FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY —
Traverse City — Senior Helpers will offer free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging Tuesday, Nov. 13, as part of National Memory Screening Day.
The memory screenings will be held at Thompson Pharmacy, 324 S. Union St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free refreshments and educational materials. For details, call 933-6600.
The public is invited to a free program on how to minimize the hazards of emergency situations on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Dan Scott, emergency manager of the Grand Traverse County Health Department, will discuss the hazards to safety and health during civil emergencies from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. Registration is appreciated; call 946-3000.
Family volunteer day
Traverse City — United Way of Northwest Michigan invites families to participate in Family Volunteer Day.
Volunteers will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center to fill winter necessity bags for Safe Harbor, the winter overnight shelter for the homeless community. For details, email Amanda Hilt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness open house
frankfort — The Betsie Hosick Health and Fitness Center is holding a fall open house today from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be tours of the facility and previews of its services. In addition, discounted memberships are being offered as part of the open house, along with blood pressure screenings, body fat and weight measurements, scoliosis screenings for students in grades 5-9 and mini-massages. Memberships include more than 35 club classes weekly.
The center is located at 102 Airport Road in Frankfort.
Program on grief
Traverse City — In collaboration with Michael's Place. Hospice of Michigan will present "When Families Grieve," a free community outreach program to assist families with grieving children, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere.
Parents, grandparents, guardians and professionals are invited to view Sesame Street's "When Children Grieve," a short film featuring Katie Couric, Elmo and stories from families coping with the loss of a family member.
To register, call Marcy Tremain Nunneley at (989) 358-4295.
Sign language class
Traverse City — Grand Traverse Metro Fire Station 11 will host a free emergency sign language and communication class starting Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The class will meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. four Tuesdays through Dec. 18 at Metro Fire Station 11, off Veterans Drive. The class is designed for medical first responders, but affiliated agencies and others are welcome.
For questions or reservations, contact the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department, 947-3000, ext. 1234, or email@example.com.
New pastor installed
Traverse City — On Oct. 28, the Rev. Marshall Holtvluwer was installed by the Reformed Church in America as lead pastor at Faith Reformed Church.
Holtvluwer most recently served the Orland Park Christian Reformed Church outside of Chicago. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.
Faith Reformed Church is at 1139 E. Front St. Sunday services are at 9 and 11 a.m.
fife lake — Hospice of Michigan will offer a seminar, Coping With the Holidays, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Fife Lake Public Library, 77 Lake Crest Lane. To register and for more information, call Kathryn Holl at 929-1535 ext. 1538.
Benefit for Slaters
Elk Rapids — A benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, for Jake Slater's father, who has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
A sloppy joe dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Elk Rapids AmVets post, followed from 8 to 10 p.m. by a performance by Elvis tribute artist Jake Slater. Cost is $10 for the dinner and the show; $10 also for the show only. For details, call 264-5182.
Traverse City — The Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, at American Waste, 280 Hughes Drive.
A social hour will start at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the meeting and program. The program includes a tour of the unheated facility. Closed toe/heel shoes are required and rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
For details, visit www.gtnewcomers.org.