Gardening discussion

TRAVERSE CITY — Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan hosts Garden Goods Manager Robin Smillie from 6-8 p.m. April 7. Smillie discusses new and different annuals, perennials and shrubs. Participants can access the meeting via Zoom. A $5 donation from non-members is appreciated. Contact: 231-256-9888.

Online book club

BELLAIRE — Bellaire Public Library hosts the next Adult Book Club meeting at 6 p.m. April 7 via its Facebook page. Read and discuss “Emma” by Jane Austen. The book is available at

Poster art due April 7

TRAVERSE CITY — Youth ages 18 and younger are invited to submit biking-inspired artwork during Norte’s Northern Michigan Bikes to School Day Poster Contest. Email images of the 2-D, non-digital pieces to by April 7. Questions: 231-883-8297.

Student scholarships

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired and TBA Credit Union plan to award two $1,000 scholarships. Awards are open to children of active MEA or MEA-Retired members who are seniors at public high schools and plan to attend a public Michigan college or university. Email for applications. The deadline is May 31.

Community grants awarded

MANISTEE — Manistee County Community Foundation awarded its first grants from the recently-created Community Response Fund, which supports organizations on the front lines during the coronavirus outbreak. Benzie Area Christian Neighbors in Benzonia received $2,000 to help staff provide food and financial assistance for residents of northern Manistee County. Additionally, the Bear Lake Community Services Food Pantry gets $1,000 so it can supply food and household items.

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