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Community Events

  • 12/18/2014 - Christmas Sing-Along
    The Alpena Senior Center will host students from All Saints School on Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. for a Christmas sing-along. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/18/2014 - Senior Center Visits Besser Museum
    The Alpena Senior Center will sponsor a visit to the Besser Museum on Dec. 18 at 12:30 p.m. for a look at Christmas trees decorated by community members. That will be followed by a planetarium show. The cost is $5. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/18/2014 - Lecture at Maritime Center
    The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center will host an archaeology lecture entitled "Queen of the Lakes: The Steamer Pewabic and the Geological, Cultural, and Economic Frontiers of the Keweenaw Peninsula" on Dec. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/19/2014 - ARMC Hosts Book Sale
    The Alpena Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host a used book sale in the hospital lobby on Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Chairwoman June Duby at 354-4605.

  • 12/19/2014 - Senior Center Brunch
    The Alpena Senior Center will host brunch on Dec. 19 from 10:15-11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/19/2014 - Storytime and Craft for Children
    On Dec. 19, there will be a Storytime and Craft for Children at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library from 10:15-11 a.m. For more information, contact the library.

  • 12/21/2014 - Sunday Dinner
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a Sunday Dinner on Dec. 21 from 12-1:30 p.m. Carol Cadarette will provide special music. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/21/2014 - Kids Christmas Party
    The Barton City Eagles on Sanborn Road will host a kids Christmas Party on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. The party will feature Santa Claus and lunch. For more information, contact the Eagles.

  • 12/22/2014 - Presentation on Energy Bill Assistance
    The Alpena Senior Center will host officials from True North Community Services on Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on how the organization can help pay energy bills. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/23/2014 - Old-Fashioned Family Christmas
    The Alpena Senior Center will host an old-fashioned family Christmas on Dec. 23. It will feature meals at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Christmas music and sing-alongs, gifts for everyone, a Christmas craft-fest at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and more. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/24/2014 - Alpena Blood Drive
    The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Alpena Senior Center on Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

  • 12/24/2014 - Brunch at the Senior Center
    The Alpena Senior Center will host brunch on Dec. 24 from 10-11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/29/2014 - Jack Williams Performs
    The Alpena Senior Center will host music by Jack Williams on Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/29/2014 - Presque Isle Food Pantry Fundraiser
    The Chicory Cafe in Rogers City will host a special event to raise money for the Presque Isle Food Pantry on Dec. 29. The cafe will be giving away sandwiches, salads, and soups while supplies last. A donation will be accepted from those who can afford it, and the money raised will go towards the Pantry. It will also be the cafe's last day open until spring. For more information, call 734-0091.

  • 12/30/2014 - Vial of Life Presentation
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a presentation on Vial of Life packets on Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m. The packets contain emergency medical information. For more information on the event, contact the Center.

  • 12/30/2014 - Awesome Art Project
    On Dec. 30, There will be an Awesome Art Project at the Mikado branch of the Alcona County Library from 2:304:30 p.m. This is a free program for ages 8 and up. Call 989-736-8389 for more information.

  • 12/31/2014 - Senior Center Hosts Brunch
    The Alpena Senior Center will host brunch on Dec. 31 from 10-11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 12/31/2014 - Alpena Blood Drive
    The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at St. Mary's Education Center in Alpena on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sloppy joes and cookies will be available. For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

  • 12/31/2014 - New Years Dinner-Dance
    St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Herron will host a New Year's Eve Dinner Dance on Dec. 31 from 2-7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The event will feature the music of Ann and the Polka Pals in an alcohol free environment. For more information, or to get tickets, call 727-2769 or 727-9124.

  • 01/01/2015 - Blood Pressure Presentation
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Wellspring Lutheran Nurse Colleen Prevost for a presentation on reducing blood pressure on Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/02/2015 - Pickin for People Concert
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a Pickin' for People dinner and concert on Jan. 2. A meal will be served from 5-6 p.m. followed by music from 6-8 p.m. The suggested donation for those over 60 is $3.50. The cost for everyone else is $6. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/03/2015 - Community Mural Fish Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a pair of Community Mural Fish Workshop on Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1-4 p.m. The workshop is open to all ages and the cost is $25. No experience necessary. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 01/05/2015 - Tea with Friends
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Tea with Friends on Jan. 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and from 4-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/05/2015 - Rogers City Blood Drive
    The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Jan. 5 at the Presque Isle Athletic Club from 12-6 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

  • 01/06/2015 - First Tuesday with Friends
    The Onaway Friends of the Library will sponsor a First Tuesday with Friends on Jan. 6 at the Onaway Old Historic Courthouse beginning at 1 p.m. It will feature a Musical Jam Session with an open mic. For more information, contact the Onaway Branch of the Presque Isle County Library.

