Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Humanists meet
TRAVERSE CITY — Michael Spry, author of “No Santa, No Tooth Fairy, No God: The Need to Challenge Faith in America,” will speak at the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Humanists.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Spry will share his views of religious dogma and the world of non-theists in America. The program is free and open to the public. Call 392-1215 to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — Kathy Hatfield, a pharmacist from The Prescription Shop, will discuss medication management on Tuesday, April 9, at the Village at Bay Ridge.
Programs will be held at 11 a.m. in the East Building and 1 p.m. in the West Building, 3950 Scenic Ridge, off Silver Lake Road. Hatfield will demonstrate The Prescription Shop’s new medication dispensing machines and how to use them to simplify medication needs. The public is invited.
For details, call 932-9455.
TRAVERSE CITY — A dance social will be hosted Friday, April 12, at The Dance Center, 225 E. 14th St.
The evening will start with a lesson from 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
INTERLOCHEN — Pianist Alexander Ghindin and the Northwestern Michigan College Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers will join the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Sunday, April 7, for a concert featuring Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 4.
The concert starts at 3 p.m. in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts on M-137. Also on the program are Borodin’s Overture to “Prince Igor” and Thompson’s “Frostiana.”
Tickets are $20, $32, $40 and $55, plus fees. For details or tickets, call 947-7120 or visit www.traversesymphony.org.
EMPIRE — The Empire Museum will host a series of spring programs at the Empire Township Hall.
All programs start at 7 p.m. Topics are: a new version of “Empire Lumber Co. History” on Friday, April 12; “Dorsey Rescue Steamer” and “Glen Lake’s Rescue...The Rest of the Story” with underwater footage, Friday, April 19; and “The Early Days of the Empire Museum” and “The Voyageurs Visit Empire Beach” on Friday April 26.
Admission, popcorn and water are free. The public is invited.
BOYNE FALLS — The sixth annual Chefs Challenge will take place Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, at Boyne Mountain Resort.
It will include voting for the “People’s Choice Award,” a Chop Challenge on April 13, seminars, a Michigan Food & Beverage Showcase and a dessert challenge. For details, visit www.chefs-challenge.com.
Family Science Day
SUTTONS BAY — The Inland Seas Education Association will sponsor Family Science Day on Saturday, April 13.
Activities designed for children ages 5 to 12 will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon at ISEA’s Education Center. The theme is “Plankton.”
The cost is $5 per child. For details or reservations, contact Taryn Carew, 271-3077 or email@example.com.
Evening of music
WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Theatre, 4230 M-72 East, will present “Songs of a Catholic Childhood” on Saturday, April 13.
Michael Smith and Jamie O’Reilly will perform solos and duets and talk about their formative years in parochial schools at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the “New Horizons” concert series.
Tickets are $20 in advance at Oryana Natural Foods, Brilliant Books, the Stained Glass Cabinet Co., West Side Beverage, and Ace Hardware in Acme. Tickets are $25 at the door. For details, call 938-2181.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a contra-dance on Saturday, April 13.
A free lesson from 7 to 7:45 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. Live music will be provided by local band Fog Harbor. Drake Meadows from Ann Arbor will call and teach all dances. No experience or partner is needed.
Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members and $6 for students with ID. For details, visit www.dancetc.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-2596.
TRAVERSE CITY — Ikebana International Chapter #165 will sponsor an Ikebana workshop in conjunction with the Dennos Museum Center’s “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art” exhibit.
Local Ikebana master Elinore Yard will lead the workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. Yard, an associate first master, Ohara School of Ikebana, Tokyo, Japan , will demonstrate and guide participants through the process of traditional Japanese flower arranging. Participants should bring garden clippers and a kenzan container. Kenzan containers also will be available to purchase during the workshop.
Registration is $30 for Ikebana International Chapter #165 members; $35 for non-members. For details or to register, call 995-1573 or visit www.dennosmuseum.org.