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      April 15 - CineArts Films: Ran
      Peter White Public Library
      6 p.m.

      As part of the library's Great Michigan Read series of events, CineArts Films at Peter White Public Library, a series devoted to foreign and independent films, presents "Ran" on Friday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. This is a BYO Dinner Event.

      Ran is Akira Kurosawa's retelling of King Lear in which he mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot, and his ideas about loyalty. When a 16th century elderly warlord announces his intention to divide his land among his three sons he unleashes a power struggle among them. The two older sons turn against their father while the youngest speaks the truth and is banished for it. Guilt and betrayal drive the warlord insane and destroy the family and the kingdom. Ran received multiple film nominations and awards including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

      1985. In Japanese with English subtitles. 162 minutes. Rated R. Free admission. BYO dinner or refreshments. Call 226-4309 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.

      April 15 - Anatomy of a Murder Dinner
      Jacobetti Center, NMU Campus
      6 p.m.

      The NMU Banquets and Catering class will be hosting an Anatomy of a Murder Dinner for their annual gala. They will be trying to recreate the feel of the Marquette area in the 1950's. There will be an hor dourves and cocktail reception, followed by a six course dinner with beer and wine pairings. There will be a student jazz trio preforming live, as well as an interactive murder mystery game. Artifacts from the original film will be on hand, and there will be a photo booth to keep the memories forever.

      Tickets are $90 per person and must be purchased through the NMU foundation by calling 227-2627.

      April 16 - Saturday at the Center: Marquette County Museums Day
      Marquette Regional History Center

      Did you know there are 10 private non-profit history museums in Marquette County? On Saturday April 16th you have the chance learn about all of them at one time. The museums will bring unique artifacts, photos and stories about each of their communities. Our county has a fascinating history, see what treasures you are missing and plan an extended visit to each of them to see more this summer. This is a showcase of the organizations that comprise the newly formed Superiorland History Alliance of Marquette County. This event day is great for all ages. Included with admission or membership at the Sponsor level or above. www.marquettehistory.org for more info or call 906.226.3571.

      April 16 - UP Pink Power's Annual 17 Mile Fun Raising walk
      UP North Lodge
      8 a.m.

      Saturday April 16th 2016 from Tall Timbers store in Gwinn to Gary's Knotty Pine in Arnold MI

      Preregistration at the UP North Lodge & Knotty Pine, Friday April 15th from 5pm to 7pm

      Registration at the UP North Lodge @ 8:00 a, morning of the walk.

      Pledge money raised will be used to purchase AED's ( automated external defibrillators ) that are distributed throughout the UP .

      Raise $100.00 in pledges and received a free t-shirt

      Find us on Facebook or email us at uppinkpower@gmail.com

      April 16 - Dollar Bay High School Flea Market Rummage Sale and Bake Sale
      Dollar Bay School Gym
      8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      A fundraiser to support Dollar Bay high school students traveling to Washington DC in January 2017 for the inauguration of the next President of the United States.

      April 16 - HoughtonClub Annual Pancake Breakfast
      St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Houghton
      8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

      Tickets: $5.00 (Preschoolers eat for free)

      Breakfast includes: Pancakes (choice of plain, blueberry, or chocolate chip), sausage, and a beverage.

      For club info. go to: www,facebook.com/houghtonlions

      April 16 - Spring Bazaar and Luncheon
      St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette
      9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      St. Peter Cathedral will be holding their annual Spring Bazaar and Luncheon on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. In the Church Hall located at 311 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette. Jewelry, White Elephant, Bake Sale, Silent Auction and crafts will be available. Interested vendors call Darlene at 228-9543 for table. Soup, salad and dessert luncheon at 10:30 for $6. Something for everyone!

      April 16 - Super Saturdays
      Peter White Public Library
      11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

      Children and parents are welcome to drop-in for rotating programs (Music Mania, Dad and Me, and Stretch and Learn) featuring books, activities, games, and music. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 16 - Spring Fling Sing '16
      Ishpeming High School's Peterson Auditorium
      3 p.m.

      Featuring da Yoopers Barbershop Chorus, Ellinger Quartet, Noteworthy and The Next Generation

      Advanced tickets: $10

      At the door: $15

      After Glow at Red Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. After Glow tickets available at the show for $15 or from Upper Yooper members

      All show tickets may be purchased in advance through NMU Tickets at any NMU ticket outlet, calling (906) 227-1032 or online at tickets.nmu.edu

      April 16 - Traditional Music Jam at the Library
      Peter White Public Library
      2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

      Traditional music jams continue at the Peter White Public Library on Saturday, April 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in the library's Community room.

      Join other musicians for a community jam celebrating traditional folk music. Acoustic musicians and vocalists are invited to try their hand at those great old time tunes by artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and others. A limited quantity of sheet music is available for use for those not familiar with the songs.

      A music jam is not about performing, but a chance for people interested in traditional acoustic music share their love of music and learn a new song or instrumental technique. Listeners and singers are always welcome.

      Monthly jam sessions at the library are held on the third Saturday of the month, depending on room availability, from 2:00-5:00 pm, September through May.

      There is no admission charge to attend the event which is sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Co-op and the Peter White Public Library.

      Call 906-226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.

      April 16 - AmeriCorps Family Literacy Night
      Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, Marquette
      6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

      There will be a "camping" theme, door prizes, refreshments, a reading center, reader's theater and more! Free books for everyone! Free Entrance to the Museum!

      April 16 - NMU Dance Concert
      NMU, Marquette
      7:30 p.m.

      Northern Michigan University's Dance Minor offers a mixture of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and other forms of choreography for the community surrounding NMU. This concert, choreographed and performed by students and faculty, displays the different dance styles and talent offered by NMU's Dance program.

      Ticket Prices: General Public $5, NMU Student $3
      Location: Forest Roberts Theatre

      April 16 - Phantom of the Opera Charity Ball
      Rozsa Center, Michigan Tech Campus
      8 p.m. to midnight

      Sponsored by: The Houghton/Hancock Rotaract Club Michigan Tech Chapter (Rotaract, a partner of Rotary International, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Houghton, is geared toward young adults ages 18-30 and focuses on community service, international service, and professional networking and development.)

      Event also made possible by the following community sponsors:

      Diamond Level- Great Lakes Accounting, Houghton Rotary, MTU President's Office, MTU MUB Board, Psychology Associates, Wal-mart, Wells Fargo Bank

      Gold Level- MTU Catering Services, Ryan Thompson Photography

      Pearl Level- David Krueger's Company, Jeanne and Craig Kurtz, MTU Dean of Students

      Ticket Proceeds: All ticket proceeds go to support 31 Backpacks. 31 Backpacks is devoted to providing food on the weekends and over holiday breaks to kids identified as needing a "hand up" in schools throughout the Houghton-Keweenaw Counties. Their mission reflects the compassionate hearts in the surrounding community.

      Entertainment: 2 hours of live jazz bands and 2 hours DJ music; Performances from the Michigan Tech Varsity Dance Team and Swing Club; and a photo booth

      Food and Beverages: Light appetizers and desserts included in ticket price. Cash Bar for 21 yrs and older, and all other beverages

      Date: Friday, April 16 2016

      Time: 8:00 PM - Midnight

      Where: Rozsa Center, MTU Campus, 1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI

      Tickets: $10 for students, $15 for public. Tickets may be purchased online at rotaractcb16.eventbrite.com and at the door (if event not sold out).

