TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to watch a Bill Moyers interview with Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, and participate in a discussion today, May 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road.
"Ending the Silence on Climate Change" will be shown at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome and child care will be available. For details, visit www.gtclimate.org.
Short's kick-off party
ELK RAPIDS — Following the Short's to Short's Paddle today, May 18, Shorts invites the public and all paddle participants to a summer kick-off party at its production brewery, 211 Industrial Park.
The party will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. and includes live music, brewery tours and give-aways. Admission is free. Food and 20 Short's brews on tap will be available to purchase.
IPR chamber music
INTERLOCHEN — Interlochen Public Radio will air Chamber Music North performances from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, today, May 18, through June 29. IPR is located at 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 94.7 FM, Traverse City and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix.
TRAVERSE CITY — Bethlehem Lutheran Church will sponsor a bike-ride/kickball event for youth of all ages at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
The free event will be held at Hull Park. Participants should bring a bike and a snack to share. Hot dogs and beverages will be provided. In case of bad weather an alternate activity will be offered at the church, 1050 Peninsula Dr. Call Cheryl Wegener, 258-4658, to learn more.
FRANKFORT — The Oliver Art Center's summer culinary program geared toward the home cook starts Monday, May 20.
The series starts with a class by Chef Keil Moshier, owner/chef of Traverse City's Chez Peres/Patisserie Amie and the new Bay Town Kitchen. The series also includes several classes on preparing fish and seafood by Joe Muer, owner of several restaurants in Michigan; a pastry class by Sleeping Bear Inn's head chef Kerry Buzzell; a knife skills class with knife expert Ed Bartush; Indian cuisine with Pat Sheafor; and several classes taught by Oliver Art Center's Director of Culinary Arts Jim Volz.
For details and to register, visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org and click on the "Classes" tab, or call 352-4151.
Workshop and concert
TRAVERSE CITY — Earthwork musicians will hold a workshop and benefit concert from 4 to 9 p.m Tuesday, May 21, at the Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St.
Participating musicians include Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Sam Cooper, Elizabeth Pixley-Fink and Andy Caitlan. The performance will benefit Earthworks musician Pat Carroll, who has cystic fibrosis and is on the lung transplant list. Area students also will perform music from Carroll's new album.
Historical Museum opens
ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Historical Museum, 301 Traverse St., will open for the season on Friday, May 24.
Museum hours from Friday through Sept. 30 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, or other times by appointment. The museum is closed on major holidays except Memorial Day, May 27, and Labor Day, Sept. 2, when the hours are 1 to 4 p.m. For details, visit www.elkrapidshistory.org or call 264-5692 or 264-8984.
Beer and brat fest
THOMPSONVILLE — Crystal Mountain Resort, 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., welcomes the summer season with the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival on Saturday, May 25.
The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., with beer, mead and hard cider, plus specialty brats. Live music will be provided by the Outer Vibe, Brian Nolf, and Jason & Nick. Members of the Twin Bay British Car Club also will be on hand with their vehicles.
Admission at the gate is $10 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $40 and includes admission to the festival one hour early.
TRAVERSE CITY — Area bird watchers have a new Internet tool to help them find prime birding sites: the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail, a web-based “road map” to more than 120 miles of shoreline.
The trail includes almost 40 birding sites within a short distance of M-22 from the Traverse City limits to Manistee. It is anchored by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and encompasses the Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation center and Saving Birds Thru Habitat. The website is http://sleepingbearbirdingtrail.org/.
Rock hounds meet
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Rock & Mineral Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. There will be a program titled “The Collecting and Carving of Alabaster Rock,” a report on Baker Ranch geodes and a short business meeting. Visitors are welcome.
WILLIAMSBURG — Northern Michigan author Patricia Batta will give a program on Thursday, May 23, as part of the Hope Village Life Enrichment Lecture Series.
Batta is the author of the Marge Christensen Mystery Series. The program starts at 3:30 p.m. at Hope Village, 4354 Mt. Hope Road. It is free and open to the public. For details, call 938-4673.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Garden at Historic Barns Park on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons still has both small and large garden plots available. All gardeners and community groups are welcome. For details, call 735-8361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.