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Visions of sugarplums
The Manistee Art Institute opens its biannual student art show, "Visions of Sugar Plums," with a show in Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Center for the Arts. It's one of many events during Manistee's Victorian Sleighbell Weekend, which also includes a performance of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Ramsdell Theater today through Sunday and Dec. 7-9. Call 723-7188.
The Mills Community House in Benzonia, home to the Benzonia Public Library and Benzie County Players, is raffling an antique quilt as a fundraiser for building renovations. The drawing is during Saturday's Holiday Art Fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m. For raffle information, call 889-0591.
Suttons Bay holidays
The Suttons Bay Holiday Festival runs today through Sunday, with a holiday stroll today from 5 to 8 p.m. Family Day Saturday offers a $1 family-friendly movie at the Bay Theater at 1 p.m., Inland Seas Education Association activities from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and Santa lighting the Village Tree starting at 5 p.m. Sunday brings Antlers & Elves at Enerdyne and Brainstorm, a Christmas concert at 3 p.m.
Northwestern Michigan College's Community Band will perform traditional holiday music today at 8 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. On Saturday, the NMC Children's Choir presents Christmas songs from around the world at 2 p.m. in Lars Hockstad Auditorium. The NMC Jazz Bands perform Saturday at 8 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium.
Songs of season
The Leelanau Community Choir presents a variety of seasonal songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Leland's Immanuel Lutheran Church and on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Suttons Bay Congregational Church and 7 p.m. in Glen Arbor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Call 271-6091.
The 34th annual Messiah Sing is at Central Church in Traverse City is Sunday at 4 p.m. Call 946-5191.
The Glen Arbor Art Association begins its second season of Readers Theater with "The 39 Steps" Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The association is located on Studio Lane opposite Cherry Republic. Admission is free, and seating is limited.
Holiday Home Tour
The Cadillac Garden Club presents its 12th annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 510-9047.
Party for kids
Interlochen Public Library holds a Children's Holiday Party Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Golden Fellowship Hall. Call 276-6767.
Civic String Ensembles
The Traverse Symphony Orchestra Civic String Ensembles present an encore "Ring in the Season" performance today at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Traverse Mall food court. Call 947-7120.
Pets and Santa
Dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets and the like are welcome to have their picture taken with Santa on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the East Jordan Bandshell in Memorial Park. It's a fundraiser for the East Jordan Freedom Festival. Call 536-7351.