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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 - March 3rd, 2014  

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MAR 3-9

2014 SUDS & SNOW CELEBRATION! Enjoy Michigan microbrews, northern Michigan wine & cider, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, a fat tire bike race & more this Saturday, March 8 from 1:30-6:30pm at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort in TC. Tickets: $20 advance, $30 door. TimberRidgeResort.net or 947-2770.

monday 3/3

Auditions for “Steel Magnolias”: 7pm, Schmuckal Theatre, lower level of Old Town Playhouse, TC. This play has roles for six women. Performances will be May 2-17. For more info visit: www.oldtownplayhouse.com or call 947-2210.

“Creating Health”: Presented by Dr. Don Piché at Performance Chiropractic, TC at 6:15pm. This free class looks at factors that promote health & reverse disease processes. Reservations must be made: 922.0110.

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

tuesday 3/4

Latin America’s Mardi Gras Carnivale: Red Mesa Grill TC location: 5-8pm. Featuring balloon artist Twister Joe, juggling & face painting. Red Mesa Grill Boyne City location: 6-10pm. Featuring Dave Cisco & his Magical Steel Drum & a costume contest. MagnumHospitality.com

Auditions for “Steel Magnolias”: (See Mon.)

Fat Tuesday with Grammy Award Winning Buckwheat Zydeco: Dinner, 5-8pm; show, 8- 10pm, Pearl’s, Elk Rapids. For ticket info, call 231-264-0530.

FullSet: Being compared to supergroups such as Danú & Altan by Irish Music Magazine, FullSet received “Best New Group Award” from the Irish American News in 2012. They bring their jigs, reels & songs to Sleder’s Family Tavern, TC at 7pm. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. 947-9213.

Let’s Get Growing!: Join with the Master Gardener Association for talks on youth gardening, growing food, environmental stewardship, & improving community. 6-9pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Cost, $10. MGANM.org

Send to: jamie@northernexpress.com

wednesday 3/5

Recess: Presented by TC Business News & TC Ticker from 5-7pm at The Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. $5 gets you a complimentary drink, appetizers, & entry to win prizes. Sponsored by the 3 Rotary Clubs of TC. www.traverseticker.com

“What Is Art, Anyway?”: Featuring Three Gallery Owners: Bob Streit, Christie Minervini & Sue Ann Round. This lecture includes Ron Jolly of WTCM 580. 7pm, The Box, TC. $5. artcentertraversecity. org or 941-9488.

InterActive StoryTime: With “Memoirs of a Goldfish” by Devin Scillian. Includes activities & crafts. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. GreatLakesKids.org

Planning Session for Children’s Garden: Meet the volunteers for the Children’s Garden at the Traverse Area District Library, TC. Held in the meeting room at 7pm. 929.0916.

thursday 3/6

Chamber Music North Concert: Presents the Grand Valley Winds Trio, faculty of Grand Valley State University. 7:30pm, Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort. For tickets, visit: oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or call 231-352-4151.

Career & Employment Fair: 3:30-5:30pm, NMC Great Lakes Campus, TC. 70+ participating businesses. nmc.edu/careerfair

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 “Fargo” at 7:30pm & the beer is a Schwarzbier aged on oak chips. Beer is not served inside the theater. $5. 231-352-7561.

FullSet: Being compared to supergroups such as Danú & Altan by Irish Music Magazine, FullSet received “Best New Group Award” from the Irish American News in 2012. They bring their jigs, reels & songs to Plachta Auditorium, CMU, Mt. Pleasant at 8pm. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students. http://wcmu.org/events/

Mean Mary: This international singer/songwriter is also a master of 11 instruments. 5:30-9pm, Café Santé, Boyne City. 231.582.8800.

Off the Wall Movie Night: Presents “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at the Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Dinner at 6pm (sign up for a dish to pass); movie at 7pm. 231-331-4318.