      April 17 - Third Sunday All You Can Eat Breakfast
      Rock Lions Club
      9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      The Rock Lions monthly THIRD-SUNDAY, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT breakfast buffet will take place on Sunday, April 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock Lions Club on Hwy. M-35 in Rock. The buffet includes eggs prepared to order and omelets, bacon, sausage, ham, hash brown potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, French toast, English muffins, cereal, a variety of fruits, lots of dessert items, and coffee, tea, milk and juice. Adults $8, ages 6 - 12, $5, ages 5 and under eat free. The monthly breakfast is held at the Rock Lions Clubhouse. The facility is available for rent by calling Jerry at 356-6475. The Rock Lions Club is a non-profit service organization that provides funding for charitable organizations and local needs.

      April 17 - Soup and Sandwich Fundraiser
      St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Calumet
      11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Calumet Council Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Soup and Sandwich fundraiser at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 301 Eighth Street, Calumet. The Council presents a variety of homemade soups and sandwiches along with a bake sale for support of local charities. $7 tickets are available at the door.

      April 17 - Coffee House / Live Music
      Messiah Lutheran Church
      11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

      The youth of Messiah Lutheran Church are hosting a coffee house at the church on Sunday April 17. The event will begin with a luncheon at 11:30 followed by the coffee house and live music performed by Jamie Dodge (vocals), Eric Banitt (piano), Tom Bronken (bass) and Erik Moisio (percussion). Donations will be accepted for the luncheon, and specialty desserts and coffee drinks will also be provided at an extra cost. The coffee house is a fundraiser for the youth ministry program and its upcoming trips. The entire community is welcome to enjoy an afternoon of delicious treats and wonderful music. Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 305 W. Magnetic St., Marquette. For more information, call the church at 225-1119.

      April 18 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, and Immunizations from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A WIC Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      April 18 - Book Babies
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

      Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for ages 0-24 months and stay for a playtime afterwards. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 18 - "Spring Into Health!" Community Wellness Fair
      Bay College's West Campus, Iron Mountain
      1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

      Presented by Bay College's "Leadership in Nursing"

      Celebrate community health and wellness and explore booths hosted by organizations promoting wellness!

      The event will be held April 18th, 2016 at Bay College's West Campus in Iron Mountain. A great assortment of booths will be at the college from 1pm to 6pm.

      CPR and First Aid courses will also be offered during this time by RSVP only. Space is limited so register early by contacting Cierra Sullivan at (906) 332-4265 or cierrasullivan@baycollege.edu

      This event is free and open to the public!

      April 18 - "Tables for Tips" Fundraiser
      Loading Zone II in Lake Linden
      4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

      The Lake Linden Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their 5th annual 'Tables for Tips' fundraiser at the Loading Zone II in Lake Linden. The firemen will be waiting tables to earn tips that will help defray the cost of equipment and supplies. The event runs from 4-9 p.m., with the full menu being available in addition to a pizza and salad buffet.

      There will be raffle prizes and a bake sale, as well.

      April 18 - AAUW Book Sale/Potluck
      First Presbyterian Church, Marquette
      6 p.m.

      AAUW Book sale /Potluck will be April 18, 6 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 120 N Front St. Marquette, Mi.Bring dish to pass and your own plate and utensils. Book sorting will be Tuesday(19) Wednesday (20), Thursday (21) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Book Sale will be Thursday (21) 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Friday (22) 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday (23) 9:00 am to Noon. ($2.00 grocery bag of books Sat only).

      April 18 - Building Hope in Uncertain Times Film: Keep on Keepin'
      Peter White Public Library
      7 p.m.

      The Building Hope in Uncertain Times series continues with a documentary film screening of "Keep On Keepin' On" on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 pm at the Peter White Public Library in the Community room.

      The film depicts the friendship of music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89 and Justin Kauflin, a 23-yearold, blind piano prodigy. Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright, is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, just as Terry's health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives.

      Born in 1920, Terry was also Quincy Jones' first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In the '60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC - on "The Tonight Show." Clark Terry died in February 21, 2015.

      Shot over the course of five years, "Keep On Keepin' On" is crafted with great affection by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, who is a drummer and former student of Terry's. Paula DuPre' Pesmen ("The Cove" and "Chasing Ice") produced the film with seven time Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones.

      A multiple film festival award winner, the 2014 documentary is rated R, for language, and runs for 84 minutes.

      The Building Hope program series is based on the anthology The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times edited by Paul R. Loeb, and offers a variety of events to inspire, encourage and create positive change within our community.

      There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Marquette County Community Foundation, PWPL Friends and Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library, and the Emerick Family Fund of the Marquette County Community Foundation.

      More information can be found on the library's website at www.pwpl.info or call 906-226-4318.

      April 19 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, Family Planning, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, STD, and Health Services from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

      April 19 - 2's & 3's Storytime
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

      Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and activities. Free. Ages 2 &3. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 19 - Matinee Movie: Room
      Peter White Public Library
      12:30 p.m.

      Peter White Public Library's Matinee Movie series continues on Tuesday, April 19 at 12:30pm with a screening of the 2015 award winning drama "Room" in the library's Community room.

      Brie Larson stars as a kidnapped mother who with her young son escape from a room in which they have endured imprisonment for the entirety of her son's life. Upon breaking free from its confines, they experience a dramatic homecoming; provoking insight into the depths of imagination and the extent of a mother's love.

      Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, "Room" is a unique and unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards winning both awards for Best Actress for Larson.

      Co-starring Sean Bridgers and Jacob Tremblay as the young son, "Room " is based on the novel by Emma Donahue, is rated R for language and runs for 118 minutes.

      Matinee Movie welcomes the public to bring their own lunch and enjoy the film in a dinner theater setting. Closed captioning will be on to ensure access for all.

      There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

      April 19 - Story & Craft Hour
      Peter White Public Library
      1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

      Children ages 4 and up are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 19 - Senior Arts Series - Acrylic Painting with Gene Bertram
      City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
      1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

      Register by calling the City Senior Center at 228-0456.

      Open to individuals ages 60+ and cater to a wide variety of skill levels. Participation is FREE to City of Marquette residents, but non-residents are welcome to attend for a small donation of $5 per class to help cover the cost of supplies and instruction.

      Classes are offered on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 1-3 p.m. and take place at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. All supplies are included, but interested parties must pre-register by contacting the City Senior Center at 228-0456.

      April 19 - LEGO Club
      Peter White Public Library
      4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      Listen to stories and work with others to build Lego projects. Free. LEGOs provided. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 19 - Alzheimer's Caregiver Class Begins
      YMCA's Adult Day Services, Marquette
      5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

      Ruth Almen, Active Older Adult Leader of the YMCA, will be teaching a FREE 6 week class for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's or Dementia who are living at home.

      The class begins April 19th and runs for 6 consecutive Tuesday nights, through May 24th, from 5:30 - 7:30.

      Location will be @ YMCA's Adult Day Services, located at 305 W. Magnetic St., Marquette.

      Pre registration is required!

      The program provides participants with skills and support to manage stress and increase effective caregiving skills. Topics covered include: understanding dementia and it's impact on the brain, managing behaviors, making plans for self care, handling every day activities and more.

      Contact Ruth Almen, Day Services Director, for more information or to register. 906-226-2152.

      April 19 - BYO Dinner Theater: Spotlight
      Peter White Public Library
      6 p.m.

      Peter White Public Library invites film fans to BYO Dinner Theater event on Tuesday, April 19 with a screening of "Spotlight" at 6:00pm in the library's Community room.

