FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — Publishers from across the country will visit the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., Saturday, Nov. 10, for the Traverse City Children's Book Festival.
The Festival showcases up and coming children's book publishers. It also features family-friendly activities hosted by area nonprofits and stage performances by authors and the Old Town Playhouse Young Company, who will preview their new production, "Honk!"
Festival hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free. Sponsorship proceeds benefit children's literacy through the Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council and Read Aloud. For details about the festival, visit: www.tcchildrensbookfestival.com.
Traverse City — A free Purification and Weight Management Class will be offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Richard A. Conley, D.C. Clinic, 3268 Veterans Dr., suite 2. The public is welcome. Call 929-3586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Trunk' or Treat
Traverse City — Costumes are welcome at First Christian Church's "Trunk" or Treat community event on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Treats and candy will be handed out 5-8 p.m. at the church, 2686 S. Airport Road. For details, call 946-4074 or email email@example.com.
Kalkaska — The Kalkaska Police Department Reserve Unit will conduct free Halloween candy checks from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at McDonald's on South Cedar Street and Burger King on North Cedar St. The safety check consists of a visual and metal detector scan of candy brought in for inspection.
Traverse City — Lighthouse Church of God, 2770 LaFranier Road, invites the community to its 10th annual Harvest Fest on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free food, games, a hayride, music and candy.
Church women meet
Suttons Bay — Church Women United will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Keswick United Methodist Church, 3376 S. Center Highway. Attendees should bring a dish to share and table service for the luncheon and gift-filled Christmas shoeboxes for children approximately 5 years old. The shoeboxes will be distributed to area children through Community Action Services. For details, call 271-3755.
Grawn — The Thurston Family will give a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Grawn United Methodist Church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. The public is invited.
Bear Lake — Bear Lake Christian Church on M-72 will sponsor a day of fellowship for area women on Saturday, Nov. 3.
David and Linda Hager will share tips on how to manage stress and overcome anxiety starting at 10 a.m. Reservations are requested; call 258-6112.
Traverse City — Marilyn Wares will lead a free tranquility harp workshop at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. No musical experience is required and harps will be provided for the class.
For registration or location, call Wares, 223-4895.
Bella Galleria exhibit
Traverse City — Bella Galleria's newest exhibit features two artists and opens with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
The exhibit features watercolors by Joan Bonney and batiks by Bonnie Olendorf. The gallery is located at the Old Mission Tavern, 17015 Center Road.
Call 223-4142 or visit www.bellagalleria.org.
CHS coffee sale
Traverse City — Central High School's Northern Grounds, a J.A. Company, is selling Leelanau Coffee Roasting coffee. Orders will be accepted until Monday, Oct. 29.
Coffee comes in a variety of flavors at $13 for regular, $14 for decaf and $16 for premium Swiss decaf coffee.
Coffee is available to order and will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. Ten percent of the profits will go to the Grand Traverse Humane Society.
For details or to place an order, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Chelsea, 676-4002, or go to the Northern Grounds Facebook page.
Traverse City — A holiday sale of handmade, one-of-a kind bead jewelry made by Ugandan women will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Road.
The unique necklaces, earrings and bracelets are priced from $5 to $30, with most in the $10-$20 range. Proceeds go to the non-profit Bead for Life organization. A raffle to benefit women's health care at the Traverse Health Clinic also will be held.
Both events are sponsored by the needlework group at the UU church. For details about Bead for Life or the local sale, call 941-8758 or email email@example.com. For more about the program, go to www.beadforlife.org.
Benzonia — Reservations are still being accepted for the "Murder at Gooseneck Lake" fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 4, at Benzonia Public Library.
The suggested donation is $20 and no tickets will be sold at the door. Interested people can sign up individually or as a team by calling 882-4674 or 383-5204. For details, call the library, 882-4111.
Harbor Springs — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will perform two concerts of baroque and romantic works for strings.
The orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, Harbor Springs; and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Castle Farms, Charlevoix.
General admission tickets for each concert are $15 for adults, free for students, children 18 and younger, military personnel and people with disabilities registered with VSA Arts of Michigan. Purchase tickets at www.treatickets.com, at chamber of commerce offices in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, East Jordan and Boyne City, at the chamber orchestra office in Petoskey, or at the door.
Baskets of Bounty
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging is sponsoring is 15th annual Baskets of Bounty Program for low-income seniors in Grand Traverse County.
To qualify, recipients must meet all of the following criteria: age 60 or older, live in Grand Traverse County, be at or below 200 percent of U.S. poverty level income guidelines and have no immediate family or contacts close by, not be in contact with their family or be alone for the holiday season. Baskets will be distributed Friday, Dec. 7 by COA staff and community volunteers.
Donations also are needed and will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 3, at the Commission on Aging, 520 W. Front St. Monetary donations also are welcome. Checks should be payable to the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging and note that it is a donation for Baskets of Bounty.
If you know of a senior who may qualify for a basket, call the Commission on Aging, 922-4688.
Bellaire — Nick Carlson of Carlson Tree Service will talk about hand tool sharpening from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St. Participants may bring their own hand tools to sharpen. A $5 to $10 donation is suggested. For details, call 622-5252.
Blues at Dennos
Traverse City — The Dennos Museum Center will present Chicago blues singer Nora Jean on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members, plus a $2 processing fee. They are available by calling 995-1553 or (800) 836-0717, and online at www.dennosmuseum.org or www.MyNorthTickets.com.
