Railroad Historical Society meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — The Railroad Historical Society of Northwest Michigan will meet at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at their new location, the United Way Building, 521 South Union St.

Member Ray Hucek will present the story of Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad. All members and anyone interested in railroads and railroad history are invited to attend. For more information, call club president George Gregory at 946-6436.

Earhart Award luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY — The Zonta Club of Traverse City will hold its annual Amelia Earhart Award Luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St.

Julie Renkema, who is pursuing a career in aviation at Northwestern Michigan College, will be honored with the scholarship award..

Guests are welcome. The cost is $15.

Book club luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to The Village at Bay Ridge Book Club Luncheon, featuring author and Bay Ridge resident Betty Bordine and her book “Growing Up in the 30s and 40s.”

The luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, in the West Building (first building on campus) at The Village at Bay Ridge, 3950 Scenic Ridge. A lunch including beverage and dessert will be served.

A reservation with prepayment of $6 is required by Thursday, Jan. 8. Call 932-9455 to reserve your place or for more information.

Art open house

TRAVERSE CITY — Blackbird Arts will hold their winter open house from 4:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1485 Barlow St. Enjoy hands-on art and music activities, meet teaching artists, and learn about winter programs for children, adults and families.

All ages are welcome. The event is free and open to the public.

Pine cone crafts

TRAVERSE CITY — The East Bay Branch Library invites you to make a pine cone creature to take home, from noon to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 10. All ages are invited to this free event, and supplies will be provided. Call the library for details at 922-2085. The East Bay Branch Library is located at 1989 Three Mile Road.

Back Porchcircle jam

CHARLEVOIX — The Charlevoix Senior Center’s next Back Porch program will feature Ernie Mendel sharing original and traditional country and gospel music. Music begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. Suggested donations for the performers is $5 to $10 per person. Soups, coffee, tea and desserts will be available.

At 8:30 p.m., musicians in attendance will gather for a “circle jam”. This is a community event for all ages. The Center is located at the corner of Carpenter and Sheridan St.

Big Picture Society film

LELAND — The next League of Women Voters Leelanau County Big Picture Society will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, at the Old Art Building, 111 Main St. The Big Picture Society features films of public interest on current political/environmental and/or social justice topics.

The film “Fed Up” uncovers why despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.

There is no fee for the movie but good will donations to the LWVLC will be accepted. You may bring refreshments to share. No alcohol allowed.

Protecting lives program

TRAVERSE CITY — The first Cottage Coffee of 2015 will feature Edward Fisher, retired Fire Chief of the Traverse City Fire Department, speaking on protecting lives. The program begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Hawthorn Cottage and is free and open to the public.

Historical society meeting

OLD MISSION — Chris Doyal will give a presentation on the shipwrecks in and around Grand Traverse Bay as well as some others in the Great Lakes when the Old Mission Historical Society meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road.

Doyal is an award winning underwater photographer and past president of Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve. He has also worked on an archaeology project at Old Mission Harbor. The program is free and the public is invited.

Successful aging

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Mark Jackson will kick off the 2015 Successful Aging Series at Grand Traverse Pavilions with “Nursing Home 101” at 2 p.m. Jan. 26, in the multi-purpose room.

The Successful Aging Series is free and open to the public. The series is sponsored, in part, by Comfort Keepers.

For a complete schedule of the Successful Aging Series, call 932-3027 or email pdeagostino@gtpavilions.org.

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