Upcoming events

    • Mon, January 03, 2022
    • Mon, March 07, 2022
    • 10 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    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.

    • Tue, January 04, 2022
    • Tue, February 01, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Join waitlist


    Parenting is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs, exciting moments and fearful events. There's no way to be perfect at it because each child and parent relationship is unique. This book club is intended to support parents in getting a better understanding of what's going on with their child and learning strategies that can help ease some of the pressures when it comes to common, everyday challenges all parents confront.

    This book club can be taken as a series, inclusive of three specially selected texts, or one book at a time. Books must be purchased independently. Links for book purchase will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

    Book 1: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson January 4 - February 1

    Book 2: The First Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman  February 8 - March 8

    Book 3: How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber, Adele Faber and Julie King                                                                                                         April 5 - May 3                                                                                                   

    Reading the book is only one part of this experience. The discussion and the opportunities to share with other parents who maybe going through what you're going through can help to support. So you don't feel like it's only you or you're all alone. Discussion will be led by Joelle Drader, MD, MA, LPC.


    The first book featured in this series is The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No—it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!

    In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem—and feel—so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, will be covered in weekly discussions complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. (Summary adapted from Goodreads)


    Joelle brings a comprehensive knowledge base to her counseling profession. She studied biology and psychology at Albion College, and then completed medical school at Wayne State University followed by an internship in obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Rapids, MI. Her medical experiences included working in women's health and family planning, along with experience as being part of a hospice care team. She decided to focus on serving the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals and families by pursuing an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has interest in counseling individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) and families. She previously  became endorsed as a Level II Infant Family Specialist to serve pre-natal women and families with children with newborn to age 5. She also has a passion for supporting parents to learn and practice nurturing parenting skills. In parenting her own 3 children she valued having a community of parents to share ideas and resources and is now excited to help facilitate that for others. Joelle currently serves as a K-12 professional school counselor at Concord Academy Petoskey.

    • Tue, January 04, 2022
    • Tue, February 01, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    Parenting is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs, exciting moments and fearful events. There's no way to be perfect at it because each child and parent relationship is unique. This book club is intended to support parents in getting a better understanding of what's going on with their child and learning strategies that can help ease some of the pressures when it comes to common, everyday challenges all parents confront.

    This book club can be taken as a series, inclusive of three specially selected texts, or one book at a time. Books must be purchased independently. Links for book purchase will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

    Book 1: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson January 4 - February 1

    Book 2: The First Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman  February 8 - March 8

    Book 3: How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber, Adele Faber and Julie King                                                                                                         April 5 - May 3                                                                                                   

    Reading the book is only one part of this experience. The discussion and the opportunities to share with other parents who maybe going through what you're going through can help to support. So you don't feel like it's only you or you're all alone. Discussion will be led by Joelle Drader, MD, MA, LPC.


    The first book featured in this series is The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No—it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!

    In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem—and feel—so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, will be covered in weekly discussions complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives. (Summary adapted from Goodreads)


    Joelle brings a comprehensive knowledge base to her counseling profession. She studied biology and psychology at Albion College, and then completed medical school at Wayne State University followed by an internship in obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Rapids, MI. Her medical experiences included working in women's health and family planning, along with experience as being part of a hospice care team. She decided to focus on serving the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals and families by pursuing an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has interest in counseling individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) and families. She previously  became endorsed as a Level II Infant Family Specialist to serve pre-natal women and families with children with newborn to age 5. She also has a passion for supporting parents to learn and practice nurturing parenting skills. In parenting her own 3 children she valued having a community of parents to share ideas and resources and is now excited to help facilitate that for others. Joelle currently serves as a K-12 professional school counselor at Concord Academy Petoskey.

    • Mon, January 31, 2022
    • Mon, February 28, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Maintaining Grace and Strength While Aging

    It’s never too late to start practicing yoga. Whether you are in your 40’s or 80’s, you can improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion through daily self-care routines that include yoga, breathing practices, and wellbeing rituals.

    This virtual 5-week course helps you regain and maintain holistic wellbeing and vitality. Yoga feels good when you do it, and that feeling transcends into other realms of life...for the rest of your life.

