Upcoming events

    • Mon, September 13, 2021
    • Mon, November 15, 2021
    • 10 sessions
    • Online
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    Build a meditation practice intended to bring peace and connectedness
    into your daily  life. Cultivate the skills to calmly be in the
    present moment. Now more than ever we must turn inward to find the
    peace we so deeply crave. Meditation and the art of slowing down is
    the ancient wisdom needed to heal our modern lives.

    Learn yogic philosophy, discover the support of a spiritual community, better
    yourself, reduce stress and anxiety. Discover your self-worth!
    Students are empowered through lecture, guided meditation, breathing
    techniques, home practice and open discussion. Appropriate for
    beginners and anyone looking to deepen their meditation practice.


    Tiffany Lenau discovered her passion for yoga in the early 90's and developed a strong personal practice in the years to follow. She holds certifications in both Ashtanga and Kripalu lineages and is the director of Yoga Roots and Healing Arts, a sacred space for healing, peace and presence in Petoskey, Michigan. Tiffany is the founder of Be the Love Yoga Teacher Training School and is passionate about training teachers. She always enjoys the depths, it's a truly transformational experience for her students. 

    Tiffany believes that yoga is for every BODY, offering fun, mindful and creative flows for ages "4 to 104" making the practice accessible to all. Tiffany offers chair, acro, partner, kids, laughter yoga, yoga nidra and sound healing. She teaches everything from a gentle/restorative to a power vinyasa, numerous styles of meditation, and pranayama breath-work. She has lectured on forgiveness and choosing love as a guiding force for business groups and college courses. 

    Tiffany is the creator of Ananda Festival an annual celebration of yoga, music, meditation and healing arts in Wolverine, Michigan. Her intention is to introduce more meditation, sound healing and sacred music to her community, and to support fellow healing artists.

    Tiffany is a practicing Reiki Master and Integrated Positional Therapist. She has developed a one-on-one healing practice which includes personalized yoga instruction, energy-work, body-work and sound healing. In these sessions clients discover a better understanding of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing process. Balance, clarity, connection and peacefulness describe the holistic experience she provides.

    As a survivor of sexual assault, Tiffany is passionate about creating healing spaces and retreats for other trauma survivors. She finds solace in gardening, art, large bodies of water, like-hearted people and mother nature.  



    • Thu, September 16, 2021
    • Thu, September 23, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
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    Hawks and Eagles of Michigan with Jamie Platt

    Did you know the Great Lakes region is one of the best places on Earth for seeing Hawks? The North American single day record was set here with over 175,000 Broad-Wing Hawks coming through in a single day. Learn when and where to experience this amazing spectacle and how to identify the hawks and eagles you see every day in your own neighborhood.

    Jamie Platt is an alumni of Northern Michigan University where he graduated with a degree in Zoology. He has taught or lectured at Washtenaw Community College, Monroe County Community College, Schoolcraft College and the Ann Arbor Adult Education program. He is also the founder of Hell's Birders, a birding organization based in Ann Arbor.

    • Wed, September 22, 2021
    • Wed, September 29, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    We sometimes wonder, how can ANYONE sleep these days? Perhaps there is some distress from the pandemic, or maybe some habits that developed over the last year that are not helpful for good sleep. Join Dr. Howard Leaman for a tour of some proven behavioral sleep interventions. There will be two, one-hour Zoom sessions; during the first session we identify evident and hidden barriers to good sleep; in the second session, we will learn and practice some mindfulness exercises to reduce stress at bedtime. This program has been presented several times and has been updated and revised. It is intended for those with situational sleep difficulties related to the pandemic and will not take the place of medical or psychological care or treatment. Dr. Leaman is no longer seeing patients and will not be giving medical advice in this course.


    • Fri, September 24, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    Luncheon Lectures will now be in-person events!

