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. View PDF DocumentTCAPS' Community Resources Information Sheet


Events in October

Pahl's pumpkin patchPDF DocumentNow - Oct. 31 - Pahl's Pumpkin Patch

Visit Pahl's Pumpkin Patch (11168 N. M37, Buckley)! Your $4 entry fee includes corn maze, farm maze, farm animals, and new attractions. On the weekends you can also enjoy Barrel Train Rides ($3), Tractor Pul Wagon Rides ($3), a nature walk, fall decor and concessions. Open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Field trips are welcome. Please call ahead 231·269-4400 to schedule.


First Robotics Super Science SaturdayPDF DocumentOct. 19 - Super Science Saturday - 10 AM - 2 PM

Come join the fun with TC Central's robotics team Raptors 1711 at the annual Super Science Saturday event held in the Central High School cafeteria (1150 Milliken Dr.) from 10 AM - 2 PM. Enjoy activities such as slime making, marshmallow cannons, elephant toothpaste, hour of code and experiments by the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers. Also featuring conversations with Astronaut Col. Greg Johnson live via Skype. (posted 9/26/19)


External LinkOct. 19 - Selwyn Birchwood – 8 PM

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire.

Battle of the Books Grand Traverse LogoPDF DocumentOct. 19 - Battle of the Books Information Meeting - 4 PM - 5 PM

Fourth and fifth grade students in Grand Traverse County are invited to an information meeting being held at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave. from 4 PM to 5 PM. Come learn about this year's Battle of the Books competition. More information at: External LinkBattleofthe


PDF DocumentOct.26 - Trunk or Treat

On Saturday, October 26th, 2019, from 10:30am to 11:30am come to the TC Central United Methodist Church Back Parking Lot- 222 Cass Street Come and trick or treat with us after you take the kids downtown! We will be ready with treats! We also need cars to park and hand out treats, and candy donated for the event! Stay tuned for more details! Email Erica Kozlowski to sign up and park your car!


TC Mermaid LogoPDF DocumentOct. 27 Date Correction - Moonlight Mermaid and Glow Party- 4 PM - 5 PM

Date correction for October event. The flyer states Oct. 17 incorrectly. This event is on the 27th.

Learn how to swim in a special fin and "skin" that transforms you into a mermaid. No special equipment needed. TC Mermaid supplies the "tails" to use and you bring your smiles, goggles, suit and towel. Held at the Civic Center/Easling Pool (1213 W. Civic Center Dr.). Mermaid tails are for those ages six and older - adults too! Cost is $20 per swimmer. Email to reserve your tail. 

Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to ShorePDF DocumentOct. 27 Fall Bring A Friend Fun Event - 2 PM - 5 PM

The Girls Scouts of Michigan invite you and your friends to join them to learn more about Girls Scouts at their Fall Bring A Friend Fun event with guided hikes, disc golf and crafts. Held at the Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center (4754 Scout Camp Rd., TC 49696). There is no cost to attend this event. Families are welcome. Check in at the Pavilion. For more information, contact Kara Cooper at 231.590.4002 or


Behavioral Health Center of Excellence logoPDF DocumentOct. 30 - Trunk or Treat - 5 PM - 8 PM

Autism Centers of Michigan will host a free trunk or treat event at 1363 Douglas Drive in Traverse City. Families are invited to come and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Wear your Halloween costumes and treat or treat. For more information, email



PDF DocumentTreats for Troops

The Traverse City West Senior High School (TCAPS) National Honor Society, in partnership with Operation Gratitude, is seeking donations of your leftover Halloween Candy to donate to Veterans, Active Duty and First Responders. Through November 6th, collections will be accepted in the school's Library Media Center.

