FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City Record-Eagle
— Relay for Life help
TRAVERSE CITY — Boone’s Long Lake Inn will support Relay for Life Grand Traverse by donating a portion of the receipts today, April 27, to Relay for Life. The restaurant is located at 7208 Secor Road.
Mt. Holiday cleanup
TRAVERSE CITY — Today, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Volunteer Clean Up Day at Mt. Holiday, 3100 Holiday Road. Volunteers should bring rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, trimmers, work gloves and any other clean-up equipment they have available.
EMPIRE — The Empire Lions Club will hold its annual Pancake Feast on Sunday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Empire Town Hall. The cost is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 7-12, and free for children 6 and younger.
EMPIRE — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will hold free screenings of “Chasing Ice” today, April 27.
The documentary will be shown at 2 and 4 p.m. at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center auditorium. Reservations are recommended; call 326-5135, ext. 328.
NMC jazz groups
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College jazz ensembles will showcase a variety of styles at a concert today, April 27, in Milliken Auditorium.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. They are available at www.dennosmuseum.org, www.mynorthtickets.com or by calling 995-1553.
BRETHREN — Volunteers are needed to help clean up at Spirit of the Woods Conservation Club, which is open to the public at all times.
The work bee will take place from 9 a.m. to noon today, April 27. Attendees should bring yard equipment. For details, call 239-5083 or 477-5525.
MANCELONA — A music celebration on Sunday, April 28, will benefit Habitat for Humanity-Antrim County.
A variety of musical acts will perform at 4 p.m. at the Mancelona United Methodist Church, 117 E. Hinman. A free-will offering will be collected. For details, call 587-8461.
March for Babies
TRAVERSE CITY — The March of Dimes' "March for Babies" will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the five-mile walk at 9 a.m. New this year is a Mom 2 Mom sale from 8 a.m. to noon and a High Heel Dash.There also will be breakfast and lunch food available to purchase, a bounce house, games for children, live music, a cake walk and more. For details or to register in advance, call 947-2488 or visit www.marchforbabies.org.
KALKASKA — Michigan author Peg Herring will visit the Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St., at noon Wednesday, May 1. For details, call 258-9411.
GT Dems meet
TRAVERSE CITY — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, May 2, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. For details, call 946-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeep test drives
TRAVERSE CITY — Participants picking up their packets for the Mud, Sweat & Beers bike ride will have a chance to test drive new Jeeps to raise money for Mt. Holiday.
Bill Marsh Jeep will bring several vehicles to the rider packet pick up on Friday, May 3, at Mt. Holiday, and will pay the ski hill $10 for everyone who takes a test drive.
For details, visit www.mudsweatandbeers.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — For Animals will sponsor a free screening of the documentary “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the West Bay Event Center.
Refreshments will be available. Call 922-6083 or email email@example.com for details.
KALKASKA — The Drummunity program returns and Star Wars will be celebrated Saturday, May 4, at the Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar St.
Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in Drummunity, a family-fun percussion event, at 11 a.m. “May the Fourth Be With You,” a Star Wars celebration for children of all ages, will take place at 1 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.
For details about either event, call the library, 258-9411.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library in collaboration with the Old Town Playhouse will present “The Belle of Amherst,” starring Michigan native Sinda Nichols as iconic poet and gardener Emily Dickinson. Tickets are on sale now.
The play will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Studio Theatre, 620 Railroad Place, the corner of East Eighth Street and Woodmere Avenue.
Tickets are $30 each at www.tadl.org/belle. Proceeds will benefit “Grow the Gardens,” a project to develop landscaping and gardens near the front entrance of the Traverse Area District Library’s main branch.
TRAVERSE CITY — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will sponsor the inaugural GTRec Experience Expo on Sunday, April 28.
The free event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. More than 30 businesses and organizations will be on hand to educate and inform attendees about their recreational services, products and events. For details, visit facebook.com/GTRecExperience. For questions, contact Erith Welch, 922-4816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Allen Ehrlich, professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss family power and control in a program titled “The Mother-in-Law Problem” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road. The public is welcome; call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.