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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

MARQUETTE — The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. and Great Lakes Recovery Centers will host Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

The purpose of Alcohol Awareness month is to break the stigma around alcoholism, show the community how to find help for themselves or a friend or family member, and to encourage youth to not drink alcohol.

Alcohol-Free Weekend, traditionally observed during NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month in April, is scheduled for Friday to Sunday.

During Alcohol- Free Weekend, NCADD and Great Lakes Recovery Centers ask parents and other adults to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol isn’t necessary to have a good time. If participants find it difficult to go without alcohol during this period, they are urged to call Great Lakes Recovery Centers at 906-228-9696.

This year, in order to provide alternatives to drinking Great Lakes Recovery Center has teamed up with three local businesses.The organization currently has 13 outpatient offices across the Upper Peninsula, three adult residential treatment facilities and the only youth residential facility for Substance Use Disorder treatment in the U.P.

– Biggby Coffee of Marquette will host three evenings of board games and discounted coffee. From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, community members of all ages are invited to play games and grab a beverage. All specialty beverages will be $2 off and kids’ drinks are always $1.99. To receive the discount, simply mention you are there to be alcohol free.

– Superior Entertainment in Marquette will offer a package deal for Alcohol Free Weekend that includes one hour of bowling, up to five shoe rentals, bumpers, a 12-inch one-topping pizza, and a pitcher of pop for $39 (the regular rate is $51.25). All one has to do is say you are there to be alcohol free.

– River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming has agreed to provide a discount throughout the entire month of April to anyone who says they are there to be alcohol free. For $30, guests will receive a lane for an hour, shoe rentals, a pizza and a pitcher of pop.

Global carbon cycle to be discussed

MARQUETTE — The role of tropical forests in the global carbon cycle will be the topic of the next “Climate@Noon” seminar at Northern Michigan University. George Weiblen from the University of Minnesota will discuss the findings of a ForestGeo plot he established in New Guinea, an island in the southwest Pacific.

The event is scheduled for noon Friday in 1318 Jamrich Hall.

ForestGeo, a network coordinated by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, is monitoring 63 forest plots in 24 countries. Weiblen established the ForestGeo plot in New Guinea through a collaboration with indigenous landowners and citizen scientists. He is a professor of plant and microbial biology and director of the Bell Museum of Natural History.

According to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute website, “ForestGeo conducts long-term, large-scale research on forests around the world to: increase scientific understanding of forest ecosystems, guide sustainable forest management and natural-resource policies, monitor the impacts of global climate change and build capacity in forest science.”

For more information, contact the Northern Climate Network at climate@nmu.edu.