Capture your life stories on paper
TRAVERSE CITY — Author and teacher Anne-Marie Oomen will lead an afternoon workshop designed to help participants start or continue the process of capturing their life stories on paper.
Oomen teaches creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy and is an instructor for the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. She is the author of the non-fiction books "American Map," "Pulling Down the Barn," "House of Fields" and "Un-coded Woman."
"Capturing Your Life Stories" will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Northwestern Michigan College. Topics include mining memories, crafting language and using the senses. Oomen also will share approaches to putting words on paper.
The workshop is a program of NMC's Life Academy and is open to the public. The cost is $45. For details or to register, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700, or visit www.nmc.edu.ees.
Otsego Co. school retirees meet
GAYLORD — The Otsego County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel willl update members and all school personnel on recent changes in the health care program.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Gaylord Knights of Columbus Hall on Wilkinson Road. Representatives of Blue Shield, Catalyst, EyeMed, Delta Dental and MARSP Director Bonnie Carpenter will discuss recent health care program changes and answer questions. Handouts will be available.
Donations will be accepted to offset the hall rental fee. For details or reservations, call Margaret Albert, (989) 732-1215.
Susan Ager is luncheon speaker
TRAVERSE CITY — Susan Ager, longtime columnist at the Detroit Free Press, will discuss her career at the next Life Academy Lunch.
Ager program, "Lessons and Stories — A Journalist's Life," will reflect on 25 years of work that included front page stories, long issues and profile features for the Sunday magazine, and the column "Tell Susan Where To Go."
The lunch and program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Northwestern Michigan College's University Center, Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road.
The cost is $17 including lunch; $8 without lunch. Attendees also may bring their own lunch.
Registration is required and the public is welcome. for details or to register, call NMC Extended Education, 995-1700 or visit www.nmc.edu/ees.
PEO chapter will present style show
FRANKFORT — PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter FF will host a fashion show and luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
The event will start with a noon luncheon at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by the show featuring fashions from Hull's of Frankfort.
The cost is $12, payable at the door.
For reservations, call Hull's, 352-4642.
Cheer Team offers Junior Pom Clinic
TRAVERSE CITY — The Central High School Cheer Team will hold a Junior Pom Clinic for students in first through fifth grades.
The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr. A short parent meeting will start the day.
Participants will learn cheers, jumps and a short dance routine.
They are asked to bring a lunch and water bottle, wear athletic shoes, T-shirts and gym shorts or sweat pants.
Hair should be pulled back from the face and no jewelry should be worn.
The cost is $25, which includes a T-shirt and a chance to perform the dance routine they learn at the 4 p.m. Oct. 7 Central High School Junior Varsity football game at Thirlby Field.
For details, call 313-4941.
Dance for middle school students
TRAVERSE CITY — Area teens in grades six through eight are invited to an evening of pizza, dancing and basketball at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA.
The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Y, 3000 Racquet Club Drive.
Admission is free for Y members who present their membership card and $5 for non-members. The price includes dancing to music by a professional DJ, open gym, pizza and soft drinks.
Appropriate behavior and attire are required.
Parents are welcome to chaperone and volunteers are always needed.
For details, call Katie Winslow, 933-9622.
Applications for Elks scholarship
TRAVERSE CITY — Elks Lodge #323 of Traverse City is accepting applications for the Most Valuable Student Scholarship Award.
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 a year for four years to $15,000 a year for four years. Seniors graduating in 2011 are eligible.
Applications are judged on financial need, scholarship and leadership and are available from area school counselors or at www.elks.org/enf/scholars. Completed applications must be in the Elks Lodge office, 625 Bay St., no later than 5 p.m. December 1 to be eligible.
Davenport offers tuition assistance
TRAVERSE CITY — New, incoming students at Davenport University's Traverse City campus can take advantage of tuition assistance.
Davenport is offering up to $1,000 in help at nine campuses in communities particularly hard-hit by the economy. The help is available to new and transfer, undergraduate and graduate students entering Davenport's fall 2010 second session that starts Oct. 27. Students must have completed a FAFSA and have been accepted into Davenport University.
Students taking six credits or more are eligible for $1,000. Student taking less than six credits are eligible for $500. The funds can be used to cover any institutional charges on a student's account and can be combined with other Davenport scholarships.
The deadline is Oct. 15. For details, call (800) 686-1600 or visit www.davenport.edu.