Monday, August 8, 2011

Northern Michigan Artists Market

The Northern Michigan Artists Market is about Northern Michigan art, our Northern Michigan neighbors who create it and the people from all over Michigan and beyond who enjoy, buy and collect Northern Michigan Art

Six Northern Michigan artists started The Market and opened it in October, 2003. Since that time, we have grown rapidly and now represent the best creative work of artists from all over Northern Michigan, from Traverse City to the top of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, giving The Market the best selection of Northern Michigan art anywhere!

Northern Michigan Artists Market

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sleeping Bear Dunes

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is rich in history from early Native American cultures to the shipping, logging, and agricultural heritage of the area. Even the name of the area comes from the Native American Legend of Sleeping Bear.

Long before there were roads and highways in Michigan, people and goods were being transported regularly on the ships of the Great Lakes. The Manitou Passage (between the Manitou Islands and the mainland) was a busy corridor for commercial shipping. The location of the Manitou Islands made them ideal for a refueling stop for steamers to pick up wood for their boilers. That was one of the driving forces for early settlement of the islands. Docks were built, and trees were cut to fuel the growing Great Lakes Shipping fleet.

http://www.nps.gov/slbe/historyculture/index.htm


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Nothing’s finer than Randy’s Diner!

Since 1997, Randy's Diner has been serving Traverse City the finest breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, smoke-free, family atmosphere.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 6am - 8pm
June-July-August - Open until 8:30pm

http://www.randysdiner.com/,

Monday, August 1, 2011

Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance

MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.


http://www.michigantrails.org/

Friday, July 22, 2011

Current Local Events

FRIDAY 7/22
Tour de TART: Non-competitive bicycle event
starting at the EuroStop Cafe, TC, and ending at
Marina Park, Suttons Bay, which will include Right
Brain and Short's beer available for purchase
and two food stops along the way. Start anytime
between 4 and 6:30pm. Total 19-mile ride. Bus service
from Suttons Bay begins at 7pm and ends at
9:30pm. Registration is $35 for adults; $10 for kids.
Visit traversetrails.org.

Music in the Park: Hipps n Ricco perform in
Pennsylvania Park, at 7pm. Free.

Friday Night Live: Front Street in downtown TC
will be open to pedestrians only for an evening
of music, food and sidewalk sales, 5:30-pm. This
week's theme is "Hagerty Night."

Interlochen Irish Festival: Live Celtic musical
performances featuring Leahy and Cathie Ryan at
Kresge Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets, $35.50.

Annual Hops and Berries: Wine & beer tasting
event at the Alden Depot, 5-8pm, includes live jazz
and silent auction. Tickets, $20 at the door.

Author Event: Marie Gates will discuss her book
"Are We Our Past Lives?" at Horizon Books, TC,
6-8pm.

Live Music: Ken Bonfi eld performing Celtic,
American folk, blues and more at Pennsylvania
Park, Petoskey, at 12:15pm.

Public Viewing Night: See the night sky at Rogers
Observatory, TC, from 9-11pm. $2 donation or $5
per family.

Electronic/Drone Music Concert: Performance
by Morgan Evans-Weiler at Horizon Books, TC,
8:30-10:30pm. Free.

Author Signing: Jim Carpenter will discuss his
book "Surviving My Happy Childhood" at Leelanau
Books, Leland, from 3-5pm.

Art Leelanau Benefit: Featuring over 90 Leelanau
artists, with music by John Lindenau Quartet,
drinks and hors d'oeuvres, at the Old Art Building,
Leland, from 5-8pm. $25 donation and $30 at the
door. 231-256-2131. Art exhibit continues through
July 27.

Summer Sounds Concert: Neptune Quartet will
give an outdoor jazz performance at the Michigan
Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, at 7pm. Tickets
are $10 for adults, free for ages 17 & younger. Visit
michlegacyartpark.org for more info.

Picnic Open House: Learn about the new program
model for substance abuse treatment in Northern
Michigan at Dakoske Hall, TC, 11:30am-1:30pm.
Rain or shine!

"The Center" Grand Opening: Community-led
class center in yoga, permaculture, art, herbalism,
breathwork and more, now open in Beulah.
Learn more from 7-10pm. Search "The Center
- Healing Enrichment Empowerment Well-Being"
on Facebook.

Folk Singer Performance: Hammer dulcimer and
banjo-playing singer/songwriter John McCutheon
will be at Aten Place, Boyn Falls, at 7:30pm. Tickets
are $25 per couple or $15 each. atenplace.com.

Michael on Fire: Jazz, country, blues and folk
fusion concert at InsideOut Gallery, TC, at 8pm.
Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Loon Lookout: Pontoon tour of the Grass River,
6-7:30pm on Friday; 10am-11:30am on Saturday.
Hosted by the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire.
Call 231-533-8314 for more info.

Arcadia Daze: Located in Manistee County, featuring
a craft fair, 5k run, cart racing, live music and
more. Visit arcadiatwpmi.org.

Barn Dance: Kick up yer heels! It's a square dance
event at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, at 7pm,
featuring the Peace Meal String Band, a bonfi re and
homemade buffet dinner. Cost, $18 per person with
reservations or $20 at the door. 231-526-3276.
Summer Concert Series: The Banjo Picker and
Friends band will perform at the Roscommon
Gazebo, 7pm.

SATURDAY 7/23

Antique Market: Featuring Midwest exhibitors at
the Cottage Book Shop, Glen Arbor, from 9am-
5pm.

Kayak for a Cause: Take a 30 mile tour of the
shores of Walloon Lake, starting at 9am. Bring your
own equipment. Fundraiser for Camp Daggett. For
more info, visit campdaggett.org.
Breathe Owl Breathe: Performing folk Americana
music in the Piazza, located near Left Foot Charley,
TC, at 6pm.

Author Reading: Tina Marie will discuss her book
"Isabella" and several other works at Horizon Books,
noon-4pm.

Michael on Fire: Jazz, country, blues and folk
fusion concert at the Elk Rapids Town Hall, 8pm.
Tickets, $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Big & Rich w/ Gretchen Wilson: Country music
performance of two big ticket acts at Val Du Lakes,
Mears, at 5:45pm.

Native American Presentation: Arlene Marozas
will present "Jingle Dress Values & Ethics"
at the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center,
Peshawbestown, 1-3pm.

Author Event: William Whitbeck will discuss his
book "To Account For Murder" at Horizon Books,
TC, from 2-4pm.

The Pink Classic: Ladies-only charity golf tournament
at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, Suttons
Bay. Contact the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of
Commerce.

Jetty Rae: Northern Michigan artist performing at
the Good Work Collective, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $10.
Includes special guest Jessica Ripka.

Mulebone: Roots blues and folk band performing
at InsideOut Gallery, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $15 in
advance or $20 at the door.

Summer Concert: Mark Wills, Jeff Bates, Sarah
Darling, Scott Haggard, Blue Dirt, East Bay Blue,
Lonesome Fugitive Band and more perform at
the Southside Hideout, Buckley, starting at 3pm.
Tickets, $30 at the door. Part of the Disabled
Veterans Fundraiser.

Author Event: Larry Kuhnke will discuss his book
"Cloud Nine" at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.

Boardman River Dams Hike: Learn about the
slated dam removal with Steve Largent, from 10-
11:30am. Meet at the Boardman River Nature
Center, TC.

Fiber Arts Festival: Over 50 vendors will display
homemade hats, sweaters, lace shawls and more
for purchase at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, from
10am-5pm on Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday. $5
admission. Kids under age fi ve are free.

Author Event: Frank Slaughter presents his book
"Echoes of Distant Thunder" at the Cottage Book
Shop, Glen Arbor, at 1pm.


SUNDAY 7/24
Indian River Hole-in-One: Competition worth
$100,000 at the Indian River Golf Club, from 6-8pm,
with the open qualifi er. Call 231-238-7011 for info.

Manitou Music Festival: Will Pearsall and Chelsea
Saddler perform at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor,
at 8pm. Tickets, $15. Visit glenarborart.org.

Author Signing: Marie Gates will discuss her book
"Are We Our Past Lives?" at Horizon Books, TC,
from 2-4pm.

