FROM STAFF REPORTS
Red Cross specials
Traverse City — The American Red Cross is offering special offers on training classes and health and safety products through Jan. 31.
Individuals can save 20 percent on the class fee for a first aid and CPR/AED class. To learn more or register for a class, go to www.redcross.org/takeaclass and use HOLIDAY0113 as the coupon code for the discount.
The Red Cross also is offering 20 percent off the price of first aid kits and other emergency preparedness items available at www.redcrossstore.org. Again, use the HOLIDAY0113 coupon code to receive 20 percent off.
Art at L'Chayim
Beulah — Art students in Corey Bechler's class at Benzie Central High School are featured at L'Chayim Delicatessen through December.
An open house for the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 15, at the deli in Beulah. Call 871-0601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Authors sign books
Traverse City — Four authors will sign books this weekend at Horizon Books.
Book signings Dec. 15, include Evelyn Johnson, author of "Grama's Gift" from noon to 2 p.m.; Steven Huyser-Honig, author of "The Michigan You Love" from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Mary Clifton, author of "Waist Away," 4 to 6 p.m.
Karl Manke, author of "The Prodigal Son," will sign his book from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. He also will be on the Ron Jolly Show at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and then visit with patrons at the book store from about 10 a.m. to noon.
The book store is located at 243 E. Front St. For details, call 946-7290 or (800) 587-2147 or visit www.horizonbooks.com.
Firefighter toy drive
Traverse City — The Traverse City Firefighters Local 646 is continuing a more than 50-year tradition by collecting toys for children in the Grand Traverse area, who might not otherwise find anything under the Christmas tree.
New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Traverse City fire stations at 500 W. Front St. or 1313 E. Eighth St. The community is invited to join the firefighters at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, to help sort and wrap toys. Lunch will be provided. Call 922-4930, ext. 8, to learn more.
Traverse City — Donations of time, food and funds still are needed to help make the Community Meals Program Community Christmas dinner a success.
The meal will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St., Meal delivery will start at 11:15 a.m. and should be arranged in advance.
For details, to make a donation or to volunteer, call Shannon Allen, 326-6969. To share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call Sandra Svec, 313-9792 or 276-7130.
Traverse City — Bayview Wesleyan Church will present its 39th annual Live Nativity from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23; and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, outdoors at the church, 720 Wayne St. For details, call 947-3792.
Traverse City — The congregation at Old Mission Congregational Church, 18687 Mission Road, invites the community to worship with them at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The service will feature special music, carols, readings, candles and more.
New pastor installed
Onekama — The United Congregational Church of Onekama announces that the Reverend William Morris has recently been installed as the church's new pastor.
The Rev. Morris was ordained with a master of divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich., and brings 24 years of ministry experience to the congregation He has served as pastor of Bethany Reformed and Greenwood Reformed churches in Kalamazoo and the Moddersville Reformed Church in Falmouth, Mich. For the past 14 years, the Rev. Morris has been pastor of Clarksville Community Church, Clarksville, N.Y. In 2011, he published a book titled "Stories From Potowasso: Morality Tales From a Small Town," a collection of short stories about growing up in a small Michigan town. It won the iUniverse Editor's Choice Award for Short Stories in 2011.
The Rev. Morris and his wife Susan live in Wellston. He can be reached through the church, 889-4081, or his home, 848-7065.
The First United Congregational Church of Christ is located at 4920 Spring St. Worship services are at 10 a.m. Sundays.