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Letters 11-24-2014

Dangerous Votes You voted for Dr. Dan. Thanks!Rep. Benishek failed to cosponsor H.R. 601. It stops subsidies for big oil companies. He failed to cosponsor H.R. 1084. There is an exemption for hydraulic fracturing written into the Safe Drinking Water Act. H.R. 1084. It would require the contents of fracking fluids to be publicly disclosed to protect the public health.

Solar Is The Answer There have been many excellent letters about the need for our region, state and nation to take action on climate change. Now there is a viable solution to this ever-growing problem: Solar energy is the future.

Real Minimum Wage In 1966, a first class stamp cost 5 cents and minimum wage was $1.25. Today, a first class stamp is 49 cents, so federal minimum wage should be $11.25.

Doesn’t Seem Warmer I enjoy the “environmentalists” twisting themselves into pretzels trying to convince us that it is getting warmer. Sure it is... 

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Jamie Kauffold - February 24th, 2014  

FEB MAR 24-2

SEND YOUR HOT DATES TO: jamie@northernexpress.com

Slush Cup 2014! Watch skiers & riders attempt to cross an icy 40’ pond, some wearing crazy costumes, at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire this Saturday, March 1 from 9am - 10pm. Other events include a frozen fish toss, snow shovel racing, a seal slide, & a silly slalom. www.shantycreek.com

monday 2/24

Friends @ the Carnegie Speak Series: Hosts local author Chris Weston & his recently released book “A Baseball Man”. 7pm, Petoskey District Library. 231-758-3100.

WinterFolk 2014 Concert Series: Presents Stephen Guthrie & Friends. This concert will honor the Charlevoix Public Library’s hosting of the “Smithsonian’s Journey Stories” exhibit. 6:30pm, Charlevoix Public Library. 231-547-2651.

TAVR: The Movie: Watch a real-life patient’s journey through heart valve replacement online. McLaren Northern Michigan will be airing a streaming video featuring a heart valve replacement procedure, along with a live Twitter Q&A with physicians, beginning at 1pm. Options to view: TAVRmichigan.com #McLarenTAVR

The Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project: Discussing “Cooked” by Michael Pollan. Facilitated by the Michigan Land Use Institute. 7-9pm, Horizon Books, TC. http://www.resilience-reads.org/ or 941-6584.

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

tuesday 2/25

Energy Study Committee of the League of Women Voters Leelanau County Program: Featuring a Mini Energy Fair with info related to building community resilience, & an Energy Forum. 6pm, Leelanau Government Center. 231-386-4970.

Books & Brewskis: Robust books. Beer to match. Enjoy Traverse Area District Library’s “Book Pub” hosted at The Filling Station Microbrewery, TC at 7pm. This month’s book choice is “MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend” by Rachel Bertsche. http://www.tadl.org/journey

Authentic Irish Music: With the Goitse quintet from Ireland. 7:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students. www.oldartbuilding.com or 231-256-2131.

Radcliffe Reading Society: This kids book club meets at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey at 3:30pm to discuss “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein. Reservations required: 231-347-1180.

Women in the Wild: Snowshoe: 10:30am-1pm, LTC Five Mile Creek Nature Preserve, Harbor Springs. Cost, $10. Meet at The Outfitter at 10:15am to carpool. Preregister: 231-526-2621.

Connecting Women in Business: 11:30am-1pm, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey. http://chamber. petoskey.com

Coffee @ Ten with Robyn Scott: This photographer & author will share the design & artistry that goes into creating bound coffee table photo books. 10am, Crooked Tree Arts Center Gilbert Gallery,

Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

wednesday 2/26

InterActive StoryTime: Presents “Little Red Riding Hood,” followed by activities & crafts. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. GreatLakesKids.org

“What is Art, Anyway?”: This lecture series is presented by the Artcenter Traverse City, taking place at The Box, TC at 7pm. This week features: Three Artists: Ann Loveless, Del Michel & Bob Purvis. $5. artcentertraversecity.org or 941-9488.

Embrace the Dream 25 cent Matinee: Featuring “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at the State Theatre, TC at 11am. http://www.statetheatretc.org

thursday 2/27

Author Event with David McDonnell: Get in touch with your Irish roots as David McDonnell, first time local author, shares the Irish history & genealogy behind his new book “ClanDonnell”. 7pm, Community Room, TADL, TC. http://www.tadl.org/journey

Dark & Stormcloudy Film Series: Celebrating the best of dark comedies at the Garden Theater in Frankfort, paired with a hand crafted dark beer brewed specially for the movie selection by Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort. Today’s movie is “Thank You for Smoking” at 7:30pm & the beer is an Imperial Smoked Porter. Beer is not served inside the theater. $5. 231-352-7561.

