Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Jamie Kauffold - August 18th, 2014  
August 18-23 send your dates to: Jamie@Northernexpress.com

Lace up your running shoes for a 15K or 5K in the BIG Little Trail Races to benefit the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest MI this Sat., Aug. 23. This event takes place at 8088 Palomino Drive in Buckley, beginning at 9am, & registration is $40. For more info visit: www.marathon4kids.com/big-little-trail-races/

Aug 18 Monday

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT IN THE PARK: With Chicago style blues band the Standing Hamptons. 7pm, Onekama Village Park. onekama.info

“BACK TO THE ROOTS” MUSIC SERIES: Aug. 17-20. Features Maiden Radio at 8pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. Two hours before the show the lawn opens for picnics and a new art gallery will be open for viewing. Donations help support the autumn launch of the NMC Rowing Team. This new club sport is free to all interested NMC students and sponsored by Fountain Point. fountainpointresort.com or find on Facebook.

AUTHOR LORA BEGIN: This author of “Measure of a Dream” will discuss her book & experiences during her years in the Peace Corps as an American living in Moslem countries as well as her outlook after returning to the U.S. 7pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. peninsulacommunitylibrary.org

MOVIES IN THE MARINA: Featuring “Finding Nemo.” Downtown Charlevoix, 9-11pm. charlevoix.org

STORY HOUR & BOOK SIGNING: Police officer & author Paul Labaere, who has written a book called “Brick by Brick: Building Our Family’s Mission,” will be at Horizon Books, TC from 10-11am to read stories & talk about his book to children & adults. horizonbooks.com

Aug 19 Tuesday

“BACK TO THE ROOTS” MUSIC SERIES: Aug. 17-20. Today features Don Julin & Billy Strings at 8pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. Two hours before the show the lawn opens for picnics and a new art gallery will be open for viewing. Donations help support the autumn launch of the NMC Rowing Team. This new club sport is free to all interested NMC students and sponsored by Fountain Point. fountainpointresort.com or find on Facebook.

GRAND TRAVERSE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: 6-8pm, Northwest MI Community Action Agency, TC. A rep from Goodwill will discuss Goodwill’s Workforce Program. 947-3780.

PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK: Where to Start: Especially designed for novice & first-time authors. Free. 7-8:30pm, Boyne District Library, Boyne City. 231-582-7861.

COFFEE @ TEN: With Oren Goldenberg, a video artist living & working in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. 10am, CTAC Gilbert Gallery, Petoskey. crookedtree.org

HARBOR SPRINGS SUMMER LECTURE SERIES: With Kulapat Yantrasast, “Consider the Architect.” 4pm, Harbor Springs Library. Tickets, $15. crookedtree.org

MANISTEE SHORELINE SHOWCASE: With Planet D Nonet at Douglas Park, 7-9:15pm.

Aug 20 Wednesday

“BACK TO THE ROOTS” MUSIC SERIES: Aug. 17-20. Today features The Accidentals at 8pm, Fountain Point Resort, Lake Leelanau. Two hours before the show the lawn opens for picnics and a new art gallery will be open for viewing. Donations help support the autumn launch of the NMC Rowing Team. This new club sport is free to all interested NMC students and sponsored by Fountain Point. fountainpointresort. com or find on Facebook.

“DRESSED IN ART: Clothing for the Soul: A Fashion Show and Boutique”: Featuring vintage, international & contemporary garments created by artists from China, Japan, India, Afghanistan, New York, California, North Carolina and Michigan, combined with a luncheon at Tapawingo, catered by “A Matter of Taste.” Noon, Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. Tickets, $30; must buy in advance: jordanriverarts.com.

BILL MORRIS AUTHOR EVENT: This author of “Motor City Burning” will give a presentation at McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey at 6pm. 231-347-1180.

LUNCH & LEARN: U of M professor Dr. Mark Hunter will explain how monarch butterflies self-medicate at this presentation sponsored by the U of M Alumni Spirit Group of Little Traverse Bay. Noon, Petoskey- Bay View Country Club. Cost, $20; includes lunch. 231-838-5334 or wcwikiel@harborps.org.

JULIA MARY GIBSON: This author of “Copper Magic” will be reading from & signing copies of her book at the Cottage Book Shop Pine Patch, Glen Arbor at 11am. 231-334-4223. cottagebooks.com

MADE IN THE SHADE: Tips for shade gardening. Perennial Garden Club members will discuss plants that do well in Northern Michigan shade gardens at this free event. Some shade starter plants will be available. 1- 2:30pm, Cheboygan Area Public Library, Room A.

