February 2017 Family Friendly Community Guide

February happenings at the

Marquette Regional History Center

World War I Remembered:

How Marquette County Served

January 14 to June 10

The most important event of the 20th century, the Great War continues to shape our world 100 years after the U.S. entry. Learn of the events leading up to the war, as well as the legacy left in its wake. Explore the impact of the 32nd Division, whom the French named Les Terribles. Read firsthand accounts of local soldiers and sailors, and discover the role of the local Red Cross and life on the home front during the war. As part of the community-wide remembrance, see posters and Facebook for other exhibits and events.  Visit marquettehistory.org for more information or call 226-3571.

WWI Remembered Exhibit Openings

5 to 7 p.m. & 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1

See the Beaumier Center’s exhibit, “Soldier Stories:  The U.P. in WWI” from 5 to 7 p.m., listen to period music and taste savory wartime foods. Next, see the History Center’s exhibit, “World War I Remembered: How Marquette County Served” and sample sweet wartime foods from 6 to 8 p.m. Free, donations welcome. Visit marquettehistory.org for more information or call 226-3571.

The Great War

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22

The most important event of the 20th Century, World  War I, set the stage for the rise of the communist and fascist dictators, World War II, the Cold War and the current chaos in the Middle East and Balkans. It also had a major impact on the members   of this community as it was the first time large numbers of young men would leave this area to take part in a war. Attendees will have a better understanding of the war, its legacy and impact on the community and the world.  Presented by military historian John Moschetti.  $5 suggested donation. For more info call 226-3571 or visit marquettehistory.org.

Saturday at the Center: Sports Heroes

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 18th

A great family event and just in time for sled dog weekend. Learn about and even encounter some of local sports figures who made history. View sports equipment from the museum collection and other memorabilia and listen to some great sports stories. Enjoy games and activities. Wear your favorite team jersey and get a dollar off admission. Join us for the fun and view the special exhibit and main gallery exhibits. Fun for all ages and included with admission.

— Marquette Regional History Center

UP200 sled dogs hit the

trail February 17

The 2017 UP200 sled dog race is set to kick off in downtown Marquette on Friday, February 17, with its traditional start on Washington Street.

The annual event is an Iditarod-qualifier and brings hundreds of people out in the frigid cold of a February evening to watch as the racers and their teams leave the starting gate, make their way down Washington to Front Street and then off for two days of racing.

Sled dog teams run to Grand Marais and back, with the first expected team to arrive at Mattson Lower Harbor and cross the finish line at noon on February 19. A total required rest time for each 12-dog team is 16 hours, with a minimum five-hour stop required at the Wetmore checkpoint.

In 2016, Minnesota musher Ryan Anderson earned the first place finish in the UP200 for the sixth time in the last seven years. This year’s first place purse is $7,200.

The UP200 will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 17 with opening ceremonies, followed by the first team to leave the gate at 7 p.m.

Also taking place that weekend will be the Midnight Run and the Jackpine 30, making for a full weekend of sled dog racing. The Midnight Run is estimated to begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 17, with mushers leaving from the same starting point as the UP200 teams no sooner than 30 minutes after the last UP200 team leaves the chute. Midnight Run mushers are expected to hit the finish line between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18 in Lower Harbor.

Meanwhile, in Gwinn, mushers for the Jackpine 30 will leave the chute at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 18.


Girl Scout snowshoe set for February 4

Girl Scouts in the Marquette area will hold a Thin Mint Snowshoe Shuffle for the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee. There will be guided snowshoe tours at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. along the one-third-mile Geology Trail. Participants can learn about local mining history, win prizes, eat snacks, and earn a patch. Snowshoes are available to borrow. Everyone is invited. Donations to the Girl Scouts are appreciated. Preregister online at gsnw.gl/TMSnowshoeShuffle. For more info or to request snowshoes, email lbek@gsnwgl.org or call 920-955-3385.

LSSU hosts third annual high school short story prize

Lake Superior State University’s creative writing program invites submissions for its third annual High School Short Story Prize, a competition open to students living in the United States and Canada.

