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

Upcoming events

    • Wed, August 24, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • John M. Hall Auditorium, 1725 Encampment, Bay View, MI
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    Bay View History Tour

    Have you ever driven on US 31 and passed those charming Victorian cottages and wanted to know more? Now is your chance to step inside the Bay View campus with a resident tour guide. Bay View Association is a National Historic Landmark right in your back yard! Now is your chance to see first hand where our programming takes place. Your tour will begin at Hall Auditorium and stroll through campus, while talking about the history of the buildings and taking a peek inside some of them too! Wear comfortable shoes and be educated and entertained on this Northern Michigan treasure. Bring a guest (registration required) and experience summer with US!

    Refunds are not available within 24 hours of the tour

    The museum will be open after the tour, until 2:30 pm.

    • Thu, August 25, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Greenwood Cemetery, meet at 1938 Sheridan Street entrance
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    Enjoy about an hour walking through beautiful Greenwood Cemetery while tour guide Renée Tanner points out some unique monuments. This is a walking tour and will include some uneven terrain and hills. A booklet with more information on each gravesite will be available for purchase after the tour.

    • Thu, September 01, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


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

    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
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    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
    • 19
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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.
    • Sat, September 10, 2022
    • Sun, September 11, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 4
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    Turkish Marbling with Heidi Reichenbach Finley           

    Traditional marbling is a historic craft dating back to the 10th century. It is achieved by floating paint on fluid and then transferring these one-of-a-kind designs to paper or fabric. Participants need no prior experience in art whatsoever. Anyone who can follow instructions can be successful in this class. Learn the techniques, tools, and materials that are best for achieving the bright, clear patterns which make marbling special. Day One introduces the craft; familiarizing the student with the necessary chemistry, specialized tools, paper and paint, and includes basic marbling. Day Two offers advanced patterns and some fun substrates, with students encouraged to further develop skills by re-visiting favorite patterns and experimenting individually. Participants can expect to take home 20+ completed papers and fabric samples. Class fee includes use of ALL borrowed tools and equipment, and ALL supplies needed for class. There is no supply list for students or additional fee.

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

    Though aprons are provided by the instructor, please wear unimportant clothing and shoes. Bring rubber gloves if you wish. Marbling is messy fun! Questions? Students may contact the instructor at midwestartist@msn.com or (260) 667-8719

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Heidi revels in sharing the traditional craft of marbling with students of all ages. An oil painter living in Petoskey, Michigan, Heidi is one of only a few professional marbling instructors in the nation. She offers marbling classes and private instruction at her home studio and various teaching centers in Northern Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, CA and beyond.

    Please visit www.marblingsupplies.com or www.marblingsupplies.etsy.com for a glimpse at Heidi’s custom designed marbling supplies, papers, and gift items sold to enthusiasts in 44 countries around the globe.

    • Sun, September 11, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • NCMC - SCRC Gymnasium
    • 31
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    Basketball Camp for Boys & Girls Grades 6-8

    Focus: offensive skill and shooting

    Expect to learn:

    1. To enhance shooting and scoring skills
    2. To score in the perimeter and the post
    3. Transition scoring
    4. Live game situations
    5. How to see the floor and effectively involve teammates

    Participants should bring:

    • Clean indoor shoes
    • Water bottle
    • Masks*

    *Masks are now optional inside all NCMC buildings

    *Please note by registering your child to attend this campus you are agreeing to follow the mask mandate and any other Covid-19 precautions as instituted by North Central Michigan College. Participants will not be permitted to attend without the signed waiver form provided in your registration confirmation.

    • Tue, September 13, 2022
    • Tue, September 20, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
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    In partnership with:

    These classes will provide a concise wrap of the consequential 2021-22 Supreme Court term, and consider its significance for the future of the Court and the constitutional enterprise. Do the Court’s decisions in the realm of abortion, guns and religion mark the end of Chief Justice Roberts’ consensus-seeking experiment? If so, whose Court is it, and what can we expect from it in the future? And what does it all mean for the Court’s standing in the eyes of a seemingly hopelessly divided and polarized public?


    David Ryden, Ph.D. professor at Hope College, has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. His areas of specialization are religion and politics, American Constitutionalism, and parties and elections. He is a favorite at OLLI.

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

    • Thu, September 15, 2022
    • Thu, October 27, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • NCMC Room TBD or Online via Zoom
    Register



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

     Session 5 - Membership Growth/Management/Retention

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

    Session 6 Everybody is an Asset

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

    Session 7 - Executive Director & Board Chairperson Coaching 

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


    About ​Scott A. Herceg, CAE

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

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

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


    • Thu, September 15, 2022
    • Thu, September 22, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Hawks and Eagles of Michigan with Jamie Platt

    Did you know the Great Lakes region is one of the best places on Earth for seeing Hawks? The North American single day record was set here with over 175,000 Broad-Wing Hawks coming through in a single day. Learn when and where to experience this amazing spectacle and how to identify the hawks and eagles you see every day in your own neighborhood.