Events in November and After


Nov. 2  The Harmaleighs - 8 PM

Presented in collaboration with Interlochen Center for the Arts* Tickets: $28.50 available at External

The Harmaleighs are Haley Grant (lead vocals and guitar) and Kaylee Jasperson (bass and backup vocals). Past versions of the band have been sparser, but the group’s newest album, She Won’t Make Sense, explores new territory in sound and subject matter. The album deals directly with Haley’s mental health, documenting the many forms depression can take. “Anthem for the Weak” introduces Haley’s anxiety, which she named Susan. “The whole album is me talking to Susan or Susan acting on my behalf,” says Haley. “It’s that dialogue with your inner self and how at times it feels like that inner voice has more control over you than you do.” Musically, the track opens with a Wurlitzer-esque melody that feels bright yet disconcerting. That kind of juxtaposition is found throughout the entire arc of the record, and is something the two intentionally played with: “We definitely wanted the musical aspect of it to make you feel anxious.”


Nov. 6 - Make Good Choices - 10:30 AM

The Great Lakes Children's Museum and Munson Healthcare are partnering in a new nutrition series aimed at helping youngsters (target ages 3-5) understand the importance of making good choices when it comes to snacks and meals. The class will involve a hands-on education activity, healthy snack, and take-home materials to help families begin “choosing well.”

 The first class will be from 10:30 AM to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the museum.

Among the activities is an opportunity for the youngster to create a storyline involving fruit and vegetable characters. Participants also are taught about the importance of eating different colored fruits and vegetables, as well as leading an active life by tracking their “move-it minutes.”


Shop Your Community Day logoExternal LinkNov. 9 - Shop Your Community Day - 10 AM - 6 PM

Downtown Traverse City will host its annual Shop Your Community Day on November 9th. Shop in participating businesses on this day and a portion of the proceeds will go toward a favorite charity.  Say "I'm shopping for TCAPS' Student Support Network" when you make your purchase and you'll be helping Traverse City Area Public Schools to meet students' non-academic needs (food, clothing, eyeglasses, transportation, etc.) that may create obstacles to high achievement. Learn more about TCAPS' Student Support Network. The Network is designed to meet students non-academic needs as they arise. (posted 9/4/19)


TC Mermaid LogoPDF DocumentNov. 10 - Swim Like A Mermaid - 4 PM - 5 PM

Learn how to swim in a special fin and "skin" that transforms you into a mermaid. No special equipment needed. TC Mermaid supplies the "tails" to use and you bring your smiles, goggles, suit and towel. Held at the Civic Center/Easling Pool (1213 W. Civic Center Dr.). Mermaid tails are for those ages six and older - adults too! Cost is $20 per swimmer. Veterans receive 22% off all retail merchandise. Special mermaid fin to be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting 2-2-2 NONE, a non-profit aimed at preventing Veteran suicide. Email to reserve your tail. 


Nov.15 - Che Apalache - 8 PM

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.


Dec. 1 - Irish Christmas in America - 7 PM 

Celebrating its 15th year, the hugely popular holiday show “Irish Christmas in America” brings a fascinating performance of music, song, dance, and stories of seasonal Irish traditions. Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the 2019 tour features special guest singer Niamh Farrell, a Sligo vocalist who has toured with UK singer/songwriting star David Gray. Niamh teams up with legendary West Kerry singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit and stunning voice. This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes, and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season.


TC Mermaid LogoPDF DocumentDec. 15 - Swim Like A Mermaid - 4 PM - 5 PM

Learn how to swim in a special fin and "skin" that transforms you into a mermaid. No special equipment needed. TC Mermaid supplies the "tails" to use and you bring your smiles, goggles, suit and towel. Held at the Civic Center/Easling Pool (1213 W. Civic Center Dr.). Mermaid tails are for those ages six and older - adults too! Cost is $20 per swimmer. Free rush-order shipping on all retail merchandise. Email to reserve your tail. 



Feb. 1 - Second City - 8 PM

This time, the Second City is “Laughing For all the Wrong Reasons.” The Second City is here to break all the comedy rules they made famous in this all-new, all-hilarious revue that will leave you laughing...and questioning your very existence on this lonely planet. Okay, maybe not questioning your existence--but you’re guaranteed to re-think everything you thought you knew about what’s funny! Starring the next generation of comedy superstars, there are about a bazillion right reasons to not miss this show! The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.


