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    • Thu, January 28, 2021
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    • Thu, March 04, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 6 sessions
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    Learn to speak the language that's spoken by more people as a native tongue than any other language in the world. Focus is on fundamental tones, the usage of Chinese pinyin, and Chinese syntax as we communicate in basic conversational phrases. Discussions of Chinese culture will be integral to our study. We'll also talk about Chinese characters and how they are constructed.

    Students are responsible for buying text "Discover China Student's Book 1" which is available on Amazon, price varying from $28 - $50.




    • Tue, February 09, 2021
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    • Tue, March 16, 2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    Though travel is restricted at the moment, it is the perfect time to look forward to the future and prepare yourself for your next trip abroad! Learning the basics of the language and customs of any foreign country is a great start. In this class, we will learn essential Japanese words and phrases to make your travels to Japan more pleasurable. Class will cover common greetings, vocabulary, and Kanji necessary to navigate your way around Japan, purchase a train ticket, and order sushi. We'll also spend time learning about the unique culture and customs of Japan to scratch that unfulfilled travel-itch we've all been feeling.




    • Wed, February 10, 2021
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    • Wed, March 17, 2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    map of France

    Tackle your future French vacation without fear in this all-inclusive approach to travel in francophone countries. Though travel is restricted at the moment, you can take the time now to learn the phrases and vocabulary necessary to be successful while shopping, reading a metro plan, and ordering the ever delicious pain au chocolat. In addition to terminology, this course will provide insight on French culture and customs - how a tourist acts can greatly enhance their vacation. While learning tips and tricks for traveling abroad, you will feel like you are strolling the streets of France, fulfilling your wanderlust from the comfort of your own home. All levels are welcome in this class, so come join us for a virtual trip overseas!




    • Tue, February 23, 2021
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    • Tue, March 02, 2021
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    • 2 sessions
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    Income Inequality has been a steadily growing problem in the United States, but the 2008 financial crisis escalated the issue into a full-blown crisis which has since been exacerbated by the 2019 pandemic. This class will discuss the scope of the problem, how the 2008 crisis crushed the middle and lower class, how our government failed to act, and how the current pandemic has reshaped that discussion. Students must purchase the book "Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World" by Adam Tooze.




    • Wed, February 24, 2021
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    • Wed, March 17, 2021
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    • 4 sessions
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    In partnership with


    First session ~ Breakfast Foods Wednesday, February 24th - 4 pm

    • Omelets
    • Eggs Benedict
    • Pancakes
    • BVI Hash

    Second session ~ Soup & Bread Baking Wednesday, March 3rd - 4 pm

    • Stafford's Famous New England Seafood Chowder
    • Cottage-Dill Rolls

    Third session ~ Entrees Wednesday, March 10th - 4 pm

    • Tomato-Caper Whitefish, Sherry-Butter Sauce, Broccolini, Duchess Potato
    • Chicken Dijon, Glazed Carrots, Wild Rice

    Fourth session ~ Desserts Wednesday, March 17th - 4 pm

    • Carrot Cake
    • Crème Brûlée
    • Molten Chocolate Cake

    DJ Flynn,
    C.E.C. Corporate Chef

    DJ joined the Stafford's team in 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in northern Michigan. Prior to joining Stafford’s, he graduated from Culinary School at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduation, he worked at Tapiwingo as Chef de’ Cuisine for 5 years, held the Executive Chef position at Bay Harbor Yacht Club, spent some time in New Orleans and most recently, was the Executive Chef at Barrel Back and Walloon Lake Inn.

    Coming full circle, DJ is very happy to be “back” to the Stafford’s family. His first job at the age of 14, was a dishwasher at Stafford’s Bay View Inn. He is excited to be a part of a great team with incredible experience and hopes to continue to carry-on our long standing tradition of excellent hospitality in northern Michigan.

    DJ will oversee and maintain the culinary programs at our landmark properties; Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Stafford’s Pier Restaurant and Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix. DJ’s take on food: Anything edible is good and our job is to make it great! When he’s not in the kitchen, you will find DJ skiing as much as he can (he was a former ski & snowboarding instructor) and enjoying the Great Lakes in the summer months.


