Holy Week at Bay Pointe
TRAVERSE CITY — A celebration of Palm Sunday will start Holy Week at Bay Pointe Community Church.
Coronation/Palm Sunday services will start at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 24. Children’s program for birth through fifth grade will be available during each service.
Families are invited to come anytime from noon to 7 p.m. to observe Good Friday, March 29. Worshipers may visit the stations of the cross to meditate on the crucifixion and Communion will be available.
Easter will be celebrated at services at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30, and at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, March 31. A children’s programs will be available at each service.
The church is located at 6880 Secor Road. Call 922-9882 or visit www.bponline.org to learn more.
Parkinson’s support group
TRAVERSE CITY — Meredith Hawes, Central Region education adviser for the National Fire Protection Association, will discuss fire safety at the Wednesday, March 27 meeting of the Grand Traverse Parkinson’s Support Group.
The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. An exercise group also meets from 3:15 to 4 p.m. the second and third Wednesday of the month at the Senior Center.
For details, call 947-1946 or 947-7389.
Easter Cantatais March 30
MANCELONA — The Antrim Church of Christ will perform the Easter Cantata “In the Presence of Jehovah” Saturday, March 30.
The 45-minute program celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It will be presented at 6 p.m. at the church, 10228 S. U.S. 131. There is no charge and the public is invited. For details call, 587-5445.
Easter services set in Kingsley
KINGSLEY — Kingsley United Methodist Church will celebrate Easter on Sunday, March 31.
The church will offer a sunrise Easter service at 7:30 a.m. and a second Easter service at 10 a.m. An Easter breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The church is located at 113 Blair St. Everyone is welcome. Call 263-5278 to learn more.
Easter celebrationat Lutheran church
TRAVERSE CITY — Family of Faith Lutheran Church invites the community to join them in celebrating Easter on Sunday, March 31.
A breakfast and egg hunt for children will start at 9 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10 a.m. The congregation meets at Montessori Children’s House, 5365 N. Long Lake Road. For details, call 944-6582.
Program on back pain April 2
TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center neurosurgeon J. Eric Zimmerman, MD, will give a program on back pain on Tuesday, April 2.
Dr. Zimmerman will discuss various causes of back pain and corresponding treatment options from 6 to 8 p.m. in Munson Community Health Center meeting rooms A & B, 550 Munson Ave. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
For details or to register, call (888) 838-9160 or visit www.munsonhealthcare.org/mmcclasses.
Options for bad knees
TRAVERSE CITY — Munson orthopedic surgeon Justin J. Hollander, DO, will outline advanced treatment options for bad knees in a program on Wednesday, April 3.
Dr. Hollander will discuss the sources of knee pain and leading-edge treatment options. He also will share information about advances in knee replacement. The program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in meeting rooms A & B at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave.
There is no charge, but registration is required. Call (888) 838-9160 or visit www.munsonhealthcare.org/mmcclasses for details or to register.
Suicide intervention training class set
TRAVERSE CITY — Third Level Crisis Center will offer a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) class.
The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. It is for anyone interested in learning skills to competently and confidently intervene with a person at risk of suicide.
The $100 cost includes materials, breakfasts, lunches and refreshments. A limited number of full scholarships are available to eligible individuals who live in or serve Benzie County residents through the Benzie County Community Chest.
To register, go to www.thirdlevel.org. Use PayPal or download the registration form to mail in or fax. For details, call 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315 and ask for Elizabeth.
Apheresis procedure launched
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Blood has launched a new apheresis platelet procedure at the Traverse City Donor Center, 2575 Aero Park Dr.
Apheresis is a procedure that collects just the needed blood component(s) and returns the remaining blood to the donor. There are many advantages to donating red cells, platelets, and plasma through the apheresis process. For the patient, it is possible to collect larger amounts of just the needed, perishable component. In the case of apheresis platelet donation, it is possible to collect the amount of platelets found in 5-15 pints of whole blood – which can make a precious difference to a patient whose platelet production has been impaired.
Apheresis donation is done by appointment only; call (866) MIBLOOD.
‘The Promise’ at New Hope
WILLIAMSBURG — New Hope Community Church will present “The Promise,” a re-creation of the events surrounding the life of Jesus Christ.
The free theatrical presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 28-29; and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the church’s auditorium, 5100 Bethesda Ct. The program is not recommended for younger children and free child care will be available for infants through children 5 years old.
Call 938-8056 or visit www.newhope.cc to learn more.
THOMPSONVILLE — A chili supper on Saturday, March 30, will benefit Habitat for Humanity Benzie County.
The meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thompsonville First Congregational Church. Donations will be accepted.
Easter dinner help wanted
TRAVERSE CITY — Donations of time, food and money are still being accepted for the 21st Community Easter Dinner.
The meal will be served on Easter Sunday, March 31, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the VFW, 3400 Veterans Dr. Meal delivery will start at 12:30 p.m.
Help is needed with food preparation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., meal delivery starting at 12:30 p.m., serving the public from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and clean up from 4 to 6 p.m.
Easter baskets, candy, bookmarks, pencils, cards with verses, baked goods, crafts, cards, plastic bags and brown grocery bags also are needed and may be dropped off at the VFW from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30.
Donations in the form of checks made out to the Community Meals Program with a notation “Easter Dinner” may be mailed to P.O. Box 102, Traverse City, MI 49685.
For details, to volunteer, make a donation or to share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call 313-9792 or 326-6969.
Bereavement group to meet
GRAYLING — A bereavement support group will meet Mondays, April 1-May 13, at the Grayling Senior Center, 308 Lawndale.
The group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. It will be facilitated by Karen Henderlong, bereavement coordinator with Heartland Homecare & Hospice. Call (989) 348-7123 to learn more.
‘Loss of Parent’ grief support
TRAVERSE CITY — Hospice of Michigan will offer a series of support group meetings for adults grieving the loss of a parent.
The “Loss of a Parent” series will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3-May 8, at the Hospice of Michigan office, 900 E. Front St.
Practical handouts include information about what to expect when grieving and strategies for coping with the loss.
There is no charge and the community is welcome.
Registration is recommended; call Kathryn Holl, 929-1535, ext. 1538.
Women’s retreats at Mackinac Island
PETOSKEY — “New Life” is the theme for the spring 2013 Win-Some Women Christian Retreats at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Back-to-back retreats will be held May 14-15, May 15-16 and May 16-17 and a two-night stay option is available.
Keynote speakers are Gloria Gaither and Wes Yoder.
There also will be break-out sessions and music by Dallas Holm.
For details or to register, visit www.win-somewomen.org.