A number of students participating in a survey last year requested that participants be allowed to write realism. Taking a cue from this request, the theme of the contest this year will simply be realistic fiction. Any form of realistic fiction will be accepted as long as the stories are set in the real world. Teachers, parents and students interested in contest updates are encouraged to visit the contest website to read recommendations for classic and award-winning realistic fiction short stories that students can use as models.

Submissions should be no more than 5,000 words and will be accepted online until April 30. Run a Web search on “LSSU short story prize” for contest rules, details, a lesson plan for teachers and recommendations for model realistic short stories. Winning stories from previous years will also be available.

Finalists will be selected based on literary merit, with a winner announced on June 1. First place is a $500 cash prize, convertible to a $1,000 scholarship if the winner wishes to attend Lake Superior State University. The winner ‘s story will also appear in volume seven of Border Crossing, Lake Superior State University’s international journal of literature and art, which features fiction, poetry and nonfiction by professional writers, and book reviews by undergraduate creative writing interns. Second place is a $250 cash prize. The third place winner receives a $100 prize.

LSSU’s English department works with local focus groups and subscribers on its List Serv mailing list to select genre-based themes for the short story competition. Last year’s theme was alt-history short stories; 2015’s, post-apocalyptic fiction.


Enjoying books

with children

Experts agree that reading to your young children one or more times a day is extremely important. It is an easy activity that begins soon after birth and continues through the school years. Children who are read to on a daily basis will be ready to learn to read on their own, and they will develop a rich vocabulary, as well as a love of books. Listening to you read, discussing and asking questions are the foundation for success in school.

For the youngest children, read aloud any books with pictures that are cloth, plastic or sturdy. As they develop, they love a variety of colorful magazines and books that are fiction, nonfiction and books with chapters.

Reading tips

During the day, at nap or bedtime, sit close with your children. When possible, let them choose the books. Often, children like to hear the same book over and over again.

Talk about the cover. What is the title?  Who is the author? Show how to hold the book and turn the pages as you go. Look at the pictures, guess what is going to happen, and talk about the characters. Sometimes, point to the words as you read along. Encourage questions, and let your preschooler join in to say the fun parts or name things.

When finished, talk together about the pictures you saw or about what happened in the story. What is your favorite part? Which pictures do you like best?  How do pictures and words get into a book?

Preschool reading

  Teach preschoolers how to take care of books. Have the books available in a special box for children to look at again on their own. Some children might like to draw or color their own picture from an idea from a book. You could print a sentence for them at the bottom of their picture or label some of the parts.  Encourage your children to tell someone else about the story or book.

  Relatives who live far away will love reading a short book to young children on Face Time or Skype while showing them the pictures. Often older children clam up when Face Time is scheduled but enjoy practicing their reading to grandparents and other relatives. Reading out loud also makes a good short movie to show the progress children are making in school. It can be posted on a private family Facebook account.

  Children need to hear the sounds and patterns of our language and build a store of vocabulary words. They need to know that letters and words carry meaning, and that stories have a beginning, middle and end.  All this crucial learning can be obtained in a very natural, pleasurable way when you enjoy picture books and stories together. For more see grandparentsteachtoo.blogspot.com.

— Grandparents Teach, Too

Honey Bear Classic skis into Big Bay

Celebrate the Big Bay Ski Pathway, located at the end of KG road (turn left at the famous Lumberjack) at the Honey Bear Classic ski event. This family friendly event, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, will highlight youth and adult races and activities, prizes, refreshments and will also include a weenie roast. People can have their photo taken with the local Honey Bear, and those wearing a shirt or hat that says “Big Bay” or “Honey Bear” could get a special prize. People will be able to explore the Big Bay Ski Pathway on skis or snowshoes and, for the more adventurous, trek up to the scenic Ridgeline Trail. The 6K Meditation Loop is great for beginner to intermediate skill levels while 7K Hidden Grin and 12K Bear Mountain Loops offer a more challenging trek. The Honey Bear 12K challenge will be timed and prizes awarded to those who come closest to their estimated times. A special two-for-one $8 ski pass will be available at the trailhead for this day only. For those who frequent the Big Bay Ski Pathway, the NTN “Powell Pass” is available through noquetrails.org, which also includes the Saux Head trails. For more information, call Marcia at 345-0149.

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