FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY — Auditions for the 2013 production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" will be held from 7-9 p.m. today, Feb. 6, and Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Northwestern Michigan College's West Hall conference room. A script will be provided.
Rehearsals for selected cast will be held Wednesdays, Feb. 20 and 27 and March 6 and 13. The performance will be at 7 p.m. March 14 in Milliken Auditorium. The production is sponsored by NMC's Office of Student Life.
NMC Cinema Series
TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Cinema Series continues Thursday, Feb. 7, with "Soul Food Junkies."
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium, 1701 E. Front St. It explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health.
Admission is free and the public is welcome. In addition, the Dennos Museum Center will offer free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. For details, visit www.dennosmuseum.org or call 995-1055.
OM history group
TRAVERSE CITY — Mary (Weatherholt) Avery will discuss her family's history on Old Mission Peninsula at the Thursday, Feb. 7, meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road. The public is welcome. For details, contact Kennard R. Weaver, 947-0947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAYLING — The community is invited to a Valentine's dinner on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The meal will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center, 308 Lawndale. The cost is $2.50 for ages 60 and older; $5 for ages 59 and younger.
No reservations are needed. For details, call (989) 348-7123.
LUDINGTON — Hospice of Michigan will hold training in Ludington for individuals interested in being hospice volunteers. Hospice of Michigan's Ludington office serves Benzie, Lake, Manistee, and Mason counties.
Volunteer hours are flexible with no minimum hourly requirements. Hospice welcomes retirees, working people, and youth volunteers beginning at age 14.
Training will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, in Ludington. There is no charge but registration is required no later than Thursday, Feb. 7. Training will also be held soon in the Manistee area. To register or for details, contact Jean, 845-3422 or email@example.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — Performance Chiropractic will offer three health-related programs in February.
"Creating Health," a workshop on the factors that promote health and reverse disease processes, will start at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
"Beer Guts, Muffin Tops & The Truth About Cholesterol" will take a look at weight issues. It will start at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
The underlying causes of cardiovascular problems is the subject of "Heart Health: Keys to Cardio Success" at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
All programs are free and open to the public. They will be presented at Performance Chiropractic, 551 S. Garfield Ave., suite B. Reservations are required; call 922-0110.
TRAVERSE CITY — Two benefit lectures in Milliken Auditorium will offer an opportunity to learn about the world's most famous shipwreck, its connections to Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College's Nautical Archaeology program.
The first lecture will be held Friday, Feb. 8 in Milliken Auditorium. Kenneth J. Vrana, co-director of the Titanic Mapping Project for Premier Exhibitions Inc., will outline Michigan connections to the RMS Titanic. A 6 to 7:30 p.m. reception in the Dennos Museum Center Sculpture Court will be followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. and a question and answer period. Tickets are $25 each.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, NMC students will present the results of current nautical archaeology research in northwestern Michigan from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Following the student presentations, Vrana will present the Titanic Mapping Project. The event will last until 9 p.m. with time for questions. Tickets are $10 each.
Tickets are available from Nautical Archaeology Society members, the Social Science department at NMC (Scholars Hall 114) and at the door. Proceeds benefit the Northwestern Michigan College Archaeology Society's student research trip to Wales in June. For details, visit www.nasnmc.com.
Raven Hill family fun
EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center's Second FREE (Families Reach for Educational Excellence) Saturday program for families will be Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is free for families and includes hands-on exhibits and displays. Raven Hill is located off C-48 at Pearsall road. For details, questions or winter road conditions, call 536-3369.
Theater for kids
TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Town Playhouse Young Company starts winter classes Monday, Feb. 11.
Classes are offered for children as young as 5 years old and include instruction in acting, singing, dance and improvisation. All classes meet after school at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. Scholarships are available.
For details or to register, 947-2210 ext. 103, or visit www.otpyoungcompany.com.
Family Science Day
SUTTONS BAY — Inland Seas Education Association will host Family Science Day on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The event from 10 a.m. to noon will be held at the ISEA Education Center. It geared toward children ages 5 to 12.
The cost is $5 per child; reservations are required. For details or reservations, call 271-3077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.