Dinner and cookie sale planned
Traverse City — Swiss steak and chicken top the menu for a dinner on Thursday, Dec. 9, while Christmas cookies will be sold on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church.
The meal will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Prices are $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children ages 3 and younger. For details, call 946-5323.
A variety of Christmas cookies packaged for gift giving will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $5.50 a dozen and proceeds will benefit the Traverse Bay United Methodist Women. Cookie selections are cherry chocolate chip oatmeal, Russian tea cakes, maple pecan, date-nut pinwheels and pumpkin chocolate chip. Advance orders may be placed by calling 947-3613 or 946-5323.
Both fundraisers will take place at the church, 1200 Ramsdell Road.
Whiffenpoofs today; Messiah Sunday
TRAVERSE CITY — The 32nd annual Messiah Sing will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, at Central United Methodist Church.
Anyone is welcome to sing; chorus members should show up for rehearsal at 2:45 p.m. Scores are available at the church. The performance is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
The soloists include soprano Lynne Church, mezzo-soprano Wendee Wolf-Schlarf, tenor Isaac Hurtado and bass Jeffery Norris.
Today, Dec. 4, at the church, 222 Cass St., there will be a performance by the Whiffenpoofs of Yale, an a capella chorus consisting of 14 Yale University seniors. The ensemble was established in 1909, beginning as a quartet that performed weekly at a campus tavern. Their repertoire, according to the group's website, includes a wide variety of tunes, from Beatles love songs to spirituals and traditional Yale compositions.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, located at 222 Cass St. Ticket prices are $25 for priority seating, $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Proceeds will benefit the church's music program. Call 946-5191.
Gift-givers now have online option
TRAVERSE CITY — Operation Christmas Child packed 5,462 shoebox gifts during its recent campaign and launched an online option for people who still want to give.
Build-A-Box lets people go online and customize a shoe box to send to a needy child. There are toys, school supplies and other items to choose from. You can choose a child's age and gender and provide a personalized note. The boxes will be assembled at Operation Christmas Child's processing center in Charlotte, N.C. Tracking lets the giver follow the box to find out when it will be delivered.
To build a box, go to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. For more information, call (937) 374-0761.