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 231.933.5654 in the TCAPS Communications office.

Events in April

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PDF DocumentApr. 29 - Trashion Fashion Show - 8 PM

Trashion Fashion is a collaboration of creativity from Northern Michigan high school students featuring fashion created from alternative and recycled materials. The event will be held in The Commons at Traverse City West High School (5376 N Long Lake Rd). Tickets are $5 at the door (proceeds to benefit Women's Resource Center Doula Teen Parent Program). T-shirts will also be for sale for $8.  Contact Julie Keck at for more information. (posted 4/13/17)

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Apr 29 - Arbor Day Planting Workbee - 9:30-12:00pm

Join Parklands program staff in celebrating Arbor Day (actual Arbor Day is Friday, April 28th) by planting small bareroot native trees and shrubs to restore areas impacted by the removal of Brown Bridge Dam. This is a great FREE opportunity to actively connect with the parkland by exploring new areas, meeting new people, and learning about many exciting project taken place on the property. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided. RSVPs are required; contact Reb Ratliff at or 231.941.0960x27, or Tom Vitale at or 231.941.0960x19



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PDF DocumentHousehold Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Dates

HHW drop-off events are by appointment only and can be made by using the online scheduling system at or by calling the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555. Hours will be from 1PM - 7PM on the following Thursdays: May 11, June 22 and August 10.  One Saturday drop-off event will be held on October 14 from 9AM - 2PM. The HHW drop-off location will be provided upon appointment confirmation.  Grand Traverse County residents may bring up to 150 pounds of material at no cost to any of five (5) events scheduled in 2017.  The cost for excess HHW beyond 150 pounds is $1.30 per pound. For more information, visit or call the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231-941-5555.

PDF DocumentRegister Now - Take It From the Top - Aug 14 - 19

Direct from NYC's theater district, Take It From The Tops' Broadway teaching artists work side by with students exploring the 'triple threat' disciplines of music, dance and acting in a safe and fun environment. Uniquely catered to each student’s talent level, Take It From The Top participants spend six days working side by side with Broadway professionals. Take It From The Top offers theater intensives for the beginner and the more advanced student.  To register, visit External Link (posted 3/22/17)


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PDF 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. (posted 3/20/17)


Incredible Mo's LogoPDF DocumentNow Registering for Kids Bowl Free Summer Program

Incredible Mo's (1355 Silver Lake Crossings Blvd., Grawn) is once again offering its Kids Bowl Free summer program which offers 2 FREE games each day all summer long! Visit External to register your child today.  For more information call 231.944. 1355. (posted 3/20/17)


The Salvation Army LogoPDF DocumentFREE Breakdancing Lessons - 4:45PM  - 5:30PM

Students ages 6-12 are invited to join teacher LuAnne Dreves at The Salvation Army (1239 Barlow St) on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30PM for classes. Contact LuAnne at or 231-631-5627 to
sign up! (posted 3/20/17)

International Affairs Forum LogoPDF DocumentThrough June 16 - International Affairs Forum Lecture Series - 6PM

Mark Your Calendars Now for International Affairs Forum at NMC’s Milliken Auditorium!  All lectures begin at 6PM with a pre-reception beginning at 5:15PM at NMC's Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $10 at the door (free for students and educators).  (posted 1/26/17)

Events in May and After

GT Conservation District

May - Native Landscaping with the Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan maintains the demonstration gardens at the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd.). Join us to help make our gardens shine, meet new people, and learn from experienced gardeners. 

Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22 - 5:30PM -7:30PM

Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 - 9:00 AM - 11:30AM (posted 4/25/17)


The Rock

PDF DocumentMay 3 - Free Screening of documentary  "Most Likely To Succeed" - 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Join us Wednesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Rock (115 E. Blair St, Kingsley) for a free screening of this must-see film for anyone interested in educating our children for success in today’s economy. A discussion will follow led by NMC’s Nick Roster and Kingsley Middle School Principal Karl Hartman.  For more information call 231-263-7000.  (posted 4/19/17)

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May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Spanish Club Fundraiser - 6pm-9PM

On Friday, May 5, 2017, TCAPS Spanish students will host a Cinco de Mayo community dinner from 6 PM to 9PM at the Traverse City Masonic Temple (13360 S. West Bay Shore Dr.). The event will feature a traditional Mexican meal, music, crafts, silent auction, games, prizes and more. The funds raised will support 40 students studying Spanish participating in two separate exchange trips. The first is a global service volunteer trip to Guanajuato, Mexico and the other is a language learning trip to Spain. The trip to Mexico will include students attending an immersion language school while performing community service work at an orphanage and dog refuge. Students participating in the Spain trip will spend four weeks in an immersion program with host families while attending high school classes in addition to hosting students from Spain in September 2017. Tickets are $10 per person. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased from a student traveler or at the door. For more information contact Tamara Batcha (Spain Trip) at or Kate Hansen (Mexico Trip) at (posted 4/12/17)

