ALL programs set for next week

ALPENA — Programs from the Association of Lifelong Learners have been announced for next week.

Some are in person and via Zoom. For connection information, send an email to all@alpenacc.edu.

Programs for the next week include the following.


A Roller Derby Demonstration will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Alpena Community College’s M. Briggs Center. Most people remember watching roller derby on TV Saturday mornings as a kid. At that time, it was a lot of theatrics and what resembled wresting on roller skates. Since then, roller derby has evolved to be taken seriously as a sport. Roller derby is the only contact sport played primarily by women. What started as Saturday morning entertainment has now expanded to a worldwide sport from small-town recreational leagues to professional-level ranked teams. Meet some members of Alpena’s own roller derby team, The Shipwreck Alley Rollers: Red Zeppelin, L. Break-yerbones, Hail Mary, and other team members will teach you the basics of roller derby and explain how points are scored, what roles each player has, and some of the rules. We will also get into the fun stuff like what a legal hit looks like and some penalties and favorite moves of the skaters. Players will be gearing up and giving demonstrations. There will be time for questions, and we will have extra (clean) gear for you to try on and get your picture taken with the derby girls if you want. (Sorry, no skates for try on).


Mexican Train Express dominoes is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at M. Briggs Center.


Julie Byrnes is inviting you to join her and others in single-deck pinochle from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at M. Briggs Center.

Focus on Fun Camera Club meets at 1:30 p.m. at M. Briggs Center and via Zoom. Picture an informal monthly meeting where you share the joy of photography. From beginning photographers to experts, members have widely varying degrees of photographic expertise and experience and are willing to share their knowledge. Each month, a photographic topic is chosen, and the fun begins. You will be welcomed.


Science on a Sphere will be presented at 11:30 a.m. at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena. Join ALL for an interactive presentation on how our planet’s environmental systems work. Science on a Sphere is an educational tool used to display the Earth and can help make complex environmental topics simpler and more enjoyable. Led by a sanctuary ambassador at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, this interactive presentation will bring the topic of ocean acidification to the Great Lakes by discussing the ongoing research here at the sanctuary.


Contract bridge is played from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at M. Briggs Center.

Square dancing is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays at M. Briggs Center.

ALL’s Moveable Feast will be at 5 p.m. at Fireside Inn, 18730 Fireside Harbor, Presque Isle. Pack up your appetite and a lawn chair for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings including a salad bar, beverages and pumpkin pie. The cost is $15 per person, and no credit cards are accepted at Fireside Inn. Reservations are due by Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Shoreline Seancha’ Sing-Along and Campfire will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Following dinner, it’s a 10-minute drive to the shores of Grand Lake for a sing-along. Bring your lawn chair, kick back and enjoy the music of Jim Weeks and Dave Larkin at the Presque Isle Harbor Association Grand Lake Beach House off McCreary Road. Exit Fireside Inn, turn left on East Grand Lake Road, go 2.4 miles, turn left on Highland Pines Road, 1.8 miles, right to stay on Highland Pines Road, left on McCreary Road, and signs will direct you to parking on left.

If you have questions, please call the ALL office at 989-358-7207.

To enjoy over 70 recorded programs, go to YouTube and type in the search area: Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College.

ALL Pickleball plays from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call the ALL office for details.


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