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MCC offers walk-in counseling for fall

SIDNEY – Walk-in counseling sessions for Montcalm Community College’s 2017 fall semester are available in MCC’s Student Success Center, located in room D318 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building in Sidney. They are intended to be brief meetings with an MCC counselor to answer specific questions regarding fall coursework. Hours are:

· Aug. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m.

· Aug. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

· Aug. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Aug. 28-31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please call (989) 328-1264.



View solar eclipse at MCC on Aug. 21

SIDNEY – On Aug. 21, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Michigan. Join Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails committee members for a solar eclipse viewing from 2 to 2:45 p.m. near the greenhouse on the college’s Sidney campus. Solar eclipses are when the moon passes between the earth and the sun and blocks some of the sun. When viewing from Montcalm County, the partial eclipse will begin around 1 p.m., peak around 2:25 p.m. and end around 3:45 p.m. At the eclipse’s peak, the sun will be about 80 percent covered. You should never look directly at the sun during this time and eclipse glasses, not sunglasses, are recommended. Please bring your own glasses, blankets or chairs.




Registration is still available for MCC’s fall classes

SIDNEY – Registration for MCC’s fall semester continues until 4 p.m. on Aug. 25, at which time payment is due for fall classes. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 26 unless otherwise noted, and classes may be added prior to the first day the course meets. For more information, call MCC’s Student Services at (989) 328-1277 or Email.




One Book hosts upcoming book discussions

SIDNEY – Book discussions for the One Book One County Montcalm selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, include:

· Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview. “Fences” movie will follow the discussion.

· Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Richland Township Library in Vestaburg. Rich Wrisley will present a travelogue about his recent visit to Liberia, Africa.

· Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville.

· Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Home Township Library in Edmore.

· Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in Howard City. Guests will take a trip to Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, where they will see and experience West Africa by swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, buying cashews from a roadside stand, visiting the market, buying souvenirs from street vendors, traveling four to five hours out in the countryside, visiting some church services and meeting some of the Africans. They will also learn how to dress, what to eat, places to see and wildlife to avoid while visiting this beautiful country.

· Sept. 20 at 6:45 p.m. at the White Pine District Library in Stanton.

· Sept. 27 at noon at MCC’s Library in the lower level of the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on the college’s Sidney campus.

The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.



Constitution Day talks are Sept. 18 at MCC

SIDNEY – Celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 18 during one of two presentations by Montcalm Community College Social Science Instructor Ken DeLong. The first presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. in room M211 in the Les Morford Instructional Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. The second presentation is at 7 p.m. in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on the college’s Greenville campus. Lunch or dinner are provided for free for students with a current MCC ID and are $2 each for all others. Visit for more information.



Learn how to find your ancestors during One Book program

GREENVILLE – We all have them – those ancestors who resist discovery. Jill Arnold from the Archives of Michigan presents “Stuck? Research Strategies for Those Brick Wall Ancestors” on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville. Using successful examples, Arnold will discuss print and online resources and research strategies to employ in locating those elusive ancestors. The presentation is part of the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program, which features the selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.




One Book offers Aug. 23 beginning genealogy workshop

HOWARD CITY – Learn the basics of tracing your family tree during this beginning genealogy workshop led by Kelly Worden, local history librarian from the Flat River Community Library, on Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in Howard City. Using family history forms and free websites, Worden will walk you through the steps needed to uncover your family’s past. The presentation is part of the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program, which features the selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.



‘Fences’ movie featured Aug. 24 in Lakeview

LAKEVIEW – The movie “Fences” will be shown Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in this award-winning film exploring racial and generational divides, and the healing power of compassion. Popcorn is provided. The movie is rated PG13 with a run time of 2 hours, 19 minutes. Come early to join the book discussion at 5 p.m. The presentation is part of the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program, which features the selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.




Explore West African culture during Aug. 30 One Book program

CARSON CITY – The Storytellers, from Grosse Pointe, will enthrall audiences of middle school-aged children through adults with folk tales from West Africa using traditional African musical instruments during an Aug. 30 performance at 6 p.m. at the Carson City Public Library. The presentation is part of the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program, which features the selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.



Enjoy scrapbooking during Aug. 31 One Book program

GREENVILLE – Whether you have family photos sitting around in boxes, are a scrapbooking pro or are looking to organize your historical family photos and genealogy research, bring your photos and supplies to “Scrapbooking Family Photos and History” on Aug. 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville. Local history librarian Kelly Worden will be on hand to help you find documents to go with your photos. You may stay for the whole time or come when you’re able. The presentation is part of the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program, which features the selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.



MCC hosts weekly Thursday walks on its nature trails

SIDNEY –Join Montcalm Community College Biology Instructor Heather Wesp for informative and fun walks on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails on the college’s Sidney campus every Thursday from Aug. 31 to Sept. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. Learn about local plants, animals and ecology. Your interests and questions drive this class, which meets rain or shine. All ages are welcome. Meet in room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Admission is free. For more information, Visit.



MCC is closed Sept. 4

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College is closed Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday. No classes are scheduled Sept. 4 or 5. For a complete academic calendar, Visit.



