FROM STAFF REPORTS
'Really Big' show
Traverse City — The Traverse City Art and Design Studio will host an opening night party tonight, Oct. 5, for its "Really Big Art" juried art show.
The party starts at 5:30 p.m. at the studio, 1407-C Woodmere Ave., with awards presented at 7 p.m. The show features 48 Michigan artists and runs through Oct. 31. Visit https://www.facebook.com/traversecity.art.design.studio.
GOP Women meet
Elk Rapids — Jason Allen, senior deputy director of veterans affairs, will address the Antrim County Republic Women at a noon luncheon meeting Monday, Oct. 8, at Grace Memorial Harbor. The public is invited and the cost for lunch is $15. Reservations are due today, Oct. 5; call 632-2412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drive for charity
Traverse City — Williams Chevrolet will host a "Drive for the Cure" Saturday, Oct. 6. For every new test drive that day, Williams will donate $10 to "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
Traverse City — Horizon Books will host four authors on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Joseph Heywood will read some Woods Cop stories, and discuss and sign his latest release, "Red Jacket: A Lute Bapcat Mystery," from noon to 2 p.m. Dr. Carol Kennedy, author of "A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul," will sign her books from 2 to 4 p.m. John Smolens, author of "Quarantine," will sign his book from 4 to 6 p.m. and T.M. Goeglein, author of "Cold Fury," will read from and sign his book from 6 to 8 p.m.
Horizon Books is located at 243 E. Front St. Call 946-7290 or visit www.horizonbooks.com for details.
Acme — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will sponsor a casual paddle along Acme's East Grand Traverse Bay shoreline for an update on the Bayside Park plans and progress.
Participants should bring their own kayak or canoe and meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the former Mountain Jack's parking lot. If the water is too rough, attendees will walk the shore to discuss the project. For details, directions or to sign up, call 929-7911 or visit www.gtrlc.org/events.
Glen Arbor — Voters are invited to learn more about the candidates and the ballot proposals on the November ballot at the Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting of the Leelanau Independent Women for Democratic Action.
The meeting will start at 4 p.m. at the Leelanau School. There is no charge. For details, call 642-1391 or email email@example.com.
Art show opens
Traverse City — An exhibit by local artists Jack Allard and Tim Madison will open with a reception Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.
The reception will be hosted from 1 to 3 p.m. The art will be on display and for sale through October. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
Interlochen — The Community Senior Luncheon series at Redeemer Lutheran Church will kick off the fall season Monday, Oct. 8.
Armchair exercises will start at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and games. Lunch is $3. Activities are free and sack lunches are welcome.
The church is at U.S. 31 and Rogers Road. For details or if planning to have lunch, call 620-0840.
Traverse City — The gates are open to five haunted events at one location.
"Screams in the Dark" is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday through October at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Blair Town Hall Road. Scare opportunities include a Haunted Hayride and Haunted Trail, Grimfell Asylum, Pandemonium and a Zombie Paintball Shoot.
Prices are $5 for the hayride/trail, $15 for all four events for adults, $10 for all events for ages 11 and younger. Zombie Paintball is a separate charge. For details visit www.evernighthaunt.com or www.facebook.com/evernighthaunt.
Traverse City — The Knitting Circle at the Grand Traverse Senior Center welcomes new members.
The group meets at 3 p.m. Fridays at the senior center, 801 E. Front St. Members work on knitting or crocheting items for charity or bring their own projects. For details, call 922-4911.
Traverse City — The 11th annual Teacher and Parent Educational Series will open with a program titled "Raising an Optimistic Child and Preventing Depression" by Sander Weckstein, MD.
The program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Central High School's library, 1150 Milliken Dr. There is no charge.
Traverse City — Michigan Green Consortium will host its "Green Connections" networking event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Cash 'n' Carry Flooring, 274 U.S. 31. For details, call 947-6900.
Benzonia — Dr. Louis Yock will share tips and advice on using archives for genealogy research at the Wednesday, Oct. 10, meeting of the Benzie Area Genealogical Society.
The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave. Yock also will lead a tour of the museum archives. The program is free.
Corn maze hours
Gills Pier — The Corn Maze at Gills Pier Vineyard and Winery, 5620 N. Manitou Trail, will be open extended hours during October.
The family-friendly maze is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The last entry will be one hour prior to closing.
Admission is $6 for ages 3 and older; free for ages 2 and younger. Beverages and flashlights will be available to purchase. Learn more at 632-2676.