Traverse City — United Way of Northwest Michigan invites families to Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
From 10 a.m. to noon, families can make a difference by stuffing winter necessity bags for Safe Harbor, making table decorations for the Christmas Community Meal and children's projects. For details, email Volunteer Center Youth and Family Coordinator Amanda Hilt, email@example.com.
CD release party
Traverse City — M-23 Strings will host a CD release party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Outre Lounge at the InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St.
Holiday Art Bazaar
Petoskey — Crooked Tree Arts Center's Holiday Arts Bazaar is under way and continues through Dec. 19.
The bazaar features work from more than 65 artisans including more than 20 new artists. Purchases made support CTAC programs and scholarships for students wishing to further their education in the arts. In addition, patrons can "Give the Gift of Art" by purchasing a specialty glass ornament from our Giving Tree in $25 and $50 increments.
The Crooked Tree Arts Center is at 461 N. Mitchell St. The bazaar is open during regular business hours and all CTAC special events. For details, visit www.crookedtree.org or call 347-4337.
'Walk for Hope'
Traverse City — Christ's Hope International is hosting the "Des 'tination" Walk for Hope on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The five-mile walk starts at 9:30 a.m. from Bayview Wesleyan Church, 720 Wayne St., up the TART Trail and back. It will be followed by a free chili cook-off lunch and presentation at Bayview Wesleyan from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The fund-raising event is named for Desmond "Des" Marshall, director of Christ's Hope's Care and Compassion ministry in Kenya, Africa, who will lead the walk and give the program. Funds raised will help provide hospital and medical care, medicine and basic food supplies for those suffering from AIDS in eight countries in Africa.
Young Co. play
Traverse City — The Old Town Playhouse Young Company will present "Wiley and the Hairy Man" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20, in the Schmuckal Studio Theatre at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St.
The play centers around a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. Tickets are $6 each. Call 947-2210 for information.
Glen Arbor — The Glen Arbor Marketplace will kick off with a tree-lighting and caroling celebration at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.
The event at the Glen Arbor Township Hall will be followed by the Marketplace preview. The Marketplace, showcasing local artists and merchants, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to discuss Christmas wishes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.