Parking lot closure

BEULAH — Benzie County Government Center parking lot is closed June 6-7 and at 1 p.m. June 14 for updates. Community members can park in the lot east of the center or at the Benzie County Sheriff Department. The Court Place service drive is also under construction. All work is expected to be completed by June 17.

Knitting, crocheting event

TRAVERSE CITY — Bay Area Yarn Bomb Society celebrates World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8. Bring a project and chair to the 100 block of Front Street between Kilwins and Pangea’s Pizza. Activities occur at Taproot Cider House from 1-3 p.m. Meet at Brilliant Books if it rains. All ages and skill levels may participate.

Doodle Day

ELK RAPIDS — Twisted Fish Gallery hosts Doodle Day from 1-3 p.m. June 8. Doodlers of all ages are invited to this free session. Bring paper and pens, or borrow materials. Contact: 231-264-0123.

Little library available

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Men’s Shed recently installed a free little library at Oryana Community Cooperative. People may take and leave books of all genres at the library, which is located by the east entrance to the store.

Chorus qualifies for competition

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Show Chorus earned a gold medal in the Division A category (30 singing members or fewer) during the Sweet Adelines International Regional Competition in April. The group also qualified for the international contest, which is takes place in Kentucky in the fall of 2020.The show chorus nabbed one of the five available spots at this a capella finals.

Nonprofit partners with national program

TRAVERSE CITY — Bethany Christian Services recently partnered with the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation at the national level. Young men in Bethany’s Michigan foster care and adoption programs can now participate in the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program, including the upcoming mentoring camp. More information: 231-995-0870.

Census outreach grant opportunities

TRAVERSE CITY — Networks Northwest and the Michigan Nonprofit Association announce the "Be Counted Northwest Michigan" program. Networks Northwest offers funding and technical assistance for Census 2020 outreach activities to organizations that serve historically under-counted communities in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

Grants are available to support community projects that aim to educate about the next U.S. census, which begins in April 2020. More information is available at