Community Events & Resources

Welcome to our community and parent resources page. Below you will find information about student enrichment opportunities, family-friendly events, services, and support groups available to families throughout the community. Community events shown below are not TCAPS sponsored events. If you have an event you would like posted, please contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 in the TCAPS Communications office.

Events in September


MSU Extention

PDF DocumentSept. 21 & 22 - 4-H Teen Cuisine

We are excited to offer a series of Life Skill Trainings in Grand Traverse County 4-H for teens.  The first one will be Teen Cuisine – helping youth 14-19 discover easy cooking techniques, making tasty, healthy food choices and recipes.  Dates for this two day event are Friday, September 21 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  This fun, hands on learning opportunity will be held at Brickways Industrial Kitchen (935 Barlow Street).  Cost is $20 per youth. 

Youth interested in this event need to register at External Link for “Lifeskills Training 101-Teen Cuisine”.  Then drop off or send their $20 participation fee in cash or check (made out to MSU) to the MSU Extension office at 520 W. Front Street, TC or call to pay with a credit card, 231-922-4620.  


PDF DocumentSept. 26 - Raising Responsible Adults Parenting Class - 6:15PM

This fall Central United Methodist Church is offering a parenting class that will help bring peace to families by addressing children’s core needs for: Affection, Boundaries, Consistency, and Discipline.  The class will run Wednesday evenings in room 306 from 6:15pm to 7:30pm.  The class has been approved as an appropriate curriculum for court-mandated education.  Participants can register online at External Link or by contacting Donna Olendorf at Child care is provided, free of charge, through our Wednesday evening programming.  Books are available in the office for $15.

About the Instructors: John and Sheryl  Emra are Christian educators who teach adults how to work with at-risk youth.  The Emras designed and developed Life Is Full of Choices as an after school program jcentered on empowering at-risk kids in East Los Angeles.  After working with inner city youth for over 30 years, the Emras decided to become trainers so that they could expand from working with one group of kids to training adults who could then work with kids on many corners in many cities. The Emras are residing in Traverse City this fall to teach their parenting class “Raising Responsible Adults.”  For more information visit External Link



AFSPPDF DocumentSept 27 - Suicide: The Ripple Effect - 7:30 PM

Join the moment and help save a life at Cherry Blossom 14 (3825 Marketplace Cir).  “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT, currently in production, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive. 

The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness. 

The film chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it has on those who have been impacted by his suicide attempt and his life's work since.  In addition, the film highlights the stories of individuals and families who are utilizing their personal tragedy to bring hope and healing to others.

Tickets are $12 and MUST be purchased in advance at External Link  



PDF DocumentSept. 27 - Designing Tusen Takk – A Modernist Masterpiece

The Dennos Museum Center will present the world renowned architect and AIA Gold Medal recipient, Peter
Bohlin on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Milliken Auditorium. Tickets to the event are $10 plus fees and can be purchased at External and External or by calling the Dennos Box Office: (231) 995-1055 or 1-800-836-0717. Tickets go on sale September 7.

The designer of the iconic Apple Stores, the headquarters of Pixar and Adobe and architect for the homes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs plus a roster of significant projects world-wide, Peter Bohlin was commissioned by Geoffrey Peckham, to create Tusen Takk, a spectacular residence with a, now under construction, artist-in-residence compound with living, studio and gallery space on the shores of Lake Michigan in Leelanau County. A place where artists and scholars from around the world will come to work and share their talents with the people of this region.
Peter Bohlin, discuss the fundamental design principles that underlie his understanding of how great buildings consider the circumstances of the nature of people, places and how we make things. The designing of Tusen Takk will serve as a means to explore the ideas behind many of the iconic modernist buildings that Peter Bohlin and his firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson ( have created.


Senior Center NetworkPDF DocumentSept. 29 - Grawn Area Rural Health Fair - 1PM to 4PM

Join us for our annual health fair.  This event is open to the public and all ages are encouraged to attend.  Free health screening for kids include: Vision, hearing, dental, health selfies. FREE PRESENTATIONS: “Managing Stress” @ 1:30PM, “Ask the Pharmacist” @ 2:15 PM,  and “The Eyes Have It: Eye Health” @ 3PM.  Assistance for low-income families will be available: food pantry, FREE boots, hats, and mittens for kids, and 
information on low cost health & dental care. Onsite Services include: Prescription drug disposal and Locked totes for shredding. Enjoy healthy snacks and door prizes for all ages! 



GT County

PDF DocumentSept 29 - GT County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event - 1PM to 7PM

It’s time for the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Got old paint, cleaners and pesticides? Bring up to 150 pounds of HHW material, at no cost. (A $1.30 per pound fee applies for quantities after 150 pounds.) HHW drop-off events are by appointment only. Appointments can be made using the online scheduling system at or by calling the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555!  Items accepted at the HHW collection events include such things as oil-based paint, solvents, automotive fluids, household cleaners, lawn and garden chemicals, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs. Find a complete list of acceptable material at  Small businesses, organizations and schools may qualify to dispose of hazardous waste at the RecycleSmart drop-off events. Visit for details about Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) specifications. For more information, visit or call the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555.


NPSPDF DocumentSept. 29 - Great Lakes in My World Educator’s Workshop - 9AM

Educators (grades 3-12) are invited to enjoy the day immersed in educational activities that explore the Great Lakes and Great Lakes issues! The workshop, September 29 from 9AM to 2PM is FREE and participants completing the entire session will receive the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Great Lakes in My World Curriculum Guide, a $50 value! The K-8 Guide features activities covering lakes, sand dunes, wetlands, human communities, history and geology – all as they relate to our Great Lakes! The 9-12 guide focuses on coastal habitats, restoration, careers and stewardship.

This workshop will involve activities both indoors and out. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a copy of the curriculum appropriate to their grade level to take home. This program is offered to both formal educators and nonformal educators including pre-service teachers, naturalists, scout leaders, youth group leaders, home schooling parents, and any educators who works with youth between 3rd and 12th grades. While there is no cost for this workshop, preregistration is required by Friday, September 21, and registration is limited. To register, contact or call (219)395-1987.


Fit 4 MomSept. 29 - FIT4MOM Community Workout - 9:15AM

FIT4MOM Grand Traverse is celebrating our 3 year anniversary serving the mothers and families of Grand Traverse with a community workout at Silver Lake Recreation Area. This workout is kid friendly for children safety buckled in their stroller. The workout will be followed by a healthy post workout snack and playgroup activities. We will finish with a door prize give away from our generous local and national partners. The entire event is completely free for all attendees.  Visit  External for more informatoin or the event webpage at External Link


NWS LogoPDF DocumentSept. 30 - Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - 7PM

Join us at City Opera House with guest host Peter Whorf to hear the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona publicly revealed that Flint kids were exposed to lead... and the brutal backlash that followed. Doors open at 6PM with live music and Morsels.  A pre-reception is also available with opportunity to mingle with Dr. Mona and includes hard-cover book, event ticket, and delicious refreshments by Oryana.

Tickets: External or call 231.941.8082, ext. 201. For more information: External


REMC SavePDF DocumentSpecial Offer on Computers and Accesories - through Sept. 30, 2018

Now throught September 30, 2018 several vendors of the awarded vendors on the 2018 REMC Device Purchasing Bid are also offering discounts to TCAPS staff, students and families on computers and accessories purchased for personal use. Featured vendors are InaComp, Presidio and Sehi.  



