Lifestyles

LWV of Alpena County conducts planning workshop

The League of Women Voters of Alpena County met for a recent workshop to make plans for the coming year, including candidates forums and election information for the coming elections. A report on voter registration of high school students in Alcona County, Alpena and Rogers City was given. ...

Three published authors to visit Olivet Book & Gift

Three published authors will do book signings Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Olivet Book & Gift in Alpena. The trio includes Pegg Thomas, who lives on a local hobby farm with her husband, Michael. They raise sheep and chickens, keep a few barns cats and their dog Murphy, who Thomas calls ...

Lumberjacks: beyond ordinary

‘No school without spectacular eccentrics and crazy hearts is worth attending.’ Saul Bellow, writer Among the towering pines of the great lakes, the legend of the lumberjack was born – hardworking, bearded and clad in flannel, ready to get things done. A dreamologist will tell you ...

ALL celebrates 20th anniversary

More than 60 members of the Association of Lifelong Learners attended the annual membership meeting and 20th anniversary celebration on June 28 in ACC’s Besser Technical Center commons area. ACC President Dr. Don MacMaster started the event by congratulating the ALL organization on its ...

Habitat ReStore dedicates new mural

If one picture could sum up what Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan is all about, it’s a new mural installed on an exterior wall of the non-profit agency’s ReStore. That visual summation was exactly what Executive Director Ted Fines was looking for when in March he announced a ...

Six churches combine for VBS program

Six area churches believe in strength in numbers and together are hosting a free Alpena Community Ecumenical Vacation Bible School (ACE-VBS) program. Planned for ages 5 to 12, the program will be held July 9-13 at First United Methodist Church, located at 167 S. Ripley. Participating along ...

Piano-organ duo to perform at   First United Methodist Church

Tyler Kivel and Nicholas Schmelter will visit Alpena on Friday as part of a Midwest tour of piano-organ duos. They will perform a concert at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Among this duo’s goals are to bring music to diverse demographics and rural communities, and to offer ...

Exchange Club installs officers

Tony Suszek was installed as president of the Exchange Club of Alpena by Tom Karnes, past president National Exchange Club and past Michigan District president, at an event held at Anschuetz Whitetail Way. As president, Suszek will preside over the Exchange Club of Alpena Board of ...

Art in the Loft to hold summer camps for kids

Art in the Loft has planned a series of summer culinary and art camps for kids, beginning in July. The offerings include: ∫ An All American Cuisine Series, July 17, 18 and 19 from noon-2 p.m. for children ages 5 and up. Students will explore American cuisines in this three-day culinary ...

Eldon Grabow sings 60 years with Besser Male Chorus

Eldon Grabow is celebrating 60 years singing with the Besser Male Chorus. Jessica and Kathryn Pearson, his granddaughters, surprised him at the chorus concert held earlier this month by singing “For Good” to honor him. Over the years other members of Eldon’s family have sung with the ...

Thunder Bay Art Gallery going strong at seven years

Thunder Bay Art Gallery opened its doors on July 1, 2011 as a gallery hosted by the Thunder Bay Arts Council and operated by the artists. “We have had so many wonderfully creative artists and so much support from the community and the Arts Council,” said Midge Connon, who has been with ...

‘Libraries Rock’ encourages kids to keep reading

Alpena County Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program on Tuesday with a special program by magician Gordon Russ as well as plenty of kid-friendly activity stations and snacks. Children had an opportunity to join the program and commit to reading books from now through Aug. 1. ...

3 solutions to avoid ‘summer slide’

According to Presque Isle District Library, research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. These are their suggestions for doing that: 1. When choosing the six books, be sure that they are just right – not too hard and not too ...

Art in the Loft to present photography workshop

Art in the Loft presents A New View, a photography workshop with Kathy Bower on July 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. and July 21 from noon-2:30 p.m. Participants are invited to see the world in a new view with this interactive beginner’s photography class. Both class sessions will start with a short ...

Things are ‘All Shook Up’ at TBT

Thunder Bay Theatre’s hyper-talented cast for “All Shook Up” drew a standing ovation on opening night this week and deservedly so. The show and its performers fit the bill as the perfect way to open up TBT’s summer season. Look for packed houses during the three-week run as word ...

Association of Lifelong Learners celebrates 20th anniversary

The Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College is celebrating it 20th anniversary by hosting a luncheon event on June 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the ACC Besser Technical Center Commons area. Members, guests and friends of ALL are invited to attend. The organization also ...

MOC Auxiliary to attend State Lottery training

The regular meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent 96, was called to order by President Roxann Buchler with six members in attendance. Fines were declared, minutes of last month’s meeting read and the treasurer’s report read and filed subject to ...

Alpena Lions hear about city planning and development

Speaking to the Alpena Lions Club at one of their weekly noon meetings was Adam Poll, Alpena’s planning and development director. Much of the work that he is doing among other things, involves managing the long term plan which is a 20-year comprehensive plan; overseeing the recreation plan, ...

Library bringing in documentary producer

Alpena County Library continues a fall tradition of bringing notable authors to Northeast Michigan, although this year’s first selection comes with a twist: she’s a producer of documentaries as opposed to a traditional writer. “We are delighted to announce Lynn Novick as our sort of ...

Let friends in

I absolutely believe God puts people in our lives when we need them. It is completely up to us, however, to cultivate those relationships. This way of thinking came to me several decades into life. As with most ah-ha moments in life, this one came after an emotionally tough period. One day ...