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. The inclusion of advertisements in School District publications, in School District facilities, or on School District property does not constitute or imply approval and/or endorsement of any product, service, organization, or activity. 

If you have an event you would like posted, please contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 in the TCAPS Communications office.


Events in March



March 22-31-Kids Rule Spring Break at the Dennos!

Have you ever wanted to be king for a day? Children 17 and under will have free admission during spring break. Minimum of one paid adult admission per family. While you’re visiting, check out the Kids Rule Sale in the Museum Store. Take 20% off all kids merchandise during spring break including puzzles, books, games and more! Dennos members and NMC students and faculty are free as always.


PDF DocumentMar. 23 - Albert Cummings in Concert - 8PM

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to present Albert Cummings in Milliken Auditorium, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8 PM. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 at the door, $24 for Museum Members plus a $2 processing fee. Tickets may be purchased online at External and External, or by calling the Museum at 231-995-1055 or MyNorth Tickets at 1-800-836-0717.  

Listen to Albert Cummings at


Mar. 27 - Colorful Characters: Portrait Drawing for All Ages – 1:00-4:00pm

FREE Admission for children 17 and under

Sponsored by DRAW NoMI

Students 17 and under are invited (FREE) to join Dennos staff and volunteers for a fun drawing activity inspired by art in the galleries. You’ll create a simple, colorful portrait of your favorite person or imaginary friend, using a variety of materials. Dennos members and NMC students and faculty are free as always.


Mar. 28 - Won’t You Be My Neighbor? - 7PM

Join us for this FREE event. For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. 

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Arrive early for refreshments, and stay for a panel discussion with local neighborhood associations. 



PDF Document2019 Parent Network Workshop Series Winter/Spring

The Disability Network promotes personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities. Join them and their partners at TBAISD Conference Center at 1101 Red Drive, Traverse City, 49684 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Parenting is a hard job. Come learn about additional resources that can be helpful and support your loved one as they grow. Sharing in creative problem solving leads to success. Tenative topics Employment, Recreation, and Community Housing.  Please  RSVP with Nicole Miller Phone: 231.922.0903 ext. 318 Email: Visit External for more details.


PDF DocumentKids Bowl Free Summer Bowling

Register today for 2 FREE games per day, all summer long! Sign up for summer fun at External



PDF DocumentApplications due for Bayshore Kids Marathon Event! 

Munson Healthcare will serve as the presenting partner of the 37th Annual Bayshore Marathon, half-marathon, and 1OK and will help launch the Munson Healthcare Bayshore Kids  Marathon, a new 1.2-mile fun run for children held at the Bayshore venue during race day, May 25, 2019. 

The kid's marathon allows participants the option to log 25 miles of running or walking leading up to race day. The program will be promoted to studens in grades 1 through 5. The kids event will not be timed but allows kids to have fun and cross the finish line along with the 7,000 other racers in the Bayshore events.  To learn more and prepare to register for the Kids Marathon event, go to External or External



PDF DocumentESS Art Contest 2019 - Call for Submissions

We are excited to announce the ESS Art Contest 2019 will be starting on February 4th! The contest is open to public and charter school students in grades K-12 throughout the continental United States.  To enter, students must submit a drawing or painting with an image representing “What would it be like to have class in outer space?”. The contest ends on April 8th, 8:00 pm EST.  The top five finalists in each grade group will be featured on ESS’ Facebook and Instagram during the week of April 15th for public voting.  Winners will be announced on April 29th.  Winning students will receive a $500 gift card, plus a $500 gift card for their school.  For more information, email or visit External



PDF DocumentApplications due April 12 for Bay Area Desk & Derrick Club Scholarships 

The Bay Area Desk and Derrick Club invites all high school seniors and college students who will be attending a college/university in September 2019 to apply. No matter if you plan to enter any field or one related to petroleum, energy or any allied industry, or if you are related to anyone who is working in any of the above industries we strongly encourage you to apply.
This application should be typed and completed in its entirety. Any questions can be directed to



Events in April and After

Apr. 4 - Believe - A Live Storytelling Event - 6:15 PM

Join us on Thursday, April 4th at City Opera House  for Believe — a live storytelling event of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. Stories hold the power to shift mindsets and create social change. In partnership with Karen Stein, creative director of Here:Say, this unique event explores personal stories of uncertainty... and of belief.

DOORS OPEN: 6:15 pm      PROGRAM: begins at 7:00 pm

Reserve My Seat!  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at External Link

Learn more at External Link or call (231) 929-4250.


Apr. 5 - Aguankό

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to present Aguankό, a Detroit-based Latin Jazz Septet, in Milliken Auditorium, Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8 PM. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 at the door, $24 for Museum Members plus a $2 processing fee. Tickets may be purchased at External and External, or by calling the Museum at 231-995-1055 or MyNorth Tickets at 1-800-836-0717.  Listen to Aguankό at


Dance Battle for the CurePDF DocumentApr. 6 - Dance Battle for the Cure - 5:30PM

Join us Saturday, April 6 at Traverse City Central High School (1150 Milliken Drive) in the auditorium for a night of entertainment from local artists like The Dance Center, Design Dance Company, NMC, Crystal Bindi, TC West and more!  Enjoy the program and the freestyle dance battle!  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Help us remember those battling cancer or have passed.  Bring your loved one's picture to the show and for $10 it will be displayed throughout the show. 


