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Preventing Crashes How about artificial islands to protect not only the Mighty Mac but extending out to protect Line 5 with anchorage for inclement weather?

The Foxglove Farm............................................10 Inside the Ingredients.....................................15 Hungry, Hungry (Monarch) Caterpillars............18 On Your Mark, Get Set, Spring!.......................20 Torch Lake Sailing School............................25

Ron Stetson | Traverse City The Need for Paid Leave What do you think the chances are that at some point you will not be able to work because you are sick or injured or someone you love needs your care? Unless you are among the small minority of higherpaid workers who get paid medical leave through their jobs, you would likely be in a financial bind. That’s what paid family and medical leave is for. Paid medical and family leave gives hard-working Americans the ability to keep receiving a paycheck when they are unable to work because they are caring for a loved one or trying to regain their own health. Most working people in the United States do not have paid family leave through their jobs, including 77 percent (almost 4 million) of Michigan’s workers. The majority of working Michiganders don’t even have access to unpaid time off. Biden’s Build Back Better Act proposed a national paid leave program for times like these that we will likely all face—an act that was voted against by Jack Bergman and Republicans, and again when they voted against The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. (Both acts passed.) Here in Michigan, Gov. Whitmer and the Democrats continue fighting for this type of paid insurance leave at the state level. Michigan Republicans are against this, referring to paid family and medical leave as “summer break for adults” and “a ridiculous idea.” Speaking of ridiculous ideas, maybe you’d rather tap into your Social Security? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Greta Bolger | Thompsonville

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top ten Total Eclipse of the Sun Turn around, bright eyes—a total solar eclipse is expected on April 8, 2024, stretching across 13 states. This is a rarer occurrence than you might think, with the next total eclipse in the contiguous U.S. happening in 20 years on Aug. 23, 2044. NASA says the best spots for viewing include Dallas, Texas, and Cleveland, Ohio, but the southeastern corner of Michigan should also get a good view if you’re up for a drive. According to the Detroit Free Press, our neck of the woods should expect an 88 percent eclipse coverage starting at 1:58pm. Want to watch with friends? Peninsula Community Library on Old Mission will celebrate with solar displays, DIY activities, and special safety glasses donated by StarNet. Art & Connection in Elk Rapids will also observe with proper eyewear for everyone, plus refreshments and an art project!

Radium Girls Get a glimpse of American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science in Radium Girls, performed April 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30pm; and April 7 and 13 at 2pm at Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse. Set in 1926, the story follows the girls who paint luminous radium watches and begin to fall ill with a mysterious disease, focusing on the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Tickets: $33 adults; $20 youth under 18.

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Everyone On This Train Is a Suspect

Locked-room mystery meets literary satire in bestselling author Benjamin Stevenson’s newest whodunit, Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect. When rising author Ernest Cunningham is invited aboard a famed luxury train as a guest of the Australian Mystery Writers’ Society’s crimewriting festival, he has a few personal goals to hit. For starters, find some inspiration for his contractually-obligated fiction debut; earn the respect of his judgy contemporaries; and—unlike the circumstances of his last book—get everyone to the end alive. But a lot can happen in the 80,000 miles of desert from Darwin to Adelaide. When the event’s headlining author meets a sudden and gruesome end, all eyes turn to the five remaining writers. After all, who better to solve a murder…or to get away with one? Everyone’s got something to hide in this expertly-crafted (and cheeky) thriller!


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Detour Destination: Northern Express is committed to highlighting businesses in the construction zones of northern Michigan this season. Charlevoix residents are counting down the days until May 23, aka the planned completion of the seven-month bascule bridge project. With the bulk of the work and a few March closures in the rearview, now’s the time to drive over the blue bridge to visit Stafford’s Weathervane. While the menu has plenty of tempting entrees (plus daily specials like Taco Tuesday), no visit is complete without the Colossal Pretzel ($15). This big treat was introduced back in spring 2023, and it’s been a hit on the small plates side of the menu ever since. This is your classic salty, soft-baked pretzel complete with dipping choices of white cheddar cheese sauce or whole grain mustard. Made for sharing…unless you want to keep it to yourself. Find it at 106 Pine River Lane in Charlevoix. (231) 547-431;

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Stuff We Love: Inspiring Young Authors

Music Made in Michigan

Every great artist has their roots at home, which is why the annual Made in Michigan fundraiser celebrates the musicians from our Mitten State. Put on by Gopherwood Concerts—a nonprofit that has been bringing great live music to the Cadillac area since the 1984—the event features The Frank Youngman All-stars, which includes Frank, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, Mark Schrock, Seth Bernard, Sterling Hill, Denny Richards, and Joe Wilson…and maybe another special guest or two. The April 13 concert starts at 7pm at Cadillac Elks Lodge; tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, plus fees. Learn more at (P.S. The nonprofit is celebrating 40 years this year and has two other shows remaining in the winter/spring season: The Mammals House Concert on May 2 and Moss Manor on May 18.)

Ten-year old Amelie Anastasia Kurshuk has already done what many adults dream of: published a book. (Or two!) Fox Tales, the story of a pair of young foxes, came out when Amelie was in second grade; the sequel, Fox Tales 2, released in February 2024. But she didn’t stop there. Amelie donates 10 percent of the profits from her first book to her school, and with Fox Tales 2, she’s decided to make an even bigger difference. “Amelie came up with the vision to use the proceeds from her book and fundraising to create a wildlife preserve in northern Michigan to provide a safe and happy life for animals like the ones in her books,” says the young author’s mom, Shafer Stedron. Amelie’s third book, Wolf Tales, will be out this summer. Find her books at McLean and Eakin, Horizon Books, Coveyou Scenic Farms, and

Making a New Market

A new farmers market is coming to East Bay Township this spring. Beginning May 2, 2024, the East Bay Corners Farmers Market will operate Thursdays from 3-7pm at the Township Hall at 1965 N. Three Mile Road until the close of the season on October 24. As the market gears up for its inaugural year, East Bay Township has opened applications for vendors open now through Friday, April 12. Vendors must be within the seven-county area (Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska, Wexford, Leelanau, Benzie, and Manistee counties) and sell raw agricultural products, value-add products (think baked goods, soaps, coffee), or wildcrafted/ foraged items. The township is also looking for up to four food trucks to operate during market hours! Visit to complete an application and view all vendor guidelines.




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The misinformation is ramping up as the next election approaches, and that means religious bigotry can’t be far behind, complete with nonsense about this being a “Christian nation.” A former president, in what has to be one of the tackier moments in modern American political history, has sold his name—yes, a licensing fee was paid—to sell a Bible for

$59.99. (You’d need to have actually read the book to fully appreciate how grotesquely offensive this is.) Oooh, and it comes with great American documents like the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, as if our founding and the Bible are somehow linked.

Our founders went to some lengths to make sure this country was not religion-specific but was religion-tolerant. They put it in black and white, so it should be fairly easy for even politicians to understand.




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According to the U.S. Religion Census of 2020. more than 60 percent of Americans describe themselves as Christians—about 210 million people. That leaves about 125 million who are not. But a nation that is majority Christian is not necessarily a Christian nation.

The world is full of governments claiming religious endorsements of some kind. And nearly all are marked by oppression and violence against anyone believing differently.

This is a path we’ve walked multiple times in the past and always for cynical political or financial gain. Calling the U.S. a Christian nation allows for the demonization of our non-Christian friends and neighbors who politicians want to make into villains simply to generate fear and raise campaign contributions.


a secular government, and our religious preferences are practiced outside of that government.

Article IV of the U.S. Constitution says, “No religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” That seems pretty clear that religious beliefs, or lack thereof, are not required to serve or lead this country. If that wasn’t quite obvious enough, the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights takes it a step further, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” Okay, so we cannot establish a religious test for office seekers nor can Congress create any kind of law establishing or deestablishing any religion or how people exercise those religious beliefs. It all sounds pretty clear, but just to make sure everyone understood, the Treaty of Tripoli, created to protect our shipping commerce in that part of the world, was signed by John Adams in 1796. Article 11 says, “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion...” There is nothing wrong with Christianity, and neither our constitution nor our government is anti-Christian, nor is anyone waging a “war on Christianity” as some politicians love to claim. The reality is a lot simpler; this is a secular nation run by

In fact, the U.S. is practically awash with religious variety. That census found 372 different religious bodies encompassing 350,000 congregations serving about 120 million people, and that doesn’t even include dozens of religious practices of indigenous peoples. All religions in this country are supposed to be tolerated if not valued and accepted under the law. (Yes, there are a handful of exceptions for murderous and/or suicidal cults.) It’s not as if we haven’t seen efforts aplenty to make this some kind of sectarian government and country. We’re told a story of the Puritans who came here seeking relief from religious persecution at home. Well, sort of. They left England to avoid persecution but first made a stop in the Netherlands, which they found way too permissive and liberal for their particularly harsh form of Christianity. Arriving here, they set about undertaking their own persecution of anybody who didn’t believe as they did, which ultimately led to the truly dreadful Salem witch trials of 1692. The Puritans, about as intolerant as people could be, thought “cleansing” their communities of witches could return them to the path of righteousness. They arrested more than 200 on the flimsiest of testimony, convicted 30, and executed 20—a cautionary tale about religious beliefs running governments. (Contrary to popular myth, we did not burn anyone at the stake; that was a European thing. Nor did we focus only on women. We preferred hanging and did so with 14 women and five men. The 20th victim, a man, was pressed to death under heavy boulders.) The world is full of governments claiming religious endorsements of some kind. And nearly all are marked by oppression and violence against anyone believing differently. We have enough cynical, politician-fostered intolerance and division as it is—we don’t need more. The United States is not now nor has it ever been a “Christian nation.” When politicians try to convince you this election cycle of that myth and suggest we reject other religions, we should, in fact, reject the politicians.


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THE FOXGLOVE FARM A farming dream reimagined in Leelanau County

By Hannah Cumler To really understand The Foxglove Farm, you have to know the folks behind it. It all starts with the Barnes Family. (Well, it really starts in the 1800s, but we’ll get to that later.) For now, let’s begin in 2020, a year most of us would surely like to forget. But for the Barnes family, the year holds a fond memory: stumbling across a beautiful farm for sale in Suttons Bay. Glenn and Patty Barnes, originally from downstate, relocated Up North to fulfill their lifelong goal of owning and operating a farm. Glenn comes from a farming family, and some of his earliest memories were plucking veggies in his grandfather’s garden. Although Glenn pursued an insurance career, he says he’s always had an insatiable itch to learn how to farm. The couple, who both love to garden, were searching for a farm they could turn into a U-pick operation and install an antique greenhouse they’ve had in their family. With that in mind, Glenn and Patty’s daughter, Kelsey, was scrolling real estate listings online and stumbled across a property that caught her eye. Just north of downtown Suttons Bay, tucked away from M-22 down a long and winding road, sat a beautiful barn nestled in the trees on over 100 acres of land. The entrance to the farm is unassuming, but don’t let it fool you—the half-mile journey to the barn is what bucolic dreams are made of. Around every turn, are sprawling fields, dense forests, cherry orchards, and flower fields, all

working together to build anticipation for the barn that waits at the end. Standing just as tall as the trees surrounding it, the 130-year-old stone and timber barn is situated halfway down a hill, a short walk away from the farm’s overlook, which reveals stunning views of West Grand Traverse Bay and the tip of Old Mission Peninsula. It didn’t take long to realize how special the property was. “There’s no question, that same feeling overcame all of us which is why it prompted us to say, ‘Wow, okay this was

what they could tell, that this barn was built by one of their forefathers six generations prior,” says Glenn. The farm operated as a fruit farm for generations, and the barn dates back to the late 1800s. “We think 1890-ish. We’ve tried to find some more documentation and specific records, but there really aren’t any, and that’s what’s kind of neat about this barn,” says Glenn. “Very few people really knew that it was even here because it’s just so isolated.” After purchasing the property, the first order of business was to restore the barn.