Elk Rapids — Family Reunion with special guests Pat Niemisto and Norm Wheeler will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at AMVETS Post 114 on Bridge St.
Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. They are available in Elk Rapids at the AMVETS Post, Chef Charles, Corner Druggist or at Oryana Natural Foods Market, Traverse City.
Details and tickets also are available by calling 264-5182 or 941-8667.
Family fun night
Traverse City — Christ United Methodist Church will show a family film starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. For details, call 946-3048.
Tuesday Sleep Out
Traverse City — Donations are streaming in as word spreads about the second annual Traverse City Sleep Out starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Open Space.
The Traverse City Chamber of Commerce launched the initiative last fall to support the efforts of the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm, which raises awareness about the importance of federal and state energy assistance and weatherization programs. Events such as the Sleep Out help eligible residents access these critical services.
For more, go to www.coalitiontokeepmichiganwarm.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — T.E.A.M Gallery will sponsor its first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Little Traverse Inn, 149 East Harbor Highway/M-22, Maple City.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories including scariest, most artistic, graphic excellence and coolest kid art. An exhibition of all entries will follow at 6 p.m. at nearby T.E.A.M Gallery.
The entry donation is $5. Proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Alden — Alden District Library's "Off the Wall" movie series continues with "Primary Colors."
The 1998 film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the library, 8751 Helena Road, and will be preceded by a meal at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring an optional donation or food for the dinner. Call 331-4318 for details.
Kalkaska — The Kalkaska High School Drama Club will present "Honeymoon at Graveside Manor" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, in the Kalkaska High School auditorium, 109 N. Birch St. Tickets are $3 at the door; call 258-9167.
Traverse City — Peninsula Community Library will offer an iDevice workshop on Friday, Nov. 2.
Cheri Breadon will talk about downloadable, books, apps and more from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the library, 2699 Island View Road. Participants should bring their fully-charged iDevice.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. Call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org for details or to register.
Kingsley — The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center will host a Harvest Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The homecooked meal will be served at 6 p.m. at the youth center, 115 E. Blair St. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and free for children ages 10 and younger. They are available in advance 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rock.
Proceeds benefit the youth center. For details, visit www.therockofkingsley.com.
Traverse City — The Children's House will host its Holiday Art Market featuring unique gift items from local artists and craftspeople.
The market will be open 3-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Children's House, 5363 N. Long Lake Road.
Program on birds
Traverse City — Conservationist Kay Charter will discuss the difference between birds and other winged creatures Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
The program starts at 10 a.m. and is for all ages. Attendees also may build a wooden platform bird feeder. Younger children may need adult supervision.
The program is free, but reservations are needed if planning to build the feeder. For details or reservations, call 223-7700.
Traverse City — The Traverse Area District Library welcomes back local artist Tom Haxby for an exhibit of his nature and outdoor photography during November.
An opening reception will be hosted 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the library, 610 Woodmere Ave. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
Update on ADHD
Traverse City — The 11th annual Teacher and Parent Educational Series will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Sander Weckstein, MD, will give an update on ADHD in children and adolescents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr. There is no charge.
Craft show vendors
Northport — The Northport Promise is looking for vendors for its annual Christmas Craft Show.
The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Northport School, 104 S. Wing St. Interested vendors should contact Jennifer Wack, 386-5439 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traverse City — Boardman River Nature Center's Peepers Preschool Program continues into December.
The program for parents and their children ages 3-5 meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the nature center, 1450 Cass Road.
Each session features stories, crafts, music and outdoor activities. Adults and children should come dressed for the weather. Upcoming topics are "The Mighty Oak" on Nov. 2 and "Nuts About Squirrels" Nov. 13. For details or to register, call 941-0960 or visit www.natureiscalling.org.
Traverse City — Williams Chevrolet's MSU vs. U-M Food Drive Challenge is under way.
Through Wednesday, Nov. 14, MSU and U-M fans are encouraged to fill a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado with non-perishable food items. One blue and one white model of the truck are parked in the dealership's showroom, inviting people to fill their favorite team's vehicle with food donations.
Williams is one of 30 area businesses collecting items for the "Food For Thought Food Drive Challenge" to benefit the Northwest Food Coalition, which distributes food to 47 food pantries in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding five-county area.
Drums and dance
Traverse City — The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi are bringing the ultimate African drum experience to the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
The troupe performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $20 and $35. For details or tickets, visit www.cityoperahouse.org or call 941-8082.
Traverse City — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, a certified HUD housing counseling agency, will sponsor Homebuyer Education Workshops on Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 5 and 7, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 3963 Three Mile Road.
The free course teaches the basics of the home-buying process, including options for low-income and moderate-income families. The public is invited. To register or to learn about future workshops, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334, or visit www.nmcaa.net.
BENZIE COUNTY — Diners can enjoy a meal and help Benzie Area Christian Neighbors on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Participating restaurants include Dinghy's Restaurant & Bar on Main Street, Frankfort, and Thistle Pub at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. A portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to BACN.
Women Voters meet
Suttons Bay — The Leelanau Unit of the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area will meet at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. Kathy Garthe, vice president of Munson Medical Center's Regional System Development, will speak on "Regional Impacts of Health Care Reform." The public is invited and sack lunches are welcome.
Dems will meet
Traverse City — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Nov. 1, Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m., at the former UAW Hall, 703 Rose St. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for area food banks. To learn more, call 946-5555 or e-mail email@example.com.
Empire — The Empire Area Heritage Group's last meeting of 2012 will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the museum. The public is invited. For details, call 326-5519.