SUMMER SUPER SWIRL: Enjoy live-art demonstrations & music by multiple performers & sample wines & food from D & W Fresh Market. 5:30-8pm, indoor & outdoor spaces of Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of. crookedtree.org

EVENING OF DANCE: Fundraiser for the CTAC Dance Scholarship Fund. School of Ballet preprofessional dancers re-united from their various summer intensive experiences to perform choreography by multiple choreographers. 7:30pm, John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View, Petoskey. Tickets: $5 students, $20 adults, $50 reserved seating. crookedtree.org

Aug 21 Thursday

KATHLEEN FLINN AUTHOR EVENT: This Midwestern foodie will provide a discussion of her book “Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love From an American Midwest Family” at McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey at 6pm. 231-347-1180.

LELAND SIDEWALK SALE: Aug. 21-22, 9am- 5pm, downtown & Fishtown. lelandmi.com

“CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE GREAT LAKES DUNES”: With researcher Lukas Bell-Dereske. 9am, Philip A. Hart Visitor Center auditorium, Empire. www.nps.gov/slbe

15TH ANNUAL HOWL AT THE MOON: 6-9pm, Harbor Springs Airport. Presented by the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Enjoy food, music by Jusduit, & live & silent auctions. www.ltbhs.com

BUCKETS OF RAIN “SONG FOR HOPE” MARATHON: 11am, Aug. 21 – noon, Aug. 24. Seventy-three hours of “This Land is Your Land” in front of Horizon Books, TC. Bring your instrument, your voice, your group of choice. “Growing hope, feeding lives.” bucketsofrain.org

PAINTING THE MARKET: Charlevoix plein air painters are invited to capture & paint the Charlevoix Farmers Market, East Park side of Bridge St., downtown Charlevoix from 8am-1pm.

BLACKSMITHING DEMONSTRATION: By James Viste at Sleeping Bear Gallery, Empire, 4-6pm. sleepingbeargallery.com

CONCERT ON THE LAWN: Featuring the Cherry Capital Chorus & Sweet Adelines. 7pm, Grand Traverse Pavilions, TC. 932-3027.

CHARLEVOIX SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Presents Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys (Americana) in the East Park Performance Pavilion in Downtown Charlevoix from 7-9pm.

Aug 22 Friday

GRAND TRAVERSE INDUSTRIES’ 11TH ANNUAL FIELD DAY & OPEN HOUSE: 10am- 2pm, 2883 Aero Park Dr., TC. Includes Jake Slater’s Elvis Tribute, The Patriot Choir, wheelchair races & a potluck. 922-4886.


ART EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS: Sponsored by Boyne Arts Collective at Veteran’s Park, Boyne City from 10am-2pm. Today includes Urban & Rural Adventures with Lisa Beeman for 10-15 year olds. $5 fee. Register: boynearts@gmail. com or 720-235-2337.

“SHOWSTOPPERS”: The OTP Young Company’s Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop brings you the best of Broadway. 7pm, Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre at the Depot, TC. Tickets: $15 adults, $6 children 12 & under. oldtownplayhouse.com

GAYLORD FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: Enjoy bluegrass band Fauxgrass at the Pavilion on Court St. from 6-9pm.

EDUCATOR APPRECIATION DAY: Michigan Legacy Art Park, Crystal Mtn. Resort, Thompsonville will recognize educators, including teachers, administrators & parents, & provide a forum for discussing new ideas and curriculum from 3-5:30pm. The Art Park’s Education Director Patricia Innis will be leading the event along with Phil Cook, former principal at Platte River Elementary School. RSVP: 231-378-4963. Buckets of Rain “Song for Hope” Marathon: (See Thurs.)

“OFF THE PAGE” WRITERS SERIES: With mystery writer D.E. (Dan) Johnson, who will share his four historical novels that involve early 20th century Detroit. 7pm, Darcy Library of Beulah. 231-882-4037.

