Lifestyles

Church to celebrate Kirkin’ of the Tartan

A kilt isn’t a standard wardrobe piece for most ministers, but in Rev. William Rayment’s case, it’s helpful to have one. Come Sunday, the First Presbyterian Church in Alpena where he serves will pay homage to its Scottish roots with a Kirkin’ of the Tartan service. Afterwards, ...

Seeds of peace found in music, poetry event

Ginny Titus believes poetry, music and the written word possess the power to point listeners toward a better path. “We often talk about war. For 30 days we talk about peace,” said Titus, referring to the 12th annual 30 Days of Peace observance currently under way in Alpena. “I wanted to ...

Thunder Bay Folk Fest this weekend

It’s time for a toe-tapping, guitar-strumming, foot-stomping weekend. The fifth annual Thunder Bay Folk Festival will provide just that both Friday and Saturday at the Alpena Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Club Showgrounds. The event will feature nearly 35 different acts playing a wide ...

Hoping for time to stand still

Kids are back in school. For some, this is a great relief. Easing back into a routine after a fun but hectic summer can be very soothing. A morning rhythm is re-established and evening activities are scheduled far in advance. There is a calendar, a plan. It is known what’s coming and what is ...

CFS official addresses Lions Club members

Stephanie Dettloff, executive director of Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan, was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Alpena Lions Club. She has served that organization for more than 12 years. Program chair for the meeting was Randy Boboltz. Dettloff explained that Child and ...

Alpena County pulls in $142,170 in arts funding

Alpena County appears to have fared well with state funding for the arts in the year ahead. The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs recently announced its 2019 grant awards, with arts programs in Alpena County pulling in a total of $142,170. Among the recipients are Thunder Bay ...

Mitch Albom coming to Northeast Michigan

Internationally renowned author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and philanthropist Mitch Albom will be making an afternoon appearance in Alpena on Nov. 3. Sponsored by Alpena County Library, Albom will speak about his newest publication, “The Next ...

ALL to kick off fall season with ‘Happening’ event

Association of Lifelong Learners invites members, guests and the public to kick off its fall schedule of programs at a quarterly “Happening” on Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alpena County Library. Those interested should stop by and hear what programs and activities are scheduled ...

TBT fall season opens with ‘I Love a Piano’

Thunder Bay Theatre begins its 2018 fall season paying homage to the massive songbook of American music stalwart Irving Berlin. “I Love a Piano,” done in musical revue style, follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of distinct periods in the country’s past, including the ...

Gospel Choir coming Friday to Trinity Episcopal Church

The St. Paul Episcopal Church Gospel Choir of Flint will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church. The choir has been under the direction of Rafeal D. McDaniel for the last seven years, although it has been singing for over 30 years in Flint and throughout the country. Made up ...

Program to highlight maritime research collection

Alpena County Library is the go-to place for researching 19th century ships that once sailed the Great Lakes. The public can learn more about the extensive maritime information and artifacts available at the library during a special program Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Maritime ...

Plenty of new programming on tap at Thunder Bay Theatre

As Thunder Bay Theatre heads into fall, plenty of theater opportunities abound, particularly for young people. From fall drama classes at All Saints School to a weekly theater program at the Boys & Girls Club to a theater collaboration between theater students at Central Michigan ...

‘Helping hands’ sculpture reflects healthcare, education

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth installment of a six-part series on Alpena’s History of Industry Sculptures being created by a mix of local and regional artists. Today’s feature focuses on Scott Stevens of Alpena and his metalwork sculpture representing healthcare and education. ...

Youth concert part of upcoming 30 Days of Peace activities

The musical talents of a number of local students will be showcased in an upcoming Youth Celebrate Life Concert. The event, set for Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, is part of the month-long 30 Days of Peace initiative. Several students of piano/vocal instructors Jean ...

Stand up and be there for you

When something traumatic happened to me, I ignored the paralyzing gravity of the immediate situation and move rapidly along – almost like it didn’t occur. My method of dealing with the undesirable event was often viewed as flippant, a “whatever” type of attitude that loved ones have ...

Great Start Collaborative program receives donation

For the fourth consecutive year, Hunters Harvest for Charity has generously donated funds to support the Great Start Collaborative “Shoe Palooza” back-to-school shoe program. “Shoe Palooza” serves children in the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District by ...

JoAnn Kamyszek named honorary chair of Zonta Walks for Women event

Like so many other women, JoAnn Kamyszek’s breast cancer diagnosis last year hit her like a lightning bolt. After receiving the dreaded news, she and her family wondered, how could she be fine one day and sick the next. “My journey started in July 2017 with my annual physical which ...

League of Women Voters candidate forum announced

A forum for candidates running in the Nov. 6 election for state and local offices will be held Sept. 24 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Alpena County Library. The public is encouraged to attend the candidate forum, which is organized by the League of Women Voters of Alpena County to inform ...

OPC to host major fundraiser, Night of Light Celebration

Options Pregnancy Center is hosting its third annual Night of Light Celebration Banquet and Silent Auction on Sept. 27 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Fletcher Street Depot in Alpena. Guest speaker is Amy Ford, president and co-founder of Embrace Grace Ministries in Texas. Her organization helps to ...