Community walks

TRAVERSE CITY — Gloria Halligan will lead free community walks in November.

Walks start at 10:30 a.m. at Cuppa Joe’s at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons today, Nov. 7, and Thursdays, Nov. 14 and 21. Participants should plan on walking about three miles and no reservations are required. For details, contact Halligan, 944-3054 or

Vaccine program

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Kurt Froese of Lighthouse Chiropractic & Wellness Center will give an educational program titled “The Flu Vaccine-A Shot in the Dark?” from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Chamber of Commerce board room, 202 E. Grandview Parkway. The public is welcome. For details, call 933-1117.

Senior lunch

INTERLOCHEN — Area senior citizens are invited to a community lunch on Monday, Nov. 11, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, U.S. 31 and Rogers Road.

Lunch will be served at noon and will be followed by fellowship and games. The meal is $3 per person. Seniors also may bring their own lunch and enjoy the free activities. Lunch reservations are needed by Friday, Nov. 8. For details or reservations, call Ralph Hintsala, 620-0840.

Robotics demo

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Food for Thought, an NMC service learning project, will host an Unmanned Systems Robotics demonstration and food drive on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Aero Park Laboratories building on Aero Park Drive. A new aspect of the event is a VIP breakfast.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. and includes food, private use of unmanned vehicles and one-on-one time with pilots and instructors. The cost is $25 per person and reservations are needed; call Carl Rocheleau, 342-4974.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the community can get a glimpse of the college’s newest programs and enjoy family activities while supporting a food drive to help fill 51 area food pantries. Demonstrations of NMC’s land, air and sea unmanned vehicles will be the main attraction. Admission is five food items or $5 per person. Food will be delivered to the pantries in time for Thanksgiving.

Orchard Guild

TRAVERSE CITY — The Orchard Guild will hold a program on apple varieties with an apple tasting on Saturday, Nov. 9. This is the first program in a three-part series.

The program will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. at Birch Point Farm, 7506 E. Birch Point Road. Brenin Wertz-Roth of Giving Tree Nursery will discuss several hardy, delicious and disease-resistant apple types and many varieties will be available for tasting. Take-home literature on tree and apple characteristics will be provided.

For details, call 633-5252 or email mary@artmeetsearth. To register, visit

Festival of Trees

KALKASKA — K.A.I.R. (Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources) opens its Festival of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 9. Admission is free.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Saturday, Nov. 16; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Northland Plaza, M-72 and U.S. 131. It features 32 decorated trees, arrangements, wreaths and special groupings that will be raffled or auctioned. Centerpieces and wreaths also will be available for purchase. Children can write a letter to Santa Claus, who will answer them before Christmas. In addition, the K.A.I.R. Resale Store in downtown Kalkaska will host a Christmas Store with a wide selection of affordable gift items to purchase.

K.A.I.R. operates a food pantry that provides food baskets, personal care items and emergency help to families throughout the year. The Festival of Trees is its largest fundraiser. Call 544-1060 to learn more.

Harvest banquet

KINGSLEY — A harvest banquet will be hosted Saturday, Nov. 9, to support The Rock Youth & Community Center of Kingsley.

The meal will be served at 6 p.m. at The Rock, 115 E. Blair St., with intergenerational line dancing with Jackie & The Rock Kids. There also will be a “Bag the Buck” shooting contest for all ages.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students ages 11 and older and senior citizens and free for children ages 10 and younger. They are available in advance at The Rock. For details, call 263-7000 or email

Rico’s honors vets

GRAWN — Veterans and active-duty military personnel are invited to complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11, at Rico’s Cafe, 5790 U.S. 31 South. Breakfast will be served from 8-11 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and dinner from 4-8 p.m. For details, visit

Boys’ book club

TRAVERSE CITY — The Novel Knights book group, formerly Guys Read Too, will meet on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Peninsula Community Library, 2699 Island View Road.

The group is for boys in grades three through five. It will meet from 4:15-5:30 p.m. to discuss “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko. There also will be a related craft and snacks. Books are available on a first come, first served basis at the library. For details, call 223-7700.

Alden book club

ALDEN — The Books and Brie Book Club will watch the movie “Man on a Wire” at its 3:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The film follows Frenchman Philippe Petit who attempted to walk on a wire illegally rigged between the World Trade Center’s Twin Tower in 1974. The movie is related to the club’s October selection “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann. The public is invited. For details, call the Alden District Library, 331-4318.

Tour NMC

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to tour Northwestern Michigan College facilities at its three campuses and talk with people in charge of NMC’s most innovative programs.

The behind-the-scenes look at NMC will be offered from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The motor coach tour starts and ends at the Great Lakes Campus, 715 E. Front St., with stops on the Aero Park Campus and main campus. The cost is $5. Space is limited and registration is required. For details or to register, call 995-1700 or visit

Kids Book Fest

TRAVERSE CITY — The fourth annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and admission is free. There will be free crafts and entertainment by storyteller Jenifer Strauss and the Old Town Playhouse Young Company. Numerous authors also will be in attendance, along with various vendors. Proceeds from participating vendors benefit the Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council and Read Aloud.

Bay Film Series

SUTTONS BAY — The Bay Film Series continues with the award-winning documentary ‘Stories We Tell.”

The film will be shown at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, and at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 11-12, at the Bay Theatre. Non-subscribers are welcome and tickets are $8.50 at the door. For details, call 271-5800, visit, or emailDenise Sica,

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