Feb. 1 - Improv 101 with Second City - 1 PM

$60 member / $75 non-member*
The Second City's Improv for Beginners focuses on teaching the building blocks of improvisation to adults with little to no experience as they have a great time learning and playing with our touring company members. Must be 18 or older. Workshop fee includes a ticket to the show at 8 om.


Feb. 21 -  Khalif Walter - 8 PM

Khalif "Wailin'" Walter without a doubt belongs to the new generation of Blues players coming from the Windy City and contributing to its rich legacy of Chicago Blues. Khalif's music, while firmly rooted in the Chicago electric blues guitar tradition is fused with elements of Funk, Soul, Rock, and Reggae to create his own boogie groove. With his 2012 CD She Put The Voodoo On Me and the 2018 released Nothin' Left To Lose (Pepper Cake Records), he has garnered international recognition and acclaim.


Mar. 6 - Nive & The Deer Children - 8 PM

If you got a team of the greatest children’s book writers in the world together, they couldn’t invent Greenlandic folk pop singer Nive Nielsen. In her case at least, band bios are simply stranger than fiction. A few facts about her: The first concert she ever played was for the queen of Denmark on national television; she acted in the Hollywood movie The New World starring Colin Farrell; and she actually is Inuit — well, Inuk — an indigenous Greenlander. She won an IMA independent music award in the US, worked with Howe Gelb and John Parish and friends from such indie royalty outfits as The Black Keys and Wolf Parade.


Apr. 17 Mystical Arts of Tibet - 8 PM

Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance. The tour is produced by Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, and is endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. During their residency, the monks will also create and demolish a mandala sand painting in the museum’s Sculpture Court. Their tours aim to make a contribution to world peace and healing through sacred art; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.


May 2- Loudon Wainwright III - 8 PM

Loudon Wainwright III’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, Movie and TV credits, and now his new autobiography, Liner Notes (2017 Penguin/Random House). In 2010 he won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome. His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. 2018 brought his 27th career album to-date, Years In The Making, a retrospective double CD with more than 40 tracks – live performances, demos, outtakes, unreleased songs spanning 50 years. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others.


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! Learn more about this fun program at (updated 10/19)



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 External 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 External Link for a list of all current events. 


crooked tree youth art programsExternal LinkCrooked Tree Arts Center

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers classes 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. For more information: 231.941.4244 or External (updated 7/18)


dennosPDF Document2019-2020 Performance Schedule

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Dennos Performance Season in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased online at External, External, or 1.800.836.0717. Tickets are also available at the Dennos Museum Center, 231.995.1055.


PDF Document2019 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 The Dennos for events in October 2019 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 or call 231.947.2210 or email for more information (updated 7/18)



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

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 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 - 11:30 AM to 1 PM

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!  Offerings include 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 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Long Lake hosts a TC Tots Playgroup, for children from newborn to 4 years old, on the 2nd Thursday of each month during the school year. Playgroups are held in the Long Lake Elementary School music room from 9:30 AM – 10:30 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 10/19)



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. Sylvan is 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! Afterward, you are provided 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 PM - 5 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

Traverse City Pit Spitters LogoPDF DocumentNow Through Oct. 10 - Youth Baseball Clinics - 6 PM - 8 PM

Sign up for the TC Pit Spitters youth baseball clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays now through October 10th at the Pit Spitters Park. Ages 9-18 are invited to participate. Former TC Beach Bums manager Dan Rohn will coach the clinics along with former Beach Bums Kendall Patrick and Kenny Knudsen. Cost is $35 per person per night. Call 231.943.0100 or visit the External LinkPit Spitters website for more information. 


