n To Monsignor Steven Raica, who was named by Pope Francis to be Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord. The Gaylord Diocese serves nearly 66,000 Catholics in the Lower Peninsula’s 21 northernmost counties. Raica said he was “overwhelmed” by his appointment. Raica grew up in Munising, on the shores of Lake Superior and most recently served as Chancellor-Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing. He will become the Gaylord Diocese’s first bishop since Pope Francis anointed former Diocese leader Rev. Bernard A. Hebda as Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark, N.J. in 2013.
n To the Traverse City Film Festival, which will celebrate 10 years during this year’s festival, scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 3. New this year, the 40-passenger Nauti-Cat catamaran will screen nightly movies while motoring around West Grand Traverse Bay. The festival, will screen more than 200 films, including free films at the Open Space and at a new venue, “The Buzz,” located at InsideOut Gallery. The space, named after late festival friend Buzz Wilson, will show favorite movies from each of the last nine TC film fests, as well as critically acclaimed new films for free. Other additions include “Movies Around the Bay,” six screenings in theaters from Petoskey to Manistee the week before the festival; a joint 60th birthday-10th film fest anniversary celebration with festival founder and programmer Michael Moore; and a “Traverse City Film Festival Around the World event,” in which audiences across the globe come “together.”
n To the History Center of Traverse City for hosting its LEGO summer exhibit; the LEGO shows have proven to be some of the most popular offerings at the History Center. LEGO artist Scot Thompson and members of his family created a tiny world of houses, a lake and cobblestone paths made up of up to 250,000 LEGO blocks. It is one of two large exhibits and features a dozen pirate ships and medieval houses. The exhibit also includes a 9-foot freighter and 10-foot canal and locks. A “live build” will take place July 11, when exhibit patrons can help the artists. The exhibit will run through Sept. 1.