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: Featuring special
guest Nathan Gunn on baritone, at Interlochen's
Kresge Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets, $25.50.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Performing at
First Congregational Church, Charlevoix, at 4pm.
Free

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Michigan Magazine

Michigan Magazine is seen twice weekly on the RFD TV network. Shows air on
Tuesdays at 3:30 pm and Wednesdays at 1:30 am EST. The museum is open
from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday and Noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays

Michigan Magazine

Monday, July 18, 2011

About The City Opera House

The City Opera House is the oldest of three historically intact Victorian Opera Houses in Michigan. The primary objective of the City Opera House, over the last 29 years, has been the restoration of this unique public environment. With its historic ambiance the theater offers to the northwest region of Michigan an exciting, one-of-a-kind venue for national, international, local and regional entertainment and arts opportunities, educational programming, and public and private celebrations. Learn More

http://cityoperahouse.org/

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ongoing Events , Music, Charities, Food, Art, Nature

Drumunity: Family-friendly drumming event featuring
food vendors and more in downtown Elk Rapids,
every Wednesday, from 6-9pm.
Family Campfire Songs: Every Thursday evening
at Blackbird Arts, TC. Call Melissa at 231-421-8085
for more info.

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest Tickets:
Discounted tickets are available for the Aug. 26 &
27 Porterhouse Productions festival (held at the GT
Commons), now through July 14, with weekend
passes going for $55 (a $15 savings). Don't miss
performances by Martin Sexton, Grammy-nominated
Rebirth Brass Band, GT Pipes & Drums and many
more. Purchase tix at porterhouseproductions.com.

Drake School Open House: Interactive display of
the Benzie area school that was open 1884-1950,
now through Aug. 26. Contact the Benzie Area
Historical Museum for info at 231-882-5539.

Beach Bards Bonfire: Storytelling, poetry and
music held every Friday on the Leelanau School
Beach, 7:30pm, now through Aug. 12 (no fi re on
July 29). $1 donation per person. Also, stargazing
Wed. & Thurs. nights from 10pm-midnight ($2
donation), now through Aug. 25. For info on both:
231-334-5890.

Wildflower Walk: Held every Tuesday at the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, at 10am. Guided hike.
Call 231-533-8314.

Historical Walking Tours: Explore Traverse City
every Tuesday & Thursday, 1pm; and Thursday,
10am. Offered by the History Center of Traverse City,
the leisure walk lasts approximately an 1.5 hours. Visit
gtheritagecenter.org for more info.

Tennis MIxed Doubles League: Every SUnday at
Central High School for eight weeks starting June
26, happening at either 5pm or 6:30pm. Cost, $25
per player. Call Vince Szymanski, USTA League
Coordinator, for more info at 231-392-6303.

Yesterday Once More: Williamsburg Dinner
Theater featuring iconic sounds of yesteryear,
every Friday, starting July 1. Visit cateringbykellys.
com for more info. Tickets, $39.95.

Ghastly Mackinac: Tour of Mackinac Island’s places
of catastrophe and death that occurred nearly 200
years ago. Held June 29; July 9, 13, 16, 20 & 27; Aug.
3, 6 & 10. Reserve your spot: 906-847-3328.

Alden Evening Stroll: Every Thursday, in downtown
Alden, featuring live music, from 7-9pm
UpBeat Cadillac: Live jazz, blues and R&B musical
performances at the Rotary Pavilion, Cadillac, 6pm,
every Thursday.

Father Fred Cash Donation Drive: Help the local
TC charity reach a goal of $10,000 for the summer.
Now accepting donations through June. Visit fatherfred.
org for more info.

Rock 'n Roll Heaven: Williamsburg Dinner Theater
tribute show, every Saturday, starting July 2. Visit
cateringbykellys.com for info. Cost, $39.95

Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every
Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2
donation to participate. 947-6675.

Summer Ranger Programs: Family-friendly events
happening June 11-Aug. 13, featuring a variety of
activities including hikes, junior ranger program
and more at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore, Empire. Call 231-326-5134 or visit nps.
gov/slbe for more info.

Cruisin' to Lil Bo: Classic car night every Thursday,
at Lil Bo Pub & Grille, TC, from 6-11pm.
Northern Rods 'N Rides Cruise Night: Every
Wednesday, at the Indian River Eagles Club, 5-9pm.

Evenings at the Gazebo: Free concert held in Old
City Park, Boyne City, every Wednesday, at 6:30pm.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

A Chance to Learn to Dance: Held at Steven's
Place, TC, featuring Tuesday Swing, Wednesday
Tango and Thursday Social, 8:15-9:30pm. Call 929-
8945 for more info.

Stone Circle Gatherings: Music and storytelling
around the fire, every Saturday, at 9pm, now through
Sept. 3. Located on US-31 10 miles north of Elk
Rapids. Call 231-264-9467 for more info.

Cherryland Flea Market: Indoor market selling
books, music, handmade crafts, jewelry, household
goods and more every Saturday & Sunday,
9am-4pm. Located at 5161 US 31 South, TC. Visit
cherrylandfleamarket.com for details. Open through
October.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is a Michigan Beachtown (Nominated by Travel & Leisure as one of America's Best Little Beachtowns) located along Lake Michigan’s sweeping shoreline just a few miles west of US-31 between Muskegon and Pentwater, Michigan. Just a short few hours from Chicago, Detroit, Traverse City and the Mackinac Bridge. The home of the National Asparagus Festival and annual Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival.


During your visit at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, you will find an endless amount of sand piled into lofty mountains, miles of pristine shoreline beaches, unique attractions and events, great food, excellent accommodations and memory-making family fun…all to explore. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes East of Utah to drive a private motorized vehicle from April 1st through October 31st .

http://www.thinkdunes.com/

Current Local Events

THURSDAY 7/14
The History of Crystal Downs: Presentation on
the fi rst round of golf played in August 1972 at the
Benzie area golf course, happening at the Mills
Community House, Benzonia, at 7pm.

Historic Port Oneida: The Land Tells It's Side
of the Story: Presentation at the Olsen Farm, Glen
Arbor, at 7pm. National Parks Service presentation.
Petoskey Steel Drum Band: Performance on
the grand lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions,
7-9pm.

The Poetry of Painting: Create a poem inspired
by nature with added watercolors at the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, 10am. Pre-register at
231-533-8314.

Adventure Hike: Guided hike through the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, 2pm, geared for all
ages. grassriver.org.

Beaver Island Music Festival: Weekend-long
event featuring music from Ernie Douglas, Dave
Boutette, Baynard Kurth and much more. For lodging
and ticket info, visit bimf.net.

Street Legends Car Show: Held in downtown
Charlevoix, featuring a Friday cruise-in (with live
music by Dominic Fortuna), car show on Saturday
with games, music, food and prizes, as well as a
silent auction. Visit streelegends.net/events.

Roots on the River Concert Series: Lindsay Lou
and the Flatbellys perform on the river in downtown
Manistee, 7pm.

Voices Without Borders: Multi-national children's
choir performs two free concerts (12:30pm &
7:30pm) on the lawn of the Village at Bay Harbor.

FRIDAY 7/15
Music in the Park: Peacemeal String Band performs
at the East Jordan Band Shell, 7-9pm.

Full Moon Paddles: Guided tour along Lake
Charlevoix, 8:30pm. Includes a bonfi re. Cost, $35.
Visit jvoutfi tters.com for details.

Senior Center Dance: Featuring music from the
High Society Wise Guys at the Grayling Senior
Center, 6pm. Cost, $10 per person. 231-348-7123.

Igor & the Red Elvises: Russian rock n roll group
performing "Siberian Surf Rock" at the InsideOut
Gallery, TC, at 9pm. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25
at the door. Call 929-3254.

Kaleva Days: Celebrate your Finnish heritage with
live music and a beer tent, 5k run on Saturday,
parade, arts & crafts show and more. Located in
Manistee County. Visit kalevami.com for info.

Cadillac Festival of the Arts: Held in City Park,
featuring a juried art fair, children's games and
more.

Dat Phan: Last Comic Standing winner performing
at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets,
$25. tickets.interlochen.org.

Kingsley Heritage Days: Softball, volleyball and 3
on 3 basketball tourneys, bounce house, food and
more, starting at 10am. Call 231-631-3309 for more
info on silent auction.

