FROM STAFF REPORTS
The 19th annual Downtown Traverse City Chili Cook-off is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Park Place, featuring area restaurants competing in eight categories. Call 922-2050.
'A Royal Affair'
The Bay Film Series presents Danish film and Oscar nominee, "A Royal Affair," Jan. 13-15. Shows are at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Visit www.thebaytheatre.com or call 271-5800.
The Inland Seas Education Association offers "Paddle to the Sea" for ages 5-12 during Family Science Saturday this weekend from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 231-271-3077.
Jazz in Petoskey
Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey presents The Mind's Eye Jazz Quartet with Edye Evans-Hyde on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. Call 347-4337.
Sno-Blast is on
All of the scheduled East Jordan Sno-Blast events for today through Sunday are on with the exception of the East Jordan Sno-Mobilers Club Radar Runs and Drag Races, rescheduled for Feb. 16. "Softball in the Snow" will be held at Murphy Field on Saturday at 2 p.m. Players will bat, pitch, catch and run through the snow. Call 536-7351 or visit www.ejchamber.org.
Magic Slim at Dennos
The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City hosts Chicago blues Guitarist Magic Slim & The Teardrops on Saturday at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 995-1553 or visit www.dennosmuseum.org.
Back Porch music
Ann and Will Rowland will perform in a Back Porch music event Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a circle jam session with musicians and poets at the Charlevoix Senior Center. Call 622-2944.
The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a contra-dance on Saturday at Twin Lakes - Gilbert Lodge in Traverse City with music by the local band Hammerheads. Start at 7 p.m. with a lesson; dancing runs from 8-11 p.m. Visit www.dancetc.com.
Winter Bird Class
Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire will present a Winter Bird Class on Saturday at 1 p.m. Register in advance at www.grassriver.org or call 533-8314.
Soup for supper
At least five varieties of homemade soups are featured at the first 2013 Soup Supper sponsored by the Blair Library Committee at Grawn United Methodist Church in Grawn Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 943-0571.