    Benefits of course include:

    • Muscle strength
    • Better balance
    • Improved flexibility in shoulder, hips and knees
    • Immunity balance
    • Respiratory and sinus support
    • Regular digestion and elimination
    • Blissful, restorative sleep
    • Relief from chronic pain and stiff joints
    • Nervous system tune-ups to support brain function and memory

    Join this course and begin blazing a new life path to feeling better as you age with grace and strength. It’s possible to reverse the aging process! More importantly, learn ways to maintain health on daily basis. Learn ways to use yoga and Ayurveda in daily routines, so that life is not so much an aging process of the body, but a fun journey into becoming a healthier and happier you.

    Registration is required for each member of a household attending.

    Class is suitable for beginners, as well as seasoned yogis. Modifications and lots of encouragement are shared. Bring yoga mat, pillow or bolster, and blanket. Before starting new exercise routine, please consult your doctor.

    Waiver: This is an all levels group class. It is meant to give you suggestions, not treat or diagnose any specific health issues. Consult with your doctor if you have specific questions based on your health. You are responsible for listening to your body and honoring your strength and flexibility capabilities during class. For anyone wishing to receive specific yoga poses and Ayurveda lifestyle tips tailored to their unique situation, Kellen is accepting new clients. Book a complimentary discovery call at Calendly.com/kellenbrugman


    Kellen Brugman is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, and Holistic Wellness Coach. Her first yoga teacher and life coach was a 76 year-old WWII veteran. In 2001, after 10 years in the corporate banking and retirement savings industry, she changed careers and now helps people invest in holistic wellbeing plans.

    Kellen’s 21 years experience includes working with global clients like lululemon and Aveda, and, local colleges, hospitals, and businesses. She consults, guides and supports others to realize wellness goals, career dreams, and creative ideas via personal sessions, corporate classes and community wellness events. Kellen’s taught yoga and Ayurvedic wellness classes at senior centers in Nashville, Albuquerque, and Santa Barbara, working with clients such as Vanderbilt Hospital, Santa Barbara City College, and local YMCAs. She is certified through The Ayurvedic Institute, White Lotus Yoga Foundation, and Radiant Coaches Academy. “Investing in daily self-care routines and spiritual rituals creates lifelong returns of health and happiness.” www.kellenbrugman.com


    • Tue, February 01, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • NCMC - SCRC Building, Room 536 (CCE)
    • 10
    Register

    Family & Friends CPR

    The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

    Family & Friends CPR is intended for anyone who wants to learn CPR in a group environment and does not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements; ideal for community groups, parents, grandparents, caregivers, schools and students, and others interested in learning how to save a life.

    Currently masks are required inside all NCMC buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

    Megan Mainland is an Adjunct Faculty member of North Central Michigan College that has been teaching CPR for 15 years. She currently monitors other instructors to assure their skills are up to date.

    • Wed, February 02, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • NCMC SCRC Building, room 550 (upstairs)
    • 12
    Register

    Fall in Love with Self-Care

    An Ayurvedic heart-centered wellness class.


    According to Ayurveda, the heart is home for all life and happiness.

    Nutrient, oxygen-rich blood constantly flows through physical heart. A key factor in immunity- ojas, is produced in heart. Emotions are processed through the energetic heart’s intelligence. And, heart is seat of your Soul, and Source of compassion and creative inspiration.

    The heart is your treasure chest. Daily self-care practices are priceless gems, increasing value in your heart health and all relationships.

    In this class, you will learn heart healthy tips to nourish self-care and flourish wellbeing everywhere. In relationships, friendships, families, careers, creativity, and community. By being rooted in self-care, one effectively and easily creates success and happiness in all areas of life.

    This class includes:

    • Yoga inspired poses (all levels) to support heart health

    • Breathing practice to balance emotions and cultivate compassion

    • Ayurvedic acupressure ritual to release worry and increase positive vibes

    • Create Valentine for yourself, sweetheart, or local senior in need

    • Nourishing organic tea tonic for heart health

    • Heart healthy self-care swag bags with Aveda and Kilwins treats

    Bring your true love, best buddy, favorite friend, or your sweet self*.

    “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”. Oscar Wilde

    *Registration is required for each member of a household attending.

