July 2017 Family Friendly Community Guide

Teaching youth theater

Superior Arts Youth Theater hosts series of summer acting, theater camps

The Superior Arts Youth Theater’s summer theater camp registration is now open. Youth ages preschool through 12th grade looking to improve their acting, dancing, singing, music and technical theater abilities may register. Camps will be held in SAYT’s audition room on the third floor of Graveraet Elementary School. Participants may register for multiple camp sessions. Sessions are $75 each, and financial aid is available for those who qualify. Visit saytheater.org/2017-summer-camps to register.

Elementary School Acting Camp

• July 31 to August 4

• Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon

• Performance Friday at noon

For youth ages 8 to 12 years old. We want to give you the opportunity to be introduced to performing arts or help you to expand your skills at the Elementary School Acting Camp. Attendees will have the chance to participate in many different workshops on acting, music, technical theater and dance while putting together a final production with fellow campers.

Preschool and Early Elementary School Acting Camp

• Session 1: July 10 to 14

• Session 2: August 7 to 11

• Session 3: August 21 to 25

• Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

• Performance Friday at noon

Open to kids from preschool to 8 years old, participants will be introduced to performing arts and expand upon their already growing skill sets in the Preschool and Early Elementary School Acting Camp. They will be introduced to all aspects of acting, music, and dance through acting games and imagination exercises while working together to put on a final production.

Acting Intensive Workshop

• July 17 to 21

• Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

• Performance Friday at noon

Young actors can hone their acting skills with this week-long acting intensive workshop. Youth going into middle school to 12th grade may attend this workshop to expand their acting experience, and push their abilities. Through participation in challenging scene work and acting exercises, students will spend time training in physical acting, character performance, line reads, on-stage connections, and much more.

Technical Theater Camp

• July 17 to 21

• Takes place at Lake Superior Theatre

• Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

• Tech Olympics Friday at noon

Those  interested in learning how to build a giant puppet head, turning someone who is 10 years old into 100 years old, or creating an environment from their minds will find a home at this Technical Theater Camp. Technical theater skills will be taught to those ages 10 to 18. This camp is valuable to both the technician and the performer. The workshop is at Lake Superior Theatre, and participants learn a variety of backstage jobs. Training workshops included in the camp are: costuming, stage make-up, stage painting techniques, backstage safety and training, properties design, sound design, set design, lighting design, special effects and stage management. This camp will conclude with a game of Tech Olympics in which students will demonstrate their new theatrical abilities to the public.

Musical Theater Camp

• August 14 to 18

• Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon

• Performance Friday at noon

This camp is accepting students ages 8 and up who are ready to develop or increase their skills in all areas of musical theatre. Camp workshops will be themed around specific Broadway show styles. Camp activities include learning music, staging, choreography, and rehearsal terminology. The final day will feature collaborative student showcase of musical material that is performed for family and friends.-MM

SAYT to host July 1 fun run

The Superior Arts Youth Theater will host their 1st annual “Superheroes on the Run” fun run on July 1 to kick off fourth of July weekend. The 5K, 10K and 1 mile kids run will begin at the Lakeview Arena and follow the bike path toward Presque Isle until a designated turn about and finish back at the arena. Registration for the 5K and 10K race is $30 and the race begins at 9 a.m. The 1 mile race registration fee is $15 and the race will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Registration the day of the race begins at 8 a.m. Registration includes a t-shirt and swag bag. Pre-register to guarantee a race day t-shirt. If registering the day of the race, t-shirts will be available for order and pickup at a later date. Super hero apparel is encouraged, but not required. There will be prizes for age group and best costume winners donated from local restaurants and businesses.


Wildlife area slated for improvements

This spring and summer, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife division staffers are improving the Rainey Memorial Wildlife Area in Schoolcraft County, with the help of county community corrections workers.

The 100-acre wildlife area is situated about 7 miles northwest of Manistique, off Wawaushnosh Drive in Hiawatha Township. The site has a walking trail and elevated observation platform offering great opportunities for watching eagles, trumpeter swans, a variety of migrating songbirds, ducks and other wildlife.

Recently, the 93rd District Court Community Corrections Program of Schoolcraft County helped DNR wildlife division workers place cedar wood chips and mulch along the 800-foot-long pathway, and picked up garbage throughout the area.

The District Court includes Schoolcraft and Alger counties and Judge Mark Luoma presides over court cases from those two jurisdictions.

