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---- — Jazz at Sunset
TRAVERSE CITY — An evening of jazz classics, featuring the Jeff Haas Trio, will kick off Jazz at Sunset at Chateau Chantal from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 19. Special guest trumpeter Rob Smith will join saxophonist Laurie Sears, Jack Dryden on bass, and Andy Wheelock on drums.
Chateau Chantal is located at 15900 Rue De Vin on Old Mission Peninsula. Admission is free.
Knit in Public day
TRAVERSE CITY — The Bay Area Yarn Bomb Society will celebrate Worldwide Knit and Crochet in Public day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday June 21, in downtown Traverse City in the 100 block of Front Street, between Kilwin’s and Pangea’s. At 6 p.m., the group will move to the deck at Pangea’s.
The event will be held rain or shine, with indoor knitting and crocheting at Brilliant Books in case of rain.
LELAND — The Leelanau Community Cultural Center has named Richard Kooyman as Artist in Residence 2014 at the Old Art Building in Leland. An opening reception for his new works called “The ArtCamp Paintings” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, June 27.
The exhibit continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 28, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Admission is free.
TRAVERSE CITY — Friends of Easling Pool will host a community meeting in an effort to maintain and improve the community pool. The meeting will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 23 at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. All are welcome.
SOUTH BOARDMAN — East Boardman United Methodist Church will host a Strawberry Social on Friday, June 27.
Strawberry shortcake, ice cream, Sloppy Joes, sandwiches and beverages will be served from 5 to 8p.m. at the church, 2080 Boardman Road. There will also be handmade bazaar items and Rada cutlery for sale.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will hold their annual Chicken BBQ from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 28. The menu will include grilled chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, homemade desserts, Annie’s cherry whatchamacallit and lemonade and coffee.
Take outs are available. Free will donations will be accepted. The church is located at 16426 Center Road. For more information, call 223-4393.
History award ceremony
KINGSLEY — The Kingsley Friends of the Library will host the third annual Floyd Milton Webster Prize for History awards ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28, at the Kingsley Branch of the Traverse Area District Library, 213 S. Brownson.
Two writers will be awarded cash prizes; $1,000 to the winner of the 19 years and older group and $500 to the winner of 18 years or under. The public is invited.
For more information, call 263-5484 or go to www.tadl.org/kingsley.
Run for Shelter
The Run for Shelter 5k Run/Walk to Benefit the Goodwill Inn will be held at 9 a.m., on Saturday, June 28, beginning at Willow Hill Elementary School, 1250 Hill St. Dogs and kids are welcome.
Registration is $30. For more information and to register, visit www.goodwillnmi.org/runforshelter.
Grass River benefit dance
ALDEN — The Grass River Natural Area will host a benefit dance featuring blues, funk, zydeco and jazz by “Steppin’ In It” from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at Alden Depot Park.
A variety of Short’s Brewing Company Beer, and wine from the Village Market will be available to purchase, along with Coney Island style hotdogs.
Tickets are $15 advance and $18 at the door, children under 12 are free and are now on sale online at www.GrassRiver.org, at Village Market in Rapid City and Elk Rapids or at the Grass River Natural Area Offices in Bellaire.
For more information, call the Grass River Natural Area office at 533-8314.
KALEVA — Kaleva Meats will host a Relay for Life Bake Sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 28, sponsored by Kaleva Crusaders and Friends Relay for Life Team. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
SUMMIT CITY — A country dance will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at the Summit City Grange Hall. Two step, waltz and square dancing with live music begins at 7 p.m., following a hot dog supper.
Donations will be accepted.
BENZONIA — Benzonia Congregational Church will host a “Classic Junque Sale” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 28. The church is located at 901 Barber St. All proceeds go to Women’s Fellowship charitable projects.
Log Cabin Day
OLD MISSION — Log Cabin Day will be celebrated with an open house at the Hessler log cabin from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 at Lighthouse Park. Music, historic crafts and demonstrations will be featured, along with tours of the adjacent Mission Point Lighthouse.
The Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, Lighthouse Friends in cooperation with the Old Mission Men’s Breakfast Club will offer a pancake brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pancakes, sausage and eggs will be served for a free will offering and proceeds will be used for preservation and restoration of the Mission Point Lighthouse.
In Old Mission, the historic Dougherty Mission House, ice house, and restored outhouse will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Peter Dougherty Society and there is no charge.
Summer music fest
CEDAR — The 2014 Leelanau Summer Music Festival kicks off the season with Love and Romance in Summer - The Wu-Tang Duo at 8 p.m., Saturday at the Sala Koncertowa Concert Hall in Holy Rosary School, 2 1/2 miles north of Cedar.
Detroit Symphony assistant concertmaster Hai-xin Wu and internationally known concert artist Zhihua Tang will play romantic favorites for the violin and piano.
Tickets for the three concert season are $50; or $20 for individual concerts.
For more information and to place online orders visit www.hrartscentre.webs.com or www.mynorthtickets.com. If you would like to order tickets by phone call 800-836-0717.
Magic Thursday exhibit
TRAVERSE CITY — The City Opera House will host an art exhibit and sale by The Magic Thursday Artists during the month of July. The opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 2.
These Traverse area artists coined the group’s name from the magic that comes from the creative process when they paint together each week. Studio and plein aire work in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor will be exhibited.
Featured artists include Sue Bowerman, Pat Dixon, Nancy Donley, Nan Frankland, Veronique Jonas, Ruth Kitchen, Sherry McNamara, Dorothy Mudget and Marilyn Rebant.
ELK RAPIDS — “Anishninabek of the Grand Traverse Region” will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday July 3, by JoAnne Gasco at the Elk Rapids Area Historical Museum, 301 Traverse St.
Gasco’s presentation compliments the historical museum’s special summer exhibit, “Anishinabe: First People;” running now through Sept. 1. She will share the history of the region’s Odawa people; where they lived, how they lived, their belief system, as well as how the changes in this region have impacted the Odawa people and how they live today as native people.
Gasco is from Peshawbestown. In 2012 she was elected to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Tribal Council
A $5 admission fee is suggested for adults; $2 for students (under 18). Children are free.
Concert on the Lawn
TRAVERSE CITY — The Boys of Bluegrass - Billy Strings and Don Julin - will make their debut performance as part of the Concert on the Lawn series, beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 3, at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
The event is free and open to the public; concessions will be available before the concert.
For more details, call 932-3027. In case of rain or extreme heat (90 degrees plus) the concert will be canceled.
TRAVERSE CITY — For Animals will host a vegetarian/vegan potluck picnic from 2 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, June 29, at Grace MacDonald Park, 131 East Arbutus Lake Road.
Please note if your dish is vegan. Feel free to bring games and music. Alcohol is prohibited in the park.