TRAVERSE CITY — YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camp will sponsor its seventh annual Frozen Torch Snowshoe Race on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the camp, 1350 E. Arbutus Lake Road.
Early registration is $25 through today, Dec. 27; $30 after today.
The first 25 registrants receive a free T-shirt and all participants are invited to a complimentary chili lunch.
There will be both 5K and 10K events with prizes for the top finishers.
A fun walk also will be offered.
For details or to register, visit www.hayowentha.org and click on the seasonal events tab before following the frozen torch link.
Proceeds go toward helping Antrim County children attend Sparks Day Camp.
New Year’s Eve
ACME — The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will host a New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Festivities for adults 18 and older include a party in Governor’s Hall with entertainment and dancing music by the Blue Water Kings, dinner, a champagne toast at midnight and a cash bar.
Tickets are $85 per person and proper attire is requested. A New Year’s Eve overnight package also is available starting at $277 per couple.
New Year’s Eve activities for children ages 6 to 14 will be offered from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Health Club.
Activities include games, arts and crafts, a pizza party and a balloon drop at midnight. The cost is $40 per child.
To reserve a New Year’s Eve package, purchase a la carte tickets or register for children’s activities, call 534-6000.
Cherry T Ball
TRAVERSE CITY — The fourth annual Cherry T Ball Drop will be held on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, in downtown Traverse City.
Downtown streets will close to traffic at 4 p.m. and activities get underway at 9:30 p.m.
There will be live music by Miriam Pico and the Supplementals and a DJ throughout the evening. Fireworks will be staged at Clinch Park.
The illuminated cherry suspended above Cass and Front streets will drop at midnight.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a suggested $3 donation for local charities.
The event will be televised on MI News 26 and UpNorth TV (Charter digital channel 73 and HD channel 789) and on UP North TV cable channel 97. The broadcast also will be streamed live on www.cherrytballdrop.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Author and world photographer Laura Vae Gatz will be the guest speaker at a Women’s Community Beach Brunch on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The brunch will start at 10 a.m. at Bay Pointe Community Church, 6880 Secor Road. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5 and include brunch.
They may be purchased from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the church office. For details, visit www.bponline.org.
Travel yoga class
ALDEN — Aime Elves will teach simple, seated exercises in a Travel Yoga class on Sunday, Jan. 5.
The free class meets at 2 p.m. at the Alden District Library, 8751 Helena Road.
No yoga experience is needed. Everyone is welcome. Call 331-4318 to learn more.