Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan Collee will hold its 59th Commencement today, May 5.
The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. in the Central High School gymnasium, 1150 Milliken Dr.
Guests are welcome and no tickets are required.
The event will be streamed online at www.nmc.edu/video.
RNs will meet
Traverse City — The Registered Nurses Association in Michigan (RN-AIM) will meet Thursday, May 10.
The 6-7:30 p.m. meeting at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave., includes a program on vasculitis.
For details or to register, call 649-3730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raven Hill open
East Jordan — Raven Hill Discovery Center will hold an open house Sunday, May 6, from noon to 4 p.m.
Raven Hill is at 4737 Fuller Road.
For details, call 536-3369 or visit www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
Elk Rapids — A new arthritis exercise class is under way.
The Arthritis Foundation program meets 4:15-5:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through May 31 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 10180 Elk Lake Road.
The cost is $24 for six classes.
For details or to register, call 342-6903.
Stroke Club meets
Traverse City — Veterans Affairs representative Joe Meredith will discuss benefits for stroke survivors and their families at the Wednesday, May 9, meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Stroke Club.
The group will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster. Call 935-6380 to learn more.
Traverse City — Traverse Bay United Methodist Church will sponsor a swiss steak and chicken dinner for the church's Christian Outreach Committee.
The meal will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the church, 1200 Ramdsell Road.
The cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and younger.
Traverse City — "Gardening for Life" seminars will be held to help make gardening accessible, affordable and doable for senior citizens.
Free seminars start at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 10, The Village at Bay Ridge, Traverse City; 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, Boyne City Senior Center; 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, Bellaire Area Senior Center; 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Charlevoix Senior Center; and 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, Leelanau County Government Center, Suttons Bay.
For details, call Judy Maloney, 929-9044.
Benefit for 'Charlie'
Traverse City — A benefit will be held Saturday, May 12, for 2½-year-old Charlene "Charlie" Tallieu, who is being treated for a brain tumor.
A spaghetti dinner will be served 4-8 p.m. at 4470 Norton Hall Road, followed by a DJ and dancing from 8-11 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for ages 5-10; $8 ages 11 and older.
Traverse City — Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1776 High Lake Road, is holding a collection drive for the Women's Resource Center.
The drive continues through May.
For details or to schedule a drop-off, call 941-7812. Details also are available at www.princeofpeacetraversecity.org.
Traverse City — Registration is under way for the 27th annual Parkinson's Summer Forum.
The June 7 event will be at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front. Go to www.gtaparkinsonsgroup.org to register; 947-1946 for details.
Camp for kids
Jackson — Michigan children with cancer can enjoy free summer camp sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Young Camper's Day, June 17, is for ages 4-6. Camp Catch-A-Rainbow, June 17-22, is for ages 7-15. Both camps are at the YMCA Storer Camps.
Applications are available at www.cancer.org/camprainbow or (800) 227-2345.
Ecology of algae
Suttons Bay — The Inland Seas Education Association will sponsor a program on the ecology of toxic algae.
The Tuesday, May 8, event includes a 5:30-7 p.m. reception and a 7-8 p.m. program at the ISEA, 100 Dame St. For details, call 271-3077 or visit www.schoolship.org.