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Upcoming events

    • Fri, February 03, 2023
    • Fri, March 31, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Online

    In partnership with:

    February 3 - Valley Forge Winter and the Man Who Made It Count: The hard winter of 1777, when the Continental Army was camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a turning point in the American Revolution, the moment when new drills and regimental regulations finally turned a ragtag collection of ill-supplied and often embittered enlistees into a more disciplined and professional fighting force capable of winning a war. This program tells this important story from the perspective of Baron Friedrich von Steuben, the Prussian immigrant with the unusual home life whom Washington tasked with achieving that critical transformation. 

    March 3 - 1783 Treaty of Paris:  America’s Future on the Brink:  Signed in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was the formal agreement that ended the War for Independence and created the United States of America. University of Maryland historian Richard Bell argues that the Treaty of Paris was a triumph for US diplomacy that reset relations with Britain and set a new border with Spanish North America. Notably, however, the treaty also damaged the US-French alliance irreparably and left Natives, loyalists, and fugitives from American slavery to fend for themselves.

    March 31 - Stolen: Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, the author of Stolen, a new book that tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America. Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black-market network of human traffickers who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.


    Richard Bell, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He serves as a trustee of the Maryland Historical Society and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  He is the author of the award winning book, Stolen.

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

    • Mon, February 06, 2023
    • Mon, April 10, 2023
    • 10 sessions
    • Online, with one in-person session (3/18) at NCMC Library Conference Center
    • 28

    Winter 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. It may be right for you if:

    • You would like to learn how to better cope with and manage stress
    • You are interested in exploring mindfulness techniques and bringing new practices into your life
    • You would like to acquire skills to choose to focus on the positive, aka "Growing the Good"
    • You enjoy experiential learning 
    Some Possible Benefits:
    • Decreased stress and anxiety
    • Reduced symptoms of chronic pain
    • Enhanced use of self-care and gratitude
    • Increased positive coping behaviors
    • Improved focus, attention, and sleep

    The class includes daily home practices, which will be shared at orientation

    Online Orientation: Monday, February 6, 6:00-8:30 pm EST

    Online Classes: Mondays 6:00-8:30 pm EST, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10

    In Person All-Day Retreat:

    Saturday, March 18th from 8:45 am-4:30 pm.

    Where: NCMC Library Conference Center, Petoskey, MI


    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, April 05, 2023
    • Wed, April 19, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Online

    In partnership with:

    Musicals have been a major part American theater, from the Tin Pan Alley-driven comedy works of the early part of the 20th century, to the integrated musicals that flourished in the heyday years of midcentury America. Emanuel Abramovits will explore book musicals, concept musicals, and the arrival of British mega-productions late in the century. He will profile some of the theater world’s leading composers, lyricists, writers, choreographers, directors, and discuss some of the most unforgettable shows, like My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Wicked, Hamilton and many more.


    Emanuel Abramovits is a Mechanical Engineer, MBA and Cultural Manager. He has been a concert promoter since 2000, directly involved in many events by international artists, like Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Brightman, Journey, and many more. He designed and staged many original orchestral events, including an Event of the Year and several world premiers. He has released books, organized film cycles, concerts and art exhibits.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.
    • Wed, April 05, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 4454 Atkins Rd., Petoskey MI, 49770
    • 1

    Maple Syrup Production Tour

    Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery owner, Christi Petersen, will show you the start-to-finish process of pure maple syrup production. The tour starts out in our beautiful maple woods and continues inside the production facility. You will see the many pieces of equipment our sap flows through to become the delicious substance known as maple syrup. You will also get some free samples of Grade A and Grade B maple syrup! Tours last about an hour, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Come discover the magic of maple syrup production with us! Everyone will get to take home a bottle of Maple Moon syrup.  Make sure you dress for the weather.

    Refunds are unavailable within 24 hours of the event.

    • Wed, April 05, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    Last summer members of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society discovered a schooner loaded full of lumber, sitting on the bottom of Lake Superior. This was one of the missing fleet lost during a killer storm in 1914, a gale that not only took 28 lives- but forced the nation's largest lumber dealer to sell off his remaining vessels. Ric Mixter was recently featured on National Geographic for the team's newest discovery, and his history lesson includes footage of the two discovered ships and their role in Upper Michigan's lumber era.

    Ric Mixter Bio 

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

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

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

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

    Historical Documentaries:

    Sunken Treasure  2012

    Offshore Outposts 2011

    Cement Boat  2009

    Bombs Away  2008

    Cutter Rescues  2006

    Final Run: Storms of the Century  2005

    Safe Ashore: The 1940 Armistice Day Storm  2004

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

    Deep Six: Titanics of the Great Lakes  1998

    The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations  1997

    Expedition ’94 to the Edmund Fitzgerald  1995

    Best Adventure Yet 1993

    Books & Periodicals

    “The Wheelsmen” 300 page book reprinted 2015

    “Nordmeer” Michigan History Magazine 2015

    “McDougal’s Dream” Michigan History Magazine 2013

    “Bombs Away” Winter 2011

    “Shipwrecks of Saginaw Bay” Michigan History Magazine July 2014

    “Voices of the Lakes” article in book 1993

    • Thu, April 06, 2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online

    In partnership with:

    Mindful Conversation, a unique, powerful approach to speaking authentically and connecting deeply with others, could be the most important life skill that you never studied in school. Whether you see yourself as introverted or extroverted, if you experience stress in conversation, or are dissatisfied with your level of connection or self expression, this practical, inspiring, and fun ZOOM class is for you. Learn how to speak so others want to listen, and listen so others want to connect with you. Class format combines practice with theory and stories, and a chance to ask and learn about your most important conversational challenges. All attendees will be eligible for a free book drawing.

    Peter Gibb is the Award-winning author of Mindful Conversation: Speak Openly, Connect Deeply, Live Joyously, also a sought after speaker and coach. Peter has spent 25 years speaking, teaching and writing about the power of Mindful Conversation, presented at the highest levels of government and business, as well as doctors, teachers, couples, families and anyone who values relationships and authentic human connection.

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

    • Tue, April 11, 2023
    • Tue, May 02, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Online

    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 Platt 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, April 12, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online

    The third in a four part series on dementia care, this online class will be an overview of all dementia with an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease