FROM STAFF REPORTS
Holiday Art Bazaar
Petoskey — Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Holiday Arts Bazaar will continue through Dec. 19.
The arts center is at 461 N. Mitchell St. The bazaar is open during regular business hours and special events; www.crookedtree.org or 347-4337.
Chum’s Corner — Menards home improvement store is serving as a toy drive drop-off site. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off through mid-December at the store, 4155 U.S. 31 South.
The gift of art
East Jordan — The Jordan River Arts Council’s 12th Members Holiday Art for Sale will continue through Friday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, at the arts center, 301 Main St. For details, contact Babs Young, 645-2220 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Art Center, 536-3385.
Traverse City — The Community Meals Program will serve its 24th Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St. Meal delivery starts at 11:15 a.m. For questions or details about donations, call 326-6969. To share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call 276-7130 or 313-9792.
Grawn — Grawn United Methodist Church invites the community to a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. Call 943-8353.
Bear Lake — Bear Lake United Methodist Church will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited.
Gaylord — The community is invited to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 22, at the St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Hall, 606 N. Ohio, with appetizers and fellowship at 2 p.m. and the meal at 3 p.m. For details, if planning to attend, or to donate time or money, call (989) 732-2119.
Shop in pajamas
Glen Arbor — Patrons are encouraged to wear their PJs for Glen Arbor’s Pajama Party 5-7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, when many local merchants will open their doors for holiday shopping.
Glen Arbor — The Glen Arbor Marketplace will kick off with a tree-lighting and caroling at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. it will be followed by the Marketplace preview. Marketplace hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Black Friday deals
Traverse City — St. Vinnies Thrift Shop, 1207 Woodmere Ave., will be open extended hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on Black Friday, Nov. 23, with special deals for shoppers. For details, call 947-8466.
Festival of Trees
Benzonia — Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County will host its Festival of Trees at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave., noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” will be read at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; cash donations are welcome.
Gallery open house
CHARLEVOIX — Bier Art Gallery will host its annual Holiday Open House/Art Demonstrations and the third Annual Ornament Show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24. The ornament show will continue through the holiday season. The gallery on U.S. 31, south of Charlevoix, is open daily; call 547-2288.
Onekama Art Fair
Onekama — The Onekama Art Fair will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Onekama Farr Center on M-22. Lunch will be available.
Silent holiday shorts
Acme — The Music House Museum on U.S. 31 North will close its Silent Film Series with four classic holiday silent shorts. The films will be shown at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $5 for students; call 938-9300 or visit www.musichouse.org.
Frankfort — Frankfort will herald the start of the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Holly Berry Art & Crafts Fair will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Frankfort-Elberta High School. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Sleeping Bear Inn noon-2 p.m. and free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available. The day closes with Frankfort’s tree lighting at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park. For details, call 352-7251, or email email@example.com.
Park will sparkle
Bear Lake — Opening night for Bear Lake’s Sparkle in the Park is Saturday, Nov. 24, at Hopkins Park Campground. Activities start at 6 p.m. with a free chili dinner. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Santa and his helpers will visit with children. Sparkle in the Park is open nightly through Jan. 1 5-11 p.m.; 342-7285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAPLE CITY — The Cedar/Maple City Lions Club is selling fresh-cut Christmas trees. Lions will be available to help noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16. Individuals also may cut their own any time and send checks payable to Cedar/Maple City Lions to P.O. Box 28, Maple City, MI 49664. Suggested donations are $10 for spruce and $25 for Douglas fir. Tree sales are on the north side of M-72, about 11½ miles west of Tom’s West Bay Market.
Traverse City — Michael’s Place will host a “Holiday Art to Remember” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Family Support Center, 1144 Boon St. Children, adults and families are invited to create holiday items to remember a loved one who has died. Materials will be provided; 947-6453.
Williamsburg — New Hope Community Church will host “Christmas Journey” from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec.2 and Dec. 7-9, at the church, 5100 Bethesdal Ct. Visitors will see towns and scenes of the Bible recreated and populated with people and live animals. Donations are welcome.
Leelanau County — The Leelanau Community Choir will present a variety of seasonal songs and carols at their annual Christmas concert series. Performances are
The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Leland’s Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 E. Pearl St. Performances on Sunday, Dec. 2, are at 3 p.m. at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 218 Madison, and 7 p.m. in Glen Arbor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6012 Lake St.
Admission is free; donations are welcome. For details, call 271-6091 or email email@example.com.
