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 231.933.1790 in the TCAPS Communications office.
Events in January
Every year Cherryland Electric Cooperative sponsors two local high school students to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour: a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid leadership travel opportunity to Washington, D.C. This year’s Youth Tour will take place June 15-20, 2019. High school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply! Cherryland is accepting applications until Thursday, February 28. To apply, students must visit www.cooperativeyouthtour.com. You can also find information at www.cooperativeyouthtour.com.
The Traverse City Track Club announces the annual Frozen Foot 5 Mile Run on January 19, 2019. The 5 mile footrace begins at 9:30 a.m. and starts and finishes at Eastern Elementary School (1600 Eastern Ave.) Number pick and late registration is held at Eastern Elementary School starting at 8:00 a.m. Just prior to the 5 mile event, a 1 mile fun run (not timed) for runners 12 and under starts at 9:00 a.m.
Registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/TraverseCity/FrozenFootRace. Individual online registration fee for current Traverse City Track Club members is FREE, and $30 for adults and $20 for any current student, 0-17, through January 17 at 12:00 p.m. The non-timed 1 mile fun run for kids under 12 is $5.
Runners can register in person late at packet pick up at Running Fit Downtown Traverse City on Front St. Friday January 18th from 5-7:00 p.m. or on Saturday January 19th from 7:30-8:45 a.m. at the race site at Eastern Elementary.
For more information, contact the TCTC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance runner Carrie Tollefson has been announced as the guest speaker at the Traverse City Track Club’s 2019 Speaker’s Series which recognizes its members and club accomplishments from the previous year. All members of the public are invited to this event which is free of charge. This year’s event is held at Traverse City’s Park Place Conference Center on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m., and features a complimentary dessert table and a cash bar. For photos and additional background information or to schedule an interview, call Lisa Taylor at 231-631-2195.
Registration is open for the winter to spring sessions of the Bayshore and More 2019 Training Class offered by the Traverse City Track Club. Multiple levels of training are available based on the needs of each individual runner depending on their race goal/distance.
The cost is $80 for an 18 week training program or $40 for a nine-week program. It is strongly recommended those preparing for a half or full marathon in late May register for the 18 week session. The training begins on January 21, 2019, with organized group runs on Saturdays starting January 26, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. For more information and a link to registration please visit www.tctrackclub.com/training.
United Way of Northwest Michigan and Our Neighbors Enterprise Coalition (ONE Coalition) invites you to an intriguing and thought-provoking presentation by Marcella Wilson, Transitions to Success founder, on Wednesday, January 23rd at the Bay View Wesleyan Church (720 Wayne Street).
Ms. Wilson will provide an overview of the TTS model and will weave ACES, substance abuse, 2-1-1, billable services, collective impact, systems change, and poverty into her presentation. Nearly 36% of our region's population is identified in a vulnerable economic category.
Registration today at https://www.unitedwaynwmi.org/whatshappening/registration/
Traverse City Central High School’s Eurochorale hosts Meals for Musicians! Generous local eateries are donating a percentage of sales to support the 2019 Eurochorale. Student’s will travel to Italy for four very special performances, including one at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Join us! This trip of a lifetime will only be attainable for many students through community support.
Dine in or carry out at the The Filling Station! 25% of all food sales between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. will directly support students traveling to Italy. Make sure to mention that you are there to support the TC Central High School Eurochorale. Questions? Email Sarah at email@example.com.
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 http://www.mt-holiday.com Questions? Call 231.938.2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interlochen Summer Arts Camp is now offering a Day Camp with reduced rates of $450 per week for local area students in grades 3-12. Camps run for one or six week sessions June 15 - August 5 in Creative Writing, Dance, Filmmaking, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and General Arts. Transportation to and from Traverse City will be available. For more information, visit interlochen.org/231DayCamp. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE ARTS. MAKE FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
Are you a middle school student with a passion for writing? Sign up for an NMC writing class with teacher extraordinaire Claire Alexander, a master storyteller! • 8 Thursdays, January 10 to February 28 6:30-8 pm • Cost: $199 • Northwestern Michigan College Scholars Hall on the Main Campus • (231) 995-1700 to register today!