    • Thu, February 25, 2021
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    • Thu, March 18, 2021
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    • 4 sessions
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    First session ~ Improve Your Website SEO

    Analyze your own SEO to see if your website is working for you. Learn easy tips on page content, meta data, and improving the user experience to help your site rank better on Google.

    Second session ~ Keyword Research Tools

    Learn how to optimize your website for keywords throughout the buyer's journey. We will explore free Keyword Research tools to learn not only search volume but also the search intent behind your keywords.

    Third session ~ Google My Business for Local SEO

    Google My Business continues to be the main driver of local SEO success. Learn about zero-click searches, Google My Business profile optimization, and managing your listing for more visibility.

    Fourth session ~ Optimize Your Social Media

    Social media success can influence your SEO, too. Learn how to increase visibility, improve traffic, and generate backlinks so your social signals help improve your search rankings.

    Marcie Wolf is the owner of Abuzz Creative and provides Digital Marketing for any size business. Services include Website Design, Ecommerce Site Development, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, and Personalized Marketing Training. Marcie was a founding partner of HarborActive community training and now offers personalized marketing training through Abuzz Creative.
    • Thu, February 25, 2021
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    • Thu, April 01, 2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    Build upon the skills you've learned in Italian I or your general background in Italian. Expand the basic conversational skills used in travel and everyday situations as we practice with present and future tense verbs. This class is designed to be repeated as often as you wish. If you do not own the text from Italian I, purchase ($20) from Lifelong Learning staff before the first class. Students are responsible for bringing an Italian-English dictionary.




    • Mon, March 01, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Mon, March 22, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
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    After receiving a perfect 5 out of 5 star rating for the session that was just completed, we have decided to add 4 weeks to this class. Here is some feedback from a student that just completed the series. 

    "I wanted to share with you my voyage to your meditation class. In 2020 my anxiety levels increased so much due to what was happening to the country and its citizens that my doctor had to increase my blood pressure medication to lower my pressure and I started on anti anxiety medication in December.  My doctor suggested meditation at about the time I saw the NCMC flyer.  I'm happy to report my anxiety is down so much I stopped taking the anxiety medication and my bp is back where it should be.  So happy to have found you and your teaching when I really needed it."

    We hope you can join us!

    This class will be recorded each week and sent out to everyone that has registered. If the class time doesn't work for you, you can watch at your convenience.

    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.  



    • Mon, March 01, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Wed, March 10, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
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    Sponsored by the Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild


    Join instructors Barry Fitzpatrick and Jim Anglewicz, Master Beekeepers and members of Little Traverse Beekeepers Guild, for these free sessions designed to cover everything you should know before beginning your own Beekeeping journey.

    First session ~ The pros and cons of beekeeping and the equipment you will need to begin your beekeeping journeyMonday, March 1st - 7 pm

    Second session ~ Honey bee biology and what to look for when inspecting your hives. Wednesday, March 3rd- 7 pm

    Third session ~ Bee health issues and testing and treating for Varroa Destructor, the main problem honey bees have today.  Monday, March 8th - 7 pm

    Fourth session ~ Wintering honey bees and dealing with honey, beeswax and reproducing your bees to grow your apiary. Wednesday, March 10th - 7 pm



    • Mon, March 01, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Mon, March 15, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
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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, March 02, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
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    Social Media Tips & Tricks

    Social media can be a fun gathering place where people of all generations can connect with long lost friends and family members. With the current pandemic, social media use has grown and is where most people are comfortable socializing.

