Spring donation program
TRAVERSE CITY — Meijer stores host the spring Simply Give program May 31 through June 14. Each $10 Simply Give donation card helps local food pantries purchase fresh food, baby food, diapers, wipes and other items. Meijer plans to double match donations up to $10,000. The Salvation Army Traverse City food pantry benefits from cards purchased at the Traverse City Meijer store through June 22.
Parkinson’s support meeting
TRAVERSE CITY — Parkinson’s Network North Evening Support Group meets at 6 p.m. June 4 at Munson Community Health Center. Questions: 231-947-7389.
Blooms and Birds Weekly Walk
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area hosts the Blooms and Birds Weekly Walk from 10 a.m. to noon June 11. Learn about ferns and flowers in the forest and wetlands. Donations are appreciated.
Find Waldo downtown in June
TRAVERSE CITY — Brilliant Books hosts the annual Find Waldo Local scavenger hunt in downtown Traverse City throughout June. People can look for miniatures of the kids’ book character at more than a dozen businesses. The “Find Waldo Local in Traverse City!” passport helps searchers track their finds. Collect stamps to earn rewards. A prize drawing is set for June 27. More details: 231-946-2665.
Grow Benzie farmers market
BENZONIA — Grow Benzie hosts its weekly farmers markets from 2-6 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26. Fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, local products and more are available for purchase. The sewing studio and makerspace are also open.
Yarn Therapy session
INTERLOCHEN — The Yarn Therapy: Knitting and Crocheting Group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Interlochen Public Library. Share ideas while working on projects. Hot tea is provided. All skills levels are welcome.
Summer Reading Program kickoff
THOMPSONVILLE — Betsie Valley District Library kicks off the 2019 Summer Reading Program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. Participants are encouraged to read 20 hours through the summer. Weekly prizes are available. Questions: 231-378-2716.
Author signing June 8
TRAVERSE CITY — David Zaiss signs his political novel “The Red Jeep” from noon to 2 p.m. June 8 at Horizon Books.
‘Radical Compassion’ signing
TRAVERSE CITY — Thad Cummings signs his book “Radical Compassion: Subverting a Culture of Hostility” from 2-4 p.m. June 8 at Horizon Books.
TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Humanists canceled Traverse Heart and Vascular Cardiologist James Fox's "The Healthiest Diet" presentation. The group still plans to host its regular meeting at 7 p.m. June 10 at Traverse Area District Library.
Local nonprofit staffing changes
TRAVERSE CITY — Local nonprofit Love Thy Neighbor Grand Traverse announces recent staff changes to its board. Tony Nelson was promoted to chief operating officer. He worked as the office manager and staff accountant for the last six years. Pam Lardie joined the staff as a connections counselor. She is responsible for coordinating the Life Skills classes and volunteer recruiting. She worked as a teacher and education consultant for more than 30 years.
Summer intern selected
BENZONIA — Benzie Area Historical Society selected Dylan Colby as the education and outreach intern. His position involves presenting at area libraries and offering free activities for families at the Drake School this summer. Colby is a senior at Michigan State University studying international relations and political theory and constitutional democracy. The internship is funded through grants award by Benzie County Community Chest, the Willoughby Rotary Foundation of Frankfort and BAHS members.
League of Women Voters awards
TRAVERSE CITY — League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area recognized two people at its annual meeting on May 11. League of Women Voters of Michigan Vice President Christina Schlitt received the Outstanding Service Award. She helped a group in Crawford County form a unit of the Grand Traverse Area League. She was also nominated to serve as the next president of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.
Grand Traverse County Commissioner Addison “Sonny” Wheelock earned the Making Democracy Work Award for his service to the community. He started with the commission in 1999 and also works at the family business Wheelock & Sons Welding. He has worked in local government since 1980, when he worked as a Long Lake Township trustee.