TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Center Network will offer cross country ski lessons, guided cross-country skiing excursions and showshoe outings at Timber Ridge Resort on Hammond Road.
Cross County ski lessons start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3. Outdoor sportsman and VASA Board member John Morris is the instructor. The classes are free, but a Timber Ridge pass is required. The Senior Center Network and Timber Ridge have partnered to offer a $35 season pass or $3 daily rate for Senior Center Network members.
Seniors will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Jan. 2, for guided cross country skiing excursions, also led by Morris. Snowshoe outings are also being planned twice a month January through March.
Registration is required. For details or to register, call 922-4911.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District’s Peepers preschool program returns Tuesday, Jan. 7, and continues through May 20.
Programs are held from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, for children ages 3 to 5 with an accompanying adult. January topics are: “Footprint Detectives” Jan. 7; “Sensing Snow” Jan. 14; “Evergreens-Forever Green” Jan. 21; and “Shadow Showdown” Jan. 28.
The cost is $5 per children and registration is required. To register, visit www.natureiscalling.org. For details, call 941-0960 or visit the website.
CNA training info
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will hold a free information session for anyone interested in an eight-week certification preparation program for prospective Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA).
The certification preparation program will give CNA students the knowledge and skills needed to take the Michigan Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Test.
Anyone interested in the program must attend the information session from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at NMC’s University Center on Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. Program information and applications will be available for the next CNA training program, which runs from Jan. 22 through March 16. To register for the information session, call 995-1700. For details, visit www.nmc.edu/cna.
TRAVERSE CITY — Submissions for the annual Poets’ Night Out will be accepted until Saturday, Jan. 25.
Poets of all ages living in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee or Wexford counties are invited to submit up to three original poems. Three copies of each poem must be submitted and must be typewritten. The submission fee is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, with discounts offered for teachers submitting classroom entries.
Winning poets will be selected by a jury and will be asked to read their poem at Poets’ Night Out on Sunday, April 27, at the Traverse City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. The event is sponsored by the Traverse Area District Library.
For official entry forms and submission details, visit www.tadl.org/pno2014. Additional questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for art
FRANKFORT — The Oliver Art Center invites area artists to submit work for the Furniture, Fiber and Sculpture Exhibition in honor of Evelyn Sorenson.
Artists may submit up to four pieces created within the past three years that have not been previously exhibited at the art center. The entry fee is $5 for art center members; $10 non-members. Entries should be dropped off at the art center, 132 Coast Guard Road, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.
The exhibit will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and the exhibit will continue through Feb. 28. For details or entry information, visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or call 352-4151.