West Senior HighPDF DocumentMay 5 - Bubble Battle FUNdraiser - 6PM - 8PM

Come out and play some Bubble Soccer, work up a sweat and have some serious laughs in support of the TC West Softball program! Tourney open to students grade 6 - adult. A “try-it” area will be open for all ages to experience rolling in a bubble or playing battle bow. Register now -- Space is limited (4 player teams) $100 per team, includes 4 tournament shirts
Teams can register by visiting External (posted 4/18/17)

Lids For KidsPDF DocumentMay 13 - Lids For Kids - 10AM - 12PM

On Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., children ages 4-12 from the Traverse City area can stop by F&M Park, between E State and Washington, can get fitted with a free bicycle helmet. Children must be present to receive a helmet. Children who attend can register to win a free bicycle from McLain Cycle & Fitness, cruise a bicycle obstacle course provided by Norte Youth Cycling, and learn some cycling safety tips. They can also meet local meet police officers and learn about a police car, plus they’ll get to know firefighters and tour a fire engine. For more information visit External  (posted 4/4/17)


GT County SherriffPDF DocumentMay 13 - GT County Deputy Sheriff's Association 2017 Detroit Lions Basketball Game - 7:30PM

On Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 PM, join the GT County Sheriff's Association and the Detroit Lions as they play a friendly game of basketball.  The event will be held at TC West Senior High School (5376 N. Long Lake Rd). Autographs will be signed at halftime free of charge. For more information visit External or call 1-800-445-2143. (posted 4/21/17)


BrainStorm LogoPDF DocumentMay 13 - BrainStorm! Fairies & Dragons Event - 11AM - 3PM

Join in a day of imaginative fun! Brain Storm in Suttons Bay, is hosting its annual Flower Fairies & Friendly Dragons event. It is a free family day with arts & crafts, face painting, games, refreshments. For more information call 231-271-0314. (posted 4/24/17)


GT Conservation District

May 13 - Go Beyond Beauty “Dumpster Day” - 9AM - 1PM

On Saturday, May 13th, from 9:00-1:00pm the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd) the Invasive Species Network (ISN) will be accepting (and properly disposing of) invasive plants that have been removed from your own landscape. In exchange, you will receive a coupon to a local participating nursery or landscaping business to replace your plant with a better option. Some limitations including type of plant and quantity will apply. For more information, please visit External or contact Emily Cook at or 231.941.0960×20. (posted 4/25/17)

GT Conservation DistrictMay 13 - Garlic Mustard Workbee & Lunch in Grand Traverse County - 9AM - 12PM

Join the Invasive Species Network (ISN) at the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd) to remove invasive garlic mustard. Volunteers will work hand-in-hand with staff to target this plant and learn valuable information about invasive species management. After, join us for a free lunch made with garlic mustard! Volunteers will receive an ISN t-shirt and invasive species field book as a thank you for participating. For more information, please visit External or contact Emily Cook at or 231.941.0960×20.
(posted 4/25/17)

GT Conservation District

May 13 - Invasive Species Papermaking - 1:30PM - 3PM

Did you know that garlic mustard is one of the few plants that retains its green color when used in papermaking? Join the Invasive Species Network (ISN) and GTCD at the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd.)  to make paper out of this invasive species! Hear a presentation on the alternative uses of invasive plant species and then make yourown paper to take home. All materials are provided and there is no cost to participate. For more information, please visit External RSVPS highly recommended; contact Emily Cook at or 231-941-0960 x20.


Tedx Traverse CityPDF DocumentMay 17 - TEDx Traverse City - 9AM - 4PM

Watch and listen to TEDxTraverseCity while the live event takes place at Northwestern Michigan College.  Speaker schedule and further details available at External (posted 4/7/17)


West Side MOPS logoPDF DocumentMay 20 - West Side MOPS Mom2Mom Sale 8:30AM - 12:30 PM

Looking for new or gently used children's clothing and items including strollers, outer wear, baby items, bikes, and more? Go to the West Side MOPS Mom2Mom sale at West Side Community Church (4975 E Traverse Hwy.) The entry fee is $2. Want to sell your items? Reserve a table for $15.  Contact Mary Brown at or 231-590-5967.  All registrations must be received by Friday, May 12. (posted 3/21/17)

PDF DocumentMay 20 - Mohawks For Munson - 12PM

The second annual Mohawks for Munson event will be held in the parking lot of North Peak Brewing Company. Participants will fundraise and then get a mohawk shaved to show their support for Munson’s cancer patients. All money raised will support patients needing funding assistance during treatments. Enjoy a BBQ, live music by Mike Moran, free Moomers ice cream, face painting, arts & crafts, Mohawk shaving and a faux-hawk styling station for kids.  To register and create a fundraising page, visit (posted 4/7/17)

Northwest Food CoalitionPDF DocumentMay 20 - Northwest Food Coalition Mannequin Challenge - 1PM

Join in on the Mannequin Challenge Food Drive! The fun begins at 1 PM in Howe Arena (1213 W Civic Center Dr.).  Give back to your community and take part in a Peterson Production to be launched on YouTube!  Bring non-perishable items to be donated to the Northwest Food Coalition and other local food pantries.  Sign up today by visiting External (posted 4/25/17)


