Sap collection

BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area hosts a maple syrup event at 11 a.m. March 30. Learn traditional and modern methods of tapping trees for sap. All ages are welcome.

Park staff housing needed

EMPIRE — Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is seeking short-term housing starting in April or May for its seasonal workforce of park rangers, guides, maintenance workers, interns and biological technicians. Those interested in receiving referrals for seasonal renters from the park should send detailed rental information, including a point of contact, to Lisa Griebel at or call 231-326-4726 with questions.

Jolly Pumpkin Run

TRAVERSE CITY — The Jolly Pumpkin Run is set for May 19 at the Old Mission Peninsula restaurant. The 5K costs $42 and 1 mile is $28 until March 31. Entry includes post-race food, one drink ticket and T-shirt. Register online until May 17 or in person on race day. Questions: Email to volunteer.

Boater safety class

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a boater safety class from 5:30-9 p.m. April 4 and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 6. Topics include safety equipment, emergency procedures, navigation and charting. Cost is $10 for the book and certificate. Registration is due April 1. Contact: 231-883-8040;

April Diaper Drive

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Baby Pantry hosts its Diaper Drive this April. Drop off packages of disposable diapers at St. Francis Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, Tom’s Food Markets, Oleson’s Food Stores, Family Fare and the Presbyterian Church. Cash donations are also accepted at 507 W. Eighth St. More details: 231-941-0655.

Queer Prom is April 13

TRAVERSE CITY — Polestar LGBT+ Community Center, LGBTeens Up North and area Gay-Straight Alliances present the third annual Queer Prom from 7-11 p.m. April 13 at The Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park.

The chaperoned event is open to LGBT+ students and their allies regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression/identity or romantic attraction. Prom goers must be ages 14-18 and reside in northwest Lower Michigan. Advanced tickets cost $15; pay $20 on April 1 and at the door. Financial assistance is available. Space is limited. Questions: