of Camp Roy-El: 2pm, History Center, TC. www.traversehistory.org

Super Saturday Special: February Food, Financing & Fun. Hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative. 10am-3:30pm, TBAISD Career-Tech Center, TC. Includes a luncheon presentation by Blue Cross Blue Shield on Affordable Care Act enrollment, free tax preparation for those who qualify & more activities. Free. http://www.nwm.org/main-site/news/news-article. html/283/ or 231-590-0100.

Lantern-Lit CC Skiing: 5:30-9pm. Meet at Trailhead parking, 4490 Beach Rd., Cheboygan. Snowshoers & hikers welcome too. www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar or 231-627-2811.

2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Bazaar: 10am-2pm, 821 Garfield Ave. SCRAP TC. www.scrapTC.org

Venus in Fur: (See Fri.)

Good on Paper!: Late night comedy improv. 11pm, Schmuckal Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, TC. $5. www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Big Bob’s Up North Outfitter’s Frozen Shootout Fishing Tournament: 5am registration at Big Bob’s in Frankfort. 231-352-5360.

Ice Fishing Tournament By Paradise Lake Assoc.: 8am-2pm, Paradise Lake Public Access, Carp Lake. 231-436-5574.

Crystal Mountain 5K Snowshoe Stomp: All registrants receive a participation bag full of fun, post-race bowl of chili on the Kinlochen Plaza & more. Register in advance at the Park at Water’s Edge, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, or by calling 888.968.7686, ext. 7000.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Snowshoe Hike at Glacial Hills: 10am-12pm. Snowshoe/hike a couple miles of a system that is over 25 miles long & learn about the property’s acquisition story, environmental significance & on-going trail-building effort from GTRLC trail designer & preserve steward Brad Gerlach. www.gtrlc.org or 929-7911.

Blissfest 2014 Winter Concert Series: Presents The Defibulators. This New York City country band has been described as “a square dance on speed”. 8pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. $15 advance members & $20 advance non-members. At door: $20 members, $25 non-members. Students: $8 advance, $10 door. 231.348.7047 or www.blissfest.org

Jeffray Kessler Author Event: Kessler will sign his latest book, “Victor Becomes a Spy”. 11:30am- 1:30pm, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord. 989-732- 8899 or www.saturnbooksellers.com

Alpenfrost: (See Fri.)

Valentine Community Sledding Night: Featuring Valentine themed games, prizes & crafts. 5-8pm, Kiwanis Park, Harbor Springs. http://visitors. petoskey.com/events/details/valentine-community-sledding-night-1753 or 231-526-0610.

Arts Academy Orchestra: 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. $10 adults, $7 seniors & students. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Interlochen Public Library to fund IPL’s children’s summer reading program. www.interlochen.org

Family Fun Night: Presented by Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary. 4-7pm, Bayview Wesleyan Church, TC. Featuring a spaghetti dinner, arts & crafts, basketball, performance by the NMC Children’s Choir & more. $6/person, $25/family. Proceeds benefit “Back Packs for Kids”. https://www.facebook.com/tcsunriserotary/timeline?filter=2

8th Annual Lake Ann Snow Pine Festival: 8:30am-3pm, downtown Lake Ann. Featuring a lumberjack breakfast, kids’ games, quilt show, Reiki I Intensive: Taught by Reiki Master Dawn Baeckeroot. Offers traditional Usui Reiki & Intuitive Reiki. 10am-3pm, Higher Self Bookstore, TC. 941-5805.

Frostbite HomeGrown Saturday: 12-4pm, downtown Manistee. Featuring a chili crawl, musical entertainment & more. www.manisteedowntown.com

Beulah Winterfest: Featuring a chili cook-off, snowmobile poker run, fish toss competition, frozen turkey bowling, an outhouse sprint race, Sheriff’s Department Dive Team Rescue demonstrations on Crystal Lake, winter fireworks & more. http://www.visitbenzie.com/winterfest-68/

Monster Slopestyle Competition: Open division for male skiers & snowboarders and female skiers & snowboarders. Ramshead Terrain Park, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. On site event registration: 1–3pm, West Lobby of Civic Center. For more info, visit: www.boyne.com

