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 - February 10th, 2014  

FEB 10-16

6th Annual Shiver by the River! SNOCROSS is a highlight of this three day event that takes place in Frankfort this Friday through Sunday, February 14- 16. Other events include the Betsie Bay Frozen 5K, Winter Parade, kids games, Ice Rescue, chili cook-off & much more. For a complete list, visit: http://www. frankfort-elberta.com/ or call 231-352-7251.

monday 2/10

2014 Winter Lecture Series: Presents “A Walk Through Time: Cheboygan’s Main Street in Pictures”. Exhibit of more than 100 of the History Center’s images of historic downtown Cheboygan. 7-8:30pm, Cheboygan Area Public Library. $3 members/$4 non-members. www.cheboyganhistorycenter.org

Grand Traverse Humanists Meeting: Jeremy Beahan, co-host of Reasonable Doubts Podcast & instructor of philosophy and world religions, will speak on “Does Religion Make People Better?” 7pm, History Center of TC. 231-392-1215.

Chapter Chicks Mother Daughter Book Club: Grade school girls are invited with an adult. Meet for a potluck dinner, a craft, & to discuss the book “A Dog’s Life” by Ann M. Martin. 6:30pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org or 231-223-7700.

Beyond the Bay Film Series: Presents “The Rocket,” Feb. 9-11 at The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 6pm. Tickets at the door, $8.50, or you can subscribe to the whole series. http://www.thebaytheatre.com

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County Hosts Big Picture Society Film Presentation: This documentary by Chris Paine chronicles the life & mysterious death of the electric car developed in the mid-90’s. 3pm, Old Art Building, Leland. http:// lwvleelanau.org/ or 231-409-9339.

Story Hour - Valentines Day: 10am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

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

tuesday 2/11

Death Café - An Open Conversation about Death: 6-7:30pm, Traverse Art & Design Studio, TC. www.deathcafe.org

Beyond the Bay Film Series: (See Mon.)

Nutrition Talk: This free health education talk will be held at Saks Wellness Center in Gaylord at 6:30pm. 989-732-7000.

Coffee at Ten: Todd & Brad Reed are a father-son outdoor photography team who will discuss working together & their unique approach to photography. 10am, CTAC Edith Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. 231-347-4337 or www.crookedtree.org

wednesday 2/12

InterActive Story Time: Presents “In the Snow: Who’s Been Here?” by Lindsay Barrett George. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. http://www.greatlakeskids.org

Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs. Mardi Gras theme. $7 Chamber members; $12 non-members. 231-347-4150.

Embrace the Dream 25 cent Matinee: Featuring “Malcolm X” at the State Theatre, TC at 10:30am. http://www.statetheatretc.org or 947-4800.

Create Your Own Peace Flags: 4pm, Traverse Area District Library. www.tadl.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 Brett Mitchell, TC West Musical Dept. & Kristy Avery. Free. www.cityoperahouse.org

thursday 2/13

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: Biathlon - Move quickly through the pool, shooting targets with a water gun. 7pm, John & Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion & Dialysis Center, Petoskey. Cost, $10 per class. 231-487-3440.

Brie Book Club: Featuring “Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin. 3:30pm, Alden District Library. 231-331-4318.

Morning Book Discussion Group: Featuring “The Bean Tree” by Barbara Kingsolver. 10am, Interlochen Public Library. www.tadl.org/interlochen or 231-276-6767.

Music with Dominic Fortuna: This internationally known Broadway singer will perform at this Valentine’s Day celebration at the Golden Fellowship Hall, next to the Interlochen Public Library. Lunch at 12pm, followed by music. 24 hr. advanced registration required: 231-922-4911. Sponsored by GT County Senior Center Network.

Benzonia Academy Lecture Series: Presents “The Hammer of Witches: Witchcraft in the 16th and 17th Centuries” by Dr. Louis Yock. 4pm, Benzie Area Historical Museum. www.benziemuseum.org or 231-882-5539.

Family Valentines Day Dance: 6-8pm, Cadillac Area YMCA. Enjoy fun family music, dancing, snacks & more. $5 members/$6 non-members. http://www.cadillacareaymca.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

TC Winter Comedy Arts Festival: Feb. 13-16. Today features Rosie O’Donnell at 8:30pm at State Theatre. An outspoken & dedicated philanthropist, O-Donnell returns to stand-up following a major heart attack that inspired her to share her new perspective on parenting, marriage, illness, & celebrity. Tickets: $40-$50. http://wintercomedy.org/

friday 2/14

Waterways Ice Festival: Feb. 14-15 at Mullett Lake Marina, Cheboygan. Today’s events (3-11pm) include Spud Stud, lighted ice games, music by The Chimney Rock Band & The Brewhouse Band, & more. $7.50 or $15/family. www. WaterwaysIceFestival.com or 231-268-3377.

