Lifelong Learners sets programs for the week


We are continuing our online programming plus we have started some in-person programs at the Briggs Center and elsewhere. Due to very limited seating capacity, you must call the ALL Office at 989-358-7207 to get a confirmed reservation for in-person Programs.

Most in-person Programs will also be livestreamed.

These programs are open to the public. Just send an email to ALL@Alpenacc.edu to receive connection information, if not listed below. Feel free to share this list with your friends, relatives and other organizations.

Tuesday, 1:30 pm: Generations-First-Time Author Chronicles Family Saga from the 1880’s

Generations: A Saga of a Small Town Family relays the story of an immigrant family from 1880s through 2020. The lecture will discuss the process of preparing a first book from concept to completion from a newbie author who learned it all by trial and error. It will also share some of the highlights of the struggles and triumphs of raising a large family on a subsistence farm through the Great Depression. From an Indian raid in 1882, memories and stories are shared in the 535-page volume.

Carol Shafto wrote for a living her entire career as planning and evaluation director for the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, writing grants and planning documents for her work and the community (including Northern Lights, Plaza Pool, Alpena Community College’s Workplace Literacy, etc). She is a nationally certified planner (AICP). She served on the Alpena Municipal Council for 16 years including the last four as mayor. She received many accolades including Alpena Citizen of the Year, the Athena Award, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Environmental Hero and Michigan Municipal League’s Honorary Lifetime Achievement recognition. She was president of this association of all 550 Michigan cities and sits on the Board of Directors for life as a non-voting advisor.

Thursday, 11 a.m.: “Ships of the Great Lakes”

Join Pat Labadie in the Briggs Center, reserved in-person attendance welcome, plus the program is available on Zoom livestream.

Ships have plied the Great Lakes for several centuries. Your family members may have immigrated on one of these vessels. Warships, transport vessels and passenger ships have significantly evolved over that period of time. Ships that were 100 feet long are now 100 feet wide and 1000 feet long. Passenger ships are starting to reappear after a long absence on the Lakes. So are we going to see more?

C. Patrick Labadie is a locally famous name in Great Lakes ship lore. He has presented and coordinated ALL Programs in the past. He has previously worked at the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary. Much of his past work has been donated to the George N. Fletcher Public Library and is available in the Special Collections Area. Pat now serves on the Sanctuary Advisory Committee.

Other in-person programs

ALL Pickleball is playing at the APlex from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Call our Office, 989-358-7207 for details.


Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.:

Generations-First-Time Author Chronicles Family Saga from the 1880s


Meeting ID: 863 5077 5947

Passcode: 874416

Tuesday, 6 p.m.: Building Assessment 101-Alpena County Public Library


Wednesday, 11 a.m. “ALL Program Development”


Meeting ID: 820 4075 3158

Passcode: 593545

Thursday, at 11 a.m.: “Ships of the Great Lakes”


Meeting ID: 853 6459 6931

Passcode: 633568

Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m.: What’s Your Philosophy of Life?


Meeting ID: 839 3726 2675

Passcode: 653844

Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m.: All About Medicare


Meeting ID: 879 9211 0338

Passcode: 255829

Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m.: Senior Safety Tips for the Winter


Meeting ID: 897 7713 1324

Passcode: 138642


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