FROM STAFF REPORTS
Petoskey — Fun, food and activities await children and adults on Saturday, October 27.
Children are invited to walk in a Halloween Parade. Line-up is at 9:45 a.m. at Central Elementary School. The 10 a.m. parade goes from the school, down Howard Street to Pennsylvania Park. They also can pick up a passport at the start of the parade for the C.S. Lewis Festival Halloween Narnia reading and coloring activities from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Perry Hotel, trick or treat at downtown stores marked with trick-or-treating posters 10 a.m.-noon, and sample foods 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Grain Train's Spooky Co-op Kid's Tasting.
The library will offer a Halloween edition of Saturday's Child Story Hour for elementary-age kids from 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is not recommended for very young and/or impressionable children.
Adult activities include a progressive dinner 6-9 p.m. at five downtown restaurants. Tickets are $50 each; call 622-8501. Ghost Walk tours start at 7 p.m. at 216 Park Ave. Tickets are $5 in advance only at downtown offices or by calling 622-8501.
Dumpsite clean up
Benzie County — Volunteers will learn about the history of the Arcadia Dunes Preserve and the dumpsite cleanup at an Arcadia Dunes Dump Clean Up event.
Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Grasslands parking area to carpool to the dump site. For details, directions or if planning to participate, visit www.gtrlc.org/events or call 929-7911.
Wild Rose concert
Frankfort — The Wild Rose Society will host a concert Sunday, Oct. 28, at the First Congregational Church.
The 3 p.m. performance features Jeanmarie Riccobono on clarinet, Joan and David Holland on harp and viola, and Jean and Michael Coonrod on cello and piano. Donations will be accepted for the society's scholarship program.
Living off the grid
Benzonia — Grow Benzie and NCRS will offer a program titled "Thriving, Not Just Surviving Off The Grid" by agricultural specialist Craig Schaaf.
Schaaf will share tips on transitioning from living on the grid to completely off it at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115. A potluck will start at 6 p.m. The cost is $7 per person; $10 per family. Attendees should bring a dish to share.
For details, contact Deb Query, 352-6157, email@example.com, or www.growbenzie.org.
Dog Park party
Traverse City — A grand opening celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Traverse City's first off-leash dog park at Division and Bay streets.
The on-leash dog and human-friendly event is from noon to 3 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of automatic water stations.
Warm up with chili
Alden — Restaurants and chefs in Antrim County will donate chili for a chili cook off to benefit With a Little Help From My Friends's Pet Crisis Center.
The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Helena Township Hall, 8751 Helena Road. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12 and free for ages 4 and younger at the door only. To learn more, visit www.walhfmf.org.
'Trunk or Treat'
Lake Ann — The Inland Township Fire Department is hosting their second annual Trunk-or-Treat program on Halloween, Oct. 31.
Fire Department and Fire Corps personnel will hand out candy 6-9 p.m. at the fire station, 19668 U.S. 31 South. The public also is invited to park vehicles at the fire station and pass out candy.
Zonta fashion show
Traverse City — Tickets are on sale for the Zonta Club of Traverse City's pink ribbon-themed fashion show.
The runway fashion show will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. Tickets are $40 each at www.treatickets.com or (800) 678-3416. Details are available at www.zontatc.org.
Turkey Trot sign up
Traverse City — Registration is under way for the Traverse City Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving Day, family-friendly event.
Packets will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, on the north side of Thirlby Field. Registration and packet pick-up also starts at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at Thirlby Field. This year a five-mile course has been added to the five-kilometer run/walk. Both events start at 9 a.m.
Proceeds this year benefit TART Trails, Big Brothers Big Sisters, March of Dimes, Angel Works, Traverse City Area Public Schools and the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center. For details or to register, visit http://trot/evugo.com/.
Traverse City — The Friendly Garden Club invites the public to its meeting today, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m..
The group will meet at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. For details or if planning to attend, call 938-1606.
VFW craft show
Traverse City — The VFW Ladies Auxiliary 2780 will host its Cancer Bazaar Craft Show & Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the VFW, 3400 Veterans Dr. Homemade soup with bread or pie will be available to purchase. Proceeds benefit cancer aid and research.
Traverse City — A series of historical, experimental or foreign Eucharistic liturgies continues Saturday, Oct. 27, with a Celtic-style Eucharist at 5 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St. For details, call 947-2330.
Holiday craft show
Mesick — The Mesick AMVETS Auxiliary will host their Christmas Tree Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the AMVETS Post. A soup buffet featuring more than 12 homemade soups will be available. For details, call 885-2649.