FROM STAFF REPORTS
Youth book drive
traverse city — The Grand Traverse Book Marathon, hosted by a group of local students and the Traverse Bay Twilight Rotary Club, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at Books A Million.
Donations of new and used children's books and young adult literature are requested. Drop boxes will be available at Traverse Motors, Cherry Capital Cadillac, JP's Hard Luck Cafe Diner and Century 21 (State St.) through Nov. 17.
Bay Ridge club
traverse city — The Village at Bay Ridge Book Club will present author Stephen M. West and his book, "A Vicious Triangle Plus Two Other Michigan Stories," at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Space is limited. A reservation with prepayment of $6 for lunch is required by Nov. 18.
The Village at Bay Ridge is located at 3950 Scenic Ridge Road. Call 932-9455 to reserve your place or for more information.
Busch makes visit
traverse city — Benjamin Busch will make a National Writers Series appearance with guest host Doug Stanton on Nov. 8 as part of Busch's 50-state book tour for his new memoir, "Dust to Dust."
Busch is a photographer, actor and former United States Marine Corps officer who served two combat tours in Iraq. Tickets are available by calling the City Opera House box office at 941-8082 or visiting www.cityoperahouse.org
Saturn a favorite
gaylord — Saturn Booksellers will hold a day-long celebration to feature the new book, "My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places To Browse, Read and Shop," on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Well-known authors from across the country were invited to write about their favorite bookstores. Saturn Booksellers is among the 82 shops, one of only three in Michigan, chosen as a favorite.
For more information, call 989-732-8899 or visit www.SaturnBooksellers.com.
Comic-Con to stay
LOS ANGELES — Storm Troopers, cyborgs, superheroes and other comic-book fans can count on their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for another four years.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced that Comic-Con has extended its contract with the city through 2016. It had been set to expire in 2015. The pop-culture convention draws 130,000 visitors from around the world and contributes more than $180 million to the city's economy, Sanders said.
Comic-Con began in San Diego in 1970 but has become so popular over the past four decades that it has outgrown the San Diego Convention Center. A spokesman for the mayor's office said plans are moving forward to expand the San Diego Convention Center, and city officials hope to break ground on the project next year.
GRAND RAPIDS — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is presenting a year-long exhibition showcasing French sculptor Bernar Venet.
Five of Venet's large-scale sculptures will be on display until October 2013. Each steel sculpture, ranging in size from 8 to 13 feet in height, will be installed on the front lawn adjacent to the Leslie E. Tassell English Perennial and Bulb Garden.
STRATFORD, Ont. — Stratford Festival will begin offering a twice-daily direct, non-stop private bus between Toronto and Stratford in 2013.
From May 27 to Sept. 29, buses will leave Toronto at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on performance days only, departing from Stratford at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
From May 1 to 25 and Oct. 1 to 20, buses will leave Toronto at 10 a.m. and depart Stratford at 5 p.m. on performance days.
Travel accommodates overnight stays of various durations. Some date exceptions apply on single performance days.
Departure is from the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel at the corner of Front and Simcoe streets, with easy access to Union Station. Cost is $10 each way.
Seats can be reserved through the box office at 800-567-1600 or online at www.stratfordfestival.ca/stratforddirect.
The box office for the 2013 season opens to members Nov. 11 and to the general public on Jan. 5.
Traverse City — Cardiologist Todd Adams, DO, will discuss the links between diabetes and peripheral vascular disease on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Munson Medical Center's Conference Room 1, 1105 Sixth St.
There is no charge and registration is not required. For details, call the Munson Diabetes Education Department, 935-8200 or (800) 809-8127.
Traverse City — Performance Chiropractic has announced upcoming classes.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:15 p.m., Dr. Julie Brons presents "Feeding Your Body." She will discuss nutrition and offer solid, proven and practical action steps.
Dr. Don Piche will be present "Creating Health" at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. He will examine factors that promote health and reverse disease processes.
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 6:15 p.m., Dr. Piche will present "Ear Infections: A Victim's View." He will share his personal story of overcoming chronic recurrent ear infections as a child and how you can help your child do the same.
All programs meet at Performance Chiropractic, 551 S. Garfield Ave., suite B. Reservations are required; call 922-0110.
Bay Film Series
Suttons Bay — The Bay Film Series continues with the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Pina."
The film will be shown at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12-13, at the Bay Theatre, 214 St. Joseph St. Non-subscribers are welcome and regular adult admission applies.
For details, call 271-3772 or visit www.thebaytheatre.com.
Festival of Trees
KALKASKA — Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources will host its Festival of Trees from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, through Nov. 18, at Northland Plaza, M-72 and U.S. 131.
The festival is KAIR's largest fundraiser and features 28 decorated trees, arrangements and wreaths that will be auctioned or raffled off. There also will be a Christmas store with holiday items for sale. Admission is free.
Ellsworth — Local girls' club GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) will host a fund-raising dinner Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The "Couch Potato" Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ellsworth Christian Reformed Church, 9323 Main St. It features baked potatoes, numerous toppings, salad, dessert and beverage. A freewill offering will be accepted. For details, call 350-3597.