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Monday, December 13

Guest artists at ArtisanDesign Network

10:00 am - 8:00 pm Fabric art by Desiree Vaughn and pottery by Ben Maier featured at the ArtisanDesign Network Cooperative Gallery in downtown Traverse City. Works will be featured through Dec. 26.
Tuesday, December 14

Instrument donation day

8:00 am - 5:00 pm TC West Middle School hosts an instrument donation day. Community members are invited to donate band and orchestra instruments at the school's Music Department room 601 (3950 Silver Lake Road). Donations also accepted at any time at Marshall Music on S. Airport Road. Contact Flournoy Humphreys at 933.8346 for more info.

Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Artcenter Traverse City hosting an Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale during the month of December. Paintings, prints, note cards, sculpture, jewelry, candle holders, furniture and more all made by local artisans. Gallery also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

Boresha Business Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Boresha Business Luncheon at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. Distributors and guest welcome. $12 per person. Reservations along with payment due by Dec. 9. Contact Kimberly Visser at kim@gotskinnyjava.com.

FastTrac New Venture orientation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm FastTrac New Venture orientation coming to Cadiilac. This 30-hour "boot camp" is designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development and is co-sponsored by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Centers and the Cadillac Chamber. The orientation is mandatory to learn about the program and the reduced tuition. Register by calling 922.3730.

Holiday Happy Hour at Stella

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Holiday Happy Hour and Wine & Beer Event at Trattoria Stella in Traverse City. $30 per guest includes hors d'oeuvres, eight tastes of wine and beer, plus samples and recipes of holiday-themed cocktails and punch. Call 929.8989 to reserve your spot.

"Staying Financially Fit" workshop

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm "Staying Financially Fit" workshop hosted by the NW Michigan Community Action Agency. Event is free and held at 3963 Three Mile Road in Traverse City. For more info or to register, call 800.632.7334.

Meet the Winemaker dinner series at Uncorked

6:00 pm Meet the Winemaker dinner series featuring Peninsula Cellars at Uncorked (inside the Cherry Stop) in downtown Traverse City. $30 a person. Reservations required, 929.3990.

Boresha business meeting

7:00 pm Boresha business meeting at Hoopin' For the Health of It on S. Airport Road in Traverse City. Free. Product tasting available.
Wednesday, December 15

Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Artcenter Traverse City hosting an Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale during the month of December. Paintings, prints, note cards, sculpture, jewelry, candle holders, furniture and more all made by local artisans. Gallery also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

"Race to Nowhere" screening at the State

4:45 pm Traverse City Area Public Schools presents the film "Race to Nowhere" at the State Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For each ticket purchased, you will receive one complimentary student ticket. Proceeds benefit Learn and Serve initiatives in our 5-county area. There is also a second showing at 7:15 p.m. Director Q&A follows both screenings. Details

Onboard weather forecasting seminar

7:00 pm Onboard Weather Forecasting free seminar hosted by the Grand Traverse Bay Sail and Power Squadron at the Garfield Township Hall. Seminar presented by Jim McIntyre, a meteorologist and 30-year veteran of the National Weather Service. It will last two hours and is open to the public. Details
Thursday, December 16

Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Artcenter Traverse City hosting an Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale during the month of December. Paintings, prints, note cards, sculpture, jewelry, candle holders, furniture and more all made by local artisans. Gallery also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

Workshop: The Board Chair Role

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Workshop: The Board Chair Role. Targeted to current and prospective board chairs, individuals considering accepting a board chairmanship and executive directors. Topics includes best practices of effective boards, the chair/executive director relationship, and how to handle challenges when serving in the leadership role. Event held at NMC's University Center in Traverse City. Details

Webinar: Wrapping up Your Internship Experience

2:00 pm Traverse City Chamber hosts free webinar, "Wrapping up Your Internship Experience." The discussion will focus on preparing an exit interview and evaluating your internship program. Details

Elk Rapids Chamber Business After Hours

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Elk Rapids Chamber Business After Hours at the Music House Museum.

Benzie Chamber After Hours

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Benzie County Chamber After Hours at Grow Benzie. Hors d'oeuvres, 50/50raffle, door prizes. Sponsored by Weishaar & Company and Central State Bank.

Mens' Night in downtown TC

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Men's Night in downtown TC. Store specials, refreshments, prize drawings and caroling throughout the evening with the Sweet Adelines.

Story time with Santa

6:00 pm Join Santa for story time at Horizon Books in Traverse City. Santa will read Christmas stories and the kids get to decorate their own snack.

GT Academy holiday choir concert

6:30 pm Grand Traverse Academy holiday choir concert. The choir will perform music in Latin, Spanish and English, as well as some traditional favorites. The concert is in the school's main gym (1245 Hammond Road East) and is free and open to the public.