      Based on true events of 2001-2002, the film follows The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" journalism unit's yearlong investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. The actual Spotlight Team's series of articles on this investigation earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

      The six time Academy Award nominated film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup.

      "Spotlight" won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Screenplay as well as numerous film festival awards. The film was released in 2015, is rated R, and runs for 128 minutes.

      Viewers are welcome to bring their own takeout meal to enjoy in the dinner theater setting.

      There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. Donations are always welcome.

      For more information visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

      April 19 - Interfaith Holocaust Memorial Service
      St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Marquette
      7 p.m.

      The Marquette Interfaith Forum and Temple Beth Sholom present the annual Interfaith Holocaust Memorial Service on Tuesday evening, April 19, at 7 PM. It is hosted by St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 201 E. Ridge, Marquette. All are welcome.

      The Guest Speaker is Peter Kenez, PhD, Distinguished Professor of History (Emeritus) at University of California Santa Cruz and survivor of both the Nazis and the Communists in Hungary. His talk is entitled "The Lessons of the Holocaust: What History Teaches Us About Ourselves".

      Two of Dr. Kenez's books, "The Coming of the Holocaust: From Anti-Semitism to Genocide" and "Varieties of Fear: Growing Up Jewish Under Nazism and Communism" will be available for autograph by the author at the post-service reception.

      The service will include participants from multiple faith groups and presentation of the 2016 NMU Cohodas Essay Awards. The MSHS Chamber Chorale and the Marquette Male Chorus will present choral selections.

      April 20 - WIC Clinic
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      April 20 - Book Babies
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

      Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for ages 0-24 months and stay for a playtime afterwards. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 20 - Teen Harry Potter Fan Club
      Peter White Public Library
      4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

      All Muggles in grades 6 to 12 are invited to join in a discussion of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Free of charge. For more info, please call 226-4323 or visit www.pwpl.info.

      April 20 - "The Human Condition" Non-fiction Book Group
      Peter White Public Library
      7 p.m.

      Peter White Public Library continues a new non-fiction book discussion group called "The Human Condition" on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm in the Dandelion Cottage Room. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and is hosted by Jeremy Morelock. This month's book is The Golden Spruce: a True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Vaillant.

      In British Columbia logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin chopped down a unique Sitka spruce, 165 feet tall and covered with luminous golden needles. Author John Vaillant takes examines the reasons for this act of protest, journeying into the heart of North America's last great forest.

      Free admission, all are welcome. Call 226-4311 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information on how to order the book for free through inter-library loan.

      April 20 - ATV-ORV Meeting
      Sturgis in Skandia
      7 p.m.

      Trail Riders Enthisiast Alliance of Marquette County is having there ATV ORV meeting on April 20 at 7:00pm at Sturgis in Skandia. Inviting all new members.

      April 21 to 24 - Calumet Players Present "Chasing Charming"
      Calumet Theatre
      21, 22, 23 - 7:30 p.m. / 24 - 2 p.m.

      Chaos and comedy ensure when a blundering young narrator discovers that Prince Charming has been kidnapped by the evil witch Hagragard. The narrator struggles to save her honor with her well-meaning fairy godmother mistakenly sends not one but six fairytale princesses (and Goldilocks) to the rescue. Will a needy dragon, a score of evil minions and big princess personalities keep this unlikely team from becoming heroes? A great comedy the whole family will enjoy.

      April 21 - WIC Clinic
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      April 21 - 2's & 3's Storytime
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

      Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and activities. Free. Ages 2 &3. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 21 - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program
      Peter White Public Library
      4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      STEM for grades K through 8th. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 21 - Outside the Lines: Adult Coloring Club
      Ishpeming Carnegie Library
      6 p.m.

      Join us at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library for a fun and relaxing evening of coloring! Bring your own supplies or use ours!

      April 21 - Dial Help 45th Annual Gala Fundraiser
      Shelden Grill, Houghton
      6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

      Tickets are $50. Please RSVP by calling 482-9077.

      Help us celebrate 45 years of service to the UP!

      Silent & live auctions

      Table hors d'oeuvres

      Cash bar

      Featuring BUTCH PATIENT, AUCTIONEER

      All proceeds help fund Dial Help's 24/7 UP-wide crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone, text, and chat line.

      April 21 - Tow Museums Bartender Challenge Fundraiser
      UP Children's Museum / Marquette Regional History Center
      6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.

      The Marquette Regional History Center and Upper Peninsula Children's Museum will hold a fund-raiser

      to showcase the talents of local bartenders during the annual Two Museums Bartender Challenge Fund-raiser.

      Local bartenders will use their mixology expertise to create a "signature" drink. Bartenders will be showcasing their drink at the participating restaurants and bars, starting April 1st. Look for the banners at the participating businesses, throughout the month of April, to pre-fill your favorite bartender's tip jar. The drinks will then be tasted by attendees at the event and judged by popular voteyour tips decide the winner! The winner will receive the grand prize travelling trophy and bragging rights to last a lifetime.

      The event takes place on Thursday, April 21st 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance (available at marquettehistory.org or at the MRHC & UPCM) and $60 at the door. Tickets include over 12 tastes and delicious bar food.

      Guests will begin at the Children's Museum to start tasting the signature cocktails and enjoy delicious bar food. Then everyone moves on to the History Center for more cocktail tastes, more delicious bar food and the bartender challenges. There will be a mystery basket challenge and speed challenge. Participating bartenders will be judged by local foodie/drink experts -and prizes will be awarded. Lastly, guests will participate in live auctions and fun music.

      Learn more online at marquettehistory.org or upchildrensmuseum.org

      Featured Bartenders (aka Experts of Mixology) appearing from:
      Congress Lounge & Pizza, Das Steinhaus, Stucko's Bar & Grill , Breakers Roadhouse, Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery, Coco's, UP North Lodge,
      Landmark Inn, Marquette Mountain T Bar, Jackson Pit, Jasper Ridge,
      Elizabeth's Chophouse and more!

      Come support your favorite bartender!

      April 21 - Beverly Matherne Poetry Reading at PWPL
      Peter White Public Library
      7 p.m.

      April is Poetry Month! Celebrate with Beverly Matherne, internationally acclaimed bilingual poet, at a reading from her newest book "Blind River" on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 pm in the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room.

      John Smolens, author of Wolf's Mouth and The Schoolmaster's Daughter, offers high praise for Blind River commenting that, "...Matherne's prose is as graceful and mysterious as an origami box; that she has written these tales in French and English only lends them greater resonance and depth...she has forged a language all her own."

      Born in River Cajun Country near New Orleans, Matherne grew up with the rich oral literature and music of the area: Cajun, country western, blues, and jazz. From writing in French to performing blues poetry, these influences have shaped her work.

      The author of collections of bilingual poetry, linked prose poems, as well as blues poems in book and CD formats, plus two chapbooks, Matherne has done over 260 readings in the U.S. and around the world.

      She recently retired from Northern Michigan University where she taught creative writing, was director of the Master of Fine Arts program in English, directed its Visiting Writers Series and served as poetry editor of Passages North, NMU's literary magazine.

      A book sale and signing opportunity will follow the presentation. There is no admission charge. For more information call the Peter White Public Library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info.

      April 21 - Northern Vegans: Plant Pure Nation
      Thomas Theatre Marquette
      7 p.m.

