Art exhibit opens
SUTTONS BAY — An exhibit featuring paintings of Petoskey stones by Renn Cheadle opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 27, at New Mission Gallery.
The exhibit features Cheadle’s early studies and initial series of Petoskey stone paintings as well as a new series of his most recent Petoskey stone interpretations painted this summer. A reception will be hosted from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, 305 N. St. Joseph St.
TRAVERSE CITY — Folk artist Joel Mabus will make two appearances in northern Michigan.
Mabus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of the Ramsdell Theatre’s “A Little Night Music” concert series. Tickets are $15 in advance at City Hall, Goody’s, TJ’s Pub, Port City Organics and Hokanson’s. Tickets are $20 at the door. Student tickets are $10 each at the door only. Tickets and details also are available at www.ramsdelltheatre.org or by calling 398-9770.
He will travel to Traverse City on Sunday, Sept. 29, for a 7 p.m. “On the Porch” concert at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For advance tickets, go to Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books, Mahoney’s Spirits and Edibles, or call 947-9213.
Health care session
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library and Northwestern Michigan College’s Osterlin Library will offer weekly orientation sessions to help the community navigate the health care open enrollment period.
Library staff and volunteers will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act requirements for individuals and businesses and a walk through www.Healthcare.gov, the government website the public can use to learn about different health insurance options and enroll in a plan.
Sessions will be offered at the TADL Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., on Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 15 and 29; and at NMC’s Osterlin Library on Saturdays, Oct. 5 and 19. All sessions start at noon and are limited to 14 participants on a first come, first served basis. Individuals with their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and mobile devices are welcome at any sessions.
Additional sessions will be offered through the enrollment period, which ends March 31. For future dates, visit www.tadl.org/events.
GT Dems meet
TRAVERSE CITY — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Oct. 3, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for area food banks. Call 946-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
OM history group
TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society’s Thursday, Oct. 3, meeting will be at Oakwood Cemetery on East Eighth Street.
Tim Carroll will guide a tour of historic grave sites starting at 6:30 p.m. Members and guests should park inside the cemetery fence on the lane parallel to East Eighth Street. Following the tour, a business meeting will be held at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center meeting room. The public is welcome.
Odom seeks plants
GRAWN — As part of an overall exterior spruce up, Odom Reusable Building Materials is looking for perennial plants, shrubs and small trees suitable for transplant to landscape their front yard at 5555 Brentwood Ave.
Odom’s will come to the site and dig up native Michigan plants to transplant at the store as part of a five-year implementation plan. Reused plant materials may be from any source and demolition sites from homes and businesses within Grand Traverse and surrounding counties are especially sought. Plants will be collected over the next three or four years in efforts to transform Odom’s grass scape into a habitat for birds and animals.
Anyone interested in having plants rescued should contact John Kostecki, email@example.com or 276-6330, with a list of materials, the address of the home or business, and a deadline to act if applicable.
TRAVERSE CITY — Vendor spaces are still available for a fall craft show at First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road.
The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The vendor fee is $35. For details, call Vera Sparks, 938-1387.
TRAVERSE CITY — Kerri Finlayson, sociology/anthropology professor at North Central Michigan College, will take her audience on an armchair trip to Iceland at a Northwestern Michigan College Life Academy lecture/luncheon on Friday, Sept. 27.
The event will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. Finlayson’s program includes a backpacking trip to one of Iceland’s national parks, Landmannalaugar. The $18 cost includes lunch or bring your own lunch and attend for $9. For details or to register, visit www.nmc.edu/life-academy or call 995-1700.
Lioness Club chili
BELLAIRE — The Bellaire Lioness Club will host a chili dinner on Friday, Sept. 27, as its fall fundraiser.
The meal will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Bellaire Senior Center, 308 E. Cayuga.Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for children 10 and younger. They are available from any Lioness Club member or by calling 377-4911. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.
KINGSLEY — The Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will hold a memorial on Saturday, Sept. 28, for John Lawrence Burgess.
Burgess became MIA (Missing In Action) on June 30, 1970, while serving in Vietnam. On July 2, 2013, he and two other soldiers were given military honors and full services at Arlington National Cemetery because of forensic and circumstantial evidence.
The memorial will start at 9 a.m. at Kingsley High School, with coffee and doughnuts served from 8-9 a.m. After the memorial, participants are invited to the local cemetery where blessed soil from the grave site at Arlington will be placed on Burgess’ local grave site and marker. For details, call Jack Pickard, 499-4665.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St., Suite B. The public is invited. For details, call 922-4688.