Lifestyles

Call goes out for submissions of art

Art in the Loft is putting out a call for artist submissions in its second annual juried art competition. The submissions are being accepted now through Sept. 3 and should reflect the chosen theme, Forgotten Spaces. “Last year’s theme was Black and White – pretty straight forward,” ...

AHS Class of 1972 holds 45th reunion

Alpena High School Class of 1972 held a 45-year reunion over the July 1 weekend. The celebration included several activities throughout the weekend starting with an evening bonfire at the home of class members Darryl and Mary (Schultz) McQuarrie on June 30. About 35 class members attended the ...

‘West Side Story’ this weekend only at TBT

Thunder Bay Theatre hopes to build on the success of its first show of the summer season with its next offering, “West Side Story in Concert.” This one weekend only production opens Friday and closes Sunday. “The Addams Family” kicked off the summer, and even though TBT condensed that ...

The life of a Peace Corps volunteer

Katherine “Kat” Schultz of Alpena remembers as early as age 10 wanting to become a Peace Corps volunteer. “I heard about it and thought it sounded like something fun, like a way to give back to the global community,” said this 2013 graduate of Central Michigan University. Since ...

Farmers Market offers Double Up Food Bucks

It’s the proverbial win-win. A new program at the Alpena Farmers Market allows Bridge Card holders to buy twice the amount of fresh produce, while at the same time local farmers gain new customers and sell more produce. Called Double Up Food Bucks, the program matches dollar for dollar ...

Optimists hear from Habitat for Humanity staff member

Colin Bruning, volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their recent morning breakfast meeting held at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House. Bruning graduated from Alpena High School. He then attended Grand Rapids Community College and ...

Alpena, Huron Humane Society honored with national tour stop

Alpena has been chosen as one of just two Michigan tour stops of BarkAID, a 50-state tour by renowned hairstylist Patrick Lomantini, who raises money for local animal shelters. Detroit is the only other location in Michigan Lomantini and crew will visit in their quest to raise money and ...

Rivers Rats program for kids starts up today

Elementary school age kids get a chance to learn and have fun this summer with a five-part River Rats program that kicks off today. This free hands-on initiative takes a STEAM approach by focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math to teach kids in an engaging way about all the ...

Zonta Club honors scholarship recipients

The Zonta Club of Alpena hosted its 2017 Zonta Scholarship recipients at a recent program meeting. The club offers scholarships for women continuing on with their educational aspirations immediately following high school graduation. Zonta also presents “non-traditional” student ...

LWV board conducts June workshop

At the League of Women Voters of Alpena County board’s June workshop, plans were made for registering voters and for a focus on encouraging citizens to run for office. The league encourages citizen participation in government, regardless of political party, and never supports or opposes any ...

Parkinson’s Support Group to hear speaker

Alpena Area Parkinson’s Support Group will host Dr. Laurie Mischley for the latest updates on Parkinson’s disease research. The group will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 167 S. Ripley. Mischley studied naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. Her work is ...

Library encourages kids to keep reading

Summer break from school may have commenced, but that doesn’t mean kids should stop reading and learning. For the 25th year in a row, Alpena County Library is doing its part to help encourage children to keep up with books during the summer months. The library’s annual Summer Book Club ...

Garden Club makes Garden Walk plans

Alpena Garden Club’s June meeting held at the 19th Hole was attended by 39 members and one guest, Vicki Cole. Kaye Breckenridge, co-president, called the meeting to order and thanked the hostesses, Geri Skiba, Mary Jo Murphy, Marie Dully-Gilmet, Sylvia Konicek and Teresa Yachcik. Door ...

TBT opens summer season with ‘The Addams Family’

It’s always amusing to look back at iconic television shows from the past. At the same time, it’s also risky when those shows are reimagined as live theater – will the remake live up to expectations or miss the mark? In the case of Thunder Bay Theatre’s just opened musical comedy, ...

Ladies Eagles Auxiliary installs new president, slate of officers

Alpena Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #1241 gathered June 17 for a regular meeting. Past President Mary Zawacki installed Diane R. Struzik as the new president for the upcoming year. She also installed all the new officers. The family picnic will be held on July 15. Members are to bring a dish to ...

ALL offers public program on Hubbard Lake area history

Association of Lifelong Learners is hosting a program June 29 by local historian and author Mike Cornelius. The public is invited to hear Cornelius share about Native Americans, early explorers, loggers and others who made Hubbard Lake and the surrounding area interesting. The program ...

ASO to perform in Lincoln

Alpena Symphony Orchestra will perform a summer concert July 29 at 7 p.m. at Lost Lake Woods Club House in Lincoln. The orchestra will be directed by Maestro James VanEizenga. The concert will feature string bass soloist Kyle Pitcher of Kalamazoo, who will perform “The Concerto for String ...

Concert at TBT to help with sculpture project completion

Allan James Grund and Friends will perform “A Hard Day’s Night - A Beatles Concert” at 6:30 p.m. July 27 at Thunder Bay Theatre. The concert is planned as a benefit in support of Thunder Bay Arts Council’s shorebird sculpture project, Departure of the Great Blue Herons. Joining Grund ...

MCACA minigrant funds available for next fiscal year

The next 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 one of two workshops to learn more about ...

Women’s Giving Circle grant application deadline announced

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is accepting grant applications for the 10th annual Women’s Giving Circle grant cycle. Programs or projects should address any issues important to women. The WGC Fund currently has total assets over $550,000 and there is over $21,000 available ...