An evening of jazz
TRAVERSE CITY — The Bill Sears Quartet will present “An Evening of Jazz” tonight, March 2, at the Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St.
The quartet, featuring Sears, Kelly Sill, Joel Spencer and Mike Kocour, will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Northwest Michigan Jazz Experience members; $15 for non-members. Tickets and memberships will be available at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — A dance social on Friday, March 8, will start with a lesson.
The lesson from 7:15 to 8 p.m. at the Dance Center, 225 E. 14th St., will be followed by open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
TRAVERSE CITY — A pancake breakfast, sponsored by the St. Patrick Men’s Club, will benefit the Lake Ann Lion’s Club’s eye and eyeglass program.
The meal will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at St. Patrick Church, 630 W. Silver Lake Road. Prices are $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 5 and older, free for children 4 and younger and $20 per family. Additional donations are appreciated.
‘Yoga stops Traffick’
TRAVERSE CITY — Shanti School of Yoga invites the community to join them for the “Yoga stops Traffick” worldwide yoga experience to benefit human trafficking prevention group Odanadi.
The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Shanti School of Yoga, 2074 S. Airport Road, in Logan’s Landing. It will include an all-levels practice of 108 sun salutations. A $10 donation is suggested to help support Odanadi’s work in the field of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation.
For details about the local event, call Jessie Horness, (989) 600-0929, or visit www.shantischoolofyoga.net.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation Grand Traverse is offering a “Positive Psychology Class.”
The class will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 7 and 14, at the UU Congregation, 6726 Center Road. It will be led by Ann Marie Love, Ph.D., and is designed for people seeking to kickstart positive changes in their lives with only a small time commitment. The public is invited.
Explore world peace
TRAVERSE CITY — Fred Elmore will be the guest speaker at the next in a series of programs exploring peace in the Middle East.
Elmore is a member of the Michigan Peace Team and visited Palestine in 2009 and 2011. His program will start at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Christ United Methodist Church, 1249 Three Mile Road. The public is invited. The series continues on Sundays through March 24. Call the church, 946-3048, or visit www.tcchrist.com, to learn more.
Church offers seminar
CADILLAC — Emmanuel Lutheran Church will sponsor a free seminar on the Genesis versus evolution controversy.
The seminar will be conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, by Mike Oard, a scientist and speaker from the internationally-known Creation Ministries International. He will focus on the topics “Is Genesis Important for Today” and “Is Evolution a Fact.”
Admission is free, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 775-3261. For details, email Ed Proctor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samaritans Closet benefit
LELAND — A benefit for the Samaritan’s Closet Laundry Project will have an Irish theme.
The St. Pat’s Dinner and drawing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, at Leland Public School, 200 N. Grand Ave. A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served and there will be music by North Bay Celtic. A children’s menu and carry-outs will be available. The cost is $12 for adults and $4 for children.
Tickets are available at Samaritan’s Closet, Community Chiropractic and Holly Hocks & Vines, all in Lake Leelanau, or at the door. For details, call 256-2026.
St. Baldrick’s event
TRAVERSE CITY — The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events Tuesday, March 12, at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St.
The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. More than 30 Grand Traverse Metro Firefighters and North Flight EMS workers will shave their heads in solidarity with children with cancer. There also will be a silent auction.
For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org, or contact Lieutenant Chris Comeaux at email@example.com or 735-3930.
Help Issy Stapleton
FRANKFORT — The Frankfort United Methodist Church will sponsor a soup supper Saturday, March 9, to help Issy Stapleton.
The meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 537 Crystal Ave. The menu features a variety of soups and chili, cornbread, crackers, dessert and beverage.
Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will go to the Stapleton family to help defray medical expenses for their daughter, Issy.