Historical society internship

BENZONIA — The Benzie Area Historical Society is seeking a full-time summer education intern. The role includes work for the Junior Historians program in Benzie County classrooms, the “One-Room Classroom Experience” at the Drake School and leading school tours at the historical museum. The intern will also support local library reading programs and other family-friendly activities. Call 231-882-5539 to learn more.

Spark in the Dark competes for grant

TRAVERSE CITY — Local organization Spark in the Dark is competing in the USA TODAY Network “A Community Thrives” program. The fundraiser is available on CrowdRise by GoFundMe through April 12. The group could win up to $25,000 in grant money to create a smartphone app called Direct Connect, which would replace the Facebook group. Spark in the Dark helps individuals connect with neighbors and ask for assistance, whether they need physical items, advice, resources or encouragement.

Mayflower descendant announced

TRAVERSE CITY — The Society of Mayflower Descendants in Michigan recently announced that John Robinson Snow, of Traverse City, completed ancestry documentation that qualifies him for membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He traced his heritage to passenger Edward Doty, who arrived near Plymouth, Massachusetts, on the Mayflower in November 1620. Doty was one of 41 adult male passengers who signed the Mayflower Compact.

People who can prove their relationship to a Mayflower passenger may be eligible to join the Michigan group. More details: www.michmayflower.org.

Norte founders receive award

TRAVERSE CITY — Norte founders Ty and Johanna Schmidt were recently honored with the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission. The Schmidts, of Traverse City, work to create walk- and bike-friendly communities through youth programs.

Decades dance party

BELLAIRE — Shanty Creek Resorts hosts the 80s vs. 90s Dance Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 23 at Ivan’s Café. The evening features FeelGood, a Chicago-based band.

Free testing

FIFE LAKE — Harm Reduction Michigan offers free viral hepatitis and HIV testing from 3-6 p.m. March 23 at New World Karate Studio. Overdose education and free Naloxone kits are available.

Film festival entries

SAULT STE. MARIE — The 2019 Soo Film Festival accepts entries online beginning March 25. International and national filmmakers may submit in all genres, nonfiction films in feature and shorts categories. The festival emphasizes works that showcase the Great Lakes area. Entries are free until April 28. The regular deadline is June 9 and requires a $15 fee.

The Soo Film Festival will announce its selections in late July. The event takes place Sept. 12-15. Contact: 906-248-5947.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

ELLSWORTH — Good Samaritan hosts the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. March 25 at Ellsworth Elementary School. Proceeds go toward the emergency utilities fund. More details: dave@thegoodsam.org; 231-588-2208.

Bike-fixing sessions

TRAVERSE CITY — Norte will teach people to fix a bike daily from March 25-30 at the Wheelhouse. Elementary, middle and high school students can learn to change a tire, adjust the brakes, safety and more. Sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per class. Contact ben@elgruponorte.org or 231-883-2404 to sign up.