FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — The Centering Prayer Community at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St., will offer an Advent contemplative quiet time from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. There will be scripture Readings and Taize singing led by Grace Harmony along with time for silence and meditation. Call 947-2330 for details.
Elk Rapids — Antique and vintage toys and games will be featured in the Elk Rapids Historical Society's holiday exhibit "Treasures from the Toy Chest."
The exhibit may be viewed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays from Dec. 1 through Jan. 6 at the museum, 301 Traverse St. A $5 donation for adults is suggested. Children are admitted at no charge.
Groups are welcome by appointment. For details or to schedule a group appointment, call (248) 542-4208 or email email@example.com.
Suttons Bay — The Suttons Bay Bingham Friendship Center's Cookie Extravaganza will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the friendship center, 201 Broadway. Shoppers may make their own assortment for $7 a pound. For details, call Mary Bush, 271-4404.
Traverse City — Winners of a photography contest sponsored by the Watershed Center will be part of the next Art of the Watershed exhibit.
An opening reception will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Watershed Center office, 13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Reservations are due Tuesday, Dec. 4; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookies and Santa
Traverse City — The Northern Michigan Cultural Center and White Tiger Martial Arts will hold an International Cookie Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at White Tiger Martial Arts, 545 E. Eighth St. Santa will be on hand to visit with children. Proceeds benefit the Northern Michigan Cultural Center to create opportunities for sharing diverse cultural experiences; call 267-5722 or email email@example.com.
Cookies and books
Beulah — The Friends of the Darcy Library will hold their annual two-day Christmas Cookie and Book Sale in the Beulah Trailhead Building.
Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Cookies are $6/pound and shoppers hand-select the type and quantity. Books are new or gently used and are great for gift giving.
Volunteers also are needed to bake cookies and work at the event. Call the library, 882-4037, with questions or to sign up to bake or work. Proceeds support the book budget for the Darcy Library.
Traverse City — Grace Episcopal Church will hold its annual "Home Baked Extravaganza" community cookie walk on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 341 Washington St. It will feature hundreds of cookies in many different shapes and sizes for $7 per pound. Call 947-2330 for details.
Christmas at inn
Traverse City — The Wellington Inn, 230 Wellington St., will be dressed in its holiday finery for the 10th annual "Inn at Christmastime."
Holiday tours of the restored 1905 inn will be hosted from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16. Free holiday sweets and hot mulled cider will be served in the third floor ballroom.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 922-9900 or visit www.wellingtoninn.com for details.
Holiday contra dance
Traverse City — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a holiday potluck and contra dance on Saturday December 8.
The event will be held at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. A potluck will start at 6 p.m., followed by a musical program by the Rhythm Billies at 7:15 p.m. and contra dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. to music by the Rhythm Billies. Attendees should bring a beverage, table service and a dish to pass for the potluck, and a wrapped white elephant gift item for the exchange dance.
Admission is free for members. Admission for non-members is $10 for adults, $6 for students with ID. For details, visit www.dancetc.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-2596.
New 'Jazz Cafe'
Suttons Bay — The Inn at Black Star Farms is introducing "Jazz Cafe," a new series of concerts.
Concerts start at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Inn's Aquarius Room, 10844 E. Revold Road. They feature local musicians Mike Davis, Ron Getz and Jack Dryden.
Tickets are $15 at the door and include entertainment and one drink voucher. Bistro small plates also are available. For details or reservations, call 944-1251.
Home buyers class
Traverse City — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, a certified HUD housing counseling agency, will hold Homebuyer Education Workshops from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 3 and 5, at 3963 Three Mile Road.
The class teaches the basics of the home buying process, including options for low-income and moderate-income families. There is no charge and the public is welcome. To register or for details about future workshops, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334, or visit www.nmcaa.net.
Drug abuse program
Traverse City — Catholic Family Services Prevention Coordinator Marybeth Novak will share how northern Michigan residents can help prevent prescription drug abuse at a program on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A & B at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. There is no charge, but registration is requested. For details or to register, call the Munson Community Health Library, 935-9265.
Traverse City — The Registered Nurses Association in Michigan (RN-AIM) will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The 6-7:30 p.m. meeting will be in the REMEC classroom at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St. Jane Dinnen, RN, BA, will discuss “Advanced Directives and the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POLST): How To Get What You Want.” One continuing education hour will be awarded to RNs attending the entire session.
For details or to register, contact Jane Miller, email@example.com or 649-3730.