FROM STAFF REPORTS
Holiday Art Bazaar
Petoskey — Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Holiday Arts Bazaar will continue through Dec. 19.
The arts center is at 461 N. Mitchell St. The bazaar is open during regular business hours and special events; www.crookedtree.org or 347-4337.
Chum’s Corner — Menards home improvement store is serving as a toy drive drop-off site. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off through mid-December at the store, 4155 U.S. 31 South.
The gift of art
East Jordan — The Jordan River Arts Council’s 12th Members Holiday Art for Sale continues through Friday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, at the arts center, 301 Main St. For details, contact Babs Young, 645-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Art Center, 536-3385.
Traverse City — Cog’s Creek Gallery will hold an open house Friday, Nov. 30, and also is hosting a Holiday Gift Show through Christmas. Open house hours are 5-8 p.m. at the gallery, 124 N. Maple St. The gift show features handcrafted local art; 620-0458.
Traverse City — The congregation at First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road West, will take visitors back in time for a “Taste of Bethlehem” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College’s Community Band, Jazz Ensembles and Children’s Choir have scheduled performances.
The NMC Community Band will perform at 8 p.m. concert Friday, Nov. 30, in Milliken Auditorium. The NMC Children’s Choir concert is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 720 Second St. Also on Saturday, Dec. 1, the NMC Jazz Big Band, Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets for each concert are available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for NMC students.
Williamsburg — New Hope Community Church will host “Christmas Journey” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec.2 and Dec. 7-9, at the church, 5100 Bethesdal Ct. Visitors will see towns and scenes of the Bible recreated and populated with people and live animals. Donations are welcome.
Suttons Bay festival
Suttons Bay — The Suttons Bay Holiday Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
A holiday stroll will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday. Family Day is Saturday with a 1 p.m. movie at the Bay Theatre, 2-4:30 p.m. activities at ISEA, and carols, Santa’s arrival and a tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday includes Antlers & Elves at Enerdyne, a 3 p.m. Christmas concert at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, and a Cookie Extravaganza 1-4 p.m. at the Friendship Center.
Leelanau County — The Leelanau Community Choir will present a variety of seasonal songs and carols at their annual Christmas concert series.
The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Leland’s Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 E. Pearl St. Performances on Sunday, Dec. 2, are at 3 p.m. at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 218 Madison, and 7 p.m. in Glen Arbor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6012 Lake St.
Admission is free; donations are welcome. For details, call 271-6091 or email email@example.com.
Elk Rapids — Antique and vintage toy and games will be featured in the Elk Rapids Historical Society’s holiday exhibit “Treasures from the Toy Chest.” Exhibit hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 1-Jan. 6, at the museum, 301 Traverse St. Admission is a $5 donation for adults; free for children. Groups are welcome by appointment; (248) 542-4208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pets and Santa
East Jordan — Pets are invited to have their photo taken with Santa Claus from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the bandshell at Memorial Park; call Shannon Fender, 536-7351.
Interlochen — The Friends of the Interlochen Public Library will host a children’s holiday party at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Golden Fellowship Hall, 9700 Riley Road; 276-6767 or ww.tadl.org/interlochen.
Traverse City — The Centering Prayer Community at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St., will offer an Advent contemplative quiet time from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 947-2330.
MAPLE CITY — The Cedar/Maple City Lions Club is selling fresh-cut Christmas trees. Lions will be available to help noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16. Individuals also may cut their own any time and send checks payable to Cedar/Maple City Lions to P.O. Box 28, Maple City, MI 49664. Suggested donations are $10 for spruce and $25 for Douglas fir. Tree sales are on the north side of M-72, about 11½ miles west of Tom’s West Bay Market.
Benzonia — A Holiday Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the upper level at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave. A pancake breakfast will start at 8 a.m. in the lower level. Soup and sandwiches will be served all day.
Créches and carols
Arcadia — More than 150 nativity sets from around the globe will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3rd and Mill streets. Admission is $5 for the self-guided tour. It is sponsored by Chapter FF, PEO Sisterhood.