Summer Sounds Concert Series: Jim Hawley,
Lawrence "Doc" Probes and Donna Wilson Probes
of Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered will perform
at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located on
the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, 7pm. Tickets, $10 adults; free for
kids.

Song Writers in the Round: Local musicians perform
at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Free.

Perry Paint Out Auction: Silent auction and reception
at the Perry Hotel, Petoskey, 7-9pm. Portion of
proceeds benefi t the Women's Resource Center of
Northern Michigan.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Singer/songwriter performing
with her fi ve-piece band at the City Opera
House, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $30-$55. cityoperahoouse.
org for more info.

SATURDAY 7/16
Art in the Garden Show & Sale: Mixed media on
display and for sale at Bellwether Gardens, Suttons
Bay, from 10am-5pm on Saturday; noon-4pm
on Sun. Light refreshments served. Call 231-271-
3004.

ISLAND Benefit Concert: Live music by Seth and
May, Gifts or Creatures, Mike Shimmin, Samantha
Robbins, Airborne or Aquatic and Josh Davis at
Short's Brewing, Bellaire, 4pm to late. Suggested
$10-$20 sliding scale donation benefi ts Institute for
Sustainable Living, Art & Design. 231-480-4515.

Port City Run: 5k run and one mile fun run in
Goose Park, Frankfort, starting at 8:10am. Visit
frankfort.k12.mi.us/PortCityRun for more info.

Annual Venetian Festival: Battle of the bands,
parade, food and beverage tent, live music (includes
Think Floyd) and much more. Held in downtown
Charlevoix. Visit venetianfestival.com.

Survey Expedition: GPS track invasive species
at the Boardman River Nature Center's Sabin and
Boardman Ponds bottomlands, 8am-noon. RSVP
by calling 941-0960.

Aquapalooza: On-water party featuring the
Caribbean Blue Band, 12:30-5pm, on Ferry Beach
in Charlevoix. Includes fun activities for all ages.

Roscommon River Festival: Fly fi shing-tie workshop,
canoe & kayak boat show, paddle demos and
more. Visit ausablerivercenter.org for more info.

Leo Kottke: Six and 12-string guitar player performing
at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 8pm.
Visit tickets.interlochen.org for more info.

26th Annual Art in the Park: Held in Pennsylvania
Park, Petoskey, featuring a variety of area artists.
Visit petoskey.com for more info.

Emerson Drive: Nashville recording artists will perform
such hits as "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall
Voices without Borders, featuring children from
around the world, will perform two free choir
concerts (12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) on the lawn
of the Village at Bay Harbor, July 14.

source: Northern Express

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Porterhouse Productions

WNMC : Traverse City, MI

WNMC's mission is to provide educational and culturally enriching programming to its northern Michigan service area. We also actively seek to promote and support the educational and cultural missions of NMC and other local entities with similar cultural and educational missions.

WNMC : Traverse City, MI

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival kicks off Saturday in Traverse City.

National Cherry Festival Schedule 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Music, art, cars and boats

FRIDAY 6/24
Summer Solstice Art/Wine Walk: Featuring live
music from the Cherry Blossom Ramblers and
Shadow Boxes of Char Bickel, among other exhibits,
in downtown Suttons Bay, 5-9pm.

Vintage Car & Boat Festival: Held at Bay Harbor.
Includes a parade down Main Street, 10am. Event
runs until 6pm. Call 231-439-2700 for info.

Alpena Blues Coalition: Live music at the Alpena
fairgrounds. Gates open at noon. alpenablues.com.

Book Event: J.C. Weil will read from her book
"Eavesdropping" at Grace Salon, TC, 6-8pm.
Includes a book signing and refreshments. Register
by June 20 at gracesalontc.com.

Cracker: Featuring David Lowery & Johnny
Hickman, unplugged, at Legs Inn, Cross Village, at
9:30pm. Tickets, legsinn.com.

SOBO Arts Fest: Juried art show, live music, art
demos, dancing in the streets, kids activities, contradance
and lessons and more. Held in Boyne City on
Lake & Main Streets. Friday kicks off with the Bay
Area Big Band, 10am-9pm. soboartsdistrict.org.

"The Importance of Being Earnest": Oscar Wilde's
comedy of mistaken identity will be performed by
the Benzie County Players at The Mills Community
House, Benzonia, at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm. Call
231-889-9959 for more info.

Moonlight Red: Performance at Horizon Books, TC,
8:30-10:30pm, by singer/songwriters Lauren Corie
and Donna Klein.

Porterhouse Productions Concert: Featuring live
music from Mutt & the Man, Lena Maude, Crazy
Straws and Little Island Lake at the Good Works
Collective, TC.

"OKLAHOMA!": The Manistee Civic Players present
Rodgers and Hammerstein's first professional
collaboration set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906,
at the Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday,
2pm. Tickets, $20.

Eve 6: Performing at Val Du Lakes, Mears, at 5pm.
showclix.com for tickets.
The Worker Bees: Performing '50s rock and roll hits
at Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey, 12:15pm.

"Undine: A Settlement Remembered": Exhibit
opening hosted by the Charlevoix Historical Society
at the Harsha House Museum, 7pm, featuring wine
and cheese. Free & open to the public.

Field Clearing: Volunteers can help restore the
cultural landscape at the Ole Oleson Farm, Port
Oneida, from 9am-4pm, by removing non-native
plant species. Sign up at 231-334-6103.

Book Signing: Authors Chris Byron & Tom Wilson
of "Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike,"
along with Mary Jane Doerr, author of "Bay View:
An American Idea," will be signing their books at
a reception held at The Cottage Book Shop, Glen
Arbor, at 2pm. Call 231-334-4223 for info.

SATURDAY 6/25

Run Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k/10k:
Held in downtown Charlevoix. Visit goodboyevents.
com.

Art Rapids!: Juried art fair held in Veterans' Memorial
Park, Elk Rapids, from 10am-5pm, featuring jewelry,
ceramics, photography, paintings, fiber, metal, glass,
wood and more. Includes a "People's Choice" award
and children's tent. Musicians Tom Kaufmann, Ron
Getz and Ronnie Hernandez and the Robert Abate
Trio will perform. Visit artrapids.org for more info.
The Gin Blossoms: '90s pop/rock group performing
at Val Du Lakes, Mears, at 5:45. Tickets, showclix.
com.

Author Signing: Jim Voltz will present his book on
Crystal Lake, "Hors' doeuvres on the Porch," at
Horizon Books, TC, 1-3pm.

Margaritaville Party of the North: Mickey Rat
Band performs Jimmy Buffet tunes at Bay Harbor,
6-10pm. Includes dinner, libations and mini auction.
Cost, $125; benefits regional charities. RSVP to
231-439-2700.

Walk MS Traverse City: Three mile walk at the
Grand Traverse Civic Center, 10am. Register 9am.
Bring a donation to help fight multiple sclerosis. Visit
walkmsmi.org for more info.

Wastin' Away in Grand Traverse Bay Beach Bash:
Patio party at the Holiday Inn West Bay, TC,
from 3-10pm, to benefit Habitat for Humanity
and the Goodwill Inn. Cost, $10 per ticket and
includes drink specials, live music and silent
auction. Hosted by the Parrot Head Club.
Author Signing: Jim Carpenter will discuss his book
"Surviving My Happy Childhood" at Horizon Books,
TC, 3-5pm.

