Jazz and Swing
TRAVERSE CITY — The George Cole Quartet will present an evening of “Gypsy Jazz & Uptown Swing” Thursday, Aug. 8, at InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City and Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mills Community House in Benzonia. Tickets for each concert are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
The quartet will perform at 8 p.m. at InsideOut, 229 Garland St. Tickets are available at the gallery, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Mahoney’s Spirits and Edibles and Brilliant Books. Call 929-3254 or 941-8667.
The concert at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31, starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Mills Community House, in Frankfort at the Frankfort Bookstore, and in Beulah at Sugar Moon Cafe or East Shore Market. For details or tickets, call 941-8667.
Children’s Art Fair
TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is looking for young artists in first through eighth grade to participate in the 11th annual Children’s Art Fair on Friday, Aug. 16, during Friday Night Live. The registration deadline is today, Aug. 7. For details or a registration form, visit www.greatlakeskids.org or call 932-4526.
TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to join the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City Young Professionals, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-A-Beach Program to participate in a beach clean up.
Volunteers should meet on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Barefoot Wine tent in the Holiday Inn parking lot, 615 E. Front St. Beach clean-up will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Clinch Park. Volunteers 21 and older are invited to an after-celebration at a local venue to be announced. For details or to register, visit www.greatlakesadopt.org. Registration also will be available at the event.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Community Library will host a picnic and concert, and a family program.
Patrons are invited to pack a picnic and enjoy a concert by saxophonist Mike Davis, guitarist Ron Getz and bassist Andy Evans at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. There is no charge and the community is invited. In case of rain, the concert will be in the library, 2699 Island View Road.
Carol Lindsay’s “Cock-A-Doodle Chicken Show” at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, also at the library, promises family fun for all ages. The show features “fowl” facts, music, petting and more. There is no charge.
For details, contact the library, 223-7700 or www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.
Family film, more
ALDEN — A family film, a comedy show, a book sale and Legos are on the agenda at the Alden District Library.
Family Movie Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, will feature “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” Admission is free and the public is invited.
The library’s book sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, through Friday, Aug. 16.
Entertainer Joel Tacey will take the audience on a trip to Marty the Mole’s birthday party with his “wUnderground Comedy Show” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. The show will feature comedy, juggling, magic, music and more.
The library provides the Lego bricks and patrons provide the imagination at “Create with Legos” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. There is no charge.
The library is at the Helena Township Community Center, 8751 Helena Road. For details, call 331-4318.
TRAVERSE CITY — Athletes of all ages will gather in front of Northwestern Bank during Friday Night Live on Friday, Aug. 9, to compete in ‘Fit for Kids’ Sake,” a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Participants will show their agility and stamina starting at 6 p.m. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. The competition is sponsored by Fit For You and Anytime Fitness, as well as Big John’s Sports. For details, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters, 946-2447 or bigsupnorth.com; Fit For You, 922-7285, or Anytime Fitness, 922-7700.
INTERLOCHEN — Reservations are needed before Friday, Aug. 9, for the Monday, Aug. 12, senior luncheon at Redeemer Lutheran Church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road.
The barbecue chicken meal will be served at noon. The cost is $3 for lunch; free for area seniors who bring a brown bag lunch. For details or reservations, call Ralph Hintsala, 620-0840.
MSU bus trip
FRANKFORT — Reservations are being accepted for a motor coach trip to the MSU-Purdue football game. The trip is sponsored by the MSU Alumni Association of Benzie County.
The bus will leave from Frankfort United Methodist Church, 537 Crystal Avenue at a time to be announced. Tickets are $100 per person and include transportation, a game ticket and a box lunch. For details or reservations, contact Ready to Go Travelers, 690-4659 or email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — A country music jam session, dinner, dancing, games and raffles will be held to help defray expenses for musician Shelly Charbonneau’s continuing cancer treatments. Shelly and Bill Charbonneau for many years had the Loose Change Band. The benefit will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Cobblestone Farms, the corner of M-113 and M-37.
Torch area potluck
EASTPORT — The Upper Torch Lake Association will hold its next potluck dinner on Monday, Aug. 12.
The social hour starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Community Services Building on U.S. 31. Attendees should bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients.
Art of bonsai
TRAVERSE CITY — Dean Bull, bonsai artist and vice-president of the Sakura Bonsai Society of Northern Michigan, will discuss the art of bonsai at the next program in the Cottage Coffee Series.
The program starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Hawthorn Cottage at the Grand Traverse Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. Admission is free and the public is welcome. To learn more, call Patti DeAgostino, 932-3027, or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
MANCELONA — The Forest Area and Mancelona high school marching bands will perform back-to-back as part of the Mancelona Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series.
The bands perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Triangle Park. Listeners should bring their own seating. In case of bad weather, the concert will be in the Mancelona Middle School gym. For details, call 587-5500 or visit www.mancelonachamber.org.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The burly officer watching over the bike racks at a Boston-area transportation hub is a real stiff.
As part of an effort to cut crime at the Alewife MBTA subway and bus station in Cambridge, transit police placed a cardboard cutout of a police officer in the bicycle cage. Hundreds of people use the racks daily.
Deputy Chief Robert Lenehan says the fake cop, along with video cameras and a new lock, has cut bike thefts by 67 percent.
It’s also a money saver. Lenehan estimates it would cost $200,000 a year to have an officer watch over the cage full-time.
The cutout is actually a picture of real MBTA Officer David Silen.
Silen says the split second thieves take to glance at the cutout is enough to discourage them.