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

Venus in Fur: (See Thurs.) Toddler Time: Valentine’s Day Fun! Children can explore & create their own Valentine’s Day collage or card. 10am-noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. http://www.greatlakeskids.org

6th Annual Shiver by the River: Feb. 14-16, Frankfort. Today’s events include the racer checkin at the Benzie County Eagles #3313. http://www.frankfort-elberta.com/ or 231-352-7251.

Arts Academy Chamber Singers: 7:30pm, Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts. $10 adults, $7 seniors & students. www.interlochen.org

Win.ter.ven.tion: Feb. 14-16 in Harbor Springs. http://www.harborspringschamber.com/wintervention-336/#.UvDvrvb9pZg

Manistee County Library Valentine Booklover’s Sale: 10am-5pm, The Book House, behind the Manistee County Library. 231-723-9329.

Live Music with Parallel: This trio consists of Jeff Winkler on classical guitar with his wife & her sister singing. 8:30-10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

TC Winter Comedy Arts Festival: Feb. 13-16, TC. Today features Tig Notaro, Sinbad, Mike Toomey & many others. For a complete list & tickets, visit: http://wintercomedy.org/

Chocolate-Covered Boyne: Feb. 14-15 in Boyne City. Fifth annual event offers chocolate tastings, entertainment and a Wine, Women and Chocolate concert (8pm at Freshwater Art Gallery on Feb. 15). http://www.boynechamber.com/Annual-Events/chocolate-covered-boyne.html

Northland Players Present “Murder... Twice Baked”: Dinner at 7pm, show at 8pm, Audie’s Restaurant, Cheboygan. 231-436-5744. Deirdre - A Celtic Tale: Presented by the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre. 7pm, Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. mynorthtickets. com or 929-2787.

Seventh Annual Share the Love Food Drive & Novice Psychic Fair: Feb. 14-15, Higher Self Bookstore, TC, 10am-5pm. Taking food stuffs for local pantries, giving free reading, refreshments. www.higherselfbookstore.com or 941-5805.

Singles Mingle: 7-10pm, Castle Farms, Charlevoix. Series of short one-on-one dates designed to introduce you to a wide variety of people in a short amount of time. Tickets, $15; must be purchased in advance by Feb. 12: http:// www.castlefarms.com/michigan-events/community-events/ or 231-237-0884, ext. 225.

Kids! Film Series: Featuring the French film “The Painting”. 10:30am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Geared towards upper elementary aged children. Free. 231.347.4337.

saturday 2/15

Northland Players Present “Murder... Twice Baked”: (See Fri.)

Waterways Ice Festival: Feb. 14-15 at Mullett Lake Marina, Cheboygan. Today’s events include a walleye & perch fishing tournament, Snowmobile Poker Run, chili competition, dog sled rides & much more. $7.50 or $15/family. www. WaterwaysIceFestival.com or 231-268-3377.

Lunch & Learn: Presented by Friends of the Cadillac Library. Discussing “Annie’s Ghosts” & Eloise Hospital in Detroit. 11am-1pm, Lakeside Charlie’s, Cadillac. Tickets at Brinks Art & Frame Shop, Cadillac. 231-876-3246.

Moonlight Owl Hike: The Great Horned & Barred owls are beginning to nest at Grass River Natural Area. Learn about their calls & habits and take a moonlit hike in the woods. $5. Meet at Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire at 7pm. www.grassriver.org or 231-533-8314.

Venus in Fur: (See Thurs.)

Free Fishing Weekend: All fishing license fees will be waived Feb. 15-16 in Michigan. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10364_52261_ 50497---,00.html

Mid-Winter Mushroom Hunt: Join local foraging group W.E.E.D.S. while seeking the Chaga mushroom or Tinder Conk, a powerful medicinal mushroom. 1pm. Call ahead for location. Free. Bring skis/snowshoes. 231-536-0333 or www.Wagbo.org

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

Seventh Annual Share the Love Food Drive & Novice Psychic Fair: (See Fri.)

Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre “How Do I Love Thee” Workshop & Performance: Free workshop for kids ages 6-15 from 11am-2pm (registration required), followed by an evening performance at 7pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, & then an afterglow at Stormcloud Brewery. http://www. lakesideshakespeare.org/lst/

Chocolate-Covered Boyne: (See Fri.)

6th Annual Shiver by the River: Feb. 14-16, Frankfort. Today’s events include the Betsie Bay Frozen 5K, Winter Parade, kids games, Ice Rescue, chili cook-off & much more. http://www. frankfort-elberta.com/ or 231-352-7251.

