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    • Wed, April 07, 2021
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    • Wed, April 28, 2021
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    • 4 sessions
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    Week 1 Building Healthy Soil

    Healthy soil is the foundation for successful gardening. But what is healthy soil and how do we build it? Learn what soil really is, including the rich diversity of underground life that makes a healthy, high-quality soil.  Look at ways to improve and maintain high-quality soil, including using compost and cover crops. And learn how to collect and interpret soil tests.

    Week 2 Managing weeds and insects in your garden

    Weeds are often the biggest challenge for gardeners, but there are ways to stay ahead of them. Knowing the weeds and how they grow will help you find and the best ways to manage them. And some of the insects in your garden are pests, But the vast majority are quite beneficial.  Instructor Larry Dyer will introduce you to the diverse plants and insects that may inhabit your garden and help you manage them.

    Week 3 Planning your garden and the surrounding landscape

    Over the long run, your garden will be more successful with a plan for long-term success.  How do you decide what to plant, how much of it to plant and when and where to plant it?  We will discuss the concepts for garden design, crop rotation and biodiversity management, including the perennial plants in and around your garden. 

    Week 4 Get your garden planted!

    You’ve been thinking about your garden all winter. Now it’s time to get started. But do you direct seed or use transplants? And can you start your own transplants? What is the best timing for all of the crops you want to plant? We will discuss garden calendars and planting options, and it’s not too soon to start planning for your fall garden!



    Larry Dyer

    Larry Dyer has worked in the realm of sustainable and organic agriculture, agricultural ecology and community-based food systems for over 30 years. He has a doctorate in Entomology from Michigan State University and he is a Holistic Management® Certified Educator. His experience includes work with Native American communities in Northern Michigan to develop sovereign tribal food systems, growing in a hoop house at Bay Mills Community College, growing vegetables at Olney Friends School and Growing in Place Community Farm, and farming with horses and oxen at Tillers International. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay he worked on agroforestry with a cooperative of small farmers. Since 2011 Dyer has offered several dozen classes about organic farming and gardening, and he has played a leadership role in the Local Food Alliance of Northern Michigan since its inception.


    • Tue, April 13, 2021
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    • Tue, April 27, 2021
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    • 3 sessions
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    Michigan Warblers

    Their bright colors, vibrant songs and dazzling diversity make Warblers the rock stars of the birding world. Possibly the most beautiful and charismatic family of birds….Birders travel to the Great Lakes from all over the world to experience our Spring Warbler migration.  Learn the how, where and when to find and identify, by both sight and sound, the many warblers that nest or migrate through 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.

    • Tue, April 13, 2021
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    • Tue, April 27, 2021
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    • 3 sessions
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    When thinking about sugar, the role it plays in your diet and its impact on your health, it is essential to understand the difference between sugars that are natural (glucose and fructose) and those that are man-made (sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup). Learn how to identify different sugars, how to use nature's sugars in your diet and cooking, and how to begin to break an attachment to man-made sugars. Students will learn to work with a food diary to track their sugar and overall eating habits. Please bring a journal or notebook to use as a food diary to the first class.




    • Fri, April 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    Lisa Peacock, MSN, RN, is Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. Her organization is in charge of the complex effort to help our community maintain safe practices and stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will give a status report on vaccine distribution, who’s next in line, and what we can expect in the months ahead.


    • Mon, April 19, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    International Speaker Series

    Join Emily Meyerson on her journey through Malaysian Borneo. She will share her experience of the beautiful culture, unique flora and fauna, amazing landscapes, interesting history and delicious food. The adventure starts in the charming Cat City of Kuching; goes into the largest cave system in the world at Mulu National Park; treks through the rainforest along a former Headhunter’s trail; and hikes to the top of Mt. Kinabalu, the highest peak in SE Asia. Come learn about the islands unique history and culture as well as the incredible wildlife including Orangutans and Proboscis monkeys.

    Bio

    Emily Meyerson is a Community Planner who has helped to plan, develop and manage a 280+ mile network of multi-use trails in Northern Michigan and is currently helping to solve the local Housing Crisis. Emily’s professional passion is advocating for livable small towns and creating safe, healthy and walkable communities. Her personal passion is travelling, both locally afar, with adventures taking her to six continents. Emily learns more about herself and her purpose when she is away from routine and puts herself just on the edge of uncomfortable.

    Emily grew up in the Detroit area and has two degrees from the University of Michigan, a Master of Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts. She also earned a Professional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution through a Rotary Fellowship. Emily is self-declared trail nerd and you can often find her exploring the outdoors hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing or camping.


