TRAVERSE CITY — The fifth annual Save A Smile toothbrush donation drive starts Sunday and continues through September.
The drive benefits patients and families served by the Traverse Health Clinic. Donations of child and adult toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will be accepted at all Tom’s Food Market locations, all Northwestern Bank locations in the Traverse City area, at Traverse Dental Associates and at the Traverse Health Clinic.
Monetary gifts also are appreciated and will help provide oral hygiene services. They may be made at www.traversehealthclinic.org, or checks may be mailed to Traverse Health Clinic, 3155 Logan Valley Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684. Donors should include “Dental” on the memo line.
Coast Guard saluted
TRAVERSE CITY — The History Center of Traverse City will close its “Building Blocks of America” Lego exhibit on Labor Day, Sept. 2, and a Lego Coast Guard helicopter created by Dan Parker, a Lego professional artist, will introduce a new exhibit titled “Guardians of the Lakes.”
The U.S. Coast Guard exhibit will be on display through Labor Day 2014. It features an overview of Coast Guard history, local Coast Guard history, video clips, vintage photos, models, uniforms and interactive activities for children.
The History Center is located at 322 Sixth St. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and older; free for children 4 and younger. For details, call 995-0313 or visit www.traversehistory.org.
Fun Fair for Hospice
TRAVERSE CITY — The Village at Bay Ridge will host a Fall Fun Fair benefit to support Hospice of Michigan.
The event will be hosted from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, rain or shine, at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3850 Scenic Ridge. Hot dogs, Moomer’s Ice Cream, lemonade, cherry pie and more will be served for a minimum $5 donation. There also will be music by Dominic Fortuna and a silent auction. For details, call 995-9385.
First Responder class
TRAVERSE CITY — A medical first responder (MFR) course will be offered beginning Sept. 10 and running through Oct. 29 at Grand Traverse Metro Fire Station #12, 2025 E. Silver Lake Road North.
The course, taught by professionals in the emergency care field, will provide fundamental knowledge and skills for those wishing to be able to function in a first responder role with a rescue or other first response unit. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, or be 18 prior to the state licensing exam.
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m., with Sunday sessions 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The class fee is $690 and registration is due at least five days prior to the start of the course. Payment is due in full by Sept. 10. To register, visit www.nwemsinfo.org. For details, contact Munson Regional EMS Education Manager Daryl Case, 935-7832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSLEY — The David Seidel Children’s Garden will be dedicated Sept. 7, at the Kingsley Branch of the Traverse Area District Library, 213 S. Brownson.
The event will be held from 1-3 p.m., rain or shine. Activities include a ribbon cutting, unveiling of the John Goss Butterfly Life Cycle sculpture, a Monarch butterfly release, ice cream sundaes, face painting, prize drawings and a garden tour.
The public is invited. For details, call 263-5484 or visit www.tadl.org/kingsley.