Events in October and After

Master Gardener

Oct. 2 - Fall Color Native Plants - 6PM

Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery will speak on Designing For Fall Color With Natives at the October 2nd meeting of the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan. The meeting will be held at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan (MGANM) furthers the horticulture education activities of MSU Extension through monthly educational presentations. Meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to the public. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. For certified master gardeners meeting attendance earns credits toward volunteer and education hours. For more information visit External


Oct. 4 - Young Marines New Recruit School

Leadership. Discipline. Teamwork. We will meet at the Traverse City VFW post (3400 Veterans Dr.). Please contact Jamie Bilkey at 231-360-6999 or with any questions. 


Oct. 6 - DRAW NoMI Linda O’Meara Day of the Arts - 12PM to 4PM

Visit the Dennos for a day of celebrating the arts. Local partners and artists will be on hand to help inspire your work, whether it’s a drawing, painting, dance, or performance - anything goes! Day of the Arts is the official kick-off event for  DRAW NoMI, a local event whose purpose is to encourage making art together. Supported by the Linda O’Meara Fund for Arts Education. Museum admission during the event will be free for children ages 17 and under.



PDF DocumentOct. 10 - An evening with Joe Hill - 6PM

We’re thrilled to welcome Joe Hill to the National Writers Series, the #1 New York Times bestselling author on tour for Strange Weather, a collection of four chilling stories. The son of legendary Stephen King, Hill writes novels that keep you up at
night, including The Fireman, NOS4A2, Heart-Shaped Box, and Horns. Guest host is crime novelist Loren Estleman, one of the most critically acclaimed authors of his generation, receiving 22 national writing awards in all. For more information visit External To buy tickets visit External Link, in-person, or call 231.941.8082, Ext. 201.

Oct. 11 - Dawnland presented by Indy Lens Pop-Up – 7PM

Follow the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., which investigates the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, Dawnland,  by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip, reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Morsels of Traverse City. This is a free event.


NMCPDF DocumentOct. 13 - Girls In Aviation Day - 8:30AM to 1PM

Join us for Girls in Aviation Day at NMC (2600 Aero Park Dr.) on October 13th from 8:30am until 1pm. It’s a free event for young ladies ages 8-17 who are interested in aviation careers. Connect with other girls and women who are excited about aviation! Explore the opportunities for work and play in aviation and aerospace! Experience the high-flying fun aviation offers! Contact Kate via email to RSVP or visit External 


Oct. 20 - Dec 15 - Cardboard Challenge - 9-11AM

Professor Qwbli's Cardboard Challenge is Back! Join in each Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM starting October 20 - December 15.  Professor Qwbli's Cardboard Challenge is an official Global Cardboard Challenge event, which was inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade.' Professor Qwbli’s has teamed up with Makedo & Imagination Foundation to celebrate student creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it.

Professor Qwbli’s Cardboard Challenge uses PLAY and the Design Cycle to empower & inspire kids to dream, take chances, and create the things we imagine… these are the skills of entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers.  For more information visit External Link



TC WestPDF DocumentOct. 20 - National Honor Society Garage Sale

Please save your unwanted items to support NHS activities and student scholarships. Bring all goods to TC West on October 17 & 18 from 4pm to 8pm.  All donations are tax deductible.  Enjoy the sale on the 20th and find new treasures! Contact Aimee Cole at 231-933-7563 with questions.  


Oct. 20 - Nov. 17 - Maker's Lab for Girls

GIRLS RULE! This hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to teaching & learning provides a meaningful context to develop confidence, creativity and interest in science, technology, engineering, math and art by providing a safe space to make, build, tinker and create.

Get your daughter registered before it is too late - this one fills up fast!  For more information visit: External Link

Oct. 23 - TRAPPED! - 4:30PM to 6PM

Join our most popular program on Tuesdays from October 23 - November 27.  Students in this escape room-style program will have work together to overcome obstacles & challenges, solve mysteries, find solutions to puzzles and persevere to escape Professor Qwbli's within 90 minutes! It will NOT be easy! If they are successful, they get to go home and have dinner and see their families. If they are not, they just might find themselves beamed up to Qeslora!  For more information visit External Link


Prof QwibliExternal LinkOct 27 - ZOMBIES - 6PM

HELP! Zombies have invaded Professor Qwbli's again and this time they are trying to ruin Halloween! Can your team find the tools you will need to defeat the zombies that are scattered throughout downtown Traverse City in time to celebrate Halloween with us? It's going to take a lot of teamwork, smarts, and perseverance! To defeat the zombies you will need to solve A LOT of CHALLENGING, interesting, fun puzzles! It won't be easy and it will take your entire team! *Costumes encouraged


Oct. 28 - Dec 16 - Young Inventor Workshop - 9-11AM

Is your child the next Milton Bradley? Join us Sundays from 9AM to 11AM for the Young Inventor Workshop, designed to help students imagine, design, test, and create their own game inventions and to engage them in a positive and challenging endeavor that will help develop cognitive abilities, such as creativity and problem-solving.

Students will work with Professor Qwbli's instructors, award-winning game inventors and business mentors through the Design Cycle, including:BRAINSTORMING, IDEATION, PROTOTYPING, TESTING, leading up the BIG REVEAL, where students will pitch their games to their peers, teachers, parents, game representatives and even the media!  For more information visit External Link


Oct. 27 - The Art of: Perspective - 6:30-8:00PM

Join author and activist Larry Plamondon for an in-depth look at the stories between the paintings in the exhibition, Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Plamondon will offer a historical perspective of the time period as it relates to the Native American experience, pulling from his own involvement in various movements during the 20th century. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College’s Native American Student Organization (NASO).  This is a free event. 


Nov. 4 - Traverse Area Historical Society Meeting – 1pm

Please join the TAHS for their November monthly program held in conjunction with Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850 – 1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts.  TAHS Board Member, Fred Anderson, will present a program about the history of City Opera House (COH) in Traverse City. Of the approximately 128 local opera houses built in Michigan from the late-1800s through the early-1900s, only 13 still stand today, and 6 have been restored and used as entertainment venues. COH is the largest of those handful of restored facilities. Mr. Anderson minored in American history as an undergrad, and worked as an attorney for 28 years. His work focused on the legislative and regulatory process where history was integral. He was twice honored to serve as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University, teaching communications policy. This program is free of charge thanks to a grant from Art Bridges.


Nov. 8 - The Art of: The Other Traverse City- 6PM to 8PM

Local photographer Alan Newton has exhibited two series of photographic work including the area’s population experiencing homelessness and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His latest project will focus his lens on the opioid crisis affecting the Traverse City region and beyond. The exhibition will include approximately 11 portraits of people who are addicts in recovery, emergency responders, judges, families who have lost children, and others connected to the opioid crisis, along with their written stories based on interviews conducted by Newton.

The opening reception welcomes everyone involved in the project along with the public to view and discuss the photographs, stories, and overarching issues facing our community. In addition, service organizations will be present to offer resources and action steps that can positively affect the problems inherent in opioid abuse. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Morsels of Traverse City. This is a free event. The exhibition runs November 8 – December 30, 2018. 



Prof QwibliExternal LinkNov 17 - Professor Qwbli & The Disappearance of Mr. George - 6PM

Professor Qwbli received an urgent email from Mr. George about an imminent threat. Does your team have what it takes to solve the case of The Disappearance of Mr. George? 

Nov. 23 - DRAW NoMI – Black Friday Fun Day - 10AM to 5PM

Bring the whole family for a fun day of exploring the world through the galleries of the Dennos. Travel to the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle and across the American landscapes from the Detroit Institute of Arts, while completing your own scavenger hunt for stickers and other prizes. Supported by the Linda O’Meara Fund for Arts Education. The Museum will be free admission to everyone.


Dec. 6 - The Art of: Storytelling - 6:30-8:00PM

This free event in partnership with Here:Say Storytelling offers participants the opportunity to explore storytelling in all its forms – oral, written, and visual – through discussion, interactive demonstrations, and hands-on projects. The program is free of charge, funded by a grant from Art Bridges as part of the exhibition, Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Morsels of Traverse City.


