TRAVERSE CITY — The John Whelan Trio will make two appearances in northern Michigan.
The trio will be joined by FullSet for an evening of Irish music Tuesday, Aug. 6, at InsideOut Gallery’s “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party.” The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The gallery is located at 229 Garland St. Tickets are available at the gallery, Oryana Natural Foods Market, Brilliant Books and Mahoney’s Spirits and Edibles. For details, call 929-3254.
The trio then travels to Benzonia for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. Tickets are $15 in advance in Frankfort at Frankfort Bookstore, Mills Community House and in Beulah at East Shore Market or Sugar Moon Cafe. Tickets are $20 at the door. Call 941-8667 to learn more.
Garden club meets
RAPID CITY — The Juniper Garden Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Freedom Park on Rapid City Road. The meeting will open with the annual memorial service followed by a potluck. New members are welcome.
Pipes and Drums
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums will play traditional Scottish favorites and marches on Thursday, Aug. 8, as part of the Grand Traverse Pavilions’ Concerts on the Lawn Series.
The troupe will perform at 7 p.m. on the Grand Lawn at the Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. Picnic concessions open at 6:15 p.m. The concert is free and listeners should bring their own seating. For details, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
Women in Civil War
BENZONIA — The Benzonia Academy Lecture Series continues Thursday, Aug. 8, with a presentation titled “Women in the Civil War” by Dr. William Anderson.
Anderson is former president of West Shore Community College and the author of two books on the Civil War. He will talk about the role women played in the Civil War at 7 p.m. at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave.
The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 882-5539 or visit www.benziemuseum.org.
LELAND — Contemporary jazz vocalist Gillian Bell will perform an arrangement of “The Undiscovered Melodies of Cole Porter” on Thursday, Aug. 8.
Bell will be joined by saxophonist Matt Vashlishan, pianist Steve Stargardt, bassist Jack Dryden and drummer Jon Wert. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 S. Main St. Tickets are $20 each; call 256-2131 or visit www.mynorthtickets.com. Proceeds benefit the Old Art Building.
Crane Wives concert
TRAVERSE CITY — Left Foot Charley will thank its customers and the community by hosting a free concert by The Crane Wives.
The group uses three-part vocal harmonies and eclectic instrumentation to create indie-folk style music that defies stereotypes. They will perform outdoors in the Piazza at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.
Listeners should bring their own seating. There also will be wine and cider from Left Foot Charley, pizza from Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, drinks from Higher Grounds Trading Company and food from Spanglish available to purchase. For details, visit www.leftfootcharley.com.
GLEN ARBOR — A new exhibit at Center Gallery at Lake Street Studios features oil paintings of bodies of water by Westerfield, Ohio, artist Steven Walker.
“Bodies” will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the gallery, 6023 S. Lake St.
It will be on display through Thursday, Aug. 15. For details, call Lake Street Studios, 334-3179.
CHEBOYGAN — Switchback will make an appearance Saturday, Aug. 10, at The Opera House.
The duo will perform its American Roots music blended with Celtic Soul at 7:30 p.m.
For details or tickets, call The Opera House box office, 627-5841 or (800) 357-9408.
Parallel ends series
TRAVERSE CITY — Newly renamed quintet Parallel will close the 2013 season of the Crescent Woods Gatherings Concert Series with a performance featuring Spanish classical guitar, saxophone, percussion, flute, recorder and vocal harmony.
The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the outdoor amphitheater on the campus of Unity of Traverse City, 3600 Five Mile Road.
A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 11 and younger is suggested, but no one will be turned away.
Listeners may bring chairs, but cushions are provided for seating on stone slabs. For details, call 938-9587.
LAKE CITY — The 18th annual car show in downtown Lake City will start with Cruise Night on Friday, Aug. 9.
Cars should start lining up at 6 p.m. at the Missaukee County Road Commission for the cruise, which leaves at 7 p.m.
The Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. There will be crafters and vendors in the park, 50/50 drawings, door prizes and more.
For details, contact the Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce, 839-4969 or www.lakecitymich.com.
BELLAIRE — Parkside Arts Council is offering the community the chance to win a $2,500 unrestricted travel voucher from Passageways Travel in its “Golden Ticket Raffle.”
Tickets are $50 each and only 600 will be sold. They are available at www.parksidearts.org or by calling 350-3449.
The drawing will be held on Sept. 28 at the conclusion of the Harvest Festival in Bellaire.
H&M online in U.S.
STOCKHOLM — After several delays, Swedish budget fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz AB on Thursday launched its online sales operations in the United States.
H&M said everything that is available in its high street stores — that’s Main Street to U.S. shoppers — will also be sold online.
The online store, which was initially planned to open in 2012, will also feature some clothes that are exclusive to Internet customers and the company’s home decor collection H&M Home.
Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M, said he was “thrilled to launch online shopping in the U.S.”
“This significant milestone fully rounds out H&M’s multichannel offering,” he said.
H&M’s 268 stores in the U.S. brought in revenues of 3.3 billion Swedish kronor ($503 million) in the second quarter, an increase of 2 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.
The company’s online store has previously only been available in eight European countries.
Chief executive officer Karl-Johan Persson earlier this month said he sees “great potential in the growing online market” and that the global rollout of the online store will continue in 2014.