TRAVERSE CITY — Horizon Books will host a “Chickadee Jamboree” to celebrate Bill O. Smith and Charles Murphy’s newest collaboration and second Chickadee book titled “Chickadee Spirit.”
The book launch party will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the book store, 243 E. Front St. Smith will read the book aloud and then teach young and old alike a few Chickadee dances. There also will be refreshments. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
Climate activist event Saturday
TRAVERSE CITY — Local climate activist group TC 350 invites the community to join them on Saturday, Sept. 21, to “draw a line in the sand” and send a message to Governor Snyder about keeping tar sands oil out of the Great Lakes.
The rally is part of a 350.org nationwide action to raise awareness about the risks of pipeline spills and climate change. Supporters will line U.S. 31/Grandview Parkway at 3:50 p.m. For more information about the local event, visit www.TC350.org or call Kelly Lively, 360-7048.
Healthcare reform seminar
TRAVERSE CITY — The League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area will sponsor a free seminar on healthcare reform changes and what they mean for individuals and families.
The seminar will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. Brett Williams, Central Michigan coordinator at Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, will discuss the history of health care, how the law will impact the way people gain health care coverage, available tax credits, changes to Medicare and Medicaid and the new Marketplaces known as Healthcare Exchanges.
FRANKFORT — The Manistee Water Guardians will sponsor a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Gasland” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Garden Theater.
Donations will be accepted.
Craft vendors needed
TRAVERSE CITY — Vendor spaces are still available for a fall craft show at First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road.
The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The vendor fee is $35. For details, interested vendors should call Vera Sparks, 938-1387.
Rock and mineral show
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Rock and Mineral Club’s annual Jewelry, Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show will be interactive this year.
The show will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Visitors can examine rocks, gems, minerals and jewelry provided by club members and vendors. There also will be demonstrations of jewelry making, rock shaping and polishing. A special area will be set up for young “rock hounds.”
A $2 donation for adults includes entry to the Con Foster Museum on Saturday. Children ages 11 and younger are admitted free. For details, visit www.tcrockhounds.com.
Festival is local
TRAVERSE CITY — Local Fest, a community effort started six years ago to support and showcase local talent in the Traverse City area, will be held Sunday, Sept. 29.
The free family event will be held from noon-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the OM Cafe on Lake Street, formerly the Loading Dock. There will be live music, local food and drink, and children’s activities.
Local artists, vendors, business and community organizations are welcome to reserve a spot or just come down before 11 a.m. and organizers will try to find space. There is no vendor fee. For details, email Ryan MacManus, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft vendors sought
MESICK — The AMVETS Auxiliary in Mesick is looking for vendors for its Saturday, Oct. 26, Christmas Tree Craft show. Spaces are $20 each. For details, interested vendors should call Julie Raymond, 885-2649.
Antique auto club
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Elks Lodge No. 323, 625 Bay St. New members are welcome. For details, call 947-2599 or 933-6141.
FRANKFORT — Plant It Wild will present a program titled “Watershed Restoration Projects” at its Wednesday, Sept. 25, meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 955 James St.
A potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a business meeting and election of officers. The program starts at 7:15 p.m. and will focus on the technical work and cultural value of watershed restoration in Benzie and Grand Traverse counties. Those attending the meal are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
The program is free and open to the public. Call 392-1206 or 352-6962 to learn more.
MANCELONA — North Central Academy, a K-12 free charter school, will host a Curriculum Night on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the school, 5055 Corey Road. It will feature information showcasing the school model built on visual learning, individualized instruction and small class sizes. Free dinner and child care will be provided.
The academy currently has openings at all grade levels. For details, call 584-2080.
Nursing program info
PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College’s nursing and allied health faculty will hold an information session on Thursday, Sept. 26, to explain the process for admission into the college’s nursing and allied health career programs.
The session will start at 4 p.m. in room 347 of NCMC’s Health Education and Science Center on the Petoskey campus, 1515 Howard St. Anyone planning to apply for the nursing or allied health programs is encouraged to attend this or an upcoming informational session, which will be held Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20 and April 24.