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ALPENA – The Association of Lifelong Learners at Alpena Community College has announced upcoming programs, which will be held in addition to their regular weekly programming.

For more information about any of these programs, call the ALL Office at 989-358-7207. For information about the Zoom connection, send an email to [email protected]

Visit of the library

Come visit the newly renovated Alpena County Library at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 10. The library is located at 211 N. 1st Ave. in downtown Alpena.

The fully renovated George N. Fletcher Public Library is ready to visit. Join Library Director Eric Magness-Eubank as he shows off what has happened over the past year.

Over the years, Magness-Eubank has contributed a lot to the programming of ALL.

New exciting programs for seniors in 2022

Check out the exciting new programs for seniors for 2022 at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the ACC’s M. Briggs Center, in person and via Zoom.

BJ Sander, Program Manager of the Alpena Seniors Center, will briefly cover the current programs of the Seniors Center: meals at home, home services and exercise programs. She is excited to share information on five new programs: The Healthy Book Club, Mindfulness and Dementia, as well as an art project in collaboration with Art in the Loft.

Sander worked at the senior center for five years. She is certified in senior fitness, nutrition and dementia. BJ begins his training to become a health coach in January.

Touring Egypt

Join ALL for a tour of Egypt on Wednesday January 12 at noon at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

A finished bucket list! Join Sue Nagy to learn more about her recent trip to Egypt. Hear how Egypt was part of ancient man. Hear how the temples and pyramids were built and how they are more impressive than any TV documentary can show. You will be able to taste Egyptian sweets and share Nagy’s dream trip.

Nagy is a valued member of ALL’s board of directors. In addition to making plans for The Happening, hosting the movement’s monthly party, writing articles for The Alpena News, and bringing her wisdom to meetings, she manages to find time to travel and share. his experiences with ALL.

Recreational park by the water (reprogrammed)

Join ALL to learn about a community maritime theme park at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13 at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

The creation of a maritime-themed community park along the Thunder Bay River that adjoins the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center campus has been in the pipeline since NOAA opened its headquarters in Alpena in one of the buildings in the Old Fletcher Paper Company over ten years ago. Funding at the time supported the creation of the Maritime Heritage Trail and the construction of the pedestrian bridge across the river to Rotary Island Mill Park. This presentation will highlight the main features of the planned riparian park, the partners engaged to date and a timeline for completion.

Throughout Katie Wolf’s career, she has combined her expertise in science, technology and communication to promote public understanding and protection of our natural environment. She began her environmental career with the Kentucky Water Division, where she developed an internationally recognized citizen water monitoring program, Water Watch. After moving to Michigan to coordinate the World Conference on the Great Lakes on Mackinac Island, she chaired the Michigan Governor’s Environmental Youth Awards and served as a public participation consultant for the Great Lakes and Lakes Planning Commission. water resources. Later in her career, she headed the external relations of the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network, then headed the National Medal of Technology & Innovation. Today, she lives on the shores of Lake Huron and serves as the liaison for the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, as well as the community relations and outreach coordinator for the sanctuary.

Living the dream: hiking the Appalachian trail

Hear from a couple who hiked the Appalachian Trail at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

For over 10 years, Eric and Shelly Cornish dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail. In 2021, they made their dream come true by hiking the 2,193 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 167 days.

The Cornishs both retired from their busy careers in 2020. Eric was an orthopedic surgeon and Shelly was a teacher / principal. Shelly was inspired by Russ Lewis to hike and went on long distance hikes with the Bike & Boot Club. Eric, despite being an active hiker, had never slept in a tent until four months before their hike. Together they researched gear and went on shakedown hikes in the months leading up to their hike. Now they are dreaming of their next big hike.

Senior citizen safety and community risk reduction

Listen to Community Harm Reduction Officer Andy Marceau at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

Captain Marceau will discuss his many programs to keep our homes safe and reduce our risk of injury and fire. The main goal is to install more functional fire alarms throughout the Alpena region in partnership with the American Red Cross. It will also have information on Smart 911 which helps emergency teams get the help you need faster.

Captain Andy Marceau is the Community Risk Reduction Officer for the Alpena Fire Department. He has been a firefighter for 23 years. He enjoys talking to groups and making our community safer through fire and fall prevention.

WWII industrialization and the home front

WWII Industrialization and Home Front will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18 at the Mr. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt and his military advisers were convinced that the United States would soon be drawn into World War II. Recall from your knowledge of history that World War I was “The war to end all wars”. As there was no longer a need for wars after World War I, the United States quickly dismantled its military-industrial capabilities. Just 20 years later, with World War II already unfolding in Europe, it became painfully clear that the United States was by no means ready to wage another war and that American industry was not not ready to produce what was needed. In short, President Roosevelt’s ability to accept Winston Churchill’s call for help was virtually non-existent. And yet, Roosevelt told Churchill “Yes”. What happened next is the subject of this presentation – how the US military went from an ill-prepared state to becoming the most powerful in the world, with a focus on Detroit and Michigan, with particular emphasis on what would become arguably America’s largest manufacturing facility at Willow Run Airport.

Dennis Norton’s father Austin Norton returned from World War II where he served on the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill in some of the western Pacific’s most gruesome campaigns. On the GI Bill, his father attended Michigan State University, where Dennis was born. Because his mother worked to provide for the family while her husband was in class, and because babysitters were scarce, Austin would take Dennis to class with him from time to time. So Dennis’ academic career began in 1949 at MSU at the age of one and a half and ended with his graduation from Eastern Michigan University in 1970. His father’s experiences during World War II were the main reason for Dennis’ interest throughout his life. in the history of WWII. His major in college was history and he later became a pilot and was the founder and first president of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run. Forty years later, he’s still working fundraising for the museum and continues to tell the story of Willow Run and how that story fits into Homefront’s overall involvement in WWII.

After his father graduated from MSU, Dennis grew up in Ypsilanti, lived for many years in Ann Arbor, and currently divides his time between his homes in Dexter and Presque Isle. His family dates back to the late 1800s in Presque Isle. His wife Carol has served on the board of directors of the Grand Lake Association and Dennis is currently on the board of the Grand Lake Association and the board of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society. They have three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Condemned sisters

The sentenced sisters will be the subject of a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, at the M. Briggs Center and via Zoom.

It is the story of two sister ships, the Western Reserve and the WH Gilcher.

Launched the same year (1890) from the same shipyard, both ships were lost in the storms of 1892. This presentation will tell the story of the parallel life of twin Great Lakes ships.

As a part-time Great Lakes marine and local history teacher, Jeff Thomas draws on these two experiences to tell the story of the Great Lakes shipwrecks. He finds the small details that bring stories to life in a storytelling experience that puts the viewer “in the moment” of these dramatic stories.

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