For more local adult education opportunities, please visit the Bay View Association website.

Upcoming events

    • Wed, September 07, 2022
    • Wed, September 28, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online

    In partnership with:

    September 7 - A Guide to The 1619 Project: The New York Times’ Magazine that tried to focus readers’ attention upon the centrality of race slavery in American history. In this talk, Dr. Bell will push past the headlines and the posturing and test three of The 1619 Project’s central claims against the evidence in the historical record.

    September 28 - CRT: Suddenly, everyone is talking about Critical Race Theory, a set of premises developed by legal scholars decades ago to interpret America’s institutions in the context of race and civil rights. Yet what exactly is CRT? This talk aims to locate the origins of CRT, establish its core premises, describe the recent controversy, and introduce participants to a list of practices that CRT scholars believe all of us can adopt to mitigate the worst legacies of slavery in our supposedly post-slavery world.


    Richard Bell, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He has won more than 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.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

    • Wed, September 07, 2022
    • Wed, September 28, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online

    In partnership with:

    Jack Kerouac, is known for his innovative “spontaneous” prose about family, spirituality, jazz, travel, promiscuity, New York City, Buddhism, drugs and poverty, influencing Bob Dylan, the Beatles and The Doors. At the Browne Center, a biographical documentary (9/7) and a filming of On The Road (9/2l); by ZOOM discussions: The Town and the City (9/14) and On the Road and The Dharma Bums (9/28). The Town and the City traverses Karouac’s childhood in Lowell, Massachusetts through his young adult years in NYC. Written at age twenty, this literary gem is filled with lively anecdotes. On the Road and The Dharma Bums provide accounts of Karouac’s travels across the country, trying Buddhism and climbing the high Sierras.


    Anne Horitz, J.D. received her Masters from Harvard and her J.D. from Cooley Law School.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    • Sat, September 10, 2022
    • Sat, October 15, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • NCMC - Room TBD
    • 18
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    Creatively Engaging the Deep Rhythms of Nature with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean


    This class also has an optional studio component at Crooked Tree Arts Center. Click here for information about the studio option.

    Spending time in nature is simply good for us; It helps ease tensions as we breathe in the aromas of the trees and plants. This course will immerse us in the cyclical rhythms of nature, including the seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), the cardinal directions (North, East, South, West), the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), and our individual creative alignment with these aspects. 

    Creativity is abundant within us all, and the ways we express our creativity are endless: painting, gardening, cooking, teaching, exercising, photographing, on and on. Yet, there are times when we crave to express ourselves but do not know ways to tap into this dynamic energy.

    This course will introduce an integrative method to access creativity, focusing on experiences that attune us to the elemental rhythms found within nature. Along the way, we will discover the ways the healing power of our own creative spirit is aligned with these forces.

    Join us!
    For five Saturdays this fall we will learn how walking meditations, dynamic relaxation, breath-work, writing/journaling, and creativity can impact our well-being. At the end of our time together, individuals will return home renewed, with a strong sense of how to engage nature, and have a framework to sustain a creative practice within their life.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.


    Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, MFA, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, author and lecturer on visual thinking, creativity and archetypes in media. She received her Ph.D. in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her artwork is widely exhibited and is held in numerous public and private collections. It has also appeared on the covers of several international myth and depth psychology journals and books, including all eight issues of Mythosphere. Her recent publications include Illuminating Letters: Paintings and Essays on the Kabbalah (Art & Psyche), and several articles on image and psyche. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Elizabeth has been a community arts advocate for over 35 years focusing on the expanding role of the arts in education, serving as the Chair for grants, artist-in-schools, and technology integration committees. She is a passionate educator, currently teaching in the graduate Humanities program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and she also works as a creativity consultant helping individuals find their authentic creative voice.
    • Thu, September 15, 2022
    • Thu, October 27, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • NCMC Borra Learning Center Room 49B (downstairs) or Online via Zoom
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    • 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. 