    Lou Seno Jr. built and flew three experimental airplanes with his father many decades ago. Today, he is on the board of directors of the Experimental Aircraft Association, an international organization of aviation enthusiasts based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which recently brought together more than 600,000 people from 66 countries to share their love of aviation. Lou will help us all get motivated to pound a few rivets, stretch some fabric over handmade wings and slip the surly bonds of Earth.

    Attendance fee includes a buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 AM.

    Note: At this time, masks will be required when inside NCMC facilities.


    • Wed, September 29, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Park at West Conway Rd entrance (see map)
    • 1
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    Join us for a nature walk at Hailand and Helstrom Nature Preserves! Together these adjacent preserves protect 90 acres of forests, fields, and wetlands. We’ll hike through both preserves and discuss the plants and animals found in these habitats. We will also talk about ecosystem services, and how these natural spaces provide benefits to the people living around them. Meet at the parking lot on W Conway Rd. just over a quarter mile west of U.S. 31. Please dress for the weather and bring some bug spray and a water bottle. The walk should be about 1.13 miles and is likely to last between 1 and 1.5 hours.

    • Thu, September 30, 2021
    • Thu, October 28, 2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
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    This course will present music designed to enrich the mind, body, and spirit. Music will range from sound healing and classical music, to popular songs and enduring standards that warm hearts and evoke nostalgia. In this course, sound healing techniques, live performance demonstrations, and recorded examples will be presented. There will also be information about therapeutic songwriting strategies that can be practiced at home. The course promises to be both informational and entertaining.




    • Wed, October 06, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    How To Reduce Body Pain on a Long Drive! With Tanya Ruddy, MPT, MTC


    Learn how to move and stretch to minimize body pain during travel and at rest stations, understand proper hydration and nutrition to minimize body pain, and items to pack to assist with making travel easier and to decrease body pain. Learn proper seat position to minimize pain and proper body mechanics for lifting suitcases.

    Tanya Ruddy, MPT, MTC

    Tanya graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint with her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Health Sciences, and Master of Physical Therapy.  She has worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting since 1996.  Most recently, she was a senior therapist at a multidisciplinary spine care center where she worked for 5 years.  She recently completed her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine.


    • Wed, October 06, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 5052 M-66, Charlevoix Main entrance
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    Castle Farms of Charlevoix Fall Tour

          

    The tour will begin with a 12 minute video that illustrates the entire history of the property back to its inception in 1918, followed by a 20 minute tram ride around the grounds.  After the tram ride, you will be escorted around the property, while guides share 100+ years of history and stories.  


    The History:

    Castle Farms was built in 1918 by the acting President of Sears & Roebuck.  He built it as a working dairy farm so he could advertise and test all of the great new farming equipment that the company developed and sold.  He loved castles, so he asked his architect to design the farm to resemble a French, Normandy style Castle.

    Over the years, the Castle became an artist Mecca and concert venue before the current owner, Linda, purchased it in 2001.  She immediately began restoring the facility to its former glory.  The descendants of the Loeb family were so impressed with the efforts that Linda made on the property that they offered her a copy of the original blueprints.  Using those for the remainder of her restoration, Linda and her team were able to rebuild Castle Farms to be historically accurate.

    The Castle is now host to an average of 200 weddings per year, special events & fund raisers, and daily historical tours.  There are now 10 gardens on property, each boasting many different flowers blooming all season long.  The Blacksmith Shop has been turned into a 1918/WWI Museum featuring items from the Sears & Roebuck catalog, complete with advertising page, along with local WWI memorabilia.  

    60 trains run on over 3/4 mile of track throughout Michigan's largest garden railroad.  A model of the Pier Marquette, the train the Loeb family took from Chicago to their summer home in Charlevoix, can be seen pulling into the old Charlevoix Depot in the realistic display.  Many fantasy trains, built on property, run around on tracks weaving up on top of, around, and through a nearby hedge maze.

    There are also collections from castles all over the world, metal work forged on site by the 2nd owner, concert memorabilia, reflection pond, life sized chess sets, and, of course, a dragon!