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

    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.

    • Sat, September 17, 2022
    • Sun, September 18, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 9
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    Turkish Marbling with Heidi Reichenbach Finley           

    Traditional marbling is a historic craft dating back to the 10th century. It is achieved by floating paint on fluid and then transferring these one-of-a-kind designs to paper or fabric. Participants need no prior experience in art whatsoever. Anyone who can follow instructions can be successful in this class. Learn the techniques, tools, and materials that are best for achieving the bright, clear patterns which make marbling special. Day One introduces the craft; familiarizing the student with the necessary chemistry, specialized tools, paper and paint, and includes basic marbling. Day Two offers advanced patterns and some fun substrates, with students encouraged to further develop skills by re-visiting favorite patterns and experimenting individually. Participants can expect to take home 20+ completed papers and fabric samples. Class fee includes use of ALL borrowed tools and equipment, and ALL supplies needed for class. There is no supply list for students or additional fee. 

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

    Though aprons are provided by the instructor, please wear unimportant clothing and shoes. Bring rubber gloves if you wish. Marbling is messy fun! Questions? Students may contact the instructor at midwestartist@msn.com or (260) 667-8719

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Heidi revels in sharing the traditional craft of marbling with students of all ages. An oil painter living in Petoskey, Michigan, Heidi is one of only a few professional marbling instructors in the nation. She offers marbling classes and private instruction at her home studio and various teaching centers in Northern Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, CA and beyond.

    Please visit www.marblingsupplies.com or www.marblingsupplies.etsy.com for a glimpse at Heidi’s custom designed marbling supplies, papers, and gift items sold to enthusiasts in 44 countries around the globe.

    • Mon, September 19, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online
    Register

    In partnership with:

    Aaron Copland’s most popular pieces were perceived as unmistakably American, but other local composers before him incorporated spirituals, blues and dance music in symphonic forms. Classical music composers, as well as Broadway and Hollywood ones, from different origins and ethnicities worked for three decades to create a sound that has been identified with the natural and the urban landscapes of this country. George Gershwin, Florence Price, and Elmer Bernstein, among others, succeeded in incorporating local folk elements into their best works and left a musical legacy of some famous pieces and many that still deserve being rediscovered. Fantastic composers and performers today transforming and enhancing American music - ZOOM with Emanuel and learn how!


    Emanuel Abramovits is a mechanical engineer with an MBA. He has been a concert promoter since 2000, directly involved in many concerts in South America and the US by international artists, like Itzhak Perlman, Gustavo Dudamel, Sarah Brightman, Journey, Kenny G and many more. He designed and staged many original orchestral events, including an Event of the Year winner. In addition, he served as the Cultural Director at UNION ISRAELITA DE CARACAS from 2008 to 2019, releasing books, organizing film cycles, concerts and art exhibits.

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

    • Mon, September 19, 2022
    • Mon, November 21, 2022
    • 10 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Build a meditation practice intended to bring peace and connectedness
    into your daily  life. Cultivate the skills to calmly be in the
    present moment. Now more than ever we must turn inward to find the
    peace we so deeply crave. Meditation and the art of slowing down is
    the ancient wisdom needed to heal our modern lives.

    Learn yogic philosophy, discover the support of a spiritual community, better
    yourself, reduce stress and anxiety. Discover your self-worth!
    Students are empowered through lecture, guided meditation, breathing
    techniques, home practice and open discussion. Appropriate for
    beginners and anyone looking to deepen their meditation practice.


    Tiffany Lenau discovered her passion for yoga in the early 90's and developed a strong personal practice in the years to follow. She holds certifications in both Ashtanga and Kripalu lineages and is the director of Yoga Roots and Healing Arts, a sacred space for healing, peace and presence in Petoskey, Michigan. Tiffany is the founder of Be the Love Yoga Teacher Training School and is passionate about training teachers. She always enjoys the depths, it's a truly transformational experience for her students. 

    Tiffany believes that yoga is for every BODY, offering fun, mindful and creative flows for ages "4 to 104" making the practice accessible to all. Tiffany offers chair, acro, partner, kids, laughter yoga, yoga nidra and sound healing. She teaches everything from a gentle/restorative to a power vinyasa, numerous styles of meditation, and pranayama breath-work. She has lectured on forgiveness and choosing love as a guiding force for business groups and college courses. 

    Tiffany is the creator of Ananda Festival an annual celebration of yoga, music, meditation and healing arts in Wolverine, Michigan. Her intention is to introduce more meditation, sound healing and sacred music to her community, and to support fellow healing artists.

    Tiffany is a practicing Reiki Master and Integrated Positional Therapist. She has developed a one-on-one healing practice which includes personalized yoga instruction, energy-work, body-work and sound healing. In these sessions clients discover a better understanding of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing process. Balance, clarity, connection and peacefulness describe the holistic experience she provides.

