Today's National Cherry Festival schedule
Heritage Day. Native American arts, crafts and traditional foods on display and for sale. A look back in history of the Grand Traverse Region. Visit the festival open space for the Native American Pow Wow; grand entry is at noon. Festival Open Space Park West at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.
Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest. Bay Meadows Golf Course; 5550 Bay Meadows Drive.
Cherry Classic Film Series screening "Some Like It Hot." Traverse City State Theatre - 233 E. Front Street. Free admission.
Cherry Connection: Bringing Together Festival, Farm, and Fruit. Visit a research farm and orchard in Leelanau County for guided tours, exhibits, cherry product samples, petting zoo, hands-on experiments, kids poster coloring contest and other activities. Michigan State University Horticultural Research Station; 6686 S. Center Highway in Leelanau County.
Kids' Pet Show. Registration from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Entries are open to live pets, and categories include ugliest mutt, best-dressed pet, most unusual pet, fat cat, pet and owner look alike and best-dressed ensemble. Event open to kids 5 to 10 years old. Animals must be under control by the participant. No fee required. F&M Park at Railroad and Washington streets.
"A Walk Through Festival History" Gallery Exhibit & Festival Vintage Films. InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street
Heritage Day Old Fashion Picnic. A picnic will be served from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Features favorite games such as a potato sack race, cherries on a spoon race, tug-of-war and more. Hannah Park; Corner of Sixth and Union Streets.
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians Pow Wow. Festival Open Space Park North at Grandview Parkway and Union Street
Kids' Cherry Pie Eating Contest. Register at F&M Park starting at 12:30pm. F&M Park at Railroad and Washington Streets; 201 Railroad Ave.
Cherry Industry Program and Awards. Michigan State University Northwestern Michigan Horticultural Research Station, 6686 S. Center Highway.
Detroit Red Wing Development Camp - Cherry Scrimmage. Watch Detroit Red Wing prospects in their "Cherry" Scrimmage! For more details, click here or contact Centre ICE at (231) 933-7465.
Seniors Pinochle Tournament. No reservations necessary. Must be 50 and older. Door prizes and more. Traverse City Senior Center, Front and Barlow Streets
HEAT!! Teen Event. The event will last from 8-11 p.m. near the volleyball courts. Entertainment features music through Northern D.J. Connection, and a hands-on opportunity to participate in firefighter agility tests and driving simulators, home escape obstacle course, and a "distracted driving" simulator. Attendees must be between the ages of 16 to 20. Admission is free.
Lay's Cherry Blast Free Stage - LoCash Cowboys. Open Space Park Central, corner of Grandview Parkway and Union Streets.
Family of woman killed by drunk driver: 'It's just not fair'
Paul Shafer had questions for the drunk driver who killed his wife and mother of his three children. Did he know what it's like to take his children to a graveyard on Mother's Day? Did he know what it's like to have a young daughter ask, "'I don't have a mommy anymore?'"Continued ...
Severe weather possible this afternoon
The spring’s first severe weather could hit the Grand Traverse region today.Continued ...
Sewer rates likely to rise for city residents
City homeowners can expect their base sewer charge to jump over 6 percent beginning in July under a budget proposal before the city commission.Continued ...
Great weather draws thousands to NMC Barbecue
Mother Nature dished up a glorious day for the Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue, the college's annual fundraiser that attracts thousands to its wooded campus.Continued ...
A chance to learn about Peace Ranch
The Senior Center Network and Peace Ranch are partnering for a Spring Hoedown, with square dancing and live entertainment.Continued ...
Leelanau center upgrades old building
The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is keeping stride with modern technology while maintaining the original vintage charm of its Old Art Building.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Visitor seeks car ferry photos for DVD
Frequent northern Michigan vacationer Ted Hayes has put his love for the area into poetry and song and is moving forward with his second DVD featuring the area.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
New TC manager earned his gray along the way
Jered Ottenwess described himself during his interview for Traverse City manager as soft-spoken, lacking years of experience and perhaps not the most charismatic person.Continued ...
Ex-oil exec sees perilous energy future for U.S.
America is headed for an energy crisis filled with power blackouts and gasoline shortages, making today’s gas prices something to fear for in coming years.Continued ...
Townships settle 12-year-old lawsuit with Cherryland
Three holdout local townships finally settled a drawn-out tax dispute with Cherryland Electric Cooperative prior to a full hearing before the Michigan Supreme Court.Continued ...
Antrim officials make headway with meth convictions
Antrim County authorities answered a spike in methamphetamine activity with a series of arrests and convictions that they believe should send a message to meth producers and users.Continued ...
Benzie drug death leads to heroin charges
Authorities filed drug-dealing charges against a suburban Detroit man after a suspected heroin overdose death in Benzie County.Continued ...
Students recognized for math club performance
Thirty math-hungry East Middle School students recently made history. The group of seventh- and eighth-graders was the first at the school to achieve national gold level status for a club called MathCounts.Continued ...
Northbound Woodmere closed for two days
The city will shut down the northbound lanes of Woodmere Avenue from Eighth Street to Hannah Street for two days for maintenance of a city water line.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Powerball ticket buyers hopeful as jackpot swells
Garrick Opie hasn’t purchased a Powerball ticket in more than a decade. But a jackpot that swelled to $600 million — the world’s second largest lottery prize — by Friday afternoon convinced Opie to throw in $20 toward the $2 tickets at the 7-Eleven store on 14th Street.Continued ...
Co-worker of fired tribal employees: ‘They should have known better’
A co-worker of the six tribal employees who shot a .22 rifle off their office building deck alleged they endangered a nearby residence, potentially polluted Lake Michigan with lead bullets, and violated human resources policy.Continued ...
Jury: Local attorney committed fraud
A jury ruled a local attorney committed fraud and malpractice in a case of a business deal gone bad.Continued ...
Man facing sex charges
A Traverse City man who faces child abuse and criminal sexual conduct charges also is accused of attempting to assault authorities who tried to arrest him.Continued ...
Model airplanes take off today in Thompsonville
If you’re in Thompsonville today, look up. Model airplane enthusiasts say you’ll be in for a treat.Continued ...
Trial scheduled for sex crime suspect
A Kalkaska man who faces 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct is scheduled to appear in court.Continued ...
Ex-local resident on 'Wheel of Fortune'
A former Frankfort resident will appear on the national game show “Wheel of Fortune.”Continued ...
- Friday, May 17, 2013
Parking garage rates to rise
The Downtown Development Authority authorized an increase in transient parking rates at the city’s two municipal parking decks.Continued ...
Ex-Traverse City Manager Lewis to head St. Joseph
The city of St. Joseph picked Traverse City's former Manager Richard Lewis as their next city manager.Continued ...
Heroin overdose kills man
Benzie County's struggle with fatal heroin overdoses continues. Authorities confirmed Justin Smith, 23, of Benzonia, was found dead Wednesday night of a heroin overdose. Law enforcement officials arrested a suspect in Smith's death, the fourth heroin-related fatality in the county since 2011.Continued ...
No food truck buffet rolled out on first day
Diners who hankered for food truck fare on the first day the mobile restaurants were allowed downtown came away hungry.Continued ...
- Family of woman killed by drunk driver: 'It's just not fair'