FROM STAFF REPORTS
Artcenter Traverse City's winter show
Artcenter Traverse City presents its third annual Winter Show at the Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City today from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with 40 artists working in a variety of media.
Thistle and Thread
The 35th anniversary show for the local Thistle and Thread artisan group will take place Saturday at the Traverse City Civic Center from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Local and Michigan artists will be offering folk art, pottery, dried floral, handmade soaps, hand-knitted and felted items, stained glass, porcelain, jewelry, home décor, clothing and fiber arts, baskets, grapevine and garden art and soft sculpture.
Shop Your Community
Saturday is Shop your Community Day in downtown Traverse City. Fifteen percent of purchases made at participating stores will be donated to the nonprofit organization of shoppers' choice. Call 922-2050.
Festival of Trees
A reception honoring veterans will be held as part of the Festival of Trees today from 6 to 9 p.m. Veterans get in free, with guests at $12.50, for a dessert reception followed by a program and speaker at 7. Visit zontatc.org.
Children's Book fest
The 2012 Traverse City Children's Book Festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City Opera House. Visit www.tcchildrensbookfestival.com.
Arts at Pavilions
About 30 artists and craftsmen will feature their holiday wares today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand Traverse Pavilions. Call 932-3027.
Schmidt in concert
Claudia Schmidt will perform in a Northwest Michigan Jazz Experience house concert at 7670 E. Shore Road, Traverse City, Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 non-members, $5 members. Visit www.nmje.org.
Guitarist at WSCC
West Shore Community College will host Javier Calderón Saturday in its Center Stage Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 843-5507.
Mills Community House presents "The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute" at 7:30 p.m. today in Benzonia. Tickets are $18 from the Benzie County Chamber and the Road House in Benzonia and Miranda Music in Frankfort.
JRAC Holiday Fair
The Jordan River Arts Council holds its 22nd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at East Jordan High School. Call 536-3385.
Aladdin' at Milliken
The Dance Center Youth Ensemble Presents Aladdin at Milliken Auditorium in four shows Saturday and Sunday. Call 947-6820.
Poets Night Out
The 16th Annual Poets' Night Out is Sunday at 7 p.m. at the City Opera House. Visit www.tadl.org.
Play at West
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" will be performed at Traverse City West High School today and Saturday and Nov. 16 and 17. Call 933-7509.
The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a contra dance on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. with instruction at Twin Lakes-Gilbert Lodge, 6800 N. Long Lake Rd, Traverse City. Call 313-2596.
Treats on Trail
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. presents Treats Along the Trails today from 4-6 p.m. Call 941-4300.