FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY —
Empire — The Glen Lake Community Library will host a demonstration of a new genealogy database today, Jan. 22.
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to millions of digitized records and the database can be used on any of the library's public computers.
The demonstration will start at 7 p.m. Registration is requested; call 326-5361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traverse City — Karen Schmidt, president of the Board of Trustees of the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan, will be the guest speaker today, Jan. 22, at a meeting of the Newcomers Club of Grand Traverse.
Schmidt will discuss the new botanical gardens at the Grand Traverse Commons during the 7 p.m. meeting at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The public is invited. For details, visit www.gtnewcomers.org.
Frankfort — The MSU Alumni Club of Benzie County invites basketball fans to join them for the MSU vs. Wisconsin game today, Jan. 22,
The alumni basketball watch party will start at 7 p.m. at the Villa Marine Bar and Grill. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the scholarship fund. For details, contact Tina Clark, 352-6049 or email@example.com.
Traverse City — Parents and students in or entering middle school are invited to orientation meetings designed to share information on grade specific curriculum and elective opportunities available in the 2013-14 school year.
West Middle School, 3950 Silver Lake Road, will hold orientation for parents of students entering sixth grade tonight, Jan. 22. Parent orientation for students entering seventh or eighth grades will be held Thursday, Jan. 24. For details including times and locations, call the school, 933-8200.
East Middle School, 1776 Three Mile Road, will hold grade core curriculum meetings and electives fairs on Thursday, Jan. 24, for students entering sixth through eighth grades. For details including times and locations, call the school, 933-7300.
Traverse City — Woofers on the Run will sponsor a free community dog walk to celebrate National Walk Your Pet Month.
The walk will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, 1213 W. Civic Center Dr. Participants should meet at the playscape, and bring a leash, friendly dogs and poop bags.
All walkers will receive free dog treats and coupons. For details, call 409-0732.
Suttons Bay — Inland Seas Education Association and the ISEA Boat Shop volunteers are offering eight scholarships to Traverse Area Community Sailing for 10 to 16 year-old students interested in participating in ISEA's "Build and Sail" program, a free boat building class.
The first eight students who register and attend the mandatory orientation class from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, will receive TACS scholarships. Students will build two Optimist Pram sailboats in a class from 10 a.m. to noon nine Saturdays starting Feb. 2, at the ISEA Boat Shop. Students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, must attend five of the nine sessions to receive a TAC scholarship. The program is free.
For details or to register, call ISEA, 271-3077.
Traverse City — Saldaje will give a CD release concert Saturday, Jan. 26, at InsideOut Gallery.
The ukulele duo includes Melonie Steffes and Shaun Anchak. They will perform in support of their CD "Let Them Dance" at 8 p.m. at the gallery, 229 Garland St.
Tickets are $10 in advance at the gallery, Oryana Natural Foods and www.mynorthtickets.com. Tickets are $12 at the door. For details, call 929-3254.
Enrichment for kids
Petoskey — Classes for children at Crooked Tree Arts Center include "Let's Eat," a cooking class for children in grades one through three.
"Let's Eat" will meet 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the arts center, 461 E. Mitchell St. It includes tips, tricks and recipes for children and their favorite adult.
Additional "Just Us!" classes include cupcake making/decorating for grades one through four, Saturday, Feb. 2; and West African Drummin' for grades one through five, Saturday, March 9.
Classes are $35 per child/adult for members; $45 for non-members. To register, visit www.crookedtree.org or call, 347-4337.
Art and wine
Glen Arbor — A benefit for the Glen Arbor Art Association will kick off the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association "Taste the Passion" weekend.
"Art from Michigan's Wine Country" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Mountain Flowers Lodge at The Homestead. Advance tickets are $20 each and include one glass of wine, small plates and coffee. Tickets at the door are $25.
The pre-purchase deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 30; call 334-5100. For details, visit www.glenarborart.org or call 334-6112.
Counselor Janis Duwe is providing a discussion group for anyone who is losing a loved one to dementia.
Starting Feb. 5 and running eight weeks from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the group will follow chapters from the book, "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia." There is no fee to participate, except for purchasing the book.
The group will meet at Hawthorn Cottage's Terrace Level Conference Room. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call or email by Jan. 28 to 649-2157 or Janis@lakesidecounseling.org.