NAMI education ­meeting at NMU Feb. 26

MARQUETTE — The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette offers confidential support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness.

An education meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Baraga Place Conference Room, 129 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette. Doug Russell, executive director of Room At The Inn, will speak about the role mental illness plays in homelessness. People with mental illness are at greater risk of experiencing homelessness. Homelessness, in turn, amplifies poor mental health.

For more information, call 906-360-7107 or visit

In case of bad weather, if NMU cancels evening classes, the NAMI meeting will also be cancelled.

Questions can be directed to Susan Maynard, vice president, NAMI-Alger/Marquette, 906-249-3598.

Free pain management workshops at MTEC

ESCANABA — A free chronic pain management workshop will be offered on Thursday, March 1 at the MTEC center, room 2013. The chronic pain management workshop is a six-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed to help people living with chronic pain or loved ones caring for one with pain to learn the skills they need to manage their symptoms. Two trained leaders conduct the workshop. Subjects covered include: lack of energy, sleep problems, depression, fatigue, pain, staying active, medication and much more.

The six-week class will meet on Thursday mornings at the MTEC center starting Thursday, March 1 and going until Thursday, April 5 from 10 to 12:30 p.m. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required — family and caregivers are welcome to sign up. If you are a loved one to someone with chronic pain you are welcome to attend this workshop. There is no cost to attend. Please call the YMCA to register at 906-789-0005.

This program is administered by UPCAP, with support from the Northern Lights YMCA.

Cribbage in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The Bay de Noc Peggers Club 218 will play each Monday at 7 p.m. at the Lake Bluff Retirement Village Community Center. Nine games of cribbage are played one-on-one, with one fourth of the players earning money. The club has existed for over 20 years and members earn points that add up to awards from the American Cribbage Congress (ACC). Points are earned with two for a win, zero for a loss and three for a skunk.

Play begins at 7 p.m. each Monday New players are welcomed. Call Joe or Donna Aird at 428-3844 for more information.

Meditation available on Tuesdays at Bonifas

ESCANABA — The Little Bay Zen Buddhist Sangha is a Buddhist community that practices zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and Dharma discussion at the Bonifas Arts Center in downtown Escanaba on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

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