Golf outing fundraiser

INTERLOCHEN — The 11th annual Advent Lutheran Church Charity Golf Outing is set for July 20 at Interlochen Golf Course. Teams of four can register for $70 per person. Dinner is included. Sign up on site starting at 8 a.m. The event benefits Hospice of Michigan, Lake Ann Baby Pantry and Addiction Treatment Services. More information: 231-275-8031.

Water protection meeting

TRAVERSE CITY — Nineteen regional organizations, foundations and local governments partner with the International Joint Commission to host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at West Bay Beach Hotel. Everyone is invited to participate in the conversation about protecting the Great Lakes and other local waterways. Interlochen Public Radio Executive Director Peter Payette moderates. Register at

Dulcimer lessons

WILLIAMSBURG — Mary Anne Rivers offers “Exploring the Mountain Dulcimer” from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 25 at Samels Family Heritage Society. Learn to play the instrument for $50. Call 231-267-5058 to register and borrow a dulcimer.

Genealogical society program

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society hosts its monthly program at 2 p.m. July 25 at Traverse Area District Library. Researcher Mark Mullinax, from the Brighton District Library, presents “Where There’s a Will: Probate Records and Genealogy.”

Reconstruction open house

BENZONIA —Michigan Department of Transportation hosts an open house from 4-7 p.m. July 25 at Benzonia Township Hall. Interested residents, business owners and others can look at plans to reconstruct a portion of U.S. 31 from M-115 to the Betsie River. Work includes replacing the roadway and sidewalks and improving drainage systems. Call 517-335-4381 for accommodations like interpreters, signers and more.

Celebrating artists

BEULAH — Celebrate the works of painter Lynne Hernandez and photographer Elijah Browning from 5-7 p.m. July 25 at L-Chayim Delicatessen. The evening features a wine and cheese reception with the artists. Contact: 231-871-0601.

Empty box activity

TRAVERSE CITY — Great Lakes Children’s Museum hosts hands-on activities with empty boxes from 1-3 p.m. July 29. Kids in preschool and elementary school are invited. Supplies are provided.

Local nonprofit receives funding

TRAVERSE CITY — 100+ Women Who Care Grand Traverse and Leelanau County members recently selected Inland Seas Education Association, a nonprofit in Suttons Bay, to receive a $10,000 donation. The funds go toward scholarships for school groups to attend programs and stay in the new dormitory.

Unique art town named

THOMPSONVILLE — CubeSmart Self Storage recently named Thompsonville the ninth most unique art town in the nation. The Benzie County town was recognized for Michigan Legacy Art Park, which features installations by area artists. Lily Rogers, who penned the blog post “21 of America’s Most Unique Art Towns,” said she selected smaller, less obvious places than New York or San Francisco.

Community bicycle grant

TRAVERSE CITY — PeopleForBikes recently announced a $7,500 community grant for the Grand Traverse Traffic Garden + Pump Track.

Youth can learn bicycle handling and riding skills on the traffic garden with a miniature street at the Civic Center. Additionally, Norte Youth Cycling offers programs for schools and loans bikes to anyone in need. The grant is funded through the Employee Pro Purchase program.