TRAVERSE CITY — A “First Friday” opening reception will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, in Rinaldo Hall, adjacent to Gallery Fifty at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
“Fear and Folly: Forging a Life on Canvas,” paintings by Marcia K. Hales, may be viewed through August. A virtual exhibition is available at www.galleryfifty.com. For details, call 932-0775.
Otis Pottery party
EAST JORDAN — Otis Pottery will celebrate its 25th anniversary with its 16th annual open house.
The weekend of art and chamber music features pottery by David, June and Andrew Otis, and chamber music concerts by flutist Frances Shelly, cellist Elizabeth Bert and pianist Dorothy Vogel. Open house hours are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, with a concert at 7:30 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with a concert at 7:30 p.m.; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, with a concert at 4 p.m.
The studio/gallery is located at 01691 M-66 North. For details, call 536-7856.
SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Independent Women for democratic Action (LIWdA) will present an overview of the boards and committees that advise the Leelanau Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, July 9.
The program starts at 4 p.m. at the Leelanau Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr., and the public is welcome. New members for the advisory committees are selected in August each year and applications will be available at the presentation. For details, call 642-1391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Cooperative Preschool will host two natural playscape play dates in July.
Play dates at the preschool’s “Hilly Hollow” playground will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, July 9 and 23, at the preschool, 720 S. Elmwood Ave. A preschool board or parent member will be on hand to provide access to restrooms and a water fountain. Picnic tables are available for those who wish to bring a lunch.
Play dates continue on Aug. 6 and 20, and Sept. 10. For details, visit www.tccoop.org or call 946-3950.
PORT ONEIDA — Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear will offer the first of two guided historical farm tours on Thursday, July 11.
Bill Herd, who retired as an interpretive ranger from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, will lead the tour from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants will visit four farms and learn about the buildings, their design and function, plus general history of the Port Oneida Community. Participants should meet at the Charles and Hattie Olsen farm 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
Reservations are not required. A second tour will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Call 334-6103 or visit www.phsb.org for details.
MESICK — The Mesick Area Museum is looking for donations for their upcoming garage sale. No clothing will be accepted.
The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the museum, 117 Mesick Ave. For details, call Deborah Kohn, 946-3958 or visit www.mesickmuseum.com.
Yard sale sign up
TRAVERSE CITY — Area residents are invited to reserve free tables to sell their items at a community yard sale being sponsored on Saturday, July 27, by Christ United Methodist Church.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. Set up starts at 8 a.m. and space is limited.
For details or to reserve space, call Bill Corrigan, 946-2207, or the church, 946-3048. Information also is available at www.tcchrist.com.
Wimpy Kid Mobile
TRAVERSE CITY — The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 Mobile will be at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St., on Saturday, July 6.
Fans of the Wimpy Kid books can stop at the store from 4 to 7 p.m. for free goodies, to see Wimpy Kid book trailers, take photos with the vehicle, pre-order Book 8 and buy favorite backlist books. Jeff Kinney will not appear with the Book 8 Mobile. For details, visit www.horizonbooks.com.
BENZIE COUNTY — The Benzie Community Band summer concert series will focus on the theme “Brother Against Brother,” a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States.
The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Mineral Springs Park in Frankfort. Future concerts will be held Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at the Benzie Historical Museum, Benzonia; Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Interlochen Public Library, Interlochen; and Wednesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Empire Beach in Empire.
For details, call Cecelia Williams, 882-5794, or visit email@example.com.
INTERLOCHEN — Reservations are needed today, July 5, for the next senior luncheon at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rogers Road and U.S. 31.
Lunch will be served at noon Monday, July 8, and will be followed by fellowship and games. The cost is $3 for the meal, however seniors also are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. For details or reservations, call Ralph Hintsala, 620-0840.
GLEN ARBOR — An exhibit by Duncan Spratt Moran will open with a reception Friday, July 5, at The Glen Arbor Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St.
Spratt Moran has taught for many years at The Pathfinder School. He has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and has studied art history as well as color theory and composition.
