Health and wellness
KALKASKA — The Kalkaska County Library will sponsor a “Health and Wellness” series during April that will focus on aging issues.
The programs will be held at noon Wednesdays at the library, 247 S. Cedar. Topics are “Aging with Dignity: The 5 Wishes” April 3; “Stroke Prevention” April 10; “Green Funerals” April 17; and “Hospice Care” April 24.
There is no charge and the public is invited. For details, call the library, 258-9411.
‘Under Cover’ series
TRAVERSE CITY — Father’s House will sponsor John Bevere’s “Under Cover” series for individuals seeking a more intimate relationship with God.
The series will meet at 7 p.m. Saturdays, starting April 6.
For details, directions and registration, call 421-5672.
Divine Mercy Sunday
GAYLORD — Divine Mercy Sunday, a day of thanksgiving for God’s goodness in the Easter mystery, will be observed on Sunday, April 7.
Sister Maria Faustina Kowalski, a sister of Our Lady of Mercy, at a convent in Plock, Poland, received a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He directed her to have the appearance of himself as the merciful Savior painted and venerated publicly and blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday was named a feast day of the Catholic Church by Blessed John Paul II in 2000 at the canonization of St. Faustina.
Divine Mercy Holy Hour will start at 3 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral. A bus will leave Traverse City at 1 p.m. from the St. Francis Catholic Church parking lot on South Union St. It will return to Traverse City by 7 p.m. Donations for gas and the driver are welcome. Billboards with the image of Jesus and an inspirational message, sponsored by the Divine Mercy Cenacle of Traverse City, are located on East Eighth Street and Cass Road.
For details or to reserve a seat on the bus, call 941-8410.
TRAVERSE CITY — A diaper drive will be held in April to benefit needy families in Grand Traverse County.
Packages of disposable diapers may be dropped off at St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St.; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr.; Tom’s Food Markets on West Bay, Acme, Munson Avenue, 14th Street and Interlochen; Oleson’s Food Stores, 3850 N. Long Lake Road and 1100 Hammond Road E.; Family Fare Market, 905 E. Eighth St.; and The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster. Large sizes (4, 5 and 6) are especially needed. The diapers will be distributed by the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry.
Cash donations also are welcome and may be mailed to the Grand Traverse Baby Pantry, 507 W. Eighth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. For details, call Sally Hanley, 941-0655.
Walk Without Shoes
TRAVERSE CITY — United Way of Northwest Michigan will sponsor its fourth annual One Day Without Shoes on Tuesday, April 16.
Beginning at noon, participants will walk barefoot through downtown Traverse City to raise awareness for community needs and how even small items, like shoes, can make a difference in the lives of those who need them. The walk will start at the United Way office, 521 S. Union St.
Following the walk, hot beverages and sweet treats will be provided by Golden’s Shoes.