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Diabetes PATH Workshop
Oct 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

6-week diabetes education series designed by Stanford University to help individuals improve A1C, blood sugar and weight. Each class includes healthy eating or meal planning, and how to manage diabetes from home. Instructed by a registered dietitian and registered nurse. Call Denise at 989-736-8157 ext. 9871 to register.

Weaning Your Child Class
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Denise Thompson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Eating Psychologist, and momma of Reese, 10 months old in this demonstration and discussion class and learn the how, what, and why to “Baby-Led Weaning” (BLW) – the new approach to introducing solid foods to your baby. Have you ever had your baby try to grab food off your plate? Were you amazed at how they were able to safely eat it without gagging? With BLW, children are allowed to discover flavor, texture, and fine-motor skills at their own pace which reduces the likelihood of having a picky eater or choking on food. BLW will save hours of pureeing baby food, money spent on expensive jars, and give you an EASY way to provide your little one with food that is nutrient-dense and free of chemical preservatives! Limit of 20 students. $12. 989-358-7271

Go Green I Class
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover simple, practical methods for making effective products such as:
* Household laundry soap that truly cleans clothes with fresh, fragrant results.
* Effective, all-purpose household cleaner for many applications – all harmless to you and the environment – you can even use it to clean your fruits and vegetables!
*Healthy, homemade items for kitchen and culinary use including “Pan” non-stick cooking spray, Herbal Soup Mixes, and other Herbal Mixes for use in many dishes and meals.
* Churned butter from cream! You can even add fresh herbs for healthy, flavorful herb butters
* Practical, gentle DIY dishwashing liquid that won’t harm hands or leave chemical residue on dishes.

Everyone receives products! Please bring three 1-quart jars with lids to take your products home. Class fee pays for itself quickly! Please contact 358-7271 to register. $55, includes all materials

Surrendering the Secret
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

An Options Pregnancy Center’s Post Abortive Book Study/Support Group. This is an eight week class held every Tuesday and the cost for participant book is $8. If you cannot afford the book, limited scholarships are available. Please email your information to or call the center at 989-354-6089 to RSVP.

Alpena Farmers’ Market
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come see some of the best locally grown and produced products Northeast Michigan has to offer. Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, maple syrup, honey, flowers, grass fed beef, homemade sausage, and arts & crafts. For information call J.B. Cook at 989-255-9372.

Alpena Senior Citizens Center Board Meeting
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Monthly meeting of the Alpena Senior Citizens Center Executive Board of Directors. Meeting is open to the public.

A Matter of Balance
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activity as a result. MidMichigan Health is offering a free 8-week program, A Matter of Balance, which is designed to manage the risk of falls and increase activity. Anyone who is concerned about falling, who has fallen in the past or who has restricted activity because of falling concerns would be a good candidate for participation in this program.

During the program, participants will learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercises to increase strength and balance.

This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Those who would like to register may contact Kathy MacArthur at 989-356-6166.

Bead Stringing Class
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Instructor Kim Kreft has taught ACC classes for many years. She’s a passionate crafter and enjoys showing others, making jewelry as gifts, and trying new techniques.
Learn simple jewelry making techniques and create a necklace using your choice of a wide variety of beads, pearls, chips, and more. These pieces make great gifts for others – including men – or can be kept for yourself! The necklace may be as complicated as skill management dictates. If time and ability allow, a pair of matching earrings can also be created. Learn stringing, wire crimping, and attachment of clasps. All materials are included. Class limited to 15 students. Cost is $18, includes all supplies and materials. Please contact 989-358-7271 to register.

Food Service/Safety Certification Training
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

One-day training using the ServSafe Manager 7th edition curriculum. Exam is administered on this day. Attendance at training is required.

Who should attend this class?
1) Food service staff working at: restaurants, school cafeterias, nursing homes or public events where food is prepared and served – kitchens operated by churches, non-profit organizations and etc.
2) Those who want to improve their employability.

The ServSafe training covers the following topics:

Providing Safe Food l Forms of Contamination
The Safe Food Handler
The Flow of Food: Purchasing, Receiving, Storing, Preparation, Food Service
Food Safety Management Systems
Safe Facilities & Pest Management
Cleaning & Sanitizing

Cost is $75. Call MSU Extension for more information, 989-785-8016

Swiss Steak Dinner
Oct 19 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Menu: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Corn, Cole Slaw, Roll, Beverage and Desserts. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Take out is available – Call 989-736-8781. All are welcome.

Natural Hand Crafted Soap Class
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hot process soap-making is one technique used in making custom soaps from scratch. This demonstration class offers the basics, so you can leave with enough information to try soap making at home. Learn step-by-step how to make a batch of hot process soap. During class you will learn a brief history of soap, safety tips and practices, how to properly handle sodium hydroxide (the basic chemical process of soap), how to customize with color, scents and additives, options for molds and what to do after your soap saponifies. Each student will take home two bars of soap; one Pumpkin Spice, and one Fir & Rosemary.

Instructor Kira Bixel, co-owner and operator of Bixel Family Farm, began making goat milk soap to provide natural soap for family and friends. Over the years, the hobby became a part-time business for their small multi-faceted farm. Kira and family also raise alpine goats, cows, and pigs. When not busy on the farm, Kira is at Alpena Farmers Market selling soap, lip balm, lotion bars, and other bath and body products. Limit of 10. Cost is $22, includes all materials. Please contact 989-358-7271 to register.

Genealogy Class
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With each of the four classes in this comprehensive series, we’ll learn a different approach of genealogical research – from writing stories and publishing family books, to dating photographs in your ancestors’ album, using social media, taking advantage of the most recent genealogy tools, and anything in between you may not think about. “Outside the box” genealogy is fun and creative, and gives you new ideas to shake out your family tree.

Instructor Kamila Mazurek, brings this unique opportunity to discover a wide variety of creative research methods. Mazurek is a genealogist and a linguist (Polish, Czech, English, Russian and Latin). Her special interests in ancestry are Roman-Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox and Polish-American, and multiculturalism in pre-war Poland. She is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society, a volunteer at the Alpena Family History Center and former volunteer at Polonica Americana Research Institute. Please contact the Volunteer Center to register, 989-358-7271. Cost is $45.

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Menu: Spaghetti, Salad, Homemade Bread, Garlic Toast, Dessert & Beverage. Suggested Donation – $8.00 per person, $20.00 per family (Parents and children under 18 years old) and Children under 5 are FREE
Sponsored by: Under His Wings Christian Fellowship
7493 Indian Reserve Road, Alpena
Phone: 989-727-1024

Learn to be a Safe Sitter @ Hospital: MidMichigan Medical Center
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Back to School and Safe at Home. Safe Sitter is a great program for children who may be left alone for short periods of time, or who are thinking about starting to babysit. This medically-based program for preteens and teens of approximate ages 11 – 13 teaches what to expect when caring for children. What Participants will Learn: Activities to do with children; How to solve problems and handle emergencies; Rescue breathing; CPR; How to handle choking. For more information and to register, contact our Community Health Department at 989-356-8124.

Alpena Farmers’ Market
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come see some of the best locally grown and produced products Northeast Michigan has to offer. Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, maple syrup, honey, flowers, grass fed beef, homemade sausage, and arts & crafts. For information call J.B. Cook at 989-255-9372.

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
235 W. Chisholm St. • Alpena, MI 49707
1-800-4-ALPENA or (989) 354-4181
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