May 20 - GTCD Annual Native Plant Sale - 8AM - 3PM

Come to the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd.) to update your home landscape with native plants that are beautiful, well-adapted to our climate, and support a variety of animals living in our region. Plant experts will be on hand to help you pick out the perfect native plants from our selection of over 50 species. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. (posted 4/25/17)


encore winds logoPDF DocumentMay 21 - Encore Winds "American Hurrah"! - 3PM

Join Northern Michigan's premier concert band as they present American "Hurrah"! with Conductor Dr. Timothy Topolewski.  The concert will take place at First Congregational Church (6105 Center Rd.) and will feature the Encore Winds Youth Artist Winner Madison Hertel. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/seniors, $5/students, and 12 & under are free and will be available at Evola Music, Marshall Music and at the door.  A dessert reception will follow. (posted 4/25/17)

CHS logoPDF DocumentMay 26-27 CHS Choirs 20th Annual Rendezvous at the Jazz Club - 7PM

“Rendezvous” is an exciting, high-energy performance of popular music showcasing the incredibly talented students of the Traverse City Central High School Music Department.
Featuring TC Central High School Jazz Band and Strings,
Choral-Aires, Vocal Majority, Men of Note, and soloists. Tickets are $17 adults • $12 students 18 and under and can be purchased at External or by calling the box office at 800-836-0717.

June 20 -24 - The Young Americans Summer Camp – 5 Days of Fun!

Open to students in grades 3rd-college in Traverse City and the surrounding area. This high-energy, comprehensive performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes, and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound, lighting, and master classes from industry professionals. Participants are divided into three age groups to learn age appropriate material. By learning a show in just 5 days, students are able to learn teamwork, discover their individual potential, and walk away with a huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the week, all in an encouraging and positive atmosphere that The Young Americans foster and provide.

Location: Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Drive, Traverse City

Cost: $199 (Limited scholarships are available)

For more information: Young Americans Summer Camp Information


Detroit Lions Football Education LogoPDF DocumentJun 19-22 - Detroit Lions Summer Football Camp - 8:30AM -12PM

Online registration is now open for the Detroit Lions Football Camp to be held at TC West Middle School (3950 Silver Lake Rd.) Take advantage of the early-bird specials throughout March. For more information visit External or call 313-262-2248.

  • March 1-10: $30 off using coupon code: PRIDE17
  • March 11-20: $20 off using coupon code: PRIDE17
  • March 21-31: $10 off using coupon code PRIDE17

MSU Extention LogoJune 21-23 - 4-H Exploration Days

Join 2,500 youth (ages 11-19) for this fun MSU pre-college program! Youth do not need to be 4-H members to attend. Choose one or two of 200 sessions for your 3-day stay! There’s also plenty of time for fun, including swimming, skating, bowling, basketball—even a great dance Thursday night. More information can be found at the following link External Link Bring paperwork into the MSU office with a $90 registration fee.  Registration ends Friday, April 28th! If you have any questions, contact MSU Extension 4-H Program Coordinator Karin Stevens, 922-4825 or (posted 2/27/17)

Frankfort48 LogoPDF DocumentJun. 22-24 - FRANKFORT48 Hour Film Contest

Aspiring film makers are invited to create a 3-5 minute film celebrating the beauty of northern Michigan. Participants have 48 hours to conceive their ideas, scout locations, film, edit and present their masterpiece. For more information visit External Linkwww.FRANKFORT48.COM  or email FRANKFORT48.COM@GMAIL.COM

GT Conservation District

May 13 - Go Beyond Beauty “Dumpster Day” - 9AM - 1PM

On Saturday, May 13th, from 9:00-1:00pm the Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Rd) the Invasive Species Network (ISN) will be accepting (and properly disposing of) invasive plants that have been removed from your own landscape. In exchange, you will receive a coupon to a local participating nursery or landscaping business to replace your plant with a better option. Some limitations including type of plant and quantity will apply. For more information, please visit External or contact Emily Cook at or 231.941.0960×20. (posted 4/25/17)

Child Enrichment Programs

TCAPSNow Registering for Camp Invention

Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking. TCAPS will host three Camp Invention camps for students entering grades K-6. Students are immersed into fun-filled, exciting activities that connect science, technology, engineering and math through fun hands-on activities. Children will work together to solve real world challenges that prepare them for the 21st Century. Discounts available – register today! To sign up click on the camp links below, visit or call 800.968.4332.

  June 19 – 23, 2017 – Camp Invention Program

  June 19 – 23, 2017 – Camp Invention Program

TCAPS LogoNow Registering for Invention Project

Invention Project will take fun to the next level while exploring circuitry, energy, bio-engineering and economics to create smart gear, program a mini-bot and prototype lifesaving technology. They’ll use these newly acquired abilities to research, pitch and invest in a product while learning alongside fellow creative thinkers! Although the business deals are simulated, the skills, the friendships and the fun are all real. It all takes place in an environment that inspires and supports individuality. When Invention Project comes to a close, the innovators won’t have a patent — yet — but they’ll have the skills and the confidence to make anything possible in the future. 

