Raw Foods program
ELK RAPIDS — Raw food expert Susan Summers from Oryana Natural Foods, will explain the preparation, philosophy and health benefits of eating raw foods at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Elk Rapids Library, 300 Isle of Pines. For details or to reserve space, call 264-9979.
GLEN ARBOR — The Leelanau Independent Women for democratic Action (LIWdA) will meet Tuesday, April 9.
The meeting starts at 4 p.m. at the Leelanau School, 1 Old Homestead Road. Guest speakers are Steve Wade, executive director of United Way of Northwest Michigan, and April Missias, director of Leelanau County Senior Services. The program is free and open to the public. Call 642-1391 to learn more.
Empty Bowls event
TRAVERSE CITY — The annual Empty Bowls event celebrates its 10th anniversary on Sunday, April 14.
The fundraiser supports the Fresh Food Partnership, a nonprofit "farm to pantry" program that works to buy locally-grown fresh produce and distribute it to food pantries, community meals programs and shelters in northwest Michigan.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. For a $15 contribution, attendees enjoy a soup and bread lunch, live music, a silent auction, and a handmade bowl to keep.
Tickets are on sale in Traverse City at Oryana Natural Foods Market, 260 E. 10th St., and the Land Information Access Association, 324 Munson Ave. Tickets also are available at the door. To volunteer, sponsor, make a donation, or for more information, call the Fresh Food Partnership, 929-3696, email email@example.com or visit www.freshfoodpartnership.org.
Marketing your art
BELLAIRE — The next Art, Film, Philosophy program will focus on business and marketing for artists.
The presentation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St. John T. Unger will share insights on how he used creative marketing to build a successful art career.
Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. For details, call 622-5252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAYLING — Walt Disney's "The Rise of the Guardians" will be the next Family Movie Matinee on Saturday, April 13, at the Devereaux Library, 201 Plum St.
The film will be shown at 1:30 p.m. There is no charge, but sign up is required. For details or to register, call the library, (989) 348-9214.
SUTTONS BAY — Dr. Guy Meadows, director of Great Lakes Initiatives at the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University, will share secrets hidden under Lake Huron at a free seminar.
The seminar will start at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the ISEA. Dr. Meadows will discuss his research of the underwater limestone ridge, known as Six Fathom Scarp, which may have been used by ancient hunters when hunting caribou.
The program is open the public. For details, call 271-3077 or visit www.schoolship.org.
Author gives talk
EMPIRE — The Glen Lake Library in Empire will host a presentation by Loreen Niewenhuis, author of the newly published book "A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk."
The program starts at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Empire Township Hall. Niewenhuis' book will be available to purchase.
Polar Trek program
TRAVERSE CITY — The Tuesday, April 16, meeting of the Grand Traverse Hiking Club features a program on the 2001 Polar Trek by a group of 12 women who cross-country skied one parallel to the North Pole from a Russian-based start.
Polar Trek team member Kerri Finlayson will share her experiences from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
ELK RAPIDS — Now that new red oak floors have been installed at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall, the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association has launched a "Please Take Your Seat" campaign to purchase 200 new chairs.
A banquet-style chair has been selected and reflects the building's historic character. One chair is $170. Donors may purchase a chair or give whatever amount they wish. For details or to purchase a chair, visit www.ertownhall.org/donate.php or send a check to HERTHA, P.O. Box 386, Elk Rapids, MI 49629.
SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy will hold an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.
The tuition-free kindergarten through sixth grade school and tuition-based preschool is located at 310 S. Elm St. For details, call 271-8609 or visit http;//www.leelanaumontessori.org.
'Spring Splatter 5K'
TRAVERSE CITY — The Central High School Student Senate is host a "Spring Splatter 5K" to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center.
The run/walk will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, on the Central High School campus, 1150 Milliken Dr.. Registration will be open until the race starts. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students. To register or for details, visit www.active.com and search for "Spring Splatter 5K."