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 February

Legally BlondePDF DocumentTickets Now on Sale! - Legally Blonde The Musical - Mar. 2 - 11, 7pm & 2pm

Legally Blonde The Musical tells the story of Delta Nu Sorority
Sister Elle Woods as she tries to win back Warner by any means possible. Along the way, she meets Emmett and Paulette who, along with her Delta Nu Sorority sisters, help her tackle stereotypes and scandal in proving herself to the world. Complete with lots of action, catchy songs that you’ll be singing for days, and dynamic
dances- this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!  Tickets are $12 to $22 and can be purchased at External or 1-800-836-0717.

Youth Tour LogoPDF DocumentApplications Now through Feb. 28 - Youth Tour

Cherryland Electric Cooperative sponsors two local high school students to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour: a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid leadership travel opportunity to Washington, D.C. This year’s Youth Tour will take place June 9-14, 2018. All high school sophomores and juniors whose families receive electric service from Cherryland at their primary residence are welcome to apply until Wednesday, February 28. Students must complete an online application, cover letter, or video introduction and submit a resume with references by Wednesday, February 28 th for consideration. To apply, students must visit External

Rotary logoExternal LinkApplications thru Mar. 1 - Rotary Life Leadership Conference

Rotary conducts a prestigious Life Leadership Conference each year for top student leaders. It is a powerful experience for all who attend. Beginning in 1949, it is the longest continually running Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program in the Rotary world. The Life Leadership conference will be held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan June 13-16, 2018. The Conference is held on a small wooded campus designed especially for leadership training. The agenda includes motivational and thought provoking speakers. Discussion groups explore the intellectual, ethical and emotional aspects of leadership. International Students who attend lend global perspective on issues. For more information and the application please visit External Link


PDF DocumentNow - Mar. 15 - Call for Artwork - Exhibit begins April 2018

A World Without Abuse -- Expanding the Circle is a community arts exhibition with roots in social justice. Its purpose is to
engage community members in recognizing the interrelated structure of our society, specifically regarding child abuse. Create an original art work that depicts your vision of a world without abuse, incorporating a circle or circles into the
design. All art media are welcome and all members of the community – seasoned artists, novices, or just plain folks – are invited to participate.
The exhibit will begin in April 2018 as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and in recognition of National Crime Victims Awareness Week. A celebration of the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan. Entry deadline is March 15, 2018. Please deliver your art work + completed registration form to: Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center (2000 Chartwell Drive, Suite 3) For more information, contact Elizabeth Pine at


BATAPDF DocumentBATA Ski-n-Ride - through 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.


GTMNow - Mar. 23 - Scholarship Applications

Music students in grades 7 - 11 in Grand Traverse area are invited to audition for a scholarship to continue music training.  The deadline for applications is March23rd. Please visit External for an appliciation. Previous scholarship winners, now in grade 12, who will major in music in college may also apply. Further detials about requirements are available on the website. 



Beg. Feb -Free Tax Preparation for Qualified Participants

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it the most. 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. 



PDF DocumentFeb. 21 - European Refugee Camps: A Volunteer's Perspective - 6:30 PM

On February 21st from 6:30 PM to 8PM join Traverse City natives Talia and Zoe Gerstle as they share their insights from volunteering for 3 months last fall in a refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will be held in the McGuire Community Room.  



GTCD LogoPDF DocumentFeb. 21 - Emerging Tools for Visualizing, Mapping, and Managing Land in Michigan - 6:30 PM

A presentation for landowners, foresters, ecologists, conservationists, or anyone with a love for maps, land information, geography, geology, and local natural history will be held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd.) on  Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-8:30pm. This presentation will focus on two mapping technologies that are rising in popularity and use in Michigan: LiDAR and UAV photogrammetry. This program has been reviewed and is approved for professional CFE credits by the Society of American Foresters for 1.5 Category 1 credits. The cost is $10/person and is due by February 19. Contact Kama Ross at or 231-256-9783 for more information. 

Guns n Hoses logoPDF DocumentFeb. 24 - Guns - N - Hoses to Benefit TCAPS teacher Erin Banton

Join local law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS technicians as they battle for a cure in the 5th Annual Grand Traverse Guns-N-Hoses Benefit Hockey Game at Centre Ice.  Doors open at 6PM with a silent auction.  The puck drops at 7PM to benefit TCAPS teacher Erin Banton and her family as she battles Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. T-shirts are on sale at Bill Marsh on Garfield and tickets can be purchased in advance at Bill Marsh and ALL TC State Bank locations. 

