Here is our weekly salute to the people, places and organizations that make Northern Michigan a special place to live.
The chance to attend a full-length opera does not come but once a year in Northern Michigan, so we urge you to make the time this week to immerse yourself into Giuseppe Verdi's comedic opera "Falstaff." The performance is the culminating experience of the 60-some collegiate singers and instrumentalists who have spent the summer studying with the Bay View faculty. The talent among these young people is awesome and something you will not want to miss.
The production is double cast and features the Bay View Music Festival opera students, representing universities from across the country, from Connecticut to California. The orchestra features a combination of festival students and Bay View faculty.
Four performances of "Falstaff" are planned and we urge you to get your tickets today. Shows will be 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 8-10, in the Petoskey High School auditorium. Reserved tickets for "Falstaff" are $25. For purchase information, call (800) 595-4849 or visit www.bayviewfestival.tix.com.
Treat yourself to a night at the opera.
Free health screenings offered by McLaren Northern Michigan can give high school athletes and their parents peace of mind.
Stories of young athletes collapsing on the court or field are all too common.
These cases often take place during sporting events or athletic training and result with a tragic loss not only for the individual and their family, but for the community.
McLaren is offering health screenings to detect heart abnormalities early and prevent these types of losses. Screenings for high school students in grades nine through 12 will be offered in Charlevoix, Petoskey and Gaylord as follows:
-- 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at McLaren Northern Michigan Specialty Clinic, 1404 Bridge St., Charlevoix
-- 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the John and Marnie Demmer Wellness Pavilion and Dialysis Center, 820 Arlington Ave., Petoskey
-- 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at McLaren Northern Michigan Specialty Clinic, 944 N. Center Ave., Gaylord
To preregister, call (800) 248-6777 or visit www.northernhealth.org.
"The screenings are important for a couple reasons," said Dr. Jason Ricci, an interventional cardiologist with Michigan Heart and Vascular, a department of McLaren Northern Michigan. "It's rare, but kids are at risk and if we can identify a condition, we can prevent a catastrophic event."
The screenings, which are being offered for the third year, include medical history, a blood pressure check, electrocardiogram (EKG), consultation with a specialist and an echocardiogram (ECHO) if required. The tests take less than a hour to complete ... time well spent for the added assurance it provides both student athletes and their parents.