PDF DocumentApr. 11 - Can I Kiss You? - 6:30PM

Join us for an interactive presentation on communication & dating. We will meet on Wednesday, April 10 in the Milliken Auditorium at 6: 30 PM. 

Presented by the Founder of The DATE SAFE Project, Mike Domitrz (a critically acclaimed author, expert, and speaker), "Can I Kiss You?" takes an in-depth look at how our students are taught to FAIL at communicating and respecting one another.  Students love how the DATE SAFE Project uses both humor and hard-hitting emotion to give them skills they can easily implement into their own lives instantly.   

This presentation is appropriate for ages 16 and up, however we leave the decision of inviting students at the parents discretion. For more information contact NMC Student Life @ 231-995-1118.


PDF DocumentApr. 13 - Big Little Hero Race

Be a superhero! Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan by participating in the Big Little Hero Race. The one-mile fun run starts at 9 a.m. and is FREE! All children who participate will receive a complimentary cape. Registration for the fun run is in Health & Science building on NMC's Main Campus. The campus will be closed during the fun run to ensure the safety of our little heroes.

Make sure the entire family wears their favorite superhero costume to win awesome prizes like NMC College for Kids classes! There is also a best dressed team or family award. Be creative! 1i. The children's carnival will take place in the Health and Science Atrium after the fun run. There will be carnival games, balloon art, face painting, prizes, goodies, crafts and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northwestern Michigan. All ages welcome. 

Want to run/walk the 5K or run the 1 OK? Register online using the code SAVES5K or SAVES1 OK to receive $5 off your registration! Register by March 21 to receive a 2019 race shirt. Friendly, leashed, and costumed dogs are welcome. We even have a prize for the best dressed pup! Want to be a partner? (231) 392-1218 or
Event coordination courtesy of NMC Business Students-BUS 231.
Race timed by Endurance Evolution.TM


Apr. 13 - Spring Vendor Craft Show - 9AM

Join us from 9AM to 1PM at the Career Tech Center's Life Skills Center Gym (880 Parsons Rd.) For more information, visit External Link





PDF DocumentApr. 26 - WSH Academic Booster Dinner - 5:30 PM

On April 26th, the West Senior High Academic Boosters will host a dinner at Boone's Long Lake Inn. The event will fund scholarships for Class of 2019 Seniors that will be presented at Honors Convocation in May. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a VIP table of 8 and cover an amazing meal and entertainment from WSH ensembles. There are a limited number of tickets available. You can get them at the WSH main office or by emailing

Also, if anyone would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please contact Tammy Brunan at


PDF DocumentApr. 27 - TCC Athletic Boosters Trojan Nash Bash - 7PM

Support your Trojans by attending the annual booster fundraiser, Trojan Nash Bash!  On Saturday, April 27 from 7 PM to 11 PM we'll gather at City Opera House (1669 E Front St.) to celebrate the Trojan pride with live music featuring Blue Footed Booby.  Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and a raffle. Tickets are $50 per person, $300 for a 4-top VIP table, and $500 for a 6-top VIP table. Visit External


PDF DocumentApr. 27 - Stroll for Epilepsy - 10AM

Join us at West Bay Beach Hotel (615 East Front St)., Traverse City, Ml 49686. Show your support of everyone touched by epilepsy by participating in the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan's Stroll for Epilepsy™, an inspirational walk that
raises vital funds and increases epilepsy awareness throughout the community! There are pre-walk activities for the entire family, that include a DJ, choose-your-own-raffle, and much more. Following the walk, enjoy the Closing Ceremony and some very special awards!
Please join us for the Stroll for Epilepsy™! External
Or call us Toll Free at (800) 377-6226 ext 1236.



PDF DocumentJune 17 - 20 Detroit Lions Youth Football Camp

Detroit Lions Summer Football Camp is returning to TC West Middle School, June 17-20, for boys and girls ages 6-14! Register in March, using promo code: PRIDE19, and save. More info: External



PDF DocumentJune 26-29 - BTF Ninja Warrior

Do you have what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run the course? Now is your chance! You can train with your favorite American Ninja Warriors at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, Michigan! From June 26th-29th, you will have the opportunity to train with professional ninjas from the show American Ninja Warrior! Sign up today for our “Elite Ninja Camp”. You will have one-on-one coaching from our ninja team, learn tips on how to beat the course, and have a private VIP experience with our ninjas! Visit External for more information! Do you want to just run the course? No problem! We will have select days and times available for you to test your ninja skills and see if you have what it takes to beat the course! Check out External or call 888-orphans for more information! | 


PDF DocumentNow Registering - Vacation Bible School

The Miraculous Mission Vacation Bible School is now registering for its July 22-26 program. Program runs from 8am to 1pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (1050 Peninsula Drive). Enjoy crafts, games, nature and more. Register online at External



