LAKE CITY — The next Good Morning Lake City public forum will be held from 7-8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Missaukee County EMS Building on First Street. The $2 cost per person includes a light breakfast. There is no charge for first-time visitors. For details, contact Margo Jacobs, 920-9201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Encore Winds will celebrate Christmas with three different concerts, ballet performances, a Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale, and more.
“Sparkle and Wonder” will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Central Grade School, 301 Seventh St. A Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held from 2-8 p.m. Performances of the children’s classic “Peter and the Wolf” start at 3 and 8 p.m. narrated by Ron Jolly and featuring Encore Winds and members of the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre. Tenor Scott Carter will lead a Christmas sing-along and a free Tuba Christmas concert will start at 7 p.m., also at Lars Hockstad Auditorium.
Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger. For tickets, visit www.mynorthtickets.com.
Jingle Bell 5K
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Track Club’s non-competitive Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, Dec. 22.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Place Hotel Dome, 300 E. State St. Registration on the day of the event will be held from 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the Park Place Dome. Registration is $15 until Friday, Dec. 20; $20 the day of the event. Participants also are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the ACTS Food Pantry in Acme.
Entry forms are available at all Running Fit Traverse City locations or at www.tctcjinglebellrun.com.
PETOSKEY — The eighth annual Blissfest Winter Solstice Concert will be held Saturday, Dec. 21.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Emmet Country Fairgrounds. The doors open at 5 p.m., with a pre-concert winter feast and potluck at 5:30 p.m. Featured performers include the Crane Wives, Kellerville and Earthwork recording artists Seth and May, with special guests Rachel, Dominic and Josh Davis. Local artists Dr. Goodhart and the Home Remedy and Kirby also will perform.
Advance tickets for adults are $15 for Blissfest members; $20 non-members. Student tickets are $5 for Blissfest members; $8 non-members. Children 12 and younger are free. General admission tickets at the door are $25 non-members; $20 members. Tickets are available at the Grain Train, by calling 348-7047 or at www.blissfest.org.