June 10, 2023

Jillian Manning | Author

Taking It Slow

Sept. 10, 2022

The fashion industry—particularly fast fashion, defined by trendy and inexpensive items—has been spotlighted in recent years as one of the world’s largest polluters. Hong Kong-based nonprofit Earth.org reports that 60 percent of clothing is made with plastic-sourced mate... Read More >>

The Universal Language

Sept. 3, 2022

Martial arts. Juggling. Intro to improv. Drone flying. Printmaking.

That sounds like a list of electives in a college course catalog, doesn’t it? Arts for All of Northern Michigan will do you one better: These are just a sampling of the classes they offer to folks of all age... Read More >>

Staying Substance Free

Aug. 27, 2022

Earlier this month, Northern Express spoke with the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition and Addiction Treatment Services to hear about the trends in substance use among adults in northern Michigan. We learned that substance use and overdoses are on the rise—as has bee... Read More >>

What Is Wrong with People?

Aug. 20, 2022

It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves for several years now. Stories of customers being rude to local business staff, community members punching journalists in the face, and people getting shot when putting their boat in the water seem to have become the norm. (Okay, tho... Read More >>

Growing Up

Aug. 13, 2022

The summer harvest is upon us, and out on a farm in Peshawbestown, good things are growing.

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians’ Agricultural & Food Sovereignty Department took shape in an effort to produce food and food products for the community. The... Read More >>

Paradise Cove’s Leelanau Lemonade

Aug. 13, 2022

Talk about a drink with a view. Here’s how to get yours. Step one: Belly up to the bar at Paradise Cove Bar & Grill (aka South End Tiki Bar) tucked along the shores of Lake Leelanau. Step two: Ask for the Leelanau Lemonade ($10.50). The description on the menu may be short and s... Read More >>

Rad.ish's Taco Flight

Aug. 13, 2022

Rad.ish has been making vegan food cool—and impossibly delicious—since 2019. And once Stone Hound Brewing Company opened in Williamsburg in the winter of 2021 and Rad.ish Mexican Street Food moved inside, they’ve been delighting diners with their Taco Flight (among other... Read More >>

The Cost of Road Construction

July 30, 2022

Michigan is known for its four distinct seasons: fall, winter, still winter, and road construction. And while we put up with the delays and detours of construction season for its major perks—blue sky days, green trails, and finally-warm-enough waters—those orange cones herald ... Read More >>

Bad Trends, Broken Systems, and Bold New Programs

July 30, 2022

“Addiction can happen to anybody. It can touch anybody’s life, so likely somebody that [you] know has been affected by addiction.”

So says Lauren Reed, coordinator for the Grand Traverse Drug Free Coalition (GTDFC), a group made up of over 100 community members a... Read More >>

The Return of the Festival

July 23, 2022

It’s back: After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Traverse City Film Festival returns to northern Michigan July 26 through July 31. While much remains the same about the festival we know and love, change is also in the air.

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The Recycling Roller Coaster

July 16, 2022

There’s nothing less appealing than being out on a beautiful northern Michigan beach or trail and coming across empty water bottles, snack wrappers, and other trash scattered along your path. Alas, litter isn’t uncommon in our natural areas during the summer months as usage nu... Read More >>

One Month Later

July 2, 2022

On May 20, 2022, a tornado tore a 16.5-mile path through Gaylord and other parts of Otsego County with 140-mph winds that leveled homes and businesses, caused several deaths, and sent dozens of people to the hospital. Though the news cycle has moved on and the busy summer season is underw... Read More >>

When Blood Runs Cold

June 25, 2022

Cherries are red, waters are blue…and unfortunately, Michigan’s blood supply shortage is nothing new.

“The blood supply in the midst of COVID and earlier this year was at the lowest levels in over a decade,” says Kristin Paltzer, public relations manager f... Read More >>

On the Horizon

June 18, 2022

Summer is a busy season for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB). With the hope of a more normal season following two years of pandemic-related adjustments and cancellations, the LTBB is looking forward to the return of the annual Homecoming Pow Wow, updated summer camp o... Read More >>

Waste Not, Want Not

June 18, 2022

When you finished this year’s spring cleaning, you probably found a pile of stuff that can’t go in your trash bin, like batteries, paint cans, and last year’s fertilizer. Good news: Both Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties have organized hazardous household waste events... Read More >>

Fairies and Forts

June 18, 2022

The annual tradition of Fairies and Forts returns to Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville on Saturday, June 25, at 10am. Perfect for the kiddos who want to wear the fairy wings from their Halloween costume all year, the event offers a chance to make crowns, build fairy houses, and cr... Read More >>

Bridging Troubled Waters

June 18, 2022

What do Traverse City, Michigan, and Bogotá, Colombia, have in common? More than you might think, especially when it comes to studying and protecting one of our most precious resources: water.

Thanks to a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund—a... Read More >>

Recreation for All

June 11, 2022

Ever wanted to try an adaptive bike or track chair? Want to meet folks with a passion for accessibility in motion? Accessible Recreation Day on June 16 is the day to explore. Powered by Disability Network Northern Michigan, Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation, and Norte, the event ... Read More >>

Driving Forward

June 11, 2022

A group of car-lovers is making a difference this weekend in Traverse City. Accelerate the Cure—a non-profit devoted to helping the Alzheimer’s community in northern Michigan and supporting Alzheimer’s research—is hosting their 4th annual Drive to Remember. The &ld... Read More >>

Don’t Make a Splash

June 11, 2022

When you think of northern Michigan waterways, you think of crystal blue lakes, sandy beaches, and rivers teeming with fish. You don’t think of Eurasian watermilfoil, stormwater pollution, or the New Zealand mud snail.

But maybe you should. Whether you’re here for a we... Read More >>