Community Events & Resources

Welcome to our community and parent resources page. Below you will find information about student enrichment opportunities, family-friendly events, services, and support groups available to families throughout the community. Community events shown below are not TCAPS sponsored events. If you have an event you would like posted, please contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.5654 in the TCAPS Communications office.

Events in April



PDF DocumentApr 23-27 - Toilet Paper Drive for Safe Harbor

Three WMS students are doing a Philanthropy Project for their 6th grade Western Hemisphere class to donate as much toilet paper as they can to Safe Harbor.  The first of three drives will be at Traverse City West Middle School.  There will be a box outside the main office all week and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of that week donations will PDF Documentalso be collected after school in the car line for people picking up students.  The toilet paper to be donated needs to be 2-ply, unopened four packs or larger.  "It is our small step in helping the world four squares at a time," said Michael, Peyton and Orren.



PDF DocumentApr. 25 - Helping Young Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders - 5:30PM to 7PM

The Munson Community Health Library is hosting the program, Helping Our Young Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders, with Patty Flynn, MS, OTR/L, on Wednesday, April 25 from 5:30-7 pm.  The program will take place in MCHC Rooms A&B (550 Munson Avenue ). This program is free and open to the public.  To register, please visit External Link , email the library at, or call the library at (231) 935-9265.


NWS LogoPDF DocumentApril 25 - Eileen McNamara - 6 PM

Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara reveals one of Camelot's untold stories with a book about Eunice Kennedy and her lifelong championship for the disabled. Eunice, angered by the treatment of her sister Rosemary, was a cigar-smoking, hard-charging advocate for those with special needs and founded the Special Olympics. Live music begins at 6 PM and program followed by Q and A begins at 7 PM. Student tickets are only $5.50. Seats and tickets may be booked through the City Opera House (106 E. Front Street), by phone at 231-941-8082 ext.201,in-person, or online at


Apr. 25 - Creating a Wildlife Friendly Backyard - 6PM-8PM

Join the effort to remove invasive species from shelves and gardens at the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network’s Go Beyond Beauty event.  This is, to be held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd) an innovative and voluntary program available to regional nurseries and landscapers and now, concerned citizens. Participants are taking the next steps in positive land stewardship by pledging to remove high priority invasive plant species from their shelves and gardens! ISN is also pleased to welcome guest speaker, Tom Ford, a local plant expert and artist. He will be presenting on how to create a wildlife-friendly backyard using his own experiences of transforming his Traverse City yard into a plant-dominated wildlife haven. RSVPs are not required but registration is encouraged to ensure seating availability. Please contact Emily Cook at or (231)941-0960 x 20.


gtcdApr. 27 - Arbor Day Planting Workbee at East Creek Reserve - 10AM to 2PM

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Conservation District at the East Creek Reserve by creating habitat as part of a grant awarded through the DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program. Come out to learn about the grant program and goals while getting your hands dirty. Potential projects include planting trees, shrubs and creating wildlife brush piles. Please bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, water and a packed lunch. To register, contact Parkland Technician Max Miller at or 231.941.0960 x 15.


acs logoPDF DocumentApr 28 - Dance Battle for the Cure - 6 PM

Help us remember those who are ballting cancer or who have passeed. Come watch northern Michigan dance crews from The Dance Center Company Dance Arts Academy, NMC Modern and Hip Hop, Crystal Bindi Studios, TC Central and West Dance Teams Combined, and many more will perform alongside free-style dance moves that will blow your mind! For $10 have your loved one's picture displayed throughout the show! $5 for their name alone. The event will be held at TC Central High School Auditorium (1150 Milliken Drive). Show starts at 6 PM, doors open at 5:30 PM - admittance $10.



Apr. 28 - Native Landscaping at the Boardman River Nature Center - 9AM to 12PM

Our continued thanks to the Master Gardeners Association of Northwest MI for their hard work in maintaining the demonstration gardens at the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd.). Join us to help make our gardens shine, meet new people, and learn from experienced gardeners.



PDF DocumentApr. 29 - Resilience - 1:30 PM

Join us in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month to watch the international documentary, Resilience. This event is a collaborative effort on behalf of organizations in the Grand Traverse Region that are committed to the protection and well-being of children and will be held at Milliken Auditorium - Dennos Museum Center (1701 East Front Street).

As Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Following the documentary screening, a panel of local experts and community members will convene to discuss the movie, address audience questions and discuss "what's next" for building resilience in each of us. We hope you can join us!


wmsPDF DocumentApr 29 - May 13 - Toilet Paper Drive for Safe Harbor

Three WMS students are doing a Philanthropy Project for their 6th grade Western Hemisphere class to donate as much toilet paper as they can to Safe Harbor.  The last of three drives will be at the Traverse Area District Library (610 Woodmere).  The toilet paper to be donated needs to be 2-ply, unopened four packs or larger.  "It is our small step in helping the world four squares at a time," said Michael, Peyton and Orren.


dennosPDF DocumentEducational Exhibition on King Tut Now through May 6 

The Dennos Museum Center (DMC) (1410 College Drive) at Northwestern Michigan College will present Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh's Tomb. A decade in the making from artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Giza, Egypt and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, this collection replicates the famous young pharaoh's legendary treasures and recreates the richest archaeological find of all time. The traveling exhibit will open to the public January 21st and run through May 6, 2018.

The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sundays from 1 PM -5 PM. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to External or call 231-995-1055.


Inland SeasNow Registering - Inland SEAS Young People In STEM Camps

Young People in STEM programs occur during the summer and are for students finishing 8th grade through 12th grade. Students live aboard the ship for three days and two nights while exploring the Great Lakes. They build and launch ROV's, develop their own research project, visit various ports, become part of the crew and help determine the course. Thanks to donors the cost of this program is just $300 a student -  including room and board. For more information and to register please visit External Link




msu extentionPDF DocumentGrand Traverse County 4-H Now Registering

Michigan 4-H is growing current and future leaders! The largest youth development organization in Michigan, 4-H provides more than 200,000 young people with experiential learning opportunities to explore new interests and discover their passion. Open to ages 5-19. The cost per youth is $20 per year, capped at $60 per family. Learn more by contacting Karin Stevens at or 231-922-4825.



Now - Apr 30 - Native Plant Garden Flat Pre-Orders

Back by popular demand! Are you interested in starting a Native Plant garden, but aren’t sure where to start? You may be interested in a “Design-by-Number” garden that takes the guesswork out of planting a native garden. Choose from six different flat options during April 1st through April 30th; Butterfly, Grassland, Pollinator, Rain, Shade, and Wildflower. You will be able to pick-up your order on Saturday, May 19th, during the Native Plant Sale. Order online at External Link



PDF DocumentNow Enrolling - College for Kids - STEAM Summer Classses

Explore art, dance, music, outdoor-fun, science, technology and more!  Offering 160+ classes for kids ages 3-17. Enroll now at External or call 231-995-1700

PDF DocumentNow Enrolling - GRASP Reading & Math Summer Program

Guided at-home programs help students retain critical skills. Enroll now at External or call 231-995-1700

PDF DocumentNow Enrolling - Writing Classes

For full descriptions & to register, please visit External
or call 231.995.1700



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PDF DocumentNow - Apr. 23 - TCAPS Arts Exhibit

The TCAPS Visual Arts department announces the 2nd Annual TCAPS Arts Exhibit at the Boardman Administration Building.  The exhibit features hundreds of art works from students in K-12 available for viewing during TCAPS regular business hours. For more information, contact Melissa Clone at


msuNow Enrolling - 4-H Exploration Days at Michigan State University

4-H Exploration Days will be held this summer, June 20-22 on Michigan State University’s campus. About 2,500 youth (ages 11-19) and chaperones from across Michigan attend annually. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend!  There are more than 200 session choices held on and off campus. Youth can choose one session or two for their three-day stay. Youth live in Michigan State University dorms and eat in the cafeteria—just like MSU college students do.  Sessions are taught by people who know their stuff, including MSU faculty members, 4-H volunteers and staff members and other experts. There’s plenty of time for fun, including swimming, skating, souvenir shopping, exploring, bowling, basketball—even a great dance Thursday night.  Information booklets and forms are available at the following link External Link .  Registration and payment must be submitted through the Grand Traverse MSU Extension office by Friday, April 27th.  Cost is $185 for non 4-H members and $165 for 4-H members.  Round trip bus transportation is provided for an extra nominal fee. Questions can be directed to MSU Extension 4-H Program Coordinator Karin Stevens, 922-4825 or



GT County

Now-Sept 29 - GT County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event Dates

At GT County’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off events, vounty residents may bring up to 150 pounds of material, at no cost, to any of the five (5) events. The cost for excess HHW beyond 150 pounds is $1.30 per pound.  

