Bike Nights

TRAVERSE CITY — Classic Motor Sports and Classic Power Equipment hosts Summer Tour 2019 Bike Nights on Thursdays starting May 16. A local food truck provides meals from 5-7 p.m. The event is geared toward motorcycle owners or people who aim to own a motorcycle.

Geological history program

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC Geology Instructor Rob Houston presents “Geological History of Grand Traverse Bay” at 7 p.m. May 16 at Great Lakes Maritime Academy. Learn about beach ridges, moraines, kettles and other local landforms.

Senator hosts coffee hours

SUTTONS BAY — Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, hosts coffee hours this month for residents of the 35th District. People can express opinions and concerns about the Michigan government or request help with an issue.

May 17 meetings:

• 2 p.m. at Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay

• 4 p.m. at Benzie County Government Center in Beulah

Art Park participates in Blue Star Museums

THOMPSONVILLE — Michigan Legacy Art Park participates in Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission for active military personnel and their families from May 18 to Sept. 2. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America.

Benzie Big Day Count

BENZONIA — Members and friends of the Benzie Audubon Club are invited to the annual Benzie Big Day Count May 18. Individuals and groups can count species of birds anywhere in Benzie County. A brown bag lunch and tally takes place afterward. More information: 231-930-8722 or 231-352-4739.

Journal workshop

LELAND — Local author Karen Anderson leads the “Journal-Keeping in Nature” workshop at 10:30 a.m. May 18 at Leland Township Library. Anderson offers journal-writing tips and shows samples from naturalists. Attendees should bring a notebook and writing tool.

Space exploration day

EAST JORDAN — Raven Hill Discovery Center hosts “Science Day: Earth and Space” from noon to 4 p.m. May 18. Hands-on activities for families include constructing an electroscope to detect static electricity, making a pocket solar system, testing rockets and more. Local science enthusiasts facilitate stations. Admission is $10. More information: 231-536-3369;

Bark Ranger meeting

GLEN ARBOR — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore hosts a Bark Ranger orientation at 1 p.m. May 18 at D.H. Day Log Cabin at the campground. Volunteers and their canine companions provide information about the park and highlight pet policies and pet safety on National Lakeshore beaches. Bark Rangers also help protect nesting shorebirds. Registration: 231-326-4751.

NAMI conference

ACME — National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts its annual State Conference May 20-22 at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Workshops and speakers emphasize the theme “Shaping Our Future Together.” The event is geared toward caregivers, law enforcement, health care professionals and people receiving mental health services. More information: 517-485-4049.

Parkinson’s forum

TRAVERSE CITY — Parkinson’s Network North hosts its annual Summer Forum May 30 at the NMC Hagerty Center. Hear from Ross Coleman, of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, and Graham Atkin, from the MSU Division of Human Anatomy. View exhibitions and enjoy lunch. Cost is $30 until May 20. Mail checks to P.O. Box 5734 in Traverse City, MI 49696. Questions: 231-947-1946.

Social change presentation

TRAVERSE CITY — Rotary Charities hosts author David Peter Stroh and business partner Michael Goodman May 21-22 at Park Place Hotel. Stroh wrote the book “Systems Thinking for Social Change.” Cost is $100. Register at More details: 231-941-4010.