Torch News Briefs

“Make My Belly Full”

On Feb. 24 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 15 percent of all food purchases at the Big Rapids Big Boy will be donated to My Sister’s Keeper to help assist the prevention of child abuse. A flyer must be presented at the time of purchase. Flyers can be obtained from any member of My Sister’s Keeper or a printable version can be obtained by emailing For more information, contact Shauni Harris at or call 313-850-5151.

Poetry Reading by Helen Degen Cohen

Award-winning poet and writer Helen Degen Cohen will be holding a reading from her various manuscripts and collected works on Feb. 25 at Pepper’s Deli and Café from 7 to 9 p.m. Cohen is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and other various awards. For more information, contact Scott Cohen at or call ext. 2484.

2010 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Michigan Area 5 and Law Enforcement Torch Run present the Polar Plunge on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chippewa Lake. Money raised supports year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Entry fee is $50 and contributions can be brought to the registration site at East Bay General Store at Chippewa Lake. For more information, contact Pat Rosales at or call 231-867-5713.

Connecting Generations Through Gardening

On Feb. 27 join Big Rapids native, horticulturist and landscape architect Merry Kim Meyers who will present a hands-on workshop for anyone interested in flowers and plants. The workshop will include several innovative “green” activities. The event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Big Rapids City Hall. For more information, contact Scott Cohen at or call ext. 2484.

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet with Flamenco Dancer Colette Illarde

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (MGQ) with Flamenco Dancer Colette Illarde will be performing on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Williams Auditorium. The MGQ has been one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles since 1986. Illarde’s choreography includes Spanish regional and folk dancing, classical ballet, and flamenco. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. For more information, contact Williams Auditorium at or call ext. 5600.

“South Africa: Healing the Wounds of Racism”

As part of the Global Initiative, the 2010 Women’s History Month featured speaker is Naomi Tutu. She will be speaking on March 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Williams Auditorium. She will talk about her experience growing up as a black female in apartheid South Africa. For more information, contact Michael Wade at or call ext. 2617.

“Indoctrinate U”

The Ferris Chapter of the Young Americans for Liberty is holding a screening of the documentary, “Indoctrinate U” in the Whitney Auditorium Feb. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. to discuss affirmative action and the diversity of ideas on college campuses. For more information, contact Zach Smith at