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If you're looking for something to do this week, you're only a click away from seeing what's happening. NorthernSpin.com can fill in the blanks for folks who love Michigan and want their inside connection to Northern & Western Michigan events. Simple click here on the Event Calendar to see what's happening in your area or scroll down to see what lurks below. Thank you for checking us out and allowing NorthernSpin.com to be your source for finding all the happenings in Michigan. Be sure to put in your email so that we can keep ya updated, not in an annoying way, but through a pleasant email once in a while. Peace out my friends! - Brian Sweebe, Editor.

Safety Tips for a Happy Halloween

The American Red Cross has released a list of tips to keep everyone safe on Halloween night.

On Costume Safety:
  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.
When Trick or Treating:
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door--never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don't cut across yards or use alleys. Don't cross between parked cars. Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
On Greeting Trick or Treaters: 
  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
To avoid a fire hazard with jack-o-lanterns, try using a glow stick instead of a candle. 

Enjoy and be safe! \m/ (^v^) \m/

Jana Kramer Heats up the Opera House

Live performance: Friday, November 2, 2012

“Her debut single "Why Ya Wanna" finds the Michigan native showcasing a surprising twang that effortlessly flows as she sings ... It's a charming feature to her voice that appears on every song…”  - Matt Bjorke, Roughstock Reviews
Singer-songwriter-actress, Jana Kramer, is lighting up country music with her emotionally moving songs and sweet, country vocals, already selling nearly 200,000 digital singles in less than six months. Jana Kramer’s country hit “Why Ya Wanna” is currently Top 10 and ranking as the highest charting female debut since Taylor Swift’s 2006 single “Tim McGraw.”  All eyes are on Jana as she boldly graces country music with a fresh, new sound and powerful new music. Kramer will perform at City Opera House as she makes her way across America on her first countrywide promotional singing tour. Don’t miss this rising star!
Growing up in Detroit, Jana is no stranger to the rich history of country music, crediting one of her favorite memories to baking cookies with her grandmother while listening to Patsy Cline. These little moments are one of the many reasons why Jana hopes to share her music with others.  "I love acting, but my heart and soul is in singing. I've been terrified to pursue this dream because it's so personal to me. If someone tells me they don't like my voice, it's a lot harder of a hit to take," said Jana. "This is what I've always wanted to do. I've wanted to do music my entire life.”
“One Tree Hill” fans already know the multi-faceted talents of Jana Kramer. The beautiful singer/songwriter/actress has three successful songs featured on The CW's "One Tree Hill," where she plays the firecracker actress, Alex Dupre. Jana is no stranger to the bright lights with her impressive string of movie and television roles, but she credits her recent break into the music industry as her most important accomplishment to date. If you ask Jana Kramer to describe her life in this very moment she would say, "Dreams really do come true."
"Country music is in my blood. I love country music because it tells a story and I have a lot of stories to tell."  - Jana Kramer

Special notes: Please note, this is a seated show: For the safety of guests and preservation of a city treasure, the Asleep at the Wheel performance is a seated show. 2012 marks the 120 year for City Opera House and inherited limitations come with a historic venue. The structural integrity cannot be comprised. Thank you for your understanding.

Devil's Night; Theory of a Deadman Comes Alive

I remember when I first saw Theory of a Deadman perform, it was in Grand Rapids, MI at the Orbit room in 2003.  They opened up for a little band called 3 Doors Down.  Now both bands have made their mark in the musical society.  This Devil's Night will, without a doubt, go down as the hottest night of performance in Traverse City, MI.  These cats will rock your faces off, make your ears bleed, and cause your heart to pound out of your chest (how's that for a Halloween style description?).   Be sure to call ahead for your tickets, or go online:  Streeter's Entertainment Center, Ground Zero  231-932-1300 or www.streetersonline.com.
I'm Brian Sweebe and I approve this concert.  \m/ (^v^) \m/

Medicare – What you MUST Know for 2013!

Press Release - October 24, 2012 (Grand Traverse County)

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network, in an effort to help Seniors know about all of their options and changes to Medicare, have scheduled a Medicare seminar. The seminar will be Wednesday, November 7th at 3:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come learn more about this very important topic. The seminar will be
held at the Senior Center Network building at 801 E. Front St. Traverse City.

Medicare‘s Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15, 2012 to December 7, 2012. Within that period of time Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to access their current coverage and make any needed adjustments and changes that they feel are appropriate to their needs. Unfortunately there is quite a bit of confusion regarding Medicare and what is needed to do for the coming year.