Author Event: James Pecora, Michigan murder
novelist, will be at the Good Hart General Store,
noon-2pm, to discuss his latest book "One Way:
The Road to Mass Murder."

source: Northern Express

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dennos Museum Center

Current Exhibitions

Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion
April 10 - September 5, 2011
Over 100 authentic human specimens give a once-in-a-lifetime look inside the human body More »

Inuit Gallery
Permanent installation
A survey of contemporary Inuit sculpture, prints and textiles More »

Discovery Gallery
Permanent installation
Hands-on, interactive experiences for children of all ages More »

Outdoor Sculpture
Permanent installation
Thought provoking large-scale sculptures located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College More »

Dennos Museum Center


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thomas Plumbing

Thomas Plumbing was founded by Tom Borsos and has been serving the greater Grand Traverse area since 1992. Tom has over 25 years of experience in the plumbing trade and is a registered licensed master plumber with the State of Michigan (#8109540). Tom also holds a plumbing contracting license

http://www.thomas-plumbing.com/

Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 National Cherry Festival Information

Do you remember the sights, sounds, and smells of a summer celebration in your hometown when you were a kid? It might have been a carnival, parade, or a festival to honor the Fourth of July or a seasonal specialty. Whatever it was, it probably had music, fireworks, cotton candy, snow cones, games of skills and rides on the midway, marching bands and floats pulled by trucks, cherry pie eating contests and clear blue skies and warm sunshine with crowds of smiling faces with no worries.

http://visit.cherryfestival.org/

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Blue Tractor

Located in historic Olde Towne Traverse City, at the former site of Dill's Olde Towne Saloon, Blue Tractor is an Old School Dining Establishment. Take a moment to browse our web site and menu...then stop in for a meal or drink and say hello to the crew.

ww.bluetractorcookshop.com/

The Homestead

The Homestead

Experience natural beauty at AMERICA’S FRESH WATER RESORT located on Lake Michigan surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Spa, dining, ski, golf, beach, pools.

The exceptional natural setting makes this the resort for romantic getaways, family vacations, family reunions, weddings, meetings and vacation and retirement homes.

http://www.thehomesteadresort.com/

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Shanty Creek

Summertime shines at Shanty Creek with 72 holes of Michigan's best and most affordable golf. And Schuss and Summit Mountains' 53 ski runs and 4 terrain parks are a crowd favorite each winter.
With indoor & outdoor pools, a wellness spa and fitness center, multiple dining options, over 36,000 sq ft of banquet and event space plus day trips in every direction, it’s no wonder Shanty Creek is Michigan’s Favorite Resort. Again.

http://www.shantycreek.com/

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Crema TC

Proudly serving Higher Grounds organic, local, fair-trade coffee beans. Check out the menu with made to order breakfast, lunch, home made baked goods, and drinks!

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA)

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people of all ages experience the science and spirit of the Great Lakes through shipboard and on-shore programs. The knowledge gained through these experiences will provide the leadership, understanding and commitment needed for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes.

http://www.schoolship.org/

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Turtle Creek Casino

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hearth & Vine

Saveur Thyme at the Hearth & Vine, owned by Chef Paul Carlson, is a cozy cafe and wine bar featuring gourmet wood-fired pizzas, delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. We strive to create our meals using locally-grown food as often as possible and focus on quality.

The Hearth & Vine is located at Black Star Farms, just south of Suttons Bay, Michigan. As you head north on M22, you can see the red inn and barns to the west after passing Fort Road. Turn left onto Revold Road and take the first left through the gates to Black Star.

In addition to grabbing a meal at the Hearth & Vine, you can visit Black Star's winery, stables and creamery (the famous Leelanau Cheese Co.) or book a room at the Inn.

Don't forget to visit the horses, sheep, and goats--they love a little scratch between the ears now and then. Kids: if you sweet-talk Paul, he may send you out to the barn with a bucket of scraps to feed the animals.

Hearth & Vine

Sunday, June 5, 2011

NMC Extended Education

NMC's Community and Continuing Education Program.
Hundreds of high-quality learning experiences are available at
Extended Education.


College for Kids
Computer Training
Culinary
Energy & Construction
International Affairs Forum
Life Academy
Personal Enrichment
Professional Development
Small Business

Northwestern Michigan College
http://www.nmc.edu/resources/extended-education/index.html

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Calender

The Traverse City area hosts a wide variety of festivals throughout the year. By far our largest annual event is the National Cherry Festival, held in early July in downtown Traverse City. Other major celebrations throughout the year are listed below, with links to the official sites if available.

http://www.traversecity.com/events-33/

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Northern Express

Northern Express Weekly is northern Michigan's largest weekly newspaper, distributed in 13 counties throughout the northwestern lower peninsula of Michigan. You will find our publication in over 600 locations, from Manistee to Mackinaw City, including the population hubs of Traverse City, Petoskey, Gaylord, and everything in-between. We distribute up to 30,000 copies each week with an average of 2.5 readers per copy (75,000 weekly readers). Our distribution ranges over 200 miles is audited by the national audit firm for publications.
http://www.northernexpress.com/

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

UpNorthLive.com - Latest local news, weather and high school sports for Northern Michigan

Up North Live. The latest local news, weather and high school sports for Traverse City and Northern Michigan powered by WPBN TV 7&4 NBC and ABC 29&8.

http://www.upnorthlive.com/

Monday, May 16, 2011

Speakers, Film, Music, Hiking and more

MONDAY 5/16
Space Shuttle Endeavour Liftoff: Live telecast
at the State Theatre, TC, at 12:30pm. Doors open
at 8am. NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador
Carolyn McKellar will emcee. Call 947-3466.

Charlevoix Bike to Work Week: Save on gas and
the environment by biking to work this week.

TADL Public Forum: The Traverse Area District
Library is seeking input on future library services
and facilities with a forum at the Hagerty Center,
TC, 6:30pm.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Swing/blues/jazz
and roots concert performance at the InsideOut
Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $25 in advance or $30
at the door. Visit insideoutgallerytc.com.

Used Book Sale: Gently used books, CDs, DVDs
and VHS tapes will be sold at Eastern Elementary
School, TC, in support of the school library. For
hours, call 933-1676.

Craft and Dessert Night: Scrapbooking supplies
will be provided at the Peninsula Community
Library, TC, at 7pm. Free. Call 231-223-7700.

Michigan Medical Marijuana Act: Multi-speaker
event that focuses on the act's legal details
and ramifications, held at the Leelanau County
Government Center, 6:30pm. RSVP to khall@co.
leelanau.mi.us or call 231-256-9812.

Green Elk Rapids Days: Week-long community
event includes Trashformations exhibit, a student
art project on display at the high school; student
water testing projects, along with Saturday's
super recycling day, Green Elk Rapids Days Open
House (10am-5pm); Elk Rapids walking tour on
Sunday (3pm); and a presentation by Attorney
Jim Olson of FLOW for Water on Monday, May 23
(6pm). For a complete schedule, visit elkrapids.
com.

TUESDAY 5/17

Local Author Presentation: Mary Jane Doerr will
present her book "Bay View: An American Idea" at
McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Event is
free, but registration is required: 231-347-1180.

An Evening with Sebastian Junger: Best-selling
author of "The Perfect Storm" and "A Death in
Belmont" will discuss his literary process, as well
as his experience as a reporter covering stories in
Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and other dangerous
parts of the world, at the City Opera House, TC,
at 7pm. Part of the National Writers Series. For
tickets, visit cityoperahouse.org.

Tramping & Other Adventures in New Zealand:
Grand Opening: Sara Cockrell of the Grand
Traverse Hiking Club presents a slideshow on
her 27-day trip to New Zealand, at the Boardman
River Nature Center, TC, from 7-8:30pm.

Stroll Charlevoix: Meet at the Chamber office,
5:30pm, and learn about downtown businesses
and products. Call 231-547-2101.

Sketch Live Music: Michael Lee Seiler performs
blues at Seed Studio, Elk Rapids, at 7pm.
Green Elk Rapids Days: (See Monday)
Used Book Sale: (See Monday)

WEDNESDAY 5/18

An Evening of Jazz: Chateau Chantal, TC, will
host a free preview of their Jazz At Sunset
series, featuring the Jeff Haas Quintet, from
7-9:30pm. The series begins June 16 and runs
every Thursday through September 1.

Ride of Silence: Bike ride remembering cyclists
either killed or injured while riding a bicycle, starting
at the EuroStop Deli, TC, at 7pm, and continuing
eight miles throughout downtown, ending
back at EuroStop. Donations only (to help defray
$6/shirt cost). Co-hosted by the Cherry Capital
Cycling Club and TART Trails. Visit rideofsilence.
org for info.

Business After Hours: Post-work networking,
appetizers and drinks at the Charlevoix Golf &
Country Club, 5-7pm. $10 entry.

Author Thomas Lynch: Featured author at the
Glen Lake Community Library, Empire, at 7pm.
Lynch, author of "Apparition and Lake Fictions,"
will be joined by poet Michael Heffernan. Call 231-
326-5361 for info.

