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 October

Oct. - Dec. - Traverse City Music Boosters

The Traverse City Music Boosters support K-12 music education in Traverse City Area Public Schools.  

SwingShift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity was conceived in 2008 as an new fundraising option for area charities. Wendy Nienhouse, TC Central graduate, will dance for TC Music Boosters to raise scholarship dollars for TCAPS students Pre-K-12. Music Boosters has supported TCAPS' music programs for over 50 years. Each year 18 scholarships are awarded to students. These scholarships are $350 each and are given to students in choir, orchestra, and band. There are also 10-12 mini-grants awarded to classroom music teachers to help purchase materials not covered by district funds.  The goal with SwingShift is to raise $100,000. The money raised will be used to help sustain the scholarships as well as increase the amount of money provided to music teachers. Please consider External Linkmaking an online donation.

The competition runs September through December. The events are ticketed and open to the public. Doors to the City Opera House open at 6:30 PM with an audience dance lesson following at 6:45 PM. Each show begins at 7:15 PM. Wendy will dance each month to earn donations from audience members and by online contributions.  Thank you for supporting TCAPS and Traverse City Music Boosters! (posted 10/5/16)

PDF DocumentOct. 1 - 31 - Parent/Teacher Open House

Parents and teachers can join Sam's Club and receive a gift card worth up to $15 during the month of October. Print this offer (link above) or show it on your mobile phone at your local club's Member Services Desk to redeem. (posted 9/28/16)


PDF DocumentOct. 3 - 24 - Guys Read Club

Guys Read, a club for male students in grades fourth through 12th grade, meets on Mondays from 5 PM - 6 PM at the TC District Library. The members decide what to read and what to talk about! For more information, please call 231.932.8500 ext. 203. (posted 10/12/16)

EMS craft fairPDF DocumentOct. 22 - East Extravaganza Craft Show - 9 AM - 3:30 PM

TC East Middle School will host its annual craft fair on October 22nd. Events include arts and crafts, silent auction and a book sale. To be held at East Middle School (1776 Three Mile Rd., N.). Vendor space is available. PDF DocumentDownload the vendor application. For more information, contact Denise Olson at (posted 9/19/16)

External LinkOct. 22 - 29 - No Tricks, Just Treats

The Traverse Area District Libraries have fun, family oriented events for you and your children to celebrate Halloween. Visit External Link for event details and information. (posted 10/14/16)

External LinkOct. 23 - Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books, a National Writers Series program, is a free, book-based quiz competition for fourth anf fifth graders in the Grand Traverse community. Teams of four to six students read 10 incredible stoires and then test their knowledge in quiz bowl style competitions. An informational meeting will be held on October 23rd and 2 PM in the Traverse Area District Library (Woodmere location). Registration can be completed online, and opens Thursday, November 10th. (posted 10/17/16)

PDF DocumentOct. 27 - WSH Orchestras Present: A Halloween Spooktacular - 7:30 PM

West Senior High School proudly presents Lydian's Tale: A Halloween Spooktacular on Thursday, October 27th. The show begins at 7:30 PM and will take place in the WSH Auditorium. (posted 10/3/16)


Oct. 29 - Boardman River Nature Center Saturday Programming - 10 AM - 4 PM

Join the Boardman River Nature Center from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for fall and Halloween themed crafts! All day long, the lower Sabin Trail will be decorated for a family friendly self-led Spooky Sabin Walk, and at 2:00 PM there will be a discussion on bats. Admission is free and is located at 1450 Cass Road in Traverse City. (posted 9/30/16)

PDF DocumentOct. 31 - Harvest Carnival - 4 PM - 7 PM

Join the Salvation Army for an evening of family fun during the Salvation Army Harvest Carnival! Enjoy games, food, cider, treats, a bounce house and more! For more Youth Programs and information, visit External Link . (posted 10/19/16)

Events in November & After


Long Lake Craft ShowNov. 12 - Long Lake Arts & Crafts Show 

Long Lake Elementary School will host its annual arts and crafts show on Saturday, November 12th. Vendors interested in renting booth space should contact Allison Hayes at 617.694.9687. (posted 9/19/16)



PDF DocumentNov. 14 - Nov. 18 - Drive for Socks!

