ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and potluck dinner from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 10180 Elk Lake Road.
The general public is welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. Table service will be provided. The meeting includes a PowerPoint slide show on museum building improvements and future plans. For details, call 264-8984 or visit www.elkrapidshistory.org.
SUTTONS BAY — Traverse City West Senior High School’s Thespian Society returns to the woods at Black Star Farms for Haunted Hayrides.
Trail rides are from 10 to 15 minutes long and will be staged from 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. They start and end at Black Star Farms’ Hearth & Vine Cafe, where refreshments will be available. Rides are $10 per person.
Hayrides are recommended for ages 12 and older. Black Star Farms is located at 10844 E. Revold Road, off M-22.
TRAVERSE CITY — Aged to Perfection Reader’s Theatre will take the stage at the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre at the Depot, the corner of East Eighth Street and Woodmere Avenue.
The troupe will perform “Kugelmass” by Woody Allen, “Mere Mortals” by David Ives and the Abbot and Costello piece “Who’s on First.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. The doors open 30 minutes before the performance. Admission is free and reservations are not needed. For details, call 947-2210.
TRAVERSE CITY — Food for Thought, a semester-long service learning project at Northwestern Michigan College, and the Northwest Food Coalition are challenging the community to collect non-perishable food items to fill the 51 pantries in the five-county region.
The Food for Thought Drive is under way and continues through Friday, Nov. 15. Food may be dropped off at red barrels located in most buildings on NMC’s main, University Center and Aero Park campuses. Drives also will be held 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, at Traverse City Tom’s Food Markets; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at the Traverse City Wal-mart; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the NMC Aero Park Campus Unmanned Vehicle and Robotics; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Traverse City Aldi.