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Thunder Bay Theatre Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock, seated, listens as performers Michael Cleary and Erica Werner run through their lines for “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” which is TBT’s first educational touring show in seven years. Beginning today, the show will be performed in schools throughout Northeast Michigan.

TBT observes Theatre Education Week

With an official proclamation from Alpena City Council in hand, Thunder Bay Theatre puts the spotlight on Theatre Education Week in Northeast Michigan, today through Sunday. TBT Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock went before the city council last week to share about TBT’s beefed up theater ...

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Art in the Loft’s Young Artists Exhibit will be on display now through April 29. An open house reception will be held April 21 from 6-8 p.m. for students from Thunder Bay Junior High, Alpena High School, ACES and Summit Academies, Rogers City, St. John Lutheran, St. Ignatius, Johannesburg-Lewiston, Onaway, Posen, Atlanta and Alcona Schools. A reception also was held Friday.

Artwork by area students fills gallery space

It’s not every day that kids get to have their artwork displayed in a professional gallery setting. For hundreds of young students across Northeast Michigan that experience becomes reality throughout the month of April during Art in the Loft’s annual Young Artists Exhibit. The Loft’s ...

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The Language Society members, who are planning a trip to Europe in June, are shown working with Rosetta Stone to practice foreign languages. Alpena Community College has the software available for both students and community members. Shown are Travis Powers, Jacqueline Walchak, Taylor Bost, Lexi Klee, Emily Cloft and Dr. Karol Walchak. Missing from the photo is Andre Gagnon.

The Language Society members at ACC planning trip to Europe

For the last two years, The Language Society members of Alpena Community College, a newly formed group, have been working diligently toward an understanding of global diversity, examining a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values and beliefs. Some of their recent activities for ...

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READ Adult Literacy co-coordinators Pat Hummel, left, and Leslie Kirchoff, right, announce training dates for volunteers wanting to become reading tutors for their program.

READ Program announces new tutor training

Training for anyone who would like to tutor for the READ Adult Literacy Program begins April 25 at the Alpena County Library from 5-8:45 p.m. The training will help new volunteers learn more about teaching reading to adults that need help improving their reading skills, learning English as ...

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Shown from left are Stan Darmofal, W8SZ, Alcona County emergency coordinator and radio officer; parents Anne and Bob Mills and their son, Robby Mills, KE8GLG; Rick Gull, KD8AQT, instructor; Mark Collins III, KE8GLF, and his parents Mark and Traci Collins II; and Art Laatz, K8AKL, youth program administrator.

Two youth receive radio equipment

Alcona County Amateur Radio Group and Alcona County 4-H have teamed-up for 14 years to sponsor Amateur Radio FCC license classes for more than 50 youth. Included is a youth equipment program for those who successfully complete the license class. The program provides new radios and is funded ...

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More than 225 children and families participated in last month’s Shout Eureka! program held March 30 at the Besser Museum. The next program in the series is slated for this Saturday between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. Stop in any time for this free science-based family fun day.

Besser Museum invites kids to Shout Eureka!

Children and families are invited Saturday to attend Shout Eureka! at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan. This STEM-based, free family fun day features museum activities, planetarium shows and science experiments geared to children of all ages from kindergarten through 12th ...

Girls on the Run Color Me Awesome 5K event announced

The Color Me Awesome 5K is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of Girls on the Run Sunrise Side participants while becoming a human canvas of art. The non-competitive, untimed 5K will be held May 20. It is open to ...

Concert Association closes out 70-year tradition with final performance

Alpena Community Concert Association will provide its final concert April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. Closing out its 70 years of bringing live, international talent to Northeast Michigan, ACCA is proud to present virtuoso trumpeter and composer, Brandon Ridenour. A ...

Wildlife Sanctuary Board announces coordinator for Artist in Residence

Mark Beins, artist and teacher, was welcomed as the new coordinator for the Wildlife Sanctuary Board's Artist in Residence program when the board met for its March 16 meeting. Beins reported on his contacts so far and on his future plans. He already has made many contacts, including university ...

READ announces new co-coordinator

The Read Adult Literacy Program has a new co-coordinator. Pat Hummel has accepted the position of co-coordinator working alongside Leslie Kirchoff, the current coordinator. Hummel comes to the READ Program with many years of teaching experience with the Alpena Public Schools. "I am excited ...

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Tickets go on sale April 3 for the 29th Annual Victorian Tea at Trinity Episcopal Church. Pictured at last year’s tea is Sofia Kowalski, daughter of Kristen and Andrew Kowalski. This year’s event will be held May 6. As usual, there will be two seatings: the first from 1- 2:30 p.m. and the second from 3-4:30 p.m. The theme is “Tea at Grandmother’s House.” For reservations, call 356-0576.

Trinity to host annual tea

Courtesy Photo Tickets go on sale April 3 for the 29th Annual Victorian Tea at Trinity Episcopal Church. Pictured at last year’s tea is Sofia Kowalski, daughter of Kristen and Andrew Kowalski. This year’s event will be held May 6. As usual, there will be two seatings: the first from 1- ...

Paul Moceri addresses Optimist Club of Alpena

Paul Moceri, executive director of Child and Family Services in Alpena, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their morning breakfast meeting recently. Moceri was introduced by Optimist member Jeff Taphouse, who told of how Moceri and his wife Jody fell in love with the Alpena area and bought ...

Family FUNdraiser planned as Thunder Bay Theatre benefit

In an effort to support and strengthen its children’s programming, Thunder Bay Theatre announces its inaugural Family FUNdraiser. The three-hour event is planned as an immersive art experience on April 15 from noon-3 p.m. at Art in the Loft. The Loft will be in the midst of its Young Artist ...

Spring in your step

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. — Benjamin Franklin Technically, we have made it to spring. Looking at the calendar, we have transitioned. But in Michigan, as you know, spring could last one day or until autumn. All the same, we long ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary meets The March meeting of William F. Moore VFW Post #6754 Auxiliary was held with six members present. Frances Ziesman served as chaplain. The February minutes were read by President Kathy Vichunas. Treasurer Sandy Light read the treasurer’s report. The ...

Logo contest entries sought for festival

Alpena Blues Coalition is accepting logo design entries for the 14th Annual Alpena Blues Festival. The winning design will be the primary logo for festival T-shirts, fliers, programs, posters and other festival advertising. Contest winner will receive two festival passes, a festival T-shirt and ...

Lion hears about joint Besser project

Jason Rensberry, controller of Besser Company, spoke to the Alpena Lions Club at their meeting last week about a joint project Besser is working on with an Israeli company, ECOcrete. He used a PowerPoint, which enabled the Lions to view clearly the new, environmentally-friendly product under ...

TBT proves ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing’

For those who might think Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music belongs squarely attached to the genre of oldies but goodies like “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma,” think again. Thunder Bay Theatre currently demonstrates otherwise with the musical revue,“A Grand Night for Singing.” ...

Community Foundation announces new officers

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan board of trustees elected four new officers to lead the foundation for one year effective March 14. Lora Greene of Alpena is the new president, Christine Baumgardner of Lincoln is the new vice president, Timothy Kuehnlein of Alpena is the new ...

Services planned at Peace Poles

By DIANE SPEER News Lifestyles Editor Peace Poles installed outdoors at six local churches will serve as the setting for Easter reflections on the Stations of the Cross. The community is invited to participate in the ecumenical observance on April 2 beginning at 2 p.m. at Alpena Community ...