Enrichment Programs

Battle of the BooksPDF DocumentBattle of the Books

The Battle of the Books Grand Traverse is a free program for fourth and fifth graders to read great books, be on a team, experience heart-pounding competition, and win prizes! Registration begins in November for the 2018-19 season. Learn more about this fun program at (updated 10/18)



NMCPDF DocumentCollege For Kids

Celebrating 40 years, NMC is now registering for classes all summer long.  There are over 100 options including STEM classes for ages 3 to 17.  Visit or call 231.995.1700 for more information. (updated 7/18)




External LinkThe International Affairs Forum


The International Affairs Forum (IAF) at Northwestern Michigan College is committed to being a leading community resource on critical issues facing the world. Since1994, the IAF has brought season after season of diplomats, ambassadors, economists, military leaders, journalists, educators and other great minds to Traverse City to challenge us to think critically about issues of local and global significance. Visit our webpage  at External Link for a list of all current events. 


crooked tree youth art programsExternal LinkCrooked Tree Arts Center

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers clases and events for youth and adults. For more information, visit External or call 231.941.9488 (updated 7/18)



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 7/18)


dennosPDF Document2018-2019 Performance Schedule

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Dennos Performance Season in Milliken Auditorium.  Tickets may be purchased online at External, External, and 1-800-836-0717. Tickets are also available at the Dennos Museum Center, 231.995.1055.


PDF Document2018 DRAW NoMI Schedule

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, in partnership with many organizations throughout the region, presents DRAW NoMI 2018, an annual collaborative arts event focused on bringing people together to make art. Partners this year include Art Rapids!, Blackbird Arts, Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City, Oliver Art Center, and Traverse Area District Library. Join us for events in October 2018 and throughout the year! Just look for the logo! DRAW NoMI is supported by the Linda O'Meara Fund for Arts Education. More information at External


PDF DocumentNational Writers Series 2019 Season

Students seeking extra credit need to tell the Box Office they are booking a ticket for "Student Extra Credit" and their ticket will be complimentary.


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 7/18)



Old Town Playhouse logoOld Town Playhouse Young Company Classes and Productions

The OTP Young Company offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and productions for young people of all ages. Class sessions are held in the fall, winter and late spring, offering a uniquely authentic theatre learning experience. For a list of classes visit  External Link or call 231.947.2210 or email for more information (updated 7/18)



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

The Peepers program is held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Road) for children ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These 90-minute nature programs include stories, crafts, music, discovery activities and an outdoor activity to bring the lesson to life. Cost is $5 per child per session. Register at External Link  (updated 7/18)



KindermusikExternal LinkKindermusik

Kindermusik is the world's premier music and movement program for infants up to age 7  At Kindermusik, you and your children will dance, sing, play instruments, learn to share and take turns, use our listening ears, hone our fine and gross motor skills, and create new & lasting friendships! Kindermusik offers age appropriate classes for newborns and babies, walkers, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary children. Each level builds upon the last, as we learn to love music from a wide variety of cultures, and find our own way of expressing through song and dance! Classes are held either at Twin Lakes Park or Leelanau Studios at the Grand Traverse Regional Arts Campus, in the Traverse City area.  Special evening sessions will be offered whenever possible at Evola Music. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions at (updated 7/18)


presbi church

Stong Girls, Powerful Women - 11:30AM to 1PM

Be part of a book club for mothers who want to encourage their elementary through middle school aged daughters to become strong, creative, and powerful women. Mothers and daughters will meet the 3rd Sunday of each month at The Presbyterian Church (Westminster Room at 701 Westminster) to discuss a book that tells the story of a real or fictional girl who has shown independence, perseverance, empathy, and intelligence. All Are Welcome! Call Andrea at 231-946-5680 or External for more information. 

Book Choices:  Paperbag Princess, *Because of Winn Dixie, The Hundred Dresses, Great Joy, My Life with the Chimpanzees, Julie of the Wolves, Helen Keller, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Ruby Bridges, and Malala.


Prof QwiblisExternal LinkProfessor Qwbli's

Professor Qwbli's offers unique opportunities for kids to develop their cognitive abilities, as well as motor functions and important life skills such as patience, cooperation, concentration, teamwork, perseverance and leadership in a setting that is just plain fun!  We offer camps, extended days, snow day options, date night programs, special events, party space and more!  For more information contact Jason Pine at 231.360.5929 or



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 7/18)


Long Lake logoTC Tots Playgroup - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Long Lake hosts a TC Tots Playgroup, for children from newborn to 4 years old, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month during the school year. Playgroups are held in the Long Lake Elementary School gymnasium from 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM and are open to the public. Visitors please check in at the main office upon arrival. For more information, contact Rosanne Sevenski or call the school office at 231.933.7800. (updated 9/18)



TC Art TrekPDF DocumentTraverse City Art Trek

Join TCAT on a search for downtown public art. It is a fun and FREE adventure. This one hour tour is self-guided or can be docent led. For more information, call Linda Koebert at 989.400.3223. (updated 7/18)



