FROM STAFF REPORTS
'Toy Bus' to stop
Traverse City — Area buses will substitute for Santa's sleigh as they collect donations for Toys for Tots.
The Toy Bus will stop today, Nov. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fox Motors in Charlevoix; from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at A. Papano's Pizza, Beulah; and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Meijer in Traverse City. TV 7&4 will broadcast live from each location and Meijer will match toys donated from their Traverse City store on Friday.
Traverse City — The Traverse Bay Mennonite Youth Group will accept orders for its annual cookie-baking sale until Friday, Dec. 7.
Cookies are $5.50 a dozen. Varieties include chocolate chip, molasses gingersnaps, snickerdoodle, peanut butter blossom, chocolate crinkles, Russian tea cakes, and monster cookies. Orders may be picked up 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 915 Carver St.
Proceeds go toward a future mission trip and youth activities. To place an order, call 946-5597 and ask for Rhonda or Timothy; or fax orders to 946-7612.
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St. For details, call 922-4688.
Traverse City — The Fox Island Lighthouse Association (FILA) annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2.
The group will meet from noon to 3 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. The public is invited to the brief meeting and potluck. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Visit www.southfox.org for details.
Traverse City — A new exhibit at the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau is showcasing the best of winter.
The exhibit, titled "Winter WOW," may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday through February at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, 101 W. Grandview Parkway. For details, call 947-0692.
Call for art
Frankfort — The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center of the Arts is seeking art for a "Spirituality Expressed" exhibit and also for a furniture and fiber exhibit.
Art for "Spirituality Expressed" themed exhibit will be accepted 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3-4, at the gallery, 132 Coast Guard Road. Artists may submit up to two pieces of original artwork. The exhibit will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and will be on display through Jan. 6.
Furniture and fiber artists are invited to submit entries from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 7-8, for the Oliver Center for the Arts annual Furniture & Fiber Exhibit. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and will be on view through March 3.
For details or entry forms for either exhibit, visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or call 352-4151.
Manistee — The Manistee Civic Players are staging a musical based on the classic movie "White Christmas."
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 7-8; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9, at the Ramsdell Theater.
Advance tickets are available by calling (800) 836-0717 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at www.manisteecivicplayers.org, at the theater box office, or by calling the box office, 723-9948.
Benefit bake sales
Traverse City — Bake sales will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, in Traverse City, and Sunday, Dec. 2 in Bellaire to raise money for Margaret Hayes' cancer treatment.
Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen's Market on East Eighth Street, Traverse City; and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Glen's Market, Bellaire. Items are not priced and donations will be accepted. For details, call 676-6274.
Grawn — A dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Blair Mini Free Library will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the parking lot of Odom Re-Use Co., 5555 Brentwood Ave.
The little library, constructed and donated by Joe and Caroline Loney as a gift to the Blair Community, will be stocked with a variety of books for all ages. Patrons are encouraged to "take a book or leave a book."
The Blair Library Committee continues to pursue a branch library in the community through various fundraisers. For details, call Karen Giddis, 943-0571.