Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Jamie Kauffold - March 21st, 2014  

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MAR 17-23

HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND: Bringing blues, rock, funk, soul & world music, Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper creates a mix of roots music with his harmonica & didgeridoo. Catch him & his band this Friday, March 21 at 8pm at InsideOut Gallery, TC. Tickets, $10. www.insideoutarttc.com or 929-3254. They also perform this Saturday, March 22 at the Spring & All Music Festival in the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee from 3-5pm. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, children 12 & under free. mynorthtickets.com or 1-800-836-0717.

monday 3/17

FUNdraiser for Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan: Includes silent & live auctions, beginning at 5:30pm at Whitecaps Restaurant, Petoskey. Tickets, $10. 231-347-0067.

Story Hour - “St. Patrick’s Day”: Enjoy stories & do some activities & a craft. 10am, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

National Writer Series: George Packer with Guest Host Benjamin Busch: Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of “The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq,” which was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. His latest book is “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America”. 7-9pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets start at $20. www.cityoperahouse.org

Your Health Lecture Series: Presents “Children: What’s a Healthy Weight?” with B. Keith English, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics & Human Development at MSU College of Human Medicine. 6pm, Oleson Center, NMC, TC. www.nmc.edu

Career Connection: “Job Search Strategies” at Manistee Michigan Works! Service Center at 10am. Presented by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. www.nwm.org or 231-620-8177.

tuesday 3/18

Career Connection: Held at the Boyne District Library at 2pm to give job seekers a chance to learn about job opportunities & improve their job search skills. Presented by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. www.nwm.org or 231-620-5178.

Free Traverse Symphony Orchestra Concert: The TSO Civic String Ensembles will present a wide variety of classical hits from composers ranging from Beethoven to Bartók at the City Opera House, TC at 7pm. www.traversesymphony.org

Grand Traverse Hiking Club - “Tales of the Ahgosh Trail”: With historian Fel Brunette. 7pm, Nature Center, TC. www.northcountrytrail.org

Coffee @ Ten: Anne Morningstar will share her artistic process & inspiration behind her show “Natives vs. Invasives: A Great Lake Narrative” at Gilbert Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 10am. Free. 231.347.4337.

Boater Safety Class: This 8 hour class is for novice recreational boaters ages 12 & older. Taught by the Coast Guard Auxiliarists at the Coast Guard station, TC. Today’s time is 5:30-9pm. The class on March 22 runs from 9am-1:30pm. Cost, $10. Register: 941-8076.

wednesday 3/19

Prime Time for Spring Break Business After Hours: Presented by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce at NMC’s Hagerty Center, TC from 5-7pm. Don’t forget your flip flops, beach hats & sunscreen! http://business.tcchamber.org

“Boat Handling Under Power”: This free seminar is offered by the Grand Traverse Bay Sail & Power Squadron to support safe boating. 7pm, West Marine Store, TC. Go to: http://www.gtbayboating. org to register.

Celebrate the National Day of Honor with Bob Linsenman: Author of “Snowblood’s Journal,” this novel follows Jason Snowblood and Benny Coyne, cousins of Ottawa-Irish descent from a small, northern Michigan town, who are assigned to the US Army’s scout dog program in Vietnam. 6:30-8pm, McGuire Room, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org

Char-Em United Way 7th Annual Project Connect: 10am-3pm, Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building, Petoskey. Featuring a range of health & human services provided by over 50 local non-profit agencies & other business. www.charemunitedway.org/

InterActive Story Time: Featuring “Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing” by Judi Barrett. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org

New Skater Orientation for TC Roller Derby: 6pm, The Little Fleet, TC. No previous skating experience or athletic skills necessary. RSVP to hr@tcrollerderby.com or visit Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook.

Career Connection: “Job Search Strategies” at the Benzie County Government Center, Room # 206, Beulah. Presented by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. www.nwm.org or 231-620-8177.

“What Is Art, Anyway?”: With Chase Hunt, Sam Miller & Ram Lee: “Graffiti, Street Art, Tattoo Art”. 7pm, THE BOX, TC. Presented by Artcenter Traverse City. Admission, $5. artcentertraversecity. org or 941.9488.

thursday 3/20

Empty Bowls Community Painting Party: 4:30- 7pm, Blackbird Arts, TC. Choose a bowl & paint your own design. It will be fired in the kiln & ready to donate to Empty Bowls’ April 13 event, organized by Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan. Requested donation of $5/bowl. 231-421-8085.