“Usually from the outside, they’re not in as good of shape as this one," says carpenter Barry Jones of the Foxglove barn. "It was kind of awe-inspiring, really, just to be able to get a chance to work on this.” more than we anticipated,’ but that feeling you can’t replace,” recalls Patty. By 2021, the Barnes family purchased what would soon be called The Foxglove Farm, named for their favorite flower. A Long History Long before Glenn and Patty took over, the property had been owned by the Southwells, a farming family with deep roots in northern Michigan. “The Southwells had maintained, from

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Although their original goal centered around farming, the Barneses realized they wanted to restore the barn and create a space others could enjoy. They had hopes of hosting weddings and other special events, and the barn was a pivotal piece for creating that vision. A Barn Raising When Glenn began his search for an expert carpenter, he knew he needed someone who had experience working on

historic barns, so he used the Michigan Barn Preservation Network to look for a qualified candidate. He found the name of a local carpenter, Barry Jones, who was a member of the network. Glenn called up a friend who had worked on his house to see if he knew Jones. “I called him and said, ‘Hey, I got this name of this guy from the barn preservation network, his name is Barry Jones. Do you happen to know him?’” Glenn was surprised when the man began to laugh. “I’m standing next to him right now!” Jones was brought on to lead the barn restoration project. “It was pretty magical,” he says about seeing the barn for the first time. “Usually from the outside, they’re not in as good of shape as this one…it was kind of awe-inspiring, really, just to be able to get a chance to work on this.” Jones believes the barn was built by an expert craftsman. He points to examples such as a strong foundation, meticulous stonework, and board and batten siding, with beveled battens at that. He says most barns from the same period don’t usually have the level of artistry or thoughtfulness. Admiring the beauty from the outside was one thing, but Jones had his work cut out for him when it came to the interior. There was a lot to be done, but making sure the building was structurally sound was the top priority. “When the center of the barn settles over time, and when a barn is that old, it only has to settle maybe a 64th of an inch a year, but over 100 plus years, that’s a lot,” says Jones.

The view from the hilltop on The Foxglove Farm lands. (Photo by Avery Phillips)

The main floor of the barn now makes for a perfect dance floor. (Photo by the Kismet Collective)

The upper level of the barn now serves as a lounge for guests. (Photo by the Kismet Collective)





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The family preserved as much as they could of the original construction on the centennial barn. (Photo by Allen Kent Photography) Mineral Springs Park

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Jones needed to raise the center of the barn, but in doing so, he also had to be wary of the impact on the barn’s end walls. He says he had cables pulling the barn together, all while the center of the barn was being raised. “That part was pretty challenging,” Jones says with a smile. “I don’t lose sleep at night usually on projects anymore…but I think there were a couple of times I’d wake up thinking, ‘Okay, tomorrow we’re going to hopefully get that straightened up, and maybe today’s the day.’” Jones says there was a deep sigh of relief when it all came together as planned. Like any renovation, it took time—Glenn says the barn was a two-and-a-half-year project that went over budget—but now they’re all able to take a step back and enjoy the fruits of their labor. A Modern Touch Jones and the Barnes family now sit for this interview in a fully completed bridal

suite on the barn’s lower level. The design of the barn’s new spaces can be credited to Kelsey and her friend/co-designer Elijah Nykamp (also known for his Suttons Bay boutique, nykamping). The barn’s three levels are thoughtfully laid out, and although new elements have been introduced, the design still feels authentic to the barn itself. “I think it came down to a lot of wanting to keep the beauty of what the barn already was and allow it to shine in its most beautiful way. So keeping all of the old textures that were there and bringing in anything new that just helped showcase those things,” explains Kelsey. That vision is realized in design choices such as keeping the original stone foundation as outer walls and adding windows to the barn’s main level to show off the original floors with more natural light. The lofted lounge with comfortable seating provides an overlook to the exposed

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The view from the hilltop on The Foxglove Farm lands. (Photo by Avery Phillips)

The main floor of the barn now makes for a perfect dance floor. (Photo by the Kismet Collective)

The upper level of the barn now serves as a lounge for guests. (Photo by the Kismet Collective)



The family preserved as much as they could of the original construction on the centennial barn. (Photo by Allen Kent Photography)

Jones needed to raise the center of the barn, but in doing so, he also had to be wary of the impact on the barn’s end walls. He says he had cables pulling the barn together, all while the center of the barn was being raised. “That part was pretty challenging,” Jones says with a smile. “I don’t lose sleep at night usually on projects anymore…but I think there were a couple of times I’d wake up thinking, ‘Okay, tomorrow we’re going to hopefully get that straightened up, and maybe today’s the day.’” Jones says there was a deep sigh of relief when it all came together as planned. Like any renovation, it took time—Glenn says the barn was a two-and-a-half-year project that went over budget—but now they’re all able to take a step back and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

suite on the barn’s lower level. The design of the barn’s new spaces can be credited to Kelsey and her friend/co-designer Elijah Nykamp (also known for his Suttons Bay boutique, nykamping). The barn’s three levels are thoughtfully laid out, and although new elements have been introduced, the design still feels authentic to the barn itself. “I think it came down to a lot of wanting to keep the beauty of what the barn already was and allow it to shine in its most beautiful way. So keeping all of the old textures that were there and bringing in anything new that just helped showcase those things,” explains Kelsey. That vision is realized in design choices such as keeping the original stone foundation as outer walls and adding windows to the barn’s main level to show off the original A Modern Touch floorson with the more natural light. Trail 231-947-4274 Located TART Jones and the Barnes family now sit for The lofted lounge with comfortable 736completed E. 8th St.,seating Traverse this interview inat a fully bridal provides an City overlook to the exposed


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beams that arch above the 40x60 main floor where receptions, dinners, and other celebrations can be hosted. Below the main floor, there are bathrooms, bridal suites, a meeting room, and a full catering kitchen. An Event Destination And yes, now you’ve read the word “bridal” a few times. What began as a small farming dream has officially turned into an event destination. The Foxglove Farm opened for its first events in the summer of 2023. The Barneses were able to host (and work) a few weddings and community events before the cold weather moved in. The family is still planning to open a U-pick operation for flowers and fruit, such as blueberries and apples, in the next couple of years. Looking ahead to this summer, the farm will be much busier, with over a dozen weddings already on the books. Despite the

excitement of a full season, the family looks back at their first events as some of the most special. Glenn describes one of his favorite moments from the farm’s first weddings. From afar, he says he saw Kelsey driving a bride and father to the top of the overlook, just moments before they would walk down the aisle. “It was a very emotional moment for me because that’s what we’ve been driving for,” he says, “My daughter is helping run this. She’s doing a beautiful job. She’s right where she should be. And here’s this father and his daughter with perhaps one of the best days of their life. And we’re a part of that. So, to me, that was the best moment I’ve had for sure. It gives me chills.” His dream of farming started with family, and now, it’s being fulfilled with family by his side. Learn more at


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Michigan’s third largest airport, Cherry Capital Airport, posted its biggest year ever in 2023. But the airport’s growth is making it increasingly more difficult to delay or move flights around for the National Cherry Festival (NCF) air show. We caught up with Airport CEO Kevin Klein to hear more about contract negotiations with the NCF as well as the new airline coming to TVC this summer. 1 > Let’s start out with something that’s been in the news. You’ve been negotiating a new contract with the National Cherry Festival, and now the negotiations have sort of gone public. What is the main issue, that the airshow is during your busiest week? It’s one of the busiest weeks of the year, yes. We’re looking at the overall impact of the air show; the bottom line is it’s a balance between the air show and airport activity. It [the air show] impacts over 116 different airline flights over four days and costs $3.5 million in airline revenue from diversions, delays, and cancellations. Years ago we had gaps in our airline schedule and those 30-40 minute gaps made it no problem. Today our gaps are five minutes or less. We know the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds are import- ant, but then in times when others are performing, we want what we call “low performance aircraft” that are slow-moving to be allowed to operate at the same time as air carriers. 2 > And where are the negotiations as of today? At this moment [March 19] the National Cherry Festival and the Northwest Regional Airport Authority have exchanged an agreement docu- ment. Both parties have made com- ments and are planning to meet on March 25. The Airport Authority looks to continue the long-standing tradition of the airshow while balancing all activi- ty at the airport. 3 > Is the airport compensated for the air show? No, not in cash. It costs us $100,000 a year, including staff time, equipment, safety...not including that lost airline revenue. But the cost keeps growing and you look at the demands of an air show, and today there are more safety requirements and regulations than ever. 4 > I know you’ve been traveling a lot for industry meetings. What’s new? Lots! At a recent event in Phoe- nix, I had meet-

ings with nine different airlines, and they were great. American Airlines is adding an additional frequen- cy on Saturdays for Dallas, which is great. At United, we had our recent announce- ment on Houston service starting June 29 Saturdays through August 17, and bookings are going well, and that’s boosted by $1.2 million in incentives. Allegiant starts their new Florida service on May 17, taking us to 18 direct routes. Houston took us to 19. 5 > And I understand you have news... I do! We have a new airline coming to TVC called Avelo. They’re an ultra-low cost carrier that started in 2021. They’ll be doing service from here to New Haven, Conn. flying a Boeing 737-800, starting Saturdays in June. We’ve seen lots of golf interest from that area to Traverse City, Gaylord and Charlevoix. So they’re coming to join us. They also service Ka- lamazoo and Lansing to Florida, but this will be our kickoff for them. That will be 20 direct routes from Traverse City. 6 > That’s great. Twenty direct flights. How many were there 10 years ago or so? I know in 2011 we had just five. 7 > What else did you learn on your travels? Well, we also met with a lot of carriers, including Delta, Sun Country, Jet Blue, Breeze, and Spirit. Overall I’m hearing the industry is in good health and profitability is returning, but labor shortages continue, though specifically pilot shortages are starting to get re- solved. But the biggest issue has been new aircraft deliveries; many companies are waiting on new aircraft. 8 > Anything more? The last good news that we received is that the State of Michigan has been working on air service develop- ment. In the Governor’s 2024 fiscal year budget, we were able to put in $5 million for air service revitalization. There were applications received from all airports. We received a notice of intent to reward $750,000 to TVC to grow our Charlotte service to daily for summer 2024. We’re excited about that.

