Scary pool party
EAST JORDAN — The East Jordan Community Pool, 101 Maple St., is holding a Halloween Pool Party Saturday, Oct. 19.
The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. with an open swim, floating pumpkins, a Halloween Cupcake contest, refreshments, drawings and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children. For details, call 536-2250.
Red Ribbon Week
KINGSLEY — The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St., invites the community to take a stand against drugs during National Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 21-26.
Red Ribbon Week activities kick off during the sixth-12th grade after-school program from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. On Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. the public is invited to a screening of the PG-13 documentary “Bully.” Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. A Halloween Costume Party from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, for sixth through 12th graders will close the week of activities.
For details, call 263-7000 or visit www.therockofkingsley.com.
Fresh Water class
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Extended Education will offer a three-week class focusing on critical Great Lakes and water-related issues.
“All Things Fresh Water” will meet from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 21-Nov. 4. It will be co-taught by Hans VanSumeren, M.S.E.-naval architecture and marine engineering, director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at NMC, and Constanza Haselwood, Ph.D, education and outreach coordinator for the Institute.
The class is $65. To register or details, visit www.nmc.edu/ees, or call 995-1700.
Fall Trunk Show
TRAVERSE CITY — A portion of the sales during Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic’s annual Fall Trunk Show will benefit local organizations.
The trunk sale will be held Thursday Oct. 24, at GTOC, 929 Business Park Dr. A percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit C.H.A.P., Hickory Hills and Special Olympics. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Father Fred Foundation also will be accepted.
For details, call 947-6246, (800) 968-6612, or visit www.gtoc.net.
CMH open house
TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Lakes Community Mental Health will host a community open house on Thursday, Oct. 24, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The open house from 3-6 p.m. at Northern Lakes CMH, 105 Hall St., will include tours of the renovated facility starting at 4 p.m.
BUCKLEY — A Pre-Holiday Craft Show, bake sale, silent auction and luncheon will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to benefit the Benevolence Fund at the Tabernacle in Buckley. The show will be held in the Buckley School small gym, one block south of the blinking light. For details, call Connie Kreiser, 263-7471.
BEULAH — “Planning Your Own Dying Time,” a unique class for individuals interested in planning their end-of-life care, funeral and more, will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 8190 Lincoln Road.
The free class will meet from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Presenters are Kathryn Holl, a holistic counselor and grief support manager at Hospice of Michigan, and Mary Robling, a spiritual director and counselor with advanced work in medical ethics. Topics include the Five Wishes, choosing a hospice, making an ethical will and more. A simple lunch will be served. To learn more, call 882-9750.
TRAVERSE CITY — Unity of Traverse City’s six-week fall program has joy as its theme. It includes Sunday lessons and small group meetings focused on the study of joy using Tommy Newberry’s book “40 Days of a Joy-Filled Life.” The community also is invited to join the congregation for a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The “Color Me Joy-full” fundraiser on Oct. 26 will begin with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. at the church, 3600 Five Mile Road. A silent auction and entertainment by Aged to Perfection Reader’s Theater will follow. There also will be a live auction with auctioneer Ron Bancroft.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Some of the proceeds will go toward streetside signage with the new Unity brand. For details, call 938-9587.
TRAVERSE CITY — “Feminism: The Unfinished Revolution” is the theme for the Women’s History Project annual meeting on Saturday, October 26. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Discussion will focus on the definition of feminism and the impact of the women’s movement and what remains to be done. Women from different generations will offer their perspectives and audience comments are welcome.
The $15 cost includes a catered lunch. Reservations are required. For details or reservations, call 947-5178 or visit www.whpnm.org. Reservations also may be sent to WHP, 322 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
KINGSLEY — Pat Harrison, “Lord of the Gourd,” will give a gourd-carving demonstration from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Kingsley Branch of the Traverse Area District Library, 213 S. Brownson. The demonstration is free and open to the public. For details, call 263-5484 or visit www.tadl.org/kingsley.
MESICK — The Mesick AMVETS Auxiliary will host their annual Christmas Tree Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Show hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the AMVETS Post. In addition to a variety of crafts, there will be a soup buffet featuring more than 12 different homemade soups, a bake sale, raffles and a quilt raffle. For details, call Julie Raymond, 885-2649.
