FROM STAFF REPORTS
LELAND — Leland United Methodist Church will host a soup supper and a service of ashes today, Feb. 13.
The free meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 106 N. Fourth St., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Ash Wednesday service. For details, call 256-9161.
BOYNE CITY — Singer-songwriters Jetty Rae, Jan Krist and Robin Lee Berry, will perform in a round robin format as Freshwater Concerts presents The Valentines' Show at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Glenn Wolf will accompany on bass with Norm Wheeler on fluegelhorn and Alan Finkbiener on hand drums and Ruby Williams will open.
Hors d'oeuvres, plus some chocolates and caramels from "Three Bears Chocolates" will be available. There will not be a wine tasting but you are welcome to bring your own wine.
Admission is $22.50 at the Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St. For more information, call 231-582-2588.
Shiver by the River
FRANKFORT — The fifth annual Shiver by the River will take place Saturday, Feb. 16.
The event opens at 9 a.m. with the Betsie Bay Frozen 5K and Children's Fun Run. There also will be a parade, frozen bowling, an antique snowmobile display, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. A complete schedule of events is available at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce office and at local merchant locations. Information also is available at www.frankfort-elberta.com or 352-7251.
EMPIRE — The Empire Lions Club will hold a fund-raising pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The meal will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the Empire Town Hall and is part of Empire Winterfest. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 7-12, and free for children 6 and younger.
Fiber arts club
TRAVERSE CITY — Peninsula Community Library patrons working on knitting or other fiber art projects are invited to bring a current project and spend time with fellow crafters.
The Threads Fiber Arts Club meets the third Monday of the month at 2 p.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 18. For details, call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Eastern Elementary students will help preserve the stories of local veterans by conducting interviews as part of a Library of Congress national effort.
The event is part of the students' Heroes In Our Community service learning project. The veterans' videotapes and transcripts of the interviews will become part of the permanent national Veteran's History Project collection. The Volunteer Center at the United Way of NWMI and UpNorth Media Center will partner with the students.
Interviews will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5-6, at Eastern Elementary School. Each veteran will receive a copy of their interview and a copy will be sent to the Library of Congress. Interviews also will air on UpNorthTV.
World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War or Persian Gulf War veterans may contact Susan McQuaid, 947-3200, ext. 205, or firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested in participating.
TRAVERSE CITY — Troop Mackinaw, a weekend dedicated to Girl Scouts and their families, will explore Mackinac Island May 10-12 and Sept. 27-29. For details, visit www.troopmackinaw.com.
Call for artists
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival invites artists to apply for participation in this year's festival.
The festival will be held June 22, with a new Winemaker's Party on June 21. It is a celebration of culture and cuisine that celebrates artists and art in all forms. Organizers are looking for works of unique concept and original design in all mediums.
Go to www.traversecitywinefestival.com for artist information and applications.
SUTTONS BAY — The Ikenobo School of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Suttons Bay and Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Traverse City.
A modern shoka (shimputai) will be demonstrated; members are asked to bring an appropriate container with a kenzan for their own arrangement. Plant materials are provided, so please make reservations by Thursday, Feb. 14.
The public is welcome. For more details and information on meeting locations, call 421-1822.
CHARLEVOIX — Real People Media will help you record a video valentine between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts, 109 Clinton St. Real People Media volunteers will help you record your greeting, add music and motion background and upload it to YouTube.
There is no cost for this activity but donations are welcome. Wear something red or festive. You may come alone or bring family and friends to send a group valentine.
For more information call 231-838-6460.