    Kellen Brugman is a Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Holistic Wellness Coach, and yoga teacher. In 2001, after 10 years in the corporate banking and retirement savings industry, she changed careers and now helps people invest in holistic wellbeing plans. Kellen’s 20 years experience includes working with global clients like lululemon and Aveda, and, local colleges and businesses. She consults, guides and supports others to realize wellness goals, career dreams, and creative ideas via personal sessions, corporate classes and community wellness events. Kellen’s taught Ayurvedic wellness classes at Vanderbilt University, Santa Barbara City College, and UCSB. She is certified through The Ayurvedic Institute, White Lotus Yoga Foundation, and Radiant Coaches Academy. “Investing in daily self-care routines and spiritual rituals creates lifelong returns of health and happiness.” www.kellenbrugman.com

    • Wed, February 02, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Locomotives in Charlevoix

    Charlevoix was the last of the principal municipalities of northwest lower Michigan to receive a railroad. It sat so close to the Lake Michigan maritime lanes that many inhabitants thought one was unnecessary. But months-long winters with an ice-packed Lake Michigan sometimes threatened Charlevoix’s survival, so gradually sentiment began to shift. The announcement that a railroad would finally arrive in the early 1890s was met with not a little skepticism, but mainly overwhelming joy and relief. It was not an easy endeavor by any means, fraught with intertown jealousies, accusations of bribery and deceit, all out newspaper wars over who stood to reap the prime benefits, a railroad bankruptcy, finally redemption when the first train pulled into Charlevoix on June 26, 1892. The town was never the same again. This program looks at how the railroad arrived, how it transformed Charlevoix beginning almost immediately, its peak of popularity until the rise of the automobile began to siphon off ridership in the 1930s, and its demise beginning shortly after World War II, until the last train left in 1982. Only the beautiful, historically protected 1892 depot overlooking Lake Charlevoix remains.

    David L. Miles, curator of the Charlevoix Historical Society’s Museum at Harsha House, will be presenting a history of the town’s hotels on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. The virtual program includes practically every hotel /major motel that has contributed to Charlevoix’s hospitality industry, with remarkable images from the Historical Society’s collections starting with the Fountain City House, then the first resort association clubhouse days, and up to today. Included will be stories both humorous and hair-raising from an era that vanished in the 1960s, but one that really put Charlevoix on the map over a century.

    Mr. Miles is the recent recipient of two awards from the State of Michigan for his 2020 book Boulders: The Life and Creations of Earl A. Young in Charlevoix, Michigan, a complete illustrated history of Charlevoix’s world-renowned Mushroom Houses, motels, and the Weathervane Inn restaurant building. The Library of Michigan selected it as one of its twenty Michigan-themed Notable Books of the Year, and the Historical Society of Michigan recently granted Boulders a State History Award 2021 in the Books: Private Printing category.


    • Thu, February 03, 2022
    • Thu, March 17, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • NCMC Borra Learning Center room 49A (downstairs) or Online via Zoom
    Register



    • Are you part of a Board of Directors that has "challenges"? 

    • Are you a newly elected Board Member or Board Officer and you are not sure what you are supposed to do? 

    • Does your organization need to learn how to recruit new people for the future? 

    • Do you want to make your Non-Profit Organization or Association the best and most high functioning that it can be? 

    If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this class is for you!

    Join Certified Association Executive and Non-Profit Organizational Development Specialist, Scott Herceg, CAE, as he guides you through the best practices, experience and useful industry standards that have helped him successfully run award winning, Northern Michigan based, non-profits and membership organizations for nearly 20 years.

    Whether you are brand-new to non-profit work, or if you are an experienced veteran, there is something in this series of classes for everyone to take back to their organization that will make it better.


    Sessions 1&2 - The 5 M’s of Association Management and Non-Profit Administration©

    Basic Training for anyone involved with a Non-Profit Organization or Membership Based Association. Money, Membership, Manpower, Marketing, and Mission are the building blocks of any non-profit organization or association.  Everything your organization does should be based on properly and effectively using these 5 words and the best practices that go with them. Master the 5 M’s and your organization will be successful.

