November 2016 Family Friendly

Lionesses Brianna MacFalda, Anna Rayhorn and Delaney Parks rehearse as part of the cast of Disney’s The Lion King JR. (Photo courtesy of SAYT)

Lionesses Brianna MacFalda, Anna Rayhorn and Delaney Parks rehearse as part of the cast of Disney’s The Lion King JR. (Photo courtesy of SAYT)

SAYT presents Disney’s The Lion King at Forest Roberts Theater

The African savannah is coming to life on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage with Superior Arts Youth Theater’s eighth grade and under production of Disney’s The Lion King JR., which will be performed Friday through Sunday, November 18 to 20. The 60-minute musical is based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor and the 1994 Disney film. SAYT’s production is directed by Dave Dagenais with choreography by Jill Grundstrom and Taylor Koski.

“The rehearsal process has been incredible; there are so many talented youth involved in this program,” Dagenais said in a press release. “Working with the creative team of adults and parent volunteers has been so inspiring. I can’t wait for everyone to see the show.”

The Lion King JR. tells the story of a curious cub named Simba (Reya Ghiardi and Canyon Medina) as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters, including spunky lioness Nala (Carley Palomaki and Amelia Bishop), charismatic meerkat Timon (Kendyl Dahlstrom), and loveable warthog Pumbaa (Mack Andersen). To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar (Sam Billman). The Lion King JR. features classic songs from the 1994 film, such as “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

Tickets are on sale for $15 for adults and $9 for students. They are available online at, by phone at 227-1032, or in person at any NMU ticketing outlet: Berry Events Center, University Bookstore, Superior Dome or the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Disney’s The Lion King JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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­  — Superior Arts Youth Theater

Museum After Dark: Animals Among Us

Families partake in 2015’s “Museum After Dark” event at the Marquette Regional History Center. The center is conducting its annual “Museum After Dark event” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. This year’s theme is animals. It will include games and activities, characters with animal tales and a themed scavenger hunt, photo booth, snacks and surprises. Designed for kids ages 6 and up. At 7:15 p.m., the Chocolay Raptor Center will present live raptors. Tickets available at the door, however advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $9 for 18 and under, $5 for adult accompanying youth and $7 for individual adult. Tickets can be purchased by calling 226-3571, online at or at the center. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette Regional History Center)

Rachel McDonald, a DNR forester from the Gwinn field office, discusses forest health with students at Presque Isle Park during a recent forestry field day in Marquette County. Looking back is Aspen Ridge fifth-grade student Liam Luke. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources)

Marquette County students participate in forestry field day

About 200 Marquette County schoolchildren recently got a close-up, hands-on look at how consulting foresters operate.

From measuring the height of a towering pine, to aging a maple or searching for signs of forestland pests and disease, these kids learned how to see the forest through the trees.

“We wanted to get as many students together as we could, to get them excited about trees and outdoor education and to have an opportunity to learn about what educational opportunities and professions might be available to them as they get older,” said Justin Miller, president of Green Timber Consulting Foresters, Inc. of Pelkie.

Fifth- through eighth-grade students from the Negaunee Public Schools, Aspen Ridge Elementary in the N.I.C.E. Community School District and the North Star Academy in Marquette were bused to Presque Isle Park in Marquette for a forestry field day, supported by grant funding made available from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Stewardship Program.

At the park, students participated in three 40-minute activities to learn about various aspects of trees and the professions of foresters.

In addition to staff from Green Timber, presenters at the event represented various entities including the DNR, Steigerwaldt Land Services of Marquette, the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences at Michigan Tech and the Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department at Northern Michigan University.

After the success this year at Presque Isle Park, a similar forestry field day event is being planned for next year in the Upper Peninsula.


Little Art Lab set for Thursdays in Marquette

Kids ages 4 to 8 can participate in the City of Marquette’s Arts and Culture Center’s Little Art Lab from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Kids will make art in each of the classes offered in November. Donations for supplies are welcome. To pre-register for the Little Art Lab, call 250-1996.

Helping children at Thanksgiving

Sometimes young children are somewhat lost in all the preparations, activity, and loudness of family gatherings. With a little planning, families can set up a simple way to include children and keep them busy during meal preparation. They can learn about the seasons, holidays, how everyone needs to help, develop thoughtfulness and appreciation.

Before Thanksgiving gather colored leaves pressed in a book, gourds, or small pumpkins, pinecones, dried corncobs, and fall flower blossoms.

Designate a few older children and adults to talk with your young ones about a very special job they can do to help with this fall tradition. Suggest that all people will have a chance to say something that they are thankful for and will place a decoration from nature on a countertop.

Gather materials and place all the things on a tray.  On the day of the dinner, let children pass out a few items to each person at the table.

Once the family is seated, take a minute or two for each person to mention something they are thankful for and to place their decorations in a basket for the table. This activity can be used for family gatherings and dinners anytime during the year.

Being thankful

When there are many cousins around, keeping them busy with activities related to Thanksgiving helps the day go smoothly.

Before dinner the older children can take the younger ones in another room and play a few board games while they chat together and answer some questions. Why do we have a national holiday called Thanksgiving? What are we supposed to do on Thanksgiving besides eat? How did people help you this year? How did you help others? Are there things we could do better? What are we thankful for and what will we say when it is our turn to share our gratitude around the Thanksgiving table?

Changes are coming

Talk about the seasons, especially the fall and how the things that have been growing all summer are ready to eat. How is nature getting ready for winter? Explain how leaves turn colors. What are animals like squirrels and chipmunks doing to prepare? Do they notice the family pet growing a thicker coat? If older children do not know the answers to these questions, they can use a search engine like Google to find the answers in advance.

Give children a chance to think, discuss and practice what they plan to say ahead of time. Remember to thank all the helpers.

Children can draw fall pictures for place cards or simple napkin holders Children can also count the number of people and set the table with napkins and silverware.

For more ideas see and Through the Seasons podcasts and live presentations.

  — Grandparents Teach, Too

MSHS receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Marquette Senior High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its Sports Rehab and Athletic Training Program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes through education and injury prevention policies. UP Health System Rehab Services has been providing sports rehab services to MSHS for more than 30 years. For more information on the Safe Sports School Award or NATA, visit

—UP Health System Rehab Services

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