Traverse City — Boardman River Nature Center's Peepers Preschool Program is underway.
The program for parents and their children ages 3-5 meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the nature center, 1450 Cass Road. Each session features stories, crafts, music and outdoor activities. Adults and children should come dressed for the weather.
Topics through October are: Marvelous Maples Sept. 25; Spinning Spiders Oct. 2; Batty for Bats Oct. 9; Funny Bones Oct. 16; Harvest Hoots Oct. 23; and Jolly Pumpkins Oct. 30. For details or to register, call 941-0960 or visit www.natureiscalling.org.
Beulah — The community is invited to a Homecoming Celebration picnic and bonfire on Friday, Sept. 28, to benefit the Benzie Gridiron Club.
The celebration will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine, under the pavilion at the park in Beulah. The bonfire will be lit about 7:30 p.m. on the beach.
Tickets are $10 each; $30 for a family of four. They are available from Gridiron Club members, at L'Chayim Deli, home football games or Pound Family Dentistry. Call 871-0601 or visit www.benziegridironclub.com for details.
Craft show vendors
Traverse City — Vendor space is still available for the TCTA Bus Driver Craft Show.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Traverse Heights Elementary School, 933 Rose St. Lunch will be available and a silent auction will take place.
Interested vendors should call 263-7558. Proceeds provide scholarships for one student from each of TCAP's three high schools.
Benzie book fair
Benzonia — Benzie Central Middle School's Book Fair will be held Friday, Sept. 28, through Oct. 4, at the school 9300 Homestead Road.
For hours or the ability to shop online, visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/benziecentralmiddleschool. The fair also will be open in the evening during parent-teacher conferences.
Pathfinder turns 40
Traverse City — The Pathfinder School invites the community to its 40th birthday bash.
The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at the school, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. There will be children's activities, memorabilia, a scavenger hunt, cake, ice cream and a memorial to former trustee Michael Dennos. For details, visit www.thepathfinderschool.org.
Good-bye to Bear
Traverse City — Peninsula Community Library's Reading Education Assistance Dog, Bear, is retiring and will be the guest of honor at a party on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The celebration starts at 10 a.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road, with storyteller Dr. Fred Arnold, an art bear craft and a dog bone cake. For details, call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.
Drop-in dance class
Traverse City — Blackbird Arts in partnership with ACT-GT (formerly VSA Arts) will offer "Footloose," a drop-in dance class for adults of all abilities.
The dance social meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 27 at Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St. It includes dance instruction, dance time and a social hour with refreshments. The suggested donation is $5 and registration is encouraged.
To register, call 421-8085. For details, visit www.blackbirdarts.com or www.act-gt.org.
Rocks and minerals
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Area Rock and Mineral Club invites the community to its annual Rock and Mineral Show.
Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Admission is a $2 donation for adults and free for children 11 and younger, which include entrance to the Con Foster Museum. For details, visit www.tcrockhounds.com.
Car raffle tickets
Traverse City — Tickets are on sale for the Gladhander car raffle.
The raffle features the winner's choice of a 2013 BMW 328xi, a 2013 Cadillac SRX or $32,000 in cash. There also are 14 additional cash prizes. Tickets are $125 each or two for $200. They are available at www.gladhander.com, 941-4523 or at the Gladhander office, 123 E. 11th St.
Jana Kramer tickets
Traverse City — Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 28, for an appearance by Billboard country star and One Tree Hill actress Jana Kramer.
Kramer will take the stage at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. All seats are $25 each. For details or tickets, call 941-8082, visit www.cityoperahouse.org. or stop at the City Opera House box office.