Foster care info
TRAVERSE CITY — Bethany Christian Services will offer a free state adoption and foster care orientation from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 16, at Bethany’s Traverse City location, 1055 Carriage Hill Dr. For details or reservations, call 995-0870 or visit www.bethany.org.
‘STEaM’ film fest
TRAVERSE CITY — Newton’s Road, a regional nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math education, will sponsor the Northern Michigan STEaM Film Festival.
Five films will be shown: “Hugo,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, State Theatre; and “Apollo 13,” 9 a.m., “October Sky” noon, “Dolphin Tale” 2:30 p.m. and “Something the Lord Made” 5 p.m., all Saturday, May 18, in Milliken Auditorium, 1410 College Dr.
Also on Saturday, May 18, businesses who rely on a workforce with strong science, technology, engineering and/or math skills will be showcased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dennos Museum. There also will be a drawing for six scholarships for students who have completed ninth through 11th grades to attend Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program in Houghton. Eligible students will complete and submit entry forms at the exhibition and the drawing will be held at 5 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium.
The films are free, however tickets are required and are available on a first come, first served basis. Advance tickets are available at Traverse City 7-11 Stores, Ferguson Enterprises, Horizon Books and the Dennos Museum. Families may have a maximum of six tickets. Tickets will also be available on the days of the event at the venues if available. No tickets are required for the exhibition. For details, visit www.nmsteamff.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — The North Traverse Heights Neighborhood Association will meet on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Traverse Heights Elementary School on Rose Street. All Traverse Heights Neighborhood residents are welcome.
Peace Corps event
TRAVERSE CITY — Returned Peace Corps volunteers and former Peace Corps staff who live in the Traverse City area are invited to a get-together at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. For details or if planning to attend, call 421-3343 or email email@example.com.
Social and sale
TRAVERSE CITY — Peninsula Bible Church will host an ice cream social and a plant sale on Saturday, May 18.
The event will be hosted from noon to 4 p.m. at the church, 430 Fair St. Flowers, vegetables, hanging baskets, patio pots, geraniums and more can be ordered in advance and picked up the day of the social. Proceeds will help the church youth attend Lake Ann Camps. For plant ordering information, call 946-9451.
Walk in the woods
TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to join the Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse for a walk in the woods on Saturday, May 18.
The walk starts at 11 a.m. at the Kehl Lake Natural Area on the Leelanau Peninsula. Email Bob Knaack, firstname.lastname@example.org, if planning to participate. For details, visit www.gtnewcomers.org.
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area will offer a class on Saturday, May 18 focusing on identifying birds by their songs.
The class will meet at 1 p.m. at the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. The cost is $5 per person and registration is required. For details or to register, call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
WILLIAMSBURG — The next performance in the “New Horizon” concert series at the Williamsburg Theater features Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered.
The tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the theater, 4230 M-72 East. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar.
Advance tickets are $15 in Traverse City at Oryana Natural Foods Market and Brilliant Books, and in Acme at Ace Hardware and the Stained Glass Cabinet Company. Tickets are $20 at the door. Tickets and details also are available by calling 938-2181 or 941-8667.
Father Fred sale
TRAVERSE CITY — This year’s Father Fred garage sale has a new element, an online auction.
Father Fred’s Attic features items of higher value that have been donated to the Foundation. Bidding is open and continues through Tuesday, May 21. To place a bid, visit www.fatherfred.org.
The garage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St. Proceeds of the auction and the garage sale will be used to purchase food pantry items or provide financial help to local families in need.
KALKASKA — Klumpp Flower Shop will offer a free outdoor fairy garden workshop on Saturday, May 18.
The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the flower shop, 210 N. Cedar St. All ages are welcome. The flower shop has containers or participants may bring their own. For details or to register, call 258-2342.
Trash to Treasures
TRAVERSE CITY — Eastern Elementary School will hold a Trash to Treasures Garage Sale and Wheels Exchange fundraiser Saturday, May 18.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school gym, 1600 Eastern Ave. Donations can be dropped off in the school gym. Anyone donating a bike, big wheel or scooter will receive a $5 voucher toward the purchase of items at the event. Proceeds benefit the school’s student educational technology funding and Child and Family Services. For details, call 357-5703.
LEELANAU COUNTY — Saving Birds Thru Habitat and the Leelanau Conservancy will offer a bird hike on Sunday, May 19.
Hikers should meet at 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse West parking lot. For details, call 271-3738. For a map, visit https://maps.google.com/maps?q=45.2049314729+-85.5469470058&hl=en&sll=45.2049314729,-85.5469470058&sspn=0.01151,0.019097&gl=us&t=m&z=11.
TRAVERSE CITY — Sleder’s Family Tavern will host Claudia Schmidt for its next “On the Porch” concert.
