FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr., is encouraging its members to bring a friend to services today and Sunday, Jan. 19-20.
After the 5 p.m. service on Saturday, there will be a light supper, fellowship and games.
On Sunday, coffee, cookies and conversation follow the 8 a.m. service, with an adult forum and Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. The 10:30 a.m. service will be followed by a light lunch, fellowship and games.
Traverse City — The St. Patrick Men's Club will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, Jan. 20, to benefit Reining Liberty Ranch.
The nonprofit ranch enriches the lives of military veterans and their families through programs like Grand Traverse Horses 4 Heroes.
The meal will be served 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 630 W. Silver Lake Road. Prices are $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 and older, free for children 5 and younger; $20 per family. For details, call Alan Staley, 943-8545.
Petoskey — Michigan-based artists will give live demonstrations 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 19-March 30, at Sturgeon River Pottery. There is no charge and the public is welcome; call 347-0590.
Visit the Dunes free
Empire — In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, admission to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will be free on Monday, Jan. 21.
Visitors may stop at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, 8;30 a.m. to 4 p.m., to learn what the park has to offer at this time of year. For in-depth information, go to www.nps.gov/slbe, www.facebook.com/sbdnl or www.twitter.com/sleepingbearnps.
Gun safety program
Traverse City — Missy Smith, creator of "Gun Safe Mom," will offer a free program on gun safety and communication about gun safety and accessibility.
Smith developed "Gun Safe Mom" after learning that her daughter's first play date was at a home that had an unlocked gun. Smith's program includes home safety signs and decals for alerting visiting families that homeowners have a gun safe home and will discuss gun accessibility.
The program starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Smith will be joined by local professionals to provide insight on keeping Traverse City a peaceful community.
"Gun Safe Mom" safety signs are available at Left Foot Charley, 806 Red Dr., and Garden Grounds, 1000 Milliken Dr. To learn more, visit www.gunsafemom.com.
Relay for Life party
Traverse City — The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Grand Traverse County will officially get under way at a kick-off party Tuesday, Jan. 22, to launch fund-raising efforts.
The "Dream Big. Hope Big. Relay Big!" event will start with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. followed by a short inspirational program at 6 p.m. at Community Church of Christ, 813 Parsons Road. Team supplies will be available and there will be time for questions. The relay will be held June 8-9 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
For details, contact Jeff Dietrich, event chair, 620-1808 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stacia Thompson, 866-0292 or email@example.com.
Traverse City — Zoot suits, flapper dresses and more will highlight a vintage fashion show Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Village at Bay Ridge Assisted Living Center.
"Clothes My Grandmother Wore" will be modeled at 2 p.m. at Bay Ridge, 3825 Scenic Ridge. Seating is limited and reservations are requested; call 932-9757.
Free dental care
Traverse City — "Doctors with a Heart" will offer free dental care for individuals without the ability to pay for basic dental care.
Dentists Dr. Steven Niergarth, Dr. Jason Merrithew and oral surgeon Dr. Wayne Olsen will provide dental cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Deerhaven Family Dentistry, 5217 N. Royal Dr. No referrals are required and care will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Organizers suggest that individuals seeking dental care arrive before 7:30 a.m.
Aging Series opens
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Pavilions' Successful Aging Series will open with a program focusing on a healthier new year.
The series features local speakers who specialize in a range of fields. It meets from 2 to 3 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. Programs are free and open to the public.
The first program will be held Monday, Jan. 28. Pavilions' Wellness Center staff will discuss ways to address healthier aging. For details, call 932-3027.