Lifestyles

Caesar Salad

“Give people a show and won’t even realize it’s just a salad!” – Caesar Cardini, Restaurateur, “Caesar’s Place,” Tijuana, Mexico. On July 4, 1924, at the time of prohibition, the rich and famous of Southern California came to Tijuana, Mexico, for the alcohol but left with ...

Scholarship fund honors Ryan Manning

After the tragic death of 24-year-old Ryan Manning last December, his wife Alicia is keeping his memory alive by helping students at Alpena Community College. Ryan graduated from Hillman High School in 2010 and earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Concrete Technology from ACC in ...

Dinner supports museum’s Fisheries Heritage Exhibit

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is hosting its fourth annual Fisheries Heritage Fundraiser Whitefish Dinner. The event will take place Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the museum. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the museum, or by calling 356-2202. This year’s festivities will include ...

Besser Museum invites public to put their ‘Best Foot’ forward

The Besser Museum is putting a new twist on the annual juried art exhibit. For the past 40 years, artists from around Michigan have been entering their artwork into the museum’s Juried Art Exhibit with hopes their art will be accepted by the juror for exhibition and possibly even take best of ...

TBT stays true to original ‘Oklahoma’

Once again, Thunder Bay Theatre has turned out another sensational winner with this week’s opening of “Oklahoma.” The show has all the right ingredients: strong vocal talent, impressive choreography, likable performances by a well cast company, solid direction and attention paid to the ...

College student releases new science fiction book

Pat Kelley has recently released his second novel, “Exoworlds Apart.” On a quest to discover the whereabouts of the Rebel home world, pragmatic Earth Government Admiral Alioth attempts to set a trap. Meanwhile, Rebel forces kidnap a well-known scientist, hoping he will tip the balance in ...

Alpena Symphony Orchestra to perform at Lost Lake Woods Club

Summertime lends itself to experiences difficult to duplicate at other seasons of the year. Music played by a symphony orchestra in an outdoor setting provides one of those experiences while also enlivening the senses and creating unforgettable memories. The Alpena Symphony Orchestra will ...

Lost & found

I never said I wanted a ‘happy’ life but an interesting one. From separation and loss, I have learned a lot. Isabel Allende We’ve all been there. The moment where we scratch our heads and wonder: how can I be so ridiculous? So absent minded? Where’d I put it? We’ve all lost ...

Local FOP announces annual Police Show

This year’s Fraternal Order of Police Show will feature Joel Tacey, a magician and comedian who will perform Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. His show will be approximately 45 minutes to one hour in length, with audience participation. As always, the proceeds from ...

TBT concludes 50th anniversary summer season with ‘Oklahoma!’

It’s no coincidence that Thunder Bay Theatre ends its 50th anniversary summer season with a familiar throw-back blockbuster, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “Oklahoma!” The show opens today for a three-week run. “We really tried this summer to select shows befitting a 50th ...

Gospel/contemporary sing Sunday at Alpena County Fairgrounds

The Alpena Area Ministerial Association warmly invites the community to a free Gospel and Contemporary Sing on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Alpena County Fair Grandstand. This event is sponsored by the AAMA as part of “Finding Hope Northeast Michigan,” an ongoing series of events to ...

Club seeks new You’ve Been Bloomed nominees

Alpena Garden Club’s new You’ve Been Bloomed program is continuing to recognize people who are beautifying Alpena with their gardens. So far, the club has recognized two gardens in June (331 S. Second and 115 W. Lewis) and two in July (102 Hitchcock and 215 N. 12 Street). The club has ...

Call goes out for submissions of art

Art in the Loft is putting out a call for artist submissions in its second annual juried art competition. The submissions are being accepted now through Sept. 3 and should reflect the chosen theme, Forgotten Spaces. “Last year’s theme was Black and White – pretty straight forward,” ...

AHS Class of 1972 holds 45th reunion

Alpena High School Class of 1972 held a 45-year reunion over the July 1 weekend. The celebration included several activities throughout the weekend starting with an evening bonfire at the home of class members Darryl and Mary (Schultz) McQuarrie on June 30. About 35 class members attended the ...

‘West Side Story’ this weekend only at TBT

Thunder Bay Theatre hopes to build on the success of its first show of the summer season with its next offering, “West Side Story in Concert.” This one weekend only production opens Friday and closes Sunday. “The Addams Family” kicked off the summer, and even though TBT condensed that ...

The life of a Peace Corps volunteer

Katherine “Kat” Schultz of Alpena remembers as early as age 10 wanting to become a Peace Corps volunteer. “I heard about it and thought it sounded like something fun, like a way to give back to the global community,” said this 2013 graduate of Central Michigan University. Since ...

Farmers Market offers Double Up Food Bucks

It’s the proverbial win-win. A new program at the Alpena Farmers Market allows Bridge Card holders to buy twice the amount of fresh produce, while at the same time local farmers gain new customers and sell more produce. Called Double Up Food Bucks, the program matches dollar for dollar ...

Optimists hear from Habitat for Humanity staff member

Colin Bruning, volunteer coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan, spoke to the Optimist Club of Alpena at their recent morning breakfast meeting held at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House. Bruning graduated from Alpena High School. He then attended Grand Rapids Community College and ...

Alpena, Huron Humane Society honored with national tour stop

Alpena has been chosen as one of just two Michigan tour stops of BarkAID, a 50-state tour by renowned hairstylist Patrick Lomantini, who raises money for local animal shelters. Detroit is the only other location in Michigan Lomantini and crew will visit in their quest to raise money and ...

Rivers Rats program for kids starts up today

Elementary school age kids get a chance to learn and have fun this summer with a five-part River Rats program that kicks off today. This free hands-on initiative takes a STEAM approach by focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math to teach kids in an engaging way about all the ...