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

Upcoming events

    • Wed, June 29, 2022
    • Wed, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • NCMC SCRC Building, room 550 (upstairs)
    • 8
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    Return home to your true self...
    In connection with all of life through the elements, and 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. You will learn about the systems of the body as they 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.

    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
    • Inquiry sheets and resources to take home and reflect on between sessions
    • Learn tools for decolonization, and embodied trauma healing

    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

    1. Lessons: Structure, Stability, Simplicity, Nourishment, Equanimity and Generosity
    2. Practices: Grounding, Rooting in with our Ancestors, Compassionate Communication
    3. Body Allies: Bones, Connective Tissues, Marrow
    4. Nature Allies: Rocks, Stones, Trees, Roots, Magma

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

    1. Lessons: Flow, Release, Rhythm, E-motion, Mirror-like Wisdom
    2. Practices: Framework for Decolonization as Healing
    3. Body Allies: Blood, Fluids, Notochord, Amniotic fluid
    4. Nature Allies: Water, Rivers, Lakes, Ocean, Ponds, Streams, Rain

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

    1. Lessons: Presence, Activating Aliveness and Radiant Discerning Compassion
    2. Practices: Embodied Trauma Healing with Polyvagal Theory
    3. Body Allies: Digestive System, Endocrine System, Nervous Systems
    4. Nature Allies: Sun, Stars, Fire, Mycelium

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

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

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

    1. Lessons: Wonder, Envisioning what's Possible, Surrender, All Embracing and Encompassing Wisdom
    2. Practices: Integrative Closing Ritual
    3. Body Allies: Cerebral Spinal Fluid, Nervous System and Glandular Integration
    4. 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.

    • Thu, July 07, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • NCMC Borra Learning Center Room 49B (downstairs)
    • 2
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    Getting Creative with Tarot

    Are you seeking ways to explore your creativity? Expand sources of inspiration? Please join us for an interactive, applied workshop on how the imagery and symbols of the Tarot can help! No prior familiarity with Tarot is needed; all you need is a deck and a desire to see how Tarot cards can support or jumpstart your creative projects. Topics explored include how to “enter” a card to draw inspiration, the role of intuition, and storytelling, among others. The workshop is experiential, with plenty of activities to help you get started or go further using Tarot as a creative tool.

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

    NOTE: You will need access to a Tarot deck for this workshop. Please feel free to bring a deck you have; you may also find a wide variety of Tarot cards at Amazon or Etsy.


    Sara Glasgow, Ph.D., Dean of Liberal Arts, NCMC
    Sara has been practicing and sharing her love of Tarot for over thirty years and Norse runes for fifteen years. Through workshops and consultations, she aims to raise awareness of the diverse ways that these systems nurture creativity, meditation, and personal empowerment. She is also a teacher, scholar, and administrator, and has served as the Dean of Liberal Arts at North Central Michigan College since 2014.

    • Tue, July 12, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hailand/Helstrom Family Nature Preserve, Conway
    • 0
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    Join Little Traverse Conservancy naturalist Brad Von Blon on a trip around the Hailand Nature Preserve to identify many of the trees that call Northern Michigan home. We’ll focus on simple ways to distinguish common species and discover their unique places in our ecosystems. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring shoes that can get muddy! Meet at Parking area (P on map).



    • Mon, July 18, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Health & Wellness Series

    in partnership with

    What to Do About Sudden-Onset Lower Back Pain with Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS


    Have you had an episode of sudden-onset low back pain and didn't know what to do? Then this presentation is for you. Learn how to get yourself back to normal as quickly as possible after you tweak your low back. We'll also discuss dealing with sudden aches and pains at other body regions to help get you back in action.

    Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS 
    Jeff earned his B.S. in Psychology and Master's in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University. He has earned his board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jeff heads up our Worksite Medicine program, which focuses on ergonomic assessments, job analysis, and Functional Capacity Evaluations. His expertise is in the management and treatment of back and neck pain, peripheral joint rehabilitation, and treating general pain conditions. He has a special interest in working with runners of all ages and ability levels. Jeff and his wife have a daughter, a son, and a black lab named Goose. In addition to spending time with his family, Jeff enjoys mountain biking, fitness training, fishing, snow-shoeing, hiking, and coaching baseball and softball.

    • Wed, July 20, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • North Central Michigan College
    • 10
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    Join North Central President Dr. David Roland Finley and his wife, Heidi, on a guided tour of the Harris Gardens. Learn more about the College’s Harris Gardens and a few of the 26 sculptures by internationally renowned artists.

    Meet in the College’s Library lobby.  

    Jack Harris started the Mole Hole gift shop in Petoskey. Soon, the Mole Hole was to become a successful franchise with more than 200 stores operating nationwide.