      Join Northern Vegans for a presentation of Plant Pure Nation at 7 PM on Thursday, April 21st at the Thomas Theater at 1525 Commerce Dr in Marquette. This shocking, groundbreaking documentary examines the benefits of a plant-based diet and how some wealthy agribusinesses are working to hide this truth from the American public. Free vegan snack foods will be available. Visit www.northernvegans.com or Northern Vegans on Facebook for more information.

      April 22 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, and Immunizations from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A WIC Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      April 22 -Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
      National Guard Readiness Center, Calumet
      5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

      Calumet High School JROTC

      Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser featuring a Silent auction, Raffles, 50/50 and Bake Sale

      FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd 5pm-8pm

      National Guard Readiness Center, in Calumet

      $8 per person, 5 years and under eat free

      Tickets available at the door

      April 22 - Marquette Alternative High School "She Believed" Spaghetti Dinner
      Vandenboom School
      5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

      Suggested donation of $10 per individual / $25 per family

      Silent Auction items available.

      Help them reach their goal to take their female students to Washington, D.C.

      Tickets available at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, Profiles Hair Studio and MAHS @ Vandenboom.

      April 22 - Story Night at Peter White
      Peter White Public Library
      6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

      Come dressed up for camp-out under the stars during our camping themed Story Night at Peter White. This evening story time is for families with kids of all ages, and kids are invited to bring a stuffed animal along to leave at the library for a sleepover. You can pick you your stuffed animal the next morning with a picture of what mischief they got into overnight at the library. You are also welcome to bring blankets or sleeping bags to sit on during stories and songs. Free. No registration required. For more information call 226-4323, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 23 - 36th Norway Spring Classic
      Norway Middle School Gym
      9 a.m.

      10k run, 5k run, 2 mile run/walk available at the 36th Norway Spring Classic Saturday, April 23, 2016 Information available at WWW.UPRRC.ORG. On line preregistration at superiortiming.com. Race day registration begins at 9:00 am in the Norway Middle School Gym closes at 10:00 am CST. The 10K race begins at 10:30am CST, 10:35 for the 2mile and 10:40 for the 5k. New start on Section Street near 3rd Ave. and new finish on the track in front of the Stadium. Chip Timing by Superior Timing. Questions call Tony Adams at 774-8071 or awsradams@gmail.com

      April 23 - Bike and Kayak Swap
      Lakeview Arena
      9:30 a.m.

      Equipment Drop Off : 09:30-10:45. Ski Club Member's Only Sale: 10:45-11:00. General Public Sale: 11:00-12:30. Pickup: 12:30-1:00. Bring your bikes, kayaks, and related equipment and let us sell them for you. A commission will be charged (10% on a single item over $500, 20% for single times below $500). All profits will support Youth Ski Programs. For additional information call 362-4463.

      Sponsored by the Superiorland Cross Country Ski Club.

      April 23 - Marquette County Children's Fair
      Westwood Mall, Marquette
      10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      The Marquette County Children's Fair is a FREE and FUN event for children and their families. Local agencies, organizations, and businesses will be at the mall providing hands-on activities for children to participate in. Be ready to see the Marquette Township Fire Department, many animals, live music performed by young musicians, and much more!

      Contact Person: Kari Momcilovich, (586) 506-0222, kari.a.momcilovich@gmail.com

      April 23 - Mother's Day Craft and Vendor Event
      Trinity Lutheran Church, Ishpeming
      10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      On Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-3pm will be holding a Mother's Day Craft and Vendor Event. There will be tables of handmade crafts, jewelry, wood work, canning goods, as well as vendors from Young Living Essential Oils to Plexus Worldwide. There will be gift baskets, drawings and prizes to be won. Something fun and unique for every type of mom.

      April 23 - The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2016
      Lakeview Arena
      10:30 a.m.

      Please join us at this FREE event as we try to break the world record and spread the cloth diapering love!

      There will also be a cloth diaper buy/sell/trade and Cloth Diaper 101 session.

      April 23 - Super Saturdays
      Peter White Public Library
      11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

      Children and parents are welcome to drop-in for rotating programs (Music Mania, Dad and Me, and Stretch and Learn) featuring books, activities, games, and music. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 23 - Lake Linden United Methodist Church Spring Salad Luncheon
      Lake Linden United Methodist Church
      11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Salads, dessert, coffee, tea, water or juice - $6

      Bake sale, crafts and country store.

      April 23 - Downtown Spring Open Twisted Tea Off
      Downtown Marquette
      12 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Teams of four ($25/per person) will compete for cash and prizes as they travel from hole to hole throughout the Downtown District in this indoor miniature golf tournament. All tournament participants must be 21 years of age or older. Registration and payments will be accepted online starting Tuesday, March 15, and are nonrefundable. Space is limited!

      Teams who register before Friday, April 8, are automatically entered to win a prize package valued at $100.

      Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

      1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Teams
      Most Spirited Attire/Best Dressed Team (1st and 2nd place)
      Worst Team Score
      Hole in One/Skills Challenge
      Most Creative Team Name
      Pre-Registration Team Raffle
      Mulligan Team Raffle
      4 Rounds of Golf with a Cart Raffle
      *Prize categories are subject to change.

      Visit www.downtownmarquette.org for more information.

      April 23 - Creative Community Series: Intermediate Watercolor with Carl Mayer
      City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
      1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      $45 registration fee. Students must bring their own supplies and sign up prior to class by calling 906-226-8834.

      The Creative Community Series is made possible by grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

      April 23 - Bootjack First Responder Chicken BBQ
      3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

      Dinner includes: 1/2 Chicken, Side of Pasta, Coleslaw, Rolls & butter, Dessert

      Tickets may be purchased for $12.50 from any 1st responder, Dreamland or LeBlanc's Sales

      April 23 - Mother's Day Jewelry Sale
      264 Silver Creek Road
      4 p.m.

      The St. Louis the King Women's Club will be holding a Mother's Day Jewelry sale on Saturday, April 23rd from noon to 4pm. The sale is located at 265 Silver Creek Road in Harvey. Vintage jewelry will be sold at exceptional prices. All jewelry is in excellent condition. We have some very unique pieces in our collection. Please come out and enjoy the afternoon shopping for your Mother or that someone special in your life!!

      April 23 - 6th Annual NTN Dirt Ball
      Blackrocks Cannery, Marquette
      6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

      The 6th Annual NTN Dirt Ball fundraiser and spring kickoff party is here! Come out to dig, ride and party to celebrate dirt and the start of another riding season. Hosted by NTN Singletrack, all proceeds directly fund trail building and maintenance. Tickets $25, available at NTN Office, Blackrocks Brewpub, and all your favorite bike shops.

      April 23 - Houghton Gremlin Night Booster Bash
      MTU Memorial Union Ballroom
      6:00-12:00 p.m.

      Dinner and live music by 906!

      $60/person with chances to win lots of great prizes!

      Contact Houghton Athletics at 487-5715 for info or to purchase tickets

      April 23 - Agape: Rise Up Together Tour
      Bethany Lutheran - 202 S. 11th Street, Escanaba
      7 p.m.

      AGAPE* (DAVE SCHERER) HAS INSPIRED YOUTH FROM BROOKLYN TO BOSNIA WITH HIS RELATIONAL MINISTRYHIP HOP OUTREACH. Come be part of their Rise Up Together Tour at Bethany Lutheran on April 23rd. Combining rapping, dancing, storytelling and his fluency in Spanish, AGAPE* connects with his listeners in a way that they really "get it". His energy is contagious, and his stories of faith transcend differences. AGAPE* has been touring full-time as a musician for the last twelve years, performing for hundreds of thousands of youth across the US, and in eight different countries.