Grand Traverse Hiking Club 100 Mile Challenge:
Hike the entire North Country Trail route or catch
up with the group on a portion between today
and May 26. Trail starts at the Marilla Trailhead
and continues through Harvey Bridge, Old US 131
State Forest Campground, Sand Lakes and ending
at Starvation Lake Road. For more info, email
ed.morse@charter.net.

source: Northern Express

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Become a Jack and Jills Artist!!!

Do you make something fun to wear and want to share with the world? Well now is you Chance Jack and Jills is opening a new retail outlet as well as building up our online store, and are looking for new artist to sell their fashionable art in our store. We are looking for thing that have been up-cycled but we will consider thing made from new materials as well. A few items we are searching for are Jewelry, Hats, Quilts, Clothing, 0or any thing one of a kind. If you are interested in joining our team you can setup an interview with us by calling 231-487-1008 or email us at nate@visitjakandjills.com

http://visitjackandjills.com/

Applesauce Inn B&B

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Speakers, Film, Potluck, Fund Raiser and more

MONDAY 5/9
Compassionate Friends Potluck: Presentation
focusing on Andre's Place, TC, 6pm. For more info,
call 946-9306.

IndyFlix: Showing "The World According to
Monsanto," a film about one company's control
over the FDA through ownership of seeds, at the
State Theatre, TC. Time TBA. Visit statetheatretc.
org/buy-tickets.

"Afghanistan, Libya and the Greater Middle East":
Jack Segal, former senior NATO official and member
of the National Security Council, will speak about
America's changing relationship with the Islamic
world at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm.
Hosted by the Grand Traverse Humanists. Call 231-
620-1225 for info.

TUESDAY 5/10
Antique Singing Bowls Concert: Presented by
Mark Handler at In the Moment Massage Therapy,
Williamsburg. RSVP 231-883-3767. Cost, $15.
88 Strings: Plucked string orchestra, under
the direction of Don Julin, will perform at the
Pathfinder School, TC, at 7pm.

Seed Saving: Potluck at Grow Benzie, 5:30pm,
followed by a seedling transplanting presentation.
Call 231-882-9801 for more info.

Geocashing: What the heck is it? Dick Steiger
will detail the basics of this popular GPSenabled
treasure hunt hobby at the Helena
Township Public Library, Alden, 4pm.

WEDNESDAY 5/11
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: (1981) Musician Bob
Marley dies at age 36.

Author Signing: William Alexander will discuss
the University of Michigan's Prison Creative
Arts Project with his book "Is William Martinez
Not Our Brother?" at Horizon Books, TC, 4pm.

Organic Soil Development: Held at Red School
House, Rapid City, 5:30pm. Hosted by Ryan
Romeyn of Providence Farm and CSA in Central
Lake. Suggested $5-$10 donation. Visit artmeetsearth.
org for more info.

"Caribou Summer": Presentation by biologists
Jim and Kathy Bricker about their summer-long
hiking trip to Nanavut, Canada, and all their
encounters with nature, held at the Cheboygan
High School Auditorium, 7pm. Includes raffle,
door prizes and snacks. Free.

Leelanu Farmers Market Potluck:
Networking and information on the Leelanau Farmers
Market Association at the Government Center,
Suttons Bay, from 6-8pm. Bring a dish to pass.
Visit www.eatleelanau.org for more info.

"Career Myths to Share with Our Daughters":
Presentation by retired Proctor and Gamble executive
Mary Anne Gale at the Inn at Bay Harbor,
Petoskey, at 11:45am. Cost, $15 and includes a
buffet luncheon. RSVP by noon on May 9 by calling
Diane Clark at 231-348-7520.

Track & Field Fundraiser: Dine at Petoskey
Wendy's Restaurant, 4:30-6:30pm, and 50% of dining
room sales benefit the Petoskey Boys and Girls
2011 Track and Field Teams.

Grand Traverse Health Department

It is our responsibility to protect the health of all Grand Traverse County residents through a wide variety of programs and service. From Personal Health to Environmental Health to Emergency Management to Animal Control, we are here to keep this community safe and healthy...no matter what! Our courteous and professional staff has the knowledge and experience to assist you with your needs, and an enormous amount of resources to keep you informed.

http://www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us/departments/health.htm

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Public Radio
Offers music and news radio
http://ipr.interlochen.org/public-radio-news


Interlochen Center for the Arts
http://www.interlochen.org/

Echoes of Pink Floyd

With Pink Floyd absent in the live music scene, five musicians from Michigan have risen to fill the void. They joined forces in 2003 to form Echoes of Pink Floyd, America’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute. Their devotion to the music of Pink Floyd has resulted in countless hours spent recreating the live experience of the legendary rock band.

Echoes of Pink Floyd is not the only group inspired enough to do this kind of tribute project. Far from it! What does set them apart is the amazing detail with which they perform the music. Authentic instrumentation, Guitar tones, drum fills, vocal harmonies, keyboard layers, female backup singers, and impeccably recreated sound effects: all of these are intensely studied and rehearsed in order to bring the listener exactly what they came to hear. Even the most hard core Pink Floyd fanatics are blown away by the meticulous attention to detail!

Every time Echoes of Pink Floyd takes the stage, they are contributing to a legacy. This is not a responsibility they take lightly, for they are playing music that has sold (and continues to sell) millions of albums worldwide and inspires multiple generations of music lovers to this very day! Echoes of Pink Floyd will show you why.

http://www.pinkfloydtributeband.net/

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wine Tasting, Art, Film & Music

Wine Tasting: Sample wine from around the
world at Palette Bistro, Petoskey, Thursdays, 6-
7:30pm. Cost, $20.

Weekly West African Drum Class: Learn to
play djembes, djun djuns, bells and shakers at
Traverse Community Music, TC, every Sunday,
from 4-5pm. Cost, $15 per session. rhythmicadventures.
com. Happening until June.

Country Jamboree: All musicians welcome, held
the first Saturday of every month, 6-9:30pm, at
Manton High School's Ranger Room. Round and
square dancing. Donation entry. Light lunch with
50/50 drawing. 824-6329.

Film & Discussion Series: Held Tuesdays, at
7pm; and Thursdays at 2pm, at Real People
Media's Community Media Center, Charlevoix.
Free of charge. Donations welcome.

Go Where You Are: Exhibit featuring textile art -
by 1963 alum Jim Hay at Northwestern Michigan
College's Dennos Museum.

Pub Theology: Beer, conversation and God at
Right Brain Brewery, TC, every Thursday, 8pm. All
religions/perspectives are welcome.
Indoor Farmers Market: Held at the Betsie Bay
Inn, Frankfort, every Saturday, from 9am-1pm,
now through April.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase: Local musicians
perform every Saturday, 7-9pm, at the Bay View
Grille in Frankfort. Call 231-383-0373 for info.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held every Saturday,
10am-2pm, in the Mercato at the Village at Grand
Traverse Commons. Visit www.thevillagetc.com.

source:Northern Express

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Police and pension will be top on city leaders’ minds

Police and pension will be top on city leaders’ minds in the coming months as they look to run Traverse City more like a business – an efficient and successful business. As Mayor Chris Bzdok describes it: some people focus on cost, some on the level of service, but the goal is to look at the intersection of the two and deliver value.

First up: the local police force. The city is looking at ways to cut police expenses while maintaining public safety. City commissioner Mary Ann Moore is chair of the group investigating how the department might run more cost-effectively. In early November the city approved a $25,000 contract with Alexander Weiss Consulting of Illinois to perform a “workload analysis” of the city’s police force.

Moore says the consultant is looking at “right sizing” the police staff – and at ways to streamline the police structure. She is quick to add that Police Chief Michael Warren is in total agreement with the analysis.

Next: the pension issue – involving city police, fire personnel and other bargaining units. The pensions are underfunded by $38 million dollars. To understand the issues and options moving forward, check out the November archives on the mayor’s website, planfortc.com. – Lynn Geiger

www.tcbusinessnews.com

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

SEVEN DISTINCT WINERIES. ONE UNIQUE DESTINATION

TRAVERSE CITY'S WINE TRAIL
Jutting north between the azure arms of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay lies Old Mission Peninsula. Situated at the globe's 45th parallel – the ideal climate for growing varietal wine grapes – the seven distinct wineries that comprise this stunning appellation have been well recognized by international wine enthusiasts. Discover the beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula and experience its award-winning wines: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gew├╝rztraminer, sparkling varieties and the prestigious ice wines. Visit our renowned wine trail today!

source: www.wineriesofoldmission.com/

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Local Music, Art, Food and Enternmaint Events

Wine Tasting: Sample wine from around the
world at Palette Bistro, Petoskey, Thursdays, 6-
7:30pm. Cost, $20.

