FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — Gordon Galloway, author of "Full Circle," and Randy Park, the subject of the book, will give a program Saturday, Feb. 2, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St.
Park grew up in Big Rapids, where his family owned and operated a sawmill. A distinguished football player at the high school level, Park also played for Ferris State University and the Michigan Charity Football League. At 21 he was injured in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of his right leg below the knee.
The program will start at 2 p.m. Park will discuss the medical and psychological problems associated with life as an amputee. Following the presentation, Park and Galloway will sign books until 4 p.m.
Traverse City — Family Fun Nights at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA are tonight, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 15.
Tonight's event has a "Queen of Hearts" theme with games, open gym and more at the main facility, 3000 Racquet Club Dr.
The Friday, Feb. 15, event also will have a Valentine's theme. It will be held at the Y Child Care Center, 1100 Woodmere Ave., suite B, and is geared toward families with younger children.
Both events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free for Y member families; $15 for non-member families. For details, visit www.gtbayymca.org.
Traverse City — Vendors will display their products at a Valentine's Day Show Saturday, Feb. 2, at the American Military League's new location in the old Sara Lee Outlet, 2423 Sybrandt Road.
The show will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a cash bar, refreshments, raffles, give-aways and more. Vendors are being added daily. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be WSH's guest
Traverse City — West Senior High School invites the community to be their guest for "Breakfast with Beauty and the Beast."
The meal will be served in two seatings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the school commons, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. The $10 cost includes breakfast, a photo with characters from the musical, give-aways and musical performances. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 4.
Reservations are required. For tickets or details, call 933-7509.
Suttons Bay — Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, will speak at public forums on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Suttons Bay and Traverse City
Forums will be held at noon at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr.; and at 5:30 p.m. in Scholars Hall at Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 E. Front St. Both programs are free and open to the public.
Traverse City — "LEEDS and Green Building" is the theme for the Wednesday, Feb. 6, Lunchbox Series at the Builders Exchange of NW MI, 1373 Barlow St.
The program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for members, $10 non-members. For details or reservations, contact Robin Hill, 946-5531 or email@example.com
Kalkaska — Klumpp Flower Shop will offer home gardeners the chance to create a miniature garden in hopes of luring a fairy into their homes.
Free workshops will be offered Saturdays, Feb. 9 or March 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the flower shop, 210 N. Cedar St. All ages are welcome.
For details or to register, call 258-2342.
Traverse City — Tickets are on sale for the "Hearts for Habitat" fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region.
The event will be hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. Tickets are $40.
For details, call 941-4663. Tickets are available at www.habitatgtr.org, www.mynorthtickets.com, or in person at the Habitat office, 1129 Woodmere Ave.
Elk Rapids — Mardi Gras good times roll from Friday, Feb. 8, through Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen.
Kid's Night is Friday, Feb. 8, with balloon art, face painting and music by Dave Cisco.
A special Mardi Gras menu will be available in addition to the regular menu on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Sunday, Feb. 10, is Super Sunday with Chicago blues musician Carl Weathersby from 7 to 10 p.m., while Monday, Feb. 11, is a warm up for Fat Tuesday with music by Funktion from 7 to 10 p.m.
Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12, features live Cajun zydeco by the Saucecats for dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. There is no cover charge and reservations are not required.
Pearl's is at 617 Ames St. For details, call 264-0530.
Festival of Food
Traverse City — Foodies can try different foods and learn new cooking skills at the Festival of Food.
The event will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Northwestern Michigan College. Participants can choose four one-hour sessions from 16 options. The cost is $69. To register, call 995-1700. For details, visit www.nmc.edu/festival-of-foods.