    • Mon, September 26, 2022
    • Mon, November 14, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • NCMC - SCRC Gymnasium
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    Line Dancing

    Line Dancing may surprise you with all it has to offer. It can benefit your mental and physical health, including improving your balance and coordination. Line dancing is suitable for all ages, so come along and join the fun!

    Suzie Cartwright has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and is certified as a Senior Exercise Specialist. She discovered line dancing approximately 15 years ago and has witnessed it’s many health benefits. Suzie began teaching line dancing 5 years ago in Michigan during the summer and Florida in the winter.


    • Wed, September 28, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • NCMC SCRC room CCE 536
    • 9
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                 BLS Skills Testing*

    *The online BLS Provider Course must be completed prior to registering for this skills testing.

    The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

    What does the skills testing evaluate?

    • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
    • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
    • Important early use of an AED
    • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
    • Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
    • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.

    Currently masks are optional inside all NCMC buildings.


    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, September 28, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • NCMC Health Ed & Science Ctr Room #354
    • 10
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                 BLS Provider Course

    The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

    Who should take this course?

    The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

    BLS is geared towards prehospital providers, like EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and in-facility hospital providers. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course.

    What does this course teach?

    · High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants

    · The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components

    · Important early use of an AED

    · Effective ventilations using a barrier device

    · Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR

    · Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.

    Currently masks are optional inside all NCMC buildings.


    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.

    • Thu, September 29, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Begins at the Perry Hotel, 100 Lewis St., Petoskey, MI 49770
    • 0
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    Ernest Heminway

    A look at Petoskey, Michigan, a premier tourist destination since the late 1800's. We will explore the city through the eyes of Nobel Prize winning laureate, Ernest Hemingway , who spent the first 23 influential summers of his life on Walloon Lake, just south of Petoskey. After being wounded in WW1, Hemingway chose to recuperate in Petoskey, and began his career as a professional writer of fiction here in 1919. We will see many of the sights that set the stage for his first published novel "The Torrents Of Spring", the setting for his short story "The Killers", along with the rooming house where he stayed and the local speakeasy he frequented during prohibition in the years 1919 and 1920.

    Christopher Struble, the owner of Petoskey Yesterday, is an aficionado of both Petoskey and Hemingway. He is a long time member of the executive board & current President  of the Michigan Hemingway Society. Stop by and see Chris at 306 East Lake Street, Petoskey (the Arlington Jewelers store).

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    • Mon, October 03, 2022
    • Mon, October 10, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
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    In partnership with:

    The city has been a key subject for many painters in western art history. But the way that urban spaces have been envisioned has been dependent on varying, complex attitudes about the nature of the city, whether admired as a wondrous place of cultural potential and excitement or reviled as an urban hell, full of alienation and danger. Join us for this 2-part series, as we look at painted representations of the city, from medieval times to the contemporary period.


    Suzanne Eberle, Ph.D. is a professor emerita of Art History at Kendall College of Art & Design. Her areas of specialization include Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as art related to issues of the body, including the History of Fashion.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

    • Mon, October 03, 2022
    • Mon, November 28, 2022
    • 10 sessions
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
    • 28
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    Fall Stress Reduction Course

    Living an alive life is what this course is all about. Exploring stress management through mindfulness.

    Life is short, and your time is important. This evidence-based program has 40 years of research supporting it.

    Together we learn to:

    ● manage stress and pain

    ● sustain joy

    ● develop deeper connections


    Orientation:
    Monday, October 3, 6:00-8:30 pm EST

    Classes: Mondays 6:00-8:30 pm EST

    10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/30 (Sunday), 11/ 7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28

    All-Day Retreat:

    Saturday, November 12, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm EST

    Where: NCMC Library Conference Center, Petoskey, MI

    Requirements:

    All you need is a desire to learn and a willingness to join us.

    *Please plan to attend all classes. If you need to miss more than two classes, please take the course at another time.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    Instructor, Amy Janssens, MA

    Amy Janssens is a mindfulness educator, MBSR Teacher trained through Brown University, and a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. Amy brings evidence-based practices to reduce stress and increase joy. As a licensed teacher, Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University.

