ELK RAPIDS — An "Island House Victorian Christmas" is the theme for a holiday exhibit at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum, 301 Traverse St.
The exhibit offers a glimpse into a Victorian-era holiday as it might have been celebrated at the Island House, the current Elk Rapids Library, when the Edwin Noble family lived there. Exhibit hours are 1-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday through Jan. 5. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults, $2 for students 17 and younger, and free for children. For details or to arrange a group tour, call Glenn Neumann, 264-6354, or Marjorie Paradis, 264-8405.
Bear Lake lights
BEAR LAKE — "Sparkle in the Park" is under way and continues nightly through New Year's Day, Jan. 1.
More than 50 lighted sites may be viewed from 5-10 p.m. at the lakeside park in downtown Bear Lake, off U.S. 31 across from the village tree. There is no charge to drive through and view the lights, however a donation box is located near Toyland Bear Lake for contributions toward the 2014 display.
TRAVERSE CITY — Paid registrations are due Tuesday, Dec. 24, for the 2014 We-Ski Program.
The program is sponsored by the North American VASA, the Vasa Ski Club and Timber Ridge Resort and is designed to introduce families and individuals to cross-country skiing. Sessions meet on three consecutive Thursdays in January at Timber Ridge, 4050 Hammond Road.
The cost is $45 per family or $30 per person, which covers the program and trail passes. Skiers are responsible for their equipment and rentals are available at Brick Wheels and Timber Ridge on a first come, first served basis. The program is limited to 90 participants. To register, go to www.vasa.org and click on WeSki to download forms. Completed forms and the registration fees must be returned to Timber Ridge. For details, call 938-4400 or visit www.vasa.org or www.vasaskiclub.com.