Burgers and brats
TRAVERSE CITY — Old Mission Congregational Church will host its last burger and bratwurst cookout of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The picnic meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the church 18687 Mission Road. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. For details, call Penny Paulley, 223-4844.
Club marks 80 yrs
RAPID CITY — The Juniper Garden Club of South Torch Lake will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a potluck meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the home of Gloria Kilian, 14188 Fairmont Dr.
The club was established in 1933 and serves Rapid City and Alden. It provides educational programs and promotes environmental awareness with students at Rapid City Elementary School, has a senior therapy gardening program and tends gardens and streetscape projects throughout the South Torch Lake area.
The celebration will start at 4:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a dish to pass. The club will provide ice, ice tea, punch, table service, and salt, pepper and sugar. New members are welcome.
TRAVERSE CITY — Auditions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Thursday, Sept. 12, for Northwestern Michigan College’s award-winning Children’s Choir.
Brief auditions for students entering grades three through nine will be held beginning at 6 p.m. both days in the Fine Arts Building at NMC. Students will be asked to sing the first verse of “America the Beautiful.” Music and accompaniment are provided.
Interested families should call Extended Education, 995-1700, to schedule an audition. Students entering kindergarten through third grade are eligible for the non-audition choirs and should call 995-1700 for enrollment information. Learn more about the choir at www.nmc.edu/childrenschoir.
BENZONIA — The Benzonia Academy Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Sept. 12, with guest speaker Frank Slaughter.
A local author, Slaughter will talk about his latest Civil War novel “Echoes of Distant Thunder” in a program titled “The Story Behind the Story” at 7 p.m. at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 882-5539 or visit http://www.benziemuseum.org.