FROM STAFF REPORTS
Elk Rapids — The Elk Shores Assisted Living Home will open Thursday, Oct. 11, with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.
The six-bed home provides supportive help and personal care to the elderly. It is located at 215 Rivershore Dr.
Concert in Lake Ann
Lake Ann — Dan Schall of Zelienople, Pa., will share his music and testimony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lake Ann United Methodist Church, 6583 First St.
Frankfort — The Fall Festival celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with a parade featuring the Scottville Clown Band.
Following the parade, a variety of activities will take place at the Open Space. The Garden Theater will hold free screenings of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. The festival closes at 3:30 p.m. For details, call 352-7251 or visit www.frankfort-elberta.com.
Empire — The Empire Area Museum Complex will open its doors to the community for Heritage Day.
The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the complex on LaCore Road. For details, call 326-5519.
Leelanau County — The Leelanau Unit of the League of Women Voters will hold three candidate forums.
A forum for Northport candidates for president, trustee, clerk and treasurer starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Leelanau Township Fire Hall, Mill and Eighth Streets, Northport.
A forum for the Board of Commission candidates for Districts 4, 5, 6, and 7 will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Leelanau County Government Center, Suttons Bay.
A forum for Leelanau Township supervisor and trustee candidates will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Leelanau Township Fire Hall, Northport.
Kalkaska — NorthWoods Animal Coalition will hold two fundraisers to raise money for the Kalkaska Animal Control Shelter's building fund.
A 5K "Mutt March" on Saturday, Oct. 13, will start with registration at 11:30 a.m. at the Kaliseum Pavilion. A $10 donation per dog is suggested and dogs must be current on vaccinations and on leashes at all times. For details or advance registration, call 645-0007.
The registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 13, for a Craft Bee from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Williamsburg Dinner Theatre. The $20 cost includes lunch, bottled water, space to work on projects and hourly door prizes. For details or to register, call 886-0111 or email email@example.com.
Traverse City — The Jolly Pumpkin, Peninsula Drive, will host its annual Pumpkinfest on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The noon to 5 p.m. event includes live music, crafts, sack races, a pumpkin trebuchet and a Harvest Buffet. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children, which includes the buffet and a Pumpkinfest glass and first beverage. Refills are $2. For details, call 223-4333 or visit www.jollypumpkin.com.
Elk Rapids — Reservations are being taken for the Feast of the Watershed.
The Sunday, Oct. 14, benefit for the Watershed Center will be held at Siren Hall, 151 River St. Cocktail hour is at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person without beverages, with payment to Siren Hall by credit card or cash through the servers.
Reservations are required and must be made with Siren Hall, 264-6062.
Garden club meets
Acme — The public is invited to the Tuesday, Oct. 16, meeting of the Sweetwater Evening Garden Club.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the East Bay Masonic Lodge to make Christmas ornaments for the Festival of Trees.
For details or if planning to attend, call 938-9611.
Traverse City — Blackbird Arts will offer individuals of all ages the chance to create a personalized clay Jack-O-Lantern in a class on Friday, Oct. 19.
The class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St.
The $15 cost per person includes materials, firings and autumn treats.
For details or to register, call 421-8085 or visit www.blackbirdartstc.com.
Art grant deadline
Elk Rapids — Thursday, Nov. 1, is the final day to submit applications for Art Rapids! grant funds to be used in support of arts-related projects and programs in the Elk Rapids community.
Community groups, art-minded citizens, teachers, schools, parent groups and student groups are eligible to submit applications.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by early December and grant activity must be completed by June 30, 2013.
Grant applications are available at www.artrapids.org, by calling 409-0815 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalkaska — Klumpp Flower Shop will offer free Fairy Garden workshops.
Workshops will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 13, at the flower shop, 210 N. Cedar St.
Containers will be available or participants may bring their own.
For details or to sign up, call 258-2342.