Family fun night in Alcona Thursday

LINCOLN – More than 200 children and parents are expected to attend Thursday’s Family Fun Night at the Alcona High School Auditorium.

The free event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and is open to parents and grandparents taking care of children from toddlers to sixth graders.

In addition to educating adults about child rearing issues, the event is designed is to give families an opportunity to relax, enjoy a meal and have fun, Tamara Quick, coordinator for Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention for Alcona County, said.

“Parents can sit down with other families and de-stress,” she said.

Families also can check tables loaded with free materials from the Department of Human Services, Early Head Start and Head Start, Catholic Human Services, MSU 4-H clubs, NEMCSA, Alcona Health Center Dental Services, AHC Tiger Health Extension, and other organizations, she said.

Two speakers are on this year’s program, Quick said. Clint Bohlen will take on the topic, “Raising Healthy Daughters,” and Cori Upper will talk about “Raising Sons.” Local dietician Judy MacNeill will demonstrate how to prepare healthy food.

Those who snag front row seats in the auditorium will get the best chance to unravel the secrets of area magician Mike Maturen, or perhaps be asked up on stage to help him with one of his tricks.

“My favorite question from kids is, ‘How did you do it?’ said Maturen, who has been performing since he was 11 years old.

Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, will be what organizers are calling a special performance. However they weren’t giving any hints about it.

CANPAC has hosted the fun night for four years, Quick said, and the goal is to help families raise children who are healthy emotionally and physically. Even the raffle gifts are an aid, she said. Winners receive board games, which help families spend time together.

Betsy Lehndorff can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Betsy on Twitter @bl_alpenanews.