TBAC rehearsals start Sept. 23

The Thunder Bay Arts Chorus, founded in 1987, will begin weekly fall rehearsals at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 201 S. 2nd Ave. in Alpena.

The annual fall workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, also at First Congregational UCC.

All adult, high school and college-aged student singers are invited and may obtain music at the first three fall rehearsals.

Under the direction of Pam Barkel of Presque Isle, the chorus will present a festive holiday concert with soloists, small ensembles, and a community sing-along at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 E. Washington Ave. in Alpena. Interested soloists and ensembles may audition during October.

The public is invited to join the Thunder Bay Arts Chorus to start the holiday season with joy. For more details, visit www.thunderbayarts.org or call 989-356-6678.

FOL used book sale Aug. 14-17

The Friends of the Alpena Public Library Annual Used Book Sale begins Wednesday with a members-only sale from 6 to 8 p.m.

The sale opens to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and $5 bag day from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Donations are still being accepted of gently used books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, board games, and vinyl records. No encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines or dictionaries are being accepted. For large donations, contact the circulation desk to schedule a time to drop them off.

For VIP access, join the Friends of the Library. For more information, call the library at 989-356-6188, or visit www.alpenalibrary.org.

Hospital linen sale Wed., Thurs.

MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena Volunteers will hold their annual two-day linen sale fundraiser in the main lobby of the hospital from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Quality sheets sets, pillows and throws will be available for purchase. All funds raised will support facility upgrades, advanced technology and patient care.

The Longest Table Aug. 25

The Longest Table is a free dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, with a continuous dinner table spanning the length of the NOAA Pedestrian Bridge to Rotary Island.

At least 100 citizens are expected to eat, greet and meet community leaders and other people they do not know to share a meal together. The mission is to engage the community in conversations about things that are important to them, to strengthen and build connections, and to share ideas about the city.

The Longest Table is sponsored by The United Way of Northeast Michigan in partnership with Alpena Downtown Development Authority and Who Is My Neighbor?

Youth 4-H quilting club to meet

A 4-H quilting club for students ages 8 to 14 starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, in Ossineke.

Learn a fun and creative hobby using hand and machine sewing. Loaner machines are available.

You must become a 4-H member to sign up for this club. For more information, call or text 989-884-1625.

CCHS Class of ’58 reunion

Catholic Central High School Class of 1958 will hold its 61st class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the 19th Hole.

Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. If you plan to attend, call one of the following committee members: Edna at 989-595-0087, or Judy at 989-358-0399 or jmquast126@charter.net.

FOE Auxiliary to meet Tuesday

The Alpena Ladies FOE Auxiliary 1241 met on July 23 with President Barb Newhouse presiding.

Secretary Diane Struzik presented Cathy Knechtel her FOE Auxiliary Past President certificate and gold plaque from the Grand Aerie for her term in office as president. She was also welcomed into the past president club and was given a cake to share with the Auxiliary ladies.

The first reading of bylaw changes was on June 25, second reading on July 9, and third reading on July 23.

President Newhouse reported on the family picnic that was held recently at the Aerie.

The next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Hillman VFW held Aug. meeting

Hillman VFW Post 2356 held its regular meeting Aug. 1, with 14 members in attendance, including a new member, Justin McCarthy.

Today is VJ Day, with a parade at noon and fireworks at dusk, and a variety of activities throughout the day.

The group sells polyester 3’x5′ American flags for $25.

Any qualified veterans looking for a home are welcome to joing the VFW.

Volunteers who can stand on their feet for three hours are needed for the group’s Friday night fish fry, held from 4 to 7 p.m. You do not need to be a member to help with the fish fry.

Medical supplies are available for loan. Call Marv at 989-733-0838 or Wayne at 989-255-4412. Donations of medical items no longer needed are encouraged. For post hall rentals, call Bob Hunt at 989-657-1162.

The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

Bridge winners announced

Alpena Duplicate Bridge Club winners this week were Marcy Sherman and Beverley Rousseau in first, Gayle Nowak and Deanna Brege in second, and Loretta Reynolds and Jackie Kennedy in third.

The group meets at 12:45 p.m. on Mondays at the First United Methodist Church, on First Ave. and Ripley Blvd.

For more information, call 989-595-5119.