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Lynda Wheatley | Author

Murder with a Side of Scalloped Potatoes

Feb. 25, 2022

Pageantry and entertainment! Dinner and a used car showroom! Murder and a United Way fundraiser! Believe it or not, all of these things will go together like PB&J March 5, when the United Way of Wexford and Missaukee counties hosts its annual murder mystery theatre at the Fox Motors T... Read More >>

International Affairs Brings Ken Jarrett to Talk Chinese Diplomacy

Feb. 11, 2022

Most of us have Ukraine on the brain right now, and if we’re thinking about China, we’re likely limiting that to the settings of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Kenneth Jarrett is guaranteed to change that. The former director of Asian Affairs for the U.S. National Security Council,... Read More >>

Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 19–20

Feb. 11, 2022

Michigan’s first Free Fishing Weekends will take place Feb. 19-20. Twice a year (the other weekend usually falls in June), residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy world-class fishing on two back-to-back days — without a fishing license. (All other regulations apply.) Gra... Read More >>

Oryana’s Two-ingredient Chocolate Pudding

Feb. 5, 2022

Two-minute microwaved coffee-mug cakes used to save us in sweet-tooth emergencies. Rubbery though they are, those quick oooey-gooey cakes sated the cravings. Then we found Oryana’s recipe for Two-ingredient Chocolate Pudding. By combining one (5.46 ounce) can of coconut milk and &fr... Read More >>

She's a Brainiac … Brainiac ...

Feb. 4, 2022

Traverse City Central High School (CHS) has earned an impressive award for achieving high female representation in an Advanced Placement Computer Science class: the College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award.

Translation? 50 percent or more female stu...

Stuff We Love: Snow Tubing for a Cause — and Chili

Feb. 4, 2022

We can’t say for sure whether eating copious amounts of chili accelerates or delays one’s snow tubing experience, but we’re certain that doing so at Timberlee Hills on Feb. 12 will benefit a good cause: the Kids on the Go program in Traverse City, which provides free phy... Read More >>

All You Mead is Love (and Cheese!)

Feb. 4, 2022

Excepting those who are allergic to dairy, St. Ambrose’s upcoming Cheese & Love event is a surefire way to woo most any woman in northern Michigan. Whether in an intimate igloo or the magical interior of the meadery itself, you two can sample a flight of St. Ambrose-style aphrod... Read More >>

Broadway on Front Gala at COH

Jan. 29, 2022

Ready to feel the love? At 8pm Saturday, Feb. 12, City Opera House in Traverse City will host its 6th Annual Broadway on Front Gala. The theme: "Love Will Keep Us Together!" Expect exceptional Broadway talent, food, drinks, a live auction, and more. (Want a little teaser of just how amazi... Read More >>

Suttons Bay Cider's Flights of Four

Jan. 29, 2022

Baby, it’s cold outside. Spark a little fire between you and your Valentine by taking a table at Suttons Bay Ciders this February. Tucked inside a former home with some of the very best views of West Grand Traverse Bay and Leelanau’s hillsides that we’ve ever seen, this ... Read More >>

Owl "Hunting"

Jan. 29, 2022

Whooooo loves owls? We do. Yet most of us — even the night hikers among us – have rarely seen one in the wild. And that’s exactly why we’re logging on to North Central Michigan College’s upcoming Lifelong Learning Club presentation Owls of Michigan. Professio... Read More >>

The Art of Love and Shopping

Jan. 29, 2022

We are swooning for Higher Art Gallery’s upcoming Love Language exhibit: a group show of more than 20 extraordinary artists alongside an artisan market of goodies you’re guaranteed to go ga-ga over. Think: jewelry from Fina Moon Silver Studio and KKB Designs, organic bath and ... Read More >>

Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited Elects First Female President

Jan. 29, 2022

The Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited this month elected the first female president in its history. Elizabeth Petrella McKellar — a dedicated trout fisher, community volunteer, and conservationist — is the first woman president.

“The chapter has been working hard ...

Little Traverse Conservancy's Best Year Ever

Jan. 22, 2022

Maybe 2021 stunk for most of the world, but in one little corner of it, last year was its best ever: “In 2021, more people than in any other single prior year of [the Little Traverse Conservancy’s] existence stepped up to conserve specific land or to financially support our ef... Read More >>

Mawby’s Green Sparkling Wine

Jan. 22, 2022

Last week, Leelanau County winemaker Mawby presented checks totaling over $19,000 to several nonprofits — LIFT Teen Center in Suttons Bay, The Watershed, and Justice for our Neighbors among them — each of which received a portion of sales from specially produced Mawby bubbly. ... Read More >>

Slip-slidin’ Away in Fife Lake

Jan. 22, 2022

Helmets and ingenuity required; cardboard, Duct tape, glue, and string helpful: The 8th Annual Carly’s Hill Cardboard Classic Snow Fun Day runs 11am to 3pm Saturday, Jan. 29, at Springfield Park & Recreation Area in Fife Lake. Make and bring your own cardboard sled for a chance ... Read More >>

Talkin' a Crock of Climate Change Denial with Peter Sinclair

Jan. 22, 2022

The Midland man once called "The most important videographer on the planet," “The sharpest climate-denier debunker on YouTube” and “a national treasure” is zooming in for a sobering update on climate change at 7pm Jan. 27. Presented by NMEAC, Peter Sinclair’s... Read More >>

Freeze Frame

Jan. 22, 2022

As this issue goes to press, the temperature outside our office window is creeping up toward 11 degrees, a shamelessly low bar made blatantly insulting when you take into account the 9 mph winds and resulting “real feel”: a paltry 3 degrees.

For some Northerners &mdash...

Snowshoe & S’mores at Mill Creek

Jan. 22, 2022

Picture it: The quiet beauty of the northern forests, flocks of winter songbirds, the meandering Mill Creek — and you, eating a s’more. If you have snowshoes, that’s what’s in store Saturday, Jan. 29, when Mackinac State Historic Parks invites you to its “Sno... Read More >>

Gwen Frostic’s Benzonia Haven for Sale

Jan. 22, 2022

The 12-acre property in Benzonia where renowned northern Michigan artist and writer Gwen Frostic once lived and worked is on the market. The asking price? $1.9 million.

The property, which includes the late artist’s former residence and sod-roofed roundhouse studio, printing... Read More >>

Get Your Friday Night Author Fix

Jan. 15, 2022

Fiction or non? You better decide quickly because at 7pm Friday, Jan. 21, two book-loving NoMi organizations are zooming in an awesome author for you. In the non-fiction corner, we have a National Writers Series conversation with Daniel E. Lieberman, a professor of biological sciences and... Read More >>