FROM STAFF REPORTS
Acid reflux seminar
Traverse City — Michael Nizzi, DO, will offer a seminar today, Oct. 25, on a new non-invasive procedure for patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux.
Using transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF), Dr. Nizzi can, with minimal discomfort, repair the anti-reflux valve that allows acid to travel up the esophagus. He will discuss the procedure from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Munson Medical Center's conference rooms 1-3, 1105 Sixth St. The seminar is free, but registration is requested; call (888) 838-9160 or visit www.munsonhealthcare.org.
Pavilions' job fair
Traverse City — Registration is required and due Friday, Oct. 26, for a Grand Traverse Pavilions Job Fair for direct care staff. No calls or walk-ins will be accepted after Friday.
The fair's "Meet and Greet" times are 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. It is specifically for certified nurse aides, universal workers, and individuals interested in training to be a nurse aide.
Author signs books
Traverse City — Timothy Basil Ering, author of "The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone" and illustrator of "The Tale of Despereaux," will sign his books from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
Dennos holiday fair
Traverse City — The annual Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, October 26-28.
Holiday shoppers can choose fine arts and crafts from 50 area artists, Christmas and Chanukah gifts, arts and crafts kits and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Again this year there will be an education benefit raffle to help raise funds to offset the cost of school visits. The holiday artists have donated art for the raffle. Tickets will be sold onsite only and are $2 each or six for $5.
Museum admission is free during the sale. The Dennos Museum Center is at 1410 College Dr., at the entrance to Northwestern Michigan College. For details, call 995-1586.
Traverse City — A Masquerade Partner Dance will be hosted Saturday, Oct. 27, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
A waltz workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will be followed by dancing from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are available at www.cityoperahouse.org, at the door or by calling 941-8082. Call Mykl Werth, 499-9793, for details.
Maple City — T.E.A.M. Gallery of Little Traverse Lake will hold its inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest, hosted by the Little Traverse Inn.
The contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the inn on M-22. Prizes will be awarded in several categories and entries will be judged by T.E.A.M. Gallery owner/curator, Timothy Chapman. A evening exhibition of all entries will follow at 6 p.m. at T.E.A.M. Gallery, 497 East Harbor Highway (M-22).
Traverse City — The Youth Services Department will sponsor the annual Wigglers Halloween Costume Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Children and adults are invited to come in their costumes for a 10 a.m. parade around the Traverse Area District Library's main floor, 610 Woodmere Ave. No registration is required. Learn more at www.tadl.org.
Kids' Trunk or Treat
Traverse City — Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will host Trunk or Treat Wednesday, October 31.
All children are invited to come and trick or treat from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 16426 Center Road. For details, call 223-4393.
History group meets
Traverse City — The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and guests are welcome. Following a business meeting and a program on the center's archives, attendees may tour the building. For details or if planning to attend, contact Kennard R. Weaver, 947-0947 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dems will meet
Traverse City — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Nov. 1, Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board meeting at 6 p.m., at the former UAW Hall, 703 Rose St. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for area food banks. To learn more, call 946-5555 or e-mail email@example.com.
Empire — The Empire Area Heritage Group's last meeting of 2012 will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the museum. The public is invited. For details, call 326-5519.
Clean Up, Green Up
Traverse City — Michigan Green Consortium will hold its seventh "Clean Up and Green Up" free community-wide recycle, repurpose and reuse event on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of American Waste's facility, 280 Hughes Dr. It is held two times a year the morning following the time change and encourages area residents to bring difficult-to-recycle items, items that have salvageable components or materials, and items that can be repurposed or reused to one central location for collection.
For details and a comprehensive list of accepted items and items that will not be accepted, visit www.cleanupgreenup.com, visit Clean Up and Green Up on Facebook, or call 947-1688.