FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
CVB offers package
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a special Winter/Spring "Traverse City Escape" package good from Jan. 4 until May 16.
The package that combines special rates at more than 17 participating hotels and resorts with discounts on winter recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment.
For more details about the 2013 Traverse City Escape Package, go to www.traversecity.com.
Auto show tickets
DETROIT — Tickets for the North American International Auto Show 2013 (NAIAS) Charity Preview are now on sale.
The event will be held at Detroit's Cobo Center on Friday, Jan. 18, and raises millions for local children's charities.
Tickets are $300, $290 of which is tax deductible.
Charity Preview tickets can be purchased online at charitypreview.com, or by phone at 888-838-7500.
One Tough Mudder
BROOKLYN — Michigan International Speedway has been chosen as the state's only host venue for Tough Mudder.
The hard-core, 12-mile obstacle course was designed by British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. The Tough Mudder event will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30. To register for Tough Mudder Michigan, please visit http://bit.ly/Q7l4MH.
Tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.
ANCHORAGE — A brewery from outside Fairbanks has opened up a retail outlet in Anchorage's largest airport.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport says passengers catching flights will be able to carry on six-packs or half-gallon growlers of microbrew made by Silver Gulch brewery in Fox. The outlet is inside the secure passenger area at the entrance to the C concourse and also includes a restaurant.
New Amtrak service
NORFOLK, Va. — Amtrak has begun offering service between Norfolk and Washington, D.C., providing an alternative route for tourists, business travelers and military officials who usually drive on the state's congested highways between the two cities.
The train will make stops in Petersburg and Richmond before reaching the nation's capital, and those who choose to can remain on the train for travel to the Northeast. It's the first time passenger rail service has been offered in south Hampton Roads since 1977.
The project to bring passenger rail to Norfolk finished 10 months earlier than planned and a permanent station won't be ready until 2013, although a temporary waiting area and restrooms are available until then. The cost of a one-way ticket will range from $38 to Washington to $73 to Boston.
On weekdays, trains departing Washington will leave at 3:55 p.m. and return to Norfolk at 8:50 p.m.
From Italy to DC
WASHINGTON — Italy's foreign minister is opening a year-long celebration of Italian culture in 30 U.S. cities with a rare display of Michelangelo's "David-Apollo" at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
The sculpture from the year 1530 is on loan from the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. It will only be shown in Washington.
The sculpture was last shown in the U.S. capital in 1949 when it drew nearly 800,000 visitors. It was also a centerpiece for those who attended President Harry Truman's inaugural reception at the gallery.
This time, it will be on view through March 3, 2013, to include crowds attending the inauguration of President Barack Obama.