Lifestyles

Annual ride to benefit homeless shelter

What biker wouldn’t want to ride 100 miles on a beautiful summer day for a great cause? On Saturday, about 75 motorcycles are expected to participate in the 19th Annual Ride for the Homeless to benefit Sunrise Mission homeless shelter in Alpena. You don’t have to be a biker to support ...

Knapweed pull Aug. 9

The 8th Annual Weed Pull on Island Park is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 9. Every year, members of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and volunteers of all ages gather on top of the island at Duck Park to pull the invasive plant Spotted Knapweed. Years of removing this plant has given a ...

Habitat names new volunteer coordinator

Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan is pleased to announce that Sarah Melching has joined the Habitat team as the organization’s new volunteer coordinator. Melching assumed her new role on July 30. She comes to our community from Presque Isle and is known in the Alpena area for her ...

Hands-on learning at Science in the Sanctuary

Children, parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents experienced hands-on learning Thursday at Science in the Sanctuary at Island Park. The free event, organized by Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, offered children and their caregivers a nature scavenger hunt and a variety of educational booths ...

Learn about Lake Huron’s ancient hunters

Anyone interested in ancient history would enjoy the program, “Prehistoric Archaeology at 120’: Investigating 9,000 Year Old Hunting Sites Beneath Lake Huron” on Aug. 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W Fletcher St., ...

Hubbard Lake fundraiser Aug. 11

Hubbard Lake Sportsman and Improvement Association will hold its annual fundraiser Aug. 11, at Lions Park on Hubbard Lake Road, 1/4 mile north of Hubert Road, starting at 3 p.m. Events include: ∫ Used equipment sale until 7 p.m. with donated items including sports/recreational equipment, ...

Dakota Knechtel on CMU dean’s list

Dakota J. Knechtel of Alpena has been named to the Central Michigan University College of Business Administration Dean’s List for the 2018 spring semester. He was also the recipient of the Spring 2018 Outstanding Integrated Core Project Award for his report and presentation on The Hershey ...

Art in the Loft offers new classes

Art in the Loft announces a variety of classes in August. The offerings include: ∫ Kids in the Kitchen: Movie Magic Series – Aug. 7-9, noon-2 p.m., $20 a class Students will make movie-themed treats from some of their favorite classics like “Star Wars” and “Frozen.” ...

Local artwork in prestigious show

Professional artist Erwin P. Lewandowski of Alpena was recently notified that his waterscape drawing, Cascading Water XV, was selected for the 13th Annual Juried Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The annual event is sponsored by the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) and is considered ...

King’s Brass returning to Alpena

Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will perform Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at Alpena First United Methodist Church, 167 S Ripley Blvd. This nine-member band provides the best in sacred brass music with a tasteful variety of pop, jazz, patriotic songs and some lighthearted fun, all played with ...

Mural reconstruction project moving forward

Justin Christensen-Cooper remembers the exact moment when two-thirds of the colorful maritime-themed mural in Alpena’s pocket park crashed to the ground in gusting winds last Oct. 23 and the immediate response from the community afterward. While personally devastated at the destruction, he ...

TBT’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ hits bullseye

“Most of the time I don’t even aim - I just pull the trigger.” - Annie Oakley Thunder Bay Theatre aimed to delight and entertain, and they hit the target with “Annie Get Your Gun.” Sharp shootin’ and a rootin’ tootin’ good time is what you’ll get from this high-energy ...

Poetry: essential to life

Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. - Audre Lorde Lorde’s words are as ...

Blankets handmade for veterans

Barb VanSteenis of Rogers City has created two beautiful lap blankets and graciously donated them for give away to two area veterans. To enter your favorite veteran for a chance to win one of these patriotic blankets, send your nomination on an approximately 4x4 plain white piece of paper ...

Katie Schultz leads program at Lions Club

Katie Schultz, a member of the U.S. Peace Corps and a resident of Alpena, provided the program at last week’s Alpena Lions Club meeting. She described her more than two years of service in the African country of Ghana, using a PowerPoint presentation. President Mike Centala was program chair ...

Volunteers needed to pull frogbit at Duck Park

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes volunteers to help pull frogbit by hand at the Duck Park at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, and 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, Aug. 4. Kayaks are the best way to get in close to pull the invasive water weeds. Bring extra kayaks, lifejackets and ...

Alpena Garden Club held July meeting

The Alpena Garden Club gathered for its July luncheon at the 19th Hole restaurant, where President Kaye Breckenridge called the meeting to order and thanked the host committee of Marilyn Bloomberg, Rita Losinski, Ann Speaks, Diane Przeslawski, and Bernie Klimezewski. Guests were welcomed and ...

Artist reception planned for Bill Kehoe

HARRISVILLE – Dragonfly Art Gallery in Harrisville will host a reception Saturday from 1-3 p.m. for Artist of the Month Bill Kehoe. His art is featured in the gallery for the month of July. Kehoe’s interest in art started as a child and has continued in the years since. “I remember ...