PDF DocumentSt. John's Northwestern Summer Leadership Academy

St. John’s Northwestern offers a summer experience that will stick with your son or daughter for years to come.  Located on a 110-acre campus in Delafield, Wisconsin, in the heart of Waukesha County’s “Lake Country,” 35 minutes west of Milwaukee and one hour east of Madison. All of St. John’s Northwestern unique summer programs are now enrolling both boys and girls. For more information, call 1.800.752.2338 or visit External


  • ​Lancers Day Camp - Active, fun, character-building day camp for kids in grades 1-6; Monday through Friday
  • Camp St. John’s Northwestern - High-energy adventure camp for youth ages 10-16 featuring unique activities to build leadership, teamwork and self-confidence; four one-week sessions
  • Summer OPS - Five-week academic program for youth in grades 7-12 incorporating leadership skills, sports and weekend activities


sylvanExternal LinkSylvan Learning

Over 7 million parents have trusted Sylvan to deliver results.

Let Sylvan of Traverse City give your child academic success today. Sylvan is the largest provider of STEM programs in North America. We’re on a mission to engage kids in fun STEM programs today, so they become our leaders of tomorrow.

For more information call 231.941.0060 or email (updated 7/18)

Join Sylvan the 2nd Saturday of each month for a FREE SAT practice test to see how you might score on test day! Afterwards, we provide you with a personalized evaluation of your performance along with suggestions on ways you can improve your score. We can help guide you on the best path to test success!  Pre-registration is required and spaces fill up fast! Call 231-941-0060 today! Bring a copy of this form with you the day of the test: PDF DocumentRegistration form



traverse area district library logoExternal LinkTraverse Area District Library

TADL, a network of community libraries, provides a wide variety of services, including the loan and inter-library loan of a broad collection of book titles (both hard copy and audiobooks), periodicals, DVDs, CDs, downloadable ebooks, subscription database, publicly accessible computers, free WiFi service, a variety of meeting spaces, blind and physically handicapped services, and free programming for all ages. Visit the Traverse Area District Library webpage for upcoming events for children, teens and adults. (updated 7/18)

NEW!  PDF DocumentTween Scene! Join in on Thursdays from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM for tween activities, fun and snacks! Meet new people, bring friends. For ages 9 - 12 at TADL (610 Woodmere).


traverse community music logoExternal LinkTraverse Community Music

This community music school offers private and group lessons in strings, flute, piano, and voice. Young children's classes are also offered. Lessons are taught year-round.  (updated 7/18)


Young MarinesPDF DocumentYoung Marines

Join in every Thursday in September at 6:30 PM in the VFW post (3400 Veterans Dr.).  Contact Jamie Bilkey at 231-360-6999 or


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 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2018 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. (updated 7/18)


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

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2018 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 7/18)


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

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2018 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 7/18)


Crystal Lake Clinic Logo

PDF DocumentAthletic Physicals $20: Crystal Lake Health Center

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2018 to participate. CLHC has  organized several designated Sports Physical Clinic dates at 3 of our 12 locations: Benzonia, Interlochen, and Traverse City. Student athletes can come and complete their 2018-2019 sports physicals at our Walk-In Sports Physical Clinic offerings.  Please bring a completed copy of the PDF DocumentMinor Consent Form if a student plans to come without a parent. (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)





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 7/18)




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 7/18)



little league logoExternal LinkBaseball: Traverse City Little League

Little league is open to ages 5-12. Financial assistance is available if needed. Contact Dean Schweitzer at for more information. (updated 7/18)


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 (update 7/18)




norte logoExternal LinkBiking: Norte Youth Cycling

We are Traverse City’s bike-centric, youth-focused 501c3 advocacy organization. Our mission is to help build stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly communities by empowering the young and young at heart. We are developing the next generation of happy, healthy, strong leaders through our Safe Routes To School, walk/bike advocacy, mountain bike, youth leadership and winter programming.  For more information, email or call 231-883-2453 or 231-883-2404. (updated 7/18)


Incredible Mo'sPDF DocumentKids Bowl Free Summer Bowling

Register today for 2 FREE games per day, all summer long! Sign up for summer fun at External



PDF DocumentCamp Westminster

At Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake we want to give your child the opportunity to try new and exciting activities, gain confidence, and make real connections with new friends while spending valuable time splashing in crystal clear Higgins Lake. We’re youth development specialists and that’s what we’ve been doing for 93 years! For more information visit External Link (updated 7/18)



Champion Force LogoPDF DocumentChampion Force Cheerleading

Join cheer classes every Thursday night at First Christian Church (3686 South Airport Rd. W).  Class times vary based on age group.  No experience necessary.  Each class is $8 and are pay as you go with a non-refundable $10 registration fee. Debit/credit, cash, or money orders accepted. No personal checks. Contact 800-940-7469 or visit External for more information. (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)


tc youth football logoExternal LinkFootball: Pop Warner Youth Football

Learn more at External For more information, please contact External LinkBarb Beckett. (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)




Grass River Natural Area

We have a full schedule of summer programs at Grass River Natural Area !

