FROM STAFF REPORTS
ALBA — Alba United Methodist Church will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the church, 5991 Barker St. The public is welcome. Call Pastor Todd Shafer, 587-8461, to learn more.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards of Grace Episcopal Church will administer ashes at services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 a.m., and at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the church, 341 Washington St. Child care is provided for the evening service. For details, call 947-2330.
TRAVERSE CITY — Third Level Crisis Center is offering a safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) workshop on Friday, Feb. 22. The registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 14.
The workshop is for community members with all levels of helping experience interested in learning practical skills to competently and confidently connect a person at risk of suicide to help. It will meet 9 a.m.-noon at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 LaFranier Road. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
Register at www.thirdlevel.org, or mail the registration fee, payable to Third Level Crisis Center, 1022 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684. For details, call 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315 and ask for Elizabeth.
Intro to Qigong
TRAVERSE CITY — An introduction to the Chinese exercise of Qigong will be offered at the Grand Traverse Bay Area Stroke Club on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Stroke club members will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster. Joan D'Argo will guide members in Qigong, a gentle movement series that can be done seated or standing.
For details, call Melinda Hollands, LMSW, or Angela Leete, LMSW, 935-6380.
TRAVERSE CITY — Church Women United will host a series of lunches on Thursdays during Lent at The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster.
The series opens Thursday, Feb. 14, with lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by music at noon by Jim Seidel and a Lenten message from 12:30 to 1 p.m. by the Rev. Becky Chamberlain. A $3 donation per person is suggested. For details, call 938-1387.
TRAVERSE CITY — As part of Munson Medical Center's ongoing heart health efforts, area residents have the opportunity for a one-on-one heart disease screening.
"Heart to Heart" screenings will held the weeks of Feb. 18 and 25 by appointment at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. Participants leave with a personalized action plan including risk factor reduction materials, steps for improving heart health, and referrals for further cardiac care as needed.
The cost is $55 and grants are available. For an appointment, call 935-8561.
Quit smoking class
TRAVERSE CITY — The American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking" class will be offered in Traverse City.
Classes meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. six Tuesdays, Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5, 12, 19 and 26; and one Thursday, March 7, at the United Way of Northwest Michigan, 521 S. Union. Quit Night is March 5. Attendance at all classes is recommended.
The $150 cost includes materials and taxes. Scholarships and payment plans are available and a discount applies for early registration. The first class is free if you just want to check it out. To register, call 271-3684 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.