TRAVERSE CITY — Aaron Stander will launch the seventh mystery in the Ray Elkins series, today, June 29, at Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St.
The launch party for “Death in a Summer Colony” will be hosted from 7 to 9 p.m. It will include refreshments. For details, visit http://www.brilliant-books.net/event/aaron-stander-launch-party or https://www.facebook.com/events/351274041641925/, or call 946-2665.
FRANKFORT — The Oliver Arts Center has received exclusive permission to host an exhibition of paintings from northwest Michigan’s own American Watercolor Society (AWS) member, the late Roland Roycraft.
The show, titled Nature’s Light: The Talents and Techniques of Roland Roycraft, opens with a reception Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m., and continues through July 27 at the Oliver Arts Center, 132 Coast Guard Road. It features never before exhibited works on loan from private collections. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Events in conjunction with Roycraft’s exhibit include a “Painting Without a Brush” class from 10 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday, July 8-9, with Stephanie Vallee, a former student of Roycraft; and a lecture from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 10, on Roycraft’s masking and pouring techniques featuring Vallee and Roycraft’s friend Jean Bowers.
To learn more about the exhibit, contact Laura Millar, firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 640-3638. For art center hours, classes and schedules, visit http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or call 352-4151.
Lake City Fourth
LAKE CITY — Lake City’s “Greatest 4th in the North” celebration kicks off Tuesday, July 2, and continues through Sunday, July 7.
Activities include a Battle of the Bands, a karaoke contest, a Grand Parade, beach volleyball, Children’s Day, a five-day carnival, a two-day craft show, free professional entertainment daily, fireworks and more. For a complete schedule, go to www.lakecitymich.com, or call the Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce, 839-4969.
TRAVERSE CITY — All current and past students of Russ Larimer, retiring Traverse City West Senior High School choral director, are invited to participate in an informance and afterglow reception in honor of Larimer.
Sectional rehearsals will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road, followed by a bonfire with popcorn and s’mores for “adult” choir members and their significant others at the Larimer home, 3802 Blue Water Road.
The retirement informance and afterglow reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at First Congregational Church. Choir participants should bring their own black music folder and a pencil. Attendees also are welcome to bring hors d’oeuvres for the afterglow and include the recipe for a memory book for Larimer.
LELAND — The Accidentals will be joined by Academy 4, Blue Eyed Sun and Billy Strings and Don Julin for the second concert in a summer series at the W.T. Best Theater.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The theater is located in the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For details or to reserve tickets, call 256-2131.
FRANKFORT — The Fourth of July celebration in Frankfort begins Wednesday, July 3, with the opening of the Schmidt Amusements Carnival.
The carnival will be open daily through Sunday, July 7. Advance discount tickets are available at the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce, 517 Main St., Frankfort.
The first clue for the annual Medallion Hunt will be posted at 9 a.m. Monday, July 1. Additional clues will be posted each morning, until the Medallion is found, at the chamber of commerce, Walenta’s Variety Store and State Savings Bank.
Activities on Thursday, July 4, includes decorated bike judging, a parade, Art in the Park, a sand sculpture contest, a chicken barbecue and fireworks.
For details, visit www.frankfort-elberta.com, call 352-7251 or stop at the chamber of commerce.
MANCELONA — The American Cancer Society Kalkaska Relay for Life Team Chearhart will hold a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7, at Chearhart Farm, 2163 Plum Valley Road NE. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For details, call 350-0913.
Mosaic car raffle
FRANKFORT — Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts will sponsor a car raffle for a unique Le Baron convertible.
The car is covered with a mosaic acrylic tile pattern designed and executed by Lee Mix of Frankfort. She drew her design inspiration from Frankfort’s lakes and cherry orchards.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. They are available in Frankfort at the art center, Lee Mix Salon, Bayview Cafe, the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce and The Scoop; and in Beulah at Crystal Crate & Cargo.
The drawing will be held Friday, Sept. 13, at the art center, 132 Coast Guard Road. For details, call 352-4151 or visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — The public is being asked to provide information about housing in northwest Michigan by taking the Framework For Our Future Housing Survey.
The online survey includes questions about housing preferences, community needs, and housing discrimination. Responses will be reviewed by project partners and used in the development of Framework for our Future: Tools and Strategies for Supporting The Grand Vision.
The survey is available online at www.nwm.org/framework.