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May 2019

Wild Parsnip & Garlic Mustard Work Bee

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join TART Trails and the Leelanau Conservancy in removing invasive garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) at DeYoung Natural Area. We'll be hand pulling both these plants that threaten native flora. Please be aware that contact with the sap of wild parsnip can cause skin sensitivity to light and has the potential to cause rashes so long sleeves, pants and gloves are recommended. We will meet in the parking lot near the lower barn off of East…

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Short’s Pull Barn Party

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Short’s Production Facility, 211 Industrial Park Dr
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States
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Join us for Short's Pull Barn Party! Short's is kicking off the opening weekend on Thursday, May 23rd to celebrate preliminary design for the Acme to Elk Rapids section of the Traverse City ↔ Charlevoix Trail. TART Trails staff and project partners will be on hand to talk about the preferred route and give updates on the project. Short's is proud to partner with TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council to make this project a reality and will…

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Bayshore Marathon Volunteers

May 24 @ 4:00 pm - May 25 @ 7:30 am
Traverse City Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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A sure sign of the summer season ahead, it's time for the Bayshore Marathon! For the last 12 years, TART Trails' Ambassadors and volunteers have been stepping up to help out at the annual Bayshore Marathon. In return for your time spent assisting race participants at packet pick up by handing out t-shirts, a generous donation is made to TART Trails. Two for the price of one! Have fun volunteering your time representing TART Trails and raise funds while doing…

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June 2019

R-A-B Bike Swap

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Old Town Parking Garage, 125 E. 8th St.
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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Sell or buy any fun & funky or plain & practical used bikes at the 9th annual Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Swap. This very anticipated event kicks off Smart Commute Week and is the perfect time to become the new owner of a summer cruiser or upgrade a child's bike. The R-A-B Bike Swap is for anyone who wants to sell and/or purchase a gently used or out-grown bicycle or bike accessory. Accessories include bike trailers, hitches, bike racks and sometimes frames and…

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Smart Commute Week

June 3 - June 7

Smart Commute Week is an annual celebration held during the first week of June. The week consists of events that promote cycling, walking, taking the bus and carpooling. Free daily breakfasts are hosted at various locations around town for smart commuters. Every year community members challenge each other to a friendly competition known as the Smart Commute Week Challenge. Registration is FREE! 2019 Smart Commute Week Challenge Start earning points Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6. Team Captains Lunch is Wednesday, May 29 from Noon-1pm at the Traverse Area District…

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¡TART Fiesta!

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Mesa Grill, 1544 US 31 N
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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Join us for the 8th annual TART Fiesta on Thursday, June 6, from 6-9pm on the patio at Red Mesa in Traverse City! The evening features live music by Jack Pine, a full fajita bar, margaritas, cervezas and smart commute smiles. Full fajita bar ~ $15 for adults and $8 for children Casa margaritas and draft beers ~ $5 Proceeds benefit TART Trails.

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Sculpture Ribbon Cutting

June 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Boardman Lake Trail MI United States

The public is invited to join members of the Traverse City Arts Commission for a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 26, at 5pm. Celebrate the work of Michigan artist Robert Sestok on the Boardman Lake Trail. Join the TC Arts Commission at 5pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony and up-close look at these beautiful installations. Ride or walk for brownie points (meet at Oryana). The Traverse City Arts Commission is pleased to unveil four sculptures, Machine (2009), Thirdman (2017), Van Brunt St. (2010),…

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July 2019

Tour de TART

July 19 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $45

The 19th annual Tour de TART is on Friday, July 19, 2019! TART Trails is thrilled to host the 19th Annual Tour de TART bicycle tour on Friday July 19, 2019. More than 600 people of all ages will hit the TART and Leelanau Trails for an evening ride that begins in Traverse City at Darrow Park and ends at Village Marina & Park in the Village of Suttons Bay. Riders will enjoy two food stops along the 17-mile ride, waterfront dinner at…

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Ride Around Torch

July 21 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Elk Rapids High School, 308 Meguzee Point Rd
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 United States

Tour Overview The Ride Around Torch is an annual one-day 26, 40, 63, or 100 mile bicycle tour primarily along the scenic shores of Torch Lake, Michigan's longest and one of its most beautiful inland lakes with unusually clear, bright turquoise hued waters. Several villages and hamlets lie along the lake's shore including Alden, Eastport, Clam River and Torch River. You will enjoy a recreational, social tour that is neither a race nor a test of strength, although the very…

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August 2019

Vasa Skillz Building Trail Work Bees

August 17 @ 8:00 am
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An event every 4 weeks that begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 17, 2019

Vasa Pathway Trailhead, Bartlett Rd
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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TART Trails is excited to get to work on building a 2-mile skill-building trail course designed for beginners and youth to learn how to mountain bike. Please join us for a volunteer work bee! The proposed project plan is to hand and machine build two mountain bike “skill building” singletrack loops on the forty acre Vasa Pathway. Trail construction will include clearing the trail route/ 6’ wide corridor, constructing a 4’ wide tread, supplementing existing soils with suitable fill materials and…

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