Prof Quibli

External LinkDec. 26-28 & Jan 2-4 Holiday Brain Gain Camp

Our Holiday Brain Gain Camp will be filled with brain-boosting fun as our campers STEAM into 2019! Professor Qwbli's Camps offer unique opportunities for students to develop their cognitive abilities, as well as motor functions and important life skills such as patience, cooperation, concentration, teamwork, perseverance and leadership in a setting that is just plain fun!

HOURS: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Drop-off anytime after 8:00)
AFTER-CARE: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
AGES: 6 - 13

  • All Six Days: $250 (includes FREE After-Care)
  • Dec 26 - 28: $135
  • Jan 2 - 4: $135
  • After-Care: $8/day

Professor Qwbli's will provide lunch & water. Parents are responsible for morning and afternoon snacks.  If you bring your own lunch, Professor Qwbli's is a NUT-FREE  zone, so please pack accordingly.

Child Enrichment Programs

Battle of the BooksPDF DocumentBattle of the Books

The Battle of the Books Grand Traverse is a free program for fourth and fifth graders to read great books, be on a team, experience heart-pounding competition, and win prizes! Registration begins in November for the 2018-19 season. Learn more about this fun program at (updated 7/18)


blackbird arts logoExternal LinkBlackbird Arts Blackbird Arts

Offering year-round creative programs for toddlers through adults in a supportive, relaxed environment that is focused on individual learning and success. Classes encourage creative exploration through meaningful connections and discoveries. Explore metalsmithing, pottery wheel, printmaking, painting and more. For a complete schedule and details, visit External (updated 7/18)





NMCPDF DocumentCollege For Kids

Celebrating 40 years, NMC is now registering for classes all summer long.  There are over 100 options including STEM classes for ages 3 to 17.  Visit or call 231.995.1700 for more information. (updated 7/18)




crooked tree youth art programsExternal LinkCrooked Tree Arts Center

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers clases and events for youth and adults. For more information, visit External or call 231.941.9488 (updated 7/18)



Girl Scouts Shore to Shore LogoPDF DocumentGirl Scouts Kindergarten Round-Up

Girl Scouts is ready to help  you navigate your daughter's new experience with Kindergarten!  Text DAISY to 59618 to sign up for expert email tips to prep your girl for the new year at school! Or visit External Link for more information. (updated 7/18)


dance arts academy logoExternal LinkDance Arts Academy

The children’s program has been designed by former professional dancers and current educators Susan Buck and Betsy Carr. Their combined 60 years+ of teaching experience has enabled them to prepare a thoughtful, fun, challenging and inspiring program for students. A healthy, positive and supportive atmosphere is offered for students’ development of a strong work ethic, grace, poise and physical and emotional well-being. From toddlers to adults. Fore more information: 231.941.4244 or External (updated 7/18)


Matt Sharp Guitar Lessons graphicPDF DocumentGuitar Lessons – Accepting New Students of All Ages 

Matt Sharp, professional guitar instructor, is accepting new students of all ages, beginner through advanced. Also available for live performance, studio, and clinics/workshops. Call 231.620.9115 or email Matt Sharp for more information. (updated 7/18)



Old Town Playhouse logoOld Town Playhouse Young Company Classes and Productions

The OTP Young Company offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and productions for young people of all ages. Class sessions are held in the fall, winter and late spring, offering a uniquely authentic theatre learning experience. For a list of classes visit  External Link or call 231.947.2210 or email for more information (updated 7/18)



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

The Peepers program is held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Road) for children ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by an adult. These 90-minute nature programs include stories, crafts, music, discovery activities and an outdoor activity to bring the lesson to life. Cost is $5 per child per session. Register at External Link  (updated 7/18)


KindermusikExternal LinkKindermusik

Kindermusik is the world's premier music and movement program for infants up to age 7  At Kindermusik, you and your children will dance, sing, play instruments, learn to share and take turns, use our listening ears, hone our fine and gross motor skills, and create new & lasting friendships! Kindermusik offers age appropriate classes for newborns and babies, walkers, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary children. Each level builds upon the last, as we learn to love music from a wide variety of cultures, and find our own way of expressing through song and dance! Classes are held either at Twin Lakes Park or Leelanau Studios at the Grand Traverse Regional Arts Campus, in the Traverse City area.  Special evening sessions will be offered whenever possible at Evola Music. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions at (updated 7/18)


presbi church

Stong Girls, Powerful Women - 11:30AM to 1PM

Be part of a book club for mothers who want to encourage their elementary through middle school aged daughters to become strong, creative, and powerful women. Mothers and daughters will meet the 3rd Sunday of each month at The Presbyterian Church (Westminster Room at 701 Westminster) to discuss a book that tells the story of a real or fictional girl who has shown independence, perseverance, empathy, and intelligence. All Are Welcome! Call Andrea at 231-946-5680 or for more information. 

Book Choices:  Paperbag Princess, *Because of Winn Dixie, The Hundred Dresses, Great Joy, My Life with the Chimpanzees, Julie of the Wolves, Helen Keller, True Confessions
of Charlotte Doyle, Ruby Bridges, and Malala.


Prof QwiblisExternal LinkProfessor Qwbli's

Professor Qwbli's offers unique opportunities for kids to develop their cognitive abilities, as well as motor functions and important life skills such as patience, cooperation, concentration, teamwork, perseverance and leadership in a setting that is just plain fun!  We offer camps, extended days, snow day options, date night programs, special events, party space and more!  For more information contact Jason Pine at 231-360-5929 or



piano lessons thumbnailPDF DocumentPiano Lessons by Becky Somsel

Now accepting new students. Beginners welcome. Lessons available before and after school. Contact Becky at 616.204.3403. (updated 7/18)


Long Lake logoTC Tots Playgroup - 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

TC Tots Playgroups are for newborn to four year old children and are open to the public. Playgroups are held twice a month during the school year in the Long Lake Elementary School gymnasium (7600 N. Long Lake Rd.). Visitors please check in at the main office upon arrival. For more information, contact Jocelyn Kroll or call the school office at 231.933.7800. (updated 7/18)



TC Art TrekPDF DocumentTraverse City Art Trek

Join TCAT on a search for downtown public art. It is a fun and FREE adventure. This one hour tour is self-guided or can be docent led. For more information, call Linda Koebert at 989-400-3223. (updated 7/18)



PDF DocumentSt. John's Northwestern Summer Leadership Academy

St. John’s Northwestern offers a summer experience that will stick with your son or daughter for years to come.  Located on a 110-acre campus in Delafield, Wisconsin, in the heart of Waukesha County’s “Lake Country,” 35 minutes west of Milwaukee and one hour east of Madison. All of St. John’s Northwestern unique summer programs are now enrolling both boys and girls. For more information, call 1-800-752-2338 or visit External


  • ​Lancers Day Camp - Active, fun, character-building day camp for kids in grades 1-6; Monday through Friday
  • Camp St. John’s Northwestern - High-energy adventure camp for youth ages 10-16 featuring unique activities to build leadership, teamwork and self-confidence; four one-week sessions
  • Summer OPS - Five-week academic program for youth in grades 7-12 incorporating leadership skills, sports and weekend activities




sylvanExternal LinkSylvan Learning

Over 7 million parents have trusted Sylvan to deliver results.
Let Sylvan of Traverse City give your child academic success today. Sylvan is the largest provider of STEM programs in North America. We’re on a mission to engage kids in fun STEM programs today, so they become our leaders of tomorrow.

