Father Fred sale
TRAVERSE CITY — This year's Father Fred garage sale has a new element, an online auction, that starts today, May 7.
Father Fred's Attic features items of higher value that have been donated to the Foundation. Online bidding will be open through Tuesday, May 21. To place a bid, visit www.fatherfred.org.
The garage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St.
Proceeds of the auction and the garage sale are used to purchase food pantry items or provide financial help to local families in need.
TRAVERSE CITY — Supporters of the Children's Learning Garden will meet Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., to discuss the May 18 plant sale, assign work stations, explain the Tower Garden and distribute raffle tickets. For details, call 947-0422.
Lend a hand
TRAVERSE CITY — Keller Williams Realty associates invite the community to join them for the fifth annual "RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day" on Thursday, May 9.
The associates will spend the day working on the grounds at the Goodwill Inn on Keystone Road and sponsoring a blood drive with Michigan Blood. Interested individuals are invited to lend a hand or donate blood.
BENZONIA — Retired librarian and cemetery fanatic Al Bryant will talk about the symbolism of tombstones at the Wednesday, May 8, meeting of the Benzie Area Genealogical Society. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave. There is no charge and the public is invited.
Tower garden intro
TRAVERSE CITY — Nancy Kroupa will introduce the Vertical Tower Garden in a program at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited.
School retirees meet
TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are due Friday, May 10, for the next luncheon meeting of the Grand Traverse Association of Retired School Personnel.
The group will meet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Holiday Inn West Bay, 615 E. Front St. The chapter's scholarship winners will be recognized.
The $14 cost includes the gratuity. For details or reservations, call 933-4269.
GRAYLING — Registration and payment is required by Friday, May 10, for a trip to watch the Detroit Tigers play the Houston Astros.
The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center will sponsor the Wednesday, May 15, trip to Comerica Park. The bus will leave the senior center, 308 Lawndale, at 8 a.m. and return by 9 p.m.
The $70 cost includes a game ticket, a stadium lunch voucher, transportation by Dial-A-Ride and dinner at the Exit Restaurant in Birch Run. For details and reservations, call (989) 348-7123.
Concert in Leland
LELAND — The W.T. Best Theater at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St., will host a concert on Saturday, May 11.
The Accidentals, Blake Elliott & the Robinson Affair, and Billy Strings and Don Julin will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students at the door. To reserve tickets, call 256-2131.
TSO and soloist perform
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra and Grammy-nominated violin soloist Caroline Goulding will give performances of two of Ludwig van Beethoven's greatest works at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road.
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12. The program features Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major performed by Goulding and Symphony No. 7. For details or tickets, call 947-7120 or visit www.traversesymphony.org.
Mother's Day breakfast
BENDON — The Inland Township Fire Department invites families to bring mom to a pancake breakfast on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12.
The meal will be served from 7 a.m. to noon at the Inland Township Hall. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit the fire department.
FIFE LAKE — American Legion Post 219 will serve a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 12.
The meal will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion, 10283 M-186. The cost is $6.50 for adults, $4 for children and free for World War II veterans.
TRAVERSE CITY — Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, May 14, Cottage Coffee at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Charlevoix will discuss weather trends in northern Michigan at 10 a.m. at Hawthorn Cottage on the Pavilions campus. The program is free and open to the public. For details, call 932-3027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Jeannette Wildman and her husband Bob Downes will share their travel adventures in a presentation titled "Seven Months Around the World."
The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Traverse Area District Library Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave. There is no charge and the public is invited. For details, visit www.tadl.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Roller Derby will open its home season Saturday, May 18, at Howe Arena at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center.
Starting at 6 p.m., the Toxic Cherries will bout against the Southern Belles and the Cherry Bombs will meet the Southcentral Michigan Renegade Rollergirls. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and free for children 10 and younger. They are available at Ben Franklin, Lifer Skate Shop, InsideOut Gallery, Oryana Natural Foods and at www.brownpapertickets.com. Fund-raising activities at the bout will benefit the Grand Traverse Health Clinic.