Holiday Home Tour
Cadillac — The Cadillac Garden Club will host a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 at Brinks Framing; $15 the day of the tour; 510-9047.
Interlochen — A wide selection of cookies will be available at Redeemer Lutheran Church’s annual Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road. Cookies are $6.50 a pound. Baked goods and a luncheon also will be available.
Leland — Merry Marketplace, a Christmas arts and crafts show, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. For details, call 256-2131 or visit www.oldartbuilding.com.
Visits with Santa
Acme — Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8; noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. in the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s Gallery of Shops. All children receive free candy canes. Also on Saturday, Dec. 15, the Kingsley High School Jazz Band will perform holiday music from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby.
Traverse City — Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., will host its annual Messiah Sing on Sunday, December 2 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to join the singing; rehearsal starts at 2:45 p.m. Participants may bring their own score. Scores also will be available. Participation and admission are free; www.tccentralumc.org/christmas or 946-5191.
Suttons Bay — The Suttons Bay Bingham Friendship Center’s Cookie Extravaganza will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the friendship center, 201 Broadway. Shoppers may make their own assortment for $7 a pound; call Mary Bush, 271-4404.
CHS open house
Traverse City — The Cherryland Humane Society will host its Santa Paws/Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the facility, 1750 Ahlberg Road. Pet owners can tour the humane society and have their pets’ pictures taken with Santa Claus. Pictures with Santa are $10 each; 946-5116.
Traverse City — The City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., will present “A Leahy Family Christmas” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $25-$48 for adults and $15 for students at www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling 941-8082.
Traverse City — St. Francis Parish invites the community to its Christmas Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the St. Francis High School gym on East 11th Street. A chicken dinner will be available for $8 for adults, $6 for children, $30 per family.
Parlor guitar holiday
Traverse City — Singer/songwriter Joel Mabus will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St. Advance tickets are $15 at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market or by calling 947-9213. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Traverse City — The City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., will present “the Empire Brass with Elisabeth Von Trapp in “The Sound of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $25-$48 for adults and $15 for students at www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling 941-8082.
Holiday open house
Kingsley — The Kingsley Friends of the Library will host a Holiday Open House 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the library, 213 S. Brownson Ave.; 263-5484 or www.tadl.org/kingsley to learn more.
Library open house
Traverse City — The East Bay Branch Library, 1989 Three Mile Road, invites the community to a holiday open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. There will be music by guitarist Angelo Meli from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 922-2085 to learn more.
Dessert and concert
Manistee — The Manistee Choral Society’s annual Victorian Dessert Christmas Concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Faith Covenant Church, 475 Eighth St. Tickets are $10 at Goody’s Juice and Java. Individuals unable to pick up their tickets may call 723-3932, or 398-0296 , for details or tickets.
Traverse City — The Traverse Bay Mennonite Youth Group is taking cookie orders until Friday, Dec. 7.
Cookies are $5.50 a dozen. Orders may be picked up 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 915 Carver St. To place an order, call 946-5597 and ask for Rhonda or Timothy; fax orders to 946-7612.
‘Follow the Star’
Tustin — Center Lake Bible Camp, 15204 20 Mile Road, will host an outdoor live nativity. “Follow the Star” will be presented on the quarter hour from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9. Wagon rides will be available for those unable to walk. There also will be a free meal, children’s crafts and family portraits; 829-3441 or www.centerlake.org.
Suttons Bay — Gallery 22 will host a benefit for Leelanau Christian Neighbors.
The event opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Gallery on M-22. A portion of profits from sales through Sunday, Dec. 9, will be donated to LCN.
Gaylord — The Otsego County Community Foundation will host its annual Extreevaganza at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Treetops Convention Center. Tickets are $65 per person and child care will be available. For reservations, visit www.otsegofoundation.org. For details, call (989) 965-9388.
