Lifestyles

Girl Scouts plan many activities for the year

Area Girl Scout leaders met with the Girl Scout Service Unit recently to plan for a number of events in the upcoming months. Activities include information on this year’s 100th anniversary of the sale of the first G.S. cookies. In honor of the event girls will be offering a new ...

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Winter weekend with Moxie Strings

Alpena County Library welcomes the talented Moxie Strings back for an all-ages musical performance on Sunday at 2 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Following their first tour of Ireland and the release of their new album, “Outlet,” the Moxie Strings are back on tour in ...

Zonta Club of Alpena offers scholarships

Diane O’Connor, chair of the Zonta Club of Alpena Scholarship Committee, announced that the club will be awarding six scholarships totaling $3,100.00 for the 2017-18 academic year to deserving area women. The following are available: ∫ Young Women in Public Affairs Award offers a $550 ...

Dinner and Dancing for the Arts

Let the celebrating begin. During 2017, Thunder Bay Arts Council celebrates not just one but three different anniversaries. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of the organization. It also marks the 40th anniversary of TBAC’s premier summer arts and crafts show, Art on the ...

Miss Sunrise Side competition coming up

The Miss Sunrise Side and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen program takes place Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Alcona High School. A total of 18 contestants are competing for the two titles. Officials of this year’s program are impressed with the caliber of the contestants. “We are ...

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Returning to manage at TBT

Thunder Bay Theatre took a step in a new direction with the recent hiring of a managing director who will handle the business end of operations. Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock announced Mollie Stricker will come on board full-time in May once she graduates from Sarah Lawrence College in New ...

Thunder Bay Theatre gears up for spring season

Even through Thunder Bay Theatre’s first show of 2017 doesn’t open until early March, that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening. “Jungle Book,” this spring’s children’s production, has been cast and a core company retained. Work is under way on the second show of the season, ...

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Music For You, comprised of Diane Madsen, Dick Reed, Greg Altman, Beth Strong and Donny Grabiel, will perform Jan. 17 at ACC’s Granum Theatre.

Fundraiser offers pie and music

Homemade pie, hot coffee and toe-tapping music by premiere Michigan band, “Music For You” is offered at an Association of Lifelong Learners Fundraiser. The festive annual event, which is open to the public, will be held Jan. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Granum Theatre at Alpena Community College. ...

Brother and sister Janet and Bob Young look through one of the local Grand Lake history books she has written. Bob, owner of Young’s Appliance and Young’s ArtVan in Alpena, did many of the illustrations for her books.

Museum exhibit features work by siblings

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan announces an artist reception Saturday in honor of the opening of Grand Lake Vintage Resorts, a new exhibit by Bob Young and Janet Young. The free public event will be held from 3-5 p.m. Decades ago, Janet promised her grandmother that one day she would ...

Communities First Fund awards $7,500 in grants

Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the Communities First Fund provide funds for grants and scholarships in their local ...

Alpena Lions Club hears program on film festival

Stephanie Gandulla, NOAA’s maritime archeologist and media coordinator, reviewed the upcoming Thunder Bay International Film Festival for the Alpena Lions Club at last week’s meeting. The festival showcases both ocean and Great Lakes films and is produced in association with the San ...

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Among those appearing in Alpena Civic Theatre’s first show of 2017 are, from left, Andrew MacNeill, Bob Stelik, Joe Rybarczyk, Nick Stone, Jacob Duggar, Curt Hampton, James Shultz and Eugene Bacon. “Mister Roberts” opens next week.

ACT set to do World War II era classic

Having always been a fan of the 1955 film, “Mister Roberts,” Pat Jacques wanted to do the stage version at Alpena Civic Theatre for a number of years. The challenge of filling 15 male roles, however, held him back until just recently. Jacques, as director, was able to pull a cast together ...

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Book lovers flocked to last year’s Alpena News Newspapers in Education Book Sale. This year’s sale is slated for Feb. 4.

Seeking donations of used books for NIE Book Sale

It’s that time of year again – the time when books start coming into The Alpena News office. We’re gearing up for our annual Newspapers in Education Book Sale, and while the event doesn’t take place until Feb. 4, we are now accepting donations of used books from the public. We ...

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TBAC to recognize Artist-in-Residence

Thunder Bay Arts Council and the TBAC Gallery present Chad Szatkowski as Artist-in-Residence for the months of January and February. A collection of Szatkowski’s work will be on display at the TBAC Gallery during both months. An open house is planned in his honor this Friday from 5:30-7 ...

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Deck the Halls

Christmas may be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean Kathy Burton of Alpena automatically will take down her tree and decorations. Because many of her ornaments are snow-themed, she plans to leave select decorations up well into January. It’s not just that the subject matter ...

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Deck the Halls

Paige Trisko of Alpena shares today her treasured Menorah, both a symbol and proud tradition of her Jewish faith. “Growing up in Northeast Michigan as one of only a few Jewish families has always made celebrating Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) extra special even though it was often ...

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Optimist members Bud Pfeifer, left, and Pastor Rich George, right, thank Star Connor, left center, and Teresa Lipowski, right center, for presenting to the Optimist Club.

Optimists hear from WBKB news anchor

Star Connor, news reporter and anchor for WBKB TV in Alpena, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their recent morning breakfast meeting at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House. Connor, who hails from Gastonia, N.C., told the Optimists of her journey in journalism. She graduated from North ...

Improvisational: Living jazz

Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist. Dave Brubeck Letting go of what’s expected. Taking an unusual path to the destination. Streaming consciousness. Formulating new ...

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Family gives to scholarship honoring loved one

For the second year in a row, in lieu of spending money on each other for Christmas gifts, the family of the late Trooper Larry Forreider contributed $500 for the upcoming academic school year to the scholarship fund that was established in 1975 in Trooper Forreider’s name with the Alpena ...

Day One program receives significant grant

The Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors has awarded a direct service grant to Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan to fund the Day One program. The $175,000 grant will be a 3 1/2-year grant for the 2017-2020 fiscal years. “CTF is excited about sponsoring your program and ...