PDF DocumentFall Programming

Contact Kendra Luta at 231-533-8314 or for more information. (updated 7/18)



Waters Edge Gymnastics

Gymnastics: Waters Edge Gymnastics

Water’s Edge Gymnastics of Traverse City is the best place in Northern Michigan for kids’ gymnastics, preschool gymnastic classes, recreational gymnastic classes, tumbling classes, circus classes, parkour classes, kids’ birthday parties, field trips, and competitive gymnastics for boys & girls.  Water’s Edge now offers NINJA WARRIOR  classes for kids and adults as well! Go toExternal to register!  (updated 7/18)


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 Link (updated 11/18)


ymca logoExternal LinkLacrosse: YMCA

Lacrosse is offered each spring at the YMCA for children in grades 9-12. Season begins in April. (updated 7/18)




kung fu graphicExternal LinkMartial Arts: White Tiger Martial Arts

Enroll now for Karate and Kung Fu classes at White Tiger Martial Arts (4125 Cedar Run Rd). Registration by phone at  231.313.6900 or in person.  For more information visit External Link (updated 7/18)





LEAPExternal LinkTC Triton Rowing - Now Registering

Registration is now open to all middle and high school boys and girls. Make new friends, develop teamwork & compete at the state and regional level. Learn more at External  (updated 7/18)



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 7/18)


Cold is Cool Logo4th & 5th Graders Ski Free

Fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to ski FREE all over Michigan with the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport! The passport gives students up to three complimentary lift tickets or trail passes at each of the 30 participating ski areas. Complete the External Linkapplication and visit External for more information. Additional questions can be directed to Mickey MacWilliams at 248.620.4448. (updated 7/18)


Mt Holiday LogoHoliday 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. (updated 7/18)


PDF Document2019 Ski & Snowboard School

Join us at 3100 Holiday Road for ski and snowboard lessons! Rates are $40/3-day class or $55/class and rental. All lessons are from 6PM to 8PM.  Registration form is available online at External Link Questions? Call 231.938.2500 or email


Shanty Creek Resort LogoShanty Creek - Learn to Ski Program

During the evenings and Sunday afternoons, Shanty Creek will have the Learn to Ski program available to students of all ages and their family members. Week night evening programs are 3:30 PM - 8 PM and Sunday sessions are 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Registration forms must be received prior to December 14th. (updated 7/18)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoShanty 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 (updated 7/18)


WeSki LogoTimber Ridge - We Ski Program

Timber Ridge is offering a WeSki Program to families that are looking to have fun while enjoying a healthy time together cross country skiing. The cost is $45.00 per family or $30.00 for an individual. This fee includes participation in all three sessions, trail fee at Timber Ridge, a snack before lessons as well as a light meal after lessons, and age/ability instruction. Fore more information call 231.947.2770 or visit External (updated 7/18)


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

Softball season begins in May. Learn more about Traverse Area Girls' Softball at: External (updated 7/18)




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 Kathy Coffin-Sheard, 231-346-4969 to set up a tryout. (updated 7/18)



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 7/18)

Student Assistance & Mentoring Programs

AAA logoPDF DocumentAAA - FREE Teen Membership

Teen dependents of active AAA Primary Members residing in The Auto Club Group territory can take advantage of a free membership. They must have a learner’s permit. Here’s what you and your teen enjoy: Flat tire – changed on the spot with your spare, Out of gas – free fuel delivery, Locked out – we’ll get them in, Dead battery – we’ll give them a jump or a tow.  Membership expires on renewal date of Primary Member. Call Aaron Simon at (231) 947-2385 for more in formation. (updated 7/18)


Michigan College PlanningExternal LinkMichigan College Planning - College Consulting

Michigan College Planning provides personalized service for college and career goals. Students they have served attend a variety of colleges from public to private throughout Michigan, the entire United States, and several other countries.
​Michigan College Planning provides up-to-date information for students and families as they transition to college and beyond and is committed to reducing the confusion, stress and over-whelming anxiety associated with college planning. (updated 7/18)

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

Our goal is to provide each family with personalized academic assistance for their individual college and career goals. We are
committed to reducing the confusion, stress and overwhelming feeling that comes with planning for the Next Step!  This personalized program, utilizes every resource we have to ensure an optimal outcome for both student and parents. Our process is focused on integrating a student’s interests, abilities and values, to identify  their probable career path. We then help determine which majors support that career path and find the schools which will provide the necessary education, while meeting the family’s education budget. For more information, contact Deanna Sayer at 231.499.7712 or visit External Link (updated 7/18)


SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentCollege Prep: SOS Learning Lab Bootcamps

College Prep Bootcamps are available to help those interested in furthering their education. Topics discussed will include essay writing, information on what colleges are looking for and resume/cover letter writing. These classes are also available individually along with SAT & ACT preparation, college study skills and organization classes, and scholarship search help. For more information, contact or (updated 7/18)




PDF DocumentCollege Prep: FREE SAT Practice Test - 9AM to 1PM

Join us the 2nd Saturday of the Month from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Spaces are limited.  **Pre-Registration is required!**

Call 231.941.0060 to make an appointment.