HHW drop-off events are by appointment only and will be held from 1PM to 7PM on the following Thursdays: May 10June 21 and August 9.  One Saturday drop-off event will be held on September 29 from 9AM to 2PM.  Appointments are required for all the household hazardous waste collection events and can be made NOW using the new online scheduling system at External or by calling the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555. 

Handle household hazardous waste products with care. Keep products in original containers and don’t mix products together. Containers should be tightly sealed, packed in a box in an upright, stable position and transported in the trunk of a car or bed of a truck.  Items accepted at the HHW collection events include: oil-based paint, solvents, automotive fluids, household cleaners, lawn and garden chemicals, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and more.

Small businesses, organizations and schools may qualify to dispose of hazardous waste at the RecycleSmart drop-off events. Visit for details about Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) specifications.

For more information, visit External or call the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555.


Events in May and After

Master Gardener LogoMay 1 - Planting and Managing a Smart Vegetable Garden - 6PM

Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture team member, will discuss partner planting, dos and don’ts, and common misconceptions of vegetable gardening in her “Planting a Smart Vegetable Garden” presentation at the May 1 meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan.  The meeting takes place at the Leelanau Governmental Center (8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay). Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

For more information visit External and External or call Michele Worden at 231-313-6638.


PDF DocumentMay 4 - OM Fundraising Night at Incredible Mo's - 5PM to 8PM

Come for a Family Fun Night and support the Central Grade School 5th grade OM team!  We are fundraising to help send our Odyssey of the Mind Team to World Finals Competition at Iowa State University May 23-26. We are hoping to raise enough money to cover lodging, food, and travel expenses for 7 team members and 2 coaches. We appreciate your support!  Bid HIGH on the silent auction and choose one of 3 packages to support the team!  For $12 get Pizza, Salad, Soda and Bowling ($3 goes to the team), for $15 get Pizza, Salad, Soda, $10 arcade card, laser tag and maze ($5 goes to the team), and for $20 get Pizza, Salad, Soda, $10 arcade card, laser tag and maze, and bowling ($5 goes to the team). 


Ballet Etc. LogoPDF DocumentMay 5 - Nutcracker Auditions

The Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for The Nutcracker on Saturday, May 5 at the studios of Ballet Etc. (869 Robinwood Court).  The ballet will be performed December 8 at the Benzie Central High School auditorium. The audition schedule is as follows:

  • Children ages 8-12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Young adults ages 13-18 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Please arrive early to fill out the audition form. The form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Auditions are open to all students ages 8 to 18 who have had at least one year of ballet training. All members will be required to continue attending ballet classes at the studio of their choice. Summer rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday beginning mid-July. Rehearsals will move to Saturday beginning in September. Additional rehearsals may be necessary, so please try to be flexible. The audition is free. If accepted, a fee of $50 for all company members will be charged to cover production costs. Dancers will be required to provide their own undergarments, shoes and tights, but there are no additional fees for costumes. A company meeting will be held to outline and designate  responsibilities. For questions or additional information, call 231-929- 2787 or email us at 


The Rock LogoPDF DocumentMay 5 - Sexual Assault Self Defense - 9 AM

The Rock, with support from the Traverse City Zonta Club, present a self-defense training seminar for girls in grades 7-8 conducted by instructors from Covenant Defense. The six-hour session will take place Saturday, May 5, 9 AM to 3 PM at The Rock (512 E. Blair St., Kingsley). Lunch will be served, and parents of participants are welcome to observe. Class size is limited to maximize effectiveness, and the $165 course is provided FREE of charge on a first-come, first-served basis to those who reserve a spot by calling 231-263-7000.


Camille'sPDF DocumentMay 5 - Women's Self Defense - 11AM to 2PM

Camille's Studio is proud to offer this women's self defense training. You will learn real tactics you can use today, taught by self defense experts.  The event is a free-will offering, and registration is required by emailing  



PDF DocumentMay 5 - Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser to Support Student Trips to Spain, Mexico - 6PM to 9PM

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Traverse City Area Public Schools will host a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser dinner and silent auction to support global service volunteer and language learning trips to Spain and Mexico at the Traverse City Masonic Lodge (13360 S W Bay Shore Dr.). A total of 40 students plan to travel between the two trips. The event will feature authentic food, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, silent auction, history lessons, kids crafts, music, and more. The cost is $10 per person, kids under 10 are free. Tickets can be purchased from a student traveler or at the door. 


GT County SherriffMay 5 - GT County Deputy Sheriff's Association 2018 Detroit Lions Basketball Game

The Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is proud to announce its 12 th Annual Detroit Lions vs. Grand Traverse County All-Stars basketball game at Traverse City West High School. The game will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. This game will feature pro football stars from the Detroit Lions vs. our own local deputies. The players will be signing autographs at halftime free of charge. It is great fun for the entire family. If you have question or need additional information please visit our website at External or call our ticket hotline at 1-800- 445-2143.


NWSPDF DocumentMay 11, 2018 - Samantha Irby - 6 PM

Comedian and New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby is famous her uproarious and popular blog. In her debut essay collection, Meaty, Irby laughs her way through relationships, being black, and bouts with Crohn's disease. Meaty is being republished and is the basis for a new FX series. (Audience discretion advised. Adult Content.) Live music begins at 6 PM and program followed by Q and A begins at 7 PM. Student tickets are only $5.50. Seats and tickets may be booked through the City Opera House (106 E. Front Street), by phone at 231-941-8082 ext.201, in-person, or online at


lids for kids

PDF DocumentMay 12 - Lids for Kids - 10AM

On Saturday, May 12, Traverese City area children can stop by F&M Park, get fitted with a free bicycle helmet and enjoy family fun as various businesses and organizations work to prevent head injuries in children. Lids for Kids is a bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety event for children ages 4-12 and their families. The event emphasizes the importance of bike safety and gives children the most important tool in preventing brain injury while riding a bike: a properly fitted helmet. Trained volunteers will custom fit every helmet. Children must be present to receive a helmet. The free event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at F&M Park between E. State and Washington.  In addition to getting fitted with a free helmet, children can register to win a free bicycle from McLain Cycle & Fitness, cruise a bicycle obstacle course provided by Norte Youth Cycling, discover local police officers and their patrol vehicles, and they’ll meet firefighters and tour a fire engine. New in 2018, Lids for Kids is collaborating with March of Dimes to host both Lids for Kids and March of Dimes March for Babies at F&M Park on May 12. The March of Dimes event kicks off their walk at 9:30 a.m. and dovetails nicely into the Lids for Kids Traverse City timeline.


Brainstorm!PDF DocumentMay 12 - Flower Fairies & Friendly Dragons - 11AM to 3PM

Join us at Brainstorm (221 St. Joseph, Suttons Bay) for this annual, free, family event​ which includes arts & crafts, games, music, face painting, refreshments and prize drawings! You will also see a very special fairy visitor!  For more information, call 231.271.0314.


CAOPDF DocumentMay 16 - Ideas for Life! Senior Expo - 10AM

Bay Area Senior Advocates (B.A.S.A.) will host their annual “Ideas for Life” Senior Expo on Wednesday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The expo is hosted by B.A.S.A., a group dedicated to the goals of education, advocacy, and collaboration on behalf of the needs of our aging community.

The theme for this year’s event is “Trick or Treat: Treat Yourself and Avoid Being Tricked” with vendors offering wellness screenings, product samples, interactive games and general education information and the unique “Taste of Traverse” section where attendees can sample a variety of food offerings.

All ages are invited to attend, as the expo features many local and statewide services available to older adults, their caregivers, friends and family. By hosting such a wide variety of exhibitors, the expo serves as a convenient and engaging way for people to learn about the range of programs and services available in our region. For more information on how to become a vendor or sponsor, please visit or call Maggie Hardy at 231-499-9668.


NWSPDF DocumentMay 17, 2018 - David Grann - 6 PM

Don't miss New Yorker staff writer David Grann, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z. His new nonfiction book, Killers of the Flower Moon, revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of Osage Indians were murdered in cold blood. The book is ranked as best book or notable book of 2017 by the country's leading newspapers. And, Amazon chose it as the single best book of 2017. Live music begins at 6 PM and program followed by Q and A begins at 7 PM. Student tickets are only $5.50. Seats and tickets may be booked through the City Opera House (106 E. Front Street), by phone at 231-941-8082 ext.201, in-person, or online at


TC WestPDF DocumentMay 19 - Trashion Fashion V.11 - 8PM

Join the Titans for the 11th Annual Trashion Fashion event! Students create the trendiest fashion out of all recyclable materials. Tickets are $5.  T-shirts are $8 and Henna art will be $2.  All proceeds benefit the Father Fred Foundation. 


munsonPDF DocumentMay 19 - Mohawks for Munson - 12PM to 4PM

It's time for the annual Mohawks for Munson hosted by North Peak Brewing Company and Munson Healthcare Foundations. Register now at External and join in to raise money for our local cancer community. Enjoy this family-friendly fundraising event in the North Peak Parking Lot with live music, BBQ, free Moomers ice-cream, bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, Mohawk shaving, and faux-hawk styling.  Contact Megan Worden at or 231-590-2864. 


