Habitat for Humanity valentine fundraiser
Williamsburg — The Traverse Area Association of Realtors and the Homebuilders Association will sponsor a fund-raising dinner and show to benefit Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region.
The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Williamsburg Dinner Theatre, 4230 M-72 East. It will start with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and the show. There also will be live/silent auctions.
Tickets are $50 each. For tickets, visit www.habitatgtr.org. For details call Mandy Martin, 941-4663, ext. 125.
Exhibiting artists at Oliver Art Center
Frankfort — Artists will discuss and answer questions about their work displayed in the Furniture and Fiber Exhibit, on view through February at the Oliver Art Center.
Artist presentations will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the art center, 132 Coast Guard Road. For details visit www.crystallakeartcenter.org or call 352-4151.
Free Family Affair events at Raven Hill
East Jordan — The popular free Family Affair events will continue into 2012 at Raven Hill Discovery Center.
Each month, FREE (Families Reaching for Educational Excellence) Second Saturdays highlight a different science, history or art activity and allow families to explore the exhibits. On Saturday, Feb. 11, visitors can fashion unique valentines by creating marbled paper while learning about the science of density.
Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Road. To learn more, call 536-3369, (877) 833-4254 or visit www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.
Dunes Review launch party
Traverse City — Michigan Writers and the editors of Dunes Review will celebrate the release of the winter issue on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Brilliant Books in Traverse City.
The event will start at 7 p.m. at the book store on East Front Street. Jenny Robertson will receive the William J. Shaw Prize for Poetry and local contributors will read from the issue. Following the reading, attendees are invited to Brew for drinks and conversation.
To learn more, call 313-0373 or email email@example.com.
Auditions for 'The Vagina Monologues'
Traverse City — Auditions will be held Monday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 17, for a local performance of "The Vagina Monologues."
Eve Ensler's award-winning play will be staged April 30 in Milliken Auditorium, 1701 E. Front St., as part of V-Day Traverse City. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
Auditions will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, and 6-8 p.m. Friday in the West Hall conference room on Northwestern Michigan College's main campus. A script will be provided. For details, call NMC Student Life, 995-1118.
Choir takes listeners 'around the world'
Traverse City — The Northwestern Michigan College Children's Choir will take listeners on a musical trip around the world at its Sunday, Feb. 12, concert.
The choir will sing choral works and folk songs from around the world at 3 p.m. in Lars Hockstad Auditorium at Central Grade School, 301 Seventh St. All four children's choirs will perform.
General admission tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger and seniors 62 and older.
Acoustic duo will give performance
Traverse City — American roots duo JT Nero and Allison Russell will perform Friday, Feb. 17, at The Good Work Collective, 417 S. Union St.
As a duo, Nero and Russell's talents dovetail easily to produce a harmony described as "not too perfect, not at all saccharine." Their first duo recording, "Birds of Chicago, Volume 1," was released in January.
Nero and Russell will take the stage at 8 p.m. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, $15 or $20 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222035.
Violin virtuoso will perform at Dennos
Traverse City — Russian-born violin virtuoso Stanislav Pronin will perform Saturday, Feb. 18 at Milliken Auditorium.
Pronin made his solo debut at age 10 in Israel. He maintains a busy performance schedule and had appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Miller Theatre in New York, N.Y., the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada and the Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia.
The concert will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door for non-members; $22 for museum members, plus ticket fees. For tickets or details, visit www.dennosmuseum.org or call 995-1553.
Festival is a foodie's dream come true
Traverse City — Area chefs and local specialty food artisans will strut their stuff at the Saturday, Feb. 18, Winter Festival of Foods.
Participants can choose four one-hour sessions from 16 options offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's main campus. The cost is $69.
For details, visit www.nmc.edu/festival-of-foods. To register, call 995-1700.