FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — Downtown Traverse City shoppers will be able to donate 15 percent of their purchase amounts to area nonprofit organizations on Shop Your Community Day, Saturday, Nov. 10.
Shoppers should indicate to sales associates at participating stores where they want their percentage to go. More than 50 downtown merchants are participating in the fundraiser. For details including a list of participating merchants and nonprofit organizations, visit www.downtowntc.org.
Traverse City — Artist Mariah Manning will guide third through fifth graders in creating art showcasing the different styles of artists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in a Super Saturday program on Nov. 10.
The program will start at 10 a.m. at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road. There is no charge. For details or to register, call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.
Events at Wagbo
East Jordan — Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center's next community potluck will focus on "Thinking for Beginners." It also will host the Northwoods Family Nature Club.
Daniel Proudfoot will guide participants in an introductory presentation on how to think at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. A potluck will start at 6 p.m. There is no charge and tableware and beverages will be provided. Attendees may bring a dish to pass if they wish.
The Northwoods Family Nature Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, for families with children of all ages. There is no charge.
Wagbo Farm is located at 5745 N. M-66. For details about either event, call 536-0333 or email email@example.com.
Lake Ann — The community is invited to an open house Saturday, Nov. 10, to celebrate Dawn Campeau's retirement after 33 years as Almira Township Treasurer.
Refreshments will be served from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Almira Township Hall in downtown Lake Ann. For details, call 313-1960.
Traverse City — Saturday is market day at the Village Indoor Farmers market.
Forty-five local vendors will offer fresh local produce, fish, meats, bread and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through the winter in the Mercato corridor. For details, call 941-1900.
Driver safety class
Traverse City — AARP will offer a classroom driver refresher course for adults 50 and older.
The class will meet 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16, at the Commission on Aging office, 520 W. Front St. The cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members, and free for veterans, military members and military spouses.
Reservations are required. For reservations, call 922-4688 or (877) 686-4688. For details, contact Lana Payne at 922-4688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Taylor gives talk
Traverse City — Traverse City native Dr. Terrie E. Taylor will present "One Michigander Making a World of Difference in Southern Africa" at the next International Affairs Forum lecture.
Taylor is a professor of internal medicine at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. For the past 25 years, she has spent half of each year leading a team of physicians battling malaria in the African country of Malawi and is currently leading a $9.1 million effort there. Among her numerous awards, she was the 2011 recipient of the American Medical Association's International Award for Medicine.
Taylor's program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Milliken Auditorium. A reception will be hosted at 5:15 p.m. in the Dennos Museum Center Sculpture Court. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. All current educators and students are admitted free. For details, call NMC Extended Educational Services, 995-1700.
Benzonia — Vendor space is available for a Holiday Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave.
The vendor fee is $35, with an option of renting tables available at Mills House. Vendors of food items also are welcome with an emphasis on holiday gift giving. For details, call 352-4734 or email your name, type of crafts or sales items, and contact information to email@example.com.
Meals for military
grawn — Rico's Cafe' will serve complimentary buffets to any veteran or present military personnel during their 12th Annual Veteran's Appreciation Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. A breakfast buffet will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner buffet will be served from 1 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 231-276-CAFE, or visit www.ricoscafe.us.
Educators to meet
traverse city — Delta Kappa Gamma, Traverse City Phi Chapter, will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Conference Center. A $6 soup and salad dinner will be served.
All current and retired area educators are invited to attend. For more information, call Judy Oien at 995-0546 or Lana Nickels at 947-2599.
Poets' Night Out
traverse city — The 16th annual Poets' Night Out, an annual reading by selected area poets, will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City. Admission to the Poets' Night Out is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.
EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center presents a "Family Affair" on Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m.