    • Thu, April 22, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
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    Beth Wemigwase returns for Part II of her lecture on the history of the Harbor Springs area, which will cover the more recent history of Harbor Springs from 1900 until 1980. Wemigwase will highlight the town’s involvement in WWI, the prohibition era, the emergence of the local ski industry and more.

    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.

    • Mon, April 26, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    Historical novels tell interesting stories about a time and a place and the people who live there, requiring the authors to do extensive research so their writing accurately reflects the history of the period. Using "This Tender Land" by William Kent Kreuger as the launching point, this class will offer a one-hour look at the history of the Great Depression and then continue with a one-hour discussion of the novel as a piece of contemporary literature. Readers and history buffs welcome! Participants should read "This Tender Land" before the class.


    • Mon, April 26, 2021
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EDT)
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    David Bowie worked with a series of incredible guitarists throughout his career: Mick Ronson, Robert Fripp, Nile Rogers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more. Spend en evening learning some classic Bowie tunes to expand and refine your influences and techniques as a guitarist. Basic guitar knowledge and your own instrument, acoustic or electric, are required.




    • Fri, April 30, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    The Mackinac Bridge gets all the publicity, but the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie, which opened in 1962, is equally important to our state as it connects us with our Canadian neighbors to the north.  Before the pandemic lockdown, 7,000 vehicles a day crossed the bridge to and from Sault, Ontario. Peter Petainen, general manager of International Bridge Administration, explains the bridge’s history, its importance to international trade and some very interesting details about the two-mile span.


    • Mon, May 03, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    Fall Risk Reduction

    with Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS


    Balance is the key to life and independence! Reducing your fall risk! Discover how improving your balance will reduce the chances of falling and increase your independence. Jeff will discuss the various reasons why people fall, how this changes as we age, and talk about simple ways to reduce your fall risk

    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.


    • Tue, May 04, 2021
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    • Tue, May 25, 2021
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    • 4 sessions
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    Beginning Birding

    In this class you will learn the basics of Birding such as optics, field guides, birding technology, predicting migratory flights using weather and radar, attracting birds to your yard, and the where, when and how to find and identify birds. Jamie Pratt will provide everything you need to know to get started on this fun and exciting pastime!

    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, May 05, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
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    In Partnership with The Alzheimer's Association

    10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

    Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. The Alzheimer’s Association® developed the new 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s education program to help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others.

    This free one-hour program:

    ● Explores typical age-related changes.

    ● Describes common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

    ● Offers tips for how to approach someone about memory concerns.

    ● Explains the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis.

    ● Details possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process.

    ● Identifies helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.


    • Thu, May 06, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
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    Collision in the Straits: The Cedarville Tragedy

    Cedarville is the largest intact shipwreck in Lake Huron, and yet no one really knows its story. It’s one of the most dived shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, resting on its side nearly turned over in about 100 feet of water. How it got there is a captivating and sad tale. The regular skipper for the stone carrier resigned abruptly, and a shuffle of deck crew brought the first mate to captain and third mate Len Gabrysiak down to wheelsman. 1965 was a busy beginning for US Steel, and Cedarville was hauling large chunks of limestone to the hungry furnaces at Gary even before all the ice had cleared the lakes.

    Blinded by spring time fog, the wheelsman couldn’t see the back half of his ship in the mist, and he was surprised the skipper ordered full steam ahead, guided by radar through thenarrow passage under the Mackinac Bridge. Two other saltwater ships were making passage towards the east when Cedarville turned for their turn under the span. Len said the deck crew had been watching the radar as a mystery ship went under, but the captain assumed it would turn for Round Passage. Topdalsfjord didn’t make any radio calls as it turned south instead, and the two ships collided. Cedarville’s green captain dropped anchor instead of heading for shore, hoping he could get instructions from the head office in Pittsburgh before complicatin the mess he was already in.

    Ric Mixter is the first to tell the Cedarville story on television, and his interviews with the crew and how they tried to save the ship are captivating. Wheelsman Len Gabrysiak’s eyewitness account from the pilothouse further adds detail to the speculation on why the captain pulled anchor and tried to cross the Straits rather than beach his doomed ship on the north shore.

    With commentary from a German sailor that pulled survivors from the freezing Straits, Ric’s lecture on Cedarville will captivate audiences anywhere on the lakes, especially those who are part of the millions who have sailed over Cedarville’s grave on their way to Michigan’s #1 tourist destination of Mackinac Island.