For more information call 231. 941.0060 or email (updated 7/18)

Join Sylvan the 2nd Saturday of each month for a FREE SAT practice test to see how you might score on test day! Afterwards, we provide you with a personalized evaluation of your performance along with suggestions on ways you can improve your score. We can help guide you on the best path to test success!  Pre-registration is required and spaces fill up fast! Call 231-941-0060 today! Bring a copy of this form with you the day of the test: PDF DocumentRegistration form



traverse area district library logoExternal LinkTraverse Area District Library

TADL, a network of community libraries, provides a wide variety of services, including the loan and inter-library loan of a broad collection of book titles (both hard copy and audiobooks), periodicals, DVDs, CDs, downloadable ebooks, subscription database, publicly accessible computers, free WiFi service, a variety of meeting spaces, blind and physically handicapped services, and free programming for all ages. Visit the Traverse Area District Library webpage for upcoming events for children, teens and adults. (updated 7/18)


traverse community music logoExternal LinkTraverse Community Music

This community music school offers private and group lessons in strings, flute, piano, and voice. Young children's classes are also offered. Lessons are taught year-round.  (updated 7/18)


Young MarinesPDF DocumentYoung Marines

Join in every Thursday in September at 6:30 PM in the VFW post (3400 Veterans Dr.).  Contact Jamie Bilkey at 231-360-6999 or


Sports & Outdoor Programs


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

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2018 to participate. K-Town Youth Care in Kingsley offers sports and comprehensive physicals year round for youth ages 10-21. No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. K-Town is a Medicaid enrollment site and can help you get medical coverage for your child. Located at 112 Brownson Ave., Kingsley. Call for an appointment: 231.263.5895. Walk-ins welcome if time is available. K-Town Youth Care serves the health care needs of children between the ages of 10-21. (updated 7/18)


traverse health clinic logoExternal LinkAthletic Physicals $40:Traverse Health Clinic

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2018 to participate. Traverse Health Clinic offers $40 sport and camp physicals for students throughout the year. Appointments are needed–call 231.935.0799 to schedule. Hours are Mon. and Wed., 8 AM – 8 PM, Tues. and Thurs., 8 AM – 5 PM and Fri. 8 AM – 4 PM. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and must bring school physical cards signed by parent/guardian and student. Traverse Health Clinic is located at 3147 Logan Valley Road, across from Logan’s Landing on S. Airport Road. (updated 7/18)


YHWC logoPDF DocumentAthletic Physicals $20 :Youth Health & Wellness Center

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2018 to participate. The Youth Health & Wellness Center (YHWC), part of the GT County Health Department, offers sports and comprehensive physicals year round for youth ages 10-21. No child will be turned away due to an inability to pay. YHWC is a Medicaid enrollment site and can help you get medical coverage for your child. Located at TBAISD Career-Tech Center, 880 Parsons Road. Office hours are 8:30 AM– 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. Call for an appointment: 231.922.6416. Walk-ins welcome if time is available. (updated 7/18)


Crystal Lake Clinic Logo

PDF DocumentAthletic Physicals $20: Crystal Lake Health Center

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2018-2019 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2018 to participate. CLHC has  organized several designated Sports Physical Clinic dates at 3 of our 12 locations: Benzonia, Interlochen, and Traverse City. Student athletes can come and complete their 2018-2019 sports physicals at our Walk-In Sports Physical Clinic offerings.  Please bring a completed copy of the PDF DocumentMinor Consent Form if a student plans to come without a parent. (updated 7/18)


american legion baseball logoExternal LinkBaseball: TC American Legion Junior Baseball

Children, ages 5-18, are invited to play. American Legion Baseball provides players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun. More information: 1231 Hastings Street,  231.922.2119 (updated 7/18)




dram team graphicPDF DocumentBaseball: Dream Team Co-Ed Baseball League

The Dream Team is a free, co-ed baseball league, formed to include youths and teens, ages 8-21, with disabilities. Dream Team players are paired with partner players from local baseball and softball teams. The partner players will play alongside Dream Team players and provide assistance, as needed. Pending registration, Dream Team play will begin in May and conclude the end of June. For more information, please contact Dayna Ryan at 231.883.5747. (updated 7/18)


little league logoPDF DocumentBaseball: Green Lake Township Little League

The league is open to all children, ages 5-13, no matter what school attending or township you live in. There are no tryouts. All playing abilities are welcome. Games begin mid-May. For more information, call 231.276.9329. (updated 7/18)


little league logoExternal LinkBaseball: Traverse City Little League

Little league is open to ages 5-12. Financial assistance is available if needed. Contact Dean Schweitzer at for more information. (updated 7/18)


milkcrate basketball logoPDF DocumentBasketball: Milk Crate Basketball, Giving Kids an Assist

Milk Crate Basketball is a local organization helping kids with the gear they need to enjoy the game of basketball. Whether it’s on the playground or on a team, Milk Crate can help provide shoes, balls, apparel, pay-to-play fees, camps and more. Apply for an “Assist” or make a donation at: External (update 7/18)


norte logoExternal LinkBiking: Norte Youth Cycling

We are Traverse City’s bike-centric, youth-focused 501c3 advocacy organization. Our mission is to help build stronger, better connected and more walk/bike friendly communities by empowering the young and young at heart. We are developing the next generation of happy, healthy, strong leaders through our Safe Routes To School, walk/bike advocacy, mountain bike, youth leadership and winter programming.  For more information, email or call 231-883-2453 or 231-883-2404. (updated 7/18)


PDF DocumentCamp Westminster

At Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake we want to give your child the opportunity to try new and exciting activities, gain confidence, and make real connections with new friends while spending valuable time splashing in crystal clear Higgins Lake. We’re youth development specialists and that’s what we’ve been doing for 93 years! For more information visit External Link (updated 7/18)



Champion Force LogoPDF DocumentChampion Force Cheerleading

Join cheer classes every Thursday nigth at First Christian Church (3686 South Airport Rd.W).  Class times vary based on age group.  No experience necessary.  Each class is $8 and are pay as you go with a non-refundable $10 registration fee. Debit/credit, cash, or money orders accepted. No personal checks. Contact 800-940-7469 or visit External for more information. (updated 7/18)


tc figure skating logoPDF DocumentFigure Skating: Learn to Skate Program

Sign up now for the Traverse City Figure Skating Club's Learn to Skate program (figure skating, hockey skills, recreational skating). Classes are offered for skaters ages 3-adult. For more information, go to or call 231.947.2267. (updated 7/18)


tc youth football logoExternal LinkFootball: Pop Warner Youth Football

Learn more at External For more information, please contact External LinkBarb Beckett. (updated 7/18)


TCJGA logoExternal LinkGolf: TCJGA Junior Golf Programs

The Traverse City Junior Golf Association offers golf programs for children, ages five and up. Golf lessons, on-course instruction, tournaments, college scholarships and an indoor golf program offered. For more information and to register, go to: External (posted 7/18)




Grass River Natural Area

We have a full schedule of summer programs at Grass River Natural Area !