Lifelong Learners kicks off its fall series on Sept. 15

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s Lifelong Learners fall 2017 lectureship series includes economic development, archaeology, healthy eating and a bus trip to ArtPrize. All lectures are from 10 a.m. to noon on the college’s Greenville campus unless otherwise noted. Presentations include:

· Sept. 15: “The Right Place & Montcalm Economic Alliance – Maintaining a Sound Economy,” presented by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, business development coordinator with The Right Place, in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC).

· Sept. 29: ArtPrize bus trip to Grand Rapids from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Oct. 13: “From Ice Age Europe to Montcalm County: The First Peoples of the Flat River,” presented by Dr. Michael Stafford, archaeologist and Cranbrook Institute of Science director, in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC).

· Oct. 27: “Eating Healthy,” presented by Elizabeth Pitzer, retired high school home economics and biology teacher, in room G129 in the Ash TLC.

For more information or to register, visit Visit or contact Cultural Events Coordinator Karen Maxfield at Email or (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334.



MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals begin Sept. 18

SIDNEY – Rehearsals for Montcalm Community College’s Philharmonic Orchestra begin Sept. 18. The orchestra is for instrumentalists with previous instrumental ensemble experience. Rehearsals are 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 18 through Oct. 30 in the Greenville Middle School Band Room. The cost is $15 per person. The orchestra will perform its “Color My World” concert with MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. on MCC’s Sidney campus. For more information or to register online, Visit. Registration is also accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in MCC’s Student Services Office in the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on the college’s Sidney campus or at the Ash TLC on the college’s Greenville campus.



One Book features Sept. 19 jazz concert in Greenville

GREENVILLE – Known as the foremost African-centered jazz group of its kind in the world today, In the Tradition is well known for its dynamic concert appearances and was recently nominated for a 2017 Detroit Music Award. You won’t want to miss the live concert on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Flat River Community Library in Greenville. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. The presentation is part of the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program, which features the selection, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. The book may be checked out at all of the public libraries in Montcalm County and it may be purchased at Montcalm Community College’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, on the college’s Sidney campus. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, MCC, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County. Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.



MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir rehearsals begin Sept. 21

SIDNEY – Rehearsals for Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir begin
Sept. 21. The group meets on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room M211 in the Morford Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. The cost is $15 per person. The choir will perform its “Color My World” concert with MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. on MCC’s Sidney campus. For more information or to register online, Visit. Registration is also accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in MCC’s Student Services Office in the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on the college’s Sidney campus or at the Ash TLC on the college’s Greenville campus.

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5K run/walk is Sept. 23 at MCC

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s Bramble Ramble 5K trail run and walk is Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. on the college’s Sidney campus. Early registration by Sept. 16 is $20 per person or $35 for a family and includes a long sleeve T-shirt. Registration after Sept. 16 is on-site the day of the race from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and is $25 per person or $40 for a family. Please do not mail registrations after Sept. 16. For an entry form, Visit. For more information,Email or Email. .



MCC offers Sept. 29 trip to ArtPrize

SIDNEY – Experience ArtPrize Sept. 29 in Grand Rapids with Montcalm Community College. Buses depart from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on MCC’s Greenville campus at 8:30 a.m. and from MCC’s Sidney campus at 9 a.m. Buses will arrive at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) at 10 a.m. and depart at 5 p.m. The trip is free to all who register. Admission to the GRAM is $4 per person and must be paid in cash, on the bus, the day of the trip. Anyone planning to participate in this trip must be age 12 or older; participants ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Online registration is required at www.montcalm.edu/artprize. For more information, contact Cultural Events Coordinator Karen Maxfield at Visit or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 334.



One Book closing is Oct. 3 at MCC

SIDNEY –The One Book One County Montcalm closing celebration is Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. The closing celebration will feature live music during a jazz mixer from 6 to 7 p.m. and a live video interview with “Homegoing” author Yaa Gyasi from 7 to 8 p.m., during which Gyasi will share thoughts on her writing process and take questions from the audience. This event concludes the 2017 One Book One County Montcalm program. One Book One County Montcalm is sponsored by Stafford Media Solutions, Montcalm Community College, the MCC Foundation and the public libraries of Montcalm County.Visit for more information or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 261.



MCC’s hosts Oct. 6 trip to Stratford to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College offers a one-day cultural trip to Stratford, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 6, to see Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Student registration is $32.49 and the cost for non-students is $69.24. Buses depart on Oct. 6 from MCC's Sidney campus at 6 a.m., and there is a second pick up at the Ionia Meijer parking lot at 6:30 a.m. Buses will arrive in Stratford at 11:30 a.m. and depart at 5:30 p.m., returning to campus at 11:30 p.m. Anyone planning to participate in this trip must be age 12 or older, and have an enhanced driver’s license, United States Passport or Passport Card that is valid through October 2017. Participants ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit www.montcalm.edu/stratford by Oct. 4. There is a limited number of tickets, and registration is first-come, first-served. For more information about the trip, contact MCC Cultural Events Coordinator Karen Maxfield at Email or 989-328-2111, Ext. 334.



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 or call MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp (989) 328-1270.



MCC offers career development and personal enrichment courses

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College offers a variety of career development and personal enrichment courses. Visit for course details or to register online.

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