Association of Lifelong Learner programs set

Upcoming programs from the Association of Lifelong Learners are planned, with some online and some in-person, and some offered in both formats. For connection information to the Zoom programs, email ALL@Alpenacc.edu.

Tuesdays in May

Mexican Train Express is held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Alpena Community College M. Briggs Center.

Ready for a fun, addictive and fast-moving game that has lots of surprising twists and turns? Join ALL for Mexican Train Express. This dominoes game does not have partners and can be played with two, three, four, five or more players. You will learn some tricks and techniques. You may join this class any time during the year.


“How Doubt is Essential to a Growing Faith” will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, both in-person at ACC’s Van Lare Hall 129 and online via Zoom.

This presentation will be a look at the book by Brian McLaren, “Faith After Doubt.”

Too often churches cut off one of the most essential aspects of faith, that of doubt. Without doubt, faith does not grow and it becomes stagnant. Come and let us doubt together.

Bob Case is a pastor emeritus from the First Congregational United Church of Christ and struggles to find that full retirement, continually giving to the church community. He regularly offers thoughtful presentations to ALL members, giving them much to consider and ponder.


Contract bridge plays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Fridays. This is an ongoing group of card players who welcome any players at any time. This is a teaching class but the group also welcomes experienced players.

Tuesday, May 11

Beginning bridge class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 at M. Briggs Center.

These sessions are for those who have never played bridge before or played so long ago that they are interested in learning to play modern bridge. You might ask “Why should I learn to play bridge?” Here are some answers: Bridge offers intellectual and social stimulation on a routine basis. An area in the brain used in playing bridge stimulates the immune system. Playing bridge can help people retain their mental sharpness.

Ron Young is a retired County Highway Engineer. He enjoys travel, fly fishing, bridge, outdoor activities, and reading for pleasure and understanding. He also serves on the ALL Board of Directors.

Thursday, May 13

Negwegon Hike and Camera Shoot will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 13.

Negwegon State Park is a rustic, undeveloped 4,118-acre state park that features a beautiful sandy beach on Lake Huron in Ossineke. In May it has extensive glades of Dwarf Lake Iris and other native flowers. The park terrain is a mixture of low land areas, small ridges, pockets of open meadows with a mix of mature pine forest, hardwoods and aspen forest. The park is home to a beautiful undeveloped sandy beach on Lake Huron. We meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Alcona Township Hall, 5576 U.S.-23, Black River, which is just north of the U.S.-23 and Black River intersection. After viewing the flowers of the park, those who wish can stop by the Mountain Inn for lunch.

Mark Kinney moved to the Alpena area 20 years ago and has greatly enjoyed the flowers and birds of local natural areas.

Thursday, May 13

ALL’s Moveable Feast will be held at noon on Thursday, May 13 at the Mountain Inn, on the corner of U.S.-23 and Black River Road.

How about lunch at the Mountain Inn with your friends from ALL? A place at the table awaits you. Please call the ALL office at 989-358-7207 to make a reservation.

Thursday, May 13

Learn about the history of the Free Masons in Michigan and Alpena in this in-person only program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. The presentation will be held at the Alpena Hopper Lodge #199 at 1020 U.S.-23 North (across from Perch’s IGA).Masks are required.

Durk Hughes, curator of the Grand Rapids Historical Museum and longtime Mason, will display and discuss early Mason interactions in Michigan and Alpena.

Friday, May 14

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body will be held via Zoom only at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 14.

Learn about the latest research providing insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Dr. Jim Mangi is a volunteer for the Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He is also a retired scientist with a PhD in biology from Binghamton University, and founder of Mangi Environmental Group Inc. When his wife developed Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease 14 years ago, he sold the firm and began his second career as caregiver for his wife. Jim has devoted himself to learning about various aspects of dementia and raising community awareness about it. He has been an Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator Volunteer for three years. He also formed a nonprofit called Dementia-Friendly Saline which resulted in having Saline recognized as a Dementia Friendly Community (one of two in Michigan).

Catch up on YouTube

Enjoy over 70-plus recorded programs by going to YouTube and typing in the search area: Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College.


ALL Pickleball is playing at the APlex (mask required) from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call the ALL office at 989-358-7207 for details.


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