Earth Day Parade planning meeting
Traverse City — A planning meeting will be held today for the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade.
Planning will start at 5 p.m. at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St. Everyone is welcome. The parade theme is "The Great Lakes: Our Living Water" and will spotlight species that live in the Great Lakes watershed. The parade is set for April 28.
For details, visit www.littleartshram.org or email email@example.com.
Threads Fiber Arts Club will gather
TRAVERSE CITY — Peninsula Community Library patrons working on knitting and other fiber arts projects are invited to bring their projects and spend time working with fellow crafters at the library at 2 p.m. today.
Meetings of the Threads Fiber Arts Club take place monthly on the first and third Mondays.
Exercise program for Parkinson's
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group will start a new dance-exercise program Wednesday to help slow the progression of the disease.
The program will start at 3:15 p.m. at the Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St. It is free for Parkinson's patients and their caregivers. To learn more, call 947-7389.
PlantMasters will help nonprofits
Suttons Bay — PlantMasters of Suttons Bay is offering an opportunity for nonprofit organizations and school or church groups to participate in its annual Hanging Baskets fundraiser.
Participating groups register and then are provided with certificates to sell. Each certificate sold is redeemable for a 13-inch hanging basket. Organizations don't have to sort or deliver plants as certificate buyers pick out their own selections during May at PlantMasters.
Interested groups can register through March 31 by contacting Tara VanThomme, at 271-GROW or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details also are on PlantMasters' Facebook page.
Goodwill offers free tax prep
Traverse City — Goodwill Industries is offering free tax preparation through April 15.
Tax preparation is offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment at Goodwill Industries, 2279 S. Airport Road. The service is available for households with an income level under $50,000 and senior citizens. For details or an appointment, call 995-7728.
Garden Club to hold first '12 meeting
TRAVERSE CITY — The Friendly Garden Club of Traverse City will hold its first meeting of 2012 at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at the TBA Conference Center.
Robin Smille from Garden Goods will present a program on plant combinations.
The Garden Club will hold its 30th annual Garden Walk on Thursday, July 19.
Starting and caring for seeds indoors
TRAVERSE CITY — ISLAND and partners will present a workshop on seed-starting and caring for indoor seedlings on Tuesday, March 27.
The program is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Red School House/Clearwater Township Community Center in Rapid City. Participants will learn how to save money and get a head start on growing vegetables and flowers by making their own potting mix and starting and caring for their own seeds indoors — using low-cost and free materials. Bring containers and seed packets for hands-on sowing practice.
A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested. Rapid City Community Garden members and school students, teachers, staff and parents get in free.
For details, call 480-4515 or email email@example.com.
Documentary film features natural art
TRAVERSE CITY — ISLAND and Parkside Arts Council will screen the documentary film "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Bellaire Community Hall.
The Scottish sculptor creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves and stones.
Donations to the Art, Film and Philosophy showing are appreciated.
For more information, call 480-4515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two mushroom workshops offered
TRAVERSE CITY — Home Mushroom Production 1 and 2 workshops will be offered respectively on Thursday, March 29, and Saturday, March 31.
Participants in the first will tour a shiitake yard, inoculate shiitake logs and oyster mushrooms, and discuss growing wine cap mushrooms. In the second they'll learn how to construct an oyster totem and inoculate shiitake logs by working at various stations. Both workshops are sponsored by ISLAND and partners and will feature mushroom logs to take home.
Production 1 is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stephens' home, 4067 West Eddy School Road, Bellaire. The cost is $40.
Production 2 is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Ware Farm, 9094 Alkire Road, Bear Lake. The cost is $110 and includes a potluck; bring a dish to pass.
For more information, call 480-4515 or email email@example.com.
Country dance features live band
Summit City — A live band will play for a country dance Saturday, March 24, at the Summit City Grange Hall.
A hot dog dinner at 6 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. at the grange, 3060 Factory St. Donations will be accepted. Call 263-4499 to learn more.
Scouts serve fish dinner on Friday
Elk Rapids — The community is invited to a lemon pepper cod dinner Friday, March 23, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 46.
The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Elk Rapids High School on Meguzee Point Road. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Take-outs are available. Call Rose King, 590-3398, for details or to place an order.