February 2018 Family Friendly Community Guide

Honey Bear Classic Ski event set for Feb. 10

The Honey Bear Classic Ski Event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, on the scenic Big Bay Pathway. The family friendly event will highlight youth and adult ski events, prizes, refreshments, a warming fire and the chance to have your photo taken with the local “Honey Bear.” The Honey Bear 12K or 24K classic challenge around the Bear Mountain Loop will be a timed event with a $5 entry fee. Free youth events will be held on the rolling 7K Hidden Grin Loop. The 6K Meditation Loop is open for beginner to intermediate skill level skiers.

Participants can explore the Pathway on snowshoes after all skiers are on the trail, and can return to the warmth of the trailhead fire for refreshments, light snacks and the annual weenie roast.

Call Kristi at 250-3350, find the Honey Bear Classic Ski Event on facebook at Big Bay Pathway or email bigbaypathway@gmail.com for more information.


Snowshoe or ski in Rapid River on National Winter Trails Day

The eighth annual National Winter Trails Day event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, at the Rapid River National Ski Trail. Participants can bring their own equipment, or use the ski and snowshoe equipment provided by Mike Williams of Brampton Bike and Ski, to get pointers from experienced skiers or learn more about stride techniques. In order to ensure that adequate equipment and instructors are on hand, pre-register for the event by calling Brampton Bike and Ski at 428-2135 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., through Friday, February 2.


SkillsUSA highlights tech ed

Career and technical students from across the Upper Peninsula will compete in various skills categories on Friday, February 9 at the annual SkillsUSA competition hosted by Bay College in Escanaba. This year’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. with registration in the student cafeteria and will conclude at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony. Student competitions will be held in automotive, computer maintenance technology, precision machining technology and welding. This year Bay College will award four $1,500 scholarships to students who place first in the overall categories, and four $500 scholarships to students who place second in the overall categories. Students, who place in their respective skills category, will qualify to compete in a statewide competition in Lansing in the spring. Interested students should contact their school advisors or Mary Dittrich, Bay College, business and technology, at 217-4081 for more information.


Snow Splendor Sweepstakes offers free admission to Porkies

The Porcupine Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau (PMCVB) is encouraging visitors to spend their time exploring the snowy splendor of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County by launching its Snowy Splendor Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will award one grand-prize winner with a $200 credit toward a two-night or longer stay at a local lodging property and admission to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. To enter visit the PMCVB’s website,                            porcupinemountains.com, and click on the sweepstakes link, or go to the PMCVB’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PorcupineMountainsMI. The promotion runs through February 28. The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County offer winter adventurers such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and exploring frozen waterfalls.


Bay College to host high school students

Bay College West Campus will host Bay is the Way Day for area high school juniors and seniors on Friday, February 23. Students will gain information on the benefits of attending Bay College, in addition to general topics like financial aid, career paths, internships and what to consider when applying to other colleges or universities. Students will arrive at Bay West where they will spend the morning learning about things such as contacting instructors, tutoring services, buying books, advising, choosing courses and internship opportunities. Students will then take a tour of Bay West followed by an hour-long student panel, where attendees will hear about what to expect their first year in college from current college students. At 11 a.m. students will receive lunch and be bussed over to Bay’s main campus in Escanaba for a tour and small group sessions where they can discuss their career pathways of interest with instructors.


Perfecting Project Egg Drop

There are scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and then eggs for the famous raw egg drop engineering activity.  It provides an opportunity for some real life problem solving using physics principles,  creative engineering fun, and materials found around the house. The beauty is all ages can do this and have a great time together.

  Question and pool knowledge

How can you protect something really fragile like a raw egg if it is dropped? Discuss how packages are shipped when there is something breakable inside. What are are the problems to consider? Some are the speed which gravity makes it fall and jarring and shaking when it crashes. Start by dropping a simple Lego space ship with an action figure on top.  Take a look at what happens. How can you protect the action figure?

How are babies protected in cars? How are children and adults protected in cars, on bikes, or playing hockey? What do soldiers have to slow them down and land safely when they jump out of planes? How could you work in teams to protect a raw egg that is dropped from a height of 4 feet or 10 feet, or more? There are so many questions waiting to be answered.

Engineering materials

Help children search around the house for construction materials like cardboard, packing material, cotton, drinking straws, tape, string, newspaper, balloons, pipe cleaners, wire, or foam rubber. What else could be used to slow down the speed of falling and violence of the crash?

Lay all of the materials out so children can use pencils, markers and paper to make a few sketches of possible solutions. This important step encourages children to plan. Then they can construct a few devices and discuss possibilities.

Keep asking how will you slow down the descent and make the landing gentle? If possible, have a construction team to talk together. Remind your children that they need to look at the egg and put the contraption back together to perfect and try again after the drop. Make a few models, name them, and predict what will happen.

The team can test by dropping them from a ladder or stairs onto a cookie sheet or tarp. If the first few don’t work, scoop up the cracked eggs to cook later and remind children what Thomas Edison said about resilience when he and his team were inventing the light bulb.  ”I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” You can take some movies and pictures to share.

Really spectacular packages were dropped on Mars in 2004. Google or Bing “Spirit rover landing on Mars” and view a video version of the rover parachuting and bouncing around safely on the surface of Mars.  For more science at home see grandparentsteach.blogspot.com and wnmufm.org/Learning Through the Seasons.

— Grandparents Teach, Too

Free program to offer advanced care planning guidance

Grandparents Teach Too and Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions will host Share Your Story, a free program, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, February 19, at the U.P. Children’s Museum in Marquette. Certified Advanced Care Planning facilitators will guide conversations between young and elderly family members as they talk about planning future medical care, honoring choices and working with health care workers to translate these plans into the medical language doctors and health care providers need in times of emergency. The event is free and no registration is required.


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