TRAVERSE CITY — Gamblers Anonymous meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr. The next meeting is Aug. 5.
TRAVERSE CITY — Railroad Historical Society of Northwest Michigan member Dave Miller will present the DVD “New York Central’s Michigan Area Lines: 1950-1955 Secondary and Main Lines” at the 7 p.m. meeting of the society on Tuesday at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. The public is welcome.
Thrift Shop sale
TRAVERSE CITY — The annual summer sale is under way at the First Congregational Church Thrift Shop.
Everything is half-off through Aug. 15. The shop is located at 207 E. Eighth St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For details, call 946-6620.
TRAVERSE CITY — Jamel Anderson, director of Grand Traverse County 911, will share information on how to sign up for Smart 911 on Tuesday at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3850 Scenic Ridge.
The informational seminar will be presented at 11:30 a.m. in the East Building and at 1 p.m. in the West Building. The public is invited. Call 932-9455 to learn more.
Lunch & Learn
TRAVERSE CITY — Head of School Rob Hansen and Admissions Director Caroline Maier will discuss what makes The Pathfinder School different educationally at the final Lunch & Learn program in the summer series.
The free program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Lunch will be provided.The session is geared toward adults, but children are welcome to attend with adults present. For details, visit www.thepathfinderschool.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to join the Team Hope Walk for HD, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s signature walk.
Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control. Presently there is no treatment or cure.
The walk starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 10, at F & M Park on Railroad Avenue. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The cost is $15 for adults; free for ages 17 and younger. This includes the walk, lunch, entertainment and more.
For details or to register, visit www.hdsa.org/thwtraversecity. Donations, payable to HDSA, may be sent to HDSA, P.O. Box 72, Richland, MI 49083.
BELLAIRE — The early registration deadline is Thursday for the fourth annual With A Little Help From My Friends’ 5K Pet Run/Walk.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Youth League Baseball Field on South M-88 across from Meadowbrook Medical Care Facility. The walk starts at 9 a.m. Pets should be under control at all times and handlers must be at least 12 years old. Water for pets and walkers will be provided.
The fee is $25 before Thursday; $30 after that date or on the day of the event. For details or registration forms, visit www.walhfmf.org.
BEAR LAKE — Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to become “Commandment Commandos” at Bear Lake Christian Church’s Vacation Bible School.
VBS will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 12-13, at the church, the corner of M-72 and East Bear Lake Road. For details or to register, call 258-4457.
ALDEN — The Alden Depot Museum’s month-long Model Train Show opens Saturday, Aug. 10.
The show and a swap meet will be open Aug. 10-11. The train show continues on Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 31. The museum is located at 10670 Coy St. For details, visit www.aldendepotmuseum.com. Anyone interested in selling, running or displaying their trains should call 377-7333 or email email@example.com.
PETOSKEY — The Crooked Tree Arts Center will host a summer edition of Swirl on Aug. 21.
Summer Super Swirl will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. both indoors and outdoors at the arts center, 461 E. Mitchell St., with entertainment and live art demonstrations. Glen’s Fresh Market will provide the food and wine.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. For details or tickets, call 347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Players are needed for the sixth annual Bocce Tournament at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
The festivities begin with a potluck picnic at noon Sept. 7, on the historic front lawn, followed by the tournament from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person or $60 per team.
Teams and single players may register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/428045, or by coming in person to The Minervini Group office, 830 Cottageview Dr., Suite 101, above Trattoria Stella.