Events in February and After
Feb. 12 - Meals for Musicians - 4:30PM to 8PM
Traverse City Central High School’s Eurochorale hosts Meals for Musicians! Generous local eateries are donating a percentage of sales to support the 2019 Eurochorale. Student’s will travel to Italy for four very special performances, including one at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Join us! This trip of a lifetime will only be attainable for many students through community support.
Dine in or carry out at the Boathouse! 10% of all food sales between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. will directly support students traveling to Italy. Make sure to mention that you are there to support the TC Central High School Eurochorale. Questions? Email Sarah at email@example.com.
Don’t miss Tommy Tomlinson, an acclaimed journalist whose new memoir provides insights on why it’s so hard to “shed pounds.” “The enemies come from all sides: The deluge of marketing telling us to eat worse and eat more. The culture that has turned food into one of the last acceptable vices. … Our own body chemistry, dragging us back to the table out of fear that we’ll starve.” A National Writers Series Event “Losing Weight is a rock fight” His insights are remarkable. Join the conversation! City Opera House • February 13 - 7pm Doors 6 pm with live music & Morsels. For tickets go to cityoperahouse.com
Child Enrichment Programs
The Battle of the Books Grand Traverse is a free program for fourth and fifth graders to read great books, be on a team, experience heart-pounding competition, and win prizes! Registration begins in November for the 2018-19 season. Learn more about this fun program at www.battleofthebooksgt.com. (updated 10/18)
Celebrating 40 years, NMC is now registering for classes all summer long. There are over 100 options including STEM classes for ages 3 to 17. Visit www.nmc.edu/kids or call 231.995.1700 for more information. (updated 7/18)
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 https://www.tciaf.com/ for a list of all current events.
Crooked Tree Arts Center offers clases and events for youth and adults. For more information, visit www.crookedtree.org or call 231.941.9488 (updated 7/18)
The children’s program has been designed by former professional dancers and current educators Susan Buck and Betsy Carr. Their combined 60 years+ of teaching experience has enabled them to prepare a thoughtful, fun, challenging and inspiring program for students. A healthy, positive and supportive atmosphere is offered for students’ development of a strong work ethic, grace, poise and physical and emotional well-being. From toddlers to adults. Fore more information: 231.941.4244 or www.danceartstraverse.com. (updated 7/18)
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 www.dennosmuseum.org, www.MyNorthTickets.com, and 1-800-836-0717. Tickets are also available at the Dennos Museum Center, 231-995-1055.
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 dennosmuseum.org/draw-nomi.
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 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 http://www.oldtownplayhouse.com/young-co/ or call 231.947.2210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information (updated 7/18)
GT Conservation District Peepers Program - Tuesdays 10AM - 11:30AM
The Peepers program is held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Road) for children ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These 90-minute nature programs include stories, crafts, music, discovery activities and an outdoor activity to bring the lesson to life. Cost is $5 per child per session. Register at http://natureiscalling.org/learn/pre-k-programs/peepers/ (updated 7/18)
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 email@example.com. (updated 7/18)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
Now accepting new students. Beginners welcome. Lessons available before and after school. Contact Becky at 616.204.3403. (updated 7/18)
TC 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)
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)
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 www.sjnma.org/summer-academy
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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: Registration form
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! Tween 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).
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)
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 email@example.com
Sports & Outdoor Programs
All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals 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)
All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals 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)
All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals 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)
All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals 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 Minor Consent Form if a student plans to come without a parent. (updated 7/18)
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)
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)
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 is open to ages 5-12. Financial assistance is available if needed. Contact Dean Schweitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (updated 7/18)
Milk Crate Basketball is a local organization helping kids with the gear they need to enjoy the game of basketball. Whether it’s on the playground or on a team, Milk Crate can help provide shoes, balls, apparel, pay-to-play fees, camps and more. Apply for an “Assist” or make a donation at: milkcratebasketball.org. (update 7/18)
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 email@example.com or call 231-883-2453 or 231-883-2404. (updated 7/18)
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 http://campwestminster.com/ (updated 7/18)
Join cheer classes every Thursday nigth at First Christian Church (3686 South Airport Rd. W). Class times vary based on age group. No experience necessary. Each class is $8 and are pay as you go with a non-refundable $10 registration fee. Debit/credit, cash, or money orders accepted. No personal checks. Contact 800-940-7469 or visit www.championforce.com for more information. (updated 7/18)
Sign up now for the Traverse City Figure Skating Club's Learn to Skate program (figure skating, hockey skills, recreational skating). Classes are offered for skaters ages 3-adult. For more information, go to www.gofiguretc.org or call 231.947.2267. (updated 7/18)
The Traverse City Junior Golf Association offers golf programs for children, ages five and up. Golf lessons, on-course instruction, tournaments, college scholarships and an indoor golf program offered. For more information and to register, go to: www.tcjga.com. (posted 7/18)
Grass River Natural Area
We have a full schedule of summer programs at Grass River Natural Area !
Contact Kendra Luta at 231-533-8314 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (updated 7/18)
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 towww.watersedgegymnastics.com to register! (updated 7/18)
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 https://www.facebook.com/blueoxerfarm. (updated 11/18)
Lacrosse is offered each spring at the YMCA for children in grades 9-12. Season begins in April. (updated 7/18)
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 https://traversecityselfdefense.com/ (updated 7/18)
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 www.tctritonsrowing.org (updated 7/18)
TC Alliance Rugby is a Division One Rugby Club and plays Grandville, Sparta, Rockford, GR Catholic Central, and West Ottawa. There is a State Championship playoff. High school boys in grades 9-12 are invited. No experience necessary and size does not matter. Learn more at www.TCAllianceRugby.com. (updated 7/18)
4th & 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 application and visit goskimichigan.org for more information. Additional questions can be directed to Mickey MacWilliams at 248.620.4448. (updated 7/18)
Holiday 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 online or email email@example.com for more information. (updated 7/18)
Ski and Snowboard School
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Mt. Holiday for students in grades K-9 this winter. The cost is $40.00 for a three day class or $55.00 for class and ski/snowboard rental. All lessons are from 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM. Registration can be completed online. For more information or questions, call 231.938.2500. (updated 7/18)
Shanty 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 - 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 shantycreek.com. (updated 7/18)
Timber 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 www.vasaskiclub.org. (updated 7/18)
Softball season begins in May. Learn more about Traverse Area Girls' Softball at: www.tagsoftball.com. (updated 7/18)
Breakers is a year round, family-oriented program that promotes teamwork, pride and excellence though training, competition, and team building activities at all levels. The program is open to all youth, ages 5-18, who have a desire to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming. For more information on any of these swim activities, visit www.tcbreakers.com or contact Kathy Coffin-Sheard, 231-346-4969 to set up a tryout. (updated 7/18)
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
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 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)
Our goal is to provide each family with personalized academic assistance for their individual college and career goals. We are
committed to reducing the confusion, stress and overwhelming feeling that comes with planning for the Next Step! This personalized program, utilizes every resource we have to ensure an optimal outcome for both student and parents. Our process is focused on integrating a student’s interests, abilities and values, to identify their probable career path. We then help determine which majors support that career path and find the schools which will provide the necessary education, while meeting the family’s education budget. For more information, contact Deanna Sayer at 231.499.7712 or visit http://www.nextstepccp.com/ (updated 7/18)
College Prep Bootcamps are available to help those interested in furthering their education. Topics discussed will include essay writing, information on what colleges are looking for and resume/cover letter writing. These classes are also available individually along with SAT & ACT preparation, college study skills and organization classes, and scholarship search help. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or soslearninglab.com. (updated 7/18)
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.