PDF DocumentJune Programming
PDF DocumentJuly Programming
PDF DocumentAugust Programming

Contact Kendra Luta at 231-533-8314 or for more information. (updated 7/18)



Waters Edge Gymnastics

Gymnastics: Waters Edge Gymnastics

Water’s Edge Gymnastics of Traverse City is the best place in Northern Michigan for kids’ gymnastics, preschool gymnastic classes, recreational gymnastic classes, tumbling classes, circus classes, parkour classes, kids’ birthday parties, field trips, and competitive gymnastics for boys & girls.  Water’s Edge now offers NINJA WARRIOR  classes for kids and adults as well! Go toExternal to register!  (updated 7/18)


blue oxer logoExternal LinkHorseback Riding Lessons: Blue Oxer Equestrian Services

Do you know someone who is horse crazy? Blue Oxer can help! Well trained horses, certified instructor, heated indoor ring, ride year round. Call 231.649.1527 or visit External (updated 7/18)


ymca logoExternal LinkLacrosse: YMCA

Lacrosse is offered each spring at the YMCA for children in grades 9-12. Season begins in April. (updated 7/18)




kung fu graphicExternal LinkMartial Arts: White Tiger Martial Arts

Enroll now for Karate and Kung Fu classes at White Tiger Martial Arts (4125 Cedar Run Rd). Registration by phone at  231.313.6900 or in person.  For more information visit External Link (updated 7/18)




LEAPExternal LinkTC Triton Rowing - Now Registering

Registration is now open to all middle and high school boys and girls. Make new friends, develop teamwork & compete at the state and regional level. Learn more at External  (updated 7/18)



TC alliance logoExternal LinkRugby: TC Alliance Rugby

TC Alliance Rugby is a Division One Rugby Club and plays Grandville, Sparta, Rockford, GR Catholic Central, and West Ottawa. There is a State Championship playoff. High school boys in grades 9-12 are invited. No experience necessary and size does not matter. Learn more at External (updated 7/18)


Cold is Cool Logo4th & 5th Graders Ski Free

Fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to ski FREE all over Michigan with the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport! The passport gives students up to three complimentary lift tickets or trail passes at each of the 30 participating ski areas. Complete the PDF Documentapplication and visit External for more information. Additional questions can be directed to Mickey MacWilliams at 248.620.4448. (updated 7/18)


Mt Holiday LogoHoliday Race Team

Elementary and Middle School ski practice is available through the Holiday Race Team at Mt. Holiday. In addition, skiers will be able to participate in club races and invitationals throughout the season. Registration opens in October of the current race year. Please register External Linkonline or email for more information. (updated 7/18)


Mt. Holiday Logo

Ski and Snowboard School

Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Mt. Holiday for students in grades K-9 this winter. The cost is $40.00 for a three day class or $55.00 for class and ski/snowboard rental. All lessons are from 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM. Registration can be completed External Linkonline. For more information or questions, call 231.938.2500. (updated 7/18)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoShanty Creek - Learn to Ski Program

During the evenings and Sunday afternoons, Shanty Creek will have the Learn to Ski program available to students of all ages and their family members. Week night evening programs are 3:30 PM - 8 PM and Sunday sessions are 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Registration forms must be received prior to December 14th. (updated 7/18)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoShanty Creek - Season Pass Program

Shanty Creek is offering unrestricted season passes to reward students with grade points of 3.0 and higher in grades 6-12. Report cards can be brought to the Season Pass counter at Shanty Creek Resorts. Forms can be downloaded at External (updated 7/18)


WeSki LogoTimber Ridge - We Ski Program

Timber Ridge is offering a WeSki Program to families that are looking to have fun while enjoying a healthy time together cross country skiing. The cost is $45.00 per family or $30.00 for an individual. This fee includes participation in all three sessions, trail fee at Timber Ridge, a snack before lessons as well as a light meal after lessons, and age/ability instruction. Fore more information call 231.947.2770 or visit External (updated 7/18)


TAGS logoExternal LinkSoftball: Traverse Area Girls' Softball (TAGS)

Softball season begins in May. Learn more about Traverse Area Girls' Softball at: External (updated 7/18)



tc breakers logoExternal LinkSwimming: GT Bay YMCA Breakers Traverse City Swim Club

Breakers is a year round, family-oriented program that promotes teamwork, pride and excellence though training, competition, and team building activities at all levels. The program is open to all youth, ages 5-18, who have a desire to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming. For more information on any of these swim activities, visit External or contact Kathy Coffin-Sheard, 231-346-4969 to set up a tryout. (updated 7/18)



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

Mt. Holiday offers tubing and zip lining. Their 10 station zip line is a breath taking experience unique to the TC area. Also offered, the Green Zipper, which is a smaller zip line more ideal for larger groups. For more information, call 231.938.2500. (updated 7/18)

Student Assistance & Mentoring Programs

AAA logoPDF DocumentAAA - FREE Teen Membership

Teen dependents of active AAA Primary Members residing in The Auto Club Group territory can take advantage of a free membership. They must have a learner’s permit. Here’s what you and your teen enjoy: Flat tire – changed on the spot with your spare, Out of gas – free fuel delivery, Locked out – we’ll get them in, Dead battery – we’ll give them a jump or a tow.  Membership expires on renewal date of Primary Member. Call Aaron Simon at (231) 947-2385 for more in formation. (updated 7/18)


Michigan College PlanningExternal LinkMichigan College Planning - College Consulting

Michigan College Planning provides personalized service for college and career goals. Students they have served attend a variety of colleges from public to private throughout Michigan, the entire United States, and several other countries.
​Michigan College Planning provides up-to-date information for students and families as they transition to college and beyond and is committed to reducing the confusion, stress and over-whelming anxiety associated with college planning. (updated 7/18)

Next Step thumbnailPDF DocumentCollege Prep: Next Step Career and College Consulting

Our goal is to provide each family with personalized academic assistance for their individual college and career goals. We are
committed to reducing the confusion, stress and overwhelming feeling that comes with planning for the Next Step!  This personalized program, utilizes every resource we have to ensure an optimal outcome for both student and parents. Our process is focused on integrating a student’s interests, abilities and values, to identify  their probable career path. We then help determine which majors support that career path and find the schools which will provide the necessary education, while meeting the family’s education budget. For more information, contact Deanna Sayer at 231.499.7712 or visit External Link (updated 7/18)



SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentCollege Prep: SOS Learning Lab Bootcamps

College Prep Bootcamps are available to help those interested in furthering their education. Topics discussed will include essay writing, information on what colleges are looking for and resume/cover letter writing. These classes are also available individually along with SAT & ACT preparation, college study skills and organization classes, and scholarship search help. For more information, contact or (updated 7/18)


carPDF DocumentDriver Education: Drive My Way

Register today for driver education with Drive My Way instructors Asheigh and Mark Ingraham. Segment 1 and 2 sessions are available. Register by phone at (231 )492-6612. (updated 7/18)

Continuum of CarePDF DocumentHomeless Services: Greater Grant Traverse Area Continuum of Care

Serving those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Continuum of Care is a five county collaboration of agencies that address housing issues through a community-based process which develops a comprehensive, coordinated continuum of care to address the shelter, supportive service and housing needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Call 231.947.3780 or 800.632.7334. (updated 7/18)


step logoExternal LinkHomeless Services: Students in Transition Empowerment Program

STEP provides school stability by helping students stay in their current school while in residential transition. Based on the child’s living situation and individual needs, STEP helps remove barriers to a student’s education by helping with transportation to school, providing clothing, school supplies, personal hygiene items, academic support, and/or helping make connections with other local resources. If you have lost your housing or know someone who has, contact Abby Jordan, confidentially, at 231.933.8991.(updated 7/18)


disability network logoPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Disability Network, SEPAC, & MI Alliance for Families

Join in discussion and informational sessions held at Disability Network, TBAISD and more. (updated 7/18)



Goshawk thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Goshawk Behavioral Health Services

Services include: assessment and treatment for ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities; anxiety and depression support; adapting to lifestyle changes; personality disorders; high school to college transitions; and more. For more information: External (updated 7/18)


Helping Kids thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Helping Kids Counseling Services, LLC

Providing children a listening ear in their time of need. Counseling for children and teens on issues related to divorce, abuse, ADD/ADHD, childhood trauma, and other life changes. Now accepting Medicaid. Workshops and trainings for churches and non-profit organizations available. Topics may include: families in crisis, parenting, boundaries, self-care and more. Contact Alison Neihardt LPC NCC, at 231.590.4812,  or visit External (updated 7/18)


