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
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 also 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.
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 https://www.munsonhealthcare.
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 cityoperahouse.org.
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 email@example.com or (231)941-0960 x 20.
Apr. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.941.0960 x 15.
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.
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!
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.
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 www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055.
Now 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 http://schoolship.org/programs/ypis/
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 email@example.com 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 http://natureiscalling.org/pla
Explore art, dance, music, outdoor-fun, science, technology and more! Offering 160+ classes for kids ages 3-17. Enroll now at nmc.edu/kids or call 231-995-1700
Guided at-home programs help students retain critical skills. Enroll now at nmc.edu/kids or call 231-995-1700
Now - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Now 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 http://msue.anr.msu.edu/
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 10, June 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 www.RecycleSmart.info 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 RecycleSmart.info for details about Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) specifications.
For more information, visit www.RecycleSmart.info or call the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555.
Events in May and After
May 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.
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 email@example.com.
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'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 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 wolverineproductions.org or call our ticket hotline at 1-800- 445-2143.
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 cityoperahouse.org.
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.
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.
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 tcseniorexpo.org or call Maggie Hardy at 231-499-9668.
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 cityoperahouse.org.
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.
It's time for the annual Mohawks for Munson hosted by North Peak Brewing Company and Munson Healthcare Foundations. Register now at MohawksForMunson.com 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 email@example.com or 231-590-2864.
May 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.
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 cityoperahouse.org.
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!
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 cityoperahouse.org.
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 https://www.tytixhosted.com/scripts/max/22000/maxweb.exe?ACTION=ORDER#the-brandenburg-festival
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 www.grandrapidstri.com. For more infomation contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-552-3683.
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 cityoperahouse.org.
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 tcwestathletics.org. For questions, please email Coach Baumann at email@example.com.
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 www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332.
Courtade Elementary School
1111 Rasho Road
Lead: Courtney Deadman
- Westwoods Elementary School
1500 Fisher Road
Lead: Janelle Jesse-McPherson
- Traverse Heights Elementary School
933 Rose Street
Lead: Kara McConell
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 https://goo.gl/f
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
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 www.battleofthebooksgt.com. (updated 10/27/17)
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 blackbirdartstc.org. (updated 9/19/16)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (posted 9/19/16)
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. Registration required for date night parties. Learn more about Bright Blooms birthday parties. (updated 8/4/16)
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)
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)
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 www.nmc.edu/kids or call 231.995.1700 for more information. (posted 4/3/17)
Crooked Tree Arts Center offers clases and events for youth and adults. For more information, visit www.crookedtree.org or call 231.941.9488 (updated 12/7/16)
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 www.gsmists.org for more information. (posted 3/20/17)
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 qwbli.com/datenight. (posted 12/7/16)
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 www.danceartstraverse.com. (updated 8/4/16)
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 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)
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 http://www.oldtownplayhouse.com/young-co/ or call 231.947.2210 or email email@example.com for more information (updated 2/20/17)
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)
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 http://natureiscalling.org/learn/pre-k-programs/peepers/
Tuesday, May 1st – Snails & Slugs
Tuesday, May 8th – Colors of Nature
Tuesday, May 15th – Is it Summer Yet?
Now accepting new students. Beginners welcome. Lessons available before and after school. Contact Becky at 616.204.3403. (updated 8/4/16)
TC 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)
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 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)
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)
Visit the Traverse Area District Library webpage for upcoming events for children, teens and adults. (updated 7/5/16)
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 https://www.tadl.org/2017/01/16/how-you-and-your-child-can-read-1000-books-before-kindergarten/ . (updated 2/28/17)
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 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
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 bata.net or call 231-941-2324.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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: milkcratebasketball.org. (posted 4/8/16)
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 tcaps.net/leap
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. Here’s how it works. (updated 8/4/16)
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 www.championforce.com for more information.
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 www.gofiguretc.org or call 231.947.2267. (updated 1/9/17)
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: www.tcjga.com. (posted 3/14/16)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are new to those classes you can register anytime by visiting https://watersedgegymnastics.com/ 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)
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 www.blueoxer.com. (updated 8/4/16)
Lacrosse is offered each spring at the YMCA for children in grades 9-12. Season begins in April. (updated 8/4/16)
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 www.infinitepath.net to learn more. (posted 10/22/15)
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.
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 www.tctritonsrowing.org
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 www.TCAllianceRugby.com. (updated 8/4/16)
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 application and visit goskimichigan.org for more information. Additional questions can be directed to Mickey MacWilliams at 248.620.4448. (posted 11/11/16)
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 online or email email@example.com for more information. (posted 10/17/16)
BATA is running their Ski-n-Ride program from December through March. This program makes transportation easier for families that like to ski. Visit bata.net/ski-n-ride or call 231.941.2324 for exact dates, schedules and stops. (posted 1/11/17)
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 online. For more information or questions, call 231.938.2500. (posted 11/28/16)
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 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 shantycreek.com. (posted 10/14/16)
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 registration form by December 24, 2016. Fore more information call 231.947.2770 or visit www.vasaskiclub.org. (posted 11/23/16)
Softball season begins in May. Learn more about Traverse Area Girls' Softball at: www.tagsoftball.com. (updated 8/4/16)
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 www.tcbreakers.com or contact Coach Jason at 503-703-1481. (updated 8/4/16)
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 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
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 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.
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 http://www.nextstepccp.com/ (updated 12/12/17)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or soslearninglab.com. (posted 9/28/16)
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 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)
Join in discussion and informational sessions held at Disability Network, TBAISD and more.
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: www.goshawkbehavioralhealth.com (posted 5/12/15)
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 www.helpingkidsupnorth.com. (updated 7/10/15)
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)
Call 231.935.5886 or 1.800.533.5520 for more information. (posted 12/22/11)
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)
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 visit the Learning Partners website for more information. (updated 8/12/16)
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 www.bigsupnorth.com or call 231.946.2447 ext. 219 to enroll your child today. (revised 11/9/16)
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 email@example.com. (posted 8/9/16)
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)
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 online. (posted 10/19/16)
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 www.soslearninglab.com, call 231.331.5056, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated 9/7/17)
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 www.soslearninglab.com, call 231.331.5056, or email email@example.com. (posted 9/14/17)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Members (50+) Events & Resources
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 email@example.com or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080
May 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080.
May 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 email@example.com or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-922-4911.
Line 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 6, March 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 email@example.com or call 231-922-4911.
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)
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)
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)
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
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 http://www.michigan.gov/
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 RodrigueKr@tcaps.net or 231.933.1766 to learn more. (posted 6/6/16)
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-
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 www.ayusa.org or call 231.429.2936 for more information. Become 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)
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. Visit the CETUSA website to learn more. (posted 7/10/15)
Miscellaneous: 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.
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)
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 www.cdc.gov. (posted 3/7/13)
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 “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)
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 | www.traversecitytentrental.com (updated 3/25/15)
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. GT 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)
Consider the new creative room at Potter’s Bakery for your next birthday party or special event. (posted 6/15/15)
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)
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)
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
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 www.bata.net/batajobs
Employment info and applications can be found on http://crystalriveroutfitte
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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.
View current part-time and full-time positions available at the Great Wolf Lodge.
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: www.pcmiservices.com or contact Jeanmarie Riccobono at 231-922-6230 or email@example.com. (updated 1/18/17)
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).
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)
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 https://tsajobs.tsa.dhs.gov or to call the TSA Help Desk at 877-872-7990 with any questions.
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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Families are invited to sign up for a free email newsletter from Traverse Magazine | MyNorth.com 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 MyNorth.com/Kids. (updated 8/15/16)