Raven Hill open
EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with an open house Sunday, May 5.
The open house will be hosted from noon to 4 p.m. Raven Hill is located between East Jordan and Boyne City, off C-48 at Pearsall Road. For details, call 536-3369.
BENZONIA — The Benzonia Academy Lecture on Thursday, May 9, will examine the Grand Army of the Public (GAR). It is the first in a series of lectures focusing on the Civil War, which is marking its 150th anniversary.
The GAR was made up of Union Civil War veterans and played an important role in the life and development of the Benzie area. Dr. Louis Yock will talk on “The Fading Line of Blue: The GAR in Benzie History” at 7 p.m. at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave.
The public is invited; admission is free. For details, call 882-5539 or visit www.benziemuseum.org.
Class of ‘57
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School class of 1957 will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, for lunch at the Elks Lodge, 625 Bay St. All classmates are welcome.
TRAVERSE CITY — Poet and author Jaiya John will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Seeds of Hope benefit for Child and Family Services.
John was one of the first African-American children to be adopted by a white family in New Mexico. He has written several books exploring questions of race, identity, family and discovery.
An Evening with Jaiya John will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the State Theatre, 233 E. Front St. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Premier seating is $100. For details, visit http://www.cfsnwmi.org/events/seeds-of-hope-an-evening-with-jaiya-john/ or www.soulwater.org.
ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society’s Thursday, May 9, program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” as part of Green Elk Rapids Days.