48TH ANNUAL HONOR COHO SALMON FESTIVAL: Aug. 22-24. The Platte River was the first river for salmon planting in MI. This festival has activities for all ages including lawn tractor & kids tractor trike races, children’s games, duck race, medallion hunt, softball tournament, parade & more. www.visitbenzie.com

AUTHOR SIGNING: Kirt Manecke will sign his book “Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World” at Horizon Books, TC from 11am-1pm. horizonbooks.com

BENZIE FISHING FRENZY: Aug. 22-24, Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort. There are three Divisions with a Ladies Classic on Fri. & Big Fish Only, Amateur Division, & Pro Division on Sat. www.tournamenttrail.net or 231- 645-8366.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: Downtown TC’s Block Party. Food, fun & music entertainment from 5:30-9pm on the 100 & 200 blocks of Front St. Tonight features the Plumville Project, Samantha Crawford, & the Hagerty Car Show. 922-2050.

PEG HERRING AUTHOR EVENT: This author of “The Sleuth Sisters” & “Killing Despair” will sign her books at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey from 2-4pm. 231-347-1180.

DINNER & A MOVIE: Featuring “Toy Story” at the Sk8 Park in Harbor Springs from 6-8pm. Movie is free. Pizza, pop & a dessert is $5 & will be served at 5:30pm. 231-526-0610.

BLACKSMITHING DEMONSTRATION: By James Viste at Sleeping Bear Gallery, Empire, 11am-1pm. sleepingbeargallery.com

7TH ANNUAL TC SUMMER MICROBREW & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Aug. 22-23. Featuring over 200 beers on tap, music including Brandi Carlile & Nahko & Medicine for the People headlining, local food & more. Held at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. For tickets & more info visit: microbrewandmusic.com.

Aug 22 Saturday

ART EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS: Sponsored by Boyne Arts Collective at Veteran’s Park, Boyne City from 10am-noon. Today includes Art techniques from Fiber Art enthusiast Diane Strzelinski for 10-15 year olds. Free. Register: boynearts@gmail.com or 720-235-2337. “Showstoppers”: (See Fri.)

OTP YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS “DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS”: 2pm & 7pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. Roger, Anita, & their Dalmatians live happily in London until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal their puppies for her new fur coat! Tickets: $15 adults, $6 kids 12 & under. oldtownplayhouse.com

BUCKETS OF RAIN “SONG FOR HOPE” MARATHON: (See Thurs.) Dances of Universal Peace: 7:30-10pm, Llama Meadows Eco Farm in the Creative Arts Retreat Center, Benzonia. Led by The Peaceful Sisters. Suggested donation, $5-$10. 231-882-4933.


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT STORE HUGE YARD SALE: 10am-5pm, 1207 Woodmere Ave., TC. svdptc.org

HUMANS & THE ANTRIM CREEK NATURAL AREA: Consider how and why humans are protecting this natural area. Meet at the North Parking Lot at Rex Beach Rd., Atwood at 10am. Presented by the Antrim Creek Natural Area & the Grass River Natural Area. 231-533-8314.

BIG LITTLE TRAIL RACES: 15K & 5K. 8088 Palomino Drive, Buckley, 9am. Registration, $40. Proceeds benefit the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest MI. http://www.marathon4kids.com/big-little-trail-races/


7TH ANNUAL TC SUMMER MICROBREW & MUSIC FESTIVAL: (See Fri.) Barbershop Show of Champions: 7:30pm, E Free Church, 1649 M32 East, Gaylord. Featuring the Gaylord Harmonie Meisters Barbershop Chorus, The Party & Faceoff quartets, & the three top winners of Saturday Morning’s Quartet Contest. Tickets, $12 at the door or in advance at Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord. 989-350-8411.

LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS: Enjoy bluegrass standards, Beatles hits & contemporary classics at the Aten Place, Boyne Falls at 7:30pm. Tickets: $16 (credit card), $15 (cash or check). atenplace.com

COFFEE IN THE PARK: 9-11am, Hull Park, behind the Traverse Area District Library, TC. Winter coats will be passed out to those in need. Connecting with the Homeless to provide a small meal & guide those seeking help with paper work, medical & addiction services, etc. Donations needed include clothing, shoes, tents, tarps, & blankets. Presented by Operation Joe’s Place. Find on Facebook.

BLUES II FEATURING BILLY BRANCH & SONS OF BLUES: Chicago Harmonica Man Billy Branch & his Sons of Blues band, along with Jimmy Stagger, East Bay Blue & The Brewz Brotherz perform at the Southside Festival Grounds in Buckley at 6pm. Tickets, $18; children 6-15, $10; children 5 & under, free. 231-269-3738.