    • Wed, October 06, 2021
    • Wed, November 10, 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
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    Jonathan Duncan Digital Storytelling 101 

    Explore the tools of digital technology to become a more effective and inspired storyteller in the age of social media. Learn basic photographic technique and composition, video editing and production, blogging formats, social media platforms, and receive advice on building a following. You will have the opportunity to build your own blog and practice the techniques discussed in class. A laptop and DSLR or smartphone will be needed after the first night of class. No experience in digital storytelling is required, but students must be comfortable with their computers and camera of choice. Blog-building will begin on the 3rd week of class.


    • Fri, October 08, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    The Changing Roles of Local Law Enforcement

    The sheriff’s department still patrols the roads and runs the jail, but much has changed in recent years. Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin will give an overview of the many new duties we expect our sworn officers to carry out in an era of heightened exposure and stress.

    Attendance fee includes a buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 AM.

    Note: At this time, masks will be required when inside NCMC facilities.

    Sheriff Pete Wallin

    • Mon, October 11, 2021
    • Mon, October 25, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Online
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    Learn about the different genres and sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy and how to approach them as a writer. What makes them tick? How can you blend them? We'll discuss great examples found in short stories, novels, and film and what we can learn from all three.


    • Tue, October 12, 2021
    • Sat, November 06, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
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    Find your unique poetic voice in this collaborative writing workshop. Learn the basic elements of poetry while using the works of contemporary poets as a guide to create your own poems. Through writing, class discussion, and instructor feedback, you will work on creating at least one polished poem. All levels of writing/poetry experience are welcome.


    • Wed, October 13, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    Maintaining Your Health During the Pandemic With Sarah Howard, PTA


    Have you gained weight? Are you moving less? Has your activity level declined? Join us for tips on how to keep active and remain healthy.

    Sarah Howard, Physical Therapist Assistant

    Sarah is a Physical Therapist Assistant and received her degree from Macomb Community College in 2013. Sarah is also a graduate of Central Michigan University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Education for Physical Education. Sarah has continued her education with a focus on myofascial release with vacuum assisted cupping and functional release with Rock Blades.

    • Wed, October 13, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • NCMC Nature Area & classroom CCE-536
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    Foraging for Wild Herbs

    Sierra Bigham, Certified Herbalist, Wild Harvester, and owner of Bear Earth Herbals, will lead a walk in the woods to learn about wild plants and their properties. This walk will cover plant identification, ethical harvesting, herbal remedy preparation and much more. Bring a notebook and gear for fall weather. From 6:30 pm - 7 pm we will go inside to classroom CCE-536*.

    *Masks are required indoors at NCMC, regardless of vaccination at this time.

    • Wed, October 13, 2021
    • Wed, November 03, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
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    learning to see with your camera

    With today's digital cameras just about anyone can take a snapshot. But, it usually takes more than the casual click of a button to create a compelling and artistic photographic image. Most photography classes focus on the technical aspects of photography while this class is all about the art of photography. Learn how to best position your camera, master your optics, go beyond the rule of thirds, develop patience and timing, and improve your post-processing skills. Move beyond the technical hassles and learn to think and see like a photographer.




    • Thu, October 14, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    Cutter Rescues


    An incredible tribute to powerful cutters that protect our inland seas! Featuring the stories of the Escanaba, Mackinac, Hollyhock, and Sundew. Ric was invited to break out the Soo Locks aboard the Mighty Mac and also toured on the Sundew during its final winter run near Duluth. This lecture also chronicles the amazing rescues of the shipwrecks Cedarville, Nordmeer, Henry Cort, and Carl D. Bradley. Featuring rare interviews and never-before-seen newsreel footage of the Cort, Mackinac, Hollyhock and Bradley.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Note: At this time, masks will be required when inside NCMC facilities.


    Ric Mixter Bio 

    With dozens of appearances in two countries and three states last year, Ric Mixter is certainly one of the busiest maritime speakers, rumored to be the most requested historian on the Great Lakes.  Visiting museums, libraries, schools and his live music concert “STORM”, thousands of audience members get a new appreciation for our unique inland-sea history through his spellbinding lectures. 

