TRAVERSE CITY — Eric Patterson, co-chef and co-owner of The Cooks’ House, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, Jan. 13, meeting of the Grand Traverse Humanists.
Chef Patterson will discuss “The Art and Soul of Local Sustainable Cuisine” at the 7 p.m. meeting at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The program is free and open to the public. Call 392-1215 to learn more.
New exhibits at the Dennos
TRAVERSE CITY — Two new exhibitions open Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr., on the main campus of Northwestern Michigan College.
“Making Paper Dance: The Art of Pop-Up Books” continues through April 6. It will feature an extensive range of pop-up books from the 1800s to the present on loan from private collections and the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, along with selected paper sculptural works by U-M paper engineer Matt Schlian.
Paper engineer and pop-up book designer Bruce Foster will give two programs on Saturday, Jan. 18, in conjunction with the exhibit. He will guide children ages 6-15 through the steps to make his and author Mo Willems’ pop-up book “Big Frog Can’t Fit In” from 10-11 a.m. Foster also will lead a “Horntail Dragon v. Harry Potter” workshop for adults and families from 2-3 p.m. The cost for each program is $25 for museum members; $30 for non-members. One parent may come per child at no additional cost.
“Gwen Marston: Contemporary Quilts” will be on display through April 27. It offers a survey of more than 30 works Marston has done including some of her “Small Studies,” which were exhibited at the Taupo Museum in Taupo, New Zealand, in July 2013. Her book, “37 Sketches” will be available in the museum gift shop.
Marston will lead a workshop in conjunction with the contemporary quilts exhibit from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Students will work with free-form, improvisational construction to create their own original quilts using Marston’s design concepts and techniques. The class is suitable for beginning and advanced, traditional and art quilters. The cost is $80 for museum members; $100 for non-members.
For details or to register for any of the programs, call 995-1573 or visit www.dennosmuseum.org.
Gopherwood concert set
CADILLAC — Gopherwood Concerts continue with a performance by Blue Molly.
The group will give a concert on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Cadillac Elks. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for students. After 26 Depot Cafe, 127 Cass St., will offer a limited number of dinner/concert tickets for $20. Dinner/concert tickets are available at After 26. Concert tickets may be purchased at Toy Town, 122 S. Mitchell St. For details, call Paul Brown, 846-8383.
Call for art
TRAVERSE CITY — Intermediate to advanced artists are invited to submit works for the Perspective-Art Exhibit at Bay Pointe Community Church, 6880 Secor Road.
The theme is “Community-What’s Your Connection” and works in all media are welcome. Art should be submitted between Feb. 24-28. The fee is $25 for up to three entries and cash prizes will be awarded. A gallery opening will be hosted at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14.
For details or to download registration information, visit www.bponline. For questions, call 922-9882.
‘Welcome to Vegas’ is solar powered
LAS VEGAS — Officials in Las Vegas are harnessing the power of the sun to light the city’s iconic welcome sign.
Elected officials and project leaders flipped a switch Wednesday linking solar panels on 25-foot towers to the glittering neon “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
The project was headed by the Green Chips and Clean Energy Project nonprofit organizations, and funded by the Consumer Electronics Association, electric utility NV Energy, the Las Vegas Centennial Commission and Bombard Renewable Energy.
The new power source is the latest upgrade for the sign designed by Betty Willis and installed in 1959 in a traffic median on the Las Vegas Strip.
A parking lot for private vehicles and tour buses was expanded in 2012 to make access to the sign safer for picture-takers.