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”: A free screening of this documentary will be shown at 6pm at Shoreline Center for Healing, TC. It is a story of a man who takes juicing to a new level to save his health. Following will be a juice demo. 946-HEAL.

Investigating Haunted Houses: The Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team will present some of their eeriest cases at the Peninsula Community Library, TC at 7pm. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

National Writers Series Presents “Writers of Traverse City”: With Kelly Corrigan & guest host Rich Fahle. Corrigan is the author of “The Middle Place” and “Lift,” both bestsellers. Her YouTube “Transcending” video has been seen by more than 5 million viewers. 7pm, City Opera House, TC. For ticket info, visit: http://nationalwritersseries.org

Local Author Ken Wylie: Wylie will discuss his recently published novel “Possessed,” based on a landmark 1979 northern Michigan murder trial. Written with Philip Cowley, a former Kalkaska prosecutor. 7pm, Glen Lake Community Library. www.glenlakelibrary.net

Fused Glass Bug Workshop: Presented by SCRAP TC & artist Deb Coburn at Garfield Centre Plaza, TC from 6-8pm. Coburn will guide you through learning fused glass techniques, color layering, & decorating your creation. $6 per bug. https://www.facebook.com/scraptc?ref=hl

February Swirl: Featuring guitarist Bill Wilson, & wine tasting & appetizers by Twisted Olive Cafe. 5:30-7pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center galleries, Petoskey. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door. www.crookedtree.org

friday2/28

“Marching into Spring”: NMC Concert Band’s free concert at 8pm in Milliken Auditorium, TC. 231-392-1259.

Toddler Time: “Grocery Store” with pretend food & money. 10am-noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. GreatLakesKids.org

Blissfest Swing Dance Series: With music by the Up North Big Band. Beginners are welcome with instruction starting at 6:45pm; dance, 7:30pm, NCMC Cafeteria Room, Petoskey. $10 adults, $6 under 18 & free under 5 years of age. 231-675-8311.

Luncheon Lecture: The Story Behind the Music: 11:30am-1:30pm, NCMC Library, Petoskey. Featuring Kate Botello, classical music program host & producer for Interlochen Public Radio. Cost, $10. Reservations required: 231-348-6600.

Tasters’ Guild Auction: Featuring international cuisine prepared by Great Lakes Culinary Institute students & local, regional & international wines. Guests can bid on a range of auction items. Benefits students at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute at NMC. 6:30pm, NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, TC. For more info, visit: www.nmc.edu

“Coriolanus” Arts Academy Theatre Co.: 7:30pm, Harvey Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $14 adult, $12 senior & $10 student. www.interlochen.org

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

Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble: 7:30pm, Chapel, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 senior/student. www.interlochen.org

Family Dinner & a Movie Night: Tonight’s movie is “Oz the Great and Powerful”. 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. Movie, free; pizza, $5. 231-526-0610.

The Friends of the  Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour: Featuring comedians Drew Hastings, Greg Hahn, & Dave Dyer, & host Chick McGee. Tickets, $28. 7pm & 10pm, City Opera House, TC. http://www.cityoperahouse.org

The Temptations & The Four Tops: Hear charttoppers like “Get Ready,” “Just My Imagination,” “Baby I Need Your Loving,” & “Same Old Song” at 8pm at Soaring Eagle Casino Resort, Mt. Pleasant. For tickets, visit: www.soaringeaglecasino.com

Live Music with Drive South: Featuring country singers Mary Sue Wilkinson & Roger Brown. 8:30- 10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. horizonbooks.com

saturday 3/1

“Coriolanus” Arts Academy Theatre Co.: (See Fri., except today’s times are 2pm & 7:30pm.)

The Slush Cup: Watch skiers & riders attempt to cross an icy 40’ pond, some wearing crazy costumes. Other events include a frozen fish toss, snow shovel racing, a seal slide, & a silly slalom. 9am-10pm, Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire. www.shantycreek.com

Chipas Water Celebration!: 6-10pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Featuring live & silent auctions, dancing & live music by Tim Sparling & Friends, & a discussion of progress, successes & challenges of projects. http://onthegroundglobal.org

Gordon Briley Author Event: Briley will sign his third book in “The Adventures of Lily and Ava”; “Sully the Bully”. 11:30am-1:30pm, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord. http://www.saturnbooksellers.com/

Mardi Gras Around the World Sledding Night: 5-8pm, Kiwanis Park, Harbor Springs. Activities include crafts, pancake toss relay, orange fight, build an indoor snow fort, & many more. 231-526-0610.