9 > Are we growing to a point where one or more of these direct routes that just run in the summer could ex- pand to beyond seasonal service? I’d say Dallas with American and Denver with United. And then I still wonder why we don’t have expanded [New York] LaGuardia service with Del- ta. Eventually maybe we would at some point get Washington DC and Charlotte on an expanded basis. 10 > Seems like your job at these airline meetings is much easier than most airport directors’. Well, the airlines want to be here because we’re still a relatively un- known market. Every time an airline adds something here, it works. That’s not the case around the country. So yes, we’re in a great position with the air carriers. 11 > And with TVC doing so well, how are other Michigan airports doing? Is the growth still all west Michigan? Grand Rapids and Traverse City, yes. We grew 20 percent last year, Grand Rapids grew six percent, but six percent is huge for them with their volume. Detroit is coming back slowly, maybe growing one percent. 12 > So are you ready for your busiest season ever? All the airlines are hiring for summer help, but they say they’ll be ready. The TSA is fully staffed, so that’s good news. The airport is fully staffed. Air traf- fic control is down two controllers right now but two are in training, so we should be good there. Overall we’re feeling a lot more positive than in years past. The jet bridges on gates one, three and four will be replaced between spring break and Memorial Day, so that’s exciting. From a parking standpoint we’re doing very well with the recent expansion. 13 > Any luck working to get more Uber drivers for rides to and from the airport? We’re still working through that, trying to get more and more. But we do have the Turo app and cars here now, too.

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SPRING INTO THE KITCHEN Inside the Ingredients

By Nora Rae Pearl As the daffodils start to pop up and the crocuses bloom, let’s bring that same sense of renewal into our kitchens. The first of the harvest is just arriving, giving us a sneak preview of what awaits us in the season ahead. For these recipes, we are embracing some of the greatest hits of spring: asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries. For a spring-inspired brunch, stalk down some asparagus at Norconk Farm in Honor and get your eggs from a local roadside farm stand near you. And to make this tried and true crisp, head to a farmers market the second these treats are in season to get Bardenhagen strawberries, then pick up some Michigan rhubarb from Oryana in Traverse City.


Although the egg hunt is over, these “haute” crossed buns are worthy of making all spring long. Ingredients • 1/2 cup dried cherries • 1/2 cup golden raisins • 1 black tea bag • 4 1/2 cups flour, plus extra for cross • 1/3 cup brown sugar • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 pack) • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg • Pinch of allspice • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk • 1/3 cup orange juice • 1/3 cup sunflower oil • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 1/3 cup sugar, for cross

• Local eggs • 1 pound Norconk asparagus • Extra virgin olive oil • Salt & pepper

To Make the Buns: In a small cup, combine the cherries and raisins. Place the tea bag on top. Pour over enough boiling water to cover. Give a gentle stir. Let sit for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, yeast, salt, and spices. Make a well in the center then set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the water, milk, orange juice, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture into the dry. Mix until a dough forms. Knead for 2 minutes in the bowl. The dough will be sticky—you want it this way. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain fruit well. Add to dough. Squeeze fruit into dough. Knead in the bowl until fruit is evenly dispersed, about three minutes. Cover and let rise until doubled, around 1 hour. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each into a tight ball, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, 60 to 90 minutes. Toward the end of rising time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 6 tablespoons water. Add more water if needed to make a brownie batter consistency. Spoon mixture into a small piping bag. Cut off a small tip, and pipe a cross over each bun. Bake for 35 minutes until the buns are golden on top and bottom, rotating halfway through baking. In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil, once sugar dissolves take off heat. Brush syrup over hot buns. Serve warm. To Make the Asparagus: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Snap off any woody ends. Place the trimmed asparagus on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle on a few tablespoons of olive oil, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Toss gently. Arrange so no spears are overlapping. Bake anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, until tender. (Time depends on size.) Serve immediately. To Make the Eggs: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Set in 2 eggs per person at your table. Boil for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the eggs and place in a bowl of cold water. Crack and peel off the shell gently. Serve immediately.

GINGER STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP A tart yet sweet taste of spring with a gingery kick. Topping Ingredients • 8 tablespoons soft butter • 1 cup flour • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1/2 cup oats • 1/4 teaspoon salt • Pinch of cinnamon and ground ginger • 1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped Filling Ingredients • 2 1/2 cups Bardenhagen Strawberries, halved • 2 1/2 cups Michigan rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch chunks • 1/2 cup sugar • 3 tablespoons flour • 1 teaspoon ground ginger • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar • Pinch of salt To Make the Topping: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients except pecans. Once the butter is fully incorporated and the mixture is crumbly, toss in the pecans. Set aside. To Make the Filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all the filling ingredients until thoroughly combined. Spread into a casserole baking dish. Crumble over topping. Bake until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling around the edges, 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Serve with scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. You can also make this crisp in smaller baking dishes and freeze until ready to bake. Bake the day you want it, and take the perfect portion on the go. Great for picnics, camping, or day trips. Nora Rae Pearl is 99 percent foodie and 1 percent chef. When she is not writing about food, she can be found waiting in line at the farmers market hoping to get a croissant before they run out. Photo credits Cody Werme.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now is a favorable time to make initial inquiries, ask for free samples, and enjoy window shopping. But it’s not an opportune time to seal final decisions or sign binding contracts. Have fun haggling and exploring, even as you avoid making permanent promises. Follow the inklings of your heart more than the speculations of your head, but refrain from pledging your heart until lots of evidence is available. You are in a prime position to attract and consider an array of possibilities, and for best results you should remain noncommittal for the foreseeable future.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The rest of the

story is not yet ready to emerge, but it will be soon. Be patient just a while longer. When full disclosure arrives, you will no longer have to guess about hidden agendas and simmering subtexts. Adventures in the underworld will move above ground. Missing links will finally appear, and perplexing ambiguities will be clarified. Here’s how you can expedite these developments: Make sure you are thoroughly receptive to knowing the rest of the story. Assert your strong desire to dissolve ignorance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the coming weeks, you can ask for and receive more blessings than usual. So please be aggressive and imaginative about asking! Here are suggestions about what gifts to seek out: 1. vigorous support as you transform two oppositional forces into complementary influences; 2. extra money, time, and spaciousness as you convert a drawback into an asset; 3. kindness and understanding as you ripen an unripe aspect of yourself; 4. inspiration and advice as you make new connections that will serve your future goals.




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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Read the two helpwanted ads below. Meditate on which appeals to you more, and treat this choice as a metaphor for a personal decision you face. 1. "Pedestrian, predictable organization seeks humdrum people with low-grade ambitions for tasks that perform marginally useful services. Interested in exploring mild passions and learning more about the art of spiritual bypassing?” 2. "Our high-octane conclave values the arts of playing while you work and working while you play. Are you ready and able to provide your creative input? Are you interested in exploring the privilege and responsibility of forever reinventing yourself? We love restless seekers who are never bored.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What is a

gourmet bargain? What is a discount marvel? How about an inspiring breakthrough that incurs no debt? Themes like those are weaving their way into your destiny. So be alert for the likelihood that cheap thrills will be superior to the expensive kind. Search for elegance and beauty in earthy locations that aren’t sleek and polished. Be receptive to the possibility that splendor and awe may be available to you at a low cost. Now may be one of those rare times when imperfect things are more sublime than the so-called perfect stuff.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "There

is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in," wrote novelist Graham Greene. For me, it was three days near the end of third grade when I wrote a fairy tale about the unruly adventures of a fictional kid named Polly. Her wildness was infused with kindness. Her rebellions were assertive but friendly. For the first time, as I told Polly’s story, I realized I wanted to be an unconventional writer when I grew up. What about you, Capricorn? When you were young, was there a comparable opening to your future? If so, now is a good phase to revisit it, commune with your memories of it, and invite it to inspire the next stage of its evolution in you.

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you are your regular, ordinary self, you have a knack and fondness for irregularity and originality. And these days, your affinity for what’s unprecedented and uncommon is even higher than usual. I am happy about that. I am cheering you on. So please enjoy yourself profoundly as you experiment with nonstandard approaches. Be as idiosyncratic as you dare! Even downright weird! But also try to avoid direct conflicts with the Guardians of How Things Have Always Been

Done. Don’t allow Change Haters to interfere with your fun or obstruct the enhancements you want to instigate. Be a slippery innovator. Be an irrepressible instigator.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Below are truths

I hope you will ripen and deepen in the coming months. 1. Negative feelings are not necessarily truer and more profound than positive ones. 2. Cynical opinions are not automatically more intelligent or well-founded than optimistic opinions. 3. Criticizing and berating yourself is not a more robust sign of self-awareness than praising and appreciating yourself. 4. Any paranoia you feel may be a stunted emotion resulting from psychic skills you have neglected to develop. 5. Agitation and anxiety can almost always be converted into creative energy.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Author Betty Bender said, "Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.” Painter Georgia O'Keeffe confessed she always harbored chronic anxiety—yet that never stopped her from doing what she loved. Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Anyone who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life." I hope these testimonials inspire you to bolster your grit, Taurus. In the coming days, you may not have any more or less fear than usual. But you will be able to summon extra courage and willpower as you render the fear at least semi-irrelevant.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Richard the Lionheart (1157–1199) was a medieval king of England. How did he get his nickname? Scholars say it was because of his skill as a military leader. But legend tells an additional story. As a young man, Richard was imprisoned by an enemy who arranged for a hungry lion to be brought into his cell. As the beast opened its maw to maul the future king, Richard thrust his arm down its throat and tore out its heart, killing it. What does this tale have to do with you, Gemini? I predict you will soon encounter a test that’s less extreme than Richard’s but equally solvable by bursts of creative ingenuity. Though there will be no physical danger, you will be wise to call on similar boldness. Drawing on the element of surprise may also serve you well.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Will the adventures heading your way be unusual, amusing, and even unprecedented? I bet they will have at least some of those elements. You could encounter plot twists you’ve never witnessed or imagined. You may be inspired to dream up creative adjustments unlike any you’ve tried. These would be very positive developments. They suggest you’re becoming more comfortable with expressing your authentic self and less susceptible to the influence of people’s expectations. Every one of us is a unique genius in some ways, and you’re getting closer to inhabiting the fullness of yours.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): At least for now, help may not be available from the usual sources. Is the doctor sick? Does mommy need mothering? Is the therapist feeling depressed? My advice is to not worry anout the deficiencies, but rather shift your attention to skillful surrogates and substitutes. They may give you what you need—and even more. I’m reminded of The Crystal Cave, a novel about the Arthurian legend. The king, Ambrosius Aurelianus, advises the magician Merlin, “Take power where it is offered.” In other words: not where you think or wish power would be, but from sources that are unexpected or outside your customary parameters.

THE MEDICAID MENTAL HEALTH GAP Guest Opinion by emma smith If you have Medicaid, like a third of all Michigan residents, you may have noticed that finding a therapist who is willing and able to take your insurance has become increasingly difficult in the past year or so.

This brings us to the heart of the matter, the issue we should all care about, which is that the most vulnerable people in our community are being systematically prevented from accessing mental health services.

