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.
LELAND — Maureen McManus will give a program on the Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay at the Wednesday, Sept. 18, meeting of the Leelanau County chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP).
The meeting starts at 11:50 a.m. at the Bluebird restaurant. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for a local food bank. Reservations are required by Friday, Sept. 13. For details or reservations, call Emma Stayer, 271-3689.
Ice cream social
TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to East Bay Branch Library’s annual Ice Cream Social.
The event will feature music by local singer/songwriter, Miriam Pico, face painting by The Painted Lady, a book sale, clowns and free ice cream and root beer floats. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the library, 1989 Three Mile Road. Call 922-2085 to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — All newly retired school personnel and current members of the Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired are invited to the first of four 2013-14 chapter meetings.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. Dues are $15 and may be paid during registration and socialization starting at 11 a.m. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., followed at 12:20 p.m. by a program on issues of interest to retirees by Judy Foster, MEA-Retired President. A short business meeting follows the program.
Lunch is $10 per person and reservations are required by noon Friday, Sept. 13. For details or reservations, contact Pat Lewallen, 946-3746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENZIE COUNTY — The Benzie Audubon Club and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will sponsor a birding event with renowned birder Brian Allen on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The event will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Arcadia Dunes grassland. Participants will look for migrating sparrows, warblers and other birds. They should bring binoculars and spotting scopes if they have them. Everyone is welcome. Visit www.gtrlc.org for details or if planning to participate.
WILLIAMSBURG — A tomato canning workshop will be held Sunday, Sept. 15.
The workshop will meet from noon-5 p.m. at Wells Family Farm, 9490 Elk Lake Road, Williamsburg. The class fee is $35 to $45 on a sliding scale. Produce, canning jars and lids will be provided and participants will take home a share of the jars. Take-home information and resources also will be available.
Registration is required. For details or to register, call 622-5252 or email email@example.com.
Tea at the library
KINGSLEY — The Kingsley Friends of the Library invite the community to “Tea at the Library” on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The event from noon-2:30 p.m. will be held at the library, 213 S. Brownson. It includes a light lunch and a program on herbs by guest speaker and author Scruffie Crockett. There also will be a silent auction and door prizes. Guests are asked to bring a favorite teacup and are encouraged to wear their favorite hats.
Tickets are $10 each. They are available at the Kingsley Library or the Traverse Area District Library Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave. For details, call 263-5484 or visit www.tadl.org/kingsley.
LAKE ANN — A “Porch and Yard Sale” on Saturday, Sept. 14, will benefit the Almira Historical Society.
Sale hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 19440 Maple St. For details or to donate items for the fundraiser, call 275-7362 or 275-5847.
Book club meets
ALDEN — The Books and Brie Book Club will discuss “Annie’s Ghosts” by Steven Luxenberg at its 3:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12. The public is welcome. The library is located at 8751 Helena Road in the Helena Township Community Center. Call 331-4318 to learn more.
Back Porch music
CHARLEVOIX — Drive South will open a new season of Back Porch music events.
The duo features Roger Brown and Mary Sue Wilkinson. They will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Charlevoix Senior Center building at the corner of Carpenter and Norwood. The doors open at 6 p.m. A circle jam will follow the performance.
A $5 to $10 donation at the door includes soup, cookies and coffee and will go to the scheduled performers. For details, call 622-2944.
TRAVERSE CITY — Dick Evans will share his talent and his love of cartooning in a program titled “The Funny Papers” on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Peninsula Community Library.
Evans’ work has appeared in publications nationwide and he is the creator of TC Bear. The program starts at 10 a.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road. It is for patrons of all ages and there is no charge. For details, call 223-7700 or visit www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org.
Sale for ShareCare
LAKE LEELANAU — The community is invited to a ShareCare Mega Barn Sale on Saturday, Sept. 14.
ShareCare is a Leelanau County organization founded in 1993 to help members stay in their homes as long as possible. It has about 400 members.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Glass family barn, 4645 E. Dufek Road, off French Road. Items range from antiques and glassware to working electronics and textiles. No clothing or books will be sold.
For details, to volunteer or to donate items for the sale, call ShareCare, 256-0221.
Garden club meets
ACME — Erie Heerman and Cathy Hamilton will give a presentation on flower arranging at the Tuesday, Sept. 17, meeting of the Sweetwater Evening Garden Club.
The club will meet at 7 p.m. at the East Bay Masonic Lodge. The public is welcome. For details or if planning to attend, call Pam Larkin, 938-9611.
EASTPORT — David Miles of the Charlevoix Historical Society will give a talk titled “The Earl Young Houses of Charlevoix” as part of the Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society Lecture Series.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Torch Lake Township Hall, U.S. 31, south of the M-88 intersection. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The public is invited.
Boater safety class
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Coast Guard Auxiliary will sponsor a boater safety class.
The class will meet in two sessions: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Coast Guard Air Station off Airport Access Road. Topics include boating safety and safety equipment, emergency procedures, navigation rules and aids, boating regulations and charting.
The $10 cost includes a book and certificate. The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 16. For details or to register, call Dianne Walker, 941-8076.
‘Food for Life’ class
TRAVERSE CITY — Sherry Davis, certified Food for Life instructor, will lead a series of “Cancer Prevention & Survival Nutrition and Cooking Classes.”
The seven-class series will meet from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 30, at the West Bay Event Center, 13424 West Bay Shore Dr. Each class includes a cooking demonstration and nutritional information.
The $95 cost includes the use of a loaner book. To register, visit www.sherrydaviscooking.com. Call Davis, 709-2309, to learn more.