GTCD logoMay 19 - Annual Native Plant Sale - 8AM to 3PM

Join us at the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd) for the Annual Native Plant Sale. Update your home landscape with native plants that are beautiful, well-adapted to our climate, and support a variety of animals living in our region. Plant experts will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect native plants from our selection of over 50 species. Prices will vary. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted.


PDF DocumentMay 22, 2018 - Anita Shreve - 6 PM

Meet Anita Shreve, one of America's most popular authors! Anita's 15 novels have sold more than 6 million copies, including The Pilot's Wife, an international bestseller. Her newest novel, The Stars Are Fire, is based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history. Live music begins at 6 PM and program followed by Q and A begins at 7 PM. Student tickets are only $5.50. Seats and tickets may be booked through the City Opera House (106 E. Front Street), by phone at 231-941-8082 ext.201, in-person, or online at


Mom to Mom salePDF DocumentJune 2 - Mom to Mom Sale - 9AM to 2PM

Join us at the Bayview Wesleyan Church (720 Wayne St.) to shop for baby and kids clothing, furniture, toys, bikes and more! Admission is $1. Call 231.947.3792 for more information. Sellers are still be accepted!  


nwsPDF DocumentJune 8, 2018 - Richard Russo - 6 PM

Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo will talk about The Destiny Thief, his first collection of personal essays. A joy to read, the essays are wide ranging and give deep insight into one of our greatest writers. Russo is author of 10 novels, including the best-selling Nobody's Fool. A ticketed pre-reception begins at 5 PM. Live music begins at 6 PM and program followed by Q and A begins at 7 PM. Student tickets are only $5.50. Seats and tickets may be booked through the City Opera House (106 E. Front Street), by phone at 231-941-8082 ext.201, in-person, or online at



June 10 - The Brandenburg Festival - 3PM

A rare opportunity to the experience all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti in Northern Michigan. These revered works feature masterful, beautiful solos and a wide variety of instruments. The Brandenburg Festival performance is an ensemble of 24 musicians hailing from around the U.S. Under the artistic direction of David Holland and Crispin Campbell, this exceptional ensemble comes together to bring these six masterworks into one outstanding musical event. Tickets are $30 and $15 for students anc can be purchased at External Link


usa triathlonPDF DocumentJune 10 - USA Triathlon 2018 MI High School State Championships

Join us on Sunday, June 10 in Ada, Michigan for the 2018 MI High School State Championships. Open to all MI high school students age 15-19 on Race Day. Packet pickup on June 9th and participants will receive race shirt, poster, swag bag and medal. Sprint distances are 600m Swim, 12.4 mile Bike and 3.1 mile Run. Entry is $65.  Register by visiting External  For more infomation contact or 616-552-3683.


Interlochen Chamber

PDF DocumentJune 16 -  Interlochen Family Fun Day - 11AM to 4PM

Come join us for some family fun in the sun at Green Lake Township Field of Dreams Park (5435 Karlin Rd, Interlochen). Includes food, refreshments, treats, music, Happy Times Karaoke with Jim Pierce, free outdoor activities, bounce houses, story book reading, story walk, face painting and more!  This event is coordinated by the Interlochen Area Chamber of Commerce and Green Lake Township External



nwsPDF DocumentJuly 13, 2018 - Adriana Trigiani

The ever-popular Adriana Trigiani is author of sixteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife. Adriana also wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap in her Virginia hometown. She will talk about her newest novel, Kiss Carlo, and a cookbook that celebrates her Italian heritage: Cooking with My Sisters. Live music begins at 6 PM and program followed by Q and A begins at 7 PM. Student tickets are only $5.50. Seats and tickets may be booked through the City Opera House (106 E. Front Street), by phone at 231-941-8082 ext.201, in-person, or online at


TC West LogoPDF DocumentJune 18 - 20 - Titan Hoops Girls Basketball Skills Camp

Join Traverse City West Girls Basketball for their summer Skills Camp June 18-20th at TC West Senior High School (5376 N Long Lake Rd.)  There are three different sessions based on grade level. Registration is $75 per participant.  To register, please visit External For questions, please email Coach Baumann at



Camp Invention

PDF DocumentJune 25 - 29 - Camp Invention - 9AM to 3:30PM

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking. TCAPS will host three Camp Invention camps for students entering grades K-6, June 25-29, 2018 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Students are immersed into fun-filled, exciting activities that connect science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities. Children will work together to solve real world challenges that prepare them for the 21st Century.  Discounts available – register today! To sign up click on the camp links below, visit External or call 800.968.4332.


TC West

PDF DocumentJune 26-27 - TC West Basketball Camp

Traverse City West Basketball is excited to have former Oakland University star, and current European professional player, Travis Bader join us for camp this summer. Travis is the NCAA all-time leader in three-point shots made. He also plays for Overseas Elite in The Basketball Tournament, winning in 2016 and 2017.  Join us at TC West Senior High School (5376 N Long Lake Rd.)  There are two different time periods based on grade level.  Registration includes a camp t-shirt and is $50 for one player with discounts available for multiple children.  To register, please visit External Link  For questions, please email Coach Sanders Frye at


Bethlehem Lutheran ChurchPDF DocumentNow Enrolling for VBS

Bethlehem Lutheran Church (1050 Peninsula Drive) is now enrolling for the 2018 Vacation Bible School. Ages 5-11 are welcome. The dates are July 27 through August 1, 2018. For more information contact the Bethlehem Lutheran Education Department at 231-947-9880.

Child Enrichment Programs

Battle of the BooksPDF DocumentBattle of the Books

The Battle of the Books Grand Traverse is a free program for fourth and fifth graders to read great books, be on a team, experience heart-pounding competition, and win prizes! Registration begins on November 10 for the 2017-18 season. Learn more about this fun program at (updated 10/27/17)


blackbird arts logoExternal LinkBlackbird Arts Blackbird Arts

Offering year-round creative programs for toddlers through adults in a supportive, relaxed environment that is focused on individual learning and success. Classes encourage creative exploration through meaningful connections and discoveries. Explore metalsmithing, pottery wheel, printmaking, painting and more. For a complete schedule and details, visit External (updated 9/19/16)



blackbird arts after school programs

PDF DocumentBlackbird Arts: After School Studio Arts

Blackbird Arts is now offering an after school studio arts program for ages 6-9 and 10-13. This extended program allows youth to work with professional equipment and engage with working artists to develop their ideas. Program begins Sept. 26. Financial aid and transportation options available. For more information, contact (posted 9/19/16)



Bright Blooms logoExternal LinkBright Blooms KinderPlay

Traverse City’s new play space for children of all ages to explore! With nine themed rooms, and one large gathering space for birthday parties and social events, there is something for everyone. Play is a child’s work, and at Bright Blooms there is much work to be done whether cooking in the kitchen, taking care of farm animals, building train tracks, caring for the beloved pets in the veterinary room or putting on a puppet show! Bright Bloom also offers “Date Night” parties for children that run from 4 PM – 8 PM. External LinkRegistration required for date night partiesPDF DocumentLearn more about Bright Blooms birthday parties. (updated 8/4/16)


bright blooms kinder play logoPDF DocumentBright Blooms Studios: Plan A School Field Trip Here 

Bright Blooms Studios provides an educational and entertaining music and movement class along with unlimited opportunities for creative play in a great indoor play space. Enjoy each of the nine themed rooms, including a veterinary office, dress up and puppet theater. Space can accommodate 10-45 children for a field trip. For more information, call 231.499.3935. (posted 9/21/15)


Camille's Body ShopPDF DocumentMiranda Music Workshops at Camille's Body Shop

Miranda Music Workshops is now offering violin, viola, and piano classes for groups or individuals. These music enrichment classes are for pirmary and preschool age children.  To register call Miranda Music at 231-871-0088 (posted 4/20/18)


NMCPDF DocumentCollege For Kids

Celebrating 40 years, NMC is now registering for classes all summer long.  There are over 100 options including STEM classes for ages 3 to 17.  Visit or call 231.995.1700 for more information. (posted 4/3/17)




crooked tree youth art programsExternal LinkFall Classes and Events

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers clases and events for youth and adults. For more information, visit External or call 231.941.9488 (updated 12/7/16)



