October 2016 City Notes

MOON & PLANETS — Venus starts out low in the west-southwest just after sunset, but does gain a little height during the month. Saturn remains stationary in Scorpius and is visible in the southwestern twilight sky. Mars, having moved farther east into the south-southwest, is near the top of the Teapot of Sagittarius. By month’s end, Saturn will have joined Venus and on October 27, Saturn, Venus and the bright star Antares form a vertical line just above the southwestern horizon. Mercury starts out October low in the east just before sunrise. Jupiter emerges from the sun’s glare after the first week of October and joins Mercury. On October 11, they form a very tight pair. Binoculars will be needed to spot them as they are located very low along the horizon in the brightening dawn sky. Jupiter climbs higher during the rest of the month and becomes more easily visible, as Mercury disappears. The thin crescent Moon is above Venus on the October 3, and passes by Saturn on October 5 and 6.

STARS & CONSTELLATIONS — In this first full month of fall, the nights are now longer than the days, giving the starry sky prolonged visibility. This is why the summer constellations are still present overhead and in the west as darkness falls. This is most evident in the southwest where the summer constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius linger all month long. Straight up is the bright star Deneb in Cygnus the Swan. This star marks the Swan’s tail, and is also the top star of the Northern Cross and a member of the Summer Triangle. Rising in the east, a prominent fall constellation finally comes into view. It is Pegasus, the Winged Horse. Its body consists of four stars forming a distinct square. Since it is seen rising, this “Great Square” is tilted onto its side and looks like a large diamond.

— Craig Linde

Editor’s Note: Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society. For details visit

http://mqtastrosociety.webs.com and/or http://www.skymaps.com

City Notes

Fiber festival set for October 1

Quilters take part in a quilting bee in Negaunee in 1895. The Lake Superior Fiber Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday October 1 at the Marquette Regional History Center. The festival will celebrate heritage fiber arts and new fine quality art created by members of the local quilting, weaving, knitting and cross stitch guilds. Ten presentations will be held between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. sharing the techniques of sock knitting, tatting, trapunto quilting, clothing sewn from handwoven fabric, cross stitch techniques and more. The museum curator will present textile treasures from the collection, such as antique coverlets and samplers. Between noon and 2 p.m. the Kids Korner will have hands -on finger knitting and quilting for children. Handcrafted items for sale by guild members will be on display. This event is included with regular museum admission, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for students and $2 for children 12 and under. For more information visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571. (Photo courtesy of MRHC)

MRHC talk to cover unusual events

The remains from the Great Fire of 1868 in Marquette are shown. Presenter Jim Koski is leading an event titled “Explosions, Fires, Floods, and Other Fun Things” at the Marquette Regional History Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12. He will discuss some unusual occurrences that have happened in Marquette over 167 years. $5 suggested donation, visi tmarquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more info. (Photo courtesy of MRHC)

DNR recommends trail use for Little Presque

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has detailed its recommendations for designated non-motorized trails at the Little Presque Isle tract, a 3,040-acre outdoor recreation site popular with hikers and mountain bikers, located roughly five miles northwest of Marquette. The new trails increase opportunities for mountain and winter biking, while protecting ecological areas. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources)

Fresh Coast Film Festival hits Marquette October 13-16

Bugsy Sailor skips stones on Lake Superior. A documentary featuring competitive stone skipping will be one of many films featured in the inaugural Fresh Coast Film Festival, coming to the Marquette area October 13 to 16. A set list of 50 films explore themes ranging from outdoor adventure and environmental protection, to the resilient spirit of those who live around the Great Lakes. Along with the films, festival-goers will be able to participate in a number of outdoor excursions as well. Visit freshcoastfilm.com for more information. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Peterson Photography)

Dr. Tim’s renews UPAWS food donations

Dr. Tim Hunt recently renewed his commitment to donate pet food for all the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter pets for another two years. Hunt is the owner of Dr. Tim’s All Natural Pet Food, which will be on hand for hungry animals being sheltered at UPAWS. Dr. Tim’s pet food can be purchased at drtims.com. (Photos of shelter animals courtesy of UPAWS)