At the start of 2023, mental health therapists began noticing a sharp decrease in the reimbursement rate from Meridian of Michigan, the largest Medicaid provider in our state. This decrease was instituted without notice or explanation. Meridian has since stated that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) forced them to decrease their rates, but

Similar to other healthcare sectors, mental health has moved toward a prevention model, with an effort to detect and treat mental disorders as early as possible. It follows, then, that people receiving Medicaid, the majority of whom are children and teens, should be the ones with the most access to early intervention. This is especially important when you consider that

the most vulnerable people in our community are being systematically prevented from accessing mental health services. MDHHS swiftly refuted this claim and confirmed it to be false. Originally, Meridian was the only plan to drop reimbursement rates, but other Medicaid providers have since followed suit. As a result, many therapists are no longer taking Medicaid or are placing caps on the number of Medicaid clients they’re able to see. Now, before you begin to think of us therapists as money-hungry, self-interested profiteers seeking to make a fortune from other people’s distress, I’d ask that you consider a few key factors related to the financial viability of the mental health field. For one thing, the “hourly rate” a therapist charges is not how much said therapist makes per hour. Included in that rate is the time it takes to document, research, and seek out appropriate therapeutic techniques for each individual client. Like any business, there are also overhead costs associated with the job, such as office space and utilities, annual licensing fees, continuing education requirements, software, and advertising fees. If a client doesn’t show up or cancels their session, the therapist doesn’t get paid for their time. Let us not also forget that to be a mental health therapist, one needs to earn a graduate degree, a requirement not known for its affordability. I would like to tell you it all pays off, but financially speaking, it doesn’t. In fact, in 2024, the job of mental health therapist earned the number two slot nationwide for the lowest paying profession that requires a master’s degree. After taking all of that into consideration, along with the fact that Medicaid reimbursement rates are 30-50 percent less, on average, than the rate of commercial insurance reimbursement, it’s painfully clear that taking on Medicaid clients is simply not sustainable for most therapy practices.

the second leading cause of death among adolescents is suicide, and half of all mental health disorders become evident by age 14. When children and teens receive mental healthcare early on, they are more likely to develop positive coping mechanisms and strategies that will help them in adulthood. When mental health goes untreated, the consequences can range from missed educational opportunities; to involvement with the court system; to, in the worst case scenario, suicide. Families who receive Medicaid are families who are already struggling in their daily lives, often with financial stress and all the burdens that go along with having a lower socioeconomic status. And while expanded access to Medicaid was certainly a step in the right direction, the de-incentivization for therapists to take Medicaid clients is, by contrast, like taking several steps back. Therapists want to help the most vulnerable members of our community. We really, truly do. We didn’t get into this field for the money, but without it, we can’t run a viable business. The work of a therapist is valuable, important, and in many cases, life-saving. People receiving Medicaid are just as deserving of our help as those with commercial insurance or the ability to pay out of pocket. For a population that already faces so many disadvantages, adding one more barrier to treatment is not only unethical, it’s devastating. Want to help? Contact your state legislators and ask for mental health parity, as well as parity between Medicaid and other mental health providers. Emma Smith works as part of the Development Team at Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. She is also a clinical mental health therapist and owner of Blue Thistle Therapy, a local private practice.

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Hungry, Hungry (Monarch) Caterpillars Butterfly conservationist Lauri Juday wants more wildflowers, fewer lawns By Kiersten Gunsberg

Spring has sprung, and northern Michiganders are dusting off bikes, kites, and lawnmowers…but Lauri Juday wants everyone to take a moment to rethink the need for that last item. As a butterfly conservationist, she hopes more homeowners and businesses will consider letting their lawns—or at least parts of them—grow wild this spring to provide healthy habitats for the monarch butterfly’s roundtrip migration from northern Mexico to North America and back again. Over thousands of miles, the butterflies seek out native wildflowers (which often look like weeds to the untrained human eye) to energize their journey, which starts right about now with the “first generation” of butterflies waking up in the mountain forests of Mexico after a long winter hibernation. Once they’ve perked up, they’ll migrate northward, reproducing in cycles along the way, with each subsequent generation continuing the journey northward until they’ve reached the northern half of North America, where they’ll breed before turning back around for their return trip south for the winter. To her chagrin, Juday’s Walloon Lake neighborhood requires a manicured lawn, “It’s aesthetically pleasing to just those people that find goodwill in it,” she says. But, “I am not one of those.” To counter the trimmed grass, she’s carved out a corner of her yard into a waystation (a butterfly garden that serves as a pit stop for hungry monarchs looking for a place to snack, rest, and breed) with many of her neighbors following suit and looking to Juday for guidance on what to plant (milkweed!) and what to avoid (pesticides!). Juday’s efforts aren’t limited to her street though. She also teaches conservation workshops, raises and tags monarch butterflies for release, and advocates to local leaders the need for creating healthier spaces for all pollinators, which are essential

to the global food supply. “We need to provide a yard that’s sustainable for our pollinators—not just our butterflies but our bees, our hummingbirds, our orioles,” says Juday. “If they die, we die.” A Month of Metamorphisis For Juday, conservation is a family affair, starting with her mom. Together, they raised butterflies throughout Juday’s childhood. “We just lived on a farm and it was part

Now, with little helpers by her side, she’s getting ready for another season of raising and releasing monarch butterflies from her home. At the end of May, Juday, who’s affiliated with monarch tracking organizations Journey North and Monarch Watch, will be on the lookout for the first flashes of fiery orange butterflies landing in northern Michigan. Once she spots them, she’ll harvest their pinhead-sized eggs, which

picture books. Soon thereafter, Juday graduates them to chrysalis enclosures where they’ll finally emerge as butterflies roughly two weeks after spinning their chrysalis. The whole process is a whirlwind month, give or take, and ends with Juday tagging her butterflies before releasing them to take their place in the cross-country migration. Last year, she sent 3,000 butterflies off into the world.

they lay exclusively on milkweed, from a friend’s field in Petoskey. “It’s about a 40-acre patch, and I bring it home and wash it because I don’t want to bring predators inside my enclosures,” says Juday of the delicate process of spotting, removing, and transferring the monarch eggs from the field to her homemade incubation system of lidded crates lined with leaves. The leaves, she explains, need to be constantly checked. If they get too dry, the eggs will die before they can hatch. Once hatched, the pale-green larva grow into the familiar striped caterpillars of children’s

A Future for the Pollinators Why do all that work? First, raising caterpillars in controlled environments, then releasing them as healthy adult butterflies, supports butterfly populations, as only five percent of a monarch’s eggs make it to adulthood. Second, Juday has also found that the experience connects people to the plight of pollinators. As part of her educational offerings, she not only teaches others how to transform a portion of their HOA-worthy lawns into waystations, but also mentors those who are curious about raising their own butterflies for release. She remembers how one high school principal barely finished touring Juday’s in-home butterfly setup before asking her to teach him how to get raise and release. “He went home and just tore up his whole yard,” says Juday. “He’s teaching all of his kids and he’s diversified. He’s raising swallowtails as well as monarchs and teaching everybody in the neighborhood who will listen to him.” Like the monarch’s migration, Juday has found this kind of hands-on learning to be a perpetual cycle. “I have other people that do this. They’ll come through on a tour and they’ll be like, ‘I want in,’ and they’ll start raising them. Then they’ll teach somebody else.” Juday’s also hoping to impart the importance of monarch conservation to leaders across the region. Early last summer, she worked with officials to certify Melrose Township as a “Monarch City USA.” The

Juday transports milkweed home with helpers Betsy Peterson and Finley Peterson to start raising her broods of butterflies.

of something we did every summer—put them in the jar and watch them hatch and grow and be responsible for another life,” recalls Juday. When she had kids of her own, she carried on the tradition, and by the time she became a grandma, showing her grandchildren the ins and outs of raising butterflies was a given. “Any one of my grandkids could give you my whole speech and tell you everything. They could take you right from the egg all the way to the end cycle,” says Juday. “I always tell them it takes one person to make a difference—you be that one person.”

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title is earned when a municipality meets certain Monarch-friendly criteria, like committing to limiting pesticide use and transforming vacant land into nectar-rich pit stops by allowing the growth of native flowers and plants, especially milkweed, which is crucial to monarch populations. “That’s the only thing they lay their eggs on,” explains Juday in reference to the importance of milkweed. “It’s the only thing that caterpillars eat.” Next, she’s hoping to persuade Petoskey and Harbor Springs officials to consider becoming official Monarch Cities too, since they’re both on the monarch butterfly’s national migration trail. In the meantime, she has a couple tips for those who are ready to start their own pollinator gardens. First, focus on native plants and not just wildflowers, since not all of them are native to northern Michigan. Goldenrod, butterfly weed, and of course, milkweed are all native to the area and a welcome sight to the monarch butterfly. Even better, “Plant stuff that you’re going to get the most bang for your buck. If you plant perennials, you don’t have to do anything. They’ll come back every year,” she says.

Last, check out for garden certifications and pro tips on creating, or maybe just letting be, a yard that nurtures the monarch. “I want to drive by your yard and see dandelions everywhere,” she says. “I want to see milkweed growing in your yard, knowing what you’re doing is sustaining my butterflies.”

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Expertise. “We need to provide a yard that’s sustainable for our pollinators— not just our butterflies but our bees, our hummingbirds, our orioles,” says Juday. “If they die, we die.”

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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SPRING! Your 2024 spring race calendar

By Jamie Kauffold Swap out the winter boots for your trainers—it’s spring race season! We’ve found 20+ running, biking, and paddling races around the North to get you out on the trails, roads, and waterways. From easy breezy 5Ks to 100K ultramarathons, there’s a little something for everyone to shake off your winter hibernation mode and get moving. SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024 Love Your Neighbor 5K Run/Walk 4909 N Morey Rd., Lake City CommunityHopesLoveYourNeighbor5KRunWalk SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024 Big Little Hero Race 5K & 10K NMC Main Campus, Timothy J Nelson Innovation Center, Traverse City SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024 Mari Vineyards Wine Run 5K Mari Vineyards, Traverse City SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2024 Wood Memorial Trout Run; 5K, 10K, 1M 109 North Birch St, Kalkaska WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2024 G.R.A. 100 Mile Challenge 7601 Old Lake Rd., Grayling SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2024 Interlochen Run for the Arts 5K Interlochen Center for the Arts Campus SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2024 Mud, Sweat & Beers Fat Tire Fest: Stout & Pale (SOLD OUT); Ginger Ale 2M; Root Beer 1/4M Mt. Holiday, Traverse City FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024 Traverse City Trail Running Festival – 5K & 10K Relays Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, Traverse City SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024 Traverse City Trail Running Festival – 100K/100K Relay, 50K, 75K, 25K, & 10K Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, Traverse City SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024 North Mitten Half Marathon, 5K & 10K Crystal Mountain, white slopeside tent near Crystal Clipper chairlift, Thompsonville

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024 Mesick Mushroom Festival 5K Glow Run Northern Exposures Campground, covered picnic area, Mesick SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024 Fort 2 Fort 5-Mile Challenge Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 TVC5K – Run The Runway Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 Arcadia Grit & Gravel 28M Pleasant Valley Community Center, Arcadia SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024 Bayshore Marathon: 26.2M (WAIT LIST); 13.1M (WAIT LIST); 10K; & Kids Marathon 1150 Milliken Dr., Traverse City SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024 Stafford’s Top of Michigan Festival of Races: 13.1M, 10K, 5K Lime Kiln Kid’s Fishing Pier, Bayfront Park, Petoskey MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024 Rotary Stride for S.T.R.I.V.E. 5K 601 Chestnut St., Cadillac SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024 Dirty Dog Dash 5K Obstacle Run Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024 Hanson Hills Challenge Trail Run: 3M & 5M 7601 Old Lake Rd., Grayling FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024 Credit Unions for Kids 5K Fun Run/Walk Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Williamsburg SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024 M22 Challenge: Run, Bike, Paddle (FULL) Start in south-bound lane of M-109, Glen Arbor





















