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NCMC Winter 2019 Luncheon Lectures Schedule

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January 18
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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North Central Michigan College Library Conference Room
1515 Howard St.
Petoskey, MI United States
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North Central Michigan College’s luncheon lecture series for the winter semester will begin on Friday, January 18, 2019. A wide variety of topics will be featured including public transit, recreational marijuana, hockey, the saxophone, sleight of hand and a personal story of a local woman climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. All programs in the winter series will be held on Fridays in the College’s Library conference room. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

January 18 – Public Transit. After years of debate, public transit is finally being expanded in Emmet County to reach many more people. County Administrator John Calabrese explains the new service and how you can benefit from it.

January 25 – Recreational Marijuana. On December 6, 2018, the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the State of Michigan, the result of a constitutional amendment approved in November. Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2008. While marijuana may be used legally in the State of Michigan, it remains illegal under Federal law. What does that mean for our community? Emmet County’s chief assistant prosecutor, Stuart Fenton, and Sheriff Pete Wallin will explain.

February 15 – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Karen Marietti, director of the Camp Daggett Adventure Center, has spent most of her adult life working and living experientially. Mt. Kilimanjaro was always on her list of places to go and, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided it was time to make the climb. In 2017, she and three other women climbed the 19,340 feet to the summit. She will tell us about her adventure, and show us her amazing photographs.

March 8 – Hockey. Hockey is the family business for former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Federov and his brother Fedor. They recently purchased and are now renovating the Petoskey Ice Arena to share their passion with our community. The arena is home to the Federov Hockey Academy, Petoskey Northmen hockey, girls travel hockey, mini/mite, squirt, peewee and bantam youth programs along with adult leagues, speed and figure skating. Fedor Federov will tell us more about what they are doing for skaters from beginner to pro.

March 22 – Lessons in Life from the Art of Illusion. “The hand is quicker than the eye.” “Seeing is believing.” “I saw it with my own two eyes.” “We have an eyewitness.” These sayings will be tested as you are presented with simple illusions that will entertain you, challenge your awareness and give you insight into how your eyes, mind and thought processes work. Presented by Mike Shore, retired vice president and chief risk officer of Consumers Energy, Jackson, Michigan.

April 12 – The Saxophone. In 1846, Adolphe Sax patented a musical instrument that was a brassier version of the clarinet. Today, it is a fixture of marching bands, military bands, big bands, jazz bands and, of course, “Bolero.” Tom Harder is a saxophone virtuoso and Charlevoix High School’s band director. He will tell us about this popular instrument and play some flashy music written to show off its unique attributes.

Reservations are required. You must call 231-348-6600 or email luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu to reserve your place for each presentation. Cost is $12. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.