Dennos Museum CenterPDF DocumentFeb. 24 - Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper - 8PM

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper on Saturday, February 24 at 8 PM in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 at the door, $24 for Museum Members plus a $2 processing fee. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum Box office at 231-995- 1553, or on line at External; also at External or 1-800- 836-0717.

Because of limited parking near the museum due to construction, patrons are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and be seated by 8:00 PM. 



Feb. 25 - The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe: The Art of Jazz

On the road for the first time in five years, Tommy Igoe and the Birdland All-Stars NEW ensemble return to City Opera House with an unforgettable musical event which is setting the standard for the 21st-century jazz orchestra – The Art of Jazz.  Grammy and Reader’s Poll winning drummer, Tommy Igoe, has put together an incredible music experience featuring musicians from both coasts of the USA. Tommy created the Birdland Big Band and for 10 years running is the most popular weekly music event in New York City. Featuring surprises old and new, Ellington to Steely Dan, Monk to The Beatles - a thrilling night of musical discovery awaits!

The Art of Jazz performance uniquely features Smithsonian recognized visual artist, Jeremy Sutton, who will be live painting an original work during the performance with a silent auction at the end of the show. Tickets: $42.50, $32.50. Students $15 External





PDF DocumentNew Dennos Museum Galleries Now Open

The Dennos Museum Center (DMC) at Northwestern Michigan College (1410 College Drive)will opened its newly expanded permanent collection and Inuit art galleries. Showcased are additional works from the museum’s permanent art collection and extensive Inuit art collection. The highlight of the new Inuit art gallery space is a spectacular sculpture carved from a whalebone vertebrate. The work was acquired from a private collection in 2016 and has been awaiting its first exhibition with the expansion of the gallery. The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sunday’s 1-5 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.

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 21 st 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 Sunday’s 1-5 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.


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. 


Century 21 NorthlandPDF DocumentCentury 21 Northland Added to Give Back Offers

Local realtor Meg Zammit will donate 5% of every real estate transaction to the school of your choice. For inquiries and appointments call 231-360-4382 or email


Mt HolidayPDF DocumentMt. Holiday Ski & Snowboard School Now Registering

Register today for the 2018 Ski & Snowboard School at Mt. Holiday Ski and Recreation Area (3100 Holiday Rd.)



Team OnePDF DocumentNow Accepting Scholarship Applications thru Feb. 15

Team One takes pride in supporting the educational goals of our members. Each year, the credit union provides college scholarship opportunities to help students with rising tuition costs. If you are a high school senior planning to attend college, we encourage you to apply for a Team One Scholarship. 

To be eligible to apply for a Team One Credit Union scholarship, applicants need to be or need to become a member of the credit union. 

2018 Scholarship applications must be submitted online by February 15 , 2018 at External




Events in March and After



Mar. 8 - The Art of: Inspiring Change – FREE Screening of Dolores - 7PM

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
Dolores is is presented by Indy Lens Pop-up, a program of Independent Lens. Join the conversation following the film with a panel discussion featuring the Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network. The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PMThursday until 8pm, and Sundays 1-5 PM. For information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.
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PDF DocumentMarch 9, 2018 - Nikki Giovanni - 6PM

Nikki Giovanni is a poet, activist, mother, and professor. Her fiery voice has informed our national consciousness, while her spiritual gifts as healer and sage have charmed our hearts. She’s returning to NWS to talk about her newest book, A Good Cry—a rumination of her childhood and the joy and peril of aging. Live music begins at 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  



IAFMar. 15 - Rohingya Refugee Crisis - 6PM

Join us at NMC's Milliken Auditorium (1701 E Front St) to hear Dr. Sara Curran, who has spent years studying the movement of peoples driven by globalization and other issues will discuss the Rohingya refugee crisis and why this unfolding humanitarian disaster matters to the U.S.


