TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Humanists will meet on Monday, Feb. 10.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Jeremy Beahan, co-host of the Reasonable Doubts Podcast and instructor of philosophy and world religions, will give a program titled “Does Religion Make People Better.”
The program is free and open to the public. Call 392-1215 to learn more.
Financial aid workshops
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will hold a series of free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshops.
The schedule is: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Feb. 8, Osterlin Building; 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, room 206, the University Center, Dendrinos Drive; 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, room 201, Parsons-Stulen Building, Aero Park Drive; 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, room 210, Great Lakes Campus, 715 E. Front St.; and 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, Osterlin Building.
For details, call 995-1035.
Bay Film Series
SUTTONS BAY — The Bay Film Series continues with “The Rocket,” an award-winning film from Laos/Thailand.
The film will be shown at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, and at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11, at the Bay Theatre, 214 St. Joseph St. Non-subscribers are welcome and tickets are $8.50 at the door. For details, call 271-5800, visit www.thebaytheatre.com or email Denise Sica, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picnic at the Opera
TRAVERSE CITY — The Picnic at the Opera series continues Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
The live variety show will be hosted from noon-1 p.m. Miriam Pico is the host and WTCM FM’s Jamie Kramer co-hosts. The musical guest is Brett Mitchell, and students from West Senior High School will preview the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Kristy Avery is the guest visual artist and a fashion show will feature items from What to Wear. The show also features poetry commentary by Michael Delp and keyboardist David Chown.
Admission is free and the audience may bring sack lunches. Donations to support the Opera House also are appreciated. The show will be broadcast live on UpNorth TV cable channels 97 and 992 and streamed live on www.upnorthmedia.org. Recorded episodes will repeat each week on the cable channels and will be available on demand at the website.
BENZONIA — Dr. Louis Yock will discuss the “Hammer of Witches,” a handbook first published in 1487 and used by authorities for discovering and prosecuting witches, at the next Benzonia Academy Lecture.
The program titled “The Hammer of Witches: Witchcraft in the 16th and 17th Centuries” will start at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave. The public is welcome.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 882-5539 or visit www.benziemuseum.org to learn more.
Tech Academy meeting
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center Manufacturing Technology Academy will hold a student/parent information night on Thursday, Feb. 13. The meeting is for current high school sophomores and juniors from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties and their parents.
The meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Northwestern Michigan College Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Dr. Students interested in engineering, robotics, management, product design or other technology-related professions are encouraged to attend.
Registration is required. For details or to register, call Tim Wheatley, 995-1304.
TRAVERSE CITY — Susan Wischman, community outreach coordinator at Munson Medical Center, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Feb. 11, Cottage Coffee Series.
Wischman’s program, “Advanced Care Planning: The 5 Wishes,” will start at 10 a.m. at Hawthorn Cottage. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
EAST JORDAN — Mushroom hunters are invited to join W.E.E.D.S. (Wild Edibles for Ecological & Dietary Sustainability), a local foraging group, to hunt for chaga mushrooms or tinder conk.
The mushroom hunt starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Participants will learn about Chaga’s medicinal potentials, its ecology, identification and preparation. Chaga tea and a few wild edible snacks will be provided. Participants should bring snowshoes or skis.
The event is sponsored by the Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center. Interested individuals should call ahead for the location. There is no charge, however registration is encouraged. For details, location and to register, call 536-0333, email email@example.com or leave a message at www.facebook.com/marthawagbofarm.
TRAVERSE CITY — Christ United Methodist Church invites the community to its Presidents’ Day Weekend event.
Festivities will be hosted from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. There will be a chili cook-off, a silent auction, a cookie walk sale and a craft sale. The cost for the chili lunch is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call the church, 946-3048, or visit www.tcchrist.com to learn more.