TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Band and Orchestra Association and the Bay Area Big Band will host a District Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 9, at Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Central Grade School, 301 Seventh St.
High school performances are from 9:20 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. The Bay Area Big Band will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, students and senior citizens, and $10 per family. They will be available at the door. For details, call 933-7570.
Edible Art Show
TRAVERSE CITY — Edible art will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Mercato during the Village Indoor Farmers Market. Visitors may vote for their favorite edible art by purchasing tickets for $1 or one non-perishable food item near Tastes of Black Star Farms. Proceeds benefit the Father Fred Foundation.
TRAVERSE CITY — Milestones Music Studio will host a grand opening celebration Saturday, March 9.
The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the studio’s new location in Logan’s Landing between Panda North and Ebb Tide Resale Shop. There will be Kindermusik activities for children, KidzArt projects, a poster contest and door prizes. There also will be performances by voice students, Simply Music Piano students, the Jazz Band from Fife Lake Schools and the band BoBossa. Visit www.milestonesmusicstudio.com for details.
CHARLEVOIX — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will give two performances of its “The Virtuoso Orchestra” concert.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the First Congregational Church of Charlevoix; 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs. Reserved seats are $35; general admission $20. Admission is free for students, children 18 and younger, military personnel and people with disabilities registered with VSA Arts of Michigan.
Tickets are available at www.glcorchestra.org, www.mynorthtickets.com, at the chamber orchestra office, at the door and at the Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Harbor Springs and Petoskey chambers of commerce.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Lucky Leprechaun Ball will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Kilkenny’s Public House at North Peak Brewing. The Order has designated proceeds to benefit Jubilee House in memory of Daniel Patrick McCarthy, a former member of the Order.
Jubilee House is an outreach ministry of Grace Episcopal Church providing daily living needs and support for the homeless and marginally employed. It offers showers, computer use, personal storage bins, shelter, food and personal hygiene pantries and community meals.
Tickets are $15 and available at Kilkenny’s, North Peak Brewing, and Oryana Natural Foods Market. For details, call 947-2330.
TRAVERSE CITY — The OTP Young Company will hold auditions for “The Three Musketeers” on Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12.
Auditions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. each day at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St. Auditioners will read from the script and learn a short fencing sequence. Director Mychelle Hopkins is looking for a cast of 30 students ages 9-18 and anyone may audition.
Rehearsals will be held Monday-Thursdays after school until June. No rehearsals will be held during spring break. Performance dates are June 7 through 9. Call the Old Town Playhouse, 947-2210 or visit www.otpyoungcompany.com for details.
SUTTONS BAY — The Inland Seas Education Association will host a seminar on innovative sea lamprey control methods on Tuesday, March 12.
The program will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Inland Seas Education Center by Dr. Michael Wagner, PERM scientist with the Fisheries & Wildlife Department at Michigan State University. The seminar is free and open to the public.
For details, contact the Inland Seas Education Association, 271-3077 or www.schoolship.org.
St. Paddy’s dinner
GRAYLING — The public is invited to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Thursday, March 14.
The meal will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Grayling Senior Center, 308 Lawndale. The suggested donation is $2.50 for adults 60 and older; $5 for ages 59 and younger. No reservations are required. For details, call (989) 348-7123.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Woodland School, 7224 Supply Road, will stage “The Music Man.”
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, with matinees at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $4 per person.
4x4 Polar Drags
BUCKLEY — Insane Octane Motorsports and All Automotive will sponsor 4x4 Polar Drags truck races and exhibition today, March 9, at the Southside Festival Grounds, 620 W. Wexford Ave.
The gates and pit area both open at 8 a.m. Spectator time is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by an after-party with live entertainment. Stock and high performance trucks are welcome. For details, visit http;//www.insaneoctane.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present Cimarrón from Colombia, South America, on Sunday, March 17.
The Smithsonian Folkways and Grammy-nominated recording group will bring their brand of ‘Los llanos” dance music from the savannahs of Colombia to the stage at Milliken Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members. The price includes pre-concert admission to the museum galleries and a post-performance reception with the artists.
For details or tickets, call 995-1553 or visit www.dennosmuseum.org.
TUSTIN — Kettunen Center will host an Irish Ceili on Sunday, March 17, with music by Mulligan Stew. Reservations are due Friday, March 15.
The event starts with appetizers at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and music. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets at the door are $30 for adults and $20 for children. For reservations or details, call 829-3421.
Jazz fest tickets
TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are available for the Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour.
Concerts start at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., with performances by critically acclaimed Grammy Award-winning jazz artists. Tickets are $47 or $32 for adults; $15 for students and youth.
For details or tickets call 941-8082, visit www.cityoperahouse.org, or stop at the Opera House box office.