Encore Art Bomb Reception: Collaborative art show. Supports local artists. Performances by local musicians, including The Claudettes (7pm, bringing their own fusion of blues, jazz, soul, space-echo & punk energy) & dancing by NMC iDance. Right Brain Brewery, TC, starting at noon. Free. https://www.facebook.com/GrandTraverseArtBomb

Winter Wildlife Adventure: Enjoy snow groomed trails at Greenwood Foundation near Wolverine from 10am - 12pm. Free; skis & snowshoes provided for 15 & under. Pre-registration: 231.347.0991. www.landtrust.org

Horizon Books, TC: 12-2pm: Author Signing with Brian Wassom: “What Would Jesus Post” comes from Wassom’s experiences as an attorney & church leader & offers seven guidelines for exercising Biblical wisdom in social media. 2-4pm: Author Signing with Tim Paulson: “Gentle Savage Still Seeking the End of the Spear” is a tribute to the traditions of a people who did not know how to forgive, but along their pathway learned to do so. www.horizonbooks.com

2014 Winter Microbrew & Music Festival: Held in downtown TC in the Farmers Market lots on Union St. & Grandview Parkway from 4-10pm. Featuring 35 craft breweries from MI, 150+ flavors of brews, wines, ciders & meads, live musical acts (including Mustard Plug, Frontier Ruckus, Third Coast Kings, Andrew Sturtz & many others), marching bands, a silent disco, & local food vendors. Tickets, $40. www.microbrewandmusic.com

38th Annual North American VASA Festival of Cross Country Ski Races: Today’s events include: 12km, 27km and 50km - freestyle & classic; 6km freestyle (14-19 yrs. only); Jr. Vasa (ages 5-12, one or two loops on the Junior VASA course) & Fat Bike Race. Held on the TART Trail. http://www.vasa.org/race.php

As Seen on Pinterest: 11am-12:30pm, Elk Rapids District Library. www.elkrapidslibrary.org

Community Potluck & Program: Barter Circle & Trade Blanket. Bring a dish to pass if you are able, & valuables that you would like to trade. Noon, Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center, East Jordan. 231-536-0333 or www.facebook. com/marthawagbofarm

2014 Polar Plunge: 10am registration; 11am Plunge; 12pm Post Plunge Party (Michigan Ballroom), Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. Money raised supports Special Olympics Michigan’s year-round sports training competition. http://www.somi.org/x183.xml

Made in Michigan Vendor/Craft Expo: 9am-2pm, Cadillac Junior High School. http:// www.cadillacmichigan.com/events/4/146/ or 231-878-7724.

Gopherwood Concerts Presents Drew Nelson & HWY-2: Nelson is a storytelling songwriter & multiinstrumentalist, whose latest CD is “Tilt- A-Whirl”. HWY-2 is a Michigan line up of Drew Howard, Mark R.Schrock and Brian Morrill. 8pm, Cadillac Elks Club. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students 13-18 ($12 & $6 at door), children 12 and under free. 231-846-8383.

Old Time Country Dance and Line & Square Dances: Music provided by The Fonda Starr Band. 6:30-9:30pm, 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac. Free. 231-920-8389.

Free Snowshoe Adventure: Hosted by Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, NCMC and Bearcub Outfitters. 10am-noon, Natural Area of NCMC, Petoskey. This three mile adventure will be led by NCMC biology students. Bearcub Outfitters will have snowshoes available for people to use at no charge. 231-330-4572.

AFL Night of Champions: Seven Championship Title fights. Stephenson versus Brown 2. Doors open at 7pm; fight at 8pm, Ground Zero, Streeters, TC. General admission, $25; cage side seats, $35. http://www.groundzeroonline.com

Taste the Passion: Held Feb. 8-9 at the Leelanau Peninsula wineries. Celebration of wine, chocolate & love. Chart your course, enjoying food & wine pairings & winter & Valentine-themed activities at the wineries. Today’s hours are 11am-5pm. Tickets, $35. http://www.lpwines.com/taste-thepassion-tickets/

sunday 2/9

Beyond the Bay Film Series: Presents “The Rocket,” Feb. 9-11 at The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 2pm & 5pm. Tickets at the door, $8.50, or you can subscribe to the whole series. http://www.thebaytheatre.com

33rd Annual Winter Sno-Blast Festival: (See Fri.)