External LinkTCAPS LEAP Summer Programs

Summer is a great time to learn something new or improve upon your skills. LEAP offers and features local camp opportunities ranging from Youth Football to Young Americans Music Camps, to Robotics. Opportunities are added as they are made available, so check back often!  To register, visitExternal Link



k-town logoPDF DocumentAthletic Physicals $20: K-Town Youth Care

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2019-2020 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2019, 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 2019-2020 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2019, 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 2019-2020 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2019, 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 2019-2020 school year must have a sports physical dated on or after April 15, 2019, 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)


PDF DocumentAthletic Training: Daily Ritual Health

Fitness and accountability.  Small group outdoor workouts. My name is Emily and I am a certified group fitness instructor and certified health & nutrition coach.  I am looking for clients who want to get in shape, get a handle on their nutrition and learn life long habits that stick. Contact me at 231 392 9170 or



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 4/19) PDF DocumentDream Team registration form




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 DocumentBowling: Kids Bowl Free Summer Bowling

Register today for two 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 9/19)



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 6 PM to 8 PM.  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. For 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 through 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)



tennis racketsPDF DocumentTennis: Grand Traverse Tennis Camps

Grand Traverse Tennis Camps offer camp opportunities for ages 10 and under, beginner/intermediate, junior excellence, high school team camp, tournament series (jr. and high school) and adult classes. Camps are offered at various times during the summer. View the PDF DocumentGTTC flyer or External LinkGTTC website for details. 



PDF DocumentVolleyball: Coaches and Athletes Training Camp 9 AM -11 AM

Students grades 6-8 and prospective coaches, join us August 12 & 13 at TC West Senior High School (5736 N Long Lake Rd.) to make the transition from summer to season a breeze!!!  This two-day clinic will cover the entire game of volleyball from rotations to game play.  $45 per player: FREE for LEAP coaches. Please make checks payable to TCAPS West Volleyball.  Mail registration form with payment to Emily Baumann, 4697 Birdie Lane, Traverse City, MI 49685. Call 231-360-7771 or email with questions. 


PDF DocumentVolleyball: reVAMP volleyball CAMP - 8 AM to 9:45 AM

Students grades 3-8, join in July 8- 11 to learn fresh new skills and drills at TC West Senior High School (5376 N Long Lake Rd.)  Directed by TCW Volleyball coach Emily Baumann, Hannah Pohlman, Lydia Lovejoy, and Ferris State University Alumni Katie Placek. Every camper will receive individual attention, instructions, and a camp T-shirt. Fundamental skill developed: passing, setting, hitting, serving, transition, footwork, and game play. This camp will be divided into sections with the focus on learning game situations. Fee is $80, $10 Late fee for registration after July 1st.  Please make checks payable to Fresh Coast Volleyball.  Mail registration form with payment to Emily Baumann, 4697 Birdie Lane, Traverse City, MI 49685. Call 231.360.7771 or email with questions. 


PDF DocumentVolleyball: Elite Volleyball Camp - 10 AM to 1 PM

Students grades 9-12, join in July 8- 11 at TC West Senior High School (5376 N Long Lake Rd.), join us for our new elite summer volleyball camp directed by former Titan and Ferris State University stand out Katie Placek with help from former alumni players. This elite volleyball camp is designed to push players to better their skills while giving them individualized attention and maximum repetitions. The four days of this camp will consist of:

Monday: Libero Training *Great for any defensive player* ($50)
Tuesday: Setting ($50)
Wednesday: Hitting & Blocking ($50)
Thursday: Game Play & Drills ($50)

Fees are $50 per session, $10 Late fee for registration after July 1st. Please make checks payable to Fresh Coast Volleyball.  Mail registration form with payment to Emily Baumann, 4697 Birdie Lane, Traverse City, MI 49685. Call 231.360.7771 or email with questions. 


mt holiday logoExternal LinkZip Lining & Tubing Parties  at Mt. Holiday

Mt. Holiday offers tubing and zip lining. Their 10 station zip line is a breathtaking 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)

Education, 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 (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)



Glasses: Lion's Club Kid-Sight Program

​​​​​​Students in need may apply to The Lions Club Kid-Sight program  that provides the student an eye examination and glasses for free once an application is submitted and approved by the Lions Club Foundation.

