Lifestyles

Troy Graham to play concert Sunday

Marquette native Troy Graham, also known as “Great Lakes Graham,” will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Alpena County Library. Graham has performed in Alpena before. “We are thrilled to welcome back our friend Troy Graham for what is sure to be a fantastic afternoon of ...

Concordia musicians to perform Saturday

The Concordia University Music Department will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alpena. With a program titled “Symphony of Sounds,” the Concordia choir, wind ensemble, and string ensemble are touring with a unique program of combined works, ...

Oktoberfest Dinner/Dance at K of C Hall on Sunday

Alpena Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest Dinner/Dance will be held Sunday at the K of C Hall, 1880 Hamilton Rd., Alpena. Music will be provided from 2-5:30 p.m. by Norm Siess Band, will a pork loin dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50, available at Garant’s Party Store, ...

Student Peace Contest winners announced

Student winners in this year’s Peace Contest sponsored by the Alpena Peace Coalition were honored recently in a afternoon program at the Alpena Mall. The students who participated in the contest attend Besser Elementary School, Sanborn Elementary School, Thunder Bay Junior High School, ...

NaNoWriMo: write a novel in a month

Once reserved for turkeys and hunting season, November is also a haven to writers around the globe. National Novel Writing Month, also called NaNoWriMo, is a month-long challenge where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel on a topic of their choice. Founded in 1999 by Chris ...

Lions Club members updated on activities at all levels

PDG Dave Zeller updated the Alpena Lions Club on the activities of Lions International at the recent club meeting. He led a discussion of Lions activities at the international level, the state level and the District 11E2 (local) level. There is lots going on at all levels. In addition, he ...

Improv comedy provides creative outlet

In the absence of local opportunities for doing improv comedy, Alpena resident Mia Hauff took matters into her own hands. She started her own class nearly two years ago hoping to find others of like mind. “I think the intention was that I just really enjoy improv and didn’t see it ...

Alpena Civic Theatre turns to comedy for fall production

Director Scott Edgar wants to assure audiences there’s no high-handed political message attached to Alpena Civic Theatre’s comedic fall offering, “The Sensuous Senator.” Instead, patrons can expect some silly PG-13 fun when the show by playwright Michael Palmer opens next week for a ...

Forum planned Oct. 15 on ballot proposals

A forum will be held Oct. 15 on the three proposals on the Nov. 6 election ballot. The forum, organized by the League of Women Voters of Alpena County, will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Alpena Community College Granum Theatre. The issues to be reviewed are marijuana (Proposal 1), ...

Dump Pickers

We weren’t the only ones at the dump. An old man carrying a green bucket was following his skeletal wife. They moved slowly, but deliberately through the trash. He kept a perfect, measured distance from her so that when she stopped to examine treasures more closely, he was at arms-length. The ...

Alpena Garden Club donates to Thunder Bay Arts Council efforts

The October meeting of the Alpena Garden Club was held at the 19th Hole. On committee were Lynda Russell, Kathy Knechtel, Patty Martinez and Jean Stewart. Attending were the 2018 Garden Walk participants who graciously shared their gardens with the public. Featured on the garden tour this ...

Alpena County Library presents Lynn Novick

Alpena County Library presents Lynn Novick, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker as part of its Alpena Reads 2018 initiative. She is scheduled to speak Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. Novick is the co-director and producer of the PBS documentary, “The ...

Alpena Book Festival returns with six authors

The Alpena Book Festival returns to downtown Alpena on Saturday with sessions occurring at the Alpena County Library, Blue Phoenix Books, and Olivet Book and Gift. This year’s festival will be formatted a little differently, with sessions beginning at the library and moving throughout the ...

Alpena Longbeards gives out two ACC scholarships

Alpena Community College students Carly Leatzow and Cody Heiser were each awarded $500 as recipients of the 2018-19 Alpena Longbeards Club Scholarship. Heiser is studying fisheries and wildlife management at ACC, while Leatzow plans to pursue a career in viticulture. The Alpena Longbeards ...

Besser Chorus celebrates retiring longtime member

The Besser Chorus has been active in singing for over 70 years. Performances have ranged from Tiger Stadium to political conventions. Recently the chorus gathered to celebrate the retirement of one of its longtime members. Darwin Badder has been a member of the group for 51 years and had ...

Swedish singer to perform Saturday at Rogers City Community Theater

International musical artist Sofia Talvik will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers City Theater. The event is sponsored by the Presque Isle District Library. Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Talvik still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren ...

New location of Farmers Market provides acres of opportunity

“Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, but you must dig for them” Russell H. Conwell, “Acres of Diamonds” Opportunity is often thought to be found by “thinking out of the box” and “connecting the dots,” implying ...

Think like a naturalist

The Association of Lifelong Learners and the Friends of Negwegon are offering a class that integrates art, science and culture to connect participants to their own creativity and the beauty of Negwegon State Park. Danyeal Dorr, instructor and artist, will teach tips, tools and techniques for ...

Growing vegetables for feeding others

What to do when Mother Nature provides a bountiful harvest of quintessential fall crops like squash and pumpkins? For hobby farmer Richard Marchinski, the answer seems simple – give it away. In his case, he grows butternut, acorn and buttercup squash, along with pumpkins, for the express ...

Brilliance of Irving Berlin on full display at TBT

The incomparable Irving Berlin – he was a pop hit maker, a movie songwriter and a Broadway composer. Patrons catching a performance of Thunder Bay Theatre’s current production, “I Love a Piano,” can get a hint of Berlin’s creative brilliance in this musical revue that contains ...