Kalkaska — The Christmas in Kalkaska Lighted Christmas Parade will be held downtown from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and will be followed by a bonfire, visits and photos with Santa and a tree-lighting ceremony; email@example.com or 231 564-7422.
Elk Rapids — Elk Rapids High School will host its ninth annual Madrigal Feast starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at the high school Meguzee Point road. Tickets are $25 each; call 264-8108.
Library cookie sale
Kalkaska — The Friends of the Kalkaska County Library will sell freshly baked cookies from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at the library, 247 S. Cedar St.; 258-9411.
Dine with Santa
Traverse City — Children are invited to have breakfast with Santa Claus from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mt Holiday, 3100 Holiday Road. Prices are $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 11 and younger. For details, visit www.mtholiday.org, call 938-2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday craft show
Kalkaska — The Christmas in Kalkaska Holiday Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Birch Street Elementary School, 309 N. Birch St. Lunch, crafts for kids, child care, and a raffle will be included.
Traverse City — Grace Episcopal Church will hold its “Home Baked Extravaganza” cookie walk Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 341 Washington St. The cost is $7 per pound. Call 947-2330 for details.
Gallery open house
Beulah — Live for Art Gallery will host a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The event celebrates the holiday season and offers a chance to shop for unique gifts; 882-9370 or email@example.com.
Holiday cookie sale
Traverse City — The Old Mission Women’s Club will hold its 17th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Fire Hall #2 on Center Road.
Interlochen — The Interlochen Public Library, 9700 Riley Road, will host a “Holiday Make-It and Take-It” craft day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 276-6767 or www.tadl.org/interlochen.
Cookie bake sale
Traverse City — The Unity Church Christmas Cookie Bake Sale will be held at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St., on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cookies will be sold by the dozen; 946-7240.
Northport — A Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Willowbrook Mill will benefit the Leelanau Children’s Center.
Church sells cookies
Traverse City — Trinity Lutheran Church presents its 14th annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free coffee and sample cookies will be offered to those who arrive prior to 9 a.m.; 941-3487.
Holiday contra dance
Traverse City — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a holiday potluck and contra dance on Saturday December 8, at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. There will be a 6 p.m. potluck, a 7:15 p.m. musical program and dancing 8-11 p.m. Attendees should bring a beverage, table service and a dish to pass. Admission is free for members. Non-members are $10 for adults, $6 for students with ID; www.dancetc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-2596.
Cookies and Santa
Traverse City — The Northern Michigan Cultural Center and White Tiger Martial Arts will hold an International Cookie Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at White Tiger Martial Arts, 545 E. Eighth St. Santa will be on hand to visit with children; 267-5722 or email@example.com.
Grawn — Grawn United Methodist Church’s Sweet Shoppe will be hosted 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. Lunch will be available and shoppers also can sign and write a message on Christmas/holiday cards that will be sent to U.S. troops.
Wineries help others
Traverse City — Saturday, Dec. 8, the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula will host a “Day of Giving.”
All seven member wineries will donate 15 percent of gross sales that day to select nonprofit organizations. An additional $500 also will be contributed to each nonprofit.
Gaylord — Trinity Lutheran Church of Gaylord will hold a Cookie Walk and Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 1354 S. Otsego Ave. Admission is a nonperishable food item or donation for the Otsego County Food Pantry. Call (989) 732-5257 or (989) 732-4816 for details.
Sleigh Ride event
Traverse City — Mission Point Lighthouse and the Peninsula Community Library have teamed up to offer Christmas stories, a craft and sleigh rides 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the lighthouse. Donations will be accepted for the stories and craft. Sleigh rides are $10 per person; free for ages 5 and younger and include a climb up the lighthouse tower. Call 645-0759 for details.
Cookies and candy
Acme — Feast of Victory Lutheran Church, 4400 Mt. Hope Road, will hold a Christmas Cookie Sale Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1-3 p.m. Shoppers can pick from traditional Christmas cookies, baked goods, and candy.