carPDF DocumentDriver Education: Drive My Way

Register today for driver education with Drive My Way instructors Asheigh and Mark Ingraham. Segment 1 and 2 sessions are available. Register by phone at (231 )492-6612. (updated 7/18)





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. (updated 7/18)




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 7/18)


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

Join in discussion and informational sessions held at Disability Network, TBAISD and more. (updated 7/18)




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 (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)



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.(updated 7/18)



munson healthcare thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Physicians Referral Service

Call 231.935.5886 or 1.800.533.5520 for more information. (updated 7/18)



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.(updated 7/18)


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 7/18)


bbbs logoMentoring: Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BIGS) helps youth succeed in school by providing them with an adult mentor who meets weekly with the child throughout the school year.  Mentors are carefully screened, trained and supervised by a BIGS Staff Specialist who monitors and guides their friendship and activities.  All visits take place at school, during normal school time or extended day hours.  Mentors provide a child reassurance, encouragement, and the motivation they need to continue a successful path in school and/or help them through an emerging academic challenge.  Parents often appreciate the extra support knowing someone special is looking out for their son or daughter during school.  To learn more, go to External or call 231.946.2447 ext. 219 to enroll your child today.  (updated 7/18)


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 (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)






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

The 2017 Kelsey's Law Scholarship winners have been announced! Students may begin applying for next year's scholarship through August 31st, 2018. $5,000 worth of scholarships are offered to Michigan high school juniors and seniors each year. Applicants should apply External Linkonline. (updated 7/18)




SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: LLC

SOS Learning Lab is providing educational services for all ages and abilities in the following areas: Individual  Tutoring, Small Group Sessions, and College Prep Classes. For more information, visit External,  call 231.331.5056, or email (updated 7/18)




TaylorMadeTutoring: TaylorMade Education

TaylorMade Education is a company devoted to inspiring confidence in one’s own potential and abilities. Our mission is to help people of all ages succeed in their academic and life pursuits through teaching truly how powerful one’s mind and thoughts are. We believe that positive results come from thinking powerfully, so we are focused on helping everyone access unlimited possibilities in life through recognizing and harnessing such power. Our motto is: Thoughts become THINGS – and that all starts with attitude. For more information visit:


Foundation for Youth

PDF DocumentFoundation For Youth Advisory Board

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

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

Community Members (50+) Events & Resources

GT County COAExternal LinkAbout the GT Senior Center Network

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

Cover Photo Contest

Submit a photo of a Grand Traverse County park, recreation facility or landmark for a chance to have your photo selected for our July/August cover issue.  We would love to see some of your pictures of the Maple Bay sunflowers! Entries can be submitted by uploading to our Facebook Page or emailing  Ideal dimensions for cover photos are 8x10 with 1500dpi resolution or higher.   Don’t crop your photo too much as we do need space at the top of the photo for the newsletter’s title.  Winner will be selected at random. Winner will have their photo published on the cover of the July/August 2019 issue of the People, Parks and Programs newsletter and receive credit in the newsletter.


Mar. 19 & 26 - Coffee and Conversation Series

Traverse City:  801 E. Front Street  FREE
Enjoy special flavored coffees, creamers, and conversation.  Each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., join specialists in their fields for casual conversation.  Feel free to ask questions and voice concerns. Advance registration required. 

Tuesday, March 19:  Senior Center Manager with a New Building Update
Tuesday, March 26:  Knee Replacement Prevention Expert and Hip Pain Expert


Mar. 20 - Learning for Longevity: Prediabetes and Preventing Diabetes - 1:30PM

You can prevent Type 2 diabetes!  Join us for this FREE event at Munson Community Health Center, Rooms A and B, 550 Munson Avenue, in Traverse City for a discussion about prediabetes, the symptoms and causes, how to manage it and how to prevent Type 2 diabetes. Information will be provided about Munson’s prediabetes and diabetes prevention program (DPP) classes.  Advance registration required; call 231-935-9265.


Mar. 20 - Maintain Your Trees’ Health - 12:30PM

At Kingsley:  115 E. Blair Street
Trees can live for a long time provided they do not succumb to various diseases or insect infestation.  Tom Deering from Deerings Tree Service will discuss how to identify common illness that affect local trees and ways you can help keep your tree healthy.  

The presentations are free, with an optional lunch served at noon for a $3 suggested donation for those 60 years and over; $5 for all others.  Advanced registration for both the lunch and presentation is required by the Monday of the week for the event. For more information or to register, email or call the registration number at 231-922-2080


Mar. 21 - Money Series:  Making Sense of Roth Conversions - 12:30PM

At Interlochen Location:  9700 Riley Road
Attend the Front Street Foundation’s Money Series to learn what a Roth Conversion is and how it could create tax savings and help your heirs, too!  Front Street Foundation is a local nonprofit with a mission to provide open access to financial education for all. Advance registration encouraged.  Optional lunch served at noon. Cost for lunch: $3 suggested donation for those 60 and over; all others, $5. Advance registration required for lunch by Monday, March 18 by calling 231-922-2080.


