MSN degree info
Traverse City — Davenport University will hold an informational fair Thursday, Aug. 9, for its new master of nursing online program.
The fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Dr. For details or to register, call 995-1740.
Center Gallery show
Glen Arbor — Suttons Bay artist Neil Walling will exhibit a new group of watercolor and oil paintings at Center Gallery, 6023 S. Lake St.
"A Love Affair with Leelanau" is the theme for the show, which opens Friday, Aug. 10 and runs through Thursday, Aug. 16. Walling, who works primarily plein air, will demonstrate and talk about his work and techniques at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, also at the gallery. For details, call 334-3179.
Clown Band concert
Thompsonville — The Scottville Clown Band will give a concert Friday, Aug. 10, to help fill "Mrs. Mullen's Closet."
Dyanne Mullen was a grade school principal in Oceana County who collected clothing for kids at her school. She died in 2010, but her generous spirit has spread to other northern Michigan schools.
The band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in the plaza behind Kinlochen at Crystal Mountain Resort. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help keep Benzie County children warm this winter and clothed all year long.
Ice cream social
Thompsonville — The Friends of the Betsie Valley District Library will hold an ice cream social during the Thompsonville Street Fair.
The free event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the library, 14731 Thompson Ave. Call 378-2716 or visit www.betsievalleydistrictlibrary.org to learn more.
History of Sherman
mesick — The spotlight will be on the history of the town of Sherman and the Sherman Pioneer Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Mesick Museum.
The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 117 Mesick Ave. It is in conjunction with the Sherman Pioneer Picnic, which starts at noon at Ellen's Community Building. The public is welcome and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. for details, call 946-3958 or visit www.mesickmuseum.com.
Summer slim down
Traverse City — Nourish is offering a six-week summer slim down weight loss challenge.
The program will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 15-Sept. 26, at Nourish, 1545 S. Division St. The $30 cost includes personal coaching and group support. Funds collected go to the top two losers. To register or for more information, call 421-3401.
Women Dems meet
Central Lake — The Antrim Area Women Dems and Friends will meet for a luncheon program Thursday, Aug. 16.
The meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Blue Pelican Inn, 2535 Main St. Guest speakers include Judge Connie Kelley, Democratic candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court, and Lon Johnson, Democratic candidate for State Representative.
The cost is $12 at the door, but reservations are required. For details, call 322-4622. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traverse City — Permaculture author and teachers Peter Bane and Keith D. Johnson will visit Traverse City for a two-day intensive on permaculture and to share Bane's new book "The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country."
A "Garden Party" fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, will welcome Bane and Johnson to the area and raise money to support their visit. The suggested donation is $20 per person. The party will be at the Peace Patch Garden, Seventh and Oak streets.
The two-day intensive will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at the O'k CSA Studio, 514 Second St., and at garden farm sites. The cost is $350 and some work exchange is available. For details or to register, email email@example.com. Registration continues through Sunday, Aug. 19.
Bane also will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St.