  • 01/06/2015 - Line Dancing Class
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a 4-week line dancing class with Linda Krentz beginning on Jan. 6. It will run each of the following three Tuesdays. The cost is $20. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/07/2015 - Furry Adaptables
    The Alpena Senior Center will host furry adaptables from the Huron Humane Society on Jan. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/07/2015 - Senior Center Trip to Posen
    The Alpena Senior Center will sponsor a trip to Posen for dinner at the Posen Senior Center on Jan. 7. Participants will leave the Alpena Center at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for the trip and the dinner is by suggested donation. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/09/2015 - Movie Afternoon
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a Movie Afternoon on Jan. 9 with a showing of "Dirty Harry" at 3 p.m. The cost is $1 per person, and it includes popcorn and lemonade. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/11/2015 - GriefShare Support Group Meets
    The Brush Creek Mill in Hillman will host weekly meetings of the GriefShare Support Group beginning Jan. 11 from 2-4 p.m. The group is for people who are grieving the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, divorce, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and it uses a Bible-based group environment. There is no cost to participate. For more information, call 354-2730.

  • 01/12/2015 - Cribbage League
    The Alpena Senior Center's 8-week Cribbage League will kick-off on Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes a wrap-up dinner and weekly prizes. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/13/2015 - Presentation on Taking Meds
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Pharmacist Jim Straley on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on the importance of taking medications. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/14/2015 - Trip to Sandy Dees
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a trip to Sandy Dee's Quilt Shop on Jan. 14. Participants will leave the Center at 1 p.m. The cost is $2. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/15/2015 - Crocheted Jewelry Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Crocheted Jewelry Workshop with Katherine Schmidt on Jan. 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The workshop is open to ANYONE age 12 and up and the cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 01/15/2015 - Tied Scarf Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Tied Scarf Workshop with Katherine Schmidt on Jan. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop is open to anyone age 12 and up and the cost is $22 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 01/15/2015 - Bath Safety Presentation
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Kristy from LaFave Pharmacy on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on proper bath safety. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/15/2015 - Presentation on Tracking Family History
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Marlo Board from the Alpena County Library on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on tracking your family tree online. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/16/2015 - Corkscrews and Canvas Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Corkscrews and Canvas Workshop with Justin Christensen-Cooper on Jan. 16 from 6-8 p.m. The workshop is open to anyone age 21 and up and the cost is $35. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 01/16/2015 - Presentation on Grieving Process
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Marcy Nunnelly on Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on the grieving process. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/17/2015 - Horsemens Club Fundraiser
    The APlex in Alpena will host a fundraiser for the Alpena Horsemen's Club on Jan. 17 featuring the band Pheonix. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with music starting at 7:00. The cost is $7 and attendees must be at least 21 years old. For more information, or to make reservations, contact the APlex at 354-6164.

  • 01/18/2015 - Sunday Dinner
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a Sunday dinner on Jan. 18 from 12-1:30 p.m. The suggested donation for those over 60 is $3.50. The price for everyone else is $6. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/18/2015 - Chainsaw Safety Class
    The Alcona and Isoco Conservation Districts will host a chainsaw safety and technique class on Jan. 18 at the IRESA building on M55. The class is OSHA certified and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $10. For more information or to register, contact Andrew Beebe at (989) 335-1056.

  • 01/19/2015 - Presentation on Soups
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Kathy Freel of MSU Extension for a presentation on Healthy Soups to Warm Your Soul on Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/20/2015 - Snow Removal Tips
    The Alpena Senior Center will host officials with the Alpena City Police Department on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on snow removal. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/21/2015 - Jewelry from Hardware Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Jewelry from Hardware Workshop with Katherine Schmidt on Feb. 21 from 1-3 p.m. The workshop is open to anyone ages 12 and up and the cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 01/21/2015 - AED Presentation
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a training session on Automated External Defibrillators on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/22/2015 - Avoid the Winter Blahs
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Annie Hepburn for a presentation on avoiding the winter blahs on Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/23/2015 - Presentation on Dementia and Alzheimers
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Jessica Krueger on Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. for a presentation on recognizing the signs of dementia and alzheimers disease. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/24/2015 - Kids and Canvas Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Kids and Canvas Workshop with Brooke Stevens on Jan. 24 from 3-5 p.m. The workshop is open to anyone ages 6-11 and up and the cost is $35. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 01/24/2015 - Mom 2 Mom Sale
    Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lewiston will host a Mom 2 Mom sale on Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature door prizes and a bake sale. Vendors are wanted and spots are available on a first come, first-served basis. Contact Kathy Carey at (989) 306-8179 or Jen Hubert at (989) 786-4296 for more information.