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)
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 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)
Join in discussion and informational sessions held at Disability Network, TBAISD and more. (updated 7/18)
Services include: assessment and treatment for ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities; anxiety and depression support; adapting to lifestyle changes; personality disorders; high school to college transitions; and more. For more information: www.goshawkbehavioralhealth.com (updated 7/18)
Providing children a listening ear in their time of need. Counseling for children and teens on issues related to divorce, abuse, ADD/ADHD, childhood trauma, and other life changes. Now accepting Medicaid. Workshops and trainings for churches and non-profit organizations available. Topics may include: families in crisis, parenting, boundaries, self-care and more. Contact Alison Neihardt LPC NCC, at 231.590.4812, or visit www.helpingkidsupnorth.com. (updated 7/18)
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)
Call 231.935.5886 or 1.800.533.5520 for more information. (updated 7/18)
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)
A prevention program of Grand Traverse County Probate & Family Court under Judge Melanie Stanton, mentors at-risk elementary school students to prevent future court-involvement. Develops an academic-based mentoring relationship and encourage a career as a student. This is a year-round program that focuses on weekly contact with the student during the school year , and includes out-of-classroom positive learning activities. This program supports academic and social growth, study skills, and other life skills. Contact the Learning Partners Program Coordinator 231.922.4827 or visit the Learning Partners website for more information. (updated 7/18)
Mentoring: 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 www.bigsupnorth.com or call 231.946.2447 ext. 219 to enroll your child today. (updated 7/18)
JA is looking for adults to match with classrooms. If you are a civic club member, business person, retired teacher, parent, role model, friend of young people – and you want to see our young people succeed – please consider this great opportunity to donate your time, experience and expertise. Training and fun lessons plans provided. For more information, contact district manager Leisa Eckerle Hankins at 231.922.6330 or email@example.com. (updated 7/18)
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)
The 2017 Kelsey's Law Scholarship winners have been announced! Students may begin applying for next year's scholarship through August 31st, 2018. $5,000 worth of scholarships are offered to Michigan high school juniors and seniors each year. Applicants should apply online. (updated 7/18)
SOS Learning Lab is providing educational services for all ages and abilities in the following areas: Individual Tutoring, Small Group Sessions, and College Prep Classes. For more information, visit www.soslearninglab.com, call 231.331.5056, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated 7/18)
Tutoring: 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: http://taylormadeeducation.com/
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 email@example.com.
Community Members (50+) Events & Resources
The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network provides many social, wellness and educational programs that are specially designed to meet the interests and needs of the 50+ generation.
Starts Jan. 3 - NEW! Club Day and Hobby Group
Join the Interlochen location of the Grand Traverse Senior Center Network for two new groups – Club Day or Hobby Group. Both groups start Thursday, January 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Golden Fellowship Hall (9700 Riley Road, Iinterlochen).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-922-2080.
Jan. 9 - Senior Odyssey Teams Now Forming
The Senior Odyssey program came to Michigan in 2011 and you can now join a winning team from Grand Traverse County! Attend the Senior Odyssey team meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 4 p.m. at the Senior Center in Traverse City, 801 E. Front Street. Senior Odyssey encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in new and innovative ways, keeping their minds active and engaged, though creative problem-solving activities. Senior Odyssey combines decision-making, creativity, collaboration, evaluation, competition, socialization and fun. The Senior Odyssey team participation is free, but advanced reservations are required. For more information or to register, email email@example.com or call 231-922-2080.
Jan 15, 22, & 29 - Mah Jongg Strategy Sessions
Dragons, winds, dots, bams, craks, flowers, pung, kong, quint and the eight Guardians of Taoism, all sound like a mysterious Chinese word puzzle, but they are actually words used for tiles and combinations in an ancient Chinese game called Mah Jongg. The tiles in Mah Jongg, stamped with Chinese symbols, are like the playing cards we use today.