Fred Goldenberg, of Senior Benefit Solutions, has been in the health insurance business for over twenty years with a great wealth of knowledge about Medicare and its inner workings. In his educational seminar about Medicare he will cover the basics and a more in-depth look at the parts of Medicare and the plans associated with it. This will be an educational seminar only and no specific plans or sales
material will be handed out at that time. By attending this meeting participants will gain additional knowledge of the process and be able to make an educated decision about their 2013 Medicare enrollment.

For more information or to register for this event contact the Senior Center Network at 922-4911 or email ehovie@grandtraverse.org.

Costumes for a Cure

Performing Oct. 26th -

Planet Sabbath features the incredible talents of Dave Hall, Keith Christians and Paul Saylor.  Together they are more than musicians, they are guys who care.  Coming up October 26th & 27th, join them in Davidson at the Outer Limits for Costumes for a Cure.  $5 at the door gets you in to enjoy not just one great band but 19 bands.
Costumes are not required but you would look silly if you didn't wear one.
Help make a difference, fight for the cure and be a part of the history in making as Planet Sabbath plays their final performance.

Zombies Run For A Cause

The Zombie Run has become a T.C. favorite since its creation in 2009 and is well on its way to becoming a Halloween tradition. What's not to like? Zombies and beer have always been a winning combination.

Over the last three years we have seen zombies from all walks of life, or should I say death. There have been wedding party zombies, zombies in tutus, baby zombies, and even Zombie Jesus made an appearance last year! The only thing we never saw was someone not having a good time!

As you may know, Right Brain Brewery has moved to 16th Street, the SoFo district, and the Zombie Run has moved with them. The run wouldn't be the same without our friends at the Brain, get it? Therefore, the race will be changing its route this year. We have also scrapped the survivor/infected thing. Even though costumes are never required we’re going all zombie. The more blood and guts, the better!

Remember to stick around after the race because the beer will be flowing. Who says you can't drink before noon? Besides, you’re already dead anyway! (Oct. 22,  from www.tczombierun.com)

Register now! Zombie run t-shirts cannot be guaranteed after October 25th.

Costumes for a Cure

Planet Sabbath features the incredible talents of Dave Hall, Keith Christians and Paul Saylor.  Together they are more than musicians, they are guys who care.  Coming up October 26th & 27th, join them in Davidson at the Outer Limits for Costumes for a Cure.  $5 at the door gets you in to enjoy not just one great band but 19 bands. 

Costumes are not required but you would look silly if you didn't wear one.

Help make a difference, fight for the cure and be a part of the history in making as Planet Sabbath plays their final performance

The Great Divide Tailgate Party

A huge day for college football fans in and out of the state of Michigan.  Today, Saturday, Oct. 20th,  The Michigan Wolverines will defend their home turf against the Michigan State Spartans.  Game time is 3:30 PM EDT and here's a few places you might wanna check out to enjoy the game.

Holiday Inn, Traverse City - Oktoberfest Tailgate Party
Level 3 Lounge, Turtle Creek Casino, Williamsburg - MSU vs UM Tailgate Party
State Theatre, Traverse City - Michigan vs Michigan State Party on the big screen.

If you're planning a party and want peeps to show up, feel free to post here.  GO BLUE! or State!

October + Music +Beer + Wine + Food = AWESOME


A Celebration of Local Foods • Microbrews, Wine and Ciders • and Music Made in Michigan! GREENSKY BLUEGRASS with very special guests The Joshua Davis Band and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys. Roaming Harvest, Curbie featuring Mana and Spanglish, SEEDS Wood Fired Pizza, What The Truck, and Pigs Eatin’ Ribs will be serving up delicious fare. 5-10 PM, Ages 21+ The Village at Grand Traverse Commons | TC, MI  Doors @ 5:00 PM | Show @ 5:00 PM

City Opera House Needs YOU!

VOLUNTEER IN THE PERFORMING ARTS:  Your City Opera House is alive with activity,  proudly celebrating 120 years in the heart of the region. City Opera House is recruiting volunteers for the dynamic Performing Arts season, running Sept through April. Join us for a brief informational meeting including an overview of the volunteer program and volunteer opportunities. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Check us out: www.CityOperaHouse.org Questions? Barbara at  volunteer@cityoperahouse.org 

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