MSU Extention PDF DocumentMar. 16/17 - 4H Career & Work Force Prep Teen Retreat

Teens ages 15-19 are invited to explore careers, learn how to dress for success, build a resume, practice proper handshakes, and participate in “mock interviews” with feedback. This two day event will be held on Friday, March 16 from 6-8:30 AND Saturday, March 17th from 10:00-1:00 p.m. at Church of the Living God, 1514 Birmley Rd in Traverse City. Cost is $10 for 4-H members, $30 for non-members. There is also a special family discount for three or more non 4-H members of $80. The fees include program materials, meals for both days and the annual 4-H participation fees for non 4-H members. Visit External Link 


cohMar. 16 - The Manhattan Transfer: 45th Anniversary Season

Winners of 10 Grammy Awards, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard, as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. This amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group in 1972. Now consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Cureless (bass) who replaced Hauser following his passing October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later. Tickets $65.50, $45.50 . Students $15 External

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PDF DocumentMarch 25, 2018 - Anna Quindlen* - 6PM

Anna Quindlen, is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and has sold more than one million books worldwide. She will talk about her newest novel, Alternate Side, set in New York City. She says it’s “about marriage, money, men and the women who love and put up with them.” *Full Price Adult Tickets for this event come with a copy of Quindlen’s new book, which is redeemable with a voucher. You can redeem your voucher, beginning 3/20 at Horizon Books or at the 3/25 event. Live music begins at 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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. 8 - Poets' Night Out

The 21st Annual Poets' Night Out will take place on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Poets' Night Out has been showcasing the poets and poetry of Northwestern Lower Michigan since 1997. 
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PDF DocumentApril 11, 2018 - Drew Philp - 6PM

At age 23, author and journalist Drew Philp graduated from the University of Michigan and decided he could help fix Detroit by rebuilding an abandoned house in the inner city. His fascinating journey of self-discovery led to his debut book, A $500 House in Detroit—a great read that delves into issues facing cities today. Live music begins at 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  

NWS LogoPDF DocumentApril 25, 2018 - Eileen McNamara - 6PM

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 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  


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

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 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.


NWSPDF DocumentMay 11, 2018 - Samantha Irby - 6PM

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 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  

NWSPDF DocumentMay 17, 2018
 - David Grann - 6PM

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 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  

PDF DocumentMay 22, 2018 - Anita Shreve - 6PM

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 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  

nwsPDF DocumentJune 8, 2018 - Richard Russo - 6PM

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 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  


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 6PM and program followed by Q & A begins at 7PM. 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  



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)



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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 DocumentDance at Camille's Body Shop

The 2017 summer dance schedule is now available for Camille's Body Shop Studio (821 E Valley Rd, Maple City).  In partnership with Studio En L'air, choose Creative Movement & Pre Ballet or Ballet & Jazz combination classes.  Multiple class and family discounts are available. To register call Melissa Bennett-Pensinger at 913.944.1084 or email her at  (posted 6/8/17)


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)


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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, February 20th – Nappers
Tuesday, February 27th – Snackers
Tuesday, March 6th – Sounds of Nature
Tuesday, March 13th – Natural Pairs


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)



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: 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)


PDF DocumentDance: Camille's Body Shop Studio Fall Schedule

Classes begin 9/25 adn run through 12/4. Drop-ins welcome! Call 913-944-1084 or email to register. Ask for Melissa Bennett-Pensinger. 


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. 



Camilles Body ShopPDF DocumentMartial Arts: White Tiger - Kempo MA Classes

White Tiger Martial Arts and Camille's Body Shop Studio (821 E Valley Rd, Maple City) have partnered to offer martial arts in Leelanau County. Classes begin July 19.  The cost is $140 for new students which includes the uniform and $110 for current students.  For more information call Camille Frixen at 231.228.7265. (posted 6.8.17)


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)


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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)

MI Snowsports Industries AssociationExternal LinkJan. 6 - Jan. 31 - MSIA: Discover Michigan Skiing

During January, ski areas across the state team up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Discover Michigan Skiing includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Cross-country skiing costs only $20 and downhill skiing or snowboarding is only $35. To join, fill out the corresponding External Linkvoucher. More information can be found External Linkonline. (posted 11/11/16)

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

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)

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 2016 Kelsey's Law Scholarship winners have been announced! Students may begin applying for next year's scholarship through August 31st, 2017. $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. 

COA logo

Feb. - Free 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 DocumentChair-a-Size

Every Wednesday and Friday the Senior Center Network will be hosting chair exercise classes. Each class is taught by a certified fitness instructor and lasts 45 minutes. Participants can expect engaging in a fun, energetic strength, balance, and flexibility exercise class from a chair. For more information, call 231.922.4911 or email (posted 1/6/17)


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)

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 Coordinator Michelle Reichert at 231.941.4663. (posted 6/5/15)

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!

Sign Up for Community Newsletters


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)