Fire Dept. open house
TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department will hold a Fire Prevention Week open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 5, at Station 11, 3000 Albany, off Veterans Drive. There will be a free community picnic, a bounce house, fire station tours and more.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Jolly Pumpkin will host its fifth Pumpkinfest on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Activities will be held from noon-5 p.m., with a Harvest Buffet from noon-3 p.m. in the Peninsula Room, and pumpkin trebuchet launching at 3 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children, which includes a Pumpkinfest pint glass and the first beverage, with $2 refills all day. There also will be live music by Billy Strings and Don Julin, crafts and sack races.
The Jolly Pumpkin is located at 13512 Peninsula Dr. For details, call 223-4333 or go to www.facebook.com/jollypumpkintc.
Benefit blood drive
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Blood will hold a benefit blood drive for the Women’s Cancer Fund.
Michigan Blood will donate $10 to the Cancer Fund for each person who attempts to donate blood at the Traverse City fixed site, 2575 Aero Park Dr., from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, and 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Blue Care Network of Michigan also will provide T-shirts to anyone who attempts to donate blood.
Appointments are recommended although walk-ins are welcome. For details or an appointment, call (866) 642-5663 (MIBLOOD) or visit https://donate.miblood.org/portal/.
Forum on gun violence
TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to an educational forum on the issue of gun violence.
The forum will start with a display and discussion of firearm types at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, followed by the panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Donations will be accepted to cover expenses.