TRAVERSE CITY — Jazz at the Cambria on Thursday, Oct. 31, will have a Halloween theme and will feature the sax duo of Laurie and Bill Sears. It also will be broadcast live on WNMC Radio.
Halloween Jazz at the Cambria will be held from 7-9:15 p.m. in Reflect Bistro inside the Cambria, 255 Munson Ave. Costumes are encouraged and first and second prizes will be awarded. There is no cover charge. For details, call 778-9000.
TRAVERSE CITY — All veterans are invited to the annual Veterans Dinner Dance on Tuesday, Nov. 5, sponsored by the Senior Center Network and Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St., with the VFW Honor Guard, followed by a buffet dinner, a program by U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Sean Cross and dancing to music by The Reflections. Tickets are $6 for veterans and $13 for guests. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, Nov. 1, at the Senior Center Network, 801 E. Front St.
GAYLORD — Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the 55th Holiday House Bazaar and Luncheon Saturday, Nov. 2, at the First United Methodist Church.
The bazaar and luncheon will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 215 S. Center. Admission is free. For details, visit www.fumcgaylord.com.
BEAR LAKE — The Women’s Refresh Ministry at Bear Lake Christian Church will sponsor a program on Saturday, Nov. 2, titled “Always Daddy’s Girl.”
Guest speaker Barbara Shaffer will discuss significant factors in who a woman becomes and how she sees herself in her relationship with her family, especially her father. The program starts at 10 a.m. at the church and includes lunch. Call 258-6112 for details or reservations.
Festival of Cakes
TRAVERSE CITY — Regional cake artists will showcase their talents in eight divisions at Quota International of Traverse City’s third annual Festival of Cakes fundraiser.
The event will be hosted from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Park Place Hotel Dome, 300 E. State St. In additional to the competition, there will be decorated cakes, a celebrity decorating competition, an old-fashioned cake walk, a silent auction, door prizes, cake and Moomer’s Ice Cream to sample. There also will be special children’s activities.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger. A special family pass, tickets and details are available at www.festivalofcakes.com. Tickets also may be purchased at select outlets and at the door. Credit cards will be accepted online and at the door.
CENTRAL LAKE — The Antrim Area Women Dems will host a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to plan for 2014.
The group will meet at noon at the Blue Pelican Inn and Restaurant. Suggestions for topics of interest and speakers for 2014 are welcome. For details or reservations, email email@example.com.
ELK RAPIDS — Seventh- and eighth-grade art students at Cherryland Middle School painted 60 pumpkins, which are on display at the Walk of Art sculpture park.
The exhibit was organized by Becky Lancaster, an Art Rapids! board member, and the pumpkins were donated by local growers. The students’ creations will be on view through Thanksgiving at the Walk of Art in Day Park on South Bay Shore Drive. Although the vehicle gate to the park is closed for the season, visitors can angle-park outside the fence and use the pedestrian gate.
Learn to swim
EAST JORDAN — The East Jordan Community Pool will hold learn to swim lessons for all ages starting Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. For details or to sign up, call the pool, 536-2250.
KINGSLEY — The Ghost Farm of Kingsley is extending its season to include Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2.
Haunting hours are 7-11 p.m. both nights. The cost is $8 per person. The Ghost Farm is located at 5010 Pierce Road. For details, call 645-1447, or visit www.ghostfarm.net or www.facebook.com/ghostfarm.
TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are needed by Tuesday, Nov. 5, for the next luncheon meeting of the Grand Traverse Association of Retired School Personnel.
The chapter will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the West Bay Beach Resort-A Holiday Inn Resort, 615 E. Front St. Attendees can meet Bill Smith, author of “Chickadees at Night.” His newest book is “Chickadee Spirit.” They also are encouraged to bring classroom-size sets of reading materials to the meeting for distribution.
The $14 cost includes gratuity. For details or reservations, call 933- 4269.
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Writers will sponsor the launch of the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of the Dunes Review at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St. Journal contributors will read and refreshments will be served.