Girl Scouts Shore to Shore LogoPDF DocumentGirl Scouts Kindergarten Round-Up

Girl Scouts is ready to help  you navigate your daughter's new experience with Kindergarten!  Text DAISY to 59618 to sign up for expert email tips to prep your girl for the new year at school! Or visit External Link for more information. (posted 3/20/17)



Professor Qwbli's LogoPDF DocumentFriday Pizza & Play Date Nights

Every Friday from 6 PM - 9 PM, Professor Qwbli's offers a night of yummy Blue Heron pizza and award-winning, brain-boosting, laughter-inducing game-playing fun to children ages 5-14, allowing parents to spend a night out. To learn more and RSVP, visit External Link (posted 12/7/16)


dance arts academy logoExternal LinkDance Arts Academy

The children’s program has been designed by former professional dancers and current educators Susan Buck and Betsy Carr. Their combined 60 years+ of teaching experience has enabled them to prepare a thoughtful, fun, challenging and inspiring program for students. A healthy, positive and supportive atmosphere is offered for students’ development of a strong work ethic, grace, poise and physical and emotional well-being. From toddlers to adults. Fore more information: 231.941.4244 or External (updated 8/4/16)


Matt Sharp Guitar Lessons graphicPDF DocumentGuitar Lessons – Accepting New Students of All Ages 

Matt Sharp, professional guitar instructor, is accepting new students of all ages, beginner through advanced. Also available for live performance, studio, and clinics/workshops. Call 231.620.9115 or email Matt Sharp for more information. (updated 8/4/16)


Kindermusik logoExternal LinkKindermusik Classes

Kindermusik with Melinda Lise offers music and movement classes for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers at Logan’s Landing. Every semester, new engaging themes are offered for each age group. A typical 45-minute weekly class includes group dances, family dance, instrument play-a-longs with jingle bells, egg shakers, rhythm sticks, a variety of drums and multi-cultural instruments. Children learn to share, express themselves, keep a steady beat, use their singing voice, recognize rhyming words and encourage a love of reading, all the while having a grand time making music! (updated 8/4/16)

Old Town Playhouse logoOld Town Playhouse Young Company Classes and Productions

The OTP Young Company offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and productions for young people of all ages. Class sessions are held in the fall, winter and late spring, offering a uniquely authentic theatre learning experience. For a list of classes visit  External Link or call 231.947.2210 or email for more information (updated 2/20/17)


Old Town Playhouse LogoPDF DocumentOld Town Playhouse Young Company Bus Service

OTP Young Company now has a bus service for children attending their fall classes or programs on Mondays through Thursdays. The shuttle will pick students up after school from East/West Middle School for programs that begin at 4 PM for just $5.00 per day. Parents must pick up their student at the Playhouse when his/her activity ends. (posted 10/3/16)


Grand Traverse Conservation District Logo

GT Conservation District Peepers Program - Tuesdays 10AM - 11:30AM

The Peepers program is held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Road) for children ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These 90-minute nature programs include stories, crafts, music, discovery activities and an outdoor activity to bring the lesson to life. Cost is $5 per child per session. Register at External Link 

Tuesday, May 1st – Snails & Slugs
Tuesday, May 8th – Colors of Nature
Tuesday, May 15th – Is it Summer Yet?


piano lessons thumbnailPDF DocumentPiano Lessons by Becky Somsel

Now accepting new students. Beginners welcome. Lessons available before and after school. Contact Becky at 616.204.3403. (updated 8/4/16)


Long Lake logoTC Tots Playgroup - 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

TC Tots Playgroups are for newborn to four year old children and are open to the public. Playgroups are held twice a month during the school year in the Long Lake Elementary School gymnasium (7600 N. Long Lake Rd.). Visitors please check in at the main office upon arrival. For more information, contact Anita Kimbrough at 989.640.9696. (updated 6/11/15)


TC Art TrekPDF DocumentTraverse City Art Trek

Join TCAT on a search for downtown public art. It is a fun and FREE adventure. This one hour tour is self-guided or can be docent led. For more information, call Linda Koebert at 989-400-3223.



The Gap Hang Out logoThe Gap Hang Out for Teens: Thursdays, 3 PM – 6 PM

Northern Lakes Community Church, located on Herkner Road across from TC West Senior High School, offers “The Gap,” an afterschool program for teens on Thursday afternoons. Teens can hang out, do homework, and play games in a safe, inviting, supervised atmosphere. Free WiFi, snacks and refreshments provided. For more information, call 231.935.4556. (posted 5/11/15)



The Salvation Army LogoPDF DocumentFREE Breakdancing Lessons - 4:45PM  - 5:30PM

Students ages 6-12 are invited to join teacher LuAnne Dreves at The Salvation Army (1239 Barlow St) on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30PM for classes. Contact LuAnne at or 231-631-5627 to
sign up! (posted 3/20/17)


sylvanPDF DocumentSylvan STEM Camps

Have a STEMtacular summer with Sylvan Summer Camps starting June 25th. Check out PDF Documentour schedules and sign up today!  Register 2 or more students for the same camp and receive $25 off. For more information call 231. 941.0060 or email



TADL LogoPDF DocumentEarly Literacy Tips - Text READ to 797979

Join the new Early Literacy texting service for families and caregivers of children ages birth to 5 audience!  Receive activities and tips that encourage interactive fun to get children ready for kindergarten. It's free to sign up (and stop), and you do not need to have a library card or even live in Grand Traverse County to sign up! The texts will be sent every Thursday.  (posted 3/22/17)

traverse area district library logoExternal LinkTraverse Area District Library Events

Visit the Traverse Area District Library webpage for upcoming events for children, teens and adults. (updated 7/5/16)


Traverse Area District Library LogoExternal Link1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Traverse Area District Library wants you to read with your student daily, and they are challenging you to read 1000 books before your child begins kindergarten! They have book logs as well as book suggestions to help at the library. For every 100 books read, stop by their Youth Services Desk and receive a small reading reward. Every March, they'll celebrate all of the readers with a special Reading Month program and give away certificates and prizes to all of the finishers. For more information, visit External Link . (updated 2/28/17)


traverse community music logoExternal LinkTraverse Community Music

This community music school offers private and group lessons in strings, flute, piano, and voice. Young children's classes are also offered. Lessons are taught year-round.  (updated 8/4/16)


violin iconViolin Lessons from Northfield Suzuki Violin Studio 

Give your child the gift of music! The Northfield Suzuki Violin Studio believes every child has the ability to play an instrument. The Suzuki method is based on small steps so learning can begin as early as three years old. The atmosphere blends a Montessori approach to learning with conventional Suzuki methods. Individual and repertoire lessons are available. Contact Ms. Lydia Monahan at 231.334.4522. (updated 8/4/16)

Sports & Outdoor Programs

bata logoPDF DocumentBATA Ski-n-Ride - Jan. 4 - Mar. 15

Spend less time driving and more time on the slopes at Crystal Mountain, Mt. Holiday and Hickory Hills!  TCAPS has partnered with BATA to offer pick-ups after school at West Middle School and East Middle School. Student rate is $1.50 with student ID, adults are $3.00.  For the full bus schedule with stops and times, visit External or call 231-941-2324.


k-town logoPDF DocumentAthletic Physicals $20: K-Town Youth Care

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2016-2017 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2017 to participate. K-Town Youth Care in Kingsley offers sports and comprehensive physicals year round for youth ages 10-21. No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. K-Town is a Medicaid enrollment site and can help you get medical coverage for your child. Located at 112 Brownson Ave., Kingsley. Call for an appointment: 231.263.5895. Walk-ins welcome if time is available. K-Town Youth Care serves the health care needs of children between the ages of 10-21. (posted 8/2/16)


traverse health clinic logoExternal LinkAthletic Physicals $40:Traverse Health Clinic

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2016-2017 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2017 to participate. Traverse Health Clinic offers $40 sport and camp physicals for students throughout the year. Appointments are needed–call 231.935.0799 to schedule. Hours are Mon. and Wed., 8 AM – 8 PM, Tues. and Thurs., 8 AM – 5 PM and Fri. 8 AM – 4 PM. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and must bring school physical cards signed by parent/guardian and student. Traverse Health Clinic is located at 3147 Logan Valley Road, across from Logan’s Landing on S. Airport Road. (updated 8/4/16)


