GRAWN — The public is invited to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28, at Grawn United Methodist Church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. The free meal will be served from noon-2 p.m. For details, call the Rev. Mary Brown, 357-4506.
Authors support book store
TRAVERSE CITY — Five local authors and one illustrator will show their support for independent book store Horizon Books by acting as “booksellers” on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.
Richard Alan Hall, author of “Remarkable,” will help shoppers pick out books from 10 a.m.-noon. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, author of “Dead Little Dolly,” Mardi Link, author of “Bootstrapper,” and Aaron Stander, author of “Death in a Summer Colony,” will be on hand to assist shoppers. Starting at noon, Jerry Dennis, author of “It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes” will help customers with their book selections.
He will be joined at 2 p.m. by Glenn Wolff, illustrator of “It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes.”
Horizon Books is located at 243 E. Front St. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
‘Stop senior hunger’ food drive
TRAVERSE CITY — Comfort Keepers, an in-home senior care provider, will hold a “Stop Senior Hunger” Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The drive will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging headquarters, 529 W. Front St., across from Burritt’s Market. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Aging Commission’s “Baskets of Bounty” program.
For details, call 929-9044 or visit www.comfortkeepers.com/traversecity-mi.
‘Share and Learn’ Party
BENZONIA — Grow Benzie will host a “Share and Learn” party for the start up of its Incubator Kitchen.
The party celebrates the growth of locally-made food products and businesses. It starts at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115, with music, followed at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner and food samples. Presentations by emerging food entrepreneurs start at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Admission is free, however donations are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and table service for the dinner.
One-Way Coat Day
BENZONIA — The Frankfort Rotary Club invites the community to join its “One Way Coat Day” event.
Club members will leave their gently used or new winter gear at their Wednesday, Dec. 4, meeting for Benzie Area Christian Neighbors to distribute to families throughout Benzie County.
To participate, individuals may contact Rotary members, who will bring donations to the meeting, or drop off donations at the Sleeping Bear Inn between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. the day of the meeting. Other drop-off sites are the Mayfair Tavern, 515 Frankfort Ave., Elberta, during business hours; West Michigan Bank and Trust, 501 Main St., Frankfort, during business hours; or Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, 2804 Benzie Highway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
For details, call Rotarian Jim Ryan, 352-7024, or BACN, 882-9544.
LELAND — The W. T. Best Theater at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St., will be the site of a concert featuring two musical groups.
Indie/Pop/Folk duo The Accidentals and Grand Rapids folk trio Bennett will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. To reserve tickets, call 256-2131. Tickets also will be available at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — Two new aquatic classes start Monday, Dec. 2, at the Wellness Center at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Power Up, a class for individuals limited in basic daily functioning because of obesity, will meet at noon on Tuesdays for five weeks. Aquatics for Parkinson’s meets at noon Thursdays. It is designed for adults with a formal diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
The cost for each class is $50 and participants must be independent in and out of the pool. Care takers are welcome to help participants in the locker room. For details or to register, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
Dine out, help BACN
BENZIE COUNTY — The community can enjoy dinner out and help Benzie Area Christian Neighbors on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The Mayfair Tavern in Elberta and Thistle Pub at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville will donate a portion of each dinner receipt to BACN, the largest food and clothing pantry in Benzie County.
Central Lake holidays
CENTRAL LAKE — Downtown Central Lake will host traditional family holiday festivities on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Activities from 5-8 p.m. include hayrides, hot chocolate, singing, a tree-lighting at 5:30 p.m. in front of Alden State Bank, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Central Lake Queens from 6-8 p.m. and a craft and bake sale.
Business windows will be decorated and viewers are invited to vote for “People’s Choice.” In addition, drop boxes for unwrapped gifts will be located at the Central Lake District Library and Bachmann’s Store, while new mittens and gloves can be hung on the Mitten Tree at the Central Lake Pharmacy.
For details, visit http://www.central-lake.com/events.html.
Library cookie sale
KALKASKA — The Friends of the Kalkaska County Library will hold a two-day Christmas Cookie Sale.
Sale hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m.-noon p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the library, 247 S. Cedar. Cookies are $4 a dozen.
Some items may be individually priced. Cookies for the sale may be dropped off Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4-5. For details, call 384-6032.