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June 20-24 - The Young Americans Summer Camp

Open to students in grades 3rd-college in Traverse City and the surrounding area. This high-energy, comprehensive performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes, and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound, lighting, and master classes from industry professionals. Participants are divided into three age groups to learn age appropriate material. By learning a show in just 5 days, students are able to learn teamwork, discover their individual potential, and walk away with a huge sense of accomplishment at the end of the week, all in an encouraging and positive atmosphere that The Young Americans foster and provide. Camp will be held at Traverse City Central High School (1150 Milliken Dr). Cost is $199 (Limited scholarships are available).  For more information visit External Link Young Americans Summer Camp Information


National Writers Series LogoPDF DocumentBattle of the Books

Battle of the Books is back! This program is a great opportunity for fourth and fifth grade students to make new friends and read new books. Battle of the Books is a quiz competition and completely free. For details or to sign up, visit External (posted 11/21/16)

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 9/19/16)



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PDF DocumentBlackbird Arts: After School Studio Arts

Blackbird Arts is now offering an after school studio arts program for ages 6-9 and 10-13. This extended program allows youth to work with professional equipment and engage with working artists to develop their ideas. Program begins Sept. 26. Financial aid and transportation options available. For more information, contact (posted 9/19/16)



Bright Blooms logoExternal LinkBright Blooms KinderPlay

Traverse City’s new play space for children of all ages to explore! With nine themed rooms, and one large gathering space for birthday parties and social events, there is something for everyone. Play is a child’s work, and at Bright Blooms there is much work to be done whether cooking in the kitchen, taking care of farm animals, building train tracks, caring for the beloved pets in the veterinary room or putting on a puppet show! Bright Bloom also offers “Date Night” parties for children that run from 4 PM – 8 PM. External LinkRegistration required for date night partiesPDF DocumentLearn more about Bright Blooms birthday parties. (updated 8/4/16)


bright blooms kinder play logoPDF DocumentBright Blooms Studios: Plan A School Field Trip Here 

Bright Blooms Studios provides an educational and entertaining music and movement class along with unlimited opportunities for creative play in a great indoor play space. Enjoy each of the nine themed rooms, including a veterinary office, dress up and puppet theater. Space can accommodate 10-45 children for a field trip. For more information, call 231.499.3935. (posted 9/21/15)


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. (posted 4/3/17)




crooked tree youth art programsExternal LinkFall and Spring Events

Crooked Tree Arts Center offers clases and events for youth and adults. For more information, visit External or call 231.941.9488 (updated 12/7/16)


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. (posted 3/20/17)


Professor Qwbli's LogoPDF DocumentFriday Pizza & Play Date Nights

Every Friday from 6 PM - 9 PM, Professor Qwbli's offers a night of yummy Blue Heron pizza and award-winning, brain-boosting, laughter-inducing game-playing fun to children ages 5-14, allowing parents to spend a night out. To learn more and RSVP, visit External Link (posted 12/7/16)


TCAPS friends first progamPDF DocumentOct. 21-May 19 - Friends First Program - Ages 18 Mos. - 2 1/2 Yrs.

TCAPS now offers children and their parents/caregiver the perfect setting to interact with other families, play with toys, read stories, make friends and more. All activities are led by a certified teacher. Two locations available. Cost: $100. Call 231.933.1792 to register. (posted 9/12/16)


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 8/4/16)

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 8/4/16)

Kindermusik logoExternal LinkKindermusik Classes

Kindermusik with Melinda Lise offers music and movement classes for newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers at Logan’s Landing. Every semester, new engaging themes are offered for each age group. A typical 45-minute weekly class includes group dances, family dance, instrument play-a-longs with jingle bells, egg shakers, rhythm sticks, a variety of drums and multi-cultural instruments. Children learn to share, express themselves, keep a steady beat, use their singing voice, recognize rhyming words and encourage a love of reading, all the while having a grand time making music! (updated 8/4/16)

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 2/20/17)


Old Town Playhouse LogoPDF DocumentOld Town Playhouse Young Company Bus Service

OTP Young Company now has a bus service for children attending their fall classes or programs on Mondays through Thursdays. The shuttle will pick students up after school from East/West Middle School for programs that begin at 4 PM for just $5.00 per day. Parents must pick up their student at the Playhouse when his/her activity ends. (posted 10/3/16)

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GT 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 and include May 2nd – Busy Bees, May 9th – Wiggling Worms, May 16th – Beautiful Blooms Register at External Link (updated 4/25/17)

Grand Traverse Conservation District LogoJan. 12 - May 18 (No class on March 30th) - Knee-High Naturalists Program - Thursdays from 9 AM - 12 PM

Knee-High Naturalists is a nature-based preschool program for potty-trained 3-5 year-olds unaccompanied by a parent/guardian (drop off) held at Boardman River Nature Center (1450 Cass Road). It meets once a week for 14 weeks. Children in the program have the freedom to play and interact with their environment, learning to appreciate the variety and scope of the natural world. Seasonal topics, taught January through May, focus on what is happening outside of the Nature Center. The program incorporates creative dramatics, songs and games, manipulatives, puppets, and an occasional animal to engage preschoolers. Each day will include a sharing circle, story, and time to hike and explore with developmentally appropriate games and activities. Contact Taryn Carew for more information at 231.941.0960 ext 24 or through email at

Pre-register for each $5 session at External Link (updated 1/24/17)


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 8/4/16)

TCAPS preschool preview programPDF DocumentOct. 21-May 19 - Preschool Preview Program - Ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 Yrs.

