BELLAIRE — The ISLAND Beekeepers Guild will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today, May 19, at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St. Beekeeping resources will be available and guild members will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated; call 622-5252 or email email@example.com.
Korean War story
KALKASKA — The Kalkaska County Library will present “Walking on Bullets” on Thursday, May 23.
The Korean War story was a personal narrative Fuzzy Guy kept to himself for 55 years. His story of the horrors of the war and his struggle to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder were translated into free verse poetry by poet/bard Terry Wooten.
The program will be presented at noon at the library, 213 S. Brownson. Reading and reciting the poems will be Wooten and Karen Anderson of Interlochen Public Radio. For details, call 258-9411.
Swirl in Petoskey
PETOSKEY — Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Thursday, May 23, Swirl event features appetizers and wines from City Park Grill. Chris Koury will be the musical guest.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the arts center, 461 E. Mitchell St., with food and music through 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 the day of Swirl when available. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.crookedtree.org or 347-4337.
Orchids by the Bay
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan Orchid Society will hold its “Orchids by the Bay” show and sale Memorial Day weekend.
Show hours are noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center on West Civic Center Drive. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. In addition to displays of blooming orchids, there will be orchids, art, and books available to purchase. There also will be a silent auction.
Plein Air event
TRAVERSE CITY — The Leelanau Community Cultural Center will host a Plein Air Painting Event and Exhibit on Saturday, May 25.
Participating artists register from 8 to 10 p.m. and then paint from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the location in and around Leland that they have selected. At 4 p.m., they will submit their painting(s) for a reception and sale of paintings “fresh off the easel.” The reception and sale will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. It is open to the public and artists will donate 40 percent of their sales to the Old Art Building.
Artists interested in participating may register at www.oldartbuilding.com or by calling 256-2131.
OMENA — Family Day at Saving Birds Thru Habitat is Saturday, May 25.
Conservation-related hikes and games start at 10 a.m. at the Habitat Discovery Center, 5020 N. Putnam Road. Call 271-3738 to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is conducting its semi-annual collection drive for the Women’s Resource Center.
The following items may be dropped off through May 31 at the church, 1776 High Lake Road: adult and children’s spring and summer clothes, coats, men and women’s career clothes, twin-size sheets, playpens, personal care and paper products, laundry detergent and dryer sheets, diapers, baby wipes, bath towels, washcloths, baking pans and silverware.
For details or to schedule a drop-off, call 941-7812. Details also are available at www.princeofpeacetraversecity.org.
Town Hall chairs
ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids community has enabled the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall Association to purchase 100 new chairs as part of its ongoing “Please Take Your Seat” fundraiser.
The association now is seeking donations to repay the borrowed funds as quickly as possible and raise enough money to also purchase an additional 100 chairs. Donors may purchase one chair for $170 or give whatever amount they wish. For details or to make a donation, visit www.ertownhall.org/donate.php or send a check to HERTHA, P.O. Box 386, Elk Rapids, MI 49629.
Amtrak upgrades locomotive fleet
NEWARK, N.J. — When Amtrak unveils the first of 70 new locomotives Monday at a plant in California, it will mark what the national passenger railroad service hopes will be a new era of better reliability, streamlined maintenance and better energy efficiency.
On a broader scale, the new engines could well be viewed as emblematic of the improving financial health of Amtrak, which has long been dependent on subsidies from an often reluctant Congress.
More than 31 million passengers rode Amtrak in the 2012 fiscal year, generating a record $2.02 billion in ticket revenue. Amtrak says it will be able to pay back a $466 million federal loan for the locomotives over 25 years using net profits from the Northeast Corridor line, where ridership hit a record high last year for the ninth time in 10 years.
“This is not the same organization it was a few years ago, still hoping and relying on federal handouts, limping from appropriation to appropriation,” said Robert Puentes, a senior fellow in the Brooking Institution’s metropolitan policy program. “Even though Washington is mired in debt and dysfunction, Amtrak is reinventing itself.”
The new engines will be used on the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston and on Keystone Corridor