FROM STAFF REPORTS
Kalkaska — Sue Graybill, ceritifed Medicare counselor from the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan, will give a workshop titled "Medicare 101" from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Jan. 31, at the Kalkaska Senior Center, 303 S. Coral St. Anyone who is within six to 12 months of getting Medicare coverage is encouraged to attend.
Registration is encouraged, but not required. Call the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan for reservations, 947-8920 or (800) 442-1713.
Artist gives program
Glen Arbor — Nature photographer Aubrieta Hope of DeKalb, Ill., is the final artist in the Glen Arbor Art Association's 2012-2013 group of artists-in-residence.
Hope wanted a winter residency to photograph Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and intends to photograph the landscape in panoramic, wide-angle, and macro images.
Hope will discuss her work at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 31, at the Glen Arbor Art Association, 3061 S. Lake St. The public is invited.
Topic is financial aid
Petoskey — Parents and students are invited to a free program on financial aid for college at North Central Michigan College.
The program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 31, in the NCMC library, 1515 Howard St. For details, call 348-6698.
OTP studio play
Traverse City — "The Little Dog Laughed" opens Friday, Feb. 1, at the Studio Theatre at the Depot, 620 Railroad Place, by the Old Town Playhouse.
The adult comedy will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2; Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-16; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $15 each; call 947-2210 or visit www.mynorthtickets.com.
Scottville — The West Shore High School Quiz Bowl will be held in the Center Stage Theater at West Shore Community College.
Competition for class B and C schools will be held Friday, Feb. 1. Class D schools will compete Friday, Feb. 8. Both competitions start at 9 a.m., with championship matches expected to start at about 1:30 p.m.The public is welcome.
For details, call WSCC, 843-5920 or e-ail email@example.com. Results will be posted at www.westshore.edu as games are completed.
BACN food drive
Benzonia — Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) will kick off its "Chase the Chill" winter food drive Friday, Feb. 1.
The drive continues through Saturday, Feb. 9, at grocery stores in Benzie County. Church bag drives, school drives, Scan A Buck for BACN and a virtual food drive will add to this year's effort. The goal is to raise $30,000 in cash and food, with all proceeds supporting the BACN food pantry.
Participating grocery stores are Glen's in Frankfort, Honor Food Market in Honor, Save-A-Lot and Shop and Save in Benzonia, and the Copemish Food Market, Copemish. At Glen's, Shop and Save and Save-A-Lot, a "PLU" key has been set up to allow donations to be credited to a BACN account for future shopping credits.
A "Virtual Food Drive" will allow donors to make gifts at www.benziebacn.org. This drive continues through February.
Auto, diesel night
Traverse City — Auto and diesel technicians and people interested in entering that field will have an opportunity to talk shop with other techs and see the latest technologies at an Auto and Diesel Technicians Night Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The event will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's Parsons-Stulen Building, 2600 Aero Park Dr. It is also a recruiting event to allow employers to showcase their workplaces and educators to provide information about career pathways and programs. Admission is free.
Dems plan meeting
Traverse City — All Democrats are invited to the Thursday, Feb. 7, meeting of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Executive Board.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the MEA office, 1745 Barlow St. Call 946-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Traverse City — Tickets are on sale for "Blues at the Crossroads 2: Muddy & the Wolf" featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St. Tickets range from $28 to $43; call 941-8082 or visit www.cityoperahouse.org.
Traverse City — "Adventures in Greenland" is the focus of a talk by Mary Murphy on Sunday, Feb. 3, during the Women's History Project of Northwest Michigan's "Souper" Sunday.
The annual Super Bowl Sunday tradition from 2 to 4 p.m. at the History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St. features a lunch of soup, bread and dessert and the program.
The public is invited and a $5 donation is suggested. For details or reservations, contact Sandy, 421-3343 or email@example.com.
Kingsley — The St. Mary-Hannah Home and School Association will host a free family movie Saturday, Feb. 2.
"Ice Age Continental Drift" will be shown at 7 p.m. at the school, 2912 W. M-113. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie-goers should bring their own seating. Concessions will be available. Call 263-5288 to learn more.