Children who participate in Preschool Preview will create friendships, practice taking turns, socialize with children their own age, and begin their educational experience in a positive environment. Two locations available. Cost: $125. Call 231.933.1792 to register. (posted 9/12/16)

PDF DocumentSnow Day Camp

Professor Qwbli's is hosting affordable Snow Day Camps for students in grades K-8 every day that school is cancelled due to weather. The camp will offer students an opportunity to develop their cognitive abilities as well as motor functions, and learn important life skills such as patience, cooperation, concentration, teamwork, perseverance and leadership! Learn more and register at External (posted 12/7/16) 

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 Anita Kimbrough at 989.640.9696. (updated 6/11/15)


The Gap Hang Out logoThe Gap Hang Out for Teens: Thursdays, 3 PM – 6 PM

Northern Lakes Community Church, located on Herkner Road across from TC West Senior High School, offers “The Gap,” an afterschool program for teens on Thursday afternoons. Teens can hang out, do homework, and play games in a safe, inviting, supervised atmosphere. Free WiFi, snacks and refreshments provided. For more information, call 231.935.4556. (posted 5/11/15)



TADL LogoPDF DocumentEarly Literacy Tips - Text READ to 797979

Join the new Early Literacy texting service for families and caregivers of children ages birth to 5 audience!  Recieve activities and tips that encourage interactive fun to get children ready for kindergarten. It's free to sign up (and stop), and you do not need to have a library card or even live in Grand Traverse County to sign up! The texts will be sent every Thursday.  (posted 3/22/17)

traverse area district library logoExternal LinkTraverse Area District Library Events

Visit the Traverse Area District Library webpage for upcoming events for children, teens and adults. (updated 7/5/16)


Traverse Area District Library LogoExternal Link1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Traverse Area District Library wants you to read with your student daily, and they are challenging you to read 1000 books before your child begins kindergarten! They have book logs as well as book suggestions to help at the library. For every 100 books read, stop by their Youth Services Desk and receive a small reading reward. Every March, they'll celebrate all of the readers with a special Reading Month program and give away certificates and prizes to all of the finishers. For more information, visit External Link . (updated 2/28/17)


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 8/4/16)

violin iconViolin Lessons from Northfield Suzuki Violin Studio 

Give your child the gift of music! The Northfield Suzuki Violin Studio believes every child has the ability to play an instrument. The Suzuki method is based on small steps so learning can begin as early as three years old. The atmosphere blends a Montessori approach to learning with conventional Suzuki methods. Individual and repertoire lessons are available. Contact Ms. Lydia Monahan at 231.334.4522. (updated 8/4/16)

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 2016-2017 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2016 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. (posted 8/2/16)

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

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2016-2017 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2016 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 8/4/16)

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

All TCAPS athletes in grades 6-12 trying out for sports in the 2016-2017 school year must have a sports physicals dated on or after April 15, 2016 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 8/2/16)


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 8/4/16)




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 3/28/16)


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 8/4/16)


little league logoExternal LinkBaseball: Traverse City Little League

Little league is open to ages 5-12. Financial assistance is available if needed. Contact Jim Beltinck for more information at  231.342.8400. (updated 8/4/16)



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 (posted 4/8/16)



norte logoPDF DocumentBiking: Operation: Light Up the Morning

In partnership with TART Trails and Planet Bike, NORTE! Youth Cycling’s Operation: Light Up the Morning is keeping kids seen, safe and awesome as they bike to school by providing free lights to pedaling elementary students in TC. PDF DocumentHere’s how it works. (updated 8/4/16)



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 1/9/17)


tc youth football logoExternal LinkFootball: Pop Warner Youth Football

Learn more at External For more information, please contact Chris Wittke. (posted 6/5/15)


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 3/14/16)



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 8/4/16)


ymca logoExternal LinkLacrosse: YMCA

Lacrosse is offered each spring at the YMCA for children in grades 9-12. Season begins in April. (updated 8/4/16)



infinite path martial arts logoPDF DocumentMartial Arts: Infinite Path (Ages 3 and Up)

Building leaders through increased confidence, concentration, patience and respect in a safe, motivating and non-competitive atmosphere. Open six days a week, day and evening classes available. Free introductory class by appointment. Ages 3-6 (T/Th 5:30 PM – 6 PM), Youth Ages 7+ (M-F 6 PM – 7 PM), High School Beginner Classes (M-F 7 PM – 8 PM, Saturdays 10 AM – 11 AM). Call 231.421.5184 or visit External to learn more. (posted 10/22/15)


kung fu graphicPDF DocumentMartial Arts: White Tiger Martial Arts - Kung Fu Classes

Enroll now for Kung Fu classes – call 231.313.6900. Moms and Dads can enjoy a free Tai Chi or Morning Exercise class when you sign your child up for classes. PDF DocumentClick here for coupon. (posted 9/6/11)




junior rowing photoExternal LinkRowing: Jr. Rowing Club for Middle & High School Students

Fountain Point Resort and Lake Leelanau Rowing Club is pleased to offer a junior rowing club with school year and summer camp offerings. Learn more at: External (updated 1/29/15)

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 8/4/16)

Cold is Cool LogoPDF Document4th & 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. (posted 11/11/16)

Mt Holiday LogoPDF DocumentHoliday 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. (posted 10/17/16)

PDF DocumentSki and Ride - BATA

BATA is running their Ski-n-Ride program from December through March. This program makes transportation easier for families that  like to ski. Visit External or call 231.941.2324 for exact dates, schedules and stops. (posted 1/11/17)

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PDF DocumentSki 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. (posted 11/28/16)

MI Snowsports Industries AssociationExternal LinkJan. 6 - Jan. 31 - MSIA: Discover Michigan Skiing

During January, ski areas across the state team up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Discover Michigan Skiing includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Cross-country skiing costs only $20 and downhill skiing or snowboarding is only $35. To join, fill out the corresponding External Linkvoucher. More information can be found External Linkonline. (posted 11/11/16)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoPDF DocumentShanty 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 15th. (posted 10/14/16)

Shanty Creek Resort LogoPDF DocumentShanty 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 (posted 10/14/16)

WeSki LogoPDF DocumentTimber 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. Complete the PDF Documentregistration form by December 24, 2016. Fore more information call 231.947.2770 or visit External (posted 11/23/16)

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

Softball season begins in May. Learn more about Traverse Area Girls' Softball at: External (updated 8/4/16)



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 Coach Jason at 503-703-1481. (updated 8/4/16)

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 8/4/16)

Student Assistance & Mentoring Programs

External 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. 

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

Designed to assist high school students and families gain a better understanding of options and create a successful road map for the future. Areas of focus include: preparing for college or the workforce, electronic portfolios, college comparisons, college applications, essays and scholarships, money for college, standardized testing and sports recruiting. For more information, contact Deanna Sayer at 231.499.7712. (updated 1/12/15)

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 (posted 9/28/16)

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. (posted 11/25/13)


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 8/4/16)

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 (posted 5/12/15)

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 7/10/15)

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. (posted 10/25/11)

munson healthcare thumbnailPDF DocumentHuman & Health Services: Physicians Referral Service

Call 231.935.5886 or 1.800.533.5520 for more information. (posted 12/22/11)


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. (posted 11/29/11)

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 8/12/16)

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.  (revised 11/9/16)

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 (posted 8/9/16)

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 8/4/16)





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

The 2016 Kelsey's Law Scholarship winners have been announced! Students may begin applying for next year's scholarship through August 31st, 2017. $5,000 worth of scholarships are offered to Michigan high school juniors and seniors each year. Applicants should apply External Linkonline. (posted 10/19/16)


SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: Educational Services

SOS Learning Lab is providing services for all ages and abilities in the following areas: Tutoring/Academic skills, study skills development, organizational skills development, social skills development, ACT & SAT preparation and GED preparation. For more information, contact SOS Learning Lab at 231.331.5056 or (posted 9/28/16)


SOS Learning Lab LogoPDF DocumentTutoring: SOS Learning Lab: Wednesday Workdays

Homework Help and Study Skill sessions are available on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM for fifth grade through 12th grade students. If your student is looking for a quiet, no pressure environment to work, contact SOS Learning Lab at (posted 9/28/16)



Community Members (50+) Events & Resources

coa thumbnailExternal 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. (posted 7/24/15)

Commission on Aging LogoMay 2 - Vitality for Life: Simple and Delicious Foods to Fuel a Healthier, Happier You - 3:30 PM

Healthy eating is critical during an entire lifespan, but good nutrition plays an increasingly important role, as an individual gets older. Join Chef Linda Szarkowski on Tuesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. at the Traverse City Senior Center (801 E. Front Street), in a presentation where participants will discover how to strip away foods that weigh them down and then add energy foods that fuel the body all day long. Topics include how to get and stay healthy, lose weight and keep it off and make easy and delicious plant based recipes, while preparing healthy, satisfying meals. Included in the presentation is a sample of Szarkowski’s Blueberry Cardamon Smoothie, packed with nutrition. The presentation is free. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, email or call 231-922-4911. 


commission on aging

May 3 - Town Hall Meeting - 10:30AM & 7PM

Town hall meetings in the US establish a means of communication vital to ensure the government is working for the benefit of its people. Participants meet the people who represent them and discuss matters of concern. Attend a town hall meeting at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front Street, on Wednesday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. to interact with and ask questions of Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers. The town hall meeting is free, but advanced registration is requested. For more information or to register, email or call 231-922-4911. 

