FROM STAFF REPORTS
MS support group
Traverse City — Renee Louvierre-Mitchell, an independent living specialist from the Disability Network/Northern Michigan, will be the guest speaker at the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 14. The group will meet in room A & B at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. For details, call 947-0244.
Traverse City — An event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. today, Nov. 14, for area residents who care about the area's natural environment and the Boardman River.
The event at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., will include information about the Oct. 6 Brown Bridge Dam accident, a potluck, music and a cash bar. For details, email email@example.com.
Traverse City — The Afghan Angels of the United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer Program invite the community to view their works of art at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Nov. 14, at 521 S. Union St. The Afghan Angels are a group of volunteers who knit or crochet lap blankets and afghans that are donated to shut in seniors through the Grand Traverse and Leelanau Commissions on Aging.
For details, call 947-3200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life campus day
Traverse City — The Life Academy of Northwestern Michigan College will hold a Lifelong Learning Campus Day Friday, Nov. 16, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University Center on Dendrinos Road off Cass Road.
The event features 45 short presentations on a variety of topics. The cost is $20. Attendees may bring their lunch or order a box lunch for an additional $9.
For a schedule of program topics, go to www.nmc.edu/lifeacademy or pick one up at the NMC Extended Education office at the University Center To register or for details, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700.
Mancelona — The Mancelona Community Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mancelona Elementary School. It is sponsored by Pathway Community Church's Hands and Feet Camp.
Traverse City — Higher Self Book Store will sponsor a "Giving Thanks" food drive Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18.
Individuals will receive a 1 percent discount for each non-perishable food item they donate, up to 15. Items will be distributed to local food pantries. The book store is at 328 E. Front St. For details, call 941-5805.
Traverse City — Don Julin will hold a "Mandolin for Dummies Brouhaha" from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Left Foot Charley, 806 Red Dr. Julin's "Mandolin for Dummies" book will be available, along with beverages, food and live music.
Bake, craft sale
Traverse City — Residents at the Village at Bay Ridge, 3950 Scenic Ridge Road, will hold their semi-annual bake and craft sale starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19. The public is invited.
Traverse City — A Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road.
Traverse City — Students in a new "Dance II Choreography" class at West Senior High School will perform a piece designed to express an idea as it relates to a season on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The dance performance, "Keep Calm and Dance On," will be staged at 7 p.m. in the WSH auditorium, 5376 N. Long Lake Road. Tickets are $2 at the door and proceeds support future dance productions.
Gaylord — The community is invited to share a holiday meal on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, at the St. Mary's Cathedral Parish Hall, 606 N. Ohio.
Appetizers and fellowship start at 2 p.m., followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal at 3 p.m. For details, if planning to attend the meal, or to donate time or money, call Joe or Julie Koprowicz, (989) 732-2119.