Students invited to 'College Night'
Charlevoix — Students and parents can explore higher education options on Thursday, March 15, at the fourth annual Northern Michigan College Night.
Representatives from more than 40 post-secondary institutions will be on hand from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Charlevoix High School, 5200 Marion Center Road. There will be information on educational planning, hand-outs, and displays from colleges, universities and the armed forces.
For details, call Charlevoix High School, 547-8206.
Y hosts St. Patrick's Day teen dance
Traverse City — Local teens in grades six through eight can celebrate St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 17, at a dance at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA.
The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Y's main facility, 3000 Racquet Club Dr. Teens can enjoy pizza, music by a professional DJ and an open gym.
Admission is free for Y members with a membership card and $8 for non-members. The next teen dance will be Saturday, April 7. To learn more, call Erica Wilson, 933-9622.
Vocal Majority will give performance
Traverse City — A concert by Central High School's Vocal Majority women's ensemble will give listeners a preview of songs they will perform later in March at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The concert starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. The group will be joined by Voca Lyrica, a women's choir from Big Rapids that also will perform at Lincoln Center. The event is a fundraiser to defray travel expenses to New York.
Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For details, call 933-7571.
St. Mary School holds open house
Lake Leelanau — Prospective school families are invited to "Meet St. Mary School Night" on Tuesday, March 20.
The open house will start with a free dinner from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation, school tours and time for questions and answers from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors can learn about the school's curriculum, sports, class size, tuition, scholarships, technology and more.
Free child care will be provided.
The school is located at 303 St. Mary's St. For reservations, call the St. Mary School Development Office, 256-9670. To learn more, visit www.stmarysll.org
Performance closes visual arts residency
Benzonia — The seventh annual "Mosaic" dance and visual arts residency in all Benzie County Schools will close with a performance on Tuesday, March 20.
The "Mosaic" project takes the students' curriculum and explores the subjects through dance movement and visual arts projects. It is sponsored by the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts and provided instruction for more than 175 students. This year students took inspiration from Gwen Frostic's book "My Michigan."
The performance will start at 7 p.m. at the Benzie Central High School auditorium, Homestead Road.
The public is invited. For details, call the Oliver Art Center, 352-4151.
Manufacturing Tech Academy info night
Traverse City — The Manufacturing Technology Academy will hold an information night Tuesday, March 20, for high school sophomores and juniors and their parents.
The event will be hosted from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Dr. The academy offers an academic and technical curriculum for students interested in engineering, robotics, management, product design and other technology-related professions.
For details or if planning to attend, call Tim Wheatley, 995-1304.
Free Spanish classes at library
Traverse City — Peninsula Community Library will hold adult beginning Spanish classes on Saturdays from March 17 to April 19.
The free classes begin at 10 a.m. at the library, 2699 Island View Road.
To register, call 223-7700.
Scholarship to Space Academy
Traverse City — The Zonta Club of Traverse City is accepting applications for a scholarship to the NASA Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala.
The scholarship is for boys and girls between 12 and 14 years old and covers the cost of the course, housing and a travel allowance. Applicants must submit an essay on "Why I Am Interested In Participating in the NASA Space Program" and a recommendation letter with their application.
The application deadline is April 18. For details or an application, email email@example.com.
Nautical archaeology field school at NMC
Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College will host the Nautical Archaeology Society's International Field School for the second consecutive year.
The Field School will be held June 2-17 at NMC's Great Lakes Campus.
On-campus housing and a variety of tuition packages are available. Courses can be taken for credit through NMC or not for credit through NAS. For more information, call Mark W. Holley, (989) 834-5611.
Spring registration at Human Nature
Traverse City — The Human Nature School is accepting registration for its spring progams at the Grand Traverse Commons.
Programs beginning in March and April include: Pre-K Explorers (ages 4-6), Homeschooler Program (ages 6-13), After School (ages 10-14), Teen Program (ages 13-17) and Adult Intensives (ages 16 and up).
The school's outdoor education focuses on survivalist, naturalist and caretaker skills.
Program fees range from $35 to $360. Call 649-1906.
Learn Italian at the GT Commons
TRAVERSE CITY — Beginning Italian classes will be offered starting March 28.
The Minervini Group is teaching the 10-week class from 6 to 8 p.m. A Monday class will be added if there are enough students. That class would begin March 26.
Cost is $130 and the class will be held in the Village Center Conference Room, above Cuppa Joe.
Contact the instructor, Barbara Baggi, at 941-1900, ext. 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAUW meets Tuesday in TC
TRAVERSE CITY — The next meeting of the AAUW is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13.
The topic will be Women in Law, with speaker Deborah Rysso and other attorneys.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.
Registration open for community ed
TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is open for spring community and continuing education classes at Northwestern Michigan College.
There are more than 200 classes for adults, ranging from computers to cooking. Classes begin continuously from now through June.
The Lifelong Learning Campus Day is scheduled for Friday, May 11.
For more information, call 995-1700, www.nmc.edu/ees.
Farm-to-school meeting Friday
Central Lake — Farmers, local food distributors and parents interested in local foods in school are invited to meeting Friday, March 16.
The meeting will be held in the Central Lake High School cafeteria, 8190 W. State St., from 2 to 5 p.m.
School food service directors from Central lake, Kalkaska, Elk Rapids, Charlevoix and Boyne City plan to attend.
The event is free, but registration is required. Call 889-0199 or go to www.localdifference.org.
Woodland School stages musical
TRAVERSE CITY — The Woodland School will present "Pirates of Penzance" Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16.
Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.
Admission is $4 at the door, 7224 Supply Road.
For more information call 947-7474.