Funday Sunday: With Kat Brown. 1-3pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. ww.greatlakeskids.org

Northwoods Family Nature Club: Building a Snow Fort. 1pm, Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center, East Jordan. Free. 231-536-0333 or www.facebook.com/marthawagbofarm

Marriage - Why Bother?: Today’s topic is “Sex: Singles & Marrieds” at Bay Pointe Community Church, TC. For more info, visit: www.bponline. org or call 922-9882.

Slopestyle Series II: This highflying, freestyle series of events is open to skiers & boarders. Several age categories for males, plus an open women’s division. 2pm, Tuck’s Terrain Park, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. $20. http://www.crystalmountain.com/events/slopestyle-series-february

6th Annual Great Indoor Folk Festival: More than 100 musicians perform on mini “stages” from noon - 5:30pm in the Mercado level of Building 50, with a satellite venue at Left Foot Charley winery, TC. Open mic at Another Cuppa Joe for musicians from throughout the community, & a kids music stage. Showcasing northern Michigan’s folk, bluegrass & acoustic music scene.

Moscow to St. Petersburg on the River: Tim & Sally Hannert and Ray & Nancy Ludwa share their photos & experience while on a Viking River Cruise. 2pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. 231-331-4318.

38th Annual North American VASA: Today’s events include: Gran Travers’ & 16km & 6km Classic. Held on the TART Trail. http://www.vasa.org/race.php

Community Financial Aid Night: 2-4pm, Boyne City High School. Students & parents can complete their FAFSA online. College financial aid representatives will be present to assist with questions. 231-348-6698.

Taste the Passion: (See Sat., except today’s hours are noon - 5pm.)


Celebrating Legends: The Stories of Father Fred & Roy & Ellen Brigman: Through March 15, History Center of Traverse City. $5. traversehistory. org or 995-0313.

Iceskating Games: Held at the ice rink at Harbor Springs’ Sk8 Park on Saturdays through March 15 from 1-3pm. Includes broomball, four corners, pom-pom & more. 231-526-0610.

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, ext. 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.

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

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

Charlevoix Winter Farmers Market: Thursdays, 9am-1pm, Charlevoix Public Library, Community Rooms A & B.

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

Habor 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.

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.

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.

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: A 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. 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

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

PDL Reader’s Theater: Elementary group meets on Mon., 5:30pm; Teen group, Weds., 5:30pm. Program Room, Petoskey District Library. Actors use their voices & upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. 231-758-3123 or www.petoskeylibrary.org

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


“Walking Through Light” Art Show: This exhibit displays the artwork of Sarah Kathryn Byers. Feb. 7 - March 14, Traverse City Art and Design Studio. Opening on Fri., Feb. 7, 5:30-8pm. 231-421-9499.

Village Invitational Quilt Show: A showcase of area fiber & textile artists. Feb. 7 - March 4, in the Mercato, near Notably Natural, Suite 25, Village of Grand Traverse Commons, TC. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 7, 5-8pm. 929.1100.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts’ “Artists North” Exhibit: Held through March 29 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Two openings will be held: Feb. 1 & 15, both from 6-8pm. www.charlevoixcircle.org or 231.547.3554.

Tasting the Land of Color: Discover Kaye Krapohl’s new work of still life, water & winter scenes through Feb. 28 at The Box, TC. www.theboxtc.com

Interpretations Exhibit: Featuring children at the Otsego County Sportsplex Day Camp’s art & the artists’ interpretations. Feb. 5 - March 1, Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. A celebration of this exhibit will be held on Feb. 8 from 5-7pm. www.gaylordarts.org or 989-732-3242.

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

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

Studio & Pottery Demonstrations: Michigan based 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.

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

Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC: Making Paper Dance: The Art of Pop Up Books: Featuring 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. Through April 6.

Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts: Survey of over 30 works Marston has done, including some of her “Small Studies”. Through April 27. www.dennosmuseum.org

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

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

Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors: Displayed in Charlevoix, hung in three venues: ‘From the Farm’ category will be at the Charlevoix Public Library; ‘From the Market’ will be at the Depot; & ‘From the Table’ at Stafford’s Weathervane. Sponsored by ISLAND, CTAC, & Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. 231.347.4337.

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, through Feb. 28. www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or 231-352-4151.

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