    Amy shares practices and tools for self-regulation and self-awareness with children, adults, families, schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Michigan. Passionate about teaching and learning, Amy loves to empower others with the tools to show up in the ways they most want and form deeper connections in their lives.

    • Wed, October 05, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    Knee Pain: Can't Live With it Any Longer with Tanya Ruddy, PT, MPT, MTC

    Discover the benefits of physical therapy to treat your knee pain.

    Tanya Ruddy, PT, 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. Prior to moving to Northern Michigan in 2008, she was a senior therapist at a multidisciplinary spine care center where she worked for 5 years. She completed her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine in 2010. She has advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of scoliosis and is certified in the SEAS technique or the Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis. She also has advanced training in kinesiotaping, dry needling, functional exercise, pain science, and many different types of manual therapies. She is an avid practitioner of yoga and often uses modifications of yoga in her treatment.

    She has been married to Patrick for 23 years and has twin girls Eva and Ella. She enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, snow shoeing and skiing.

    • Wed, October 05, 2022
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 5052 M-66, Charlevoix Main entrance
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    Castle Farms of Charlevoix Fall Tour

          


    The tour will begin with a 12 minute video that illustrates the entire history of the property back to its inception in 1918, followed by a 20 minute tram ride around the grounds.  After the tram ride, you will be escorted around the property, while guides share 100+ years of history and stories.  The tour will end at 6:00 and you will have the option to stay for live music, wine and food in their Wine Tasting Room. Wine and food costs are not included in the tour fee.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.


    The History:

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

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

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

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

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



    • Fri, October 07, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    Discoveries From Deep Space

    The James Webb Space Telescope is the latest space-based observatory, launched in December of 2021 as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.  The Webb allows us to look further back in time than Hubble and to view objects in wavelengths of light that are not visible to the human eye.  So great is its observing power that it is making many new discoveries about the cosmos.  Rod Cortright, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, will discuss what makes the James Webb Telescope unique.  Rod is an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer.  He is a founding member and vice president of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club and manages the Sky Docent Volunteer program at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.


    Rod Cortright, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador

    • Fri, October 07, 2022
    • Fri, November 11, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • NCMC - SCRC Gymnasium
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    Line Dancing

    Line Dancing may surprise you with all it has to offer. It can benefit your mental and physical health, including improving your balance and coordination. Line dancing is suitable for all ages, so come along and join the fun!

    Refunds are unavailable within 24 hrs of this class.

    Suzie Cartwright has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and is certified as a Senior Exercise Specialist. She discovered line dancing approximately 15 years ago and has witnessed it’s many health benefits. Suzie began teaching line dancing 5 years ago in Michigan during the summer and Florida in the winter.

    • Tue, October 11, 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
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    In partnership with:

    oin Bruce Kopytek as he tells the history of Hudson’s Department Store. Reenter the amazing store that dominated Detroit throughout most of the 20th Century. It was built in 1911, and became the second largest department store in America (Macy’s in New York was bigger). Discover information about the Hudson family, the Hudson automobile, and where the family is today. Learn when and where Hudson stores moved to the suburbs, and when the final day of demolition erased the store forever.


    Bruce Kopytek is an architect and graphic designer who writes, lectures, and maintains a blog called, The Department Store Museum. He is currently finishing a book on the iconic department store, Hudson’s.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

    • Tue, October 11, 2022
    • Tue, November 08, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
    • 15
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    Return home to your true self...

    In connection with all of life through the elements. Learn from these raw forces of resilience that live within each cell of our being. You will be guided through trauma-informed, simple & nourishing movement practices that are intended to support you to deepen your mindfulness in relationship to your body and the environment for your own self healing. This is an introductory course to learn how the systems of your body relate to the larger natural systems of our planet Earth and easy techniques to come back to your inner knowing. We will be meeting inside and weather permitting will go outside and connect with the natural environment. We will also connect with others through sharing together in a circle. No previous experience needed. Bring a towel or mat that can get dirty in case of going outside.

