SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College will recognize students’ academic achievements and awarding scholarships today, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Center Stage theater in the Arts and Sciences Center. Commencement will start at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the campus Recreation Center.
May Day benefit
EAST JORDAN — The 10th annual May Day benefit for the Women's Resource Center Safe Home will be hosted Saturday, May 4.
Activities take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Sacred Sparks, 5070 Mt. Bliss Road. A potluck dinner will start at 4:30. Admission is free. For details, call 536-2704 or visit www.sacredsparks.com.
Bigs garage sale
TRAVERSE CITY — The Bill Marsh Body and Paint Center on South Barlow Street will hold a garage sale Saturday, May 4, to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan.
The fundraiser will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For details, contact Roberta Lathrop, 932-6266 or email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY —The work of three artists from Artcenter Traverse City will be on display in the Towsley Lobby of the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.
The exhibit features art by Lisa Perrine Brown, Connie McKinney and Charles Perry Jones. It will open with a reception today, May 3, from 3 to 9 p.m. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through May 31. For details, call 941-8082.
Art exhibit opens
TRAVERSE CITY — "A Celebration of Earth, Sky, Water and Place: Work by Jerry Gates" opens today, May 3, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in Rinaldo Hall, adjacent to Gallery Fifty at the Grand Traverse Commons. The exhibit may be viewed through June 30. For details, visit http://galleryfifty.com/event/environments-work-by-jerry-gates/.
Farm Market opens
TRAVERSE CITY — The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 4.
Saturday market hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon in the city parking lot at Grandview Parkway and South Union Street. Wednesday markets open June 5. The hours will be 8 a.m. to noon.
NORTHPORT — Cross Farms will participate in World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at Cross Farms, five minutes north of Northport. There is no charge. For details or if planning to attend, call 386-5406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions, visit www.cross-farms.com.
OMENA — Saving Birds Thru Habitat will offer a spring wildflower walk and a Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival pre-festival movie screening.
Brian Zimmerman from Four Seasons Nursery will lead the wildflower walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, starting from the SBTH Discovery Center, 5020 N. Putnam.
A screening of "The Big Year" will be shown at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Bay Theater on St. Joseph St. Tickets are $8 at the door or in advance at the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce office in Lake Leelanau and at Enerdyne in Suttons Bay. Movie tickets and details about the wildflower walk also are available by calling 271-3738.
TRAVERSE CITY — A reception from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., will open an exhibit of recent works by Nicholas Symanski and Tom Duimstra. It will feature music by Russell Gorton, refreshments and a cash bar.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Chocolate Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. As a fundraiser for the Northwest Food Coalition, an on-site food drive also will be held. For details, visit www.tcchocolatefestival.com. For tickets, visit www.cityoperahouse.org.
Meet the author
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library will host a visit by local first-time novelist Kimberli A. Bindschatel.
The main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., will celebrate the publication of Bindschatel's novel "The Path to the Sun" at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6. The public is invited. For details, visit www.tadl.org/teens.
TRAVERSE CITY — The West Senior High School Band's final concert of the school year will honor Band Director Patricia Brumbaugh, who is retiring after 37 years including 14 years at WSH.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the WSH auditorium, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. A reception will follow and the public is invited.
Music House opens
ACME — The Music House Museum will open its 31st season with a celebration on Wednesday, May 8.
The event will include a performance by the Elk Rapids High School Zero Hour Jazz Band and Chorale. It will start at 7 p.m. at the museum, U.S. 31 North. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For details or reservations, call 938-9300. For tickets, visit www.musichouse.org.
Buzzelli book launch
TRAVERSE CITY — Bestselling local author Elizabeth Buzzelli will launch her latest book on Saturday, May 11, at Brilliant Books, 118 E. Front St. The event is free and open to the public.
The book, "Dead Little Dolly," is the newest titled in Buzzelli's Emily Kincaid Mystery Series. She will read, sign books and answer questions from 7 to 9 p.m. at the book store. Refreshments will be provided and reservations are recommended. For details, call 946-2665 or visit www.brilliant-books.net.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Bayside Bombshells will perform a theatrical burlesque show titled "7 Sinful Rooms" on Saturday, May 11, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. The doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. The performance is recommended for ages 18 and older. Tickets are $10 each; call 929-3254.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area District Library and the Old Town Playhouse will present benefit performances of the one-woman show "The Belle of Amherst," featuring Michigan native Sinda Nichols.
The show weaves Emily Dickinson's poetry and writings into a two-act play set in Dickinson's home in Amherst, Mass. It will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Studio Theatre, 620 Railroad Place.
General admission tickets are $30 at www.tadl.org/belle. Proceeds benefit "Grow the Gardens," a TADL project to develop landscaping and gardens near the front entrance of the Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave.