EES Coffee Chats illustrationPour a cup of your favorite hot beverage, and spend an hour each Friday with NMC Extended Educational Services and community guests — from the comfort of home. A new season of “Coffee Chats” begins February 4. These Friday morning virtual interviews take place from 10 to 11 a.m. with interesting community guests, and each is followed by a live Zoom Q&A session.

The winter lineup kicks off with local historian Marty MacLeod; Jill Grenchik, fungi expert and owner of Great Lakes Treats; Kara Gregory, founder and executive director of PoWeR! Book Bags; and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Language Coordinator Kenny Pheasant. The season concludes with experts on experiential education and conservation, advocates for music education, and local artists turned professionals in music production and recording.

There are a total of seven Coffee Chats in this winter’s series, from February 4 through March 18. You may sign up for ‘one cup at a time’ for $10 per session, or save $21 and purchase ‘The Whole Carafe’ for $49. View details and register at or call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700.

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