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      9.  MCC Briefs

Oct. 10 talks at MCC explore ‘The Syrian Refugee Crisis’

SIDNEY – Learn about “The Syrian Refugee Crisis” during two presentations on Oct. 10 by Dr. Rihab Sawah, professor of physics at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Mo. The first presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. The second presentation is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room G129 in the Ash TLC on MCC’s Greenville campus. Lunch and supper are free for students with a current MCC ID and are $2 each for all others. This is the final presentation in the 2017 Stanley and Blanche Ash Lectureship Series, which features nationally and internationally-known speakers, whose presentations aim to increase awareness of key issues of global and domestic importance.

Michael Stafford presents Oct. 13 Lifelong Learners session at MCC

SIDNEY – Archaeologist and Cranbrook Institute of Science Director Dr. Michael Stafford presents “From Ice Age Europe to Montcalm County: The First Peoples of the Flat River,” Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC) on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. This is the third of four presentations in MCC’s Lifelong Learners fall educational series. Membership is open to those 18 years of age and older regardless of their formal education. The annual membership fee is $8. Members attend sessions for free. Non-members pay $2 per session. For more information or to register, visit or contact Cultural Events Coordinator Karen Maxfield or (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334.

Work day is Oct. 14 on MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

SIDNEY – Bring your family and friends to volunteer for a fall work day Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon on Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails on the college’s Sidney campus. Join the Nature Trails Committee to line trails with fallen branches, touch up post colors with spray paint and clean out bird and duck houses. Please dress appropriately for the weather; you may want gloves. Volunteers will meet at Meadow Loop, near the tennis courts.

MCC hosts Oct. 24 blood drive

SIDNEY – An American Red Cross Blood Drive is Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Activities Building gym on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Visit and enter sponsor code “Montcalm” to make an appointment. Walk-in donors also are welcome.

‘Eating Healthy’ is topic of final Lifelong Learners session at MCC

SIDNEY – Explore tips for “Eating Healthy” with retired high school home economics and biology teacher Elizabeth Pitzer, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center (Ash TLC) on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus during the final presentation in the Lifelong Learners fall educational series. Discussion will focus on the benefits of eating whole foods for better overall health, and samples of dried fruits and vegetables grown in West Michigan, as well as cheese made from cashews will be provided. The organization’s annual membership meeting will be held immediately following this presentation. Membership in LLL is open to those 18 years of age and older regardless of their formal education. The annual membership fee is $8. Members attend sessions for free. Non-members pay $2 per session. For more information or to register, visit or contact Cultural Events Coordinator Karen Maxfield at  or (989) 328-2111, Ext. 334.

Halloween at Heritage Village is Oct. 28

SIDNEY – “Halloween at the Village” is Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Montcalm Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Everyone is invited to dress for the holiday and enjoy a hayride, beverages, donuts and trick-or-treating throughout the village. The event is free and open to the public.

MCC presents ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s fall 2017 drama class presents “The Fisherman and His Wife,” adapted by Claudia Haas, on Nov. 4 and 5 at 2 p.m. at the Barn Theater on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free to the public.

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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