TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ Gladhander Preview Night from 5:30-9 p.m. today, Oct. 25, at St. Francis School, 123 E. 11th St. Admission, hors d’oeuvres and beverages are free and visitors can bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a new car or cash.
TRAVERSE CITY — ReLeaf Michigan and the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will sponsor a tree planting today, Oct. 25, as part of the American Bar Association’s “One Million Tree Project.” Volunteers are welcome.
The 14 large trees will be planted along Cass Street from East Eighth to 13th street. A ceremony and planting demonstration will be held at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. The planting will take place from 9:30 a.m.-noon. For details about the project, visit www.ReLeafMichigan.org. To volunteer, make a monetary donation or for details, email info@ReLeafMichigan.org or call (800) 642-7353.
ELK RAPIDS — Annie Crouter will visit Twisted Fish Gallery, 10443 S. Bayshore Dr., with “Polar Expressed,” her entry in and the second-place winner of ArtPrize 2013.
The series of three life-size acrylics of polar bears will be on display from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the gallery. Additional works by Crouter also will be on display and for sale, including glycees (prints) of her winning bears. Crouter’s art may be viewed at www.twistedfishart.com. For details, call 264-0123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHPORT — Dress as the undead and help raise money for the Northport Arts Association at Zombie Prom on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The fundraiser will be held from 9:30-11 p.m. at Lelu Cafe and includes dancing, crowning of the court and a silent auction of “spooky” items. A painting portraying Zombie Prom by Tom Woodruff will be among the silent auction items.
Tickets are $12 at the door. To donate items for the auction, email email@example.com.
Fun for ‘monsters’
KALKASKA — The Kalkaska County Library will host a Monster Mash for children and families on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
There will be Halloween crafts and Halloween music from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the library, 247 S. Cedar St. Costumes are encouraged. For details, call 258-9411.
ONEKAMA — The Center for Michigan will hold community conversations on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to identify citizen opinions and priorities for 2014 elections.
These are among 150 sessions that the Center will lead in Michigan between now and April that will involve more than 3,000 state residents. Sessions will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the Farr Center, 5823 Main St., Onekama; and 7-9 p.m. at the Homestead Township Hall, U.S. 31, near Honor.
Individuals interested in attending the Onekama session should register by calling 723-4325. Anyone interested in attending the evening session should call (248) 464-1800 to register. To learn more about the Center for Michigan, visit www.thecenterformichigan.net.
Air Force One
TRAVERSE CITY — Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Rose Hutchinson will share her experiences as a flight steward on Air Force One in a program on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The program starts at 11 a.m. at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. Registration is required; call 922-4911. Lunch will be available after the program. For lunch reservations, call 947-5285. The meal is $3 for ages 60 and older; $6 for ages 59 and younger.
Trunk or Treat’
FRANKFORT — Adults who aren’t visited by trick-or-treaters can come to downtown Frankfort on Halloween, Oct. 31, and hand out candy from their car trunk.
“Trunk or Treat” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. Cars should be backed in on the north side of the street between Third and Sixth streets. Car decorations are encouraged. For details, call 352-7251.
TRAVERSE CITY — Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining, a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation from Taos, N.M., will kick off Native American Heritage Month with a program titled “The Science of Right Relations and Sustainability” on Friday, Nov. 1.
McCabe will discuss sustainability from an indigenous science perspective at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building auditorium on Northwestern Michigan College’s main campus. Tickets are $10 in advance at Oryana Natural Foods Market; $15 at the door.
TRAVERSE CITY — Area men are challenged to release their inner “Duck Dynasty” persona and enter United Way of Northwest Michigan’s Beard Growing Contest.
“Novembeard 2013” is a fundraiser for the 2014 Alternative Spring Break trip through Northwestern Michigan College and United Way and for Wigs for Kids.
Individuals who register for the competition should come to one of several locations at the end of October and the end of November to have “Before” and “After” photos taken. Their goal is to collect pledges for each day they don’t shave their beard. Then, during the first week of December, the public can vote with monetary donations for the beard they think is best.
For details on entering the contest and the rules, visit www.unitedwaynwmi.org and click on the “Novembeard” link.
TRAVERSE CITY — Comedian Paula Poundstone will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Tickets are $33 each and available by calling 941-8082 or at www.cityoperahouse.org.
Delbert Michel art
TRAVERSE CITY — Gallery Fifty at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons will host an exhibit showcasing 50 years of Delbert Michel’s art.
The exhibit opens with an artist reception and book signing of Michel’s book “Five Decades: A Life in Art” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Rinaldo Hall, adjacent to Gallery Fifty. “Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Work by Delbert Michel” will be on display through December. For a show preview go to https://galleryfifty.com/event/glancing-back-looking-forward-paintings-assemblages-by-delbert-michel/.