Poet Laureate to speak
TRAVERSE CITY — JoAnn Balingit, the Poet Laureate of Delaware, will share her poetry at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 3 at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Railroad Historical Society of Northwest Michigan will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, at the History Center of Traverse City. George Gregory will present two short videos.
All members and anyone interested in railroads and railroad history are invited to attend. For more information, call George Gregory at 946-6436.
Garden club meeting
RAPID CITY — The Juniper Garden Club of South Torch Lake will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1 at the Little Red Schoolhouse Community Center. Guest speakers Joe Mariage and Lisa Rosendahl will present a film and discuss early Rapid City and the ghost town of Aarwood.
New members are always welcome. For more information, contact the Juniper Garden Club at P.O. Box 252, Alden MI 49612 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot dog sale
EMPIRE — The Empire Lions will hold The Big Boom Hot Dog Sale near the entrance to the Empire Public Beach on July 2-5. Daily hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The menu will include hot dogs, brats and cold beverages.
This is a Lions Club fund raiser with the proceeds being used for college scholarships, local youth recreation programs, the Leader Dog School, Michigan Eye Bank, and international sight, hearing, and diabetes education and awareness programs.
ELK RAPIDS — “Anishninabek of the Grand Traverse Region” will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday July 3, by JoAnne Gasco at the Elk Rapids Area Historical Museum, 301 Traverse St.
Gasco’s presentation compliments the historical museum’s special summer exhibit, “Anishinabe: First People;” running now through Sept. 1. She will share the history of the region’s Odawa people; where they lived, how they lived, their belief system, as well as how the changes in this region have impacted the Odawa people and how they live today as native people.