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Cadillac — The Fonda Starr Band will play for an old-time country and square dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9116 E. 13th St., next to Kiley Chiropractic. Donations will be accepted and listeners are welcome.
Cadillac — Wexford/Missaukee Career Tech Center students will present the second annual "Resale Runway" Fashion Show on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Fifty-five School of Cosmetology students will model fashions from the Cadillac Salvation Army Thrift Store at 7 p.m. at the Cadillac Community Auditorium. After the show, the School of Hospitality students will compete in a "Cupcake Wars." Cupcakes will be available for a donation and accompanied by coffee and punch. The winning team will be determined by dollar votes.
Admission is by donation or a bag of non-perishable food. All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.
Benzonia — Grow Benzie and NCRS will host a program on preserving food without refrigeration Tuesday, Nov. 13, by agricultural specialist Craig Schaaf.
A 6 p.m. potluck will be followed by the program at 7 p.m. at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115. Attendees should bring a dish to share. A donation of $7 per person or $10 per family also is suggested. For details, contact Deb Query, 352-6157, email@example.com, or www.growbenzie.org.
Traverse City — Blackbird Arts invites the community to a reception celebrating "Community, Collaborative, and Student Art" on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The reception will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Salvaged bench slats with newly created artwork by students from The Greenspire School and local artist Glen Wolff for the Benchmark community art project and student work from SEEDS, Traverse City High School, and Blackbird Arts will be on display. There also will be information about Accessible Arts scholarships and programs.
All ages are welcome and admission is free. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 421-8085.
Forum on Turkey
Traverse City — Turkey's changing social and political landscape is the topic of the second Michigan Global Awareness Consortium lecture, set for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Oleson Center on the NMC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Presenters will include Professor Kerri Finlayson, who teaches anthropology and sociology at North Central Michigan College and Professor Ken Winter, who teaches political science and journalism at NCMC and Ferris State University. Winter is also a former editor and publisher of the Petoskey New Review and a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
Northport — Northport Public Schools will hold a ceremony to honor area veterans at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 in the school auditorium. All area veterans are invited to attend.
Play at West
TRAVERSE CITY — A classic tale of good and evil takes on new twists with the performance of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" at Traverse City West High School Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17.
The play is presented by advanced theatre students and was written by teacher Kristie Bach based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, available at the box office at 933-7509. Evening performances are at the West High School auditorium on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17. There is also a matinee Nov. 17.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Musicale will showcase organist Sally Lewis during a music program at First Congregational church, 6105 Center Road, Traverse City, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.
Lewis has been playing the organ at First Congregational for more than 50 years. She'll be joined by the church Bell Choir and 2011-12 scholarship recipient Kimberly DeBusschere.
The event is free and open to the public. All community members who love music are invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Program on dams
Traverse City — The Boardman River Dams Project Implementation Team invites the public to an informational meeting on the dam removal project and the October 6 incident at Brown Bridge Dam.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Presenters will give a project update, information on issues related to the Brown Bridge Dam incident and answer questions. For details about the Boardman River Dams Project, visit www.theboardman.org.
Buckley — The Northern Michigan Blues Society will host its Northern Michigan Blues Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Southside Hideout, 620 W. Wexford Ave.
Eight solo/duo blues acts will perform starting at 3 p.m., followed by five blues bands at 8 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. The winning acts will represent the NMBS in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge Jan. 29-Feb. 2.
Details are available at www.southside-hideout.com, 947-6899 or email@example.com.
Interlochen — Fred Garbo's Inflatable Theater Co. will visit Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, M-137, for a family-friendly show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $9 for students. They are available at https://tickets.interlochen.org, (800) 681-5920 or 276-7800.
Bellaire — Learn what the Pilgrims really ate on the first Thanksgiving dinner at a Pilgrims' Picnic at Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Highway.
The hands' on adventure starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. There will be a hike to search for wild edibles and snacks will be served. Registration is required; call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
Torch Lake potluck
Eastport — The Upper Torch Lake Association will hold a potluck on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Torch Lake Township Community Services building on U.S. 31.
The social hour starts at 6 p.m. Attendees should bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients.
Dunes are fee-free
Empire — Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 10-12, will be a fee-free weekend for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Many of the attractions at the National Lakeshore are still open, including the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days; the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Wednesday, Nov. 14; the Dune Climb; and a hundred miles of hiking trails. The Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Cannery Boat Museum, and Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum are closed and will re-open in May.
For details, call 326-5134 or visit www.nps.gov/slbe. Also, "Like" the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sbdnl and Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/ SleepingBearNPS.