Mah Jongg is a great game for keeping the mind sharp and in good health. A game of intelligence, strategy and skill, Mah Jongg keeps the mind stimulated by actively working the brain all the way through the game.
Join Barbara Disborough on three Tuesdays, January 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, to learn more about winning strategies for this ancient tile game. These sessions are for beginner and intermediate players, who wish to improve their game – they are not lessons for individuals who want to learn to play Mah Jongg.
Disborough will be coaching the Mah Jongg participants while they are playing, giving strategy tips and answering questions about the rules, the card of Standard Hands, the best lines of attack with their tile hands, etc.
The cost is $5 for each session and advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-922-2080.
Jan. 24 & Mar. 1 - Outreach Senior Center Open House
If you are looking for something fun to do this winter and want to meet new people, attend the Outreach Senior Center Open House on Thursday, January 24, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Interlochen at Golden Fellowship Hall, 9700 Riley Road, to find out what programs are offered at other sites in the Senior Center Network. Kingsley will hold its open house on Friday, March 1, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Rock located at 115 E. Blair Street.
The Countywide Senior Center Network is designed to provide senior center services and programming, which will enhance the lives of adults 60 years of age and older, throughout Grand Traverse County. This Countywide Senior Center Network allows seniors to get involved in activities and programs closer to home.
An optional pizza lunch will be available at both sites. The cost is $3 per person. Advanced registration for the lunch is required by the Monday the week of the event. For more information or to register, email email@example.com or call the registration number at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-922-4911.
Mondays - Meditation Classes for Older Adults - 8AM
Join Naomi Call on Mondays, 11 a.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, as she offers practical tips for deeper, more efficient breathing in your daily life, plus tips for mindfulness, during a peaceful, insightful, hour-long class. When you add breathing to your meditation routine, it can reduce restlessness and anxiety – a good way to relax. Concentrating on the breath has a positive effect on your entire physical and mental state.
You will explore sitting and walking meditation techniques that can also lead to greater mental clarity, emotional stability, better sleep, and much less stress! The cost is $5 for each session. Wear comfortable clothing. For more information or to register, email email@example.com or call the new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080
Socialize and exercise! The Senior Center Network hosts a cross-country group on Mondays at 1 PM at various locations in northing Michigan, and a snowshoeing group on Fridays at 1 PM at Timber Ridge. Advanced registration for both groups is required. Call 231.922.4911 for more information. (posted 12/19/16)
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Senior Center league began in 2007 with just a handful of members playing and has grown to over 150 members playing three mornings a week. Three courts are available for open play in the afternoons and equipment can be rented from the Senior Center for a donation. For more information, please call 231.922.4911. (posted 9/10/15)
General Information & Services
Yard 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
The Michigan Department of State offers the Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist as a free resource intended to assist parents or legal guardians of teens with understanding and following the steps of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). For more information, visit http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/MI_GDL_Licensing_SOS380_515146_7.pdf (updated 7/18)
Want to explore the globe without leaving home? Open the door to the world by hosting a student from Europe, Latin American or Asia. Be part of an unforgettable experience. Hosting a student is one of the most rewarding experiences your family will have. It extends your family into a second culture and gives the opportunity to look at familiar patterns through the eyes of those who grew up in a different country, speak a different language and have different habits and expectations. Contact Kristel Rodriguez-Peacock at RodrigueKr@tcaps.net or 231.933.1766 to learn more. (updated 7/18)
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)
If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and helping students achieve their dreams, then you would make a great host family. Hosting is an amazing opportunity to share your home with an open-minded student who is eager to learn about American culture and family life. Visit www.ayusa.org or call 231.429.2936 for more information. Become A Student Ambassador – Make a difference in your high school and in your community. Student Ambassadors work closely with the exchange students at your school. Learn more at 800.288.1221. (updated 7/18)
