Lifestyles

Donations still needed for annual NIE book sale, set for Feb. 2

Only two more weeks remain to drop off donations of books, puzzles or CDs to the upcoming Newspapers in Education Book Sale sponsored each year by The Alpena News. This year’s sale will take place Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the newspaper’s 2019 Business Expo held at ...

Besser Museum to accept blue-hued art for non-juried exhibit in February

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan will accept entries Monday through Jan. 28 for its Winter Blues non-juried art exhibit, set for Feb. 13 through April 13. There are no size requirements but artwork must be 60 percent blue hues in any medium. Artwork does not have to be winter-themed and ...

AAACU gives more than $21K in 2018

Through the generosity of its membership and its employees, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union donated $21,511.85 throughout 2018 to various local organizations. Each year, each of AAACU’s seven office locations vote on organizations their office would like to fundraise for each quarter ...

SUNRISE SIDE BULLETIN BOARD

Biologist to speak today about elk herds Wildlife Biologist Shelby Hiesland of the Michigan DNR will be a guest speaker at 1:30 p.m. today at the Grand Lake branch of the Presque Isle District Libary system. The topic is “Managing Michigan Elk Herds — Where We Are Today; Where We’re ...

ASCC’s Denim & Diamonds this Saturday

Wear jeans or a formal gown to Saturday’s Second Annual Denim & Diamonds dinner dance Saturday. Whether you bling it out or dial it down, those in attendance are sure to enjoy a fun-filled night. “Our thought process was, people can either dress up or dress down,” said Andrea ...

New Wildcat Exchange Excel Club at AHS

The National Exchange Club is proud to announce a new club in the Alpena community. The Wildcat Exchange Excel Club of Alpena High School was officially chartered on Jan. 9, with 20 members. Charter members include Damon Adams, Hunter Ballor, Alicia Ballor, Brianna Boyk, Evan Carlson, Gabe ...

AARP Tax Aide assistance starts Feb. 4

Starting Feb. 4, AARP Tax Aide assistance will be offered at no cost at four locations in the area: Alpena County Library, Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Hillman Wright Library in Hillman, and Alcona County Commission on Aging in Lincoln. The service is also being offered in Oscoda, East Tawas ...

Bowling for Friends event Friday evening

Friends Together will host “Bowling for Friends!” Friday at Thunder Bowl Lanes in Alpena. This four-person bowling tournament is the kick-off to the Friends fundraising campaign. Registration for the event starts at 5 p.m., and the tournament starts at 6 p.m. There will be four people ...

Child trauma course starts Jan. 24 in Alpena

Registration is open for a free six-week training in Alpena that will provide the National Child Traumatic Stress Network curriculum, “Caring for Children Who have Experienced Trauma.” Classes are Thursdays at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 24 and will be held at First Presbyterian Church social ...

Fitness Gala tickets on sale

Tickets for Saturday’s Fitness Inspired Gala are $25 and on sale now. The event, sponsored by Bay Athletic Club, will begin at 6 p.m. at Fletcher Street Depot in Alpena. This public event is a night to dress up and be inspired by the stories of community members of all ages who have ...

Library announces after-school program

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library will host an After School Fun at the Library: Clothespin Lamp event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the library, 211 N. First Ave. During the free event, students in grades three through five will learn how to make a lamp from clothespins. ...

Two Artists Sharing Space

These two local artists have very different methods and mediums, but the end result of their many dedicated hours of work is the same. With each piece, an intricate, unique work of art is born, and grows up right before their eyes as their hands are guided by images and ideas in their creative, ...

Emergency food distribution Feb. 11

The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency will distribute food to those in need from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Alpena County Fairgrounds on 11th Avenue. The program is available to those in Alpena, Alcona, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego and ...

Tyler DeCaire earns MBA from Grand Valley

Tyler Kelly DeCaire, son of James and Beth DeCaire of Alpena, received his Master of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids on Dec. 8, 2018. DeCaire is also a Ferris State University alumni, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer ...

Rotary donates snacks to Boys and Girls Club

To help combat food insecurity among local youth, Rotary Club of Alpena members collected snack food items at their annual holiday party in December and donated them to the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena. During the school year, 21 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and ...

MacMaster gives ACC update to Exchange Club

Don MacMaster, president of Alpena Community College, was the guest speaker at this week’s Exchange Club of Alpena weekly meeting. MacMaster provided a detailed update on the Van Lare Hall renovation project and upgrades to the nursing program. Just like many old buildings in Alpena, the ...

VFW Auxiliary gets three new apps at January meeting

The regular meeting of the VFW 2496 Auxiliary was presided over by Jr. Vice Linda Millard on Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. with 13 members attending. The secretary and treasurers reports were given and accepted. There were three new applications for membership, two annual and one transfer. Several ...

Parenting workshop explores social-emotional health in kids

Social-emotional skills are as important to a child’s success in learning as academic skills. A child who has healthy social skills is able to enjoy interacting with others and to make and keep friends. Healthy emotional skills enable a child to express and manage feelings and to calm down ...

Goals, fun key to fitness

ALPENA – Making New Year’s resolutions isn’t for everyone, but those who have resolved to be more active in 2019 can find support through varied workouts and fitness buddies. The key to a successful fitness plan is to find something fun that you can look forward to doing on a daily ...

Goodbye to Christmas

The tree is in pieces and back in its box. Decorations are wrapped in newspaper for safekeeping and stowed away in a red plastic tote. Colorful lights that illuminated our porch for three weeks are unplugged, hanging in the cold, waiting to be taken down. We aren’t cozy on the couch under ...