Northern Living in Transient: 04/18/2021 | Lifestyles


CADILLAC – MSU Extension is offering the free online training “Building Early Emotional Skills” (BEES) from April 18 to June 18.

Early childhood education professionals can learn about caregiver stress, children’s social emotional skills, and more. Registration is open until April 25th.

Contact: 231-779-9480.

Art fundraiser

TRAVERSE CITY – Art for All of Northern Michigan is holding a fundraising auction April 19-25. Bidding starts on Monday at 12:15 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 11:45 p.m.

Items are available at

Proceeds will go to the nonprofit’s scholarship program and help purchase materials for classes in the studio.

The Real Estate One Charitable Foundation plans a 50 percent match for all funds.

Redistribute the presentation

TRAVERSE CITY – Women’s Voter League Grand Traverse Area presents Donna Hornberger and Margaret Leary on April 20th at noon. The women are members of the Observer Corps of the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Join at

Great design

TRAVERSE CITY – Big Brothers Big Sisters recently launched the Big Draft campaign with the NFL Inspire Change Initiative.

Community members can tag potential Bigs mentors on social media.

The potential volunteer will then be directed to further details and an application.

The bigs for a pre-game zoom huddle will start at 5:30 p.m. on April 21.

Reservations: [email protected]

E-waste drive

TRAVERSE CITY – An E-Waste Drive will be established April 22-23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Honor Bank, Union Street Branch.

Accepted items are computers, network devices, printers, and flat panel displays.

The first 100 people are given a native Michigan pine seedling to plant. Safety Net offers to pick up unwanted electronics from regional companies. Application forms:

Pottery courses

LUDINGTON – Spring pottery workshops are held on April 22nd and May 6th or May 20th and June 3rd at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

Adults and teenagers can take part in two morning or night courses with the artist Mary Case.

The cost is $ 50 for LACA members and $ 60 for others. Registration: 231-845-2787.

Spring grant cycle

TRAVERSE CITY – United Way in northwest Michigan is accepting submissions for its spring grant cycle.

Organizations in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau have until April 23rd at 5:00 p.m. to submit forms.

Literacy partnership

TRAVERSE CITY – POWER! Book Bags continues its partnership with Early Head Start in 14 counties in northwest Lower Michigan.

They started in January with teachers supplying hand-sewn bags containing a family story book, a children’s book, a finger puppet, two exercise books, and colored pencils.

The teachers distribute another book and write a brochure every month.

The literacy nonprofit plans to add five more districts for Early Head Start in the near future.

MSU extension resource

CADILLAC – MSU Extension offers the online resource Ask Extension. Michigan residents can ask questions about insects, gardening, food safety, parenting, mental health, and other topics.

Answers are usually given within a day or two.

Local is withdrawing from the Coast Guard

TRAVERSE CITY – Jason M. Biggar, a native of Traverse City, recently retired from active service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

In August 2016, he became head of the facility engineering department at a recruitment training center.

His awards include Medal of Merit, Coast Guard Medal of Commendation, Coast Guard Medal of Achievement, two Commander Letters of Recommendation, and others.

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