Harbor House grant funds renovations

Renovations begin at the Harbor House in Marquette. The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded an $18,119 Lowe’s Community Partners grant to the Women’s Center for kitchen repair and remodeling at the Harbor House, its domestic violence shelter that can accommodate up to14 residents at a time. With Lowe’s support, the Women’s Center has been able to update its unusable kitchen to 2016 standards, with new energy efficient appliances, and create more room for meal preparation and client interaction. (Photo courtesy of the Women’s Center)

Halloween Specacle returns October 29

Members of Log Jam get ready to perform in a recent Halloween Spectacle in downtown Marquette. On Saturday, October 29, pageantry, music, theater, and dance will be on display during Marquette’s annual Halloween Spectacle, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 100 block of West Washington Street. Community members, who are encouraged to don costumes during the event, will be able to walk through interactive performances fit for all ages. The event is coordinated by the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, which is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. (Photo courtesy of Dominic Davis)

Dear Reader,

Welcome to National Pumpkin Spice Month, or for those of us who prefer our coffee with coffee in it, October.

Fall color tours are beginning and it’s sure to be another spectacular year in the U.P. Every season offers its own unique beauty, but it’s difficult to find another time that matches the colorful display viewed from atop Hogback in Marquette, or Mont Ripley in Houghton, or overlooking the Lake of Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains State Park.

It’s also the season of political frenzy as politicians do their best to build as large a lead as they can in the polls in these last few weeks before voters head out to the polls that actually count.

In preparation for that particular season, we’ve put together a voter guide for our readers. Sending letters out to everyone running in contested races from the county level on down in Alger, Baraga, Keweenaw, Houghton and Marquette counties, we were hoping to compile an ambitiously large voter guide to give our readers the information they needed to make an informed decision come November 8.

The response we got, however, was far less than we had anticipated. It was a disappointment, to say the least. However, those candidates that did choose to respond to our two-question questionaire will have their answers posted on our website through the November election. We encourage you to go there to learn about the people seeking public office in your villages, towns, cities and counties. In this print edition of Marquette Monthly are the names of each candidate we sent letters to, and what public office they are seeking. We hope you find it helpful as you head to the polls, or fill out your absentee ballot.

And, of course, we’d love if you took a the look at the wonderful articles our hardworking group of freelance writers have penned this month, including a feature on local artists participating in ArtPrize, a new column on the importance of water and profiles of the people and events that make our area a great place to live.

We hope you find these pages interesting, informative and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark,

managing editor

Dear Editor,

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) and Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP) are joining forces to create a far-reaching, inclusive environmental advocacy group for the Upper Peninsula.  SWUP will become a part of UPEC, allowing the strengths of both groups to be highlighted in their cooperative work to protect clean water, healthy ecosystems and wild places. UPEC will maintain its focus on environmental education and advocacy for U.P. wild lands, while SWUP, with its new partner’s support, will continue its activism as the SWUP Mining Action Group within UPEC.

With five decades of combined leadership and effort, the merger leads to a strengthened organization reaching out to the citizens of the Upper Peninsula. It could not have been done without the dedication of board members of both groups.

The leaders of SWUP, Kathleen Heideman and Alexandra Maxwell, will be joining the UPEC board, adding depth and knowledge to its discussions. SWUP’s strength lies in its social media contacts and in its hard-hitting public commentary on sulfide mining related permits, most recently on the proposed zinc-copper mine targeting the Menominee River and the proposed expansion of the Eagle Mine in Marquette County.

UPEC’s perspective is broader and more historical. The U.P.’s extensive public lands are the key to providing the needed core area for nature’s story to unfold. Enhancing the quality of these wild lands and containing the threats to them are UPEC’s  goals.  If we can do this, the U.P. has a rare chance to demonstrate what it means to be a sustainable place in the 21st century.

UPEC’s activities have focused on community outreach through its quarterly newsletter, its social media, its annual Celebration of the U.P., and its grant programs in environmental education and community conservation. We awarded $34,000 in grants in 2016 in these two programs and going forward we want to enhance our presence and partnerships U.P. wide.