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Creme de la Weird NBC News reported on March 21 about a Tennessee man suffering from prosopometamorphopsia, also known as PMO -- a neurological disorder that causes victims to perceive faces in distorted shapes, size, texture or color. In Victor Sharrah's case, he sees faces as demonic. The 59-year-old of Clarksville said it started in November 2020: "My first thought was I woke up in a demon world," he said. "You can't imagine how scary it was." Sharrah sees the distortions only in person, not in pictures or on computer screens. Consequently, he was able to work with researchers at Dartmouth College to create a visual representation of what he sees vs. reality. There are fewer than 100 reported cases of PMO; symptoms can continue for years, as Sharrah's have, or can resolve after just a few days. Awesome! Punxsutawney Phil and his wife (?), Phyllis, have big news: They are parents to two healthy babies, the Associated Press reported. "Phil and Phyllis have started a family," said Thomas Dunkel, president of The Inner Circle, part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. "I talked to Phil with my cane, which lets me speak Groundhogese, and Phil could not be more excited." (OK, Thomas.) Phil and Phyllis live in climatecontrolled quarters at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, but plans are in place to move them to larger quarters on the grounds now that their family is growing. Dunkel said the offspring will not become Punxsutawney Phil, because Phil is immortal, having drunk "The Elixir of Life," which Phyllis is prohibited from imbibing. (Uh, yeah, OK, Thomas.) Police Report In 2024, California started prohibiting police departments from sharing photos of suspects in nonviolent crimes, United Press International reported. Accordingly, the Murrieta Police Department started using emojis, characters from movies and, most recently, Lego head images to cover the faces of suspects when they posted on social media. But now, Lt. Jeremy Durrant said, the Lego heads have to go. "The Lego Group reached out to us and respectfully asked us to refrain from using their intellectual property in our social media content, which ... we understand and will comply with." Bright Ideas A 47-year-old man was arrested in Parowan, Utah, on March 17 after multiple drivers reported him from I-15, KSL-TV reported. Callers said the man's pickup truck had "red and blue flashing lights and they were getting other vehicles to move out of their way," police said. What tipped them off? The pickup also had a construction company logo on the side. The suspect indicated he was only trying to get through traffic faster, not pull anyone over. He also tested positive for "cannabis, amphetamines and methamphetamine," and he had a small bag of white powder that he said he uses "to stay awake while driving." He was booked into the Iron County Jail. Emma Keen, 42, of Wales, was on the fourth day of her trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in March to raise money for the Kidney Wales Foundation, Wales Online reported. As she FaceTimed with her brother and sister-in-law, she showed them

a yak standing about 2 meters away. "Without warning I could hear the hoofs pounding toward me, a sharp stabbing pain in the top of my leg," Keen said. The yak was readying for another run at her when she was helped away and airlifted to a hospital, where she got 10 stitches. She later rejoined the group to finish the hike on horseback. "My charity means a lot to me as my brother Peter is currently on the transplant list," Keen said. "It was important that I continue with the trek." Wait, What? Dairy cows in Kansas and Texas have tested positive for bird flu, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Associated Press reported that while the virus is affecting cows in those states and in New Mexico, officials say there is no danger to the commercial milk supply because of production regulations and pasteurization, which kills viruses. USDA officials think the cows caught the virus from wild birds. They appear to have coldlike symptoms, but typically recover within 10 days. Government in Action A state Senate panel in South Carolina is investigating a mystery involving $1.8 billion, the Associated Press reported on March 26. The huge sum has accumulated over the last decade in a bank account, but authorities don't know where the money is coming from or where it's supposed to go. "It does not inspire confidence," said Gov. Henry McMaster. "But the good news is no money was lost." Meanwhile, state officers are pointing fingers at each other, and lawmakers are annoyed that the money is sitting idle while requests from state agencies are going unfulfilled. "There is no need to hurry up and try to spend it," McMaster said. In Oakland, California, 102-year-old Victor Silva Sr. received a citation earlier in March from the city about the graffiti on his fence, KTVU-TV reported. If he didn't remove it, he'd face a $1,100 fine, plus $1,277 for each failed reinspection. Before Silva started using a wheelchair, he'd paint over the graffiti himself. Now, Silva Jr., 70, has that task. "It's hard to keep up with it because as soon as we get it painted, it's gonna be graffiti on it again, and it won't last," he said. The family owns a business nearby that's been broken into three times in the last year. "It's hard to understand where our tax dollars are going," Silva Jr. said. "They can't answer 911, but they can come out and hassle you about a fence?" The city inspector is expected to review the case and, most likely, cancel the citation. The Continuing Crisis Easter is obviously NOT a good time for an egg shortage, as Norwegians are finding out. The Associated Press reported that as a result of bird flu and overproduction, which led the country to ask farmers to reduce their production, eggs are not only hard to find, but are expensive when you can get your hands on them. So Norwegians are crossing the border to Sweden, where 20-packs of eggs are readily available and cost about $3.70 -- 30% less than in Norway. The Maxi-Mat food store in Sweden about 62 miles south of Oslo has been filled with "desperate" shoppers, the Norwegian news outlet Nettavisen reported. Wonder if any of them had large ears and a colorful basket?

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FROM LANDLUBBERS TO MASTER MARINERS Torch Lake Sailing School wants to get more folks on the water

By Brighid Driscoll Amy Keller has always been passionate about sailing. “My family are all sailors, and I have early memories of being on the sailboat, but I don’t remember the first time I ever went sailing. It’s just something that’s always been a part of my life.” Amy is a board member for Torch Lake Sailing School (TLSS), located within the Torch Lake Yacht and Country Club. The club was founded in 1928 on Michigan’s longest and second-largest inland lake. Originally formed to promote sailing and camaraderie among enthusiasts, it’s grown into a cherished institution, hosting regattas and social events and fostering a vibrant community of sailors for nearly a century. “I met my husband through sailing, and, historically, it’s something that runs in families,” Amy says. “But in the last 20 years, there’s been a real significant decline in sailing across the country. We’re finding that family schedules in the summer aren’t what they used to be. With two working parents and kids involved in so many organized sports and summer camps, we were seeing a decline in sailing in general at the Yacht Club.” So in 2018, the Yacht Club opened up sailing lessons to the public. “We wanted to broaden the local sailing community and give more people access to the sport of sailing. Our membership is private, but our sailing school is open to the public,” said Keller.

Grab your captain’s hat! We’re getting out on the water. The Programs TLSS offers comprehensive sailing education for all ages. Over the last few years, it has produced skilled sailors who have competed nationally and internationally. For summer 2024, TLSS has planned weekly programming for kids as young as five, lessons for teens and adults, and even a women’s racing boot camp for women who are new to sailing or would like “a little kick-start to the racing season.” Classes are determined by age and experience level. The Explorers class is for ages five through eight; the Level 1 class is for ages seven through 11; the Level 2 class is for ages 12 and up; and a class for teens is for ages 16 and up. Costs range from $40/ class for the littlest sailors to $170/week for higher level programs. The by-appointment adult and teen group lessons are $60/hour, and private lessons are $65/hour. TLSS caters to all kinds of skill levels, but newbies will certainly have a chance to get their feet wet. The school’s sailing lessons are an exhilarating journey for beginners, offering an immersive experience into the world of winds, waves, and navigation. Novices stepping onto the deck for the first time will learn the fundamentals of sailing theory, including terminology, boat anatomy, and basic principles of wind dynamics. Instructors guide students through rigging, hoisting sails, and steering,

instilling confidence in handling the vessel. Practical sessions will unfold on the water, where beginners will navigate the nuances of controlling a sailboat. Water safety is of the utmost importance for all classes. Students are required to take a swim test before sailing, and instructors ensure that all students wear life jackets while out on the water. (Plus items like sunscreen, drinking water, and towels are always on deck.) The Instructors The sailing instructors at TLSS are passionate sailors themselves, eager to share knowledge with new folks interested in the sport. Head sailing instructor Ben Keller is Amy’s son, and, like his mom, has been involved with sailing his whole life. “I was an assistant for four years before becoming the head instructor just last year,” he tells Northern Express. “I was three or four years old the first time I went sailing.” But even all that time on the water doesn’t mean Ben always had his sea legs. “The funny thing is that I was scared of high winds for the longest time. I’d only want to go sailing if it was the perfect day for it, so I was kind of stuck in my comfort zone. It took me until I was 12 or 13 to settle in and get more comfortable with different conditions.” That’s all to say he can understand beginners’ apprehension about the learning curve it takes to get comfortable out on the water. As a college student studying to be a teacher, Ben loves the challenge of educating

new people on the intricacies of sailing. “Learning anything new is intimidating, but I understand it because it’s something I went through,” he says. “I’m going to be a teacher myself, so being the head instructor is a perfect bridge for me between really enjoying teaching and doing something that I love to do.” Ben says the lessons offer more than just technical proficiency. Students also deepen their knowledge of maritime culture and develop camaraderie among their fellow sailors who have a shared passion for learning Great Lakes sailing. And, if you or your kiddo has a competitive streak, then racing is a good opportunity to explore. “We have several people from the Yacht Club who race competitively,” Ben says. “We’ve had our kids go to regional regattas and race.” As part of their initiative to reach more people interested in sailing, scholarships are available for racing team students, and the school is working on expanding scholarship opportunities. Both Amy and Ben agree that TLSS sailing lessons promise a transformative experience, from equipping beginners with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to navigate the open waters independently, to opening up a world of exploration and adventure on the Great Lakes and beyond. Registration for summer 2024 is now open, with classes beginning in June.

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KEEP IT SHARP!: 9am, Maritime Heritage Alliance, TC. Learn to sharpen your own hand tools with Madeline’s chief carpenter & captain, Rod Jones. You are welcome to bring your own chisels, knives, or planers, or practice on tools provided at MHA. This is a hands-on class in the heated boat shop. The class is limited to 12 people. A $20 donation is suggested. Call 946.2647 or email: for your spot.

---------------------ELK RAPIDS COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT: Cherryland Middle School, Elk Rapids. Ages 0-5, 10am. Ages 6-11, 11am.

---------------------OPEN STUDIO, PETOSKEY: 10am-1pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Visual Arts Room, Petoskey. Drop-in art for the whole family. New projects are offered each week. Free.

---------------------BOARDMAN RIVER & SAND LAKES QUIET AREA HIKE: 1pm, Sand Lakes Quiet Area main parking lot, Williamsburg. Join the Grand Traverse Chapter of the North Country Trail Association on a 6 mile hike along the Boardman River & in the Sand Lakes Quiet Area. Free.