      AGAPE* seeks to connect participants to God and others through...

      High energy performances that encourage people to explore their faith...

      Inspirational stories that challenge people to live a life of discipleship...

      Authentic Christ-centered relationship building that models God's love...

      Read more about Agape @ hiphopoutreach.com.

      $10 at the door, proceeds go to the ELCA Clean Water Campaign.

      RSVP @ http://www.hiphopoutreach.com/schedule-adversary

      April 23 - Spring Formal Dance
      Coco's Restaurant, Marquette
      9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

      This is a fundraising event for UP Rainbow Pride's Pridefest to be held in September. An all-inclusive event for the community to get all gussied up and enjoy an evening with friends and good music while supporting a great cause.

      $3 cover.

      April 24 - Memorial Service for Professor Charles Ganzert
      Great Lakes Room, NMU University Center
      1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

      A memorial service for Professor Charles Ganzert will be held in the Great Lakes Room of the University center on Sunday, April 24th, between 1 and 3 pm. In addition, those wishing to make financial contributions in Chuck's name may do so by contacting the Hiawatha Music Coop (129 West Baraga Avenue - Suite B, Marquette, MI, 49855) and or the NMU Foundation (227-2627) that will establish a broadcasting scholarship in his honor. An obituary will be released soon.

      April 25 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, and Immunizations from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A WIC Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      April 25 - Book Babies
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

      Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for ages 0-24 months and stay for a playtime afterwards. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 25 - "Together in Song" Concert
      Rozsa Center, Michigan Tech Campus
      7 p.m.

      On Monday, April 25 the Keweenaw Music Educators Association and choir students from across the Keweenaw will join together for the annual "Together In Song" Concert. The performance will begin at 7:00 PM on the stage of the Rozsa on the campus of MTU. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. You can pre order tickets at the 487-2073 or at rozsa.mtu.edu

      April 26 - Calumet Township Fire Department Pancake / French Toast Breakfast
      Fire station on Mine Street, Calumet
      7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      April 26 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, Family Planning, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, STD, and Health Services from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

      April 26 - Money Smart Week Storytime
      Negaunee Public Library
      10:30 a.m.

      The Negaunee Public Library is a Money Smart Week library partner this year! Thanks to the Michigan Credit Union League, the library will be holding a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26. Every family in attendance will receive a free copy of Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells. Please call the library at (906) 475-7700 ext. 18 if you are interested, or for more information.

      This program is appropriate for children ages 3-7 years. As always, children must be accompanied by a loving adult.

      April 26 - 2's & 3's Storytime
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

      Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and activities. Free. Ages 2 &3. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 26 - Story & Craft Hour
      Peter White Public Library
      1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

      Children ages 4 and up are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 26 - LEGO Club
      Peter White Public Library
      4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      Listen to stories and work with others to build Lego projects. Free. LEGOs provided. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 26 - Let's Get Graphic! - 30 Days of Night
      Peter White Public Library
      6 p.m.

      Peter White Public Library's graphic novel book club, Let's Get Graphic, will meet on Monday, April 25 in the library's Community room at 6:00pm for a Graphic Novel to Film event to view and discuss 30 Days of Night.

      The 2007 multi-award nominated horror film stars Josh Hartnett and Melissa George and is set in an Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month and attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. The film is rated R, and runs for 113 minutes.

      A discussion of the film and graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, follows the screening. Viewers are invited to bring a meal to enjoy in a dinner theater setting.

      If you are a seasoned graphic novel reader or are looking to join a book club, this is the group for you. Parental discretion is advised. There is no admission charge

      Mention "Let's Get Graphic" when you buy 30 Days of Night at Taiga Games and receive 15% off.

      To find out more about Peter White Public Library's graphic novel book club "Let's Get Graphic" please visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4316.

      April 27 - WIC Clinic
      Marquette County Health Department
      9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      April 27 - Book Babies
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

      Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for ages 0-24 months and stay for a playtime afterwards. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 27 - Teen Creative Writing Workshop
      Peter White Public Library
      3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      Budding authors in grades 6 to 12 are invited to share their writing and receive feedback from their peers, along with tips from NMU English major Dakota Van Linden. Free of charge. For more info, call 226-4323 or visit www.pwpl.info.

      April 27 - Free Movie Night
      Ishpeming Carnegie Library
      5 p.m.

      Join us at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library for a spy thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Popcorn is provided!

      April 27 - Pie Auction & Bake Sale for Houghton / Baraga / Keweenaw SKY
      Houghton Fire Hall
      5 p.m.

      The Houghton/Baraga/Keweenaw SKY (Simple Kindness for Youth) Program will be holding a pie auction and bake sale on Wednesday, April 27th from noon to 5pm at the Houghton Fire Hall. All proceeds will go to benefit the children of our local communities. To learn about SKY or for more information on the auction contact Robert Megowen at 906-231-5562.

      SKY is a registered 501c3 charity.

      April 27 & 28 - Creative Community Series: The Portrait in Mixed Media with Kate Thompson
      City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      $225 Class Fee, and a deposit of $100 is required.

      To register or for more information contact Michele Tuccini at 906-250-7364 or mtuccini@chartermi.net

      This class will start with foundational aspects of portrait painting including defining the planes of the face. Sketches will include face front view, 3/4 view and profile. A charcoal value study will show how light affects the face. Templates will be available to assist your drawing if needed. Paintings will be created in a variety of mediums including acrylics, inks, wateroolors, pastels and more. Substrates can be canvas or canvas board, watercolor paper, or wood panels in an 8x10 or 11x14 size.

      April 28 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, Family Planning, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening, STD, and Health Services from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A WIC Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      April 28 - 2's & 3's Storytime
      Peter White Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

      Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs and activities. Free. Ages 2 &3. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 28 - Spring Salad Spree
      First United Methodist Church, Marquette
      11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      The salad spree includes a wide variety of salads as well as rolls and bars. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the church office or at the door. Carry-outs are available.

      All proceeds from this popular event go to local community projects.

      The church is located at 111 East Ridge, Marquette, and is barrier free.

      For more information, call Bobbie Clift at (906) 361-2234.

      April 28 - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program
      Peter White Public Library
      4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

      STEM for grades K through 8th. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 28 - Taste of Dickinson County, Relay For Life Kickoff
      Pine Grove County Club
      6 p.m.

      Admission: $15 each / 2 for $25 (Cash bar)

      Tickets sold at: Edwards Automotive, Moose Jackson Cafe, The Bakery Shoppe, IMK Federal Credit Union, The Daily News, First National Bank of M (Main Branch and Kingsford Branch)

      Featured Restaurants: Spiro's Downtown Restaurant, Pine Grove County Club, Solbergs Greenleafs, Superior Bagels, Subs & Sausages, Antonio's Pizza, Pasta & Pasties, The Bakery Shoppe, Moose Jackson Cafe.

      Silent auction, prize giveaways, raffle. All proceeds go to the 2016 Dickinson County Relay for Life.

      April 29 & 30 - Dollar Bay High School presents Disney's High School Musical Junior
      Dollar Bay High School Auditorium
      29: 7 p.m. / 30: 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

      $2 per ticket (6 and under free)

      Show is directed and choreographed Mrs. Autumn Lake and features Dollar Bay students from grades 7-12.

