THOMPSONVILLE — Celebrate Independence Day early the old fashioned way today, July 3, at Crystal Mountain’s Old-Fashioned 4th.
Activities include a Family Golf Scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.; a family carnival from 5 to 9 p.m. and fireworks at dusk over Crystal Mountain. Festivities continue Thursday, July 4, with tubing, biking, golf, family campfires and more.
Music in the park
BENZIE COUNTY — Music will fill the evening air in Elberta and Frankfort this summer.
Concerts in the park will be held on Wednesdays, July 3-Aug. 28, under the amphitheatre at Waterfront Park in Elberta, and Fridays, July 5-Aug. 30, at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort. All performances are free and start at 7 p.m.
The concerts are sponsored by Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce, Benzie County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Betsie River Campsite, Dinghy’s Restaurant & Bar and State Savings Bank. For details, call 352-7251 or visit www.frankfort-elberta.com.
History group meets
FIFE LAKE — Craig Bridson will share photos of Fife Lake from the 1890s to the 1920s at the Friday, July 5, meeting of the Fife Lake Historical Society.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Fife Lake Public Library, 77 Lakecrest Lane. The public is invited.
ELK RAPIDS — Phil Marcus Esser will open the Sunday Sunset Concert series.
Esser will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Edward C. Grace Memorial Upper Harbor. There is no charge. The public is welcome and attendees should bring their own seating.
Parking is available in the Cedar Street lot about one block from the harbor. Concerts continue on Sundays through July 28.
Torch area potluck
EASTPORT — The Upper Torch Lake Association will hold its monthly potluck dinner on Monday, July 8.
A social hour at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Torch Lake Township Community Services building on U.S. 31. All area residents are welcome. Attendees should bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share along with a list of its ingredients.
Eastport open house
EASTPORT — The Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society will sponsor open houses on Sundays, July 7 to Sept. 1, from noon to 3 p.m. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse, 5940 M-88, is being restored by the historical society.
TRAVERSE CITY — Ray Minervini, a partner in the Minervini Group, primary developer of Building 50 and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, July 9, Cottage Coffee program
Minervini will discuss the past, present and future of the Building 50 campus at 10 a.m. at historic Hawthorn Cottage at the Grand Traverse Pavilions. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
HONOR — Food for Thought will celebrate local food, living and sustainability at is annual “Green Cuisine” event.
The zero-waste event will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Food for Thought headquarters, 10704 Oviatt Road. Visitors will be able to sample products from local food and beverage artisans, tour Food for Thought’s organic farm and green buildings and more. For details, visit http;//220.127.116.11/about/green-cuisine/.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District invites children ages 10 to 14 to participate in its Trailblazers Camp.
Children will be connected with specialists in their fields for programs designed to encourage curiosity of the natural world, allow exploration of natural areas and promote a sense of stewardship. Sessions meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road. Session topics are: “Art in the Wild,” July 10; “Boardman River Exploration,” July 17; “Treasure Hunters-The Art of Geocaching,” July 31; “Survival Skills,” Aug. 7; and “The Amazing Eco-Race,” Aug. 14.
Sessions are $20 each, or buy four and get one free. To register, visit https://gtcd.wufoo.com/forms/2013-trailblazers-registration/.
TC board openings
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City residents are encouraged to apply for the Board of Zoning Appeals and Human Rights Commission.
General eligibility requirements include city residency and voter registration. For details about either of these boards, please visit: http://www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us/government/boards-and-commissions.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions and are kept on file for one year. If interested in serving, call the City Clerk’s office, 922-4480, for an “Application to Become Involved” or visit http://www.ci.traverse-city.mi.us/images/clerk/Permits/boardapplication.pdf.
D’Art for Art
PETOSKEY — Crooked Tree Arts Center’s D’Art for Art fundraiser opens with a preview wine tasting on Wednesday, July 10.
More than 12 winemakers from California, Oregon and Michigan will be in attendance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Their wines will be paired with food from local restaurants. The event will be held at Walstrom Marine on Hoyt Road in Harbor Springs. Tickets are $75 each.
The D’Art for Art event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 11, also at Walstrom Marine.
For details or tickets for either event, visit www.crookedtree.org or call 347-4337.
TRAVERSE CITY — Trumpeter Rob Smith and saxophonist Bill Sears will join the Jeff Haas Trio for Jazz at Sunset on Thursday, July 4.
Smith and Sears will perform with Haas at the piano, Jack Dryden on bass and drummer/harmonica player Randy Marsh from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Chateau Chantal, 15900 Rue de Vin. There is no cover charge and select wines, sparkling juices and lemonade will be available. For details, call 223-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.