TC HORIZON BOOKS EVENTS: 12-2-pm: Peg Herring will sign her book “Killing Despair,” & Maggie Pill will sign her book “Sleuth Sisters.” 2-4pm: Barbara Birge has just released her great grandfather’s book, “The Awakening of the Desert.” Julius Birge writes about his wagon train adventure in 1866 across the US from Wisconsin through the Oregon Trail. 4-6pm: Jennifer Sowle will sign her book “The Everything Guide to Codependency.” 6-8pm: Presentation: Author of “Paddling to Winter” & adventurer Julie Buckles will present slides & talk about her 1,700-mile journey in a handmade canoe from Lake Superior to northern Canada. horizonbooks.com

Aug 23 Sunday

VINEYARD TO BAY 25K: Starts at Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards, TC at 7:30am. There will also be a two-person 15K, 10K relay & 5K run/walk. Info: vineyard2bay25k.com/

PIANIST/VOCALIST PETER BERGIN: Enjoy popular music, TV theme songs & ragtime. 1:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. tadl.org

BUCKETS OF RAIN “SONG FOR HOPE” MARATHON: (See Thurs.) The Battle at Boyne: Professional downhill skateboarders compete in a high-speed downhill race at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls at 10am. Info: absboards@gmail.com.



“SHOWSTOPPERS”: (See Fri., except today’s performance is at 2pm.)


PINTA & NINA REPLICAS OF COLUMBUS’ SHIPS: Visit the ships docked at the Frankfort Municipal Marina from Aug. 21-25, 9am-6pm. $8 adults, $7 senior citizens & $6 students 5-16; children 4 & under, free. thenina.com

DIXIELAND WORSHIP SERVICES & CONCERTS: Runs every Thurs. through Aug. at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey. Featuring the Epsilon Jass Band. 231-347-4792.

FREE PARKOUR: Learn to climb, run, jump, swing, or vault over obstacles with ease & grace. Every Tues. at 7pm. Class led by Levi Meeuwenberg. For location & to register: TCParkour.com.

STONE CIRCLE GATHERINGS: Poetry, storytelling & music every Sat., 9pm, through 8/30. Outdoor setting around a fire. Ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31. Turn right on Stone Circle Dr., and follow signs. There is a $5 donation for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under. 231-264- 9467. terry-wooten.com, stonecir@aol.com.

CAR & BIKE NIGHT: Every Weds. at Southside Hideout, Buckley. Also enjoy live music & food & drink specials. Info: southside-hideout.com.

FITNESS OVER FIFTY: 11am, Tues. & Thurs. Yoga: 9am, Fri. Fife Lake Public Library. Free. 231-879-4101.

JAZZ AT SUNSET: Runs every Thurs. through Aug. 28 from 7-9:30pm at Chateau Chantal, Old Mission Peninsula. Features the Jeff Haas Trio every week, with different special guests each week. 231-223-4110.

GLEN ARBOR SUMMER SINGERS REHEARSALS: Every Tues. at 7pm, Glen Lake Reformed Church, Burdickville. Part of the Manitou Music Festival. 248-797-9325.

SARA HARDY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET: Held every Weds. & Sat. in City Parking Lot B + T, between Cass & Union St., TC. 8am-noon on Weds.; 7:30am-noon on Sat. www.traversecity.com

VILLAGE AT GRAND TRAVERSE COMMONS FARMERS MARKET, TC: Held on Mondays through Oct. from 3-6pm on The Piazza. www. thevillagetc.com

CHARLEVOIX FARMERS MARKET: 9am-1pm, Thurs., downtown Charlevoix.

INTERLOCHEN FARMERS MARKET: Every Sun., until last Sun. in Oct., 9am-2pm, Interlochen Shopping Center, in the parking lot, at the end of Ric’s, Interlochen Corners. 231-378-4488. Find on Facebook.

HARBOR SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET: Weds. & Sat., 9am-1pm, downtown Harbor Springs. Visit their Facebook page. Music at the Market takes place at these farmers markets each Weds. & Sat.

BOYNE CITY FARMERS MARKET: Through Oct., every Weds., 8am-noon, Veterans Park. boynecitymainstreet.com

BELLAIRE FARMERS MARKET: Held every Fri. from 8am-12:30pm behind the Bellaire Senior Center – William A. Hosmer Park.

FRANKFORT FARMERS MARKET: Runs Saturdays through Oct., 9am-1pm, downtown Frankfort.

PETOSKEY FARMERS MARKET: Fri., 8:30am-1pm, downtown Petoskey. petoskeydowntown.com

CADILLAC MADE IN MI FARMERS MARKET: Thurs.: 8am-2pm, City Park. Sat.: 8am-1pm, Pine St. Through Oct. Find on Facebook.

