Lifestyles

YVC Volunteer of the Month for April recognized

Janelle Cook has been chosen as the April Volunteer of the Month for the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps. She is a senior at Alpena High School, and the daughter of Susan and Phil Cook. After graduation, Cook plans to attend Grand Valley State University to study geology. ...

Northeast Michigan non-profit leaders to participate in leadership initiative

Five Northeast Michigan nonprofit leaders have been selected by the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to attend an eight month Leadership Learning Lab. Facilitated by NorthSky Nonprofit Network, the Leadership Learning Lab seeks to connect and empower nonprofit leaders and give them ...

Wildlife Sanctuary Board plans projects, maintenance

The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board, at their April board meeting, made plans for the upcoming warmer seasons. Chairman Terry Gougeon reported that most of the maintenance work from last year at Island Park was completed. Maintenance projects for this year include painting the shed and ...

Hunter Safety Class offered

The Alpena Sportsmen’s Club will conduct a Hunter Safety Class in June at the club. Registration for the class will be held June 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be no early or late registration, and an adult must accompany students. It is recommended that participants ...

Thunder Bay Theatre takes three shows out on the road

Thunder Bay Theatre has literally taken its show on the road. Since April 23 and extending through May 13, six of TBT’s core company members are traveling to schools all over Northeast Michigan. The actors are presenting one of three different shows, depending upon the age level. The shows ...

‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ at ACT

Bill Powell, director for Alpena Civic Theatre’s latest production, remembers the first play he ever saw. A college student at the time, he walked into a performance of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” and immediately became hooked. “After I saw it, I thought ...

TBT announces weekend events

Thunder Bay Theatre announces two events taking place this weekend. TBT’s Break-a-Leg 5K fundraiser begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the theater. This year’s race theme is based on the summer season opener, “All Shook Up.” Participants are invited to dress in their favorite 1950s apparel ...

Peer pressure

“If we were all pears, our parents might tell us, it is perfectly normal to be green before you are golden.” Tom Althouse, “The Frowny Faced Cow” Recent events have heightened expectations for youth: the allurement of robotics to the study of science, technology, engineering and ...

League of Women Voters to screen Pipeline 5 film for public viewing

Pipeline 5 is much in the news nowadays, and the League of Women Voters of Alpena County is inviting the public to a film showing to learn more about this important issue. The league is hosting the film showing May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. The public is ...

TBAC Chorus to present Springsong

Thunder Bay Arts Council Chorus will welcome a belated 2018 spring season with a concert Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The event, Springsong, will feature complementary pairings of verse and music for spring. Poetry selections sourced in Northeast Michigan as well as ...

Program on Northern Lights Arena given to Alpena Lions Club

Dave Gusman, director of Alpena Northern Lights Area Arena/Rink, was the speaker at last week’s Alpena Lions Club meeting. He reviewed the various arena functions and events, and then responded to questions from the Lions. Program chairs for the meeting were Florence Stibitz and Chad ...

Masquers Club gearing up for spring production

What do you get when you cross the MTV reality show, “Jersey Shore,” with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream?” The answer is “Midsummer/Jersey,” Alpena High School Masquers Club’s newest production opening Thursday. Written by playwright Ken Ludwig, it’s ...

Habitat participates in Aging in Place

Affordable, appropriate housing is a critical need and an important component of an effective Aging in Place strategy. The AARP Foundation estimates that across the country more than 19 million low-income, 50+ households currently live in unaffordable and/or inadequate housing. A National ...

National Day of Prayer announced

National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday from noon-1 p.m. on the lawn of Alpena City Hall. This year’s theme is “Prayer for Unity in America.” Serving as honorary chair is Pastor Joe Collins of Shoreline Wesleyan Church. Opening worship music will be provided by Jim and Lori ...

Garden-related program offered

As you plan your garden this year, why not consider supporting native butterflies, bees and birds? The Alpena Garden Club and Thunder Bay Audubon Society are partnering for a presentation Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Alpena County Library conference room. The two groups will offer insights on ...

Turning wooden flowers into art

Expect to see some large flowers blooming all over town in the weeks ahead. These flowers aren’t dependant upon spring weather conditions, however, but upon the creativity of local residents willing to participate in Thunder Bay Arts Council’s fifth annual community-wide art ...

RC Community Theatre offers up comedy

ROGERS CITY – Rogers City Community Theatre’s spring production is “Beer for Breakfast.” Written by Sean Grennan and directed by Karl W. Heidemann, this modern comedy for adults shows the importance of friendship in today’s world. A masterpiece of modern silliness, this ...

Garden Club honors winners of ‘You’ve Been Bloomed’

The April meeting of the Alpena Garden Club hosted the 2017 winners of the “You’ve Been Bloomed” program which honored eight area home gardens. President Kaye Breckenridge welcomed the guest gardeners and thanked the hostess committee members, which included Elizabeth Littler, Jackie ...

Artist picked for Habitat for Humanity mural

Chad J. Szatkowski of Alpena remembers his grandmother sparking his initial interest in art. Born deaf, art became a form of early communication for him that over the years developed into a lifelong passion and a livelihood. Recently, Szatkowski used his talent for art to create two winning ...

What a difference music makes

Admittedly, it’s been a tough journey for Elise Eden, but also one destined to inspire others. The product of a low income family, circumstances forced her to drop out of Alpena High School around 2005 and later earn a GED. Back in those difficult days, never in her wildest dreams did she ...