HelpLink thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: HelpLink

Connecting People in Need to Resources: HelpLink is a free service that works with people who have family or personal needs by helping them explore options for assistance. These options are available from agencies and programs in the five county GT region.(updated 7/18)


munson healthcare thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Physicians Referral Service

Call 231.935.5886 or 1.800.533.5520 for more information. (updated 7/18)


Michael's Place thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Robin’s Nest at Michael’s Place 

Youth Grief Support Programs: Robin’s Nest helps grieving youth by providing them the opportunity to build relationships with mentors and other youth who understand their grief. Call 231.947.6453 for more information.(updated 7/18)


GT County thumbnailPDF DocumentMentoring: Learning Partners 

A prevention program of Grand Traverse County Probate & Family Court under Judge Melanie Stanton, mentors at-risk elementary school students to prevent future court-involvement. Develops an academic-based mentoring relationship and encourage a career as a student. This is a year-round program that focuses on weekly contact with the student during the school year , and includes out-of-classroom positive learning activities. This program supports academic and social growth, study skills, and other life skills. Contact the Learning Partners Program Coordinator 231.922.4827 or External Linkvisit the Learning Partners website for more information. (updated 7/18)


bbbs logoPDF DocumentMentoring: Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BIGS) helps youth succeed in school by providing them with an adult mentor who meets weekly with the child throughout the school year.  Mentors are carefully screened, trained and supervised by a BIGS Staff Specialist who monitors and guides their friendship and activities.  All visits take place at school, during normal school time or extended day hours.  Mentors provide a child reassurance, encouragement, and the motivation they need to continue a successful path in school and/or help them through an emerging academic challenge.  Parents often appreciate the extra support knowing someone special is looking out for their son or daughter during school.  To learn more go to External or call 231.946.2447 ext. 219 to enroll your child today.  (updated 7/18)


junior achievement thumbnailPDF DocumentMentoring: Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed

JA is looking for adults to match with classrooms. If you are a civic club member, business person, retired teacher, parent, role model, friend of young people – and you want to see our young people succeed – please consider this great opportunity to donate your time, experience and expertise. Training and fun lessons plans provided. For more information, contact district manager Leisa Eckerle Hankins at 231.922.6330 or (updated 7/18)


kids hope logoExternal LinkMentoring: Kids Hope

Serves elementary “at-risk” children who need extra attention because of social, emotional, or academic needs. Each trained volunteer meets with a student one hour per week during the school year. (updated 7/18)





Kelsey's Law LogoExternal LinkScholarship: Kelsey's Law Distracted Driving Scholarship

The 2017 Kelsey's Law Scholarship winners have been announced! Students may begin applying for next year's scholarship through August 31st, 2018. $5,000 worth of scholarships are offered to Michigan high school juniors and seniors each year. Applicants should apply External Linkonline. (updated 7/18)


SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: LLC

SOS Learning Lab is providing educational services for all ages and abilities in the following areas: Individual  Tutoring, Small Group Sessions, and College Prep Classes. For more information, visit External,  call 231.331.5056, or email (updated 7/18)



Foundation for Youth

PDF DocumentFoundation For Youth Advisory Board

We are looking for local teens 14-24 to become part of the solution. We want young people to get involved in ending youth homelessness by sharing their ideas. Only with their help will we make our community even better than it already is. 

If you want more information on what is happening in our community, please email

Community Members (50+) Events & Resources

GT County COAExternal LinkAbout the GT Senior Center Network

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network provides many social, wellness and educational programs that are specially designed to meet the interests and needs of the 50+ generation. 


COASept. 21, 26 & 27 - FREE Fall Risk Assessments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year millions of older people – those 65 and older – fall. Taking a fall risk assessment can help determine the causes that increase the risk of a fall, which then can be dealt with by subsequent intervention.

Join FYZICAL Therapy for a free fall risk assessment at three of Grand Traverse Senior Center Network locations. In Traverse City, 801 E. Front Street, Friday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be 15-minute appointments available for each participant through advance registration. No appointment is necessary in Kingsley, 115 E. Blair Street, on Wednesday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or in Interlochen, 9700 Riley Road, on Thursday, September 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An optional lunch at all locations is served at noon. At the outreach locations, an advance registration for lunch is required by Monday the week of the assessment – call 231-922-2080. In Traverse City, lunch reservations require 24 hour advance notice – call 231-947-5285. The cost of lunch is a $3 donation for 60 and over and $5 for all others.

For more information and to register in Traverse City, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080.


Alliance for Senior Living

Sept. 28 - Senior Housing Resource Recess - 10AM

The Resource Recess is a fun way to learn about senior housing. A delightful dessert and beverage will be will be served for breakfast, while you’re educated on all Northern Michigan has to offer in senior housing. You’ll hear explanations about Medicare and Medicaid, VA funding and the MiChoice Waiver program. You’ll also meet vendors who will share their knowledge on how they can help with senior housing. Watch out, you may be asked to come up front for a little audience participation! Be sure to participate in the door prize drawings! There is no cost to attend and no follow up obligations! Date is Friday, September 28th from 10am-11:30am at the Park Place Hotel. You must RSVP to Alliance for Senior Housing at 231-263-4040 or




Sept. 29 - 5th Annual Fish Fry - 12PM

The Friday night fish fry is a popular year round tradition! The Traverse City Senior Center in partnership with the Traverse City Area Steelheaders Chapter of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fishermen’s Association will be hosting their 5th Annual fish fry on Saturday, September 29, 12 p.m., 801 E. Front Street. Enjoy a large two-piece fish fry with a variety of wild caught fish – caught from the area by the members of the local chapter. The meal also includes sides, dessert and a beverage. There are multiple seating times available, ensuring fresh, hot fish. 

The cost is $5 per meal. You must purchase tickets in advance by Wednesday, September 26. Tickets are not available on the date of the event and there are no meals to go permitted.  If you have any questions, please email or call 231-922-2080.  You can purchase tickets for the fish fry at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street.



Oct. 1 - 30 - Health Literacy Month Scavenger Hunt

October is Health Literacy Month – a time for organizations to promote the importance of health information that is presented in plain language and free of medical jargon. To observe Health Literacy Month, the Traverse City Senior Center and the Munson Community Health Library are sponsoring a scavenger hunt, which will bring attention to the available local health services and resources important to the area.

The scavenger hunt begins October 1 and ends October 30. Registration and packet pick-up for the scavenger hunt begins September 17. Give yourself plenty of time to complete all of the challenges – get your packet early from the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, or the Munson Community Health Center Library, 550 Munson Avenue. You will be completing the challenges in the hunt to win prizes, while also becoming more familiar with community health resources.

The Health Literacy Month Scavenger Hunt Finale Party will be at the Munson Community Health Center Library, 550 Munson Avenue, in Traverse City on Tuesday, October 30, 4 p.m. There will be free refreshments and final prize drawings for those who attend. All are welcome, whether they participated in the scavenger hunt or not. For more information or to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080


Oct. 2 - Dementia Conversations - 4PM

Forgetfulness, temporary confusion or having trouble remembering a word or someone’s name can be a normal part of aging. However, when unusual behavior or a change in a person’s mental competence starts to interfere with daily life and activities – such as preparing meals, driving a car or handling finances – it’s time to see a doctor. These changes in behavior could be signs of dementia, a loss of cognitive functioning – thinking, remembering and reasoning.

Join Maggie Hardy from the Alzheimer’s Association on Tuesday, October 2, 4 p.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, for a presentation offering tips on how to have an honest and caring conversation with a family member about visiting the doctor.