    Millions of television viewers recognize Ric Mixter as a shipwreck researcher, diving over 100 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has produced over 30 programs for PBS and the Outdoor Channel, and appeared as a shipwreck expert on the History and Discovery Channels.   He leads the pack when it comes to sharing our unique underwater resources with the general public, and thousands of dive show patrons and countless school kids know him as the energetic story teller who uses video like no other presenter can.  His stories appear in books, magazines and in radio and TV news programs.  Mixter’s YouTube videos have over a million views, covering shipwrecks in four of the Great Lakes and adventures in several foreign lands.

    Ric served as SCUBA cameraman on underwater expeditions to the Great Lakes largest shipwrecks, the Edmund Fitzgerald and Carl D. Bradley.  He has interviewed dozens of shipwreck survivors over the past 15 years, including two from the 1913 Storm, two from the 1940 Armistice Day Storm and survivors from the largest shipwrecks in lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie.  Today he runs his own production company, Airworthy Productions.   He’s been Emmy nominated and has taken several awards including the Addy, Aurora, Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Use of Medium, AP, UPI and was the 2007 Vescio award winner for a video on mental health advocacy.  With over 20 years of stories on historical preservation, Ric was awarded the 2009 Award for Historic Interpretation by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime Historians.  In 2011 he was elected to their board of directors.  Ric is also on the board of directors for the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, elected to serve as their president starting in January of 2016.  Ric has hosted the largest dive show in Ontario and also MC’d the midwest’s largest show in Chicago.  He is a frequent speaker at Ghost Ships in Milwaukee and Michigan’s largest show “Great Lakes Shipwrecks”.

    Ric is also a pilot- flying not only single engine planes, but also has flight time in several military jets.  These include the US Air Force’s Thunderbird F-16 Falcon, and over 100 hours of camera work in the B-52 Stratofortress.  He’s flown in the Goodyear Blimp and countless biplanes and aerobatic aircraft and has also jumped several times from over 12,000 feet as a skydiver.  Ric also adept to filming in helicopters, from flying over the jungles of Honduras with the Army, to being lowered in a rescue basket into Lake Huron by the Coast Guard. 

    Historical Documentaries:

    Sunken Treasure  2012

    Offshore Outposts 2011

    Cement Boat  2009

    Bombs Away  2008

    Cutter Rescues  2006

    Final Run: Storms of the Century  2005

    Safe Ashore: The 1940 Armistice Day Storm  2004

    Great Lakes In Depth  (26 episodes on PBS and the Outdoor Channel) 2000-2001

    Deep Six: Titanics of the Great Lakes  1998

    The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations  1997

    Expedition ’94 to the Edmund Fitzgerald  1995

    Best Adventure Yet 1993

    Books & Periodicals

    “The Wheelsmen” 300 page book reprinted 2015

    “Nordmeer” Michigan History Magazine 2015

    “McDougal’s Dream” Michigan History Magazine 2013

    “Bombs Away” Winter 2011

    “Shipwrecks of Saginaw Bay” Michigan History Magazine July 2014

    “Voices of the Lakes” article in book 1993


    • Thu, October 14, 2021
    • Thu, November 11, 2021
    • 5 sessions
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    Learn the language of warmth and passion. We'll cover the basic conversational skills you'll need to travel in Italy while learning about the people, art, and culture of this fabulous country. This class is designed to be repeated as often as you wish.*

    *Students must purchase two texts: "Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide (Second Edition)" by Edoardo A. Lebano and any Italian to English dictionary (you will use this a lot so purchase one you feel comfortable using).



