Speaker discusses fresh food program
TRAVERSE CITY — Diane Navarro, RN, BA, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 9, meeting of the Registered Nurses Association in Michigan. All nurses and student nurses are invited.
The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in conference room E at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave.
Navarro will discuss the Fresh Food Partnership and "Making the Connection: Building A Good Food Bridge Between People in Need and Our Region's Farmers."
Pizza and salad will be available for $5 and registration is required. For details or to register, call 649-3730 or e-mail Jane Miller at email@example.com.
Benefit for Sairy Franks of Beulah
TRAVERSE CITY — Friends, family and other supporters will hold a benefit for Sairy Franks, of Beulah, next week
Franks was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2001, was treated and thought to be cured. She was again diagnosed with the disease in 2008, at which time she also was diagnosed with two additional tick-borne diseases considered to be fatal. Now her best chance for a cure may be at a clinic in northern California.
The benefit will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 800 Cottageview Drive. Local food, wine and beer will be available, and a silent auction is planned. Admission will be by donation. Proceeds of the benefit will help Franks make the trip to California.
Items for the silent auction and food for the event are being accepted. To donate items for the auction, contact Rachael Franks Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate food for the event, call Monica Evans, 325-6812.
Studio offers fertility yoga workshop
TRAVERSE CITY — Yen Yoga & Fitness will offer a workshop to address increasing interest in fertility yoga.
The gentle, meditative yoga workshop is geared toward calming the mind and opening the body. It will be taught by yoga instructor Aimee Meeker.
The workshop will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Yen Yoga & Fitness on East Front Street. The cost is $25. Partners are encouraged to attend at no additional charge.
For details or to register, call Yen Yoga, 421-5496.
Candle lighting for deceased loved ones
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in the organization's worldwide candle lighting to remember deceased children or siblings. The organization provides support for families who have experienced the death of a child of any age.
Each year thousands of families light candles for one hour on the second Sunday of December. The memorial service will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the chapel at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. Everyone is encouraged to bring a framed picture of their child or sibling for the picture table. Candles and refreshments will be provided.
Those unable to attend are invited to light a candle from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or post a message on TCF's Remembrance Book at www.compassionatefriends.org. Contact Karen Strom, 946-9306 or email@example.com, or call Tim Tompkins, 256-9343, for details.
Series on family life will conclude
TRAVERSE CITY — The final presentation in a monthly video/discussion series on family life will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14.
The series has highlighted topics using concepts from Bowen Family Systems Theory. Traverse City marriage and family therapist Michael J. Sullivan will discuss the "Societal Emotional Process" at noon. The cost is $20 per person and registration is required. For details or to register, call 947-0350 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkinson's groups hold holiday parties
TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group Christmas Party is scheduled for Wednesday.
The party will be at the Traverse City Elks Club, 625 Bay St., beginning at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is $11 and reservations are due by Sunday. Call 947-7389 or 946-3103.
Entertainment will be the West Middle School Choir, Happy Tappers and pianist Treva Jaffee.
The Grand Traverse Area Young Onset Parkinson's Support Group will hold its Christmas Party at the Cottage Cafe, 420 Munson Ave., Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Bring a wrapped "white elephant" gift. Reservations are due Friday; call 946-1323 or 862-3234.
MS support group plans holiday dinner
TRAVERSE CITY — A local MS support group will hold its Christmas party Wednesday, Dec. 8.
The dinner will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave., rooms A and B. Bring a dish to pass. For more information, call Karen Bailey, 947-0244.
Operation Good Cheer kicks off
OKEMOS — Operation Good Cheer kicks off Friday and Saturday.
The program, which provides gifts for children in foster care, is run by Child and Family Services of Michigan. Local nonprofit agencies taking part include Holy Cross Children's Services. Harbor Air of Traverse City helps transport gifts. More than 13,000 gifts are expected to be given away this season. For more information, go to www.cfsm.org.
Hospice of Michigan hosts remembrance
LUDINGTON — Hospice of Michigan will again be offering the Tree of Remembrance for community participation this holiday season.
A special ornament will be made in memory of your loved one and displayed on the tree for all who choose to participate. After the holidays, the ornament will be sent to those who request. There is no cost for this service, but donations will help fund grief support programs.
The tree will be at the Hospice of Michigan office, 5177 W. U.S. 10, across from the Mason County Fairgrounds in Ludington.
For more information or to request an ornament, call 845-3423 or (800) 839-8185 ext 3423.
Hospice of Michigan's Ludington office serves patients in Benzie, Lake, Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties.
Paul Oliver wins Summit Award
FRANKFORT — Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital received the 2010 Summit Award for emergency services.
The award, by Press Ganey Associations, also went to Paul Oliver in 2009. The Frankfort hospital's emergency department is the only one in Michigan to receive the Summit Award this year.
The award honors hospitals that rank in the top 5 percent in the U.S. for patient satisfaction for three consecutive years.
Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital is part of the Munson Healthcare System.