Young Life banquet
PETOSKEY — Former professional wrestler Jim Myers, also known as George “The Animal” Steele, will be the keynote speaker at Young Life Little Traverse Bay’s second annual “Decadent Desserts” banquet.
The event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Emmet County Fairgrounds, with music by Craig Cottrill and desserts prepared by local chefs. Myers will discuss his childhood struggles with dyslexia and his double life as teacher and wrestler as related in his book “Animal.” His grandchildren, who live in the Petoskey area, have been involved in Young Life for several years.
For advance tickets, visit www.ltb.younglife.org or call Sandy Bollinger, 347-7308. Limited tickets will be available at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — Retired diplomat and former Iranian hostage Michael Metrinko is the next speaker in the International Affairs Forum lecture series.
Metrinko served in Iran during the two-year period leading to the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and was held as a hostage for 444 days. He will speak on “Iran and the United States: Time for a Reset?” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. A reception will be hosted at 5:15 p.m. in the Sculpture Court.
Anticipating widespread interest, the lecture also may be viewed live on Charter Cable channels 97 and 992 and will be streamed live. The live steam is available to anyone with an Internet-connected computer or mobile device. Instructions to access the lecture online will be available at wwww.upnorthmedia.org and www.nmc.edu/iaf.
Lecture tickets are $10 in advance through NMC’s Extended Education, 995-1700. All current educators and students are admitted free. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — Davenport University will hold a “Fall Free-For-All” event today, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 19, for individuals considering college classes.
Event hours are 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily at Davenport University’s Traverse City Campus, 2200 Dendrinos Drive, suite 104, off Cass Road. Attendees will receive free application fee, free transcript, FAFSA and career assessments, and free testing. Participants also have a chance to win a $500 scholarship to be used during Fall 2 semester, which starts Wednesday, Oct. 30.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Village at Bay Ridge will sponsor an indoor farmer’s market from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 17, in the East Building, 3850 Scenic Ridge, off Silver Lake Road. The public is welcome. For details, call 932-9455.
Lake City forum
LAKE CITY — The “Good Morning Lake City” public forum will be held from 7-8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Missaukee County EMS Building on First Street. The cost is $2 per person; free for first-time visitors. For details, contact Margo Jacobs, 920-9201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Y fun night
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA will host a family fun night on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Y Child Care Center, 1100 Woodmere Ave.
Activities from 6-8 p.m. are geared toward families with younger children and include art projects, gym activities, a bounce house, food and beverages. The event is free for Y member families and $20 for non-member families. For details, visit www.gtbayymca.org.
View the fall colors
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will offer a fall colors canoe tour and a color hike, both on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The canoe tour will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at the proposed Timbers Recreation Area. Participants will hike about 1/2 mile to the lake where canoes will be waiting for a short color paddle. Canoes and personal flotation devices will be provided.
A Fall Color Hike will be held from 10 a.m.-noon at Green Point Dunes in Benzie County. The hike is about two miles in length with the trail relatively steep in places. Participants should dress for the weather and bring water.
Registration is required for both events. For details or to register, visit http://www.gtrlc.org/events/.
Halloween for kids
KINGSLEY — The Ghost Farm of Kingsley will host “Trick-or-Treat’n Spooky Walk for Kids” events on Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26.
The events will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the farm, 5010 Pierce Road. The $5 cost per person includes a meal, the Trick-or-Treat Spooky Walk, games and visits with animals on the farm. Children in costume each receive a prize and children can trick or treat through the haunted walk. For details, call 645-1447 or visit www.ghostfarm.net.
PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College’s nursing and allied health faculty will hold an information session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, to explain the process for admission into the college’s nursing and allied health career programs.
The session will meet in room 347 of the college’s Health Education and Science Center on the Petoskey, campus, 515 Howard St. Additional sessions will be held Nov. 21, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20 and April 24. Anyone planning to apply for either of the programs is encouraged to attend an information session.
TRAVERSE CITY — Women are invited to explore what it means to become more empowered in their personal and professional life in a one-day workshop on Saturday, Oct. 26, sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College Extended Education.
Life Coach Megan Raphael and Counselor Mandy Ramai will lead the workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The $115 cost includes lunch. For details or to register, call 995-1700 or visit www.nmc.edu.
Movers for Meals
TRAVERSE CITY — The local Two Men and a Truck moving company will participate in the Movers for Meals food drive to benefit Food Bank Council of Michigan member food pantries.
The Traverse City location, 1422 Trade Center Dr., will collect donations for the Father Fred Foundation through Nov. 22 by partnering with organizations throughout the community, including the Greenspire School, Pathfinder School and Alphabet Soup Preschool. Donations of non-perishable food items may be dropped off at participating locations.
Organizations interested in supporting Movers for Meals as a collection site will be supplied with free donation boxes and donation delivery to the Father Fred Foundation. Contact the local Two Men and a Truck for details.