      More information or questions please email: lakea@dollarbay.k12.mi.us

      April 29 - Clinic Services
      Marquette County Health Department
      8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing, and Immunizations from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A WIC Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      April 30 - Wakefield-Marenisco PTO Crarf PTO Craft/Vendor Fair
      Wakefield-Marenisco School
      10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

      Scholastic Book Fair and Student Art Fair. Lots of raffles.

      April 30 - Gladstone Public Library Story Hour
      Gladstone Public Library
      10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      Happy Spring and enjoy yourself at the Gladstone Public Library's story hour. Children ages 2 to 10 years old are invited to join in the festivities on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Children will enjoy stories, create a special spring craft, eat snacks and sing songs. No registration is necessary. For more information call 428-4224.

      This story hour is sponsored by the Delta County Area Literacy Council.

      April 30 - Super Saturdays
      Peter White Public Library
      11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

      Children and parents are welcome to drop-in for rotating programs (Music Mania, Dad and Me, and Stretch and Learn) featuring books, activities, games, and music. Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

      April 30 - Inaugural Community Unity Extravaganza
      Erickson Center, Curtis
      4 p.m. to 12 p.m.

      An enjoyable and informal event of the surrounding area's local non-profit organizations to bring awareness of each organization to community members and visitors. The event includes drawings, raffles, corn hole tournament, golf drive tournament, kids games and kids archery hosted by East Central Upper Peninsula Archers Assocation.

      Cost is $15 per person with kids 12 and under free. Featuring music by Rough Boys, food will be provided and a cash bar will also be available. For more information, contact Kelly Chamberlin at (906) 586-6000 or Fred Burton at (906) 630-6859.

      April 30 -Associated Male Choruses of America's Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District Big Sing concert
      Mather Auditorium, Munising
      7 p.m.

      The Munising Vanguard Singers will be hosting the Associated Male Choruses of America's Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District Big Sing concert on Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm at the Mather Auditorium in Munising. Joining the Vanguards in song will be the Forsyth Singers of Gwinn, the Milwaukee Male Chorus, the Negaunee Male Chorus and the Nicolet Male Chorus of Rhinelander. Please help us in welcoming these choruses to Munising by joining the Vanguards on April 30th.

      May 1 - UP Women Hockey League Organizational Meeting
      Stucko's Marquette
      1 p.m.

      Organizational meeting to start a womens ice hockey league in the upper peninsula 2016-17 season. Alll skills welcome

      For information call 906-250-1016. or salmela432@yahoo.com

      May 1 - Bells on the Bay / Bay Area Community Chorus Spring Concert
      Sacred Heart Church, L'Anse
      2 p.m.

      May 2 - May Meeting / Member Luncheon for UP Chapter #16 of the State Employee Retirees Association
      Highland Golf Club, west of Escanaba
      12 p.m.

      The Upper Peninsula Chapter #16 of the State Employee Retirees Association will hold its May Meeting and Member Lunceon at the Highland Golf Club beginning at noon.

      Several guests will attend including Laurie Schmidt (employee benefits director) and Orva Overton (Blue Cross/Blue Shield Senior Representative).

      Reservations for the luncheon can be made by calling Arlene Paulson at (906) 786-1799.

      May 4 - 40th Annual Banquet for Waterfowl and Conservation
      MTU Memorial Union Ballroom
      5:30 p.m.

      The Copper Country Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is pleased to invite you to the 40th Annual Banquet for Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation. Celebrate with a free 40th Anniversary Knife to each attendee! Join the fun with raffles and a silent auction. The banquet is Wed. May 4th at the MTU Memorial Union Ballroom, Houghton, MI. Doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner is at 7:00 pm. Must RSVP by contacting Scott at 487-6719 or email spugh@pasty.net. Can reserve tickets online at

      http://www.ducks.org/michigan/events/41759/houghton-area-copper-country-dinner

      May 6 - Annual Crossing Over Ceremony and Dessert Auction
      Gwinn United Methodist Church
      6 p.m.

      Cub Scout Pack 333 and Troop 333 will be hosting their Annual Crossing Over Ceremony and Dessert Auction on Friday May 6th @ the Gwinn United Methodist Church

      Proceeds from the Auction help fund sending the boys to Summer Camp!

      Ranking up Ceremony @ 6:00 p.m. followed by a free Ham Dinner.

      Desserts Auctioned off by esteemed Auctioneer, Elmer Aho

      May 7 - River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge

      The River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge raises funds and awareness for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC). The UMBTC is a collaborative effort between UP Health System, Northern Michigan University and the Superior Health Foundation. Its mission is to empower patients and families dealing with brain tumor through advocacy, research, education and treatment.

      Below is tentative information for our 2016 event: All competitive events have chip timing.

      The competitive half marathon will head south along Lake Superior through town and to the Carp River. After turning around, the course heads north past Lakeview Arena to Presque Isle Park. After running around Presque Isle, the course will head south again to the Pine St. triangle where it will make a right turn on the bike path to return runners to the finish at Lakeview Arena. Overall male and female and age group winner awards will be given.

      The competitive duathlon will consist of a 5k run, 10-mile TRAIL bike and 5k run. Both 5k runs are the same as described below. To see the bike course see the map. Awards for top overall individuals and teams and age group winners will be given. Transition and finish are located inside the arena.

      The competitive 10K run takes runners out to Lake Shore Blvd. and then heads north to Presque Isle Park. After running around Presque Isle, the course will head south to the Pine St. triangle where it will make a right turn on the bike path to return runners to the finish at Lakeview Arena. Awards for top overall finishers and age group winners will be given.

      The competitive 5K run takes runners out to Lake Shore Blvd. and then heads north toward Presque Isle Park. The turnaround is at the Dead River. The course will head south to the Pine St. triangle where it will make a right turn on the bike path to return runners to the finish at Lakeview Arena. Awards for top overall finishers and age group winners will be given.

      The non-competitive leisure walk will head west on the sidewalk of Fair Ave. toward NMU. An officer will be available to stop traffic on Presque Isle Ave. and walkers can continue on for a little loop through campus. Great event for families with distance up to each individual participant. You can turn around when you feel comfortable.

      GRUB: Complimentary lunch with each paid registration after the events.

      May 7 - Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
      Thompson Township Volunteer Fire Department
      11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

      Thompson Township Volunteer Fire Department announces programming to save lives and property during wild fires.

      Thompson Township Volunteer Fire Department was selected for project funding to implement a 2016 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and State Farm which will take place nationally on May 7, 2016.

      The Thompson Township Volunteer Fire Department is hosting "You Provide the Defense, We Provide the Offense", a community education event designed to help residents prepare themselves and their properties against the threat of wildfires.

      A 1-2-3Go concept will be introduced during a community open house from 11am to 2pm on May 7, 2016 by fire department personnel. 1-2-3Go is a three step process that teaches home and property owners to:

      1 - to get ready well before a fire approaches
      2 - to be prepared to safely leave when threatened and
      3 - to evacuate early while keeping themselves safe and make it easier for firefighters to address the fire when a wildfire threatens the neighborhood.

      Fire department personnel will be available during the event to give tours and answer questions. FireWise videos will play continuously so you can watch them at your convenience. Take-home packets will be provided to all township property owners which include 1-2-3Go materials for wildfire emergency preparedness along with evacuation planning maps to use in the event of a wildfire. Residents can also sign up for a Home Fire Safety Visit at their convenience. Smokey the Bear, local DNR and CERT personnel will be on hand to promote fire prevention. A vast amount of take-home fire safety materials will be available and snacks provided. This is also a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.