Win.ter.ven.tion: Feb. 14-16 in Harbor Springs. 10am-3pm. Today’s activities include: ice boat display & demo, sled dogs, snowshoe exploration & much more. http://www.harborspringschamber.com/wintervention-336/#.UvDvrvb9pZg

TC Winter Comedy Arts Festival: Feb. 13-16, TC. Today features Dave Foley & Tim Meadows, Michael Ian Black with Dan St. Germain, TJ & Dave & many others. For a complete list & tickets, visit: http://wintercomedy.org/

Deirdre - A Celtic Tale: (See Fri., except today’s performances are at 2pm & 7pm.)

Chamber Music North Presents Blakemore Trio: Critics have described this trio’s performances as having “riveting intensity”. 7:30pm, Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay. Tickets, $25. There is also a pre-concert dinner at 5:30pm for $30. http://cmnorth.org/concerts.htm

Manistee County Library Valentine Booklover’s Sale: (See Fri., except today’s time is 10am- 4pm.)

2nd Annual Snowshoe Stampede: 5K Snowshoe Stampede & 1 Mile Snowflake Race (12 & under) both start at 10:30am at the Leelanau Outdoor Center. $20 registration fee includes lunch. Rentals available onsite. http://www.locprograms.org/snowshoe-stampede-sign-up/ or 231-334-3808.

Grateful Snowshoe Benefit: Presented by the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. 11am-2pm, PB&J Farm, just north of Harbor Springs. Walk your dog through the woods & then enjoy lunch. Participants are encouraged to gain sponsors for the walk to raise funds for the homeless animals at LTBHS. Registration at 10am; walk starts at 11:30am. Cost, $35 flat fee, or $35 in sponsors. www.ltbhs.com or 231-347-2396.

Northaire Resort 4th Annual Fishing Contest: 10am-3pm, Bellaire. 231-587-6200 or http://www. bellairechamber.org/events/4/29/

Romancing the Riesling: Enjoy some of the best Rieslings that northern Michigan has to offer, paired with a food offering at participating wineries from 11am-5pm. Tickets, $20 ($15 in advance). mynorthtickets.com or 231.223.7355.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Snowshoe Hike: 10am-12pm, Arcadia Dunes. We will depart from the Baldy Parking Area. Three mile hike. www.gtrlc.org or 929-7911.

7th Annual Bay Harbor Bridal Expo: 12-3pm, Bay Harbor Conference Center. Receive insight on this year’s latest trends, learn tips from top wedding resources & meet northern Michigan’s vendors. Admission, $5. http://villageatbayharbor.com/event/bridalexpo2014

2014 Home EXPO: Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area. 9am-6pm, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme. Features exhibits of over 125 building contractors, remodelers, landscapers, financiers & other businesses related to the region’s construction & remodeling industry. 231-946-2305.

4th Annual Shiverfest: Held in Ellsworth Feb. 15-16, today’s events include a fishing contest, Wings of Wonder President’s Day Weekend Eagle Release, The Breezeway Snowmobile Ride, Dark Sky Hike & more. 231-360-0676.

Women, Wine, Chocolate & Song: Featuring Blake Elliott & guest, DarleneYa, Robin lee Berry & Ruby Williams with special guests Norm Wheeler & Glenn Wolff. 8pm, Freshwater Art Gallery, Boyne City. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 door. 231-582- 2588 or freshwaterartgallery.com

Funny Business Comedy Show: With Frank Roche & Sally Brooks. 9pm, O Zone, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. $5. 1-877-442-6464.

14th Annual Glen Arbor Winterfest: Featuring a perch fishing contest & chili cook-off. http://www. visitglenarbor.com/event/2014-glen-arbor-chilicookoff/

Kids! Film Series: Featuring “Arnie the Doughnut,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” “Dem Bones,” & “That New Animal”. 10:30am, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Geared towards lower elementary & pre-school aged children. Free. 231.347.4337.

Tri-States Synchronized Skating Competition: Hosted by the Traverse City Figure Skating Club at Centre Ice Arena, TC, 9am-5pm. Fifty-three teams will compete consisting of over 700 skaters from the beginner through senior level. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children (5-12) & seniors (60+). http://gofiguretc.org/

Cinema Italiano: Featuring “La Peggior Settimana Della Mia Vita” (The Worst Week Of My Life), with embarrassing but funny situations on how the days before a wedding can turn into the worst week of one’s life. 6-8pm, Building 50, above Trattoria Stella, TC. Bring a dish to pass & your favorite beverage. RSVP: 941.1900, ext. 18.

2nd annual YetiFest™: Suttons Bay Chamber of Commerce’s winter festival helps raise money for the Suttons Bay-Bingham Library & the Inland Seas Education Association. Featuring the Snow Bike Challenge, chili cook-off, 4-on-4 pond hockey tournament, & much more in Suttons Bay. http://www.theyetifest.com/

sunday 2/16

Venus in Fur: (See Thurs., except today’s time is 3pm.)

“Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring”: Presented by Tom Skinner, senior executive producer of Free To Choose TV, at the Old Art Building’s W.T. Best Theater, Leland at 5pm. 231-256-2131.

5th Annual Have a Heart Valentine’s Benefit & Dance for Brother Dan’s Food Pantry: Noon - 9pm, Emmet County Fairgrounds, Community Building. Featuring TNT, Pete Kehoe & Michelle Chenard, Northern Nites, Jelly Roll Blues Band & more. Cost, $15 (children 10 & under, free). Please bring non-perishable canned goods/boxed foods.

Free Fishing Weekend: (See Sat.)

6th Annual Shiver by the River: Feb. 14-16, Frankfort. Today’s events include the SNOCROSS snowmobile race. http://www.frankfort-elberta. com/ or 231-352-7251.

4th Annual Shiverfest: Held in Ellsworth Feb. 15- 16, today’s events include the Fireworks Fun Run & more. 231-360-0676.

TC Winter Comedy Arts Festival: Feb. 13-16, TC. Today features “The Muppets,” “Night at the Museum,” & more. For a complete list & tickets, visit: http://wintercomedy.org/

“Two by Two”: This duet recital is presented by the Members of the Cherry Capital Area Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at 3pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, TC. 231-590-9733.

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

Soup’r Bowl Competition: At ECCO, downtown TC, 11am-3pm. Soup throwdown between a dozen TC restaurants who’ll be serving up steaming hot soup samples. Tickets: $8 for 8 samples. http://wintercomedy.org/ or 944-3040.

Win.ter.ven.tion: Feb. 14-16 in Harbor Springs. Today’s activities include the Legion Breakfast & Chili Cook-Off. http://www.harborspringschamber.com/wintervention-336/#.UvDvrvb9pZg

10th Annual Harbor Springs Area Chili Cook- Off: 2-4pm, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs. $10 adults, $5 children (ages 7-12). Also please bring non-perishable items for donation to The Harbor Springs Food Pantry. http://www.harborspringschamber.com

2014 Home EXPO: (See Sat., except today’s time is 11am-3pm.)


Two New “Legends of the Grand Traverse Region”: Father Fred (Edwin Fredrick), founder of the Father Fred Foundation, & Roy & Ellen Brigman, founders of Camp Roy-El, which from 1952 to 1991 was a camp for children with disabilities. Feb. 5 - April 12, History Center of Traverse City. Free. 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

Parent/Child Story Times: Mon. & Thurs., 10:30 am, Children’s Program Room, Petoskey District Library through May 16. Enjoy stories, songs, Puff the Magic Dragon & more. For children 18 mos. to three-years-old. www.petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3100.

Mah Jong: Tues., 1-4 pm, Alden District Library. No limit on participants. All levels. http://aldenlib.info/

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

Community Playgroup: Held Tuesdays through May 27 at Otsego County Community Center from 9:30-11:30am. Free. For children ages 0-5. 989-732-7289.

Great Start Playgroup: Held the fourth Weds. of each month, 10 am, Alden District Library. Bring your preschoolers to play, hear stories & meet new friends.

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

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

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

Basketry: Wednesdays, 3pm, Alden District Library. Presented by Dorothy Walters. Join anytime. Materials fee—bring with you to the class. http://aldenlib.info/ or 231-331-4318.


“Benzie A La Mode: Snow-Inspired Oil Landscapes”: Featuring Ellie Harold’s paintings of Benzie County barns & complements the outdoor offerings of Frankfort’s winter festival, Shiver by the River. The opening/artist reception is held on Feb. 15 from 11am-4pm, Ellie Harold Fine Art Studio & Gallery, Frankfort. Runs through March 1. www.EllieHarold.com or 231-352-6233.

“Walking Through Light” Art Show: This exhibit displays the artwork of Sarah Kathryn Byers. Feb. 7 - March 14, Traverse City Art and Design Studio. 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. 929.1100.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts’ “Artists North” Exhibit: Held through March 29 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Opening: Feb. 15, 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’s art from the Otsego County Sportsplex Day Camp & the artists’ interpretations. Feb. 5 - March 1, Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. 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.

Wild Fungi Art Series: Series of acrylics on canvas featuring edible local wild mushrooms by local artist & amateur mycologist George Meredith at SEVENS Paint Store, 1602 Barlow St., TC. 946-0468.

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.

“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

Clothesline Project: More than 40 t-shirts designed by local survivors of domestic abuse & sexual assault will be displayed at the NCMC library in Petoskey from Feb. 10-21. The shirts provide a way for survivors to break the silence about these crimes & release their stories. Presented by NCMC & Women’s Resource Center of Northern MI. wrcnm.org or 231-348-6600.

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

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

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

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