LAKE ANN — The Benzie Conservation District and the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan will offer a tour of demonstration sites for natural shoreline landscapes.
The tour starts at 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Almira Township Public Beach and includes shoreline projects at Lake Ann Platte Lake and Watervale Resort. Participants will learn how to use natural shorelines to beautify landscapes, ensure clean waters, deter geese, prevent erosion and improve fish and wildlife habitat.
A $5 donation is suggested. For details or reservations, call the Benzie Conservation District, 882-4391.
TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse House of Prayer will host the fourth annual “Rain” conference Friday and Saturday, July 26-27.
“Rain” is a free conference for people who wish to live radical lives of devotion to Jesus. It will meet at Traverse City Christian School on Emerson Road. Friday will feature worship and teaching from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday’s schedule includes worship and teaching from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., with healing rooms open from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The Children’s Equipping Track will take place and is free for children ages 3 to 12.
For details or to register, visit www.gthop.com.
Christmas in July
CEDAR — Wool & Honey, 9031 S. Kasson, is celebrating Christmas in July.
The celebration kicks off with Santa’s Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Visitors are invited to bring in whatever project they’re stuck on for help completing it in time for the holidays. For the remainder of the month there also will be new kits and projects to complete for holiday giving.
TRAVERSE CITY — Bethlehem Lutheran Church will sponsor the Great Lakes Theological Academy Monday, July 29, through Friday, Aug. 2.
Peter W. Marty and Kevin Dudley will lecture on the theme “You Are a Letter of Christ.” Marty is senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, and the author of more than 100 articles on leadership, preaching and parish renewal. Dudley is affiliated professor of African-American studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and the pastor of The Church at North Pointe in north Columbus, Ohio. He also is the author of Uncovering the Call to Ministry: Vocational Discernment and Authenticity.
Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, July 30-Aug. 2, at the church, 1050 Peninsula Dr. The cost is $185 for the full program; $80 for an accompanying spouse or full-time students. Call the church, 947-9880, for registration information.
$80 accompanying spouse or fulltime student.
Concert series ends
ELK RAPIDS — The Sunday Sunset Concert Series will close with a performance by The Accidentals with special guest Blue Eyed Sun.
The free concert starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Edward C. Grace Memorial Upper Harbor. Listeners should bring their own seating. Parking is available in the lot on Cedar Street, about one block from the harbor.
Class of ’48
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City High School and St. Francis High School class of 1948 will host a combined 65-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The reunion will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St., with dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 per person and reservations are requested by Saturday, Aug. 31. For details or reservations, call Bob Bayton, 941-0427.
Photo book signing
TRAVERSE CITY — The father and son team of Todd and Brad Reed of Ludington, full-time landscape/outdoor nature photographers, have completed a hardcover coffee table book featuring photographs from across Michigan.
“Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed: A Michigan Tribute” features 1,014 photographs taken on every Tuesday in 2012. The Reeds also made a six to 10 minute movie each Tuesday mixing still photos, HD video footage and commentary. The films are included on DVDs with the book.
The Reeds will sign copies of their book from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. For details, call 946-7290, (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.