FROM STAFF REPORTS
'Lord of the Gourd'
Leelanau Peninsula — Custom pumpkin carver Pat Harrison, self-proclaimed "Lord of the Gourd," will make appearances in northern Michigan to demonstrate his carving skills.
The schedule is: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Oct. 6, in Beulah; 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Kingsley Library; noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, The Pathfinder School, Traverse City; noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, the Jolly Pumpkin, Old Mission Peninsula; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, The Village at Bay Ridge Assisted Living, Traverse City; 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, Fife Lake Library; and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Cherry Republic, Traverse City.
Interlochen — Missionary Debbie McKelvey will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 7, at Pioneer Community Church, 15293 U.S. 31. An offering will be taken and a potluck dinner will follow the service. For details, call 929-9855.
Traverse City — The Registered Nurses Association in Michigan (RN-AIM) meets Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the REMEC classroom at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St.
The 6-7:30 p.m. meeting includes a panel discussion of the state RN-AIM Conference and Annual meeting. For details or to register, call 649-3730 or email email@example.com.
Honor — A fundraiser will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, to benefit the Benzie Food Partners Empty Bowls Project.
"Soup Nite" will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place Senior Center, Honor Plaza. The cost is $8 for adults, $2.50 for ages 12 and younger, and includes a bowl to take home.
Chronic pain series
Traverse City — The Health Education Institute will offer a Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) series to help people manage long-term health concerns including chronic pain.
Sessions meet 1-3:30 p.m. six Wednesday, Oct. 10-Nov. 14, in room 204 at the University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Drive, off Cass Road. The cost is $25. For details or to sign up, call 995-1700.
Traverse City — Integrity Home Health Care will offer a program on reducing hazards to safety and health during emergency situations.
The program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Integrity Home Health Care, 1501 Cass Road, suite C. The free program is open to the public. Registration is required; call 946-3000.
Traverse City — Traverse City Central High School's marching band will host a band exhibition on Monday, Oct. 8.
Seventeen marching bands will perform at 5 p.m. at Thirlby Field. Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults, $3 for students, with a $10 famly maximum. Concessions will be available.
Traverse City — Greensky Bluegrass will headline an October Festival Friday, Oct. 12, at the Grand Traverse Commons.
The event spotlights local food, microbrews, wine, cider and music from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Commons. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; visit www.porterhouseproductions.com.
Atwood — Atwood Christian Reformed Church will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the church, U.S. 31. Proceeds benefit the church's ministry and the building fund; call 599-3290.
Show benefits WRC
Traverse City — Five area salons will host a hair and fashion show for the Women's Resource Center.
"Global 2012" will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by the show at 7 p.m.
General admission is $35. VIP reserved seats with admission to an afterglow are $50. Tickets are available at the Opera House box office, www.cityoperahouse.com and at Epiphany Salon, Impres Salon Spa, Salon 804, Salon Verve and Signature Salon.
Craft and Bake Fair
Traverse City — The First Baptist Church will host a Craft and Bake Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Shoppers can select handcrafted holiday items, homemade baked goods, white elephant items and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 244 Washington St. There also will be a silent auction. Call 946-4727 to learn more.
Traverse City — Sydney Stiles, a personal trainer from Premier Health & Fitness, will discuss her recovery from fibromyalgia at the Saturday, Oct. 13, meeting of the fibromyalgia support group from 1 to 3 p.m. in dining room #2 at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St. Call 256-0152 for details.
Brat Fest for Habitat
Arcadia — Blaine Christian Church will hold a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County.
The "Brat Fest" will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the church, 7018 Putney Road. The cost is $10 for adults; free for ages 9 and younger.
CROP Hunger Walk
Traverse City — The Traverse City Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 14.
Twenty-five percent of the money raised through CROP benefits local food pantries, Recipients this year are the Acme Christian Thrift Store (ACTS), St. Patrick, Grace Episcopal, Immaculate Conception, St. Francis, Lake Ann United Methodist and Redeemer Lutheran churches.
The 2 p.m. 10K starts and finishes at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. For details or to participate, call 223-8914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williamsburg — Ballet Magnificat, the premier Christian ballet company in the U.S., will perform "Hiding Place" at New Hope Community Church, 5100 Bethesda Ct.
The ballet is inspired by the true story of Corrie and Betsie ten Boom's experiences during the Jewish Holocaust. It premiered in 2006 and has been performed worldwide.
The performance starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The suggested donation is $10 at the door. For details, call 938-8056 or visit www.newhope.cc.
Traverse City — The Rev. Scott Sherman will offer a seminar and training titled "Sacred Healing Meditation: Your Experience of Divine Love."
The seminar and demonstration will be held 12:15-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Unity of Traverse City, 3600 Five Mile Road. Admission is by donation.
Individual Sacred Healing Meditation sessions will be available 1:30-6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. The suggested donation is $60; no one will be refused.
Sacred Healing Meditation Training Phase I for individuals is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday. The cost is $65. Phase II for professionals in the healing arts and lay people is 7:30-9 p.m. Monday. Advanced training is $95.
For details or to register, call 938-9587.
Craft artists sought
Acme — Christ the King Church is looking for artists for its Nov. 10 craft show. Interested vendors may call Pat Westbrook, 929-1830.
Traverse City — Donations of time, food and money are being sought for the 24th annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
The meal will be served 1-3 p.m. Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St. Meal delivery starts at 11:15 a.m. Sign up is required.
For information about transportaion, delivered meals or donations, call Shannon Allen, 326-6969. To share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call Sandra Svec, 276-7130 or 313-9792. Checks, payable to Community Meals Program, with a notation "Thanksgiving Dinner," may be mailed to: Community Meals Program, P.O. Box 102, Traverse City, MI 49685.
KINGSLEY — Ghost Farm of Kingsley is presenting its annual Haunted Walk and Fall Festival Event.
The Ghost Farm is open every Friday and Saturday starting this weekend through Oct. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m. Haunted Walks start when darkness falls across the farm. Visitors are welcome to come early for hot food, fall games and chilling local and true ghost stories around a bonfire. Dusk Walks during which "scare actors" play nice for young children and families run from 7 p.m. until dark.
Tickets are $6 presale from eighth graders at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school or $8 at the gate. A portion of proceeds will help fund the students' education trip to Washington, D.C.
The farm is located at 5010 Pierce Road. Ghost Farm accepts reservations for parties and group events with guaranteed walk times, group discounts and more. Call 645-1447 for more information.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Senate has proclaimed Oct. 7 as Lions Day in Michigan.
The Traverse City Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays in dinner meetings starting at 6 p.m. at Grand Traverse Pavilions. The approximately 60-year-old organization welcomes new members.
For more information, call President James Pasco at 943-0804.
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Musicale will sponsor performances by New Third Coast, vocalist Karen Mitchell and flutist Helen Groothuis.
The free program starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road, and follows a 12:15 p.m. membership meeting. Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome. Call 360-9584 for information.
Traverse City — John Robert Williams will share photography tips and techniques starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy's Timbers property off North Long Lake Road.
Participants should bring a camera and photo sharing equipment. In case of bad weather, the program will meet Saturday, Oct. 20 at the same time. For details or to register, call 929-7911 or visit www.gtrlc.org/events.
Frankfort film fest
Frankfort — The Frankfort Film Festival, Oct. 18-21, will feature 13 international award-winning films and four short films by students from the Interlochen Motion Picture Arts Program.
The films will be shown at the Garden Theater. Passes for the four-day event are $60 and may be purchased at www.frankfortgardentheater.com, where a schedule of films and showings also is available. Tickets for individual films are $10 each and available one hour prior to each film.