Hardy’s presentation is free, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080



October 15 & 22 - Caregiver 101 - 1:30PM

As our population ages, nearly 10 million adult children, mainly Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), are finding themselves the primary caregivers for their aging parents. Although it can be rewarding, it can also take a heavy emotional and physical toll. Join experts from the Area Agency on Aging on Monday, October 15 and 22, 1:30 p.m., at the Golden Fellowship Hall in Interlochen, 9700 Riley Road, as they discuss available resources and ways to best support caregivers. This two-part mini-support group will also help new caregivers. Although the Caregiver 101 discussion is free, advance registration is required by Thursday, October 11. Participation in both sessions is encouraged, but is not required. For more information or to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080


Senior Center Network2018 Summer Season Discount - The River Outfitters

Members can now enjoy a Senior Center Member Discount at The River Outfitters: People Powered Adventures. Offering stand up paddle boards, kayaks, bikes and tubes.  A portion of each rental is donated to Grand Traverse Conservation District.  For the remainder of the 2018 season, The River Outfitters will offer (Monday through Thursday only):

  • 50% off for hourly rentals for Senior Center Members and one non-member guest

  • 50% off summer fun pass for Senior Center Members and up to 4 non-member guests
Senior Center Members must show their membership card upon booking.  View prices and details by visiting External or call 231-883-1413.

Wednesdays - Moving Meditation - 8AM

Join Naomi Sophia Call on Wednesdays throughout the summer, at 8:00 a.m., on the Traverse City Senior Center Beach (801 E. Front Street) as she helps you explore moving and walking meditations. Learn tips for a deeper and more efficient breathing and daily mindfulness, with movement meditation helping to restore the balance of mind and body. You will leave feeling renewed and energized. 

Call is an international teacher and best-selling author with over 30 years of experience in the healing arts.  She also is a certified yoga teacher, nutritionist, herbalist, and health coach.

This is an outdoor class, which will be cancelled if it is raining. Wear comfortable layers of clothing for ease of movement. The cost of each class is $5 and advance registration is required. For more information and to register, email or call the new program registration number at 231-922-2080.


GT County COAPDF DocumentCross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Socialize and exercise! The Senior Center Network hosts a cross-country group on Mondays at 1 PM at various locations in northing Michigan, and a snowshoeing group on Fridays at 1 PM at Timber Ridge. Advanced registration for both groups is required. Call 231.922.4911 for more information. (posted 12/19/16)


coa thumbnailExternal LinkPickleball at the GT Senior Center

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Senior Center league began in 2007 with just a handful of members playing and has grown to over 150 members playing three mornings a week. Three courts are available for open play in the afternoons and equipment can be rented from the Senior Center for a donation. For more information, please call 231.922.4911. (posted 9/10/15)


General Information & Services

GT CountyYard Waste Passes & Brush Drop Off Information

RecycleSmart, the resource recovery program for Grand Traverse County, announces that Acme, East Bay, Garfield and Long Lake Townships are offering free Yard Waste Passes for their Township residents. Please contact your Township office directly to pick up your Yard Waste Pass and learn about the details.

The Brush Drop-Off Site is located at 2471 N. Keystone Road and is open for the season during the following days and times: Tuesdays - Noon to 7 PM; Thursdays and Saturdays - 9 am to 3 pm. 

Acceptable yard waste material includes: brush and branches; grass clippings and leaves. The brush site does NOT accept dirt, sod, concrete and stumps or branches greater than18” in diameter (12” diameter maximum for some townships).  Please separate your grass clippings and leaves from branches and twigs.

For more information, please contact your local unit of government:

·       Acme Township: 938-1350
·       East Bay Township: 947-8647
·       Garfield Township: 941-1620
·       Long Lake Township: 946-2249


MDEPDF DocumentMichigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist (SOS-380)

The Michigan Department of State offers the Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist as a free resource intended to assist parents or legal guardians of teens with understanding and following the steps of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). For more information, visit External Link (updated 7/18)


TCAPS help us host thumbnailExternal LinkHost Homes: Become a TCAPS Host Family Today 

Want to explore the globe without leaving home? Open the door to the world by hosting a student from Europe, Latin American or Asia. Be part of an unforgettable experience.  Hosting a student is one of the most rewarding experiences your family will have. It extends your family into a second culture and gives the opportunity to look at familiar patterns through the eyes of those who grew up in a different country, speak a different language and have different habits and expectations. Contact Kristel Rodriguez-Peacock at or  231.933.1766 to learn more. (updated 7/18)


Munson Healthcare

PDF DocumentMunson Hospice 2018 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Activities 

Munson Hospice is pleased to provide you with our 2018 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Workshops offered throughout the Antrim-Benzie-Charlevoix-Grand Traverse-Kalkaska-Leelanau-Manistee-Wexford counties. These groups offer a friendly environment where grief and loss is understood. They are open to the public and no registration is required.  See the schedule attached. Please direct any questions to Munson Home Health at (800) 252-2065. (updated 7/18)


ayusa thumbnailPDF DocumentHost Homes: AYUSA Exchange Program

 If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures, and helping students achieve their dreams, then you would make a great host family. Hosting is an amazing opportunity to share your home with an open-minded student who is eager to learn about American culture and family life. Visit External or call 231.429.2936 for more information. PDF DocumentBecome A Student Ambassador – Make a difference in your high school and in your community. Student Ambassadors work closely with the exchange students at your school. Learn more at 800.288.1221. (updated 7/18)


cetusa thumbnailPDF DocumentHost Homes: CETUSA High School Program

 Explore the world by opening your home. Volunteer to host an international student. Students who come to the U.S. on Cetusa’s High School Program are placed with a host family. CETUSA host families are volunteers who provide safe and loving homes for students during their semester or academic year in the U.S. Students hope to be included as a part of the family and to live as American teenagers. External LinkVisit the CETUSA website to learn more. (updated 7/18)


tcaps thumbnailHigh School Diplomas for Veterans

To provide special recognition for the service and sacrifice of military veterans of WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam era, Public Act 181 of 2001 and Public Act 55 of 2014 authorizes the board of a Michigan school district to award high school diplomas to WWII, Korean Conflict and Vietnam veterans. The law permits WWII veterans who left high school between December 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 for immediate military service and did not subsequently receive a high school degree to now apply for a diploma. Korean War veterans who left high school between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955 may also apply. Family members may apply on the behalf of a living or deceased veteran. Veterans of the Vietnam era must have been drafted or enlisted between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 to qualify for this diploma. The application requires a copy of the veteran’s discharge from military service indicating honorable service between the dates of December 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 or June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955 or February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. Also, the Vietnam era veteran must apply to the school district where he/she was enrolled during high school. The applicant’s signature certifies the remaining information. TCAPS is pleased to be able to award high school diplomas to veterans who meet Public Act 181 or Public Act 55 criteria. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Stein at 231-933-1718. (updated 7/18)


City Opera House is one of 48 opera houses built in Michigan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Affectionately known as “The Grand Old” Lady, this regional treasure opened in 1892. Today only seven of these historic Victorian structures are open statewide.  Of these, only the magnificently-restored City Opera House in downtown Traverse City features two world-class Performing Arts series featuring professional national-touring artists, multiple arts education programs for learners ages 8-18, and hosts an active schedule of public and private community events year round.  

