FROM STAFF REPORTS
Stroke club program
Traverse City — Munson Medical Center psychiatrist Marily Conlon, MD, Ph.D., will address issues surrounding depression and stroke at the Wednesday, Jan. 9, meeting of the Grand Traverse Bay Stroke Club.
The group will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster Road. For details, call Melinda Hollands or Angela Leete, 935-6380.
Traverse City — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse will offer a discussion group on climate change and a Wednesday "Colloquium," both starting Wednesday, Jan. 9.
The discussion group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan 9-30, at the UU Congregation, 6726 Center Road. It will use a guide developed by the Northwest Earth Institute titled "Global Warming: Changing CO2ourse." The guide can be viewed and ordered at www.nwei.org.
The Wednesday Colloquium will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, also at the UU Congregation. There will be a program by a representative from the Traverse Health Clinic.
For details or discussion group reservations, call 947-3117.
Soup supper benefit
Grawn — The Blair Library Committee's first soup supper of the new year will feature at least five varieties of homemade soup.
The meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Grawn United Methodist Church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. The cost is $7 for ages 12 and older; $4 for ages 3-11.
Proceeds go toward construction of a branch library in Blair Township. Call Karen Giddis, 943-0571, to learn more.
Saving seeds class
Benzonia — The Michigan Land Use Institute will present a Saving Seeds from the Garden/Farm Workshop and a seed exchange on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Craig Schaaf of Golden Rule Farm, Casey Dunagua of Five Springs Farm, and Mike Kiessel, a Leelanau County plant breeder, will present the workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115. The workshop will guide participants through the practices of harvesting and storing seeds. Table space will be provided for participants to sell, trade or give away seeds. There also will be a potluck lunch and attendees should bring a dish to pass.
A donation of $7 per person or $10 per family is suggested. For details, call Deb Query, 882-9801 or 882-9510.
'Meet and Eat' group
Traverse City — The Senior Center Network invites area individuals to share their passion for food and culture.
The network's "Meet and Eat" group will meet at 5 p.m. the second Friday of each month, starting Jan. 11, at the Senior Center Network, 801 E. Front St. The group will enjoy a different cuisine each month with the entrée provided by the monthly sponsor. Participants bring a dish to pass that fits within the theme of the month and the recipe to be included in a cookbook. The event also includes trivia, conversation and decor to fit the theme.
The cost is $12 per person per year and is pro-rated from the month a participant joins the group. Registration and advance payment is required. Call 922-4911.
Setting artistic goals
Frankfort — Artists of all skill levels are invited to a workshop designed to help them set workable goals for their art in 2013.
The "2013 Goal-Setting for Artists: Take Your Art to the Next Level" workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Oliver Art Center, 132 Coast Guard Road. The cost is $35 for art center members; $45 for non-members. To register, call 352-4151. For details or a full schedule of classes, visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org.
Alden — The community is invited to take an armchair cruise down the Rhine River on a riverboat.
The travelogue will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Alden District Library, 8751 Helena Road, by Ray and Nancy Ludwa. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. For details, call 331-4318.
Torch area potluck
Eastport — The Upper Torch Lake Association will host its monthly potluck on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Torch Lake Township Community Services building, 2355 N. U.S. 31.
A social hour at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a favorite beverage, table service and a dish to share with a list of its ingredients. All area residents are invited.
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Humanists will meet Monday, Jan. 14.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. Ken Marek, retired Northwestern Michigan College professor and founding member of the Michigan Hemingway Society, will discuss Ernest Hemingway's search for truth and affirmation.
The program is free and open to the public. Call 392-1215 to learn more.