SWUP has gone through several transformations in its 12 year history, but has always maintained a presence as our think-tank for citizens concerned about the environmental and social threats brought by sulfide mining.  In recent years its accomplishments have included stimulating  impressive public participation in the permitting processes, providing college-level fellowship programs, leading one-of-a-kind outdoor excursions to threatened wild places in Marquette County and providing intelligent analysis on mining-related permits, and all for the purpose of protecting clean water and wild places.

UPEC and SWUP complement each other. This organizational transformation will enable members of the SWUP Mining Action Group, now organized under the larger tent of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, to refocus on their grassroots work—defending Upper Michigan’s clean water and wild places from the threat of sulfide mining. We’re not getting bigger as a result of the merger, we’re getting better.

As the groups join and navigate the path ahead, they will speak with “ONE VOICE” for the environment of the U.P.

— Horst Schmidt


Upper Peninsula

Environmental Coalition

Dear Editor,

The American Association of University Women’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13,  in the Community Room at Peter White Public Library is the Candidate Forum. The public is heartily invited and encouraged to attend. Since 2008, AAUW and the Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition have co-hosted a candidate forum to bring candidates running to represent the Upper Peninsula in the Michigan’s House of Representatives and the U.S. Congress’s House of Representatives.  This year our co-hosts include:  Community Action Alger Marquette, the Upper Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children, Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, Peter White Public Library, the U.P. Chapter of the Association of Infant Mental Health and the Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition.

This is a crucial time in our state and nation’s history. This non-partisan forum is designed to question candidates on issues which significantly affect children and families living in the U.P. AAUW works hard to be a strong voice in a vibrant community, and to provide relevant information and valuable resources.  We hope the candidates will care enough about their constituents to participate in this forum and share their opinions on key issues involving economic security, health, education and community services which support and strengthen families. We hope that the public will take the opportunity to determine whether these candidates share their values.  Most of all we hope voters will use their voice and be heard on Election Day, November 8 and vote with children in mind.

AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since its founding in 1881 members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day—educational, social, economic and political.

—Karlyn Rapport

public policy representative

Marquette Branch of AAUW

Dear Editor,

People have a way of taking things for granted—our health, the people we love, public radio.

We don’t pay attention, believing that things will naturally take care of themselves…until they don’t.

Stop and think a minute about your community and all the great things that make a difference in your quality of life, such as concert performances, parades, fairs, sporting events, festivals, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, junior hockey, little league, homeless services, senior services, children’s services, parks and recreation services, community gardens and farmers’ markets, Public Radio 90 … the list could go on and on.

Now think about how much different life would be without all these things. Not a pleasant thought. What you may not realize is that none of this would happen without people just like you; people willing to make a difference in their community by giving their money and time to make it a welcoming place to live.

WNMU-FM Public Radio 90 has been a part of our upper Great Lakes community since 1963 because of people like you who do more than listen, they donate money every year to help keep WNMU operating.

During October, Public Radio 90 needs to raise $70,000 to remain on course with programming and operational expenses, so every dollar you give makes a difference. With traditional state and federal funding sources shrinking, and with the competition for those shrinking dollars greater than ever before, our ability to continue operating for the next 50 years will depend on listeners like you.

Your financial contributions shape our program schedule.  In fact, we have some new programs premiering this month that we’ve chosen with you in mind.

Saturday nights at 6 and Monday afternoons at 1, we’ll bring you “The World Cafe,” serving up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock and world, to folk and alternative country, with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Saturday mornings at 11 and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 it’s “On the Money Hour” with nationally-acclaimed financial expert Steve Pomeranz.

Thursday nights at 8 enjoy the Deutche Welle Festival Concerts presenting classical music performances captured live with some of the world’s classical stars performing in Germany’s palaces, churches and concert halls.

Finally, “The Roots of Smooth” returns Sunday afternoons at 4 and Tuesday nights at 10 showcasing artists playing their music, and the music of their influences both in and outside of the jazz world.

Please take a minute to really appreciate all the good things in your community, including WNMU-FM Public Radio 90, then get out your checkbook or credit card and give a generous donation to those you appreciate most.