  • 01/26/2015 - Presentation on E-Readers
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a presentation on e-readers with Jeanne Ludlow of the Alpena County Library on Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/27/2015 - Presentation on Canes and Walkers
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Linda from Wright and Filippis on Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on canes and walkers. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/28/2015 - Pie Baking Contest
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a pie baking contest on Jan. 28. Judging begins at 11 a.m. The cost to enter is $5 per pie. Tastes will cost $1.50 per slice, or $2.50 for a la mode. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/29/2015 - Estate Planning Presentation
    The Alpena Senior Center will host Cristie VanMassenhove on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. for a presentation on estate planning. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 01/30/2015 - Elk Viewing Ride
    The Alpena Senior Center will sponsor a trip to Hillman on Jan. 30 for lunch and an elk viewing ride. Participants will leave the center at 10:45 a.m. and should return about 2:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. For more information, or to sign up, contact the Center.

  • 01/30/2015 - Healthy Eating Presentation
    The Alpena Senior Center will host a presentation on healthy eating tips for the new year on Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Center.

  • 02/09/2015 - Girls On The Run
    Registration is open for the Spring, 2015, 'Girls on the Run' after-school program. It's a 10-week program for girls in 3rd through 8th grades and will begin in March. Girls registered by Feb. 9 will receive a free gift. Contact Cathy Goike at 358-7970 to learn which schools are participating or for a registration form. Forms can also be downloaded at 'www dot D-H-D Four dot org.' (CLICK HERE)

  • 02/13/2015 - Corkscrews and Canvas Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Corkscrews and Canvas Workshop for couples with Justin Christensen-Cooper on Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. The workshop is open to anyone age 21 and up and the cost is $35. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 02/21/2015 - Stone-Glass Jewelry Workshop
    Art in the Loft will host a Stone/Glass Wrapped Jewelry Workshop with Katherine Schmidt on Feb. 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The workshop is open to anyone age 12 and up and the cost is $26 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, contact Art in the Loft.

  • 02/28/2015 - Short Story Contest ENTRY DEADLINE
    The Brush Creek Mill in Hillman is hosting a short story contest for 7-12 grade students who live in Montmorency, Alpena and Presque Isle Counties. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28. Stories must be original and 2,000 words or less. They will be judged creativity, content and characterization. The top five stories will win a cash prize, with first place getting $200. For more information, visit 'www dot Brush Creek Mill dot com.' (CLICK HERE)


  • Ongoing Events

  • 12/31/2014 - NOTE - THESE EVENTS CONTINUE ON A REGULAR BASIS - FOR DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS SCROLL DOWN


    Living On, an ongoing support group where grief and loss topics are addressed as they arise, meets on the second Monday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hospice of Michigan office on Chisholm Street in Alpena. The group focuses on expressing feelings and experiences related to loss in a supportive, caring and non-judgemental environment. The group is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hospice of Michigan.

    The Salvation Army is offering Energy Assistance Outreach Services in Alpena to address the heating needs of those most vulnerable this winter. Programs are available for a variety of income levels. If you are struggling to pay your monthly bills, set up an appointment with a local caseworker. For more information, call 358-2769.

    The Alpena Light of Hope Clubhouse, part of Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health, is an organization that provides psychological rehabilitation for adults with mental illness. That includes transitional employment for people who are in various stages of job readiness. The program can provide benefits for both individuals and employers. For more information, call 356-8468.

    District Health Department No. 4 offers a free breast and cervical screening program for women ages 40-64 who qualify. Insurance is accepted. Both breast and cervical cancer are curable if detected early. The department currently has openings in its September screening clinics. To register for a screening, call 356-4507 or 1-800-221-0294.

    Northeast Michigan Affordable Housing is offering help to people facing forclosure or having difficulties making mortgage payments. All of its services are free. For more information, call 1-866-229-6471.

    'The Caring Place Adult Day Care Center' in Alpena offers a safe and stimulating environment for stroke survivors, people with Alzheimers disease or dimentia, or those who just can't stay home alone. For more information, call 358-7928.

    The Salvation Army is Encouraging area boys in grades 1 through 5 to join the Explorer Adventure Corps program, which meets at The Salvation Army building on North Second Ave. in Alpena on Wednesday evenings. For more information on the group, contact the Salvation Army.

    The NEO Teen Helpline (1-800-272-8336) is now taking calls from teens who need someone to talk to, and feel there is no one around to listen. Callers can discuss any problem. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous. Phones are open weekdays from 2 to 9 p.m.

    Staff members of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District are available to speak to different groups around the Northeast Michigan Region. The AMA ESD hopes to better communicate with area communities about the programs and services it offers. To learn more about booking a speaker for your event, call 354-3101.   

