THOMPSONVILLE — Bo Clampitt will share his adventures climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa at 7 p.m. today, May 17, at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 14716 Thompson Ave. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Betsie Valley District Library. For details, call 378-2716 or visit www.betsievalleydistrictlibrary.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Kidz Art, Drama Kids and Kindermusik will host a Creative Expo for children from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today, May 17, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
Kidz Art activities will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., with Kindermusik classes at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Drama Kids classes at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Other activities also are planned and families may sign up for summer camps with one-time-only discounts available.
Belko Peace series
NORTHPORT — Grand Medicine Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, Anishnabek Grand Chief Edward Benton-Banai will be the guest speaker at the Belko Peace Lecture Series on Saturday, May 18.
Chief Banai is Dean of Shingwaluk Kinoomaage Gamig of Algoma University in Canada, which he founded. He will share his thoughts on the Mediwiwin Lodge and spirituality at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ,103 N. Warren St. A questions and answer session and a meal will follow. The community is welcome.
Native plant sale
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District will hold its annual Native Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. More than 40 species will be available to purchase, along with upcycled rain barrels. For details, visit www.natureiscalling.org.
Pet supply drive
GRAWN — Menards home improvement store, 4155 U.S. 31 South, is serving as a pet donation drop site for Cherryland Humane Society in observance of May as National Pet Month. New and unwrapped pet supplies may be donated at a drop box near the Menards exit door through May 31.
Ask a lawyer
TRAVERSE CITY — Smith Legal Services offers “Drop-In Thursdays” at their office, 820 Duell Road, behind Walgreen’s at Garfield and South Airport roads.
The public is welcome to stop by from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays for legal advice or to ask a legal question in a casual atmosphere. For details, call 649-4640 or email email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency offers free foreclosure prevention education workshops.
The workshops are available in NMCAA’s Traverse City, Cadillac and Petoskey offices and homeowners do not have to be within the actual foreclosure process to access services. For details or to learn about the workshops, call 947-3780, (800) 632-7334 or visit www.nmcaa.net.
Festival of Hats
TRAVERSE CITY — All area women are invited to wear their most elegant hat, dress and accessories for the Festival of Hats Tea and Luncheon.
The event will be hosted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Wellington Inn, 230 Wellington St. For details or reservations, call Joan Julin, 360-7698.