FROM STAFF REPORTS
Traverse City — Shoreline Center for Healing, 402 S. Union St., is offering acupuncture clinics in a community setting from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in October. Patients pay what they can afford ranging from $20 to $30. For an appointment, call 946-HEAL. For details, visit www.shorelinehealing.com.
Gaylord — Monday, Oct. 1, is the deadline to register for a conference that opens a "Year of Faith" in the Diocese of Gaylord.
The conference on Saturday, Oct. 6, includes two keynote presentations and breakout sessions at the diocese, 611 W. North St. The $25 cost includes lunch; scholarships are available.
Registration details are available at parish offices and online at www.dioceseofgaylord.org. For more information, call (989) 732-5147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prostate cancer talk
Traverse City — The public is invited to a free program on prostate cancer on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Urologists Daniel Flewelling, MD, Ward R. Gillett, MD, Robert M. Hall, MD, Jay A. Starr, MD, and Wayne K. Stefanciw, MD, will discuss the disease from 6 to 8 p.m. in conference room 1 at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St. There also will be a demonstration of the da Vinci surgical device.
For details or reservations, call (888) 838-9160 or visit www.munsonhealthcare.org/knowyourstats.
Cancer risk program
Traverse City — Dr. Julie Brons and nutrition specialist Angelo Agon will discuss strategies to reduce the risk of breast cancer at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Performance Chiropractic, 551 S. Garfield Ave., suite B. There is no charge, but reservations are requested; call 922-0110.
Church open house
Benzonia — Hilltop Tabernacle invites the community to an open house Friday, Oct. 5.
The open house will be held from 2 to 6 at the new non-denominational Christian church, 7383 Hoadley Road, and will include facility tours and refreshments. For details, call 383-4026, visit www.httabernacle.com, email email@example.com or find the church on Facebook and Twitter at HillTopTab.
Free family film
Traverse City — Christ United Methodist Church, 1249 Three Mile Road, will show a family film at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. There is no charge for the film or popcorn. For details or the film title, call the church, 946-3048.
Breast cancer event
Acme — Sign up is under way for "Recovery Plus," a program for women who have had or are currently living with breast cancer.
The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The $25 cost includes continental breakfast, lunch, a pampering session and speakers.
For details call 946-1525 or 632-6118. For reservations, call Kya at the American Cancer Society, (800) 227-2345.
Pets to be blessed
Traverse City --All creatures, great and small, and their humans are invited to the annual Blessing of the Animals service Sunday, Oct. 7, at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St.
The service honoring St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, will start at 4 p.m. outdoors in the church parking lot, weather permitting. All pets should be leashed or in cages. For details, call 947-2330.
Post adoption group
Traverse City — A group designed for families who have adopted through the state foster care system will begin meeting on the first Sunday of each month starting Oct. 7.
The Post Adoption Connections Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at West Side Community Church, 4975 M-72 West. The church's children's program and nursery will be staffed and available. There is no charge. For details or registration, call 590-8644.
Program for women
Bear Lake — Bear Lake Christian Church will sponsor a community fellowship for women.
The program will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the church on M-72 West. Dr. Lyles will discuss research into PMDD, PMS, pregnancy, post partum depression and other women's depression issues.
There is no charge. Reservations are requested; call 258-6112.
Traverse City — Swiss steak tops the menu for a harvest dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, 16426 Center Road. Donations will be accepted and take-outs will be available. For details, call 223-4393.
Traverse City — The annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's" will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Grand Traverse Commons. Registration is at 10 a.m., followed by the walk at 11 a.m. For details or to make a contribution, call (800) 337-3827 or visit www.alz.org/walk.
Life Chain Sunday
Traverse City — National Life Chain Sunday will be observed locally from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.
The Grand Traverse Area Life Chain bears witness to the sanctity of human life. Participants will silently hold pro-life signs on the sidewalks along Grandview Parkway and Front Street running east to west from Fair to Division streets. Signs will be available along the route. For details, call 325-3685.