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Plenty of events to keep everyone busy

May 21, 2010
Erika Fifelski

The warm weather is here to stay and this weekend's events around Northeast Michigan provide activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

Saturday morning, golf fans tee off at the 12th annual Scramble for Friends tournament. The event, hosted by the Rivers Edge Golf Club at 9 a.m.-3 p.m., is sponsored by Friends Together.

"It's very successful every year. It's going to be awesome," said Melissa Burns of Rivers Edge.

Hillman plays host to the 16th annual Blessing of the Bikes, which is sponsored by the Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the village and Wayne Wire parking lots behind the Hi-Way Inn.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and there is no charge. There also will be plenty of events, including a poker run, a bake sale, prize drawings and a 50/50 drawing.

The spring plant sale is hosted by the Alpena Garden Club, which will be selling plants in the First Baptist Church parking lot from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Plants start at $1.

Across town, the Alpena County Library will host a Very Hungry Caterpillar Day at 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Children in preschool to sixth grade are welcome to attend and meet the caterpillar himself and try the foods featured in the book. Children also will enjoy crafts, games and prizes, Linda LaCross said.

The second annual Thunder Bay Theatre bowl-a-rama will raise funds for the theatre's summer gereral operating funds. Lanes at Thunder Bowl Lanes will be reserved for the event from 1-3 p.m., and the cost per person is $15.

Saturday evening marks the Venturing Crew's Miss Northern Star Pageant at the First Congregational Church. Two pageants will be held for girls ages 10-19. The first will begin for younger girls at 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and the second for older girls beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help fund summer equestrian camp for the girls.

"We're trying to promote scouting in the area," Debbie Scherf, crew advisor, said. "We'd like them to use their titles to promote their community," she said.

Sunday mornng, the Knights of Columbus will hold its pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the K of C Hall. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit K of C events and donations made to the community.

Students from All Saints School will be at KFC helping in the kitchen and the dining area from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. A percent of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the school.

The Thunder Bay Arts Council's Community Chorus will have its spring concert called "Melodies for May" at 7:30 p.m. in the AHS Auditorium. The concert is free to the public but donations will be accepted.

Erika Fifelski can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5688.



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