---------------------COFFEE WITH THE AUTHORS: THE LETTER LEAGUE: 1pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center. Featuring Heather Spooner, owner of Ampersand Lettering Lab, an art & hand lettering business in TC. Spooner will talk about The Letter League, an adult pen pal project she created to encourage writing letters by hand during the COVID pandemic. Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads the conversation. The Letter League also caught the attention of Los Angeles filmmaker Michelle Boyaner of Greenie Films, & a documentary about stories of connection in a disconnected time was created. Spooner will talk about hand-written letters sent by the post office, & the documentary’s April 27, TC premiere at the Dennos Museum Center. This Coffee With The Authors interview is part of the GAAC’s By Hand project, an exploration of making & creating by hand in a time of machine dominance, which will run through May 30. Free.


VEGMICHIGAN - TC - MONTHLY MEETUP: 1pm, Stone Hound Brewing Co., Williamsburg. April Monthly Meetup features a selection of plant-based wraps, burgers, bowls, & snacks. Everyone is welcome. Food orders are taken at the bar, so arrive when you want. medium=referral&utm_campaign=share-btn_ savedevents_share_modal&utm_source=link BOOK LOVERS NIGHT & BOOK SIGNING: 5-7pm, The Red Dresser, TC. Featuring bestselling Michigan author J.L. Hyde. A murder mystery writer, Hyde has seven bestsellers, including her most recent release: “Secrets of Grady.” $10 GA; includes a drink ticket, nibbles, & a giveaway entry. $35 VIP.

---------------------“NO DEFENSE: THE U.S. MILITARY’S WAR ON WATER”: 6-8pm, Dennos Museum Center, Milliken Auditorium, NMC, TC. A documentary about the former Wurtsmith Air Force base in Oscoda, MI, the first military site in the country where PFAS contamination was identified. Free.

---------------------GOOD ON PAPER IMPROV: 7pm, Inn at Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay. This six-person group has been turning audience suggestions into completely improvised comedy scenes for over ten years. Every show is brand new. $20-$36. good-on-paper-comedy-improv-at-black-starfarms-4-6-2024

BLISSFEST COMMUNITY DANCE: 7:30pm, Littlefield-Alanson Community Building, Alanson. Featuring contras, squares, circles & more. Music by Harbor Hoedown, calling by Larry Dyer. All dances taught. No need to come with a partner. Potluck at 6:30pm. Bring a dish to pass & your tableware. $10/person, $5/student, 12 & under free.

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---------------------FLY FISHING FILM TOUR (F3T): 7:30pm, City Opera House, TC. This is the original & largest fly fishing film event of its kind. Enjoy short films & stay for the giveaways. $25 GA; $20 students 18 or younger.


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RADIUM GIRLS: 7:30pm, Old Town Playhouse, TC. In 1926, luminous watches were the latest rage until the girls who painted them fell ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls follows one dial painter as she fights for her day in court. At the April 13 matinee, the Grand Traverse Area chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold a special voter registration event. Adults: $33; youth under 18: $20.

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EDMONIA: SNEAK PEAK PERFORMANCE & LECTURE FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW OPERA: 2-4pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Learn about the brand new opera by Dr. Bill Banfield illuminating the courageous life of 19th-century sculptor Edmonia Lewis & get a sneak peak of the performance by students from the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Free.

---------------------GREAT LAKES CINEMA SERIES: Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Enjoy “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” at 2pm, & “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7pm on the 45-foot cinema screen with Dolby theatrical surround sound. $5 per film.

---------------------LIFE ON GRAY’S REEF LIGHTHOUSE: 2pm, Helena Township Community Center, Alden. Bob Holtzmann will discuss his experience of being part of the five-man Coast Guard crew assigned to an offshore lighthouse, known as Gray’s Reef, located in northern Lake Michigan. He’ll also be sharing some history of the Coast Guard. 231-331-4318. Free.

---------------------RADIUM GIRLS: (See Sat., April 6, except today’s time is 2pm.)

---------------------AF SOCIAL TC: SOULFUL SUNDAY: 3pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Open to Women! Join for connection & soul searching with nature. Wear comfy clothes & shoes. If there is not a lot of snow or no snow: Beaver Pond Trail (M9XH+H7 Garfield Twp, Michigan). If there is a ton of snow: Meadows Pavilion Trailhead (P93G+2H Garfield Twp, Michigan). Picture posted in the event feed for reference. Will decide which trailhead the morning of, so make sure to mark “going” to stay up to date. AF Social & Life TC is an Alcohol FREE, safe & inclusive community where women can connect, inspire, & uplift one another. Free.

---------------------GREAT LAKES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S SUNDAY SERIES: REPERIO: 4pm, First Presbyterian Church, Boyne City. Featuring Nancy Stagnitta, flute; Dane Philipsen, oboe; & Ya-Ju Chuang, piano. Free.

---------------------“MARQUEETOWN” BENEFIT SCREENING: 7pm, The Vogue Theatre, Manistee. No one fights to preserve a multiplex, but some people will risk everything to save a marquee. See web site for more info. $10; benefits The Vogue Theatre of Manistee.

---------------------NWS: AN EVENING WITH DON WINSLOW: City Opera House, TC. This New York Times

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PEEPERS PROGRAM: BUSY BEAVERS: 10-11am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. An adult-accompanied program for early learners ages 3-5 years old of all experience levels with the natural world. Enjoy stories, crafts, music, & discovery activities. Learn about beavers’ awesome adaptations & their wacky wooden homes. Programming is 100% outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Register. $5 per child. bestselling author is promoting his book “City in Ruins” - his final novel & conclusion of his Danny Ryan trilogy. Doors open at 6pm with live music & a cash bar. The event begins at 7pm & includes a Q & A & author signing. $10-$54.

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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING EVENT: 10am4pm, Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan. Best viewing time is 2pm. Handson activities & explorations both indoors & outdoors focusing on science, history & the arts. $12/person for admission; includes solar glasses. events/965286661875832/?ref=110

---------------------ECLIPSE FEST 2024: Noon-6pm, Rudbeckia Winery & Burnt Marshmallow Brewstillery, Petoskey. This location offers unobstructed views of the skies & 152 acres of land. The Eclipse begins around 2pm & completes before 4:30pm. One pair of Eclipse protective glasses & 1 beer/wine drink ticket are included in each ticket price of $10. Kids tickets are $3.50 each & include the protective glasses. 231-622-4173.

---------------------STORYTIME ADVENTURES: 1:30pm, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Featuring “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.

---------------------SOLAR ECLIPSE: 2pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Families can join for displays, DIY activities & moon pie. Safety glasses available for viewing from the garden. 231-2237700. Free.


BE HEALTHY, BE ACTIVE COMMUNITY COOKING WORKSHOP: 3:30-5pm, Interlochen Public Library. Chef Susanne will show a few techniques, & then you can cook the whole recipe from start to finish. Limited to 10 adults. Registration required: 231-276-6767. Free.

---------------------PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS?: 6:30pm, Peninsula Community Library, TC. Join staff members Becky & Mona for a mini French lesson & intro to language & culture. RSVP. 231-2237700. Free.

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PEEPERS PROGRAM: BUSY BEAVERS: 10-11am, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. An adult-accompanied program for early learners ages 3-5 years old of all experience levels with the natural world. Enjoy stories, crafts, music, & discovery activities. Learn about beavers’ awesome adaptations & their wacky wooden homes. Programming is 100% outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Register. $5 per child.

---------------------STORYTIME WITH MISS DIANE: 10am, Bellaire Public Library. Enjoy stories, crafts & snacks. Free.

---------------------KID’S CRAFT LAB: STAMP CHAMP: 10:30am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. Explore ways to make great pictures & collages with all kinds of rubber crafting stampers. Try paint or ink stamping. Vegetables make great stamps too! Sign up at the front desk when you arrive. Make your reservation on the web site.

---------------------PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10:30am, Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, lower-level Community Room. Preschoolers of all ages are invited to join for stories, songs & active fun. Free.

---------------------TECH TUESDAY: 11am-3pm, Bellaire Public Library. Bring in your devices &/or technology questions & Gabe will help. Free.

---------------------FREE OPEN STUDIO TUESDAYS: Noon4pm, Boyne Arts Center, Boyne City. Bring your latest project to work on, & share project tips & tricks.

---------------------PARKINSON’S NETWORK NORTH: 1pm, The Presbyterian Church of TC, 701 Westminster Rd. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. There will be a free luncheon, entertainment, & an update on care & research. RSVP. 9477389. Free.

---------------------STORYTIME ADVENTURES: (See Mon., April 8)

TECH TUESDAY: IPAD BASICS: 3pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. Bring your iPad with login info & your questions. No preregistration required. Free.

---------------------FOLTL POETRY NIGHT: 7pm, Leelanau Township Library, Northport. Featuring Linda Nemec Foster, award winning poet & author of 12 poetry collections. Linda was the first poet laureate of Grand Rapids 2003-05 & founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College. She’ll read from her 2023 book, “Bone Country.” Free.

---------------------FALL BIRDING IN CAPE MAY, NJ: 7pm, Northern Lights Recreation, Harbor Springs. Presented by Petoskey Audubon member Sue Kurtz who grew up in New Jersey & visited the Cape May area in Oct. of 2022 to experience fall bird migration. Free.

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PROJECT CONNECT: CHARLEVOIX, EMMET, ANTRIM: 10am-3pm, NCMC, Petoskey. If you or someone you know is struggling with financial problems, housing issues, employment challenges or health concerns, join for a day of free services provided by more than 60 non-profit agencies & other organizations. For more info visit the web site.

---------------------SPANISH SPEAKING COHORT: 4pm, Bellaire Public Library. This is NOT a Spanish class; just a chance to enjoy conversations with other Spanish speakers. Free.

---------------------GAYLORD BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5-7pm, Kane’s Lobster Pot, Gaylord. Summer seafood boil. Co-hosted by Smith Realty Group & Kane’s Lobster Pot & Bourbon Bar. Register. $5 members; $10 not-yet members.

---------------------FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP: 5:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, Thirlby Room, TC. Money management & financial literacy workshop to help you better understand basic financial tools from budgeting to debt reduction to avoiding scams. Financial services staff from the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will be on hand to present this info & to answer questions. Free.

---------------------GENERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EDUCATION: 6pm, NMC University Center, Room 07, lower level, TC. Hear experts share their experience with Artificial Intelligence in Education. Free.

---------------------PAGE TURNERS BOOK CLUB: 7pm, Bellaire Public Library. Join this group for April is Poetry month. Bring your favorite poem to share. Free.

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READY, SET, LIBRARY!: Enjoy a PDL Pop-Up Library at Petoskey Brewing from 5-7pm to celebrate National Library Week with beer, books & fun. Detail/2024-04-11-1700-Ready-Set-LibraryPop-Up-at-Petoskey-Brewing

---------------------JUNIPER GARDEN CLUB SPRING GARDEN TALK: 1pm, BlueWater Bistro & Pizzeria, Alden. Featuring Dennis Crum, director of Growing Operations Proven Winners brand. RSVP by emailing: junipergardenclub@gmail. com or by calling 231-331-5023. Free.

---------------------BOOKENDS BOOK DISCUSSION: 2pm, Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, lower-level

Community Room. Books for the upcoming month will be available at the library’s front desk, or use the Libby app to borrow the title from the library’s digital collection. April’s selection is “The River We Remember” by William Kent Krueger. Free.