Weekly West African Drum Class:
Learn to
play djembes, djun djuns, bells and shakers at
Traverse Community Music, TC, every Sunday,
from 4-5pm. Cost, $15 per session. rhythmicadventures.
com. Happening until June.

Country Jamboree: All musicians welcome, held
the first Saturday of every month, 6-9:30pm, at
Manton High School's Ranger Room. Round and
square dancing. Donation entry. Light lunch with
50/50 drawing. 824-6329.

Improv Show: Old Town Playhouse Improv
Troupe "Good on Paper" performs every other
Saturday, at the Studio Theatre, TC, starting at
11pm. Tickets, $5.

Film & Discussion Series:
Held Tuesdays, at
7pm; and Thursdays at 2pm, at Real People
Media's Community Media Center, Charlevoix.
Free of charge. Donations welcome.

Nordic Center:
Open at Timber Ridge, TC, all winter.
Hosted by Brick Wheels, the shop will include
snowshoe and ski rentals, lessons and more.

Just Country Kickin:
Line dance club in Manistee
offering free dance lessons through winter. Held
Mondays, 7-9pm, at St. Joseph Parish Center.
Includes Tuesday evening dances at the Manistee
VFW, 7-9pm. Call 231-233-8092 for more info.

Go Where You Are: Exhibit featuring textile art -
by 1963 alum Jim Hay at Northwestern Michigan
College's Dennos Museum.

Pub Theology: Beer, conversation and God at
Right Brain Brewery, TC, every Thursday, 8pm. All
religions/perspectives are welcome.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held at the Betsie Bay
Inn, Frankfort, every Saturday, from 9am-1pm,
now through April.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase:
Local musicians
perform every Saturday, 7-9pm, at the Bay View
Grille in Frankfort. Call 231-383-0373 for info.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held every Saturday,
10am-2pm, in the Mercato at the Village at Grand
Traverse Commons. Visit www.thevillagetc.com.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Local Art, Food, Charity and Enternmaint Events

Wine Tasting: Sample wine from around the
world at Palette Bistro, Petoskey, Thursdays, 6-
7:30pm. Cost, $20.

Country Jamboree: All musicians welcome, held
the first Saturday of every month, 6-9:30pm, at
Manton High School's Ranger Room. Round and
square dancing. Donation entry. Light lunch with
50/50 drawing. 824-6329.

Scholarship Deadline: Students from Antrim,
Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska or Leelanau
County, attending a public, parochial or home
school, may apply for the Writers Series scholarship,
a $2,000 college scholarship. Deadline is
Feb. 28 at gtrcf.org/scholarships.

Clothing Drive: Drop off your clothing donations
at Maurices, located in the Grand Traverse Mall,
between now and Feb. 18, to benefit Women's
Resource Center, and receive a coupon good for
20% off any regularly-marked item in the store.

Audio Theater After-School Program: Open to
area students at Manistee High School, from
3:30-5pm, every Thursday, covering writing, performing,
podcasting and YouTube. Call 231-864-
3323 for more info.

Improv Show: Old Town Playhouse Improv Troupe
"Good on Paper" performs every other Saturday,
beginning Jan. 22, at the Studio Theatre, TC,
starting at 11pm. Tickets, $5.

Film & Discussion Series: Held Tuesdays, at
7pm; and Thursdays at 2pm, at Real People
Media's Community Media Center, Charlevoix.
Free of charge. Donations welcome.

Nordic Center: Open at Timber Ridge, TC, all winter.
Hosted by Brick Wheels, the shop will include
snowshoe and ski rentals, lessons and more.

Just Country Kickin: Line dance club in Manistee
offering free dance lessons through winter. Held
Mondays, 7-9pm, at St. Joseph Parish Center.
Includes Tuesday evening dances at the Manistee
VFW, 7-9pm. Call 231-233-8092 for more info.

Annual Flower Sale: Hosted by Grass River
Natural Area, Bellaire. Deadline to place order is
Feb. 19. Flower pickup is May 21 at Elk Rapids
Chamber of Commerce. Call 231-533-8314.

Go Where You Are: Exhibit featuring textile art -
by 1963 alum Jim Hay at Northwestern Michigan
College's Dennos Museum.

Pub Theology: Beer, conversation and God at
Right Brain Brewery, TC, every Thursday, 8pm. All
religions/perspectives are welcome.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held at the Frankfort
Rec Center, ever Saturday, from 9am-1pm, now
through April.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase: Local musicians
perform every Saturday, 7-9pm, at the Bay View
Grille in Frankfort. Call 231-383-0373 for info.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held every Saturday,
10am-2pm, in the Mercato at the Village at
Grand Traverse Commons. Visit www.thevillagetc.
com.

source Northern Express

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Traverse City State Theatre

The Traverse City Film Festival completely renovated Traverse City’s shuttered historic downtown movie house, and reopened it in November 2007. The festival operates the State as a year-round, community-based, mission-driven, non-profit, volunteer-staffed movie theater.

We don’t just show the best in new movies. We’ve got family films on Saturday at 10 a.m. and great classic films at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, both for just 25 cents. We have a Monday Doc Night Series with filmmakers via Skype, a Sunday afternoon film series, and $3 Friday Night Flicks offering the best of cool midnight films.

And we are Traverse City’s town hall, opening our doors for free community events like our Spring Break Open House, sporting events, and screenings for students. We also broadcast the Met Opera live in high definition, show holiday movies, and bring premieres and special films on a regular basis.

Visit: Traverse City State Theatre

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Local Art, Food and Enternmaint Events

WEDNESDAY 2/23
"The Farmer and the Horse": Film about a landless
farmer, a non-conformist and an escaped
office worker discussing sustainability. Showing at
the Antrim Conservation District Building, Bellaire,
6:30-8:30pm. Hosted by the Bellaire Conservation
Club. 231-480-4515.

Boardman Lake Info Meeting: Public input session
on the development and recreation opportunities
on the west shore of Boardman Lake. Held at
the Governmental Center, TC, 7-9pm.

Native American Cultural Celebration:
Storytelling, drumming, language and other presentations
at Willow Hill Elementary, TC, 9am-
11:30am. Call 933-8542 for info.

Grand Vision Discussion on Natural Resources:
Hosted by the Natural Resource Network of the
Grand Vision on how to drive the region's prosperity.
Includes snacks, door prize raffle and community
conversation. Register at 935-1514 ext. 4 or at
dbaker@gtbay.org.

Medical Marijuana Law & How it Impacts
Employees: Information meeting on creating company
policy to protect your business and employees
with former judge Thomas S. Gilbert; Darryl Lesoski,
medical director, occupational health, Munson
Healthcare; and Donald Lawless, expert on Labor
& Employment Law at the Great Wolf Lodge, TC,
9am-1pm. Register at nwm.org/ETC.asp.

RECESS: Post-work networking at Red Mesa Grill,
TC, from 5-7pm. Hosted by TC Business News. $5
gets you your first beverage, appetizers and entry
into prize drawing.

League of Women Voters Presentation: Phil
Mikesell will discuss American government and
politics at the Traverse Area District Library, 5:30pm.
Open to the public. Includes light refreshments.

Luncheon Presentation for Veterans: For veterans
and their families entitled "Some Wounds Are
Not Visible: How We Can Help Our Vets" at North
Central Michigan College, Petoskey, noon.

3rd Annual Winter Blues Festival: Held in downtown
Petoskey, Wednesday features the java and
jigsaw puzzle contest, 2pm, at Grand Traverse Pie
Company. Visit petoskeydowntown.com.


THURSDAY 2/24
A Frazzled World: Comic strip author Wendy Stout
will discuss her book "On the Spin Cycle" at the
Peninsula Community Library, TC, at 7pm. Free.

