TRAVERSE CITY — The Parkinson's Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 23, at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. Fred Goldenberg of Senior Benefit Solutions will discuss the Affordable Care Act, required changes and its impact on Medicare recipients. For details, call 947-7389.
TRAVERSE CITY — Seven candidates seeking seats on the Traverse City City Commission will participate in a forum today, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at the Central High School auditorium, 1150 Milliken Dr.
The forum is sponsored by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the candidates will respond to questions concerning business-related topics.
Frankfort film fest
FRANKFORT — The Garden Theater will sponsor the fifth annual Frankfort Film Festival Thursday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 27.
Passes for the four-day festival are $70; individual films are $10 each and will be on sale one hour prior to each film's screening. The schedule and weekend passes are available at www.frankfortgardentheater.com.
Spanish Club meets
TRAVERSE CITY — The Spanish Club will meet to practice their Spanish over a meal and drinks at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Jinetes Mexican Restaurant, 3480 S. Airport Road, suite E, behind MC Sports. For details call Patrick Nestor, 645-2104.
BEULAH — “Planning Your Own Dying Time,” a unique class for individuals interested in planning their end-of-life care, funeral and more, will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 8190 Lincoln Road.
The free class will meet from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Topics include the Five Wishes, choosing a hospice, making an ethical will and more. A simple lunch will be served. To learn more, call 882-9750.
TRAVERSE CITY — Unity of Traverse City’s six-week fall program has joy as its theme. It includes Sunday lessons and small group meetings focused on the study of joy using Tommy Newberry’s book “40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life.” The community also is invited to join the congregation for a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The “Color Me Joy-full” fundraiser on Oct. 26 will begin with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. at the church, 3600 Five Mile Road. A silent auction and entertainment by Aged to Perfection Reader’s Theater will follow. There also will be a live auction. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For details, call 938-9587.
Test drive fundraiser
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City West Senior High School football team has the potential to raise up to $5,000 through test drives of new Ram trucks at the Friday, Oct. 25, WSH football game against Allendale.
WSH is one of only three schools in Michigan selected to host the Ram Gridiron Challenge. Ram will pay the football program $20 for every test drive, up to $5,000.
The trucks will be displayed on the 13th Street side next to Thirlby Field. Test drives start at 4 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. Anyone 18 years old or older is qualified for the drive. No registration is required, but drivers must have their license with them to participate.
School craft fair
TRAVERSE CITY — East Middle School's 22nd annual craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the school on Three Mile Road. Lunch will be available and there also will be a silent auction, new books and a sale of gently used books. All proceeds benefit the East Middle School Library Media Center.
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Highway, will host Autumn Fest fun for families on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Halloween fun from 1-3 p.m. includes a haunted hike, autumn light catcher and natural bird feeder crafts, face tattoos and more. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org to learn more.
TSO and Frankenstein
TRAVERSE CITY — Members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra will help bring the 1931 film thriller "Frankenstein" to life on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St.
Fifteen members of the TSO will perform live orchestra accompaniment for the film at 6 and 7:45 p.m., playing a film score written by composer-pianist-conductor Michael Shapiro, who will direct the music. Tickets are $20 each and seating is by general admission. For details or tickets, visit www.traversesymphony.org or call 947-7120.
ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Women Club is accepting applications for an educational scholarship of up to $600. The application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The purpose of the grant is to support women and funds may be used for tuition or other related educational costs for classes at the college level, through adult education or other community educational programs.
Applicants may be currently employed or seeking employment. The grant is not available to recent high school graduates. For details or to request an application through the mail, contact Laura Schmidt, 599-2313 or email@example.com.
Clean Up, Green Up
TRAVERSE CITY — The return of daylight savings time also marks the return of the Clean Up and Green Up community-wide recycle, repurpose and reuse event.
The Michigan Green Consortium will sponsor the event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, on the grounds of American Waste's facility, 280 Hughes Dr. It is designed to encourage area residents to bring difficult-to-recycle items, items that have salvageable components or materials, or items that can be repurposed or reused to a central location for collection.
The recycling event is free. The Michigan Green Consortium's event-related website, www.cleanupgreenup.com, features a site map to facilitate unloading at the various stations and a downloadable accepted items list specific to the fall 2013 event.
Book group selections
INTERLOCHEN — Book discussion groups at Interlochen Public Library have chosen their selections for discussion in November.
The Evening Book Discussion Group will discuss Steve Luxenberg's book "Annie's Ghost" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Morning Book Discussion Group will talk about "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
Both groups meet at the library, 9700 Riley Road. For details, call 276-6767 or visit www.tadl.org/interlochen.
Voter guide online
TRAVERSE CITY — The League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area announces that the Vote411 on-line Voter Guide is available.
To view the guide go to www.lwvgta.org and click on "Elections." The Mayor and City Commission candidates' responses to two questions may be viewed and compared. Grand Traverse County ballot issues also are available.