Commission on Aging

May 4 - Interlochen: A Look Back - 12:30 PM

Before the arrival of European settlers in Interlochen, the Odawa people lived between the lakes they called Wahbekaness and Wahbekanetta – now named Duck Lake and Green Lake. Further your historical knowledge by joining Dave Pennington on Thursday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m. at the Golden Fellowship Hall (9700 Riley Road in Interlochen), as he takes a photographic look back at Interlochen’s early history. The photographic tour is free, but advanced registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, email or call 231-922-4911. 

Commission on Aging LogoMay 8 - Native American Healing Practices - 6PM

Join Paul Raphael of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., at Samaritas Senior Living (4354 Mt. Hope Road, Acme) as he discusses traditional healing practices and gives a historical perspective of their use by Native Americans. His knowledge of Native American healing practices comes through the native culture and teachings passed down by the Elders of the tribe community. The discussion is free, but advanced registration is required. For more information, email or call 231-922-4911. 

May 9 - The Aging Brain - 4PM

A special presentation by Dr. Laura Lenkey on the power and limits of the aging brain is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, at 4 p.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center (801 E. Front St). Dr. Lenkey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders and a Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Lenkey received her doctorate degree from Florida State University in Human Sciences.  The presentation is free, but advance registration is required. For more information, email or call 231-922-4911. 

May 10 -  Spinning Demonstration - 3:30PM 

Watch a spinning demonstration, hosted by the Northland Weavers and Fiber Arts Guild, on Wednesday, May 10, at 3:30p.m., at the Traverse City Senior Center (801 E. Front St). The members of the guild will demonstrate the spinning process of fleece into yarn, using spinning wheels and drop spindles. In addition, they will show how to card and ply wool. The demonstration is free, but advance registration is required. For more information, email or call 231-922-4911. 

GT Commission on Aging

May 12 - Peace Garden Volunteer Meeting - 11AM

The 2017 International Day of Peace has chosen the theme: Together for peace – respect, safety and dignity for all. Together, help create a garden surrounding the Peace Pole at Traverse City Senior Center (801 E Front St.) this year by attending a meeting for Peace Garden volunteers, on Friday, May 12, at 11AM.  No experience is necessary to participate in creating the Peace Garden, but advance registration is requested. The Senior Center is also seeking volunteers to tend the community vegetable garden as well as donations of plants, soil, compost and more. For more information and to register, email or call 231-922-4911. (posted 4/27/17)


GT Commission on Aging

May 15 - Beginners Cell Phone Class - 11:30AM

Bring your smart phone or Tracfone and your questions to a beginners cell phone class on Monday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Interlochen’s Golden Fellowship Hall ( 9700 Riley Road). Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi and navigate some of the many applications available for your smart phone. The class is free, but advanced registration is required by May 12For more information and to register, email or call 231-922-4911. (posted 4/27/17)


GT Commission on AgingMay 19 - Food Fight Cooking Contest - 12PM

While cooking shows have been around almost since the advent of television, in recent years we have seen the rise of the cooking competition show. But, why sit on the sidelines – enter and compete it the Food Fight Cooking Contest offered by the Traverse City Senior Center (801 E. Front St.) and Tendercare of Traverse City on Friday, May 19, at 12 PM.  Each chef receives a set of surprise ingredients before the competition to make his or her dish – samples of each dish will be distributed during lunch. There are prizes for “Local Celebrity Judge’s Winner” and “People’s Choice Winner.” Each chef will receive a goody bag of special kitchen items just for participating. Full details for the competition are available at the Senior Center office. The event is free, but advance registration for chefs is required by Friday, May 12.  For more information or to register, email or call 231-922-4911. (posted 4/27/17)


PDF DocumentBeginner Line Dancing - 1PM to 3PM

As we all know, a monotonous workout while exercising does not help one’s motivation. So, when you combine exercise with a dance routine, it is definitely more fun.  If you are new to line dancing, this beginner’s class will have dances that are easy to execute. Join the GT Senior Center Network at Twin Lakes Fitness in the Gilbert Lodge, located in Grand Traverse County’s Twin Lakes Park, 6800 North Long Lake Road. The group will meet each Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no registration required – just show up ready to dance. The cost is $3.00. For more information, contact the Senior Center Network at 231-922-4911.  (updated 3/1/17)

PDF DocumentChair-a-Size

Every Wednesday and Friday the Senior Center Network will be hosting chair exercise classes. Each class is taught by a certified fitness instructor and lasts 45 minutes. Participants can expect engaging in a fun, energetic strength, balance, and flexibility exercise class from a chair. For more information, call 231.922.4911 or email (posted 1/6/17)

PDF 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)

