Knitting event

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area District Library hosts “Knit the World Together” from 10 a.m. to noon April 18 via Zoom. Everyone is invited to work on a project while socializing virtually. Registration is required at tadl.org.

Free kids’ stories

TRAVERSE CITY — Barnes and Noble offers children’s ebooks for free download through the reading application on the Nook tablet. Topics include Sesame Street, cooking, Judy Moody and more. Parents and kids can also watch a virtual reading of “The Lorax” on April 18.

Playwright fest off

TRAVERSE CITY — City Opera House recently announced the cancellation of its annual Young Playwrights Festival, previously scheduled for April 19. Call 231-941-8082, ext. 202 for more information.

Poetry event postponedGLEN ARBOR — Glen Arbor Arts Center is delaying its “Fresh Water Poetry Throwdown,” previously scheduled for April 19 at the center. Contact: 231-334-6112.

Jobless certification

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency asks claimants to avoid certifying their unemployment claims on Mondays so the system is not flooded with activity. People should certify on other weekdays and during off-peak hours, between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Unemployed persons must certify that they are still without work two weeks after their initial claim is approved. Benefit payments are given after certification. Michigan.gov/uia

Tour grant available

ATLANTA — Jazz Road, a program of South Arts, offers the Jazz Road Tours grant. Emerging and mid-career jazz artists from across the U.S. may apply for up to $15,000. Applications are due April 21. More information: 404-874-7244.

Book tour postponed

TRAVERSE CITY — Physician Abdul El-Sayed canceled his book tour, which was set to visit Horizon Books on April 22. His text “Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic” was recently published. The author plans to reschedule the tour for dates in August or September.

Dance called off

TRAVERSE CITY — The NMC Dance Department’s April 22 show is cut from the schedule at Milliken Auditorium because of coronavirus concerns. All NMC campuses and the Dennos Museum Center are closed at least until April 30.

Design class delayed

TRAVERSE CITY — Arts for All of Northern Michigan staff decided to postpone the April 22 Skate Deck Design Class with Artist Chase Hunt. More information: 231-947-1278.

Film event

TRAVERSE CITY — The Indie Lens Pop-Up “Eating Up Easter” screening, previously scheduled for April 23, is canceled. The Dennos Museum Center is closed at least until April 30 to comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. The film premieres May 25 on PBS, and then it may be available to stream online.

Benefit gala postponed

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Opera delayed its Inaugural Benefit Gale and plans to host it on a yet to be determined date. The event will feature dinner, drinks and operatic performances. Interested attendees can contact Lindsey.Anderson@traversecityopera.org.

Streaming films

TRAVERSE CITY — Feline lovers can stream the “Best of CatVideoFest: Creature Comforts Edition” through the State Theatre and Bijou By the Bay website. Viewers can pay as they wish, with proceeds supporting the nonprofit venues while they are closed.

Other films available to stream include “The Etruscan Smile,” (Rated R) “Slay the Dragon” (PG-13) and “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” (R). Each film costs $12.

Virtual guitar lessons

TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan musician Ron Getz offers guitar lessons through the Facebook Messenger or FaceTime mobile applications. Thirty-minute and one-hour sessions are available. Contact: 231-392-4203; rongetzguitar@gmail.com.

Phone scam warnings

GRAWN — Cherryland Electric Cooperative recently received reports of many phone scams targeting its consumers in the Grand Traverse area. The caller poses as an electric company employee and threatens to disconnect service that day unless the customer acts immediately. Cherryland Member Relations Manager Rachel Johnson said in a release that the company never asks for personal financial details like credit card numbers over the phone. Call the member services department at 231-486-9200 with questions or concerns about an account.

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