    Here’s what you will receive and learn during the 5 weeks:

    • Build up your natural immune system through tapping into your embodied resource and inner medicine
    • Learn simple and powerful movement & breath techniques
    • Learn about and practice cultivating ritual with the elements and the land to deepen your relationship with place and your own personal practice
    • Practice being more alive and present in the moment
    • Learn about feminine and Earth honoring Tibetan Buddhist perspectives and how to transform negative emotional states into generative states
    • Resource your own inner guidance through your body
    • Learn tools for decolonization, and embodied trauma healing
    • Inquiry sheets and resources to take home and reflect on between sessions

    Each week we will explore a different element through our bodies as nature and nature as our bodies . . .

    Week 1 - Earth - Resources - Security and Discovering our Needs vs. Insecurity, Inadequacy and Confusion

    Lessons:

    1. Structure, Stability, Simplicity, Equanimity and Nourishment
    2. Body Allies: Bones, Connective Tissues, Marrow
    3. Nature Allies: Rocks, Stones, Trees, Roots, Magma

    Week 2 - Water - Intimacy - Safety and Cultivating Trust vs. Fear & Over Intellectualization

    Lessons:

    1. Flow, Release, Rhythm, E-motion, Mirror-like Wisdom
    2. Body Allies: Blood, Fluids, Notochord, Amniotic fluid
    3. Nature Allies: Water, Rivers, Lakes, Ocean, Ponds, Streams, Rain

    Week 3 - Fire - Community - Sovereignty and Power vs. Craving, Seduction, Lust

    Lessons:

    1. Presence, Activating Aliveness and Radiant Discerning Compassion
    2. Body Allies: Digestive System, Endocrine System, Nervous Systems
    3. Nature Allies: Sun, Stars, Fire, Mycelium

    Week 4 - Air - Expression - Co-Creation and Joyful Collaboration vs. Jealousy, Annoyance, Anger

    Lessons:

    1. Acceptance, Spaciousness, Expansion, All Accomplishing Wisdom
    2. Body Allies: Breath, Lungs, Voice, Vocal Chords
    3. Nature Allies: Wind, Breeze, Tornado, Hurricane

    Week 5 - Ethers - Connection - Union of Bliss & Emptiness vs. Ignorance, Denial, Depression

    Lessons:

    1. Wonder, Envisioning What's Possible, Surrender, All Embracing and Encompassing Wisdom
    2. Body Allies: Cerebral Spinal Fluid, Nervous System and Glandular Integration
    3. Nature Allies: Spirit/Source/Divine

    Each Session will include:

    • Grounding and land acknowledgement
    • Short personal check in
    • Sharing about the element as well as body and earth allies of each week
    • Trauma informed movement guidance connecting the body systems to the Earth systems
    • Group circle sharing
    • Invitation to personal practice with nature
    • Song for each element
    • Inquiry worksheet for each element

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.


    Hilary Johne Lake, MDiv (she/her/they) is a healing arts community minister and somatic movement therapist and educator who helps people align with their bodies and values in enlivening ways. She welcomes people into embodiment practices that bring awareness, connection and love into their lives.

    She graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an MDiv in Buddhist Ministry and spent time in Thailand, India and Nepal studying Buddhism. She’s certified in Somatic Body Training, Infinity Healing Practice and Walking in Balance an indigenous created and led reconciliation council practice and has completed an Embodied Social Justice and Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy certifications.

    • Wed, October 12, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online
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    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with


    Have a Happy Healthy Harvest & Hunting Season with Sarah Howard, PTA

    Sarah will discuss the importance of strength endurance training and cardiovascular health as it relates to hunting and harvesting.

