ALL spring program introduced

The Association of Lifelong Learners introduced its spring program March 7 at a luncheon “Happening” held at the APlex. A business meeting preceded the luncheon which consisted of brats and buns from Nowicki’s Sausage Shop, potato salad, chips, vegetable tray and dessert from Two Dough Nuts.

The business meeting covered the usual housekeeping issues but the one major announcement was that Jodene Compton is stepping down as president of the executive board after three years of devoted service. On behalf of the membership, Jim Rapin presented Compton with a vase of fresh flowers, symbolic of the organization’s appreciation for her effective service during a time of transition.

After the business portion of the meeting, a presentation was given by Darlene Wilmot of Synchronizations, LLC on the history and operation of the APlex event center. Interesting information on the history of Alpena and Jesse Besser was also discussed with attendees. Following Wilmot’s presentation, ALL members were treated to an informative tour of the facility.

The ALL spring 2013 program schedule was also introduced during the “Happening” event. A total of 51 activities/programs are available to ALL members at their leisure. A special $20 spring membership is available to the general public which is effective through June 30.

Twelve activities of the spring program are open to the public at no charge. Two of these presentations will be at the NOAA Marine Sanctuary on April 1 and 18 entitled Under Water Technology and Recent Maritime Archaeology Discoveries in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands: Whaling Ships to WWII Aircraft.

The next presentation open to the public is Supporting Green at the ACC World Center for Concrete on April 5. Attendees will learn about high performance buildings and the green building movement. The fourth program will be Lansing Update with Peter Pettalia on April 8, followed by National Debt: What Are We Doing? on April 11. Both of these programs will take place at ACC’s Center Building, Room 114.

Also open to the public are Celebration of Earth Day on April 22 at ACC’s Van Lare Hall and The Galapagos Islands through the eyes of Randy Baker on April 26 at ACC’s Center Building, Room 106.

Music oriented presentations include: Life and Songs of John Denver on April 23 at the ACC Granum Theatre; Pie & Music on April 30 at the Center Building, Room 106; “No, No, Nanette” at Alpena High School on May 4; and Behind the Scenes at Thunder Bay Theater on June 1.

Interested people who are not members of ALL can get additional information on the preceding programs by calling 358-7207 or e-mail

For ALL members and guests there is much more to the 2013 spring program. Arts and crafts are represented with Wire Memory Bracelet (make one) on April 2; Write Now, Too (writing poetry) on April 3; Exploring Mixed Media Felting on April 22; and Ink and Scrub Landscape on May 23 and 30.

Food is a popular category in every ALL quarterly schedule. The first Moveable Feast is Breakfast on Tax Day at JJ’s Pizza on April 15. Sugar The Good and the Bad will be on April 15 and the next Moveable Feast will be at the Nineteenth Hole on May 16. Learn how to prepare and cook Coq Au Vin from Chef Kurt Pratel on May 20 and attend the last Moveable Feast of the quarter at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Rogers City on June 24.

One of the main reasons to join ALL is to take advantage of the many opportunities offered to keep physically active. These include What Plaza Pool Can Offer You on April 10 at the Madeline Briggs Center; Silver Anniversary of Thompson’s Harbor State Park where nature, flower walks and a driving tour will be available on May 11; Hike the Bell Bay Trail and explore the ghost town of Bell, do a walking tour of sink holes in the Bruski, Stevens and Mystery Valley preserves and finish at Sunken Lake Park on June 3. Hike Thompson State Park on June 8 and go camping with friends on June 14-16 at the Beaver Lake Campground.

Don’t miss Bill Haase’s annual Spring Bike Ride near Rogers City on June 25. The 16-mile ride explores the Rogers City Marina, Volger Conservation Area, Hoeft State Park and the Forty Mile Lighthouse Park. Come play volleyball every Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and participate in the walk-abouts on city pathways on April 24, May 29 and June 26.

On April 4, learn about the Montagnard highland people living in northeast Cambodia and the Cambodian Corps which provides educational opportunities for young people. Max Lund presents his personal experience with these people.

Each quarter ALL attempts to have at least one program exploring various religions of the world. This quarter the group look at The Mormons Next Door, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, presented on April 6.

A Mental Health Advocacy Forum will be on April 9 at the Madeline Briggs Center and will highlight mental health resources available in this area. At Brush Creek Mill in Hillman is a musical presentation of “Two Soldiers Reflections on the War Between the States” by Allan James Grund on April 13. On May 1 meet the 7 Alpena High School exchange students at the Madeline Briggs Center.

History buffs may want to attend Learning History through Philately which will be presented by Rudy Bauer on May 6 at the Madeline Briggs Center. Following is the History of the Alpena Police Department on May 21 by Phil Wiser and the Metz Fire Tour on June 12 starting at Karstens Restaurant in Rogers City.

Under the self-help/improvement category ALL recommends Making Requests & Promises (communication skills) by Mark Kinney on May 16; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Jason Mussman on June 4; and Financial Forum Encore by Michelle McEwen on June 19.

The following are a collage of presentations: Water is Life Rotary’s Water Initiatives by Georgene Hildebrand on May 16; Pesky Paws Wildlife Services (hazardous animal removal) by Duane Haske on May 9; Planning and Implementation of a Local Custom Sign Business on May 13 by Laurie Trahan; The Philosophy of St. Augustine by ACC President Olin Joynton; Book Lovers Gathering on June 5; and Geneology-Potpourri (build your family tree) by Janet Romas on June 10. Also experience the Beauty & Romance of Lavender Fields near Boyne City with Linda Longworth on June 13 and tour the Moran Iron Works on June 17 with founder Tom Moran.

Ongoing activities every quarter include: Dominoes “Mexican Train Express” every Tuesday and Cards, Cards, Cards (bridge) every Friday. ALL’s Focus on Fun Camera Club meets monthly on the third Wednesday of April, May and June. Beginners are welcome in all ongoing sctivities.

Call 358-7207 for more information on any ALL activities or for information on how to join.