Teams have found a community partner, identified a problem faced by the community’s people and property in a natural disaster and, using Lego Mindstorm kits, built, programmed and tested autonomous robots to create an innovative solution to the problem that will be judged in three categories at the competition. Winners will advance to the Michigan championship competition Dec. 14 in Flint.
The public is invited to observe the all-day competition at the school, 1245 Hammond Road. For details, visit http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Mission Women’s Club will hold its 18th annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sale hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Peninsula Fire Station #2, 8150 Center Road. Homebaked cookies are $7 per pound and come in hand-decorated containers. There also will be free coffee and harp music by Sharon Olson.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Chapter of the Compassionate Friends will host a Memorial Candle Lighting for families who have lost a child or individuals who have lost a sibling at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St.
A gathering at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, will be followed by the candle lighting at 7 p.m. Candles will be furnished and music will be provided by the Woody Swift Eagle. Participants are invited to bring a framed photo of their child or sibling for the picture table. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 946-9306 or 256-9343.
TRAVERSE CITY — Performance Chiropractic is helping the local branch of Blessings in a Backpack this holiday season.
Blessings fills backpacks with food every Friday and sends them home with qualified students. The students return the backpack on Monday to be filled again on Friday. Donations for food items appropriate for the program will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Performance Chiropractic, 551 S. Garfield Ave.