Traverse City News and Events
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Tuesday, November 30

Jazz at Stella

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday Jazz at Stella featuring Dawn Campbell & Al Jankowski.

TSO's Civic Ensembles present "Winter Celebration"

7:00 pm Free "Winter Celebration" concert by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Civic Chamber Strings and Civic Prelude Strings at the City Opera House. Details

Frankfort Tree Lighting

7:00 pm Frankfort Tree Lighting at Rotary Park. Free donuts and hot chocolate. Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Community sing-along. Event hosted by the Frankfort Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, December 1

GTWoman in Business Luncheon

11:00 am - 1:00 pm GTWoman in Business Luncheon at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. Speaker is Raelynn Hughes of Mommy Necklaces. Details

Forum on Kalkaska's new master plan

6:00 pm Public forum on the Village of Kalkaska's new master plan at the Kalkaska High School cafeteria. Residents will hear a presentation on the basics of the plan and process and new strategies for economic growth. Participants will also take part in small group discussions on their vision for the future and their opinions on village qualities and issues.

Harvest feast at Mission Table

6:30 pm Harvest dinner at Mission Table on the Old Mission Peninsula. Chefs Paul Olson from Mission Table & Randy Chamberlain from Blu prepare a 5-course local fall harvest feast, each paired with wine or beer. $75 (plus tax & gratuity). call 223.4222 for reservations.

Seminar on Boating for Women or Co-Captains

7:00 pm Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron free seminar on Boating for Women or Co-Captains at the Garfield Township Hall (3848 Veterans Dr). Seminar instructor is Jack Klang. Details
Thursday, December 2

Benzie Conservation District annual meeting

6:30 am - 8:00 pm Benzie Conservation District 2010 annual meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Keynote speaker is Bill Cook, forester and biologist with MSU Extension, Forest Biomass Innovation Center in the U.P. RSVP by Nov. 30 to 882.4391. Details

TCYP Lunch & Learn

11:30 am - 1:00 pm TC Young Professionals Lunch & Learn, "Caring for Elders," at the TC Chamber. Details

Workshop: Coaching for Improved Performance

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Workshop: "Coaching for Improved Performance" led by Kate Greene of Human Resource Partners. Participants will learn to identify and articulate problem behaviors, as well as tools and techniques to assist in holding effective coaching discussions. Details

Art of the Watershed opening reception

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Art of the Watershed opening reception featuring photographers Bridget Johnson and Barbara Overdier, ceramicist Todd Springer and choclatier Forest Confections. Event held at The Watershed Center (13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr) in Traverse City. Free, but a portion of all art sales help protect Grand Traverse Bay. Details

"Holiday Market Place" at Kid's Creek Market Place

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Kid's Creek Market Place in Traverse City hosting a "Holiday Market Place." All merchants will donate a portion of their proceeds to a local charity of their choice. Evening includes a craft, art and jewelry bazaar, spa services, festive drinks, food, music and a prize drawing. Some of the stores include Charitable Resale, TC Nails, Nourish, Fantastic Sam's, Party Giant, Aroma Coffee, Planet Beach and Little Caesar's.

The Bohemians at Shimmers

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Bohemians at Shimmers Nightclub at the Holiday Inn West Bay.

Planning with Green Infrastructure workshop

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free workshop: Learn How to Plan with Green Infrastructure for the Betsie River, Crystal Lake, Platte River and Platte Lakes watersheds. Event takes place at the Wildwood Community Building (670 Crystal Avenue/M-22 north of Frankfort) and is hosted by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

Stand-up comediene Marti Johnson performs

7:00 pm Local stand-up comediene Marti Johnson performs at Lil Bo in downtown Traverse City.

Pub Theology

8:00 pm Pub Theology – beer, conversation and God – at Right Brain Brewery in TC's Warehouse District.
Friday, December 3

Whiffenpoofs of Yale at the Mercato

2:00 pm The Whiffenpoofs of Yale staging an impromptu practice session in the garden level of the Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Traverse City native Adam Begley is one of the 14 Yale seniors selected to the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella groups.

Author Thomas Crumm at Horizon

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Thomas Crumm, author of What is Good for General Motors?, at Horizon Books in Traverse City.

Interlochen's Christmas in the Village

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Interlochen's Christmas in the Village presented by the Chamber of Commerce. Carolers from Interlochen Center for the Arts, 5pm (at Tom's Market). Visit by Santa.

Cog's Creek Collective open house

5:00 pm Cog's Creek Collective open house at 124 North Maple Street in Traverse City. Come see the renovation of the former Coddington Cleaners building. Artisans showing wares. Catered by Lil Bo.

Reindeer at Red Ginger

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dancer and Prancer will be in front of the Red Ginger restaurant during Traverse City's Downtown Holiday Open House. Reindeer food will be available for a donation, with proceeds benefitting the Cherryland Humane Society and AC Paws. Donations of cash and pet supplies are also welcome.

