Festival of Trains
The Northern Michigan Railroad Club is presenting the 10th annual Festival of Trains at the History Center of Traverse City, with a visit from Santa tonight from 5-7 p.m. The show is open daily except Christmas and runs through New Year's Day. Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon- 4 p.m., and until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Call 995-0313.
Bayview Wesleyan Church at 720 Wayne Street in Traverse City is presenting its 39th Annual Nativity on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 23, from 7-9 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 24, from 5:30-6:30. Call 947-3792.
It's a wrap
Join Traverse City Firefighters Local 646 in sorting and wrapping toys to be given to children in the Grand Traverse area who might not otherwise find anything under the Christmas tree this year. Volunteers can come at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Station 1, 500 W. Front. Call 922-4930, Ext. 8.
A fundraiser for the Eardley family, who lost their home in a fire, is planned today at 7 p.m. The cast and band of the Williamsburg Dinner Theater will perform their holiday program, with proceeds going to the family. Admission is by donation.
Celebrate the End
Left Foot Charley and the Disability Network present an End of the World Party with live music, food and fun tonight from 6-9 p.m. Suggested donation is $5, with proceeds going to the Disability Network. Call 995-0500.
The East Bay Branch of Traverse Area District Library on Three Mile Road will host Santa Claus at Wigglers Story Time today at 10:30 a.m. Candy canes and cookies will be served. Call 922-2085 or visit www.tadl.org/eastbay.
Books & music
Samantha Hoffman will be signing books at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City from 2-4 p.m. today. Vern Jones will be there from 4-6 p.m., with Aaron Dennis featured from 6-8 p.m. and Songwriters in the Round performing from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts in Frankfort is hosting "Spirituality Expressed," a themed exhibition in the Borwell Gallery. Also showing is "Shared Treasures," featuring works by Dale Chihuly, John Glick, Gwen Frostic, Pablo Picasso and others. Call 352-4151.
$100 and Under
Artcenter Traverse City is holding a show, "Deck the Walls — $100 and Under," through Jan. 25 at 630 North Mercato, Building 50, in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. All work is priced at $100 and under, available for purchase at 27 Stitches.