TRAVERSE CITY — John Robert Williams, a co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, will discuss the festival with the Grand Traverse Humanists group at 7 p.m. today, July 8, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The program is free and open to the public. Call 392-1215 to learn more.
LELAND — Summer at the Old Art Building, 111 Main, includes Leelanau Summinars presentations starting today, July 8.
The series continues through Aug. 6 with 10 speakers on current topics as well as a new Creative Spirit Series. A catalog of the speakers and their topics is available at the Old Art Building, the Leland Library and the Leland Country Club. For details, visit www.oldartbuilding.org.
BELLAIRE — Parkside Arts Council will host an artist reception for Bellaire photography artist Tom Brown, who has been creating photography for 30 years.
The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Parkside Arts Council Gallery, 202 N. Bridge St. For details, call 357-1543 or visit www.parksidearts.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Children through fifth grade are invited to join the Peninsula Community Library to create a miniature fairy garden with master gardener Karen McClatchey.
The program starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the library, 2699 Island View Road, and includes stories, activities and the craft project. It is part of the library's Summer Reading Club. For details or to sign up, call the library, 223-7700.
Pico and Chown
THOMPSONVILLE — Pianist David Chown and vocalist Miriam Pico will perform a selection of original songs and jazz standards for the next in the Michigan Legacy Art Park's Summer Sounds Concert Series.
The duo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the art park on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort. Rides to the amphitheatre begin at 6:15 p.m. for those unable to walk the trail. Guests may bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets. Folding chairs also will be available to purchase or rent.
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.
Fun at the Y
TRAVERSE CITY — Family games is the theme for Family Fun Night Friday, July 12, at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the main facility, 3000 Racquet Club Dr., with outdoor games, all-you-can-eat food and more. Admission is free for Y members; $15 per family for non-members. Visit www.gtbayymca.org to learn more.
PETOSKEY — Community is the theme for "Petoskey Rocks!' on Friday, July 12.
Activities will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and stores will host nonprofit and community organizations that will explain and demonstrate their missions and contributions to the community. For details, visit www.petoskeydowntown.com.
Concert for kids
TRAVERSE CITY — Local entertainer Miriam Pico will give a free concert for children Saturday, July 13, at the East Bay Branch Library, 1989 Three Mile Road.
Pico will perform at 1:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Call 922-2085 or visit www.tadl.org/eastbay to learn more.
CENTRAL LAKE — Central Lake Public Schools has openings in its 3- and 4-year-old preschool classrooms for the 2013-14 school year.
The kindergarten preparatory program is held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. four days a week. Tuition is free for Central Lake School District residents; $125 per month for out-of-district students. Bus transportation is provided.
For details or to register, call 544-5221, ext. 301. The registration deadline is Friday, July 19.
Loon lookout trips
BELLAIRE — Registration is under way for Loon Lookout Family Pontoon Trips sponsored by Grass River Natural Area.
Pontoon cruises along Grass River will leave at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, from the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. Participants should bring light jackets, sunscreen, binoculars, cameras and lifejackets for children younger than 12.
The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 11 and younger. Space is limited and registration is required; call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
Baker adds tech program
CADILLAC — Baker College of Cadillac will offer an advanced manufacturing technology associate degree program beginning fall quarter. Classes start Monday, Sept. 30.
The program prepares students to design new products and write computer numerical control (CNC) programs to manufacture them. For details about the new degree program, contact Audrey Charmoli, 876-3119 or email@example.com.
Microbrew Fest tickets
TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are on sale for the Summer Microbrew and Music Festival on Aug. 23 and 24 at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
The festival features more than 300 flavors of craft brew and entertainment by more than 100 musicians. Headlining the event are Michael Franti & Spearhead on Aug. 23, and the Wailers on Aug. 24. For tickets or details, visit www.tcbeerfest.com.