KINGSLEY MARKET: Wednesdays through Sept. 24 at Brownson Park from 2-7pm. 231-263-5902 or find on Facebook.

GAYLORD FARMERS MARKET: Runs Weds. & Sat. through Oct. from 8am-2pm & Saturdays in Nov., 9am-1pm. Held in downtown pavilion on Court St. Check out their Facebook page.

BLISSFEST JAM SESSIONS: Every Sun., 1-4pm, Red Sky Stage, Petoskey. Bring your instruments or just sing along or listen. www.redskystage.com

COMMUNITY BAND PERFORMANCE: Featuring the Harbor Springs Community Band in the park next to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Petoskey every Mon. at 8pm.

STROKE & BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: A safe environment for survivors of traumatic brain injury or stroke. Patients & caregivers share challenges & learn in a compassionate setting. Held the second Tues. of each month through Oct. 14 at Demmer Wellness Pavilion, McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey at 6pm. www.mclaren.org or 231-549-1388.

DANCE!BENZIE: Dance at Mills Community House every Tues. from 6-10pm. 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/

GUIDED HIKE ON THE NER: Takes place at the Boardman River Nature Center, Oleson Pavilion, TC every first Sat. of the month through Dec. at 10am. Join Molly McCombs on a hike to explore the natural world along the banks of the Boardman River. Free. 941-0960.

OLD TIME COUNTRY DANCE LINE & SQUARE DANCES: Held every second Friday 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.

TRAVERSE CITY BACKGAMMON CLUB: Meets every Thursday at Horizon Books, lower level, TC at 6pm. Find on Facebook.

“A BOAT LOAD OF FUN – GREAT LAKES BLOCK BUILDING ADVENTURE”: An exhibit featuring a nine foot freighter, a 10 foot canal & locks, & over 40 historic boats, completely made out of Legos. On display through Sept. 1 at The History Center, TC. Visit the hands-on building station on site to design your seaworthy creation. traversehistory.org or 995-0313.

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.

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

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.

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

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

BRING IN THE LITTLE ONES: Move, shake & sing along every Mon. from 10:30-11am at The Little Fleet, TC. www.thelittlefleet.com

FREE OM GENTLE YOGA: Sun., 10:30am, Shanti School of Yoga, Logan’s Landing, TC. Perfect for the brand new yoga student. Bring mat or rent one onsite. 231-632-0615. Shantischoolofyoga.net

GOOD LIBATIONS TOURS: The Celtic Bus will pick you up at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort at 11am & take you on an excursion through Benzie, Leelanau & Grand Traverse counties, visiting wineries, breweries, distilleries & more. Must be 21. Held every other Tues., beginning June 24, through Sept. 16. 231-882-5424. mynorthtickets.com

THE YOUNG AMERICANS DINNER THEATRE: Young up-and-coming performers present Broadway-style shows while you enjoy dinner at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. They sing songs from the days when Al Capone still walked the streets nearby - to contemporary classics. Performances run Mon. – Sat. through Aug. 23. For times & more info call 231-526- 3152. boyne.com

MEDICINE WOMEN GATHER: On the new moon or the Weds. prior, 6:30-8:30pm, May-Oct. Share wisdom, plant knowledge, stories, seeds & plants. Email wisewomengather@gmail.com for location info & to register.

“LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY, PAST AND PRESENT”: This exhibit is held at the Little Traverse History Museum, Petoskey. petoskeymuseum.org

MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC: Enjoy live music by Brian Nolf, yard games, face painting & more every Mon. through the summer from 7-9pm on the front lawn of Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. crystalmountain.com

YOGA BY DONATION: Everyone is welcome to yoga at Blooming Lotus, Interlochen on Wednesdays at 10am. bloominglotustc.com

MIDDLE EASTERN DRUM CIRCLE: Held on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm at Crystal Bindi Studios, TC (new location: 10660 Carter Rd.). 932-0668.

TINYTUESDAYS: Story time with Princess Jessilynn every Tues. at 10am at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. www.mcleanandeakin. com or 231-347-1180.

REAL PEOPLE MEDIA’S JAM SESSION/ OPEN MIC: Hosted by the Cycling Salamander, Charlevoix every Weds., 7-9:30pm. RSVP phone or text at 231.838.6460. All levels of musicians are welcome.


