TRAVERSE CITY — Because of a scheduling conflict, the 9 p.m. performance of the Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour Celebration on Thursday, March 21, has been canceled. The 6:30 p.m. show at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., will take place as scheduled.
‘Fair Trade’ program
KINGSLEY — St. Mary-Hannah will host a presentation by Higher Grounds founder Chris Treter today, March 14.
Treter will show his new video at 7 p.m. at the school, 2912 W. M-113, and answer questions about his work in fair trade in the coffee and olive oil industries. The program is sponsored by the youth group and includes coffee sampling. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For details, call 263-5640 or 649-1951.
MANISTEE — The League of Women Voters Manistee County will sponsor a program highlighting the work of the Lake Michigan Inter-League Organization, a group composed of LWV members within the Lake Michigan Watershed.
The program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, March 14, in the education room at West Shore Medical Center, 1465 E. Parkdale. Mary Lee Orr, a Benzie County LWV member who serves on the LMILO board, will discuss issues affecting Lake Michigan and ways the LMILO is promoting positive policy decisions to safeguard the health of Lake Michigan. Call Nancy Behring, 889-5402, or Linda Albee, 723-0032, or visit www.lwvmanisteecounty.org.
‘Empty Bowls’ set
TRAVERSE CITY — Blackbird Arts will host a Empty Bowls workshop and a Empty Bowls Community Paint Party.
The workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15. The cost is $17 per person with 25 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Fresh Food Partnership and Empty Bowls. Registration is required; call 421-8085.
Blackbird Arts has been asked to paint 100 bowls for the Empty Bowls project and will hold a drop-in community painting party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. There is no charge, but a $5 donation per bowl is suggested.
Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St.
SCOTTVILLE — The Michigan State University’s Jazz One, “The Be-Bop Spartans,” will bring their jazz stylings to West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Theatre, 3000 N. Stiles Road, on Saturday, March 16.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The West Shore Community College Jazz Band will open the show. For tickets, call the WSCC box office, 843-5507.
St. Paddy’s brunch
ACME — A St. Patrick’s Day brunch will be served Sunday, March 17, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3801 Shore Road.
The meal will be served after the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses in the church’s lower level.
Freewill donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds will be used to support a summer retreat for the high school youth groups of Christ the King and Sacred Heart Parish of Elk Rapids.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra will present a full concert production of the classic Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.”
The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts, M-137. It features a full cast, a 70-member chorus and the full orchestra. For details and tickets, visit www.traversesymphony.org or call 947-7120.
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan natives Jessie Nieves and Nic Gareiss, both graduates of the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, with share their experiences in a travelogue and concert-style performance on Sunday, March 17.
“Life After Limerick” will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. Nieves and Gareiss will perform tunes and demonstrate dance steps.Tickets are $10 at the gallery, Oryana Natural Foods, Cedar City Market and www.mynorthtickets.com.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra Civic String Ensembles will present a free spring concert on Tuesday, March 19.
“Spring Potpourri” starts at 7 p.m. at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. It will feature classical string music from a wide range of styles and times by the Prelude and Chamber Strings and a special appearance by the Honors Civic String Quartet.
‘Meet St. Mary’
LAKE LEELANAU — Lake Leelanau St. Mary School will hold its “Meet St. Mary School Night” in the school cafeteria on Tuesday, March 19.
The evening will begin with dinner. After dinner, child care will be provided during presentations by Principal Megan Glynn and Business Manager Lori Schaub. Glynn will give a short overview of what St. Mary School has to offer families, including academics, faith, and extra-curriculars. The evening will end with individual school tours.
Call the Development Office, 256-9670.
Winter farm market
PETOSKEY — Only two Petoskey Winter Farmers Markets remain.
The market will be open Friday, March 22 and 29, at North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard St. Market hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees can enter to win a gift basket valued at $200 and the drawing will be held March 29.
ELK RAPIDS — Art Rapids is offering scholarships to Elk Rapids students pursuing studies in fine arts.
A $1,000 senior scholarship is for students planning to continue their education at an accredited college or institution with a major in fine arts.
Another $1,000 will be awarded in scholarships up to $500 each to students currently in grades eight through 11. This award provides support for fine art studies through private instruction or with arts organizations.
An essay, portfolio and letter of recommendation must accompany each application. Applications are due April 15 and can be found at www.artrapids.org or at the Elk Rapids High School counselor’s office.