    In this virtual class, you will get a quick overview of how to go social on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Learn how to set up your profiles and connect with people, get tips on how to share photos and videos, learn how to use hashtags in captions (and why you should), and gain valuable tips on etiquette when posting and commenting

    Marcie Wolf is the owner of Abuzz Creative and provides Digital Marketing for any size business. Services include Website Design, Ecommerce Site Development, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, and Personalized Marketing Training. Marcie was a founding partner of HarborActive community training and now offers personalized marketing training through Abuzz Creative.
    • Tue, March 02, 2021
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    • Tue, March 16, 2021
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    • 3 sessions
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    There is a world of difference between a farm-fresh, right-from-the-hen egg and those that come fresh from the store. Sounds good, but where there are eggs, there are chickens; and where there are chickens, there is responsibility. Find out how to do it right from start to finish in this class. We'll cover preparation; breed selection; housing, food, and water; chickens and your garden; legalities and your neighborhood; hazards and health management; raising chicks; and collecting and storing eggs. We'll also review the age-old question: Which came first?




    • Wed, March 03, 2021
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
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    Refine your skills and learn a few new songs to play with a night of Neil Young. A lot of his songs are easy to fake by strumming simple chords, but his guitar parts are full of little details that are the icing on the cake. Whether you're an Old Man or a Cinnamon Girl, there's something for you to learn from Neil's playing. Basic guitar knowledge and your own instrument, acoustic or electric, are required.




    • Thu, March 04, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
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    Keyword Research Tools with Marcie Wolf

    Learn how to optimize your website for keywords throughout the buyer's journey. We will explore free Keyword Research tools to learn not only search volume but also the search intent behind your keywords.

    Marcie Wolf is the owner of Abuzz Creative and provides Digital Marketing for any size business. Services include Website Design, Ecommerce Site Development, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, and Personalized Marketing Training. Marcie was a founding partner of HarborActive community training and now offers personalized marketing training through Abuzz Creative.
    • Thu, March 04, 2021
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    • Thu, April 08, 2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    Immerse yourself in the world of ink as you learn to match a variety of inks (color and black) and papers, while experimenting with both a fountain and dip pen. Create your own ink catalog as you learn testing techniques such as making an ink swab ring, creating ink chromatography samples, and doing small ink paintings. This class is great for absolute beginners, or advanced "ink geeks" from any artistic background.




    • Fri, March 05, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
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    Do you ever wonder what happens to the stuff you put out to the curb every week?  Chris Gee knows.  He got his start in the trash business at age 9.  Today he runs the landfill in Onaway owned by Toronto-based GFL Environmental Inc., which takes all of the trash collected in Emmet County.  He can also tell you some surprising things about eagles, and how he’s looking at ways to turn some of your waste into electricity. 


    • Sat, March 06, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
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    So you're ready to start submitting some of your polished writing for potential publication? In this session, students will learn the ins and outs of getting their written work ready for publication. Whether you have a short story, a few poems, or a full-length manuscript, the session will help guide you through the preparation process, how to find the right place to submit to, and ways to work through rejection--it happens! Taught by a widely-published writer and experienced book and literary journal editor, this class will give students first-hand knowledge of what editors look for and how to make their work stand out among the slush pile.




    • Mon, March 08, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    Tips to Keep a Healthy Posture with Tanya Ruddy, MPT, MTC

    What is good posture?  How does it affect the body?  We will answer all these questions and more. You will learn the do’s and don’ts plus some good tips to remind you of good posture throughout your day.

    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.


    • Tue, March 09, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
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    Join Beth Wemigwase, Program and Collections Coordinator for the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society for a closer look at the history of Harbor Springs. Wemigwase will take visitors on a journey through time beginning with the original inhabitants of the area, the Odawa, and ending with the emergence of the resort and tourist industry, stopping along the way to highlight important historical figures and events.

    Wemigwase has been with the Historical Society for seven years, following her internship with the Mackinac State Historic Parks. Originally from Ohio, she received her Master’s in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

    • Wed, March 10, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Wed, March 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
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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, March 11, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
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    Google My Business with Local SEO with Marcie Wolf

    Google My Business continues to be the main driver of local SEO success. Learn about zero-click searches, Google My Business profile optimization, and managing your listing for more visibility.

