‘Hit the Wall’
BEULAH — The “Hit the Wall “ series is back at L’Chayim Delicatessen.
The series opens with an exhibit of photography by Kimberly Huffman. A wine and cheese party for Huffman will be hosted from 5 to 7 p.m. today, June 20, at the deli’s Beulah location. For details, call 871-0601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMPIRE — The Glen Lake Library will kick off its summer reading program and also host Notable Book author Laurie Kay Sommers.
The summer reading program opens at 11 a.m. today, June 20, with a program by Lori Taylor, author of the Holly Wild series of children’s books set in northern Michigan. Additional programs will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursdays.
The library also will sponsor a program at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, by Laurie Kay Sommers, author of “Leland: Michigan’s Historic Fishery.” The program will be held at the Empire Township Hall.
For details, visit www.glenlakelibrary.net.
Voice Box session
CHARLEVOIX — Jenny Thomas will headline the Friday, June 21, Voice Box session.
Thomas will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. at Cycling Salamander Art Gallery, 02217 U.S. 31 South, An open mic session follows from 8 to 9 p.m. The doors open and open mic sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and reservations are requested; call 838-6460 or email email@example.com.
Fairy garden class
TRAVERSE CITY — Space is still available for a free fairy gardening class at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Garden Goods, 3510 N. U.S. 31 South. For details or to register, call 933-4769.
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Writers will sponsor a Journal & Sketchbook workshop Saturday, June 22, with Patricia Ann McNair and Philip Hartigan, for writers and artists of all levels.
McNair teaches in the fiction writing department of Columbia College Chicago. Hartigan is a British artist who has lived in the United States since 2002 and is an adjunct faculty member of Columbia College Chicago. Together they have taught Journal & Sketchbook in the U.S., England, the Czech Republic and Italy.
The workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the University Center on Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. It is free for Michigan Writers members; $10 for non-members who may join the organization onsite. Advance registration is not required.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Cambria Suites’ Reflect Bistro & Lounge, 225 Munson Ave., will host musical guests for its “Sundays in the Summer” series.
Upcoming performers are The Accidentals Sunday, June 23, at 7 p.m.; and Pico & Chown & Guests, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30. For details, call 778-9000.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Teen Summer Reading Program kicks off Monday, June 24, at Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
All programs start at 6 p.m. with a pizza and sundae bar and include self defense with expert Preston Taylor, June 24; a duct tape wallet craft using maps of underground systems around the world, July 15; and learning what lies beneath the surface of Grand Traverse Bay with underwater archeologist Mark Holley, Aug. 5.
Teens who complete the reading requirements receive a gift card to Cold Stone Creamery and the first six who finish receive an autographed copy of Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief.” For details, call 223-7700, go to www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org. or visit the library.
KALKASKA — Joseph “PaleoJoe” Kchodl will make a stop at the Kalkaska Library on Tuesday, June 25.
Kchodl won the presitigious Katherine Palmer Award for Paleontology in 2001, in part for his educational efforts. He also is the co-author of the PaleoJoe Dinosaur Detective Club chapter book series. PaleoJoe’s high energy program will start at 11 a.m. at the library.
LELAND — The Leelanau Historical Society and the Leland Township Library will host a presentation by award-winning newspaper columnist and author Rochelle Pennington.
Pennington is the author of “The Endurance,” a book on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic expedition. She will discuss her book at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Munnecke Room, 203 E. Cedar St., between the library and the Leelanau Historical Museum. Admission is free. For details, call 256-7475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Francis reunion
TRAVERSE CITY — The St. Francis High School class of 1973 is planning its 40-year reunion.
Classmates will get together Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Interlochen Golf Club. For details, contact Steve Robinson, email@example.com; Anne Kuhlman, firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit/join the Facebook page for updates.
BEAVER ISLAND — Bids are being accepted for a handmade Victorian-style dollhouse as part of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center’s Wellness Garden Benefit Auction.
The dollhouse was started more than 20 years ago and was completed this past winter by a work crew who painted the outside and glued on shingles, wallpapered rooms, and more. Bids will be accepted through Aug. 15 at www.biruralhealth.org. A virtual tour of the dollhouse may be viewed at www.beaverislandnews.com.