St. Nicholas visits
Kingsley — St. Nicholas will visit St. Mary-Hannah School Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A pancake breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Donations accepted. Children also may shop for Christmas gifts at the Elf Shop. All activities are at the school, 2912 W. M-113.
The inn at Christmas
Traverse City — The Wellington Inn, 230 Wellington St., will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16, its 10th annual “Inn at Christmastime.” Tickets are $10 at the door; 922-9900 or www.wellingtoninn.com for details.
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will hold a Memorial Candle Lighting Sunday, Dec. 9, at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. A gathering at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by the candle lighting at 7 p.m. Attendees may bring a framed photo of their child or sibling for a picture table. Candles will be furnished and music will be provided by the Munson Harpists; 946-9306 or 256-9343.
Elk Rapids — Three performances of “A Christmas Carol in Prose” will be presented in the Grand Traverse area. It will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall; and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., Traverse City. Tickets are $15 each plus a $1.50 fee; (800) 836-0717 or www.parallel45.org.
Petoskey — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Reserved seats are $75, $50 and $25. General admission is $15 for adults; free for students, youth age 18 and under, military personnel and people with disabilities registered with VSA Arts of Michigan. For reserved tickets, call 487-0010 or visit www.mynorthtickets.com. General admission tickets are available online, at the orchestra office, at the door, or at the Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Harbor Springs and Petoskey chambers of commerce.
Manton — Living Word Ministries will host a Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15. The free 30-minute shows will be staged from 6 to 8 p.m. outdoors at Living Word Ministries, 800 S. Michigan Ave.; www.mantonlwm.com.
Traverse City — The Presbyterian Women’s Association of The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City will hold its Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or while supplies last, at the church, 701 Westminster Road. Candies and breads will be priced individually; cookies are $7 a pound. Call 946-5680 for details.
Santa visits Kingsley
Kingsley — Santa will pay a visit to The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Families and children of all ages can meet Santa and have their pictures taken with him from 6 to 8 p.m. The Rock of Kingsley is at 115 E. Blair St.; www.therockofkingsley.com.
A ‘Jazzy’ Christmas
Traverse City — A “Jazzy Christmas Concert” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, will feature a cappella and instrumental music by the Trillium Singers, guest soloist Madison Hertel and the Central Christmas Combo. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. A free-will offering will be collected.
Traverse City — Bay Pointe Community Church will offer a “DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays” workshop to help people deal with the pain of separation and divorce during the holidays. The workshop meets from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the church, 6880 Secor Road. Call 922-9882 or visit www.bponline.org.
Sounds of Christmas
Cadillac — A “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” concert will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cadillac United Methodist Church. A free-will offering will be collected for Healing Private Wounds.
Traverse City — The City Opera House will stage “A Christmas Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 18-19. Tickets are $25-$48 for adults and $15 for students at www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling 941-8082.
Traverse City — The East Bay Branch Library will host an ornament party with local artist Jacqueline Southby. Patrons can create keepsake paper ornaments from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Sign up is required; call 922-2085.
Traverse City — Left Foot Charley Winery will sponsor Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night Holiday Sound Sculpture in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Participants will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the winery. The sculpture starts at 6:30 p.m. and participants should plan to devote 45 minutes to the musical walk. For details or reservations, call 995-0500. Information also is available at www.leftfootcharley.com.
Traverse City — The Community Meals Program’s Community Christmas Dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St. Meal delivery starts at 11:15 a.m.
For details, to donate or to volunteer, call Shannon Allen, 326-6969. to share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call Sandra Svec, 313-9792 or 276-7130.
Traverse City — Christmas services this year at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St., will include family services at 4 and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Also on Dec. 24, Festival Holy Eucharist will be offered at 9 p.m., with an Evensong service with Eucharist at 11 p.m. Christmas Day worship at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, will be a simple Holy Eucharist with songs. For details, call 947-2330.
Ski free with Santa
Bellaire — Shanty Creek Resorts is its “Ski Free With Santa” giving spirit on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, one step further by encouraging guests to bring a donation for The Father Fred Foundation. Free lift tickets will be available all day.