The Irish Rovers “The Long Goodbye Tour”: Entertaining audiences around the world, The Irish Rovers have had more than 40 albums released in North America, & many more internationally. 7pm, Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts, Roscommon. Tickets, $37/$32. http://www.kirtlandcenter.com

Citizens Climate Lobby - Northern Michigan: Monthly meeting at 12:30pm, Michigan Land Use Institute, Suite 301, TC. Guest speaker (via conference call) is Eli Lehrer of the R Street Institute. He’ll discuss the no-nonsense view of climate change held by the insurance & re-insurance industry. http://citizensclimatelobby.org/

2nd Annual Boarding for Breast Cancer Fundraiser: Includes a breast cancer awareness info booth, equipment demos & snowboarding basics taught by certified instructors, silent auctions, a tribute ride & more. Begins at 8:30am at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs. For more info visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.462.6963.

Central Lake Chilly Fest & Ice Fishing Tournament: Featuring snowbuilding, sledding, family winter games, music at Thurston Park & more. 231-350-8521 or www.central-lake.com

Mitch Stevenson Memorial Trout Derby: 5am registration at Big Bob’s Up North Outfitters, Frankfort. 1pm weigh-in at 7th Street Beach, Frankfort. 231-352-5360.

Mardi Gras on the Mountain: Featuring dancing, a DJ, beads, Stylin’-on-the-Slopes Costume Contest, Mardi Gras party in Vista Lounge, & more. Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. http://www.crystalmountain.com or 888.968.7686, ext. 7000.

Funny Business Comedy Show: Featuring Bill Bushart. 9pm, O Zone, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. Cost, $5. 1-877-442-6464.

The Deanna Bogart Band: As a bandleader/ singer/songwriter/producer/pianist/sax player, Deanna combines boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country & jazz into a blend she calls “blusion”. 8pm, Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members. www.dennosmuseum.org

Events at Horizon Books, TC: 2-4pm: Author Signing: With Jack Barnwell, author of “The Gardens of Mackinac Island”. 4-6:50pm: Irish Storytelling: With David McDonnell, author of “Clandonnell”. www.horizonbooks.com

sunday 3/2

Northern Star Figure Skating Presents: Skating to Oldies but Goodies: 1-3pm, Ralph G. Cantile Arena, Cheboygan. Adults, $8; students, $5; 5 & under, free. http://www.cheboygan.com 

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

Author Signing: With JeffRay Kessler, author of “Victor the Friendly Vampire”. 1-3pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com 

Trisha Yearwood: 7pm, DreamMaker’s Theater, Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie. With hits “She’s in Love With the Boy,” “Walkaway Joe,” & “How Do I Live,” Yearwood is one of the highest-selling female artists in country music history. For tickets, visit: www.kewadin.com 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash: 2-3pm, Elk Rapids District Library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday with silly stories, games, snacks & more. 231-264-9979.

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Smithsonian’s Journey Stories: This exhibition examines the intersection between modes of travel & Americans’ desire to feel free to move. On display through March 21 at the Charlevoix Public Library. 231-547-2651. 

Canstruction-TC: This canned good structure building competition takes place at the Grand Traverse Mall, TC, with Feb. 22 being “build day”. It will be on display through March 1. At the end, all of the food items that were used to build the structures will be donated to Father Fred’s food pantry. www.fatherfred.org/canstruction or 947-2055, ext. 29. 

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. 

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. Held Saturdays, 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.

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

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 

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.

art

Natives vs. Invasives: A Great Lake Narrative: This series of paper collage paintings that explore life below the surface of the Great Lakes by Anne Morningstar is displayed in the Atrium Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey through March 22. https://www.crookedtree.org 

The Sketchbook Project Exhibit & Workshops: Feb. 23 - March 23, Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. 1-4pm, Tues. - Sun. Featuring over 100 sketchbooks by invited artists. www.jordanriverarts.com or 231-536-3385.

“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. Ellie Harold Fine Art Studio & Gallery, Frankfort. Through 3/1. www.EllieHarold.com 

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

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

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

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

Charlevoix Circle of Arts’ “Artists North” Exhibit: Held through March 29 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. www.charlevoixcircle.org 

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.

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. 

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

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. 

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

 
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