'Off the Wall' film
ALDEN — "Monsieur Lazhar" is the next film in the "Off the Wall" film series at the Alden District Library.
The 2011 Academy Award-nominated French film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, March, 7, at the library, 8751 Helena Road. It is rated PG-13. An optional dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For details, call 331-4318.
Reunion for nursing class
TRAVERSE CITY — A meeting will be held Friday, March 8, to plan a 50-year reunion of Northwestern Michigan College's 1963 class of associate degree nurses.
The planning meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. at Catholic Human Services, 1000 Hasting St. For details, contact Barb Mikowski, reunion coordinator and member of the class of 1963, (800) 658-8554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kits and classes kick off
CEDAR — Wool & Honey, 9031 S. Kasson St., will show off a variety of new kits and post its new class schedule during a kick-off event Friday, March 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. For details, call 228-2800 or visit www.woolandhoney.com.
World dance showcase
TRAVERSE CITY — Raks Incendia will present a World Fusion Dance Showcase on Saturday, March 9.
The family-friendly showcase starts at 8 p.m. at the Children's Montessori House, 5363 N. Long Lake Road. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. It features groups from Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City.
Tickets are $15 in advance at Oryana or www.raksincendia.com; $18 at the door. For details, call 360-1445 or email email@example.com.
Back Porch concert
CHARLEVOIX — Artist/musician Ryan Luce will be the featured performer at the Saturday, March 9, Back Porch Coffeehouse music event.
Luce will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charlevoix Senior Center on the corner of Norwood Road. A circle jam session follows. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Proceeds go to the featured performer. Call 622-2944 for details.
Dennos offers workshops
TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center will offer two workshops with local artists in relation to the "Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art" exhibit.
Terry Tarnow will offer Bamboo Sock Painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The class fee is $20 for museum members; $25 for non-members. The $12 materials fee includes two pair of bamboo socks. dyes and dye set, brushes, plastic sheets and instructions. Registration is required.
On Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 5 p.m., artist Maryanne Turovaara will lead a "Stitched Bowls and Baskets" class. Participants will learn how to stitch rows of fabric-wrapped clothesline together to create bowls, baskets and purses. The cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members, plus materials.
Both workshops will be at the museum center, 1410 College Dr. For details or to register for either class, call 995-1573 or visit www.dennosmuseum.org.
St. Paddy's Day 5k
TRAVERSE CITY Registration is under way for the National Cherry Festival's Leapin' Leprechaun St. Paddy's Day 5k foot race.
The race will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Warehouse District and will be followed by a "Pure Guinness" Post-Race Party at the tented start area. Racers receive a commemorative T-shirt, accurate timing and results, medals for top finishers and Best Irish Costume, complimentary beverages and entertainment.
New this year, children can run or walk the race route with National Cherry Queen Meg Howard. Participants receive a special edition "Running with Royalty" T-shirt and cherry refreshments at the finish.
Entry fees through March 14 are $33 for adults, $25 for children ages 12 and younger. March 15 and 16, entry fees are $38 for adults and $25 for children. For details or to register, visit www.cherryfestival.org/leapin-leprechaun. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. March 14. Forms also are available at the Cherry Festival office, 250 E. Front St., suite 301.