Free/low-cost horse health clinic offered
Suttons Bay — Tanja C. Molby, DVM, in conjunction with Michigan State University Veterinary School, will hold a free/low cost horse health clinic.
The clinic will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, at Blackstar Farms. It is designed to help horses and their owners challenged by economic hardship. Services include equine dentistry, nutritional consults, vaccinations and more. For details, contact Dr. Molby, 271-4100, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drums aiming for 'Healing Rhythms'
Traverse City — The Traverse City chapter of P.U.R.E. (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) will sponsor a "Healing Rhythms" drumming workshop.
The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Crystal Bindi Studios, 2062 S. Airport Road, in Logan's Landing. It will be led by Dede Alderman.
The cost is $10. Drums will be provided or participants may bring their own. For details or to register, call 313-5577.
Retinal exams provided for free
Traverse City — Northern Vision Eye Care will hold free optomap® Retinal Exams and also offer a free seminar about cataract surgery.
The optomap® Retinal Exam provides eye-care practitioners with clinically useful information about the health of the retina. It also provides the ability to monitor changes in the retina and compare images over time. Exams are fast, easy and painless and will be offered all day Tuesday, Oct. 26, by appointment.
The cataract surgery seminar will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. Topics include what cataracts are, symptoms, when to have surgery, lens implant choices and Multifocal IOL's. Light refreshments will be served.
Northern Vision Eye Care is at 4033 Eastern Sky Drive in Copper Ridge Marketplace. For details or an optomap® Retinal Exam appointment, call 932-9000.
Free film puts focus on mental illness
Suttons Bay — Northern Lakes Community Mental Health and the Bay Theatre will sponsor a free screening of the movie "Proof," followed by a panel discussion.
"Proof" is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and stars Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins plays a brilliant mathematician crippled by mental illness. Paltrow plays his daughter who is haunted by his past and the shadow of her own future. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, and will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on mental illness, family relationships, boundaries and how to be a supportive friend or family member. There also will be information about mental illness services and support available in the Grand Traverse region.
The Bay Theatre is located at 214 St. Joseph St. Tickets are not necessary, but you can reserve a seat at no cost by contacting the theater, 271-5800 or email@example.com.
Scientist will discuss 'Metaboliq Lifestyle'
Traverse City — Research scientist Donald K. Layman, Ph.D., will discuss concepts from his book, "Metaboliq Lifestyle," on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Great Wolf Lodge.
Layman is professor emeritus of nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is recognized for his research on amino acid metabolism, nutritional requirements during exercise and work with high protein weight loss diets. He is on the scientific advisory board of Qivana, a natural products company, which premiered Layman's Metaboliq System for weight and lifestyle management in the United States in February.
The program will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. For details, contact Mike Hoover, 944-6892, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson's support group meets Oct. 27
Traverse City — Anyone interested in learning more about Parkinson's disease is invited to the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. Patricia Hoban will be the guest speaker. She is a nurse practitioner with Munson Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care Services. Her clinical experience includes work in a Parkinson's regional research center.
For more information, call 947-7389 or 947-1946.
'Bras for a Cause' venue changes
Traverse City --The Northern Michigan Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors® has announced a change in venue for its Thursday, Oct. 28, fundraiser for Munson Healthcare's Women's Cancer Fund.
"Bras for a Cause" will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Streeters, 1669 S. Garfield Road. It will feature a runway show, music, food and a chance to bid on Art Bras and silent auction items. Event tickets are $15 each.
For details, tickets, to sponsor an Art Bra or donate items for the silent auction, visit www.wcrnorthernmichigan.com.
Suicide alertness seminar planned
Traverse city — Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 29, for a suicide alertness seminar being hosted by SafeTalk and sponsored by Third Level Crisis Intervention Center.
SafeTalk is a LivingWorks program that trains community members to recognize people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide intervention resources.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 5, at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center, room 207, 2200 Dendrinos Drive, off Cass Road. Jason Simpkins, LMSW, will be the presenter.
The $40 cost includes materials and refreshments. Social Work CEs are pending. To register, mail a check payable to Third Level Crisis Center to Third Level, 1022 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686; or fax registration and credi-card information to 941-5786. For more information, call 922-4800.
Caregivers invited to relax at retreat
Beulah — The Benzie County Council on Aging and Benzie Community Services/Home Health Care invite all area caregivers to a retreat.
The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 8190 Lincoln Road. It will include massages, workshops, live music, lunch and guest speaker Jolene Brackey, author of "Creating Moments Of Joy." The $5 cost includes lunch. There is an additional $15 material charge for two beading classes being offered.
For details or to register, call the Council on Aging, 325-4851.
GT Pavilions seeks craft-show vendors
Traverse City — Registration is open for vendors interested in participating in the Grand Traverse Pavilions' Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Pavilions, 1000 Pavilions Circle, off South Elmwood Avenue. It will feature holiday items, bead work, knitted items, homemade jams and jellies and more.
Six-foot tables are $10 each and two chairs will be provided. Proceeds from table reservations will benefit activities for seniors at the Pavilions.
To pre-order tables, contact Kari Belanger, 932-3032 or email@example.com. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Children's Advocacy Center benefit set
Traverse City — Area singles are invited to the second annual "Chick 'n' Dinner" to benefit the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center.
The community-based, child-focused facility is dedicated to the identification, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. It brings together representatives from many disciplines to help make decisions about investigation and treatment of child abuse cases.
The fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at The Shed/Blue Tractor on South Union Street. It will include a traditional dollar dance, a live "date" auction, music by local artists Sommerson, networking activities, a chance to win raffle items and a complete chicken dinner.
Tickets are $25 each and available at firstname.lastname@example.org. Event T-shirts are an additional $15. For more information about the event or the advocacy center, contact Peggy Ellibee, 392-6905, or email@example.com.