FROM STAFF REPORTS
TRAVERSE CITY —
Photo club meets
Traverse City — Dr. Bryan Shumaker, an avid astrophotographer and founder/president of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club, will be the guest speaker at today's meeting of the Traverse Area Camera Club. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster. The public is invited.
Meals for hunters
Fife Lake — The Walton Junction Sportsman's Club will close its year with breakfasts and a swiss steak dinner for area hunters.
Breakfast will be served from 5 to 11 a.m. today and Friday, Nov. 15-16, with the swiss steak meal served from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, The club will then close until April 2013.
Traverse City — The Bayside Bombshells burlesque troupe will recreate "Bombshells in Burleyland," a production originally performed in downtown Grand Rapids for Art Prize.
The show is drawn from original textual and photographic annals of Lewis Carroll. It will be staged on Friday, Nov. 16, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 each. For details, call 929-3254.
Traverse City — A series of historical and experimental liturgies will close on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St.
A celebration of "The Lord's Supper" from the Church of South India will be offered. The Church of South India is a successful attempt to pull together several Christian denominations in order to make a unified witness to a largely un-Christian population. The liturgy has Anglican, Methodist, and Reformed overtones influenced by the local culture. The Rev. Katheryn King will preach and preside.
Participants can enjoy a taste of South India following the service. Call 947-2330 for details.
Traverse City — American Legion Post 35 will hold its fifth annual "Holiday Cookie Sale" on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the post home, 1231 Hastings St. This year some crafts have been added to the event. For details, call 922-2119.
Toys for Tots drive
Traverse City — The U.S. Coast Guard will escort Santa to the kick off of the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
The event will be hosted from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Great Wolf Lodge. It will feature children's activities, refreshments, tours of the Coast Guard helicopter, police and fire displays and a chance to visit with Santa. While the event is free, participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Those making a donation will be eligible to enter to win door prizes.
More than a hundred Toys for Tots collection boxes are located in the region and most are clearly identified by signs in front of the location. For details including a full list of agencies and drop-off locations, call 933-0344 or visit www.ToysForTots.org.
Traverse City — A local short documentary titled "Aurora Borealis (Martina's Story)" will have it's first screening Sunday, Nov. 18, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St.
The film tells the story of a local woman's courage and creative approach to facing the challenge of pancreatic cancer. It will be shown from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Traverse City — The second annual Civic Center Cross race will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. It is the third of four races in the 2012 Cross the Bay cyclo-cross series.
Novice riders start at noon, followed by a free kids' race at 12:30 p.m. Intermediate-level riders leave at 1 p.m. and expert riders race at 2 p.m.
The cyclo-cross series is sponsored by Einstein Cycles and North Country Cycle Sport of Petoskey. For details or registration, visit www.xthebay.com or call Einstein Cycles, 421-8148.
Traverse City Qdoba locations will be accepting donations of canned goods now through Nov. 20.
Customers who bring two canned goods to the Market Place Circle or W. South Airport locations will receive a free order of chips and queso. The cans will be given to the Father Fred Foundation.
Christmas Joy Fest
Copemish — The Marilla Historical Society will kick off the Christmas season with its Christmas Joy Fest.
The event will be hosted from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Marilla Museum & Pioneer Place, 9991 Marilla Road. There will be tours of the museum and all historic buildings, demonstrations, a bonfire with hot wassail, carolers, a meal from 4 to 6 p.m., a "Wee Christmas Pageant" at 6:15 p.m. and more.
Admission is by suggested donation, with special family rates available. For details, call 362-3430, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.marillahistory.org.
Red Kettle campaign
Traverse City — Bell ringers for the Salvation Army got a head start on this year's Red Kettle Campaign with a kick-off at Tom's Food Market on West Bay.
Bell ringers will be stationed at area locations throughout the holiday season. They will accept donations to meet the needs of Traverse City Salvation Army clients, which are projected to increase significantly this Christmas season.
Grawn — Grawn United Methodist Church invites the community to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22.
The meal will be served from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. There is no charge. For details, call 943-8353.