FROM STAFF REPORTS
Art exhibit opens
Frankfort — Frankfort artist Linda Remington (aka Remi) will exhibit her art at West Michigan Bank & Trust. A reception for the artist will be hosted 4 to 6 p.m. today, Oct. 26, at the bank, 501 Main St., where the exhibit may be viewed through Feb. 13. Call 352-9655 for more information.
Traverse City — For 25 years the Dogman legend has captivated northern Michigan residents and now the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., will offer haunted "Nights at the Museum" featuring the Dogman.
Starting today, Oct. 26, and continuing through Halloween, visitors can test their bravery in the Haunted Museum and view the "Dogman" movie. Also on exhibit is special guest, Mumford, the mummified squirrel. Students from Traverse City Central High School will provide energy to the hauntings and are raising money for the Choral European Trip.
Nightly, younger children and families can enjoy the exhibit with "lights-on" from 4 to 6 p.m. and then individuals 12 and older can face their fears from 6 to 10 p.m. The Dogman music video and movie will be aired nightly at 8 p.m. and at 10 p.m. on the weekend. The cost is $5 for either the museum or movie event.
Frankfort — The Oliver Art Center will host a Halloween Costume Party today, Oct. 26.
The celebration starts at 6 p.m. at the art center, 132 Coast Guard Road. Costumes are optional, but masks are required. Tickets are $30 at the door. For details or tickets, call 352-4151.
Traverse City — Acoustic Dynamite will lead a free Beatles Sing-Along from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Oct. 26, during happy hour at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. All ages are welcome.
Haunting good time
Traverse City — The State Theatre, 233 E. Front St., will celebrate Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 28, with a free family party, haunted basement tours and a screening of the silent film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
The Family Halloween Party will be from 1 to 3 p.m. with treats, activities, Halloween cartoons and haunted basement tours for those who dare.
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" starring John Barrymore will be shown at 4 p.m. with live organ accompaniment by Redford and Fox Theater organist Tony O'Brien. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for State Theatre members, seniors and students.
For details or tickets, visit www.statetheatretc.org or call 947-3446.
Events at Horizon
Traverse City — Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St., will host a book signing and a poetry reading on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Dick Wagner, author of "Not Only Women Bleed," will sign his book from 2 to 4 p.m. Wagner's memoir relates his experiences as a songwriter, lead guitarist and producer/arranger with top international performance and recording artists such as Alice Cooper.
Jim Crockett, author of "Exit Wounds," will read his poetry and sign his books from 4 to 6 p.m. He is the winner of the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press chapbook award.
For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
Summit City — Live music will be provided for a Halloween Country Dance on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Summit City Grange Hall, 3060 Factory St.
A soup supper at 6 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Call 263-4499 to learn more.
Last Jazz night
Traverse City — Chateau Chantal ends the fall/winter series of Jazz at Chateau Chantal on Sunday, Oct. 28.
The Jeff Haas Trio with Jack Dryden on bass and special guest drummer Keith Hall will perform from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the winery, 15900 Rue de Vin. There is no cover charge and select Chateau wines, sparkling juices, lemonade and coffee will be available.
For details, call 223-4110 or email email@example.com.
Author signs books
Traverse City — Timothy Basil Ering, author of "The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone" and illustrator of "The Tale of Despereaux," will sign his books from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 26, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
Traverse City — A Masquerade Partner Dance will be hosted Saturday, Oct. 27, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
A waltz workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be followed by dancing from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are available at www.cityoperahouse.org, at the door or by calling 941-8082. Call Mykl Werth, 499-9793, for details.
Maple City — T.E.A.M. Gallery of Little Traverse Lake will hold its inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest, hosted by the Little Traverse Inn.
The contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the inn on M-22. Prizes will be awarded in several categories and entries will be judged by T.E.A.M. Gallery owner/curator, Timothy Chapman. A evening exhibition of all entries will follow at 6 p.m. at T.E.A.M. Gallery, 497 East Harbor Highway (M-22).
Traverse City — The Youth Services Department will sponsor the annual Wigglers Halloween Costume Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Children and adults are invited to come in their costumes for a 10 a.m. parade around the Traverse Area District Library's main floor, 610 Woodmere Ave. No registration is required. Learn more at www.tadl.org.
Kids' Trunk or Treat
Traverse City — Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will host Trunk or Treat Wednesday, October 31.
All children are invited to come and trick or treat from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 16426 Center Road. For details, call 223-4393.
History group meets
Traverse City — The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and guests are welcome. Following a business meeting and a program on the center's archives, attendees may tour the building. For details or if planning to attend, contact Kennard R. Weaver, 947-0947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert for family
Suttons Bay — Soprano Nicole Philibosian and pianist Donna Brunsma will give a benefit concert Sunday, Oct. 28, for the Jeremy Jelinek family.
"In Praise of Music" will start at 4 p.m. at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 218 W. Madison. A freewill offering will be accepted.
Traverse City — The newest film from Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Linda Midgett will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell Road.
"The Line" is a 30-minute documentary produced by the national Christian nonprofit organization Sojourners as part of a broader campaign to bring light to the new faces of poverty and the aftermath of the recession.
A discussion time will follow the film. For details, contact Ann Konczal, 649-1551 or email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Bella Galleria holds a reception for artists Joan Bonney and Bonnie Olendorf Sunday from 2-5 p.m.
ARCADIA — The Pleasant Valley Community Center in Arcadia is hosting the third annual "Pumpkins & Haystacks Festival" Saturday from 2-9 p.m. Call 889-7069.
Day of the Dead
Traverse City — The Traverse City chapter of PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) will host a Day of the Dead Parade Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The candlelit hand-drumming procession in the tradition of the Mexican celebration of El Dia De Los Muertos starts at Thirlby Field at 6:30 p.m. and ends at Hannah Park with a candle-releasing ceremony.
The public is invited and may bring candles to the parade. Costumes are welcome. Handmade all-natural beeswax candles will be provided for the candle-releasing ceremony.
Early Trick or Treat
Traverse City — Tendercare Birchwood Health Center will host an early "Trunk or Treat" event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in its front parking lot.