Please help a K-12 student in need by donating a new pair of socks (all sizes welcome) during the TCTA Sock Drive. Donations will be accepted on TCAPS buses and in school offices. For more information, contact Karyn Hertel at (posted 10/12/16)

WSH craft fairPDF DocumentNov. 19 - West Senior High Annual Arts & Crafts Show - 10 AM - 4 PM

Vendor applications are being accepted for TC West Senior High School's annual arts and crafts show. Only original, handcrafted work will be accepted. Download the vendor application. For more information, contact Laura Wright at or Jaime Castle at (posted 9/19/16)

PDF DocumentNov. 19 - Transportation Association Craft Show - 9 AM - 3 PM

TCAPS Transportation Association is hosting their annual Arts and Crafts Show on November 19th to raise money for their high school fundraiser program. If you wish to participate, there are still booths available! For prices and questions, please conact Ruth Ann Segovia at 231.342.0875 or (posted 9/28/16)

WSH 24-hour basketballPDF DocumentNov. 25-26 - TC West 24-Hour Basketball Game - 1 PM - 1 PM

Titan boys' basketball teams will once again face off against the Traverse City community in their annual 24-hour basketball game fundraiser. One game lasting 24 hours with a continuous score. This event helps raise funds for both the Titan basketball program and Cancer Travels, a non-profit organization that provides gas cards and other financial assistance to families that are battling cancer. (posted 9/19/16)


Child Enrichment Programs


blackbird arts logoExternal LinkBlackbird Arts Blackbird Arts

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



blackbird arts after school programs

PDF DocumentBlackbird Arts: After School Studio Arts

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




Bright Blooms logoExternal LinkBright Blooms KinderPlay

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


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

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

crooked tree youth art programsPDF DocumentFall Youth Art Classes - Ages 3 & Up

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers youth and adult art classes for ages 3 and up. For more information, visit External or call 231.941.9488 (updated 9/28/16)


TCAPS friends first progamPDF DocumentOct. 21-May 19 - Friends First Program - Ages 18 Mos. - 2 1/2 Yrs.

TCAPS now offers children and their parents/caregiver the perfect setting to interact with other families, play with toys, read stories, make friends and more. All activities are led by a certified teacher. Two loactions available. Cost: $100. Call 231.933.1792 to register. (posted 9/12/16)


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 logoPDF DocumentOld Town Playhouse Young Company Classes and Productions - Fall 2016

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. Call 231.947.2210 or email for more information (updated 10/3/16)

PDF 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)

GT Conservation District LogoPeepers Preschool Program – Tuesdays from 10 AM – 11:30 AM

The Peepers Preschool Program is specifically developed for children ages three to five. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of each session. These 90-minute nature programs include stories, crafts, music, and discovery activities. Each program ends with an outside portion that will vary between a short exploratory hike, a game, or engaging play to bring the lesson to life. The program meets every Tuesday at the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd.). Upcoming sessions include:

  • Tuesday, Oct 4 - Mini Beast Mission
  • Tuesday, Oct 11 - Animal Homes
  • Tuesday, Oct 18 - Getting Squirrely
  • Tuesday, Oct 25 - Batty for Nature

Cost is $5 and children can be pre-registered at External Link (updated 9/30/16)

Knee-High Naturalists Program - Thursdays from 9 AM - 12 PM

Knee-High Naturalists is a nature-based preschool program for potty-trained 3-5 year-olds unaccompanied by a parent/guardian (drop off). It meets once a week for 14 weeks, starting this fall. Children in the program have the freedom to play and interact with their environment, learning to appreciate the variety and scope of the natural world. Seasonal topics, taught September through December, focus on what is happening outside of the Nature Center. The program incorporates creative dramatics, songs and games, manipulatives, puppets, and an occasional animal to engage preschoolers. Each day will include a sharing circle, story, and time to hike and explore with developmentally appropriate games and activities. Contact Taryn Carew for more information at 231.941.0960 ext 24 or through email at

Pre-register for each $5 session at External Link (posted 9/30/16)

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)

TCAPS preschool preview programPDF DocumentOct. 21-May 19 - Preschool Preview Program - Ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 Yrs.