Elk Rapids — Reservations are due Tuesday, Nov. 27, for an “Advent by Candlelight” event at Sacred Heart Church for women of faith. The evening starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the parish social hall. There will be an appetizer buffet, music and fellowship. A $10 donation at the door is suggested; 264-5556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday cookie walk
Traverse City — The United Methodist Women at Central United Methodist Church will hold their annual cookie walk starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the church, 222 Cass St. Small boxes are $6; large boxes $8. There also will be a Wonderful Wednesday meal and activities 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Advent for women
Traverse City — St. Patrick Catholic Church will host an event designed for women to help them prepare Advent. “Advent by Candlelight” starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the church. Refreshments follow. Donations will be accepted to cover expenses; call or text 313-2729 for details.
Traverse City — Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., will host its annual Messiah Sing on Sunday, December 2 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to join the singing; rehearsal starts at 2:45 p.m. Participants may bring their own score. Scores also will be available. Participation and admission are free; www.tccentralumc.org/christmas or 946-5191.
Traverse City — The congregation at First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road West, will take visitors back in time for a “Taste of Bethlehem” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College’s Community Band, Jazz Ensembles and Children’s Choir have scheduled performances.
The NMC Community Band will perform at 8 p.m. concert Friday, Nov. 30, in Milliken Auditorium. The NMC Children’s Choir concert is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 720 Second St. Also on Saturday, Dec. 1, the NMC Jazz Big Band, Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets for each concert are available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for NMC students.
Pets and Santa
East Jordan — Pets are invited to have their photo taken with Santa Claus from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the bandshell at Memorial Park; call Shannon Fender, 536-7351.
Interlochen — The Friends of the Interlochen Public Library will host a children’s holiday party at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Golden Fellowship Hall, 9700 Riley Road; 276-6767 or ww.tadl.org/interlochen.
Traverse City — The Centering Prayer Community at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St., will offer an Advent contemplative quiet time from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 947-2330.
CHS open house
Traverse City — The Cherryland Humane Society will host its Santa Paws/Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the facility, 1750 Ahlberg Road. Pet owners can tour the humane society and have their pets’ pictures taken with Santa Claus. Pictures with Santa are $10 each; 946-5116.
Benzonia — A Holiday Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the upper level at Mills Community House, 891 Michigan Ave. A pancake breakfast will start at 8 a.m. in the lower level. Soup and sandwiches will be served all day.
Créches and carols
Arcadia — More than 150 nativity sets from around the globe will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3rd and Mill streets. Admission is $5 for the self-guided tour. It is sponsored by Chapter FF, PEO Sisterhood.
Holiday Home Tour
Cadillac — The Cadillac Garden Club will host a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 at Brinks Framing; $15 the day of the tour; 510-9047.
Traverse City — St. Francis Parish invites the community to its Christmas Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the St. Francis High School gym on East 11th Street. A chicken dinner will be available for $8 for adults, $6 for children, $30 per family.
Interlochen — A wide selection of cookies will be available at Redeemer Lutheran Church’s annual Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road. Cookies are $6.50 a pound. Baked goods and a luncheon also will be available.
Leland — Merry Marketplace, a Christmas arts and crafts show, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. For details, call 256-2131 or visit www.oldartbuilding.com.
Traverse City — The City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., will present “A Leahy Family Christmas” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $25-$48 for adults and $15 for students at www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling 941-8082.
Suttons Bay festival
Suttons Bay — The Suttons Bay Holiday Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
A holiday stroll will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday. Family Day is Saturday with a 1 p.m. movie at the Bay Theatre, 2-4:30 p.m. activities at ISEA, and carols, Santa’s arrival and a tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday includes Antlers & Elves at Enerdyne, a 3 p.m. Christmas concert at Suttons Bay Congregational Church, and a Cookie Extravaganza 1-4 p.m. at the Friendship Center.
Parlor guitar holiday
Traverse City — Singer/songwriter Joel Mabus will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Sleder’s Family Tavern, 717 Randolph St. Advance tickets are $15 at Sleder’s, Oryana Natural Foods Market or by calling 947-9213. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Traverse City — The City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., will present “the Empire Brass with Elisabeth Von Trapp in “The Sound of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $25-$48 for adults and $15 for students at www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling 941-8082.
Holiday open house
Kingsley — The Kingsley Friends of the Library will host a Holiday Open House 3:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the library, 213 S. Brownson Ave.; 263-5484 or www.tadl.org/kingsley to learn more.
Dessert and concert
Manistee — The Manistee Choral Society’s annual Victorian Dessert Christmas Concert is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Faith Covenant Church, 475 Eighth St. Tickets are $10 at Goody’s Juice and Java. Individuals unable to pick up their tickets may call 723-3932, or 398-0296 , for details or tickets.