    Jack, wanting to share his success and love of art, gave generously to North Central Michigan College, transforming the campus into a large, beautifully landscaped sculpture garden to be enjoyed by all. In 2012, Jack provided generous funding for the new, state-of-the-art, Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center on the NCMC Campus.

    Jack Harris, 85, passed away on April 9, 2013 at his home in Naples, Florida. Thanks to his generosity, Jack left a living legacy of art for future generations to enjoy.


    • Fri, July 22, 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Begins at the Perry Hotel, 100 Lewis St., Petoskey, MI 49770
    • 1
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    There are many buildings and locations in Petoskey where unexplainable happenings have taken place and continue to take place. Visit these places and hear about the multiple occurrences of sightings and activities and learn about initial happenings that may be responsible for them.

    This walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. It does involve an approximately two-mile walk up and down gently sloping hills. 

    Our guests will also learn the areas’ rich and diverse history that may be contributing to the paranormal occurrences.

    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.

    • Wed, August 03, 2022
    • Wed, August 31, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • NCMC Borra Learning Center Room 49A (downstairs)
    • 30
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    • Come to Your Senses!
      How to Create Ease in Nervous System

      A summer adventure exploring the five senses and discovering how the ancient Ayurvedic holistic treatment- Tanmatra Chikitsa, helps you create more ease in your nervous system. Return home to your five senses and appreciate beauty in simple, daily things like lavender blooms, herbal tea, sunsets, rose water spritzes, and chickadee morning reveille.

      The five sensory organs – nose, tongue, eyes, skin, and ears are the physical thresholds into the subtle nervous systems. The five senses of smell, taste, sight, touch, and hearing are the subtle doorways and pathways through which we perceive and receive information and beauty from the world around us.

      Take a summer Ayurvedic adventure, by learning how to balance your body and mind through these doorways of perception. In today’s fast paced, technologically driven world, the senses are often overused or misused. This stresses the nervous system. Each week, Kellen Brugman will explore one of the five senses.

      This sensory exploration will help you become more aware of the beauty in everyday simple things, and provide easy, effective, and enjoyable Ayurvedic self-care tips to create more ease in your nervous system.

      Tanmatra Chikitsa, by utilizing the five senses and sensory pathways in nervous system, helps awaken the inner pharmacy and create therapeutic influences in the body and mind. Learn how impressions such as sound, touch, images, food, and aromas either stress the five senses and nervous system; or how they restore balance to body, mind, and nervous system. Harmony between the external world and ourselves is maintained by becoming more aware of what we are allowing in through our doorways of perception.

      Enjoy More Mental Clarity & Ease Through Doorways of Perception.

      You will learn and understand:

      • The function of the five senses, as they relate to Ayurveda’s five elements and three body-mind types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

      • The relationship between the mind, nervous system and five senses. And why healthy sensory perception contributes to overall health.

      • Ayurvedic self-care techniques and treatments for the sensory organs, so that they perform at optimal health throughout one’s life.

      • How the five sensory organs provide both protection and pleasure, and bridge our relationship with external world.

      • How the five senses get out of balance through poor lifestyle and food choices. Classroom use of music, colors, tea, native plants, and essential oils.

      • Easy, effective, and enjoyable Ayurvedic methods to restore balance to the five senses. We will explore foods, essential oils, color therapy, sound therapy, acupressure points, and breathing practices.

      Assignment Adventures:

      • Students keep a “Five Senses Journal”- notebook to explore cause and effects of foods, sounds, colors, etc.. with the five senses, and effects on nervous system.

      • A meal experiment at home, preparing a meal consisting of the six tastes and eating with awareness.

      • Do an Ayurvedic hand and neck self-massage at home, in order to experience the healing benefits of touch and aromatherapy.

      By End of Course, You Will:

      • Recognize when a sensory organ(s) is stressed; then know how to restore balance by using 1-2 easy, effective Ayurvedic self-care techniques.

      • Perform a breathing practice to calm nervous system.

      • Know how to use an Ayurvedic acupressure point for each sensory organ.

      • Be able to use foods, colors, sound therapy, essential oils, and Ayurvedic acupressure points to reduce stress levels in body and mind.

      • Have greater appreciation for beauty in life’s simple things and in nature’s healing magic.

    Class fee includes an essential oil and Ayurvedic tea for each student.

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

    Kellen Celeste Brugman

    Kellen Brugman is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant, Holistic Wellness Coach, and yoga teacher. In 2001, after 10 years in corporate banking and retirement savings industry, she changed careers in order (and holy chaos) to follow her heart’s calling. She creates wellness classes for companies, and provides holistic well-Being consultations and coaching to individuals.