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

    • Wed, October 12, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • NCMC Nature Area
    • 0
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    Foraging for Wild Herbs

    Sierra Bigham, Certified Herbalist, Wild Harvester, and owner of Bear Earth Herbals, will lead a walk in the woods to learn about wild plants and their properties. This walk will cover plant identification, ethical harvesting, herbal remedy preparation and much more. Bring a notebook and gear for fall weather.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    • Thu, October 13, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
    • 21
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    The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations

    A song turned the Edmund Fitzgerald into a legend, but how much of it is true? Researcher Ric Mixter has interviewed the men who built and sailed the ship, and his profile of the investigations from Coast Guard to the bell raising project have been featured on PBS for over twenty years. Ric is one of only a handful of people who have visited the wreck personally, diving 550 feet down in a tiny submarine to explore the site for over an hour. This was actually the beginning of over 20 years of research for Mixter, who has collected one of the largest film archives of Fitzgerald related material. Ric’s lecture includes exclusive footage of the building of the ship near Detroit, along with interviews from the men who worked at the shipyard. When Fitzgerald splashed into the Detroit River, it was the largest object ever dropped into freshwater- over 729 feet in length.

    Details from five major expeditions are now being published in Ric’s new book, the most indepth look at what each team found, and the controversies that ensued. Also featured are a dozen other shipwrecks that were among the first to be explored by submersibles during each of the tours.

    The Fitzgerald was investigated by the Coast Guard with a remote robot in 1976, and then by Jacques Cousteau in 1980. Ric shares interviews from both, including rare audio from the CURV III team and Jacques’ son Jean-Michel, who was in charge of Calypso when they lost a diver exploring the Great Lakes. Investigations in 1989, 1994 and the bell raising in 1995 are also covered in the lecture, along with Ric’s insight on what might have happened to the ship and crew. Ric’s documentary on the Fitzgerald is considered to be the most comprehensive available, and it outsells all other shipwreck documentaries on the Great Lakes. He has captivated audiences all around the lakes with this topic, with a special invitation to share his scientific findings on the topic at NASA’s Goddard Space Laboratory in 2019.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.


    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


    • Fri, October 14, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    When Tom Paine, the author of Common Sense, died in June 1809 only a dozen people came to his funeral. This program examines Paine’s meteoric rise to celebrity status during the American Revolution and his equally dramatic fall from grace in the decades afterwards. Once lionized as our most relatable and revolutionary founding father, Tom Paine died a pariah, too radical and uncompromising for the cautious new country he had called into being.


    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

    • Tue, October 18, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View
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    Founded in 1875, Bay View, Michigan has welcomed, hosted and housed some of the most distinguished and creative minds over the past 148 summers

    The residual energy from all of that artistry combined with the tremendous sense of tradition that shrouds the 440 victorian cottages, some still in the same famiies today, seem to have left indelible impressions in time throughout the encampment and it’s buildings.

    The stories of unexplained happenings and ghostly experiences that have been had by so many led the team from a popular ghost hunter’s show to refer to several of the buildings located within Bay View as “some of the most active they had ever documented” after investigating the autonomous camp within the town of Petoskey

    Join us as we tour the campus and share not only the paranormal past but also some of the history of one of Michigan’s most authentic and best preserved historical landmarks.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    Christopher Struble, the owner of Petoskey Yesterday, is an aficionado of both Petoskey and Hemingway. He is a long time member of the executive board & current President  of the Michigan Hemingway Society. Stop by and see Chris at 306 East Lake Street, Petoskey (the Arlington Jewelers store).

    • Wed, October 19, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • NCMC Nature Area
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    Foraging for Wild Herbs

    Sierra Bigham, Certified Herbalist, Wild Harvester, and owner of Bear Earth Herbals, will lead a walk in the woods to learn about wild plants and their properties. This walk will cover plant identification, ethical harvesting, herbal remedy preparation and much more. Bring a notebook and gear for fall weather.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    • Wed, October 19, 2022
    • Wed, November 16, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • 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.

    Link for book purchase will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

    The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

    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


    Joelle Drader 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 the Counseling and Advocacy Program Director at the Women’s Resource Center.

    • Thu, October 20, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View
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    Founded in 1875, Bay View, Michigan has welcomed, hosted and housed some of the most distinguished and creative minds over the past 148 summers

    The residual energy from all of that artistry combined with the tremendous sense of tradition that shrouds the 440 victorian cottages, some still in the same famiies today, seem to have left indelible impressions in time throughout the encampment and it’s buildings.

