Parkinson's support group will meet
Traverse City — Jerry Huron, of Munson Medical Center, will discuss the importance of organ donation at the Wednesday meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group.
The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. Anyone interested in learning more about Parkinson's disease or the program topic is welcome. For more information, call 947-1946.
Grocery shopping classes in Fife Lake
Fife Lake — The Fife Lake Public Library will offer two classes with Sarah Jehnzen of sarahsdeals.net.
Both classes will meet Saturday, March 31, at the library, 77 Lakecrest Lane. The 10 a.m.-noon class will focus on shopping and coupons. The noon-2 p.m. class will cover stockpiling and bulk cooking.
Space is limited and registration is requested. For details or to sign up for one or both classes, call the library, 879-4101.
Benefits workshop for vets and families
Traverse City — Senior citizens, wartime veterans and surviving spouses are invited to a free benefits workshop.
It will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at VFW Cherryland Post 2780, 3400 Veterans Drive. It will be conducted by investment adviser and radio personality Bill Kumm from WTCM's "The Retirement Income Show" and is sponsored by Financial Independence LLC.
For details or reservations, call 421-5422.
Dinner at Arcadia community center
Arcadia — The community is invited to dinner Thursday at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.
The meal features homemade hot beef sandwiches and will be served starting at 6 p.m. The price is $5 for adults and $1 for children.
The community center is at 3586 Glovers Lake Road. For details, call 889-7069, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pleasantvalleycc.org.
Build bluebird nesting boxes
Bellaire — Grass River Natural Area will offer a bluebird nest-building workshop on Saturday, March 31.
The workshop will start at 10 a.m. at the natural area on Alden Highway. Participants can take the finished box home or donate it to Grass River's bluebird trail rehabilitation project.
The fee is $15 if you take the completed box home; free if you donate it to Grass River. Participants should bring a hammer and a #1 Phillips-head screwdriver. To register, call 533-8314 or visit www.grassriver.org.
Maple sugaring open house
East Jordan — The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center will give the public a peek at its maple sugaring operation during an open house on Saturday, March 31.
The event will be 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with a maple-themed bake sale, naturalist-led hikes to the sugar bush, tours of the sugar shack, games, samples of maple-syrup over ice cream and more. Donations are suggested. The center is three miles south of East Jordan. Call 536-0333 or email email@example.com to learn more.
'Adopt-A-Pet Day' at Williams Chevrolet
Traverse City — Cherryland Humane Society representatives will be at the Williams Chevrolet showroom on Saturday, March 31, with a "case full of kittens" and a few puppies.
The "Adopt-A-Pet Day" will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the showroom, 2600 U.S. 31. Actual adoptions will be completed Monday, April 2, at the Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road.
Breakfast benefits Lions' projects
Maple City — The Cedar/Maple City Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 1.
The meal will be served 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in downtown Maple City. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger. Proceeds support Lions Club community projects.
Projects for NMC barbecue funding
Traverse City — The Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue Board has selected college programs that will share funding from the 57th annual Barbecue set for May 20 on main campus.
• Musician performance chairs for Fine Arts
• Leisure reading collection to the Osterlin Library to promote lifelong learning and help students build basic reading skills
• History books conversion to digitize NMC's first two volumes of history in anticipation of the third volume's publication
• Mobile Advising Kiosk to enable advising staff to quickly teach students about available online resources so they can be more self-reliant
• Maritime Academy ship simulator: Support for equipment integral to ensure cadets can earn licensing for Great Lakes and ocean service
• Global Opportunities scholarship fund
• Ash tree replacement (fifth year of a five-year pledge)
• HYPACK: Software that will provide Water Studies students with technological job skills
• Barbecue tuition prize commitment (second year of a five-year pledge)
Tickets for the barbecue are $6 in advance and $8 on barbecue day. They are available at www.nmc.edu/bbq or by calling 995-1020.