    Kellen’s 20-year career experience includes working with global clients like Aveda; as well as hometown colleges and businesses. She guides and inspires others to realize health goals, career dreams, and creative ideas via personal sessions, community wellness events, and spiritual retreats. Kellen’s taught Ayurveda and yoga classes at Aveda, lululemon, Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Hospital, Sansum Clinics, Santa Barbara City College, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, and North Central Michigan College. She is certified through The Ayurvedic Institute, White Lotus Yoga Foundation, and Radiant Coaches Academy. “Investing in daily self-care routines and spiritual rituals creates lifelong returns of health and happiness.” www.kellenbrugman.com



    • Wed, August 10, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • John M. Hall Auditorium, 1725 Encampment, Bay View, MI
    • 0
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    This tour is full, however we've added another tour for Wed., 8/24/22. To register click here.

    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.

    • Wed, August 17, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • North Central Michigan College
    • 6
    Register


    Join North Central President Dr. David Roland Finley and his wife, Heidi, on a guided tour of the Harris Gardens. Learn more about the College’s Harris Gardens and a few of the 26 sculptures by internationally renowned artists.

    Meet in the College’s Library lobby.  

    Jack Harris started the Mole Hole gift shop in Petoskey. Soon, the Mole Hole was to become a successful franchise with more than 200 stores operating nationwide.

    Jack, wanting to share his success and love of art, gave generously to North Central Michigan College, transforming the campus into a large, beautifully landscaped sculpture garden to be enjoyed by all. In 2012, Jack provided generous funding for the new, state-of-the-art, Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center on the NCMC Campus.

    Jack Harris, 85, passed away on April 9, 2013 at his home in Naples, Florida. Thanks to his generosity, Jack left a living legacy of art for future generations to enjoy.


    • Wed, August 24, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • John M. Hall Auditorium, 1725 Encampment, Bay View, MI
    • 0
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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.

    • Sat, September 10, 2022
    • Sun, September 11, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 11
    Register

    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.

    • 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
    • 11
    Register

    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.

    • Sat, September 24, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • NCMC - Borra Learning Center Rooms 18B & 18C
    • 12
    Register

    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
    • 12
    Register

    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.

    • Thu, October 13, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • NCMC Library Conference Center
    • 73
    Register

    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


    • Tue, November 01, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Birds in the Arts


    This class will examine the role birds have played in film, literature and painting. We will talk about the history of birds in art, such as John James Audubon's Birds of America, but will also explore how birds have been used to convey ideas, themes and even hidden messages in everything from modern films, such as Twilight, to the art works of Hieronymus Bosch and Diego Rivera. This class will be offered simultaneously in person at Pioneer High School


    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.

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

    • Tue, December 06, 2022
    • Tue, December 13, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
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    Sparrows of Michigan with Jamie Platt

    Learn to appreciate the subtle beauty of this widespread but often overlooked family of Michigan's birds. The Sparrow family can often be an intimidating challenge to new Birders. In this class we will use a variety of learning techniques that will allow you to find and identify by both sight and sound......the almost twenty species of native Sparrows that can be found in Michigan.


    Jamie Platt is an alumni of Northern Michigan University where he graduated with a degree in Zoology. He has taught or lectured at Washtenaw Community College, Monroe County Community College, Schoolcraft College and the Ann Arbor Adult Education program. He is also the founder of Hell's Birders, a birding organization based in Ann Arbor.

