From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Sale at St. Vincent’s
TRAVERSE CITY — St. Vincent de Paul is having a Black Friday Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the store, 1207 Woodmere Ave. Everyone is welcome.
TRAVERSE CITY — Deep Blue Water Samba School offers community samba drumming class on the first and third Monday of each month.
The class meets from 7:30-9 p.m. at Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St. The snare drum section meets from 7:30-8 p.m, followed by a full-ensemble rehearsal. Participants should bring drumsticks, drum pads, earplugs, tape recorders, snare drums and any other Brazilian percussion they have. Instruments also will be provided.
The next class is Monday, Dec. 2. The cost is $10 on a sliding scale. For details, call 276-2328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERLOCHEN — Interlochen Public Library, 9700 Riley Road, will sponsor its Holiday Mitten Tree from Monday, Dec. 2, through Friday, Dec. 20, and a holiday book sale from Monday, Dec. 2, through Tuesday, Dec. 31. For details, contact the library, 276-6767 or www.tadl.org/interlochen.
Aging Commission meets Tuesday
TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to the Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Commission office, 520 W. Front St., suite B. For details or a copy of the agenda, call 922-4688.
GT Dems meet
TRAVERSE CITY — All area Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Dec. 5, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board.
The organization meets at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. Donations of non-perishable food items for area food pantries are appreciated. For details, call 946-5555 or email email@example.com.
BELLAIRE — Liz Kirkwood from FLOW (For Love of Water) will share information on fracking and its possible impacts on water at the Wednesday, Dec. 4, meeting of the Antrim County Democratic Party.
The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at Moka Coffee Shop, 102 Bridge St. Democratic candidates for the 105th State House and U.S. House of Representatives have been invited to speak following the FLOW presentation. For details or reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KALKASKA — Obscurrus Diem Productions will host its Christmas in Kalkaska All Ages Charity Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The concert will be held from 4-11 p.m. at the Kalkaska Civic Center, 1900 Fairgrounds Road, and features music by Hawthorne Heights in their only Michigan appearance, plus nine other artists. Admission is $15; $10 with the donation of new, unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items or gently used blankets/winter apparel. An additional $2 donation is requested for the lock-in after party.
Advance tickets are available at www.obscurrus.com. They also may be purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots, the NWMI Food Bank and Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources.
Holiday art exhibit
ELK RAPIDS — Anni Crouter, one of ArtPrize 2013’s top winners, has a holiday art exhibit on view at Twisted Fish Gallery, 10443 S. Bayshore Dr.
Crouter has 30 new animal acrylic and watecolor paintings on display through Sunday, Dec. 29, at the gallery. The exhibit and sale is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For details, call 264-0123 or email email@example.com.
‘Bikes for Tikes’
TRAVERSE CITY — The annual “Bikes for Tikes” campaign is under way.
New bikes are being collected at all Bill Marsh dealerships and at radio stations 106 KHQ and 104.5 Bob FM. The goal is to collect 400 bikes to be distributed to area children.
For details, visit www.billmarshbikes.com.
Letters to Santa
KINGSLEY — Children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus through Friday, Dec. 13, for delivery to the North Pole, and will receive a personalized letter from Santa in return.
Letters may be dropped off at a special mailbox inside The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center, 115 E. Blair St., or sent to Santa Claus, care of Rock Youth Center, P.O. Box 207, Kingsley, MI 49649.
Children’s full names and addresses should be included in the letters so Santa can reply.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Mensa Foundation is conducting a scholarship competition in which more than $80,000 will be awarded to winners throughout the United States.
In northern Michigan at least two scholarships will be awarded.
One is the $500 Northern Michigan Mensa Scholarship.
The other is a $300 scholarship funded by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation. Other scholarships also are available.
The essay-based competition asks contestants, no matter what age, to state their career goals and how they have thus far prepared themselves to achieve them.
Contestants do not need to be qualified to join Mensa and there is no preference given if they are.
All aspects of the competition are conducted online and information is available at http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/. Essays and applications must be submitted no later than Jan. 15.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) girls group will sponsor a pancake dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The meal will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. at Ellsworth Christian Reformed Church, 9323 Main St. Donations will be accepted. For details, call 599-3309.
TRAVERSE CITY — Darcia Brewer, a nutrition specialist from the Area Agency on Aging, will discuss making healthy food choices during the holiday season in a program at the Village at Bay Ridge.
“Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging” will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the East Building private dining room, 3850 Scenic Ridge. Healthy snacks will be provided. The public is welcome. For details, call 932-9455.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College musical ensembles will present a series of holiday concerts.
NMC Chamber Singers and Canticum Novum perform “Sounds of the Season” at 8 p.m. Dec. 6, in Milliken Auditorium, 1410 College Dr. For tickets, call 995-1553.
NMC Children’s Choir’s four choirs present Christmas songs from around the world at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Immaculate Conception Church, 720 Second St. For tickets, call 995-1338.
NMC Jazz Ensembles perform a winter jazz showcase at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, in Milliken Auditorium. For tickets, call 995-1553.
The NMC Concert Band will present a program of traditional holiday music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Milliken Auditorium. For tickets, call 995-1553.
Tickets for each concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and free for NMC students.
CERT is organizing
BEULAH — Benzie County is reconstituting its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and has scheduled an organization meeting for Dec. 6.
CERT is designed to prepare a community to help itself in the event of a disaster and prepare team members to use CERT training to save lives and help protect property. The meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Benzie County Government Center, 448 Court Place.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Mennonite Youth Group is taking orders for Christmas cookies.
Cookie varieties include chocolate chip, molasses, ginger snaps, snickerdoodles, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate crinkle, Russian teacakes and monster cookies. The cost is $5.50 for a baker’s dozen and orders must be place by Friday, Dec. 6. Cookies may be picked up from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 10, at the Traverse Bay Mennonite Church, 915 Carver St. Free delivery in the Grand Traverse area is available for orders exceeding 10 dozen.
For details or to place an order, call 946-5597 and ask for Rhonda or Tim. Orders also may be faxed to 946-7612.
Parents’ night out
KALKASKA — Parents are invited to enjoy a night out on Saturday, Dec. 7, while certified professionals watch their children at People’s Church of Kalkaska.
Parents may drop their children off at the church, 216 S. Cherry St., at 6 p.m. and pick them up at 9 p.m. They just need to sign their children in and fill out a medical information form. Reservations are required. The church will provide board games, a movie, foosball, air hockey, nursery toys and treats.
For details or to reserve space for your children, call 258-9365.
Christmas at Grace
TRAVERSE CITY — Christmas at Grace Church includes services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24-25.
Christmas Eve services include a Family Service and Procession to the Creche at 4 p.m., followed by a Quiet Service at 6 p.m. Nursery care will be offered at both services. A Festival Holy Eucharist service starts at 9 p.m. and an Evensong service with Eucharist will be held at 11 p.m. Christmas Day will have one service, a Simple Eucharist with songs at 10 a.m.
The church is located at 341 Washington St. Parking is available in the alley lot. Call 947-2330 to learn more.