      Wildfires can be devastating to a community. As the fire season approaches, residents are encouraged to become a part of the solution to the problem of residential property losses to wildfire. It can be as simple as 1-2-3.

      May 7 - Chassell Country Western Show
      Calumet Theatre
      3 p.m. / 7 p.m.

      Tickets: $12

      May 12 - Noteworthy Women's Chorus Presents Melodies from Times of War
      Calumet Theatre
      7 p.m.

      Free admission, collection to benefit Forgotten Eagles

      May 14 - Home Based Business Bazaar
      Westwood Mall, Marquette
      10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Several home-based businesses, including many of your favorite direct sales companies, will be at Westwood Mall for your shopping pleasure. A true one-stop-shopping experience. Come on by for some free samples and enter to win various giveaways

      Origami Owl, Miche, Tupperware, Young Living Essential Oils, Limelight, Neil's Yard Remedy, Natural Organizing, It Works!, Juice +, Traveling Vineyard, 31 Gifts, Thrive, Jamberry Nails, Perfectly Posh, Pure Water and Air, Usborne Books, Color by Amber, Park Lane, BeautyCounter, Kyani - health and wellness, Norwex, Rodan & Fields, A card maker, paper crafter

      May 14 -Daughters of the King Banquette
      Harbor Lights Church of God, 612 2nd Ave. South, Escanaba
      12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

      RSVP by May 6, 2016 Adults 13 and over $10.00 Ages 6-12 $5.00 Ages 5 and under are free. Call 906 428-9445. There will be food, a special speaker, music, craft for girls and special door prizes.

      May 21 - Negaunee Male Chorus Presents "When You Wish Upon a Star"
      W.C. Peterson Auditorium, Ishpeming High School
      7 p.m.

      Tickets: $10

      Available from any chorus member or at the following locations:
      TruNorth Credit Union, Ishpeming
      Jubilee Foods U.S. 41, Ishpeming
      mBank, Ishpeming & Negaunee
      Super One Foods, Negaunee
      Tourville West, Marquette
      Tourville North, Marquette

      June 16 - Music on Third Street
      Third Street Marquette
      6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

      Each summer an eclectic mix of local musicians will play along the sidewalks of Third Street in Marquette's Downtown District from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of a summer series titled Music on Third. Held the third Thursday of the month, June through September, Music on Third brings the community out onto the summer streets of Marquette's Downtown District to enjoy fresh, local music and visit the more than 100 unique shops and restaurants that line Third Street. Visit www.downtownmarquette.org for more information.

      The dates for Music on Third for 2016 are as follows: (Please give a separate listing for all four events)

      Thursday, June 16
      Thursday, July 21
      Thursday, August 17
      Thursday, September 15

      June 18 - Alger Delta Electric Annual Meeting
      Miracle of Life Building, UP State Fairgrounds, Escanaba
      11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      This event is open to all members of Alger Delta Electric. We encourage our members to register for this event by going online to Algerdelta.com or call 1-800-562-0950.

      June 24 - Soo Locks Engineers Day
      725 E. Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie
      9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      A Michigan landmark will open its doors to the public, when the Soo Locks hosts its annual open house Soo Locks Engineers Day on Friday June 24, 2016. The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks.

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite people of all ages to come explore the Soo Locks and avail themselves the rare opportunity to walk across the Lock walls. These walls make it possible for freighters to traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. To gain a real understanding of how this engineering marvel works only a visit will do.

      June 24 - Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Open House
      Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric, Sault Ste. Marie
      9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Once a year, in conjunction with Engineer's Day, the public is invited to tour the Hydro-plant. Public tours available on the last Friday in June. For more information visitcloverland.com

      June 24 - Sault Arts, Crafts and Family Fun Fair
      City Hall Grounds
      10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      2016 will be even bigger and more fun, so plan on over 40 high quality arts and crafts vendors, favorite foods, and kids' activities from bouncies and balloons to intriguing adventures.

      Count on local maple syrup items, traditional and creative handheld meals, assorted roasted nuts, and familiar hot and cold dishes.

      Awesome artistic media will include photography, oil paintings, charcoal drawings, hand-woven and other fabric items, furniture, glass work, beadwork, and jewelry.

      June 25 - International Bridge Walk
      LSSU Norris Center
      9:30 a.m.

      Young and old, physically fit or fitness challenged, all enjoy the fantastic views and the resultant pictures that will last a lifetime. Best of all, there's no admission fee, no long waits, and no sweltering heat to contend with, since the walk steps off at 9:30am sharp. Not up to the walk? Join the bike parade that leaves LSSU at 8:30am. Please see attached file for a map of the LSSU Norris Center.

      Sponsored by the International Bridge Authority and the Chamber of Commerce from both cities, organizers remind walkers to bring a passport or other approved I.D. found at the Soo Area Info, International Bridge Customs section of this site. (PLEASE, contact the Sault Ste. Marie Area Chamber of Commerce for more details at 906-632-3301).

      You must have transportation to get back across the bridge; you cannot walk back. Bus transportation is available to bring walkers from Mill Market in Sault Ontario back to the starting point for a small fee of $3. Visitors will find plenty to do back on the Michigan side, with a full offering of museums, boat tours, beaches, parks and more open to the public. For more information please e-mail the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce at info@saultstemarie.org or call (906)632-3301.

      June 26 - Pictured Rocks Road Race
      Pictured Rocks, Munising

      Pictured Rocks Road Race is a U.P. racingtradition.Join us this summer in Munising, on the shores of Lake Superior, for amemorable experience.

      Featuring a newly designed course, Pictured Rocks Road Race gets you right onLake Superior. The race is under direction of a local Munising trails group,Munising Bay Trail Network, that plans on developingand expanding therace.

      July 2 - 50th Class Reunion Marquette Senior High School Class of 1966
      Marquette Golf and Country Club
      5 p.m.

      5:00 p.m. Drinks
      6:30 p.m. Meal

      Music will be 60's

      Price is $50 Single and $90 Couple. Class picture is included in price

      Please pay by May 1, 2016 for a good head count

      Mail to Edgar L. Sommers II
      914 A Cleveland Ave. Apt. 11
      Marquette, MI 49855

      E-Mail to thepartyman2003@yahoo.com

      Make Check out to Class of 1966

      July 8 to 10 - Sault Tribe Pow-Wow & Summer Gathering

      Join us for exciting dance and drum competitions July 8-10, 2016 !

      The Pow Wow, or Jiigtamok, has historical, social and spiritual value to American Indian people. Some trace the word powwow back to Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe. Early European-Americans used the word to mean a council or meeting. Powwows, or celebrations, as they were called, were originally held in the spring to celebrate the new beginning of life. People participate in traditional dance and song, visit with family and friends, make new acquaintances and trade arts and crafts.

      The public is invited to attend; entrance is from Baawating Drive off Shunk Road on the Reservation.

      For general information contact Tribal Administration at (906) 635-6050
      Powwow Chairman Jackie Minton (906) 635-6050 ext 26144 or (906) 203-4977
      Vendor information Linda Grossett (906) 635-6050 ext. 26041 or (906) 440-1470
      Spiritual Gathering Les Ailing (906) 203-5521

      July 15 to 17 - Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
      City Hall Grounds

      The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players - male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators. Make plans to be in Sault Ste. Marie July 15th-17th, 2016 and be a part of this great community event.