Or roll up your sleeves and volunteer your time to help out at the next community event. You’ll feel more a part of your community and your friends and neighbors will appreciate your volunteer efforts. And we’ll all get to continue enjoying this great quality of life we have here in our wonderful Upper Peninsula.

— Evelyn Massaro,

station manager

WNMU/Public Radio 90

Dear Editor,

On a rainy September Saturday morning, almost 100 community members gathered to not only participate in Marquette County’s Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, but also to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day. Members of the Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance would like to thank all the community members who came out to show their support as well as those individuals who donated to walkers. This event continues to be a very special and unique walk and extremely healing for all who attend.

As the walk coordinator, it was humbling to see the checks stream in from businesses and organizations across Marquette County. It was a reminder that we truly do live in a remarkable part of the world, where the belief and attitude to reach out and assist each other with important issues such as suicide prevention are not lost.  On behalf of the Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to: Airgas, Border Grill, Casa Calabria, Dave’s Collision Center, Ishpeming Noon Kiwanis, Koskey Funeral Home, Inc., Marquette County Health Department, mBank, Negaunee Lions Club, Northern Michigan Bank and Trust, OBGYN Associates of Marquette PC, Pence Law Office, Red Fox Run Golf Course, Remillard’s Bar, Rotary Club of Ishpeming/Negaunee, Skandia Lion’s Club, Stevens Hardie Family Practice PC, Steward & Sheridan, P.L.C. Attorneys at Law, Starbucks, Superior Health Foundation, Tadych’s Econo Foods, The Up North Lodge, Tru North Federal Credit Union, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, and the West Ishpeming Dental Center. Without the generosity of these sponsors, it would have been impossible to organize our 2016 Community Walk.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in this country. It touches millions of lives—people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds—but the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, the more lives we can save. Funds raised support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025 through research, education, advocacy and support. These walks are truly uplifting experiences  and they grow every year.

— Sarah Derwin,

health educator, Marquette County Health Department

co-chairwoman, Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance

Michigan Nature Association hosts October event

The Michigan Nature Association will host a fall color tour at Grinnell NS at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 1. Participants should bring a picnic lunch, snacks and water and wear appropriate hiking gear. To get there, drive north on US 41 until 11 miles south of Copper Harbor. Turn right at the sign for Lac La Belle and Mt. Bohemia.  Drive about five miles to Lac La Belle, turn left on the Bete Gris Road and drive about two miles to the Smith Fisheries Road and turn left.  (This is a private road; please drive responsibly and carpool if possible.) Bear right and travel another 2.5 miles to the parking area on the right.  Look for the large MNA Event sign.

Book making class in

Copper Country

In this two-hour session with artist Bonnie Loukus, students will learn how to make two different non-adhesive book structures (books without glue).  Participants will also learn variations on the structures and create a set of three to five books, as time allows.  The $45 class takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Registration must be completed by September 28.  Call 482-2333 for more information.

Music O Rama at Rozsa Center

Michigan Tech’s Rosza Center is holding its annual Music O Rama, a musical variety concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.  This year’s concert is sponsored by John and Biruta Lowther, who have supported many of Michigan Tech’s musical ensembles, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The event will feature performances by conScience, Superior Wind Symphony, and Jazz Lab Band. Tickets are on sale for $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 487-2073, online at Rozsa.mtu.edu, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex, or at the Calumet Theatre Box Office.

Barbershop chorus to host trip for Harvest of Harmony

The Marquette County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society has reserved a 35-passenger bus from MarqTran to and from Escanaba to see the Harvest of Harmony and the AfterGlow for $21 per passenger. The bus departs Marquette’s First United Methodist Church at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 and will return for Marquette before midnight. To reserve a spot, call or text 361-8308.

Finnish American Heritage Center offers Finnish classes

Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 Finnish American Reporter intern Johannes Waris of Helsinki will lead a Finnish I course. The class will meet for eight consecutive weeks, for about one hour each Tuesday. The class is appropriate for people with no language experience, or those with minimal background in Finnish. On Wednesdays, starting at 11 a.m. September 28, Finland native and Copper Country resident Anna Leppanen will instruct the Finnish II course. Designed for people with some skill in the language, this class will enable participants to expand their vocabulary and work toward conversational skills. This course will also be eight consecutive weeks, meeting for about an hour each session. The enrollment fee for either class is $40 per student. Advance registration is encouraged, and can be done by calling 487-7549. All classes will take place at the Finnish American Heritage Center; instructional materials will be provided.