The singer/songwriter will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the tavern, 717 Randolph St. Tickets are $15 in advance at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books and West Side Beverage. Details and tickets also are available by calling 947-9213. Tickets are $20 at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Friends of the Traverse Area District Library will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 21.
The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a summary of Friends activities during 2012 and a program by Ron Jolly.
The public is welcome. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Bob and Jeannette Downes will share their adventures backpacking the overland track through the mountains of Tasmania at the Tuesday, May 21, meeting of the Grand Traverse Hiking Club. The program and meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road.
TRAVERSE CITY — Former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Mel Levitsky will be the guest speaker at the International Affairs Forum lecture Thursday, May 16.
Levitsky will discuss “Brazil: No Longer Just the Country of the Future” at 6 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. A reception will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door; free for students and educators. For details, call 995-1700 or visit www.nmc.edu/iaf.
TRAVERSE CITY — Christian Science lecturer Jon Benson will discuss “When the Impossible Happens, What Then” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. The talk is free and the public is invited.
Engine Club swap
BUCKLEY — The Buckley Old Engine Club will hold its spring swap meet Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.
The informal event at the Buckley Old Engine Showgrounds on M-37 is free with no gate or set-up fees. Camping also is free. Hours are approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with an auction at noon. For details, call 263-5096 or visit www.buckleyoldengineshow.org.
LELAND — An exhibit by artists Cece Chatfield and Lee Cheadle will benefit the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.
“For the Trees” will open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. It will continue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
TRAVERSE CITY — One year ago, Addiction Treatment Services moved women in its care from Dakoske Hall to its new women’s residential treatment center at Phoenix Hall. The anniversary will be celebrated with an open house on Friday, May 17, at Phoenix Hall, 445 E. State St.
Staff will provide facility tours, refreshments and luncheon fare from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. To register, visit www.addicitiontreatmentservices.eventbrite.com. For details, visit the ATS Facebook page or call 346-5230.
Belko Peace series
NORTHPORT — Grand Medicine Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, Anishnabek Grand Chief Edward Benton-Banai will be the guest speaker at the Belko Peace Lecture Series on Saturday, May 18.
Chief Banai is Dean of Shingwaluk Kinoomaage Gamig of Algoma University in Canada, which he founded. He will share his thoughts on the Mediwiwin Lodge and spirituality at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ,103 N. Warren St. A questions and answer session and a meal will follow. The community is welcome.
TRAVERSE CITY — The annual plant sale to support the Children’s Learning Garden will be held Saturday, May 18, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.
The Learning Garden is a free summer program to teach children how to plant and care for a garden and eat what they have grown. Two hundred children participate.
Sale hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A highlight of the event will be a raffle drawing for a Tower Garden with plants producing lettuce.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Arthritis Foundation will hold an Arthritis Walk on Saturday, May 18.
The non-competitive three-mile walking event starts at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn West Bay, 615 E. Front St. Proceeds support the Arthritis Foundation’s work. For details or to sign up to participate, call (855) 529-2728 or visit www.arthritis.org/michigan.
TRAVERSE CITY — Higher Self Bookstore, 328 E. Front St., will host a psychic fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18. There will be tarot readings, channeling, reiki, intuitive energy healing, massages, refreshments and more. Call 941-5805 to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — Ken Vrana, an associate of the Great Lakes Exploration Group, will share current scientific findings and a possible resting site for LaSalle’s sailing vessel “Le Griffon,” believed lost in 1679 either in Lake Huron or northern Lake Michigan.
“Sear for Le Griffon — Current Scientific Findings” will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in Scholar’s Hall room 109 at Northwestern Michigan College, in conjunction with the NMC Barbecue.
Tickets are $5 each from the Social Science Office, club members, at the barbecue or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Northwestern Michigan Archaeological Society.
Pet supply drive
GRAWN — Menards home improvement store, 4155 U.S. 31 South, is serving as a pet donation drop site for Cherryland Humane Society in observance of May as National Pet Month. New and unwrapped pet supplies may be donated at a drop box near the Menards exit door through May 31.
Ask a lawyer
TRAVERSE CITY — Smith Legal Services offers “Drop-In Thursdays” at their office, 820 Duell Road, behind Walgreen’s at Garfield and South Airport roads.
The public is welcome to stop by from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays for legal advice or to ask a legal question in a casual atmosphere. For details, call 649-4640 or email email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency offers free foreclosure prevention education workshops.
The workshops are available in NMCAA’s Traverse City, Cadillac and Petoskey offices and homeowners do not have to be within the actual foreclosure process to access services. For details or to learn about the workshops, call 947-3780, (800) 632-7334 or visit www.nmcaa.net.
Festival of Hats
TRAVERSE CITY — All area women are invited to wear their most elegant hat, dress and accessories for the Festival of Hats Tea and Luncheon.
The event will be hosted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Wellington Inn, 230 Wellington St. For details or reservations, call Joan Julin, 360-7698.