    • Sat, October 16, 2021
    • Sun, October 17, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 8
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    Turkish Marbling with Heidi Reichenbach Finley

         

    Traditional marbling is a historic craft dating back to the 10th century. It is achieved by floating paint on fluid and then transferring these one-of-a-kind designs to paper or fabric. Participants need no prior experience in art whatsoever. Anyone who can follow instructions can be successful in this class. Learn the techniques, tools, and materials that are best for achieving the bright, clear patterns which make marbling special. Day One introduces the craft; familiarizing the student with the necessary chemistry, specialized tools, paper and paint, and includes basic marbling. Day Two offers advanced patterns and some fun substrates, with students encouraged to further develop skills by re-visiting favorite patterns and experimenting individually. Participants can expect to take home 20+ completed papers and fabric samples.

    Though paint shirts and aprons are provided by the instructor, please wear unimportant clothing and shoes. Bring rubber gloves if you wish. Marbling is messy fun! Questions? Students may contact the instructor at midwestartist@msn.com or (260) 667-8719

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Heidi revels in sharing the traditional craft of marbling with students of all ages. An oil painter living in Petoskey, Michigan, Heidi is one of only a few professional marbling instructors in the nation. She offers marbling classes and private instruction at her home studio and various teaching centers in Northern Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, CA and beyond.

    Please visit www.marblingsupplies.com or www.marblingsupplies.etsy.com for a glimpse at Heidi’s custom designed marbling supplies, papers, and gift items sold to enthusiasts in 44 countries around the globe.


    • Sat, October 16, 2021
    • Sat, November 20, 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
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    Your smartphone is an advanced photo-taking device, but do you know how to take advantage of everything it has to offer? Come learn how to create breathtaking photos in this fun and informational class. Learn tactics used by the pros such as basic settings, shooting techniques, and how to tell a story with an image. We'll also learn finishing and display techniques so you can impress your family and friends with your smartphone savvy.


    • Tue, October 19, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • NCMC Nature Area & classroom CCE-536
    • 0
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    Foraging for Wild Herbs

    Sierra Bigham, Certified Herbalist, Wild Harvester, and owner of Bear Earth Herbals, will lead a walk in the woods to learn about wild plants and their properties. This walk will cover plant identification, ethical harvesting, herbal remedy preparation and much more. Bring a notebook and gear for fall weather. From 6:30 pm - 7 pm we will go inside to classroom CCE-536*.

    *Masks are required indoors at NCMC, regardless of vaccination at this time.


    • Fri, October 22, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    Rural Broadband

    A century ago, rural electric cooperatives were created to bring electricity to areas that large electric power companies considered too uneconomical to serve. Today, history is repeating itself, except with broadband. Julie Bailey of Great Lakes Energy will explain how her company’s subsidiary, TrueStream, is bringing the internet to rural areas across northwest Michigan and how it is changing rural life.

    Attendance fee includes a buffet lunch beginning at 11:30 am.

    Note: At this time, masks will be required when inside NCMC facilities.

    Julie Bailey, Great Lakes Energy

    • Tue, October 26, 2021
    • Tue, November 16, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
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    So you want to start your own podcast? Well, this is the perfect course for you! This course has been created to show the beginner podcaster everything they need to record, edit, publish, and grow their very own podcast. Join us to learn the entire process of creating a podcast, from idea to launch. Learn how to choose subject matter, what equipment you need to create a quality podcast, how to record, how to edit, how to find sponsors, and how to publish your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, and tons of other audio outlets. No more piecing together information off the Internet, no more throwing away money on outdated podcasting books or wasting money on the wrong podcast equipment. If you've ever wanted to start your own podcast, this is the class for you.




    • Mon, November 01, 2021
    • Mon, November 22, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
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    If you are looking to spice up your home-cooking repertoire, look no further than this class on cooking the Mediterranean and Egyptian way! We'll explore some of the healthiest traditional Egyptian recipes along with instruction on how to prepare them. Learn about spices that have been used for hundreds of years and discover how to incorporate them into your own recipes. Learn how to make dolmas (grape leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables), musakka (an eggplant dish), and hawawshi (Egyptian meat pie)!*

    Click here for ingredient list

    *We hate canceling classes, but sometimes there are forces outside of our control. Please keep this in mind as you purchase supplies and hang onto your receipt.

    • Thu, November 04, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Online
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