Traverse City Record-Eagle
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TRAVERSE CITY — Crystal Bindi Studio will offer a free introductory belly dancing class today, July 20, at K.J. Charters Traverse City State Park through the park's Recreation 101 program.
The class will be held on the beach at 7 p.m. The award-winning Jewel Jigglers then will perform from 8:15 to 9 p.m. A Recreation Passport is required for state park admission. For details, visit www.michigan.gov/rec101.
GLEN ARBOR — The Manitou Music Festival will welcome THUMMp, an a cappella quintet from Detroit, to the top of the Homestead's Bay Mountain for a concert on Thursday, July 25.
Ticket holders can view and bid on silent auction items offered by the Glen Arbor Art Association and take a chair lift or golf cart ride to the top of the mountain starting at 6 p.m. The performance starts at 7 p.m. Chairs will be provided and refreshments will be available to purchase. In case of rain, the concert will be at the Homestead's Mountain Flower Meeting Center.
Tickets are $20; $18 for Glen Arbor Art Association members. For tickets or details, call 334-6112 or visit www.glenarborart.org.
The church and immigration
TRAVERSE CITY — Christ United Methodist Church will host an informational program on Justice for Our Neighbors, a program that provides legal services to low-income immigrants, community education and advocacy.
The conversation about immigration and the church starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. A short video titled "Jasmine's Story" will be shown followed by a question and answer period. For details, call the church, 946-3048.
MANCELONA — Antrim Church of Christ will hold Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday, July 29-Aug. 2, for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The theme is "Athens: Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth," and focuses on the Apostle Paul's second missionary journey. Classes will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 10228 S. U.S. 131. A family picnic will follow the closing program on Friday, Aug. 2. For details, call 587-0396.
Talk on young atheists
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Humanists will host nationally known author and speaker Hemant Mehta on Monday, July 29.
Mehta is the editor of FriendlyAtheist.com and author of "I Sold My Soul on eBay" and "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide." He has appeared on Fox News and CNN and has served in leadership positions for atheist organizations nationwide.
Mehta will discuss his book "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide" at 7 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave. The program is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit www.gthumanists.org, or call 392-1215.
MANISTEE — The Manistee County Historical Museum is spotlighting "Resorts, Camps, and Cottages in Manistee County" this summer.
The exhibit in the Lyman Building, 425 River St., features views of summer life. Many of the views are from postcards copied from the collections of Mary Kuipers, Dale Picardat and Sandy Robinson. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students, $5 for adult couples, $7 for parents and their minor children, and free for museum members and invited guests.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through July. For details, call 723-5531.
TRAVERSE CITY — Shoreline Center for Healing, 402 S. Union St., will offer acupuncture clinics in a relaxing community setting the remainder of July and in September.
Appointments are available between 3 and 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The clinic is open to everyone and patients may choose what they wish to pay between $25 and $35. For details or an appointment, call 946-HEAL or visit www.shorelinehealing.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Central United Methodist Church will host its “Everywhere Fun Fair” Vacation Bible School Monday through Thursday, Aug. 5-8.
VBS will be held at Twin Lakes Park on North Long Lake Road. Classes for children ages 4 and 5 are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade meet from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children staying for the full day should bring their own lunch. Youth in sixth grade and older are invited to become junior counselors.
For details and registration forms, visit www.tccentralumc.org/summercamp. Registration closes at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5.