FROM STAFF REPORTS
Glen Arbor — Detroit-based photojournalist Susan Tusa, artist-in-residence at the Glen Arbor Art Association, will discuss her work in a free program at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Glen Arbor Art Association building, 6031 S. Lake St. The public is welcome.
Benzonia — The Benzonia Academy Lecture Series begins its winter season with a travelogue history titled "Bulgaria: Ancient Culture, Beautiful Land" by Evelyn and Del Weliver.
The program will start at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave. There is no charge, but donations are encouraged. Call 882-5539 for details.
Book club meets
Traverse City — Paid reservations are needed by Thursday, Nov. 8, for the next luncheon meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club.
The club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the West Building dining room, 3950 Scenic Ridge Road. Stephen M. West, author of "A Vicious Triangle Plus Two Other Michigan Stories," will be the guest speaker.
The cost is $6 per person and the public is welcome. For details or reservations, call 932-9455.
Traverse City — Artcenter Traverse City will present its third annual Winter Show at the Holiday Inn West Bay, 615 E. Front St.
The show and sale will be held 4-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. It will feature approximately 40 artists working in a variety of media. For details, call 941-9488, or visit www.artcentertraversecity.com.
Folk music concert
Benzonia — The music of Canadian balladeer Gordon Lightfoot and "up north" folk music will be in the spotlight Friday, Nov. 9, at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31.
Mackinaw City guitarist Mike Fornes and four backing musicians have developed their music into a theater show that replicates the Lightfoot concert experience. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance at the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce and the Road House Mexican Restaurant in Benzonia and Miranda Music in Frankfort. Tickets are $18 the day of show
Art show and sale
Traverse City — The Thistle and Thread artisan group's 35th anniversary Holiday Art Show and Sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 10.
The show and sale will be presented in a gallery setting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, 1125 Civic Center Dr. There will be year-round art items and home décor as well as holiday-themed items.
Gallery 50 exhibit
Traverse City — Gallery Fifty will sponsor a one-man exhibit titled "The Proverbial Art Show: The Work of Daniel Heron."
Heron's art may be viewed through December in the Mercato at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. An opening reception will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
The exhibit also may be viewed at www.galleryfifty.com. Call 932-0775 to learn more.
Bay Film Series
Suttons Bay — The Bay Film Series continues with the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Pina."
The film will be shown at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12-13, at the Bay Theatre, 214 St. Joseph St. Non-subscribers are welcome and regular adult admission applies. For details, call 271-3772 or visit www.thebaytheatre.com.
Festival of Trees
Kalkaska — Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) will host its Festival of Trees from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, through Nov. 18, at Northland Plaza, M-72 and U.S. 131.
The festival is KAIR's largest fundraiser and features 28 decorated trees, arrangements and wreaths that will be auctioned or raffled off. There also will be a Christmas store with holiday items for sale. Admission is free.
SOS offices open
Lansing — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all SUPER!Centers as well as select PLUS and traditional Secretary of State offices will remain open on Election Day, Nov. 6, for customers who must conduct urgent business on that day.
Most state government offices will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6, because of a 2004 agreement with labor unions that makes Election Day a state employee holiday. Johnson said that late fees for licenses and registrations expiring Nov. 6 will be waived if customers renew the next day. Customers also may complete many transactions such as vehicle plate tab and driver's license renewals, online at www.ExpressSOS.com.
The Gaylord and the Grand Traverse County PLUS Secretary of State offices are among the offices that will remain open on Election Day.
Traverse City — The Community Cinema Series at Northwestern Michigan College will continue on Thursday, Nov. 8, with "Solar Mamas."
The film traces the journey of a Bedouin woman who leaves her small Jordanian village for the first time to train to become a solar energy engineer. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, 1410 College Dr. The film will be followed by a discussion.
Admission is free. The museum galleries also will be open free of charge from 5 to 8 p.m. For details including upcoming films and dates, visit www.wcmu.org/tv.