    Note: Cedarville’s story is told in much less detail in three of Ric’s lectures; “The Wheelsmen”, based on his book, “Deep Six”, and “Shipwrecks of Lake Huron”. If you would like to learn more about the wreck, check out Ric’s podcast www.shipwreckpodcast.com , watch “Final Run” or read “The Wheelsmen”.


    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


    • Mon, May 10, 2021
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    • Mon, June 21, 2021
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    From the soothing melody of "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder to the wailings of Spaghetti Western themes from Ennio Morricone, the sound of the chromatic harmonica permeates our musical culture. Unlike diatonic harmonicas which can only play the notes of a given scale, a chromatic harmonica can play all the notes of the chromatic scale thanks to a button-activated sliding bar. Begin your chromatic journey with beginning techniques that are reinforced through both weekly exercises, and just playing and having fun. Class is open to all levels. A 21/2 to 4 octave chromatic harmonica with slide is required.




    • Mon, May 10, 2021
    • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM (EDT)
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    Ever wonder how a forest can sustain itself without fertilizers, pesticides, and tractors? Better yet, have you considered if this is possible in your farm or garden? Learn how fungi operate in a forest, and how to apply these concepts to a farm or garden with the goal of reducing dependence on soil additives and machinery.




    • Mon, May 10, 2021
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    • Mon, June 21, 2021
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    • 7 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, May 11, 2021
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    • Tue, June 15, 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, May 12, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
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    The Lucy

    This presentation covers the entire career of the famous Lusitania including Cunard Line’s need for building the world’s largest and fastest ships, the Lusitania and Mauretania, in the early 1900s. This complex story of the Lusitania’s demise by a German torpedo in 1915 is laid out in a logical fashion. President Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and Captain Walther Schweiger of the German U-boat are included in the discussion as well as the fall out of the tragedy.

    David Kaplan Bio

    David Kaplan was born and raised in the Washington D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in education, he taught electronics, power mechanics and drafting for 30 years in the Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools system. During that time, he was involved in civic matters. In the 1980s, David tried to keep Northwood High School, a Silver Spring school, from a planned closing. His efforts failed, however, he convinced the County Government not to raze the School. His enrollment projections eventually proved to be accurate and the school was reopened in 2004. As a result, the School’s stadium is named in David’s honor. He retired from teaching in 2004 and moved to the Petoskey, Michigan.

    David’s interest in the Titanic began when he was 9 years old while watching the 1953 movie “Titanic” starring Clifton Web, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Wagner. Even though it wasn’t a great movie, it caught his attention. From that point on, he has been studying the tragedy, the ship and its passengers. David has been a member if the Titanic Historical Society for over four decades and subsequently joined the Titanic International Society, the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada, and the British Titanic Society. Over that time, he has been lucky to meet eighteen survivors, some more than once. David has had the pleasure of meeting with Melvina Dean several times. She was the last living survivor as she passed away in May 2009.

    David has visited a number of Titanic related places numerous times in the UK and Ireland. These include:

    • Harland & Wolff; the Belfast shipyard where the Titanic was constructed
    • Cobh (formerly Queenstown), Ireland which was the last port of embarkation for the Titanic
    • Southampton, England where most of the crew lived and the ship started her maiden voyage
    • Liverpool, England which was the home of the White Star Line.

    In addition, he made a visit to the ship’s sinking location in the North Atlantic Ocean while the Imax movie “Titanica” was filmed.

    In 1996, David was asked by Fox to be an “extra” in the 1997 blockbuster movie “Titanic”. Unfortunately, his teaching career prevented him from participating in the movie production.

    Over the years, David has collected a variety of artifacts. In addition, he has constructed various display models of the ship and the disaster. David has given many presentations to schools, hotels, service organizations, libraries, museums, churches, community groups, military groups and senior centers. He has also given presentations on board the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth. More recently, he has done presentations in Canada, England and Scotland.


    • Wed, May 12, 2021
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    • Wed, June 16, 2021
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    Come learn about the magic and culture of the East and a language spoken in more than 58 countries - Arabic! Have you always thought learning it must be like rocket science? Well, think again. Learning through a unique teaching method from our native Arabic-speaking instructor you will be able to write, read and even google many basic words (after the first 15 minutes of class!) in Arabic. Come join this condensed language course to develop your Arabic basic language skills - Fast!


    • Wed, May 12, 2021
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    • Wed, June 16, 2021
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    • 6 sessions
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