Garden club meets
ACME — The Sweetwater Evening Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the East Bay Masonic Lodge.
Brian Zimmerman will talk about organic gardening for the perennial garden. For details or if planning to attend, call 938-9611.
Rock hounds meet
TRAVERSE CITY — A program on the Tucson, Ariz., gem and mineral show will highlight the Tuesday, April 16, meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Rock & Mineral Club. The club meets at 7 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Visitors are welcome.
Earth Day event
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area will host an afternoon of fun and discovery to celebrate Earth Day.
The free event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the natural area, 6500 Alden Highway. For details, call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
Day Camp signup
TRAVERSE CITY — Area families and summer visitors may register for any of Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Summer Adventure Day Camps at registration days during April.
Registration will be held at the following camp locations: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, Long Lake Elementary School, 7600 N. Long Lake Road; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, Cherry Knoll Elementary School, 1800 Three Mile Road; and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Central Grade School, 301 W. Seventh St., or Willow Hill Elementary School, 1250 Hill St.
Camps are for children ages 3 to 12. Financial help may be available through the Department of Human Services. For details or a registration packet, visit www.tcaps.net/summeradventure.
NORTHPORT — Loreen Niewenhuis will visit Northport to sign copies of her new book “A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk.”
Niewenhuis walked sections of all five Great Lakes in segments, beginning in Ohio and winding up at Niagara Falls, with time at home between stretches.
Niewenhuis’ visit is sponsored by Dog Ears Books. Because of renovation work at the book store, Niewenhuis will appear at Brew North from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. She will read from and sign copies of her new book and answer questions. Following the event, she will be at Dog Ears Books, 106 Waukazoo, until 5 p.m. For details, call 386-7209, email email@example.com or visit www.dogearsbooks.net
SUTTONS BAY — The next Leelanau Clean Water meeting will start at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. For details, call 256-9812.
Celebrate Mother Earth
TRAVERSE CITY — Earth Day in Traverse City includes a new route for the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade.
Parade line-up starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Oryana Natural Foods Market on East 10th Street, where the parade starts at 12:30 p.m. It will travel from Oryana to East Eighth Street, cross to Lake Avenue to Cass, then to State, from State to Park and then to Front Street, from Front to South Union Street, back to State Street, then Cass to Lake, crossing East Eighth Street and back to Oryana. No pets, no protest signs or advertisements and no motors are allowed in the parade.
For details, call 735-8370, visit www.littleartshram.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will celebrate Earth Day with the second annual Dirt Fest.
The free, family-friendly event will be held 2-9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Welcome Center of the Health & Science Building on main campus. There will be entertainment, workshops and arts and crafts tables.
TRAVERSE CITY — Three-time Grammy Award-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will perform Saturday, April 20, at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. They also will give two performances for school groups on Tuesday, April 16.
The Miami-based Latin band will take the stage in Milliken Auditorium at 8 p.m. April 20. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members. For tickets, call 995-1553 or visit www.dennosmuseum.org.
School performances are at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. April 16, also in Milliken Auditorium. Teachers should contact Jason Dake, 995-1029 or email@example.com, for information or to reserve tickets for the school performances.
WILLIAMSBURG — The Yuba Historic Society will host a Mother-Daughter Luncheon to raise money to open the 150-year-old Yuba School as a museum and community center.
The luncheon will be served from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Williamsburg Theater, M-72 East. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for ages 10 and younger, in advance or at the door. For reservations, call 264-8038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Six one-act plays, written by area youth, will be performed in affiliation with Old Town Playhouse as part of the second annual Young Playwrights Festival.
Finalists were selected from a juried competition and were paired with a theater mentor to work on their play. The revised plays will be staged starting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details, visit www.cityoperahouse.org/youngplaywrights.php.
Preserve family history
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library will host a four-part “Family History Preservation” series.
Programs include “Preserving Digital Family Treasures” on Monday, April 22; “How to Care for Family Treasures” on Tuesday, April 23; “Basics of Preserving Textile Treasures” on Wednesday, April 24; and “How to Protect and Display Your 3-D Treasures” on Thursday, April 25.
All presentations start at 6 p.m. at the main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
ACME — Northern Expressions Decorative Artist will host a day of painting and classes on Saturday, April 27.
The Michigan Mixer will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, with painting and classes by local and national teachers. Visit www.nedaoftc.com or call Vera Collier, 383-2839, to learn more.
BENZONIA — The Friends of the Benzonia Public Library will host a fund-raising murder mystery event on Sunday, April 28.
“Murder at Gooseneck Lake” will feature 10 suspects who will interact with the audience and drop clues to help solve the mystery. The event starts at 2 p.m. at the library in Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. A $20 donation per person is requested.
Reservations are required and tickets are available in advance only. For reservations or details, visit or call the library, 882-4111.
‘Sipping for Soles’
TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are available for the Sunday, May 5, “Sipping for Soles” event to benefit the Women’s Resource Center.
The catered wine and fashion pairing will be held 2-5 p.m. at Chateau Chantal Winery, 15900 Rue de Vin. It will feature live music, wine tastings, food, a silent auction, fashion displays including shoes from Robert Frost Fine Footwear, and shopping. For tickets or details, visit www.womensresourcecenter.org.