Y Family Fun Night

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Family Fun Night at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA. Play racquetball, basketball, tennis, ping pong and Wii. Pizza, beverages and snacks. Admission is free to Y members and $15 per family for non-members. Details

Downtown TC holiday open house

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Santa's Arrival, Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House in downtown Traverse City. Community sing-a-long, horse & carriage rides, live music.

SwingShift and the Stars competition

6:30 pm SwingShift and the Stars competition at the City Opera House in Traverse City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Details
Saturday, December 4

Holiday Cookie Sale

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Annual Holiday Cookie Sale hosted by Quota International at the American Legion Post 35 (1231 Hastings) in Traverse City. Fill up a box of goodies for $7 a pound. New this year is a selection of sweets suitable for diabetics. All proceeds benefit the deaf and hard of hearing community as well as disadvantaged women and children locally.

Christmas at Bud's

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Christmas celebration at Bud's in Interlochen. Breakfast with Santa & reindeer (9am-noon), music, crafts, discounts and holiday treats.

Appraisal Day at the Dennos

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Appraisal Day fundraiser with Don Butkovich at NMC's Dennos Museum. Each person with a reservation can bring a maximum of two treasures. Call 800.836.0717.

Interlochen Holiday Open House

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Interlochen Holiday Open House. Merchants host special activities, discounts, refreshments, prize drawings. Winterfest at Interlochen Community School.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Mills Community House

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at Mills Community House on U.S. 31 in Benzonia. Over 30 artists & crafters. Soup lunch starting at noon. Youth crafters section. Details

Winter Open House featuring artists Benjamin Maier & Maria Tucker

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Local ceramic artist Benjamin Maier and local jewelry designer Maria Tucker host a Winter Open House at the Benjamin Maier Studio (10201 S. Center Hwy) in Traverse City. Artist websites: and

Nature Printing class

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Nature Printing class at the Boardman River Nature Center in Traverse City. Hike to collect leaves, pine cones, seed pods and pine needles. Then learn a centuries-old technique to turn nature into art prints. All ages welcome. Space limited. RSVP, 941.0960.

Author/artist Charles Murphy at Horizon

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Artist and author Charles Murphy signs The Waking Hour at Horizon Books in Traverse City.

"Step & Close" premiere at the State

7:00 pm Premiere of "Step & Close," a documentary about the TC West Senior High marching band, at the State Theatre. The screening will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. parade on Front Street featuring the TC West Marching Band. The documentary was produced by OneUpWeb and funds raised go toward TC West Middle and High School band programs. Details
Sunday, December 5

Oryana Member Appreciation Days

8:00 am - 7:00 pm Oryana Member Appreciation Days, Dec 5-11, in Traverse City. Members can pick up a 10% off coupon at the customer service counter and shop on the day of their choosing. Loads of free activities and promotions! Those who sign-up for membership this day will also receive an addt'l 10% off coupon to use on another day. Details

Merry Marketplace in Leland

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Merry Marketplace at the Old Art Building in Leland. Features 20 local artisans with holiday wreaths, herbal soaps and lotions, jewelry, specialty foods, pottery, knits and more.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Christmas celebration

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Grand Traverse Lighthouse hosts its annual free Christmas event. Lighthouse volunteers have recreated a traditional McCormick family Christmas of the 1920s and 30s. Hanging from the fireplace mantle are the McCormick children's stockings. The dining room table is filled with the sight and smells of an actual holiday meal. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 3 pm with gifts for the children. The lighthouse is located nine miles north of Northport.

Love Light Tree Ceremony

2:00 pm Munson Hospice and Palliative Care's Love Light Tree Ceremony at First Congregational Church in Traverse City. Kalamazoo art therapist Kathleen Buday will discuss navigating grief through creativity.

TC's Wellington Inn hosts holiday tours

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Traverse City's Wellington Inn hosts its 8th annual "Inn at Christmastime." Experience an old-fashioned Christmas at this beautifully restored 1905 neoclassical mansion in the historic Boardman neighborhood. Tickets, $10 at the door. Details

"Step & Close" screening at the State

3:30 pm Screening of "Step & Close," a documentary about the TC West Senior High marching band, at the State Theatre. The documentary was produced by OneUpWeb and funds raised go toward TC West Middle and High School band programs. Details

Scholarship dinner at Siren Hall

4:00 pm Second annual Lulu's-Siren Hall scholarship dinner to benefit Great Lakes Culinary Institute students at Siren Hall in Elk Rapids. Students will create dishes from the Balthazar Restaurant in NYC with guidance from chef-owner Michael Peterson. Cost for the five-course meal is $40. Evening begins with a reception at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Reservations, 264.6062. Details

NMC Children's Choir concert

4:00 pm NMC Children's Choir performs at Lars Hockstad at Central Grade School in Traverse City. This first concert of the choir's 20th anniversary season features three choirs performing a program of sacred and secular holiday songs. $8 general admission. Details
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