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Take advantage of good opportunities

September 20, 2010 - Diane Speer

With Alpena situated a little off the beaten path (i.e. not along an interstate highway) high caliber speakers and performers don't make it to our city all that frequently. So when they do, I think it makes perfect sense to take advantage of the opportunities afforded. Luckily for local residents, within the next week two such outstanding opportunities are presenting themselves.

The first takes place this Saturday, Sept. 25 when actor, director, playwright and performer Jeff Daniels will be in town as a benefit for Thunder Bay Theatre. Most people know Daniels primarily as a big screen actor (think "Dumb and Dumber" and "Gettsyburg"), but he also has a huge love for music. He's bringing his one-person show to the Alpena High School for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Ticket sales have been brisk to date, with the lower level of the AHS Auditorium already sold out and tickets now available only for the balcony. Anyone interested in picking up tickets should call the TBT box office at 354-2267. Cost per person is $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

The next noteworthy event is humanitarian and author Greg Mortenson's visit to the area on Tuesday, Sept. 28. He too will be appearing at the high school at 7 p.m. as part of the Alpena County Library's annual Authors in the Fall series. Mortenson is the author of "Three Cups of Tea," which chronicles his efforts to build schools in Pakistan. Library folks have done a great job getting the word out about his visit to Alpena because in what has to be a first - at least in my memory - the program is sold-out. There's still a chance to see this Nobel Peace Prize nominee though. The library has come up with a second venue by telecasting it at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Anyone interested in seeing Mortenson via the live broadcast on the Heritage Center's big screen should contact the library at 356-6188.

I applaud Alpena County Library and Thunder Bay Theatre for arranging both of these programs, and I look forward to attending both. Hope to see you there!



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