BELLAIRE — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will sponsor a trail-building event at Glacial Hills, one of the area’s premier trail systems.
The work bee will be held from 10 a.m.-noon today, Sept. 6. Volunteers will learn a brief history of the property as well as the technique and theory behind sustainable trail design and construction.
Work bees will continue from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays through Nov. 8. For details or if planning to participate, visit www.gtrlc.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Don Lystra, author of “Season of Water and Ice,” will launch his latest collection of short stories titled “Something That Feels Like Truth” Saturday,, Sept. 7, at Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St.
Lystra will be the National Writers’ Series Author Next Door in November and is slated for a profile interview on IPR later this year. He will be at the book store from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 946-2665.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Automotive Technology Program will host the eighth annual Mike McIntosh Memorial Classic Car and 4x4 Show on Saturday, Sept. 7. The show is named for the late NMC automotive instructor Mike McIntosh, who retired in 2004 after 34 years of service. McIntosh organized the first car show in 2004.
Owners may enter their vehicles starting at 8 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle and owners may register on-site. Trophies will be awarded. Proceeds benefit NMC’s Automotive Program.
Show hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at NMC’s Automotive Service Technology Building on Aero Park Drive. Admission is free. There also will be a silent auction and food will be available to purchase. The Automotive Technology facilities will be open and student projects and vehicles will be on view.
For details, contact Wayne Moody, NMC Automotive Chair, 995-1316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste of Benzie
FRANKFORT — Beer and wine tasting will be available for the first time at the seventh annual Taste of Benzie event.
The event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mineral Springs Park. Benzie County restaurants, caterers and cafes will be selling samples of their specialties for $1 to $3 per sample, and a variety of wine and beer samples will be available. There also will be an inflatable bounce house, face-painting, kids’ crafts, live music and sidewalk chalk art supplies. For details, call 352-7251.
Diabetic eye health
TRAVERSE CITY — Ophthalmologist J. Ryan McManus, MD, will give a free program on diabetic eye disease on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Dr. McManus recently moved to Traverse City and practices at Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic. He will discuss the most current concepts and therapies for diabetic eye disease from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St. A question and answer session follows.
The presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For details, call Munson’s Diabetes Education Department, 935-8200 or (800) 809-8127.
Burgers and brats
TRAVERSE CITY — Old Mission Congregational Church will host its last burger and bratwurst cookout of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The picnic meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the church 18687 Mission Road. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. For details, call Penny Paulley, 223-4844.
Garden club marks 80 years
RAPID CITY — The Juniper Garden Club of South Torch Lake will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a potluck meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the home of Gloria Kilian, 14188 Fairmont Dr.
The club was established in 1933 and serves Rapid City and Alden. It provides educational programs and promotes environmental awareness with students at Rapid City Elementary School, has a senior therapy gardening program and tends gardens and streetscape projects throughout the South Torch Lake area.
The celebration will start at 4:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a dish to pass. The club will provide ice, ice tea, punch, table service, and salt, pepper and sugar. New members are welcome.
Goldson Quintet performs
LELAND — The Harry Goldson Quintet will perform on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Old Art Building, 111 Main.
A reception will be hosted at 7 p.m. The quintet will perform a program of jazz at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available by calling 256-2131 or at www.mynorthtickets.com.
Germanfest on tap for Sept. 13
TRAVERSE CITY — Plans are being finalized for Trinity Lutheran Church and School’s inaugural Germanfest.
The celebration of northern Michigan’s German Lutheran heritage will be hosted by 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in a tent at the church, 1003 S. Maple St. There will be traditional foods, beer imported from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, wine from the Rhein and Mosel valleys and dancing to music by Da Fankenmuda Fratz’n from Frankenmuth.
Tickets are $35 each and admission is limited to 400 adults ages 21 and older. Beer and wine tokens will be sold separately for $6 each and are limited to three tokens per person. For tickets, call 947-8696, 631-2111 or 938-9424.