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 info@glenlakelibrary.net 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.