Traverse City — The Traverse Bay Mennonite Youth Group is taking cookie orders until Friday, Dec. 7.
Cookies are $5.50 a dozen. Orders may be picked up 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 915 Carver St. To place an order, call 946-5597 and ask for Rhonda or Timothy; fax orders to 946-7612.
Suttons Bay — Gallery 22 will host a benefit for Leelanau Christian Neighbors.
The event opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Gallery on M-22. A portion of profits from sales through Sunday, Dec. 9, will be donated to LCN.
Gaylord — The Otsego County Community Foundation will host its annual Extreevaganza at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Treetops Convention Center. Tickets are $65 per person and child care will be available. For reservations, visit www.otsegofoundation.org. For details, call (989) 965-9388.
Kalkaska — The Christmas in Kalkaska Lighted Christmas Parade will be held downtown from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and will be followed by a bonfire, visits and photos with Santa and a tree-lighting ceremony; email@example.com or 231 564-7422.
Holiday craft show
Kalkaska — The Christmas in Kalkaska Holiday Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Birch Street Elementary School, 309 N. Birch St. Lunch, crafts for kids, child care, and a raffle will be included..
Holiday cookie sale
Traverse City — The Old Mission Women’s Club will hold its 17th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Fire Hall #2 on Center Road.
Interlochen — The Interlochen Public Library, 9700 Riley Road, will host a “Holiday Make-It and Take-It” craft day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 276-6767 or www.tadl.org/interlochen.
Cookie bake sale
Traverse City — The Unity Church Christmas Cookie Bake Sale will be held at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St., on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cookies will be sold by the dozen; 946-7240.
Northport — A Holiday Bake Sale and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Willowbrook Mill will benefit the Leelanau Children’s Center.
Holiday contra dance
Traverse City — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a holiday potluck and contra dance on Saturday December 8, at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road. There will be a 6 p.m. potluck, a 7:15 p.m. musical program and dancing 8-11 p.m. Attendees should bring a beverage, table service and a dish to pass. Admission is free for members. Non-members are $10 for adults, $6 for students with ID; www.dancetc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-2596.
Cookies and Santa
Traverse City — The Northern Michigan Cultural Center and White Tiger Martial Arts will hold an International Cookie Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at White Tiger Martial Arts, 545 E. Eighth St. Santa will be on hand to visit with children; 267-5722 or email@example.com.
The inn at Christmas
Traverse City — The Wellington Inn, 230 Wellington St., will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16, its 10th annual “Inn at Christmastime.” Tickets are $10 at the door; 922-9900 or www.wellingtoninn.com for details.
Manton — Living Word Ministries will host a Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15. The free 30-minute shows will be staged from 6 to 8 p.m. outdoors at Living Word Ministries, 800 S. Michigan Ave.; www.mantonlwm.com.
Santa visits Kingsley
Kingsley — Santa will pay a visit to The Rock of Kingsley Youth Center on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Families and children of all ages can meet Santa and have their pictures taken with him from 6 to 8 p.m. The Rock of Kingsley is at 115 E. Blair St.; www.therockofkingsley.com.
A ‘Jazzy’ Christmas
Traverse City — A “Jazzy Christmas Concert” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, will feature a cappella and instrumental music by the Trillium Singers, guest soloist Madison Hertel and the Central Christmas Combo. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. A free-will offering will be collected.
Sounds of Christmas
Cadillac — A “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” concert will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cadillac United Methodist Church. A free-will offering will be collected for Healing Private Wounds.
Traverse City — The City Opera House will stage “A Christmas Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 18-19. Tickets are $25-$48 for adults and $15 for students at www.cityoperahouse.org or by calling 941-8082.
Traverse City — The Community Meals Program’s Community Christmas Dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1003 S. Maple St. Meal delivery starts at 11:15 a.m.
For details, to donate or to volunteer, call Shannon Allen, 326-6969. to share the names of shut-ins or those who will be alone on the holiday, call Sandra Svec, 313-9792 or 276-7130.
Traverse City — Christmas services this year at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington St., will include family services at 4 and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Also on Dec. 24, Festival Holy Eucharist will be offered at 9 p.m., with an Evensong service with Eucharist at 11 p.m. Christmas Day worship at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, will be a simple Holy Eucharist with songs. For details, call 947-2330.
Ski free with Santa
Bellaire — Shanty Creek Resorts is its “Ski Free With Santa” giving spirit on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, one step further by encouraging guests to bring a donation for The Father Fred Foundation. Free lift tickets will be available all day.