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Interlochen — Hunter Bell, an Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee, has been working with theater students at Interlochen Center for the Arts on a version of the hit [title of show] with an expanded cast.
The students will present the expanded version Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, in Harvey Theatre. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $9 for students. For details or tickets, call (800) 681-5920 or 276-7800 or visit https://tickets.interlochen.org.
Traverse City — The Dance Center Youth Ensemble (DCYE) is presents the premiere of "Aladdin" to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The new production is not the Disney version, but an original ballet based on the Arabian Nights stories. It will be staged at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Milliken Auditorium, in the Dennos Museum Center on College Drive. Free children's receptions will follow both matinees.
For tickets, call the Dance Center box office, 947-6820. Prices are $10 for children up to age 18, $15 for seniors 55 and older, and $18 for adults. All tickets for the 5 p.m. Sunday performance are $10 each.
Elk Rapids — The 237th birthday of the US. Marine Corps will be celebrated at a joint USMC Birthday and Veterans Ball.
The celebration will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Elk Rapids AmVets Post 114. A traditional ceremony at 7 p.m. will be followed by dancing. Dress is semi-formal.
Tickets are $12.50 per person at the AmVets Post and should be purchased in advance. Admission is free for active-duty military personnel, who should call 264-8487 in advance to reserve tickets.
East Jordan — The Rare Threads exhibit at the Jordan River Art Center, 301 Main St., will close Saturday, Nov. 3, with the drawing for a raffle and the opportunity to select the People's Choice Award.
The exhibit will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. at the art center, 301 Main St. The raffle is for a Scottish merino lamb's wool blanket. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5; purchasers need not be present to win. Visitors also can vote for People's Choice Award from more than 50 artists exhibiting 150 fiber art works. Many of the artists will be in attendance.
Red Ginger love
Traverse City — Red Ginger is celebrating its five-year anniversary.
As a thank-you to the community, Red Ginger is offering 50 percent off lunch and dinner menu items including food, wine, beer, sake and cocktails from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Limited reservations will be available; call 944-1733 for dining options.
Traverse City — AC Paw is holding its Fall Adopt-A-Thon at Petsmart, 2544 Crossing Circle.
Adoption hours are 5-7 p.m. today, Nov. 2; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Dogs will be there Saturday and Sunday only.
Arts and crafts
Traverse City — About 30 artists and craftsmen will participate in an arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. Admission is free and the public is invited. Call 932-3027.
Traverse City — First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road, will host its Dickens' Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature handicrafts from more than 60 artists and craftsmen, plus baked goods, gifts and seasonal decorations contributed by members of the congregation. A salad buffet lunch will be available 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and a coffee shop will be open throughout the day.
Traverse City — A free informational seminar on Medicare Part D will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan, 1609 Park Dr. It is being hosted by Walgreens. For details, call 947-8920 or (800) 442-1713.
Vogue Theatre funds spike up
Manistee — Charitable donations to restore and reopen the Vogue Theatre have spiked upward with more than $160,000 in donations.
Steve Brower, chair of the Capital Campaign and treasurer of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee, said that recent donations bring the fund to more than $1.1 million and that nearly $700,000 in grant applications have been submitted to private and public sources through the Alliance for Economic Success.
Quilt raffle Benzonia — The Mills Community House in Benzonia is raffling an antique quilt as a fundraiser for building renovations.
The beautifully preserved quilt is a cottage fan design made in the late 1800s. Second prize is a three-month membership for the Peak Fitness Center at Crystal Mountain and third prize is four tickets to any Benzie County Players performance.
Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. They are available at the Benzonia Public Library or by calling the Mills office, 889.0591. Winners will be drawn Dec. 1 at the Art Fair.