Healthy Eating Support Group

Join a registered nutritionist for a discussion group each month to explore losing weight, health strategies and other wellness topics. The first meeting is Thursday, January 12, at 6:30 PM at the Traverse City Senior Center. Advanced registration is required and costs $5. Call 231.922.4911 for more information. (posted 12/19/16)

coa thumbnailPDF DocumentiPad Club for Adults – Every Wednesday – 1 PM

For new and experienced iPad users alike, the club meets every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center Network in Traverse City. Each meeting is $8 per person. Senior Center members get a $3 discount. JC Capron of CityMac leads this group learning environment through basics to more advanced techniques based on the goals of the group that day. Adults who want to get the most out of their iPad are encouraged to attend and bring their iPad. Register in advance by calling 231.922.4911 or email (posted 9/24/15)


coa thumbnailPDF DocumentPaint and Color Club – Every Wednesday – 2:30 PM – 5 PM

The Senior Center has joined the coloring craze! Every Wednesday, the Paint and Color Club will meet at the Senior Center (801 E Front St.). This isn’t a structured class, but open time for all painters, sketchers and coloring book enthusiasts to enjoy time together and share tips and tricks. Artists of all abilities are welcome, supplies can be provided. No registration required for this FREE club. For more information, call 231.922.4911. (posted 1/22/16)

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)

PDF DocumentSeniors and SMART Devices

The Senior Center Network will host many tech programs in 2017 to help older adults better understand their devices. Classes will be held on iPads, Windows 10, and smartphones. Participants are asked to bring their personal devices to all sessions. Pre-registration is required. Please call 231.922.4911 for any questions or additional information. (12.19.16)


PDF DocumentSenior Offers Job Support Services - Every Thursday

The Senior Center is partnering with Kelly Services to offer monthly job interviews and support at the Traverse City Senior Center.  There are a variety of opportunities in the community including part-time, full time, short term and flexible schedule jobs and this partnership helps connect the employers to a great pool of potential employees. Job interviews are offered in 15 minute appointments on the second Thursday of each month.  For appointments and questions, please call 231-922-4911.


coa thumbnailPDF DocumentSocial Brain Game Club – Every Thursday – 11 AM

The brain game club, held weekly at the Senior Center, promotes cognitive health and vitality in adults through creative problem solving activities by allowing them to use lifelong experiences, knowledge, and skills in new and innovative ways. Participants work together to solve ‘problems’ by creating scenarios that address them, as well as, ‘spontaneous problems’ requiring creative responses within a limited time. Leading the group is Jamie Wheelock, the Regional Director for Odyssey of the Mind. This club is perfect for those who enjoy creative thinking and are interested in fun new challenges each week. Advance registration requested but drop ins are welcome. Questions? Call 231-922-4911 or email (posted 10/5/15)

coa thumbnailExternal LinkShuffleboard at the GT Senior Center

The first shuffleboard courts in Michigan were installed in Traverse City in 1930, where this city played host to numerous state and national tournaments. Today, eleven courts are in play on a daily basis for league members and guests. The Senior Center Network invites the community to take advantage of this ageless sport. Equipment can be rented for a donation inside the center daily, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call 231.922.4911. (posted 9/10/15)

General Information & Services


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. (posted 6/6/16)

Munson Healthcare

PDF DocumentMunson Hospice 2017 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Activities 

Munson Hospice is pleased to provide you with our 2017 Schedule of Grief Support Groups and Activities 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 4/17/17)


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. (posted 5/11/12)

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. (posted 7/10/15)

tcaps thumbnailMiscellaneous: High 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 8/15/16)

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.

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 8/15/16)


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 (posted 3/7/13)


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 8/15/16)


design a theme party rentals thumbnailPDF DocumentParties: Design A Theme Party Rentals

Purchase any regular priced inflatable from Design A Theme Party Rentals, LLC Promotion and have $10 donated to your school PTO in your name. 231.313.9700 | External (updated 3/25/15)



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. (posted 2/4/15)


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. (posted 6/15/15)


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. (posted 11/18/15)

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. (posted 10/1/12)

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. (posted 01/28/13)

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

LochenHeath Golf ClubLochenHeath Golf Club Seeks Food & Beverage Staff

LochenHeath is offering the great opportunity to become a part of its Food & Beverage Team for the 2017 season. We are a professional Country Club setting serving and cooking to the highest standards and expectations. The Restaurant at LochenHeath focuses on quality, consistency and greatness. We are looking for team members who thrive in environments of professionalism, hard work, smiles and opportunity. Previous experience is a plus, but we are willing to train the person with the right hospitality attitude. We are looking for Line Cooks and Wait Staff Bartenders. Please send resume and contact information to be considered to Executive Chef Thomas Kelly at  (posted 3/8/17)


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. 




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: Here and Here.  (updated 10/5/16)


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 4/20/17)




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 1/18/17)

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 Coordinator Michelle Reichert at 231.941.4663. (posted 6/5/15)

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! (posted 12/03/12)



Volunteer: TADL Summer Reading Club

TADL is now seeking volunteers for the Summer Reading Club which encourage children to read. Volunteers listen to the young people and record it on the TADL web page. The program runs for 6 weeks from the end of June till the end of July. Volunteers should be at least 14 and are asked to take a 2 hour shift once a week. Contact Christopher Spear in the Youth Services Department at 231-932-8503 for more information. (Posted 1/25/17)

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)