Sam's Optical also has a “Youth Benefit Program “ where students can purchase one pair of glasses and receive a second pair at no additional cost ( some limitations do apply) . This includes sport goggles.  For more information families can call (231)995-0263.




Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is an Accredited, Nonprofit University in Phoenix, Arizona where you can earn an affordable private education online or on campus. GCU offers over 150 online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Grand Canyon University's main campus is truly an oasis in the heart of Phoenix. With new classroom buildings, popular dining options, sparkling swimming pools, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and so much more, the GCU campus is the perfect place to call home for the next four years. With GCU's four-credit courses and fast-track options, you can also graduate faster, allowing you to enter the workforce soon - and with less debt. GCU invites you to fill out a free online application for admission to a degree program offered on our beautiful and growing campus. GCU offers generous scholarship opportunities to campus students, both incoming freshmen and transfer students. Our campus offers: 

  • State-of-the-art GCU Stadium and GCU Arena
  • Contemporary residence halls and apartments with resort-style swimming pools
  • Recreation and fitness centers
  • Student Union and popular eateries along Lopes Way
  • Two new engineering classroom buildings dedicated to cutting-edge STEM learning
  • The Grove - a community of four suite-style residence halls exclusively for freshmen
  • Club sports teams, intramural sports teams
  • GCU is home to 21 NCAA Division I athletics teams, including basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, track and field, golf, volleyball and more
  • Academic, professional, social and recreational clubs
  • Academic and student support resources

Call, email, or text Brandee Hutchinson, your Northern Michigan GCU representative, for any questions and information about scholarships for Michigan at (231) 590-7489 or For campus information, visit External Link


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)



External LinkHuman & Health Services: All Treatment: Teen Rehab Centers Near Me

Let us do the searching for you. Teen addiction treatment services connects you to a compassionate treatment specialist. All information is confidential. Call 855.322.7503.


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 logoPDF DocumentMentoring: 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.

Oct. 24 - Home & Health Fair - 11AM to 2PM

Health fairs provide information about common health issues and basic health screenings and are good places to get questions answered to realize a path forward to better health. 

Attend the Home and Health Fair on Thursday, October 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Redeemer Lutheran Community Room, 1896 Rogers Road, in Grawn, to get free health screenings: hearing, blood pressure, blood sugar, dental, posture, balance, and more. There will be free flu shots and Hepatitis A vaccinations available with an insurance card. Individuals can safely dispose of outdated, unused prescriptions and medications – as well as bring old eyeglasses and hearing aids to donate to a worthy cause.

At the Home and Health Fair, participants can learn about the various resources available to help them stay home as they age. Also, available will be information on what assisted-living facilities have to offer, in addition to agencies that can ease a transition into assisted-living. The fair is free. Door prizes and other gifts will be given out. For more information, email or call 231-922-4911


Oct. 30  - Round Round Get Around, How Can I Get Around - 4PM

When older individuals give up driving due to financial, physical or mental challenges, it signals a loss of independence, as seniors often see driving as synonymous with independence, and can pose real transportation problems, if they are unaware of their optionsTo make the transition to public transportation or other ways of getting around easier, attend a panel discussion with Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA), COAST, Lyft, a local cab company and users on Wednesday, October 30, 4 p.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street. Participants will become aware of their options for transportation during the panel discussion and adept at using the various forms of transportation available to them. The panel discussion is free, but advance registration is required.  For more information or to register, email or call the registration number at 231-922-4911.


Mondays - Gentle Yoga  - 9 AM

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

Mondays - Scrabble - 1 PM

At Traverse City Senior Center - 801 E Front St.
The original “Words with Friends” group.  All abilities are welcomed. FREE. No advance registration required.

Thursdays - Yoga to Energize - 8:30 AM

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 help you 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.

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 altogether. 

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.