    Marcie Wolf is the owner of Abuzz Creative and provides Digital Marketing for any size business. Services include Website Design, Ecommerce Site Development, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, and Personalized Marketing Training. Marcie was a founding partner of HarborActive community training and now offers personalized marketing training through Abuzz Creative.
    • Thu, March 11, 2021
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    • Thu, March 18, 2021
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    • 2 sessions
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    Proficiency in the many facets of business finances enhance the likelihood of both business success and long-term personal financial health. Gain a broader understanding of the financial side of starting, running and closing your business as you learn: the importance of proper entity selection; how to better understand your financial statements and use them as a productivity tool; options for retirement for small business owners and sole proprietors; and much more. For individuals currently involved in a small business or if you are considering a career change.




    • Thu, March 11, 2021
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    • Thu, March 18, 2021
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    • 2 sessions
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    Unearthing the secrets of self-publishing does not have to be a time-consuming, research-laden mission. If you want to get your book out quickly, this class is for you. It tells you only what you need to know by systematically walking you through the self-publishing process, using practical examples you can apply to your own manuscript. By the end of the workshop, you will know exactly what it takes, and how much it costs, to self-publish your own book.




    • Sat, March 13, 2021
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    • Sat, March 20, 2021
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    • 2 sessions
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    Don't wait for a special occasion to create a beautifully decorated cake that's sure to impress your friends and family! Create an eye-popping 3-layer cake and learn basic techniques such as: stacking, applying the buttercream crumb coat, and getting smooth sides on the final buttercream layer. You will learn and practice two designs that use the same tools. In the first class, we will review the supply list, two designs, and how to bake delicious cakes. Your homework will be to purchase supplies and bake cakes utilizing provided recipes or your favorite confection. In the second class, you will decorate baked cakes with live instruction to help you along the way. We'll also discuss transporting and (if needed) freezing your cake, and how to best slice and serve your sweet confection.




    • Mon, March 15, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    The Importance of Maintaining Muscle Mass As We Age

    with Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS


    In the past several years, numerous studies have found that people with higher muscle strength are less likely to lose their independence than their weaker peers. According to the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, “Muscle mass decreases approximately 3–8% per decade after the age of 30 and this rate of decline is even higher after the age of 60”.  We will discuss the correlation between maintaining your independence and performance as you age.

    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, March 15, 2021
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    • Mon, March 29, 2021
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    • 3 sessions
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    Journaling has become productivity's new darling. We'll explore beyond the hype and learn how and why journaling can be a fulfilling practice. We'll explore how different types of journals meet different needs, as well as how journaling can help with goal setting, becoming unblocked, time management, creativity, and searching for inner peace. Let's make a record of the incredible adventures of our lives.




    • Mon, March 15, 2021
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    • Mon, April 19, 2021
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    • 6 sessions
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    According to Jerry Seinfeld, the number one fear in life is public speaking -- more so than death! Overcome your fear as you work with an experienced speaker coach to: build confidence; develop content; create effective visuals; learn memorization tactics and stage presence (gestures, voice inflection, etc.); and ultimately deliver a memorable, insightful, powerful talk. If you have a specific talk to work on please bring it. Students are encouraged to attend every class to get the most out of skill-building exercises. Additionally, in this time of virtual everything, we will cover how to effectively adapt your talk from in-person to online, with pointers for presenting via screen.




    • Tue, March 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    International Speaker Series

    What are the realities of the US Immigration System?  Why don’t the estimated 11 million people in the US without legal status bother to get papers?  What are some real solutions to unauthorized immigration?  These are three of the most misunderstood questions concerning the topic of immigration in the US.  Fr. Wayne will be presenting insights to these questions and more, based on his work in the field as an Immigration Advocate and on Catholic Social Doctrine.

    Fr. Wayne Dziekan is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Gaylord, ordained in 1994.  For most of his ordained life he has been an Immigration Advocate after becoming passionate about what he was seeing around him in Northern Michigan and after learning about immigration dynamics through co-leading several immersion trips to the US/Mex border and through visiting my countries in Latin America.  Fr. Wayne works in the Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese, based in Traverse City.


    • Wed, March 17, 2021
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    • Wed, April 28, 2021
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    • 7 sessions
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