Green Drinks: Join other eco-conscious minded
residents at Left Foot Charley, from 7-9pm, for
discussion and socializing. Sledding at the GT
Commons from 6-7pm. Bring your own sled. Call
941-0960 for more info.

The Aluminum Show: See this material like you
never have before at the City Opera House, TC, at
7:30pm. This visual dance performance, featuring
a variety of choreography and stunts, is $15-$35,
with tickets available at cityoperahouse.org.

Annual Silent Auction: Held at the Elk Rapids
High School cafeteria to benefit the school's
Industrial Arts department, 5-8pm. Includes work
from local artists. $3 fee per bid. Edible art, bever
ages and live music will also be available.

YMCA Open House: Hosted by YMCA of Northern
Michigan, Petoskey, from 5-7pm, featuring tastings
from American Spoon Foods, live music, martial
arts demos, golf tips and more. 231-348-8393.

"War Eagle, Arkansas": Independent film based
on the true story of a talented young baseball
athlete and his friendship with a young man with
cerebral palsy. Showing at the InsideOut Gallery,
TC, 6:30pm. Donations accepted to help raise
funds for Mobi Mats, allowing accessability to
local beaches. Hosted by the Disability Network.

Run Across Ethiopia Celebration: Come meet
the athletes that ran across Ethiopia to raise
money for three schools in that region. Held at
Park Place Hotel, 5-9pm. Includes cash bar,
music by Seth Bernard and May Erlewine and
t-shirts for sale.

Author Presentation: Loreen Niewenhuls, author
of "A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's
Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan," will discuss
her work at McLean & Eakin Booksellers,
Petoskey, at 6:30pm. Free.

Texas Adventure: Presentation by the Grand
Traverse Audubon Club on Texas, from the Grafs,
Kolaks and Dubeys, at the Boardman River Nature
Center, TC, 7-9pm. No suggested donation.

3rd Annual Winter Blues Festival: Held in downtown
Petoskey, Thursday features Chocoholic
Frolic, 11am-6pm. Pick up your score card at the
downtown office and visit participating stores for
workshops, samples, lectures and more. Turn in
your card and be eligible to win a prize; City Park
Grill hosts a wine-tasting dinner (chocolate theme)
at 6pm. Tickets, $39.95. Visit petoskeydowntown.
com for more info.

FRIDAY 2/25
"Phantom of the Opera": First high school production
in Michigan of the theatrical hit about
the haunting romance between an outcast and a
beauty, presented by TC West Senior High students,
at the school, 7:30pm; Sunday, at 2pm.
Admission, $15. Premium seats, $20. Purchase tix
at 933-7509.

Music with Joe LaBonte: Free guitar performance
in the lower level of Horizon Books, TC, 8:30pm.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Program on
Northwestern Michigan College's training program
for aviation careers, held at North Central Michigan
College, Petoskey, at noon. Lunch included. Cost,
$9. Call 231-348-6600 to register.

The Jeremy Kittel Band: InsideOut Gallery, TC,
8pm. Combination of jazz, Celtic and blues in one
concert. Kittel, a 24-year-old fiddler/violinist/composer,
has won several awards, including Detroit
Music Award for Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Artist,
University of Michigan Stanley Medal and US
Natonal Fiddle Junior Champion. Tickets, $15 in
advance; $20 at the door. 929-3254.

Guy Davis & the High Flying Rockets: Acoustic
blues performance by Guy Davis, actor, composer
and writer, who has appeared on NPR
& The Late Show with David Letterman at the
Dennos Museum Center, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $25
in advance, $28 at the door.

Sky-Nyrds Classic Rock-Disco Dance: Music by
professional DJ at the Northwestern Michigan
Oleson Center, TC, 8pm. Wear your favorite
decade outfit. Cost, $5 which helps raise funds
for a second dome at NMC's Rogers Observatory.
Sponsored by NMC Astronomical Association.

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble: World-touring
student ensemble performing at Kirtland
Community College, Roscommon, 7pm. $10.
Family Fun Carnival: Held at East Jordan
Elementary, 4:30-8:30pm.

3rd Annual Winter Blues Festival: Held in downtown
Petoskey, Friday features the Whine and
Dine, a walk through Petoskey restaurants for
appetizers, soup and salad, entree and dessert.
Cost, $45, and begins at 6pm;

Source: Northern Express

Shanty Creek Resorts

Home to 53 ski runs and 4 terrain parks, Michigan's favorite winter getaway is at Schuss Mountain. Summer at Shanty Creek shines with 72 holes of Michigan's best golf. Plus year round indoor and outdoor pools, a wellness spa and fitness center, multiple dining options and over 36,000 sq ft of conference event space.

And after its recent $10 million renovation, it’s easy to see why Shanty Creek is Michigan’s Favorite Resort.

Source: Shanty Creek Resorts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Cherry Capital Winter Wow Fest

2011 Cherry Capital Winter Wow Fest
February 18 - 21, 2011
A Weekend Celebration of Winter Fun
Enjoy Food, Music, Ice and Snow Sculptures and Lots of Fun Wintertime Activities
Traverse City is a four-season playground with fun activities year ‘round.
And, there is no better time to enjoy winter fun than at Winter Wow!fest.

Downtown will be alive with ice sculptures lining the streets in the Front St. district in the heart of Traverse City’s famed historic shopping district. Snow sculptures will be on display at the new Winter Wow!fest Celebration Central where the excitement will begin on Friday night with Winter, Wine and Wow! and continue all day on Saturday with non-stop events, family activities, music, food, beer and lots of fun! You won’t want to miss all the action!

Other venues for Winter Wow!fest activities includes the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with their “Winter Fun Zone” for great family fun and the site for the spectacular winter fireworks display on Sunday night.

Mt. Holiday ski area is the site for some great downhill action with several events throughout the weekend. And, the Grand Traverse Civic Center will be the site for the crazy Winter Wow!fest co-ed snowball softball tournament.

Have a softball team and want to play? Sign up now - or put a team together and join in the fun. It’s much more about fun than competition – maybe.

Source: Winter Wow!fest

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Great Wolf Lodge, Bayshore Resort

At Great Wolf Lodge - Traverse City, MI, we offer many unique suite styles that comfortably sleep from four to eight guests. All of our rustically elegant suites are well-appointed with premium features such as granite counter tops and mini-refrigerators, and they all are non-smoking. At Great Wolf Lodge, you can trust that we have a suite that will be the perfect base camp for your family's adventure!
Source: Great Wolf Lodge

Bayshore Resort
Our Victorian style hotel is nestled on the beach of West Grand Traverse Bay and offers the best of all you love about Traverse City - a great waterfront location and a short stroll away from downtown, with its diverse dining, shopping and nightlife. Our accommodations include Bayfront Rooms, Spa Rooms and Suites all with views of the Bay or choose from the more economical Bayview and Standard Rooms. Either way, you can’t go wrong in one of Bayshore Resort’s clean, smoke-free rooms.
Source: Bayshore Resort

Friday, February 11, 2011

Clothing and Food Drive, Film, Flower Sale, Tutoring, Farmers Market and Other Local Activities

Clothing Drive: Drop off your clothing donations
at Maurices, located in the Grand Traverse Mall,
between now and Feb. 18, to benefit Women's
Resource Center, and receive a coupon good for
20% off any regularly-marked item in the store.

Frostbite Food Drive: Hosted by the Father Fred
Foundation, Feb. 12-20. For a list of food pantry
donation sites, visit leelanauchristianneighbors.org.

Improv Show: Old Town Playhouse Improv Troupe
"Good on Paper" performs every other Saturday,
beginning Jan. 22, at the Studio Theatre, TC,
starting at 11pm. Tickets, $5.

Film & Discussion Series: Held Tuesdays, at
7pm; and Thursdays at 2pm, at Real People
Media's Community Media Center, Charlevoix.
Free of charge. Donations welcome.

Annual Flower Sale: Hosted by Grass River
Natural Area, Bellaire. Deadline to place order is
Feb. 19. Flower pickup is May 21 at Elk Rapids
Chamber of Commerce. Call 231-533-8314.
Go Where You Are: Exhibit featuring textile art
-by 1963 alum Jim Hay at Northwestern Michigan
College's Dennos Museum.

