Lifestyles

30 Days of Peace observance continues

Alpena will see the dedication of another Peace Pole during this year’s 30 Days of Peace observance, which began Sept. 11 on Patriot’s Day and continues through Oct. 13 with a wide variety of activities. The pole will be dedicated Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center, ...

Harvest Moon Dark Sky Cruise part of Lake Huron Discovery Tour

As part of this year’s Lake Huron Discovery Tour celebration, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan are teaming up to offer a Harvest Moon Dark Sky Cruise on Oct. 6. Northeast Michigan has some of the best dark sky viewing in the ...

Smoke & Music on the River kicks off new TBAC season

Thunder Bay Arts Council kicks off its 2017-18 event season by going hog wild. “Smoke and Music on the River,” a pig roast and night of entertainment by the band Music For You at Fletcher Street Depot on Oct. 21 begins a season filled with merriment, high jinks and much culture. “The ...

Alpena Book Festival offers full day of all things book-related

Everything is coming together smoothly for the Alpena Book Festival this Saturday. Ten panel discussions scheduled throughout the day will touch on writing for different genres, working with a literary agent, building fictional worlds and more. Attendees of the festival can enter a drawing ...

Lessard Medical Assistant Scholarship presented

The Alpena Community College Foundation announced that Mary Benton of Alpena was recently awarded the newly established Dr. Richard and Mrs. Sharon Lessard Medical Assistant Scholarship. As a non-traditional student, Benton enrolled in ACC’s Medical Assistant Program in 2014. She has been ...

In the community, making a difference

“I was a picky eater as a child. Because I was obsessed with Popeye, mum and aunts would put food in a can to represent spinach, we’d hum the Popeye tune and I would eat.” Paul O’Grady, British comedian How parents introduce a child to a new experience makes a difference. Eating ...

MOC Auxiliary conducts meeting

The regular meeting of the MOC Auxiliary was held Sept. 19 with seven members in attendance. Scholarship Chairman Barb LaMay read a letter of thanks from Alpena Community College for an auxiliary donation to the scholarship fund. Dixie Wieler reported that one of the past recipients of the ...

TBT celebrating 50th anniversary with party hosted at Art in the Loft

In recognition of its 50th anniversary, Thunder Bay Theatre has planned a 50th Anniversary & Season Reveal Party. The event, open to the public, will take place Saturday from 6-10 p.m. at Art in the Loft. Over the last 50 years, TBT has brought high-quality, professional theater ...

Daughters of Isabella Circle meets

Daughters of Isabella Circle 975 met Sept. 7 with Worthy Regent Diane Laseck calling the meeting to order. All ladies prayed the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be for all their sick, troubled and grieving fellow members. Minutes and bills were read and approved. There currently are 29 ...

Ladies Eagles Auxiliary meeting held

Alpena Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #1241 had a 6 p.m. potluck on Sept. 6, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. with President Diane Struzik presiding. Two bring back sisters were welcomed by the membership: Kathy Knechtel and Michelle Matthes. Sally Okhuysen won dues, but she was not ...

Inspirational speaker to share her story at upcoming banquet

A police officer in Cleveland, Tenn., for the last 17 years, Evie Lastra West willingly shares her story with others about the challenging life she once lived. Currently a sergeant over her city’s Community Relations Unit, West grew up in Orange County, Calif., and as a teen was initiated ...

ACC graduate receives Consumers Energy Foundation Scholarship

Brayden Bell, a 2017 graduate of Alpena Community College’s Utility Technician Program, was one of two recipients selected to receive a $2,500 Consumers Energy/Jeffrey Creel Memorial Scholarship. Bell used the scholarship to attend 10-week courses held at the Consumers Energy’s training ...

Award-winning author coming to Alpena Book Festival

Jack Driscoll, a two-time NEA Creative Writing Fellowship recipient and Michigan Notable Book author, will be speaking about his recently published short story collection, “The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot,” as part of the Third Annual Alpena Book Festival slated for Sept. 23. The ...

Long-time peace advocate to speak in Alpena

Alpena Peace Coalition hopes to address the emotionally-charged divide among people with opposing political views through a discussion planned Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at Alpena County Library. Rev. Peter Dougherty, a Catholic priest with the Diocese of Lansing who has devoted the last 35 years ...

Scholarship established in memory of verteran who suffered from PSTD

To honor the memory of their nephew, Aaron (AJ) Jones, Patrick and Linda Skowronek of Alpena recently established the AJ Jones Memorial Scholarship with the Alpena Community College Foundation. Born on Sept. 23, 1995 in Flint, AJ was part of theCclass of 2014 from Hill McCoy High School in ...

VFW Auxiliary gets 14 membership requests

The September regular meeting of VFW 2496 Auxiliary was presided over by President Gloria Plater. There were 11 members present. Seven new applications for membership were received. Minutes from the August meeting were read and accepted. The treasurer’s report was given and approved ...

Alpena County Library offers 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

Thanks to a generous grant through the Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, Alpena County Library is participating in the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a new early literacy program designed to give babies and toddlers the best start ...

Church retreat on ‘Enneagram and Mystics’ slated Saturday

Join First Congregational United Church of Christ and Infinity Church as they welcome guest speakers Nancy Irish of Marquette and Rev. Kayle Rice of Kalamazoo for a free full-day retreat on Saturday entitled “The Enneagram and Mystics.” Rice will present “Meet the Mystics: An ...

Preparing for the End of Life program planned

A program on Preparing for the End of Life will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 18890 Hamilton Rd. This program is intended to help people and their families prepare for end of life care and other concerns. There are many decisions that must be made during this ...

TBAC Chorus rehearsals starting

Rehearsals for the 31st season of Thunder Bay Arts Council Chorus will begin Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ. The chorus was founded in 1987. All interested adult and student singers are welcome to participate. They may obtain fall music and sign up for ...