Lifestyles

Alpena Civic Theatre’s first show of 2018 opens today

When first time playwright Stacey Powells last year embarked on a cross-country drive from her home in California to visit a son in college on the East Coast, she took the opportunity to multi-task along the way. She brought copies of her new play, “Stirrups,” and dropped them off in person ...

Next Alpena Bi-Path sculptures in development

The commitment to create art sculptures along the scenic Alpena Bi-Path continues into 2018. After the successful dedication of two new pieces last October – the Departure of the Great Blue Herons sculpture and the Global Collaboration Awareness sculpture – plans have been announced for ...

Lewandowski artwork selected for Masters of Drawing Exhibition

Local professional artist Erwin P. Lewandowski is one of 25 drawing artists selected for a special event at the Midland Arts Center, Alden B. Dow Museum of Arts and Science in Midland. The venue was organized by Armin Mersmann, curator for the museum, and is slated to run from Jan. 27-April 8. ...

It’s all about ‘experiences’ at Art in the Loft

“Experiences” has become a popular buzz word these days, and Art in the Loft is very much up on the trend. In addition to its regularly scheduled visual and culinary arts classes, the Loft has come up with six unique experiences to offer the community from January through ...

Alpena FFA makes holiday giving and serving a top priority

The Alpena FFA at Alpena High School did plenty of giving during December 2017. Adviser Melissa Smith said, “Community service is an integral part of our chapter, and this year the chapter officers and other members wanted to give back to the community this holiday season in several ways. ...

Frankman – Brousseau engagement announced

Emily Frankman and Nicholas Brousseau of Lansing announce their engagement. Emily is the daughter of Elizabeth Falk and John Frankman. She graduated from Regina High School in Warren and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University Chicago. She is a PhD candidate in the ...

Denim and Diamonds planned as Senior Citizens Center fundraiser

A new fundraiser in the new year will benefit the Alpena Senior Citizens Center. Called Denim and Diamonds, the event will feature a catered meal, music by Wayne Kendziorski and the Kopy Katz as well as other opportunities to support the senior center through Chinese raffles and a 50/50 ...

Alpena County Library offers computer classes

Alpena County Library will offer classes in a variety of computer skills areas beginning Jan. 22 with a 3D printing class at 6 p.m. The cost to participate is $5 at the time of class. Register in advance at 356-6188, ext. 14. Other upcoming classes include: ∫ Introduction to Windows 10 ...

Art in the Loft announces two culinary classes

Art in the Loft announces to upcoming culinary classes. The first is Homemade Tortillas with instructor Ric Jasso. This class will be held Jan. 17 from 1-3 p.m. Jasso returns by popular demand to share his expert tortilla making skills. Participants will learn to make tortillas along with ...

Thoughts on bird watching

“Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them, and we tame them, and we think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world that is really rather mysterious.” David Attenborough, British naturalist Birds are often mentioned when people talk about weather. ...

Exchange Club assists Salvation Army

Gary Rondeau, a member of the Alpena Exchange Club, recently chaired a club event to ring bells for the Red Kettle effort of The Salvation Army. Exchange Club members manned several locations for the entire day throughout town, raising nearly $2,000. Rondeau also delivered a check from the ...

Free Braille and talking books available

As a reader adviser for Great Lakes Talking Books and Outreach Center, Lynn Buckland-Brown knows how important the service she provides can be to patrons. Many of those she helps by providing free talking books and related equipment deal with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness or a ...

ACC nursing students receive scholarships from anonymous donor

‘Tis the season of giving. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor to the Alpena Community College Foundation, five ACC nursing students were surprised to receive a $500 scholarship for their 2017-18 spring semester. ACC Foundation Executive Director Penny Boldrey said, “The ...

Exchange Club of Alpena wraps up presents for annual Toys for Kids

More than 22 Exchangites, family and friends participated in the annual effort of Vietnam Veterans Toys for Kids gift wrapping. In addition to a $500 cash donation from the club, members individually donated gifts and gift wrapping paper to help ease the budget for the program. The group ...

New Wildlife Sanctuary Board chair elected

Board member Terry Gougeon was elected chairman of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board at its December meeting. Gougeon has served on the board for several years, and has extensive experience in Island Park maintenance. In January he will begin his chairmanship, replacing Roger Witherbee. ...

Eagles Auxiliary enjoys annual Christmas gathering

Alpena Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #1241 met Dec. 12 for its annual Christmas party. There were 19 members in attendance. A delicious dinner was prepared by Dennis Oldaugh, Mike VanWagner, Dennis Dorr and Nellie. President Diane Struzik led the ladies in prayer. Serving as mistress of ...

VFW Auxiliary makes holiday donations

The December regular meeting of VFW Auxiliary 2496 was called to order by President Gloria Plater with 10 members in attendance. All reports were given and approved pending audit. There were five new applications for membership. The purchase of winter coats, boots, snow pants and shoes ...

Alpena Garden Club brings cheer to safehouse residents

Members of Alpena Garden Club gathered donations of essential supplies including hygiene and paper products, diapers, clothing, canned food items, and linens for residents of the Hope Shores Alliance safehouse this holiday. They even thought of Christmas greeting cards and stamps, as well as ...

Youth Advisory Council awards $30,000 in grants

Arts, education, human services and literacy programs are just some of the areas touched by the most recent round of grants from the Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Board of Trustees recently approved $30,182 in a new round of ...

The Language Society of ACC raising funds for 2019 cultural trip

Students in The Language Society of Alpena Community College recently began the first of many fundraising events. Several members of the group coordinated a bottle drive and raised $300 for the society. The students gratefully accepted donations from ACC faculty and staff as well as ...