TRAVERSE CITY — Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois signs his poetry book “The Arrest of Mr. Kissy Face” from 10 a.m. to noon June 15 at Horizon Books.
Meet the author
KINGSLEY — Meet author Karen Dionne at 6 p.m. June 17 at Traverse Area District Library, Kingsley Branch. Dionne penned “The Marsh King’s Daughter” and co-founded the online writing community Backspace. More details: 231-263-5484.
Michigan novel available
TRAVERSE CITY — Linda Lewis, of Columbus, Ohio, recently published the novel “Seeking Miranda: The almost true story of a wretch like me.” The book is set in northern Michigan, where Lewis was a summer resident for many years. It is available at the Kindle Store on Amazon.com. More details: Linda.Lewis.email@example.com.
Choir seeks singers
GLEN ARBOR — People who love to sing are invited to join the mixed-voice Summer Singers Community Choir. Weekly rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. June 18 at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. There are no auditions. All ages are welcome. More information: 248-797-9325.
INTERLOCHEN — Summer Reading Club begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays from June 19 through Aug. 24 at Interlochen Public Library. Kids can read to Chaz, a certified therapy reading dog, after the program.
FRANKFORT — Aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit a 3-5 minute piece for the annual Frankfort48 Film Contest, which runs June 20-22. People have 48 hours to visualize their ideas, explore locations, film, edit and present their work. Entry is $25. The kickoff meeting starts at 9 a.m. June 20 at the Garden Theater. The public screening is set for 6:30 p.m. June 22. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the box office. Contact: 231-352-7561.
BELLAIRE — The ART: Wildlife in Watercolors Workshop goes from 9 a.m. to noon June 20 at Grass River Natural Area. Participants should bring photos of fish, plants or animals to use as references. Supplies are provided. Cost is $25 per person. Registration: 231-533-8314.
Story hour June 20
TRAVERSE CITY — Great Lakes Children’s Museum hosts InterActive Storytime at 11 a.m. June 20. Preschool and elementary students are invited to listen to “The Very Quiet Cricket” by Eric Carle.
Adult Book Club
KALKASKA — The Adult Book Club meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month at Kalkaska County Library. Discuss Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” June 20. Contact: 231-258-9411.
TRAVERSE CITY — The International Affairs Forum features Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies Director Angela Stent at 6 p.m. June 20 at Milliken Auditorium. Stent presents “Russia Against the West: Can the post-WWII Global Order Survive?” Tickets are $15. Students and educators are free.
Book sale June 21-22
INTERLOCHEN — Friends of Interlochen Public Library Used Book Sale is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 21 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22. Texts include fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, children’s books, holiday books, crafting books, cookbooks as well as DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles. The “Member Only” Preview Sale is from 6-8 p.m. June 20. Sign up at the door. Annual membership is $10 per person or $20 for a family. Sale proceeds support the library’s children’s programs.
Drake School program
HONOR — Benzie Area Historical Society and NMC College for Kids offer the “Unplug and Rewind to 1900” program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at the Drake School. Children in first through fifth grade can play games, make crafts and enjoy other activities. Cost is $89. Benzie County Community Chest funds three scholarships for Benzie County students. More information: 231-882-5539.
TRAVERSE CITY — Horizon Books hosts a sea life-themed story hour at 10 a.m. June 21. Hear stories, create a craft and participate in activities at this weekly event.
Nature story event
BELLAIRE — Grass River Natural Area hosts Nature Story Time from 10-11:30 a.m. June 21. Kids ages 4 and older can enjoy a short story and do an outdoor activity. Cost is $5 per child.
GLEN ARBOR — Potter John Huston leads the “Marks on Clay” workshop June 21-23 at Thoreson Farm in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Pots are provided for decorating, or bring a few bisque-fired pieces for the brushwork portion. Tuition is $200 for GAAC members, $210 for others. Register online or call 231-334-6112.
LELAND — Storyteller Jenifer Strauss presents “S.T.E.A.M.ing Through Space” at 10:30 a.m. June 21 at Leland Township Library. Kids ages 5-12 and their families are invited for space stories, songs and hands-on activities. The program is part of the library’s summer reading program “Oh, The Places You Can Read!”
Silent films showing
WILLIAMSBURG — The Music House Museum presents three short films at 7 p.m. June 21-22. View Buster Keaton’s “The Convict,” “Neighbors” and “The Haunted House.” Grace Episcopal Church organist Steve Larson accompanies the showings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Box office: 231-938-9300.
ALDEN — The Vintage Antique and Cottage Sale goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at the Alden Depot.
LELAND — Leelanau Community Cultural Center hosts a Solstice Celebration June 22 at the Old Art Building. Free family-friendly activities go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seth Bernard, the 2019 Ann Hall Visiting Artist, performs an outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Beer and cider are also available to purchase. Get tickets online or call 231-256-2131.
TRAVERSE CITY — Horizon Books hosts a celebration for a longtime employee from 1-3 p.m. June 22. This event recognizes the bookstore’s receiving specialist for 50 years of service. Cake and punch are available.
‘Scam on the Cove’ signing
TRAVERSE CITY — Author John Marks signs his novel “Scam on the Cove” from 2-4 p.m. June 22 at Horizon Books. This is Marks’ second northern Michigan thriller.
Comedy and wine festival
TRAVERSE CITY — Uncorrect Comedy hosts the Planet of the Grapes comedy and wine festival from 3-8 p.m. June 22 at Leelanau Studios. The event features live music, wine tasting seminars, local food and beverages and comedic performances. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. VIP tickets are $100 and include a lounge area, wine tastings, cheese and wine pairings, wine and dessert pairings, 10 tastings and a souvenir glass. Proceeds support Spark in the Dark TC, which aims to connect people with nonprofits and other services. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact: 586-477-6732.
Haunted lighthouse book signing
TRAVERSE CITY — Author and Promote Michigan Founder Dianna Higgs Stampfler signs her book “Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses” from 4-6 p.m. June 22 at Horizon Books. Michigan is home to more than 120 lighthouses.
KINGSLEY — The next Country Dance is set at 6 p.m. June 22 at Summit City Grange. The Straight Forward Band performs. Questions: 231-263-4499.