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Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Free BATA rides
TRAVERSE CITY — As part of the 10th Annual Smart Commute Week, Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) will provide free bus rides on “Try Transit Day,” Wednesday, June 5.
Free rides will be available from 6 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. on Loop routes only. BATA also will serve its annual free breakfast at the Hall Street Transfer Station from 7 to 9 a.m. The public is welcome.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) will host an orientation session for the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program on Wednesday, June 5.
The session will start at 5:20 p.m. at the NMCAA office, 3963 Three Mile Road. The savings program is for people with limited earned income who want to build financial assets. For details or registration, call 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334.
ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market opens Friday, June 7.
Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 11 at Rotary Park, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce building. For details, contact Annie Spence, 264-8202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballet Etc. concert
TRAVERSE CITY — Ballet Etc. Dance Institute students will present a wide variety of dances during the studio’s 18th annual spring concert.
Performances start at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. Reserved tickets are $12 and available in advance by calling 929-2787. Tickets also may be purchased at the door. For details, call 929-2787 or visit www.ballet-etc.com.
River clean up
TRAVERSE CITY — The Boardman River Clean Sweep has partnered with the Boardman River Nature Center to lead volunteers in an effort to keep the Boardman River clean.
The clean up will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Volunteers should meet at the Oleson Pavilion at the nature center, 1450 Cass Road. After the clean-up, an appreciation picnic will be held, along with a raffle drawing for a kayak. Raffle tickets are $2 each. For details, visit www.natureiscalling.org.
Knit in public
ELK RAPIDS — Needle crafters are invited to bring their current project and be a part of Worldwide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 8.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Now and Then Knit and Quilt Shop on River Street. Participants also should bring their own seating. A raffle drawing will be held for a knit afghan and entries will be included with store purchases. For details, call the store, 264-5560, or Lacorda Smith, 264-6258.
ELK RAPIDS — Northwestern Michigan College’s newest choral ensemble will debut with concerts at three locations.
Canticum Novum will present an evening of “Musical Pairs” on Saturday, June 8, in Peterman Auditorium at Elk Rapids High School on Meguzee Point Road; Friday, June 14, in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr., Traverse City; and Saturday, June 15, at the Suttons Bay Congregational Church, 218 N. Madison St.
All performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for each concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger and seniors 62 and older. They will be available at the door.
CADILLAC — An old-time country dance on Saturday, June 8, will feature music by the Fonda Starr Band.
The dance will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 9116 E. 13th St., next to Kiley Chiropractic. Free dance instruction will be provided. Donations are appreciated. Call 920-8389 for details.
TRAVERSE CITY — The next Cottage Coffee at Grand Traverse Pavilions will feature Dr. Mindy Cooper from Banfield Pet Hospital.
Dr. Cooper will discuss pet care at the 10 a.m. program on Tuesday, June 11, on the second floor of Hawthorn Cottage, behind the Pavilions’ main building. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. For details, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.org.
NORTHPORT — Northport’s Music in the Park this summer will feature artists displaying their work.
The weekly Friday event starts June 28 and ends Aug. 30. Fine artists and master craftspeople from the Leelanau Peninsula are invited to submit a photo of their work to email@example.com. Ten- by 12-foot spaces are $25 for the summer or $5 per event. Set up starts at 5 p.m. and the display continues until 8 p.m.
Raven Hill hours
EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center’s summer hours are now in effect.
The hands-on museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits and more. Summer hours through Aug. 30 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Raven Hill also is open by appointment and FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturdays continue through December with free admission and special science projects for families.
The discovery center is located at 4737 Fuller Road between East Jordan and Boyne City. For details, call 536-3369, (877) 833-4254 or visit www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.