UP Health System hosts ‘A Day For Women’

UP Health System has partnered with the YMCA of Marquette County to host an event for women. The event, A Day For Women, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at the YMCA of Marquette County. Speakers throughout the day will address topics related to women’s health, from the latest mammography guidelines to the benefits of essential oils, hormone therapy, diet, exercise and nutrition. The cost is $10 per ticket or $15 at the door, which includes a conference welcome bag and swag, attendance to a number of educational sessions, massage, breakfast and lunch from Sherri Loonsfoot-Aldred catering services, and health screenings. Those interested in attending can purchase their ticket online at mgh.org/dayforwomen. Call 225.6909 for more information.

A night at Houghton’s Carnegie Museum

The Carnegie Museum in Houghton is organizing a Night at the Museum event from 5 to 8 p.m. on October 1, with a tour and local beer and mead tasting.  The museum’s Friend Level Membership ($25) admits one, while Patron Level ($60) admits two and entitles member to one free guided tour ticket. All members receive discounted prices to paid events. Annual memberships provide the museum’s foundation to continue to offer exhibits and programs free to the community. All proceeds from memberships are used to create exhibits and programs at the museum and to continue to renovate the building to accommodate its reuse as a community museum.

Printer’s workday with Daniel Schneider

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is hosting a volunteer workday to sort through its type and printer’s paraphernalia. Participants will do volunteer work in the morning, break for a half hour lunch, and have the opportunity to see a demo and print a line in the afternoon. This workday is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at the Arts Center, located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock.  No fee; space is limited. Call 482-2333 to register by Saturday, October 1.

Rozsa to host State of

the Union

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents State of the Union performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. State of the Union (SOTU), by Eugene Birman and Scott Diel, is a 40-minute operatic work for 12 voices addressing the pressing political and environmental issues of our time. Part opera seria, part satire, SOTU considers environmental crisis, economic inequality, and the general obliviousness of society’s confused march forward

Fundraising workshop set for October 5 in Marquette

Major Gift Strategies, a fundraising workshop, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library. This workshop is designed to teach professionals engaged in fundraising insight into how to effectively develop strategies to gain more major gifts for their organization. This workshop explores the different techniques you need to know to not only secure major gifts but steward and renew and upgrade current donors.

Nordic Film Series opens with local documentary

The 2016-17 season of the Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center begins on Thursday, October 13 with a showing of the locally produced documentary UP a River. More than 100 camps in the Ottawa National Forest in the U.P. will be removed or destroyed by January 1. UP a River is a cultural documentary about the people — including many Finnish Americans — who built decades of traditions around these camps. The 110-minute feature was filmed completely in the Upper Peninsula by first-time filmmaker Kristin Ojaniemi of Bruce Crossing, Michigan. Her family camp, Camp Woodtick, is one of many that have to be removed from the forest. The film will show at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the FAHC, and Ojaniemi will be present at both screenings. The showings are free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information about this film, or the Nordic Film Series, call 487-7302.

Blood Drive October 6 at UP Health System-Bell

A blood drive will be held at UP Health System РBell from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 via the bloodmobile. Registration will take place at the UP Health System РBell Caf̩. Those interested in donating blood can contact Amber Brancheau at 485-2777 to register.

‘Welcome to Medicare’ Seminar set for October 11

UPCAP’s Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program is offering free seminars in the area to help those new to Medicare understand their benefits and choices. The first seminar will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, at Marquette’s Lakeview Arena in the Citizen’s Forum Room. A workbook will be provided to each participant of this free workshop. To register, call 1-800-803-7174 or 2-1-1.

