Sanctuary of the great lakes

Calendar of Events

Something special is always going on in Alpena. Festivals and events that celebrate Independence Day, antique steam engines, classic cars, lighthouses, Santa Claus, the Thunder Bay River, and a fish called “Big Brownie” are just a smattering of the special events that take place in Alpena year round. Great performances at the Alpena Fine Arts Shell, Alpena High School Auditorium, the Alpena County Library and Alpena Community College’s Granum Theatre are scheduled throughout the year.

Giving Tuesday
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), it follows the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick-off the holiday giving season. The hope is that people will set aside a few minutes from holiday shopping to give back to their community through the charities and causes they support.

To help local nonprofits participate in Giving Tuesday, the Community Foundation for NE Michigan will provide the technical infrastructure through its website and social media to showcase and manage donations for the first 25 nonprofits that register (and meet IRS tax requirements to operate as a nonprofit). Donors will be able to visit on Giving Tuesday and make donations to any or all of these 25 nonprofits.

Contact Community Foundation at 989-354-6881 for more information.

Take Time for You Lunch & Learn Series
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Anxiety & Depression – What Can I Do? is the title of this final program in the series. Join Nena Sork, MSW as she explains the symptoms, treatments, and what you can do to help yourself and others who experience these debilitation conditions. Cost is $5, lunch included. 989-356-7738.

Alpena Speedskating Club
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Alpena Speedskating Club has their ice schedule! They are skating every Wednesday at 7p.m. and every Sunday at 6p.m. Cost is $5/skater. Speedskating is an incredible and unique sport. With the club in town, no one has to wait every four years to see it and/or experience it.

Project Blue Light
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each year this ceremony honors all fallen law enforcement and fire personnel. Candles are lite for the fallen and Christmas trees are lighted. Our special Honor Guard posts the colors and bagpipes are played. Refreshments are served. The Public is encouraged to attend.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:45 pm
Open House for Partners in Prevention
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

New location in First Presbyterian Church on Chisholm St. Please RSVP by December 1 to 989-356-2880.

AAA Winter Safety Evening
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us at our first ever AAA Winter Safety Evening. This event is free and open to the public! Information will be given on preparing your car for colder weather, winter driving tips and safety, along with talks on Understanding Lake Effect Snow and The Outlook for this Coming Winter featuring The National Weather Service Forecast Office as our special guests! This event is perfect for those who are new to the area, new drivers, older drivers and those in between! It’ll be a great evening and we look forward to having you! Fun Refreshments will be provided! Please RSVP at 989-354-2151.

Alpena Great Start Parent Night @ Alpena
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Local Kindergarten/first grade teacher Brandie Gapske will share information on how parents can maximize their interactions with teachers to increase their child’s educational experience. Great Start Parent Coalition, 989-354-3101 ext. 127.

Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented with permission of Samuel French

The T-Birds and Pink Ladies are on their way to Thunder Bay Theatre for the holiday season! In another collaboration with the Alpena High School Masquers Club, take a trip back to Rydell High to see all of your favorite characters, hear all of your favorite songs, and relive one of the most popular movie musicals of all time! Perfect for the whole family, what better way to send off 2015 than with Greased Lightning!

Call 989-354-2267 for tickets.

Whiskey Point Pottery Show and Sale
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Find them on Facebook! For questions call 248-310-4027.

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