    Session 3 - Board Development and Governance
    Basic Training (Part 2) for any member of a Board of Directors or Staff. Learn what it takes to be an outstanding Board Member/Staff Advisor on a High Functioning Board. Explore the Do’s and Don’ts of Board Operations and learn how to implement them for your board.
    Session 4 - Budget Development/Management/Growth

    If we are a non-profit, that means we aren’t supposed to make any money, right?  WRONG!  Learn how to build a healthy budget and keep it that way and then grow it for the future. Topics explored include non-profit accounting basics, financial reporting that every board member can read, benchmarks for good budgeting, templates for profitable program and event production, how to plan for the future, and properly file your financial reports today.

     Session 5 - Membership Growth/Management/Retention

    If you are not growing, you are dying! It’s as simple as that…well, sort of.  Learn how to evaluate the health of your organization and your programing through membership trends. Explore techniques for gaining new members while engaging your current members in a fun way.  However, it is always easier to keep a member than recruit a new one so dive into the importance of good member relations and how to best keep them engaged and renewing year after year. Topics covered include: value propositions, why join statements, market penetration, quality “onboarding” procedures, new member 1st year or aka “I just joined, now what?," membership standards, and legal issues related to membership that could sink your organization if you are not careful.   

    Session 6 Everybody is an Asset

    How to properly use your nominating committee to grow your board strength and your organization's capacity for success. Learn how your organization can get the right people in the right positions, doing the right jobs for the right reasons. Topics include proper nominating committee procedures, how to encourage diversity in thoughts and demographics, why a good orientation for board members and new staff is so important, and the life cycle of a volunteer and staff… do they burn out, flame out, or heroically ride off into the sunset as the credits roll. Also, Staff, Board of Directors, or Committees...just who is responsible for each thing anyway?

    Session 7 - Executive Director & Board Chairperson Coaching 

    Whatever the titles are: Executive Director, President, Board Chairperson, Executive Officer or just Leader.  The top people, staff and volunteer need to fully understand their role in the organization and why the importance of that role functioning smoothly has a great influence on the rest of the organization's operations. Learn how the roles for the top staff person (Chief Staff Executive) and the top volunteer leader (Chief Elected Officer) work in tandem for the good of the organization but how they also have very different responsibilities. Other topics covered will include preparation for board meetings, agenda building, board management best practices, and how to conduct a smooth flowing board meeting that gets stuff done.


    About ​Scott A. Herceg, CAE

    Certified Association Executive and Organizational Development Specialist with almost twenty years Managing and Directing award winning community non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and membership based professional trade associations across three states.

    As the author of The 5 M's of Non-Profit Administration and Association Management©, Scott has used that framework for success throughout his career to help organizations develop the edge they need to take the next step and to bring under-performing or under-developed organizations back to a position of success.  Now, with Northern Edge Consulting, he is looking to help many more  organizations reach that same outcome.  

    Specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, change management, goal setting and execution, board development, basic training for new professionals, volunteer recruitment and development, membership growth strategies, fundraising techniques, and effective budgeting for growth. 


    • Thu, February 03, 2022
    • Thu, February 10, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Owls of Michigan


    Jamie Platt is a professional ornithologist who helps people find birds. Most of us know how hard it is to see owls in their natural habitat. What we don’t realize is how many owls are hidden in the fabric of our everyday lives. Although highly represented in our culture, owls more than any other animal, take such great pains to conceal their presence. You will learn the how, where and when to find and identify by sight and sound the ten owl species that can be found in Michigan.

    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.

    • Fri, February 04, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    NOTICE: Due to rising Covid infections we have switched back to Zoom presentations for the winter sessions and will resume in-person lunch presentations as conditions allow. There will be no charge for this presentation.

    Public Health

    The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is charged with protecting the health of the people who live and work in Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim and Otsego counties in conformance with Michigan’s Public Health Code. While the health department’s vital work was taken for granted and largely unnoticed by many for decades, that changed in late August 2021 when a mask mandate was issued for K-12 schools in the four counties to address the continued health threat of COVID 19. Health Officer Lisa Peacock, RN, MSN, will explain the mandate and give an update on current steps to keep us safe through the pandemic with its growing number of variants.