Children who participate in Preschool Preview will create friendships, practice taking turns, socialize with children their own age, and begin their edudcational experience in a positive environment. Two locations available. Cost: $125. Call 231.933.1792 to register. (posted 9/12/16)

Salvation Army Youth ProgramsExternal LinkSept. 13-Dec. 9 - Salvation Army Youth Programs - Ages 4-18

The Salvation Army is gearing up for its fall youth programs that offer a variety of youth development programs for children and youth of all ages including: character building, music programs, Minecraft EDU Virtual Learning and All-American Starz Dance Team! External LinkRegister now for the Salvation Army Youth Programs. (posted 9/12/16)


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)


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)




traverse area district library logoExternal LinkTraverse Area Distric Library Events

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


External 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 . (posted 10/14/16)


traverse community music logoExternal LinkTraverse Community Music

This community music school offers private and group lessons in strings, flute, piano, and voice. Young childrens’ 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)

PDF DocumentYoung Americans Workshop

Don’t miss out on the most exciting and educational performing arts workshop in the country! Turn Up The Music, presented by The Young Americans, is making a stop in Traverse City to work with students during Spring Break, March 27 – 29, 2017. The three day workshop is available to all 3rd – 12th grade TCAPS students as well as students in neighboring school districts.  If you can’t make it in March, the Young Americans will be returning to Traverse City for a week long summer camp in late June 2017!

For more information and registration, please review the attached flier or click External Linkhere. The three day workshop costs $65.00. (posted 10/12/16) 

Sports & Outdoor Programs

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, 2016 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, 2016 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 2016-2017 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2016 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)



incredible mo's youth bowling academyPDF DocumentOct. 12-Dec. 21 - Bowling: Incredible Mo's Youth Bowling Academy - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The youth bowling academy will feature a 30-minute group instruction period followed by 90-minutes of practice and instruction. To sign up, call 231.944.1355 or email (posted 9/12/16)


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 10/5/16)


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)



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 - Kung Fu Classes

Enroll now for Kung Fu classes – call 231.313.6900. Moms and Dads can enjoy a free Tai Chi or Morning Exercise class when you sign your child up for classes. PDF DocumentClick here for coupon. (posted 9/6/11)




junior rowing photoExternal LinkRowing: Jr. Rowing Club for Middle & High School Students

Fountain Point Resort and Lake Leelanau Rowing Club is pleased to offer a junior rowing club with school year and summer camp offerings. Learn more at: External (updated 1/29/15)

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)

PDF 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 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 sessios are 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Registration forms must be received prior to December 15th. (posted 10/14/16)

PDF 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)


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)



PDF DocumentOct. 22 - Skiing: 2016 Nordic Ski Swap - 10 AM - 2 PM

The annual "Nordic Ski Swap" will take place at Brick Wheels in Traverse City. This is a great opportunity to buy both used and new ski equipment as well as sell personal gear. If you wish to sell gear, it must be dropped off by Friday, October 21st from 4 PM - 7 PM. Proceeds from the swap fund the Vasa Ski Club programs, which include the TCAPS Middle School Program. For more information email or visit (posted 10/3/16)

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)

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


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

Designed to assist high school students and families gain a better understanding of options and create a successful road map for the future. Areas of focus include: preparing for college or the workforce, electronic portfolios, college comparisons, college applications, essays and scholarships, money for college, standardized testing and sports recruiting. For more information, contact Deanna Sayer at 231.499.7712. (updated 1/12/15)

PDF 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)

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

 You can have a meaningful impact on a child in need right here in your community. BBBS empowers community youth through one-to-one mentoring with adult volunteer mentors. Helps at-risk youth build the developmental assets needed to become more caring, competent and confident community members and succeed in school. School-based mentors spend one-hour per week with a child over the course of the school year. Learn how you can become a Big Brother or Big Sister at External or call 231.946.2447 ext. 203. (updated 8/4/16)

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)





External 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)


PDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: Educational Services

SOS Learning Lab is providing services for all ages and abilities in the following areas: Tutoring/Academic skills, study skills development, organizational skills development, social skills development, ACT & SAT preparation and GED preparation. For more information, contact SOS Learning Lab at 231.331.5056 or (posted 9/28/16)


PDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: Wednesday Workdays

Homework Help and Study Skill sessions are available on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM for fifth grade through 12th grade students. If your student is looking for a quiet, no pressure environment to work, contact SOS Learning Lab at (posted 9/28/16)


Sylvan thumbnailPDF DocumentTutoring: Sylvan Middle & High School Study Skills Sessions

Special Back-to-School Offer Ends Sept. 30th – Set your child up for success with Sylvan’s new study skills course. The course develops higher-order thinking skills and strategies necessary to succeed in school. Sign up before September 30, 2016 for only $199 ($360 value). Call 231.941.0060 for more information. (posted 8/9/16)

