Vasa Pasta Dinner
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central and West Senior high schools’ Nordic ski teams will host a Vasa Pasta pre-race dinner Friday at Timber Ridge Resort, 4050 Hammond Road East.
The meal will be served from 5-8 p.m. in the banquet facility adjacent to the Vasa Race packet pick-up in the main lodge. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. This is an annual fundraiser for both Nordic ski teams.
TRAVERSE CITY — Susan Wischman, community outreach coordinator at Munson Medical Center, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 11, Cottage Coffee Series.
Wischman’s program, “Advanced Care Planning: The 5 Wishes,” will start at 10 a.m. at Hawthorn Cottage. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
EAST JORDAN — Mushroom hunters are invited to join W.E.E.D.S. (Wild Edibles for Ecological & Dietary Sustainability), a local foraging group, to hunt for chaga mushrooms or tinder conk.
The mushroom hunt starts at 1 p.m. Feb. 15. Participants will learn about Chaga’s medicinal potentials, its ecology, identification and preparation. Chaga tea and a few wild edible snacks will be provided. Participants should bring snowshoes or skis.
The event is sponsored by the Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center. Interested individuals should call ahead for the location. There is no charge, however registration is encouraged. For details, location and to register, call 536-0333, email email@example.com or leave a message at www.facebook.com/marthawagbofarm.
Chili cook-off and more
TRAVERSE CITY — Christ United Methodist Church invites the community to its Presidents’ Day Weekend event.
Festivities will be hosted from noon-2 p.m. Feb. 16, at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. There will be a chili cook-off, a silent auction, a cookie walk sale and a craft sale. The cost for the chili lunch is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call the church, 946-3048, or visit www.tcchrist.com to learn more.