    Lisa Peacock, RN, MSN

    • Fri, February 04, 2022
    • Fri, February 11, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Digital Photography with Anne Morningstar

    We all have access to capturing daily life with the push of a button. From phones to professional-grade equipment, this two-day workshop will help elevate your photographic skills. Participants will begin with a brief foundation of photography principles before moving into developing strategies for building more memorable and inspiring compositions. Each class session will include a variety of project prompts and discussions designed to guide you through life's photography journey.


    Anne Morningstar is a full-time Professor of Art and Design at North Central Michigan College. She is co-owner of Bear Creek Organic Farm and an active member in the Northern Michigan community, serving on myriad boards and committees. Morningstar holds her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, as well as her MS from Indiana University. Her mission as a professional creative is to ensure access to art, design, and creative growth for all.

    • Mon, February 07, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    Getting Rid of Shoulder Pain Once and For All with Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS


    Learn how to improve your shoulder mobility and get rid of the aches and pain that tend to become more prevalent after the age of 50.

    Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS 

    Jeff is a physical therapist, board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center in Petoskey.
    • Mon, February 07, 2022
    • Mon, April 04, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    Eating Gluten Free

    Gluten Free Nutrition Class: Do you feel like you have to be a food detective? In this class, Melissa Jaskowski will review which grains are gluten free, spotting wheat containing grains when wheat isn’t an ingredient, and knowing what gluten free means on food labels. We will also discuss the vitamins needed when following a gluten free diet.

    Melissa Jaskowski graduated from Central Michigan University, in 1997, with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed a combined internship and Master’s degree program in 1999, obtaining a M.S. in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. She started her career at Hillsdale Hospital, then worked for a Dialysis unit in Jackson MI, before coming back to her hometown of Boyne City, and working McLaren Northern Michigan. During her 17 years at McLaren Northern Michigan, she covered all in-patient departments, Karmanos Cancer Institute, and the out-patient dialysis unit. Currently, she continues to work as a renal dietitian for DaVita Petoskey. She lives near Boyne City Michigan with her husband Kevin and their children. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking, walking, boating, and cheering on our children at sporting events.

    • Tue, February 08, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

    In partnership with:

    Join Rishi as he speaks about the Sikh religion - including the basic principles and the tenants of the religion and how his religion has guided him through his personal and professional life.


    Rishi Makkar was born in India and moved to the United States with his parents in the early 90s. His parents came here as Fulbright  scholars and taught at Western Michigan University. He graduated from Forest Hills Central and pursued a degree from MSU.
    • Tue, February 08, 2022
    • Tue, March 08, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    Parenting is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs, exciting moments and fearful events. There's no way to be perfect at it because each child and parent relationship is unique. This book club is intended to support parents in getting a better understanding of what's going on with their child and learning strategies that can help ease some of the pressures when it comes to common, everyday challenges all parents confront.

    This book club can be taken as a series, inclusive of three specially selected texts, or one book at a time. Books must be purchased independently. Links for book purchase will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

    Book 1: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson January 4 - February 1

    Book 2: The First Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman  February 8 - March 8

    Book 3: How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber, Adele Faber and Julie King                                                                                                         April 5 - May 3                                                                                                   

    Reading the book is only one part of this experience. The discussion and the opportunities to share with other parents who maybe going through what you're going through can help to support. So you don't feel like it's only you or you're all alone. Discussion will be led by Joelle Drader, MD, MA, LPC.


    The second book to be featured is The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman. Since 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman's best-selling book "The 5 Love Languages" has helped millions of couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak each other’s love language. Each child, too, expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child's primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child's emotions and behavior.

    (Summary adapted from Goodreads)


    Joelle brings a comprehensive knowledge base to her counseling profession. She studied biology and psychology at Albion College, and then completed medical school at Wayne State University followed by an internship in obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Rapids, MI. Her medical experiences included working in women's health and family planning, along with experience as being part of a hospice care team. She decided to focus on serving the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals and families by pursuing an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has interest in counseling individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) and families. She previously  became endorsed as a Level II Infant Family Specialist to serve pre-natal women and families with children with newborn to age 5. She also has a passion for supporting parents to learn and practice nurturing parenting skills. In parenting her own 3 children she valued having a community of parents to share ideas and resources and is now excited to help facilitate that for others. Joelle currently serves as a K-12 professional school counselor at Concord Academy Petoskey.