YHWC logoPDF DocumentAthletic Physicals $20 :Youth Health & Wellness Center

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2017-2018 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2017 to participate. The Youth Health & Wellness Center (YHWC), part of the GT County Health Department, offers sports and comprehensive physicals year round for youth ages 10-21. No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. YHWC is a Medicaid enrollment site and can help you get medical coverage for your child. Located at TBAISD Career-Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road. Office hours are 8:30 AM– 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Call for an appointment: 231.922.6416. Walk-ins welcome if time is available. (updated 8/2/16)


american legion baseball logoExternal LinkBaseball: TC American Legion Junior Baseball

Children, ages 5-18, are invited to play. American Legion Baseball provides players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun. More information: 1231 Hastings Street,  231.922.2119 (updated 8/4/16)




dram team graphicPDF DocumentBaseball: Dream Team Co-Ed Baseball League

The Dream Team is a free, co-ed baseball league, formed to include youths and teens, ages 8-21, with disabilities. Dream Team players are paired with partner players from local baseball and softball teams. The partner players will play alongside Dream Team players and provide assistance, as needed. Pending registration, Dream Team play will begin in May and conclude the end of June. For more information, please contact Dayna Ryan at 231.883.5747. (updated 3/28/16)


little league logoPDF DocumentBaseball: Green Lake Township Little League

The league is open to all children, ages 5-13, no matter what school attending or township you live in. There are no tryouts. All playing abilities are welcome. Games begin mid-May. For more information, call 231.276.9329. (updated 8/4/16)


little league logoExternal LinkBaseball: Traverse City Little League

Little league is open to ages 5-12. Financial assistance is available if needed. Contact Jim Beltinck for more information at  231.342.8400. (updated 8/4/16)



milkcrate basketball logoPDF DocumentBasketball: Milk Crate Basketball, Giving Kids an Assist

Milk Crate Basketball is a local organization helping kids with the gear they need to enjoy the game of basketball. Whether it’s on the playground or on a team, Milk Crate can help provide shoes, balls, apparel, pay-to-play fees, camps and more. Apply for an “Assist” or make a donation at: External (posted 4/8/16)


norte logoPDF DocumentBiking: Bike Mas Project

Bikes, friends and adventure: The Bike Mas Project after school at Central Grade, Willow Hill, Traverse Heights, Montessori at Glenn Loomis, Eastern (meets at the clubhouse) and West Middle School.  Register at External



nortePDF DocumentBiking: Operation: Light Up the Morning

In partnership with TART Trails and Planet Bike, NORTE! Youth Cycling’s Operation: Light Up the Morning is keeping kids seen, safe and awesome as they bike to school by providing free lights to pedaling elementary students in TC. PDF DocumentHere’s how it works. (updated 8/4/16)



Champion Force LogoPDF DocumentChampion Force Cheerleading

Join cheer classes every Thursday nigth at First Christian Church (3686 South Airport Rd.W).  Class times vary based on age group.  No experience necessary.  Each class is $8 and are pay as you go with a non-refundable $10 registration fee. Debit/credit, cash, or money orders accepted. No personal checks. Contact 800-940-7469 or visit External for more information. 


YMCAPDF DocumentConditioning - Youth Sports

Youth ages 10-14, work with personal trainers Rock and Sarah Dudek to condition for all sports. All athletes will train
using speed, agility and plyometric movements,
focusing primarily on sport specific movements. Three sessions available.  Contact Stephanie Carpenter at with questions or register by visiting External (posted 5/31/17)



tc figure skating logoPDF DocumentFigure Skating: Learn to Skate Program

Sign up now for the Traverse City Figure Skating Club's Learn to Skate program (figure skating, hockey skills, recreational skating). Classes are offered for skaters ages 3-adult. For more information, go to or call 231.947.2267. (updated 1/9/17)


tc youth football logoExternal LinkFootball: Pop Warner Youth Football

Learn more at External For more information, please contact Chris Wittke. (posted 6/5/15)


TCJGA logoExternal LinkGolf: TCJGA Junior Golf Programs

The Traverse City Junior Golf Association offers golf programs for children, ages five and up. Golf lessons, on-course instruction, tournaments, college scholarships and an indoor golf program offered. For more information and to register, go to: External (posted 3/14/16)



Waters Edge Gymnastics


Waters Edge is happy to announce 4 new daytime classes starting June 8th.  If you are currently enrolled and would like to transfer to one of these classes please email Becky at  If you are new to those classes you can register anytime by visiting External Link  Please note that we need at least 4 students per class to run those classes. 

Grasshoppers 9:30am-10:15am: 3 and 4 year olds.  6 spaces available

Girls Level 1-3 10:30am-11:25am:  Girls age 7 and older.  8 spaces available

Roly Polys 11:45am-12:15pm:  Parent and child class for ages 2-3.  8 spaces available

Jitterbugs 12:30pm-1:15pm:  5 and 6 year olds.  8 spaces available (posted 5/31/17)


blue oxer logoExternal LinkHorseback Riding Lessons: Blue Oxer Equestrian Services

Do you know someone who is horse crazy? Blue Oxer can help! Well trained horses, certified instructor, heated indoor ring, ride year round. Call 231.649.1527 or visit External (updated 8/4/16)


ymca logoExternal LinkLacrosse: YMCA

Lacrosse is offered each spring at the YMCA for children in grades 9-12. Season begins in April. (updated 8/4/16)



infinite path martial arts logoPDF DocumentMartial Arts: Infinite Path (Ages 3 and Up)

Building leaders through increased confidence, concentration, patience and respect in a safe, motivating and non-competitive atmosphere. Open six days a week, day and evening classes available. Free introductory class by appointment. Ages 3-6 (T/Th 5:30 PM – 6 PM), Youth Ages 7+ (M-F 6 PM – 7 PM), High School Beginner Classes (M-F 7 PM – 8 PM, Saturdays 10 AM – 11 AM). Call 231.421.5184 or visit External to learn more. (posted 10/22/15)


kung fu graphicPDF DocumentMartial Arts: White Tiger Martial Arts - Karate &  Kung Fu Classes

Enroll now for Karate and Kung Fu classes at White Tiger Martial Arts (821 E Valley Rd, Maple City). Registration by phone at  231.313.6900 or in person.  New classes begin Jan 17, 2018. 




LEAPPDF DocumentTC Triton Rowing - Now Registering

Registration is now open to all high school boys and girls. Make new friends, develop teamwork & compete at the state and regional level. Learn more at External



TC alliance logoExternal LinkRugby: TC Alliance Rugby

TC Alliance Rugby is a Division One Rugby Club and plays Grandville, Sparta, Rockford, GR Catholic Central, and West Ottawa. There is a State Championship playoff. High school boys in grades 9-12 are invited. No experience necessary and size does not matter. Learn more at External (updated 8/4/16)


Cold is Cool LogoPDF Document4th & 5th Graders Ski Free

Fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to ski FREE all over Michigan with the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport! The passport gives students up to three complimentary lift tickets or trail passes at each of the 30 participating ski areas. Complete the PDF Documentapplication and visit External for more information. Additional questions can be directed to Mickey MacWilliams at 248.620.4448. (posted 11/11/16)


Mt Holiday LogoPDF DocumentHoliday Race Team

Elementary and Middle School ski practice is available through the Holiday Race Team at Mt. Holiday. In addition, skiers will be able to participate in club races and invitationals throughout the season. Registration opens in October of the current race year. Please register External Linkonline or email for more information. (posted 10/17/16)

PDF DocumentSki and Ride - BATA

BATA is running their Ski-n-Ride program from December through March. This program makes transportation easier for families that  like to ski. Visit External or call 231.941.2324 for exact dates, schedules and stops. (posted 1/11/17)


Mt. Holiday Logo

PDF DocumentSki and Snowboard School

Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Mt. Holiday for students in grades K-9 this winter. The cost is $40.00 for a three day class or $55.00 for class and ski/snowboard rental. All lessons are from 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM. Registration can be completed External Linkonline. For more information or questions, call 231.938.2500. (posted 11/28/16)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoPDF DocumentShanty Creek - Learn to Ski Program

During the evenings and Sunday afternoons, Shanty Creek will have the Learn to Ski program available to students of all ages and their family members. Week night evening programs are 3:30 PM - 8 PM and Sunday sessions are 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Registration forms must be received prior to December 15th. (posted 10/14/16)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoPDF DocumentShanty Creek - Season Pass Program

Shanty Creek is offering unrestricted season passes to reward students with grade points of 3.0 and higher in grades 6-12. Report cards can be brought to the Season Pass counter at Shanty Creek Resorts. Forms can be downloaded at External (posted 10/14/16)


WeSki LogoPDF DocumentTimber Ridge - We Ski Program

Timber Ridge is offering a WeSki Program to families that are looking to have fun while enjoying a healthy time together cross country skiing. The cost is $45.00 per family or $30.00 for an individual. This fee includes participation in all three sessions, trail fee at Timber Ridge, a snack before lessons as well as a light meal after lessons, and age/ability instruction. Complete the PDF Documentregistration form by December 24, 2016. Fore more information call 231.947.2770 or visit External (posted 11/23/16)


