SCOTTVILLE — Marthe Cohn will be the featured lecturer at West Shore Community College’s Shoah (Holocaust) Remembrance event on Wed., May 1.
Cohn was born in Metz in the Lorraine region of France in 1920 into a Jewish family. She is a Holocaust survivor and at the age of 80 received France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire, for serving as a soldier and spy behind German lines during World War II. Cohn will share her story in a free presentation at 12:30 p.m. at WSCC’s Center Stage Theater.
Seating is limited and individuals planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early to be assured of a seat.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) will hold an orientation on Thursday, May 2, for the Individual Development Account (IDA) savings program.
The orientation starts at 10 a.m. at the NMCAA office, 3963 Three Mile Road. It is for prospective applicants with limited earned income who want to build financial assets toward a home purchase, education or opening or expanding a business. For details or to register, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.
Grass River events
BELLAIRE — Events at Grass River Natural Area include a a clean-up, fix-up day and a Spring Fling fundraiser.
Volunteers are invited to bring rakes and dust rags to help spruce up the cabin, the center and the trails for the start of Grass River’s 43rd season. The work bee starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Lunch will be provided. For details or if planning to help, call 533-8314.
The Dockside in Torch Lake will split its profits from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, with Grass River. No reservations are needed.
TRAVERSE CITY — Tina Livingston will lead gentle yoga classes for adults and teens of all abilities at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.
Sessions meet at 9 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month. The next sessions are May 4 and 18. A $5 donation is requested to cover expenses. For details or to register, call 223-7700.
BELLAIRE — A benefit concert, silent auction and shave-raiser on Saturday, May 4, will benefit ISLAND’s Hill House residency and other projects.
The fundraiser starts at 4 p.m. at Short’s Brewing Co. 121 N. Bridge St. The suggested donation is $10 to $20 on a sliding scale at the door. No one will be turned away. For details, call 622-5252 or visit www.artmeetsearth.org.
BEAR LAKE — Bear Lake Christian Church will offer a community fellowship for women at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the church, 211 Bear Lake Road. The focus will be spiritual intimacy in marriage. Lunch will be provided. For details or reservations, call 258-4458.
MAPLE CITY — The Cedar/Maple City Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast to help the Cedar Fire Department purchase thermal imaging equipment.
The meal will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Lions Community Building, County Road 616. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger.
‘Shanty 2 Shorts’
BELLAIRE — The second annual “Shanty 2 Shorts” 5k and 10k fun run/walk will be held Saturday, May 11.
The event will start at 10 a.m. and travels from the front door of Shanty Creek’s Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center to the front door of Short’s Brewpub in downtown Bellaire. For race registration forms and details including the race route, visit www.shantycreek.com/s2s.
EMPIRE — The Glen Lake Community Library is seeking asparagus-inspired poetry for a contest in conjunction with the 10th annual Empire Asparagus Festival.
Poems will be judged in youth (ages 18 and younger) and adult categories. All verses submitted will be shared in a poetry reading at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Empire Township Hall. Contestants are encouraged to attend and read their poems.
Poets may submit entries at the library, 10115 E. Front St., email entries to email@example.com, or mail poems to Glen Lake Community Library, P.O. Box 33, Empire, MI 49630. The entry deadline is Monday, May 13.
Green Elk Rapids
ELK RAPIDS — Green Elk Rapids Days will celebrate five years of community focus on “green” lifestyles and environmental issues with activities for all ages and interests. Activities are under way and continue through May 29. For details and a complete schedule, visit www.greenelkrapidsdays.com.
Brush drop-off site
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery brush drop-off site is open for the season.
Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.The site is located at 2471 N. Keystone Road. For details, visit www.recyclesmart.info or call 941-5555.