Explore the world by opening your home. Volunteer to host an international student. Students who come to the U.S. on Cetusa’s High School Program are placed with a host family. CETUSA host families are volunteers who provide safe and loving homes for students during their semester or academic year in the U.S. Students hope to be included as a part of the family and to live as American teenagers. Visit the CETUSA website to learn more. (updated 7/18)
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 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)
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)
Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from Salmonella infections after coming in contact with live poultry. For more information, please call 1800.CDC.INFO or visit www.cdc.gov.(updated 7/18)
The mission of the Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste materials with a focus on resource conservation. The “Take It Back” program provides information where consumers can return unwanted products to local providers/businesses for reuse, recycling or responsible disposal. The program is growing on a weekly basis. (updated 7/18)
Enjoy your next special event in a fun and playful atmosphere with access to the 15,000-square-foot Indoor Water Playground with a 16-foot high, 70-foot long waterslide, water walk, zero depth sprayground and two in water basketball hoops. GT Resort and Spa Kid’s Night Out Program Every Saturday night from 6 PM-11 PM kids can enjoy crazy tennis games, swimming, art and crafts, board games, Wii/movie time and a pizza party! Pre-registration required. (updated 7/18)
Consider the new creative room at Potter’s Bakery for your next birthday party or special event. (updated 7/18)
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)
Mention TCAPS Partner in Education (PIE) Program and B.O.B. Moving & Storage will donate $25 of your move to TCAPS. (updated 7/18)
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
Wages start at $10.50 per hour and ask about the $500 signing bonus! We offer competitive wages, flexible scheduling, meal discounts and more! We are looking for customer service fanatics who are honest, reliable and enjoy a fast-paced environment. Prior food service experience is a plus, but not mandatory. Paid training is provided. Applications are at 720 Munson Ave., Ste #1 in Traverse City in the Tom’s East Bay Shopping Center or call (989)915-0071. Interviews are scheduled daily. (updated 7/18)
Need summer hours? BATA is in need of summer drivers! Come join us at a premium rate of $14 per hour! For more information call 231-933-5544 or visit www.bata.net/batajobs (updated 7/18)
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). (updated 7/18) Employment info and applications can be found on http://crystalriveroutfitters.com/employment-opportunities/
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 email@example.com for more details. (updated 7/18)
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 7/18)
View current part-time and full-time positions available at the Great Wolf Lodge. (updated 7/18)
PCMI Services is looking for qualified guest teachers. If you like to work with children, are professional, have excellent communication skills and possess the ability to lead, then apply now. To view opportunities and requirements, visit: www.pcmiservices.com or contact Jeanmarie Riccobono at 231-922-6230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated 7/18)
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)
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)
The TSA has additional openings for the part-time Transportation Security Officer (TSO) position at Cherry Capital Airport. No experience is required. Includes pay starting at $15.63/hour, part-time federal benefits, and options for application. To meet mission related staffing needs, the job opportunity announcement is for females; however, male candidates are welcome to apply and their applications will continue to be processed as well. Please direct interested candidates to apply online at https://tsajobs.tsa.dhs.gov or to call the TSA Help Desk at 877-872-7990 with any questions. (updated 7/18)
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.
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
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. Visit our newsletter webpage to sign up now.
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. Sign up via the FarmRaiser newsletter online form. (updated 8/15/16)
Families are invited to sign up for a free email newsletter from Traverse Magazine | MyNorth.com and Munson Medical Center. The newsletter promotes healthy lifestyles for kids. Kids Up North will get you and your kids diving into Michigan’s spectacular outdoor recreation, provide hand-picked events and help you get your kids outside and active. Each issue you’ll find everything from recipes to outdoors activities, and music outings to u-pick farms. And it’s free. Sign up at MyNorth.com/Kids. (updated 8/15/16)