Open house features free Zumba classes
TRAVERSE CITY — Wilderness Crossing will offer regular classes with Zumba instructor Martha Hubbell.
An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 2, featuring Zumba and Golden Zumba for seniors taught by Hubbell. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers that will slide without difficulty.
Wilderness Crossing is located at 1355 Silver Lake Road. New classes are forming and drop-ins are welcome. For details, call 943-0893, or contact Hubbell, www.marthadancezumba.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breast Health Fair, Remembrance Run
TRAVERSE CITY — A Breast Health Fair will lead into the Traverse City Track Club's annual Remembrance Run to benefit the Munson Women's Cancer Fund.
The fair will be open from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort on Hammond Road. Door prizes will be given away from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and silent auction bidding will close at 11:15 a.m. Exhibits will emphasize issues important to women, and information will be available on breast cancer, diet and stroke prevention. Health care professionals will be available to answer questions.
The 5K Walk will step off at 9:45 a.m., followed by the 5K Run and One-Mile Run/Walk at 10:15 a.m. The registration fee is $25 prior to Saturday and $30 the day of the event. Runners also are encouraged to bring pledges to win additional prizes.
For details or to register, go to www.remembrancerun.com.
Oktoberfest dinner for Camp Quality
TRAVERSE CITY — An Oktoberfest Family Pork Roast will benefit Camp Quality, a camp for children fighting cancer.
The meal will be served on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Masonic Lodge, 13360 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Adult tickets are $9. Children can receive free hamburgers and hot dogs. For details, call 883-9436.
Neurologist will discuss Alzheimer's
TRAVERSE CITY — Board-certified neurologist Diane Parsons, MD, will discuss Alzheimer's disease in a free program on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Dr. Parsons will discuss the warning signs of Alzheimer's and dementia, diagnosis, treatment and ways to help preserve memory. The program will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Munson Community Health Center, meeting room A&B, 550 Munson Ave.
The public is invited and registration is required. For details or to register, call 935-9265.
Free program on healthy aging
TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Mark Jackson, a geriatric specialist, will give a free presentation on healthy aging.
Dr. Jackson is the medical director of Grand Traverse Pavilions. He also cares for residents at Bortz and Orchard Creek.
The program will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions' main building, second level. The public is invited. To learn more, call 932-3027 or visit www.gtpavilions.com.
'Tickled Pink' event fights breast cancer
CHARLEVOIX — The Circle of Strength Cancer Support Group of Charlevoix Area Hospital will host a "Tickled Pink" benefit to fight breast cancer.
The free evening of wine, cheese, chocolate and pampering will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Charlevoix Area Hospital Solarium. There also will be free chair and foot massages, 30 percent off everything at the hospital gift shop, and a raffle drawing for an original watercolor by Mackinac Island artist Tim Leeper.
Proceeds from raffle tickets will remain locally to provide future free mammograms. Vouchers for free mammograms will be available for those without insurance.
Breast cancer awareness events
ACME — The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is planning two events on Friday, Oct. 8, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The "All Things Pink" Fash Bash will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Resort's Tower Ballroom. Tickets are $20 and include one drink ticket, appetizers, complimentary spa services, and shopping and dining discounts. Tickets are available at Ashleigh's in the Gallery of Shops and at the Resort's Concierge Desk. They also will be available at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Women's Cancer Fund administered by the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation.
The Fash Bash will be followed by the "Hope Lights the Way" Twilight Remembrance Walk from 8 to 9 p.m. at The Plaza tent at the resort. Participation in the walk is free, however a $5 donation includes a luminary bag and a pink bracelet while supplies last.
A $10 donation includes a luminary bag, an icicle pansy and a pink bracelet while supplies last. Luminary bags are available at the resort's health club, concierge desk, Bear Logo Shop and the Human Resources Office. Walk proceeds benefit the Women's Cancer Fund.
Call the resort, 534-6000, to learn more.
Fair touts health, wellness and fitness
TRAVERSE CITY — "Let's Get Moving TC" is designed to encourage community members to engage in physical activity, adopt a healthy lifestyle and also raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan and the American Cancer Society.
The wellness fair will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Fit For You Health Club, 1226 S. Garfield Ave. There will be several fund-raising events, health and wellness vendors on hand, free seminars and activities for all ages. There also will be a morning 37K bike race and 5K run to benefit the American Cancer Society.
To learn more, call Fit For You Health Club, 922-7285.
'Blast from the Past' for Andre's Place
TRAVERSE CITY — Excel Rehabilitation Services will host a benefit for Andre's Place, an art program for adults ages 18 to 60 living with challenges.
"A Blast from the Past" will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St. The Blue Shadow Band will play tunes from the 1950s to 1970s and there will be finger foods, non-alcoholic beverages, an art exhibit by Andre's Place participants and a silent auction.
Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call 709-9152 or 631-2477.
'Freedom From Smoking' classes
TRAVERSE CITY — Sign up is under way for the American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking" class.
The series will start Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the United Way of Northwest Michigan, 521 S. Union St. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 19, 26, 28 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16. Attendance is expected at all classes. Quit Night will be Oct. 26, and a free celebration dinner will be provided at the last class by Pangea's Pizza.
The cost for the course ranges from $150 to $180 on a sliding scale and includes materials and taxes. Payment plans are available and possibly scholarships. The first class is free for those who wish to check out the program. Call 271-3684 or e-mail email@example.com.
HUD Notice of Funding Availability
TRAVERSE CITY — The Greater Grand Traverse Area Continuum of Care, which covers Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties, has announced publication of the 2010 Continuum of Care HUD Notice of Funding Availability.
The area Continuum of Care administers more than $500,000 in funds for leasing programs and services for those who are homeless in the five counties it serves and will request renewal of these funds through the 2010 process.
Discussion series on Family Life
TRAVERSE CITY — Michael J. Sullivan, a marriage and family therapist in Traverse City, will continue a monthly video/discussion series on family life.
The series uses concepts from the Bowen Family Systems Theory. The next program will be offered at noon Tuesday, Oct. 12. The topic will be "On The Development of a Systems Concept of Supernatural Phenomenon."
The cost is $20 per session and the public is invited. Contact Sullivan, 947-0350 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to register. The series will continue on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.
Leelanau Free Health Days
LAKE LEELANAU — Free health screenings for uninsured and underinsured women and men in Leelanau County will be offered on three days by appointment.
Screenings will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 13 and Nov. 10; and 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Women will be offered a physical exam, breast exam, lab tests as recommended and a pap test. A mammogram will be scheduled for a later date. Men will be offered a physical exam, lab tests as recommended and a prostate exam. Screenings are sponsored by the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, Alice Busby Memorial Fund, Zonta of Leelanau and the Traverse Health Clinic.
Leelanau residents may call 256-0202 for an appointment. At that time, directions will be provided on where the health screenings will be held.