SUTTONS BAY — Renowned Chippewa artist, craftsman, and author Ron Paquin is building a birchbark canoe as part of the Inland Seas Education Association's Classic Boat Show.
Paquin will be working on the canoe from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, through Friday, July 19, at the corner of St. Joseph and Jefferson streets. He will complete the project on Saturday, July 20, at the boat show. There is no admission fee.
For details, call 271-3077 or visit www.schoolship.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest MI IBD Meetup Group will get together at 6 p.m. today, July 18, at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., to learn and share investment techniques. Everyone is welcome and there are no fees or obligations.
LELAND — Volunteers from the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society will help participants track down elusive relatives during a "Climbing Your Family Tree" ancestry research workshop at 5 p.m. today, July 18, at the Leland Township Library, 203 Cedar St.
'Christmas in July'
BENZONIA — Our Savior Lutheran Church invites the community to its "Christmas in July" bazaar.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the church, 6790 M-115. There will be handmade and quilted items, used books, jewelry and more.
Blair library services
TRAVERSE CITY — Starting Saturday, July 20, the Traverse Area District Library and Traverse City Area Public Schools are joining forces to provide summer library services at Blair Elementary School, 1625 Sawyer Road.
The school library will be open Saturdays through Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Scheduled programming includes preschool storytime and crafts from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Summer Reading Club and crafts for children in grades one through five from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Residents will be able to borrow books from the school's library and from a selection of TADL books for adults, teens and children.
TCAPS and TADL also are negotiating to continue Saturday service and add a weekday evening through 2013. For details, call 932-8532 or visit www.tadl.org.
AuSable River fest
GRAYLING — The AuSable River Festival & Canoe Marathon will take place Saturday, July 20, through Sunday, July 28, in Grayling. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.graylingchamber.com.
EMPIRE — The Empire Lions Club will hold its annual Chicken Barbeque Dinner on Saturday, July 20, as part of the Empire Anchor Days celebration.
The meal will be served from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Empire Town Hall. Take-outs are available. The meal includes half a chicken, side dishes and strawberry shortcake. The cost is $12 for an adult portion; $6 for a child-sized portion for children ages 9 and younger. Proceeds support local Lions Club projects.
KALKASKA — Children of all ages are invited to "Cirque Amongus" Wednesday, July 24.
Children can learn circus acts including juggling, balancing and more at the interactive "Big Top" program starting at 1 p.m. at the Kalkaska County Library, 247 S. Cedar. For details, call 258-9411.
TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Norman Licht of Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center will present "Walking Away From Bunions" on Wednesday, July 24.
The free seminar starts at 6:30 p.m. at the GLOC offices, 4045 W. Royal Dr. Dr. Licht will discuss bunion causes and the latest treatment options. For details or to register, contact Morgan Johnson, 929-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LELAND — The Fishtown Preservation Society will sponsor the Friends of Fishtown 5K on Saturday, July 20.
The race starts at 9 a.m. in Fishtown. Participants may run or walk and strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.
Registration is $20 in advance; $30 on race day. To register, people can stop at the Fishtown Preservation Office, 203 E. Cedar St.; call 256-8878; or visit http://www.fishtownmi.org/2013/02/2013-5th-annual-friends-of-fishtown-5k/
Open Mic at Clinch
TRAVERSE CITY — Fresh Water Events, a coalition of professional event service providers, invites vocalists and acoustic musicians to participate in Open Mic by the Bay.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays at the newly renovated Clinch Park. The next open mic is Sunday, July 21. For details or to sign up to perform, visit www.freshwaterevents.com.
MANCELONA — The Mancelona Area Chamber of Commerce's summer celebration concert series continues on Tuesday, July 23, with a performance by Kenny Thompson.
Thompson will perform a selection of classic rock and country music at 7 p.m. at Triangle Park. Attendees should bring their own seating. In case of bad weather, the concert will be held at the Mancelona Middle School gym. For details, call 587-5500 or visit www.mancelonachamber.org.
Arts and Crafts
FRANKFORT — More than 100 artists will display and sell their work at the Congregational Summer Assembly’s Arts and Crafts Fair.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, Wednesday, July 24, at the Assembly Ball Field on M-22, and a Cottage Treasures Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the CSA assembly building, adjacent to the ball field. A food tent will serve breakfast and lunch and a bake sale will offer homemade treats. For details, visit www.summerassembly.org.