FROM STAFF REPORTS
Leelanau school retirees will meet
LELAND — Reservations are needed by Friday, Oct. 15, for the next meeting of the Leelanau Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.
The group will meet at noon Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Bluebird Restaurant. Prior to the meeting, Michigan Senate hopeful Darwin Booher and Michigan House of Representatives candidate Ray Franz will be on hand to introduce themselves and answer questions regarding their stand on various issues. Krista Davis, a representative of Priority Health Insurance, will familiarize attendees with the program and answer questions.
The cost for lunch is $11. For reservations or details, call Emma Stayer, 271-3689.
Benefit dinner for Northport Promise
NORTHPORT — The Rev. Marshall and Mary Collins will cook one of their "legendary" fried chicken dinners to raise money for the Northport Promise.
The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, in the old gym at Northport Public School, 104 S. Wing St. The price is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5 and older, and free for children 4 and younger.
Advance tickets are available from Northport Promise Committee members and parents of Northport Promise students. Tickets also will be available at the door.
Computer classes 'focus' on photos
ALDEN — The Helena Township Library will offer two computer classes with the library's tech person.
Robert Vanover will discuss how to organize photos on the computer, including backing files up and creating slide shows, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 20. He will continue the series from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 27 with "Simple Photo Manipulation." The class will cover resizing photos, adjusting brightness and contrast, cropping, removing red eye and more.
Both classes are free and will meet at the library, 8751 Helena Road. The public is welcome and registration is required. For details or to register, contact the library, 331-4318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to order apple pies nears
KINGSLEY — Orders must be received by Monday, Oct. 18, for homemade apple pies made by St. Mary-Hannah Parish.
The pies cost $7 each and are unbaked and ready for the oven or freezer. They will be made starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at St. Mary-Hannah School, 2912 W. M-113, where orders must be picked up from 2 to 6 p.m. that day.
For details or to place an order, call 263-7612, 645-4437 or the school office, 263-5288.
'Great Lakes, Great Chefs' event
TRAVERSE CITY — Chef Harlan "Pete" Peterson, owner of the former Tapawingo Restaurant, has assembled culinary talent from northern Michigan to collaborate on a meal to benefit the Great Lakes Culinary Institute.
"Great Lakes, Great Chefs" will take place Friday, Oct. 22, in Lobdell's, the teaching restaurant at NMC's Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Each dinner course will be paired with a wine selected by Amanda Danielson.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $200 per person, $2,000 for a Benefactor's table for six, and $3,000 for a Special Chef's table for eight hosted by Chef Peterson in the middle of the action in the kitchen. For reservations or details, call 995-1021 or visit www.nmc/edu/culinary.
NMC adds hybrid auto tech certificate
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will offer a certificate in hybrid automotive technology beginning with the spring 2011 semester.
The new Level II certificate will offer specialty training in the repair of hybrid electric vehicles. It creates a fifth option within NMC's Automotive Service Technology Program. Currently, students can pursue an associate in applied science degree, which combines automotive technician classes with liberal arts courses, or a Master Technician Certificate. Two other specialized certificates, one in electrical and drivability, and another in under car, also are available. For current students, the certificate is an additional credential opportunity that will expand employability.
Courses will be offered in the current Automotive Technology Building on NMC's Aero Park campus. Visit www.nmc.edu/hybrid for more information.