PEG GODWIN & WENDY MCWHORTER EXHIBIT: Featuring oil paintings & watercolors at the Glen Arbor Art Association. An opening reception will be held on Fri., Aug. 22 from 6-9pm, & the exhibit will run through Sat., Aug. 23 from 10am-5pm. glenarborart.org

POSTCARD, 6X6 FUNDRAISER EXHIBIT: Held Aug. 24 – Sept. 19 at Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. jordanriverarts.com

JIM MARKLE EXHIBIT: New views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor. Aug. 22-28 at Center Gallery, Glen Arbor. An opening reception will be held on Fri., Aug. 22 at 6pm. 231-334-3179.

WATERCOLOR ART SHOW: Presented by the students of June Storm at the Boyne Arts Collective, Boyne City. Runs through Sept. 7. boynearts.org

“WITH A LIGHT HEART”: This exhibition of contemporary landscapes by Jeff Condon runs through Aug. 21 at Center Gallery at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor. 231-334-3179.

“FULL CIRCLE” EXHIBIT: By Joan Bonney at Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids. Featuring landscapes, still life & abstracts. Runs through Aug. twistedfishart.com

PHOTOGRAPHER CALVIN BOULTER EXHIBIT: Includes monochrome & people images. On display in the McGuire Community Room, Traverse Area District Library, TC through Sept. 30. tadl.org

SOUL SURFING: This exhibit by TC artist Debra Lanning will be held through Sept. 30 at Brew, downtown TC. lalaartists.com

VILLAGE SUMMER QUILT EXHIBIT: On display in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. Starting at Notably Natural & continuing throughout the North Wing to Cordia. Fiber & textile artists from Grand Traverse, Leelanau, & Manistee counties are included in the show with over 50 works to enjoy. Runs through Aug. 929.1100 or Facebook/NotablyNatural.

CLAY AND GLASS: From the Earth to the Garden: A Lynn Dinning & Gene Reck exhibit at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

MAKE ART TOGETHER: Presented by the Northport Arts Association every Weds. throughout the summer from 10am-1pm in the art space behind Red Mullein, Northport. Artists with all levels of experience can work on their own pieces, share approaches, & get ideas. Bring your own materials. 231-386-7452 or redmullein@gmail.com

“FEET IN TWO WORLDS: Paintings by Melonie Steffes”: This exhibit runs through Aug. 31 at Gallery Fifty in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. galleryfifty.com or 932-0775.

“CONNECTIONS”: This exhibition by TC photographer Tyler Franz will be displayed at Cherry Cone, TC through the end of Sept.

A BRANCH OF THE TREE: Featuring the work of Michigan artists working in various media that represent the Art Tree Gallery. Runs through Sept. 8 in the Atrium Gallery, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. www.crookedtree.org

ELLIE HAROLD EXHIBIT: Blu Restaurant, Glen Arbor through summer. www.ellieharold.com

DETROIT @ CTAC: Based on the current art scene in the city of Detroit, this exhibit includes works in paint, textiles, print, video documentary, photography & sculpture. CTAC Galleries, Petoskey. Through Sept. 6. crookedtree.org

DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER, NMC, TC: “Seungmo Park: Meticulously Snipped and Wrapped”: First solo museum exhibition in the U.S. of the works of Seungmo Park of Seoul, Korea featuring his MAYA imagery & aluminum wire wrapped sculptural forms. Through Sept. 7. “How to Return? - Images by Contemporary Chinese Photographers”: Held through September 7. Features the work of seven noted photographers in China. www. dennosmuseum.org

ART OF RECOVERY: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org. “SEASONS OF CHANGE”: In this series, Cherie Correll uses tire prints, tar, & natural black walnut dye, along with a variety of water media to create her paintings. On display at the City Opera House Towsley Lobby, TC through Aug. 30. 941-8082.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY STEVE BRUNGER: Featuring mostly nature photographs, including trilliums from the hills next to the lookout in Elberta, decorated stones on the Frankfort beach last summer, & more. On display through Nov. 28 at the West Michigan Bank & Trust Frankfort office. 231-352-9655.

DENNISON GRIFFITH, ANDREW OTIS, & CAROL STEWART EXHIBITION: Through Aug. 30, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

JUNKYARD DOG & OTHER BEASTS: Sculptures by Doug Melvin. Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

“ILLUMIN-ATE”: Paintings about light, food & the joy of eating by TC artist Kaye Krapohl. Cog’s Creek Gallery, TC. This exhibit runs through Sept. 2. 231-620-0458.

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