TAGS logoExternal LinkSoftball: Traverse Area Girls' Softball (TAGS)

Softball season begins in May. Learn more about Traverse Area Girls' Softball at: External (updated 8/4/16)



tc breakers logoExternal LinkSwimming: GT Bay YMCA Breakers Traverse City Swim Club

Breakers is a year round, family-oriented program that promotes teamwork, pride and excellence though training, competition, and team building activities at all levels. The program is open to all youth, ages 5-18, who have a desire to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming. For more information on any of these swim activities, visit External or contact Coach Jason at 503-703-1481. (updated 8/4/16)


Yoga for health EducationPDF DocumentStarts Sept 30 - Kids Yoga - 10AM

Students ages 9-12, join CHS student Nora Blanchard each Saturday for youth yoga.  Sessions are $50 for 7 weeks of class. Call 922-9642 for more information. 




mt holiday logoExternal LinkZip Lining & Tubing Parties  at Mt. Holiday

Mt. Holiday offers tubing and zip lining. Their 10 station zip line is a breath taking experience unique to the TC area. Also offered, the Green Zipper, which is a smaller zip line more ideal for larger groups. For more information, call 231.938.2500. (updated 8/4/16)

Student Assistance & Mentoring Programs

AAA logoPDF DocumentAAA - FREE Teen Membership

Teen dependents of active AAA Primary Members residing in The Auto Club Group territory can take advantage of a free membership. They must have a learner’s permit. Here’s what you and your teen enjoy: Flat tire – changed on the spot with your spare, Out of gas – free fuel delivery, Locked out – we’ll get them in, Dead battery – we’ll give them a jump or a tow.  Membership expires on renewal date of Primary Member. Call Aaron Simon at (231) 947-2385 for more in formation. 


Michigan College PlanningExternal LinkMichigan College Planning - College Consulting

Michigan College Planning provides personalized service for college and career goals. Students they have served attend a variety of colleges from public to private throughout Michigan, the entire United States, and several other countries.
​Michigan College Planning provides up-to-date information for students and families as they transition to college and beyond and is committed to reducing the confusion, stress and over-whelming anxiety associated with college planning. 

Next Step thumbnailPDF DocumentCollege Prep: Next Step Career and College Consulting

Our goal is to provide each family with personalized academic assistance for their individual college and career goals. We are
committed to reducing the confusion, stress and overwhelming feeling that comes with planning for the Next Step!  This personalized program, utilizes every resource we have to ensure an optimal outcome for both student and parents. Our process is focused on integrating a student’s interests, abilities and values, to identify  their probable career path. We then help determine which majors support that career path and find the schools which will provide the necessary education, while meeting the family’s education budget. For more information, contact Deanna Sayer at 231.499.7712 or visit External Link (updated 12/12/17)



SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentCollege Prep: SOS Learning Lab Bootcamps

College Prep Bootcamps are available to help those interested in furthering their education. Topics discussed will include essay writing, information on what colleges are looking for and resume/cover letter writing. These classes are also available individually along with SAT & ACT preparation, college study skills and organization classes, and scholarship search help. For more information, contact or (posted 9/28/16)


carPDF DocumentDriver Education: Drive My Way

Register today for driver education with Drive My Way instructors Asheigh and Mark Ingraham. Segment 1 and 2 sessions are available. Register by phone at (231 )492-6612. 

Continuum of CarePDF DocumentHomeless Services: Greater Grant Traverse Area Continuum of Care

Serving those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Continuum of Care is a five county collaboration of agencies that address housing issues through a community-based process which develops a comprehensive, coordinated continuum of care to address the shelter, supportive service and housing needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Call 231.947.3780 or 800.632.7334. (posted 11/25/13)


step logoExternal LinkHomeless Services: Students in Transition Empowerment Program

STEP provides school stability by helping students stay in their current school while in residential transition. Based on the child’s living situation and individual needs, STEP helps remove barriers to a student’s education by helping with transportation to school, providing clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene items, academic support, and/or helping make connections with other local resources. If you have lost your housing or know someone who has, contact Abby Jordan, confidentially, at 231.933.8991. (updated 8/4/16)


disability network logoPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Disability Network, SEPAC, & MI Alliance for Families

Join in discussion and informational sessions held at Disability Network, TBAISD and more. 



Goshawk thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Goshawk Behavioral Health Services

Services include: assessment and treatment for ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities; anxiety and depression support; adapting to lifestyle changes; personality disorders; high school to college transitions; and more. For more information: External (posted 5/12/15)


Helping Kids thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Helping Kids Counseling Services, LLC

Providing children a listening ear in their time of need. Counseling for children and teens on issues related to divorce, abuse, ADD/ADHD, childhood trauma, and other life changes. Now accepting Medicaid. Workshops and trainings for churches and non-profit organizations available. Topics may include: families in crisis, parenting, boundaries, self-care and more. Contact Alison Neihardt LPC NCC, at 231.590.4812,  or visit External (updated 7/10/15)


HelpLink thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: HelpLink

Connecting People in Need to Resources: HelpLink is a free service that works with people who have family or personal needs by helping them explore options for assistance. These options are available from agencies and programs in the five county GT region. (posted 10/25/11)


munson healthcare thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Physicians Referral Service

Call 231.935.5886 or 1.800.533.5520 for more information. (posted 12/22/11)


Michael's Place thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Robin’s Nest at Michael’s Place 

Youth Grief Support Programs: Robin’s Nest helps grieving youth by providing them the opportunity to build relationships with mentors and other youth who understand their grief. Call 231.947.6453 for more information. (posted 11/29/11)

GT County thumbnailPDF DocumentMentoring: Learning Partners 

A prevention program of Grand Traverse County Probate & Family Court under Judge Melanie Stanton, mentors at-risk elementary school students to prevent future court-involvement. Develops an academic-based mentoring relationship and encourage a career as a student. This is a year-round program that focuses on weekly contact with the student during the school year , and includes out-of-classroom positive learning activities. This program supports academic and social growth, study skills, and other life skills. Contact the Learning Partners Program Coordinator 231.922.4827 or External Linkvisit the Learning Partners website for more information. (updated 8/12/16)


bbbs logoPDF DocumentMentoring: Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BIGS) helps youth succeed in school by providing them with an adult mentor who meets weekly with the child throughout the school year.  Mentors are carefully screened, trained and supervised by a BIGS Staff Specialist who monitors and guides their friendship and activities.  All visits take place at school, during normal school time or extended day hours.  Mentors provide a child reassurance, encouragement, and the motivation they need to continue a successful path in school and/or help them through an emerging academic challenge.  Parents often appreciate the extra support knowing someone special is looking out for their son or daughter during school.  To learn more go to External or call 231.946.2447 ext. 219 to enroll your child today.  (revised 11/9/16)


junior achievement thumbnailPDF DocumentMentoring: Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed

JA is looking for adults to match with classrooms. If you are a civic club member, business person, retired teacher, parent, role model, friend of young people – and you want to see our young people succeed – please consider this great opportunity to donate your time, experience and expertise. Training and fun lessons plans provided. For more information, contact district manager Leisa Eckerle Hankins at 231.922.6330 or (posted 8/9/16)


kids hope logoExternal LinkMentoring: Kids Hope

Serves elementary “at-risk” children who need extra attention because of social, emotional, or academic needs. Each trained volunteer meets with a student one hour per week during the school year.  (updated 8/4/16)





Kelsey's Law LogoExternal LinkScholarship: Kelsey's Law Distracted Driving Scholarship

The 2017 Kelsey's Law Scholarship winners have been announced! Students may begin applying for next year's scholarship through August 31st, 2018. $5,000 worth of scholarships are offered to Michigan high school juniors and seniors each year. Applicants should apply External Linkonline. (posted 10/19/16)


SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: LLC

SOS Learning Lab is providing educational services for all ages and abilities in the following areas: Individual  Tutoring, Small Group Sessions, and College Prep Classes. For more information, visit External,  call 231.331.5056, or email (updated 9/7/17)


sos learning labPDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Workday Wednesdays

Need help with homework and study skills? Join SOS every Wednesday from 3 PM to 6 PM in a quiet, no pressure environment.  Grade school through high school homeschool, public, private & online students are welcome. Cost: $20 Sign up today at External,  call 231.331.5056, or email (posted 9/14/17)


Foundation for Youth

PDF DocumentFoundation For Youth Advisory Board

We are looking for local teens 14-24 to become part of the solution. We want young people to get involved in ending youth homelessness by sharing their ideas. Only with their help will we make our community even better than it already is. 

