- To the Benzie Conservation District, which is selling seedlings for huge, historic trees with the purpose of helping the environment. The district has teamed up with the Copemish-based nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to sell the historic trees in the district’s annual spring seedling fundraising sale. Archangel Ancient Tree Archive locates and propagates the world’s oldest and most iconic trees.On the web at: http://benziecd.org/.
- To supporters of the Acme Christian Thrift Store & Food Pantry, a nonprofit created in 2002 by several churches. The pantry, which relies on grants, donations, and thrift store revenues, is running about $1,000 a week short at its current giving level. At that rate, it would have to close in six months. The thrift store helped 3,554 families last year, about 400 more than 2011.
- To the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation which has given the Traverse Symphony Orchestra a $150,000 grant to match gifts from new and lapsed donors totaling up to $50,000 each year for three years. The challenge will support the Symphony’s mission of bringing musical experiences, educational opportunities and cultural enrichment to the Grand Traverse region.
- To the American Association of University Women, Peace Ranch and the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center for hosting For the Love of Kids and Animals at 6 p.m.Thursday at the Traverse City History Center. Organizers will discuss prevention and treatment programs, including therapy opportunities with rehabilitated horses, for at-risk children.
Visit www.aauwtc.org or call 995-0313.
- To Caitlin Scroggins, 15, who placed as a finalist in a photography contest through National Geographic. The “Student Expeditions” competition asks students to submit photographs that convey what exploration or adventure means to them. The Elk Rapids High School sophomore from Williamsburg entered five of her favorite photos; she learned earlier this month that she’d placed in the top 24 with her image, “Colorful Flowers.” The image was selected as a finalist from 2,500 entries nationwide.
- To the Grand Traverse Show Chorus, which will give a concert tonight to benefit Third Level Crisis Intervention Center and the chorus. The concert, which kicks off Third Level’s Week of Giving, will start at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. Admission is $10 and tickets.
- To state senators who approved a bill that would allow an Upper Peninsula bear ranch to legally let visitors touch and pose for photos with bear cubs, despite concerns over the wisdom of having dangerous animals at roadside attractions. The bill would free up other facilities to allow public contact with bears under 9 months old or weighing no more than 90 pounds.