Trillium Singers holiday concert

7:00 pm The Trillium Singers present a holiday concert at the Traverse Area District LIbrary in the McGuire Room. Admission is free. Sing-a-longs included!

Ballet co. presents "Hansel & Gretel"

7:00 pm Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre presents "Hansel & Gretel" at Traverse City Central High School's auditorium. The youth ballet company will be accompanied by musicians from the school's Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets reserved by calling the box office (open daily 12-6pm) at 933.3573. Details

Pub Theology

8:00 pm Pub Theology – beer, conversation and God – at Right Brain Brewery in TC's Warehouse District.
Friday, December 17

TC DDA board mtg

8:00 am 8am, TC DDA board mtg at the Governmental Center.

Bake sale for local veteran

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Matt's Big Bake Sale, a fundraiser to help TC veteran and National Guardsman Matt Fruge who was severely injured on the job. The bake sale is taking place at Bill Marsh in Traverse City and Kalkaska and at the Boyne City Eagle's Club. Organizers hope to collect enough baked goods to create one of the biggest bake sales in northern Michigan Details

Organ donation drive

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Munson hosts organ donation drive, part of the Gift of Life Michigan campaign. Staff will be in Dining Room 2 off Munson's cafeteria registering donors. Details

Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Artcenter Traverse City hosting an Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale during the month of December. Paintings, prints, note cards, sculpture, jewelry, candle holders, furniture and more all made by local artisans. Gallery also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

Habitat for Humanity home dedication/open house

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Habitat for Humanity, DTE, NMC and the Safe Harbor Shelter Program churches dedicating the Ryan Hannon family home. An open house follows until 2pm. The house is located at 3753 W. South Airport Road in Traverse City (next to the S. Airport entrance to Sam's Club).

Centennial Wealth Advisory open house

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Centennial Wealth Advisory open house at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Located on the first floor of Building 61 (next to Underground Cheesecake).

"Unsilent Night" at Left Foot Charley

6:30 pm Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night," a free, outdoor participatory sound sculpture hosted by Left Foot Charley in Traverse City. Each person is asked to bring a boom box/mp3 player to carry along the walk through the GT Commons property. Reservations required. Upon reserving your spot you will receive the info on downloading the music to your mp3 or a cassette/CD will be held on reserve for you. 995.0500.

NMC Community Concert Band performs

8:00 pm NMC Community Concert Band performs at NMC's Milliken Auditorium. Details
Saturday, December 18

Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Artcenter Traverse City hosting an Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale during the month of December. Paintings, prints, note cards, sculpture, jewelry, candle holders, furniture and more all made by local artisans. Gallery also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

Open house for new Habitat for Humanity home

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Habitat for Humanity, DTE, NMC and the Safe Harbor Shelter Program churches hosting an open house to view the Ryan Hannon family home and learn about the features that make this home LEED certified. The house is located at 3753 W. South Airport Road in Traverse City (next to the S. Airport entrance to Sam's Club).

Indoor farmers market

10:00 am - 2:00 pm Indoor farmers market at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Details

Holiday gourmet open house

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm The "food artisans" at the kitchens of Way North Foods (2819 Cass Road, E-5) in Traverse City hosting a holiday gourmet open house. Call 360.2006 for more details.

Author Jennifer Sowle at Horizon Books

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Traverse City author Jennifer Sowle signs copies of her novel "Admissions" at Horizon Books in TC. The story is set on the grounds of the State Hospital in the '60s.

Encore Wind Symphony presents Holiday Classics

7:00 pm Encore Wind Symphony presents Holiday Classics: Holly & Misteltoe. "TubaChristmas," under the direction of John Beery, starts at 7pm in the Dennos Museum's Sculpture Court. That is followed by the Encore Winds performance, under the direction of Thomas Riccobono, in the Milliken Auditorium. Details
Sunday, December 19

Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Artcenter Traverse City hosting an Eclectic and Functional Gift Sale during the month of December. Paintings, prints, note cards, sculpture, jewelry, candle holders, furniture and more all made by local artisans. Gallery also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details

WRC's Secret Santa Shopping Day

11:00 am - 4:00 pm Women's Resource Center Thrift Shop in Traverse City hosts its annual Secret Santa Shopping Day for kids in the community. Each child will be given $5 per parent in Santa Bucks and they can shop for presents and volunteers will help wrap each item.

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

Illustrator Glen Wolff at Horizon Books

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Glen Wolff, illustrator of Flight of the Reindeer, signs the 15th anniversary edition of the book at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City.

St. Lucia Celebration

3:00 pm St. Lucia Celebration at NMC's Dennos Museum, in conjunction with the Celebrating Women exhibition which features photographs of Sankta Lucia festivals in Sweden. Live music. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Details

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!" performance

5:00 pm Joel Anthony & The Standard Bandits, a group of northern Michigan musicians dedicated to performing great works from the American Songbook, at the Elk Rapids Town Hall. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 231.331.4107. Details
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