Great Lakes conference to be held in Marquette

The Superior Watershed Partnership ), in cooperation with the City of Marquette, is co-hosting the annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference October 4 through 7. This international event will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders including researchers, tourism officials, government agencies, beach communities, business representatives, environmental organizations, educators and more. The conference will take place at the Marquette Regional History Center. The keynote speaker is Calum McPhail of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, who will talk about similar beach protection programs in Scotland. The conference will include presentations, field trips, boat trips, a Taste of Marquette and more. The Great Lakes Beach Association is coordinated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Water Resources Division in cooperation with the Great Lakes Commission.

Input sought for project in Hiawatha National Forest

The Munising Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest is seeking public input on a proposal to remove hazardous fuels, improve the timber stand and restore wildlife habitat on 57 acres around McKeever Cabin. McKeever cabin overlooks McKeever Lake on National Forest System land, approximately 14 miles south of Munising. The Forest Service would thin trees and brush with hand tools and prescribed burning.  Additional information regarding this project, including maps, is available online by visiting  http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hiawatha/projects.

Comments on the project must be submitted by October 7. They may be mailed to or dropped off with Matt Dickinson, West Zone NEPA Planner at 400 E Munising Avenue Munising, Michigan 49862; faxed to 474-9122; or given orally by calling 387-2512 ext. 16.

PAAC Cabaret at Vista Theater October 13

The Historic Vista Theater/PAAC announces the production of the Tony-award winning musical Cabaret; premiering Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 22.  Show time Thursday through Saturday is 7:30 p.m., as well as a continuation of the Vista Theater midnight show tradition with a midnight performance each Saturday (October 15 and 22). This classic Broadway musical reflects the sentiments in pre-World War II Berlin and was last performed at the Vista Theater in 2003. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $10 for students (high school and under)/seniors (62 and older).  They are available at the Historic Vista Theater Box Office in the Historic Vista Theater Annex (thrift shop), Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming, Snowbound Books in Marquette, and Gitche Gumee Café & Records in the Village Shopping Center in Marquette. For more information, contact Bear via emailat historicvistatheater@gmail.com or call 475-7188.

UP nonprofit conference set for Oct. 13

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops designed to create a lasting impact in their communities. The 2016 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 13, at Northern Michigan University. This year’s theme is “Build U.P.” The conference features 12 workshops, including sessions focused on strategic planning, fundraising, human resources and more. There is also a keynote speaker, the presentation of the U.P. Service Awards and networking time. A complete list of workshops and other information on the conference, including how to register, can be found at www.glcyd.org, or by calling any of the GLCYD staff at 228- 8919.

UP Children’s Coalition to host candidate forum Oct. 13

To help voters prepare for the November 8 election, the UP Children’s Coalition is holding a non-partisan Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 in the Community Room at Peter White Public Library. Michigan’s candidates invited are Lon Johnson, Phil Belfy, Scott Celello, John Kivela, Scott Dianda, Jack Bergman, Lee Chatfield, Beau LaFave, Kevin Pfister, and Gregory Markkanen. The Candidate Forum committee and UPCC made the final selection of questions to be posed at the forum.  Questions will address economic security, health, education and community services and support which strengthens families. Each candidate will make an opening and closing statement, and answer two questions which will also be posed to their opponent. The forum will be taped by Charter Communication and aired several times throughout the Upper Peninsula.

Evening of Elegance to

benefit Women’s Center

The Women’s Center’s Annual Evening of Elegance, held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at the Landmark Inn’s Harbor Room, will mark the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year the event honors unsung heroes, unrecognized individuals who have worked for the betterment of the lives of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The evening will feature silent and live auctions, a dinner of several courses introduced by the chefs who created them, and unsung hero awards.  Event sponsors include The Landmark Inn, Radio Results Network, The Mining Journal, WLUC-TV6, Professional Women in Building and VAST Insurance.  Tickets are $100 and are available at the Women’s Center, 1310 S. Front Street, Marquette.  All proceeds from ticket sales and the auctioned items go to the Women’s Center and its program, Harbor House. For more information call the Women’s Center at 225-1346.

MRHC to host archaeology fair October 15

The Marquette Regional History Center will celebrate International Archaeology Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 15 with an Archaeology Fair. Participants will spend the afternoon learning all about archaeology through hands-on activities, demonstrations, artifacts and displays at many interactive booths throughout the entire museum. Meet regional experts and see what is being discovered in the Upper Peninsula region. Fair included with the cost of general admission, which is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for students and $2 for youth 12 and under.