Artist gives talk
GLEN ARBOR — Artist Connie Cronenwett of Dexter, Mich., current Glen Arbor Art Association artist-in-residence, will give a program on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Cronenwett works primarily in oil and pastels. She has a full-time studio practice and is artist-owner of the WSG gallery in Ann Arbor. She will discuss her work and experiences at 7:30 p.m. at the GAAA, 6031 S. Lake St.
The program is free and open to the public. Call 334-6112 to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — Executive producer Coy Davis will present his documentary “Whatever Happened to Idlewild?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere. The screening is free and open to the public. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
Yarn shop hop
TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan knitters are invited to purchase a $5 “Passport” and participate in the second annual Greater Traverse Yarn Shop Hop.
Participating shops include Yarn Quest and Lost Art, Traverse City; the Yarn Market, Beulah; Thistledown Shoppe, Suttons Bay; Wool & Honey, Cedar; Plover Dunes, Glen Arbor; and The Warm Fuzzy, Alden. They will be open from noon-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Each shop will highlight unique yarns and patterns, serve refreshments and offer ideas for handmade holiday gifts.
Passports may be purchased at any participating shop. Visitors who make a $15 purchase can have their passport stamped and be eligible for a drawing for that shop’s prize basket. Shoppers who make $15 purchases at each shop and have their passport stamped at all participating shops will be eligible for the grand prize basket drawing, which includes a $50 gift certificate to each shop. For details or directions, call 228-2800.
Ghost Farm events
KINGSLEY — In addition to its TerrorVision Haunted Walk and spooky-but-not-scary Dusk Walk, the Ghost Farm of Kingsley, 5010 Pierce Road, will offer a Witching Hour Walk on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Dusk Walk is geared toward younger children and is offered from 7 p.m.-dark Fridays and Saturdays in October. The TerrorVision Walk runs from dark-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October. The cost for each walk is $8 per person. There also will be food, ghost stories and a bonfire each night with a portion of the proceeds benefiting St. Elizabeth Ann Seton eighth-grade class and Forever Farm’n 4-H Club.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, only, the haunted walk will stay open from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. for a Witching Hour Walk by reservation only. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the farm ticket booth. Call 645-1447 or visit www.ghostfarm.net for details and directions.
ALDEN — With A Little Help From My Friends will sponsor a chili cook-off to benefit its Pet Crisis Center.
Antrim County chefs and restaurants will donate their chili for an all-you-can-eat dinner and judging from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Helena Township Hall, 8751 Helena Road. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and younger. They will be available at the door only. There also will be a bake sale and silent auction. For details, visit www.walhfmf.org.
Music ‘on the porch’
TRAVERSE CITY — Singer/songwriter Dave Hardin and his band are the next performers to take the stage in Sleder’s “On the Porch” concert series.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St. Tickets are $15 in advance at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books and Mahoney’s Spirits & Edibles; $20 at the door. For details, call 947-9213.
INTERLOCHEN — Cirque Mechanics’ “Birdhouse Factory” will take the stage at Interlochen Center for the Arts for one performance.
“Birdhouse Factory” was created and directed by Chris Lashua, the originator of the German Wheel act in Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam.” It was inspired in part by the industry murals of Mexican artist Diego Rivera, the illustrations of cartoonist Rube Goldberg and the humor of Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times.” The show is recommended for ages 5 and older.
The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $10 for students. They may be purchased at https://tickets.interlochen.org, (800) 681-5920, or in person at the Interlochen Center for the Arts box office.
Mac and cheese bake-off
TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are on sale for the “Great Macaroni & Cheese Bake-off” on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The event, sponsored by the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP), challenges area chefs to take the classic comfort food and personalize it. Each dish will be paired with an Old Mission Peninsula wine and attendees will be able to vote for their favorite mac and cheese dish. It runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the eight WOMP wineries.
Tickets are $38.50 per person, which includes a souvenir glass and wine/pasta tasting at the wineries. Tickets are $28.50 for designated drivers, which includes everything but wine. For details or tickets, visit www.wineriesofoldmission.com or www.mynorthtickets.com.