NAMI Education ­meeting tonight at NMU

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.

Service officer at Rapid River Legion post

RAPID RIVER — American Legion post 301 of Rapid River will host Lisa Clark, disabled veterans service officer (DVSO), of The American Legion.

She will be in first, second and fourth Wednesdays every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help veterans with there benefits. Clark’s next visit will be Wednesday, Feb. 28. Female veterans are most welcome. Any questions call Lisa Clark 1-906-286-3776 or post service officer Carl LaVigne 906-399-8517.

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.

For more information, refer to

Sons of the American Legion meet Wednesday

GLADSTONE — The next meeting of the Gladstone Sons of the American Legion Squadron 71 will be held on Wednesday Feb. 28 2018 at 7:30 p.m. This is the meeting for March.

The Sons meet at American Legion, 802 Delta Ave., Gladstone. If you are a male descendant of a veteran who served in the time of war or conflict, you are eligible for membership. for further information, please call John Pickard at 906-428-1920, Richard Reiffers at 906-233-9261, or the American Legion at 906-428-1050.

Tai Chi class planned in Gladstone Thursday

GLADSTONE — Tai Chi classes meet each Thursday, from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Gladstone Senior Center.

Call Donna Aird at 420-2730 if you would like more information.

Chronic pain workshop Thursday in Escanaba

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 to12:30 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.