FROM STAFF REPORTS
Ski free with Santa
Bellaire — Shanty Creek Resorts is taking its "Ski Free With Santa" giving spirit on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, one step further by encouraging guests to bring a donation for The Father Fred Foundation.
Every year, Shanty Creek Resorts gives away free Christmas Day lift tickets all day long. This year, Shanty is asking guests to bring non-perishable food items to the ticket window when they obtain their free lift ticket. All food donations will be given to The Father Fred Foundation to be distributed to area families in need.
A donation is not required to take advantage of the resort's free skiing on Christmas Day, but Shanty Creek Resorts hopes that those who can will do so.
For details about The Father Fred Foundation and what types of non-perishable items are most needed, visit www.fatherfred.org.
Album release party
Traverse City — InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., will hold a party Friday, Dec. 28, celebrating the release of local musician Ben Swan's latest album "Kensington."
Swan will be joined by opening acts Ratone and Audio Monarch and his brother, Dan, who collaborated on the album. Tickets at the door are $5 each or two for $9. An after party will be held at the InsideOut bar. Swan also will have CDs and merchandise for sale.
Youth ski trip
Traverse City — Plans are being finalized for the Bethlehem Lutheran Church youth group's ski trip to Searchmont Jan. 25-27. The trip is limited to the first 25 to sign up; call Norm Fred, 947-2852.
Traverse City — YMCA Youth WOW (Working on Wellness) is a four-month weight management and healthy lifestyle program for young people ages 10-17.
A new series starts Wednesday, Jan. 9, with family orientation at 6:30 p.m. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 4. The program includes two weekly group training sessions with YMCA fitness staff, a four-month YMCA family membership, four group nutrition sessions and one personal nutrition counseling session.
The cost is $392 for non-members, $272 for current Y members. Scholarship help may be available; call 933-9622 or print the scholarship form at www.gtbayymca.org. Payments may be made monthly if through the Y's bank draft system.