FROM STAFF REPORTS
Manistee — Manistee Civic Players will hold auditions for their production of “9 to 5: The Musical” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple St. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script and learn a group song to sing.
Performances are set for March 8-9 and 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. March 10 and 17.
Financial Peace U
Traverse City — Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered at three locations in Traverse City. FPU uses common sense principles and small-group accountability to help people succeed financially.
The nine-week course will start Sunday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St.; 946-2720 for details or registration; and also at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St.; call 947-2330 for details or to register.
A third class will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. Call 946-5191 to learn more or to register.
Autism book signing
Traverse City — Marvin Anderson will sign copies of his book “Autism Prevention Care & Management” Saturday, Jan. 12, at Horizon Books.
Anderson is a physician with 10 years experience caring for children with autism. His book summarizes the problem and solution to autism. He will be at the book store, 243 E. Front St., from 2 to 4 p.m.
For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147, or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
Traverse City — The Senior Center Network will hold beginner and intermediate bridge classes for adults 50 and older starting Monday, Jan. 7.
Classes will be held six Mondays at the Traverse City location, 801 E. Front St. Beginners will meet from noon to 2:30 p.m. The intermediate class is from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The charge is $20 for network members; $25 for non-members. Students must also purchase a manual for $5 from the instructor.
Registration is required. For details or to register, call the Senior Center Network, 922-4911.
Bible study starts
Traverse City — The Community Christian Bible Study Group will start a 12-week study of the Book of Job on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The non-denominational adult group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Bayview Wesleyan Church, 720 Wayne St. The cost for materials is $25. For details, call Robin McGrath, 941-1688.
Traverse City — A program designed to help people go vegan or vegetarian will start Thursday, Jan. 10.
The Waisters will meet at 6 p.m. at Om Cafe, 205 Lake Ave., with weigh-in starting at 5:45 p.m. The group will meet for four weeks with ongoing weekly weigh-ins and facilitated meetings to support the transition to a vegan/veg diet.
For details or to register, call 935-3549. Registration materials also will be available at the first meeting.
United Way survey
Traverse City — United Way of Northwest Michigan is conducting a brief survey to develop an accurate picture of the needs that exist in the community.
The survey takes about seven minutes and is open to residents of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Participants have the option to keep their responses anonymous; however those who provide an email address will be eligible to win several prizes.
To take the survey, go to www.myunitedwaysurvey.com. When respondents complete the survey by clicking “Finish,” it will be sent to a professional researcher who is conducting the survey for United Way.
Local blood drive
Traverse City — Traverse City Roller Derby will host a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 11.
The drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Jimmy John’s on Front Street in partnership with Michigan Blood. Anyone who attempts to donate will be entered in a drawing for a TCRD Swag Gift Bag.
Kingsley — A spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, to benefit a Kingsley family business and its employees.
Mike and Melissa Schichtel’s business, MDS Automotive, was destroyed by fire Nov. 12. Insurance will help with business losses, but the employees have lost everything.
The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. For details, call 263-7000.