Community in brief: 24/11/2021 | Local News
TRAVERSE CITY – The TBA Credit Union is holding a 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. blood drive on November 24 at the Front Street branch. All potential donors receive a $ 15 electronic certificate. Register at versiti.org/mi or call 866.MI-BLOOD.
Bring non-perishable food to support the Père Fred Foundation.
The parade of beds returns
GLEN ARBOR – The Parade of Beds resumes at 9 a.m. on November 26 at Pine Cone. Participants can decorate a bed on casters and roll it down Western Avenue to the post office. Anyone can join. Becky Thatcher Designs is organizing this event.
BENZONIE – The Benzie Region Historical Museum hosts the Festival of Trees from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 26, from noon to 6 p.m. on November 27 and from noon to 3 p.m. on November 28.
Volunteers decorated over 100 real and man-made trees and wreaths as well as tables with and without living greenery. The objects are displayed inside the museum and in the pavilion behind the museum.
A photo of each item and auction are available on benziehabitat.org. On Sunday, the highest bidder for each decorated item wins a tree, wreath or table decoration.
Proceeds will go to Benzie County Habitat for Humanity. A portion of the door donations from the three-day event benefit the Benzie Regional Historical Society.
FRANKFURT – Students from the Contemporary Music Department of the Interlochen Academy of the Arts perform at 7:30 p.m. on November 26 at the Garden Theater. The event features students from jazz, popular music, music production and singer-songwriters programs.
Tickets are $ 20 on the theater website. Contact: 231-352-7561.
FRANKFORT – The Holly Berry Arts and Crafts Fair takes place November 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frankfort High School. Admission is $ 2 per participant. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact: 231-352-7251.
Winter equipment training
TRAVERSE CITY – Northwestern Michigan’s community action agency is accepting items for its Winter Gear Drive until December 13. Drop off new hats, gloves, socks and scarves at 3963 Three Mile Road.
TRAVERSE CITY – The American Cancer Society’s Voices of Hope program honors Diane Denoyer, a resident of Traverse City. Denoyer will appear on a 2022 calendar of 14 Voices of Hope members nationwide. The program includes cancer survivors and caregivers who share their stories. Proceeds from calendar sales support the American Cancer Society.
Libraries receive grants
LANSING – The Michigan Library recently announced the recipients of the American Rescue Plan Act grants for fiscal year 2021-2022. APRA funds are aimed at helping library communities meet pandemic and related economic needs. Twenty-four proposals were approved for a total of $ 4,004,730.
An equipment grant of $ 26,637 goes to the Bellaire Public Library for its extended outdoor Wi-Fi and device charging tables. The Kalkaska County Library received a $ 33,500 award for the downtown Kalkaska wireless project.
LANSING – Senator Wayne Schmidt of R-Traverse City was recently named Legislator of the Year by a few organizations.
The Michigan School Counselors Association recognized Schmidt for his support of Michigan K-12 schools as well as school counselors and student mental health. Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance honored the Senator for promoting land and water trails in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.