Public forum will discuss utility issues
Traverse City — The Michigan Public Service Commission will sponsor a Consumer Information and Assistance Forum. The commission is the state agency with regulatory responsibilities for energy, telecommunications and some video/cable.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, 1213 W. Civic Center Dr. Citizens will be able to discuss utility-related questions and concerns with commission staff. They also will be able to work with local utility providers and assistance organizations to investigate service issues and explore energy assistance programs.
Program on 'Five Wishes' living will
Traverse City — Susan Wischman from Munson Medical Center's Advance Care Planning Department will discuss the "Five Wishes" living will on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Grace Episcopal Church.
"Five Wishes" helps healthy adults of all ages discuss and record their values about medical treatment decisions and choose someone they trust to speak those decision for them if they are unable to speak for themselves.
The program will start at 7 p.m. at the church, 341 Washington St. The public is welcome and copies of the "Five Wishes" document will be available. For more information, call 947-2330.
Florist shares tips on flower arranging
Traverse City — Derek Woodruff from The Floral Underground will share tips on flower arranging at the next meeting of the Trillium Garden Club. Non-members are welcome.
The group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 12, for refreshments and sharing at 1 p.m., followed by a business meeting from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and the program from 2 to 3 p.m. at the home of Ann Leyndyke, 1090 Quaker Valley Dr. Following Woodruff's presentation, attendees will be able to make a floral arrangement to take home. There will be a nominal fee for the flowers and participants should bring their own small to medium size vase.
For details, a cost estimate for flowers or if planning to attend, call 223-4696 or 947-3783.
Area author visits Bay Ridge book club
Traverse City — Paid reservations are due by Thursday, Oct. 7, for the next meeting of the Village at Bay Ridge Book Club.
Linda Alice Dewey, author of "Aaron's Crossing: An inspiring True Ghost Story," will be the guest speaker at the luncheon meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in the West Building private dining room, 3950 Scenic Ridge Road. The cost is $5. For details or to reserve space, call 932-9455.
Fall fun at Rainbow of Hope Farm
Kingsley — Rainbow of Hope Farm invites the community to enjoy its Fall Fun Days Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10.
The farm, a residence for developmentally disabled adults, will offer regular hayrides from 2 to 6 p.m. and haunted hayrides from 6 to 9 p.m. each day for $3 per person. A hot dog meal, snacks and a bake sale also will be available. In case of rain, activities will take place Oct. 16 and 17.
Rainbow of Hope Farm is located at 1951 County Line Road. Call 263-4673 for details.
Arthritis workshop begins Thursday
GLEN ARBOR — A free six-week workshop on arthritis begins Thursday, Oct. 7.
The workshop will offer tips on self-managing arthritis for people with arthritis and their caregivers. The course leader is Jacqueline Hines.
Classes will be held Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Glen Arbor Athletic Club, 6363 Western Ave. Call 334-7007 to register.
'Lord of the Gourd' at library Tuesday
TRAVERSE CITY — Pat Harrison, the "Lord of the Gourd," will be at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5.
The carver will present his pumpkins and squash with ongoing patter. He'll be carving in the library atrium. There is no charge.
For more information, call 932-8500.