---------------------“ROSIE THE RIVETER & THE WWII WILLOW RUN B-24 BOMBER PLANT”: 4pm, The Mills Community House, Benzonia. Presented by Claire Kitchin Dahl. Sponsored by Benzie Area Historical Society & Benzie Area Zonta Club. Recommended donation: $5.

---------------------MATTER OF MIND FREE SCREENING: 4pm, Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC. Three people: a political cartoonist, a mother turned boxing coach, & an optician navigate their lives with resourcefulness & determination in the face of a degenerative illness, Parkinson’s disease. This free film screening is part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up Series. Please register in advance. Limit of 34 people. free-screening-matter-of-mind-tickets-153339

---------------------AUTISM AWARENESS PRESENTATION BY NORTHED: 4:30pm, Interlochen Public Library. The ASD Consulting team from Northwest Education Services provides a one-hour seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorder. 231276-6767.

---------------------RAPTORS IN THE SPRING SKY: 5:30pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Have an up close experience with live raptors from North Sky Raptor Sanctuary. Join with a blanket at the programming lawn to learn about what Michigan raptors are up to in the spring. Geared towards an audience of children & families. Registration: $10 for under 12; $15 for 12 & up; free for under 2; $55 for a family of 5+. Registration required.

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Current Art Exhibition: BOTANIC — March through May in the Aviary & the Hive


“ENDING THE SILENCE” YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION: 6pm, The Rock Youth Center, Kingsley. Presented by NAMI Grand Traverse, this is a 50 minute presentation that helps middle & high school students understand mental illness. It teaches teens common warning signs plus when, where, & how to get help for themselves or friends who may need help. RSVP to: Free.

---------------------FRUIT LOVERS INVITED TO TALK WITH CHEF & AUTHOR ABRA BERENS: 6pm, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. The speaking engagement is part of the Library of Michigan’s 2024 Michigan Notable Books Author Tour. Berens will discuss her latest cookbook, “Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit”; recently selected as a Michigan Notable Book for 2024. NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute students will recreate both sweet & savory recipes from this cookbook for attendees to sample. Free.

---------------------SHELF-AWARE READERS: WELLNESS BOOK GROUP: 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, Thirlby Room, TC. Discuss nonfiction books concerning mental & physical wellness. Facilitators for the discussions will be professional mental health providers courtesy of Head and Heart Therapeutic Services & Open Space Counseling. This month’s book is “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” by Emily Nagoski. Free.

---------------------“MARQUEETOWN”: 7pm, Lyric Theatre, Harbor Springs. Delft Theatres Inc. & The Nordic endured in Marquette, MI for almost 100 years. Local kid Bernie Rosendahl’s crusade to restore the historic arthouse to its former glory leads filmmakers to discover a hidden cinema empire in the Upper Peninsula. Cast & crew Q&A moderated by Beth Milligan, Traverse City Ticker journalist & producer. $10.

---------------------RADIUM GIRLS: (See Sat., April 6)

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CHILDREN & FAMILIES CREATE TOGETHER: 4-7pm, NCMC, Library, Petoskey. This drop-in interactive event is led by local artist & NCMC instructor Egan Franks Holzhausen. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to explore art & create memorable masterpieces with their family. Free. events/families-create-together.html

---------------------“SOUPER” FRIDAYS: 5pm, Marilla Museum & Pioneer Place, Copemish. Homemade soups, breads, salads & dessert with a side dish of local history. Suggested free will donation - minimum of $10.

---------------------LANDSCAPE ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY: 7pm, Glen Lake Library, Empire. Christopher Lamb will share examples of his compositions, combining the beauty of landscape photography with the night sky. Join for a discussion about the images of the night sky, how they were made, & the various methods through which cameras provide a look at something that is both mysterious & familiar all within one image. Free.

---------------------RADIUM GIRLS: (See Sat., April 6) ---------------------KITTEL & CO.: 8pm, Freshwater Art Gallery & Concert Venue, Boyne City. GRAMMYnominated composer Jeremy Kittel heads this group, whose debut album “Whorls” made it to the top 10 on Classical Billboard charts & claimed the #1 spot on the Bluegrass chart. For tickets call 231-582-2588. $40.

---------------------COUNTRY CONCERT SERIES: JAKE SLAY: 9pm, Odawa Casino Resort, Victories, Petoskey. DJ to follow. $10. entertainment

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ART IN THE CASTLE: 10am-5pm, Castle Farms, Charlevoix. A juried fine art fair featuring ceramic, painting, digital, photography, jewelry, & more. Live music by the Robert Abate Trio featuring David Egeler & Mark Goike. $5 at door.





ABBA MANIA: 7:30pm, Cheboygan Opera House. This rock musical takes you back to the disco era of one of the best pop bands in history, ABBA. Featuring nine musicians & singers who perform 21 of ABBA’s hits. $25-$40; $10 students.

CLAUDIA SCHMIDT: 7:30pm, The Alluvion, TC. This singer/songwriter/guitarist makes her Alluvion debut. She leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling & song. $20. mynorthtick-

interactive experiences & expert-led discussions, the program invites you to connect with the natural beauty of rivers, fostering an appreciation for the delicate ecosystems & the mysteries that lie beneath. Must register. Free.

---------------------MICHIGAN WRITERS & AUTHORS FAIR: 10am-3pm, North End Market, 1550 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac. 47 authors & writers have been invited to sell their books. There will be speakers all day, books, crafts & activities. Free admission. friendsofthecadillaclibrary.wordpress. com/upcoming-programs

---------------------OPEN STUDIO, PETOSKEY: (See Sat., April 6)

---------------------THE HERBAL APOTHECARY GROWING, FORAGING, & MAKING HERBAL PRODUCTS CLASS: 10am-noon, Interlochen Public Library. Join Patti Travioli, horticulturist & traditional herbalist from Heartwood Forest Farm, as she teaches you about some common & not-so-common plants that grow around our gardens that can be transformed into herbal infusions, vinegar, tinctures, oils, & salves. Limited to 20 participants ages 13 & older. Preregister: 231-276-6767. Free.

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MADE IN MICHIGAN FUNDRAISER: 7-9pm, Cadillac Elks Lodge. Presented by Gopherwood Concerts. Featuring The Frank Youngman All-stars, including Frank, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, Mark Schrock, Seth Bernard, Sterling Hill, Denny Richards, Joe Wilson & more. $10$20.

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ARCHITECTURE BY HAND: 1pm, Glen Arbor Arts Center. TC architect Ken Richmond & Steve Stier, a Benzie County resident who is an expert in historic barn restoration, talk about the relevance of hand work in the creation of

Be ready for some Beach Themed fun in downtown Bellaire.

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GEOLOGY HIKE SERIES: WATER REFLECTIONS: 10am. Meet at Oleson Pavilion, next to Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Featuring the Grand Traverse Area Rock and Mineral Club Pebble Pups. Through a combination of

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“RED”: 2pm & 7pm, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor. Set in the 1950s, & based on a series of real events, this play by John Logan takes a compelling look at the ever-changing relationship between an artist & his creations. $25/$15.


GREAT MICHIGAN READ COMMUNITY BOOK DISCUSSION: 11am, Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Community Room, TC. Featuring “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. Join for this intergenerational book discussion for teens & adults. Free. tadl. org/GMR2024

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THE INSIDERS - A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY: 7:30-9:30pm, The Alluvion, TC. Featuring six veteran musicians & decades of combined stage & touring experience. This is a standing/ dancing style room show with limited seats. $25.

BLUEBIRD NEST BOX WORKSHOP: 10amnoon, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. Bluebird experts from the Michigan Bluebird Society explain all the steps of putting up & monitoring nest boxes & answer all of your questions. Free.

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13TH ANNUAL YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL: 1:30pm, City Opera House, TC. Featuring “Lego Batman Keychain,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding Reception,” “Mister Mirror,” “Hitchhiking,” “Break A Leg,” & “What to do about Mara Samson.” Free. cityoperahouse. org/node/569


Lauren Everett Finn - paint & clay; & found object sculptures of Michelle Tock York. The show runs through May 3.

SUNDAY BIRD WALKS: Sundays, 7:30am, April 7 – June 30, TC. Offered by the Grand Traverse Audubon Club. Visit web site to find times, locations, & map links. grandtraverseaudubon. org/events-2024



“TURNED & STITCHED: ARTISTRY IN WOODTURNING & QUILTING”: Runs through April 6 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. The wood pieces featured were crafted by members of Northwestern Michigan Woodturners. The quilts on display were made by local artists.

OLIVER ART CENTER REGIONAL STUDENT ART EXHIBITION: Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Runs April 12 - May 10. More than 350 artworks in all media from area elementary, middle, & high schools will be on display. The artwork will be juried by artist Nik Burkhart. Certificates of Excellence & awards, including scholarships to the University of Olivet, will be presented during the Opening Reception on Fri., April 12 from 5-7pm. Oliver Art Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-4pm & Sunday from 12-4pm. Closed on Monday.

BARBARA REICH EXHIBIT: Bonobo Winery, library, TC. This exhibit of original pastel paintings runs through May 27.



“BOTANIC”: Alluvion Arts @ 414, TC. This exhibition takes a collective look at our intimate relationship to the plant kingdom. Driven by our community of collaborators & artists, this ‘living’ exhibition will grow with additional artwork, installations, plants & observations added until the exhibition closes on May 5.

Hemingway: a man, an artist, & a character that has taken on a life of its own, & allows visitors to consider why Hemingway’s image, in particular, is so enduring. It’s not only for the dedicated Hemingway fan, but for all those with an appreciation for comics, pop culture, & the absurd. Runs through May 26. Hours are Tues. - Sun., 11am-4pm. source=cision&utm_medium=email&utm_ campaign=DMC-winter-2024 - YOUNG AT ART: A SELECTION OF CALDECOTT ILLUSTRATIONS: This exhibition includes original illustrations from Caldecott Medal recipients & from “runnerup” Honor books, as well as other illustrations by award-winning artists. It is an exhibition of works from Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s permanent collection. It runs through April 28. Hours are Tues. through Sun., 11am-4pm. upcoming-exhibitions/young-at-art.html?utm_ source=cision&utm_medium=email&utm_ campaign=DMC-winter-2024

---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------“RED”: (See Sat., April 13) SPRING ART SHOW: City Opera House, TC. CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER, PETOS- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Featuring work by artists Logan Hudson, Mike KEY: GLEN ARBOR ARTS CENTER: “SHE DOES SHAKESPEARE”: 2pm, Old Art Building, The Blue Lantern Tea Room, Leland. Women actors shake up Shakespeare. Area actresses take their stab at famous scenes & monologues intended exclusively for men. Featuring actor/writer Shelby Lewis who has a wealth of experience in adapting “The Bard” for modern audiences. $30 each or $125 for all 5. oldartbuilding. com/events/the-blue-lantern-tea-room


“MARQUEETOWN” BENEFIT SCREENING: 4pm, Dennos Museum Center, Dutmers Theater, TC. No one fights to preserve a multiplex, but some people will risk everything to save a marquee. See web site for more info. $10; benefits Dennos Museum Center ($8 Museum Members).