“Food Labeling for Dummies…What Did I Just Eat?” Dr. Julie Brons will help translate the labeling double talk, empowering you to make the choices you want to make. 6:15pm, Performance Chiropractic, TC. Free, but reservations required: 922.0110.

Publishing and Marketing: Where to Start: Michigan Writer Mary Jo Zazueta will present this workshop from 7-9pm at the University Center, room 216, TC. Free to members of Michigan Writers & $10 to nonmembers. 231-492-3260.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: Presented by Traverse City Christian School, this is the Biblical saga of Joseph & his coat of many colors that comes to life in this musical parable. Includes a variety musical styles, from country-western & calypso to bubble-gum pop & rock ‘n’ roll. 7pm, New Hope Community Church, Williamsburg. Advance tickets: $12 adults, $6 students. Door: $14 & $8. Available at Double Edge Resale & WLJN’s Studio, TC.

“The Sound of Music”: Don’t miss Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids, $23 students/seniors. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

Elk Rapids Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association. 231-264-8202.

Luncheon Lecture: Jim Tisdel, North Central instructor and career liaison, will speak about job demand in Michigan. Noon, North Central Michigan College University Center, Gaylord. Cost, $10; includes lunch. 989-705-3775.

Annual Northern Michigan College Night: This free college fair is held at Charlevoix Middle/High School from 6:30-8pm. It introduces students & their parents to reps from about 50 post-secondary institutions. 231-547-8206.

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 “John Dies at the End” at 7:30pm & the beer is a Dark & Stormcloudy Ale. Beer is not served inside the theater. $5. 231-352-7561.

friday 3/21

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: (See Thurs.)

Blissfest Mini Folk & Roots Concert Series: Featuring Kellerville, made up of Lee Dyer & Holly Keller, who bring their mix of personal storytelling & original folk songs. 8pm, Red Sky Stage, Petoskey. Tickets: $12.50; students, $8; 12 & under, $5. redskystage.com or 231-487-0000.

“The Sound of Music”: (See Thurs.)

Toddler Time: “Let’s Paint!” Children will have the opportunity to paint using a wide variety of implements from brushes to sponges. 10am - noon, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.GreatLakesKids.org

Live Music with Songwriters in the Round: Featuring Kirby, Les Dalgliesh, Adair Correll & Kurt Westie. 8:30-10:30pm, Horizon Books, TC. www.horizonbooks.com

Author Meet & Greet: Tobin Buhk will visit Fife Lake Public Library from 6-9pm to discuss his new book, “Michigan’s Strychnine Saint: The Curious Case of Mrs. Mary McKnight.” www.tadl.org

Harper & Midwest Kind: Bringing blues, rock, funk, soul & world music, Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper creates a mix of roots music with his harmonica & didgeridoo. Catch him & his band at 8pm, InsideOut Gallery, TC. Tickets, $10. www.insideoutarttc.com or 929-3254.

Job Fair: Odawa Hotel, Odawa Casino, Petoskey from 1-4pm. www.odawacasino.com/careers

“Curious Savage”: Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband & wants to make the best use of it. Her stepchildren want to get their hands on it. Presented by Cadillac Footliters at Cadillac High School Auditorium at 7:30pm. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 door. 231.775.7336.

saturday 3/22

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: (See Thurs., with the addition of a 2pm performance.)

Uncle Kracker: This rock musician is known for his singles “Follow Me,” “Smile,” & “Drift Away”. 8pm, Ground Zero, Streeters, TC. Tickets: $25. www.groundzeroonline.com or 932-1300.

“The Sound of Music”: (See Thurs.)

Funny Business Comedy Show: With Mikey Mason at O Zone, Odawa Casino, Petoskey, 9pm. Cover, $5. www.odawacasino.com

Jesse Dee: This singing, songwriting, guitar-playing soul man performs at Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC at 8pm. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members. www.dennosmuseum.org or 995-1553.

Country Dance: 6-10pm, Summit City Grange Hall. Soup Supper at 6pm; dance at 7pm. Featuring a live band. 231-263-4499.