      July 29 - Blueberry Festival
      Washington and Front Streets, Marquette
      10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

      Washington and Front streets will be bustling with sidewalk sales, food vendors, artists, demonstrations, pony rides, inflatable arcade games, and activities for children and families. Downtown restaurants will satisfy your cravings for blueberry fare, from blueberry pizza to blueberry beer, while many downtown shops offer will offer "blue" specials. Local farmers will be on-hand throughout the day selling fresh produce, including mounds of plump blueberries and music fills the streets as live musicians perform throughout the day. Visit www.downtownmarquette.org for more information

      July 30 to 31 - Rendezvous in the Sault
      City Hall Grounds

      Rendezvous in the Sault is a living history event that will take place along Historic Water Street at the City Hall Grounds and at the Historic Homes. In addition to local participants, over 115 visiting historical re-enactors, musicians, entertainers and merchants will set up camps and displays with presentations and demonstrations on military and civilian life in the period of 1668-1840. Food, music, dancing, cannon firing, drum and fife corps, puppet shows, storytelling, crafts and games will be just some of the fun things to see and do on Saturday and Sunday of the last full weekend of July. Among the many items of special interest are presentations by the Michigan Surveyor's Reenactment Group who will display early surveying equipment and maps and discuss the methods used to survey Michigan.

      Continuing down Water Street to the Historic Homes of John and Susan Johnston, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and Bishop Frederic Baraga, local Historical Society docents offer accounts of the lives of these early Sault residents. Spinning and weaving, music and animals, children's games, crafts and activities will be just some of the fun things to do.

      Rendezvous in the Sault will be an annual event and is being presented by the Chippewa County Historical Society in cooperation with the City of Sault Ste. Marie. Planning and authenticity of encampments will be under the direction of the French Colonial Heritage Society of Port Huron, Michigan.

      Individuals and groups that are interested in participating, donating and/or volunteering either at the event or during the planning stages may call the Chippewa County Historical Society (906) 635-7082 or contact Angie Patterson at apatterson@saultcity.com or (906) 632-5734.

      July 30 - Connor Gorsuch Kids Fishing Day
      Kids Fishing Pond, Sault Ste. Marie
      8 a.m.

      Soo Area Sportsmen's Club presents "12th Annual Connor Gorsuch Kid's Fishing Day," July 30th, 2016. Come out to bask in the sunshine and have a competition with the fish! Kids sixteen and under can enjoy a free day of fishing at the kids fishing pond at Rotary Park. Registration is July 30th from 8am-9am. Children eight and under will fish from 9am-10am. Children nine to sixteen will fish from 10am-11am. From 11am-12pm, all registered children will be able to fish.

      The community has donated food, refreshments, and prizes for the event. All registered kids can catch three fish and register two. Wilderness Treasures is providing the bait. Some fishing equipment will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. There will be no use of Lures, only Hooks and Bobbers.

      For those in need of transportation, please call: 906-632-0110. Parking will be located at Aune Osborn Park.

      For further information, please call Roger Greil at 906-635-1949, Gary or Angela Gorsuch at 906-253-0304, or Tom Pink at 906-632-2421

      Aug. 2 - 44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival
      Sault City Hall
      10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

      Tuesday, August 2, is the date of the 44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival, a juried ex-hibition and sale of fine arts and crafts, displayed by the artists themselves. The festival is held, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Sault City Hall, 225 East Portage in Sault Ste. Ma-rie, Michigan, facing the waterfront and the historic walkway. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free of charge. The festival is sponsored as a public service by the Sault Area Arts Council.

      The wide array of arts and crafts on display includes paintings, photographs and prints; ceramics; jewelry; carvings, games and furniture; many items for the yard and garden; clothing, toys, stained and fused glass; wallets, belts and purses; the U. P. in Smoke food wagon, maple syrup products, kettle corn, cinnamon roasted nuts, and much more.

      The annual event is sponsored as a public service by the Sault Area Arts Council based in Alberta House Arts Center, 217 Ferris Street in Sault Ste. Marie, MI 906-635-1312. Applications for exhibitors are available on the arts council website: www.saultarts.org. The outdoor festival is held rain or shine. For more information e-mail: saac@saultarts.org.

      Aug. 5 to 6 - Downtown Days
      Sault Ste. Marie

      Join us in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie MI for two full days of activities, deals, and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the sidewalk sales of our downtown stores who will be offering up great deals. Stroll through the streets and see the vast assortment of goods offered by merchants, arts and crafts vendors.

      Don't forget the kid's games, bouncy inflatables, and petting zoo! Last but never least there will be food vendors to help keep you nourished as you enjoy Sault Ste. Marie's Downtown Days.

      Aug. 6 - Annual "Slashin' Ashmun" Antique Car Show
      Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie

      Hosted by the International Antique Auto Club, cars will line up on Ashmun Street.

      Aug. 26 to 27 - Michigan Paranormal Convention
      Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie

      The 7th Annual Michigan Paranormal Convention will bring the biggest names of the paranormal industry to Sault Ste. Marie, MI (Michigan's Oldest City). On August 26th and 27th at Sault Ste Marie Michigan's Kewadin Casinos Dream Makers Theater, the following experts and television stars will be on hand to cover such topics as paranormal investigating, psychic powers, demonology, UFOlogy and attendees will be able to meet some of their favorite television paranormal investigators. Come see the biggest names speak on today's hottest topic.THE PARANORMAL!

      Sept. 24 - Sault International Festival of Races
      LSSU
      7:15 a.m.

      Join up to 500 runners as part of the Sault International Festival of Races (formerly the Sault International Marathon) on Saturday, September 24, 2016! Now in its seventh year, the Sault International Festival of Races provides runners with a unique opportunity to run the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge and run alongside the St. Marys River all set against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage and cool E.U.P. temperatures.

      Join the 5K Run/Walk, Bridge Run, or the Half Marathon

      Races:

      Half-Marathon
      The half marathons will start at 7:15 a.m at LSSU. The half-marathon is an out and back course which includes the International Bridge and continues along the riverfront in historic Sault Ste. Marie. The course is primarily fast and flat, with the exception of inclines on the International Bridge, and provides many scenic vistas throughout. An elevation chart of the International Bridge can be obtained here.

      Bridge Run
      There will be water stations along the course placed approximately every 1.7 to 2 miles. Aid stations and electrolyte beverages will also be along the course. Absolutely no roller blades, pets, wagons or other wheeled vehicles will be allowed on the course.

      The bridge run will start at 7:30 a.m at LSSU. The bridge run is 6.6 miles and is an out and back course which includes the International Bridge and continues on Portage Ave to Water Street and finishes on Portage Street. An elevation chart of the International Bridge by clicking here.

      5K
      The 5k will start at 7:45 a.m at LSSU. Please note the 5K route does not include the International Bridge and is actually 3.1+ miles, slightly longer than a standard 5k.

      Sept. 24 - Oktoberfest 2016
      Sault Ste. Marie

      Highlights include beer barrel relay races, a tug-o-war competition, and of course beer, bratwursts and other specialty foods and beverages. Restaurants and pubs including Moloney's Alley, Soo Brewing Company, The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, the Satisfied Frog, Subway, Frank's Place, and Zorba's will be selling specialty food and beverages throughout the day, and providing outdoor seating.

      Oktoberfest will also include a farm and craft market, polka dance classes at the polka stage, and live music late into the night.

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