ELK RAPIDS — The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and ISLAND will co-host a fall harvest gathering from 1-3 p.m. today, Oct. 26, at Maple Bay Farm, U.S. 31, south of Elk Rapids.
The event will include music by Angelo Meli and Dave Eichenroth, a hike to the beach, refreshments, pumpkins and nature-themed pumpkin stencils, and a look at ISLAND's new kitchen on wheels. If planning to participate in the hike, dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For details, call 929-7911. For reservations, visit http://bit.ly/1gXn4I2. For directions, visit http://www.gtrlc.org/preserve/maple-bay-farm-house-management-summary/.
BEULAH — A photography exhibit by Gordon Kells will close L'Chayim Delicatessen's Summer Art Series. Kells' exhibit, titled "World Travels," opens with a reception from 3-5 p.m. today, Oct. 26.
Afternoon of jazz
TRAVERSE CITY — Chateau Chantal will host an afternoon of jazz with the Jeff Haas Trio featuring bassist Ed Fedewa and drummer Fred Knapp.
The trio will perform from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the winery, 15900 Rue de Vin on the Old Mission Peninsula. There is no cover charge. For details, call 223-4110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUTTONS BAY — The Leelanau County Democratic Party will sponsor a "Tricks or Treats" fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 27, for Tom Stobie, candidate for Michigan 101st District State Representative and current superintendent of the Frankfort School District. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the VI Grill, 201 St. Joseph St. For details, call 933-0586.
TRAVERSE CITY — Monday, Oct. 28, is the deadline to register for "Courting the Muse: Writers Conference," a day of inspired writing, learning about writing and meeting other writers.
The conference will be held from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Northwestern Michigan College's Oleson Center. Award-winning fiction writer Patricia McNair will lead the opening session and the conference will close with several writers sharing insights into options in the publication process and short readings by several presenters.
The $125 cost includes lunch and materials. For details or to register, visit www.nmc.edu/ees or call 995-1700.
Reiki I and II class
NORTHPORT — Reiki Master Charlotte F. Seager will offer a Reiki I and II class in Northport.
The class will meet from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Participants will learn the non-invasive, hands-on energy practice, distant healing and how to set up a healing practice. Registration is available through Friday, Nov. 1, with a $50 non-refundable deposit through PayPal or U.S. Mail. For details, contact Seager, 432-0487.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Main Post Office will offer a Passport Fair on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Post Office will provide passport information to U.S. citizens and accept passport applications from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. For details or appointments, call 946-9617. The Main Post Office is located at 202 S. Union St.
Spas help fight hunger
THOMPSONVILLE — Seven northern Michigan spas have banded together to fight hunger through the Northern Michigan Spa Tour.
From Monday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 10, participating spas will donate $5 from each 50-minute or longer spa service to northern Michigan food pantries. In addition guest who bring in canned goods will receive $1 per can in spa bucks, which can be used toward spa services during Spa Week only, with a limit of $25 in spa bucks.
Participating spas include Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville; Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain; Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme; the Spa at Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire; The Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor; Treetops Spa, at Treetops Resort, Gaylord; and Oasis Salon & Spa, Gladwin. For an appointment, contact participating spas or visit www.spatour.org.
MSU game watch party
FRANKFORT — The MSU Alumni Club of Benzie County will host their annual MSU vs. U-M game watch party at the Garden Theater, Saturday, Nov. 2, at a time to be announced. The doors open one hour prior to game time.
Admission is $15 and includes Stormcloud Brewing pizza and small bites. There will be a cash bar for Stormcloud beer and soft drinks. Proceeds go toward MSU scholarships for Benzie Central and Frankfort-Elberta students.
Call for art
FRANKFORT — The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center of the Arts will host a Member Exhibition and Invitational during November and December and has issued a call for artists for individual inclusion in the exhibit.
Artists must be members of the Oliver Art Center and works will be accepted for consideration provided they have been created within the last three years and have not been previously exhibited at the Oliver Art Center. Works must be framed or finished in a professional manner and ready to hang with wire.
Art may be dropped off from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 4, at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road. The exhibit will run from Nov. 8 through Jan 3, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. For details, call 352-4151 or visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort..org.
CHARLEVOIX — "Michigan Melody," an exhibit celebrating instrument makers of Michigan and the joy of music through fine art, will be on display through Nov. 30 at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts Gallery, 109 Clinton. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. daily. For details, call 547-3554 or visit www.charlevoixcircle.org.