FROM STAFF REPORTS
Art For Animals
An auction of art works to benefit Cherryland Humane Society will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Silver Swan, 13692 South West Bay Shore Drive, in Greilickville. There will be a silent auction, with food and refreshments for attendees. The public is invited.
Toys for Tots
The U.S. Coast Guard escorts Santa to start the annual Toys for Tots campaign with kick-off on Saturday starting at noon at Great Wolf Lodge. Look for children's activities, refreshments, tours of the Coast Guard helicopter, police and fire displays and a chance to visit with Santa. The event will conclude at 2 p.m., when Santa will fly off with the Coast Guard. Participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy. Call 933-0344 or visit www.ToysForTots.org.
Helping hand concert
A House Concert to help defray medical bills for Chuck Hoch is being held at The Rhubarbary on Five Mile Creek Road in Harbor Springs on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. Visit www.peacemealstringband.com or call 357-7339 or 499-8038.
Mancelona craft show
The 7th annual Mancelona Community Craft Show is Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mancelona Elementary School. New and returning Vendors are welcome. Call 350-6367.
Open house Saturday
Building Bridges With Music holds an open house on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 3-5 p.m. at its offices in the Grand Traverse Circuit building (former Creative Arts Healing Center). Call 943-1225.
Alden craft show
The Torch Area Artisans Guild in Alden holds its annual Holiday Craft Show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Helena Township Community Center.
It's Christmas on the Peninsula Saturday when the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church offers an old-fashioned bazaar from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch will be available. Call 223-4393.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort holds its annual Scandinavian Luncheon and Bazaar on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 352-4531.
Indoor farmers market
Saturday is market day at the Village Indoor Market in Grand Traverse Commons. Vendors offer fresh produce, fish, meats, bread and more from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Mercato corridor. Call 941-1900.
All things mandolin
Don Julin will hold a "Mandolin for Dummies Brouhaha" from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Left Foot Charley in Traverse City. His "Mandolin for Dummies" book will be available, along with beverages, food and live music.