If you want more information on what is happening in our community, please email

Community Members (50+) Events & Resources

GT County COAExternal LinkAbout the GT Senior Center Network

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network provides many social, wellness and educational programs that are specially designed to meet the interests and needs of the 50+ generation. 



May 9 - Learn More About Windows 10 - 9AM

It always makes people a little apprehensive to change something they are familiar with, but Windows 10 has some built in advantages over the preceding operating system. Speed, security, interface, compatibility, and software tools—Windows 10 is a vast improvement over its forebearers. Join Nancy Gonzalez on Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m., in the Senior Center’s Traverse City Learning Lab (801 E. Front Street) as she leads a two hour class on Windows 10. Gonzalez will cover from getting started, personalization, security through customization. Participants must bring their personal laptops. Advance registration is required, because there is a limited class size. For more information and to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080


coaMay 10 - The Sights and Sounds of Cuba - 12:30PM

When Fidel Castro took office in 1959, he imposed a number of sanctions which severed the US ties with Cuba. Chris Doyal, award-winning photographer, traveled to Cuba and through his lens you can gain insight into the Cuba of today on Thursday, May 10, 12:30 p.m., at the Golden Fellowship Hall in Interlochen (9700 Riley Road).  The photographic tour of Cuba includes vintage cars, cigar rolling and the beautiful architecture of Old Havana.  A luncheon will be served at 12:00 p.m. for those wishing to register.  Lunch is a suggested donation of $3.00 for those 60 and older, and $5.00 for those under 60.  The photographic tour by Doyal is free, but advance registration is required for the presentation and for lunch. For more information and to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080.


COAMay 15 - Capturing Nature in Watercolor - 1PM

Would you like to capture the beauty of nature on paper? Whether it is your first time working with watercolors or you are seeking further expertise, local artist Jan Oliver’s watercolor class in Interlochen will allow you to explore and refine your watercolor techniques. Join Jan Oliver at the Golden Fellowship Hall in Interlochen, 9700 Riley Road, for a two-hour session each week for six weeks, beginning Tuesday, May 15, 1 p.m. Look at nature close up – capture what you see, using the magic of watercolors.

Jan Oliver, M.A.-communications, is the designer/owner of Grand Traverse Arts. She is a watercolor painter, illustrator, graphic designer and educator. She has also taught as an adjunct instructor at NMC. The cost of the watercolor class is $50. You can bring your own supplies or pay an additional fee for the supplies to be provided by the instructor. Advanced registration is required by Tuesday, May 8. For more information and to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080


COAFree Tax Preparation from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Local Tax Councilors with the AARP foundation Tax-Aide will once again be providing free tax assistance for taxpayers with low to moderate income in partnership with the Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network (801 E. Front Street). The partnership between the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and the IRS assures that proper procedures are followed and tax returns are done correctly. Appointments for the free tax preparation, which start in February, are required. Appointments are also available in Kingsley, Fife Lake and Interlochen. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program. Simple Federal and State of Michigan 2017 income tax returns can be prepared and e-filed for those low-to-middle income filers.  Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seek paid tax assistance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email or call 231-922-4911. 


GT County COAPDF DocumentLine Dancing - 11AM - 12:30PM

 Join guest instructor Ryan Dobry for line dancing at the Senior Center’s Golden Fellowship Hall in Interlochen, 9700 Riley Road, on January 9,February 6March 6 and April 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dobry has been line dancing since the mid seventies and is now retired from 30 years as a disc jockey in Country Radio. “Anyone can line dance – if you can walk, you can line dance,” Dobry points out. “It is a great way to exercise. You don’t feel like you are exercising, because you are having so much fun.” The cost of each class is $5.00 and pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. The above dates are subject to the Senior Center snow day policy.For more information and to register, email or call 231-922-4911.


GT County COAPDF DocumentCross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Socialize and exercise! The Senior Center Network hosts a cross-country group on Mondays at 1 PM at various locations in northing Michigan, and a snowshoeing group on Fridays at 1 PM at Timber Ridge. Advanced registration for both groups is required. Call 231.922.4911 for more information. (posted 12/19/16)


coa thumbnailExternal LinkPickleball at the GT Senior Center

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Senior Center league began in 2007 with just a handful of members playing and has grown to over 150 members playing three mornings a week. Three courts are available for open play in the afternoons and equipment can be rented from the Senior Center for a donation. For more information, please call 231.922.4911. (posted 9/10/15)


GT County COAPDF DocumentSeniors and SMART Devices

The Senior Center Network will host many tech programs in 2017 to help older adults better understand their devices. Classes will be held on iPads, Windows 10, and smartphones. Participants are asked to bring their personal devices to all sessions. Pre-registration is required. Please call 231.922.4911 for any questions or additional information. (12.19.16)


PDF DocumentSenior Offers Job Support Services - Every Thursday

The Senior Center is partnering with Kelly Services to offer monthly job interviews and support at the Traverse City Senior Center.  There are a variety of opportunities in the community including part-time, full time, short term and flexible schedule jobs and this partnership helps connect the employers to a great pool of potential employees. Job interviews are offered in 15 minute appointments on the second Thursday of each month.  For appointments and questions, please call 231-922-4911.


General Information & Services

MDEPDF DocumentMichigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist (SOS-380)

The Michigan Department of State offers the Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist as a free resource intended to assist parents or legal guardians of teens with understanding and following the steps of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). For more information, visit External Link


TCAPS help us host thumbnailExternal LinkHost Homes: Become a TCAPS Host Family Today 

Want to explore the globe without leaving home? Open the door to the world by hosting a student from Europe, Latin American or Asia. Be part of an unforgettable experience.  Hosting a student is one of the most rewarding experiences your family will have. It extends your family into a second culture and gives the opportunity to look at familiar patterns through the eyes of those who grew up in a different country, speak a different language and have different habits and expectations. Contact Kristel Rodriguez-Peacock at or  231.933.1766 to learn more. (posted 6/6/16)

Munson Healthcare

PDF DocumentMunson Hospice 2018 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Activities 

Munson Hospice is pleased to provide you with our 2018 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Workshops offered throughout the Antrim-Benzie-Charlevoix-Grand Traverse-Kalkaska-Leelanau-Manistee-Wexford counties. These groups offer a friendly environment where grief and loss is understood. They are open to the public and no registration is required.  See the schedule attached. Please direct any questions to Munson Home Health at (800) 252-2065. (updated 2/15/18)


ayusa thumbnailPDF DocumentHost Homes: AYUSA Exchange Program

 If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and helping students achieve their dreams, then you would make a great host family. Hosting is an amazing opportunity to share your home with an open-minded student who is eager to learn about American culture and family life. Visit External or call 231.429.2936 for more information. PDF DocumentBecome A Student Ambassador – Make a difference in your high school and in your community. Student Ambassadors work closely with the exchange students at your school. Learn more at 800.288.1221. (posted 5/11/12)

cetusa thumbnailPDF DocumentHost Homes: CETUSA High School Program

 Explore the world by opening your home. Volunteer to host an international student. Students who come to the U.S. on Cetusa’s High School Program are placed with a host family. CETUSA host families are volunteers who provide safe and loving homes for students during their semester or academic year in the U.S. Students hope to be included as a part of the family and to live as American teenagers. External LinkVisit the CETUSA website to learn more. (posted 7/10/15)

tcaps thumbnailMiscellaneous: High School Diplomas for Veterans

To provide special recognition for the service and sacrifice of military veterans of WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam era, Public Act 181 of 2001 and Public Act 55 of 2014 authorizes the board of a Michigan school district to award high school diplomas to WWII, Korean Conflict and Vietnam veterans. The law permits WWII veterans who left high school between December 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 for immediate military service and did not subsequently receive a high school degree to now apply for a diploma. Korean War veterans who left high school between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955 may also apply. Family members may apply on the behalf of a living or deceased veteran. Veterans of the Vietnam era must have been drafted or enlisted between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 to qualify for this diploma. The application requires a copy of the veteran’s discharge from military service indicating honorable service between the dates of December 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 or June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955 or February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. Also, the Vietnam era veteran must apply to the school district where he/she was enrolled during high school. The applicant’s signature certifies the remaining information. TCAPS is pleased to be able to award high school diplomas to veterans who meet Public Act 181 or Public Act 55 criteria. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Stein at 231-933-1718. (updated 8/15/16)

City Opera House is one of 48 opera houses built in Michigan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Affectionately known as “The Grand Old” Lady, this regional treasure opened in 1892. Today only seven of these historic Victorian structures are open statewide.  Of these, only the magnificently-restored City Opera House in downtown Traverse City features two world-class Performing Arts series featuring professional national-touring artists, multiple arts education programs for learners ages 8-18, and hosts an active schedule of public and private community events year round.  