The Center is offering free admission and special activities for families in an event titled, "Pioneer Toys." Bring the whole family or make it a special event for parent and child. There will be fun problem-solving demos and activities to fit various ages, abilities and interests. Call Cheri at 536-3359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Single MOMM event
TRAVERSE CITY — Single mothers are invited to connect with other single moms and learn tips on how to help their families thrive during Single MOMM live on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Journey Church, 2825 S. Airport Road West. Free child care and dinner will be offered.
Weight loss book
TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Clifton M.D., of Traverse City, will celebrate the publication of her book, "WAIST AWAY: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at Om CaféDr. Clifton, is a private solo internal medicine specialist with a special interest in menopause, osteoporosis and nutrition.
Treats on Trail
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. encourages the public to get out on the trails this Friday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. for Treats Along the Trails.
TART Trail Ambassadors, community partners and trail neighbors will be stationed at eight locations along the TART, Boardman Lake and Leelanau trails to provide trail information, tips and treats.
For more information, email to email@example.com or call 941-4300.
Panel discussion set
TRAVERSE CITY — Women business owners will participate in a panel discussion, "Doing Business in TC," on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Traverse City History Center.
Those participating include Kay Jerome of Kay's Apparel, graphic designer Laurie Schutza, Michelle White of Michelle's Miracle Cherry Products and Kitty Soma of Oh My! Pies. The program is sponsored by the American Association of University Women.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association and Grand Traverse County Planning Commission presented annual community planning awards for 2012.
Leslie Sicktermann, planner for Long Lake and Green Lake townships, was honored with the Roger Williams Planner Award. Wayne Kladder, Acme Township supervisor, was awarded the Frank Purvis Stewardship Award.
Singled out as outstanding developments were: 309 Cass Street Building, 103 Rivers Edge Drive (Hagerty Insurance), Cottage 36 at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons and the American Waste Material Recovery Facility.
The Paradise Township planning commission was recognized for its new master plan.
Local officials honored for service include: Sarah Lucas, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments planner; Rodney Bogart, president, village of Kingsley; Carol Hoffman, Long Lake Township clerk; Gary Howe, Traverse City Parks and Recreation Commission chair; and John Serratelli, chairman, Traverse City planning commission.
A new Placemaking Award went to the Adams Fly Festival of the Village of Kingsley.
TRAVERSE CITY — Volume 2 of the Northwest Michigan County Permitting and Zoning Guides are now available to the public online at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments' website.
The guides are quick references for contact information and education tools for individuals, contractors and developers, and feature critical information about the approval process necessary prior to applying for permits or undertaking a project within a county or municipality. Volume 2 includes new editions for Charlevoix, Emmet and Manistee counties and updated editions for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford counties.
The county guides are available through a collaboration between the NWMCOG, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Economic Success and respective county planning departments and commissions.
View, download or print the guides at nwm.org/permitting-zoning-guides.
Food drive starts
TRAVERSE CITY — A Salvation Army food drive will be kicked off at the Sears in Cherryland Center on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. with an after-hours shopping event.
The first 50 customers to donate a non-perishable food item starting at 5:30 will receive a $5 Sears gift card to spend that evening. Donations will be accepted at the apparel entrance adjacent to Big Lots.
Antique show, sale
MANTON — An Antique Show & Bake Sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Theresa's Parish Hall, 9475 14 1/4 Road, Manton.
Admission is free. Lunch is available and there will be a 50/50 raffle. For more information, call 824-3795.
Veterans chili dinner
ELK RAPIDS — A Veterans Day chili supper and silent auction will be held 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at Grace Lutheran Church on U.S. 31.
Donations are $7 adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for children under five. Veterans also eat for free. For more information, call Jean Ennis 264-5370.
Concert honors vets
Traverse City — The Mel Larimer Festival Choral Concert, "The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace" to honor all veterans will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at First Congregational Church on Center Road. Singers are from FCC church choir, NMC and West Senior High School with soloists Jennifer Warren and Wilson Nichols. Jeffrey Cobb will conduct.
Tickets are available in advance at the church or on the day of concert. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students or $40 for family.
All veterans are free.