Magistrate David Maddox said the court is pleased to assist the DNR with this type of project. Community corrections workers are expected to continue to help the DNR throughout the summer at the site.

“Judge Luoma continues to value the role that community service plays in the judicial process, and projects like this highlight that commitment,” Maddox said. “We look forward to collaborating with the DNR on similar projects in the future.”

DNR wildlife biologist Cody Norton, who works at the Cusino field office in Shingleton, said additional work at the wildlife viewing area being completed this year includes clearing saplings from in front of the viewing platform, repairing rotting or broken lumber on the viewing platform and kiosk, and re-doing the landscaping around a memorial located at the site.

“The community corrections workers have been a big help in our efforts to make repairs and improvements at the Rainey Wildlife area,” Norton said. “We greatly appreciate their help on this cooperative project.”

The walking trail at the site is accessible to all, including the lower platform at the viewing area, with scenic boardwalk areas and a crossing over a wetlands area. From the platform, Smith Creek, Indian Lake and Smith Slough are visible.

See visitmanistique.com/rainey.shtml for more information.

In 1984, the Michigan Conservation Foundation received a gift of 100 acres from the Roland Dorothy Hoholik and Donald and Cecile Hoholik families. The land was deeded to the DNR by the foundation, with a stipulation the project would be funded by the foundation, with help from the Rainey family, in memory of Gary L. Rainey (1954-1981), who was an avid outdoorsman.

The wildlife area is one of many vacation, recreation and nature attractions in the area.

“Southern Schoolcraft County is a great part of the Upper Peninsula to visit,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “In addition to the fantastic birdwatching available at the Rainey Memorial Wildlife Area, Indian Lake State Park, the sites and shops of Manistique, with its picturesque Lake Michigan boardwalk, and the state’s largest free-flowing spring at Palms Book State Park are all here.”


Using imagination fun, educational

Role playing is fun and helps children be more comfortable during real life experiences.

You and the children will need a few things from around the house for the role-playing game outlined below: an apron, chef’s hat made out of paper, real or pretend food, pretend stove, refrigerator, plates, napkins, silverware, table, centerpiece, soft background music, tablet for orders, menus, money or credit card, dress up clothes, and stuffed animals or dolls for additional customers.

Kitchen restaurant

Locate the restaurant in your kitchen for easy clean up. Think of a name for your restaurant. Make some play paper food or use real food. Discuss the jobs of each person: the greeter, waiter, cook, customer, and dishwasher. If your child is the customer first, the adult can model how to greet a customer politely with a smile, seat someone at a table, give a menu and mention today’s specials. Fill the glass with ice water. Explain what you are doing, use correct manners, and model how to treat others courteously. How do you ask politely for more water? What do you do when you drop your fork? This is a great opportunity to use quiet inside voices and teach stuffed animals and dolls how to behave in public. Show children where to place knives, forks, and spoons and how to use each one correctly.

Mention the daily specials. Practice ordering and printing it on a pad. Young children will scribble the order with great concentration. Practice serving from the left and clearing from the right. Model spilling a glass of water and cleaning it up. No one gets upset over the mishap. Everyone stays calm.

After the meal, the waiter adds up the bill. The customer looks it over, adds a tip, and pays. Everyone is calm, soft-spoken, and extremely polite.

Great expectations

Adults can only expect young children to succeed if we teach them and allow time for practice. Young children will behave better at restaurants and family gatherings if there is role playing first.

 Families might take their young child to a real sit-down restaurant for a special event like a birthday, even if it’s for milk and a dessert. Have a quiet conversation and just enjoy being with each other. Children’s museums often have restaurants for role play.

Other role plays might include: going to the theatre, grocery store, doctor’s office, church, hospital, hair salon, birthday party, post office, clothes shopping, bank, going on an airplane, or camping. Each one can be a good activity when grandparents provide child care on a rainy day.

Children really don’t like surprising experiences. Role playing will help children become more confident.

Grandparents Teach, Too

Moosewood to educate kids on Michigan snakes

The MooseWood Nature Center will host Nicole’s Reptile Adventure—Part 2: Snakes from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 19. Nicole will present an overview of some of the 17 snake species found in Michigan highlighting defensive behaviors and how snakes shed their skin. Children will be able to interact with the center’s corn snakes. The event is for ages 5 to 13 and a donation of  $5 per adult or $10 per family is recommended. Register with your name and number at moosewoodnc@gmail.com to ensure enough supplies.


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