TRAVERSE CITY — The Drew Kostic Memorial 5K is hosting a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 9 at Moomers Homemade Ice Cream.
Twenty percent of purchases go to 22 2 None, a nonprofit that raises awareness of veteran suicide.
KALKASKA – J&S Hamburg South is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for its Feed the Kids project at noon on April 12 at 107 Elm St. Restaurant staff are offering free bag meals for kids on weekends in Traverse City, Kingsley and now Kalkaska.
Fundraising for the library
TRAVERSE CITY — The Peninsula Community Library is hosting its annual fundraiser at 5 p.m. on April 12.
Take-out dinner and wine for two from the Boathouse Restaurant for $150. Pay $170 to include the “Once Upon A Peninsula: A Collection of Stories and Drawings Recounting Childhood Memories” coloring book.
More details: 231-223-7700.
TRAVERSE CITY — Registered Dietitian Carol Bell leads the Gluten-Free Sourdough Class at 6 p.m. April 12 at Table Health.
Recipes featured are allergen free and use whole foods and whole grain flours. Bring a large mixing bowl and a loaf pan.
The cost is $40 on Eventbrite.com.
French cooking class
TRAVERSE CITY — Chef Wojnarski of Black Star Farms presents “April in Paris” at 6 p.m. on April 12. Learn how to make ratatouille and other French dishes.
Oryana Community Cooperative is hosting this virtual event. Register for $10 at Eventbrite.com.
TRAVERSE CITY – Story Stew begins at 11 a.m. on April 13 and 27 at the Peninsula Community Library. Preschoolers can hear songs and stories. A DIY kit is available.
SUTTONS BAY – The League of Women Voters of Leelanau County is holding a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. April 13 at the Government Center.
Drink water and eat a healthy meal before donating. All donors who attempt to enter a sweepstakes for a $500 gift card on Airbnb.com.
Call 866-642-5663 or visit Versiti.org/MI to schedule an appointment.
ELK RAPIDS – Short’s Brewing Company is hosting bingo at 6 p.m. April 13 and 27 at the Pull Barn. The games are free. Play to win Short’s gear.
UAW retirees reunite
TRAVERSE CITY — United Auto Workers retirees of Northwest Michigan gather at noon April 14 at the Slavic Evangelical Church.
Meetings are open to UAW retirees and spouses residing in Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee or Wexford counties.
Admission is $5 per person and includes lunch. Reservations: 231-943-9611.
The book club gathers
ALDEN – The Alden District Library’s Books ‘n Brie Book Club meets at 3:30 p.m. on April 14 at the Helena Township Community Center. Discuss “In Search of the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest” by Suzanne Simard.
TRAVERSE CITY — Support local families by purchasing a $10 Simply Give card from Meijer. Each card is converted into a food-only gift card and donated to a local food pantry.
The Père Fred Foundation benefits from this program until July 3rd. Online shoppers can add Simply Give donation cards to their order.
Major wine events
TRAVERSE CITY — Big Brothers Big Sisters is hosting their Wine Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Boathouse Restaurant and Bubbles and Brunch from noon to 3 p.m. on May 1 at Sorellina.
Reserve seats at bigsupnorth.com.