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Book club for guys
Traverse City — "Guys Read Too," a book club for boys in grades three through seven, will meet from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
The group will discuss "My Life in Dog Years" by Gary Paulsen. There also will be a related craft and snacks. Books are available to check out at the library front desk.
Everyone is welcome. For details, call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.
Auto buffs meet
Traverse City — The Northwestern Michigan Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Elks Lodge #323, 625 Bay St. New members are welcome. For details, call Mike Nickels, 947-2599, or Ron Kovacs, 933-6141.
Traverse City — "Little Films, Big Ideas" will be in the spotlight at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse.
Mark Gustafson will show two short films and lead discussion starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The public is invited. The UUCGT is located at 6726 Center Road. For details, call 947-3117.
Fundraiser for KAIR
Kalkaska — The next "American Idol" judge could be in Kalkaska Thursday, Nov. 15. That's when a nationwide event sponsored by Ford will videotape contestants who want a chance to be a guest judge on the popular TV show. The event also will help support KAIR.
"Go Further With Ford Night" will offer a chance to be an "American Idol" judge and allow people to register to win a 2013 Ford Fusion and tickets to a taping of "American Idol." In addition, for every guest who comes into the dealership for the event, Ford will donate $10 to KAIR.
Online registrations are available now at www.RandomActsOfFusion.com. Bill Marsh will have a video booth set up in the showroom where contestants will critique videos from their favorite artists. The first of the fully redesigned Ford Fusions also will be available for test drives. For details, call the dealership, 258-9192.
Talk on Yuba School
Elk Rapids — Donna Saylor will talk about "Yuba School and the Yuba Historical Society" on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society Museum, 301 Traverse Street.
The program is open to the public. The suggested donation is $5 for adults, $2 for students under 18, and free for children. Proceeds benefit the society's building preservation fund. For details, visit www.elkrapidshistory.org.
Traverse City — The next meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society is Thursday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3746 Veterans Drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring genealogy research and family keepsakes to share. The public and guests are welcome. This will be the last meeting until March.
Puppets tell story
Traverse City — The award-winning Paul Mesner puppets will tell "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf" Saturday, Nov. 24, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
The audience will be able to hear the wolf's side of the story at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 each. For details or tickets, call 941-8082 or visit www.cityoperahouse.org.
Traverse City — Excel Physical Therapy announces the inaugural Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge on Dec. 1.
The off-road 3.1-mile race starts at noon on mowed grass pathways surrounding the centennial farm property of local farmer Lewie Rasho, who has been donating and maintaining the dedicated course since 2001. Runners may wear shoes with spikes.
Registration is $30 until noon Thursday, Nov. 29. There is no day-of registration, however those wishing to register in person may do so from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Running Fit, where race numbers also may be picked up from 4 to 8 p.m. Race number pick up also is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the race venue, 901 Rasho Road. To register, go to https://events.bytepro.net/Farmland5KEuropeanStyleCrossCountryEvent. For details, email Lisa Taylor, email@example.com, or visit www.xcchallengetcruns.com.
Meals for military
grawn — Rico's Cafe' will serve complimentary buffets to any veteran or present military personnel during their 12th Annual Veteran's Appreciation Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. A breakfast buffet will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner buffet will be served from 1 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 231-276-CAFE, or visit www.ricoscafe.us.
EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center presents a "Family Affair" on Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m.
The Center is offering free admission and special activities for families in an event titled, "Pioneer Toys." Bring the whole family or make it a special event for parent and child. There will be fun problem-solving demos and activities to fit various ages, abilities and interests. Call Cheri at 536-3359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TRAVERSE CITY — Single mothers are invited to connect with other single moms and learn tips on how to help their families thrive during Single MOMM live on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Journey Church, 2825 S. Airport Road West. Free child care and dinner will be offered.
Weight loss book
TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Clifton M.D., of Traverse City, will celebrate the publication of her book, "WAIST AWAY: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at Om Café&body;Dr. Clifton, is a private solo internal medicine specialist with a special interest in menopause, osteoporosis and nutrition.
Treats on Trail
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. encourages the public to get out on the trails this Friday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. for Treats Along the Trails.
TART Trail Ambassadors, community partners and trail neighbors will be stationed at eight locations along the TART, Boardman Lake and Leelanau trails to provide trail information, tips and treats.
For more information, email to email@example.com or call 941-4300.
'Leaps & Bounds'
onekama — A fundraiser to support Leaps & Bounds, the early childhood education program at Onekama Consolidated School, will be held at The Glenwood Nov. 11.
Leaps & Bounds is a full-year, full-day infant, toddler, preschool and after-school child care program. The Glenwood's fundraiser will run from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 11, with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
Cost is $12 per person. Children 10 and under are free.
Back pain seminar
Traverse City — Munson Medical Center neurosurgeon Paul F. Davis, M.D., will offer information on various causes of back pain and the corresponding treatment options during a free seminar from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the Munson Community Health Center Meeting Rooms A & B, 550 Munson Ave.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information and to register, call 1-888-838-9160 or go to munsonhealthcare.org.
Traverse City — Saturday is market day at the Village Indoor Farmers market.
Forty-five local vendors will offer fresh local produce, fish, meats, bread and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through the winter in the Mercato corridor. For details, call 941-1900.
Driver safety class
Traverse City — AARP will offer a classroom driver refresher course for adults 50 and older.
The class will meet 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St. The cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members, and free for veterans, military members and military spouses.
Reservations are required. For reservations, call 922-4688 or (877) 686-4688. For details, contact Lana Payne at 922-4688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Taylor gives talk
Traverse City — Traverse City native Dr. Terrie E. Taylor will present "One Michigander Making a World of Difference in Southern Africa" at the next International Affairs Forum lecture.
Taylor is a professor of internal medicine at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. For the past 25 years, she has spent half of each year leading a team of physicians battling malaria in the African country of Malawi and is currently leading a $9.1 million effort there. Among her numerous awards, she was the 2011 recipient of the American Medical Association's International Award for Medicine.
Taylor's program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Milliken Auditorium. A reception will be hosted at 5:15 p.m. in the Dennos Museum Center Sculpture Court. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. All current educators and students are admitted free. For details, call NMC Extended Educational Services, 995-1700.
Poets' Night Out
traverse city — The 16th annual Poets' Night Out, an annual reading by selected area poets, will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City. Admission to the Poets' Night Out is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.