“UNITED BY VERSE”: Jordan River Arts Council, East Jordan. Writers & visual artists inspire each other. This exhibit unites these collaborations. Featuring 35 pieces by 28 artists who have merged these two art forms. Runs through May 4. Gallery hours are Friday through Monday from 12:30-4:30pm.

- YOUTH ART SHOW, PETOSKEY (DATE CHANGE): Held in the galleries, & featuring original works of art by young artists in grades K-12. Runs through May 3. Open Tues. through Sat., 10am-5pm. - EMERGING ARTISTS 2024: A COLLECTION OF NCMC STUDENT WORKS: Held in Atrium Gallery through May 11. Work in glass, metals, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, illustration, video, & more will be on display. This exhibition is organized by NCMC faculty. Hours are Tues. - Sat., 10am-5pm.

BUGS & BLOOMS - LAUREN EVERETT FINN AND MICHELLE TOCK YORK: Higher Art Gallery, TC. Featuring the work of two local artists:

DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER, NMC, TC: - HEMINGWAY IN COMICS: This exhibition presents a new, more complicated way to look at

Novak, Steve Cattin, & Molly Thompson. Visit the art in the Mathia Grand Entrance Lobby & the Towsley Lobby on the 2nd floor. Runs through April 26. It can be seen Mon. through Fri. from 10am-2pm & also before public performances.


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- BY HAND PROJECT: This project is a consideration of the myriad ways in which the human hand is intrinsic to creative work; & a demonstration of what human hands can make. It runs through May 30 & offers a range of programs that explore this theme through the visual, performing, architectural, & literary arts. - TREE OF LIFE -- AN EXHIBIT: TC artist Mary Fortuna explores the Tree Of Life - Connecting The World in this mixed media installation. This small show runs through April 25. The Tree Of Life that will grow in the GAAC’s Lobby Gallery is populated with animals, birds & insects. Each one is a hand-sewn soft sculpture. Hours: Mon. through Fri., 9am-3pm; Sat., noon-4pm. events/exhibit-tree-of-life-connecting-the-world

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As someone whose life partner doesn’t watch horror movies, I don’t often get a chance to take in a big screen chiller. But I had plenty of motivation to head to Immaculate when it first opened. I have known director Michael Mohan from years of working together in Los Angeles. Mohan had already impressed with a series of sharp shorts, a terrific debut feature, and two Netflix series (Everything Sucks! and The Voyeurs). With a love of personal independent stories with a comedic edge, I was curious and excited to see how he would helm a $25 million dollar budget with a very large line item for fake blood. Partnering with Mohan on this journey was screenwriter Andrew Lovel and actress and producer Sydney Sweeney (best known for Sharp Objects, Euphoria, and The Handmaid’s Tale) in the central role of Sister Cecilia: a devout nun from Detroit who has been called to a mysterious Italian convent. Focused and selfless, Sister Cecilia welcomes her chance to serve the elder sisters who have come to the monastery at the end of their careers to be cared for. Hers is a journey of feeling chosen, and after surviving a childhood trauma, Sister Cecilia knows God has a plan for her life. Led by the kind hand of Father Tedeschi (played with an edginess by actor Álvaro Morte), Cecilia is trained in the day-to-day work of the convent, slowly picks up some Italian, and begins to feel she’s found a new home both physically and spiritually. But it isn’t long before hints appear that not everything is not what it seems, and she finds herself unwillingly thrust into a divine psychological drama. Cecilia is pregnant, and there is no earthly way to explain it other than the miraculous intervention of God himself. Cecilia is

terrified even as the toxic patriarchy lifts her to canonized status, and she becomes the focus of intense scrutiny of her mind and body. The convent leadership grooms her for the birth, all while it becomes clear she will never be able to leave the compound. She is trapped, out of control, and terrified. Once that central set-up is complete, Immaculate becomes free to improvise with ancient religious mythologies and cinematic nods, and the dark opera begins. A kind of Greek chorus of terrifying nuns appear to prevent Cecilia from leaving, and she escapes into catacombs of horror that may stop you from ever taking The Village at Grand Traverse Commons tunnel tour again. Along the way, she’s forced to confront a faith that has betrayed her with evil. With slowly built visual tension that keeps the camera moving and rolling through the candlelit shadows of the vibrant sets, Immaculate keeps you on your toes with occasional jump scares, a dreamy Renaissance aesthetic with a Lady Gaga edge, and a wonderful lead performance from Sweeney. In that sense, it’s a classic horror experience that riffs on a large religiously-themed canon of influences. And audiences agree: Immaculate gave distributor Neon their best domestic opening weekend box office ever. But I was most taken in by the film’s elegant simplicity as a potential allegory of the terror women must experience in real life. There is sadly no need to imagine what it could feel like to lose the agency and control of your own body, and hence your soul. Or the gut wrenching rage you could feel being used as a vehicle for someone else’s ideas of morality. In Immaculate’s shocking final moments, I possibly felt it too.

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Grand Traverse & Kalkaska ENCORE 201, TC 4/6 -- The Jon Archambault Band, 7:30-10:30; DJ Ricky T, 10:30-2 4/12 -- DJ Ricky T, 9 4/13 -- The Untouchables, 7:3010:30; DJ Ricky T, 10:30 IDENTITY BREWING CO., TC 4/11 -- Beyond Trivia, 7-9 4/12 -- Clinton Herigstad, 6-9 KILKENNY'S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, TC 4/5-6 -- Protea, 9:30 Mon -- Team Trivia, 7-9 Tue -- The Will Harris Trio, 8 Wed -- The Pocket, 8 Thu -- DJ Leo, 9:30 4/12-13 -- Life Theory, 9:30

MIDDLECOAST BREWING CO., TC 4/12 -- Rhett & John, 6-9 NORTH BAR, TC: 7-10: 4/6 – Nick Vasquez 4/10 – Jesse Jefferson 4/11 – Drew Hale 4/12 – Wink Solo 4/13 – Amanda Igra OLD MISSION DISTILLING, TC SEVEN HILLS: 4/6 – Jimmy Olson, 6 4/7 – Swingbone, 3 4/12 – DJ Ras Marco D, 6 4/13 – Chris Sterr, 6

KINGSLEY LOCAL BREWING 4/11 – Trivia Night, 7-9 LEFT FOOT CHARLEY, TC BARREL ROOM: 4/8 -- Open Mic w/ Rob Coonrod, 6-9 TASTING ROOM, 5-7: 4/12 – Mal Ramage LIL BO, TC Tues. – Trivia, 8-10 Sun. – Karaoke, 8 MARI VINEYARDS, TC 4/12 -- Jason Hawkins, 4-6

SORELLINA'S, TC SLATE RESTAURANT: Thurs. -- Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 5-8 Fri. & Sat. – Tom Kaufmann on Piano, 6-9 THE ALLUVION, TC 4/6 -- John Jorgenson J2B2 Bluegrass Band & Hiroya Tsukamoto, 7:30-10 4/8 -- Big Fun - Funky Fun Mondays, 6-8:30 4/11 -- The Jeff Haas Trio feat. Laurie Sears & Lisa Flahive, 6-8:30 4/12 -- Claudia Schmidt, 7:30-9 4/13 -- The Insiders - A Tribute to

Tom Petty, 7:30-9:30 THE HAYLOFT INN, TC Thu -- Trent Breithaupt's Open Mic, 6 4/5-6 & 4/12-13 -- Sandy & The Bandits, 7:30-11

FIRESIDE LOUNGE, BELLAIRE 4/12 -- Comedy Night w/ Marti Johnson & Sal Demilio, 8

CAFE SANTE, BOYNE CITY 4/8 – The Shifties, 6-9

JAX NORTHSIDE, CHARLEVOIX 4/10 -- Trivia Night, 7-9

ETHANOLOGY, ELK RAPIDS 7-10: 4/6 -- Ron Getz Trio 4/7 -- Crate Dig Sunday w/ DJ Franck


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THE PUB, TC 4/6 -- Empire Highway, 8-11 4/7 & 4/14 -- Rob Coonrod, 6-9 4/10 -- Tyler Roy, 7-10 4/12 -- Nick Vasquez, 8-11 4/13 -- Rolling Dirty, 8-11 THE WORKSHOP BREWING CO., TC 4/6 -- Cold Leather Seats, 8-10 4/9 -- Open Mic Night, 7-9 4/10 -- Jazz Jam, 6 4/11 -- Trivia Night, 7-8 4/12 -- Sean Kelly, 8-10 4/13 -- Pickin' Pear, 8-10 4/14 -- TiltThink Comedy Mix-

TORCH LAKE CAFÉ, CENTRAL LAKE Thu -- Open Mic & Nick Vasquez, 7 Fri - Sat -- Leanna Collins & Ivan Greilick, 7:30 Sun -- Trivia, 5:30; Dominic Fortuna, 6:30

Shawny-D, 7-10 4/12 -- Band Break Out Competition, 7

Otsego, Crawford & Central ALPINE TAVERN & EATERY, GAYLORD 6: 4/6 -- Todd Aldrich 4/12 -- Rick Woods 4/13 -- Pete Fetters

C.R.A.V.E., GAYLORD 6: 4/6 -- Darrin 4/12 -- Nelson Olstrom 4/13 -- Randy Reszka

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THE PARLOR, TC 8-11: 4/6 -- Rhett & John 4/9 -- Jesse Jefferson 4/10 -- Wink Solo 4/11 -- Jimmy Olson 4/12 -- Blue Footed Booby 4/13 -- Luke Woltanski & John Piatek

Drawing inspiration from the 70’s decade of music, Tim Krause has been playing solo acoustic shows for the past 25 years. He’ll be at Northern Natural Cider House & Winery in Kaleva on Sat., April 13 at 6pm.

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RAY'S BBQ & BLUES, GRAYLING 4-7: 4/7 – Brian Curran 4/14 – Logan Moore

LAKE ANN BREWING CO. 4/6 -- Dave Viswat Tribute, noon5; Andre Villoch & Luke Woltanski, 6:30-9:30 4/11 -- Trivia Night, 7-9 4/12 -- Jack Pine Band, 6:309:30 4/13 -- New Third Coast, 6:309:30

ST. AMBROSE CELLARS, BEULAH 4/6 -- Good Things Coming FunDre-Ser: Benefit for The Winkelmann Family; Music by Barefoot (at 5pm), noon-9 4/7 -- Kid's Open Mic Hosted by Chris Winkelmann, 3-5:30 4/11 -- Open Mic Thursdays, 6-8:30 4/12 -- Jesse Jefferson, 5-8 4/13 -- Dags & Timmah!, 5-8 SHADY LANE CELLARS, SUTTONS BAY 4/12 -- Friday Night LIVE w/ Matt Mansfield, 5-8

LITTLE TRAVERSE INN, MAPLE CITY 4/12 -- Billy & The Kid, 6-9

Emmet & Cheboygan BEARDS BREWERY, PETOSKEY ROOT CELLAR: 4/6 -- John & Madeline Piatek, 6 4/13 -- Synthwave Dance Party, 7-10 BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS, PETOSKEY 2-6: 4/6 -- Two Track Mind 4/13 -- Chris Calleja CITY PARK GRILL, PETOSKEY Tue -- Trivia Night, 7-9 4/12 -- Annex Karaoke, 9:30

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