    The stories of unexplained happenings and ghostly experiences that have been had by so many led the team from a popular ghost hunter’s show to refer to several of the buildings located within Bay View as “some of the most active they had ever documented” after investigating the autonomous camp within the town of Petoskey

    Join us as we tour the campus and share not only the paranormal past but also some of the history of one of Michigan’s most authentic and best preserved historical landmarks.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    Christopher Struble, the owner of Petoskey Yesterday, is an aficionado of both Petoskey and Hemingway. He is a long time member of the executive board & current President  of the Michigan Hemingway Society. Stop by and see Chris at 306 East Lake Street, Petoskey (the Arlington Jewelers store).

    • Fri, October 21, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Abraham Lincoln possessed extraordinary leadership skills that he employed to win the American Civil War, abolish slavery, and preserve a nation. While most leaders may display a unique style, there is much to learn from Abraham Lincoln. He used humor and storytelling to great effect. He understood when to criticize and when to hold his fire. He worked deliberately and he skillfully utilized various tools of persuasion. Perhaps most important of all, he was not afraid to change his mind. By examining specific moments in Lincoln’s life, we emerge better equipped to think about how to handle conflict and controversy in our own affairs. In studying and understanding Lincoln as a leader, we can strive toward new leadership heights.

    Louis P. Masur, Ph.D. is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. His most recent book is The Sum of Our Dreams: A Concise History of America (2020).  

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

    • Fri, October 21, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    How can ‘do-gooders’ do good better? “The Voluntary Servant,” a new book by Randy Evans of Petoskey offers practical answers for individuals, teams and organizations who serve others. Randy graduated from Ohio University, Phi Beta Kappa, in English Literature. He earned an MBA from Columbia University in New York City, followed by thirty years as a human resources executive and corporate officer in manufacturing and high-tech industries. After retirement from business, Randy received a Ph.D. In psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco. His life-long volunteer activities include food rescue at a regional food bank, coaching with Literacy Volunteers of America, college coaching in English composition and statistics, and mentoring high-risk high school students.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.


    Randy Evans, MBA, PhD

    • Tue, October 25, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Cryptocurrencies, NFT's


    Cryptocurrencies, NFTS, and blockchain technology are completely changing the way we interact with the world. No longer are we limited to traditional methods of exchanging value or interacting with others. Now, there's a new way to do things that is incredibly efficient, secure, and borderless.

    If you're not familiar with cryptocurrencies, NFTS, or blockchain technology, Aaron Sundman will give you a crash course on why you should care about it. You'll learn about the benefits of this new technology and how it can be used in your everyday life. From there, you'll be able to make an informed decision about whether or not it's something you want to get involved in.

    So what are you waiting for? Cryptocurrencies, NFTS, and blockchain technology are the future. Get ahead of the curve and learn about why you should care today!

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    Aaron Sundman is a futurist visionary technologist who is developing socially egalitarian, economically viable and environmentally friendly solutions for creators and artists using blockchain based systems. Rooted in his love of theatre and improv. He strives to help people reduce their pain, increase their happiness by harnessing the power of technology. Aaron resides at the intersection of joy and technology.

    Aaron learned to code in the mid 80s when "buying software" meant purchasing a printed magazine that had code written on the page, to use it you had to type it manually into the computer. He first encountered the concept of blockchain and Bitcoin 2012, but didn't recognize its potential at the time. It was while working at a global company that Aaron observed the struggles people had operating in multiple countries: exchange rates fluctuating wildly, transaction fees, time it takes to transfer funds, international laws and customs... and realized how blockchain technology can reduce many of these obstacles facing them.

    Today, Aaron seeks to develop a platform where this technology can be made accessible to all, especially artists and musicians who have long been underserved in protecting and monetizing their creations. He believes that every human being should be given the chance to make unique and provably scarce creations that are as unique and scarce as the individual creating it.