Nub’s Nob Mardi Gras: This annual Spring Fling features the Soaker Cup, costume contest, Crazy Couples, Dorie Sarns Open races, the Petoskey Steel Drum Band & more at Nub’s Nob, Harbor Springs. 231-526-2131 or www.nubsnob.com

Here Come the Frogs!: Join Lori Sargent, DNR wildlife biologist, for an introduction to Michigan’s frogs & learn their calls. 1pm, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire. Cost, $5. Register: www.grassriver. org or 231-533-8314.

Children’s Vision Day: Children & parents will learn about eye safety, ocular anatomy, what to expect at an eye exam, & how to locate a doctor in their area. Explore five stations that will be set-up. Presented by Michigan Optometric Association Children’s Vision Care & InfantSEE® Committee at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC from 10am-3pm. Free with cost of admission to the museum; $6, children under age two are free. www.GreatLakesKids.org

Closing 2014 Art Bomb Reception: Enjoy this art show from noon to 1am at Right Brain Brewery, TC, which supports local artists. Performances by Grand Traverse musicians & dancing by NMC iDance. https://www.facebook.com/GrandTraverseArtBomb

Spring & All Music Festival: A day to honor the people that protect & preserve the Manistee River, waterways, & other natural resources. Held at the Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee from 11:30am - 11pm. Featuring music by Jim Crockett, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Harper & Midwest Kind, Drew Nelson & many others. From 11:30am - 6pm there will be a farmer’s market with local Michigan food and beverages. Also exhibiting are wildlife & natural resource experts & artisans. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door, free for children 12 & under. 1-800-836-0717 or mynorthtickets.com.

Motor City Women & Detroit Express: The six vocalists that are Motor City Women bring a range of music, from blues to pop, funk to folk, & country to rock, & have gained many Detroit Music Awards. They are backed up by rockin’, four-piece band Detroit Express. 8pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater, Petoskey. Tickets: $25 members, $35 non-members, $10 students. www.crookedtree.org or 231-347-4337.

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

“Curious Savage”: (See Fri.)

sunday 3/23

Destinations: A Choreographic Journey: Presented by the NMC Dance Department in Milliken Auditorium, TC at 7pm. Tickets, $8; children 12 & under free. 995-1553.

Funday Sunday: Make your own hand-felted egg shakers with Robin Webb-Bransky at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC at 1:30pm or 2:30pm. www.GreatLakesKids.org

“The Sound of Music”: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical. 3pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Tickets: $25 adults, $14 kids, $23 students/seniors. 947-2210 or www.oldtownplayhouse.com

“I No Longer Exist: Life with 2 Lost Boys & a Girl from Sudan”: In 2000, Catherine Frerichs became the foster mother of a sibling group of three teenagers who had escaped the 20-year civil war in Sudan. Hear Frerichs talk about her experience at the Helena Township Community Center in Alden at 2pm. 231-331-4318.


Dance!Benzie: Dance at Mills Community House every Tues. from 6-10pm beginning March 18. Improvisational partner dancing based on waltz, swing, blues, slow, tango, Latin & more. Instructional workshop, 6-7pm for a fee; open dance, donation, 7-10pm. Info: facebook.com/ groups/dancebenzie/

Cocktail Cinema: Featuring Indie, Arthouse, Foreign & Classic films every Tues., from March 18 - May 27 at 7pm at Outré Lounge, InsideOut Gallery, TC. Free movies & popcorn, & 50% drinks for members. 929-3254.

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.

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. Through April 12, History Center of Traverse City. Free. traversehistory.org or 995-0313.

Old Time Country Dance Line & Square Dances: Held every second Saturday of the month 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. through 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: 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

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.

Oryana Food Drive for Homeless: During the month of March, Oryana, TC is collecting nonperishable foods & cash donations to help neighboring homeless families. 231.947.0191.

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. Through April in Gallery Fifty, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. 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. Through March 29, Charlevoix Circle of Arts. www.charlevoixcircle.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 21, 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.

Tom Haxby Exhibit - Fine-Art Nature Photos from Michigan: City Opera House, TC, through March 30. 941-8082.

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

Journeying to Charlevoix: 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.

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.

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