9. MCC Briefs

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Go snowshoeing on MCC’s nature trails

SIDNEY – Join Montcalm Community College Instructor Cheryl Meyer for snowshoeing on Thursdays now through Feb. 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails. Any ability level is welcome, and the instructor can provide tips to help you get started. Bring your own snowshoes. If there is no snow, there will be hiking or running instead. Please meet at the Recreation Desk in the Activities Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. For more information, email Meyer.

Enter MCC’s nature trails’ winter photography contest

SIDNEY – Submit your winter photos of the animals, plants and landscape featured on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails, which is on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus, to the 2018 Winter Photography Contest album on the MCC Nature Trails Facebook page between Feb. 1 and 28. Please include your name, the trail name and a photo title or description, and please tag yourself in the photo. Contest winners will be announced in early March. For more information, visit.

Pre-order an Earth Day T-shirt

SIDNEY – Pre-orders for Montcalm Community College Nature Trails Earth Day T-shirts are being accepted through Feb. 28. The shirts will be personalized to say “MCC Nature Trails” on the sleeve. The Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails receive 30 percent of the profit from all sales. To order, email your name and shirt size. Please watch for cost and T-shirt design updates at www.montcalm.edu/nature-trails.

MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals begin Feb. 12

SIDNEY – Rehearsals for Montcalm Community College’s Philharmonic Orchestra begin Feb. 12. The orchestra is for instrumentalists with previous instrumental ensemble experience. Rehearsals are on Mondays from Feb. 12 through April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Greenville Middle School Band Room. The cost is $15 per person. The spring 2018 “Out of This World” concert with MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir is April 22 at 5 p.m. on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission to the concert is free. For a link to register, visit.

MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir rehearsals begin Feb. 22

SIDNEY – Rehearsals for Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir begin Feb. 22. This is a community and student non-audition choir that welcomes everyone, high school age and above, who has an interest in singing in a choral group. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from Feb. 22 through April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room M211 in the Morford Building on the college’s Sidney campus. The cost is $15 per person. The spring 2018 “Out of This World” concert with MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra is April 22 at 5 p.m. on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission to the concert is free. For a link to register, visit.

MCC Reads presents ‘An Art Experience’

SIDNEY – ‘An Art Experience - Drawing Your Dreams’ is Feb. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. MCC Art Instructor Debbie Bell invites guests to “illustrate their dreams” during this hands-on event. Art supplies are provided. Subs and pop are free for students with a current MCC ID and are $2 each for all others. For more information, visit.

‘What’s Poetry’ is Feb. 28 at MCC

SIDNEY -- MCC Reads presents “What’s Poetry” on Feb. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Join Writing Center Consultants Kyleigh Ritter and Jeremy Ball in an illuminating discussion to consider what’s so great about poetry. Is it definable? Does it have a beat? Can you dance to it? Let’s look beyond the old, dusty anthologies. Come for the pizza; stay for the iambic pentameter. Pizza and pop are free for students with a current MCC ID and $2 each for all others. For more information, visit.

MCC Reads presents the movie Reel Injun

SIDNEY -- Everyone is invited to view the movie Reel Injun on March 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. A second showing is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room G129 in the Ash TLC on MCC’s Greenville campus. Reel Injun takes an interesting and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian through the history of cinema. Traveling through America’s heartland, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond reveals how the myth of “the Injun” has altered our understanding—and misunderstanding—of Natives. Reel Injun has a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. This film is not rated but is appropriate for all age groups. Pizza and pop are free for students with a current MCC ID and are $2 each for all others. For more information, visit.

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is coming to MCC SIDNEY -- Montcalm Community College’s drama class presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” adapted by le Clanché du Rand, March 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. in the Barn Theater. Admission is free.

Explore insights of MCC Reads book selection during March 13 program

SIDNEY -- MCC Reads presents “Powerful Magic – Sherman Alexie’s Words” March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. MCC Social Science Instructor Ken DeLong shares personal insights into Sherman Alexie’s writing through a powerful presentation of his favorite highlights from Alexie’s award-winning work. Subs and pop are free for students with a current MCC ID and $2 each for all others. For more information, visit.

MCC hosts March 20 book discussion

SIDNEY – MCC Reads presents a campus and community book discussion on “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” by Sherman Alexie March 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. For more information, visit.

‘Hoodies for the Homeless’ collection ends March 20

SIDNEY -- MCC Reads is collecting sweatshirts for the “Hoodies for the Homeless” community action project. Donated items asked for include clean new and gently used sweatshirts and hoodies in all sizes for people experiencing homelessness in the community. All donated items will be given to the Office for Homeless Support at the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District, which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties, and handed out to those in need. Donations may be left at the Montcalm Community College Library or brought to any MCC Reads event by March 20.

MCC offers trip to Chicago

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College offers a one-day bus trip to Chicago on March 17. The cost is $24.13 for students and $45.14 for non-students. The fee covers the cost of transportation, and participants must pay for their food and for their entry fees to attractions. Popular options include the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Children ages 12-17 may attend with an adult. Children younger than 12 are not permitted to attend. Visit for more information and a link to register.

Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email.

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