The City Opera House is proud to partner with Michigan State University's renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts to present the Performing Arts and LIVE at the Opera House series downtown Traverse City. (updated 7/18)


mackinac thumbnailExternal LinkMiscellaneous: Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt Card & Board Games

These games offer players of all ages a fun way to take a virtual visit to one of Michigan’s most famous and intriguing places. Five progressively more challenging games give players a sense of the deep history, diverse ecosystems, and unique culture of Mackinac Island. A percentage of the profits will benefit the stewardship programs of the Mackinac Island State Historic Parks. (updated 7/18)


poultry thumbnailPDF DocumentMiscellaneous: Protecting Your Family from Germs

 Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from Salmonella infections after coming in contact with live poultry. For more information, please call 1800.CDC.INFO or visit External 7/18)


recycle smart thumbnailExternal LinkMiscellaneous: Recycle Smart

The mission of the Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery Department is to protect the public health and environment of our community by efficiently managing waste materials with a focus on resource conservation. The External Link“Take It Back” program provides information where consumers can return unwanted products to local providers/businesses for reuse, recycling or responsible disposal. The program is growing on a weekly basis. (updated 7/18)



gt resort thumbnailExternal LinkParties: GT Resort & Spa Pool Party & Birthday Party Programs

Enjoy your next special event in a fun and playful atmosphere with access to the 15,000-square-foot Indoor Water Playground with a 16-foot high, 70-foot long waterslide, water walk, zero depth sprayground and two in water basketball hoops. External LinkGT Resort and Spa Kid’s Night Out Program Every Saturday night from 6 PM-11 PM kids can enjoy crazy tennis games, swimming, art and crafts, board games, Wii/movie time and a pizza party! Pre-registration required. (updated 7/18)


potter's thumbnailPDF DocumentParties: Potter's Bakery Creative Room for Parties

Consider the new creative room at Potter’s Bakery for your next birthday party or special event. (updated 7/18)


NMCAA thumbnailPDF DocumentSavings & Banking: Open A Michigan Saves Account & Earn Extra Money

The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Michigan Saves IDA Program is a matched savings program for people who want to build financial assets. NMCAA will work with customers to provide the extra dollars and tools needed to help build a bright future. For more information, call 231.947.3780. (updated 7/18)


bob thumbnailExternal LinkServices: Best of the Best (B.O.B.) Moving & Storage

Mention TCAPS Partner in Education (PIE) Program and B.O.B. Moving & Storage will donate $25 of your move to TCAPS. (updated 7/18)


find and go seek thumbnailExternal LinkServices: Find & Go Seek Online Resource for Parents

An online resource for Grand Traverse Bay area parents to find kid and family friendly activities. Access categorized listings, an events calendar and reviews to help parents find all the good things there are to do in the region. (updated 7/18)

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

arby's logoPDF DocumentJobs: Arby''s New Location Now Hiring! 

Wages start at $10.50 per hour and ask about the $500 signing bonus! We offer competitive wages, flexible scheduling, meal discounts and more! We are looking for customer service fanatics who are honest, reliable and enjoy a fast-paced environment. Prior food service experience is a plus, but not mandatory. Paid training is provided. Applications are at 
720 MunsonAve., Ste#1 in Traverse City in the Tom’s East Bay Shopping Center or call (989)915-0071. Interviews are scheduled daily.  (updated 7/18)

BATA logoPDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring BATA Drivers

Need summer hours?  BATA is in need of summer drivers!  Come join us at a premium rate of $14 per hour!  For more information call 231-933-5544 or visit External  (updated 7/18



Crystal River OutfittersPDF DocumentJobs:  Crys​tal River Outfitters Now Hiring! 

Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District in Glen Arbor is seeking employees (18+ preferred)! Between our four stores we hire about 50 staff members. We have full and part time work available May-October (weekends of course during the school year). (updated 7/18)

Employment info and applications can be found on


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Traverse City Senior Center seeks Tech Savvy Teens

The Traverse City Senior Center is seeking tech savvy teens (16-18 yrs) to volunteer to help older adults with the finer points of their cell phones, tablets and laptops.  Group would meet once a month in the late afternoon, early evening for up to 90 minutes beginning in March.  If interested, please email for more details. (updated 7/18)




gordon food service thumbnailExternal LinkJobs: Gordon Food Service Seeking Sales Associates

The Gordon Food Service Store located at 1781 Barlow Street is currently hiring multiple sales associates for both full and part time positions. To be considered, please apply online through the following links: External LinkHere and External LinkHere.  (updated 7/18)


great wolf lodge thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: Great Wolf Lodge Job Openings

View current part-time and full-time positions available at the Great Wolf Lodge. (updated 7/18)




pcmi will sub thumbnailPDF DocumentJobs: PCMI Services Seeking Guest Teachers

PCMI Services is looking for qualified guest teachers. If you like to work with children, are professional, have excellent communication skills and possess the ability to lead, then apply now. To view opportunities and requirements, visit: External or contact Jeanmarie Riccobono at 231-922-6230 or (updated 7/18)


habitat for humanity thumbnailVolunteer: Habitat for Humanity–Individual & Construction Volunteers Needed

Come join Habitat for Humanity, GTR for a day of building on the construction site. Habitat is a volunteer-driven organization serving families and communities in the Grand Traverse Region. Work alongside a dedicated construction team, regular core group of volunteers, and partner families and you can help build Habitat houses while having a great time learning construction skills. You can also get a first-hand look at our sustainable building practices. No previous construction skills are expected! Habitat for Humanity, GTR will provide skilled construction staff and volunteer leaders. All tools, safety equipment, and building materials needed for the day will be provided. To get involved and become part of the Habitat Team, contact the Volunteer Services Manager Kathleen English at 231-941-4663 extention 121 (updated 7/18)


heartland thumbnailPDF DocumentVolunteer: Heartland Hospice

Take a chance, be a friend, share a smile…make a difference. Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in your area. Volunteers provide the extra love and care to patients at this challenging time in their life. We invite you to consider becoming a hospice volunteer. Spend an hour or two a week visiting. Enrich your life and theirs! (updated 7/18)


TSAPDF DocumentJOBS: ​The TSA (Transportation Security Administration/Department of Homeland Security)

The TSA has additional openings for the part-time Transportation Security Officer (TSO) position at Cherry Capital Airport.  No experience is required.  Includes pay starting at $15.63/hour, part-time federal benefits, and options for application. To meet mission related staffing needs, the job opportunity announcement is for females; however, male candidates are welcome to apply and their applications will continue to be processed as well.  Please direct interested candidates to apply online at External Link  or to call the TSA Help Desk at 877-872-7990 with any questions. (updated 7/18)


YMCAPDF DocumentJobs: Now Hiring Lifeguards

Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds come to the Y for water safety education, to learn to swim, and to meet their health and ellness goals in the pool. Lifeguards are essential to ensuring a safe environment for those thousands of individuals. Think you have what it takes? Apply today! (updated 7/18)

Sign Up for Community Newsletters


tcaps thumbnailExternal LinkTCAPS, Our Community Monthly Newsletter

Want to know more about what's happening at TCAPS? Stay connected to your community schools by signing up to receive the Traverse City Area Public Schools monthly electronic newsletter as well as periodic updates from the district. External LinkVisit our newsletter webpage to sign up now.


FarmRaiser thumbnailExternal LinkFarmRaiser Newsletter, The Cultivator

Sign up for a free electronic newsletter for articles and information related to local food systems, healthy kids, and the community fundraising efforts that connect them. Stories of FarmRaiser Champs and schools teaming up with farmers and food artisans to bring amazingly fresh, often unique, and always tasty products to their fundraising campaigns will also be shared. External LinkSign up via the FarmRaiser newsletter online form. (updated 8/15/16)

MyNorth thumbnailExternal LinkKids Up North Newsletter

Families are invited to sign up for a free email newsletter from Traverse Magazine | and Munson Medical Center. The newsletter promotes healthy lifestyles for kids. Kids Up North will get you and your kids diving into Michigan’s spectacular outdoor recreation, provide hand-picked events and help you get your kids outside and active. Each issue you’ll find everything from recipes to outdoors activities, and music outings to u-pick farms. And it’s free. Sign up at External  (updated 8/15/16)