Performing arts series announced

TRAVERSE CITY — City Opera House recently announced 10 new events for the 2019-2020 MSU Federal Credit Union Performing Arts series. Tickets are available to the public at 10 a.m. May 10. Box office: 231-941-8082.

Season 10 performances:

• The musical “Come From Away” at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the MSU Wharton Center

• A cappella ensemble Tonic Sol-fa at 8 p.m. Oct. 11

• Pianist Keiko Matsui at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24

• Off Broadway’s “That Golden Girls Show!” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6

• The play “The Alphabet Experience” at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7-8

• Disney’s “Aladdin” musical at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the MSU Wharton Center

• Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters at 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 2020

• Irish ensemble Danu: St. Patrick’s Celebration at 7:30 p.m. March 10

• Live storytelling “The Moth Mainstage” at 8 p.m. April 24

• The musical “Dear Evan Hansen” at 2 p.m. June 20 at the MSU Wharton Center

Crafting session

ELK RAPIDS — Elk Rapids District Library offers the “Craft-a-teria: Open Studio Time with a Theme” from 1-3 p.m. May 11. The theme is “My Mom is the Bomb.” Create a planter, earrings, book bag or bookmark. Supplies are provided. Adults must accompany kids under 10.

Spring dance showcase

TRAVERSE CITY — Design Dance Studio presents the spring showcase “Bloom” at 2 and 7 p.m. May 11 at Traverse City Central High School Auditorium. Dancers ages 8-15 and 3-5 perform. Tickets range from $15-20. Contact: 231-933-3573.

Book launch

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan author John Wemlinger presents his latest military novel “Before the Snow Flies” at a launch party from 4-6 p.m. May 11 at Horizon Books. Mission Point Press published the text in March 2019.

Polka Dance

MAPLE CITY — The St. Rita/ St. Joseph Men’s Club hosts a Mother’s Day Polka Dance from 7:30-11:30 p.m. May 11 at the St. Rita/ St. Joseph Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15.

Manitou Winds concert

TRAVERSE CITY — Manitou Winds presents a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at Grace Episcopal Church. The evening features a collage of music, poetry and prose. Admission is free, but donations support Manitou Winds.

Improvisation event

TRAVERSE CITY — Good on Paper Improv performs from 8-9:30 p.m. May 11 at West Bay Beach Resort. Admission is $10.

Country-roots group performs

TRAVERSE CITY — The female country-roots trio Stella! performs at 3 p.m. May 12 at Sleder’s. Tickets are $20 at the venue, Oryana and Brilliant Books. Pay $25 at the door. More information: 231-947-9213.

Local authors talk

TRAVERSE CITY — Local authors Onalee Marsh and Ginny Johnson share stories from 6:30-8 p.m. May 14 at Traverse Area District Library. Topics include the Great Depression and World War II.

Author program

LELAND — Leland Township Library hosts Michigan Notable Book author Barb Barton at 6 p.m. May 15. Barton discusses and signs copies of her text “Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan.” Books are available for purchase at this event. Oryana Community Co-op provides a wild rice dish.

Gardening book sale

INTERLOCHEN — Friends of Interlochen Public Library host a used book sale from May 16-28. Browse books on growing flowers, vegetables and other plants. The table is replenished every few days so stop by during regular library hours.

Art conversation

GLEN ARBOR — Glen Arbor Arts Center Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal leads a conversation at 11 a.m. May 16. Bearup-Neal talks with Leelanau County artists about their exhibition “The Cats on the Prowl: A Superior Adventure.”

Author talks closing

ELK RAPIDS — Author Daniel Jacobs talks about his new book “The Natural Laws of Closing” at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at Elk Rapids District Library. He discusses the principles of closing. More details: 231-264-9979.

Artist presentation

GLEN ARBOR — Susan Wink, of Big Rapids, shares stories from her 2019 artist’s residency with the Glen Arbor Arts Center at noon May 17. Wink’s residency focuses on a mixed media project called “Grace + Despair.” She plans to use found organic materials including driftwood and other beach debris as well as clay to create sculptural forms.

African choir performs

TRAVERSE CITY — The Watoto Children’s Choir sings at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at First Congregational Church. Donations benefit the Ugandan orphans. This is part of the Mel Larimer Concert Series. Reservations are required at 231-947-6698 or on the church website.

Asparagus activities

EMPIRE — The Empire Asparagus Festival is May 17-18. Friday’s events include live music and a pig roast from 7-10 p.m. Saturday features a 5K race, poetry contest, kids’ magic show, music, food and more. The Empire Area Museum is open from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children under 16 are free.

Asparagus poetry contest

EMPIRE — Glen Lake Community Library hosts its annual “Ode to Asparagus” poetry contest as part of the Empire Asparagus Festival. A reading is set for 2 p.m. May 18. Prizes are awarded, including an audience choice for best recitation. Writers should submit their verses by May 16. Email or mail P.O. Box 325 in Empire, MI 49630.

Author signs book

MESICK — Traverse City author Virginia Johnson signs her book “Ira’s Farm” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at Mesick Historical Museum. She writes about growing up on a farm in a rural community during the Great Depression.

Garden story time

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse Area District Library’s Garden Storyteller Series goes from 10-11:30 a.m. May 18 at the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. Hear stories and participate in a planting project. More details: 231-935-4077.

Crosshatch benefit

BELLAIRE — A spring dance party goes from 4-8 p.m. May 18 at Short’s Brewing Company. The event features DJ Ras Marco, a local food special and the debut of a beer. A portion of food sales benefit Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology. Donations are doubled as part of the nonprofit’s spring matching gift campaign.

Pre Season Dance Party

LELAND — Leelanau Community Cultural Center hosts the Pre Season Dance Party from 6-10 p.m. May 18 at the Old Art Building. Local band Knee Deep performs classic rock, country and funk. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Tickets are $15 and include pizza. Proceeds support Veterans Housing USA. Call 231-256-2131 for tickets.

Benefit concert May 18

BEULAH — A benefit concert for Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation starts at 7 p.m. May 18 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the Singing Sisters of Northern Michigan, Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin and St. Andrews Social Justice Committee. A $20 donation is recommended at the door.

Sips n’ Giggles show

TRAVERSE CITY — The comedy show Sips n’ Giggles begins at 8 p.m. May 18 at ECCO event space. The evening features comedian Aaron Kleiber and adult beverages from Leelanau Peninsula Wines. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. VIP tables are also available. Contact: 586-477-6732.