Free Tax Preparation from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it the most and millions have taken advantage of the free tax preparation and filing, since it’s inception in 1968.  Local Tax Councilors with the AARP foundation Tax-Aide, who have earned a tax preparation advanced certificate for volunteers through IRS online training, classroom training and testing, 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. Last year 416 tax returns were completed at the Senior Center, resulting in $202,985 returned to tax payers. State refunds were $160,400.

Appointments for the free tax preparation, which start in February, are required. Appointments are also available in Kingsley and Interlochen. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program. Simple federal and Michigan 2018 income tax returns can be prepared and e-filed for low-to-middle income filers.  Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seek paid tax assistance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, email or call 231-922-4911. 


Beg. Apr. 4 - Yoga to Energize

Beginning April 4, 8:30 a.m., at the Golden Fellowship Hall, in Interlochen, 9700 Riley Road, join Naomi Call, certified Yoga instructor, as she guides you through Yoga to Energize each Thursday of the week. This energizing exercise class fuses strong bones exercises with yoga through the use of stretches meant to help increase balance, strength and flexibility. With the fast-paced world we live in, it is easy to feel stressed and tired, but this yoga class can helpyou stay focused and revitalized throughout your day.  Bring a yoga mat and small blanket or towel that can be rolled up for support.  The cost of each session is $5. Advanced registration is not required. For more information or to register, email or call the registration number at 231-922-2080


Apr. 11 - Maintain Your Trees’ Health - 12:30PM

At Interlochen – 9700 Riley Road
Trees can live for a long time provided they do not succumb to various diseases or insect infestation.  Tom Deering from Deerings Tree Service will discuss how to identify common illness that affect local trees and ways you can help keep your tree healthy.  

The presentations are free, with an optional lunch served at noon for a $3 suggested donation for those 60 years and over; $5 for all others.  Advanced registration for both the lunch and presentation is required by the Monday of the week for the event. For more information or to register, email or call the registration number at 231-922-2080.


Apr. 25 -  iPad Tips and Tricks -10AM

If you have received a new iPad and everything is different, join Nancy Gonzalez on Thursday, April 25, 10 a.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, as she offers basic tips and tricks in the use of your iPad. In the second half of the session, she will answer questions. All abilities are welcome to join the informal class, but participants must bring their personal iPads. The class is $5 per person, and advance registration is required.  

For more information and to register, email or call the program registration number at 231-922-2080.


Mondays - Gentle Yoga  - 9AM

Join Certified Yoga Instructor Naomi Call on Mondays at  9:00 a.m., at the Golden Fellowship Hall, in Interlochen, 9700 Riley Road, as she guides you through yoga exercises. Enjoy a well-rounded stretching routine designed for all levels with an emphasis on balance, focusing the mind and proper breathing. All levels of proficiency are welcome. You do not have to get down on the floor – all poses can be done in a chair. The cost of each session is $5. It is your option to bring your own yoga mat – also bring a beach towel that can be rolled up for support.

For more information or to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080

Thursdays - Club Day and Hobby Group - 1:30 PM

Join the Grand Traverse Senior Center Network for two new groups – Club Day or Hobby Group at the Interlochen Golden Fellowship Hall (9700 Riley Road, Interlochen).

Club Day features classic games such as social bridge, Kings in the Corner and other familiar board games that you can play with anyone – or even learn new games like Piggit and Hoggit, which adds a twist to Euchre.

In the Hobby Group, where painters, crocheters, knitters and other hobbyists are welcome, you can bring your favorite craft, learning new techniques from other participants, or start a new hobby all together. 

Social relationships are necessary at every age, but the importance of socialization for seniors cannot be emphasized enough. Consistent social interactions help keep seniors mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. Club Day and the Hobby Group are both free and no registration or partner is required. An optional lunch is served at noon for a $3 suggested donation for those 60 and over, $5 for all others.  Reservations for lunch must be made by the Monday prior to each Thursday session. For more information, email or call 231.922.2080.


PDF DocumentCross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

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


External 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)


General Information & Services

GT CountyYard Waste Passes & Brush Drop Off Information

RecycleSmart, the resource recovery program for Grand Traverse County, announces that Acme, East Bay, Garfield and Long Lake Townships are offering free Yard Waste Passes for their Township residents. Please contact your Township office directly to pick up your Yard Waste Pass and learn about the details.

The Brush Drop-Off Site is located at 2471 N. Keystone Road and is open for the season during the following days and times: Tuesdays - Noon to 7 PM; Thursdays and Saturdays - 9 am to 3 pm. 

Acceptable yard waste material includes: brush and branches; grass clippings and leaves. The brush site does NOT accept dirt, sod, concrete and stumps or branches greater than18” in diameter (12” diameter maximum for some townships).  Please separate your grass clippings and leaves from branches and twigs.

For more information, please contact your local unit of government:

·       Acme Township: 938-1350
·       East Bay Township: 947-8647
·       Garfield Township: 941-1620
·       Long Lake Township: 946-2249


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

The Michigan Department of State offers the Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist as a free resource intended to assist parents or legal guardians of teens with understanding and following the steps of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). For more information, visit External Link (updated 7/18)


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

Want to explore the globe without leaving home? Open the door to the world by hosting a student from Europe, Latin American or Asia. Be part of an unforgettable experience.  Hosting a student is one of the most rewarding experiences your family will have. It extends your family into a second culture and gives the opportunity to look at familiar patterns through the eyes of those who grew up in a different country, speak a different language and have different habits and expectations. Contact Kristel Rodriguez-Peacock at or  231.933.1766 to learn more. (updated 7/18)


Munson Healthcare

PDF DocumentMunson Hospice 2018 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Activities 

Munson Hospice is pleased to provide you with our 2018 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Workshops offered throughout the Antrim-Benzie-Charlevoix-Grand Traverse-Kalkaska-Leelanau-Manistee-Wexford counties. These groups offer a friendly environment where grief and loss is understood. They are open to the public and no registration is required.  See the schedule attached. Please direct any questions to Munson Home Health at (800) 252-2065. (updated 7/18)


ayusa thumbnailPDF DocumentHost Homes: AYUSA Exchange Program

 If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and helping students achieve their dreams, then you would make a great host family. Hosting is an amazing opportunity to share your home with an open-minded student who is eager to learn about American culture and family life. Visit External or call 231.429.2936 for more information. PDF DocumentBecome A Student Ambassador – Make a difference in your high school and in your community. Student Ambassadors work closely with the exchange students at your school. Learn more at 800.288.1221. (updated 7/18)


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. (updated 7/18)


tcaps thumbnailHigh 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 7/18)


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. (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)


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 7/18)


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 7/18)



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. (updated 7/18)


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. (updated 7/18)


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. (updated 7/18)


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. (updated 7/18)


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. (updated 7/18)

Job & Volunteer Opportunities



BATA logoPDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring BATA Drivers

Need summer hours?  BATA is in need of summer drivers!  Come join us at a premium rate of $14 per hour!  For more information call 231-933-5544 or visit External  (updated 7/18)



PDF DocumentVolunteers Needed! 

High school students!  Are you in need of service hours? We need your help July 22 -26 for our annual Vacation Bible School.  Hang out with kids, create craft projects, whatever your talents, we'll work with you!  Visit External



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

Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District in Glen Arbor is seeking employees (18+ preferred)! Between their four stores they hire about 50 staff members. Full and part time work available May-October (weekends of course during the school year).  Employment info and applications can be found on



PDF DocumentJobs:  Dan Brady Painting Now Hiring! 

Dan Brady Painting is seeking employees!  Full and Part tiem work available. Contact us at 231.943-0161 and check us out at External Link



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Traverse City Senior Center seeks Tech Savvy Teens

The Traverse City Senior Center is seeking tech savvy teens (16-18 yrs) to volunteer to help older adults with the finer points of their cell phones, tablets and laptops. Group would meet once a month in the late afternoon, early evening for up to 90 minutes beginning in March. If interested, please email for more details. (updated 7/18)




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: External LinkHere and External LinkHere.  (updated 7/18)


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 7/18)




pcmi will sub thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: PCMI Services Seeking Guest Teachers

PCMI Services is looking for qualified guest teachers. If you like to work with children, are professional, have excellent communication skills and possess the ability to lead, then apply now. To view opportunities and requirements, visit: External or contact Jeanmarie Riccobono at 231-922-6230 or (updated 7/18)


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

Come join Habitat for Humanity, GTR for a day of building on the construction site. Habitat is a volunteer-driven organization serving families and communities in the Grand Traverse Region. Work alongside a dedicated construction team, regular core group of volunteers, and partner families and you can help build Habitat houses while having a great time learning construction skills. You can also get a first-hand look at our sustainable building practices. No previous construction skills are expected! Habitat for Humanity, GTR will provide skilled construction staff and volunteer leaders. All tools, safety equipment, and building materials needed for the day will be provided. To get involved and become part of the Habitat Team, contact the Volunteer Services Manager Kathleen English at 231-941-4663 extension 121 (updated 10/18)


heartland thumbnailPDF DocumentVolunteer: Heartland Hospice

Take a chance, be a friend, share a smile…make a difference. Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in your area. Volunteers provide the extra love and care to patients at this challenging time in their life. We invite you to consider becoming a hospice volunteer. Spend an hour or two a week visiting. Enrich your life and theirs! (updated 7/18)


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

The TSA has additional openings for the part-time Transportation Security Officer (TSO) position at Cherry Capital Airport. No experience is required. Includes pay starting at $15.63/hour, part-time federal benefits, and options for application. To meet mission related staffing needs, the job opportunity announcement is for females; however, male candidates are welcome to apply and their applications will continue to be processed as well.  Please direct interested candidates to apply online at External Link  or to call the TSA Help Desk at 877-872-7990 with any questions. (updated 7/18)


PDF DocumentBecome a Foster Parent

To learn more about how you can support children of all ages in your community call 1-855-MICHKIDS . Start your journey to becoming a foster parent. Raise hope. Foster dreams.


YMCAPDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring Lifeguards

Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds come to the Y for water safety education, to learn to swim, and to meet their health and wellness 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! (updated 7/18)

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)