    • Wed, October 26, 2022
    • Wed, November 16, 2022
    • 4 sessions
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    Ayurvedic Self-Care Wisdom for Greater Wellbeing


    The tumult of change, loss, and unknowns over the past few years has caused stress in many people’s bodies and minds. If you’ve noticed a change in digestion, mental focus, emotional health, sleep patterns, or energy levels, this course will help you start new path to feeling better.

    This 4-week adventure into Ayurveda’s ancient holistic wisdom and its system of easy, effective self-care rituals will create lifelong benefits in your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Each week provides an Ayurvedic perspective on the lungs, brain, heart, and liver. Wellbeing in these vital organs creates holistic vitality wealth in all aspects of life- personal, professional, family, spiritual, and creative.

    “A healthy person is free from dependency on antacids or enzymes to digest food, coffee to “get up and go” in morning, a glass of wine to calm nerves, sugar binges to boost energy, and, a nightcap or pill to fall asleep. ”

    — Kellen Brugman

    Kellen will share simple daily self-care investments for each vital organ. Self-care rituals you can make in order (and holy chaos) to breathe easier during allergy season, avoid catching seasonal bugs, have better focus at work, experience smoother emotions, and partake in the upcoming holiday treats, sans feeling bloated or catching that post-holiday cold. These tips will easily merge into your daily routines and become lifelong habits for enjoying holistic vitality.

    Investing in Your Wellbeing Creates Lifelong Benefits!

    In this course, you will learn and understand:

    • The function of four vital organs- lungs, brain, heart, and liver; and, how they relate to Ayurveda’s five elements – space, air, fire, water, and earth.
    • The relationship between these vital organs and subtle body - nervous system and pranic (energetic) body.
    • Two ways these vital organs are affected during fall and winter season, and, become depleted through poor lifestyle and food choices.
    • Two easy, effective, and enjoyable holistic self-care rituals to support vitality in these four vital organs.
    • Ayurvedic self-care tips, common foods, and easy yoga poses to support vitality in your lungs, brain, heart, and liver.
    • Assignment Adventure:
    • Students keep a “Vital Organs Adventure Journal”- to explore cause and effects of autumn, weather, foods, and daily habits on the 4 vital organs.
    • Integrating new bedtime routine, based on Kellen’s teaching and suggestions.

    By End of Course, You Will:

    • Recognize when a vital organ is stressed; and know how to restore balance by using 1-2 easy, effective Ayurvedic self-care techniques.
    • Perform a breathing practice to support mental wellbeing.
    • Know how to use an Ayurvedic acupressure point for each vital organ.
    • Have greater appreciation for beauty in life’s simple things and in nature’s healing magic.

    Refunds are not available within 24 hours of this event

    Kellen Celeste Brugman
    Kellen is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant, Holistic Wellness Coach, and yoga teacher. In 2001, after 10 years in corporate banking and marketing, she changed careers in order (and holy chaos) to follow her heart’s calling. Through corporate wellness courses, spiritual retreats, lifelong learning classes, and personal holistic consultations and coaching to individuals, Kellen helps others invest in daily self-care to maximize long-term wellness and manifest career dreams and creative goals.

    Kellen’s 21-year career includes working with global wellness & lifestyle brands like Aveda, lululemon, Core Power Yoga, and Lolë. She guides and inspires others to realize health goals, career dreams, and creative ideas via personal sessions, community wellness events, and spiritual retreats. Her lifelong learning courses have inspired and benefited thousands through programs at Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Hospital, Sansum Clinics, Santa Barbara City College, and North Central Michigan College.

    Her personal lifelong learning path includes: The Ayurvedic Institute, White Lotus Yoga Foundation, Radiant Coaches Academy, and frequent excursions into nature. “Investing in daily self-care routines and spiritual rituals creates lifelong returns of health and happiness.” www.kellenbrugman.com

    • Thu, October 27, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Modern Ukraine evolved from a wide mix of political and cultural influences. These influences blend with a variety of visual themes in its painting tradition. Tracing this complex history probes how artists from both East and West Ukraine skillfully communicate or did, their cultural roots.