ELK RAPIDS — Evening on River Street events continue Wednesday, July 17.
The event from 6 to 9 p.m. features music by the Blue Shadow Band. Cartoonist Jeff Manley and face painters also will make appearances, along with food vendors, fire trucks and more. For details, call the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, 264-8202.
'Anchor Day' films
EMPIRE — The Empire Museum will sponsor an evening of movies on Friday, July 19, at the Empire Township Hall.
"Anchor Day" movies include "Empire Anchor Recovery" at 7 p.m., "Glen Lake's Rescue" at 7:30 p.m. featuring underwater video; "History of Sleeping Bear Dunesmobiles" and "History of #9 Dunesmobile" at 8 p.m.; and "Empire Anchor Recovery" at 9 p.m. Donations are appreciated. Free popcorn will be served.
OMENA — “Wood, Water, Stone,” an exhibit of ceramic art celebrating the beauty of natural textures and forms by Elizabeth DeLyria, will be featured at the Tamarack Gallery.
The exhibit opens with a reception from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and continues through Friday, Aug. 9. The gallery is located on M-22. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For details, call 386-5529 or visit www.tamarackartgallery.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Friendly Garden Club invites the public to view six gardens off Silver Lake Road on Thursday, July 18.
The club's 31st annual garden walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the walk, and free for children. They are available at the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Center and at the gardens on the day of the walk. For details in advance, call 938-0953 or 995-0282; the day of the walk, call 590-6946.
Art Park concert
THOMPSONVILLE — Ruth and Max Bloomquist will bring their folk, bluegrass and country sounds to Michigan Legacy Art Park’s Summer Sounds Concert Series.
The duo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the art park on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort. Rides to the amphitheatre start at 6:15 p.m. for those unable to walk the trail. In case of rain, the concert will be held indoors at the resort.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for art park members and free for children ages 17 and younger. For details, call 378-4963 or visit www.michlegacyartpark.org.
Crescent Woods concertTRAVERSE CITY — Crescent Woods Gatherings Summer Concert Series opens Saturday, July 20, with the Aged to Perfection readers theater troupe and a family concert led by Mary Sue Wilkinson.
The performances start at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine, at Crescent Woods outdoor amphitheater at Unity of Traverse City, 3600 Five Mile Road. Cushions will be provided for seating on stone slabs and attendees also may bring chairs. There also is a labyrinth on the property and a playground for children. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 11 and younger is suggested. No one will be turned away.
Concerts continue on Saturdays through Aug. 10. For details, call 938-9587.
FIFE LAKE — The Walton Junction Sportsman’s Club will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the club, 11207 E. County Line Road. The cost is $7 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 5 to 11 and free for children 4 and younger. The public is welcome.
Wine on the Water
SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will host the “Wine on the Water Festival” at Marina Park on Saturday, July 20.
The event, formerly the Leelanau Peninsula Wine, Food and Music Festival, will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. It features tastings from local wineries, distilleries and breweries, food, art and live music.
Tickets are $15 each and include a commemorative wine glass and two tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are $2 each. For details on purchasing tickets, visit www.leelanauchamber.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Roller Derby will honor veterans at their Saturday, July 20, double header.
The bout starts at 6 p.m. at Howe Arena at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Elks Club 323 will provide free U.S. Flags and TC Roller Derby will honor veterans with a Color Guard presentation. Special fund-raising activities at the bout will benefit the Disability Network.
The first 50 veterans and current military service members who register at www.vettix.org/event/8830 will receive free tickets. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and free for children ages 10 and younger. Advance tickets are available at Ben Franklin, Lifer Skate Shop, InsideOut Gallery, Oryana and www.brownpapertickets.com.
Birding at NMC
TRAVERSE CITY — Saving Birds Thru Habitat Director Kay Charter will lead a birding expedition Sunday, July 21, on Northwestern Michigan College's main campus.
The outing starts at 1 p.m. from the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr., in conjunction with the museum's "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution" exhibit. The expedition is free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults and $5 for children and museum members. Binoculars will be provided. For details or reservations, call 995-1029.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Om Cafe, 205 Lake Ave., will celebrate its one-year anniversary by hosting a talk by Tibetan Lama Gelek Rimpoche.
Rimpoche was born in 1939 in Lhasa, Tibet, and was among the last generation of lamas educated in Drepung Monastery before the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet. He fled to India in 1959. In the late 1970s, he was directed to teach Western students and has taught Buddhist practitioners around the world. He founded Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center in Ann Arbor in 1988.
Rimpoche's talk will start at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the cafe. A reception will follow. A $10 to $30 donation is suggested and a cash bar will be available. To learn more, visit www.omcafe.com.