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Blues at the Bluebird in Leland

Like Music?  Well,  let’s Jazz it up a bit! The Bluebird located in downtown Leland will be hosting a fundraiser for the Leelanau Consevancy. The Annual Blues at the Bluebird concert will be held on Saturday February 19.  Enjoy a buffet dinner at 6:30 pm, concert at 8:00pm and the sounds of Mississippi Heat from Chicago.  Ticket are $35 and limited.  Call 256-9665, stop at the Conservancy office at 105 N First St in Leland or email gayle@theconservancy.com 

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North American Vasa Event

Interested in outdoor sports? Traverse City will host the premier Vasa xc ski event on February 11-12.    Whether you are participating or watching it is a great time. For details of this event click here.

If you’re in the Traverse City area and looking for a great place to eat check out Hanna’s Bistro on Cass St, Downtown.

Winterfest in Benzie County

How about a winterfest on the 12th of February (Saturday).   Benzie County is the place and  there will be,  fireworks on Crystal Lake!   Head to Beulah and Benzonia for a day of fun!

Crystal Lake Community Business Assoc. sponsored Winterfest. Click here for details.

Valentine’s Weekend in Northern Michigan

What’s up in Northern Michigan? Looking to next weekend  there is a Comedy Festival, Micro Brew Festival, Vasa Ski Race and Fireworks on Crystal Lake. Details to come for you’re Valentine’s Weekend.   How about some interactive stuff.  Can anyone tell me how many miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan make up the National Park ?

Philip A. Hart Visitors Center at Sleeping Bear Dunes Park

Sunday’s are just sort of a lazy day.  If you’re not one for being outside a trip to the Park’s Visitor center is a nice way to spend the afternoom.  It’s not that busy, like in the summer!  So here’s what’s going on at the visitor’s center.

Special Programs:  A free slide presentation, “Dreams of the Sleeping Bear,” offers a beautiful mix of photography, music and narration, while providing an initial orientation to the park.
Exhibits:  Museum exhibits explore the geologic, natural history, and human stories of the park.  An interactive touch-screen kiosk and large relief map provide general park information.
Facilities:  Eastern National Bookstore/sales area. Public restrooms, water fountain, pay phone (portable TTY available), assistive listening device at the information desk, closed captioning for the orientation slide show.(from the www.nps.gov/slbe website)  Enjoy your day.

Glen Arbor 3rd Annual Art from Michigan’s West Coast!

Happy Groundhog Day!  Well, I was wrong the Groundhog didn’t see his shadow today so Spring is coming early! Most likely a happy note for all. Lift your spirits this weekend after the arctic blast by enjoying some art and wine!

Glen Arbor Art Association kicks off the “Taste the Passion” wine tour weekend.  The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor is hosting the wine and art open house at Mountain Flowers Lodge, with small plate tapas paired with wines from throughout the peninsula. This Event will benefit the Glen Arbor Art Association for class scholarship and their school art program. Homestead is offering a package with the event call 231-334-5000 for details at the Resort.  Ticket available at the door for $20 6-8 PM (Friday) the Lodge is located in the Village area at the Resort.

Also this weekend the Taste of Passion wine tour in Leelanau County. Tickets available online $30/ea @ www.lpwines.com.   Stay tuned- the 12th is a big weekend in the Sleeping Bear area!

Frankfort Mi Fundraiser

"The Beach"How about dinner and a benefit? Food, Fun and a Silent Auction @ the Betsie Bay In in Downtown Frankfort.
February 3 (Thursday) from 5-9 PM to raise money for the Shiver by the River Festival being held Feb 19-20.
Just so you know tomorrow is GroundHog Day! I predict more winter I hope I’m wrong!

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Welcome to Sleeping Bear Community Blog!  No better way to start then to tour the Sleeping Bear Dunes from the air.

My favorite video! One of those things to do in the area – para gliding! If this is something you want to do contact

Traverse City Hanggliders 1509 E Eighth St. Traverse City, Mi. 231-922-2844

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Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore @ www.nps.gov  for more park information.

For a nostalgic trip of Michigan and the dunes this video will bring back memories from the year 1949

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I hope you enjoy!  Check out our facebook page for Sleeping Bear Community I hope you LIKE it! http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=14899&ref_query=change+tab#!/pages/Sleeping-Bear-Community/129295710468829

Downtown Traverse City Chili Cook Off

What’s up this weekend?  This sounds like alot of fun! The Sleeping Bear Community does alot in Traverse City, it’s our local Hub!  So occassionally locals and visitors (ususally a rainy day in the summer)will head to TC!  So I suggest heading to TC Day and take advantage of this fun event.  Chili just sounds good this time of year!
Downtown Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, January 29, 2011

DTCA fundraiser where area restaurants compete for top honors in eight categories (1,2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic and Vegetarian.).

Find the flyer here to see who’s competiting in this annual Chili Challenge!

Location: Park Place Dome

Time: 11 am – 3 pm

Cost: Purchase a sampler of 8 for $8 or a bowl of your favorite for $4

Phone Number: (231) 922-2050

What’s up this Weekend in Sleeping Bear Dunes Park?

My I sugguest this weekend that you go for a snowshoe hike! My daughter went over the holidays and enjoyed it.  Great exercise, fresh air and a great way to see the park and some wildlife!  The snowshoe hikes run every Saturday and Sunday in January and February from 1-3pm in the afternoon. You will need a park pass for this. Meet your park guide at 1:00 at the visitors center on M-72 in Empire.  If you have any questions here is the number to call 231-326-5134 x328.  Have a great time!

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