Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mr. Ross Hill will be performing on his Hi-Wheeler at the Arts Center during the August 23 TOUR OUR TOWN event

One of the Wheelmen, Mr. Ross Hill will be performing on his Hi-Wheeler at the Arts Center during the August 23 TOUR OUR TOWN event, which coincides with the opening of SAC's PEDAL BACK IN TIME Exhibit!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pedal Back in Time

Rick Morris, owner of House of Wheels in Owosso, is shown with his 1939 Rollfast bicycle manufactured by the DP Harris Company of New York. This bike along with many other historic bicycles in his collection will be on display August 23 through October 5 at the Shiawassee Arts Center.

The exhibit will open Saturday, August 23rd, 1-5pm, in celebration of Owosso's Tour Our Town event, and will run through Sunday, October 5th. Also planned, are several special events, including a public opening night reception, a family Bike Scavenger Hunt and Picnic, an Art a la Carte event and many other special surprises.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Amateur Radio Field Day

“Who ya’ gonna call? Shiawassee County's Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 28-29

Owosso, MI 10 June, 2014 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 28-29, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Shiawassee County’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

"The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”

In the Shiawassee County area, the Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association (S.A.R.A.) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds on June 28 and 29. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The 2014 James Oliver Curwood scholarship

The 2014 James Oliver Curwood scholarship, provided by the Shiawassee County Historical Society, with a value of $750.00 is awarded to Stephanie Rasmussen, daughter of Jackie and Todd Rasmussen of Corunna.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Google Top Contributor Program

Have you heard of the Google Top Contributor (TC) program? It's a program for our most helpful and active support forum members. As a TC, you’ll have direct access to Googlers, find out about early peeks at new products before they launch, and even get exclusive invites to TC- only global events! Learn more: 

If you're interested, let us know in this form by Friday, May 23: You’ll then be invited to join three online Hangouts to learn more about the program, meet community members, and discuss the products you know and love with Googlers who work on them on a daily basis. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Monday, April 28, 2014

SAC 17th Annual Member Artists Show

SAC 17th Annual Member Artists Show
Who Will Win the People's Choice Awards? 

Nearly 80 SAC member artists are participating in the Shiawassee Arts Center's 17th Annual Member Artists Show on display now through June 15. Visitors to the exhibit are able to vote for their favorite works in the non-juried show. Artists with the most votes in six different categories at the end of the show will each receive a $100 People's Choice Award. The show is sponsored by Owosso Graphic Arts. The reception to meet the artists, enjoy music and refreshments is Sunday, April 27, 2-4pm and is free and open to the public. During the reception visitors will receive 20% off one featured show purchase. 

Owosso artists participating include Janet Baugher, Linda Beeman, James Eaton, Devon Hill, Karen Kong, Martha Liddle-Lameti, Regina Moskal, Gary Mulnix, Linda Ruehle, Philip Ruehle and Xavier. 

Additional artists participating are Corunna artists Bonnie Brown, Susan McGuire and Susan Newcom; Okemos artists Juanita Baldwin, Rebecca Case, Ruth Egnater, Gretchen Foster, Christine V. Hampton, Jessica Kovan and Melinda Pope; Flint artists Todd Bielby, Jeanette Brayan and Anni Crouter; Flushing artists Vicki Frappier, Tom Lipinski, John Mrozik, Gwen Sutton, Larry Szczepanik and Nancy Wickman; Judith Pifferello of Clio; Grand Blanc artists Donald Bullis, Angela Hamilton and Mary Schiros; Williamston artists Bob Crawford, Cindy Evans, Gretchen Fielek, Bobbi Kilty, Lee Kronenberg, Nancy Kronenberg, Anita Saviko, Rudy Saviko and Jeanne Van Wieren; Stacie G. Rose of Birch Run; Saginaw artists Marguerite Ann Bronson and Anna Belle Seymour. 

Also, Royce Deans of Traverse City, Tom & Lisa Devaney of Lapeer, Elaine Dobrowolski of Gaines, Susan Fernholz of St. Johns, Marilyn Fitzpatrick of Fowler, John Foote and Jann Johnson Lardie of Perry, Alexandra Greenfelder and Dr. James McEwan of Chesaning, Andrea Jeris, Nancy Kremsreiter, Deborah Laverty and Sue Winkler of Lansing, Sue Monroe and Tom Tomasek of Ovid, Arthur Johns of Elsie, Harold Joy and Rich Wood of Ann Arbor, Karen Kangas-Preston and Donna Kurtz of Laingsburg, Lily LaFollette of Fowlerville, Alan Friend and Marie Lauer of East Lansing, Neil Leighton and Peggy Lovejoy of Haslett, Peggy Mattson and Sharon Shumaker of Swartz Creek, Carolyn Texera of DeWitt; Barbara Walworth of New Lothrop and Marilyn Willingham of Fenton. 

The Shiawassee Arts Center is located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5pm. The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty Gift Shop. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. The Shiawassee Arts Council, celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2014, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. For more information call the Arts Center at 989.723.8354 or visit

Special Concert at Wrought Iron Grill

Support live music in Owosso with two of the area's best live bands, The Shizz and The Dirt Surfers. They are donating their talents to put on a special concert at the Wrought Iron Grill this Saturday, May 3, at 8 PM. All of the money raised from ticket sales ($10 ea) will go to support the Amphitheater. Tickets will be available at the door. Win $$$ in a 50/50 drawing or win an award winning mounted photograph. Food and drinks will be made available by the WIG, who are donating their space for this event.

Monday, April 21, 2014

SAC 2014 Scholarship Show

The Shiawassee Arts Council awarded $2,000 in scholarships to 23 students from eight area high schools at the 42nd Annual SAC Scholarship Competition and Exhibition held last Saturday at the Shiawassee Arts Center. A total of 78 students from Owosso, Corunna, Chesaning, Durand, Morrice, New Lothrop, Perry and Spring Vale Academy schools participated in the show. 

A $100 Award given by Bob Wilcox in honor of Karen Friday was given to Morrice senior, Brittany Wilson. 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter Film Series at SAC

Cure Those Winter Blahs with a Classic Film!
Each Sunday during the month of February the Shiawassee Arts Center will be hosting a classic double feature movie starting at 1:10pm. Each film will last approximately two hours. Popcorn, coffee and tea will be available. These offerings are free, however, donations are welcome.
  • February 2 - Comedies Some Like It Hot and Tootsie
  • February 9 - Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes
  • February 16 - Dramas To Kill A Mockingbird and Sunset Boulevard
  • February 23 - Musicals, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in Swing Time and Jerome Kern's Showboat

Friday, January 24, 2014

Trumpet Invasion #2


Presented by Owosso Rotary and Owosso Musicale

Rich & Brandon Ridenour's Trumpet Invasion #2 

Thursday, March 6th at 7pm
Owosso Middle School's Auditorium
Adults $10 (%12 at the door)
Students under 18 FREE if accompanied by adult
Tickets available at Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, 
Shiawassee Arts Center, 
OCP ticket office, 
or from Owosso Musicale or Rotary member.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 Opening Exhibition at SAC

2014 Opening Exhibition at SAC
The first exhibition of 2014 for the Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso, January 14 - February 23, features the work of three artists, Mary E. Andersen of Grand Rapids, Bob Crawford of Williamston and James Eaton of Owosso. The public reception to meet the artists with music and refreshments is Sunday, January 19, 2-4pm. The show is sponsored by Cadwallader-Lord-Hahn Insurance, Linda & Bill Hill and Getzen & Connell, CPAs.

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