FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — The public is invited to the Tuesday, Nov. 6, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging.
The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St. For details or an agenda, contact Cyndie Forster, 922-4688, (877) 686-4688, email@example.com, or http://www.co.grand-
Traverse City — Fog Harbor will play at the Saturday, Nov. 10, Bayside Travellers Dance Society contra dance.
A free lesson from 7 to 7:45 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members and $6 for students with ID. For details, visit www.dancetc.com, email Pat@dancetc.com or call 313-2596.
Holiday arts, crafts
East Jordan — The Jordan River Arts Council will hold its 22nd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The juried show and sale will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at East Jordan High School. It features more than 50 artists and craftsmen. Also on sale will be the JRAC Cook book, "Flavors and Visions," candles with the JRAC symbol of the lady slipper, T-shirts designed by Micah Middaugh, tote bags from the Florescence exhibit, and the JRAC writers group recently published book, "Writings." Lunch will be available and features a gourmet menu.
Admission is by donation. For details including requirements to exhibit, to work, or how to become a member of JRAC, contact Howard Ellis, 536-3385, 536-2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalkaska — Klumpp Flower Shop will offer a fairy garden workshop, a fall centerpiece class and also host a holiday open house.
The free fairy garden workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The fall centerpiece class meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, and a Holiday Open House will be hosted at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
Attendees may bring their own container for the workshop and class or choose one at the flower shop, 210 N. Cedar St. Registration is encouraged, but not required; call 258-2342.
Senior vets honored
Traverse City — The Village at Bay Ridge, 3950 Scenic Ridge Road, off Silver Lake Road, will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, to honor senior veterans. There will be tours of the Bay Ridge campus and a free soup luncheon. For details, call 932-9455.
Traverse City — Claudia Schmidt will give an NMJE house concert to celebrate her new album "Bend in the River: Collected Songs."
The performance will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7670 East Shore Road. Tickets are $5 for NMJE members; $15 for non-members. For details, visit www.nmje.org.
Series on banks
Traverse City — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will start a series of workshops on banks and financial institutions on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The series of six workshops is free and will be held at 3963 Three Mile Road. To register or to learn about future workshops, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334, or visit www.nmcaa.net.
Concert at InsideOut
Traverse City — Red House Recording artist John Gorka will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. Lynn Miles will open the concert.
Tickets are $20 in advance at the gallery, Oryana Natural Foods Market and www.treatickets.com. Tickets and details also are available by calling 929-3254. Tickets at the door are $25.
Traverse City — The Irish American trio Annalivia will open the 2012-13 "On the Porch" concert series at Sleder's Family Tavern.
The trio will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the tavern, 717 Randolph Street. Tickets are $15 in advance at Sleder's, Brilliant Books, Oryana Natural Foods or by calling 947-9213. Tickets at the door are $20.
ISEA received boat
SUTTONS Bay — The Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) has received a charitable gift of a historic 26' ex-Navy motor whaleboat.
This gift, from the Gordon Brown estate, will be restored and used as an on-the-water education vessel. It will operate out of Suttons Bay and occasionally visit other ports in the area. The vessel will be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry 16 passengers and will offer new opportunities to residents and visitors to access Suttons Bay to learn the history and ecology of the Great Lakes.
For details, call the Inland Seas Education Association, 271-3077, or visit www.schoolship.org.