The opening reception will be hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit also may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Call 334-6112 to learn more.
BEULAH — Crystal Crate & Cargo will host a book launch for Robet Wangard’s newly published novel, “Deceit,” the third book in the Pete Thorsen mystery series.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, during the Beulah Art Fair. For details, call 882-5294, (800) 787-7366, or go to www.crystalcrate.com.
At the Williamsburg
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Theater will host an evening of bluegrass with the RFD Boys on Sunday, July 7, while Canadian singer/songwriter Lynn Miles takes the stage Thursday, July 11.
Awesome Distraction will open the show for the RFD Boys at 7 p.m. The RFD Boys have been performing together since 1969 and have shared the stage with a who’s who of bluegrass and country music.
Miles will be joined by fellow Canadian, guitarist Keith Glass, for a concert at 7:30 p.m. July 11. She is touring in support of her latest album “Downpour.”
The theater is located at 4240 M-72 East. Tickets for each concert are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available in Traverse City at Brilliant Books and Oryana Natural Foods Market, and in Acme at Ace Hardware and the Stained Glass Cabinet Co. For details, call 941-8667 or 938-2181, or email info-cateringbykellys.com.
LELAND — Gael Eschelweck will open the “Of Note” free summer music series sponsored by Leland United Methodist Church.
Eschelweck will perform “Classical and Spanish Guitar, Plus a Little Ukulele” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7. The series continues at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with “Standard Jazz Favorites” by the Mike David Quartet.
All concerts will be held at the church, 106 N. 4th St. The public is invited and reservations are not required. A reception follows each performance. The eight-concert series continues on Sundays through Aug. 25.
KINGSLEY — Early registration closes Wednesday, July 10, for the Kingsley Heritage Days 5K and Mile Fun Run/Walk.
The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Kingsley Civic Center South on Clark Street. Early registration for the 5K is $20 and includes a shirt; $25 after July 10 and no shirt is guaranteed. The fun run/walk is free.
To register, visit www.active.com. For details, call Jessica Stark, (906) 630-0494.
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area will offer a paper-making class on Thursday, July 11.
Participants will learn how to make decorative papers using natural materials and paper pulp at 10 a.m. at the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. Participants should bring a blender if possible. All other materials will be provided.
The class fee is $5; registration is required. For details or to register, call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
ALDEN — Juniper Garden Club of South Torch Lake invites garden lovers to take a “Garden Variety Road Trip” on Thursday, July 11.
Gardens on the east side of Torch Lake will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garden Walk tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the walk.
For advance tickets, call 322-2577. Maps and tickets will be available at the Alden Depot, 10670 Coy St., the day of the walk.
BENZONIA — The Benzonia Academy Lecture Series continues on Thursday, July 11.
Mike Nagel, a professor of history and government at West Shore Community College in Scottville, will present “Michigan’s Home Front in the Civil War and the Detroit Race Riot of 1863” at 7 p.m. at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. The program is free and open to the public. Call 882-5539 or visit www.benziemuseum.org to learn more.
Glen Lake art fair
GLEN ARBOR — The Glen Lake Women’s Club will hold its 42nd annual Art Fair on Wednesday, July 17.
Approximately 100 artists will display their creations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Admission is free and lunch will be available. The club uses proceeds from the event for scholarships. For details, call 326-6084.
LAKE ANN — An all-Michigan line-up will provide music for the rebirth of the Dunesville Music Festival.
The festival will be held Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, at the Harm Farm, 4846 Hulbert Road. Performers include the Ragbirds, Delilah Dewylde and The Lost Boys, Song of the Lakes, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, the Accidentals, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Blake Elliott, Miriam Pico and others.
Advance tickets are $90 for adults and $40 for ages 13-17 at www.brownpapertickets.com or www.dunesvillemusicfestival.com. Tickets at the door are $100 for adults and $45 for ages 13-17. Camping is available. For details, call 651-9713.