Community Members (50+) Events & Resources


coa thumbnailExternal 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. (posted 7/24/15)

coa thumbnailPDF DocumentiPad Club for Adults – Every Wednesday – 1 PM

For new and experienced iPad users alike, the club meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center Network in Traverse City. Each meeting is $8 per person. Senior Center members get a $3 discount. JC Capron of CityMac leads this group learning environment through basics to more advanced techniques based on the goals of the group that day. Adults who want to get the most out of their iPad are encouraged to attend and bring their iPad. Register in advance by calling 231.922.4911 or email (posted 9/24/15)

coa thumbnailPDF DocumentPaint and Color Club – Every Wednesday – 2:30 PM – 5 PM

The Senior Center has joined the coloring craze! Every Wednesday, the Paint and Color Club will meet at the Senior Center (801 E Front St.). This isn’t a structured class, but open time for all painters, sketchers and coloring book enthusiasts to enjoy time together and share tips and tricks. Artists of all abilities are welcome, supplies can be provided. No registration required for this FREE club. For more information, call 231.922.4911. (posted 1/22/16)

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)

coa thumbnailPDF DocumentSocial Brain Game Club – Every Thursday – 11 AM

The brain game club, held weekly at the Senior Center, promotes cognitive health and vitality in adults through creative problem solving activities by allowing them to use lifelong experiences, knowledge, and skills in new and innovative ways. Participants work together to solve ‘problems’ by creating scenarios that address them, as well as, ‘spontaneous problems’ requiring creative responses within a limited time. Leading the group is Jamie Wheelock, the Regional Director for Odyssey of the Mind. This club is perfect for those who enjoy creative thinking and are interested in fun new challenges each week. Advance registration requested but drop ins are welcome. Questions? Call 231-922-4911 or email (posted 10/5/15)

coa thumbnailExternal LinkShuffleboard at the GT Senior Center

The first shuffleboard courts in Michigan were installed in Traverse City in 1930, where this city played host to numerous state and national tournaments. Today, eleven courts are in play on a daily basis for league members and guests. The Senior Center Network invites the community to take advantage of this ageless sport. Equipment can be rented for a donation inside the center daily, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call 231.922.4911. (posted 9/10/15)

General Information & Services


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 Joe Thiel at 231.933.1766 to learn more. (posted 6/6/16)

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. Vist 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)

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)

wings of wonder thumbnailExternal LinkMiscellaneous: Wings of Wonder – Raptor Education, Rehabilitation, & Research

Wings of Wonder is a non-profit raptor sanctuary located in Empire, Michigan. Wings of Wonder presents almost 150 educational programs annually throughout Michigan, reaching almost 10,000 people each year. The presentations are designed to foster appreciation, understanding, honor and respect for raptors and the important role these birds play in healthy ecosystems. (posted 10/26/12)

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


arrow roofing thumbnailExternal LinkJobs: Arrow Roofing Summer Jobs

Summer help needed, but will hire the right people for full-time permanent employment. Commercial roofing and metal work. Will train if needed. Starting pay is $13.00 per hour. Medical, dental, and 401K plan are available to full-time employees. Arrow Roofing & Supply is a drug-free company. Applicants must be 18 years or older and undergo a drug test (at the company’s expense). Please apply at: Arrow Roofing, 520 Wellington Street, TC, between the hours of 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Ask for Brian or Kim. PDF DocumentDownload application. (posted 1/22/16)


cherry republic thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: Cherry Republic Summer Jobs

Looking for seasonal (June - Sept.) worker with a culinary background and baking knowledge in our Traverse City Cherry Republic Grand Cafe. This is a fast-paced prepared foods department. Need to have flexible availability 20-25 hrs a week including mornings, weekends and holidays. Please contact Cherry Republic Human Resources for more information: or 231.334.3150 x 2215. (posted 6/15/16)

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.  (updated 10/5/16)


great wolf lodge thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: Great Wolf Lodge Job Openings

View current part-time and full-time positions available at the Great Wolf Lodge. (updated 10/17/16)



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 (posted 9/2/14)


Father Fred thumbnailPDF DocumentVolunteer: Father Fred Foundation

The Father Fred Foundation is seeking volunteers to work in clothing, household goods and food pantry. The weather is changing fast and extra helping hands are needed. Volunteers need to be able to lift at least 10 lbs and be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 AM – 2 PM or on Wednesdays, from 10 AM – 7 PM. Contact volunteer coordinator Sue Bauer at 231.947.2055 ext. 34 for more information. (posted 10/15/14)

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)

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)