ALL holds Winter Happening at St. Bernard’s Friendship Room

The Association of Lifelong Learners recently was a guest of St. Bernard’s Friendship Room, where they shared a holiday meal of roast chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, cottage cheese, bread and dessert.

The meal was prepared and served by community volunteers who contribute their time and talent to the Friendship Room on a regular basis.

Student members of the Future Farmers of America raised and provided the chickens for the meal and were on hand to serve beverages and provide other help. Friendship Room Director Randy MacAulay welcomed attendees and introduced ALL President Jere Doyle, who expressed ALL’s support of the Friendship Room and gratitude for being invited there for the winter program happening.

Entertainment was provided by Alpena native Casey DeCaire of The Young Americans. DeCaire’s solo holiday vocals were accompanied by his long-time teacher Jean Martin Baker on piano. When with The Young Americans, DeCaire toured and performed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, China and throughout the United States.

The musical presentation was warmly received and enjoyed by all. ALL members brought gifts for Friendship Room clients and financial contributions for this valued community outreach.

ALL’s Winter 2014 program schedule was also presented. There are 36 activities on the schedule starting with Stained Glass Snowflake (create your own) on Jan. 8 at My Glass Wings. A similar class, also taught by Tina Montgomery of My Glass Wings, will produce Stained Glass Heart Spinners on Feb. 12. Also to stimulate creativity is Writing at Brush Creek Mill with Kathy Stevens on Jan. 16. A light lunch will be included.

Local artists will be featured in the winter program, starting with Terry Hall presenting Byzantine Iconography, Part Two on Feb. 10. This will be followed by Art in the Afternoon where attendees will have lunch at the Fresh Palate and tour Art in the Loft and Thunder Bay Arts Gallery on Feb. 20.

The art of doll making will be highlighted by Karen Silver and Peggy Gervais with their presentation of A Touch of Silver on March 12. Art is also central to the discussion Government and Art: What is the Connection led by Tim Kuehnlein on March 27. This program is open to the public.

Informative lectures and discussions abound in the schedule, starting with Anecdotal Facts, Stories and Rumors from Alpena’s Past on Jan. 16. Why a Downtown Plaza in Alpena? follows with Leslie Dort on Jan. 20. Set for Jan. 21 is a presentation on Naturopathy by Joan Prentice.

On Jan. 23, learn about the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative from Daniel Moffat and Brandon Schroder. A quarterly Financial Forum with Michelle McEwen will be on Feb. 13 and Rev. Bob Case’s History of Atheism in the West is on Feb. 17.

Understanding Marketing will be presented on Feb. 27, by Kathy Helinski. Grief Share Ministries will be explained by Pastor Kermit Kitzman on March 10. Vegetable gardeners will want to hear of the gardening experiences of Betsey Hale and Henry Stibitz in their presentation, Adventures in the Hoop House, on March 20.

Presque Isle Documentaries will feature Anne Belanger’s documentaries on Northeast Michigan on March 20. Rep. Peter Pettalia will give his quarterly Lansing Update on March 24. Join Rose Marie Guthrie to Develop a Family Tree in One Day on March 27.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Current Controversial Economic Issues is sure to be a lively presentation/discussion with Joe Gentry on Feb. 5, Olin Joynton, President of ACC, will conduct his quarterly presentation on The Philosophy of Moses Maimonides on Feb. 6. On March 17, Judy Kalmanek will present Invasive Species-Beautiful but Dangerous.

Programs centered around food include the quarterly Movable Feast which will be at The Fresh Palate on Jan. 22 and Preserving the Sweet Taste of Summer: Basic Dehydrating Tips, Tools and Techniques by Diana Zieman on March 25.

Travel/Cultural/Photo presentations will include Walking the Appalachian Trail with Barb Mink on Feb. 26 and From Haggis and Scotch to Tapas and Port with Ruth and Dave Richard on March 10. The Pearls & Perils of Progress: Nepal & Tibet will be presented by Dr. Carole Elchert, based on 18 trips to Nepal & Tibet, on March 26. This presentation is open to the public.

Three classes this season are part of the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Millage Fund Grant. The first is Oral History in Shipwreck Alley: A Progress Report by Christine Wedge and the students of teacher John Caplis on Jan. 28. The second class is How to Build an ROV II which is a follow-up of an earlier program by Jason Bradley of the Marine Technology Program at ACC. This program will be on Jan. 31. The third program is Ocean for Life by Hanna MacDonald, who will apply these principles to a Lakes for Life program on March 18.

To help guard against lack of exercise and weight gain in the winter months there is Keeping in Shape with Noel Hall at the ACC Wellness Center on Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4 and 11. Dolores Zielinski’s Volleyball is held every Friday, Jan. 10 through March 28 at the Park Arena CTR 103.

Carey Rapin’s Book Lover’s Gathering will be held on March 13. Ongoing activities include Barb Meek’s Dominoes “Mexican Train Express” on Tuesdays, Jan. 7 through March 25 and Cards, Cards, Cards which is Bridge with Carlene Aliferis on Fridays, Jan. 10 through March 28.

Also ongoing is the Focus on Fun Camera Club which meets the third Wednesday of each month on Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19.

It costs so little to be active and enjoy all these local programs. Annual membership is $50. To join, call 358-7207 or talk to any member. All age groups are welcome.