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)


BATA Buddy Program

Confusion and nervousness are the most common reasons seniors are hesitant to use public transportation. The key aspect of using public transportation is making sure you understand the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) system. Check out the new BATA Buddy program, which offers a FREE, personalized, one-on-one guide for anyone who would like to learn how to use the BATA system. The first ride is completely free and anyone who uses their initial Buddy program venture to ride to any of the Senior Center Network locations for lunch receives that meal free! Additional rides are .75 cents each.

For more information, contact the Senior Center Network at 231-922-4911 or send an e-mail to Lori Wells at to set up an appointment.

Veterans Only Coupon Program

To help older veterans explore a variety of wellness programs in Grand Traverse County, the Senior Center Network and the Veterans Affairs office has initiated a wellness partnership called the Veterans Only Coupon Program. These special coupons allow veterans to attend free of charge selected activities and exercise classes in Traverse City, Kingsley and Interlochen. Each coupon book contains twenty coupons, expiring on December 27, 2019, and may only be used for the following programs throughout the Senior Center Network: Energetics, the Strong Bones and Balance exercise program, chair and intermediate yoga, chair massage and Reflexology. 

To receive the coupons, they must be a current Senior Center member or apply for membership, live in Grand Traverse or Leelanau Counties, present proof of veteran status in person to a staff member at the Senior Center and complete a Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs registration form. Coupon books are limited to one book per veteran and, are available on a first come, first serve basis. In place of cash, veterans will present their coupon to their instructor for reimbursement. For more information, email or call 231-922-2080.      

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 Karyn Hertel at or  231.933.1790 to learn more. 


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

PDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring TC Pit Spitters

Attn: High school Juniors and Seniors!  The Promotions Team is responsible for creating a high entertainment value by providing outstanding customer service and a fun atmosphere and environment for all fans. They will assist the Promotions Manager and Promotions Department with running all aspects of pre-game, in game, and post-game on-field promotional activities. External LinkApply for a Pit Spitters job now.



Jobs: Now Hiring Cashiers and Cooks at Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings (3480 S. Airport Rd.)  is looking for hourly cashiers and cooks. Health, dental and vision benefits. Tuition reimbursement, and signing bonus program. Apply online at






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 time 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)




Generations Ahead Seeks Mentors

Generations Ahead, a support program for pregnant and parenting teens in the Grand Traverse region, is seeking volunteer mentors to work individually with program clients. The program is housed at Traverse City High School, but works with both students and non-students. Mentors will be expected to have weekly contact with their client, and actively support and empower them as they develop their parenting skills and move their lives forward. Both men and women are needed to serve as mentors. A six-week training will be provided, and mentors will receive support and guidance from program staff. For more information, contact Generations Ahead Director Marjie Rich at 231.360.0053 or or visit External


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 External Linkapply online at GFS. (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 10/14/19)





PDF DocumentJobs: Interlochen Campus Security Job Openings

View current job description for summer employment positions with Campus Security. 


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)


PDF DocumentJOBS: Day Camp Counselor and Lifeguard

The Salvation Army Summer Day Camp for children ages 5 to 12 is packed with diverse exciting activities, field trips, friendship, fellowship and much more!  Detailed information and applications can be found at External Link or at The Salvation Army Office at 1239 Barlow St. Questions? Call 231.946.4644 or visit External

PDF DocumentDay Camp Counselor Job Description

PDF DocumentLifeguard Job Description

To apply for either position, visit External Link 


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)

United States Census 2020PDF DocumentJOBS: 2020 U.S. Census Takers Needed
The U.S. Census is coming in 2020. Census takers are needed now to begin preparing for the process. 2020 Census jobs offer great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay and paid training. Apply online at External (posted 4/22/19)


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.



White Birch Lodge, located in Elk Rapids on beautiful Elk Lake, is hiring Cooks for our Summer Season! The Summer Season runs from mid-June through mid-August. Kitchen experience is a plus, however we do offer on the job training. No short order, same menu weekly. Great working conditions! Fun, family friendly atmosphere right on Elk Lake! Good starting wage - $13/hr plus end of season bonus. Interested applicants can call Gladis Volante in the White Birch Lodge Office at 231.264.8271 or stop in! 


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)