Lifestyles

‘All Shook Up’ opening at TBT

Fans of Elvis Presley should get a kick out of Thunder Bay Theatre’s first show of the summer season, “All Shook Up.” It opens today for a three-week run and features one of the largest summer core companies in recent TBT history. This 2004 American jukebox musical comes chock full of ...

Program on ALL presented to Lions

Sue Nagy, vice president of the Association of Life Long Learners, was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club. ALL is celebrating its 20th year this month. Program chair for the meeting was Jan Kane. ALL, when it started, was a part of Alpena Community College. Today it ...

MARSP elects officers, hears guest speaker

Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel met June 14 with 54 members and guests in attendance. Co-President Judy Jones opened the meeting at noon. After a delicious lunch, Pat LaBadie was the guest speaker from NOAA. Election of officers took place with Jones and Linda Wallace ...

Amateur Radio Club plans Field Day

Thunder Bay Amateur Radio Club is participating in Field Day this Saturday and Sunday. Field Day is amateur radio’s open house, and all are welcome to stop by the Alpena County Fairgrounds where the club will be set up for portable operation. The American Radio Relay League’s Field Day ...

Another round of MCACA grant funds available

The application deadline for local nonprofits seeking a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrant has been set for Aug. 3. Those interested in applying for a share of $29,000 in available MCACA grant funds are invited to attend either of two upcoming workshops to learn more ...

Exchange Club hosts state convention

The Exchange Club of Alpena recently hosted Exchange Club members from across the state at the 99th Annual Exchange Club of Michigan State Convention. During the weekend, club members conducted business meetings, held educational sessions, planned projects, hosted a memorial service, installed ...

NEMCSA programs detailed for Lions

Heide Powers of Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency was the speaker at last week’s meeting of the Alpena Lions Club. She reviewed the three Senior Corps Volunteer Programs, which NEMCSA sponsors. Program chair for the meeting was Audra Smith. The three programs are: (1) Foster ...

VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary disbanding

The June 2018 meeting of William F. Moore VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary was held with eight members present. It was with sadness that the Post advised the Auxiliary that they will be turning in their charter and that the June meeting was probably their last meeting. Auxiliary President Vichunas read ...

Two local gardens recognized

The Alpena Garden Club is again honoring a non-member who has the same philosophy of beautifying Alpena through flower gardens. They will get the club’s “You’ve Been Bloomed” sign put in their garden for a month. The honorees for June are Norma Schultz at 2490 Diamond Dr. and Linda ...

Blooming

Another early morning. As far as I can tell, all is well. Sunlight beams through the windows, doves coo from the eaves, and the earth continues its path—tilted and spinning—through the miraculous Milky Way. I’ve made my way downstairs, but I’m not yet firing on all cylinders. It isn’t ...

Orchestra to present spring concert

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium, conductor Jim VanEizenga will step onto the podium to direct the Alpena Symphony Orchestra in a spring concert titled, “Music for the Stage.” The ASO welcomes VanEizenga, director of orchestras for Novi Public Schools, back to ...

Local FOP announces annual Police Show

This year’s Fraternal Order of Police Show will feature Jonathan LaChance, who will perform Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. His show will be approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length. As always, the proceeds from this fundraising event will go the lodge’s ...

Zonta Club awards five college scholarships

The Zonta Club of Alpena hosted the 2018 Zonta Scholarship recipients at its June 7 meeting. The club offers scholarships for women continuing on with their educational aspirations immediately following high school graduation. In addition, the club offers “non-traditional” student ...

Drawing workshops offered

Professional artist Erwin P. Lewandowski will be conducting seven drawing workshops this summer at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan. The workshops are appropriate for students ages 12 and up as well as adults. Participants will be able to choose from three different levels: ...

Besser Museum announces Juried Art Exhibition

After allowing local artists a chance to showcase their work through two different non-juried events, Best Foot Forward and Winter Blues, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan returns as promised to its signature juried competition. The museum has issued a call to all Michigan artists to ...

Bringing the blues for 15 straight years

Fifteen years down the road, the Alpena Blues Coalition still is out there hoping to perpetuate a love for a genre of music they believe started it all. “What’s so important about the blues is that it needs to be perpetuated,” said Ed Hickok, current Blues Coalition president. “It’s ...

Library announces summer reading program for teens

Alpena County Library encourages parents of youth of all ages to help their child beat the summer slide by participating in its summer learning programs. Summer is a time of fun and sunshine for people of all ages. For youth, summer is the ideal time to encourage them to maintain as well as ...

Annual summer reading program for younger children starting up, too

Alpena County Library Summer Book Club for children ages 3-12 kicks off June 26. In conjunction with the kick-off, youngsters are invited to a Comedy Magic Show with Gordon Russ from 10-11 a.m. During the kick-off which runs from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., kids will receive a new book, plus enjoy ...

2018-19 Eagles Auxiliary officers installed

Alpena Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #1241 gathered May 22 for a regular meeting with President Diane Struzik presiding. She introduced two guests, State President Pat Murney and state Auditor Brenda Bryan, who served as installing president and conductor for the auxiliary’s installation of ...

Group heads on 7th mission relief trip

For the seventh time since 2007, a local group of more than 40 volunteers are heading out on a mission relief trip to help others impacted by a natural disaster. The group, which volunteers through the National Relief Network, leaves next Tuesday for Plymouth, Ind., where heavy rain and melting ...