GRAWN — Homemade Christmas cookies, candies and fudge will be featured at Grawn United Methodist Church’s 13th annual Sweet Shoppe.
The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. Crafts created by church members and outside crafters also will be on sale along with a selection of quilts. Lunch also will be available. To learn more, call 645-5431.
TRAVERSE CITY — A Winter’s Concert/Benefit will help provide goods and wellness services to individuals affected by illness or trauma in the Traverse City area.
The concert starts at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 13 at TC Circuit, 225 W. 14th St. Featured performers include hoop dancer Tyra, Terry Wooten, Aaron Wayne Otto, Parallel, Chris Sterr, Jeff Haas and Joshua Davis, Laure Sears, Steve Stargardt and Bill Sears, Samantha Cooper, The TC Sings Community Chorus, Miriam Pico and Al Jankowski, Freya, Saldaje, Rokko Jans and Jeff Gibbs.
Tickets are $15 in advance at http://FreshwaterEvents.com or at the door; $12 with a donation of non-perishable items.
KALKASKA — People’s Church, 216 S. Cherry, will host a Community Christmas Carol Sing at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Everyone is welcome. Christmas cookies will be served. For details, call 258-6587.
Polar Express storytime
TRAVERSE CITY — A Polar Express storytime on Friday, Dec. 20, will include a guest appearance by Santa Claus.
The “Polar Express” will be read at 4 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., and Santa will make a stop to read “The Night Before Christmas.” Families also will have an opportunity to make magic reindeer food to take home. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
Festival of Trains
TRAVERSE CITY — The 11th annual Festival of Trains chugs into the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St., on Saturday, Dec. 14.
This year’s festival features the Historic Miniature City, an interactive Thomas the Tank Engine, an extensive train exhibition, plus a swap meet on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15.
Festival hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with hours shortened to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays. The festival will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Santa will pay a visit from 5-7 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-19. The festival also features the Choo Choo Cafe serving beverages, baked goods and homemade soup, and the Conductor’s Gift Shop with holiday and railroad themed gifts.
Admission is $5 for ages 5 and older; $30 for a family pass which is good for unlimited festival visits. For details, visit www.festivaloftrains.org or call 995-0313.
Clean Water meeting
SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau Clean Water group will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Dr. For details, call 256-9812.
Garden club meets
ACME — The Sweetwater Evening Garden Club’s annual Christmas family potluck and white elephant exchange will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Acme. For details, call Pam Larkin, 938-9611.
TRAVERSE CITY — Rebecca Lessard from Wings of Wonder will lead a “Full Moon Owl Hike” on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The hike is recommended for ages 6 and older and participants should bring snowshoes if there is snow.
The hike will be held from 6-8 p.m. starting at the Boardman River Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road.
The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 11 and younger. For details or to register, call 941-0960 or visit www.natureiscalling.org.