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Locals Prepare For Super Sunday

Locals Prepare For Super Sunday

By Ross Boissoneau

It’s the big game, and what better way to watch than with 40 or 50 of your closest friends? For many, home Super Bowl parties have all but eclipsed watching at your favorite watering hole. We inquired.

The Parties
Hundreds of parties will be taking shape tomorrow afternoon to watch the Panthers and Broncos. Among them will be Ranae and Bob Ihme's; the Glen Arbor couple alternates hosting a large party with friends Laura and Todd Bonzelet. They invite several other families, ending up with somewhere between 60 and 75 people, with TVs in nearly every room.

 “I grew up having big Super Bowl parties. We all have young families and we all bring our kids,” Ihme says. “We stress the importance of sports and school.”

The TVs
Of course, everybody needs to be able to see the game. Ian Streadwick at ABC Warehouse said sale prices and the Super Bowl combine to make this one of the busiest times of the year for television sales. more

Today

IF:Traverse City

8:30am IF:Traverse City: A non-denominational Christian conference for women hosted at Faith Reformed Church and at Bayview Wesleyan Church, TC. Snacks provided. Pay what you can. Find 'IF: Traverse City' on Facebook. more

Preschool & Child Resource Fair

9:00am Preschool & Child Resource Fair: Showcasing a variety of preschools and service offerings for families with young children. Hosted by Holy Angels Preschool. Held at St. Francis High School gymnasium, TC. Free.

TC Polar Plunge

9:30am TC Polar Plunge: Participants will brave the cold & plunge into a pool located in front of North Peak’s patio, TC at 11am. Registration runs from 9:30-10:45am, & the parade of costumes takes place at 10:45am. Awards & After Splash Bash following the plunge in Kilkenny’s Irish Public House. Benefits Special Olympics Michigan Inc. www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/TraverseCity16 more

White Pine Stampede

9:30am White Pine Stampede: This cross country ski race is 50 km or 20 km from Mancelona High School to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. There is also a 10 km fun event. 50 km starts at 9:30am; 20 km at 10:30am; & 10 km at 11:30am. This race benefits the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. www.whitepinestampede.org more

Festival of Foods

10:00am Festival of Foods: Hagerty Center, GT Bay, TC. See live demonstrations by local gourmet food artisans & award-winning area chefs. Get fresh ideas, try an array of artful foods, learn new cooking skills & more. Details: www.nmc.edu/festival-of-foods. Register: 995-1700. more

Indoor Farmers Market

10:00am Indoor Farmers Market: Inside the Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC on Saturdays through April 30, 10am-2pm. www.thevillagetc.com more

Extreme Fibers

10:00am Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge: This exhibit examines the state of fibers & textiles in the fine art world today. Featuring work by 79 artists in 25 states in the U.S., plus many other countries. Runs through March 6. www.dennosmuseum.org more

Super Saturday Special

10:00am Super Saturday Special: Hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative, offering free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income families and individuals, seniors, persons with disabilities, and those with limited-English proficiency. Held at the Career Tech Center, TC. Registration starts at 9am. Reserve your space: 231-590-0100.
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