The City Opera House is proud to partner with Michigan State University's renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts to present the Performing Arts and LIVE at the Opera House series downtown Traverse City.

mackinac thumbnailExternal LinkMiscellaneous: Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt Card & Board Games

These games offer players of all ages a fun way to take a virtual visit to one of Michigan’s most famous and intriguing places. Five progressively more challenging games give players a sense of the deep history, diverse ecosystems, and unique culture of Mackinac Island. A percentage of the profits will benefit the stewardship programs of the Mackinac Island State Historic Parks. (updated 8/15/16)


poultry thumbnailPDF DocumentMiscellaneous: Protecting Your Family from Germs

 Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from Salmonella infections after coming in contact with live poultry. For more information, please call 1800.CDC.INFO or visit External (posted 3/7/13)


recycle smart thumbnailExternal LinkMiscellaneous: Recycle Smart

The mission of the Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste materials with a focus on resource conservation. The External Link“Take It Back” program provides information where consumers can return unwanted products to local providers/businesses for reuse, recycling or responsible disposal. The program is growing on a weekly basis. (updated 8/15/16)


design a theme party rentals thumbnailPDF DocumentParties: Design A Theme Party Rentals

Purchase any regular priced inflatable from Design A Theme Party Rentals, LLC Promotion and have $10 donated to your school PTO in your name. 231.313.9700 | External (updated 3/25/15)



gt resort thumbnailExternal LinkParties: GT Resort & Spa Pool Party & Birthday Party Programs

Enjoy your next special event in a fun and playful atmosphere with access to the 15,000-square-foot Indoor Water Playground with a 16-foot high, 70-foot long waterslide, water walk, zero depth sprayground and two in water basketball hoops. External LinkGT Resort and Spa Kid’s Night Out Program Every Saturday night from 6 PM-11 PM kids can enjoy crazy tennis games, swimming, art and crafts, board games, Wii/movie time and a pizza party! Pre-registration required. (posted 2/4/15)


potter's thumbnailPDF DocumentParties: Potter's Bakery Creative Room for Parties

Consider the new creative room at Potter’s Bakery for your next birthday party or special event. (posted 6/15/15)


NMCAA thumbnailPDF DocumentSavings & Banking: Open A Michigan Saves Account & Earn Extra Money

The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Michigan Saves IDA Program is a matched savings program for people who want to build financial assets. NMCAA will work with customers to provide the extra dollars and tools needed to help build a bright future. For more information, call 231.947.3780. (posted 11/18/15)

bob thumbnailExternal LinkServices: Best of the Best (B.O.B.) Moving & Storage

Mention TCAPS Partner in Education (PIE) Program and B.O.B. Moving & Storage will donate $25 of your move to TCAPS. (posted 10/1/12)

find and go seek thumbnailExternal LinkServices: Find & Go Seek Online Resource for Parents

An online resource for Grand Traverse Bay area parents to find kid and family friendly activities. Access categorized listings, an events calendar and reviews to help parents find all the good things there are to do in the region. (posted 01/28/13)

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

arby's logoPDF DocumentJobs: Arby''s New Location Now Hiring! 

Wages start at $10.50 per hour and ask about the $500 signing bonus! We offer competitive wages, flexible scheduling, meal discounts and more! We are looking for customer service fanatics who are honest, reliable and enjoy a fast-paced environment. Prior food service experience is a plus, but not mandatory. Paid training is provided. Applications are at 
720 MunsonAve., Ste#1 in Traverse City in the Tom’s East Bay Shopping Center or call (989)915-0071. Interviews are scheduled daily.  (Posted 9/5/17)

BATA logoPDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring BATA Drivers

Need summer hours?  BATA is in need of summer drivers!  Come join us at a premium rate of $14 per hour!  For more information call 231-933-5544 or visit External


Crystal River OutfittersPDF DocumentJobs:  Crys​tal River Outfitters Now Hiring! 

Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District in Glen Arbor is seeking employees (18+ preferred)! Between our four stores we hire about 50 staff members. We have full and part time work available May-October (weekends of course during the school year). 

Employment info and applications can be found on

Bethlehem Lutheran ChurchPDF DocumentVolunteer: Bethlehem Lutheran Church seeks Camp Counselors

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is seekeing responsible, fun young adults to work with kids ages 5-11 at their summer of 2018 Vacation Bible School.  A half-day, one week commitment is all that is needed. For more information, contact Alexis at or 231-947-9880.


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Traverse City Senior Center seeks Tech Savvy Teens

The Traverse City Senior Center is seeking tech savvy teens (16-18 yrs) to volunteer to help older adults with the finer points of their cell phones, tablets and laptops.  Group would meet once a month in the late afternoon, early evening for up to 90 minutes beginning in March.  If interested, please email for more details. 




gordon food service thumbnailExternal LinkJobs: Gordon Food Service Seeking Sales Associates

The Gordon Food Service Store located at 1781 Barlow Street is currently hiring multiple sales associates for both full and part time positions. To be considered, please apply online through the following links: Here and Here


great wolf lodge thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: Great Wolf Lodge Job Openings

View current part-time and full-time positions available at the Great Wolf Lodge. 




pcmi will sub thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: PCMI Services Seeking Guest Teachers

PCMI Services is looking for qualified guest teachers. If you like to work with children, are professional, have excellent communication skills and possess the ability to lead, then apply now. To view opportunities and requirements, visit: External or contact Jeanmarie Riccobono at 231-922-6230 or (updated 1/18/17)


habitat for humanity thumbnailVolunteer: Habitat for Humanity–Individual & Construction Volunteers Needed

Come join Habitat for Humanity, GTR for a day of building on the construction site. Habitat is a volunteer-driven organization serving families and communities in the Grand Traverse Region. Work alongside a dedicated construction team, regular core group of volunteers, and partner families and you can help build Habitat houses while having a great time learning construction skills. You can also get a first-hand look at our sustainable building practices. No previous construction skills are expected! Habitat for Humanity, GTR will provide skilled construction staff and volunteer leaders. All tools, safety equipment, and building materials needed for the day will be provided. To get involved and become part of the Habitat Team, contact the Volunteer Services Manager Kathleen English at 231-941-4663 extention 121 (updated 3/5/18).

heartland thumbnailPDF DocumentVolunteer: Heartland Hospice

Take a chance, be a friend, share a smile…make a difference. Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in your area. Volunteers provide the extra love and care to patients at this challenging time in their life. We invite you to consider becoming a hospice volunteer. Spend an hour or two a week visiting. Enrich your life and theirs! (posted 12/03/12)

TSAPDF DocumentJOBS: ​The TSA (Transportation Security Administration/Department of Homeland Security)

The TSA has additional openings for the part-time Transportation Security Officer (TSO) position at Cherry Capital Airport.  No experience is required.  Includes pay starting at $15.63/hour, part-time federal benefits, and options for application. To meet mission related staffing needs, the job opportunity announcement is for females; however, male candidates are welcome to apply and their applications will continue to be processed as well.  Please direct interested candidates to apply online at External Link  or to call the TSA Help Desk at 877-872-7990 with any questions.


YMCAPDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring Lifeguards

Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds come to the Y for water safety education, to learn to swim, and to meet their health and ellness goals in the pool. Lifeguards are essential to ensuring a safe environment for those thousands of individuals. Think you have what it takes? Apply today!

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tcaps thumbnailExternal LinkTCAPS, Our Community Monthly Newsletter

Want to know more about what's happening at TCAPS? Stay connected to your community schools by signing up to receive the Traverse City Area Public Schools monthly electronic newsletter as well as periodic updates from the district. External LinkVisit our newsletter webpage to sign up now.


FarmRaiser thumbnailExternal LinkFarmRaiser Newsletter, The Cultivator

Sign up for a free electronic newsletter for articles and information related to local food systems, healthy kids, and the community fundraising efforts that connect them. Stories of FarmRaiser Champs and schools teaming up with farmers and food artisans to bring amazingly fresh, often unique, and always tasty products to their fundraising campaigns will also be shared. External LinkSign up via the FarmRaiser newsletter online form. (updated 8/15/16)

MyNorth thumbnailExternal LinkKids Up North Newsletter

Families are invited to sign up for a free email newsletter from Traverse Magazine | and Munson Medical Center. The newsletter promotes healthy lifestyles for kids. Kids Up North will get you and your kids diving into Michigan’s spectacular outdoor recreation, provide hand-picked events and help you get your kids outside and active. Each issue you’ll find everything from recipes to outdoors activities, and music outings to u-pick farms. And it’s free. Sign up at External  (updated 8/15/16)