    As a survivor of sexual assault, Tiffany is passionate about creating healing spaces and retreats for other trauma survivors. She finds solace in gardening, art, large bodies of water, like-hearted people and mother nature.

    • Tue, September 20, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Hypnosis for Health

    Discover how hypnosis is being used to improve the quality of life of millions of people. What is hypnosis? How does it work? Hypnosis provides a natural approach and is being used every day to help people with a variety of issues such as Reducing Anxiety, Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, Substance Abuse, Confidence, Pain Management and many others. Learn about this fascinating and natural approach being used to improve health. Experience, if you choose, a real hypnosis session. Also learn a quick yet powerful self hypnosis technique.


    Mary Hayes is a Certified Hypnotist and owner of the business Clear Path Hypnosis with a home office in Petoskey, MI. She has advanced training in using hypnosis for health to help each client improve their quality of life. She holds sessions either at her home office or online via Zoom meetings. Hypnosis helps people every day with a variety of issues.

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    • Fri, September 23, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
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    BAT 21

    On April 2, 1972, a U.S. Air Force jet, call sign “Bat 21”, was shot down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile behind enemy lines. The lone surviving crewmember, the navigator, ejected at 31,000 feet and was the subject of the largest and one of the most difficult rescue operations in Air Force history. A 1988 movie starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover told parts of the secret rescue mission. John van Etten of Horton Bay didn’t need to see the movie. He was one of the rescue pilots portrayed in the film and has written his own book about the experience. John will provide his eyewitness account of the harrowing and costly rescue. Lunch served at 11:30 am, lecture begins at noon.

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


    John van Etten, Retired Pilot, USAF

    • Sat, September 24, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 12
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    Scarf Marbling with Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Come and make a beautiful, soft, 100% silk marbled scarf in your choice of colors. It’s fun! Splatter paint into a tray of fluid, use tools to swirl the colors, and add the blank scarf. Heidi provides all materials, instruction, and as much (or as little) guidance as you need. Scarves are large, 72 x 14”, colorfast and hand-washable. These make great gifts. Participants need no prior experience to be successful. Really!

    Class fee includes use of ALL borrowed tools and equipment, and ALL supplies needed for class. There is no supply list for students or additional fee.

    Additional information for students: Though aprons are provided by the instructor, please wear unimportant clothing and shoes. Bring rubber gloves if you wish. Marbling is messy fun! Questions? Students may contact the instructor at midwestartist@msn.com or (260) 667-8719

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

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley is a professional artist and art instructor in Petoskey, Michigan. To learn more about Heidi and get a glimpse of her custom designed marbling supplies, papers, and gift items sold to enthusiasts in 44 countries around the globe, visit www.marblingsupplies.com or www.marblingsupplies.etsy.com.

    • Sun, September 25, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 11
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    Scarf Marbling with Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Come and make a beautiful, soft, 100% silk marbled scarf in your choice of colors. It’s fun! Splatter paint into a tray of fluid, use tools to swirl the colors, and add the blank scarf. Heidi provides all materials, instruction, and as much (or as little) guidance as you need. Scarves are large, 72 x 14”, colorfast and hand-washable. These make great gifts. Participants need no prior experience to be successful. Really!

    Class fee includes use of ALL borrowed tools and equipment, and ALL supplies needed for class. There is no supply list for students or additional fee.

    Additional information for students: Though aprons are provided by the instructor, please wear unimportant clothing and shoes. Bring rubber gloves if you wish. Marbling is messy fun! Questions? Students may contact the instructor at midwestartist@msn.com or (260) 667-8719

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

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley

    Heidi Reichenbach Finley is a professional artist and art instructor in Petoskey, Michigan. To learn more about Heidi and get a glimpse of her custom designed marbling supplies, papers, and gift items sold to enthusiasts in 44 countries around the globe, visit www.marblingsupplies.com or www.marblingsupplies.etsy.com.

    • Tue, September 27, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online
    Register

    In partnership with:

    David B. Schock will tell the story of his adopted child whose life was not destined to be… His book is one that will help those who have had loss with healing - and give hope.


    David B. Schock, Ph.D., is an award-winning film producer. His work includes the poetry films Star by Star: Naomi Long Madgett, Poet and Publisher, a film about the life and career of Detroit’s Poet Laureate, Naomi Long Madgett. He is the recipient of four Michigan Humanities Council awards recognizing his films, including for his latest film, The Road to Andersonville: Michigan Native American Sharpshooters in the Civil War. He has also made films on cold case murder stories.

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

    • Mon, October 03, 2022
    • Mon, October 10, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    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.

    • Tue, October 11, 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    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.

    • Wed, October 12, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • NCMC Nature Area
    • 20
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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
    • 43
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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.


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    • Wed, October 19, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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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.

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    • Fri, October 21, 2022
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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).  

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    • Thu, October 27, 2022
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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.


    Carol Rudie, Ph.D. is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has become a favorite of OLLI students across the country with her wonderful stories of Russian art and those that create it.

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