Past events

Tue, June 28, 2022 Getting Creative with Tarot
Thu, June 23, 2022 Petoskey Remembered Walking Tour with Christopher Struble
Tue, June 21, 2022 Getting Creative with Tarot
Wed, June 15, 2022 NCMC Harris Garden Tour
Tue, June 14, 2022 Getting Creative with Tarot
Tue, June 07, 2022 Haunted Petoskey Ghost Walk with Christopher Struble
Thu, June 02, 2022 Moss & Lichens Hike - Oden Island Nature Preserve
Wed, June 01, 2022 The Metaverse Explained
Wed, June 01, 2022 NMSMC Health & Wellness Series - Tips to Prevent Common Gardening Injuries
Wed, May 25, 2022 NMSMC Health & Wellness Series - Tips for an Injury-Free Golf Season
Thu, May 19, 2022 Petoskey Remembered Walking Tour with Christopher Struble
Thu, May 19, 2022 Petoskey Remembered Walking Tour with Christopher Struble
Wed, May 18, 2022 Foraging for Wild Herbs - Session 1
Tue, May 10, 2022 Michigan Warblers
Mon, May 09, 2022 Stoking and Kindling Digestive Fire with Kellen Brugman
Wed, May 04, 2022 Meditation for Chronic Pain & Illness
Wed, May 04, 2022 Foraging for Wild Herbs - Session 2
Fri, April 29, 2022 Benedict Arnold
Sun, April 24, 2022 NCMC Youth Basketball Camp Grades 6-8
Thu, April 21, 2022 Wine Tasting and Appreciation: The Noble Grapes
Mon, April 18, 2022 NMSMC Health & Wellness Series - How Exercise Can Improve Chronic Pain
Mon, April 18, 2022 CANCELLED-News Literacy Program Presented by Petoskey District Library News Literacy Committee
Thu, April 14, 2022 Greenwood Cemetery Presents Petoskey History through Newspaper Ads
Thu, April 14, 2022 Cheese Tasting 101 with Katie Potts
Wed, April 13, 2022 Lake Superior Mysteries with Ric Mixter
Tue, April 12, 2022 Beginning Birding
Mon, April 11, 2022 Nutrition & Health Series - Healthy Eating on a Budget
Thu, April 07, 2022 Identification and Control of Honey Bee Pests
Tue, April 05, 2022 NCMC Online Parenting Book Club - Book 3 Evening Session
Tue, April 05, 2022 NCMC Online Parenting Book Club - Book 3 Afternoon Session
Fri, April 01, 2022 Luncheon Lecture - Unmanned Aerial Systems
Fri, March 25, 2022 Luncheon Lecture - Redistricting the New Way
Wed, March 23, 2022 Stereotypes of Native People: Where We Find Them and Why They Are Harmful
Tue, March 22, 2022 A Missing Century
Mon, March 21, 2022 Nutrition & Health Series - Eating Well with Less Sugar
Tue, March 15, 2022 Death & Lighthouses on the Great Lakes
Tue, March 15, 2022 Seeing the Sky in Three Dimensions
Mon, March 14, 2022 Nutrition & Health Series - Heart Healthy Lifestyle
Thu, March 10, 2022 The Secret Life of Birds
Tue, March 08, 2022 What’s New at the Zoo?
Tue, March 08, 2022 Presidential Series with Scott LaDeur
Mon, March 07, 2022 Nutrition & Health Series - Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Mon, March 07, 2022 Beginning Beekeeping with Barry Fitzpatrick & Jim Anglewicz
Fri, March 04, 2022 Luncheon Lecture - Honeybees
Wed, March 02, 2022 Exploring the Soo Locks with Ric Mixter
Wed, March 02, 2022 My Life as a Groupie
Wed, February 23, 2022 DNA of Galaxies
Tue, February 22, 2022 Nutrition & Health Series - Weight Management
Tue, February 22, 2022 Choices for Sustainable Living Discussion Series
Fri, February 18, 2022 Luncheon Lecture - Brave Hearts Estate
Fri, February 18, 2022 It’s Time to Lighten Up
Thu, February 17, 2022 The Olympic Games and China's International Ambitions
Wed, February 16, 2022 Explore Underwater Photography
Wed, February 16, 2022 NMSMC Health & Wellness Series - Staying Vertical: Balance & Fall Reduction
Mon, February 14, 2022 What’s the Point of Mathematics Research, Anyway?
Wed, February 09, 2022 The Latest in Alzheimer's and Dementia Research
Wed, February 09, 2022 The Brilliant Architecture of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun
Wed, February 09, 2022 Free College: In Pursuit of Equity
Tue, February 08, 2022 Understanding Sikhism
Thu, February 03, 2022 The Owls of Michigan
Wed, February 02, 2022 How the Railroad Transformed Charlevoix
Wed, February 02, 2022 Fall in Love with Self-Care
Mon, January 31, 2022 Maintaining Grace and Strength While Aging
Thu, January 27, 2022 Reflections in Red: Russian Visual Culture Reprised
Mon, January 24, 2022 Nutrition & Health Series - Focus on Fiber
Fri, January 21, 2022 Luncheon Lecture - Circuit Court
Thu, January 20, 2022 Nearly Nuclear: A Mismanaged Energy Transition – From OLLI talk to Published Book
Thu, January 20, 2022 Examining Power and Inequality in Early South African Kingdoms
Wed, January 19, 2022 NMSMC Health & Wellness Series - Arthritis Tool Kit
Tue, January 18, 2022 Shay: Steam and Steel
Tue, January 18, 2022 US Economic Update
Fri, January 14, 2022 National Public Radio, Ann Arbor
Thu, January 13, 2022 Dark Side of the Mitten
Wed, January 12, 2022 The Tumultuous Life and Troubled Times of Edgar Allan Poe
Tue, January 04, 2022 NCMC Online Parenting Book Club - Book 1 Evening Session
Tue, January 04, 2022 NCMC Online Parenting Book Club - Book 1 Afternoon Session
Mon, January 03, 2022 Meditation for Inner Peace with Tiffany Lenau
Tue, June 22, 2021 Houseplants 101



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