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ACME — Sweetwater Evening Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, June 17, at Bayside Park in Acme. Artist Carole Donaldson will lead an informal plein air watercolor painting session.
For more information, call 938-2726.
Benzie open house
BEULAH — The Benzie Conservation District will hold an open house and birthday party from 4 to 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 18, to celebrate its 70 years of serving to enhance and preserve the natural resources of Benzie County.
Community members are invited enjoy live music by the Accidentals and snacks by Still Grinning Kitchens. District staff and board members will be available to answer questions and share the latest updates on the District’s activities.
The event will be a zero waste event and is free. Donations welcome.
GLEN ARBOR — The Glen Arbor Art Association’s June Readers’ Theater will perform “Casablanca” at 7:30 p.m., June 17, 18 and 19, at the GAAA, 6031 S. Lake St. Seats are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis, with reservations possible in advance at glenarborart.org.
INTERLOCHEN — Interlochen Public Library’s Summer Reading Club begins at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 18 and will be held each Wednesday through Aug. 6.
Stop by the library to register and pick up a schedule of events. The Children’s Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Friends of Interlochen Public Library.
BENZONIA — Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) are calling all friends and Neighbors to bring a smile and join the staff, board and volunteers of BACN, from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 19, on the front lawn at 2804 Benzie Hwy, to pose for the annual “sparks” photo.
This officially kicks off the 2014 BACN Summer Match Campaign. Visitors may have a hot dog, tour both wings of the building and pose for a big group photo on the agency’s front lawn.
Left Foot birthday
TRAVERSE CITY — Left Foot Charley will celebrate its 10th birthday as winemaker Bryan Ulbrich invites you to join him for a cellar raid from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. Wines from each vintage produced by Left Foot Charley, since 2004, will be opened for tasting.
The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 995-0500.
WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg United Methodist Church’s annual Strawberry Social will be held from 5 - 7 p.m., on Saturday June 14, one block south of M-72 on Williamsburg Road. Feast on Strawberry Shortcake with homemade biscuits and/or strawberry sundaes.
A free will offering will be accepted. The event is open to the public.
Junior Ranger Day
EMPIRE — Families are invited to participate in Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, June 14, at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Events are free. Participants need only to purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle.
• 10 a.m., Cottonwood Trail: Take a walk on the wild side with a Park Ranger to learn about wilderness and why it matters.
• 12:30 p.m., Trails End - Bass Lake: Participate in fun “Leave No Trace” games and activities.
• 2:30 p.m., Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire: Participate in indoor wilderness activities, including maps, art and stories.
• 3:30 p.m., Philip A. Visitor Center in Empire: Join Park Rangers for the Junior Ranger Day ceremony. National Junior Ranger badges will be awarded and snacks provided.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/slbe; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sbdnl or Twitter at www.twitter.com/sleepingbearnps.
Senior kayak trips
TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Center Network and Uncommon Adventures, will offer seniors two kayak day trips including professional instruction and the use of sea kayaks, paddles and life vests. Trip dates are June 25 and July 23. The cost is $100.
Each tour will meet at the beach in front of the Senior Center at 9 a.m. for a morning lesson and then a trip through Boardman Lake.
Advance registration is required. For more information, call 922-4911.
Yard waste pass
TRAVERSE CITY — Long Lake Township residents may pick up a no charge yard waste pass, now through June 24, at the Long Lake Township Hall during regular office hours, Tuesday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A valid I.D. is required to verify Long Lake Township residence status.
The no charge pass is good for one trip and load not to exceed up to three cubic yards of acceptable material brought to the Grand Traverse County Keystone Brush Drop-Off site located at 2471 N. Keystone Road.
Acceptable material for this no charge yard waste pass includes: brush, branches (up to 12 inches in diameter), leaves and grass clippings.
The no charge pass is only valid for June 14. 17, 19, 21 and 24. Brush site hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday.
For more information visit www.longlaketownship.com or call Long Lake Township at 946-2249.
Barn restoration workshop
EMPIRE — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will host its annual barn restoration workshop June 19-21 at the Schmidt Farm located on Norconk Road, three miles south of Empire, and one mile west of M-22. This year marks the 18th anniversary of a partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the National Lakeshore in developing this series of “hands-on” workshops. The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.
The workshop this year will address “Barn Loft and Door Repair and Construction.”
The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day. There is no cost to participants and tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend.
Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and interested members of the public how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures.
For more information, call the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann, at 326-4771, or by email at email@example.com, to sign up for the workshop.
Nuts 4 Nature camp
BEULAH — The Benzie Conservation District will host of Nuts 4 Nature, a summer environmental day camp for children ages nine through 12.
Beginning June 23 through June 26, area youth will have the opportunity to identify bugs, make discoveries in the dirt, hike outside and make nature-inspired art. Each day will have a unique theme and a special guest presenter. Youth are invited to come for one or for all four days.
The camp will run from 1 to 4 p.m. each day and will include snacks, and outdoor hikes. The cost for the camp is $10 per day or $35 for all four days. Discounts are available for multiple family members.
For more information or to register, call Lisa Richter Manrow at the Benzie Conservation District, 882-4391.