    • Tue, February 08, 2022
    • Tue, February 15, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    Dr. Hebreard and professor Kamp will be offering an OLLI course on the educational value of podcasts, which will include instruction about accessing podcasts and identifying interesting and educational podcasts. They will create a small group podcast with the OLLI scholars in the class.


    Dana Hebreard  Cindy Kamp

    Dana Hebreard, Ph.D. is Director of the Aquinas College Advantage Center and Career Services. She received a BA from Indiana University Bloomington, earned a master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. 

    Cindy Kamp is an adjunct faculty member at Aquinas College. She has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Cindy has been a host for WYCE’s Catalyst Show and for her podcast, Your True North.

    • Tue, February 08, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Tue, March 08, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Parenting is like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs, exciting moments and fearful events. There's no way to be perfect at it because each child and parent relationship is unique. This book club is intended to support parents in getting a better understanding of what's going on with their child and learning strategies that can help ease some of the pressures when it comes to common, everyday challenges all parents confront.

    This book club can be taken as a series, inclusive of three specially selected texts, or one book at a time. Books must be purchased independently. Links for book purchase will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

    Book 1: The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson January 4 - February 1

    Book 2: The First Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman  February 8 - March 8

    Book 3: How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber, Adele Faber and Julie King                                                                                                         April 5 - May 3                                                                                                   

    Reading the book is only one part of this experience. The discussion and the opportunities to share with other parents who maybe going through what you're going through can help to support. So you don't feel like it's only you or you're all alone. Discussion will be led by Joelle Drader, MD, MA, LPC.


    The second book to be featured is The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman. Since 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman's best-selling book "The 5 Love Languages" has helped millions of couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak each other’s love language. Each child, too, expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child's primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child's emotions and behavior.

    (Summary adapted from Goodreads)


    Joelle brings a comprehensive knowledge base to her counseling profession. She studied biology and psychology at Albion College, and then completed medical school at Wayne State University followed by an internship in obstetrics and gynecology in Grand Rapids, MI. Her medical experiences included working in women's health and family planning, along with experience as being part of a hospice care team. She decided to focus on serving the mental and behavioral health needs of individuals and families by pursuing an MA in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has interest in counseling individuals (children, adolescents, and adults) and families. She previously  became endorsed as a Level II Infant Family Specialist to serve pre-natal women and families with children with newborn to age 5. She also has a passion for supporting parents to learn and practice nurturing parenting skills. In parenting her own 3 children she valued having a community of parents to share ideas and resources and is now excited to help facilitate that for others. Joelle currently serves as a K-12 professional school counselor at Concord Academy Petoskey.

    • Wed, February 09, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    Since 2005, 200 “Promise” programs have been created to provide local students with a tuition-free pathway through college. More recently, close to 20 states have made college tuition-free for many of their residents and in 2021 the Biden administration proposed doing the same nationwide (although this plan was ultimately dropped from the Build Back Better bill). What is driving the “free-college” movement, and what impact have these programs had on K-12 school districts, post-secondary success, and community vitality? This session will address the origins, evolution, and likely future of the Promise movement, and will explain why lowering the price of college yields benefits not just for individuals but also for society.


    Michelle Miller- Adams, Ph.D. is a professor of political science at Grand Valley State University and a senior researcher at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Miller-Adams’s research focuses on the local, state, and national movements toward tuition-free college. She is the author of The Path to Free College: In Pursuit of Access, Equity, and Prosperity; Promise Nation: Transforming Communities through Place-Based Scholarships along with three other books. One of the nation’s leading experts on the tuition-free college movement, she speaks with local and national media and advises state policymakers and community stakeholders on their tuition-free college initiatives.
    • Wed, February 09, 2022
    • Wed, February 16, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    Warm up your February with the brilliant homes and buildings of the “Valley of the Sun,” a name coined in a 1930s Phoenix advertising campaign. Pam, recent winner of the Grand Rapids AIA David D. Smith Humanitarian Award, will guide class participants on a “tour” in a Victorian house museum; take us on a “walk” through one of the country’s best preserved bungalow neighborhoods; share a stunning mid-century auditorium originally envisioned for Bagdad; and visit an Art-Deco skyscraper seen in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. And, of course, show two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s sunny designs, and more--all freshly photographed in January 2022. (virtual tour).