Community Cinema: Presents “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” at Dennos Museum Center, TC at 7pm. $6 adults, $4 children, free for members. www.dennosmuseum.org

friday 3/7

“The Sound of Music”: Don’t miss Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Toddler Time: “Lots of Blocks”: Children can play & explore with a wide variety of blocks from 10am-noon at Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. GreatLakesKids.org

Live Music with The Palmers: Enjoy listening to duo Dennis Palmer & his daughter Allison at Horizon Books, TC from 8:30-10:30pm. www.horizonbooks.com

Family Dinner & a Movie Night: Tonight’s movie is “Escape from Planet Earth”. 5:15-8pm, Harbor Springs Sk8 Park & Ice Rink. Movie, free; pizza, $5. 231-526-0610.

First Friday in The Village, TC: Presents “March Cocoa Madness”. Featuring a Village-wide hot cocoa tasting from 5-8pm. Taste & rate as you go. Enjoy music by Don Julin & Billy Strings at Left Foot Charley Winery, Awesome Distraction at North Coast Legal, PLC & Re:form Studio, & Missy Zenker at Mi Farm Market. www.thevillagetc.com

Mean Mary: This international singer/songwriter is also a master of 11 instruments. 8-11pm, Café Santé, Boyne City. 231.582.8800.

Kids’ Festival Weekend: Held March 7-9 at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Today’s activities include a coloring contest, twin zip ride, horse drawn wagon rides, & much more. www.boyne.com

saturday 3/8

“Our Front Porch” Concert with FullSet: Presented by Blissfest & CMU Public Radio at Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center in Harbor Springs High School at 8pm. FullSet received “Best New Group Award” from the Irish American News in 2012. Enjoy their jigs, reels & songs. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students. blissfest.org or 231-348-7047.

Saturday Night Comedy: With Floyd J. Phillips & Comedian Pagan, hosted by Christopher O’Non in Ground Zero, Streeters, TC at 8pm. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 door. 231-342-8442 or streetersonline.com

“The Sound of Music”: (See Fri.)

Inaugural “Live United” Snowshoe Cross Country Event: 4-7pm, Aspen Park, Gaylord. Includes food, music by Eagle, Kookiest Kid Costume judging, & more. $25 students, $30 adults, free for kids 10 & under. Proceeds benefit your local United Way. 989-705-8584.

2nd Annual World Fusion Dance Showcase: Presented by Raks Incendia at The Children’s House, TC at 8:30pm. Includes belly dancers from all over the state. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door. http://raksincendia.com/

Identifying Birds by Sight: Master birder Theresa Moore will teach you the basics of bird identification. 9am, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Cost, $5. www.grassriver.org or 231-533-8314.

Film Presentation in Celebration of International Women’s Day: Presented by Benzie Area Women’s History Project, “Made in Dagehham” tells the story of a 1968 strike by female employees at the Ford Motor plant in Dagenham, England. 3-5pm, Garden Theater, Frankfort. Free. 231-882-4457.

Author Signing: With Tanya Anne Crosby, author of e-book “Tell No Lies”. 12-2pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Kids’ Festival Weekend: Held March 7-9 at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Today’s activities include a scavenger hunt, family fun village party, inflatable obstacle course, splatmaster paintball target practice, kids’ tubing party & much more. www.boyne.com

Dance Battle 4 The Cure: Dance studios from around northern MI come together to perform for this event to benefit The American Cancer Society. 6-9pm, Lars Hockstad Auditorium, TC. Cost, $5. https://www.facebook.com/DanceBattle4TheCure

2014 Suds & Snow Celebration: 1:30-6:30pm, Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, TC. Featuring Michigan microbrews, northern Michigan wine & cider, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, a fat tire bike race & more. Tickets: $20 advance, $30 door. TimberRidgeResort.net or 947-2770.

Annual Edible Art Show: The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Farmers Market challenges Village residents, local farmers, producers & chefs to create a masterpiece made entirely out of edible items. The public is the judge. Bring $1 or one canned good to receive a ticket & choose your favorite piece of edible art. 10am-2pm, Mercato at The Village, TC. Proceeds benefit The Father Fred Foundation. 941-1900 or TheVillageTC.com

Funny Business Comedy Show: With Charlie Wiener. 9pm, O Zone, Odawa Casino, Petoskey. $5 cover. 1-877-442-6464.

