Lyme disease support
TRAVERSE CITY — A Northern Michigan Lyme Disease Support Group meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Living Hope's Chalet, 610 Three Mile Road.
For details, call Judy Mallory, 269-3406, or the Michigan Lyme Disease Association, (888) 784-5963.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Senior Center Network will host an end-of-summer Country Hoedown on Friday, Aug. 23.
The celebration will start at 7 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park on North Long Lake Road. A DJ will be playing country favorites and line dancing instructors will be on hand to teach several new steps. New this year is contra dancing. Regular line dancing starts at 8 p.m. and beginners are welcome.
Alden Arts Festival
ALDEN — Local artists will offer work in all mediums at affordable prices during the Alden Depot Arts Festival.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Alden Depot, 10670 Coy St. Visitors also can visit the museum and view the caboose. For details, visit www.visitalden.com.
Picnic and games
LAKE ANN — The St. Andrews Society of NW Michigan will host a picnic and Highland Games Sunday, Aug. 25.
The event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Almira Township Park will include games for all ages, a potluck picnic and live Scottish entertainment. For details or reservations, call 947-3902.
TRAVERSE CITY — Dave Eitland and Dr. Phil Ellis will discuss "Creative Giving and Your Bucket List" on Monday, Aug. 26, as part of the Successful Aging Series at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
The free program starts at 2 p.m. at the Pavilions off South Elmwood Avenue. The public is invited. Eitland is development and gift planning director for Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation. Ellis is director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
For details, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
Birds and bugs
TRAVERSE CITY — Saving Birds Thru Habitat will sponsor a virtual "Bird n Bug Safari" and Wings of Wonder will introduce visitors to raptors in conjunction with the Dennos Museum Center's "Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution" exhibit.
The safari will start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the museum center, 1410 College Dr. Participants of all ages will learn about challenges faced by migrating birds.
"A Birds-Eye View: An Interactive Raptor Experience" will start at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Participants should meet in the museum center lobby.
Both programs are free with museum admission, which is $10 for adults and $5 for children, museum members and NMC students. For details or to sign up for either program, call 995-1029.
MANCELONA — Area youth are invited to a "back to school" street dance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Triangle Park. Admission is free and in case of bad weather the dance will be at the Mancelona Middle School gym. For details, call 587-5500 or visit www.mancelonachamber.org.