FROM STAFF REPORTS
Mission trip benefit
Traverse City — The Northern Lakes Community Church youth group, the Preacher's Creatures, will host an Italian Dinner Theater to raise money for its summer mission trip to New Jersey to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.
The spaghetti dinner will be served in two seatings at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the church, 4556 Herkner Road. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. Skits and musical numbers will be performed during the meal. There also will be a raffle of a blanket made by a church member. Tickets will be available during the dinners.
Dinner tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children, with a $50 maximum per immediate family. For reservations or raffle tickets, call 935-4556.
Traverse City — Tickets are available for a special inaugural concert by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
"Fireworks" will combine well-known and admired orchestral favorites with artwork by some of the region's leading artisans. The concert will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Interlochen Center for the Arts' Corson Auditorium, M-137.
For tickets, call 947-7120 or visit www.traversesymphony.org.
Biblical era texts
Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College Extended Education will offer a three-day workshop on texts of several authors that co-existed within the Biblical era and were not included in the collection of writings in the Bible.
The workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to noon starting Tuesday, Jan. 29. The cost is $59 and registration is required. For details or to register, call 995-1700 or visit www.nmc.edu/ees.
Tech Academy info
Traverse City — The Career-Tech Center Manufacturing Technology Academy will hold the first of three student/parent information nights on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
MTA is a two-year program for high school juniors and seniors that integrates classes in science, mathematics, economics and English around the theme of manufacturing. The information night will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northwestern Michigan College Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Dr.
Additional events will be held Feb. 12 and 28. For details or reservations, call Tim Wheatley, 995-1304.
DIY Craft Bazaar
Traverse City --Scrap will sponsor a DIY Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scrap, 821 Garfield, near the UPS store. Local artists will offer a selection of unique handmade items. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Center drive
Traverse City — The Senior Center Network will hold a membership drive the week of Jan. 28, for seniors 50 and older in Grand Traverse County to join the network.
The network offers programs and opportunities at locations in Traverse City, Acme, Kingsley, Interlochen and Fife Lake.
Seniors 60 and older may join for free due to the county-wide Senior Center millage. Seniors younger than 60 pay $10 a year. Members who renew their membership or seniors joining for the first time during this week will be entered into a drawing for a $100 travel gift certificate.
For details, visit www.tcseniorcenter.com or www.facebook.com/GTCSCN. For questions, call 922-4911.
INTERLOCHEN — The 2nd Annual SOUPer Bowl Chili cook off will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Inland Township Fire Department in Interlochen.
Entry fee is $10 in each category. There are four categories for chili, plus a People's Choice Award. Categories for the Chili are 5-Alarm, Original Recipe, Restaurant/Commercial and Firefighters/Fire Department.
The fee to come and taste is $5 per person or $15 per family. A house chili will also be available, along with a beverage and dessert.
To register to compete or for more information, call 275-7216.
TRAVERSE CITY — A series of Food for Life Nutrition & Cooking class, developed by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is being offered at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Health Club by local certified instructor Sherry Davis.
The Food for Life program advances cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research. PRCM provides classes, books, video programs, fact sheets, brochures and other educational materials on cancer prevention and survival. They also conduct clinical research studies to investigate dietary issues and publicize the need for cancer prevention and the value of healthy diet changes.
Classes will be held Mondays, Feb. 4 through March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $140 for Health Club members and $160 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 534-6770.
Traverse City — Traverse City Area Public Schools will hold an open house and student readings for its Front Street Writers Program, from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 24, at the writing studio, 123 W. Front Street.
Community members, students, staff and families are invited to join Front Street Writers student readers for spoken word poetry, fiction excerpts, conversation and refreshments.
For details, contact Kerrey Woughter, 933-3643 or email@example.com.