FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY — Bethlehem Lutheran Church will begin its Lenten observance with a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and services on Ash Wednesday.
The meal will start at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 12. Games and mask making will follow. An Ash Wednesday service will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Both the meal and the service will be at the church, 1050 Peninsula Dr.
Benefit aids couple
TRAVERSE CITY — The community is being asked to "show their love" at a Valentine's Day Community fundraiser for Bob Russell and Sally Van Vleck. Russell is battling esophageal cancer and a fire recently damaged the couple's Neahtawanta Inn.
The event will feature music by Seth and May at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, plus a silent auction, at Higher Grounds Roastery, 806 Red Dr. The doors open at 6 p.m.
A $10 donation is requested for admission. All proceeds go to Russell and Van Vleck.
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Donations also will be accepted at www.whenyouwish.com/ProjectDetails/Home/1141.
Money for mittens
TRAVERSE CITY — A project proposed by two Career-Tech Center students and adopted by high school students from the CTC Early Childhood Education Program looking for a financial boost.
The fund-raising project, named "Mittens for Mini Michiganders," hopes to raise more than $2,000 by Friday, Feb. 15, to purchase hats, mittens and gloves for youngsters in need.
Fund-raising collection jars have been placed at six local Member's Credit Union branch offices around Traverse City and at Bunting's Market in Cedar.
Proceeds will purchase new hats and mittens to be distributed to regional human services organizations.
Lake City forum
LAKE CITY — "Good Morning Lake City" will be held on Friday, Feb. 15.
The public forum features between 14 and 16 speakers and will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Missaukee County EMS Building on First St. The cost is $2 per person. For details, call 920-9201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERLOCHEN — The Interlochen Arts Academy Band will give a concert to benefit the Annette Basler Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Basler was a high school senior when she was killed in 1990 when a drunk driver hit the family car.
The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has attended at least one year at Interlochen Community Schools.
The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, M-137.
Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.
They are available by calling 276-7141 or through the Interlochen box office, 276-7800, (800) 681-5920 or tickets.interlochen.org.
Church plans event
TRAVERSE CITY — Christ United Methodist Church is planning a "President's Weekend" event for Sunday, Feb. 17.
The church will hold a chili cook-off, silent auction, cookie sale, and craft sale from noon to 3 p.m. at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road.
The cost for chili is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 and older and free for ages 4 and younger. For details, call 946-3048, or visit www.tcchrist.com.
Class on Native law
NORTHPORT — Anishnabe law and culture is the topic of a class sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College and Trinity United Church of Christ.
"Native Law and Culture" will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 28 and March 7 and 14, at Trinity Church, 103 N. Warren St. Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Counselor JoAnne Gasco of Omena will share her experiences growing up in two cultures and as a lawyer and tribal judge.
A special offer by NMC will allow one middle or high school student to attend at no charge for every adult registered after 10 registrants. Active Northport educators may be eligible for scholarships. For details or to register, call NMC, 995-1700. For details on educator scholarships, contact Northport Schools Superintendent Jeff Tropf.
Live concert, film
MANCELONA — Bob Singley will perform in Mancelona today, Feb. 12, and a film will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Bellaire.
Singley is a composer doctoral student working toward a doctorate in musical arts at the University of British Columbia. He will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hill House, 1610 Autumn Lane. Admission is free, but reservations are requested.
An Osca-nominated animated film highlighting the chance meeting and shared adventure of a young woman and a French illusionist will be shown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellaire Community Hall, 202 N. Bridge St. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
For details, concert reservations or the name of the film to be shown, call 622-5252, or email email@example.com.