Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Local Art, Food and Enternmaint Events

"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

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

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

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

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.

"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

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
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.

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.

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!

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    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.


    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.


    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.