TRAVERSE CITY — The Ideas for Life Senior Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
The Expo will feature more than 100 senior service providers, educational sessions, entertainment and more. Admission is free. Visit www.tcseniorexpo.org for details.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Children’s Center will sponsor a free spring carnival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, to celebrate First Congregational Church’s 150th anniversary.
The carnival will be held at the church, 6105 Center Road, and the public is invited.
Church yard sale
EMPIRE — Empire United Methodist Church will hold a yard sale on Saturday, May 18.
The sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 10050 Michigan St. There will be gently used items, attic treasures, baked goods, crafts and RADA cutlery. For details, call 326-5510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember loved ones
TRAVERSE CITY — To recognize May as the “Month of Remembering,” Michael’s Place will hold a Spring River Memorial on Monday, May 20, as a way for grieving youth and adults to remember loved ones who have died.
The event will start at 6 p.m. at Hannah Lay Park on the Boardman River near the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Participants can write messages on the “Grieffiti” Wall and at 6:30 p.m. release flowers into the river. Participants also will be able to place personal written messages in a fire and watch the flames carry the messages into the air.
Flowers will be provided and in case of rain, activities will be held indoors at the Michael’s Place Family Support Center, 1144 Boon St. For details, call 947-6453 or visit www.mymichaelsplace.net/events.
WAYNE — The Environmental Quality Company is partnering with The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Mercury Collection Project.
This project is an ongoing effort to collect and properly recycle mercury. The objective is to promote a long-term solution for easy collecting and recycling of mercury. The program is free to anyone in Michigan.
Upon request, EQ will send a free collection bucket with a shipping box to your door via common carrier. Each bucket has easy-to-follow return instructions. Once the bucket is filled with the mercury containing device(s), apply the return label (provided with your bucket), securely tape the box, and place it where the designated shipper normally picks up your packages.The program ends Sept. 30.
Call 734-547-2517 or e-mail email@example.com to order a free collection container and instruction kit. For more information, visit http://greatlakesrestoration.us/ or www.eqonline.com.
United Way iPhone app
TRAVERSE CITY — United Way of Northwest Michigan has launched a Volunteer Northwest Michigan iPhone application.
The free app will allow users to find and connect with volunteer opportunities in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. To download the app, search “United Way” in the iPhone App Store. Development of an Android app also is being considered.
Volunteer opportunities also may be viewed at www.volunteernwmi.org. For details, email Amanda Hilt, firstname.lastname@example.org.