NMEAC awards event
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council will name its Environmentalist of the Year at its annual awards event today.
The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Park Place Hotel Dome, 300 E. State St. It features a program by Mike Delp, music by Zach Watson, and local food and beverages for dinner.
Tickets are $20 in advance or at the door. For details or advance tickets, visit www.nmeac.org.
LEELANAU PENINSULA — The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail will offer Small Plates today.
Seatings are at 6, 7 or 8 p.m. and participants may reserve one, two or three seatings. Each seating includes a full glass of wine with a substantial tapas dish at one of six wineries. Participating wineries include Black Star Farms, Ciccone Vineyards, 45 North Vineyard & Winery, Laurentide Winery, and Verterra Winery.
Tickets are $15 for each seating. They are available in advance only at www.lpwines.com.
CD release party
TRAVERSE CITY — Claudia Schmidt will celebrate 40 years in music and the release of her new CD on Red House Records titled “New Whirled Order” with a concert at Sleder’s Family Tavern.
Schmidt will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Sleder’s, 717 Randolph St. Advance tickets are $15 each at the tavern, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books, Zamar Guitar, or by calling Sleder’s, 947-9213. Tickets are $20 at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — The 2014 Chocolate Festival on Sunday will benefit the Northwest Food Coalition.
Festival hours are 1-3:30 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. It features tastings and samples from the region’s finest chocolatiers, chefs and caterers, demonstrations and mini-lectures, and live music. There also will be a silent auction of chocolate sculptures, door prizes, chocolate-inspired art, books and shopping and an on-site food drive.