Party and book signing
TRAVERSE CITY — InsideOut Gallery will host a "Smell the Mitten Dance Party & Detroit Rock City Book Signing" event from 8 p.m. to midnight today, June 28.
The event will include a book signing by Steve Miller, author of "Detroit Rock City," and a live radio broadcast with Ben Hamper's special edition of "Soul Possession" live on air Smell the Mitten Dance Party (WNMC 90.7). A cash bar will be available.
The gallery is located at 229 Garland St. For details, call 929-3254.
TRAVERSE CITY — Pine Hill Village Gardens will offer "Planting 101" on Saturday, June 29
The hands-on class starts at 11 a.m. at Pine Hill, 1126 Carver St. Participants will learn planting basics from digging the right hole to fertilizing. The class is free and attendees should bring gloves. Registration is required; call 941-1808. For a complete class and workshop schedule, go to www.pinehill-nursery.com.
Table tennis tourney
TRAVERSE CITY — An inaugural T.C. Pong Cherry Tournament will be held Saturday, June 29.
The doors open at 9 a.m. and the tournament starts at 10 a.m. at T.C. Pong's new location, 3843 Market Place Circle in the T.C. Outlet Center, near Old Navy. There will be table tennis brackets for ages 13 and younger through 60 and older.
For a registration form, visit www.northernmichigantabletennisclub.com. Entrants also will be accepted the day of the tournament. For details, call Mike Dean, 421-1155.
Cancer center benefit
TRAVERSE CITY — The Angels on the Rail horse speed show, classic horse show, barn dance, and silent auction will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds on Blair Townhall Road.
The horse speed show starts at noon on Saturday, June 29, followed by the barn dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the swine barn, with music by ReBooted. Tickets for the dance are $15 each or $25 for two. Donations will be accepted for refreshments.
A classic horse show and silent auction starts at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Sue Booth Arena.
Silent auction items will be on display both days. Proceeds benefit construction of the new Cowell Family Cancer Center at Munson Medical Center. For details, call Sue Booth, 632-3906.
Elks host breakfast
TRAVERSE CITY — The Elks Lodge will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 30.
The meal will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. The cost is $6 for adults, free for children 5 and younger. Profits support the Elks Gold Key Foundation. For details, call 946-6171 or 632-7711.
TRAVERSE CITY — New York times best-selling author and Edgar finalist P.J. Parrish will make stops at two local book stores in support of the newest Louis Kincaid mystery thriller "Heart of Ice."
Parrish is the pen name for two sisters who grew up in Michigan. Kelly Nichols attended Northern Michigan University and currently lives in Elk Rapids. Kristy Montee attended Eastern Michigan University and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "Heart of Ice" is the 12th novel by the sisters and the fifth set in Michigan.
Parrish will be at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, and at Books-A-Million, 2612 Crossing Circle, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6.
Kaleva honors VIP
KALEVA — The community of Kaleva will honor Robert Rengo, who served as president/mayor for 44 years, one of the longest terms in Michigan history. He also was part of the Flying Tigers operation.
The Kaleva Historical Society, the Arts and Culture Alliance of Manistee County and the Village of Kaleva have collaborated to have welding artist Andy Priest design and build a sculpture in the likeness of the plane Rengo flew during World War II.
The sculpture will be dedicated in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Kaleva Centennial Walkway. Following the dedication, there will be a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Kaleva Roadside Park Gazebo by the band Sattuma, from Karelia in northwest Russia. The public is invited.
Garden Walk tickets
TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are on sale for The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City's 31st annual Garden Walk.
Six gardens west of Traverse City off Silver Lake Road will welcome visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, Thursday, July 18. Advance tickets are $8 at the Visitor & Convention Center, from garden club members, and at local garden and landscape businesses. Tickets the day of the walk are $10.