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Lifestyles

Krawczak to answer, ‘What is I2P?’ at ALL event Dec. 3

Jackie Krawczak, corprorate representative for I2P, will discuss the new manufacturing hub at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in a program sponsored by the Alpena Association of Lifelong Learners. The event happens via the videoconferencing software Zoom. Email ALL@Alpenacc.edu to receive Zoom connection ...

Virtual craft workshop on hand lettering Dec. 8 at Alpena library

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library and the Great Start Collaborative will host a virtual craft workshop on hand lettering from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, the library said in a news release. Join Amy Latta, the bestselling author of multiple books, including “Hand Lettering Off the ...

Check out laptops at Alpena library

A collection of laptops is now available for individual checkout at the Alpena County Public Library’s temporary location in Bear Pointe Plaza. The laptops can be requested through the library’s catalog or by calling the Circulation Desk at 989-356-6188, ext. 10. The borrowing period ...

Alcona library schedules December events

The Alcona County Library has scheduled the following events: ∫ Thursdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17: Community Walking Club Community Walking Club for Everyone will meet in the parking lot of the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library every Thursday at 9 a.m. Social distancing will be ...

Hillman Small Engine raising money for scholarships

Veteran-owned Hillman Small Engine would like to give back to the community of Montmorency and Alpena counties by reaching out to the community for local donations and giving grants back to local students furthering their education after high school for the 2021 year and beyond. Grants will ...

Trinity distributes holiday meals; more to come Dec. 20

Courtesy Photo Volunteers at Trinity Episcopal Church in Alpena distributed about 40 Thanksgiving meals to those in need at Sunday’s distribution day in front of the church. Many were picked up, and about seven of them were delivered. Organizers Ellen Eagan and Carol Rundell said the ...

DDA postcards available at shops

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has released five limited edition postcards that shoppers can collect when they make purchases at participating downtown businesses during the holiday season. There are five unique designs to be collected featuring festive scenes in ...

DNR offers Thanksgiving ideas, indoors and in the great outdoors

Thanksgiving is here, a celebration of coming together, but this one feels so different for many of us. Yet different can also mean opportunities to create new traditions. In that spirit, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is sharing a few ideas on things to do over the holiday ...

MDHHS virtual social hours to help seniors cope with COVID-19 separation

Older adults experiencing social isolation this Thanksgiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic have a new opportunity to celebrate the holiday virtually. Through its partnership with the national education technology company GetSetUp, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and ...

Despite closure, Art in the Loft still offering virtual programs

ALPENA — Although Art in the Loft temporarily closed its doors physically on Saturday, virtual programming is going strong for all ages. Saturday was supposed to be the soft opening of Art in the Loft’s annual WinterView exhibit, but that has been postponed until at least Dec. 9, in line ...

Gearing up for Giving Tuesday

A week from today is the annual event, Giving Tuesday, in which area nonprofits attempt to garner as many donations as possible during a 24-hour period. Art in the Loft Executive Director Justin Christensen-Cooper encourages everyone to give if they can, to any and all charities. Of course, ...

Planned Giving: Explaining the benefits of the SECURE Act

We can certainly agree 2020 has brought upon us a host of unexpected changes. Changes in the way we perform daily activities, how we do our jobs and how we relate with family, friends and strangers. Some changes may be temporary, others perhaps, here to stay. Tax legislation in 2020 has ...

Updated Koeze Nut Sale ordering info.

An article on Monday’s Lifestyles page had the incorrect Koeze Nut Sale ordering information, because incorrect information had been provided to The News. Here is the correct ordering information for the annual Koeze Nut Sale, going on now through Dec. 18, if inventory is still ...

Hospital volunteers’ annual Koeze Nut Sale continues

ALPENA — Area residents have access to state-of-the-art technology and patient care services at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena thanks in large part to the ongoing fundraising of the Medical Center’s volunteers. The annual Koeze Nut Sale has been one of the groups most popular and ...

Safe holiday tips for Michiganders impacted by dementia

The holidays are supposed to be a special time for getting together with family and friends, but the risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 is even greater for individuals living with dementia, who tend to be older and have underlying health conditions. As the novel coronavirus continues ...

Trinity to provide make-at-home Thanksgiving meals to 100 families

ALPENA — Thanks to generous community support and the hard work of volunteers, 100 families will be able to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal. On Sunday, Trinity Episcopal Church’s Sunday Supper will have the regular carry-out meal an added bonus — a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s, ...

Campus Corner: Heise sisters graduate with honors

Sydney Heise graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ferris State University in May 2020 with an Associate in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene. She is a dental hygienist at Farmington Smiles in Farmington, Michigan. Sydney graduated from Alpena High in 2015 and Alpena Community College in 2017. Allison ...

Give me an ‘A!’ ‘Alpena Letters Sculpture’ installed

ALPENA — It’s a red-letter day in the city of Alpena. Find out why by driving down to Mich-e-ke-wis Park and checking out the new “Alpena Letters Sculpture,” installed Thursday. Originally scheduled for installation in May, plans were put on hold because of the pandemic, but have ...

How to find hope in trying times

I have been consumed with hope lately. It’s not that I have oodles of hope spilling out of me, it’s that hope itself is a mystery to me. I know people with a seemingly unquenchable surplus of hope. Where did they get it? Can they simply manufacture it on demand? Is it for sale? How do I get ...