    As part of an emergency shelter grant, the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency is offering Rental / Utility and Eviction / Foreclosure assistance for qualifying households in Northeast Michigan. To prescreen, call the crisis prevention program at 989-471-3277 Or toll-free at 1-866-270-0687.

    ----- Ongoing Weekly or Monthly Awareness Events -----

    There will be foster parent informational meetings on the first Monday of each month at Holy Cross Children's Services on Second Avenue in Alpena. The meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Attendees will learn about the licensing process and will have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information, contact Peggy Krajniak at (989) 255-1177.

    Ossineke United Methodist Church is offering a unique style of service involving worship, singing and talking to God using the style of Taize. The services will be offered the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the church.

    The East Shore Art Guild and Gallery will hold free open art work sessions every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alcona County EMS Building on M-72. Participants must bring their own art supplies. For more information contact: Bernie Blaszak at (989) 724-6347.

    Friends Together will host "Guys Like Us," an event especially for men with a cancer experience, every Wednesday at 10 a.m. The event takes place at the Friends Together Center (1013 State Street, Alpena). For more information, contact Friends Together at 356-3231.

    Friends Together will host "Friends Together Weekly" events for everyone touched by cancer on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. The events will take place at the Friends Together Center (1013 State Street, Alpena). For more information, contact Friends Together at 356-3231

    The East Shore Art Guild will hold free art work sessions every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Alcona County EMS building. Bring your own art supplies. Call Bernie at (989) 724-6347 for more information.

    The Posen branch of the Presque Isle County Library will hold knitting and crocheting sessions from 10 until noon every Friday. All levels are welcome, and one-on-one instructions are available. For more information, call (989) 766-2233.

    Friends Together will host "Caregivers Connect" events on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdayof each month at 6 p.m. The programs are free and take place at the Friends Together Center (1013 State Street, Alpena). For more information, contact Friends Together at 356-3231.

    The Caregiver Support Group invites anyone caring for a loved one with a debilitating disease to join them at their regular meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-2 p.m. at Cabin Creek Coffee in Alpena. For more information, call 356-1030 or 657-9069.

    The Circle of Parents, Kinship Care Group meets every Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Alpena Senior Center. The group is for grandparents and other caregivers raising children.

    Hospice of the Sunrise Shore is hosting two monthly support groups. One meets in Alpena on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. in Suite 201 of "The Center Building" on Second Avenue. The other meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at 150 S. Third Street in Rogers City. For more information, call 1-800-664-8587.

    Reformers Unanimous, a group seeking to help people with addicitions, meets every Friday night at the Mio Baptist Church from 7-9 p.m. The program is free and open to all adults. For more information, call 989-745-4432.

    The Alpena Breast Cancer Support Group will meet on the final Monday of each month (the 3rd Monday of May and December) in 2009 in the Alpena Regional Medical Center Cafeteria Conference Room from 7-9 p.m. For more information, call 354-4912 or 356-0475.

    Hospice of Michigan Looking for Volunteers - in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. Call Sally (989) 358-4293 or Anna (989) 358-4294 for information.

    Community Prayer Meetings - At 12 noon on the second Tuesday of each month at the Alpena Civic Center. Local pastors and lay persons pray for Government, Schools, and Businesses in the non denominational sessions. All are welcome.

    Alpena County Alzheimers Support Group - Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00am First Presbyterian Church in Alpena.

    Montmorency County Alzheimer's Support Group - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM At Medilodge Of Hillman. For more information, call 742-45 81

    Adult Day Care Center Assistance - Available through District Health Department 4... Call your local District 4 Health Office For More Information.

    District Health Department 4 offers various Immunization Clinics. Call your local District 4 Health Office For Dates and times or for More Information.

    District Health Department No. 4 offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings for those who qualify. For more information Call your local District 4 Health Office For More Information.

    Women, Infant and Children free supplemental Food services are available through District Health Department No. 4 by appointment. Call your local District 4 Health Office For More Information.

    District Health Department No. 4 welcomes new WIC Bridge Cards as of November 14. For more information on who the cards can help, contact the Health Department.

    District Health Department No. 4 delivers home health care services and makes house calls. Call your local District 4 Health Office For More Information.

    District Health Department No. 4 in Alpena offers Reproductive Health Services for men and women of childbearing age by appointment. Parental consent for teens is not necessary but is strongly encouraged. Call your local District 4 Health Office For More Information.

    The Alpena Police Department is offering free cable gun locks to area gun owners. They are provided by Project Child Safe and there is a maximum of four per person. They are available any time during the day at the department headquarters.

    Reformers Anonymous, an international addictions program, will be held at the Mio Baptist Church every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. The program is free and open to all adults 18 and older. For more information, call 826-3944 or visit www.reformu.com.


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