    Pam VanderPloeg is a researcher/historian who has a passion for history and architecture. She spent 11 years as assistant director of the Kent District Library, served as director of research and creative services at West Michigan Modern, and ended her career directing the work of researching, documenting, and preserving Grand Rapids architectural history at Architecture Grand Rapids.
    • Wed, February 09, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
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    In Partnership with The Alzheimer's Association

    The Latest in Alzheimer's and Dementia Research

    Learn about the landscape of Alzheimer’s and Dementia science, the importance of early detection and diagnosis, and the latest advances in clinical trials, treatments and lifestyle interventions.
    • Thu, February 10, 2022
    • Thu, February 17, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    The Great Lakes are known for killer storms and dangerous reefs, but lighthouses helped to make travel on our inland seas safer. Historian Ric Mixter shares a look at many of the most famous beacons, including a look at shipwrecks that are attached to each area. From revolutionary designs to extraordinary conditions for construction, some of the remote lighthouses don’t get the recognition they deserve. Ric shares rare footage and interviews with lighthouse keepers, including a man who survived an explosion on the nation’s most isolated lighthouse.


    Ric Mixter has been president of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, a board member and education coordinator for Spectacle Reef Lighthouse Society, a board member at Whitefish Point lighthouse and frequent contributor to Public Broadcasting for his adventures diving shipwrecks. He was awarded for two decades of maritime stories by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2008 and is currently one of the most requested lecturers on the lakes.
    • Fri, February 11, 2022
    • Fri, February 25, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    February 11 - “So you’re the little lady who started this great war!” said President Abraham Lincoln in the fall of 1862 when he finally met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of the blockbuster antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But Lincoln might just have been talking to and about Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on America’s underground Railroad. Both women’s extraordinary activism advanced the fight against slavery and edged this country closer to Civil War.

    February 25 - The hard winter of 1777, when the Continental Army was camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a turning point in the Revolution, the moment when new drills and regulations turned a ragtag collection of ill-supplied amateurs into a professional fighting force capable of winning a war. This program tells this important story from the perspective of Baron Friedrich von Steuben, the Prussian immigrant whom Washington tasked with achieving that critical transformation.


    Richard Bell, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He serves as a trustee of the Maryland Historical Society and as a fellow of the Royal HIstorical Society. He is the author of the award winning book, Stolen.
    • Mon, February 14, 2022
    • Mon, February 21, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    For a discipline made of the purely abstract, math does a great job of modeling the physical world. In fact, math has predicted physical structures before their actual discovery. In this session, Dr. McDaniel will bring new and old examples of cases where math got there first. Topics include measurements on a sphere, viral capsid structure, movie plots and shapes of space.

    Dr. Michael McDaniel is not your average math professor. His vivacious and intense personality has garnered him attention from his students in the best ways possible. Every student at Aquinas College speaks of his interesting lectures, excitable personality, and willingness to assist his students no matter the skill level. He began his education at Aquinas College, but completed his BA at St. John Fisher College. He then received his M.A. and Ph.D. from George Washington University.

    • Mon, February 14, 2022
    • Mon, March 28, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    February 14 & 28 - From Motor City to Automobile Nation: How the Automobile Industry Reshaped America: Over the course of the 20th century, the automobile would come to reshape human geography, not merely mobility. Where we live, how we interact, our public policy, and our economic systems rely heavily upon the automobile. Detroit, the center of the automobile industry, would be made and unmade by this technology like other cities as well. The car’s influence cannot be underestimated, and we will consider both the historical impact of the automobile along with the future of transportation in the decades to come.

    March 14 - The Other Side of the Lakes: Canadian Lighthouses: When lighthouses on the Great Lakes are thought about, it is primarily on the American side. However, the Canadian side also features a large number of lights and a rich history to go with these often very remote locations. We will examine them from Thunder Bay on Lake Superior to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. 

    March 28 - Michigan’s National Park: Isle Royale: Isle Royale, the largest island in Lake Superior is home to Michigan’s National Park, and one of the least visited in the nation. The island’s long and distinctive history contributed to its inclusion as a park, but not without controversy. This beautiful and complicated place is a state treasure that remains mysterious to most residents.