Pure A Cappella III: Featuring seven a cappella singing groups in Milliken Auditorium, TC at 7:30pm. Includes jazz, rock, folk, doo wop, barbershop, & standard favorites. Tickets, $12. MyNorthTickets.com

Kids’ Cardboard Classic: Annual race down Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire in a sled you make yourself—from cardboard, tape, and glue only. 10am-10pm. www.shantycreek.com

Brew-Ski Festival: Featuring more than 220 brews from around the U.S., music by The Galactic Sherpas, food & much more. All day at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. www.boyne.com

Women’s Expo: 1-3pm, Cadillac Area YMCA. Sample fitness classes, get a massage & try products. Cost, $3. cadillacareaymca.org

sunday 3/9

Dance, Dance, Dance! Family Concert: 3pm, City Opera House, TC. Hear an octet of TSO musicians, conductor Tom Riccobono & dancers from the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre perform classical pieces. There will also be a musical instrument petting zoo. 947-7120 or TraverseSymphony.org

“The Sound of Music”: Don’t miss Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 3pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids, $23 students/seniors. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Mel Larimer Concert Series: Presents the Hope College Chapel Choir at First Congregational Church, TC at 4pm. 231-947-6698.

The Bay Film Series: Presents “The Past,” at The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 2pm & 5pm. Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, to finalize a divorce from his French wife Marie. Tickets, $8.50 at door. www.thebaytheatre.com

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

2014 Clean Up & Green Up: Held on the grounds of American Waste’s facility in TC, this event is designed to divert products that have further use from area landfills. www.cleanupgreenup.com

Kids’ Festival Weekend: Held March 7-9 at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Today’s activities include a zipline adventure tour, extreme dual air jumpers, kids’ silly slalom race, egg race & much more. www.boyne.com


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.

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.

Two New “Legends of the Grand Traverse Region”: Celebrating 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. March 6th’s panel: “Words CAN Hurt & Help: How Changing Labels & Language Empower Persons with Disabilities”. traversehistory.org or 995-0313.

Old Time Country Dance Line & Square Dances: Held every second Sat. of the month, including March 8, at 9116 E. 13th St., Cadillac from 6:30-9:30pm. Free dance instruction. 231-920-8389.

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., 10:30am, Children’s Program Rm., Petoskey District Library through 5/16. 18 mos.- 3 yrs. old. petoskeylibrary.org or 231-758-3100.


Over the Rainbow: Work by Christine Krzyszton: Christine’s work elicits the feelings of inner childhood when primary colors brightened our world. Held through April in Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. A “Meet the Artist” Reception will be held on Thurs., March 6 from 6-8pm in Rinaldo Hall, adjacent to Gallery Fifty. 932-0775 or www.galleryfifty.com

“Artists North” Exhibit: Paintings of Harbor Springs artist Jim Kosloskey remind us that spring is on the way & that sunshine & flowers will come again. Charlevoix Circle of Arts. www.charlevoix circle.org or 231.547.3554.

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: Through 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.

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.

Tom Haxby Exhibit - Fine-Art Nature Photos from Michigan: City Opera House, TC, March 4- 30. A reception will be held on Thurs., March 6 from 5-7pm. 941-8082.

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: Paintings of Harbor Springs artist Jim Kosloskey beckons us to hang on because spring is on the way & sunshine & flowers will come again. Held through March 29 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. www.charlevoixcircle.org or 241.547.3554.

Journeying to Charlevoix: Illustrated exhibit featuring why & how people came to the Charlevoix area in the late 1800s. Charlevoix Depot, Chicago Avenue at Depot Beach, through March 22: Saturdays 10-4, Wednesdays 4-7. 231-547-0373.

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.

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.

Art of the Watershed: Featuring the 2012 Photography Contest winners, including Craig Goodrich, Ragnar Avery & Chris Brown, at the Watershed Center, TC. Portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org or 935-1514.

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

“Art Bomb”: Art show, Right Brain Brewery, TC, through March. See Facebook page.

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.

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