Lifestyles

Museum announces The Winter Blues

With several more long months of cold and snow yet to go, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan invites area artists to turn what otherwise might be a blue time of year into a source of inspiration. Fresh on the heels of its successful Best Foot Forward non-juried exhibit initiated earlier ...

Scholarship tradition continues for family of slain MSP trooper

The tradition continues. The family of late Michigan State Police Trooper Larry Forreider has forgone purchasing Christmas gifts for one another for the past three years. Betty Thom, former wife of Forreider and their children, Mark (Judy) Forreider of Denver, Colo., and Lisa Shanley (Greg ...

Besser Museum digital planetarium offerings expanded

‘Tis the season to catch a planetarium show at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan. Since installing a new state of the art digital system and hiring a new digital dome program coordinator, the museum has significantly expanded its planetarium offerings, both in terms of content and ...

Besser Male Chorus to perform matinee Christmas concert

The Besser Male Chorus will perform its final concert of the Christmas season as a matinee show at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alpena. “We decided to offer an alternative to our evening performances at this new location. We hope everyone enjoys the concerts as much as ...

Forever Home

We’ve only been in our house—a big, old Victorian—a couple years. I like it, but recently I was getting the itch to move. A bigger yard, more distance from neighbors, less maintenance, and lake front property. These are the desires that ran round in my head, as I scoured the Internet for ...

Tradition of ‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the stage

When it comes to “The Nutcracker,” long-time dance instructor Christine Giordano has learned never to say never. After staging a production of the famous ballet four years ago, she said it was her final go round. That resolve lasted only until she realized 2017 marks the 20th anniversary ...

Six flutists to perform at Lost Lake Woods Club

The clubhouse at Lost Lake Woods in Lincoln will host “Highfalutin’ Christmas,” a performance Saturday by an adult flute ensemble consisting of flutists from Alcona and Alpena counties. The six members will perform new and unique arrangements of familiar Christmas music for the public, ...

Orphan choir to perform in Alpena

A ministry that tries to provide hope to children of Durban, South Africa who were orphaned by the AIDS epidemic is bringing a youth choir to Alpena this week. The Key of Hope African Children’s Choir, made up of 25 youngsters, will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at Word of Life Baptist Church. ...

All Saints students raise funds to construct wells in Nigeria

All Saints Catholic School raised $5,500 for the Samuel Omogo Foundation, which builds wells in villages in southeastern Nigeria where there is no access to clean drinking water. The check was delivered recently to Marge Wilson, one of the co-founders of this foundation in Grand Rapids. ...

Audubon Society to participate in annual Christmas Bird Count

Officers elected for 2018 New officers were recently elected to Thunder Bay Audubon Society. Officers include Karen Tetzlaff, president; Lynn Field, vice-president; Marilyn Ross, secretary; and Steve Wagner, treasurer. Their first project will be to take part in the 118th annual ...

Eagles Auxiliary celebrates holiday

Alpena Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #1241 gathered Nov. 28 for a Thanksgiving potluck and to celebrate President Diane Struzik’s birthday, which was on Thanksgiving day. She thanked all the ladies and wished them a belated Thanksgiving blessing. The regular meeting followed. The guest speaker at ...

WinterView shines at Art in the Loft

A total of 35 artists, including six new to Art in the Loft, are participating in this season’s WinterView Exhibit. The public is invited to stop in between now and Christmas not only to see this beautiful creative space, but also for some holiday gift purchases. “The WinterView artists ...

Paintings of St. Bernard Catholic Church made available to public

Gerri LeFave remembers always liking to dabble in art, but as co-owner for many years of LeFave Pharmacy in Alpena, along with her husband, Jim, she never had much time to devote to a hobby. After retiring from the business and moving to Marana, Ariz., for part of the year, she finally found ...

Update given on fundraising efforts for Canp Woodlands

Girl Scout adults in Northeast Michigan continue to raise funds for the renovation of Camp Woodlands. The total funds necessary to complete all projects comes to approximately $205,000. Seed money for the projects came with a large donation of $25,000 from the Besser Foundation and $26,000 ...

Museum official addresses Lions

Christine Witulski, executive director of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, updated the Alpena Lions Club on museum programming at their recent meeting. Program chair for the meeting was Bernie Lamp, Jr. Witulski first explained how the museum is networking with the campaign to raise ...

Alpena Symphony Orchestra, AHS Concert Choir offer traditional holiday treat

A highlight of the Christmas holiday season takes place Friday in the Alpena High School Auditorium with a 7:30 p.m. concert featuring favorite seasonal music performed by the Alpena Symphony Orchestra and the Alpena High School Concert Choir. Taking the baton in hand to direct the ...

Book signing planned at Olivet Book & Gift

Local author Christine Johnson will do a reading and book signing of her latest published work, “Would-Be Mistletoe Wife.” The event is set for Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Olivet Book and Gift in downtown Alpena. This is Johnson’s last book with Love Inspired Historical as the ...

In the community – making a difference

“Rats. Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there wasn’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it.” Charlie Brown, comic strip Throughout the holidays, beginning with Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, ...

Community Blue Christmas Service planned this Sunday

A Blue Christmas Service for the community will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 727 S. Second. The service acknowledges the reality that the Christmas season can be a very difficult time for people due to the burdens that they carry. Many struggle with feelings of ...

Besser Male Chorus to give four holiday concerts

Besser Male Chorus is set to perform its traditional Christmas Concert schedule with a variety of music both old and new. In an attempt to make a concert available to everyone, the chorus will perform four concerts this season. The first event will be held Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at New ...