    Matthew Daley, Ph.D. is a professor of history at GVSU. Dr. Daley’s research focuses on urban, public and social policy; Great Lakes maritime culture and technology; and public history. He is on the Review Board for the State Historic Preservation Office and on the Michigan State Board for Social Studies Education.

    • Tue, February 15, 2022
    • Tue, February 22, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    Midterm elections can be rough for the party in power, especially for a president serving his first term in office. Not only will this be the case in 2022, but states will also be redistricting their congressional boundaries which will change the dynamics of the election. Join us for a course on midterm elections, with a particular emphasis upon the political landscape of 2022.


    Donald Zinman, Ph.D. teaches political science at GVSU. He received his doctorate and masters degrees from the University of Texas in Austin. His research centers upon the presidency, political parties, and American political development.
    • Wed, February 16, 2022
    • Wed, February 23, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    Abortion, guns, religion . . . just another run-of-the-mill term for the United States Supreme Court. This class will explore the key cases before the Supremes this year, with special attention paid to what is at stake in this potentially explosive term, not only for the parties involved, but for the Court itself and for its standing with an ever-increasingly divided America. In the second class, Dr. Ryden will discuss how the turnover of a single justice changes the very nature of the Supreme Court itself. The current iteration of the High Court has three justices who have joined within the past four years, all appointed by then-President Donald Trump. Some observers have characterized this Court as the most conservative since the 1930s. Accurate or hyperbole? This class will examine what if anything can we infer from the brief tenures of “Trump Justices” Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett, and what it might mean for the future of the Court, as it wades into the historically consequential 2021-2022 term and for the longer term.


    David Ryden, Ph.D., professor at Hope College, has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. His areas of specialization are religion and politics, American Constitutionalism, and parties and elections. He is a favorite at OLLI!
    • Wed, February 16, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
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    Health & Wellness Series

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    Balance & Fall Reduction with Sarah Howard, PTA


    An over view of what balance is, how it can be affected by different things. How to improve balance to reduce falls and how to reduce fall risk in the home.

    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, February 16, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online
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    Exploring Underwater Photography

    Hawksbill Turtle, Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

    Underwater photos can be quite arresting, especially given the unusual and often exotic subjects and settings, but it is not without challenges. Cameras leak. Fish hide, flee, bite, and sting. And the clock is always ticking as the air in your scuba tank gets lower. Join presenter Gerry Wilson as he outlines some of the challenges of taking pictures underwater, along with solutions to some challenges. He will also share some cool underwater photos and tell stories about how they were captured.

    Gerry Wilson has been a diver for about 18 years and an instructor for about 15 years. He has logged about 1,000 dives. He has dived and taken photos all over the Caribbean, in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, off the Atlantic coast, and in the Great Lakes including the Straits of Mackinac. He has studied with Martin Edge, author of The Underwater Photographer, and with Stuart Gibson. He is a PADI underwater photography instructor. He is an alumni of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan. He resides in Harbor Springs.


    • Thu, February 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
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    International Speaker Series

    China's already significant international influence continues to grow. It is no secret that China's vision of a more Chinese friendly international order differs from core features of the current American-led order. In recent years, China has taken numerous steps to elevate its status and garner greater international influence with the hopes of reshaping aspects of the current international order. Investing in elite sport and hosting Olympic events is part of China's broader strategy for status and influence. This presentation examines the role of sport in foreign policy, how China cultivates influence, and the function of the Olympic Games in China's foreign policy ambitions.

    Joseph Scanlon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MCC. He received his doctoral degree from the Northern Illinois University School of Public and Global Affairs. His teaching and research interests include American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations, with a specialized research interest in the global politics of sport. He is the coordinator of The Democracy Commitment at MCC, a campus initiative promotes civic engagement, participation in civic education, and meaningful democratic practices such as deliberative dialogues. He is also an active participant in the State University of New York's Collaborative Online International Learning initiative where students in his International Politics course collaborate on joint projects with students attending international universities. 

    • Fri, February 18, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online
    Registration is closed

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    It’s time to lighten up! The funny is found in the truth...what we may think is such a big deal in our horrible life is really a gold mine for laughter. We will dig into our messy lives and bring out some fun!