Free tutoring: For adults who'd like to read better.
Available with the Grand Traverse Literacy Council.
Call 231-922-4574 or email gtalc22@gmail.com.
Conversation Between Monet & Sochi: Video
art by Korean artist Lee nam Lee at the Dennos
Museum Center, TC.

WeSki: Family program encouraging everyone in
the family to ski. Held at Timber Ridge Resort, TC,
from 6-8pm, featuring discount rentals and free
trail pass. Hosted by the North American Vasa.
Call 947-2770.

Pub Theology: Beer, conversation and God at
Right Brain Brewery, TC, every Thursday, 8pm. All
religions/perspectives are welcome.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held at the Frankfort
Rec Center, ever Saturday, from 9am-1pm, now
through April.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase: Local musicians
perform every Saturday, 7-9pm, at the Bay View
Grille in Frankfort. Call 231-383-0373 for info.

Indoor Farmers Market: Held every Saturday,
10am-2pm, in the Mercato at the Village at
Grand Traverse Commons. Visit www.thevillagetc.
com.

Source: Northern Express

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is located near Traverse City, Mich. along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay and is known as the area's top golf resort and spa getaway.
The 900-acre resort property is one of the Midwest's finest full-service, year-round, resorts and conference destinations offering 600 rooms, suites, and condominiums, 86,500 square feet of versatile function space, 54 holes of championship golf including The Bear, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and The Wolverine - a Gary Player signature golf course.

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

The Northern Camper

The Northern Camper is a free, family based publication distributed to campgrounds and businesses throughout northern Michigan.

The Northern Camper
P.O. Box 14, Lake City, MI 49651

The Pine Rest Foundation

The Pine Rest Foundation was established to help Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services advance the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through its provision of behavioral health care services. Since its inception, the Pine Rest Foundation has made grants of over $5.1 million to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. The Pine Rest Foundation oversees a general endowment generated through annual membership gifts, proceeds from special events, bequests, and other outright or deferred gifts.

The Pine Rest Foundation

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sierra Motel is owned and operated by new owners

Sierra Motel is owned and operated by new owners, Slim and Cony Duimstra since July 2009.

We offer 20 of the cleanest rooms in the area for your business or personal travel needs. Our motel is centrally located near Acme, Williamsburg, Interlochen, Suttons Bay, Empire, Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Cherry Capital Airport is only minutes away.

We are confident that you will be very satisfied with the accommodations

that we have to offer.


http://sierramoteltc.com/

KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building creative art experience.

KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building creative art experience.
We offer:
  • Art Classes for kids, teens and adults
  • Camps
  • Workshops
  • Birthday parties for children
  • Creative Parties for Adults
  • School and Organizational Fundraisers
  • Creative Workshops for Adults and Teens

    KidzArt enhances a child's experience of art.
    Kids have a great need to express themselves in many ways — artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. KidzArt impacts each and every area of expression. The KidzArt classroom is a non-competitive environment enhanced by soft music that allows children to focus and enjoy what they are doing. Parents see the difference in the quality of art their children bring home. Kids get immediate results as their enthusiasm for art increases.

    KidzArt impacts their lives by sparking their creative process in other areas as well. KidzArt reaches the artistic individual as well as those who never thought they could draw or create works of art!

  • Source: http://www.kidzartmi.com/

    TCAPS conducting public surveys

    TRAVERSE CITY — Telephone and Internet surveys are being conducted for the TCAPS Tomorrow future study. Participants are asked multiple-choice and open-ended questions on the future of education in Traverse City.

    Source: http://record-eagle.com/

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Solar Deal Brings Jobs

    A Traverse City company has landed a major deal on a solar-power project in California. It means 20 new manufacturing jobs in northern Michigan.

    Cone Drive Gearing Solutions in Traverse City beat out international competitors to win a contract to help build a utility-scale solar project in the Mohave Desert. The system is the world's largest concentrated solar power complex under construction, nearly 400 Megawatts.

    Solar power is a relatively new company focus for Cone Drive. Its 20 new positions in Traverse City will be assembly line production and manufacturing jobs, in a unionized facility with a current workforce of 163.

    The company says the contract will also bring in work for at least two of their local suppliers. Those companies are not named, and Cone Drive leaders won't say the total dollar value of the solar-power contract.

    Source: http://ipr.interlochen.org/

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Tabu Lounge

    Planning Director Russ Soyring says they've spoke to Tabu's Owner who claims it's strictly an entertainment club with girls dancing in lingerie.

    Soyring says they'll continue to monitor to make sure they are following the ordinances of the c-4 zoning district.

    This is a zone that does not allow businesses to sell porn or have strippers.

    Soyring says adult businesses are only allowed in the C-3 Commercial Zoning Districts which are highly regulated.

    Soyring says, "You find those along our major streets, major intersections and then there are spacing requirements that you have to be at least 300 feet from a residence or church, 200ft from an established park, and you can't have more than one such establishment for every 1000 feet."

    The Tabu Lounge sent out a press release about their opening it says they have lingerie showgirls who comply with local, state and federal laws and ordinances.


    Source: upnorthlive.com

    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    Espresso Bay provides daily moments of luxury

    It’s more than enjoying the world’s finest espresso; it’s a special resort-like retreat, away from the hustle and bustle. We hope that the Espresso Bay experience is highly anticipated and fondly remembered each day. The exceptional drinks, unique resort ambiance, and the cheerful, personally engaging and entertaining employees will all contribute to the luxurious daily experience.
    Espresso specialty drinks, gourmet coffee, chai, bubble tea, spa elixirs, gourmet tea, yerba matte, frozen and iced drinks, and other designer beverages.

    Target consumer: Cuts across all demographics, young and old. While not everyone can afford the best wine or fanciest restaurants, nearly anyone can enjoy a relaxing moment enjoying the world’s finest coffee, for just a buck or two. We should be especially popular with more educated 16-65 year olds. And anyone wanting to unwind for a while, or spend time visiting with friends and other interesting people from the community.

    Espresso Bay

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Up Coming Local Events

    MONDAY 1/24
    SAC Command B-52 Crash Presentation: Rick
    Wiles will discuss the Jan. 7, 1971 crash of a B-
    52 plane into Little Traverse Bay that killed nine
    US Air Force personnel. Held at the Carnegie
    Building, Petoskey, at 7pm.

    Concert & Open Mic: Don Judd & Friends present
    a front porch pickers concert at Charlevoix
    Public Library, 6:30-8:30pm. Open mic sign-up
    begins at 6pm. Call 231-237-7340.

    UpNorthTV Producer Orientation: Free intro
    class at the UpNorth Media Center, TC, 6-8pm.
    Open to anyone wishing to submit content.
    Register at 231-929-4188. upnorthmedia.org.

    TUESDAY 1/25
    Author Presentation: Doug Stanton, author of
    best sellers "In Harm's Way" and Horse Soldiers"
    will be at the History Center of Travese City (formerly
    the GT Heritage Center), at 6:30pm. Open
    to the public. Hosted by the Newcomers Club.

    Eric Bibb: Blues infused folk and gospel performance
    at InsideOut Gallery, TC, at 8pm. Tickets,
    $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Visit insideoutgallerytc.
    com or call 929-3254.

    Connecting Women in Business Luncheon:
    Sherry Guthrie will discuss stress -- its effects
    psychologically and physically in respect to business
    activities. Held at Stafford's Bay View Inn,
    Petoskey, 1pm. Registration opens 11:30am.
    Cost, $20 for non-members. 231-347-4150.

    Nature Conservation in Norway: Little Traverse
    Conservancy stewardship specialist Cindy Mom
    will discuss conservation efforts in Norway after
    her visit to the Southern region in May. Held at the
    Carnegie Building, Petoskey, 7pm.

    WEDNESDAY 1/26
    Whitetails Fundraiser Banquet Deadline:
    Deadline for dinner, auction and prizes at Boone's
    Long Lake Inn, TC (happening Jan. 31). Social
    hour begins at 5pm; Dinner, 6:30pm. Tickets, $40.
    Order by today: 800-274-5471.

    Recess: Work is out, so gather for beverage,
    sweets, chair massages by Pavlova and a drawing
    at Cambria Suites in TC, 5-7pm. $5 gets you
    all the above. Hosted by Traverse City Business
    News.