ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and potluck dinner from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 10180 Elk Lake Road.
The general public is welcome. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. Table service will be provided. The meeting includes a PowerPoint slide show on museum building improvements and future plans. For details, call 264-8984 or visit www.elkrapidshistory.org.
SUTTONS BAY — Traverse City West Senior High School’s Thespian Society returns to the woods at Black Star Farms for Haunted Hayrides.
Trail rides are from 10 to 15 minutes long and will be staged from 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. They start and end at Black Star Farms’ Hearth & Vine Cafe, where refreshments will be available. Rides are $10 per person.
Hayrides are recommended for ages 12 and older. Black Star Farms is located at 10844 E. Revold Road, off M-22.
TRAVERSE CITY — Aged to Perfection Reader’s Theatre will take the stage at the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre at the Depot, the corner of East Eighth Street and Woodmere Avenue.
The troupe will perform “Kugelmass” by Woody Allen, “Mere Mortals” by David Ives and the Abbot and Costello piece “Who’s on First.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. The doors open 30 minutes before the performance. Admission is free and reservations are not needed. For details, call 947-2210.
TRAVERSE CITY — Food for Thought, a semester-long service learning project at Northwestern Michigan College, and the Northwest Food Coalition are challenging the community to collect non-perishable food items to fill the 51 pantries in the five-county region.
The Food for Thought Drive is under way and continues through Friday, Nov. 15. Food may be dropped off at red barrels located in most buildings on NMC’s main, University Center and Aero Park campuses. Drives also will be held 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, at Traverse City Tom’s Food Markets; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at the Traverse City Wal-mart; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the NMC Aero Park Campus Unmanned Vehicle and Robotics; and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Traverse City Aldi.
Scrap TC crafts
TRAVERSE CITY — Scrap TC, a creative reuse store, is offering a parent-child drop-in craft day and a fused glass workshop, both on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The parent-child drop-in will be held from noon-2 p.m. Craft examples will be on display that participants may recreate or they may create something different using items in the store. The $7 cost per child includes supplies. This is an ongoing event and is held the third Saturday of each month.
Artist Deb Coburn will conduct a fused glass workshop from 2-4 p.m. Participants will learn techniques to create up to four finished pieces. Coburn will fire the items in her kiln and they will be ready for pick-up the following week. The cost is $18 per person.
Scrap TC is located at 821 S. Garfield Ave., in the plaza by the UPS Store and Honey Baked Ham. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/530145640395627/.
TRAVERSE CITY — Family and associates of Judi Maloney are planning a benefit to help Maloney and her family with medical expenses.
Maloney suffered a stroke in June, just days after completing the Bayshore Half Marathon. She spent the summer recovering in the hospital. Maloney is home now and her family is trying to pay her medical expenses.
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., quarts of Minerva’s award-winning white chicken chili will be sold in the front lobby of the Park Place Hotel, 300 E. State St. The price is $10 a quart. Cash and personal checks will be accepted.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Traverse City Track Club will dedicate their runs to Maloney. Five- and three-mile options are available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. starting in the Park Place Hotel back parking lot. Everyone is welcome. In addition, Minerva’s chili will be available to purchase for one hour after the run.
For details or advance orders, call Katherine Oetjens, (612) 306-5944.
GLEN ARBOR — The Glen Arbor Art Association’s Readers’ Theater will open its third season with “Notorious.”
The 1948 screenplay was written by Ben Hecht and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The Readers’ Theater will present the Lux Radio Theater’s adaptation of the “Notorious” film script.
The production will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the GAAA, 6031 S. Lake St. Admission is free, but general seating tickets must be reserved. For details or to reserve a ticket, call 334-6112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free-will offerings also will be accepted.
Cancer aid bazaar
TRAVERSE CITY — The VFW 2780 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a bazaar, bake sale and craft show to benefit cancer aid and research. The hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the VFW, 3400 Veterans Drive. For details, call 947-5513.
Pumpkins and hay
ARCADIA — The community is invited to Arcadia’s Pumpkins & Haystacks Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19.
They day includes children’s games and activities from 2-4 p.m., hayrides from 2-5 p.m., a 4 p.m. bake walk, a silent auction from 2-7 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m., and live music from 6-9 p.m. The Arcadia Fire Department will host an afternoon open house and the museum will be open to visitors.
All activities are at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, M-22 and Glover’s Lake Road. For details, visit http://www.pleasantvalleycc.org/upcoming-events.html.
TRAVERSE CITY — “Simply Raw” will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Shoreline Center for Healing, 402 S. Union St.
The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. and includes a discussion by Registered Dietician Heather Campbel on controlling diabetes or weight gain. For details or reservations, call 946-HEAL.
TRAVERSE CITY — Western Michigan University in Traverse City will offer an information session on its 21-credit hour counseling program in alcohol and drug abuse.
The information session will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Drive, off Cass Road. There is no charge. For details, call Kim Stevens, 995-1846.
TRAVERSE CITY — Professional underwater photographer Chris Doyal will share visual images from his recent dive trips at Northwestern Michigan College’s Life Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 25.
The luncheon and program will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for lunch and the program; $9 for the program only. For details or to register, visit www.nmc/edu/life-academy or call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700.
Help the Bigs
TRAVERSE CITY — Great Wolf Lodge water park passes are available through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The day passes are $20 each and may be purchased by calling 946-2447, or at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office, 521 S. Union St. Proceeds go toward matching at-risk children with adult mentors.
Antique auto club
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Elks Lodge #323, 625 Bay St. New members are welcome. For details, call Mike Nickels, 947-2599, or Ron Kovacs, 933-6141.