MSO receives $22,500 grant

Marquette Symphony Orchestra announced that it has received a $22,500 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to be used toward operational expenses for the 2016-2017 season. Marquette Symphony Orchestra encompasses musicians from throughout Michigan and surrounding states and performs five distinct concerts each year.

The next concert is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, in Marquette’s Kaufman Auditorium.  It features guest conductor Dr. Alexander Jiménez and is titled “Shall We Dance?” Tickets are available for sale at NMU’s Central Ticket Office in the Berry Events Center as well as through www.nmu.edu/tickets or by phone at 227-1032. For information about upcoming events, visit www.marquettesymphony.org.

Zonta Club to host fundraiser

The Zonta Club of the Marquette Area will host “NAILED IT—for the Community.” This inaugural event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Center. For $65, participants will take part in a day of craft making and will also be provided lunch. Each person may join one of the many local artists providing their expertise for the day and bring home their own piece of art. Choose from a variety of workshops including arm knitting a scarf, painting a canvas, creating a Christmas Wreath, floral arrangements, food preparation, jewelry making and more. Lunch will be provided between the morning and afternoon workshops. Proceeds from “NAILED IT” benefit grants and scholarships given by Zonta to the community. For more information on “NAILED IT” or the Zonta Club of the Marquette Area go to www.zontamqt.org or find us on facebook at /ZontaMarquette/.

LSCP business expo set for October 27

The Lake Superior Community Partnership is holding a business event   on October 27 to encourage local businesses to work together. The event includes a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, a presentation from MEDC on Pure Michigan Business Connect and lunch. From 3 to 6 p.m. there will be a business after hours meeting that includes a business expo to give businesses a chance to promote themselves. The cost is $25, though price increases on Oct. 1. The Business After Hours/Expo portion is free. For information, contact the LSCP at 226-9658.

NMU Awarded NSF Grant to Increase STEM Inclusiveness

Northern Michigan University has received nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to launch a two-year pilot project designed to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native female college graduates, particularly in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The project will also address the lack of American Indian teaching methods within the sciences education curricula. NMU’s Center for Native American Studies and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion will implement the pilot program titled “Indigenous Women Working within the Sciences.” Over the next decade, NSF will expand the program, with the goal of developing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diversity of U.S. society.

Over $269,000 announced for Delta County Airport

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that Delta County will receive $269,562 to rehabilitate runways and purchase new aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment at the Delta County International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program, which helps airports reduce the risk of runway incursions. The FAA has developed an updated inventory of airport locations where runway incursions have occurred and is now working with airports on mitigation strategies. More information about the program can be found at https://www.faa.gov/airports/special_programs/rim/.

Rocky Horror back at Vista Theater

The Historic Vista Theater/PAAC is continuing the “Rocky Horror” tradition at the theater.  The original 1975 feature film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing at 7 p.m. and midnight on October 28 and 29. There will be costume contests each night and “fun bags” (filled with toilet paper, hot dogs, etc.) will be for sale. Admission to the show is $3, or $10 for a group of four. No carry-ins except “grab bag” items. For more information call 475-7188.

Hiawatha Music Co-op holds annual members meeting

The Hiawatha Music Co-op will holds its Annual Members Gathering at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, November 5 at the Elks Club on Front Street in Marquette. The business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. with updates on the co-op and festival budget report being reviewed.  There will be three positions on the co-op’s 10-member board of directors up for election. Memberships will be sold at the door prior to the meeting. Following the meeting, the co-op will host a dance open to the public at 8 p.m., featuring Michigan-based string band, The John’s.  The dance is $5 for the public and will be free for members who attend the business meeting and children under 12. For more information, visit www.hiawathamusic.org or call 226-8575.

Marquette County foundation reaches $15 million in assets

The Community Foundation for Marquette County exceeded $15 million in assets at the end of the second quarter of this year. These assets benefit the communities of Marquette County through grants and scholarships awarded each year. The foundation was established in 1988 with an initial $30,000 gift that has grown to a significant permanent asset that will benefit the county in perpetuity.

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